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Essential Greece

10 days · Starting from $4,770 · April-Sept 2023

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Essential Greece is a unique experience curated and crafted from over 35 years of experience. We made sure to include everything.

While in Greece, enjoy our warm hospitality, and the peace of mind of having your local guide accompany you throughout your journey.

Private transfers, exceptional accommodations, breakfast, traditional meals, drinks, visits to amazing landmarks and off the beaten path places are only the beginning of what you will discover.

A few words about this trip

Duration 10 days
Dates April 8, May 19, June 1, June 9, June 30, September 1, September 22
Cost (single room) $7,130 / person
Cost (shared double room) $5,140 / person
Cost (shared triple room) $4,770 / person
Group Size Max 18 guests

Discover the heart of this ancient land with our Essential Greece trip, meticulously designed based on over 35 years of experience in the travel industry. We have carefully selected the must-see sites and hidden gems to provide you with an unforgettable journey. Immerse yourself in the rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning landscapes that make Greece truly magical.

From the moment you arrive, you’ll be treated to our warm hospitality and the reassurance of having a knowledgeable local guide accompanying you throughout your adventure. With private transfers and exceptional accommodations, you can relax and indulge in the utmost comfort.

Begin each day with a delicious breakfast and enjoy traditional meals and drinks as you explore both iconic landmarks and off-the-beaten-path locations. Delve into the wonders of Greece’s ancient past, marvel at breathtaking natural beauty, and experience the warmth and charm of local communities.

This comprehensive journey through Essential Greece promises to be a trip of a lifetime, offering you an authentic and enriching experience that goes far beyond the ordinary.

Itinerary overview

Day 1 - Departures from United States

Day 2 - Arrive in Athens

Day 3 - The Acropolis

Day 4 - The Oracle

Day 5 - Hot Gates-Meteora

Day 6 - Kastoria

Day 7 - Alexander The Great

Day 8 - Santorini

Day 9 - Catamaran Cruise

Day 10 - Departures from Greece

Athens, Acropolis
The Oracle
Hot Gates – Meteora
Alexander The Great at Vergina
Santorini, Catamaran Cruise
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Itinerary overview

Day 1 - Departures from United States

Flights from the United States to Athens arrive the next day

Day 2 - Arrive in Athens

We will meet and greet you at the airport. Private transfer to your hotel.

Early in the afternoon, gather with your guide and fellow travelers for a short walk under the Acropolis. A traditional Greek welcome dinner will follow.

Overnight in Athens

Day 3 - The Acropolis

We’ll visit the famous Parthenon at the Acropolis one of the greatest icons of the ancient world.

Time at your leisure to explore the landmarks and picturesque neighborhood that surrounds the Acropolis.

In the afternoon we’ll visit the port of Piraeus. We will enjoy a freshly caught dinner by the sea at Mikrolimano.

Overnight in Athens

Day 4 - The Oracle

We will travel north to Delphi, The Oracle. Upon arrival, admire a breathtaking view of the area while enjoying light appetizers and refreshments. A visit of the Oracle will follow.

The Oracle once housed Apollo’s prophets who used their gift of prophecy to serve as consultants to the ancient classical world.

Enjoy Greek style lamb chop dinner tonight at a nearby village.

Overnight in Delphi

Day 5 - Hot Gates-Meteora

Our first stop today is at the Hot Gates (Thermopylae), where in 480 BC King Leonidas led his 300 Spartan warriors into battle against an army of thousands of Persians.

We will continue on to Meteora, a location known for its unique cliffs and massive rock formations. At the tops of these incredible rock pillars sit old monasteries that seem almost suspended in the air. Light lunch under the rocks.

Our journey today will continue to the Byzantine city of Kastoria. Dinner at the old town.

Overnight in Kastoria

Day 6 - Kastoria

Kastoria is a beautiful city nestled in a valley surrounded by limestone mountains. Its charming lake encompasses a large perimeter of the city, and is a point of pride for the locals. This city hosts a treasure trove of Byzantine history and has preserved many Greek traditions. Easy walk around the lake as we visit an 11th century monastery, and the Dragon’s Cave.

Early in the afternoon we will meet a local family and take part in traditional festivities with a customary Greek celebration and dinner with traditional lamb on the spit and more!

Overnight in Kastoria

Day 7 - Alexander The Great

Morning visit of Vergina, a must see destination for anyone familiar with Alexander the Great.

A tour of the impressive new museum that houses King Fillipos’ tomb, father of Alexander the Great, will follow.

Late lunch in Thessaloniki before we fly over to Santorini.

Overnight in Santorini

Day 8 - Santorini

Morning visit to the fascinating ancient archaeological site of Akrotiri. This Bronze Age settlement was buried in volcanic ash after an eruption in the 17th century BC, similar to the phenomena found in Pompeii.

Overnight in Santorini

Day 9 - Catamaran Cruise

We will take a catamaran cruise around the famous Galdera and the sunken volcano. There will be stops for swimming and snorkeling. We will enjoy a delicious BBQ meal prepared on the spot, with Greek appetizers and drinks.

Overnight in Santorini

Day 10 - Departures from Greece

A private transfer will take you to Santorini airport for your flight to Athens.

Continue your journey back home or let us know if you’d like ideas for an extension within Greece or Europe.


