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14 Day Classic Greece with Mykonos & Santorini - Tuesday Departure

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Countries Visited

Greece

Cities Visited

Athens , Kalambaka , Mykonos , Olympia , Santorini

DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Greece
Depart to Greece

DAY 2, Wednesday - Arrive in Athens
Arrive in Athens, the classical capital of Greece; transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to discover the ancient wonders of this city known as the cradle of Western Civilization and the birthplace of democracy. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager, at approximately 7 PM, followed by a light dinner. We recommend that you select flights which arrive no later than 5 PM
Overnight: Athens
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Thursday - Athens City Tour
The exploration of Athens begins with a panoramic drive through the city center. View the Panathenian Stadium, the ruins of the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Arch, built to celebrate the arrival of the Roman Emperor Hadrian. Continue on to visit the Acropolis, the ancient architectural masterpiece built during the Golden Age of Athens and the new Acropolis Museum, a striking modern building built at the base of the monument where many of the original statues from the Acropolis are now displayed. The rest of the day is at leisure. Be sure to walk to Constitution Square, where you might catch a glimpse of the colorfully-costumed Evzone guards, outfitted in the traditional Greek style. Tonight, perhaps walk through the lively Plaka area, the oldest section of Athens, a neighborhood of charming restaurants, shops and sidewalk cafes
Overnight: Athens
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Friday - Sightseeing en route to Olympia
Depart Athens via the scenic coastal road to the mighty Corinth Canal, dividing the Peloponnese from mainland Greece. Continue via Nauplion to Mycenae, the heartland of Greek mythology. Visit the Acropolis of Mycenae and the Tomb of Atreus, built around 1250 B.C. From here, drive through the Central Peloponnese Peninsula, whose major cities in classical times were Corinth and Sparta. Continue to Olympia, birthplace of the first Olympic Games
Overnight: Olympia
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Saturday - Tour Olympia Archaeological Site
Morning visit to the archaeological site of Olympia, including the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, and the ancient stadium where the Olympic Games were first held in 776 B.C. Visit a local store, where you will have a chance to taste local olive oil and spices. Continue to Olympia's Archaeological Museum containing significant exhibitions of the ancient world and artwork dating back thousands of years. Then, drive north through the plains of Eliad and Achaia, crossing the Corinth Strait via a cabled bridge from Rion to Antirion. Pass the town of Nafpaktos en route to Delphi, home of the ruins of the Tholos Temple
Overnight: Arachova
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Sunday - Archaeological Tour of Delphi, Travel to Kalambaka
Tour the excavated site of Delphi and the archaeological museum, perched on the slopes of Mount Parnassos, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Considered one of the most significant places in Greek history, its stunning setting and ancient ruins are truly inspirational. Walk the Sacred Way to the imposing 4th century B.C. Temple of Apollo, site of the most important oracle in the classical world. Then, travel over the Pourmaraki Pass towards the small town of Kalambaka, situated amidst smooth sandstone cliffs in the foothills of Meteora
Overnight: Kalambaka
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Monday - Meteora Sightseeing, Return to Athens
Visit Meteora, meaning "suspended in the air", with its mystical Eastern Orthodox monasteries incredibly nestled perilously close to the edge of bizarre rock formations. Admire the exquisite specimens of Byzantine art and the panoramic vistas over the Peneios Valley. Stop at a workshop of Byzantine icons and souvenirs. Browse the store's vast collection of icons, created using old traditional methods. Afterward, a scenic drive takes you along the coast, past Thermopylae. Arrive in Athens in early evening
Overnight: Athens
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Tuesday - Ferry to Mykonos
Today, transfer to the port for your ferry to Mykonos. Arrive in time for lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon, embark on a guided walking tour of Mykonos town and discover its charm and cultural roots. View white-washed churches, picturesque windmills where the grain used to be milled for bread flour, and stroll along narrow winding streets. Visit the island's "Little Venice," where houses and cafes have been built directly at water level. Conclude the tour with a drink at a local cafe with your Tour Manager. Tonight, perhaps find a table at a harborside taverna and just savor the bustle of Cycladic island life along with gorgeous views
