Greece Best of Greece Tour- XBG

Number of Days: 12
Destination: Greece
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  • Best of Greece Tour

    Greece travel packages are the best way of discovering the birthplace of modern civilization. This 12 day Greece tour includes fabulous 2 or 3 star accommodation, breakfast each day and five meals. Starting in Athens, you will meet up with your expert tour leader and fellow travellers.

    The next day we begin our exploration of Ancient Greece, with our first stop at Thermopylae to admire the statue of Leonidas, King of Sparta, on our way to the iconic rocky columns and Orthodox monasteries at Meteora. The following day we reach Delphi, where we'll visit the site of ancient Delphi and the Sanctuary of Apollo. The original Olympic games were founded in Olympia in 776 BC, and we'll enjoy a tour through the remains of the ancient Olympia complex, including the Temple of Zeus.

    In Mycenae we'll visit the tomb of Agamemnon and pass through Lion Gate, the main entrance to the Bronze Age citadel. We'll enjoy some free time in Nafplion, before travelling on to Epidaurus, the most important healing center in antiquity famous for its theater, the best preserved in Greece. Returning to Athens, we'll explore the capital, including the iconic Acropolis and the Parthenon.

    After exploring the mainland, it's time to spend a relaxing few days on the beautiful Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. We'll take a ferry from the mainland to our first island destination, Mykonos. Enjoy a three night stay, with plenty of free time to relax by the hotel pool or on the beautiful white beaches, and explore the towns and villages with their historic windmills and churches.

    We'll then take a ferry to Santorini, a rocky volcanic island jutting out of the sea, and one of the spectacles of the Mediterranean. Enjoy a three night stay on this glamorous island, exploring the whitewashed towns, stunning sunset panoramas and volcanic-sand beaches. On our last day, we'll take an included flight back to Athens for the end of the tour.


  • Best of Greece - 12 Days

    Start point: Athens
    End point: Athens

    DAY 1: Arrive in Athens

    Welcome to Greece! Upon arrival, make your own way the hotel for the start of the tour (airport transfers available at extra cost, please contact us for details). This evening we will enjoy an included dinner at a local restaurant in Thissio, a historical neighbourhood of Athens close to the Acropolis.

    Experiences

    Get to know the other travellers on your tour at the included dinner this evening. You'll get to try traditional Greek cuisine, like pitta with tzatziki, greek salad, tomato balls and spanakopita (spinach pie).

    Accommodation

    • Best Western Candia or similar

    DAY 2: Thermopylae - Meteora - Kalambaka

    It’s an early start this morning as we head north. On our way, we will stop at Thermopylae to admire the statue of Leonidas, King of Sparta. We'll then drive on to Meteora, where we will see amazing rock formations, like towers of sandstone, stand ageless, and have provided sacred retreat for monks over the centuries. A number of monasteries are hidden on top of Meteora and today you will have the option to visit one or two. The view over the plain is breath-taking and Meteora is considered among the most beautiful areas of mainland Greece and belongs to UNESCO’s list of world heritage monuments. After our visit, we travel to Kalambaka, where we will check into our hotel and enjoy an included dinner at the hotel.

    Experiences

    Visit Thermopylae for a photo stop to admire the statue of Leonidas, King of Sparta.

    Visit Meteora, considered one of the most beautiful regions in mainland Greece, officially a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Entrance fee: €6

    Accommodation

    • Kosta Famissi or similar

    DAY 3: Kalambaka - Delphi

    After breakfast, we depart and cross the mountains for central Greece, arriving in Delphi, we will check-in to our hotel and make our way out again, heading straight for our visit to the ancient site of Delphi and museum. In antiquity, Delphi was considered the “omphalos” (navel) of the earth, and the place where people from around the world would visit in order to receive an “oracle” from “Pythia”. We will admire the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians and we will also visit the museum of Delphi with the famous bronze statue of the Charioteer. The evening is yours to spend at leisure, with an included dinner at the hotel.

    Experiences

    Option to visit Delphi and see the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians and visit the museum of Delphi. Entrance fee: €12

    Accommodation

    • Parnassos Hotel or similar

    DAY 4: Delphi - Olympia

    We leave Delphi behind this morning and head south towards the Peloponnese peninsula. The road will lead through Itea and Nafpaktos to the impressive Rio-Antirio bridge. Crossing over the bridge, we will arrive at the little village of ancient Olympia, Built on the banks of the River Alfios, Olympia is beautiful, green, and placid; it was the home of the original Olympic Games, which began in 776 BC. Before checking into our hotel we will stop for some Olive Oil tasting. Did you know Greece is the third largest producer of olive oil, but its consumption is the highest? After checking in, we will enjoy a tour through the remains of the Ancient Olympia Complex, including the Temple of Zeus, the Palaestra, and Phidias’s Workshop. Later, we will be visiting the Olympia Archaeological Museum, one of the richest museums in Greece.

    Experiences

    Olive oil tasting - sample different varieties of the oil that has been an intrinsic part of Greek culture for thousands of years.

