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Best of Greece Tour

Places Covered: Athens, Corinth canal, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Nafplion / Olympia, Kalambaka, Meteora, Mykonos, Santorini
Duration: 12 days
Tour Cost: On Request

Greece travel packages are the best way of discovering the birthplace of modern civilization. This 12 day Greece tour includes the services of an English-speaking guide, fabulous 2 or 3 star accommodations, breakfast and three evening meals.

Arriving in Athens, you will travel by air-conditioned bus to Mycenae and pass through Lion Gate, the main entrance to the Bronze Age citadel, before reaching the tomb of Agamemnon, the ancient King of Mycenae who was murdered by his wife Clytemnestra after he returned victorious from the Battle of Troy.

The following day begins with a picturesque journey through the mountains of central Peloponnese to the verdant city of Olympia, home of the ancient Olympics. From there you will visit the sanctuary of Apollo in Delphi. The god Apollo took the form of a dolphin, which is Greek for Delphi.

Returning to Athens, nothing can prepare the uninitiated for the grandeur of the Acropolis and the Parthenon The Acropolis museum is an ultra modern building with a terrific restaurant, laid out to attract non-history buffs and academics alike. Afterwards, wander through the nearby area of Plaka and be amazed by the artifacts that pop up inside shops and underground stations.

Now, at the halfway point of your 12 day Greece tour, it’s time to relax. Take the ferry, included in the price of the tour, to the islands of Mykonos and Santorini. Observe spectacular sunsets from Santorini’s whitewashed buildings perched on the edge of a caldera, formed by the collapse of land after a volcanic eruption. If you still haven’t had your fill of history, optional excursions are also available for this second half of the tour, which finishes with an included flight from Santorini back to Athens.

DAY 01

Arrive in Athens.

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

Included: overnight accommodation.

DAY 02

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, overnight accommodation.

DAY 03

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, overnight accommodation.

DAY 04

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, overnight accommodation.

DAY 05

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, overnight accommodation.

DAY 06

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, overnight accommodation.

DAY 07

Mykonos free day.

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

Included: Breakfast, overnight accommodation.

DAY 08

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, overnight accommodation.

DAY 09

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, overnight accommodation.

DAY 10

Santorini free day

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

Included: Breakfast, overnight accommodation.

DAY 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, overnight accommodation.

DAY 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

What's Included:

  • 11 nights 2 and 3-star hotel accommodation in twin-share rooms
  • Deluxe air-conditioned coachthroughout 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.

Tour Experiences

Details of the experiences you'll enjoy on your Best of Greece tour!



Corinth Canal, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Nafplion

4 Included Experiences

Included:

Visit the Corinth Canal.

Visit Epidaurus, the most important healing centre in ancient Greece, and famous for its well-preserved theater.

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.

Visit Mycenae, featuring the tomb of Agamemnon and the famous Lion's Gate.

Olympia / Delphi

2 Included Experiences

Included:

We enjoy a tour of the the ancient Olympia complex, including the Temple of Zeus, the Palaestra and Phidias' workshop.

Visit the Olympia Archaeological Museum, on of the best museums on Greece.

Delphi

1 Included Experience

Included:

Visit Delphi and see the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians and visit the museum of Delphi.

Meteora

2 Included Experiences

Included:

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

Visit Thermopylae en route to Athens to admire the statue of Leonidas, king of Sparta.

Athens

1 Included Experience

Included:

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, the temple of Olympian Zeus and the sacred rock of Acropolis. We'll also visit the Propylae, the Erechteion, the temple of Athena, Nike and the Parthenon. Not to forget the museum of Acropolis, considered one of the best museums in Europe.

Mykonos

1 Optional Excursion

Optional:

Visit the island of Delos, one of the most important historical and archaeological sites in all of ancient Greece. Linked to many important Greek myths, this is a fascinating place to visit and an excursion not to be missed!

Santorini

1 Optional Excursion

Optional:

Visit the caldera islands! We will visit the volcano, the hot springs, little Tharassia island and will end at Amoudi Bar, the little port of Oia. We'll climb up to Oia Village and admire the sunset from one of the best vantage points in the Aegean.

Post-tour: Athens

1 Optional Excursion

Optional:

Departing from the airport, we'll drive to the southern-most tip of Attica, Cape Sounion, where we'll see the temple of Poseidon. After a guided tour of the temple, we'll return to the airport 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 night in Athens.

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