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Treasures of Greece & the Islands

14 Days from $4,725 per person

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This journey should top every traveler’s wish list. Explore the sun-kissed temples and time-worn towns of the mainland and visit two of the most romantic islands on earth, where relaxing on the beach or in local cafes is the order of the day

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

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This journey should top every traveler’s wish list. Explore the sun-kissed temples and time-worn towns of the mainland and visit two of the most romantic islands on earth, where relaxing on the beach or in local cafes is the order of the day

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. A host will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel, where there is time to settle in and relax. At 7 pm, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception, get to know your fellow travelers over a delightful evening of dinner and wine.

    meal(s):Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Center
  2. Your exploration reveals the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Arch of Hadrian. Next, your Local Expert takes you to the Parthenon, built atop the Acropolis. See the Temple of Athena Nike, also known as the Temple of the Wingless Victory, and the six stone-carved caryatids that make up the Porch of the Maidens on the Erechtheion. Continue to Thermopylae, famous as the mountain pass where King Leonidas led his Spartan army, along with fellow Greek soldiers, into battle against the Persians in 480 B.C. See the memorial dedicated to Leonidas and his courageous Spartans, then on to your hotel in Kalambaka for dinner.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Divani Meteora Hotel/Grand Meteora Hotel/Meteora Hotel
  3. With your Local Expert, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora, meaning 'in the air.' The massive pinnacles of smooth rock are ancient, yet could also be the setting for a futuristic science-fiction tale. Visit one of the monasteries, that adds to the strange and beautiful landscape and enjoy stunning views over the Peneios Valley. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Why not explore with a leisurely walk on the nature trails? Alternatively, you may wish to visit the Natural History Museum.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Divani Meteora Hotel/Grand Meteora Hotel/Meteora Hotel
  4. Travel south, stopping at the foothills of Mount Parnassus. Ascend the Sacred Way of Delphi with your Local Expert. Pass the Parian marble Treasury of the Athenians and Polygonal Wall with its interlocking stones still perfectly intact after thousands of years. You'll approach the Temple of Apollo, where for 14 centuries the mysterious Oracle of Delphi breathed her enigmatic 'words,' rumored to have successfully predicted events related to the Argonauts expedition and the Trojan War. Your travels continue to Olympia where dinner is served in your hotel.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Arty Grand Hotel/Amalia Hotel
  5. It's all in the name. Ancient Olympia is the site where the Ancient Olympic Games began in 776 B.C. in dedication to the god Zeus. See the Temple of Zeus, the athletes gymnasium and the stadium of Olympia. The starting and finishing markers for the sprint track are still marked by stones and there is time to capture your own memory with a photo at the starting line. In the evening, join a local chef for an entertaining cooking demonstration, followed by a dinner of authentic Greek flavors.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Arty Grand Hotel/Amalia Hotel
  6. Visit the ruined city of Mycenae with a Local Expert. Walk through the Lion Gate, visit the royal beehive-tombs and see the giant Cyclopean stones used to build the city walls. Later, meet the artisans and view beautiful works of art at a family-run pottery studio. Travel to the elegant town of Nafplio, known for its beautiful architecture, color shops and cafés. Your journey continues following the shores of the Saronic Gulf to pass the Corinth Canal dividing the Peloponnese and mainland Greece, and arriving in Athens. In the evening, enjoy a hearty dinner in true Greek style, complete with wine and good cheer.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Center
  7. An early departure takes you to the port of Piraeus where your high-speed ferry awaits to whisk you over to the Island of Mykonos, playground of the rich and famous. On arrival, you are transferred to your hotel.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:San Marco Luxury Hotel & Villas/Rhenia Hotel/Porto Mykonos
  8. This day is the first of two glorious days at leisure. Explore the town with its winding maze of walkways, white-washed houses, magnificent windmills and uninhibited nightlife. Perhaps watch the sunset at Shirley Valentine Beach or take a short boat ride to Delos.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:San Marco Luxury Hotel & Villas/Rhenia Hotel/Porto Mykonos
  9. Another day to explore or relax as you wish. Perhaps swim the endless array of dazzling beaches that surround the island. Or maybe enjoy a cocktail on the waterfront at Little Venice.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:San Marco Luxury Hotel & Villas/Rhenia Hotel/Porto Mykonos
  10. Board the high-speed ferry bound for the truly beautiful island of Santorini. You are met at the port and transferred to your hotel.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:De Sol Hotel & Spa/Splendour Resort/The Majestic Hotel
  11. With two more sun-drenched days on one of the most romantic islands on earth, you won't ever want to leave. Relax in clifftop restaurants, laze on the sun-soaked beaches or observe history unearthed at the site of Akrotiri. In the evening, you'll witness the first of the golden sunsets for which the island is famous.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:De Sol Hotel & Spa/Splendour Resort/The Majestic Hotel
  12. Another day to relax and unwind on the black, red and white beaches, or why not take a kaiki (traditional Greek fishing boat) over to the volcanic islands for a swim in the hot springs? The island's delicious cuisine, whitewashed houses that gleam in the bright Aegean sun, narrow cobblestone streets and world-renowned sunsets all combine to make Santorini a truly unique experience.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:De Sol Hotel & Spa/Splendour Resort/The Majestic Hotel
  13. In the morning, maybe take one last dip in the pool and grab your final glimpse over the lustrous Aegean and world-famous caldera. You are transferred to the airport for your return flight to Athens.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Center
  14. Your Grecian odyssey comes to an end with a transfer to Athens Airport.

