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…It’s not the honor that you take with you, but the heritage you leave behind…

Day 1: Arrival – Philippi – Lydia – Kavala

Arrival at ‘Makedonia’ Airport on Thessaloniki, meeting and orientation with our representatives. Transfer to the archaeological site of Philippi listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The remains of this walled city lay at the foot of an acropolis and on the ancient route linking Europe and Asia, the Via Egnatia. Founded in 356 BC by the Macedonian King Philip II, the city developed to become as a “small Rome”. The vibrant Hellenistic city of Philip II, of which the walls and their gates, the theatre and the funerary heroon (temple) are to be seen, was supplemented with Roman public  buildings such as the Forum and a monumental terrace with temples to its north. Later the city became a centre of the Christian faith following the visit of the Apostle Paul in 49-50 AD (the first place in Europe where Christianity was preached, by Saint Paul). The remains of its basilicas constitute an exceptional testimony to the early establishment of Christianity. Next to Philippi is located the Baptism Site of Saint Lydia, where the first Christian conversion in Europe took place. Check-in our hotel. On your free time you can optionally visit either the Acropolis-Castle on Old Town or have a walking tour to observe the Step of St Paul, the 16th century Aqueduct, the neoclassical mansions and big tobacco warehouses. Dinner and overnight stay in Kavala.

Day 2: Thessaloniki

Breakfast and transfer to Thessaloniki that is embellished with several early Christian and Byzantine monuments that were added to the UNESCO World Heritage list. We will visit the Rotunda, a massive 4th century AD dome embellished with high quality mosaics, which reflects the rich multicultural history of Thessalonica. Rotunda has a long history and has been used as a pagan temple, a Christian church and a mosque. We will also see the neighboring Arch of Galerius, celebrating Romans’ Galerius victory over the Sassanid Persians. Continue to visit the 7th century Church of Saint Demetrius, the patron saint of Thessaloniki, dating from a time when it was the second largest city of the Byzantine Empire. The spot has been used continuously, since the 4th century AD, as a place of Christian worship. We will admire the stunning mosaics, frescoes, the unusual shrine and the Crypt. We’ll visit the 15th century Ottoman White Tower on the waterfront of Thessalonica, which is the emblem of the city. There we will have time for a short break and a stroll along the magnificent coastal road. Our next stop is the Roman Forum, the ancient center of political and public life. A large open area surrounded by buildings of various functions some of which were elegant, impressive buildings, displaying the financial prosperity of the city. Short break at Aristotle’s Square, the connection link between the architectural history of Thessaloniki and its modern style, where the heart of the city beats and the cafés are crowded all day long while dozens of happenings and events are held in the square throughout the year. Our last stop will be to Hagia Sophia, an impressive 8th century AD domed basilica with an imposing architecture, beautiful wall paintings and elaborate mosaic that is included as a World Heritage Site on the UNESCO list.  Check-in to our hotel, dinner and overnight rest.

Day 3: Thessaloniki – Vergina – Kalampaka

Breakfast and check-out. Transfer to the archaeological site of Vergina (Aigai), listed on UNESCO World Heritage list. The city of Aigai, the ancient first capital of the Kingdom of Macedonia, was discovered in the 19th century AD near Vergina, in northern Greece. The museum is built over the tombs leaving them in situ and showing the tumulus as it was before the excavations. One of the royal tombs in the Great Tumulus is identified as that of Philip II, who conquered all the Greek cities, paving the way for his son Alexander and the expansion of the Hellenistic world. Of equal importance is the monumental palace lavishly decorated with mosaics and painted stuccoes. It is considered to be not only the biggest but, together with the Parthenon, the most significant building of classical Greece. This unique building, utterly revolutionary and avant-garde for its time, would become an archetype of palaces in the Hellenistic world and beyond. Transfer to Kalampaka, check-in our hotel, dinner and overnight stay.  

