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Greece: Myths and Legends

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*Prices are per person in a double room in standard hotel category
*Single supplement prices are available below

9 days in the ancient land of the Gods

Visiting 1 country: Greece

Explore the treasures of ancient Greece on the mainland and then escape to the Cyclades islands for a week relaxing in stunningly beautiful beaches. From the astonishing Acropolis of Athens to whitewashed homes and blue-domed churches of Oia in Santorini, this varied programme is the perfect choice for an unforgettable trip.

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Day 1: Arrival Athens

Arrive at Athens airport where our representative will meet and transfer you to your hotel for check-in. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, strolling the beautifully arranged streets of charming Athens. Perhaps enjoy a walk on the picturesque Poseidon’s Avenue, indulge in a tasty coffee at one of the inviting cafes in Agia Eirini Square, or adventure into a souvenir shopping session on Adrianou Street. You can end this memorable day with a mouthwatering dinner (not included) in one of the many traditional restaurants spread throughout the city. And if you want to catch a glimpse of the city under the mesmerizing moonlight, enjoy an optional night out in Athens.

Day 2: Athens City Tour

Begin your day with a mouthwatering breakfast at your hotel, preparing to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city, during a memorable city tour.

Our expert guide will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896. Stop for a few moments and then continue your tour passing by the Prime Minister’s residence- the former Royal Palace, guarded by the Euzones in their colourful uniform. Then, see the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament, the memorial of the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, University, National Library, and the lovely Constitution Square (Syntagma).

Go to Acropolis to visit the Architectural Masterpieces of Athens’ Golden Age: The Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, and finally “the harmony between material and spirit” and the monument that “puts an order in mind”- Greece’s imposing Parthenon. Last, but not least, admire the wonders of the classical era at The Acropolis Museum. Return to your hotel in Athens for overnight.

Day 3: Athens – Delphi – Kalambaka

After a delicious breakfast, leave for Delphi via Thebes, Levadia and the picturesque village of Arachova, on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Wander around spellbinding Delphi, and visit the interesting Archaeological Site. Afterwards, depart for beautiful Kalambaka, passing through the picturesque villages and spectacular towns of Central Greece. Proceed to Kalambaka for a delightful dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Kalambaka – Athens

Indulge in a luscious breakfast at your selected hotel. Then, head towards Meteora, one of Greece’s most famous landmarks that earned a special place on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Monuments. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery and get closer to the Greek glorious history and culture.

Admire the ageless Monasteries, standing between earth and sky, atop huge rocks and containing priceless historical and religious treasures. Return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia and Thermopylae.  Have a short stop to see, across the road, the Leonida’s Monument, and arrive in Greece’s capital city early in the evening.

Day 5: Athens – Mykonos

Begin your day with a tasty breakfast at the hotel. Then, enjoy an early transfer from the hotel to Piraeus port to take the ferry boat to Mykonos. Arrive on the beautiful island, where you will be met and assisted by our representative. Transfer to your hotel for check in and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, enjoying the hotel amenities or exploring the beautiful surroundings.

Day 6: Mykonos

Have a delightful breakfast at the hotel and get ready to adventure yourself into discovering the beautiful island, on your own. Known for being a meeting point of the international jet set and a piece of heaven for travelers who want to relax on amazing beaches and enjoy a unique nightlife.

Stroll the lovely streets, relax on the warm sand, and enjoy a few cocktails in one of the lively beach bars. And if you want more, join an optional half day tour that gives you the chance to visit the archaeological site of the nearby island of Delos. End the adventure with a night to remember, exploring the island´s explosive club scene.

Day 7: Mykonos – Santorini

Enjoy a tasty breakfast at your hotel before transferring to the port of Mykonos to catch the hydro ferry boat to Santorini. Arrive on the beautiful island of romance, meet our representative and transfer to your hotel for check-in. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, relaxing at the hotel, sunbathing, or exploring the paths of charming Santorini. You can end today´s adventure with an unforgettable optional boat sunset tour that will undoubtedly impress you.

Day 8: Santorini

Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel, and get ready to discover the island of Santorini, on your own. Stroll the delightful alleys, and admire the white Cycladic houses lining the cliff tops. Perhaps, get in touch with history while visiting the Akrotiri site, known also as the Pompeii of Greece. Maybe visit Canava, admiring its vineyards and distillery. Then, indulge in the incredible local food. The number of great restaurants is impressive, and the traditional dishes promise to amaze your taste buds. Late in the afternoon, you can visit the fascinating, little village of Oia to watch a hypnotizing sunset.

