Insider's Greece

  • 9 Days
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Map & Route

Depart

Overnight Flight

1 1 Night

Athens

2 2 Nights

Overnight Ferry

1 1 Night

Chania

1 1 Night

Heraklion

3 3 Nights
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What's Included

Our itineraries reflect 40 years of experience in crafting exceptional educational tours. That means we know exactly how to make the best of your time abroad—incredible destinations, immersive activities, centrally located hotels, and smart, well-traveled tour managers who ensure your educational goals are met. Here are some of the exceptional features of this tour.

ACIS Guarantees

We have high standards, which is why we take care to include these features in every tour.

Round-Trip Flights

Leave the airlines to us.

3- or 4-Star Hotels

After a busy day, comfort is key.

Centrally Located Hotels

Save the commuting time, beat the morning crowds and keep right on exploring after dark when your hotel is in the heart of the city.

Daily Breakfast and Dinner (unless otherwise noted)

Delicious, authentic, multi-course dinners at local restaurants with meal times tailored to maximize your experience.

24-Hour Tour Manager

Part guide, part educator, part engineer, part mind-reader, part magician—ACIS Tour Managers are your travel partner.

Start Exploring

Never wait hours at the airport to share a transfer with other later groups.

Service Guarantee

We're so sure you're going to love your tour, we guarantee it!

Global Network

24/7 on the ground support whenever and wherever you need it.

Personal Headsets Included Throughout Tour

Participants will have unlimited access to personal headsets so that local guides and ACIS Tour Managers can more easily communicate with the group along the way.

Exceptional Experiences

Our tours are designed to help you and your students be in the moment and experience everything the world has to offer.

Greek Cultural Evening and Dance Lesson

Greek Cultural Evening and Dance Lesson

Greek heritage comes to life with an authentic evening of cultural lessons, dance performances and instruction, traditional cuisine and plate breaking!

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Greek heritage comes to life with an authentic evening of cultural lessons, dance performances and instruction, traditional cuisine and plate breaking!

Cretan for a Day

Cretan for a Day

Spend a day at a traditional village in the heart of the Cretan mountains and experience all that comes with it—beekeeping and honey production, baking, milking and cottage cheese production. Put on a beekeeper’s costume, discover all the secrets of beekeeping with the local beekeeper and delight in the taste of pure honey with cheese. Next visit with the baker and learn how to bake rusks in a wood oven—you’ll also get to taste his excellent selection of home-made cookies. Then visit the shepherd for a lesson in how sheep are milked and how to prepare the freshest cottage cheese you will ever taste. Lastly, enjoy your scenic setting in the heart of the mountains and a traditional meal of lamb and Cretan pilafi to end your tour.

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Spend a day at a traditional village in the heart of the Cretan mountains and experience all that comes with it—beekeeping and honey production, baking, milking and cottage cheese production. Put on a beekeeper’s costume, discover all the secrets of beekeeping with the local beekeeper and delight in the taste of pure honey with cheese. Next visit with the baker and learn how to bake rusks in a wood oven—you’ll also get to taste his excellent selection of home-made cookies. Then visit the shepherd for a lesson in how sheep are milked and how to prepare the freshest cottage cheese you will ever taste. Lastly, enjoy your scenic setting in the heart of the mountains and a traditional meal of lamb and Cretan pilafi to end your tour.

Greek Coffee and Treats Cooking Lesson

Greek Coffee and Treats Cooking Lesson

Awaken your taste buds with this outing to an authentic Greek kafeneia. You’ll learn how to make a type of fried dough balls with syrup called loukoumades along with coiled and filled pies made with goat's cheese and honey known as sarikopites. To accompany these treats, learn how to prepare your own traditional Greek coffee and then savor all the fruits of your efforts along with epovrichio ("the submarine," a vanilla sweet), and loukoumia, the Greek version of Turkish Delight. You’ll also get to discover the power of healing herbs as you sip mountain tea and receive a gift of mountain herbs.

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Awaken your taste buds with this outing to an authentic Greek kafeneia. You’ll learn how to make a type of fried dough balls with syrup called loukoumades along with coiled and filled pies made with goat's cheese and honey known as sarikopites. To accompany these treats, learn how to prepare your own traditional Greek coffee and then savor all the fruits of your efforts along with epovrichio ("the submarine," a vanilla sweet), and loukoumia, the Greek version of Turkish Delight. You’ll also get to discover the power of healing herbs as you sip mountain tea and receive a gift of mountain herbs.

