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Greece: Discover Greece

Minimum Passengers 2
Category Guaranteed Departures
Duration 8 days / 7 nights
Available Dates
Sep, 2017 29
Oct, 2017 6,13,20,27
Apr, 2018 6,13,20,27
May, 2018 11,18,25
Jul, 2018 6,13,20,27
Aug, 2018 3,10,24
Sep, 2018 7,14,21,28
Oct, 2018 5,12,19
*Always small groups, 10 - 14 people.


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See the highlights of Greece in one week! This popular 7 night Greek Island Vacation includes Athens and 2 of the most beautiful Cycladic islands in Greece. The ancient city of Athens is today a vibrant megalopolis with nonstop nightlife, creative cuisine, and sites both ancient and modern. In the thousands of sidewalk cafés, courting teenagers, young professionals, and old men shuffling their worry beads all bask in Athens’s modern-day renaissance.
Mykonos Island is a wonderful kaleidoscope of cosmopolitan shops, rocking bars, quaint windmills, great beaches, homey taverns and hidden churches all set against a brilliant blue backdrop.
In Santorini enjoy the sensational sunsets, the fascinating excavations, the iconic black and red beaches, and the dazzling white towns.

Tour Includes:

• Arrival and departure transfers in Athens

• 3 nights at 4 star Stratos Vassilikos Hotel or similar in Athens

• 2 night at 4 star Paradision Hotel or similar in Mykonos

• 2 night at 4 star Santorini Palace Hotelor similar in Santorini

• Half day city tour in Athens

• Half day city tour Santorini

• Ferry tickets Athens-Mykonos

• Arrival and departure transfer in Mykonos

• Ferry tickets Mykonos-Santorini

• Arrival and departure transfer in Santorini

• Ferry tickets Santorini-Athens

• Breakfast Daily

• English Speaking tour guide on tours

IMPORTANT NOTICE:About our Tours 
* UPGRADED HOTELS AVAILABLE (for an additional fee)
* All tours and entrance fees are included.
* All taxes are included and NO HIDDEN FEES
* International Airfare is not included, but we can book it for you at very competitive rates.
* A transfer fee may be assessed for alterations to packages, itineraries/tours and suggested arrival/departure dates.

 

* Prices are per person and based on double occupancy. All prices are expressed in US dollars. Prices for vacation packages are subject to change without notice. All travel documents are the responsibility of the passenger. A valid passport with at least 6 months validity after the date of travel is required. Travel insurance is highly recommended. 
Day 1 - Arrival in Athens

Arrival at Athens airport - Reception by our assistant, waiting for you and transfer by luxurious car to the center of Athens - Accommodation at your hotel.

Free afternoon. For the night, you can take an optional tour: Athens by night. Your evening begins with a short panoramic drive through the city center and on the slopes of the sacred hill you will be able to see, admire and take photos of the illuminated Acropolis. Then a pleasant walk through the narrow picturesque streets of Plaka, the old city, will bring you at a Typical Greek Tavern where you will enjoy your dinner following a floor show with live music and Greek Folk Dances in traditional costumes.

Day 2 : Panoramic tour of Athens

Departure to a half-day visit to Athens - Visit of the site of Acropolis and panoramic tour of the area by bus. This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (shortstop). Continue and pass by the Prime Minister's residence (ex Royal Palace) guarded by the Euzones in their colorful uniform, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian's Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma).

On the Acropolis visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally "the harmony between material and spirit", the monument that "puts an order in the mind", the Parthenon. Continue and visit the place where at last the statues found their home and admire the wonders of the classical era: The new Acropolis museum. Enjoy the rest of the day.Visit others museums of Athens and you will get familiar with the history of Greek civilization. If you are fans of shopping, you'll find in the main street of Ermou your best choice for shopping. If you are a fan of local food you will find various restaurants and small taverns with special Greek food and wine in Plaka. Don't forget to discover the Nightlife of Athens.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 3: Athens-Mykonos

Early morning transfer to the port of Athens to board the ferry to the island of Mykonos. Upon your arrival on the island, you will be met and transferred to your selected hotel. A day at leisure in Mykonos to enjoy this unique island. Mykonos island is a wonderful kaleidoscope of cosmopolitan shops, rocking bars, quaint windmills, great beaches, homey taverns and hidden churches all set against a brilliant blue backdrop. And it's not just the water that sparkles in the sun on Mykonos, but also the marble streets and beautiful white cubist buildings that characterize the island's architecture.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 4: Mykonos

A day at leisure in Mykonos to enjoy this unique island. Or join the following optional tour

