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Ancient Cultures of Greece & Croatia

Greece & Croatia in 13 Days, 11 Nights in Destination

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This trip includes major sites up and down the Adriatic, from the Acropolis to Diocletian's Palace. Enjoy a semi-guided tour of Greece with a fully guided experience in Croatia: a history buff's dream!

Trip Highlights

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    Dubrovnik
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    Opatija
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    Plitvice Lakes
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    Split
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    Zagreb
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    Acropolis of Athens
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    Delphi
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    Meteora

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  5. Some meals

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Accommodation: 11 Nights

Itinerary

Explore the treasures of Greece and Croatia. Touch down in Athens and visit the Acropolis before heading to the ancient temples at Delphi and Meteora. Fly next to Dubrovnik, known for its atmospheric old town. Enjoy the enchanting Mediterranean vibes of Split before immersing yourself in the magnificent Plitvice Lakes National Park. Relax in the resort town of Opatija and end in vibrant Zagreb.

1st Day: US - Night on board
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Ready to dive into the wonders of one of the greatest civilizations of all time and walk in the footsteps of the greats, from Socrates to Aristotle? Head to your departure airport, ready for a flight to Athens*, the Greek capital. Night on board.

*If your outbound flight departs in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Athens
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Arrive at Athens International Airport and transfer to your hotel for check in. The remainder of the day at leisure to enjoy your first taste of Athens and rest after your flight. Discover Plaka, the oldest district of Athens, located under the Acropolis, the only district where you may see the Greek capital as it was 100 years ago, or enjoy a spot of shopping at Ermou, Kolonaki and Voukourestiou streets. Overnight stay in Athens.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Polis Grand or similar
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1571 Reviews

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3rd Day: Athens
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Breakfast at the hotel. Today enjoy an Athens Sightseeing Tour including the Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum. Begin in the center of the city, the Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier and the National library.

En-route to the Acropolis you will see the Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and a quick stop at Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Modern Olympic Games were held in 1896. During the Acropolis visit witness the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally the famous Parthenon.

Your first taste of Athens would not be complete without a visit to the Acropolis Museum, a modern architectural building where you can admire the wonders and architectural masterpieces of the classical era. Return to your hotel with the remainder of your day at leisure. Overnight stay in Athens.

Important note: At the Athens Acropolis, the terrain is quite uneven underfoot and includes a number of stairs. It may not be suitable for those with reduced mobility.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Polis Grand or similar
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1571 Reviews

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Activities

included
Athens & Acropolis Guided Tour

Moderate

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4th Day: Athens - Delphi - Kalambaka
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Breakfast at the hotel. Today head for Delphi. On-route discover the cities via Thebes, Levadia and the picturesque village of Arachova, on the slopes of Mount Parnassus.

Arrive in Delphi and visit the Archaeological Site of the 4th-century-B.C. This extensive mountainside archaeological complex contains the beautiful remains of the sanctuaries of Apollo and Athena Pronaia, as well as an ancient stadium and theater. Next, depart for Kalambaka, passing through picturesque villages and towns of Central Greece. Dinner and overnight stay in Kalambaka.

Please note: At Delphi, the terrain is quite uneven underfoot and includes a number of stairs and steep paths. It may not be suitable for those with reduced mobility.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Amalia Kalambaka or similar
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754 Reviews

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Activities

included
Visit to Delphi Archeological Site

Moderate

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5th Day: Kalambaka - Meteora - Athens
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Breakfast at the hotel. Today you’ll visit the striking rock formation, Meteora, an incredibly unique scenery with ageless Monasteries protruding from the rocks. These priceless historical and religious treasures stand between sky and earth on the top of the cliffs. An incredible sight to behold.

In the afternoon return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia, Thermopylae with a short stop to see Leonida's Monument. Arrive in Athens early in the evening and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay in Athens.

Important notes: At Meteora, the terrain is quite uneven underfoot and you will be required to climb a number of stairs in order to visit the monasteries. It may not be suitable for those with reduced mobility. Modest dress is required to enter the monasteries of Meteora. This includes a long skirt (not trousers) and covered neckline/shoulders for women, and long trousers for men. 

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Polis Grand or similar
tripadvisor rating

1571 Reviews

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Activities

included
Meteora Monasteries

Moderate

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6th Day: Athens - Dubrovnik
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Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, transfer to the airport to catch your flight to the beautiful city of Dubrovnik. Touch down and transfer to your hotel. Situated in southern Croatia overlooking the glistening waters of the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is well-known for its incredible old town, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with stunning architecture and a vibrant cultural and foodie scene.

