Ancient Greece holiday, small group

“A six day small group tour around the main ancient sites of Greece’s mainland, staying at four star hotels, with private transfers. ”

Highlights

Acropolis & Parthenon in Athens | UNESCO World Heritage site of Mycenae | Nafplion & Palamidi fortress | Ancient theatre of Epidaurus | Birth place of the Olympic Games at Olympia | Temple of Apollo at Delphi

Description of Ancient Greece holiday, small group

This Ancient Greece holiday is a six day, fully guided small group tour around some of the country’s most spectacular ancient sites on the mainland. Your guide will be a local expert in Greek history and mythology who brings all the ancient stories and heritage to life as you tour the sites. Starting in Athens and its surrounds, we spend two days taking in the city’s greats including the Acropolis and the Parthenon, as well as the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the National Library and the Parliament building.

We then head west to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mycenae on the Peloponnese Peninsula where we spend time visiting the 3,500-year-old citadel ruins said to be Agamemnon’s home. After this we head to the beautiful seaside town of Nafplion, the country’s first capital.

Our next stop is further west at Olympia, birthplace of the Olympics where we visit some of the smaller sites, taking in the Temple of Zeus and Hera, the Stadium and altar of the Olympic flame. Our last stop before heading back to Athens is the great ancient temple at Delphi, on the mountainous cliffs of Mount Parnassus. Which is also surrounded by the stunning landscapes of Parnassus National Park.

Please not that we can also organise this as a private tour if you would prefer to not travel in a group, so please do not hesitate to chat with us about your requirements.

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Ancient Greece holiday, small group

Environment

We know that making the positive difference we aim to achieve will not be an easy task. However, our enthusiasm and commitment towards our travel responsibility mission is far stronger than any obstacles. We believe that in order to achieve any objective, the company has to have accurate policies and procedures for the employees and the guests to follow in order to reach our goal.

We have decided that the environment is a major component of any local community and any negative effect on the environment would directly have an impact on the lives of the inhabitants of the local community. Therefore, we have drawn up a strict environmental protection policy that all our employees and travelers have to abide by. For example, we recycle empty ink cartridges. A company collects them and disposes of them the correct manner. We’ve also moved towards a paperless booking process, where we encourage our travelers to download tour notes and vouchers onto their handheld devices instead of printing those out. For documents that require printing, we’ve kept them to a minimum of one page, such as our tour confirmation vouchers.
We no longer produce printed brochures. Not only does this reduce the usage of paper and ink, it also enables us to update our product line online which means our clients have direct access to latest information.

Ancient Ruins are found all over Greece. We encourage our travellers to take photos of these, but take nothing more than that. We also instruct our clients not to touch, sit or scrape at any ruins as these should be left in place for many generations to see.

It is the responsibility of all travelers to reduce waste and to not litter in any of the ancient sites and towns we visit. We operate a leave nothing but footprints policy and encourage our guests to keep waste to a minimum wherever we travel on this trip.

As we eat in locally owned restaurants and taverns on this trip, the produce is all sourced locally and has a much smaller carbon footprint because of this. It also tastes much better than imported ingredients too!

For us, Responsible Travel is the only way to travel.

Community

Throughout our long tourism business journey, exceeding 15 years of travel operation in the Middle East, we have succeeded in establishing strong links with the communities we are dealing with in the host destinations. By making use of the same suppliers and organizers, our travelers are bound to be exposed to the best tours and services during their travels with us.
We aim to inform and educate our travelers on the cultures of the destinations they are visiting. By doing this we aim to create a form of respect between the travelers and the local citizens who they will face along their tour

We believe that the Responsible Travel concept has to be a two-way strategy with both the travelers and the local community gaining benefits. We benefit the local communities we visit using a wide scope of activities that have a positive impact on the local economy, and by recruiting employees who belonging to the local community.

We encourage our guests to buy local products and make use of services that people local community offer. Local markets that have vendors and locals selling handicraft is the best way to support the craftsmen and the local economy. There are evil eyes, money pouches, scarves and ceramics to pick from during your shopping spree.

