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Athens and Santorini: Stays of Distinction

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,927

Embark on a Greece vacation to some of the finest accommodations in the Old World. Staying at Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens and Canavaes Oia Hotel on Santorini, you’ll enjoy luxury accommodations as you explore Athens’ world-famous historical centres and delight in the white-washed paradise of Santorini.


This 9-day Stay of Distinction takes you to luxury hotels in the Greek capital of Athens as well as on the idyllic island of Santorini.

Your Greece vacation begins in Athens, the country’s capital and one of the world’s great historical and cultural centres. In Athens, you’ll stay at Hotel Grande Bretagne Athens, a regal hotel with stunning views of the Acropolis. Opened in 1874, this landmark hotel has catered to discerning clients for over a century and offers indulgent amenities, like its spa complete with a thermal suite and its Roof Garden Restaurant & Bar with the finest champagne and access to a robust wine cellar with over 3,000 bottles of wine.

Of course, staying in Athens is also about taking advantage of the historical sites all over the city. A city tour will get you up to speed on the highlights, taking you all the way from Constitution Square to the Acropolis, where you’ll see the Temple of Athena Nike and the iconic Parthenon. In the evening, indulge in the city’s restaurant and bar scene, enjoying incredible Greek food and living it up in the pulsing clubs and bars. While in Athens, you’ll take advantage of the city’s coastal location to explore some of the islands of the Cyclades. You’ll take a full-day cruise of Hydros, Poros, and Aegina, exploring the rocky landscapes and legendary temples that define this island chain.

From Athens, you’ll head to Greece’s other most iconic location: the romantic island of Santorini. With its whitewashed houses and picture-perfect cliff sides, Santorini looks much as the postcards promise. In Santorini, you’ll stay at Canavaes Oia Hotel, a luxury hotel with classical suites that draw on the island’s iconic white design. Take advantage of the hotel’s amenities like the spa and attentive staff to experience the best in island accommodation. Explore the island, walking through the charming towns pitched on the edges of 300-metre-high cliffs.

On day trips, you’ll also explore the Minoan ruins of Akrotiri, one of the world’s great archaeological sites, and visit the volcanoes and hot springs that helped shaped the iconic landscape of the islands. A special treat will be a sunset catamaran dinner out on the waters of the Aegean. After enjoying a red-sand beach and snorkeling through the warm waters surrounding Santorini, you’ll feast on a Mediterranean meal as the sun sets over the waters. It’ll cap off the incredible experience of your Greece vacation.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,927

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Day 1

Athens Airport to Athens Hotel Private with English Speaking Escort

Duration1 Hour

Hotel Grande Bretagne Athens

With breathtaking views of the fabled Acropolis, regal Syntagma Square and the Parliament, lush Lycabettus Hill or the original Olympic Stadium, the multi-awarded deluxe Hotel Grande Bretagne offers an unrivalled perspective of Athens' mythical history. Situated right in the heart of the city, since 1874, the landmark hotel is within walking distance of exclusive shopping areas, museums and the business district. Escape to the GB Spa Athens for a GB Collection Exclusive Massage or an indulgent respite in the Thermal Suite. The GB Roof Garden Restaurant & Bar serves the finest champagne - the ideal complement for the setting sun beyond the imposing Acropolis. The Cellar stocks more than 3,000 bottles of the finest vintages - allow us to create the finest wine tasting has never been so exquisite.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Grande Bretagne Athens

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    Hotel Grande Bretagne Athens



    With breathtaking views of the fabled Acropolis, regal Syntagma Square and the Parliament, lush Lycabettus Hill or the original Olympic Stadium, the multi-awarded deluxe Hotel Grande Bretagne offers an unrivalled perspective of Athens' mythical history. Situated right in the heart of the city, since 1874, ...

    With breathtaking views of the fabled Acropolis, regal Syntagma Square and the Parliament, lush Lycabettus Hill or the original Olympic Stadium, the multi-awarded deluxe Hotel Grande Bretagne offers an unrivalled perspective of Athens' mythical history. Situated right in the heart of the city, since 1874, the landmark hotel is within walking distance of exclusive shopping areas, museums and the business district. Escape to the GB Spa Athens for a GB Collection Exclusive Massage or an indulgent respite in the Thermal Suite. The GB Roof Garden Restaurant & Bar serves the finest champagne - the ideal complement for the setting sun beyond the imposing Acropolis. The Cellar stocks more than 3,000 bottles of the finest vintages - allow us to create the finest wine tasting has never been so exquisite.

