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The Greek Gems: 8 Days 7 Nights Including Accommodation

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Duration

8 days

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

1 -50 persons

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Languages

English

Enjoy this memorable 8-day tour and get closer to Greece’s beautiful history and mythology, while admiring stunning landscapes, and indulging in mouthwatering Greek food.

See the best of Athens, the picturesque town of Kalambaka and the crescent – shaped Santorini Island,  the most precious gem of Cyclades islands.

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Tour Highlights

Parthenon: The Parthenon, dedicated by the Athenians to goddess Athena Parthenos, the patron of the city, is the most magnificent creation of Athenian democracy at the height of its power.

Acropolis museum: The Acropolis museum is the perfect sanctuary for the ancient artefacts that were found in the Parthenon and its surrounding temples. It covers a total area of 25,000 square meters, with exhibition space of over 14,000 square meters and nearly 4,000 objects exhibiting.

Omphalos of Delphi, the center of the world: The oracle which consulted about important decisions throughout the ancient classical world. The Greeks considered Delphi the naval (or centre) of the world, as represented by the stone monument known as the Omphalos of Delphi.

Meteora monasteries: Meteora phenomenon, a spiritual, mystical, magical, breathtaking and extraordinary experience. Visit a stone forest decorated with historical monasteries, included in the World Heritage List of Unesco. Only 6 of them have made it through the centuries, from an initial estimated number of 24.

Santorini Gems: Akrotiri site -the Pompei of Greece, Lava islets -an active volcano, Canava – from vineyards to distillery, Santorinian fava – a gastronomic treasure, Oia sunset – an incredible beauty.

ARRIVAL ATHENS

On your arrival at Athens airport, a representative will greet you and transfer you to your selected hotel in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. The afternoon is free at leisure for exploring this never sleeping city. And if you want to explore the city by night, you have the chance to enjoy an optional night out in Athens.

Overnight  in Athens

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.

Overnight  in Athens

ATHENS – FERRY BOAT TO SANTORINI

Enjoy a tasty breakfast at your hotel before transferring to the port of Piraeus 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.

Overnight  in Santorini

SANTORINI

Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel.Today is for you to explore and 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 hypnotising sunset.

Overnight in Santorini

SANTORINI – FERRY BOAT TO ATHENS

After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the port of Santorini to take your high speed ferry to Athens Piraeus port. Your boat trip last around 5hrs. Upon arrival at Piraeus port you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check in.

Overnight  in Athens

ATHENS – DELPHI – KALAMBAKA (586 km-7hrs)

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.

Overnight in Kalambaka

KALAMBAKA – ATHENS ( 437km-4hrs)

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.

Overnight  in Athens

DEPARTURE ATHENS

After breakfast and check out, enjoy free time in Athens before your transfer to the airport.

Breakfast included

What’s included

TOUR GUIDE:

  • Operated with qualified English-speaking guides on a shared basis on Day 2, 6 and 7

ACCOMMODATION:

  • 7 nights’ accommodation

MEALS:

  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 1 dinner

TRANSPORT:

  • Air-conditioned shared transportation throughout the tour
  • Inbound/Outbound transfers from/to Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (Athens International airport)
  • Hydro boat ticket on economy seat for the route Piraeus to Santorini and back

ENTRANCE FEES AND ACTIVITIES:

  • All monuments and visits as indicated: Acropolis site, Acropolis museum, Delphi site and two Meteora monasteries

OTHER:

  • Meet & Greet on arrival at  Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport

Exclusions

Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals if not stated explicitly in the programme

International and domestic flight tickets

Airport taxes for domestic and international flights

Gratuities for driver and guide

Airport and Hotel porterage

Visit of 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

Know before you go

Local conditions prevalent at the time of travel may result in modifications to the tour contents without prior notice

What to bring with you

Comfortable and light clothing is the most suitable for travelling in Greece.

Visitors should not wear sleeveless shirts, shorts, short skirts or skimpy clothing when visiting temples, religious or official buildings.

Sun protection, sun glasses, a hat and mosquito repellent can be very useful during your stay.

Cancellation policy

80% refund if booking is cancelled 30 days or less before the experience

70% refund if booking is cancelled 14 days or less before the experience

50% refund if booking is cancelled 7 days or less before the experience

No refund if booking is cancelled 1 day or less before the experience

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