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  • Parthenon, Athens, Greece
    Acropolis in Athens
  • Athens' National Archaeological Museum
  • Ancient Delphi
  • Mani Peninsula, Greece
    Mani Peninsula
  • Monemvasia, Greece
    Monemvasia
  • Dining on Fresh Seafood
  • Hydra Harbor

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Athens & the Heart of Greece in 14 Days Tour

from $3,495 per person + air

Single Supplement $675

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The Rick Steves Athens & the Heart of Greece tour is an odyssey of time-travel thrills, from Athens' majestic Acropolis to the must-see ancient sites of Delphi, Olympia, Epidavros, and Mycenae. With knowledge and a nudge from your Rick Steves guide, you'll walk among marble monuments where Plato pondered, splash in the turquoise Aegean where Odysseus sailed, gaze up at god-dwelling mountains, sample family-crafted olives and wines — and maybe learn to play backgammon at a whitewashed taverna on the island of Hydra. Join us for Athens & the Heart of Greece in 14 Days!

Dates & Prices

2022

2023

What's Included

You'll get at least 17 group sightseeing events — at no extra cost!

Here's what you'll see and do on our Greece tour:

  • Acropolis
  • Acropolis Museum
  • Ancient Delphi
  • Scenic Diakofto–Kalavryta Railway
  • Olive and olive oil tasting
  • Ancient Olympia
  • Mani Peninsula villages
  • Monemvasia orientation
  • Cooking demonstration
  • Byzantine Mystras
  • Nafplio orientation
  • Wine and ouzo tasting
  • Ancient Mycenae
  • Folk music evening
  • Theater of Epidavros
  • Hydra orientation
  • National Archaeological Museum

Plus you'll get all this, too.

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Greece come alive for you
  • All group transportation from Athens to Athens
  • 13 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (when available) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2022
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions for important details regarding everything listed above.

Group sightseeing events subject to change.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Greece

At 6 p.m. we'll gather at our hotel for a "Welcome to Athens" group meeting. Then we'll get oriented to our neighborhood and walk to a nearby restaurant where we can get acquainted over dinner.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. No bus. Sleep in Athens.

Day 2: Athens' Acropolis

This morning we'll hike to the top of Athens' legendary Acropolis, where we'll take a walking tour of its 2,500-year-old Golden Age temples, dominated by the dramatic Parthenon. We'll then work our way down and tour the sleek new Acropolis Museum, custom built to showcase the amazing Parthenon sculptures. Your afternoon and evening are free for exploring Athens' marketplaces — the ancient Agora and the modern Plaka's labyrinth of inviting streets, squares, shops, and cafés.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. No bus. Sleep in Athens.

Day 3: Delphi

This morning we'll leave the city behind and drive into the rugged countryside. In a dramatic setting on the flanks of 8,000-foot Mt. Parnassus, we'll enjoy the fresh air and tour the mystical ruins of Delphi. Here, 25 centuries ago, the celebrated oracle allowed mere mortals to converse with the gods. This evening we'll enjoy dinner together.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Bus: 4 hours. Sleep in Delphi.

Day 4: Peloponnese Mountains

Today we'll cross over the Gulf of Corinth to the Peloponnese, where we'll temporarily leave our bus for a steep, scenic cog railway ride up to the historic town of Kalavryta, past the waterfalls and caves lining the narrow Vouraikos Gorge. Just beyond, at a riverside café in the mountain village of Planitero, we'll enjoy a lunch of freshly caught trout and other Greek specialties before our bus takes us to our destination high up in the Menalon Mountains. Tonight, we'll enjoy a performance of traditional music and dancing before dinner together.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Bus: 5 hours. Train: 1 hour. Sleep in or near Lagkadia.

Day 5: Ancient Olympia

This morning's winding mountain drive will take us to Olympia, site of the world's first Olympics over 2,700 years ago. There we'll take a vivid walking tour of Olympia's ancient athletic venues, temples, and museum, followed by lunch together. This afternoon's drive will take us along sweeping views of the Ionian Sea to a relaxed seaside village on the Mani Peninsula.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 5 hours. Sleep on the Mani Peninsula.

Day 6: Seaside Discoveries

The Mani is an ideal place to enjoy a "vacation from your vacation." After some orientation by your guide, the day is all yours. You might hike along the ancient cobbled paths that wind their way through the nearby hills, or just relax on the beach and end your day with a grilled seafood dinner and a view from the little taverna you've discovered.

Walking light to strenuous: your choice. No bus. Sleep on the Mani Peninsula.

Day 7: Mani Villages

We'll follow the coast to the isolated Mani Peninsula, home to generations-long clan wars, salt-of-the-earth villages, and unique pyrgospita — tower houses. If Greece had a Tombstone and an O.K. Corral, they'd be here. We'll enjoy lunch together, and after making a few off-the-beaten-path discoveries, we'll ride on to the dramatically set medieval town of Monemvasia, where you'll be free for dinner.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Bus: 5 hours. Sleep in mainland Monemvasia.

Day 8: Medieval Monemvasia

This morning we'll cross the causeway to tackle the massive rock that shoots straight up out of the blue-green Aegean Sea. After an orientation walk around Monemvasia's cozy little Lower Town, you'll have free time to wander more of the romantic walled town or take a swim in the Aegean. Those who want a workout can hike to the very top of the rock. You'll be rewarded with sweeping Aegean views and a chance to explore the ruins of the Upper Town — a living museum of Byzantine, Ottoman, and Venetian history. This evening we'll enjoy a cooking demonstration, followed by dinner together.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. No bus. Sleep in mainland Monemvasia.

Day 9: Byzantine Mystras

Today we'll head up into the heart of the Peloponnese, where we'll tour the haunting ruins of the fortress town of Mystras and its still-standing group of Byzantine churches. After stopping in nearby Sparta for lunch, we'll continue north to our destination: the delightful, fortress-topped harbor town of Nafplio, where we'll enjoy a Greek wine and ouzo tasting. 

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Bus: 5 hours. Sleep in Nafplio.

Day 10: Mycenae and Nafplio

After breakfast we'll take a short drive to mysterious Mycenae, the fortified city founded by Perseus a thousand years before the Parthenon was built. We'll take a walking tour through the grand Lion Gate, along the "cyclopean" walls, and into a remarkably domed tholos tomb. Then we'll return to Nafplio for a free afternoon to explore the colorful alleyways of the Old Town, ride a boat to the little castle island in the harbor, or hike up to enjoy a Venetian fortress view. We'll regroup for dinner together this evening.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 1 hour. Sleep in Nafplio.

Day 11: Ancient Epidavros

This morning we'll drive to nearby Epidavros. Once the most famous healing center in the Mediterranean, Epidavros' star attraction today is its ancient theater, large enough to accommodate 14,000. We'll learn about the roots of medicine and drama here, before hopping a boat to the idyllic traffic-free island of Hydra.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 2 hours. Boat: ½ hour. Sleep on Hydra.

Day 12: Island of Hydra

Your entire day is free to soak up the whitewashed architecture as you wander Hydra's narrow streets and harbor promenade. You might swim at a nearby beach, hike across the island, or try to make friends with a donkey. We'll cap our island vacation with a relaxing sunset happy hour.

Walking light to strenuous: your choice. No bus. Sleep on Hydra.

Day 13: Athens' National Archaeological Museum

This morning we'll take a ferry ride to Piraeus, where our bus will be waiting to take us to Athens' impressive National Archaeological Museum, home to amazingly preserved masterpieces in marble, bronze, and gold. Your afternoon is free to wander and shop through the Plaka, or explore other parts of this bustling city. Tonight we'll gaze at the floodlit Acropolis and enjoy a final dinner together, sharing travel memories and toasting new friends. Opa!

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Bus: 1 hour. Boat: 2 hours. Sleep in Athens.

Day 14: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. You can easily catch a cab to the airport or to nearby Piraeus, where a fleet of ferries awaits to transport those with time to even more Greek destinations. Antio!

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

Our tours are physically active! It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our Athens & the Heart of Greece in 14 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily…

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (possibly several blocks) and up stairways to reach your hotel, then up several flights of stairs to reach your room.
  2. Be on your feet, walking and standing, for up to three hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  3. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  4. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate towns and cities on your own.
  5. Travel on a bus without a toilet (rest stops every two hours).
  6. Hike over steep, slippery, uneven terrain at several ancient sites, including 200 stairs to the top of the Acropolis.

Reviews

Doris

Tour: 08/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall my experience was a wonderful time. Our tour guide was excellent. They get you to the sites, ie. Acropolis, Delphi at the times of the least amount of other travelers. The bus was very comfortable. There was a excellent mixture of time with the tour, and time to yourself. There were a couple of hotels that were small, but they were all clean. There was a story with each hotel and restaurant that was chosen associated with Rick Steve. I thoroughly enjoyed our Greece trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of the Acropolis from the top of the hotel restaurant."

Jason

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our Rick Steves Athens & the Heart of Greece Tour! It's difficult to imagine a better tour guide than Apostolos Douras... or a more beautiful country than Greece. Apostolos has a radio friendly voice and extensive knowledge of his country that makes him an ideal teacher. The tour moves at a perfect pace and has an excellent balance of guided activities and free time. I love how RS takes you to places that you didn't know that you wanted to go to, making the most of our time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite wow moments were the numerous times that we were surprised by the beauty of our location. The description of the day never seemed to sound as exciting as the locations were once we were able to visit them. Sometimes the lunch stops (which were not included on the itinerary) proved to be the most beautiful location of the day."

Teresa

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I took our two 18 year old grandchildren with us on our trip to Greece. We all had a wonderful time exploring the ruins and museums and basking in the sun at the beaches.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It’s hard to choose a favorite “wow” moment in seeing all of the antiquities of Greece and references to Greek mythology that I’ve read about my entire life. It’s all a “wow”."

Rafael

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time on our tour of Greece. Our tour guide was gracious, kind, intelligent and funny. Our fellow travelers were also great company!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were quite a few "wow" moments including hiking up the Acropolis early in the morning, but it was the open day traversing the walkways in medieval Monemvasia that will stick with me for a lifetime."

Bruce

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning about how the Greek mythology was used socially."

Korin

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Apostolus was an amazing guide! The tour was absolutely wonderful. It’s hard to put into words what it was like standing among ruins and imagining the pictures painted for us by the local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing in Delphi and imagining what it was like and the energy and excitement the Greeks must have felt."

Michael

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour guide and great driver. Maybe not as memorable as our previous 3 tours.... but maybe I am just getting older.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Live music in typical Greek neighborhood.... Group meal on the crystal clear water with the sea turtles."

Lisa

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Apostolos, was amazing. His insights into Greek culture and history was always interesting and helped to inform the activities each day. I was nervous traveling to Greece; a country that I couldn't speak the language or understand the alphabet, but being on the tour made everything easy and Apostolos gave us the confidence to venture out on our own too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick one.. seaside group lunch group lunch in Limenion, the ruins of Delphi, and our time on the island of Hydra."

Lori

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic. It struck the right balance of organized and free time. My family and I felt energized with each new experience and would do it all over again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My family and I each had our own "wow" moment. Our college-bound daughter loved the Greek dancers and was happy to be included in the show. My husband was intrigued by the walled town of Monemvasia and I enjoyed the stories of Olympia."

Anne

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was a wonderful intro to Greece and all I hoped for and more. It was amazing to see so many iconic sites with expert guides. However, I found some quieter moments just as memorable: a day at the beach in the seaside town of Kardamyli and a cappucino on a VERY windy outcrop in Momevasia. Last but not least, our tour guide Apostolos went above and beyond to share his knowledge and humor every day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mycenae, a fortress city from 1600 to 1200 BC, that I had never heard of prior to the tour."

Tony

Tour: 06/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic! One major reason was our guide. She was knowledgeable, personal, and organized. The best we have ever had. When we finished, we truly felt She was much more than a guide. She was family! Overall, the tour was one of the best we have had.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ruins of Olympia and seeing the Acropolis would have to be a tie."

Kelly

Tour: 06/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is the best way to get an in-depth and diverse taste of Greece in a short amount of time! Our guide Ioanna shed so much perspective on Greece past and present and made every moment an outstanding experience. The tour has a good balance of ancient sights, modern cultural experiences and free time. This tour allowed me to cover the highlights of the Peloponnese and have unique local experiences that I would not have had traveling on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Joining in with locals to learn traditional Greek dances!"

