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Exploring Greece and Its Islands

 

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Please Note:

Air rate and schedule are applicable for groups of 10 or more traveling on the same flights and dates.

To complete your vacation, we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing Collette airfare with your tour. If you have arranged for your own air, we are pleased to provide you the option of purchasing these transfers. Please note that all transfers will leave at pre-scheduled times.

Breakfasts in Kalambaka are Continental.

*On day 9, due to early ferry schedules, you may be required to depart the hotel in Tolo as early as 4:00 AM. Should this be the case, a boxed breakfast will be provided in place of the regular hotel breakfast.

**The Archaeological Museum of Thira, Santorini, may be replaced with the Akrotiri Archaeological Site which is presently closed due to renovations.

The internal flights on this program are not included in the land price of your vacation. These flights need to be arranged and purchased separately if you arrange your own air. Internal flights are included with the air portion of your vacation if you purchase air through Collette Vacations.

Please note that single accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.

Many activities in this itinerary include walking on uneven terrain, or require significant walking at times. Some of the unique experiences, such as visiting historical areas, means accessing locations by foot because motorcoaches are restricted. If you require a walker or wheelchair, or have difficulty walking, you may not be able to access some of these areas and may want to consider an alternate Collette vacation. Our travel counselors can provide additional information or assistance to help you determine the perfect trip for you.

This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.

trip includes
  • Athens
  • Taverna Dinner Show
  • The Acropolis
  • Metéora
  • Delphi
  • Olympia
  • Cooking Class
  • Greek Dance Class Mycenae
  • Epidauros
  • Mykonos
  • Santorini
things to do
  • Athens
  • Taverna Dinner Show
  • The Acropolis
  • Metéora
  • Delphi
  • Olympia
  • Cooking Class
  • Greek Dance Class Mycenae
  • Epidauros
  • Mykonos
  • Santorini
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Classical Greece, Mykonos & Santorini

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14 Days •  22 Meals: 12 Breakfasts / 1 Lunch / 9 Dinners

Join a local expert exploring Athens’ famed Acropolis. Visit two Byzantine monasteries in Metéora and learn about the devout lifestyle of the monks who live there. Explore the grandeur of Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games. Sample the finest wines in Greece during a winery tour on Santorini. Spend four leisurely nights immersed in the island splendor of Mykonos and Santorini.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Overnight Flight
Discover the beauty and timeless wonder found only in Greece. This fascinating tour of Greece begins with an overnight flight.

Day 2: Athens, Greece - Tour Begins
Your tour begins in the capital city of Athens. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner in Athens’ historic Plaka district. In a traditional tavern, feast on local cuisine and wine while enjoying Greek entertainment. Today dinner will be included.

Day 3: Athens
Enjoy a brief introduction to the origin and history of the Greek language followed by a comprehensive tour of Athens showcasing the city's ancient and glorious monuments. See the incredible Acropolis, the ruins of the Temple of Zeus, the Royal Palace, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Olympic Stadium. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 4: Athens - Thermopylae - Kalambaka
Travel north through central Greece to Thermopylae. Stop to see a monument dedicated to Leonidas, who died defending the city against the Persians. Later, visit a local studio to see painters at work creating beautiful Byzantine icons. End your day in Kalambaka, a typical Greek town at the foot of the Pindos Mountains. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 5: Kalambaka - Metéora - Arachova
Visit two remote Metéora monestaries situated in a unique landscape of limestone rock “towers” that extend nearly 900 feet into the air. Over 600 years ago, Byzantine monks chose to build their monastic community perched atop these virtually inaccessible rocks. Continue on to charming Arachova, a popular ski resort town with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 6: Arachova - Delphi - Olympia
The ancient city of Delphi was one of Greece’s most important religious centers during Classical times. A local expert guides you on a visit to the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Doric Temple, Theatre and the Delphi Museum with its priceless collection of ancient artifacts. It was here that the famous Oracle was consulted to foretell the destiny of Man. Travel along the Gulf of Corinth, crossing into the Peloponnese to the historic city of Olympia, a testament to the grandeur of ancient Greek civilization. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 7: Olympia
Your guided visit to Olympia includes a tour of the sanctuary of Zeus and the Olympic Stadium, where the first Olympic Games were held in 776 BC. Later, partake in a Mediterranean cooking experience followed by a traditional Greek lunch. Next, a stop at a local shop provides insight into unique Greek products and quality. A visit to an art gallery offers a learning experience about the ancient method of making museum-quality artwork. This evening, broaden your knowledge of traditional Greek musical instruments and folkloric dances with a delightful Greek dance class. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 8: Olympia - Mycenae - Epidauros - Tolo
Enjoy spectacular scenery as you cross the Arkadian Mountains en route to the ancient city of Mycenae for a guided visit of the excavations featuring the Beehive Tombs and the Lion Gate. Continue to Epidauros to view the spectacular 2,300-year-old open air theater. Your day ends in the picturesque seaside resort of Tolo. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 9: Tolo - Athens - Mykonos
This morning transfer* to the port of Athens for the high speed ferry ride to Mykonos, the whitewashed jewel of the Cyclades Islands. Enjoy magnificent views as you sail across the brilliant Aegean Sea to this island paradise. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 10: Mykonos
Enjoy a relaxing day to independently explore the charms of Mykonos. Don’t miss Mykonos Town, where mazes of narrow streets link the whitewashed buildings and traditional life continues amidst the bustling activity. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 11: Mykonos - Santorini Sail to the most spectacular destination in the Mediterranean, the fabled island of Santorini. Visit an island winery that produces the unique and famous wines of Santorini. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 12: Santorini
Begin exploring one of the world’s most beautiful islands with a visit to the Archaeological Museum** with its impressive collection of frescoes, Byzantine works of art, and sculptures of the Hellenistic period. Next, travel through a fascinating landscape of vineyards, whitewashed chapels and volcanic cliffs to the spectacular town of Oia, where the best views of the crater are found. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to relax and explore the island capital of Thira. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 13: Santorini - Athens
Bid farewell to the Greek Islands and fly back to Athens for your overnight stay. Celebrate the end of a memorable trip to Greece with a delightful farewell dinner. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 14: Athens - Tour Ends
Today breakfast will be included.

 

Trip Code:
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