2024 TGA Greece Golf Tour

September 26 – October 5, 2024

Headlining the journey for golfers and non-golfers alike are the courses at Costa Navarino, named ‘World’s Best Golf Venue’ and ‘Europe’s Best Eco-Friendly Golf Facility,’ and exploration of ancient historical sites on Crete, Santorini and the Peloponnese.

The International Olympic Academy Golf Course

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Thalassa Journeys

This September the Texas Golf Association invites you on the journey of a lifetime to Greece! Designed for golfers, their companions and families Greece Golf Tour is certain to provide deep, lasting memories for those who travel with us!

While renowned for its long and important history and culture, incredible ancient monuments, fabled islands, exquisite landscape, healthy cuisine and the warm hospitality of its people, Greece also is an exceptional year-round golf destination.

Signature courses by celebrated golf designers and architects José María Olazábal, Bernhard Langer, Bob Hunt and Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architects grace idyllic settings and offer players world-class golf experiences.

On our Greece Golf Tour members will play the country’s leading courses, specifically the impressive Crete Golf Club, located on the storied island of Crete, and the courses at Costa Navarino located on the southwest corner of the Peloponnese, one of Greece’s most important and interesting regions.

For those travelers who don’t golf, there are ample opportunities to enjoy the breathtaking beauty and bounty of the sustainable Costa Navarino resort and tour remarkable ancient historical sites, including Akrotiri on Santorini.

Luxurious accommodations at the Crete Golf Club Hotel and the Hotel Romanos, Costa Navarino provide wonderful respites during the journey.

In addition to playing three award-winning courses at Costa Navarino—The International Olympic Academy Golf Course (José María Olazábal), The Dunes Course (Bernhard Langer) and The Bay Course (Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architects)—and The Create Golf Club course designed by Bob Hunt, travelers will enjoy the extraordinary Costa Navarino resort (offering a wide range of activities for adults and children, 16 state-of-the-art tennis courts, long sandy beaches, biking and hiking along country lanes, water sports, magnificent spa facilities and wide range of dining options); experience the remarkable 4,500-year-old historic and cultural heritage of the area; and tour nearby ancient sites such as the Mycenaean Palace of Nestor and medieval Methoni. On Crete, the center of Europe’s first advanced civilization, travelers will visit stunning Minoan ruins and archaeological sites, including Knossos. And in between the group will spend a day exploring Santorini, perhaps the Mediterranean’s most iconic island and site of a massive volcanic eruption in the late 17th century BC.

Crete Golf Course, Crete

Santorini

The Dunes Course, Costa Navarino

The Bay Course, Costa Navarino

Methoni Castle, Costa Navarino

Greece Golf Tour Itinerary overview:


Thursday, September 26, 2024 Depart the United States



Friday, September 27 Heraklion, Crete



Saturday, September 28 Crete

Golf: Crete Golf Club, Bob Hunt, par-71, 6,430-yard course; five sets of tees at every hole; generously proportioned fairways. The course—with its challenging holes, superb greens and undulating hills—guarantees to challenge all handicaps.

Tour: Palace of Knossos, the largest and most impressive Minoan palace in Crete, and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, which houses masterpieces from the Minoan and other periods.


Sunday, September 29 Crete/Santorini/Crete

Sail to Santorini, perhaps the Mediterranean’s most iconic island. During the Bronze Age, Santorini was a flourishing trading center inhabited by a prosperous society. In the late 17th century BC, a massive volcanic eruption collapsed half of the island and buried its main town in a thick layer of ash and pumice, thus preserving its houses, streets and squares as they existed 3,700 years ago. Upon arrival, explore the excavated ancient town, now called Akrotiri, and enjoy a day of wandering and wondering…


Monday, September 30 Crete/Athens/Costa Navarino



Tuesday, October 1 Costa Navarino

Golf: The Dunes Course, Bernhard Langer, par-71, 6,581-yard course set in a diverse natural landscape, offering spectacular sea and river views with parts venturing into olive and fruit groves.

Tour: Palace of Nestor, perhaps the best-preserved Mycenaean palace in Greece. Among the most important finds uncovered during excavations are a group of clay tablets inscribed in Linear B, the earliest Greek writing, dating from about 1450 BC.


Wednesday, October 2 Costa Navarino

Golf: The International Olympic Academy Golf Course, José María Olazábal, 18-hole, par-72 course stretches across 375 acres and is situated in a magnificent hill setting facing historic Navarino Bay. “The setting is one of the most spectacular that I have seen,” said Olazábal, adding “we are spoiled as golfers because there are so many great places to go, but Costa Navarino is the whole experience that is exceptional.”

Tour: Olympia, one of the most significant archaeological sites in Greece. A sacred precinct dedicated to Zeus, it was at Olympia that the Panhellenic games were held every four years from 776 BC to 393 AD, giving rise to the modern Olympics.


Thursday, October 3 Costa Navarino

Golf: The Bay Course, Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architects, 18-hole, par-71 seaside course. With the majority of tees offering sublime sea views and two holes playing along historic Navarino Bay, the course meanders through three distinct natural landscapes: the seaside, canyon and grove holes provide striking contrasts and create a memorable golf round.

Tour: Methoni, the formidable, fortified fort built by the Venetians in the 12th century to protect their shipping trade routes and to garrison knights on their way to the Crusades.


Friday, October 4 Costa Navarino/Nafplion/Athens

On the way to Athens, stop for lunch in Nafplion, one of the most picturesque towns in Greece.


Saturday, October 5 Athens/USA


RATES

Golf rate: $8,790 per person, double occupancy
Touring rate: $6,890 per person, double occupancy
Single room supplement: $1,590


OPTIONAL ATHENS EXTENSION

For those interested, an optional two-day extension to Athens will be available. Arrangements will include accommodations at a deluxe hotel, tours of the city’s main ancient monuments, a lunch and a dinner at local restaurants, and hotel/airport transfer.