Superb seascapes meet spectacular sunsets, cube houses cling to coastal cliffs, mountains are home to gods and monasteries, every island has its own spirit, and ancient relics are abundant. Gregarious Greece is greater than the sum of its parts.
From the mythical gods and minotaur to the monasteries of Meteora, from classical sites in the capital to cruising the Cycladic islands, and from the Rhodes’ castle of Crusader knights to the amazing acoustics of Epidaurus amphitheatre, tours in Greece take you through the millennia and timeless landscapes to bays and beaches, temples and tavernas.
In northern Greece, we visit Thessaloniki, the country’s cosmopolitan second city, the trident fork of the Macedonian peninsula, and the Temples of Zeus and Egyptian gods in Dios, at the foot of Mt. Olympus; and tour the haunts of Alexander the Great, from his Pella birthplace to the tombs of his father and son.
Around the Peloponnese, we sail full circle from ancient Epidaurus to Nafplion’s trio of fortresses, the medieval town of Monemvasia, the caves and villages of the Mani peninsula, the Mycenaean palaces of Nestor and Agamemnon, and Olympian ruins of the Gods and the Games, cruising through the Gulf of Corinth for a visit to Delphi’s temples and enigmatic Oracle.
Athens is often the launch pad for journeys to the ancient sites and inspiring museums of Greece. ‘The birthplace of Western civilisation’ is sprinkled with historic relics and studded with famous landmarks, from the Roman Arch of Hadrian to Byzantine churches and, of course, the iconic Acropolis, with the ‘Herodion’ theatre at its feet, and the Parthenon its crowning glory.
Crete the largest of the Greek islands, teams Minoan and Roman sites with Ottoman streets, Venetian ports, and venerated churches. We visit Heraklion’s revered museum and fabled Knossos Palace, the ruins of Gortys and Phaestos, the sacred site of Arkadi Monastery, Rethymnon’s long beach and landmark buildings, and the broad port and narrow lanes of charismatic Chania.
Atmospheric Rhodes Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage enclave, where cobbled streets lead through fountain squares to the inns of the knights and the lavish Grand Masters’ Palace; while sea-front Lindos is steeped in legends of Hercules and Helen of Troy, and crowned by a clifftop Acropolis.
And among the isles and islets of the Cyclades archipelago, we visit pretty Poros and Paros, remote Folegandros and uncrowded Kythnos, lively Mykonos, the bays of Syros, fabulously photogenic Santorini, and the sacred isle of Delos, inhabited only by the spirits of the Gods.
While Greece has a generally temperate Mediterranean climate, there are regional and seasonal variations, most notably the six hottest weeks of summer, from the start of July to mid-August, when temperatures frequently peak at 40°. Jules Verne avoids this period and schedules its tour dates for the best time to visit each region. With journeys in April to June and late August to October, our guests can enjoy sea breezes, plenty of sunshine, and wonderfully warm days which are comfortable for touring.
With ancient monuments, myths, and legends, museums of Byzantine to Bronze Age relics, subterranean lakes and stalagmite caves, clear blue seas and soft sand beaches, Greece really does have something for everyone, often all in one tour. Whether you are travelling solo, as a couple, or with friends or family, you are sure to find your ideal getaway in our range of road tours and refreshing cruises.
With 45 years’ experience and a passion for creating extraordinary adventures, Jules Verne visits iconic landmarks and lesser-known sites, with expert tour guides who share their local knowledge, and show you hidden gems. Our journeys in Greece visit ten UNESCO World Heritage sites, from Delphi to Delos, Athens to Olympia, Meteora to Mycenae, and Rhodes to Crete. Our various small-group tours allow time at leisure to relax or explore, add ‘mezze’ meals in traditional tavernas, and tastings of local food and wine, and build-in swim stops in beguiling bays.
All our guided tours to Greece are ABTA and ATOL protected, and we offer a 100% price guarantee, so you can book with complete confidence.
Ancient Greece of the Olympics
Sail on a small ship, full circle around the Peloponnese, from inimitable Athens to ancient Epidaurus, old-world Nafplion, the Mycenaean palaces of Nestor and Agamemnon, medieval Monemvasia and Mani, Olympian relics of Gods and games, and the Delphic Oracle
Encircling the Cyclades
Spectacular seascapes, beautiful beaches, iconic cube houses in white and sky blue, and that rare blend of island simplicity and a cosmopolitan air, these are the hallmarks of the Cycladic archipelago. Sail on the small ship MS Galileo to visit ten of the fabled isles
Myths & Minoans
Explore the largest of the Greek islands on this tour of Crete, and suspend disbelief to enjoy the myths and legends of the ancient sites, as you visit Roman ruins and Ottoman streets, Byzantine churches and Venetian ports, mountain villages and Minoan Palaces
Secret Greece - Alexander & Olympus
From Thessaloniki’s Byzantine quarter to the haunts of Alexander the Great, the home of the Gods, Mount Olympus, the monasteries of Mount Athos, Philippi’s Roman remains, and bountiful Nature at Lake Kerkini, this is a glorious discovery of northern Greece
Island of Rhodes
On this relaxing and revealing tour, a blissfully beautiful acropolis, a Doric city-state, a hilltop church in a deserted monastery, and a sail to beguiling Symi, complement the castle citadel of the crusader Knights of St. John, forming the fabulous Old Town of Rhodes