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September Tour News

Hi from Rick: Getting Away in Greece

Greece is famous for its picture-perfect, whitewashed islands and ancient wonders of bustling Athens. But when I look back on my Greek travels, some of my favorite memories take place far from the tourist crowds.

The Peloponnesian Peninsula, attached to the rest of mainland Greece by only a thin isthmus, feels isolated and rugged. In a country so famous for ancient sites, the Peloponnese has some of its most engaging (Olympia, Mycenae, Epidavros) — plus my vote for the most charming Greek town of them all, Nafplio.

And when I really want to get away to a place that makes even the Peloponnese feel touristy, I head to where the Greeks and in-the-know visitors go — the Mani Peninsula. Sealed off by a ridge of mountains, its landscape is empty like few other places in Europe, with a sparse, almost Wild West feel… Read more

In this issue

Hydra harbor

Slideshow: Athens & the Heart of Greece, Day by Day

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… Read more

A tourist in Delphi, Greece

Magic Moments from Greece

Greece will surprise you at every turn — and there's no better place to have a great guide connect you with the magic. Here are just a few "wow" moments from our Athens & the Heart of Greece tour alums… Read more

Tour guide Filippos Kanakaris

Meet Greek Guide Filippos Kanakaris

As many happy tour members will tell you, leading tours comes naturally to Filippos. An Athens native, he first started leading tours (in French) while working as an actor in London… Read more

Donkeys in Hydra

Hydra’s Traffic-Free Tranquility

Only a 90-minute hydrofoil ride from bustling Athens, Hydra is the prettiest of the Greek isles. Join Rick on a video tour through the laid-back community of workaday commerce, fancy yachts… Watch the video

Rick’s Fall Trip Report

Join Monday Night Travel on Sept. 25 as Rick reports on his recent trip to film TV shows in Warsaw, Kraków, and Gdańsk before venturing into Turkey to update his Istanbul guidebook… Register