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9 Day Best of Greece: Athens, Mykonos & Santorini

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9 Days
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US$ 1,218

In 9 days, experience the history and legacy of Athens including the Acropolis and a day to Delphi plus the sophistication and beauty of the island of Mykonos and the spectacular rugged volcanic island of Santorini – each destination with its own personality and attractions. This travel idea includes stays at 5 star hotels. As a customizable itinerary alternative accommodation can be arranged at your request.


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Greece stood at the crossroads of several nations that left their traces here. Considered the cradle of all Western civilization, Greece is the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy and the Olympic Games.

Start your tour of Greece in the capital, Athens, one of the world’s oldest cities. Spend 3 nights here beginning with a tour of modern Athens which includes Syntagma Square, the University, the National Library, the Presidential Palace, Panathenaic Stadium, the site of the first Olympic Games in 1896, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Houses of Parliament where you will see the Changing of the Guard. After this, head to the iconic landmark, the Acropolis, the ancient citadel which dominates Athens as it sits on a rocky hill. It is crowned by the Parthenon, the temple dedicated to the goddess, Athena. From the top, you will have an awe inspiring view of the city as well as the surrounding coastline. Also visit the Acropolis Museum with its archaeological treasures.

Also, while in Athens, travel to Delphi, the home of the famous oracle of ancient Greece. Delphi lies under the dominating Mount Parnassus. Here visit the Temple of Apollo and other archaeological sites. See the site of the second most important games after the ancient Olympics, the Pythian Games. Also visit the interesting Delphi Museum.

Next take the ferry from the nearby port of Piraeus and sail to the delightful and beautiful island of Mykonos with its charming white houses and narrow streets. It is also the island of choice for the jet set fraternity with its cosmopolitan atmosphere and many beaches, bars and restaurants. Mykonos will be your home for the next 3 nights with 2 full days at leisure to explore the island.
After Mykonos, take a hydrofoil to the island of Santorini, arguably the most spectacular of all the islands. You will spend 2 nights here with a full day to explore the island. You can take a cable car to the top of the island and tower above white cliffs and Santorini’s volcanic crater. You can visit Akrotiri, a city which was once buried in a volcanic eruption. In the evening you can watch the sunset in Oia.

Your journey through the Best of Greece eventually comes to an end when you fly back to Athens.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,218

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Day 1

Arrive Athens

Today you will arrive at Athens Airport. You will be met by our English speaking representative, who will be waiting for you holding a sign with your name. You will then have a private transfer to your hotel, check in and settle into the room. The rest of your day is at leisure.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Ilissos Hotel

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    Ilissos Hotel



    Hotel Ilissos, has a great location in walking distance from the Acropolis, Syntagma Square, and other famous landmarks. The Syngrou Fix tram and metro station are close by. The hotel is easily accessible by all means of transportation, giving you comfortable access to and from ...

    Hotel Ilissos, has a great location in walking distance from the Acropolis, Syntagma Square, and other famous landmarks. The Syngrou Fix tram and metro station are close by.

    The hotel is easily accessible by all means of transportation, giving you comfortable access to and from every part of the city and its many attractions. The beaches of Athens are just 4 km away.

    The hotel offers a 24-hour reception and a restaurant serving Mediterranean and international cuisine. The roof garden has a view over the Acropolis, Lycabettus Hill and Philopappou Hill.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Restaurant

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Day 2

Athens Sightseeing

Your day will begin with breakfast at the hotel, and then around 9:00am you will be picked up from the hotel and depart on a tour to the modern city of Athens (shared coach tour). You will visit Syntagma Square, the Academy, the University, the National Library, Iliou Melathron, the former home of the celebrated archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann and one of the most beautiful buildings in Athens, the Presidential Palace, the Panathenaic stadium - all made by white marble, and the Greek House of Parliament, a neoclassical structure overlooking the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where the traditional Changing of the Guard takes place.

Next stop is the Acropolis, where a series of steps invites you to ascend to the top of this sacred rock. Upon reaching the top you will pass through the Propylaea, the stately entrance to the magnificent structures inside, and will be greeted by a spectacular view of the city and the entire basin of Attica. You will also visit the awesome Parthenon, by far the best known and most awe - inspiring of the structures on the Acropolis. This massive Doric temple was dedicated to Athena, the divine patroness of Athens. 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.