Day 9: Departure Santorini

After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport of Santorini for a short domestic flight back to Athens. Arrive in Athens and continue with your individual travel arrangements.

Additional information

Duration

1 Week +

Country

Greece

Travel Style

IN DEPTH: CULTURAL & HISTORICAL, PHASE OUT: RELAXATION/SPIRITUAL

Highlights

Parthenon: Dedicated to the patron of the city, the well-known goddess Athena Parthenos, this fascinating landmark is one of the most magnificent creations of Athenian democracy.
Acropolis Museum: Learn about the impressive past of the city while visiting the
remarkable Acropolis Museum.
Delphi, the Center of the World: Once considered the centre of the world by
the Greeks, Delphi is still an important place that promises to impress you.
Meteora Monasteries: Enjoy a breathtaking spiritual journey while visiting a
stone forest decorated with historical monasteries and included on the Unesco's
World Heritage List.
Mykonos: Visit magical Mykonos and explore its world-famous party scene, with
modern vibrant clubs and exciting beach bars.

Santorini: Relax, visit its hidden gems, indulge in the delicious local dishes, and
enjoy wandering around one of the most romantic Greek islands.

Inclusions

What’s included?

Tour Guide

  • Operated with  English- speaking guide on shared basis

Accommodation:

  • 8 nights’ accommodation

Meals:

  • 8 Breakfasts
  • 1 Dinner

Transport:

  • Air-conditioned shared transportation in vehicle  between ports and during excursions
  • Inbound airport transfer from Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (Athens International airport)
  • Ferry boat ticket on economy seat for the route Piraeus to Mykonos
  • Hydro boat ticket on economy seat for the route Mykonos to Santorini.
  • Outbound airport transfer to Santorini Airport

Entrance Fees and Activities:

  • All entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary: Acropolis site, Acropolis museum, Delphi site and two Meteora monasteries

Other:

  • Meet & Greet on arrival at  Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport
  • Assistance on arrival at  Mykonos port
  • Assistance on arrival at  Santorini port

NOT INCLUDED

  • Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals if not stated explicitly in the programme
  • International flight tickets & Domestic flight tickets Santorini to Athens
  • Airport taxes for domestic and international flights
  • Gratuities for driver and guide
  • Airport and Hotel porterage
  • Visit to Delphi museum
  • Optional tours
  • Overnight city tax for the hotel overnights effective from January 1st 2018. Clients will have to pay the TAX on the spot at the hotels.

Meals

8 Breakfasts and 1 Dinner.

We aim to make sure that breakfasts are included every morning in the accommodation (except on the first morning). They are usually ‘continental breakfasts’, which are typical in most countries. A typical breakfast may consist of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, croissants, cold meats, cheese and a range of spreads, with fruit juice, tea or coffee to drink.

Included evening meals are in local restaurants or in the included accommodation. In most cases, table water is provided with the meals and if you wish to purchase additional drinks, you can do so at your own expense.

If you have any dietary requirements, we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise us when you book. Please be aware that although we will do everything in our power, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we eat in will be able to cater to all of your dietary needs. Also, we cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.

Additional Info

Comfortable and light clothing is the most suitable for travelling in Greece. Though a warm jumper and jacket are advisable in the cooler months and when hiking the highest peaks. Visitors should not wear sleeveless shirts, shorts, short skirts or skimpy clothing when visiting religious or official buildings. Sun protection, sun glasses, a hat and mosquito repellent can be very useful during your stay.

Accommodation

Day 1-2,4 Athens :

  • Hotel Standard Category = Hotel Dorian inn or similar 3*
  • Hotel Superior Category = Hotel Novotel or similar 4*

Day 3 Kalambaka: 

  • Hotel Standard Category = Hotel Orfeas or similar 3*
  • Hotel Superior Category = Hotel Divani Kalambaka or similar 4*

Day 5-6 Mykonos:

  • Hotel Standard Category = Hotel New Aeolos or similar 3*
  • Hotel Superior Category = Hotel Grand Beach or similar 4*

Day 7-8 Santorini:

  • Hotel Standard Category = Hotel Fenix Collection or similar 4Keys
  • Hotel Standard Category = Hotel Afroditi Venus or similar 4*

Price Variations

Prices are per person in EUR
Single/Double Room Triple Room
Standard Category 910 860
Superior Category 1110 1020