When leaving Athens behind, we will be making some lunch stops on some days. We like to use local, family owned restaurants where they still prepare the traditional Greek food that everyone desires to eat. From dolmades, mousaka, calamari and Greek salad served with delicious fresh feta and tomatoes bursting with flavour.

We further support the local community by employing local guides, using local handicraft shops and recommend shops to our travelers so that their holiday spending contributes to the people of that country. We also provide each traveler with a tipping guide. By doing this we set a concept of tipping and gratuity for every person who will offer a form of service to the traveler.

We have also considered the social aspect of the local community and how to respect the customs and traditions of the inhabitants helping us operate our tours. We always provide our guests with all the information needed to understand the community they are visiting and we create valuable opportunities for the travelers and the locals to mingle and exchange ideas and thoughts. During free time the travelers can walk about and eat at local places where locals will also be eating out for their evening meals. This makes for a perfect scene to speak to locals and perhaps even have a meal side by side.

We educate all our staff on the real life situations of each destination. Sales consultants will use this information to inform potential travelers of the correct information and threats that they may face. By creating long lasting relationships with our local ground handlers, we are able to establish what needs the community has and through their information we can inform our travelers what they can contribute to the local community from their home countries.

Greece is recovering from a major economical crisis. We encourage our travellers to buy from local shops, eat at street stalls and support the local people financially by tipping them for their services.

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Reviewed on 24 Apr 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing all the incredible ancient monuments in the flesh

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Wear comfy walking shoes to make the most of all the sites. Cash, rather than cards, is used for convenience in the restaurants

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Our visiting and using the restaurants and souvenir shops helped the local , in some cases rural, economy.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?



Reviewed on 23 Sep 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Visiting the sites especially Delphi.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


This is advertised as a small group tour. It is not, it is a holiday with pre-booked excursions. It also is not small group it is more a full coach load on the excursions for people of varying languages making explanations very slow.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


No, I can not totally agree with this statement. Yes, it used local guides, however on the excursions we went to specific excursion places for lunch and was taken into the towns we were staying in just for time for diner in the four/five star hotel. Did not get time to spend in the areas of the hotels to spend on dining or in the local shops.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


We had a very good holiday all in all and really enjoyed the sites that we saw. However I thought I was booking a small group tour. I have been on many before, they work better. You can hear what the guide is telling you, have good time at the sites and also get local tours of the area you are staying, dining at local eateries. We were told the group was going to be max 26 but it was more like 48. We had very little to no time to look around the villages we stayed in with no guidance to local areas. At the end of the excursion some of the group carried on, while we were left at at the hotel in Delphi for 3-4 hours until a day excursion could pick us up, cutting down our last day in Athens. However, despite the drawbacks we loved the sites.

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Chloe,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your recent experience on our Classic Greece Tour.

I am pleased that there were many elements of the tour which you liked and that you enjoyed all of the sites you visited. I agree, Delphi is definitely one of the most impressive. I am sorry that the group tour experience didn't live up to your expectations and that the group size was larger than it should have been.
Following your feedback we have spoken with our team in Greece and it appears that due to an administrative error in our Athens office you were actually placed onto our large group multi-lingual tour which absolutely shouldn't have happened.

This tour follows exactly the same itinerary, however has a larger group size and sightseeing is operated in multiple languages. We do sell this larger group tour at a lower price and as such we would like to offer you a refund to compensate for these differences. We will be writing to you shortly to discuss this refund and to get it processed for you.

Kind Regards,

Reviewed on 13 Nov 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Visiting the ancient sites - too many to list individually

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


That it's a very 'full on' trip and busy throughout. I would definitely recommend adding an additional day in Athens at the end (as we did) to allow a visit to the National Archaeological Museum and other sites in Athens itself.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We didn't realise until we got to Athens that the tour parts of the trip were 'subcontracted' to a local tour company. In our case, this worked very well (see below), but reading some other reviews on Trip Advisor, this did not seem to be everyone's experience.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Absolutely fabulous. We had a truly wonderful guide who put real enthusiasm into her presentations, was incredibly knowledgeable about all the sites and ancient Greek history and was able to answer every question asked.

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