Once settled at the hotel, spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, exploring Dubrovnik's atmospheric alleyways and taking in the sweeping sea views. You may even recognise parts of the old town from the popular television series Game of Thrones! Dinner and overnight stay in Dubrovnik.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Hotel Adria Dubrovnik or similar
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919 Reviews

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7th Day: Dubrovnik
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Breakfast at the hotel. Today, set off on a sightseeing tour of the old town. Completed in the thirteenth century, the ancient city of Dubrovnik remains largely unchanged. Its medieval ramparts encircle the Old Town, which can be entered through one of two historic gates. After crossing an impressive stone bridge under the watchful gaze of the city’s patron Saint Blaise, explore the broad, stone-paved promenade known as Stradun. Some of the most prominent sights in the city include St. Blaise Church, the Renaissance-era Sponza Palace and the Gothic Rector’s Palace. After the tour, take some free time to explore the city at your own pace. Overnight stay in Dubrovnik.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Hotel Adria Dubrovnik or similar
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919 Reviews

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Activities

included
City Tour of Dubrovnik

Moderate

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8th Day: Dubrovnik - Split
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Breakfast at the hotel. Leave Dubrovnik behind as you set off for Split this morning. The third-largest city in the country, Split sits on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea and is spread over a central peninsula and its surroundings. In fact, Split is one of the most sought-after coastal destinations in Croatia. Once settled at the hotel, get out and enjoy a walking tour of Split Old Town, including a visit to the remains of the Diocletian Palace, built by the emperor of the same name in the 4th century. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure. Overnight stay in Split.

Estimated transfer distance 146miles / 235km.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Hotel Corner or similar
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146 Reviews

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Activities

included
City Tour in Split

Moderate

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9th Day: Split - Plitvice Lakes - Opatija
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Breakfast at the hotel. Your journey of discovery through Croatia continues today with a visit to the Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a place of exquisite natural beauty. Home to 16 lakes, this coveted natural environment invites you to explore some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. Accompanied by an expert guide, take a walk through the ancient woodlands before following the path across Gornja Jezera (Upper Lakes). Visit the Lower Lakes before exploring the different trails and sections of the park on a 3-4 hour visit. Afterwards, continue to Opatija, a coastal town known for its Habsburg-era villas and beautiful beaches, where you'll spend the evening at your leisure. Dinner and overnight stay in Opatija.

Estimated transfer distance from Split to Plitvice Lakes 150miles / 240km.

Estimated transfer distance from Plitvice Lakes to Opatija 103miles / 165km.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Hotel Imperial Opatija or similar
tripadvisor rating

79 Reviews

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Activities

included
Guided Tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park

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10th Day: Opatija
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Breakfast at the hotel. Take a city tour of Opatija to discover its rich history and aristocratic legacy! Situated on the picturesque Kvarner Bay, it was once a favourite spa resort of the Habsburgs and other European aristocrats such as Mahler, Chekhov and Isadora Duncan. Walking through the colourful Angiolina Park, home to exotic plants, and along the Lungomare promenade surrounded by charming Austro-Hungarian villas and residences, you can still feel the unique appeal of charming Opatija. After the walking tour, enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure, perhaps enjoying the city's beaches or doing some souvenir shopping. Overnight stay in Opatija.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Hotel Imperial Opatija or similar
tripadvisor rating

79 Reviews

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Activities

included
City Tour of Opatija

Moderate

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11th Day: Opatija
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Breakfast at the hotel. Spend a relaxing day in Opatija at your leisure, perhaps exploring the Croatian Museum of Tourism or enjoying the delicious Mediterranean cuisine on offer here. Alternatively, we recommend an optional excursion to the Istrian Peninsula and the Pula Colosseum*. Overnight stay in Opatija.

*Optional Excursion to Istrian Peninsula & Pula Colosseum: Discover the charms of the Istrian Peninsula and visit the spectacular 2000-year-old Colosseum in Pula. Afterwards, spend some time at your leisure in Rovinj before truffle-tasting in Motovun.

Important note: this optional requires a minimum of 6 participants in order for it to operate. If there are not enough participants, the optional excursion will be cancelled and you will be refunded for it when you return from your trip.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Hotel Imperial Opatija or similar
tripadvisor rating

79 Reviews

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Activities

Optional
Excursion to Istrian Peninsula & Pula Colosseum

Moderate

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12th Day: Opatija - Zagreb
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Breakfast at the hotel. It's time to head to the Croatian capital of Zagreb, home to an abundance of culture and history. Arrive in Zagreb and set off on a walking tour to explore the most emblematic sights in the city. In the medieval-era Upper Town pay a visit to St. Mark's Church, famous for its tiled roof, as well as the Parliament Building, Government Palace and countless other historical buildings. The remainder of the day is free to get a taste of the Croatian capital at your leisure. Be sure to stroll along Tkalčićeva Street, lined with outdoor cafes and the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Overnight stay in Zagreb.

Estimated transfer distance 112miles / 180km.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Grand Hotel Zagreb or similar
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7 Reviews

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Activities

included
Walking Tour of Zagreb

Moderate

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13th Day: Zagreb - US
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After a final breakfast at the hotel, it's time to head home*. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport to catch a flight back to the US. Arrive in the US and end your trip**.

*Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

**Dependingon the choice of flight, you may arrive back in the US the following day.

Included activities

Included
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Walking shoes are recommended as moderate walking is involved. A hat & sunscreen is recommended for UV protection. Not available on the 16th and 17th April, 1st May and 31st October.