Deborah

Tour: 06/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First trip (and not last) with Rick Steves' Europe. My children and I had an amazing time. It surpassed what I was expecting, which was pretty high to begin with! The entire experience brought us closer by letting us experience something new and memorable in a group setting that was spectacular. The guides were incredible. The bus driver, incredible. All the hotels, incredible. This is a trip we won't ever forget and it won't be our last!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Turning to see my teenage son and daughter smiling and enjoying themselves; truly enjoying themselves as they experienced a new country, new people, and a new culture. In recent years, due to a family tragedy, we hadn't experienced true joy and bonding. I will never forget the moment I looked at them and saw unabashed and sincere happiness on their faces! RSE was the catalyst for that. Our tour made us stronger and helped us reconnect and find true joy. Can't get more "wow" than that! Priceless!"

Robert

Tour: 06/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I appreciated that the tour visited places that avoided large tourist locations but gave us a good experience of ancient and contemporary Greek life. My Greek friend said that we visited the places the Greeks like to go.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide Ioanna was the highlight of the tour."

Jeff

Tour: 06/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From start to finish, the tour was amazing. Every detail was taken care of by our guide, Ioanna, and she did a fabulous job of showing us the wonder of Greece. The local guides who took us through some of the sites were knowledgeable and enjoyable. The hotels and food we experienced were first rate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While seeing the Parthenon for the first time stands out, the incredible beauty of Delphi is unforgettable. The views from Mt. Parnassus are simply stunning."

Marjorie

Tour: 06/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fantastic tour guide and driver. I really enjoyed the pace of the tour and the rest times too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Delphi!! Time spent there was priceless."

Lynda

Tour: 06/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our 4th Rick Steves tour and was the best yet! Every hotel was a great experience in itself. Our tour guide was beyond wonderful, we were fortunate to have a great group of people, and the itinerary has been perfected over the years.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Before going, I thought it might be standing on the Acropolis or the Olympic Stadium. However, one night in Nafplion we were enjoying a multi-course, delicious Greek outdoor dinner listening to three musicians playing stringed instruments. Next to us was the largest Greek Orthodox church in the city and a wedding was taking place. Bells rang out, the bride and groom appeared, and somehow my fellow travelers became my family and I truly felt a part of Greek village life."

Kim

Tour: 06/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved our tour guide Ioanna. She made us feel safe. She knew our hotel owners everywhere we went and you always felt like you were in good hands with them. She took time to walk each town with us and point out all the fun things to do and she kept us informed on all the fun local gossip. Ioanna knew all the right places to eat and would tell us how much we were supposed to be paying for everything so we didn’t get taken advantage of, she made us feel like locals. She was incredible!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I needed to check off the Acropolis for sure! But I was blown away by Delphi! It’s history and location was unbelievably beautiful and when we were done we just walked back to our hotel. I loved Lagadia too. It has this tree that watched over Main Street with lanterns and white lights in it. The locals were out talking and kids were riding their bikes while we fed the local stray dog ice cream. It was like being on a movie set; magic!"

Debra

Tour: 06/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our experience was outstanding. Ioanna, our tour guide, was exceptional! She made Greece come alive for my family. Her vast knowledge of Greek culture and history was incredible as was her way of sharing it. We were never bored of listening to her talk about her country. We so appreciated her kindness, patience and energy. Loved her mom's baklava! Best in the world! Shout out to Christo who is an amazing bus driver! AJ and Jared so enjoyed getting to know you. Best trip ever!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour guide and driver were so personable. It was evident they loved what they were doing. It wasn't just another job. They made it feel as if our group was a family. Ioanna took special care to make sure my son's food allergies were addressed at each restaurant."

Jodi

Tour: 06/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great itinerary, wonderful guide, lots of hiking/walking opportunities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Delphi!"

Deborah

Tour: 06/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed every minute of this tour! The pacing, the sites, the fellow travelers, the hotels, the food, and the guides were all exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our wow moment happened at Delphi. After a brief downpour, we were standing on a high pathway above the ruins with a view of the valley below, when a rainbow appeared!"

Michael

Tour: 06/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide Anastasia was both knowledgeable and approachable throughout the tour. She is a huge asset to your Program!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The little "tidbits" of information on the buses from Anastasia and the other tour guides, like where certain words and phrases originating in Greek come from and the history of the places we visited."

Christy

Tour: 06/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our fourth RS tour and we love them. While some of the hotels are definitely not what I would choose, I loved all the little places and seeing off -the-beaten-track places.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We've talked about this, and it's hard to narrow it down. The landscape everywhere was beautiful, Anestacia, was fantastic, as have been all of the accompanying guides we've experienced. We rented a traditional Greek boat while in Hydra and spent the day on the Aegean Sea, swimming and sunning. And the captain grilled lunch for us and found perfect swim spots. That was memorable. Overall, seeing the incredible clarity of the sea up close was amazing."

Pete

Tour: 06/13/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is my second Rick Steve's tour and I was very impressed. Not knowing much about Greece, I came away with a good understanding of Greek history and its current economic woes. I love riding on the bus, listening to our guide explain various topics while observing everything around us. Quite a relaxing experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to say it was/is the clarity of the water in the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas. I was really surprised when I first walked up to it. Another was dinner with our group in Nafplio and having three gentlemen play traditional Greek music. It was wonderful."

Allyson

Tour: 06/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an amazing trip with a very knowledgeable guide and an amazing group of people. Definitely recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Monemvasia exceeded my expectations and Hydra. Both beautiful places"

Sue

Tour: 06/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent sites to see with excellent guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ruins in Ancient Olympia and the excavation site under the archeological museum in Athens were my two favorite spots."

Bari

Tour: 06/11/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I have wanted to do a Rick Steves' tour for years -- and when this Greece trip opened up, it was the perfect time and trip for me. I enjoyed our hotels - boutique, small and very service oriented. Food was always a delight, and the family-owned, smaller venues were particularly enjoyable. Our guide, Dafni, couldn't have been more engaging and knowledgeable. Just a delight!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several, but what comes to mind first was the unexpected "song chanting" from our guide, George, while inside one of the Byzantine churches in Mystras. His father was a priest, as I recall. Also the ancient theatre in Epidavros. Touring Olympia and standing in the actual ruins...incredible."

Barbara

Tour: 06/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had done a Rick Steves Best of Italy tour back in 2009 that I was so impressed with then that ever since I have wanted to do this tour. That tour set a high bar and I was wondering how this would compare. I am happy to report I was just as impressed and pleased with this tour! I felt the tour struck just the right balance between group activities and independent time allowing us to have our own unique experiences of any given place

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are too many to boil it down to just one, but if I had to choose I’d have to say it was Momma Faye’s amazing wealth and depth of knowledge about not only the Parthenon or the Archeological Museum pieces, but her ability to connect that to our lives today was beyond words."

Loretta

Tour: 06/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed having all planned out

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Acropolis"

Henry

Tour: 06/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Greece is a special place noted for its history as well as its delightful contemporary life. The tour covered it all. Experienced guides explained the historical significance of what we were seeing. We also had a cooking class in Greek food, wine tastings and plenty of free time to enjoy the night life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While touring the ancient Greek theater at Epidaurus, the guide asked for volunteers to read something in order to test the acoustics. Being a published poet, I stepped up and gave a quick reading of one of my poems while the tour guide shot it all on her phone! A very memorable experience. Here's the YouTube link I created: https://youtu.be/Sd1InI8guzM."

Rebecca

Tour: 06/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful people, places

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dancing and the music"

Pamela

Tour: 06/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Apostolos was knowledgeable, kind, and approachable. He made us feel like we were part of his Greece family. With this tour we became temporary "Greeks" - learning about history - past and present, culture, food, and wine. My fellow tour members were outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow" moment for me was our dinner with local music in a working neighborhood in Napflio"

Marie

Tour: 06/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am so extremely satisfied with the 14 Greece itinerary. There is no way I could have covered so much of Greece on my own. Our tour guide Apostolos is a top notch tour guide and made the overall experience even better. The guide is so important to the success of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow moment started right off at The Acropolis and each day after was just as amazing. Too many moments to list...."

John

Tour: 06/06/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We took our grandson; we had a great time seeing Greece through his eyes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Athen's acropolis at night."

Jeanie

Tour: 06/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

While Greece itself was lovely, their national treasure was our guide Apostolos. He opened the heart of his country to us through story, humor, welcoming kindness, carefully selected destinations, experiences and the glorious food of Greece. Each day had just the right balance of engaging activity, rest and freedom. Bravo.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite memory was an evening spent in Nafplio. Apostolos took us on a walk away from the tourist areas into a wonderful local neighborhood. It was the last day of school and children were celebrating in the most delightful way through song and play. Our dinner in the local taverna had three musicians who sang and played such beautiful Greek music for us. I was in heaven."

Negin

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding tour, full of history, culture, and nature. Our tour guide, Ioanna, was outstanding, one of the best tour guides I have had after so many tours. Her knowledge, skills, passion and love of Greece made the trip extra special. Tour covered many different aspects of Greece and allowed us to have personal and deep experience with authentic Greece.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many many wow moments. Olympia was a complete wow moment as well as all the experiences along the way such as the train ride, Lagkadia, driving through mountains with thousands of olive trees, Ioanna optional walk in Kardamyli and of course Monemvassia."

Jane

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very enjoyable tour. Great balance of structure and free time. Our guide Ioanna was incredible!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ancient Olympia and Greek Dancing"

Samuel

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful. I learned so much about Greek history and culture. I thought the tour was a perfect blend of museums/archaeological sites and free time to explore the towns on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the landscape of Greece itself. I had no idea it was so mountainous!"

Linda

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and I was very pleased. The guide was very knowledgeable and nice, the group played well together. It was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing at the start line at the Olympic stadium"

Brian

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The Greeks are wonderful people, so gracious and hospitable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through the illuminated streets of Monemvasia at night"

Afsaneh

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The best tour I have ever been

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour guy . She was very nice, professional, kind helpful and funny. She was the reason that make our tour the best."

Jill

Tour: 05/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exactly what I expected from a Rick Steves Tour. Wonderful group, amazing guide, culture, history, and days filled with amazing experiences. Our guide, Anastasia has great knowledge and love of her country and a charismatic skill that to helped us love her country too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views every day were breathtaking, but the experience of dipping into the crystal blue waters of the sea off a rock in Hydra was soul cleansing."

Linda

Tour: 05/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded our expectations especially for all of the archeological sites and museum visits. It was a perfect balance of enjoyable meals together with our group and free time on our own. The crown jewel was our tour guide, Anastasia as she was always interesting, knowledgeable and caring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to define because there were so many wow but I will say the day at Delphi."

Marsha

Tour: 05/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed seeing all of the amazing sites that we visited. Our tour guide Anastasia was so knowledgeable about everything and everywhere we visited. I also especially enjoyed our Athens guide Fay. The tour provided a wonderful opportunity to see places I have only read about. The group was very supportive of each other, and developed a very caring attitude. I enjoyed the many different hotels that we stayed in. The whole experience was more than I could have anticipated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My Wow experience was realizing how the past and presence of Greek culture meshed together to create an ongoing part of history."

Damon

Tour: 05/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In general, great. Greece was gorgeous, we avoided COVID, we felt the beautiful heft of ancient Greek history, we reveled in the myths and the amazing sculpture, the food was very good, and we even got in a little beach time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Climbing the paths at Delphi, the navel of the world, where Zeus's eagles met, where Alexander and so many others pilgrimaged to hear a prophecy, where Athenian treasure from the battle of Marathon was kept, where it was clear there was something mystical present."

Connie

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour from beginning to end! Our tour guide Dafni was fun and so knowledgeable, and the local guides were also good. There were a variety of experiences, from archaeological sites to food, the city walks, the water and exploring on our own. Spectacular mountains and relaxing in small cafes by the water.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite was Delphi. Everyone has seen pictures of the site, but walking up the mountain really was stunning, with the view and surrounded by the ancient ruins. Another “wow” moment for me was swimming in the astoundingly blue sea with my husband at Kardamyli."

David

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a very active tour with a full, varied itinerary. The history of Greece is quite rich and extensive, but we also managed to experience many aspects of the culture (food, music, dancing). The tour is an accurate reflection of what Rick Steves describes on his programs and definitely met our expectations. Our fellow travelers were positive and enthusiastic. Our tour guide, Daphne, and assistant, Etelka, were great, as was our extremely capable driver, Christos. We liked all local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Mycenaean gold and artwork were magnificent, but the view of the acropolis lit up at night is definitely a "wow" moment."

