Greece & Greek Islands
Exploring Greece & Greek Islands October 3 - 18, 2024
Optional 3-Night Istanbul Post Tour Extension
Greece & Greek Islands Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - Thursday, October 3, 2024 Overnight Flight
Experience the unparalleled beauty and enduring allure unique to Greece. Embark on a captivating journey through Greece, commencing with an overnight voyage.
Day 2 - Friday, October 4, 2024 Athens, Greece - Tour Begins
Your expedition commences in the historic heart of Athens, the nation's capital. Tonight, unite with your fellow explorers for an exquisite welcome dinner, indulging in authentic Greek delicacies at a renowned Athenian establishment. (D)
Day 3 - Saturday, October 5, 2024 Athens
Embark on a comprehensive tour of Athens, highlighting its venerable and majestic landmarks, including the Temple of Zeus, the Parliament, and the iconic Olympic Stadium. Subsequently, venture up the formidable slopes of the Acropolis. Deriving its name from the Greek term meaning "highest city", the Acropolis served as the spiritual nucleus of ancient Athens, and atop it stands the Parthenon, a masterpiece symbolizing the zenith of classical Greek architecture. As dusk settles, you might opt to immerse yourself in an optional gastronomic exploration of Athens. (B)
Day 4 - Sunday, October 6, 2024 Athens - Thermopylae - Metéora - Kalambaka
Journey northward through the heart of Greece, making your way to Thermopylae. Pause to pay homage at a monument commemorating Leonidas, who valiantly defended the city against Persian invaders. Upon reaching Metéora, immerse yourself in the sight of two secluded monasteries*, majestically poised amidst a striking tableau of limestone pillars soaring almost 900 feet skyward. Centuries ago, Byzantine monks, inspired by devotion and solitude, chose these towering rocks, almost defying access, as the foundation for their spiritual community. Conclude your day with a heartwarming experience at a family-owned taverna, relishing a delectable meal crafted from recipes handed down through the ages. (B, D)
Day 5 - Monday, October 7, 2024 Kalambaka - Delphi - Arachova
This morning, journey onward to the age-old city of Delphi, revered as one of the paramount religious hubs in Classical Greece. Under the guidance of a local aficionado, explore the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Doric Temple, the age-old theatre, and the Delphi Museum, a treasure trove of invaluable ancient relics. Delphi was the esteemed location where the renowned Oracle imparted prophecies, shaping the fate of humanity. Proceed to the picturesque town of Arachova, a favored ski destination, where you are greeted with stunning vistas of the encompassing mountainous terrain and verdant valleys. (B, D)
Day 6 - Tuesday, October 8, 2024 Arachova - Olympia
Journey alongside the Gulf of Corinth, transitioning into the Peloponnese towards the eminent city of Olympia, a living emblem of the splendor of ancient Greek heritage. Venture into the countryside to a local farmstead and engage with the proprietors, gaining insight into the daily existence in the rustic Peloponnese. Post the enlightening tour, indulge in a delightful light luncheon, accompanied by a sampling of regional wines, fine olive oil, and an array of homemade jams, marmalades, and confections. (B, L, D)
Day 7 - Wednesday, October 9, 2024 Olympia
Embark on a guided exploration of ancient Olympia, which encompasses a tour of the sanctuary dedicated to Zeus, the Olympic Stadium— the venerable site where the inaugural Olympic Games unfolded in 776 B.C.— and the encompassing museum. Subsequently, immerse yourself in the region's culinary arts as you participate in a Mediterranean cooking session, culminating in a sumptuous traditional Greek meal. As nightfall approaches, delve deeper into the cultural essence of Greece, acquainting yourself with its traditional musical instruments and age-old dances during an engaging Greek dance workshop. (B, L, D)
Day 8 - Thursday, October 10, 2024 Olympia - Tolo
Relish the breathtaking landscapes of the Arkadian Mountains as you journey towards the idyllic coastal hamlet of Tolo. En route, make a memorable stop at a heritage ouzo distillery, a family establishment renowned for crafting Greece's iconic anise-infused aperitif since 1869. (B)