Overnight: Mykonos
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9, Wednesday - Delos Morning Tour
After breakfast, take a ferry to Delos and explore the island with its history dating back to early Ionian civilization. This splendid archaeological site was once the religious center of the Aegean and Cyclades. According to myth, Latonna gave birth here to Apollo, the Greek sun god, and to Artemis, the huntress and goddess of marriage and fertility. In Delos, view the Sacred Harbor and the regal Sacred Way, flanked by stone lions leading to the temples dedicated to Apollo and Artemis and visit the museum housing some of the most impressive archaeological artifacts found on the island. Afterward, return to Mykonos and have lunch at a local restaurant. The rest of the day is free to explore on your own
Overnight: Mykonos
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10, Thursday - Full Day in Mykonos
Today is free to enjoy the energetic ambiance of this chic island with its sophisticated world-class restaurants and trendy boutiques. Relax at one of the many golden sandy beaches, or wander along the narrow streets of the Old Town. Allow time to shop at one of the many unique boutiques, or relax at a terrace bar. Perhaps, join the optional tour of the Island. Explore the charming village of Ano Mera and visit the 16th century Monastery of Panagia Tourliani. Afterward, free time for a stroll around the central square, where you will find many tavernas and pastry shops. Continue around the coastline and make stops at the famous beaches of Mykonos
Optional: Mykonos Island Tour (AM)
Overnight: Mykonos
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Friday - Ferry to Santorini
Today, transfer to the port for your ferry to Santorini. After approximately 3.5 hours, arrive to the beautiful island with its sapphire blue water, snow-white architecture, and multicolored cliffs, considered one of the world's most enchanting getaways. Meet the local guide at the port and head to Fira, the capital of Santorini. Take a short walking tour of the town with free time for lunch on your own. Afterward, check into the hotel. In the afternoon, visit a local distillery and learn about traditional distillation methods while sampling local spirits like ouzo and tsikoudia. Afterwards, explore the world of Therian volcanic wines. Visit a family-owned estate winery, hear about their production processes, and follow up with a delicious wine tasting. Conclude the tour with dinner of local specialties at the winery
Overnight: Santorini
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Saturday - Morning Tour of Santorini
Today, explore this Greek paradise. Board the bus and drive to Megalochori, one of the most traditional villages on the island. Stroll through the narrow streets and admire the traditional architecture. Later, head to the archaeological excavation site of ancient Akrotiri, a former Bronze Age settlement located on the south west of the island. Tour the ancient city that was frozen in time after a volcanic eruption 3,600 years ago. Savor a delectable lunch of local specialties before returning to your hotel. In the afternoon, visit Oia where you will have free time to explore the village. Walk through the small, white cave houses dug into the volcanic rock, and perhaps savor dinner at one of its quaint restaurants while enjoying breathtaking sea views
Overnight: Santorini
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13, Sunday - Full Day in Santorini
Spend a full day at leisure in Santorini. Thousands of years ago, one of the most devastating volcanic eruptions in history occurred here. This event is believed to have led to the demise of the ancient Minoan culture and inspired several Greek myths. Perhaps, join the optional Santorini Catamaran Cruise to spend a relaxing day sailing in the blue waters of Santorini. Savor a freshly prepared lunch, and enjoy swimming at the famous Red Beach. Tonight, during your dinner, bid goodbye to your Tour Manager
Optional: Half Day Santorini Catamaran Cruise
Overnight: Santorini
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Monday - Depart Greece
Early this morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Athens, where you will connect to your international flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-Athens, Athens-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flight Santorini-Athens
  • 12 nights accommodations
  • 3 nights Athens
  • 1 night Olympia
  • 1 night Delphi or Arachova
  • 1 night Kalambaka
  • 3 nights Mykonos
  • 3 nights Santorini
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • Ferry Athens-Mykonos & Mykonos-Santorini
  • 21 meals: 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
  • Special Features

