What is it about Greece that makes the destination so attractive? Our adventure tours of Greece allow you to find out for yourself as we take you through from Athens to Crete. Whether it's ancient wonders and archaeological sites, idyllic island getaways, sampling the legendary Greek cuisine or simply getting off the well trodden tourist track, come with Gypsian on an all-Greek adventure and discover a Greece you never knew existed!EXPERIENCED TOUR LEADERS
All of our adventure tours of Greece are led by professional, Australian tour leaders that have years of experience travelling and uncovering the unique offerings that this beautiful destination provides. All of our tour leaders also have a genuine enthusiasm for all things travel & tourism and are keen to help you get the most of your trip by exploring and taking part in various adventurous activities that involve the local people and culture.EXPLORE GREEK CUISINE
As we all know the famous Plaka district is one of Athen's most popular destinations but there's another part of this district that visitors rarely see especially the infusion of Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman food. With Gypsian Boutique Tours we will take you to places where you will sample fragrant Greek coffee and taste Kollyva a sugary pilaf made with wheat berries, raisins, almonds, walnuts all dusted with cinnamon and cloves. Meatsballs bathed in a cumin scented tomato sauce, Greek kebabs made with plenty of TLC and lets not forget Greek's national dish souvlaki. There will be some artisanal cheeses and honey and even a few sips of homemade spirits to finish off the day as we head back to the hotel for a respite before we hit the food trail tomorrow.
Gypsian Boutique Tours will take you to places where you will taste aganaki (fried cheese), Spanikopita (spinach pie), Tomato Gefthedes (Fritters), Cheese Balls, Tzatziki (Yogurt dip), Greek Salad, Imam (Baked Eggplant in tomato sauce), Briam (Roasted Veggies), Fava me Koukia (Mashed Fava Beans), Skordalia (garlic dip), Horta w/lemon (like spinach), Greek olives and feta cheese with bread all washed down with a glass or 2 of Greek vino.
Our tour commences this evening in the cosmopolitan city of Athens with the Parthenon as our backdrop. After our welcome meeting there is the opportunity to sample Greece's famous cuisine before perhaps a stroll to the hill of the Areopagus (the Rock of Ares) for a breathtaking view of Athens by night .
We'll spend the morning getting better acquainted with Greek antiquities at the archaeological museum before diving north to the town of Kalambaka where we will spend the night in the shadow of the dramatic rock pinnacles that this region is famous for.
Meteora" means "suspended in mid-air" and today you will see why this region bears that name. The monasteries of Meteora are perched on seemingly unreachable rock pinnacles and are undoubtedly one of the most extraordinary sights on the Greek mainland. After visiting several of the monasteries we will drive south to Delphi, our home for the evening.
Delphi, the "navel of the earth", is one of Ancient Greece's most sacred sites and was home to the oracle of Apollo. We'll spend the morning exploring this fascinating site before making our way to Patras where we will spend the afternoon at leisure, perhaps visiting the Archaeological museum, which is second in size only to the Acropolis museum in Athens.
Today we'll be going on a unique tour visiting the site of Ancient Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games. The site itself is picturesque and the sheer scale of the ruins is breath taking, later we will view the exceptional collection of Classical and Roman sculptures housed in the museum here. If you're not feeling too overwhelmed this afternoon why not enjoy some wine tasting at one of the oldest vineyards in Greece.
This morning we'll depart Patras and make our way to one of mainland Greece's prettiest towns Nafplio. Spend the afternoon wandering the narrow streets lined with elegant Venetian houses before stopping for coffee in one of the harbor-side cafes.
We leave Nafplio this morning and make our way to one of the most spectacular ancient theatres of the region at Epidaurus. After lunch we'll make our way back Athens.
Today we'll travel back in time to Ancient Greece with a walking tour of Athens. Feel the spark of Greek civilization as you stand beneath the Acropolis; explore the Agora or Marketplace, the beating heart of the ancient Athenian commercial empire; stroll through the Plaka where remnants of both an Ottoman and Venetian past are still in evidence and end the day at the Temple of Olympian Zeus, a structure that took three different dynasties and over 600 years to complete.