Steven

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My fellow travelers were friendly and we all bonded quickly. Our guides, as usual, were caring knowledgeable and warm. Dafni and Etelka were the best of the best. RS tours are entertaining, a cultural awakening, and a wonderful lesson in the commonality of all people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sunrise at the ocean in Monemvasia as well as the crystal clear ocean waters."

Katherine

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I learned so much. Greece was more then I dreamed it was. Dafni our tour guide was amazing and truly made the experience top notch.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on the starting line at Olympic field and then crossing the finish line."

Edwin

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner on a terrace overlooking the harbor on Hydra."

Jane

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about the tour was fabulous. Guide Dafni did a superb job in her debut tour; Etelco added a lot of joy to the tour. Also the local guides added much to our knowledge and enjoyment of Greek life and culture. The rhythm of each day was great, reasonable time on the bus with needed breaks for refreshments and WC. Hotels were adequate, clean and welcoming. I really liked Hera (we stayed several extra days); the staff very helpful and pleasant. I would do this tour again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This was my second time in Greece (with family), revisiting about half of the sites. On my return I looked forward to the delicious Greek food and I wasn’t disappointed with the group meals. Each was feast, many starters and many entree options to satisfy my food intolerances. Most of the time I didn’t need to have an extra meal, maybe just a snack from one of the many bakeries."

Rita

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a remarkable experience! This was our 4th Rick Steve’s Tour and we loved it. Our tour guide, Dafni, her assistant, Etelka, and our bus driver, Christos, really made the tour special for us. We loved Dafni’s stories and style, Etelka’s energy and Christos’ expert driving. We had a lovely group of travelers and made good friends with some of the couples. The itinerary was excellent. Each place we visited was amazing! We were worried about too much time on the bus, but it went quickly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything! Each place we visited was spectacular! On our free day we went Sea Kayaking -Explore Messinia in Kardamyli. What an Incredible experience! We went into 2 caves and jumped into a blue lagoon. George, the leader, was knowledgeable and helpful. He took pictures which we will treasure. 10 of us from the tour went together which made it really fun!"

Mark

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 3rd RSE tour, was really great. Fantastically charming and wonderful guides, very nice group, and Greece is astonishing all the way around. Great activities, really cool places we visited (and the food was wonderful too... only gained 5 pounds, even with all the walking)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It might seem like a cliche, but the Parthenon - it is so huge, and the whole setting... hard to find words."

Elizabeth

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I now know from firsthand experience why Athens and the Heart of Greece is one of Rick Steves' most popular tours. Archaeological sites, mountains, and sea; "off the charts" outstanding local guides; delicious food; warm, generous Greek people. The best of the 4 Rick Steves tours I've taken thus far.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the beehive tomb at Mycenae."

Thomas

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Guide Daphne was phenomenal. She was excited to have us learn about Greek culture and history. She was well organized, friendly and willing to ensure we all had a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to pick just one."

Jacquie

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was perfect. Our guide Dafni was exceptionally kind knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We were immersed in the history and culture of Greece because of the carefully curated locations and engaging activities we experienced throughout our tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful small town of Kardamyli was a highlight. Our guide suggested a kayaking trip which took us along the coast and through sea caves. The people of the town were friendly and our stay there felt authentically Greek."

Anna

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was great! We had a great guide, Dafni, and excellent local guides. Lots of charming places and nice people to share them with!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Kardamyli and sea kayaking on our free day - a great suggestion from our guide, Dafni! We got to kayak into caves and the water was so clear and blue. The beehive tombs of Mycenae were also incredible to see and explore!"

Ken

Tour: 05/21/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Tour guide was very well organized and knowledgeable. For my taste, we spent too much time in museums.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Clarity of the sea"

Sherri

Tour: 05/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was full of fascinating ancient sites made more meaningful by our knowledgeable guide Maria and the local guides who shared all the significance and details of each site, its place in history and mythology, and the genius of those who built the sites. The food was amazing, the tour members so enjoyable, and as always a nice balance between group and free time. Much attention and care was given in ensuring our health and safety as we travel still in Covid times.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were blown away by the engineering feat of the tholos or beehive tomb in Mycenae as well as the ruins of the fortifications of this Mycenaean city. To think that it was built in the 15th century BC and is still standing in spite of the earthquakes through the years is truly remarkable. The small museum on the site displays many items excavated from the site which added understanding of the significance of the site."

Marsha

Tour: 05/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The quality and experience of our tour was outstanding. Our guide, Maria, was so kind and knowledgeable she shared her thoughts and experiences with us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hydra....beautiful area."

Julia

Tour: 05/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Better than expected. Enjoyed learning the Greek story; delicious lunches, dinners, beautiful towns and locations. Our guide, Maria, looked after us in every way. Our tour group members were all so great and friendly. Greek people were friendly too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. I think the story behind the creation of the Olympic games 3000 years ago, as well as seeing the ruins and the original Olympic stadium."

Debbie

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The educational aspect was wonderful. Our guide was so engaging and fun to listen to. Lots of museum tours which added so much to the experience. Our hotels were funky and clean and always welcoming. A great experience all around with amazing food and plenty of downtime if needed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour of Olympia and the Acropolis"

Debra

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. The one thing that sticks out in my mind is our group vegetarian lunch at the port of Limeni and the stunning colour of the water. I’ve never seen anything so beautiful. The boats looked as if they were floating on air."

Raymond

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guides, especially Filippos. They tell great stories and make the sites, the history and the country come alive. We were spoiled with the attention to detail, the planning, the extras (like drinks at dinner and the second happy hour), the beauty of the country, the depth and layers of history, the friendliness of the people, and more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Toss up between the history and site of Monemvasia, viewing the Acropolis from the top of the hotel while having drinks with new tour friends, Mycenae, Epidavros and Napflio."

Shane

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a wonderful trip except that I injured my leg part way through.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved all of it, but I especially enjoyed the illuminating commentary by the outstanding guides. The variety of scenery and location was so diverse and spot on for understanding Greece and its ancient history, mythology, and culture."

Martha

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our itinerary was well-planned and provided a great way to experience the "best of Greece." Our tour guide, Filippos, was outstanding, our bus driver, Panos, skillfully and safely transported us from site to site, and the 23 other people we traveled with were both interesting and easy-going.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ancient sites of Delphi, Olympia and Mycenae were highlights as expected. My favorite surprise was our visit to the ancient Byzantine city of Monemvasia (despite the helicopter dropping construction supplies at the upper village on the day of our visit, which unfortunately prevented us from making the climb to the top)."

Karen

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Filippos, was outstanding. It was awesome to have someone who could take us to the remote small villages of his mother and father and have us share traditional meals in places his family has long enjoyed. Our group enjoyed so many delicious meals together served family style. We developed an appreciation for the many struggles the Greek people have endured over the centuries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I will never forget seeing the freshly caught octopus waiting to be cleaned on the dock of the restaurant. Or all the beautiful cats roaming the streets and restaurants. Or the breath taking views of the sea."

Gail

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a well planned itinerary. Great balance between site visitations. Active due to terrains but not strenuous. The tour captured the flavour of Greece

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Olympia"

Nancy

Tour: 05/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a fantastic tour. Lot’s of information the first few days but we kept seeing the sites that we had heard about at the beginning. It’s a very active tour with many hills and steps to climb so make sure you are in good physical shape. I think May was the perfect time to go, weather wasn’t too hot and lots of daylight

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Acropolis and the Parthenon was certainly a wow moment but seeing the ruins at Mycenae was also very impressive. But my favorite was Monemvasia with it’s active lower town and then climbing to the upper town ruins. You feel like you are going back in time."

Kathy

Tour: 05/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded our expectations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hydra"

Kenneth

Tour: 05/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was amazing! The right combination of history, activity, laughter, and excellent companionship.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Olympia was my favorite. The stand in the starting blocks and “run” the stadium was incredible. One could visualize the gymnasium and the power of the races when conflicts were halted so the event could occur."

Patricia

Tour: 05/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 10th Rick Steves tour, and like the others it was outstanding. Our guide, Ioanna, was knowledgeable and took time to get to know each traveler personally. Excellent local guides as well. The tour offered a good survey of the Peloponnese/Athens without trying to cram too much into 14 days. It was fast-paced and rigorous, with lots of walking and climbing, but we expected this based on the tour description. If you like or want to like ancient history, this tour's for you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Where to start? I'd say stepping into history at Delphi & Olympia, but there were so many "wow" moments. The food was delicious & bountiful, the people gracious & welcoming, the landscape we traversed--simply breathtaking."

Gabrielle

Tour: 05/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Greece Tour was phenomenal! Our guide was THE best tour guide ever!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Monemvasia! What a beautiful city. Climbing to the citadel and experiencing the Views of Greece was amazing!"

Tracy

Tour: 05/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely nothing to find fault with on this trip. Great schedule, fantastic tour guide and driver. It was all perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"MONEMVASIA"

Sarah

Tour: 05/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

5th RS tour. We visited WOW locations I did not know existed, and would not have seen but for RS.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many WOW moments for different reasons. Monemvasia, swimming the crystal clear Aegean Sea on Hydra, Acropolis at night, strolling Olympia, best open Gyro ever at Onion, Greek wine and Ouzo tasting in Nafplio, walking the Agora with RS app as our guide, and our Guide, Ioanna,"

Richard

Tour: 05/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 5th Rick Steves' tour and I would have to rate it at the top. Our guide, Ioanna, was exceptional!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour of Olympia. I had no idea of the size and scale of the facilities for the athletes."

Brad

Tour: 05/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Tour Guide...Ioanna Papakosa. She was a great facilitator, engaged our tour group, shared facts, history and personal experiences. Her enthusiasm for her job set the stage for an excellent adventure. Facilities...all of our facilities were wonderful. Meals were excellent and our hosts were gracious and sincere. We felt the charm of Greece in a real way. It was great to connect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Aegean Sea and then swimming in perfect water. Our time at Hydra was heavenly. What a great way to end the tour."

Richard

Tour: 05/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding. It was made exemplary by our guide Loanna. She was absolutely a delight. Not only is she steeped in the history and culture of Greece but she was able to keep my interest throughout the tour. Although I was prepared for a rigorous tour, it was just about all I could handle. The accommodations were great for the most part. However, I thought the trek from the dock to the hotel in Hydra was a bit much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Actually, when I went up to the rooftop restaurant at the Hera Hotel on my first might in Athens, I was stunned by the view of the acropolis. It was really a great way to begin the tour."

Suni

Tour: 05/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great experience. Our tour guide was excellent!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed everything. All the places that we visited had a unique charm . The people were super friendly ."

Kathy

Tour: 05/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was done with excellence as per usual with a Rick Steves tour! Our tour guide, Iris, was superb and handled the extenuating circumstances of Covid with expertise and grace. What a surprise to experience such a varied Greece! There were so many aspects of the country I’d not really heard much about: Naphlio, Mani Peninsula, etc. Great travelers to share the experience! Most were repeats. The meals were wonderfully delicious! I particularly enjoyed the cooking class and last din

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The meals! That last dinner was totally unbelievable… So delicious it almost made me cry.. The cooking class was really really fun!"

Christine

Tour: 05/09/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour of Greece had lots of variety in the places we visited. Our hotels were good, better than Rick's warnings had led me to expect, and most of the places we dined were good. I enjoyed our tour leader, guides, and other participants.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Acropolis lit up at night is spectacular. Nafplio at night was good, and the food and entertainment at the restaurant Mirsolou on our last night there was excellent. Arriving in Athens in time for the Sunday changing of the guard has led to a new fascination with men in skirts."

Jennifer

Tour: 05/09/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I tested positive for Covid on day five of the tour. My husband and I stopped our touring experience in Kardamyli, Greece, quarantining in the RS hotel. All in all, it was not a bad place to have to quarantine. RS tour guide got me (and several others who also tested positive) a nice doctor who came in person to check us out. She was extremely diligent and gave me confidence. I recovered in 5 days and continued on through Greece off the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Acropolis in Athens."