    Facilities

    • Check-In Time
    • Check-Out Time
    • Internet Access
    • Lobby
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool
    • TV

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Day 2

Athens Morning Tour including Acropolis Museum

The striking contrast between breathtaking monuments of a glorious past and modern elegant structures is what you will enjoy during your tour of Athens. Visit the Acropolis, the crowning beauty and glory of Ancient Athens, with its many monuments atop its rocky base, including the awesome Parthenon, the Propylea, the temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion, with its Porch of Maidens. Drive to the Roman Temple of Olympic Zeus, the Panathinaikon Stadium (site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896), and the Tomb of the unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament House on Constitution Square. See views of government buildings and elegant structures of the 19th century. Drive along Panepistimiou Avenue and view the Catholic Cathedral, the Academy, University, and National Library. In contrast, conclude your tour with a visit to the new Acropolis museum, a marvel of architecture with a full exhibition of the glory of Ancient Athens.

Duration5 Hours
Day 3

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 4

Full Day Cruise - Hydra, Poros and Aegina

The first port of call is Hydra, a beautiful small island, yet so great in history that stands out among many others! Here you will stop for a 1.5 hour visit (approx.) and explore the architecture of the island, with the town of Hydra built in its centre on the imposing rocky slopes. This has remained intact and unspoiled by modern interventions to our very days thanks to the Hydrants, who religiously keep this unique legacy that has been handed down to them by their ancestors from one generation to the next.

The next stop is Poros, the island of peace, romance and relaxation (approx. 50 minutes). It is lush with pine trees which reach the rugged shores and the sandy beaches. Approaching Poros by ship, from afar, we can see the historical clock tower on the highest hilltop. The centre of the town features the Town Hall, the Archaeological Museum, the Exhibition Hall and it is the site of a variety of cultural events. Within the narrow streets of Poros among the white houses and bougainvillea's, there are various shops, cafes, taverns and many bars with Greek and foreign music to excellently provide for all needs and tastes.

The final stop today is Aegina, the land of legendary Achilles (approx. 3 hours). The world famous temple of Aphaia (Athena) imposes at the top of a pine-covered hill in the northeastern part of Aegina. This temple constituted the epitome and prototype of the Parthenon, which was built by Ictinus and Callicrates. When the atmosphere is clear, one can see the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion and the Acropolis of Athens from the site of Aphaia. These three temples form an isosceles triangle (the holy triangle of the ancient times). On the island there is also the church of Saint Nectarios, a grand Christian Byzantine church, which is one of the largest in the Balkan. It contains a silver urn with the relics of St. Nectarios, the patron saint of the island.

Duration11 Hours
Day 5

Athens Hotel to Athens Airport Private with English Speaking Escort

Duration1 Hour

Athinios Port to Oia Village or Vlihada or Akrotiri

Duration30 Minutes

Canaves Oia Hotel

Inviting, inspiring and elegantly classic suites and contemporary facilities, entice guest to experience luxury accommodation beyond comparison in the best luxury hotel in Oia Santorini. All hotel suites are freshly renovated and elegantly decorated in a dazzling white, minimal manner, featuring private verandas, al fresco dining areas and breathtaking views to the Caldera and the Aegean Sea. Canaves Oia's Spa with a view offers its guests the opportunity to indulge in high-end wellness and beauty services in an environment of distinctive luxury.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

Canaves Oia Hotel

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    Canaves Oia Hotel



    Inviting, inspiring and elegantly classic suites and contemporary facilities, entice guest to experience luxury accommodation beyond comparison in the best luxury hotel in Oia Santorini. All hotel suites are freshly renovated and elegantly decorated in a dazzling white, minimal manner, featuring private verandas, al fresco ...

