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Best of Greece

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12 days exploring the best that Greece has to offer, including Olympia, Delphi, Meteora, Mykonos and Santorini!

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Day 1

1: Arrive in Athens. Welcome to Greece! Upon arrival, make your own way the hotel for the start of the tour (Airport transfers available).

Day 2

2: Visit Corinth canal, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Nafplion / Olympia. Our exploration of mainland Greece begins today. Our first stop will be to admire the Corinth Canal and then we continue onto Epidaurus, the most important healing center in antiquity, and famous for its theater, the best preserved in Greece. Our day continues to picturesque Nafplion, dominated by Palamidi castle. We will have some free time 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. Our day continues with a visit to Mycenae, with the tomb of Agamemnon and the famous Lion’s gate. In the afternoon, we will be crossing the mountains of central Peloponnese to arrive in Olympia where we will be staying this evening. Dinner is included this evening, a great opportunity to try the local cuisine. Included: Breakfast, dinner.

Day 3

3: Visit Olympia / Delphi. Today, we will be exploring the beautiful site of Olympia. Built on the banks of the River Alfios, Olympia is beautiful, green, and placid; it was the home of the original Olympic Games, begun in 776 BC. 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. In the afternoon, we will depart northwards, via Patras, and over the impressive and longest hanging bridge of Rio-Antirio, via Nafpaktos and Itea to Delphi for dinner and an overnight stay. Included: Breakfast, dinner.

Day 4

4: Delphi / Kalambaka. Today we will be visiting Delphi. 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. Later, we will continue our drive and crossing the mountains of central Greece, we will arrive in Kalambaka for dinner and an overnight stay. Included: Breakfast, dinner.

Day 5

5: Meteora / Athens. This morning we will be visiting Meteora. 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. The view over the plain is breathtaking 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 will be taking the road back to Athens, stopping at Thermopylae to admire the statue of Leonidas, king of Sparta. Overnight in Athens. Included: Breakfast.

Day 6

6: Athens, ferry to Mykonos. After our breakfast we will take a panoramic tour of the city. 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 sacred rock of Acropolis. We will visit the Propylae, the Erechtheion, the temple of Athena Nike and the Parthenon. We continue to the nearby museum of Acropolis, considered one of the best museums in Europe. Our day continues with some free time to explore the picturesque Plaka, the old part of the city, with its beautiful narrow streets, the neo-classical building and the numerous shops and tavernas. Later, we will be transferred to the port to catch the local ferry to Mykonos. Arrival in Mykonos and transfer to our hotel. Included: Breakfast.

Day 7

7: Mykonos free day.

Day 8

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

Day 9

8: Mykonos free day or optional excursion to Delos. 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. Included: Breakfast.

Day 10

9: Ferry to Santorini. Morning at leisure until the time to transfer to the port to catch the local ferry to Santorini. Arrival in Santorini and transfer to our hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Included: Breakfast.

Day 11

10: Santorini free day.

Day 12

at leisure to explore this unique island on your own. Included: Breakfast.

Day 13

11: Santorini free day or optional boat tour the caldera islands and Oia. Another day at leisure for you to explore this unique island. Alternatively, you can follow our optional full day 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. Included: Breakfast.

Day 14

12: Fly to Athens / Departure. 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 in Athens airport, makes the conclusion of the tour and the end of your 12 day Best of Greece Tour. OPTIONAL extension - Excursion to Cape Sounion For those passengers who have a late afternoon or evening departure flight out of Athens, or are planning to stay an extra overnight in Athens we can offer the following service: We will depart from the airport and drive to the southern-most tip of Attica, Cape Sounion. Here lies the temple of Poseidon. We will take a guided tour of the temple and return back to the airport to drop-off those passengers who depart in the afternoon/evening. We continue the drive to Athens to drop-off all other passengers who have an extra overnight in Athens. For more details, please see our optional excursions documentation. Included: Breakfast.

11 nights 2 and 3-star 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. Experiences – please see Experiences tab for more information. 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.
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