Max

Tour: 05/09/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Appreciated the great guides interpreting the well-chosen signature sites throughout the trip

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Parthenon from its heights. Great food and Greek music at a restaurant in Nafplio"

Deryl

Tour: 05/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was all we expected and more. This was our fourth RS tour. Itinerary was great with an excellent balance, as always, of guided and free time. We enjoyed learning about the history of Ancient Greece and visiting the ancient sites both on our own and with our guides. Hotels were excellent and well located. Transportation was reliable and safe. Unfortunately our tour was affected by COVID which sadly resulted in fellow travellers having to leave the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Viewing the Parthenon at night from our roof top. Olympia was amazing! The theatre at Epidavros! No one was there!!! What acoustics! Those are the moments you only experience on a RS tour!"

Daniel

Tour: 05/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall experience with the tour was Rick Steves’ usual terrific! Although with a number of people dropping out because of Covid it was a bit stressful at times. Met a lot of great people on the tour and bonded well with all the folks that remained (about half) until the very end!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I guess the “wow” moments for me were all the great meals. The cooking class was terrific and the final meal was over the top! Just simply super."

G. Michael

Tour: 05/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A perfect Greek experience…exceptional guide Danae and assistant Dafni and driver Christos, and local guides, a perfect mix of ancient sites, mountain and seaside villages and towns, excellent themed meals, beautiful scenery, and GREAT group of fun loving fellow travelers, all made this a meaningful and memorable tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many candidates, but for me Ancient Olympia, where the games began."

James

Tour: 05/02/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall our tour of Greece was wonderfully better than expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The biggest Wow of the tour was our tour Director Danae Kousouri. She was a wonderful story teller and fabulous shepherd of our tour. Beyond this I enjoyed our experiences at Delphi and Monemvasia the most."

Claire

Tour: 05/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved our guide, Danae. She entertained and informed us on the bus with stories from mythology that pertained to each area we visited and Dafni, her assistant, was able to answer questions on Greek flora and fauna. We felt the tour had the perfect mix of big cities along with mountain villages, as well as historical sites like Delphi. Fay, Penny, Patty and all the site specific guides were extraordinarily informative and interesting. Our group jelled quickly, and all wore masks where

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole tour was a wow moment. Seeing the Acropolis lit up at night fulfilled a lifetime dream"

Srikanth

Tour: 05/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guides, nice tour group, way too much food

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Delphi"

Barbara

Tour: 05/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First of all we had exceptional & excellent leadership from Denae! (& Dafne) Denae went out of her way to arrange our schedule for optimal enjoyment.(Seeing places when crowds were lower.)Denae prepared us for each site in advance by sharing stories and information. Denae taught us some phrases so we could communicate & experience Greece first hand. We had wonderful traveling companions. Denae encouraged group bonding experiences. We had phenomenal weather. We also were given time to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Experiencing the Delphi beauty (practically by ourselves) in the late evening complete with rainbow!"

Emily

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the tour I learned an incredible amount about Greece and wish it had been longer!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mycenae, it amazed me walking through a 2500+ year old city"

Daphne

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour took me to places I never would have gone otherwise. Amazing mountains with endless hairpin turns. I put my life in the hands of our most capable driver and enjoyed every minute.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking over the mountains from Delphi and thinking about those people who had been there before me over thousands of years looking at the same amazing views."

Brian

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An amazing tour which perfectly blended beautiful Greek locations, ancient history and contemporary culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No single moment stands out… just a compilation of small unique experiences which yielded a sum greater than the whole."

Mary

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Greece tour was amazing because of the historical sites along with experiences and social interactions with people in smaller villages.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving in Hydra."

Myron

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was amazing. The tour was well put toghether with a good balance of site seeing and meeting with locals. The tour quide (Apostolos) was outstanding. We were concerned as we re-enter the touring scene; however, everyone (including the locals) was considerate of each orher. THis was our 9th trip and I think it was the best one to date.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was no single "wow" moment for me, rather the entire trip was a "wow" experience."

Allan

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Some of the hotels were in need of reapirs two had showere that barely worked

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the entire trip was a wow moment we learned so many things it is hard to pick out just one"

Janice

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour guide, food and experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The way our guide brought Greece and the people to the trip."

Douglas

Tour: 04/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was well planned and executed by the guide, Iris. Especially with two holidays in the mix.. THIs has been a consistent on all the Rick Steves tours I have been on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The island of Hydra. No cars or bicycles. Just quiet. Could walk without worry about something coming from behind."

Glenn

Tour: 04/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another great RS tour in a stunning country with really friendly people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A tie: Being at the Parthenon and swimming in the Aegean."

Bambi

Tour: 04/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had many changes due to Orthodox Easter and “May Day.” In spite of this it was a fantastic tour. Our tour guide rearranged things made sure we had a wonderful time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are too many to name."

Cindy

Tour: 04/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our honeymoon. It was delayed because of Covid but turned out better in the end! The trip was amazing. I am a vegetarian and had no issues with plenty to eat at all the meals. Iris was an incredible guide and did an amazing job providing information about everything. It was great to get her perspective on things as well. I would love to go on another trip lead by Iris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tough to say as there were so many. I really appreciated the guides at the museums who did an incredible job of providing the history and pointing out the items that were of the most historical meaning. Clearly they were all passionate about their work and not just reciting facts. There was a lot to see and while we didn’t stop to read every sign on every item I don’t feel like I missed anything as they did such a good job highlighting the important things."

Nancy

Tour: 04/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour despite the necessary COVID precautions that shadow travel these days. Iris was a wonderful tour guide, Panos was a very skillful driver, the accommodations were well chosen, the food was great, and our tour group was friendly and easy to get along with. Because our tour spanned both Orthodox Easter and the May 1 holiday, our itinerary had to be rearranged, but we were able to see and do almost everything that had been planned without inconvenience to us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many memorable moments seeing sculptures and ruins I’ve read about and realizing Greece’s impact on western civilization, but swimming in the Messenian Gulf, watching the sun set in Delphi, and relaxing near the harbor in Hydra were some of my favorite experiences."

Suzanne

Tour: 04/23/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed the tour very much. Slightly disappointed about the effect the Greek Orthodox Easter and the May 1 holiday had on the tour. While we were aware there would be adjustments due to Easter, it affected the schedule more than we expected. Totally agree there were extras because of the adjusted schedule, but it seemed we had more free time than expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! The Parthenon, Olympia, the Byzantine churches......Iris was an excellent guide and each of the local guides were knowledgeable as well."

Brian

Tour: 04/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Greece, with all its ancient sites, is an exciting country to visit. We had a wonderful time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Monemvasia - every time we turned a corner in the little town, we had another lovely view!"

Claudette

Tour: 04/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From seeing all the ancient sites to the great food and company, this trip was amazing. Iris, our guide, was excellent and very organized as she had to maneuver our activities through not one but two holidays- Easter and Labor Day. It was a very strenuous tour but thank goodness for that because we sure got fed so much!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Kardamyli, our “vacation” from our vacation spot, was this gem of little town with a beautiful seaside, delicious food and friendly people. It was a nice respite from all our activities."

Carolyn

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fell in love with Hreece

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to mention. Perfect tour"

Orilyn

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our overall experience of this tour was excellent!!I would not have changed a thing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each place had its ‘wow’ moments! The scenery, views, and especially the fragrant orange blossoms were all a highlight for me! Hydra was the climax to the trip and it topped all the rest with the delightful courtyard, the magnificent views on the hike, and the whole ambience of the Island! I truly loved it all!!"

Donald

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Island of Hydra - so quaint"

Richard

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was very good. My wife and I have done a lot oh independent travel so it was nice to let someone else do the bookings and planning.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hydra. We could have easily have spent a week."

Karen

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic! Our guide, Maria, was outstanding and exceeded all expectations. She was knowledgeable, well organized, helpful and went out of her way to make the tour an unforgettable experience. The tour took us to places we'd never have found on our own - beautiful scenery, charming towns, incredible food, and exposure to local culture. While we covered a lot of territory, I wouldn't have wanted to skip any of it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "beehive" at Mycenae."

Jane

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide , so full of Greek knowledge she shared many a good story , amazing scenery great bus driver !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the harbor at hydra"

Vivian

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As a tour guide, Maria has everything that one can ask for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the whole trip"

Lilly

Tour: 04/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've been a long time Rick Steves' fan, 11 years to be exact. However this is my 1st time on a Rick Steves' tour, as I'm usually rather skeptical toward tour groups and always plan my own travels (using Rick's tour books & audio guides, of course). This tour completely changed my view - I am totally impressed with the itinerary, the thoughtful planning of group vs. alone times, the amazing room and board, the fantastic guides and our driver, and the last but not least my fun fellow travelers!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There're certainly more than one such moments. Here's my top 3: 1. The amazing stay at Kardamily 2. Running with my fellow travelers at the Olympia Stadium 3. Maria's magical story-telling on Greek mythology and Greek history during our bus rides!"

Virginia

Tour: 04/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Through out carefully orchestrated itinerary and fantastic, knowledgeable guide I gained a rich understanding and mew appreciation for Gree e and its history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Participating in Greek Easter traditions. A unique and moving experience."

Daniel

Tour: 04/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent itinerary, with an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide, and comfy bus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Good Friday Easter Procession from Monemvasia was fantastic!"

Gerald

Tour: 04/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great experience. Terrific guide! Fillipe’s was extremely knowledgeable. He went above and beyond.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Greek Orthodox Easter."

Evelyn

Tour: 04/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fourth Rick Steves tour, and as expected, it was excellent! Filippos was a fantastic guide -- very enthusiastic and excited to share his knowledge and love of his country with us. It was awe-inspiring to visit so many of the ancient sites we had heard about, as well as those with which we were not familiar. Learning about modern Greek life and culture was also very interesting. There are several places we'd like to go back and visit again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many "wow" moments to choose from! Our favorite places and experiences were the little, out of the way places that only locals typically know about."

Richard

Tour: 04/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful and life fulfilling. Greece is the most beautiful country I’ve ever been too. All the tour guides were amazing and knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being out in nature. Taking in all the natural splendor Greece has to offer."

Kathy

Tour: 04/09/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Anastasia was an excellent, informative and fun guide who made the trip very special. Every site that we visited was outstanding. If she tells you to wear your "excavation" shoes, please listen to her advice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved my time spent on the island of Hydra. It was stunning."

Brenda

Tour: 04/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour of Greece! Our tour group leader was amazing and the sites we saw were top notch. Food was excellent and plentiful. I don’t think it could have been managed any better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Delphi - beautiful spot and weather that day. Amazingly old and awe inspiring. Also Hydra was a highlight for me with the donkeys, cats and no motors!"

Gerald

Tour: 04/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It felt really great to go touring again after 2/12 years of Covid seclusion. Good food, good wine, very friendly tour members, an enthusiastic guide, and a beautiful country...a very enjoyable re-introduction to Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No real "knock-your-socks-off" moment. The Acropolis/Parthenon was quite impressive, as was the cog train ride up the Vouraikos Gorge."

Kenneth

Tour: 04/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every aspect of this tour was worth it, from the wonderful planning of the route, to the choice of points of interest, to the hotels and meals, to the choice of local guides, to the splendid narratives of our learned main tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our main tour guide, Anastasia, was both learned and an expert in conveying that learning through story telling. She made the culture and legacy of Greece to the world come alive, by telling stories that connected the Greek myths with the geographic and archeological sites."

Patsy

Tour: 04/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As we have come to expect from a Rick Steves tour, the entire experience was great! There was a mixture of modern cities and medieval villages; of history and current culture; of mountains and seashore; of group and solitary adventures; of museums, mythology, and ancient sites; and of guides whose knowledge helped tie together past and present-day Greece. Also, the food was wonderful, and the dance and cooking demonstrations were so much fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Viewing the Parthenon and reflecting on its history and the famous people who shaped its importance."

Daniel

Tour: 04/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The passion that each of the guides had for Greece and its story really helped make us part of the country, and not just tourists.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing in the Ancient Agora in Athens thinking that Socrates, Pluto, and Aristotle had been in the same spot."

David

Tour: 04/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great sights, history, art and artifacts and great hiking opportunities. All led by a ferric guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My first sighting of the Acropolis/Parthenon from our hotels rooftop bar. Loved Monemvasia and Hydra as well."

Tina

Tour: 04/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well planned with enthusiastic guides and tour members

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Difficult to name just one. But possible it was looking at artifacts from 14th century BC"

James

Tour: 04/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well planned and professional guided. Everything was explained very well- even how not to get lost in some labyrinthian towns.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The clarity and vibrant blue of the Ionian Sea."