Day 9 - : Friday, October 11, 2024 Tolo - Nafplio - Tolo
Today, chart your course towards the maritime city of Nafplio. Here, you have a choice! Embark on a journey to the age-old city of Mycenae, once presided over by the legendary King Agamemnon, the principal commander during the Trojan War. Dive deep into history with a guided exploration of the archaeological digs, spotlighting the Beehive Tombs and the Lion Gate -OR- opt to spend your time in Nafplio, partaking in an enlightening walking tour of Greece’s inaugural capital. The fusion of Venetian artistry and neoclassical design renders Nafplio as Greece's most refined and sophisticated city. (B)
Day 10 - Saturday, October 12, 2024 Tolo - Athens - Mykonos - Chora
At the break of dawn, make your way to the Athens port for the swift ferry** journey to Mykonos, the dazzling white gem of the Cyclades Islands. As you traverse the radiant Aegean Sea, be captivated by the awe-inspiring vistas en route to this island utopia. Immerse yourself in Chora (Mykonos Old Town), a labyrinth of slender alleyways weaving through pristine white edifices, where the essence of tradition thrives amidst the vibrant commotion. (B, D)
Day 11 - Sunday, October 13, 2024 Mykonos
Relish a leisurely day, granting you the liberty to uncover the enchantments of Mykonos at your own pace. Alternatively, you may choose to partake in an optional voyage to the neighboring island of Delos,*** celebrated as the mythical birthplace of the deities Apollo and Artemis. (B)
Day 12 - Monday, October 14, 2024 Mykonos - Santorini - Oia
Embark on a voyage to the Mediterranean's crowning jewel, the legendary island of Santorini. Journey amidst a mesmerizing tapestry of vineyards, pristine white chapels, and dramatic volcanic precipices leading to the resplendent town of Oia, renowned for offering the most captivating panoramas of the caldera. (B, D)
Day 13 - Tuesday, October 15, 2024 Santorini - Akrotiri - Wine Tasting
Kick off your day with an insightful visit to the archaeological site of ancient Akrotiri, the Eastern Mediterranean's most significant prehistoric settlement. Dubbed the "Minoan Pompeii," this thriving community was simultaneously devastated and conserved by a volcanic eruption circa 1450 B.C. Conclude your morning indulging in a tasting session followed by a light luncheon at a local vineyard, renowned for crafting Santorini's distinctive and celebrated wines. (B, L)
Day 14 - Wednesday, October 16, 2024 Santorini
Enjoy a day of repose or embark on your own exploration of Santorini, universally acclaimed as one of the world's most mesmerizing landscapes. Meander through Thira's delightful town center, soak in the awe-inspiring vistas, delve into a local museum, or simply revel in your hotel's luxuries. Optionally, you might opt for an afternoon tour of Megalochori, an enchanting village that stands as one of the island's most scenic spots, capped off with a dinner rich in regional gastronomic delights. (B)
Day 15 - Thursday, October 17, 2024 Santorini - Athens
Bid adieu to the enchanting Greek Islands as you take flight back to Athens for an overnight sojourn. Commemorate the conclusion of your unforgettable Grecian adventure with a delightful farewell dinner. (B, D)
Day 16 - Friday, October 18, 2024 Athens - Tour Ends
Your journey concludes today. (B)
(Optional Post Tour Extension) Day 16 - Athens - Istanbul, Turkey
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(Optional Post Tour Extension) Day 17 - Istanbul
Embark on a journey through Istanbul, guided by a local expert. Begin your day at the renowned Hagia Sophia, once the world's grandest cathedral, symbolizing the pinnacle of Byzantine architecture. Then, venture to the Blue Mosque, renowned for its exquisite blue tiles that adorn its lavish interiors. Proceed to the historic Topkapi Palace, the majestic residence of the Ottoman Sultans. After some leisure time for lunch, delve further into Istanbul's charms. Navigate the vibrant corridors of the Grand Bazaar and the aromatic Spice Market, immersing yourself in a world of craftsmanship, energy, and spirited merchants. Conclude your day with free time to explore. Breakfast for the day is provided.