Today we catch our ferry to Naxos one of the most fertile of Greek islands. Dionysus, the god of wine and ecstasy is the patron god of this island, rather fitting given that the island was famous for its wine, which, rumor had it, was the perfect salve for a broken heart. After checking into our hotel we will head into town for a walk to the Kastro, a 13th Century Venetian castle before heading to one of the waterfront restaurants for a delicious seafood feast, fresh off the boat, perhaps washed down with the local specialty, citron.
Today the tour gets really adventurous! We could not possibly come to the Greek Islands and not spend at least one day out on the clear, turquoise waters sailing to secluded bays, swimming or snorkeling or simply chilling out. One word to describe today: heaven!
Naxos is known for its' lush green valleys, mountains, painfully picturesque villages, historic churches, old forts and Classical sites. We'll spend the day exploring the island kicking off with some of the most breathtaking views over the mountains and the marble quarries. There is the opportunity to visit Apollonos to see the kouros a 10.5m stone statue of a man that was never raised from its' carving niche and later we'll drive to the village of Halkia to visit a distillery where Kitron, a sweet citrus liqueur, is still being produced using traditional methods.
This morning we head to the port and board our ferry to Santorini, the southern most island of the Cyclades. Be sure to head to the top deck of the ferry as we approach the caldera (volcanic rim of the island) for some spectacular views. Once we've checked into our hotel we'll head into town for an orientation walking tour before heading to one of the islands best wineries for an afternoon of wine tasting.
Today is a free day to explore the island at leisure. If you're feeling energetic you might like to take a daily boat trip to visit the volcano that is responsible for Santorini's dramatic appearance. Alternately, if history is your thing, spend the morning exploring the ancient site of Akrotiri, a Minoan Bronze Age settlement. This afternoon we'll make our way to the village of Oia ("Ee-a") to watch the world-famous Santorini sunset from our stunning cliff-side perch, truly unforgettable.
A free morning in Santorini before we catch our high speed ferry this afternoon to Greece's largest island, Crete. As Greece embraces its traditional regional cuisines, Cretan food has become all the rage in recent years and across the island the village taverna has been making a comeback and boosting rural tourism. On arrival in Iraklion we'll check into our hotel before hitting the taverna for a taste of Crete's famous fare.
Today we will visit what is believed to be Europe's oldest city: the Minoan palace of Knossos. Dating from the second millennium BC, Knossos was the mythological home of King Minos and the Minotaur, and its' vast interconnected rooms and corridors provide a fitting backdrop to the legend. Crete also has a long and illustrious history of wine making and 70% of the wine produced on Crete is from around Iraklion. What better way to spend the afternoon than with some wine tasting and delicious selection of local Cretan cheeses?
We leave Crete's capital city today and head west along the coast stopping in the picturesque town of Rethymnon. Spend the morning wandering pretty cobbled streets offering an enticing mix of Ottoman and Venetian-style architecture. As we make our way from Rethymnon to Hania, we'll stop for lunch at a very unassuming taverna that offers some of Crete's finest regional cuisine.
The recent resurgence in traditional Cretan cuisine has seen an organic farming movement gaining momentum. Superior seasonal local produce is the hallmark of Cretan cuisine and the global trend towards provenance has thrown a lifeline to small-scale producers of traditional cheeses and other local products, from smoked pork and yoghurt to wild herbs and aromatic thyme honey. Today we'll be cooking a 5-dish feast at Milia, a mountain retreat with 20 years of experience in eco-tourism. You'll be introduced to the most basic ingredients of Cretan cooking, creating a delicious meal that we'll enjoy with a glass or two of local wine.
We'll spend the morning at Elafonisi Beach, one of Crete's most picturesque stretches of coastline. The drive to Elafonisi is a breathtaking route that passes through little mountain towns and Topolia Gorge. Later why not spend the afternoon wandering Hania's charming jumble of Venetian streets, discovering old city walls, Ottoman, Byzantine and Minoan ruins.
Today we catch our flight back to Greece's capital, Athens, as our greek tour nears its' end. Tonight we'll enjoy a sumptuous Greek feast as our final night's dinner.
Our adventure tour of Greece ends today after breakfast.