David

Tour: 04/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Love the entire tour. Our guide, Apostolos, was wonderful. He led us on many adventurous hikes and constantly surprised the group with his many "pleasant surprises"

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Mycenean Beehive Tomb, Lion Gate, and the view from the Mycenean Acropolis. I admired the history and also the many beautiful statues, coins, and artworks. Finishing the tour at the museum in Athen gave us a better appreciation of the Mycenean culture and accomplishments"

Ken

Tour: 04/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fantastic tour. The tour members were friendly and welcoming and our tour guide, Apostolos was outstanding. We were very pleased with all the hotels and group event restaurants.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing ancient Olympia and Mycenae was inspiring and thought provoking. Hydra was a relaxing and delightful stop at the end of the tour."

Laura

Tour: 04/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an exceptional group of people who were so much fun to travel with, and an excellent guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on top of the Acropolis after 2.5 years at home waiting for a pandemic to end."

George

Tour: 04/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour with Apostolos Douras was a nearly perfect combination of culture, history, art, and cuisine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Mycenae archeological site was a complete and overwhelming surprise in the sense that I knew about Agamemnon from the Iliad, but the realization that he lived and was not a storybook character was striking."

Sally

Tour: 04/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Apostolos was the best guide we have encountered in ten Rick Steves tours. We had 18 in our tour group which added to our most positive experience. I felt the need to go to Greece to be a better educated person. Besides learning a great deal at the ancient sites we had fun and I can hardly wait to return to Greece.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"2 nights in Kardamyli and 2 nights in Monemvassia were among my WOW moments because before the tour I was unfamiliar with both & enjoyed these locations and can hardly wait to return. The hike through the lower and upper towns of Monemvassia on my way to Hagia Sophia (12th C) was spectacular full of wildflowers at foot level and blue blue Agean Sea as far as the eyes could see. At times Hagia Sophia was under Ottoman rule & a mosque & when under Ventician rule a monasttery."

Miriam

Tour: 04/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

When trying to describe my overall experience, the first thing that comes to my mind is our Guide, Apostolos Douras. He was knowledgeable, organized, patient, personable. He responded to every challenge with good humor and professionalism. He made the trip the wonderful experience it was.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was learning a little Greek from our Guide, Apostolos. He gave us a "cheat sheet" that included several greetings, numbers, thank you. He told us how the locals would appreciate the effort. My "wow" moment was when locals really did respond with a smile or a chuckle at my "efharisto!""

Marie

Tour: 04/02/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very informative we saw a life too much time on the bus where I to spend more days in one place

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I will visit to hydra"

Shelley

Tour: 04/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Incredible tour! Two weeks later, I'm still on a vacation zen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday was a WOW! At one point, I thought 'tomorrow will not be as good as today. How can the tour top this?' Boy was I wrong."

Pamela

Tour: 04/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide; quality hotels, meals; cultural experiences fun and lively; gracious Greeks; lovely scenery and wonderful ancient sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being at Olympia on my birthday!"

Susan

Tour: 04/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We trusted your organization and definitely our guide, Danai, who didn't let us down in a period of Covid travel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being at the Parthenon in person - Husband/ For Susan, wow moments experienced all the time, every day."

Tim

Tour: 04/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Danai Kousouri was an exceptional guide and leader. Overall the tour brought ancient Greek history to life for me primarily because of Danai and the other site specific guides: Faye, Penny, others. Danai presented modern Greece to us. The 'special events', folk dancing, folk music, cooking class, were well presented and fun experiences. I for one enjoyed seeing the countryside from the bus, mountains, seas, wildflowers, and olive trees. Tour restaurants were very good and lodging exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was at the National Archaeological Museum. With Danai's help guiding me to Room 38, I saw the remarkable Antikythera Mechanism."

Veronica

Tour: 04/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour allowed us to see the Greece we have dreamed about - ancient ruins and history, charming towns in the mountains or seaside with visually stunning beach views. And the engaging commentary of our tour guide, Denae, with her knowledge of history, Greek mythology and her own personal experience only enhanced our first group tour. Denae showed confidence with the details of her job, made us laugh, listened and always went the extra mile.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are many - but the "40" minute walk to Vlychos Beach, which turned into an hour plus walk because of the gorgeous views from the path that we just had to stop and take photos, And at the end, Brunch Greek Style at the Taverna Marina - only ones in the restaurant - with fresh baked bread, fresh calamari, fresh Barbounia etc. served by Christos."

Scott

Tour: 04/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience was Fantastic!!!! We were blessed with great weather and we had a very good group. Our guide, Danae, was awesome, she brought energy and enthusiasm to all aspects of the tour. All the local guides we had were very good as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Almost every day was a wow moment for me. One thing that really stands out was all the wild flowers that were blooming and to see those flowers at the ancient sites was really amazing. All, the hiking opportunities also brought many wow moments as well."

Rita

Tour: 04/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Visiting Greece was an amazing experience! I was in all of the beauty of the whole country and the experience of visiting so many historical ancient sites. Our guides were very knowledgeable and had a way of making each place interesting and intriguing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was entering a hotel room and finding that our balcony overlooked the beautiful Aegean Ocean! It was heavenly!"

Lynn

Tour: 03/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 3rd RS tour. It exceeded my expectations in every way. There was a lot of focus on ancient Greek history, but also on current social and cultural issues. As usual, the itinerary was quite varied: mountainside villages, seaside paradises, island resorts, and museums and archeological wonders. 7 members of our group tested positive for Covid on day 9. Our wonderful guide Maria's leadership turned what could have been a catastrophe into just part of an amazing adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Always so hard to pin down. The "beehive" tomb at Mycenae was named for its shape. But when our small group entered it early in the morning I was overwhelmed by the buzzing of the actual bees that called it home. That, plus its shear size and the fact that it was constructed 3000 years ago, dwarfed any of my temporary concerns. I believe that my most enduring memories will be of cats, wildflowers and the food!!"

Don

Tour: 03/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

the overall experience was memorable. Our guide, bus driver, Itinerary and hotels made the whole trip. The free time gave us a chance to catch our breath and explore. You could eliminate the one night hotels, however I can see that would be difficult to stay in the 'mountain' towns.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The mountains and scenery. We have been to Greece several times, 7+/-, and never realized that it had such beauty."

Linda

Tour: 03/28/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very happy with our tour. I was part of the group that had several members need to leave due to testing positive for Covid. It was difficult but handled who well by our tour leader and the company, so we still enjoyed! Maria was very thoughtful in her handling of the situation and she was excellent in her role.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say...there were quite a few. Delphi was a highlight. Wonderful tour guide there. Also loved the little seaside hotel with the giant breakfast tray....what a wonderful spot!"

Karrie

Tour: 03/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first Rick Steves tour exceeded expectations on all fronts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The abundant wildflowers everywhere on the Peloponnese were a real surprise!"

Edward

Tour: 03/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An insightful & fun introduction to the Greece of today and of ancient times. Our guide, Maria, was fabulous. Our tour group was composed of the curious, intrepid & positively minded folks that are attracted to Rick Steves’ ventures.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our trip coincided perfectly with the spring blossoming of trees & wildflowers, adding a special beauty to the landscape & archeological sites."

Diane

Tour: 03/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the tour and sites but due toCOVID I only experienced 1/2 the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking in to the original Olympia athletic stadium"

Debbie

Tour: 03/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour allowed us to see and learn about many ancient sites in an organized and efficient manner - we wouldn't have seen so many sites on our own. The tour guide, Anastasia, was fabulous and along with a fun tour group enhanced the experience. Greek history, food, music, dance and of course those Greek sweets were all included and enjoyed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ancient site, ancient site, and ancient site was a wow, wow and wow! The Acropolis views from Athens never got old!"

Kim

Tour: 03/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My expectations were very high but the reality was so, so much more!! Our guide Anastasia, driver Christos, and learning guide Nikki were outstanding, with fabulous information and insight, always going above and beyond, offering historic and current details. The hotels were great, the meals fantastic, the other tour folk pleasant, engaged and just plain fun to be around. While I've been a fan of Rick Steves for years, this is my first RS tour and it certainly won't be my last! Hats off RS team!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just seeing the age and history of so many things and sites. The homes and spaces under the Acropolis Museum after everything inside and outside was amazing. Seeing sewage pipes from 3,500 BC blew me away!"

Bill

Tour: 03/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great itinerary, guide, food and new friemds

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to pick one..................I really enjoyed Hydra Island"

Linda

Tour: 03/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We saw all I had wanted to and more. The two free days were great. I wish I had brought hiking poles for some of the places we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Anastasia! She was terrific, so knowledgeable, so much fun, able to cope with a sailors’ strike — she made it look easy."

Lisa

Tour: 03/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

WhatExceeded expectations in virtually every respect, and expectations were very high to begin with. Our tour director, Annastcia (sp??) was absolutely outstanding. Knowledgeable, warm and personable, excellent communicator and story teller, sense of humor, just a joy to be with. Hard to imagine having a good overall tour experience if the tour director was just so-so. Hotels, bus, sites, local guides, food, all excellent. Free days much appreciated. Amount of walking/climbing was okay.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Delphi and Olympia were my favorite tours. Excellent local guides at those sites. Entering Olympic stadium through the tunnel was definitely a “wow” moment. Traveling through the mountains was almost a continuous “wow” experience. We saw the Parthenon for the first time at night from the base of the Acropolis before the tour actually started. An unforgettable “wow” moment. Every one of the museums had “wow” moments, especially the archeology museum in Nafplio."

Linda

Tour: 03/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous guides. Amazing food. Breathtaking scenery with fabulous Spring flowers! I learned a lot about Greek history, archeology & mythology.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one! The Acropolis, the Mani Penisula, climbing the "rock" of Monemvasia, cooking class & the Island of Hydra all stand out for me."

Anita

Tour: 03/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We covered alot of ground, physically and in terms of history. The trip and information thru our guide allowed us to understand even more than we had before how much western civilization owes to the ancient Greeks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Delphi. Had no idea the oracles were "sniffing glue" (my interpretation). And visiting the actual location of ancient Olympic Games. Amazing."

Barbara

Tour: 03/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Filippos, our tour guide, was delightfully knowledgeable about the history and culture of Greece from pre-history to modern. His knowledge and enthusiasm led our adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite moment-Mystras, in the ancient church when our guide Georgios explained the ancient frescoes, told us of his priest father, turned his back to us and began a rich, baritone Gregorian type chant. The dome echoed his voice. Our group was stunned into silence. Then he turned to us and said, “that was not me singing; that was the voice of my father.” The local guides on our tour were uniformly gifted."

Charles

Tour: 03/21/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour was a very good way to experience Greece for the first time, and especially during COVID. We felt very safe the entire time. The tours were good with really good local guides. But the best part about our tour was our guide, Fillipos, who brought the places we visited to life with great stories and personal insight.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our "wow" moment was being at the Acropolis on a sunny, but very cold and windy day. While the wind and cold kept a lot of people away, we were dressed for it and really enjoyed exploring the site with very few other tourists around!"

Cristy

Tour: 03/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Filippos was a wonderful guide - always striving to give information, context, and a connection to the people and customs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Athen's Acropolis in person!"

John

Tour: 03/21/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really good gluten free food!"

Karmen

Tour: 03/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful and well organized tour with a unique land based itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"See "The Charioteer" at the museum in Delphi."

Peter

Tour: 03/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding as always -- great guide, excellent food, wonderful intinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through the stadium at Ancient Olymplia."

Robert

Tour: 03/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent! Our guide, Apostolos Douras, was outstanding. The tour itenerary was excellent taking us to some off-the-beaten track locations. I feel we saw the ancient highlights (outstanding) and met some really nice people, mostly thanks to Apostolos.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several, but I think wrapping the tour up at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens was my major "wow" moment. To see so many amazing artifacts taken from many of the sites we visited further increased my appreciation of ancient Greece. An amazing culture!"

Peter

Tour: 03/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great time despite weather being colder and windier than anticipated. Apostolos Douras is an excellent guide, and managed schedule changes due to poor weather conditions with aplomb. Very informative and enjoyable tour around Greece.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There wasn't one "wow" moment, but several. The ancient sites we visited and associated museums came alive throughout he efforts of the local guides, and overall the scenery and food were impressive. We also enjoyed the Greek people, who welcomed us to their country."