You will return to the hotel in the early afternoon, and then rest of the day is at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Delphi

Your day will begin with breakfast at the hotel, and then around 9:00am you will be picked up from the hotel and depart on a full day tour in Delphi (shared coach tour). At the foot of Mount Parnassos, within the angle formed by the twin rocks of the Phaedriades, lies the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, which had the most famous oracle of ancient Greece. Delphi was regarded as the centre of the world. According to mythology, it is here that the two eagles sent out by Zeus from the ends of the universe to find the navel of the world met. The sanctuary of Delphi, set within a most spectacular landscape, was for many centuries the cultural and religious centre and symbol of unity for the Hellenic world and seat of the Pythian Games, the second most important games in Greece after the Olympics, which were held every four years.

Between the sixth and fourth centuries BC, the Delphic oracle, which was regarded as the most trustworthy, was at its peak. It was delivered by the Pythia, the priestess, and interpreted by the priests of Apollo. Cities, rulers and ordinary individuals alike consulted the oracle, expressing their gratitude with great gifts and spreading its fame around the world. The oracle was thought to have existed since the dawn of time. Indeed, it was believed to have successfully predicted events related to the cataclysm of Deukalion, the Argonaut's expedition and the Trojan War. You will visit the archaeological site and the Museum where one can see among other archeological treasures, the unique bronze statue of the Charioteer dedicated to Apollo by Polyzalos, the tyrant of Gela, in 478 B.C. when he won the chariot-race at the Pythian Games. This incomparable statue is a representative example of the "severe" Attic style, certainly the work of a major artist.

You will return to the hotel in the evening, and then rest of the day is at leisure

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Day 4

Athens to Mykonos Island

This morning you will have an early breakfast at the hotel, then you will be transferred from your hotel to Piraeus Port (timing TBA) for your embarkation on to fast boat (hydrofoil) to Mykonos Island.

After 3.5 hours of sailing trip you will arrive in Mykonos. Mykonos is world-famous. It is no coincidence that this, the most cosmopolitan of all Greek islands, attracts so many visitors from all over the globe, including large numbers of artists and intellectuals. Here, the steep mountains to be encountered in most of the Cyclades give way to low, rocky hills which combine with superb beaches to make up the landscape of the island. Mykonos is a busy island with all the amenities of a modern resort and with plenty to do by day or night for those who want to have a lively time. Yet visitors looking for a more peaceful holidays will still find quiet corners in which to relax. On Mykonos there is something for everyone: location that the easily accessible by public transportation or "far from the madding crowd", family style beaches or those frequented mainly by wind-surfers, plus one may enjoy a great variety of water-sports and many beaches bars and restaurants. Mykonos, the most visited of the Greek islands, has a night life unlike any other!

Upon arrival in Mykonos, you will be transferred to your hotel. After checking in and settling into the room, you will have the rest of the day at leisure.

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Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Pelican Bay Hotel

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    Pelican Bay Hotel



    Pelican Bay Art Hotel as a boutique holiday resort offers, stylish and artistic settings, excellent services, luxury rooms with taste and unique decoration. The fully air conditioned lobby lounge provides free Wi-Fi internet access. a Large LCD Flat-Screen TV with five major languages cable channels. ...

    Pelican Bay Art Hotel as a boutique holiday resort offers, stylish and artistic settings, excellent services, luxury rooms with taste and unique decoration. The fully air conditioned lobby lounge provides free Wi-Fi internet access. a Large LCD Flat-Screen TV with five major languages cable channels. A laptop computer is available free of charge for guests to use. Arrival / departure transfer can be arranged. The hotel offers private parking, elevators, fitness center, sauna, room service from 11.00 till 24.00 hours, swimming pool and a cocktail-snack-bar surrounded by verandas with superb views.

    Pelican Bay is located in Platis Yialos area, only 300 meters from the famous beach and public bus stop, 4 km away from the airport and the center of the town of Mykonos and port.

    Facilities

    • Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Lobby lounge
    • Parking
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Snack Bar
    • Swimming Pool
    • Veranda

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Day 5

Mykonos

Your day begins with breakfast at the hotel. You then have the full day at leisure in Mykonos. After the fifties, Myconos had been established as the place to be among the international jet set. With large crowds, fantastic nightlife, and an eccentricity about her grandeur. Just do not be surprised to find yourself standing next to some famous artist you actually respect. Legendary stars, tycoons, playboys, as well as individuals of an artistic tendency and politicians, have bowed to the "fantasmagical" grandness of the intensity and the craze of the most beautiful island on the planet. The island's cosmopolitan lifestyle took off internationally, literally eaten up by thousands of front pages. An endless parade of the rich and famous, amongst the Queen Soraya, Leopold of Bavaria, Rockefeller, Churchill, Maria Callas, Greta Garbo and Aristotle Onassis.