Day 4: Kalampaka – Meteora – Delphi

Breakfast and visit to Meteora, one of the most impressive and peculiar places in Greece. Meteora consists of a cluster of huge dark rocks, on tops of which some of the most spectacular monasteries in the Orthodox world are built, and are included in UNESCO lists of World Heritage. We will have the opportunity to visit three of the most important and historical ones, viz. Monasteries of Varlaam, Great Meteoron and St. Stephen. Afterwards we will visit the nearby Meteora Natural History Museum, which contains a rich collection of birds and mammals, as well as a comprehensive mushroom museum, the first of its kind in Greece. Break for lunch in Kalampaka and transfer to a nearby winery where besides wine we can try another extract from grape, which for Thessaly region is known and it’s called tsipouro; an alcoholic drink similar to ouzo. Transfer to Delphi, check-in, dinner and overnight stay.  

Day 5: Delphi- Hosios Lukas – Patras

This day’s tour will be in the ancient city of Delphi, the most revered oracle of the ancient world. The Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, where Pithia the oracle of Apollo spoke, was the site of the omphalos, the 'navel of the world'. Blending harmoniously with the superb landscape and laced with sacred meaning, Delphi in the 6th century B.C. was indeed the religious centre and symbol of unity of the ancient world. In the museum we’ll admire, among others, the famous statues of Charioteer of Delphi and Dioscuroi, while a tour will be made in the ancient city to admire the temple of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians, the Sacred Way, the theater, the stage, etc. Our next stop will be at the Monastery of Hosios Loukas, one of the most important monuments of Middle Byzantine architecture and art, which is also listed as UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Transfer to Patras, check in to our hotel, dinner and overnight stay.    

Day 6: Patras – Olympia – Apollo Epicurus – Kalamata

Breakfast and arrival at the archaeological site of Olympia, in a valley in the Peloponnesus, that has been inhabited since prehistoric times. In the 10th century BC, Olympia became a centre for the worship of Zeus. The Altis – the sanctuary to the gods – has one of the highest concentrations of masterpieces from the ancient Greek world. In addition to temples, there are the remains of all the sports structures (stadium etc) erected for the Olympic Games, which were held in Olympia every four years since 776 BC. Olympia also housed the gold and ivory statue of Zeus, sculpted by Pheidias, known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The museum is famous for its collections of ceramics, bronze, sculptures and collection of the Olympic Games and other very notable exhibits such as Hermes of Praxiteles, the helmet of Miltiades and more. Our next visit is at Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae. This famous temple of Apollo, the god of healing and the sun was built in the middle of the 5th century B.C. at heights of the Arcadian mountains. The temple, which names the oldest Corinthian capital yet found, combines the Archaic style and the serenity of the Doric style with some daring architectural features. Transfer to Kalamata, check-in, dinner and overnight stay.  

Day 7: Kalamata – Mystras – Nafplio

Breakfast and visit to the Archeological Site of Mystras, the 'wonder of the Morea'. Today it’s in ruins and a valuable source of knowledge of history, art and culture dating from the last two centuries of Byzantium. The story of the Mystras «dead city» in nowadays starts from the mid-13th century, when the conquest of the Peloponnese completed by the Franks. In 1249 William II Villehardouin built his castle on the east side of Taygetus, on top of a hill with steep and conical form, while the town was built as an amphitheatre around the fortress. Reconquered by the Byzantines, then occupied by the Turks and the Venetians, the city was abandoned in 1832, leaving only the breathtaking medieval ruins, standing in a beautiful landscape. Transfer to the picturesque Nafplion, the first capital of Greek Republic. Check-in our hotel, dinner, free time and overnight.