Mykonos Island Tour We start with a unique experience of the countryside Mykonos Island Our first stop will be the idyllic beach Ag.Ioannis with the best view of Delos Island and we will see fishermen and their boats at the small pier, private chapel and houses built in typical Cycladic architectural style. At the village of Ano Mera, the most traditional place, you can also visit the monk monastery Panagia Tourliani built in the 16th century and then we will have enough free time for a stroll around the square, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy a drink or and ouzo (not included) and wish with the local people “stin igia mas” (cheers) Next stop is Kalafatis beach where there is time to relax a little and have a coffee or a refreshment (not included in the price), before going back to town. Exploring Mykonos port town by walking the narrow cobblestone streets, passing by the traditional labyrinth of the old town. We will see the famous windmills and Little Venice and we will meet somewhere Petros the Pelecan, the mascot of Mykonos. Paraportiani church, Saint Nickolas of fishermen. After the walking tour you free continue your private exploration in town. Meeting point Fabrika Square, Mykonos town.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 5: Mykonos-Santorini

At the indicated time you will be transferred to the port to board the ferry to Santorini. Upon arrival in Santorini, you will be met and transferred to your selected hotel. A day at leisure in Santorini to enjoy this unique island. Santorini island is a wonderful place with a magnificent view and cosmopolitan shops, rocking bars, homey taverns and hidden churches all set against a brilliant blue backdrop.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 6: Santorini

We will start with Akrotiri Archaeological site Guided visit (with professional licensed Guide) at one of the most important prehistoric settlements of Greece. Akrotiri is a Bronze Age settlement on the volcanic island of Santorini (Thera). The settlement was destroyed by a huge eruption during the 17th century BC and buried under the volcanic ash, which preserved the whole city in perfect conditions so as to be referred often as “Prehistoric Pompei” The settlement has been suggested as a possible inspiration for Plato's story of Atlantis. The site has been excavated since 1967. (Guided Tour 1 & ½ h) Entrance Fees not included in the price. We will continue with Red Beach Free time for photos or for a walk at the famous beach, well known for the unique color of the sand and the hill behind it. Soaring red lava cliffs which drop right to the sandy shore and into the clear blue sea. (45m) .

We will continue to Perivolos black sand beach One of the longest beaches in the Cyclades & the best beach in Santorini, considered as the trendiest beach of the island. Offers a big variety of restaurants, taverns, cafes, beach bars & watersports. An ideal destination for those they want to combine relaxation, swimming & good food. time at leisure for lunch or swimming1 & ½ - 2 h ) Lunch not included in the price. We will walk at Megalochori (Walking Tour) at Megalochori, one of the most beautiful traditional villages of the island. Typical traditional Cycladic houses, neoclassic buildings and small houses dug in the volcanic rock blend together with harmony. We find here also the typical small white churches with blue domes.(25 min)

Profitis Ilias mountain: The highest peak of the island (567 meters) is located between Pyrgos and Kamari. The Mountain's name is Profitis Ilias (Prophet Elijah), coming from the Monastery with the same name located at the top. From this vantage point, you will enjoy a striking view of the entire island, from the patchwork agricultural plains to the hilltop village of Oia. ( Photo stop 20 min).

Oenotourism Center - Santo Wines: Follow the whole wine making process, from the moment of the grape pressing up to bottling. Taste the distinctive wines of the island and learn about the unique in the world Santorini vineyard! Specialized enologists give away the wine's hidden secrets, while the visitors may taste and get to know the various types of company's famous wines. (45m).
Rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the sun, the unforgettable view and the most romantic sunset in the world.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 7: Santorini-Athens

After breakfast:
At the indicated time you will be transferred to the port for your ferry to Athens. Upon arrival in Athens you will be transferred to your selected hotel.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 8: Athens-Airport

According to your departure flight, you will be transferred to the airport.

Meals : Breakfast

Visas

All citizens (even infants) of the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand need only a valid passport to enter Greece for stays of up to 90 days. Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of your stay.

Currency & Exchange

Greece uses the euro. Under the euro system, there are eight coins: 1 and 2 euros, plus 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 euro cents. Euros are pronounced "evros" in Greek; cents are known as "lepta." All coins have the euro value on one side; the other side has each country's unique national symbol. Greece's images range from triremes to a depiction of the mythological Europa being abducted by Zeus transformed as a bull. Bills (banknotes) come in seven denominations: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500 euros. Bills are the same for all EU countries.

Off Syntagma Square in Athens, the National Bank of Greece, Alpha Bank, and Pireos Bank have automated machines that change your foreign currency into euros. When you shop, remember that it's always easier to bargain on prices when paying in cash instead of by credit card.

If you do use an exchange service, good options are American Express and Eurochange. Watch daily fluctuations and shop around.