  • Visit the Acropolis, an ancient architectural masterpiece
  • Tour the Acropolis Museum, a modern museum housing ancient relics from the Acropolis
  • Visit Olympia, birthplace of the first Olympic Games
  • Explore the archaeological sites of Delphi and the Temple of Apollo
  • Ascend to Meteora with its mystical monasteries
  • Spend time in the beautiful Greek islands of Mykonos and Santorini
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival transfer, but does include the following group services: transfers for domestic flights and ferries, ferry Athens-Mykonos, ferry Mykonos-Santorini and flight Santorini-Athens.

    Passengers returning from Athens on day 14 should select flights that depart no earlier than 12 PM.

    Please note that luggage handling services are not provided during embarkation and disembarkation on ferries.

    We will provide best ferry available on your travel dates. Reservations will be made for the earliest ferry available. We cannot confirm the exact ferry routing in advance. Local weather and wind factors can cause ferry delays and/or cancellations. When this occurs, you will be advised of your options locally. As weather conditions are beyond our control, any costs incurred for alternate transportation, hotel and/or other out-of-pocket and related expenses will necessarily be borne by the traveler. We recommend you, to check your trip insurance policy for covered benefits.

    Land only passengers: Please provide your international flight details in and out of Athens no later than 90 days prior to departure in order to book your flights to/from the islands. If we do not receive your international flight information at least 90 days prior to departure, we will book the latest flight from Athens to the islands and the earliest flight from the islands back to Athens in order to avoid any missed connections with your international flight arrangements.

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    Accommodations

    Athenian Callirhoe Hotel
    This first class hotel is located within walking distance of the Acropolis and many major attractions.

    Athenian Callirhoe Hotel
    This first class hotel is located within walking distance of the Acropolis and many major attractions.

    Athenian Callirhoe Hotel
    This first class hotel is located within walking distance of the Acropolis and many major attractions.

    Athenian Callirhoe Hotel
    This first class hotel is located within walking distance of the Acropolis and many major attractions.

    The Stanley
    This first class hotel is located in the city center of Athens, a short metro ride from the historic center.

    The Stanley
    This first class hotel is located in the city center of Athens, a short metro ride from the historic center.

    The Stanley
    This first class hotel is located in the city center of Athens, a short metro ride from the historic center.

    Europa Hotel
    This first class hotel is situated on a hill above the village of Ancient Olympia.

    Domotel Anemolia Mountain Resort
    This first class hotel has spectacular views of the Delphi Valley.

    Grand Hotel Meteora
    This deluxe hotel has spectacular views of the rocks of Meteora.

    Athenian Callirhoe Hotel
    This first class hotel is located within walking distance of the Acropolis and many major attractions.

    Athenian Callirhoe Hotel
    This first class hotel is located within walking distance of the Acropolis and many major attractions.

    Athenian Callirhoe Hotel
    This first class hotel is located within walking distance of the Acropolis and many major attractions.

    Athenian Callirhoe Hotel
    This first class hotel is located within walking distance of the Acropolis and many major attractions.

    The Stanley
    This first class hotel is located in the city center of Athens, a short metro ride from the historic center.

    The Stanley
    This first class hotel is located in the city center of Athens, a short metro ride from the historic center.

    The Stanley
    This first class hotel is located in the city center of Athens, a short metro ride from the historic center.

    San Antonio Summerland Hotel
    This first class hotel has magnificent views of the new port of Mykonos and the sea.

    Rosebay Hotel
    This first class hotel is located near the black sandy beach of Kamari.

    Titania Hotel Athens
    This first class hotel is located in the historic and commercial center of Athens, between Syntagma and Omonia, the city's major squares.

    Athens Zafolia Hotel
    This first class hotel has magnificent views of Lycabettus Hill.

    Athens Zafolia Hotel
    This first class hotel has magnificent views of Lycabettus Hill.

    Amalia Hotel Olympia
    This first class hotel is a ten minute drive from many of the archaeological sites of Olympia.

    Amalia Hotel
    This first class hotel is located within walking distance of the town and main tourist attractions.

    Amalia Hotel
    This first class hotel is located within walking distance of the town and main tourist attractions.

    Amalia Hotel
    This first class hotel sits minutes away from the town of Kalambaka and near the famous Meteora.

    Amalia Hotel
    This first class hotel sits minutes away from the town of Kalambaka and near the famous Meteora.

    Titania Hotel Athens
    This first class hotel is located in the historic and commercial center of Athens, between Syntagma and Omonia, the city's major squares.

    Athens Zafolia Hotel
    This first class hotel has magnificent views of Lycabettus Hill.

    Athens Zafolia Hotel
    This first class hotel has magnificent views of Lycabettus Hill.

    Kamari Beach Hotel
    This tourist class hotel overlooks the Aegean Sea.

    Kamari Beach Hotel
    This tourist class hotel overlooks the Aegean Sea.

    Scorpios Beach Hotel
    This first class hotel is located in Monolithos, across the road from the beach.

    Splendour Resort
    This first class hotel is located in Santorini's scenic village of Firostefani.

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