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Athens and Santorini: Stays of Distinction

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,513

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.


Due to popular demand, we have combined our top two Greek Stays of Distinction, creating an incredible 9-day luxury trip to these idyllic locations by including high-speed business-class catamaran transfers between Athens and 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$ 3,513

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Day 1

Athens Airport to Athens Hotel Private

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

This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Your expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (short stop). Continue and pass by 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 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.

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 Hotels to Piraeus Port Private

Duration1 Hour

Piraeus Port to Santorini on Catamaran

Duration4 Hours

Athinios Port to Oia, 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

Santorini Wine Roads - Afternoon Tour

Wine has been produced in Santoini since ancient times, and during the Middle Ages the wine of Santorini became famous worldwide under the influence of the Republic of Venice. Wine was made on the island in Greek and Roman times, but the region became particularly noteworthy in the Middle Ages when Crusaders captured control of the island from the Byzantine empire after Constantinople was sacked in 1203. Today you will have the opportunity to visit 3 traditional wineries and meet the wine producers. Here you will learn about the unique viticulture, plus have a chance to sample a number of different wines as well as an assortment of Greek cheese and olives. Driving from winery to winery you will be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Santorini.

Duration4 Hours
Day 7

Volcano and Hot Springs

Leave the port of Athinios to embark on the traditional boat for your visit of active craters of the volcano on the top of the island of Nea Kameni, in Greek means "new burnt"... where you will stop for about 1 1/2 H.

Then sail to Palea Kameni, "old burnt", where thermal springs provide natural warm-water bathing. While the surrounding water and beaches may be cold, and winds can be daunting. Your stop will be about 30m. Next destination will be Thirassia which is a typical cycladic village with a way of life as it used to be before the invasion of tourism. Tiny houses of various colours give a special character to these small settlements. Is an ideal place to taste some of the traditional plates of Santorini (lunch is not included in the price), to swim or to discover the simple village of Manolios by donkey. Here your stop will be about 1.5 - 2H.

When you arrive in your last destination the assistant will inform you the pick-up point and the time that the buses depart (that depends on the sunset time) . The village is approximately 150 meters above sea level. This distance covered or walking the traditional steps on feet (250 steps) or by donkeys. Oia was severely damaged in the 1956 earthquake and much work has been involved to implement its restoration. The beauty of Oia is unsurpassed. In fact, it is almost impossible to describe in words. Small white houses tier the hillside, interspersed by splashes of rich okra, deep fuchsia, cobalt blue, oyster pink and earthy red. Oia is one of the most photographed places in Greece. It has inspired artists, poets and every visitor who visits Santorini. Oia is best known for breathtaking sunsets; if truth be told, sunrise in Oia is also magical. In Oia there are two types of dwellings, the cave houses dug into the volcanic rock on the Caldera cliffs, and the Captains houses. The cave houses used to be the homes of ship crews, whereas the Captains houses belonged to the affluent class of ship owners. Many of the churches in Oia were dedicated to sailors.

Duration6 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, or Vlihada or Akrotiri to Athinios Port

Duration30 Minutes

Santorini to Piraeus on Catamaran

Duration5 Hours

Piraeus Port to Athens Airport Private

Duration1 Hour

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DEPARTURES:

Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • All private arrival and departure transfers
  • Round trip Athens to Santorini high speed catamaran in Business Class (Air option available, please inquire)
  • 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 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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