"At the amphitheater in Epidavros a 2500 year old site, one of our tour members stood in the centre of the stage and recited Shakespeare.
The rest of us were up in the top tiers and could hear him perfectly. " Athens & the Heart of Greece in 14 Days Tour exceeded my expectations.
In a dramatic setting on the flanks of 8,000-foot Mt. There we'll take a vivid walking tour of Olympia's ancient athletic venues, temples, and museum, followed by lunch together. The Mani is an ideal place to enjoy a "vacation from your vacation." After some orientation by your guide, the day is all yours. We'll follow the coast to the isolated Mani Peninsula, home to generations-long clan wars, salt-of-the-earth villages, and unique — tower houses. You will be rewarded with sweeping Aegean views and a chance to explore the ruins of the Upper Town — a living museum of Byzantine, Ottoman, and Venetian history. Today we'll head up into the heart of the Peloponnese, where we'll tour the haunting ruins of the fortress town of Mystras and its still-standing group of Byzantine churches.
Learning about the rest of Greek history turned out to be very fascinating and also excellent. My favourite wow moment was in the museum learning that the helmet Miltiades actually wore at Marathon was right in front of me." Tour was an education.Join us for Athens & the Heart of Greece in 14 Days! we'll meet at our hotel near Athens' pedestrian-friendly Plaka neighborhood for a "Welcome to Athens" meeting. We'll then work our way down and tour the sleek new Acropolis Museum, custom built to showcase the amazing Parthenon sculptures. This morning we'll tour Athens' impressive National Archaeological Museum, home to amazingly preserved masterpieces in marble, bronze, and gold. We will enjoy lunch together, and after making a few off-the-beaten-path discoveries, we'll ride on to the dramatically set medieval town of Monemvasia, where you'll be free for dinner. You can wander more of the romantic walled town or take a swim in the Aegean.Then we'll get oriented to our neighborhood and walk to a nearby restaurant where we can get acquainted over dinner. Your afternoon and evening are free for exploring Athens' marketplaces — the ancient Agora and the modern Plaka's labyrinth of inviting streets, squares, shops, and cafés. Then we'll leave the city and drive into the rugged countryside. This morning's winding mountain drive will take us to Olympia, site of the world's first Olympics, over 2,700 years ago. Those who want a workout can hike to the very top of the rock.This was our first Rick Steves tour which started in Athens and toured by bus in a counter clockwise direction across southern Greece visiting many historical sites, and beautiful mountain and seaside villages.Overall-we had good food, learned a few Greek words, learned about Greek history, and visited a beautiful country.