    Inviting, inspiring and elegantly classic suites and contemporary facilities, entice guest to experience luxury accommodation beyond comparison in the best luxury hotel in Oia Santorini. All hotel suites are freshly renovated and elegantly decorated in a dazzling white, minimal manner, featuring private verandas, al fresco dining areas and breathtaking views to the Caldera and the Aegean Sea. Canaves Oia's Spa with a view offers its guests the opportunity to indulge in high-end wellness and beauty services in an environment of distinctive luxury.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • 24- Hour Business Centre
    • Coffee/Tea
    • Concierge
    • Deli
    • Front desk safe
    • Laundry facilities
    • Library
    • Luggage Storage
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Pool (s)
    • Pool bar
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Self Parking (fee)
    • Snack Bar
    • Spa Treatments
    • Swim-up Bar
    • Terrace
    • Valet Parking
    • WiFi

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Day 6

Akrotori, Pyrgos and Wine

Your day begins with a visit to the Archaeological site of Akrotori (entrance fee to be paid locally, at 12 Euro per person). The excavations at Akrotori have uncovered one of the most important prehistoric settlements of the Aegean. The first habitation at the site dates from the Late Neolithic times (at least the 4th millennium BC). The town's life came to an abrupt end in the last quarter of the 17th century BC when the inhabitants were obliged to abandon it as a result of severe earthquakes. The eruption followed. The volcanic materials covered the entire island and the town itself. These materials, however, have protected up to date the buildings and their contents, similar to Pompeii. The tour then continues on to the black sand beach of Perivolos. Here you will have free time for lunch (own account) or a swim. The beach distinguishes for its sparkling azure blue waters and tranquil atmosphere. On the beachfront there are numerous taverns, pubs and restaurants serving fresh fish and local delicacies. Your day then continues with a visit to Megalochori village, then you will discover the village of Pyrgos. Here you can walk up to the ruins of the Venetian castle. The day wraps up with a visit to a local Santo Winery, for a wine tasting. Did you know that during the rule of the Venetians, between the fourteenth and sixteenth century, Santorini was even producing some of the most valuable wine in all of Europe?

Duration6 Hours
Day 7

Volcano and Hot Springs

Your day begins with a boat ride, departing the old port at 11:00am. You will sail, enjoying the stunning views, until you reach the volcano lava "Nea Kameni". This volcano is extremely famous for the beautiful caldera, the island is also known for the two small islands of black lava positioned at the centre of the basin of Santorini which are, geographically, the youngest islets in the Eastern Mediterranean. Here you have around an hour to walk up to the crater, which is still active. You will then set sail along the lava rock to reach the hot springs of "Palea Kameni". Here you will stop for around 20 minutes (off shore), giving you time to swim towards the hot springs. The yellow waters contain a large amount of sulfur and are characterized for their therapeutic purposes. Today, Agios Nikolaos which is the small cove in Nea Kameni islet is a true health source. After your swim, you will re-board the boat and sail back to the old port in Fira.

Note:
This tour does not include a guide. You have free time to enjoy the volcano and swim in the hot springs.
You have the option to take a cable car or donkey (additional cost), or walk the 500 steps to reach the old port (up and down).

Duration3 Hours

Sunset Catamaran Dinner Cruise

This afternoon you will be transferred from your hotel in Santorini to Vlihada Marina (in the south of the island) to being the catamaran cruise. The first stop will be at the red beach for swimming, which is arguably one of the most famous and beautiful beaches of Santorini. It is located only some steps away from the ancient site of Akrotiri. The small size of the beach creates a much crowded atmosphere and there are many days where most of the visitors choose not to make it all the way down to the beach and instead admire this unique landscape of red and black volcanic rocks from the headland. Your next stop will be at the white beach for swimming and snorkeling. Snorkeling is ideal for those who would like to explore and get a feel of the underwater world of Santorini. Your evening continues while you sail along Akrotiri and Aspronissi, and reach the hot springs. Here you can swim and enjoy a mud bath. Your cruise this evening includes dinner, which will be served on board. The tour ends at Amoudi Bay, where a mini bus will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

Duration5 Hours
Day 8

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 9

From Oia Village or Vlihada or Akrotiri to Athinios Port

Duration30 Minutes

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DEPARTURES:

Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • All private arrival and departure transfers
  • 4 nights’ Athens at Hotel Grande Bretagne
  • 4 nights’ Santorini at Canaves Oia Hotel
  • Breakfast daily
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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