  • Private transfer upon arrival in Athens with meet & assist.
  • Hotel in Athens for two nights. Breakfast and taxes included.
  • Welcome dinner.
  • Guided tour of the Acropolis, with entrance tickets.
  • Dinner at a fish tavern by the sea.
  • Private transfer from Athens to the Oracle, Delphi.
  • Light lunch at Delphi.
  • Delphi entrance tickets and guided tour.
  • Hotel in Delphi for one night. Breakfast and taxes included.
  • Dinner at Arahova.
  • Private transfer from Oracle, Delphi to Meteora via Hot Gates.
  • Private guided tour at Meteora and a visit at a monastery.
  • Entrance fees included.
  • Light lunch at Meteora.
  • Private transfer from Meteora to Kastoria.
  • Hotel in Kastoria for two nights. Breakfast and taxes included.
  • Dinner in Kastoria.
  • Guided tour of Kastoria, with all entrance fees included.
  • Local celebration at a private venue with traditional dinner.
  • Private transfer to Vergina, Alexander the Great’s birthplace.
  • Guided tour of King Phillipos’ tomb. Entrance fees included.
  • Private transfer to Thessaloniki airport.
  • Late lunch/dinner at Thessaloniki.
  • Flight from Thessaloniki to Santorini with one stop in Athens.
  • Hotel in Santorini for three nights. Breakfast and taxes included.
  • Guided tour to Akrotiri with entrance fees included.
  • Catamaran cruise. Dinner on cruise included.
  • Private airport transfer to Santorini airport.
  • Domestic non-stop flight from Santorini to Athens.
  • All domestic flights are in economy class and include seat assignments, carry-on, personal item and one checked bag up to 50lbs.
  • Unlimited soft drinks, coffee, tea, beer, white and red wine are included in all meals.
  • Private, bilingual local guide throughout the trip.
  • Professional licensed guides at the monuments.
  • All taxes & fees.
  • All gratuities included.
  • Participation in a small group of 18 guests maximum guaranteed.

Not included

  • Cancellation, medical or travel insurance.
  • International tickets from USA to Athens, Greece.

How to Book this Trip

Once you’ve picked a departure date, you can send us a request by navigating to the “book” tab.

You can send your request by email ( or text us at 210-445-8048.

Please make sure your passport is up to date!

Travel Insurance

Your trip is changeable (fees apply) but non-refundable. Name changes are not permitted for domestic airline tickets.

We strongly recommend buying travel insurance.

We recommend travel insurance plans from two of the most reliable travel insurance companies:

AIG Travel Guard

Allianz Travel insurance

Payment Options

50% deposit upon booking and final payment 90 days before departure.

20% deposit upon booking and unlimited equal monthly payments, interest-free.
(Last payment must be fulfilled 90 days before departure.)

Final payment must be made prior to departure.

Frequently asked questions

What is the group size for your trips?

Our trips are made to be unique, personal experiences, so our groups never exceed more than 18 travelers per departure.

Are flights to and from Greece included in the trip package?

Flights to and from Greece are not included in our trip packages.

We recommend that you book your international flights separately, allowing you the freedom to choose your preferred airline and use of your airline miles/awards.

If you need guidance on booking your international flights, our team is more than happy to assist you!

Can you accommodate dietary restrictions and preferences during the trip?

Yes, we can accommodate most dietary restrictions and preferences.
Please inform us of any specific dietary needs at the time of booking so we can make the necessary arrangements with our local partners and restaurants.

Do I need travel insurance for my trip to Greece?

We strongly recommend that all guests purchase comprehensive travel insurance before embarking on their trip.

Travel insurance can protect you in case of unforeseen circumstances, such as trip cancellation, medical emergencies, lost luggage, or other incidents.

Who is my guide?

For all our small group trips, you will have a friendly, bilingual guide accompanying you and your group throughout your adventure.

All our guides are either local Greeks or Greek-American expats, all of them excited to meet you and share their beloved country with you!

Booking Inquiry

Are you ready to book? Send us a booking inquiry by filling the form, and our team will contact you as soon as possible.

Our email is and our phone is 210-775-5533.

Guest Reviews

Take a look at the enthusiastic reviews of our satisfied guests who have joined us, and discover why they highly recommend our unforgettable Greek adventures.

My family and I had the most incredible trip to Greece, all thanks to We Know Greece! Their attention to detail and personalized itinerary made our vacation a truly memorable experience. From the hidden gems they suggested to the warm and friendly guides, we couldn't have asked for a better travel partner. Highly recommended for anyone looking to explore Greece's beauty!

Jennifer S

Booking our honeymoon with We Know Greece was the best decision we made. They crafted a unique and romantic experience that surpassed our expectations. Every step of the journey was seamless, and their insider knowledge led us to some unforgettable spots. We're already planning our next trip with them!

Mark and Lisa T

I can't say enough good things about We Know Greece! Their passion for Greece and commitment to creating the perfect trip shone through from start to finish. The accommodations they selected were stunning, and their recommendations for local cuisine were spot-on. If you want a truly immersive Greek experience, look no further!

Natalie R

I've traveled with many agencies, but We Know Greece stands out. Their expertise, attentiveness, and genuine care for their clients made my solo trip to Greece an amazing adventure. I felt safe and well-taken care of, and their personalized itinerary allowed me to connect with the country in a way I never thought possible. Can't wait for my next trip with them!

Tom H

From the moment we contacted We Know Greece, we knew we were in good hands. Their warm and friendly approach, combined with their deep knowledge of Greece, resulted in a once-in-a-lifetime trip for our group. The memories we made will be cherished forever, and we can't thank them enough for the remarkable experience. Highly recommended!

Karen M

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