Expert Local Guide Throughout Greece

Expert Local Guide Throughout Greece

Athens Tour with Guide

Athens Tour with Guide

Acropolis and Parthenon

Acropolis and Parthenon

Acropolis Museum

Acropolis Museum

Ancient Delphi Site and Museum with Guide

Ancient Delphi Site and Museum with Guide

Chania Tour with Guide

Chania Tour with Guide

Heraklion-Santorini Ferry

Heraklion-Santorini Ferry

Santorini Villages Tour with Guide

Santorini Villages Tour with Guide

Heraklion Tour with Guide

Heraklion Tour with Guide

Crete Palace of Knossos

Crete Palace of Knossos

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Itinerary

This itinerary is the starting point for your tour, but it’s not set in stone. If there are days you would like to change, or specific places you’d like to go, we can work with you to create a personalized program that fits the needs of you and your students.

Day 1: Overnight Flight

Depart from the USA.

Day 2: Athens

Arrive in Athens, meet your ACIS Tour Manager and begin to explore this enchanting, ancient city. Perhaps stop for a plate of honey-soaked, cinnamon-spiced loukoumades while you stroll through the winding streets of this cradle of civilization.

Day 3: Athens

Greet the day with a guided sightseeing tour that reveals the glories of ancient Greece. Ascend to the top of the Acropolis and visit the iconic Parthenon, which dominates the city and stands as a powerful and impressive memorial to the remarkable civilization that built it. Then view the Agora, followed by a stroll through the Acropolis Museum, a modern architectural jewel. The afternoon is yours to explore more of the bustling Plaka at your own pace. Tonight you’ll be thoroughly entertained by a Greek cultural evening in a traditional village setting. Taste freshly pressed olive oil, watch a tzatziki making demonstration, dine on authentic taverna cuisine and feast your eyes and ears on professional dancers moving to the traditional music. An expert also teaches you the steps of traditional Greek dances so that you can join in the fun!

Day 4: Overnight Ferry

Travel to mythical Delphi, the hallowed site whose oracle once gave advice to statesmen and generals. Visit the Temple of Apollo, the Delphi Archaeological Museum, featuring artifacts unearthed during local excavations, and the stadium. You'll enjoy lunch with a scenic view of the valley below before returning to Piraeus to board an overnight ferry to Crete.

Day 5: Chania

Disembark in Chania, one of Greece's most beautiful cities and enjoy a typical Cretan breakfast. You'll then spend time exploring this former Venetian port on a guided walking tour. Dinner will be a traditional affair with local music.

Day 6: Heraklion

This morning we drive to Vamos, where we will take part in a variety of age old Cretan traditions including beekeeping and honey production, shepherding and baking. Continue into the heart of Crete, Rethymno, where a short stop uncovers this ancient city’s aristocratic architecture and Venetian history. Tonight you arrive in Heraklion.

Day 7: Heraklion

Many believed that Santorini was part of the lost continent of Atlantis, and today you'll enjoy a full day excursion by ferry to this stunning island. Your excursion ashore on Santorini includes a guided tour of the beautifully presented archaeological site at Akrotiri and the island's capital Fira. In Fira there will be time for lunch and a walk before returning by ferry to Heraklion.

Day 8: Heraklion

Today you'll explore Heraklion, the capital of Crete with a guided panoramic tour, including a visit to the 5,000 year-old Minoan Palace of Knossos. In the afternoon, you'll learn some secrets of Greek cuisine during a cooking lesson, focusing on the authentic coffee and treats that you'd find at a local kafeneia. You'll learn to prepare a type of fried dough called loukoumades and coiled and fillled pies called sarikopites, as well as traditional coffee and mountain tea. Tonight, you'll cap off an exception week with a farewell dinner.

Day 9: Departure

Depart for the USA.

Price This Tour

Price This Tour

Optional Extras

Ultimate-Plus Protection Plan

Most Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy

Rate $180

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Ultimate Protection Plan

Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy

Rate $90

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