Day 8: Nafplion – Epidaurus – Mycenae – Athens

Breakfast and Transfer to the Archaeological site of Epidaurus, located in a small valley in the Peloponnesus where, according to mythology, Asclepius was born. Its principal monuments, particularly the temple of Asklepios, the Tholos and the Theatre (the most beautiful and best preserved) - considered one of the purest masterpieces of Greek architecture – dating from the 4thcentury BC. The vast site, with its temples and hospital buildings devoted to its healing gods, provides valuable insight into the healing cults of Greek and Roman times. Our next visit is on the archaeological site of Mycenae, where is the imposing ruins of the greatest city of the Mycenaean civilization, which dominated the eastern Mediterranean world from the 15th to the 12th century BC and played a vital role in the development of classical Greek culture. This city is indissolubly linked to the Homeric epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey, which have influenced European art and literature for more than three millennia. Visit to a winery around Nemea area, famous for its wines. Transfer to Athens, check-in our hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 9: Athens Acropolis / walking tour (Theseion, Monastiraki Flea Market, Plaka, Anafiotika)

Today’s tour includes a guided visit at the archaeological site of Acropolis, the sacred rock of Athens. Upon this rock and during the Golden Century of Pericles, the ancient Greek thought and civilization was expressed in an ideal way and some of its top monuments were built. In the classical times (450- 330 BC) three important temples were built on the foundations of older ones, and that is Parthenon (dedicated to Athena), Erechtheum  (dedicated to Athena and Poseidon) and the Temple of Athena Nike. The entrance to the sanctuary was the monumental Propylaea. From the foot of the sacred rock along the paved road, an exceptionally beautiful route, one arrives to Thiseio. It is a neighborhood of Athens located northwest of Acropolis, near the Observatory. Important monuments of Thiseio are «Thiseion», more correctly "Hephaesteion», and that is the Temple of Hephaestus as well as the Stoa of Attalus where the Enlargement Treaty of EU was signed. Today the area is known as a recreation place with many cafes and taverns-restaurants. We continue to Monastiraki, which is a neighborhood of Athens, named after Monastiraki Square, which in turn took its name from the Church of Pantanassa that is located within the square. The neighborhood is known as a Flea Market due to its many antique shops and other commercial stores. Plaka is the most historical neighborhood of Athens that has been continuously inhabited since antiquity. Plaka buildings are preserved and protected by the State since the Second World War and today in the area there are many thriving shops, restaurants, cafes, museums, galleries and houses of historical Athenian families. Finally we will visit Anafiotika,  a scenic tiny Cycladic architectural built neighborhood founded by workers from the island of Anafi. Overnight stay and rest.

Day 10: Return or extend your trip for 1 or more days.

  • Extension 1: Panoramic tour, New Acropolis Museum and Filipapou Hill.
Breakfast and have a panoramic city acquaintance tour by our bus in Athens, We’ll see the former ro Arrival at "Eleftherios Venizelos" airport in Athens. Our representatives will welcome and transfer you to hotel for check in and a well deserved rest. Today we’ll have a panoramic acquaintance tour with the city of Athens. A city at the center of Mediterranean cultures that throughout its long history fused cultural influences and disseminated knowledge. We’ll see the former Royal Palace, the Stadium, Gardens of Zappeion, Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian's Arch. The Theatre of Dionysus, Syntagma Square, Parliament, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The Academy, the University, and the National Library while finally we’ll stroll towards Athens’ Cathedral. We continue our sightseeing tour to New Acropolis Museum, which is located approximately 300 meters southeast of Parthenon, in the historic neighborhood of Makrygianni. We will observe the excavated findings from the Settlement and the Sanctuaries located on the slopes of the Acropolis. The sculptures at Acropolis dated to the Archaic period (such as Hecatompedon, Ancient Temple, Offerings), as well as parts of Metopes, Frieze and Pediments, are some of the exhibits at the New Acropolis Museum. Moving on to Filopappou Hill. Whatever season you choose to visit this hill, you will be rewarded. This walk has all the ingredients of an unforgettable experience… beautiful greenery and important monuments. “Socrates Prison”, “Kimoneia Graves”, ancient Koili Street and a commercial avenue full of houses and shops are some of the places of interest. The “Museum of War Memorial”, Filopappos Monument and a constant great view of Parthenon and Acropolis make up for a truly fantastic walk. Free in Athens city center. Overnight stay.
  • Extension 2: One day cruise to Argo-Saronic Gulf
Breakfast and departure for Palaio Faliro, where we’ll take the cruise-boat and depart at 08.15 for a day cruise to Aegina, Poros and Hydra islands. On this cruise we will enjoy with all our senses a sunny, carefree day by the sea and discover the hidden 'secrets' of those three distinctive Greek islands that float graciously in the aquatic gem called Saronic Gulf. We’ll stay in each island as per the ship's itinerary; have lunch on board and get entertained with dances and songs from the orchestra onboard. The cruise will end in the evening. Transfer to the hotel and later on we’ll attend either a theater performance or dance alongside the familiar melodies of bouzouki.
  • Extension 3: National Archaeological Museum - Sounio
This morning, we’ll visit the National Archaeological Museum that houses some of the most important artifacts from a variety of archaeological locations around Greece, dating from prehistoric to late antiquity. One of the museum highlights is the Antikythera mechanism, known as the Antikythera astrolabe or analogue computer. It is an ancient artifact believed to be a computer engineered for precise astronomical observations, and it resembles a complex clockwork mechanism. Later on we’ll go by the coastal road (Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, Varkiza) to Cape Sounion where we’ll be mesmorised by the ruins of the ancient Greek Temple of Poseidon (5th century BC), and enjoy the awesome panoramic view. If the sky is clear enough we’ll have the chance to see seven at least islands in the horizon. Return to Athens for overnight stay.
  • Extension 4: Cruise or visit a Greek island of your choice. Please contact us…

