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Greek Odyssey

Greek Odyssey

9 days, 4 cities47
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Ancient Greek ruins with many columns and a broken roof during a cloudy day
Ancient Greek ruins with many columns and a broken roof during a cloudy day
Ancient ruins of rows of stairs built in a semi circle located high in the mountains
A large building structure located on its own in the middle of the ocean with a dock in the foreground and several boats attached to the dock
An alleyway with brightly colored buildings on either side and various plants and flowers lining the street
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Why go?

Time travel is impossible, but this trip is the next best thing. As you explore ancient citadels, temples to the gods, and the home of the Olympic Games, you’ll feel like you were transported 4,000 years in the past—until you snap that selfie in Peloponnesus.

Picture yourself

  • Channeling ancient goddesses atop the Acropolis

  • Entering Mycenae through the 3,000-year-old Lion’s Gate

  • Sipping on ouzo and people watching at a traditional taverna

  • Imagining yourself as a champion in the original Olympic stadium

  • Seeking guidance from the Oracle at the Sanctuary of Apollo

What you'll get

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers (or book 'em yourself)

  • 7 nights in handpicked accommodations

  • 7 breakfasts

  • 2 dinners

  • Expert Tour Director

  • 24/7 support from our travel gurus

  • 5 tours of ancient sites with expert guides

  • Insider Acropolis tour with local guide

  • Admission to Archeological Museum in Olympia

Map for the Greek Odyssey tour
Full trip itinerary


  • Day 1: Overnight Flight

    Board your overnight flight to Athens, the cradle of Western Civilization and one of the oldest cities in the world. Pro tip: if you’re looking to earn some bonus points with the locals upon arrival, make sure you refer to Greece by its real name: Hellas.

  • Day 2: Arrive in Athens + Welcome Dinner

    Welcome to Athens! 2,500 years ago, it was kind of a happening place, and still is today—with fewer people in togas walking around. It’s a vibrant metropolis, and a perfect jumping-off point for your journey through Greece. When the sun goes down, expect to see people socializing in the streets. It’s how they roll.

    In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner of local cuisine and drinks with fellow travelers at an authentic local spot. Afterwards, you’re free to take the party elsewhere!

    Today's highlights:

    • Meet an EF representative at the airport.
    • Transfer to your accommodations and check in.
    • Receive the latest schedule from your Tour Director.
    • Meet your fellow travelers as they arrive.
  • Day 3: Explore Athens

    The remains of some historically significant and crazy old structures still stand in this ancient citadel, including the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena Nike. So yeah, it’s kind of a big deal. The rest of the day is yours to explore Athens.

    Today's highlights:

    • Step back in time in the historic Acropolis of Athens with your local guide.
    • See the Propylaea, the Theatre of Dionysus, and a bunch of other structures you’ll need your guide’s help to pronounce.
    • Take in incredible panoramic views of Athens from the citadel’s hilltop vantage point, and understand why the ancient city’s name translates to “high city.”

    Free time suggestions

    Ouzo: Sample ouzo, the local anise-flavored aperitif, at an authentic Greek restaurant, locally known as a taverna.
    National Archaeology Museum: The National Archaeology Museum is considered one of the greatest museums in the world, with pieces ranging from Greek sculptures to Egyptian Antiquities. Mama Mia! That’s quite a collection.

  • Day 4: Travel to Nafplio Region via Mycenae and Epidaurus

    It’s time to leave the big city behind and head west to Peloponnesus, a peninsula so beautiful, it will make you wonder why everyone isn’t following you there. You’re going to the region of Nafplio, but on your way, you’ll stop for tours of Mycenae and Epidaurus.

    Today's highlights:

    • Stop in Epidaurus, and visit an outdoor theater recognized for such impeccable acoustics, people can practically hear your thoughts.
    • Follow a guide through Mycenae, known for the Bronze Age Lion Gate, the original entrance to the city, and wonder why your city can’t have a cool entrance like that.
    • Pinch yourself (not too hard) as you arrive in Nafplio, a picture-perfect seaside town where you’ll spend the rest of the day.
    • Visit the castle of Palamidi, located on the crest of a hill overlooking the city and the Argolic Gulf.
  • Day 5: Travel to Olympia

    Head to Olympia, the ancient site of the Olympics. Before it became a weeks-long international competition sponsored by soft drink and insurance companies, the Olympic games began as a way to honor Zeus. Olympia today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and there is a lot to see and appreciate. From the views of the idyllic countryside, to the remains of countless temples and ancient buildings, this might just turn out to be the best ancient city experience you’ve ever had.