Tipping

At Restaurants: It is customary to tip maximum 5–10 percent depending on the amount of the bill (10 percent for an inexpensive bill, and 5 percent for a more expensive meal).

Our suggestions for daily tipping are the following:

Drivers: $ 2.00 to $ 5.00

Tour Guide: $ 10.00 to $ 20.00

House Keepers: $ 2.00

Porters: $ 1.00 per luggage

Health

Greece's strong summer sun and low humidity can lead to sunburn or sunstroke if you're not careful. A hat, a light-color long-sleeve shirt, and long pants or a sarong are advised for spending a day at the beach or visiting archaeological sites. Sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen are necessities, and be sure to drink plenty of water. Most beaches present few dangers, but keep a lookout for the occasional jellyfish and, on rocky coves, sea urchins. Should you step on one, don't break off the embedded spines, which may lead to infection, but instead remove them with heated olive oil and a needle. Food is seldom a problem, but the liberal amounts of olive oil used in Greek cooking may be indigestible for some. Tap water in Greece is fine in most urban areas, and bottled spring water is readily available. Avoid drinking tap water in many rural areas.

In greener, wetter areas, mosquitoes may be a problem. In addition to wearing insect repellent, you can burn coils ("spee-rahl") or buy plug-in devices that burn medicated tabs ("pah-steel-ya"). Hotels usually provide these. Citronella candles are usually an effective and more natural way to keep insects away. The only poisonous snakes in Greece are the adder and the sand viper, which are brown or red, with dark zigzags. The adder has a V or X behind its head, and the sand viper sports a small horn on its nose. When hiking, wear high tops and hiking socks and don't put your feet or hands in crevices without looking first. If bitten, try to slow the spread of the venom until a doctor comes. Lie still with the affected limb lower than the rest of your body. Apply a tourniquet, releasing it every few minutes, and cut the wound a bit in case the venom can bleed out. Do NOT suck on the bite. Whereas snakes like to lie in the sun, the scorpion (rare) likes cool, wet places, in woodpiles and under stones. Apply Benadryl or Phenergan to minor stings, but if you have nausea or fever, see a doctor at once.

Water

Tap water is drinkable and safe in much of Greece but not always in small villages and on some of the islands. Always ask locally if the water is safe and, if in doubt, drink boiled or bought water. Even when water is safe, the substances and bacteria in it may be different from those you are used to and can cause vomiting or diarrhea. Bottled water is widely available.

Electricity

The electrical current in Greece is 220 volts, 50 cycles AC. Wall outlets take Continental-type plugs with two round oversize prongs. If your appliances are dual-voltage, you'll need only an adapter; if not, you'll also need a step-down converter/transformer (United States and Canada).

Consider making a small investment in a universal adapter, which has several types of plugs in one lightweight, compact unit. Most laptops and mobile phone chargers are dual voltage (i.e., they operate equally well on 110 and 220 volts) so require only an adapter. These days the same is true of small appliances such as hair dryers. Always check labels and manufacturer instructions to be sure. Don't use 110-volt outlets marked "for shavers only" for high-wattage appliances such as hair dryers.

Pack lightly

 Do not take much luggage with you because the trip might be long. Getting on and off planes or ferries will be very tiring if you have to drag your over-packed suitcase. Moreover, the paths in the islands are paved and it will difficult to carry many things. After all, you will not need but a couple of swimming suits, some light summer clothes and a couple of flat shoes or comfortable sneakers for walking. Also have a light sweater for some chilly evenings because the wind blows often in the islands. 

Stratos Vassilikos Hotel
Make your way to your room for privacy and serenity. Comfort, quiet and whatever more you may require for uninterrupted work and relaxation is here. Executive rooms are around 23 to 28 squared meters and features free wireless Internet, magnetic security lock, air-condition, electronic safe deposit, tea & coffee facilities, mini bar, trouser press, hair dryer, wake up call service, laundry service, room service. The specific room type is absolutely accessible to handicapped persons.
 
Paradision Hotel
Established in 2004, the new 4-star Paradision Hotel is a petite and family-run hotel with unique charm and a homely atmosphere.It is located above the New Port at Tourlos Bay, only 350 feet from the sea and 1,950 feet from the nearest organised beach.
 
Due to its location and environment, Paradision is ideal for those who are looking for a calming stay away from the bothersome noises of the city.
Santorini Palace
The 4-star Santorini Palace is centrally located in Fira, Santorini’s capital, within walking distance from the breathtaking Caldera and restaurants. It features a free-form pool and a fitness centre with a hot tub and sauna.
 
Guests at Santorini Palace can start their day with a buffet breakfast. The restaurant serves international dishes during dinner times. Refreshing drinks and light meals are prepared at the snack bar by the pool.

Athens

Mykonos

Santorini