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Food & Wine: A Taste of Greece

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Up-and-coming wines and Mediterranean meals—the perfect pairing.

See how historic traditions and modern-day culture have swirled together to create Greece’s current food and wine scene. Start in Thessaloniki, the country’s culinary hub, before making your way down to Athens to explore some of the nation’s ancient wonders. Then, continue on to Crete where the area’s flavourful cuisine comes to life inside the local markets. From mainland wine regions to island vineyards, you’ll experience the wonders of Greek wine while indulging in locally sourced, fresh foods.

Your tour package includes
  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 5 dinners with beer or wine
  • 3 wine tastings & 1 cooking class
Included highlights
  • Thessaloniki's ancient Byzantine landmarks
  • wine tasting in Epanomi
  • Acropolis
  • Palace of Knossos
  • Heraklion Archaeological Museum
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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Thessaloniki today.

Thessaloniki3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Thessaloniki
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Greece! Gather with your fellow travellers at a welcome dinner tonight.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Thessaloniki & wine tasting
Included meal: Breakfast

Set out on a guided tour to get to know Thessaloniki, the second-largest city of the former Byzantine empire and a modern-day hub for Greek culture.

  • View the Arch of Galerius and Rotunda, which were built for Roman Emperor Galerius in the 4th century
  • Pass by the Hagios Demetrios and Hagia Sophia churches
  • See the Roman-style city walls that were constructed during the early 3rd century
  • Walk along the seaside promenade to view the White Tower of Thessaloniki
  • Visit the Ladadika district and enjoy free time to explore at your leisure

Later, head to the Epanomi wine region and visit the Ktima Gerovassiliou winery.

  • Follow a guide on a short walk through the vineyard to see Malagousia and Assyrtiko grapes that are used to create the winery’s signature red and white Epanomi wines
  • Tour the production area
  • Explore the on-site museum to see well-preserved artifacts that are essential to the history of Greek winemaking including bottles, barrels, and corkscrews
  • Sample some of the wines during a tasting
Day 4: Ruins of Vergina & Naoussa wine region
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Tour the Archaeological Site of Aigai and enjoy a wine tasting in the Naoussa region.

  • Join a local guide to tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Archaeological Site of Aigai
  • Learn about and explore the ruins of the first capital of the Macedonian Kingdom, where Alexander the Great was declared the king of the Macedonian Empire
  • Visit the Museum of Royal Tombs of Aigai where Philip II, father of Alexander the Great, is buried

Pass through the eastern slopes of the Vermio Mountains to visit the Naoussa wine region, widely regarded as one of Greece’s top areas for viticulture.

  • Visit a wine tavern and enjoy a lunch of Macedonian specialties
  • Sample wines produced in the Naoussa region
Athens2 nights
Day 5: Athens via Volos
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Travel from Thessaloniki to the seaside city of Volos. Located on the Pelion Peninsula, this area is known for its culinary scene. During a lunch, you’ll try mezedes, or small plates, and tsipouro, an anise-flavoured brandy.

After, continue on to Athens.

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Athens
Included meal: Breakfast

A local guide introduces you to the highlights of this bustling ancient capital, home to the world’s first democracy.

  • Pass by the Olympic Stadium, Syntagma Square, and the Arch of Hadrian
  • View the sixth-century Temple of Zeus
  • See the classically inspired Old Royal Palace, home of the Hellenic Parliament, and drive through the Plaka district
  • Set off on a walking tour around the ancient Acropolis, site of the Parthenon, Temple of Athena Nike, and Erechtheion

This afternoon, journey to the southern tip of the Attic Peninsula to take in the sights of the Poseidon Coast.

  • See the Temple of Poseidon, which sits high above the sparkling shoreline
  • Look out from the lofty cliffside vantage point, where you can see five Aegean islands on a clear day
  • Spend free time enjoying a coffee, stopping in a souvenir shop, or strolling through
Heraklion1 night
Day 7: Flight to Crete & sightseeing tour of Heraklion
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, fly to Crete and take a guided sightseeing tour of Heraklion, the largest city on the island.

  • Visit the ruins of Knossos, where King Minos imprisoned the Minotaur in a labyrinth, according to the myth
  • Step inside the Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Tonight, sample some of Greece’s most well-known liquors including Ouzo, Metaxa, and Raki. Then, enjoy an included dinner of Cretan specialties and regional wine.

Chania2 nights
Day 8: Chania via Iraklio wine country & olive oil tasting
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Make your way to Chania by travelling through the Iraklio wine country

  • Stop to tour a Cretan vineyard
  • Enjoy a lunch and tasting featuring a variety of the wines produced from Kotsifali, Mandilaria, and Malvasia grapes •
  • Visit the city of Rethymno before continuing on to Chania

Head to a local olive oil farm outside of Chania this evening where you’ll enjoy an olive oil and wine tasting before an included dinner.

  • Dip into the extra-virgin olive oil with a side of fresh-baked bread
  • Try five different wine varieties served with a dish of Cretan delicacies
  • End your night of food, wine, and fun with a dinner overlooking the stunning vineyard and olive groves
Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Chania & cooking class
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Join a local guide who will introduce you to Chania's Old Town.

  • Step inside the Chania Cathedral Trimartiti and Etz Hayyim, the only synagogue on the island and a symbol of the city’s ages-old Jewish community
  • Walk through the city’s indoor market, stopping along the way to try local herbs, cheese, and olive oil
  • Pass the Mosque Yiali Tzami as you walk along the old Venetian harbour
  • See the famous Egyptian lighthouse

This evening, head to a local cooking school where you’ll prepare regional dishes alongside a professional chef. Then, enjoy drinking Greek wine and eating the foods you cooked.

Athens2 nights
Day 10: Flight to Athens
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Fly to Athens this morning. Tonight, gather with your group to celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner.

Day 11: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Hotels, flights & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

Flights

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Athens, Greece
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Chania, Greece
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Heraklion, Greece
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Thessaloniki, Greece
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FAQ
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Passport & visa requirements
  • In order to enter Greece, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Tour pace
  • On this guided tour, you'll walk for about 1.5 hours daily across uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with steep hills and stairs.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of boats.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Thessaloniki and depart from Athens. A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • Flights from Athens to Heraklion and Chania to Athens are included in the price of your tour.
  • All other included transportation is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry on bag.
Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
Health
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Greece.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine
  • Greece’s warm climate ensures a constant supply of fresh, high-quality fruits and vegetables. Salads served with aromatic olive oil, feta cheese, and oregano are plentiful. Simple grilled fish and meat are integral to Greek cuisine, as well as squid and octopus. Don't miss the spinach and cheese pies, called spanakopita.
  • Sea breezes, mineral soil, and coastal climate all greatly influence the flavors present in popular Greek wines. Acidic and dry, Assyrtiko is one of the country's most well-known wines and thrives in the Macedonian region of Greece. Located outside of Thessaloniki, wine makers in the town of Epanomi are responsible for the resurgence of the fruity, fullbodied Malagousia wine. The dark red Mandilaria grape benefits from Crete's dry land and warm weather and is often blended with Kotsifali grapes to build a deeper color and complexity in the wine.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • Greece operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, E, or F plugs with two or three small, round pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other electrical device without a builtin converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances, but these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • Greece is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST).
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 7pm on tour.
Currency
  • You will use the euro on this tour.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
Tipping
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/ CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information. International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.
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