    Today's highlights:

    • Arrive in Olympia, surrounded by the remains of the ancient city from nearly 4,000 years ago.
    • Tour the site with a local guide who may or may not challenge you to a foot race to get in the Olympic spirit.
    • Admire the (literally) sculpted abs of Greek and Roman gods in the Archeological Museum.
    • Stand in what’s left of the very first Olympic stadium, and wave to your imaginary fans in the imaginary stands.
  • Day 6: Travel to Delphi

    According to Greek mythology, Zeus sent two eagles to discover the center of the world, and they landed in Delphi. Today, it is a fascinating look into the past, and a great excuse to up your Greek mythology trivia game. Beginning in the 6th century BC, Delphi began hosting the Pythian Games, similar to the Olympic Games, but with more emphasis on art and dance.

    Today's highlights:

    • Hop aboard a bus towards Delphi.
    • Visit the Sanctuary of Apollo, once the most important sacred site in Greece and home to the Oracle aka the gal with all the answers.
    • Lay your eyes upon The Omphalos of Delphi, a big marble stone and symbol of Apollo that Zeus apparently threw from the sky.
    • Gawk at Mount Parnassus, the limestone mountain towering 8,000 feet over the city, which was home to the mythological winged horse, Pegasus.
  • Day 7: Free Day in Delphi

    The time has come for you to do exactly what you want, when you want to do it. Take the day to explore everything Delphi and the nearby towns have to offer. Ancient sites? Yep. Greek food? Absolutely. Beaches? Actually yeah, you’re not too far from the coast.

    Free time suggestions

    Itea Beach: Go all in on relaxation—head to the nearby coast for a sun and sand-filled day at the beach.
    Galaxidi: This port town, about 30 minutes from Delphi, is the perfect quiet getaway. Explore the many cobblestone streets, stop in at a cafe or taverna, and make your way to the marina to admire the impressive array of boats.

  • Day 8: Return to Athens + Farewell Dinner

    Athens felt neglected, so it’s a good thing you’re heading back to pay it another visit. By now, you’re an old pro when it comes to exploring Greece, so we’re giving you the day to adventure in Athens on your own before an included farewell dinner with the group.

    Today's highlights:

    • Greet the ancient city like a really, really old friend.
    • Revisit some favorite spots from day one in Athens, or go on a hunt to find new hidden gems.
    • Check out some of the residential areas for an authentic look at life in Athens.

    Free time suggestions

    Mount Lycabettus: Flood-lit like a beacon towering over the city, Mount Lycabettus offers a spectacular view of the city. If you’ve been holding out on posting a scenic Instagram post, this is your moment.

    Psiri: Think of Psiri as the Brooklyn of Athens: impossibly hip and filled with opportunities to dance, drink, or just hang out.

    Farewell Dinner
    Share some last laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) at an included farewell dinner with the group.

  • Day 9: Fly Home

    Antio, filoi!
    Translation: Goodbye, friends. Before you head to the airport, make sure to take one more group photo and grab that final drink. But this isn’t goodbye because you can always get the gang back together for another trip soon. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, we have a couple ways to keep your vacation going.


    1. Double the fun
    A lot of our trips line up back to back! Give us a call—we can help you add another and save big while you're at it.

    2. Go ahead or stay behind
    Extending your trip is easy! During checkout, you'll have the option to fly to (or from) the gateway of your choice for an additional fee. We'll adjust your flights accordingly, but you'll be responsible to take care of your transportation, hotels, and other logistics outside of tour.

    Note: Depending on your desired gateways, additional fees may apply.

Traveling with us helps the EF community plant trees, at no extra cost to you.


Overall rating: 5 out of 5
Based on 47 authentic traveler reviews
  • Great, would definitely recommend

      Rohan, traveled Sep. 2023

    Great tour with guide Mayia, saw a bunch of iconic spots during the week and great company. We did a lot of walking and guided tours, just a heads up. If you are interested in Greek mythology, history, and seeing plenty of museums and ancient ruins while exploring with a fun crowd, this trip has it all

  • A True Greek Odessey

      Anonymous, traveled Sep. 2023

    This trip really was great from start to finish! If you’re any kind of history buff this trip is for you. We saw some mind blowing temples and archeological sites! The optional excursions our guide provided us were great! Please go do them! (Temple of Poseidon and Honey farm!) This trip is very fast paced and you will do a lot of walking so you have to be re... See more

  • Greek Odyssey

      Beth, traveled Aug. 2023

    This was my first EF trip and I had an amazing experience. My group was 18 people so it was the perfect size and everyone got along really well. The TD Lefteris is absolutely incredible and I would highly recommend him to anyone. This trip has a great balance of scheduled tours and free time, and I didn’t feel like I missed out on anything I wanted to see or... See more

  • Wish I could leave 6 stars!

      Anonymous, traveled Aug. 2023

    This was my first EF trip, and while I was nervous ahead of the tour since I was traveling solo, I couldn't have asked for a better experience. The tour director Lefteris was wonderful and truly went above and beyond for my group. The trip was a great mix of guided tours of archaeological sites and free time. For only a week, you get a lot to do! Plus, every... See more

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