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Explore the Best of Greece

Tour Overview

Embark on an unforgettable Greek adventure, starting with the ancient splendors of Athens, including the Acropolis and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Journey to Delphi, the mystical center of the ancient world, and then marvel at the breathtaking Meteora monasteries perched on towering cliffs. Sail to the enchanting island of Santorini, renowned for its stunning views, black sandy beaches, and romantic sunsets. Continue to Crete, Greece’s largest island, rich in history and natural beauty, perfect for exploration. Conclude your trip with a seamless return to Athens, leaving with cherished memories of Greece’s iconic attractions and timeless beauty.

Itinerary

Welcome! It’s nice to have you in Athens. As soon as you arrive, a pre-arranged chauffeur will be at hand to receive you and take you to the hotel to check in. The rest of the day is available to be spent at your discretion.

Today, you’ll join our tour escort on a morning exploration tour of Athens, to visit the historic treasures of the city. The excursion will take you through the Panathenaic Stadium, The temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament, and the memorial of the Unknown Soldier. And also, a stop by the Academy, the University, the National Library, and the Constitution Square. Your tour of Athens is incomplete without a visit to Acropolis, an ancient citadel on a rocky height that contains the ruins of several antiquated buildings of great historic importance. Wrap up your tour with a dropping by the spectacular Acropolis Museum, just five minutes away from the Acropolis by foot and an impressive modern structure built side by side with ruins of ancient buildings. A blend of the modern and ancient civilizations. There is no better place to learn about the age of Greek history, art, and civilization than here. After the tour ends, you can have the rest of the afternoon to yourself.

After breakfast, you’ll join our bus for a day’s trip to Delphi, the acclaimed center of the world and the city where the popular oracle of ancient Greece is located. In Delphi, you’ll ascend the slopes of Mount Parnassus to get to the sanctuary of Apollo Pythius. The view from the sanctuary is incredibly beautiful. You’ll also visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Theatre, the Stadium and the Museum, housing the famous sculpture of Antinoos and special bronze sculpture of the Charioteer of Delphi dating back to 470 BC; and, the statue of Aghias of Pharsalia, a champion of Panhellenic games in the 5th Century. As the tour bus drives through the beautiful towns of Amphissa, Lamia, and Trikala on your return trip to Kalambaka hotel, let your eyes roam and admire all the picturesque views of Thessalian fields. Dinner will be available at the hotel before you retire for the day.

Enjoy breakfast at the Kalambaka hotel, before proceeding on today’s trip to Meteora. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988 and the rock formation is home to a complex of monasteries, over 20 monasteries and this is one of the largest in the world. Some of the monasteries are seated highly at the top of the mountain, while others occupy the natural caves on the rock. Meteora is a representation of historical and religious gems rolled into one and it offers an amazing picture of the town surrounding it. On your trip back to Athens, stop by the coastal town of Thermopylae, close to Lamia, and take a dip into the town’s history, particularly, the battle between the Greek Spartans and Persians. You’ll arrive in Athens later in the evening.

In the morning, after you’re done packing, you will be driven to the port of Piraeus, where you’ll board a ferry boat to Santorini. Once you arrive at the Island, you’ll be taken to a hotel where you’ll rest before the tour of the magnificent Island.

Day at leisure. What better place is there to relax than in Santorini? With the glamorous views, the black sandy beaches, and the beautiful sunset sights. Our suggestion is to join the non-obligatory half-day tour (with extra charge) to the tiny volcanic islands of Nea Kameni and Palea Kameni located in the middle of the Santorini Caldera and swim in the orange-colored warm springs there. If you travel with a partner, seize the opportunity to treat your lover to a romantic dinner at the edge of the Caldera, looking over what might be the most astonishing scenery in the world.

Spend the morning at your discretion, then join the tour train to the port from where you’ll be ferried to Crete (Heraklion). From the drop off point in Heraklion, you’ll be driven to your hotel. Finish off the rest of the day as you deem fit.

Free day. Today, you’ll be exploring Crete, the largest and most inhabited island in Greece. Heraklion, situated on the northern coast of the island, is the capital of Crete. The island, which is remarkable for being the cradle of Europe’s advanced civilization, offers a beautiful topography dotted by fascinating mountainous cliffs, steep canyons on hills, and waterfalls that empty into river tributaries and water bodies. You’ll fall in love with the picturesque views of the fertile valley from the slopes of the mountains and the scenic beaches. Complete your visit to the island by dropping by the Knossos Palace, the famed hotbed of Minoan Civilization.

In the morning, you’ll be transferred to the airport to catch your flight (Not include) headed for Athens. In Athens, you’ll lodge at your hotel and spend the night there.

Depending on your flight schedule, you will check out of the hotel at the appropriate time and dropped off at the Athens airport. All the while, your mind won’t stop shuffling between the memories of Greek heritage.

Accommodation

We use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here. Hotels are selected closer to departure date; you will receive a confirmed list prior to your departure date.

Tourist Class Hotels: Museum Hotel / Dorian Inn / Cristal City Or Similar

First Class Hotels: President / Athens Avenue / Stanley Or Similar

Tourist Class Hotels: Golden Star / Sunrise / Zephyros Or Similar

First Class Hotels: Aegean Plaza / Rose Bay / El Greco Or Similar

Tourist Class Hotels: Marin Dream / Castello City Or Similar

First Class Hotels: Astoria Capsis / Ibis Styles Or Similar

Tourist Class Hotels: Kalambaka Hotel Or Similar

First Class Hotels: Kalambaka Hotel Or Similar

What’s Included

9 Nights hotel accommodation in Athens, Kalambaka, Santorini and Crete

  • 2 Day Delphi-Meteora tour on half board, English Speaking Guide / SIC basis
  • Half day Athens sightseeing Tour, English Speaking Guide / SIC Basis
  • Ferry tickets Piraeus-Santorini (07:25-14:50) / Economy class (Free Seating)
  • Entrance fees to the sites, during guided sightseeing tours

Daily Breakfast

  • Transfers from/to airport on arrival and departure
  • All transfers as mentioned in the program

International and local flights not included

Insurance is not included

  • Pre & Post Tour Accommodation
  • Optional Experiences
  • High-Speed Boat Tickets (Highly Recommended) – You can add during the booking process
  • City Tax to be paid locally
  • Tipping for guide, driver and hotel staff
  • Personal Expenses
  • Item, product or service not specifically listed under Included

Reviews

  • ·20th April 2024
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    The tour was an incredible experience! From the ancient wonders of the Acropolis and Delphi to the stunning monasteries of Meteora, every moment was captivating. The hotels, especially in Santorini and Athens, were top-notch, offering comfort and excellent service.
  • ·12th May 2024
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    Exploring Santorini’s black sandy beaches and Crete’s Knossos Palace was a dream come true. The accommodations were fantastic, with clean, spacious rooms and beautiful views. Highly recommend this tour!
  • ·28th May 2024
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    Athens’ historic treasures, like the Acropolis, were awe-inspiring. Meteora’s monasteries were a highlight, and the hotels exceeded expectations, providing great amenities and friendly staff. An amazing trip!
  • ·15th May 2024
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    The mix of Athens’ rich history and the relaxed vibes of Santorini and Crete was perfect. The hotels were superb, especially the Aegean Plaza in Santorini, with its amazing pool and views. Loved every part of the tour!
  • ·3rd May 2024
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    This tour covers all the must-see spots in Greece. Delphi and Meteora were breathtaking. The hotel selection was excellent, with comfortable beds and great locations. Truly an unforgettable adventure!
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