Athens & Acropolis Guided Tour

Included activity for day 3 in Acropolis of Athens

Tour the highlights of both modern and ancient Athens! Stops include Consitution Square, the Athens Acropolis, the Temple of Zeus, the Panathenaic Stadium and the Acropolis Museum.

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Pick up time will be confirmed upon arrival to the destination. Walking shoes are recommended as moderate walking is involved.

Visit to Delphi Archeological Site

Included activity for day 4 in Delphi

Head to Delphi via Thebes, Levadia and the picturesque village of Arachova, on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Upon arrival, visit the archaeological site, home to the Temple of Apollo and the Treasury of the Athenians.

Duration 01:30h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Appropriate clothing will be required to enter the monasteries. For men, sleeveless tops and shorts over the knees are prohibited. For women, sleeveless tops, shorts or pants are prohibited—only skirts at the knees are allowed.

Meteora Monasteries

Included activity for day 5 in Meteora

Visit up to two of these ancient sites, established between the 12th and 16th centuries, and enjoy the amazing views across the Plain of Thessaly.

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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City Tour of Dubrovnik

Included activity for day 7 in Dubrovnik

Set off on a sightseeing tour of the old town. Some of the most prominent sights in the city include the St. Blaise Church and the stone-paved promenade known as Stradun.

Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
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This tour requires a minimum of 6 participants in order for it to operate. If there are not enough participants, the excursion will be cancelled and you will be refunded for it when you return from your trip.

Excursion to Istrian Peninsula & Pula Colosseum

Suggested activity for day 11 in Opatija

Discover the charms of the Istrian Peninsula and visit the spectacular 2000-year-old Colosseum in Pula. Afterwards, spend some time at your leisure in Rovinj before truffle-tasting in Motovun.

Duration 08:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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  • Departures from main US airports.
  • International flights: US - Athens, Zagreb - US.
  • Internal flights: Athens - Dubrovnik.
  • 11 nights hotel accommodation in Superior category hotels.
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  • 11 breakfasts and 3 dinners.
  • All transfers
  • Visits as indicated in the itinerary with an English-speaking guide.*
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Athens & Acropolis tour. Visit to Delphi Archeological Site & Meteora Monasteries. Guided Tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park.
  • Guide/s during the excursions.
  • Tour leader from day 7 to 12.**
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*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

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Drinks, entrance fees, city taxes*, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

*A number of Greek cities impose an accommodation tax, which must be paid directly to the hotel (Aprox. 3-4€ per room per night). City taxes must be paid in cash directly to the hotels.

Hotel ratings in Greece & Croatia are not governed by the same standards as those in the US, so please keep this in mind when selecting your desired accommodation category.

Due to the nature of the destination the terrain can be uneven at times, it may require you to walk on a rocky path, and up and down hills.

For wheelchair users this trip is upon request and it is recommended to travel on a private basis, please contact us for further information.

About Greece:

*The order of the itinerary may differ depending on which day you arrive at the destination: 

Arrival at destination Monday / Tuesday / Thursday/ Friday / Saturday: Begin your trip with 2 nights in Athens, 1 night in Kalambaka and 1 night in Athens, following with the Island stays. 

Arrival at destination Wednesday / Friday / Sunday: Begin your trip with 1 night in Athens, 1 night in Kalambaka and 2 nights in Athens, following with the Island stays.

Also, during national holiday, religious or official events your itinerary may vary and change its order. All the included visits will be carried out in any case.

We recommend taking cash in the local currency with you on this trip, as withdrawing cash at ATMs is not always possible or easy in Greece. City taxes must be paid in cash directly to the hotels.

The group may be allocated in different hotels depending on group size and hotel availability.

This itinerary is a semi independent tour. It includes accommodation, some activities and transfers, but you will not be accompanied by a guide throughout the entire trip.

Please note that there is no luggage assistance included throughout the trip. We recommend packing accordingly.
 
About Croatia:

Please note that Excursion to Istrian Peninsula & Pula Colosseum requires a minimum of 6 participants in order for it to operate. If there are not enough participants, the optional excursion will be cancelled and you will be refunded for it when you return from your trip.

**For groups consisting of 2 to 6 people you will not have a tour leader. Instead, you will have 1 hour per day meeting with a our local representative in each city where you have an overnight.

  • Greece
  • Croatia
    • Entry requirements

      Valid passport.

    • Visa

      No visa is required to enter the country.

    • Currency

      Euro.

    • Language

      Greek.

    • Electricity

      230 V. 50 Hz. Adapter not required.

    • Health

      There are no mandatory vaccinations for travellers from EU countries.

    • Time zone

      UTC + 02:00.

    • Tourist Office website

      www.visitgreece.gr

    Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

    Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

    In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

    If you have reduced mobility, require the use of a wheelchair, or you would prefer this tour to be a private experience for you and your group, you must contact our Experts at +1 888-488-0592 before booking to ensure that your needs can be met.

    While on the road, it is highly unlikely that the vehicle will be equipped with wifi or bathroom facilities, though rest stops will be made for long trips. We recommend purchasing a new SIM card at the airport or placing an e-SIM before travel to guarantee internet connection. 

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