(Optional Post Tour Extension) Day 18 - Istanbul
Begin your day with a captivating cruise along the Bosphorus Strait, a natural waterway that gracefully divides the continents of Europe and Asia. As you glide through the waters, marvel at Istanbul's iconic skyline, punctuated by towering skyscrapers and historic minarets. Once the cruise concludes, the day unfolds at your leisure. Dive deep into the city's ambiance, perhaps browsing local boutiques or savoring delectable Turkish delights. For those seeking a unique cultural experience, consider an optional visit to a Hammam Turkish bath, where you can indulge in a traditional scrub and foam bath. Your day will be complemented with a provided breakfast.
(Optional Post Tour Extension) Day 19 - Istanbul - Extension Ends
Your journey in Istanbul comes to a close today. Enjoy a final breakfast and cherish the memories made during your time exploring this vibrant and historic city. Safe travels!
(Optional) Athens Local Food Tour
$119 Per Person
Experience Athens through the eyes of its inhabitants! Accompany a local expert on a culinary walking tour that delves into the heart of Athens' gastronomy. Traverse three distinctive neighborhoods brimming with clandestine treasures rarely witnessed by the average tourist. Be warmly greeted in local eateries, bakeries, and markets, indulging in a curated selection of the region's finest dishes and wines. As you savor each bite, your guide will illuminate the cultural and regional relevance of every delicacy. Gain insights into prevalent grocery selections in local markets and uncover the pivotal role of spices in Greek culinary traditions. As you saunter, admire the city's classic architecture and stumble upon ancient Athenian relics recently unearthed. Please be aware that this experience is not available on national and religious holidays due to venue closures. The excursion spans roughly 3.5 hours, and a minimum participation of 10 guests is necessitated. Transportation provisions are included.
(Optional) Walking Tour in Megalochori and Santorini Dinner
$95 Per Person
Venture to Santorini's southern realm, where the quaint village of Megalochori awaits. This village, rich in history, traces its origins back to the 17th century and stands as one of the island's most scenic spots. Embark on an explorative stroll through its labyrinthine lanes, casting your gaze into the charming boutiques, marketplaces, and churches, immersing in the rhythms of local existence. Post your exploration, find respite in a local eatery. Relish a sumptuous 3-course dinner, each dish echoing the essence of regional flavors, all set against the backdrop of the vast, azure expanse of the Aegean Sea. Let the evening culminate in a celebratory toast, marking your remarkable sojourn. The experience extends over approximately 3 hours, and requires a group of at least 15 participants. Transportation amenities are provided.
(Optional) Mykonos Ancient Delos: Apollo’s Sacred Island
$149 Per Person
Embark on a journey through time with a half-day venture to the mythical island of Delos, the renowned birthplace of the deities Apollo and Artemis. A brisk 30-minute boat journey will land you amidst the antiquities of this UNESCO heritage site. Let your guide weave tales of Greek mythology into the fabric of the ancient ruins, as you traverse streets reminiscent of the Hellenistic era. Marvel at the grandeur of the House of Dionysus, a testament from the 4th-century BC adorned with age-old mosaics and intact pillars. Visit the majestic Temple of Apollo, the Sacred Lake, and the protective Naxian Lions under the guidance of your expert. Post this enlightening guided expedition, which lasts about 90 minutes, relish moments of self-guided exploration. As you sail back to Mykonos, drink in panoramic vistas of Delos, the Sacred Island. Kindly note, this experience mandates a pre-purchase at least 10 days prior to setting out; on-tour acquisitions might not be assured. The entire experience spans roughly 4 hours, necessitates a minimum of 15 participants, and is contingent upon agreeable weather conditions. Comprehensive transportation is part of the package.