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Day 6

Mykonos

Your day begins with breakfast at the hotel. You then have the full day at leisure in Mykonos.

Myconos remains one of the prettiest islands of the Cyclades. It is not just the brilliant white of the graphic homes on the backdrop of blue. It is not just the four hundred churches that decorate the remotest corner. It is not just the crystal clear beaches that border the island. It is the worldwide recognized windmills not only decorating the landscape but is a major part of it. It is the little Venice, with its old world manors of captains long gone, with their balconies stretching out over the waves. Never believe that you know everything about Mykonos. Enjoy the sea and the sun, or just stroll around the island and make your own explorations.

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Day 7

Mykonos to Santorini

Your day begins with breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast you will be picked up and transferred from your hotel to the Mykonos Port (timing TBA). From there, you are going to embark on the fast boat (hydrofoil) and travel to Santorini Island.

Santorini is the most active volcanic centre in the Aegean Arc, though what remains today is largely a caldera. The name Santorini was given to it by the Venetians in the 13th century and is a reference to Saint Irene. Before then it was called Kallisti, Strongili or Thera. The island was the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions of the last several thousand years when it erupted cataclysmically about 3,500 years ago. The eruption left a large caldera surrounded by ash deposits hundreds of feet deep, and its effects may have indirectly led to the collapse of the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete, to the south. It has also been said that the sunsets in Santorini are the best in the world. From the Caldera breathtaking views of the volcano and neighbouring islands. From the east miles of dark sandy or pebbled beaches. Everywhere one sees small domed churches and remnants of days gone by. This is Santorini seen through the eyes of people who know and love it.

Upon arrival in Santorini you will be picked up from the port and transferred to your hotel. After checking in and settling into the room, you will have the rest of the day at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

El Greco

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    El Greco



    El Greco resort hotel in Santorini welcomes you in a place that combines simplicity with beauty and make your stay in a resort hotel a truly unforgettable experience. El Greco resort hotel provides new standards of luxury accommodation on its guests and is one of ...

    El Greco resort hotel in Santorini welcomes you in a place that combines simplicity with beauty and make your stay in a resort hotel a truly unforgettable experience. El Greco resort hotel provides new standards of luxury accommodation on its guests and is one of the most prestigious Santorini resort hotels in Fira and the whole island of Santorini. Four open air main pools with sweet water, one children pool and two open air Jacuzzi will totally satisfy your appetite for swimming. Pool areas are complete with lounge chairs and umbrellas and of course a bar that you can order and enjoy snacks, coffees and beverages all the time.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Childrens Pool
    • Conference Facilities
    • Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Lobby
    • Swimming Pool
    • TV lounge

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Day 8

Santorini

Your day begins with breakfast at the hotel. You then have the day free to relax and enjoy the island of Santorini.

Santorini (Fira) is a magical Greek island enveloped in mystery and charm. Often referred to as the "crown jewel of Greece", Santorini continues to be one of the most popular destinations in the country, becoming one of the world's top honeymoon spots. Santorini has some of the most unique geographical characteristics of any other island in the world - it was literally formed by a series of catastrophic volcanic explosions over the course of thousands of years. The result is a wonderland of steep cliffs, ebony volcanic rocks and mesmerizing ocean views. If you like beer, why not stop by the Donkey Brewery for a quick tour and delicious sampling of their products. For centuries, the island has been a prominent producer of wine, but with a little entrepreneurial spirit, Donkey Brewery was born. The three brews, Yellow, Red, and Crazy, have caught the attention of local and international beer enthusiasts alike. Donkey beers have now become some of the most sought-after brews in Greece.

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Day 9

Depart Santorini

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up and transferred to the Santorini Airport. This marks the end of your tour.

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DEPARTURES:

Daily from May to October

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation as indicated or similar
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transfers and touring as outlined
  • Boat ticket from Piraeus (Athens) to Mykonos Island
  • Boat ticket from Mykonos Island to Santorini Island
  • Entrance fees
  • Local taxes

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if required
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not specifically noted in the itinerary
  • Beverages unless specified
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified

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 enquire.

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