15 Days •  22 Meals Discover the magnificent ruins of ancient Greece in their tranquil Mediterranean settings. This well-paced 15-day journey balances expeditions to Greece's most important Classical age monuments (like the famed Acropolis) with ample time to wander the winding streets, vineyards, boutiques, marketplaces and beaches on Mykonos and Santorini. Explore the excavations of the ancient city at Akrotiri, the most important prehistoric settlement found anywhere in the Eastern Mediterranean. In Athens, enjoy Greek food, wine and entertainment at a taverna in the lively Plaka district. Learn from local experts on guided tours of Athens, Meteora, Delphi, Olympia and Corinth.

  • Join a local expert exploring Athens’ famed Acropolis.
  • Visit two Byzantine monasteries in Metéora and learn about the devout lifestyle of the monks who live there.
  • Explore the grandeur of Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games.
  • Sample the finest wines in Greece during a winery tour in Santorini.
  • Spend five leisurely nights immersed in the island splendor of Mykonos and Santorini.

Day1

Overnight Flight

Discover the beauty and timeless wonder found only in Greece. This fascinating tour of Greece begins with an overnight flight.

Day2

Athens, Greece - Tour Begins

Your tour begins in the capital city of Athens. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner in Athens’ historic Plaka district. In a traditional taverna, feast on local cuisine and wine while enjoying Greek entertainment.

o    Meals: Dinner

o    Hotel: Crowne Plaza Athens City Center

Day3

Athens

Enjoy a comprehensive tour of Athens showcasing the city's ancient and glorious monuments. Tour the incredible Acropolis; see the ruins of the Temple of Zeus, the Royal Palace, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Olympic Stadium.

o    Meals: Breakfast

o    Hotel: Crowne Plaza Athens City Center

Day4

Athens - Thermopylae - Kalambaka

Ease your way into the local culture as your tour manager teaches you a few key phrases of the native language. Travel north through central Greece to Thermopylae. Stop to see a monument dedicated to Leonidas, who died defending the city against the Persians. Later, visit a local studio to see painters at work creating beautiful Byzantine icons. End your day in Kalambaka, a typical Greek town at the foot of the Pindos Mountains.

o    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

o    Hotel: Hotel Meteora

Day5

Kalambaka - Metéora - Arachova

Visit two remote Metéora monasteries situated in a unique landscape of limestone rock “towers” that extend nearly 900 feet into the air. Over 600 years ago, Byzantine monks chose to build their monastic community perched atop these virtually inaccessible rocks. Continue on to charming Arachova, a popular ski resort town with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

o    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

o    Hotel: Hotel Anemolia

Day6

Arachova - Delphi - Olympia

The ancient city of Delphi was one of Greece’s most important religious centers during Classical times. A local expert guides you on a visit to the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Doric Temple, theatre and the Delphi Museum with its priceless collection of ancient artifacts. It was here that the famous Oracle was consulted to foretell the destiny of Man. Travel along the Gulf of Corinth, crossing into the Peloponnese to the historic city of Olympia, a testament to the grandeur of ancient Greek civilization.

o    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

o    Hotel: Europa Hotel Olympia

Day7

Olympia

Your guided visit to ancient Olympia includes a tour of the sanctuary of Zeus, the Olympic Stadium – where the first Olympic Games were held in 776 B.C. – and the Museum. Later, partake in a Mediterranean cooking experience followed by a traditional Greek lunch. Next, visit the countryside for a tour and tasting of local wines, olive oil, homemade jams and marmalades. This evening, broaden your knowledge of traditional Greek musical instruments and folkloric dances with a delightful Greek dance class.

o    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

o    Hotel: Europa Hotel Olympia

Day8

Olympia - Mycenae - Tolo

Enjoy spectacular scenery as you cross the Arkadian Mountains en route to the ancient city of Mycenae for a guided visit of the excavations featuring the Beehive Tombs and the Lion Gate. Your day ends in the picturesque seaside resort of Tolo.

o    Meals: Breakfast

o    Hotel: King Minos Hotel

Day9

Tolo - Athens - Mykonos

This morning, transfer* to the port of Athens for the high-speed ferry ride to Mykonos, the whitewashed jewel of the Cyclades Islands. Enjoy magnificent views as you sail across the brilliant Aegean Sea to this island paradise.

o    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

o    Hotel: Myconian Collection K Hotel

Day10

Mykonos

Enjoy a relaxing day to independently explore the charms of Mykonos. Don’t miss Mykonos Town, where mazes of narrow streets link the whitewashed buildings and traditional life continues amidst the bustling activity.

o    Meals: Breakfast

o    Hotel: Myconian Collection K Hotel

Day11

Mykonos - Santorini

Sail to the most spectacular destination in the Mediterranean, the fabled island of Santorini.

o    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

o    Hotel: El Greco Hotel Resort

Day12

Santorini

Begin your day with a visit to the excavation site of ancient Akrotiri, the most important prehistoric settlement found anywhere in the Eastern Mediterranean. Known as the "Minoan Pompeii," the flourishing town was at once destroyed and preserved by a volcanic eruption around 1450 B.C. Next, travel through a fascinating landscape of vineyards, whitewashed chapels and volcanic cliffs to the spectacular town of Oia, where the best views of the crater are found. End your day with a visit to a local winery that produces the unique and famous wines of Santorini.

o    Meals: Breakfast

o    Hotel: El Greco Hotel Resort

Day13

Santorini

The day is at leisure for you to relax and explore Santorini, considered one of the most spectacular and stunning landscapes in the world. Shop in Thira’s charming town center, take in the breathtaking scenery, visit a local museum or simply enjoy the amenities of your hotel.

o    Meals: Breakfast

o    Hotel: El Greco Hotel Resort

Day14

Santorini - Athens

Bid farewell to the Greek Islands and fly back to Athens for your overnight stay. Celebrate the end of a memorable trip to Greece with a delightful farewell dinner.

o    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

o    Hotel: Crowne Plaza Athens City Center

Day15

Athens - Tour Ends

o    Meals: Breakfast

Pricing: $2,649.00-$3,099.00pp tour only.  Airfare additional.

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