Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

SPECIAL OFFERS

2023 Early Booking Offer

For a limited time, starting on May 23*, save $400 per person on North America itineraries or save $500 per person on international itineraries when you book your space by 8/19/22 on select 2023 National Geographic Signature Land departures**. Take advantage of this special offer by calling 1-888-966-8687 or contacting your Travel Agent, or book online and mention code EARLY_BK_2023.

*Qualifying departures will open for booking to all travelers on May 26, 2022. Starting on May 23, 2022, early booking will be available to select groups. Please refer to the following schedule:

5/23:
Lifelong Explorers, Grosvenor Council Members, and Travelers who are currently on hold with National Geographic Expeditions for a future reservation

5/24:
National Geographic Expeditions or Journeys Past Travelers

5/25:
Disney Vacation Club Members, Disney Castaway Club Gold and Platinum Members, and Golden Oak Residents

5/26:
General Public

If you qualify for early booking, please call 1-888-966-8687 to book your expedition. Our hours are Monday to Friday, 9am-9pm ET.

If you do not qualify for early booking, this departure will open for booking to all travelers on May 26, 2022.
**The per-person savings is taken from the non-discounted prevailing rate for each departure as quoted by National Geographic Expeditions on the date of booking (“Regular Rate’”) and only valid on select National Geographic Expeditions land departures with travel start dates between November 7, 2022 and December 11, 2023, inclusive.

Qualifying land itineraries have a callout on the Special Offers box of the itinerary page on nationalgeographic.com/expeditions, and on the Special Offers page.

The offer designation may not reflect real-time offer availability; accordingly, availability is subject to confirmation at time of booking and payment of the standard deposit. Any courtesy hold, without payment of the standard deposit, will not guarantee availability of the offer for the selected departure date.

Offer availability is limited for each departure. The offer terminates on August 19, 2022 or when the limited spaces eligible for the offer on the applicable departure date have been booked, whichever is earlier.

Valid on new bookings only. Lead guest of the booking party must travel on the land package booked. Not transferable or redeemable for cash in whole or in part. Savings not applicable to deposit. Cannot be combined with any other offers, discounts or promotions. Not valid for group bookings. Offer is subject to change without notice. Offer valid for residents of the U.S. and Canada, except for Quebec. Bookings subject to restrictions and National Geographic Expeditions’ standard terms and conditions. Void where prohibited.
Available Departures
  • May 15-25, 2023
  • May 29-Jun 8, 2023
  • Sep 4-14, 2023
  • Oct 2-12, 2023
  • This expedition was inspired by the National Geographic television series The Greeks, the July 2016 National Geographic magazine photo-essay, and the 2016 National Geographic Museum exhibition The Greeks: From Agamemnon to Alexander the Great.
  • In Athens, meet with a local expert to discuss the political and economic landscape of contemporary Greece.
  • Explore an array of UNESCO World Heritage sites including ancient Mycenae; the Byzantine monasteries of Meteora; and Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games.
  • Visit an award-winning Greek winery to sample local vintages, and learn about olive oil production at a family-owned olive farm.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Trace 5,000 years of Greek history while exploring the country's incomparable archaeological treasures. From the legendary Acropolis in Athens to the cliff-top monasteries of Meteora and the Mycenaean treasures of the Peloponnese, delve into the mythology and masterpieces of ancient Greece with local scholars and archaeologists.

Day 1: Athens, Greece
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Arrive in Athens and transfer to our hotel in the heart of the historic Plaka neighborhood. Gather for a welcome reception and dinner on the hotel's rooftop, which offers breathtaking views of the Acropolis.

Meals Included:Dinner
Accommodations:Electra Metropolis Hotel Athens
Day 2: Athens
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Begin the day at the New Acropolis Museum, examining panels of the famous Parthenon frieze, along with many other ancient works. Visit the hilltop complex of the Acropolis, crowned by the magnificent Parthenon. Venture back into the Plaka neighborhood for a delicious lunch. Then discover the origins of democracy at the ancient Agora, once frequented by Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Enjoy the evening at leisure to explore the charming cobblestones streets of the Plaka neighborhood.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Electra Metropolis Hotel Athens
Day 3: Athens/Náfplio
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Visit the National Archaeological Museum, home to countless treasures including Mycenean gold masks, Greek vases, and evocative marble sculptures. Travel south over the Isthmus of Corinth to see the Temple of Apollo and the Forum. This evening, take a stroll along the waterfront in the charming town of Náfplio, then gather for dinner at a local taverna.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Grand Bretagne Hotel
Day 4: Náfplio/Mycenae/Epidaurus
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Explore the fortified city of Mycenae, the center of the powerful Mycenaean civilization that flourished in the second millennium B.C. Enter the citadel through the Lion Gate, discovering an ancient grave circle, the royal palace, and the Tomb of Agamemnon—the largest of the tholos (beehive) tombs found here. Journey into the renowned wine region of Nemea for a visit to an award-winning winery. Learn about the wine making process and enjoy a sampling of Greek wines over lunch. Later, visit the theater of Epidaurus, renowned for its exceptional acoustics. Return to Náfplio for an evening on your own.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Grand Bretagne Hotel
Day 5: Olympia
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Today we travel to Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games and a World Heritage Site. After lunch, explore this evocative collection of ancient temples, altars, and a stadium. Visit the archaeological museum to learn about Olympia’s origins as a sanctuary honoring Zeus. This evening, visit a local, family-owned olive farm and delve into the process for harvesting and pressing olives. Enjoy an olive oil tasting before an al fresco dinner.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Olympion Asty Hotel
Day 6: Delphi
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Depart the Peloponnese for mainland Greece. Arrive at the sanctuary of Delphi, considered by ancient Greeks to be the center of the world. Walk the sacred way to the Temple of Apollo and explore Delphi's awe-inspiring ruins which include a theater, a stadium, treasuries, and altars. Later, have dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Amalia Hotel Delphi
Day 7: Delphi/Kalambáka
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Begin the day with a visit to the 11th-century monastery of Hosios Loukas, a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. Enjoy time at leisure in the hilltop town of Aráhova, taking in the panoramic views and picturesque architecture. This afternoon, journey to Kalambáka and have dinner overlooking the stunning rock formations the area is known for.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Grand Meteora Hotel
Day 8: Kalambáka/Meteora
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Spend the morning exploring the extraordinary monasteries of Meteora. Built atop sandstone megaliths that rise some 1,200 feet from the valley floor, these monasteries offered refuge from hostile attacks during the waning days of the Byzantine Empire. Venture into chapels and courtyards adorned with beautiful frescoes. Take in panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, when on a clear day, you can see as far as Mount Olympus. After lunch, venture into the surrounding forests to experience truffle hunting with a guide and specially trained dog.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Grand Meteora Hotel
Day 9: Thermopylae/Athens
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This morning, travel to the mountain pass of Thermopylae, where Persian and Greek armies clashed in 480 B.C. Later, upon our return to Athens, meet with a local expert to discuss the political and economic landscape of contemporary Greece. Enjoy a free evening to explore Athens on your own.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Electra Metropolis Athens
Day 10: Athens/Aegina
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Travel to the port city of Piraeus, stopping to view a striking mural by the Greek visual artist iNO, whose artistic process was captured in the National Geographic television series The Greeks. Board a ferry to the island of Aegina, once an important maritime power. Explore the fifth-century B.C. Temple of Aphaia and have lunch before returning by ferry to Athens. Gather for a farewell dinner this evening.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Electra Metropolis Hotel Athens
Day 11: Athens
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Transfer to the airport and connect with your international flight home.

Meals Included:Breakfast