    We enjoy a tour of the the ancient Olympia complex, including the Temple of Zeus, the Palaestra and Phidias' workshop. Option to visit the Olympia Archaeological Museum, one of the best museums on Greece. Entrance fee: €12

    Accommodation

    • Hotel Neda or similar

    DAY 5: Mycenae - Nafplion - Epidaurus - Corinth canal - Athens

    This morning we will cross the mountains of Peloponnese to arrive at Mycenae for our visit to the tomb of Agamemnon and the famous Lion’s gate. Our day continues to the picturesque town of Nafplion, the first capital of modern Greece, dominated by Palamidi castle. We will have some free time for lunch, and to explore the picturesque narrow streets with the neoclassical buildings, and walk on the sea-front promenade with the amazing views to the fortified Bourtzi islet guarding the entrance of the port of Nafplion. We'll then travel on to Epidaurus, the most important healing center in antiquity, and famous for its theater, the best preserved in Greece, with is incomparable acoustics. We then travel back to Athens, with a short stop along the way to admire the Corinth Canal.

    Experiences

    Option to visit Mycenae, featuring the tomb of Agamemnon and the famous Lion's Gate. Entrance fee:€12

    Visit Nafplion, dominated by Palamidi Castle. Be sure to take time to explore the picturesque narrow streets and admire the neo-classical architecture. Take a stroll along the sea-front promenade and enjoy the amazing views to the fortfied Bourtzi islet, which guarded the entrance to the port of Nafplion.

    Option to visit Epidaurus, the most important healing centre in ancient Greece, and famous for its well-preserved theater. Entrance fee: €12

    Visit the Corinth Canal.

    Accommodation

    • Best Western Candia or similar

    DAY 6: Athens city tour - Mykonos

    After breakfast we'll take a panoramic tour of Athens. We will see the Academy, the National library, the Greek parliament and the tomb of Unknown Soldier guarded by the Evzones, the Panathinaikon marble stadium where the first modern Olympics took place, Hadrian’s Arch, the temple of Olympian Zeus, and other monuments and landmarks of the city. Our panoramic tour will end at the museum of the Acropolis where you will have the option to join a guided tour of the Acropolis site and Acropolis Museum, considered one of the best museums in Europe. During this optional excursion you will continue on foot to the sacred rock of Acropolis, visiting the Propylae, the Erechtheion, the temple of Athena Nike and the Parthenon. After the optional we will walk along Apostolou Pavlou street towards the Plaka neighbourhood for an included lunch at a local restaurant. Later on, we will transfer to the port to catch the local ferry to Mykonos. On arrival in Mykonos we will transfer to the hotel and enjoy a relaxing evening.

    Experiences

    We'll take you on a tour of the city which will include stops at The Academy, the National Library, the Greek parliament and the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Panathinaikon marble stadium where the first modern Olympics took place, Hadrian's Arch and the temple of Olympian Zeus.

    Accommodation

    • Hotel Alkistis, Hotel Dionysos or similar

    DAY 7: Mykonos - Free day

    Day at leisure to explore the magnificent island of Mykonos with its unique sandy beaches on your own.


    DAY 8: Mykonos - Free day

    Another day at leisure to soak up some sun, explore the bustling town of Mykonos or enjoy the facilities of your hotel. Alternatively, follow our suggested optional excursion to ancient Delos.


    DAY 9: Mykonos – Santorini

    Morning at leisure until the time to transfer to the port to catch the local ferry to Santorini. Arrive in Santorini and transfer to our hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. 

    Experiences

    Enjoy the morning in Mykonos before we take the ferry to Santorini, where you will have the evening to relax and plan the following free days!

    Accommodation

    • Hotel Albatros or similar

    DAY 10: Santorini - Free day

    Day at leisure to explore this unique island on your own.


    DAY 11: Santorini - Free day

    Another day at leisure for you to explore this unique island. Alternatively, you can follow our optional boat excursion to the caldera islands. We will visit the volcano, the hot springs, little Thirassia island and we will end at Amoudi bay, the little port of Oia. We will climb up to Oia village and admire one of the best sunsets in the Aegean. Later, we will be transferred back to our hotel.


    DAY 12: Return to Athens

    Early in the morning we will be transferred to the airport of Santorini to catch a local flight back to Athens. This flight is with Aegean airlines and is included within the cost of the tour package. Arrival at Athens airport brings your tour to a conclusion.

    Experiences

    Fly back to Athens for the end of the tour.

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    • 11 nights hotel accommodation in twin-share rooms
    • Deluxe air-conditioned coach throughout the tour for all transfers and visits (arrival transfer is not included and is offered as a supplement).
    • All breakfasts & 3 dinners
    • Transportation by ferries between the Greek islands.
    • Professional qualified English speaking guide for all visits while on mainland Greece (Athens, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora).
    • Professional qualified English speaking assistants for all transfers (Athens hotel to port, R/T transfers in Mykonos, R/T transfers in Santorini).
    • Regular ferry economy class tickets Athens to Mykonos.
    • Supplement is provided for high-speed ferry.
    • High-speed ferry economy class tickets Mykonos to Santorini.
    • Flight ticket (economy) Santorini to Athens.
     
  • Available Dates

    • From $2760. Single supplement +$717

    Ref: XBG

    26-Aug-2018 06-Sep-2018

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