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…It’s not the honor that you take with you, but the heritage you leave behind…


“…It’s not the honor that you take with you, but the heritage you leave behind…”


Due to its geographical location, Greece was a crossroad of civilizations. Over thousands of years a variety of cultures and traditions left their marks everywhere. This is evident at the architecture of the museums and settlements, the miniature arts, daily life, nutritional customs and generally in all forms of popular art in the various regions of the country. The visitor can come into contact with this multihued and impressive mosaic through visits and trips into historical, cultural, artistic and folkloric traditions.

Greece as a World Heritage site

According the UNESCO’s official website:
“The monuments included on the World Heritage List are selected and approved on the basis of their value as the best examples of human creative genius. They exhibit an important interchange of human values and bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or has disappeared. They are directly linked to important stages in human history and for this reason they have outstanding universal significance and are a part of mankind’s common heritage”.

There are currently 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Greece. Of these, 16 are inscribed based on “cultural” criteria, while the remaining two (Mount Athos, Meteora) are inscribed for meeting both “cultural” and “natural” criteria. Five of the sites are located on islands, one is distributed between the islands and the mainland, with the remaining 12 exclusively on the mainland. This first site to be inscribed was the Temple of Apollo at Bassae in 1986, the most recent is the Philippi, inscribed in 2016.


Below you will find the complete list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Greece:

Acropolis, Athens (1987)

Acropolis includes four of the greatest masterpieces of classical Greek period: the Parthenon, Propylaea, Erechtheion and the temple of Athena Nike, and they can be considered as global symbols of the idea of world heritage.

Archaeological Site of Aigai (Vergina) (1996)

The city of Aigai, the first capital of ancient Kingdom of Macedonia, was discovered in the 19th century near Vergina, in northern Greece. The most important monuments are the Palace and the impressive tombs. One of the royal tombs in the Great Tumulus, was identified as the tomb of Philip II, who as it’s widely known, to whom that watch Hollywood movies(!), is the father of Alexander the Great!

Archaeological Site of Delphi (1987)

The Hellenic Sanctuary of Delphi, which was given the oracle of Apollo, was considered the center of the world and it was the symbol of unity of the ancient world. Probably we need such kind of symbols nowadays as well…

Archaeological Site of Mystras (1989)

The castle of Mystras was built as a fortress in 1249 by King William, was recovered by the Byzantines and later conquered by the Turks and the Venetians. It was abandoned in 1832, leaving fascinating medieval ruins standing within an exceptionally beautiful location!

