Thanks to travel bloggers, Rebecca Hall, Marissa Tejada and Elena Sergeeva, I was able to experience a unique tour with Discover Greek Culture, a new tour operator in Greece, that specializes in offering archaeological, gastronomic, historical and artistic tours, to groups of 2-15 people maximum.
Their goal is to offer something more personal and interesting, and I certainly felt that during my half day tour of “Neoclassical Greece.” I learned some interesting facts about Queen Amalia, the first queen of Greece who was German, and not too happy about living in Greece. She missed Germany, and German butter, since Greeks only had olive oil, so she requested cows and goats to be sent to her, so she could have her butter churned.
We visited her royal gardens, and Queen Amalia had palm trees imported from the U.S. in the 19th century.
I was impressed with the knowledge of our guides, and the fact that Discover Greek Culture organized an aristocratic coffee and treats for us, in one of the rooms in the city of Athens museum, which had served as the temporary home of King Otto and Queen Amalia in 1834.
I wish I had stayed longer in Greece as I would have enjoyed another half-day archaeological tour with Discover Greek Culture to the Acropolis and the Acropolis museum. After the tour, they have a Greek wine and produce tasting session in Plaka, followed by a Greek coffee and Loukoumia, at a traditional Athenian mansion.
I shall definitely be back to learn more about Greek culture and to get a “Taste of Greece,” as I did not get an opportunity to have a guided history and archaeology tour of the Acropolis from an expert.
By the way, if you want a custom tour, Discover Greek Culture specializes in those as well as many others. I also heard that they won a Silver Award in the 2015 Greek Tourism Awards for their innovative tourism products.
If you’re interested in going to Greece and want something a little different than the tours that herd you around like cattle, why not check out a unique tour.
Have you visited Greece? If so, what was your favorite tour?