    meal(s):Breakfast
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Twin-bedded rooms in Santorini are limited and usually consist of a double bed and a sofa bed. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $1,840 per person

Roommate matching is not available on this trip.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the order of the land itinerary may change at short notice.

Coaches do not have double the standard legroom. Alternate vehicles without onboard washroom or 40 seats may be used on occasion. Transportation on Santorini & Mykonos islands is by air-conditioned coach or luxury minibus.

Personal radio headsets are only available on departures with 8 or more guests.

Due to the smaller capacities available on the islands, groups may be split between hotels.

Your stays on Santorini & Mykonos islands are locally hosted—on departures with 10 or more guests, travel between islands is fully escorted.

Transfers from Athens to Mykonos and Santorini are by high-speed ferry. Ferry schedules and the availability of high-speed ferries may be affected by adverse weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances. Porterage is not available on ferries.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options

Included Quality Dining

13 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners and 2 Dinners with Wine, all with tea or coffee.

Insight Experiences

  • Mycenae: Meet the artisans of a family-run pottery studio and learn about their unique traditional methods

Top Rated Highlights

  • Athens: Ascend the Acropolis with a Local Expert to admire the Parthenon, built in 5th century B.C. Steps away you'll see the Temple of Athena Nike, also known as the Temple of the Wingless Victory, and the six stone-carved caryatids that make up the Porch of the Maidens on the Erechtheion
  • Athens: See the Arch of Hadrian, erected in honor of the Roman Emperor and used as a divider between the ancient city and the new Roman district, along with the remaining columns of the Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Thermopylae: See the Leonidas Monument dedicated to the brave warrior and his 300 Spartans
  • Kalambaka: Your Travel Director will provide an orientation of this town situated at the base of the extraordinary Meteora rocks
  • Meteora: With a Local Expert, visit one of the remarkable centuries-old monasteries of Meteora, teetering on towers of rock and arguably the most spectacular place to visit in Greece
  • Delphi: With your Local Expert, walk to The Sacred Way once lined with offertory temples. See the reconstructed Athenian Treasury and pass the superb Polygonal Wall to reach the Temple of Apollo, where the people would seek divine wisdom from the mysterious Oracle
  • Olympia: The stadium of Olympia hosted the ancient Olympic Games and the Heraia, the women's games in honor of Hera. See the Temple of Zeus, athlete's gymnasium and the stone marker where the sprint began
  • Mycenae: Walk through the Lion Gate past the royal beehive-tombs where Schliemann uncovered golden treasure while hearing tales of Agamemnon from your Local Expert
  • Corinth Channel: Cross the amazing rock-cut channel dividing the Peloponnese from mainland Greece
  • Nafplio: Join your Travel Director in an orientation of this beautiful seaport town and see why it is named one of Greece's prettiest spots
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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Greece must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens traveling to Greece.

  • The currency in Greece is the Euro (€) and in Turkey is the Lira (₺). While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive on your trip, you can use your debit and credit card to pay in most places and will usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Greece. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine.  Mediterranean food is simple, delicious, and centered on a variety of fresh seafood, produce, cheeses and baked goods. Try Greek salad prepared with tomatoes, feta, olive oil and herbs as well as other popular dishes including grilled lamb, octopus, eggplant and spanakopita.  Olives, cheese and flatbread make a tasty snack paired with a glass of chilled white wine.  

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping at restaurants is less common than in the U.S. It is appropriate, although not required, to leave an extra euro or two for good service.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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