Gloria

Tour: 03/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful guide, fellow travelers, hotels, tours, meals and ancient sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our off itinerary strolls with Apostolos to meet the locals and discover the real people of Greece."

Meta

Tour: 03/12/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very pleased with the tour. No complaints

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from the bus. Being able to see the country was important to me"

Lynne

Tour: 03/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour is well planned. The sites and guides were amazing. So much great food. The hotels were great with the exception of one. The tour guide was organized & maintained a schedule. Plenty of free time. We were immersed in the Greek culture. So many great memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first day of the tour in Athens. I have wanted to visit Greece for as long as I can remember and I couldn't believe that I was going on a tour that exceeded my expectations."

Suzanne

Tour: 03/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Apostolos was extremely thoughtful and organized and developed a comraderie in our group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide at Delphi provided insights into the writings and prophesies which caused me to try to learn a little more about oracular statements from Delphi."

Joseph

Tour: 03/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In spite of highly unusual weather (no way to predict such things) our experience was simply outstanding! From superb guides to unique experiences and venues from start to finish, it would have been impossible for us to craft such a rich and rewarding experience ourselves - and we typically plan our own travel. This was our first tour experience and I think it may have spoiled us for any others we may try!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Delphi was a haunted place that spoke to me on a very deep level. Being there was a spiritual and magical experience."

Mary

Tour: 03/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful trip, new friends and warm memories made. Phillipos was fantastic. Idris was a wonderful addition to our tour. Loved learning about everyone’s experiences with Rick Steve’s and touring in Europe. There was a hotel in the town outside of Olympia that the shower facility was too small and quite awkward. Everything else was really fabulous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Monemvasia and Napflia"

Jack

Tour: 03/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent guide, small group , overall experience was above par , this was my 8th trip ,one of the best !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking the grounds of the Olympic Games ,taking the fried can only image what it must have been like sacred"

Susan

Tour: 03/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful. We are independent travelers, but we felt that Greece presented some challenges, especially during the pandemic. We spent several days in Athens before the courtesan to acclimate ourselves. Our tour group was small-11 tourists and 2 guides--but that made us flexible and possibly safer from contagion. While it was colder than we expected it to be the sun managed to be present when we were visiting the sites. When the tour ended we were ready to start again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have 2 wow moments, although almost every day produced a wow moment. Delphi was magical. We drove through snow to get there, but when we arrived the sun came out. The thought of the 1000s of people that had visited the site in history was mind-boggling. My second wow was seeing Miltiades' helmet at Olympia."

Anne

Tour: 03/07/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was an unusual tour for many reasons. We were the first Greece tour since Covid began. We only had 11 tour members on our tour. We were the guides' first tour group in 2 years. The hotels were welcoming us after many months of no guests. AND, it was extremely cold for Greece and even snowed. Because it was early March and so cold, many local businesses were closed. On top of that, we had a wind storm in Hydra that forced us to leave early so that we wouldn't miss our flights out of Athens.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many. Overall I was very impressed with the depth of knowledge of our guides, especially Fillipo. It was like taking a college course. Also I had no idea that Greece was so scenic with snow capped mountains! Events that stood out are the dinner/music in Nafplio, exploring the charming town of Monemvasia, seeing the ruins of the first Olympics, and sharing Greek desserts with our fellow travelers! A "wow" that wasn't so great, some of our hotels didn't have heat and I slept in my jacket!"

Meghan

So St Paul, MN

Tour: 03/09/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

With the exception of our tour being cut short due to Covid-19, everything was amazing! Filippos & Iris were so kind, knowledgeable, accommodating, and really took care of all of us through the unusual situation. The local guides were great, the hotels were awesome, and the food delicious. I look forward to finishing the Greece tour and booking other tours through Rick Steves Europe!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am a sunset lover. My top wow moments were the incredible sunsets I was able to witness in both Kardamyli & Athens. In addition, the beautiful views from our hotels, the bus rides & walks along the cities were awesome."

Darlene

Spokane, WA

Tour: 03/09/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves tour, and we were not disappointed. We had excellent tour guides (Filippos and Iris), and excellent local guides. What we like about Rick Steves Tours is you are taken to the usual tourist sites, but also to less traveled areas where many tourists don't go. You experience local hotels and local restaurants and an opportunity to experience local culture. Greece is beautiful and much more varied than we thought it would be.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two: 1) traveling the scenic cog railway to Kalavryta and lunching in the mountain village of Planitero, and 2) watching the beautiful sunset over the sea from the lovely balcony at our hotel in Kardamyli."

Cheryl

Goodyear, AZ

Tour: 03/09/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and my husband and I could not have been more thrilled with the entire experience. Our only regret was the tour having to end early due to Covid-19. Our Guides, Filippos and Iris, were amazing and we were extremely well taken care of in such uncertain times. They went above and beyond to make the time we had together fun, educational, personal and memorable. The Food was abundant and delicious, the Hotels very comfortable and the Local Guides informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have several! Of course, experiencing the ancient sites in person, is incredible. Seeing snow-capped mountains throughout Greece was my special thrill; as I had no idea of the beauty and diversity of the country's landscape. And yes! Seeing the sun melt into the sea in Kardamyli, on our private balcony; while sipping a glass of wine from the complementary bottle that the lovely family who owned the hotel left for us!"

Russell

Baton Rouge, LA

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great experience! The bus was great as was the driver George who handeled the bus beautifully as well as loading and unloading our luggage. The hotels and food were excellent as well as the entertainment provided by the tour. The destinations were very interesting and historical and made more so by the guides who were extremely knowledgeable about the sites and the people who occupied them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Meeting and interacting with the local people who were very friendly and giving. Learning about the Greek culture and how they take care of each other and especially family. This Country (USA) would be a much better place if some of the Greek traditions were adopted."

Carol

Placitas, NM

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved going to all the small villages and seeing how people live.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the giant beehive crypt."

Rick

Everett, WA

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was absolutely amazing. Our tour guide, Apostolos, made ever effort to give us a true Greek experience, he was wonderful. Every town we stayed in, every archaeological site we visited, every local guide we had, were truly top notch. By the end of the tour I felt we had truly been immersed in Greek history and Greek culture. I didn't want to leave.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This tour is filled with so many "wow" moments, it's impossible to pick just one. From standing on the Acropolis looking down on Athens, to walking through the ruins of Delphi, and standing at the start line in the ancient Olympic stadium, or sitting in the ancient theatre of Epidavros one is truly overwhelmed. To try and pick just one would not do justice to the sights and events this tour provides."

Brian

Everett, WA

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

If possible, I would give our tour a double outstanding! Everything about our tour surpassed all of my expectations. Our guide, Apostolos, made it a most memorable trip with his superb organization, knowledge of the history, personality and most notable, his passion for his homeland and the Greek culture. The independent guides were outstanding as well! The choice of accommodations was perfect and the food.....delicious!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When asked at the end of the tour for a wow moment my response was that every day brought yet another unbelievable memory. Choosing one is very difficult but the one that is first in my sharing with. friends and family would be Monomvasia and the hike w/spectacular views from the top of the "Rock"."

Elaine

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the trip was outstanding because of our guide, Apostolos and select guides, who provided a historical context for each day of the trip. I was especially moved by the more recent history of Greece in the 20th century, including meeting with residents near the Hotel Leto in Delphi.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The heft of the Lions Gate and the meeting of olderlocal residents in Leto, one of whom told us that at 17 he won a race barefoot, and the prize was a pair of shoes. The whole idea that history recorded in the buildings and rocks of Greece go back to the 6th Century BC."

Tammy

Eagle River, AK

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had high expectations of this tour and they were exceeded. Loved it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This was our first Rick Steves tour and our first WOW moment was at the rooftop restaurant of our tour hotel. A fantastic view of the Acropolis and we so enjoyed drinking our wine and watching as it became dark and the Acropolis was all lit up. Another WOW was seeing the rock of Monemvasia from our balcony at our hotel, we had a great view of it."

Timothy

Eagle River, AK

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the ancient archaeological sites we visited and gaining a sense of life in Greece today.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was visiting Olympia where our guide explained the reasons behind creation of the ancient Olympic games in 776 BC as a means to train warriors for battle and to unify the city states against the common enemies."

Mary

Dublin, OH

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Apostolos was great and attended to everyone's needs. Also showed us some "backdoor" things we would have never experienced on our own. I like that he was "local".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Apostolos took us on a walk in one of the small towns we visited. Talked to an older gentlemen that I assume he has met through his experiences. The man grabbed my husband's hand and said that he reminded him of his son... I don't know the back story of his relationship with his son, but it touched us deeply."

Carl

Highland, IN

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide Apostolos brought Greek culture to life through his stories about living in Greece and connections with local people. Archeological site tour guides were top notch. Hotels offered beautiful gardens/views, were family run, and offered convenient walks to towns. I loved all the archeological sites and museums. It's not every day you can walk into a Mycenaean Beehive Tomb! The food was wonderful-fresh grilled fish, best 2.5E souvlaki, & fava bean/pomegranate salad. Well-paced tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Athens Acropolis was my WOW moment. Then, we went to Delphi and learned about the oracle, Ancient Olympia and walked the grounds of the first Olympians, Medieval Monemvasia and climbed the rock, Byzantine Mystras and saw the ruins, Mycenae and walked through Lions Gate, Nafplio and explored its beauty, Epidavros and clapped in its ancient theater, the Island of Hydra and totally relaxed, and ended with the National Archaeological Museum now on my best museums list. Entire trip was a big WOW!"

Bobbie

Everett, WA

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was more than we could have asked for. Everything - from the food to the hotels to the trip itinerary - was amazing. Our tour guide, Apostolos, helped to make this trip special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think standing on top of the rock at Monemvasia and looking out at the expanse of water and the boat harbor would have to be up there for a wow moment. But there were so many that it's hard to rate them."

Patricia

Bridport, VT

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Can not say enough about the wonderful tour guide. Apostolos was incredible. Very knowledgeable with a good sense of history. The guides at the various sites were great. The knew their material and were patient with the questions asked. Liked the cooking demonstration and will be using some of the recipes at Thanksgiving. The bus driver (George) was a wonder. The roads are so twisty and he managed the turns very well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to Olympus and running on the same track that was used 3,500 hundred years ago."

Robert

St Louis, MO

Tour: 10/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great tour. Enjoyed all of the historical sites in Greece on the mainland and the Peloponese. Maria was a wonderful tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Monemvasia and The Rock. What a place for people to have lived."

Geneva

Daly City, CA

Tour: 10/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fabulous time in Greece, the sites, food, and tour guide all fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Acropolis, especially at night."

Marino

Daly City, CA

Tour: 10/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The food in Greece was fantastic."

Sue

Basalt, CO

Tour: 10/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The trip was well organized allowing the group to see a lot of Greece. It was great to have everything flow so well. Maria facilitated that wherever we were.

Michael

Appleton, WI

Tour: 10/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent itinerary. Exceptional tour leader was very knowledgeable, professional and personable. Good food, very comfortable hotels that often had great views and personality.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Olympia, coming to realize that 2700 years ago 40,000 people would come together to enjoy the games. The scale of that site - hotels, restaurants, temples, the original running track - were all very impressive. We also found Hydra to be a unique experience - beautiful, intimate, charming."

Debra

Yorkville, IL

Tour: 10/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Many significant sites and experiences, for better understanding of Greek history and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Monemvasia & Mycenae were impressive surprises! Hydra was a nice relaxing ending, enjoyed hike to Plaka beach led by our guide."

Charles

Yorkville, IL

Tour: 10/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have been on 9 Rick Steve Tours. This was one of the best! We had a good group, an EXCELLENT guide, visited many amazing places and learned about Greece history, culture and life today. I recommend it to friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It may sound funny but our day in Delphi was a WOW Day. I wanted to see Delphi but it was raining (only rainy day we had). It was a challenge but I loved it. We saw amazing places. I was disappointed that we could not see Oracle of Delphi since Maria promised that!!! But it was still great day. I also enjoyed Sparta! I had studied about Sparta and Athens games and battles in 4th and 8th grade. I looked forward to Sparta. We had lunch then went to Sparta sight and had pictures taken at statue."

Donald

Pittsburgh, PA

Tour: 10/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Action-packed tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mycenae. The presentation is excellent and the attraction exceeds the hype."

