Archaeological Tour in Greece, 12 days

“This 12-day archaeological tour in Greece pulls back the curtain on centuries of history. Explore sites such as Delphi, Mycenae and the Acropolis as you discover the cradle of Western civilization.”


Peloponnese | Corinth Canal | Tripoli | Tegea | Alea Athena temple | Kapsia cave | Dimitsana | Hydromovement Open Air Museum | Monasteries of Lousios Gorge | Sparta Mystras | Mycenae | Epidaurus | Nafplio | Ancient Olympia | Museum of Olympia | Galaxidi | Delphi | Cape Sounio | Lake of Vouliagmeni | Athens Riviera | Athens walking tour | Acropolis Museum |

Description of Archaeological Tour in Greece, 12 days

For anyone with even a passing interest in ancient history, a tour of the archaeological sites in Greece must be high on the bucket list. From the Acropolis of Athens, with its magnificent Parthenon temple, to the vast amphitheatre of Epidaurus to Delphi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the entire country and especially the Peloponnese, is dotted with well-preserved and fascinating ruins.

Begin in Tripoli, with visits included to the Corinth Canal of Isthmus, a masterpiece of engineering, and the spectacular rock formations of the Kapsia Cave, as well as some refreshing wine-tasting. Continue, via the monasteries of the Lousios Gorge and an interesting open-air museum dedicated to the science of hydromovement, to Sparta at the foot of Mt. Taygetos. Here you’ll learn about Spartan lifestyles, and how their legendary warriors fought, with an optional lesson in traditional Greek cuisine at your hotel too! Tour the Byzantine city of Mystras from Sparta, before day five, sure to be a highlight of the trip, leads you to Epidaurus and Mycenae. Arriving in the picturesque coastal settlement of Nafplio you can swim in the sea, and tackle the 999 steps leading to the Venetian castle.

Other memorable stops on the route to Athens include Ancient Olympia, where you’ll explore the ruins of the stadium and see the statue of Zeus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world; and the temple of Apollo in Delphi, which you’ll visit from a base in a nearby seaside village.

A busy itinerary also covers the monasteries of Meteroa, Cape Sounio via the idyllic Athens Riviera, and an enthralling guided walking tour of the capital itself, during which you will of course visit the Acropolis, and the museum which displays many of the treasures unearthed here.

You would struggle to find a more comprehensive tour of the ancient Peloponnese than this. Expect to return home as a veritable fount of knowledge.

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2021: 3 Apr, 10 Apr, 17 Apr, 24 Apr, 1 May, 8 May, 15 May, 22 May, 29 May, 5 Jun, 12 Jun, 19 Jun, 26 Jun, 3 Jul, 10 Jul, 17 Jul, 24 Jul, 31 Jul, 7 Aug, 14 Aug, 21 Aug, 28 Aug, 4 Sep, 11 Sep, 18 Sep, 25 Sep, 2 Oct, 9 Oct, 16 Oct, 23 Oct, 30 Oct

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

We are also owners of the small city hotel that you will stay during your holidays which in addition with our office they recycle paper and plastic and transfers it to a recycling company in the industrial area. Plastics caps are gathered and donated to a local club that helps children with special needs by buying them special trolleys. At your arrival here you will be given a Travellers Code of Conduct, where you will get informed about how to apply maximum responsibility during your holidays concerning environmental and socio-cultural factors. Some examples are: Do not disturb animals, plants or their natural habitat, Leave only footprints. Don't litter. You may even pick up and properly dispose of litter left by others, Report any environmentally damaging activities you may witness.
We hope that our effort will push other companies, individuals or local authorities to contribute to this project and be part to our effort for a better environment for the next generations.

The Impacts of this Trip

Choosing our holidays, you choose responsible holidays. As Mr Panagiotopoulos, founder and president of our company, was born and raised here, one of his biggest concerns is to secure that tourism will not affect negatively our area in ecological and socio-cultural way, and also that the locals will mostly benefit from your travel.

Our company which is the organizer and operator of this package is local-based and all our guides, drivers and employees are locals too, ensuring not only the economical benefit of our area but also your cultural benefit. In this trip, you will visit so many different places and you will always be surrounded by locals, experiencing the Greek way of living. But the most important thing for us, is that your presence here gives us a strong negotiation card for pressing the local authorities for the development of our area, such us constructing cycling streets in our city or finance and organize better our archaeological museums and sites. During our visit to the archaeological sites if it’s a close distance we propose to them not to use the car. Also, we have made our guests aware of the regulation in advance. For example, we advise them to shoot as many photos as they like but not to throw objects at the surrounding area or touch and sit in the monuments.


3 Reviews of Archaeological Tour in Greece, 12 days

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 29 Aug 2019 by

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

The spectacular archaeological sites that I doubt I would have been able to get to so efficiently as a solo traveller. The other brilliant part was meeting other travellers, and joining them for the bike ride and the
gorge hike - unmissable!! The OTHER, other most memorable part was just how good our tour leaders were. Nothing was too much trouble and they were flexible with what we did, including acceding to my request to visit a couple of extra museums.

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

Have very good walking shoes - some places can be a bit slippery or scrabbly. A reasonable degree of fitness will help a lot, and understand that Greeks generally eat later than we’re used to, so ask what the plan is for the next day and make sure you have something to nibble on if necessary!

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

I did indeed - in particular, the hotel in Tripoli had a close association with Arcas
Travel. Our group leaders were happy to recommend places that they go with their friends and family. I liked that at no stage were we taken to a pre-arranged restaurant and told to eat there. You could also donate to a reforestation program the travel company is involved in. And finally- the group leaders were all locals, so not only were we directly supporting them, we got their local knowledge and insights. Win!

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

I didn’t know what to expect and entered cautiously. This experience blew me away. It was very well organised, everyone had the right attitude- everything clicked right away. A rare find and I’m exceedingly grateful, pleased and just a tad smug to have been a part of this trip in such a glorious part of the world.

Reviewed on 12 Nov 2018 by

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

The most memorable sights on my trip was visiting the wonderful ancient sites of Mycenae, Olympia and Delphi.

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

If you do this trip be sure to ask for Dimitri to be your tour leader, he was excellent.

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

By staying in small local hotels and eating at local tavernas we were supporting local businesses and employing local people.

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

For an ancient history buff this was a great trip!

Reviewed on 04 Jun 2018 by

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

Too many great experiences to pick one.... the "hero" excursions were amazing, but so were all the little things. Warm bread at breakfast in Tripoli, lots of laughter as we cycled through cherry orchards, the peace and beauty of Galaxidi in the morning sunshine ... and successfully climbing all those stairs.

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

Remember that you'll climb (lots of) hills and stair. Prepare your knees and wear the right shoes/sandals. Travel light.

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

Yes. Local staff (from Tripoli) allowed growth outside of key tourist areas. We also used smaller accommodation providers and ate locally.

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

Amazing.... the people, the place, the organisation... and fabulous fellow travellers. Highly recommended.

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