Greece & Greek Islands Price List
A deposit of $698 per person is due upon reservation. Reservations are made on a first come, first served basis. Reservations made after the deposit due date of March 28, 2024 are based upon availability. Final payment due by August 04, 2024. Deposits are refundable up until April 04, 2024.
Included in Price: Round Trip Air from Newark Intl Airport, Inter-flights from Santorini Thira Is., Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers, Round Trip Coach Transportation from Honesdale to Newark Intl Airport
Not included in price: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $449 per person;
The overall activity level of this tour is a level 3. This means you’re an on-the-go traveler. You don’t want to miss a thing, so walking and standing for longer periods of time (2-3 hours) isn’t a big deal. A moderately paced two-and-a-half-hour walking tour, covering several miles, hills, and uneven surfaces, is no problem for you. Walking four miles over the course of a day is very doable, as is climbing into and out of various modes of transportation (tuk-tuk, cable car, zodiac, etc.), specifically the public ferryboats between Athens, Mykonos and Santorini in which you will need to handle your own luggage approximately 100 feet each way. In order to access the Acropolis archeological site, you will be required to climb about 30-40 uneven steps and walk over rugged terrain with loose stones and without railings. Accessing the monasteries in Meteora requires climbing approximately 200 steps. You can handle altitudes between 6,000 and 9,000 feet. Expect some longer days with early mornings in addition to some late evenings balanced with free time to recharge or set out on your own adventure. Depending on ferry schedule and availability, you may be required to depart Tolo at 3:30 AM. This level is not a fit for travelers who require mobility assistance devices.
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IMPORTANT CONDITIONS: Your price is subject to increase prior to the time you make full payment. Your price is not subject to increase after you make full payment, except for charges resulting from increases in government-imposed taxes or fees. Once deposited, you have 7 days to send us written consumer consent or withdraw consent and receive a full refund. (See registration form for consent.)
PLEASE NOTE: Book Now rates valid until Apr 04, 2024, valid on air inclusive packages only. IDENTIFICATION Passports are required for this tour at your expense. Certain countries require that your passport be valid at least 6 months beyond the dates of your travel. You are strongly urged to contact the appropriate consulate for details. Visit www.travel.state.gov for the U.S. State Department for the latest details about passports and visa requirements. IMPORTANT: We recommend that travelers take a photocopy of their passport and applicable visas. It should be packed separately from your actual passport and visa. We also recommend leaving a copy at home with your emergency contact.
We also recommend leaving a copy at home with your emergency contact. Effective for travel in 2024, all visitors who do not need a visa to enter Europe will be expected to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver, for a fee, when visiting a Schengen Area Country. To identify Schengen Area Countries and to complete the ETIAS application, please visit https://www.etiasvisa.com/
Luggage handling is not available when getting on and off the ferries in Mykonos and Santorini.
To complete your tour, we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing our 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.
Due to the nature of this itinerary, both 3- and 4-star hotels that may be located in the vicinity of historic centers will be utilized.
Single accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.
*In order to enter the monasteries in Meteora, all guests must have their shoulders covered. Women are highly encouraged to wear skirts or dresses that cover the knees, however, if you choose to wear pants, you will be given a scarf to tie around your waist. Men must wear long trousers.
**Due to ferry schedules on some departures, you may be required to depart the hotel as early as 3:30 a.m. Should this be the case, a boxed breakfast will be provided in place of the regular hotel breakfast.
Please be advised many airlines do not provide advance seat assignments until check-in at the airport. Advance seating will be subject to the airline's terms and conditions.
***The “Ancient Delos: Apollo’s Sacred Island” option must be purchased at least 10 days prior to departure. This option is subject to weather and sea conditions. For air-inclusive reservations, the name provided at time of booking must match your government-issued ID that will be used during travel. Name changes are subject to penalties.
Internal flights are required in order to participate on this tour and are included in the final price, quoted at time of booking.
Economy air rate and schedule are applicable for groups of 10 or more traveling on the same flights and dates.
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