Archaeological Site of Olympia (1989)

At 10th century BC, Olympia was the centre of worship of Zeus. Apart from the temples, there are the remains of all the sports facilities built for the Olympics and it is the place where the first Olympic Games took place from 776 BC.

Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns (1999)

These two remarkable sites are the impressive monuments of the two largest cities of the Mycenaean civilisation, which dominated the eastern Mediterranean from the 15th to the 12th century BC and played a vital role in the development of classical Greek culture. These two towns are linked to the Homeric epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey and they have influenced European art and literature for more than three thousand years!

Delos (1990)

Almost all the places in Greece are related to Greek mythology and Delos could not be any exception. According to Greek Mythology, God Apollo was born on this small island in Cyclades. The archaeological site is exceptionally extensive and rich and gives the feeling of a great Mediterranean port.

Medieval City of Rhodes (1988)

In 1988 UNESCO declared Rhodes “World Heritage City”, mainly because of the Castle and the medieval city that is built inside. This is one of the largest and best-preserved castles in Europe and of course one of the most beautiful castles in Greece! It took its current form mostly in the period when the knights of the Order of Saint John occupied the island, from 1309 until 1522.

Meteora (1988)

Meteora, these stunning and unique rocks, which embrace Kalambaka is the largest monastic city in Greece after Mount Athos! According to geologists these ”weird” tectonic formations were created 30 million years ago when the sea which covered the area, began to decline. The way that these rocks stand for thousands year creates a magical landscape. This was the reason that led the monks to find the “right” isolated place for their monasteries.

Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios (1990)

The first monastery is located in Athens, the second in Phokida and the third in Chios. The churches are built with large domes which are supported by small arches creating an octagonal space. In 11th and 12th century the monasteries had colourful marble decoration and mosaics on a gold background, all characteristics of the second Byzantine Period.

Mount Athos (1988)

The natural beauty of Mouth Athos with the picturesque hills, wild forests, steep cliffs and incredible water is extraordinary. It can be visited only by men who should have received a special pass, which is called “diamonitirion” and it includes twenty monasteries, twelve sketae and its capital in Karyes.

Old town of Corfu (2007)

The historical centre of Corfu is characterised mainly by two fortresses. The one along east side is the Old Fortress, while the other on the west side is the New Fortress. The Old Fort is located on an island and joins the city with a concrete bridge that formerly was wooden. In the past, the two fortresses of Corfu were linked by large walls.

Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments of Thessalonika (1988)

The monuments that are included in the list are Rotunda, the temple of Acheiropiitos and St. Demetrius. The monastery Latomou, the church of St. Sophia and the Church of Our Lady Chalkeon. The churches of Saint Panteleimon, the Holy Apostles and Saint Nikolaos Orfanos. The St. Catherine and the Almighty Saviour Christ, Vlatadon, the church of Prophet Elias, the Byzantine baths and the walls of Thessaloniki!

Phillipi (2016)

This the most recent addition to UNESCO World Heritage sites list. The remains of this walled city lie at the foot of an acropolis in north-eastern Greece, on the ancient route linking Europe and Asia, the Via Egnatia. Founded in 356 BC by the Macedonian King Philip II, the city developed as a “small Rome” with the establishment of the Roman Empire in the decades following the Battle of Philippi, in 42 BCE. The vibrant Hellenistic city of Philip II, features the walls and their gates, the theatre and the funerary heroon (temple). These were supplemented with Roman public buildings such as the Forum and a monumental terrace with temples to its north. Later the city became a centre of the Christian faith following the visit of the Apostle Paul in 49-50 CE. The remains of its basilicas constitute an exceptional testimony to the early establishment of Christianity.

Pythagoreion and Heraion of Samos (1992)

Since 3.000 BC, many civilisations have inhabited this small greek island, which is very close to Asia. The ruins of the Pythagorean, an ancient fortified port with Greek and Roman monuments;  an impressive aqueduct and the Heraion, the temple of Hera of Samos, are still accessible.

Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus (1988)

The main monuments, particularly the theatre which is considered as one of the masterpieces of Greek architecture, are dated from the 4th century.

Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae (1986)

The famous temple dedicated to the god of healing and the sun was built in the 5th century on the steep mountains of Arcadia. It has the oldest Corinthian capital ever found and it combines the Archaic with the Doric rhythm.

The Historic Centre (Chorá) with the Monastery of Saint-John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse on the Island of Pátmos (1999)

Patmos, in Dodecanese Islands, is known as the island where St. John wrote the Gospel and the Apocalypse. A monastery dedicated to the ‘beloved disciple’ was discovered on the isle in the late 10th century. The old settlement in Chora, which is connected with, includes religious and folk buildings.


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Here you'll find useful information for preparing your trip to Greece. We give you practical tips on documentation, safety, healthcare, what clothes to pack, currency, tourist cards, public holidays… so you're all set when you arrive.    

General Information

Capital of Greece: Athens Official language: Greek The currency: Euro (€) Climate: Mediterranean Population: 11.306.183 (2010 estimate) The country is a Presidential Parliamentary Democracy Calling code: The international calling code of Greece is +30  

Exchange Currencies

Greece is a Member-State of the European Union and uses its uniform currency – the Euro (€). Greece, as is the case with the other Member-States of the E.U. uses eight coins as follows: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents (lepta in Greek) and 1 and 2 Euros. The banknotes are issued in the following denominations: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 Euros. Currency exchange rates are clearly displayed in every bank that accepts currency exchange, while credit card holders may acquire money from the ATMs of the collaborating banks. Greek banks are open for the public from 8:00 to 14:30 Mondays to Thursdays and from 8:00 to 13:30 on Fridays. They are closed on Public Holidays. Euros can also be exchanged for notes of other foreign currencies at exchange offices that are situated at the airport and certain main ports, in the larger cities, as well as at many tourist destinations. A passport is required when exchanging currencies.  

Time Zone

Time Greece: GMT +2  

National celebrations and Holidays 

New Years Day: 1st of January Epiphany: 6th of January. Sea water is consecrated in the area of Piraeus. The priests throw the Cross into the sea and young men dive to catch it. Ash Monday: 41 days before Easter. It is the day people begin the Lent. On Ash Monday Greeks fly kites, eat meatless food and celebrate Koulouma. Athenians gather on Philopappou Hill. Independence Day & Celebration of Evaggelismos: 25th of March. Military parade. Easter: From Holy Friday until Easter Monday. On Holy Friday evening every church decorates the Epitaph (Bier of Christ). During the procession of the Epitaph the streets of every city or village in the country are full of people. It is a religious procession where everybody holds lit candles in their hands and sings hymns. Night of the Resurrection: It is celebrated in midnight before Easter Sunday with fireworks and candles. Easter Sunday: On Easter Sunday Greeks eat barbecue lamb. The celebrations include singing and dancing all day long. Labor Day: 1st of May. Flower feasts all around Athens. Pentecost: It is celebrated 50 days after Easter. Assumption of the Virgin Mary: 15th of August. 28th of October: National Celebration. Military parade. Christmas: 25th-26th of December.  

Health & Safety

In order to have access to necessary health care, tourists from member states of the European Union (EU) wishing to visit Greece must be holders of the European Health Card (EHIC) or any other legal Community document issued by their competent social security agency. In these cases, the necessary treatment in Greece is provided by Social Security Institute Health Units (polyclinics) or doctor’s offices in the region; Regional clinics (former rural clinics) or the Health Centres of the National Health System; and the outpatients’ departments of the hospitals on contract. In order to have access to necessary health care, tourists from countries other than the member states of the European Union wishing to visit Greece must consult their social security agency for information before travelling.  

Useful Numbers:

Ambulance Service: 166 SOS Doctors : 1016 Duty Hospitals and Clinics: 1434 Pharmacies: 1434 Open Line for alcohol drug Addiction: 210 36 17 089 Poisoning First Aid: 210 77 93 777 Police: 100 Tourist Police: 1571