Susanne

La Mesa, CA

Tour: 10/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Greece has long been on my bucket list, and I wasn't disappointed! As a student of history, it was thrilling to actually be standing on sites I'd only seen in photos. This tour was action-packed and I learned something new every day! Along with lots of walking and hiking, there was ample free time to rest and explore on our own. I expected the heavy emphasis on historical sites, but we also spent some restful, slow days in charming coastal beach towns. A very enjoyable, well-paced tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole tour was kind of a "wow" for me. Acropolis Day was a favorite (I couldn't believe I was there!), but Delphi, Olympia and Mycenae were amazing too. A big surprise was Monemvasia, where we spent an enjoyable day wandering through the town, gaping at the spectacular views, stopping for snacks, coffees and finally lunch at the many "tavernas with a view". I also loved relaxing on little Hydra, a great place to end our tour, with a gorgeous Greek sunset."

Mary Beth

Malvern, IA

Tour: 10/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I was a little worried about the hills and amount of walking, but was pleasantly surprised to find it was more "doable" than I had anticipated. The guides paced the hills and steps with perfectly timed stops, during which we were often able to sit or stand in the shade while they described the venue. Although I am not a "beach person," the days we spend along the coast were some of my favorites! Such lovely scenery and fun little towns! They were just what we needed towards the end!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'd have to say Monemvasia was a surprising favorite! I had no expectations and was thoroughly impressed. We spent a wonderful day enjoying the beautiful sea views, perusing the quaint little shops, and leisurely enjoying a coffee house and restaurant."

Debra

Everett, WA

Tour: 10/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A trip rich in experiences all over southern Greece. Guide, Maria, is terrific. She and the other guides at archeological sites really made Greek culture and history come alive. I could never have planned and seen so many sites and beautiful villages on my own. I felt this trip was such a great value for what we got to see and experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There wasn't a "single" wow moment. So many beautiful moments. I did love the cloudy, rainy visit to Delphi. It was so atmospheric with the low clouds especially at Athena site. I was blown away by the small mountain villages all over the penninsula. Amazing how they are built into the hillsides."

Sara

Westlake, OH

Tour: 10/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful trip. Greece has so much to offer. Everyone who likes history and beautiful scenery should make sure Greece is on the top of their list.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Olympia. There were some many ancient buildings, but Olympia is special, especially since the games started there thousands of years ago, and are still played today."

Lynn

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 10/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was an amazing adventure. I loved it. The rugged beauty of the arid landscape, thousands of olive trees in rows and random bunches, stone terraces that lined steep hills, infinite laces built over deep time. These are strong, visual, take-away memories. But the wow factor comes from feeling connected to ancient people every bit as smart as we. And seeing something unique that I can only experience by being there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two examples of the wow-factor for ancient intellectual achievement and unique place: 1) The Antikythera Mechanism at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens and 2) the Acropolis Museum in Athens."

Richard

Princeville, IL

Tour: 10/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour itinerary was very good as was the execution of each day's experience. David and all the local guides had very good information that helped give background to what we were seeing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking around the Acropolis."

Patrick

Thousand Oaks, CA

Tour: 10/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an outstanding time visiting various historic sites in Greece. Making the tour outstanding was our guide, David and the various local guides employed. We enjoyed good food and transportation, and for the most part, good accommodations. In addition to really liking David, we really liked our group of fellow travelers. This was the best of the three Rick Steve's Tours we've been on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was the trip up to the Acropolis and the various sites, a landmark that I have seen for many years in photos, and now have seen with my own eyes."

Esther

Princeville, IL

Tour: 10/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As always, the tour was very well organized and David was a wonderful guide. I especially loved that he planned extra optional outings that were very fun

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching the impressive donkeys on Hydra. There was nothing that they couldn't carry and deliver, including a washing machine. I also loved Nafplio for its charm"

Grace

Kingwood, TX

Tour: 10/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Greece tour was fabulous. I knew I was going to see LOTS of ruins, but the countryside was more spectacular than I imagined and the food was delicious. Of course it brought back all those classes filled with Greek mythology, but seeing the temples, theaters and other structures gave life to the people who lived that mythology. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I thought the Acropolis would be a "wow" moment, but the hoards of people lessened the effect. Olympia (even thought it was raining cats and dogs-well, mostly cats being Greece) had a profound impact on me. I would have loved to have time to stroll the grounds in the sunshine because our guide (Niki, I think) just made it come alive."

David

Rio Vista, CA

Tour: 10/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had the most awesome tour guide. Totally knowledgeable about our travels. Loved the architecture, food, countryside,and the most loving people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This tour was totally worth my 50 year wait."

Douglas

Kingwood, TX

Tour: 10/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour. David, our guide, was brilliant, personable, caring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hydra island. Unexpectedly charming."

Linda

Chicago, IL

Tour: 10/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First of all, our tour guide, David was outstanding. He was informative, funny, charming and caring. He spent a lot of his free time with us and made it clear that he really enjoyed our group. I enjoyed seeing all the ruins, but especially appreciated the different experiences we had, such as the wine and ouzo tasting, dancing along with the Greek Dancers, and learning how to make my favorite Greek food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The highlight of the trip for me was the experience I had on Monomvasia, starting with the sunrise behind "the rock". After arriving on "the rock", I loved wandering around the lower town, photographing the quaint churches, shopping and sampling sweets."

John

San Diego, CA

Tour: 10/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As soon as we met David it was clear that we made the right decision in choosing this tour. He was the perfect guide for Greece, both entertaining and interesting, with just the right mix of history, culture and humor. The trip was well organized and everything ran smoothly. There were more hours on the bus than we had anticipated, but then we saw a lot of Greece. The diversity was amazing, from small mountain towns to sleepy seaside villages and a medieval fortress.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We certainly enjoyed Medieval Monemvasia! What a fantastic surprise awaited us when we entered through the stone gate into the romantic lower town. No cars, trucks or 21st century trappings. Just extraordinary narrow passageways into a world from the past."

Susan

Houston, TX

Tour: 10/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Acropolis and pieces of art that are over 4000bc years old."

Lorna

Mount Vernon, WA

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have wanted to go the Greece for 40 years and this trip did not disappoint. We saw fabulous ancient sites, ate authentic food and saw parts of Greece that many do not see. I loved it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, it is always about connecting with the local people which is difficult to do on a tour. Even though we had some fabulous local guides, Penny and Mama Fay, to name two, that is not usually a personal connection. At the restaurant in Nafplio, we were taken to a small cafe where three local musicians played. The owner talked about life and some local taxi drivers danced for us. That was my wow moment!"

Anthony

Edina, MN

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Anastasia was wonderful. I am surprised at how much I learned, even after reading a few books about Greece history. The accommodations were very good and the breakfasts were excellent. This is my fourth tour and the breakfasts were the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am a track & field fan and love the Olympics therefore going to Olympia and seeing where the Olympics flame is lit and the site of the original Olympics was a thrill."

Dennis

Mount Vernon, WA

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As we expected, the Greece in 14 Days tour was heavy on historical sites. Our tour guide Anastasia was highly knowledgeable about the sites we visited, and about classical Greek civilization in general. We also learned about contemporary Greece, the recession it's in, struggles with the EU and with Turkey. All in all, I felt it was a well rounded experience and was satisfied.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite positive wow moment was spontaneous dancing by some taxi drivers in response to the live music at our lunch event in Sparta. My negative wow moment was being pick pocketed in Athens, out of my Rick Steves shoulder bag. I lost a wallet with credit cards only. The thief reached up under the buckle, unzipped a small pocket, and lifted my wallet apparently from behind as it rode on my shoulder, and I never felt a thing. I think they watched me pay with a credit card at lunch...."

Thomas

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had never been to Greece and this was a wonderful introduction. This was our tenth RS' tour and was definitely among the very best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was something new and educational every day, so it is difficult to point to just one thing."

Caitlin

Canyon, CA

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, I really loved the tour. We got to so many places I wanted to see and places I had not known about before, and was so happy to visit. I think the only downside was this tour had less free time than my previous RS tour, but part of that is probably due to all the transportation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Olympia! It is such an amazing and interactive site. We loved running on the track and seeing where the Olympic torch ceremony starts."

Karen

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was a wonderful introduction to the culture, history and cuisine of Greece. Everything about it was well planned and just what I have come to expect from Rick Steves tours, and this was my 10th tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Acropolis and the Parthenon after learning about it decades ago in school and seeing pictures of it for my whole life!"

Florence

Heathsville, VA

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We covered a lot of ground. The tour was very organized and we made the most of our time..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Kardamyli waterfront."

Donald

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my second trip to Greece this year. The first was a cruise of the Cyclades. This trip was a nice compliment to that one. I now feel that I could travel Greece "through the back door" with reasonable success. It was fun to return to Monemvasia, Nafpilion and Hydra after visiting them in the summer. Having studied the ancient classics, I felt a deep sense of satisfaction in walking on the stones trod by Themistocles, Socrates, Pericles et als.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At lunch in a local restaurant in Nafpilion, our guide had arranged for local musicians to play. But then some cab drivers who were taking a break out front came in and danced to the music. Amazing."

Marie

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Covered a lot of history and archeological sites in a short time. Anastasia has wealth of knowledge and it was a pleasure to learn about Greece and better appreciate current history.She knows her stuff and clearly is always adding to her knowledge. Local guides with exception of Penny were below my expectations. They often pointed things out without a theme, seemed to work off script rather than infuse enthusiasm, had difficulty answering questions, and sometimes had the facts wrong

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching the bus driver squeeze through rock walls and navigate narrow roads. Having the guide Penny reflect on site as well as philosophy-felt she thinks in a thoughtful way every day. The eerie and exciting feeling of walking on the exact stones of great philosophers and scientists."

Lynn

Paoli, PA

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Greece is an adventure in every respect. It is a journey back in time, a challenge to explore, and an incredible feast of fabulous foods. Everyone should have this wonderful experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dining by the sea in Kardamyli."

Timothy

Portland, ME

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was an exceptional way to achieve a long time "bucket list" to visit some of the most important sites of the ancient world as well as to see and experience a wide range of Greece in the modern world. With the usual Rick Steves attention to the details of an intensive two weeks, every day was impactful and a learning experience. Ioanna added immeasurably to the content and enjoyment of each day and never lost her enthusiasm, smile and good cheer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That's not a fair question on a tour that hits the Parthenon, Delphi and Mycenae, all epic wows. But on a trip where the wows keep coming, I would highlight the spectacular sunrise view over Monemvasia from our hotel room and the amazing live music from awesome musicians at our dinner in Nafplion."

Aileen

Portland, ME

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour and learning about both ancient and modern Greece. We stopped at a great mix of places so that we got to sample many aspects of Greece. I expected the tour to be great fun and a real learning experience. It was even better than I hoped! I enjoyed meeting all the people on the tour and all the different activities especially the night of good food and music in Napflion.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's very hard to pick my favorite "wow" moment. One of my favorites, though, happened shortly after we arrived in Athens when I first looked up to see the Parthenon on the Acropolis, and I thought, "Wow, we're really here!" Other highlights were taking in the view at Delphi and seeing the sites at Epidavros and the capital left as a tribute by a master craftsman. The visit to Kalavitra with the school museum was very moving as was the visit to Kastania."

John

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour met my high expectations in every possible way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Monemvasia."

Susan

Mogadore, OH

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything and more than I anticipated . . . beautiful country, kind people, amazing historical sites, unbelievable antiquities. Nothing could have improved this trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gazing upon the Parthenon was a dream come true."

Diane

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed it. Ioanna was an exemplary guide and other tour members were generally as active as I am. I realized how little I knew about Greece before the tour. I enjoyed the sites and the Greek culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Olympia had to be my wow moment. It is so ancient, yet modern at the same time. Our guide, Nikki (?) was outstanding. Both the museum and the ruins were fascinating, as well as the Greek history."

Ellen

Tallahassee, FL

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour--I learned something every day! The tour had a good variety of activities and sights and plenty of opportunities for extra activities, especially hikes. The food was outstanding and the accommodations were mostly good and always adequate. Our tour guide was great and the local guides were mostly fine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Food and music in the non-tourist restaurant in Nafplio."

Gary

Tallahassee, FL

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour for me. Very relaxing, with enough activity to burn off those extra calories. I really liked the meals, all along the way.I learned about Greek wines, which are hard to find and understand in the US. The driving distances were about at my limit, but I understand it was necessary to cover the ground we planned on. Everything was well organized, and we had enough free time to explore places on our own. The leader guide Ioanna deserves a whole lot of credit for her great services.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved climbing up to the top of Monamvasia. Spectacular views and ruins. The place was once a thriving community, I can only imagine what daily life was like. The stadium and walk in Epidavros was wonderful, too. Of course, the antiquities were just awesome!"

Debbie

East Amherst, NY

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent. It was jam packed with awesome activities. The tour brought us to places that I read about in History books and the guides brought them to life. We went to so many places that we would have never found ourselves: the great restaurant in Limini, the trout farm, Kardamyli pebble beaches, traditional Greek dancing in Lakadia and dinner with a great Greek band entertaining us in Modern Nafplio. As usual, on these tours, we had a great group of people and that made it better!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite Wow moment is a three way tie... Momenvasia was beyond beautiful and beyond my expectations. The sunsets in Kardamyli were spectacular. But seeing the mosaic at Epideverous that was just uncovered a day or two before was way cool."

Marilyn

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our wonderful guide Danae shared a poem(Ithaca by C.P. Cavafy) with the lines,"As you set out bound for Ithaca, hope that the journey is a long one, full of adventures, full of learning..." That is a perfect description of this tour, which was so full of both. I was captivated by the culture, art, cuisine, history, mythology, people that we experienced every single day. What does Greece have in abundance? Seas, mountains,olive trees, ruins, gods,goddesses,ouzo,& cats! Come see for yourself!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'll divide them into tour and off-tour(free time). Tour: The Theater of Dionysus. It was thrilling to sit in the birthplace of theater. The lunch of freshly caught trout at a riverside cafe in the mountain village of Planitero. Entering the original Olympic Stadium under the 300 B.C. arch. Dancing like Zorba in Lagkadia. Learning to read Greek coffee grounds. Off-tour: Swimming in the Ionian Sea. The Komboloi(worry beads) Museum in Nafplio. Eating gelato in the Plaka in Athens."

Rebecca

Sunset, SC

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have never been disappointed in our tours. Rick Steve's pays attention to the details,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many I cannot choose just one!!!"

Randy

Sunset, SC

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good group, great guide and driver, everything as planned. One area that disappointed me a bit was the length of time allowed for touring museums on our own after completion of the official museum tour. It was just not enough time. And in many cases, there was free time after but a distance from the museum so returning was not possible. Would have enjoyed more free time at the museum vs having it at the next stop.

Michael

Escondido, CA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful tour as usual. Very well arranged and executed. Filippos is a fantastic guide. He (and Rick Steve's) was also very adaptable to change up when a ferry strike forced us to leave Hydra and get to Athens via another way! Filippos was able to answer any questions, make recommendations and was very informative on Greece!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Running on the original Olympic track (arena)! Or was it climbing Monemvasia?"

Michele

Escondido, CA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fabulous! A bit different than I imagined which is probably because I got to experience more un-touristy places, all beautiful, rugged, and so mountainous. We have never seen so many olive trees! A rich mix of ancient attractions with small towns. The food, air, and water were so fresh! It made me want to return and see more!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The reverence I felt walking on soil and experiencing what life may have been like in B.C. The connection I felt to age-old humanness and the commonalities we share and the perspective it gave to my own life. Our rooftop view of the Acropolis, meandering through Anafiotika and the ruins in Athens, swimming in the Mediterranean, sipping mountain tea, running at Olympia, Greece is such a beautiful country I literally said every night, "that was an Amazing day!""

Kay

Clancy, MT

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 7th Rick Steve's tour, and it was fabulous, in large part due to the excellent tour guide, Filippos, as well as the great venues we visited. I appreciated that in spite of a busy tour, my sister and I were able to have private time away from the tour group. We also had an excellent bus driver, and always felt safe with his driving in the crazy driving environment of Greece, especially in the nutso traffic of Athens!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Of course visiting the wonderful ruins of Greece was a big highlight. I really enjoyed the town of Kardamyli on the beautiful Mani Peninsula, very relaxing and scenic area."

Garry

Coeur D'alene, ID

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was another amazing Rick Steves' tour. It was a good mix of free and structured time. Our guide, Filippos provided a wealth of information and shared many amusing stories and myths.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but my favorite was the ancient theatre at Epidarvos. It is an incredible structure that is a tribute to Grecian engineering and mathematics."

Janet

Yakima, WA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Athens & the Heart of Greece was a wonderful mix of Greek history, culture and natural beauty. Our guide, Filippos, did a fabulous job leading the tour and keeping us entertained with his sense of humor. And as a native Greek provided valuable insight about the current politics, economics and culture. Our local guides were also outstanding, especially Faye and Nikki. I am hoping Rick considers developing a Northern Greece tour as I would like to learn more about this beautiful country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Monemvasia"

Irma

Coeur D Alene, ID

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Greece was phenomenal! As a student of history, actually standing and seeing all the antiquity was mind-blowing. Our guide, Filippos, was an outstanding organizer, leader, and story-teller. The people in our group all got along well and enhanced the tour. This is an active tour with lots of steps and hills but our guides were aware and accommodated us. Walking sticks were very helpful in coming down Mystras! Would love to visit north Greece. Please consider adding that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several: the Acropolis, the beehive tombs, the ancient theater, the beautiful water at Mani, the rock at Monemvasia, etc. But my favorite was the laid-back island of Hydra. One of my most unforgettable moments was when the very large cruise ship arrived! It felt as though they were invading "my" piece of the island. We headed for the hills until they left!"

Carol

Hagerstown, MD

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was glad to start the tour in Athens, but welcomed seeing the countryside as well. I enjoyed seeing the small towns, mountains, and back roads of Greece. I was taken back by the age and size of the ruins I was seeing. My guide was very helpful and the other group members were enjoyable. We have used Rick Steves' tour books for other trips we have taken. Being part of a tour increases the number of sites your can see in a city and how many cities you can see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on Mars Hill looking at the Acropolis in Athens. Trying to understand how much of history has been here."

William

Yakima, WA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour in a beautiful country. The Greek people are very engaging and friendly. Their proud history is astonishing. Our group was terrific and our guide was the simply the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Viewing the stunning beauty of the Parthenon and a partially crushed Athenian Marathon battle helmet were sincerely moving experiences. I have traveled a good deal. Yet, visualizing authentic artifacts of the founders of western civilization was an unexpectedly spiritual moment for my analytical personality."

Edward

Las Vegas, NV

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent, comprehensive "survey" of southern Greece, giving me a very thorough perception of the country. The experience was greatly enhanced by our excellent tour guide who was always adding extras, very concerned that we had a clear picture of Greek history and culture, for better or worse. We had an extremely skilled bus driver; those roads are not easy to navigate!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The profoundly mountainous and breathtaking landscape. But, I'm a mountain person."

Ellen

Bradford, MA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

One "A plus plus guide", 25 super fun tour group members, one skilled bus driver and a wonderful country with so much history, combined with great food and drink, dancing and more dancing with impromptu birthday party for tour group members, good conversation and a refreshing boat and train ride made for one of the most enjoyable and memorable Rick Steves' trips that I have been on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Acropolis and the Ancient Agora The Artemision Jockey at the National Archaeological Museum Our vacation from the vacation in Kardamyli and Hydra Yoga class organized by one of our tour group members Nafplio and Monemvasia Lunchtime stop on the water in Areopoli"

Constance

Bishop, CA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

After watching RS shows on PBS for years we had great expectations about our first trip. We have traveled extensively on Viking River Trips and an Ocean trip. All we rated 5* so we think we are good judges of service and guides, etc.. Our impression of this trip is simply put WOW. We know why so many of our travel companions had been on many RS excursions and we will return.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No one single thing stands out except for our guide Filippos Kanakaris!! He is so organized, we felt very secure with him, he taught us about his country and history. Later I listened to RS interview of him and appreciate him even more. It seems that Rick gives his guides some autonomy as they tailor the tours to our special interests."

Gregory

Bishop, CA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have taken several tours with other companies and by far this was the most outstanding. Our guide, Phillipois was excellent and provided us with a memorable experience that will last a lifetime. He has a wealth of knowledge and was able to provide all of our traveling companions with many stories and fables

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The acropolis and how an ancient civilization was able to construct such an impressive structure"

Rita

Lisle, IL

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What an excellent adventure, we had a wonderful time. This is our third and favorite tour with Rick Steves. Our guide, Filippos was very knowledgeable, organized and fun. We'd love to do another tour with him. We hope you add a tour for the North of Greece, we would love to go, especially with Filippos. Greece surprised us at many turns. It was more strenuous than "Paris and the North of France" and the "Best of England" but never a problem. We were prepared.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a hard question, there were so many. Hearing my husband recite the Gettysburg address from the top row at Epidavorus!"

Carol-ann

Naples, FL

Tour: 09/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about this tour exceeded my expectations. I loved the kind, generous people we met at each stop along the journey. Our tour guide Maria was warm, and funny, and shared her love of Greece with us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While each place we visited held "wow" moments, the tour of Mystras was extra special for me."

Mary

South Portland, ME

Tour: 09/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide George who chanted for us in the chapel of the monastery."

Kristen

Dubuque, IA

Tour: 09/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed expert guides every step of the way; this is one of the greatest benefits to a Rick Steves tour. It was nice to have our most crowded experience right at the beginning .Everything that followed was a real treat!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our extra day on the island of Hydra was special. My husband and some other men in our group arranged a fishing excursion. I loved hiking that day and we had a fantastic dinner that night with another tour couple at a spot I'd come across on my walk."

Karen

Thorne Bay, AK

Tour: 09/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves Tour and it was fantastic. It exceeded my expectations. I have traveled independently and with other tour groups, and while I always have preferred to travel on my own, this tour took me to more places than I could have found by myself. Being a part of this group eliminated the hassle of finding my own lodging, and transportation. It as great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Well truly there were too many WOW moments to count, but the Island of Hydra was fantastic."

Sandra

Manhattan Beach, CA

Tour: 09/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great Group

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Maria the guide did a fun experiment.She gave each of us 4 euro's and had us shop for very Greek food to have for happy hour. The result was very fun and we all enjoyed shopping and coming up with ideas."

Kevin

Dubuque, IA

Tour: 09/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a good mix of free time and structured time. The structured time was a good mix as well with a balance of museums, ancient sites, tourist shopping and a variety of food venues. Location guides were excellent. Our main guide kept the group informed and entertain while on the bus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am an architect. Having studied ancient architecture the Athens acropolis was my biggest 'wow', even with the large crowds. The beehive tombs were also a big on for me as well as other ancient sites."

Susan

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 09/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great. So well organized; no confusion or questions about what was happening next and when. A great deal of thought seemed to have gone into making the whole experience run like clockwork.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mycenae. The Lion Gate and the Beehive Tomb were very impressive but what really got to me was standing on the top of the city looking across the plain to Argos on a hilltop in the distance. I felt such a sense of place and what it must have been like back in day. Imagine being able to see fires off in the distance across the plain!"

Sheldon

Naples, FL

Tour: 09/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our expectations for the tour were far exceeded by the reality of our experience. Our guide made sure that we appreciated the complexity and extent of Greecian antiquity but also understood life in Greece today. Her addition of optional stops and insistence that we see scheduled stops fully provided a comprehensive experience. If we had questions or wanted to know why, she had answers. Most importantly, her wickedly good humor and attention to our interests made the trip exciting and relaxing

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire trip!"

Robin

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 09/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything went smoothly. Maria, our tour leader, was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Acropolis for the first time. Also seeing sea turtles swimming if front of our restaurant."

When To Go & Weather

Any time between March and October is a good time to take an Athens & the Heart of Greece tour. However, the months of April, May, September, and October are Greece's most pleasant travel months, with comfortable weather, no rain, and lighter crowds.

Greece / Athens

Athens Weather

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

In case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations, the contact information for the tour's first and last hotels is included in your tour confirmation email, as well as in your tour account. About one month prior to the tour departure, you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying while on tour in your tour account.

Flights

Our tours don't include airfare, so your flight arrangements and transfers are completely up to you.

Most tour members arrange to fly in and out of Athens (ATH).

We suggest arriving a day or two before your tour begins to allow ample time to get over jet lag and be well-rested for the first few days of your tour. For more information about transportation options for getting to and from your tour, or traveling to the Greek Islands, see your Rick Steves Greece guidebook.