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8 day The Greek Gems

Seat in Coach | Guaranteed Departure every Tuesday | From Athens to Athens

Enjoy this memorable 8-day tour and get closer to Greece’s beautiful history and mythology, while admiring stunning landscapes, and indulging in mouthwatering Greek food.  See the best of Athens, the picturesque town of Kalambaka, and the crescent–shaped Santorini Island,  the most precious gem of Cyclades islands.

  • Duration: 8 days
  • Departure point: Athens
  • End point: Athens
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Travellers: 1 to 3
  • Our support: 24/7

Highlights

  • Parthenon: The Parthenon, dedicated by the Athenians to goddess Athena Parthenos, the patron of the city, is the most magnificent creation of Athenian democracy at the height of its power
  • Acropolis museum: The Acropolis museum is the perfect sanctuary for the ancient artefacts that were found in the Parthenon and its surrounding temples. It covers a total area of 25,000 square meters, with exhibition space of over 14,000 square meters and nearly 4,000 objects exhibiting
  • Omphalos of Delphi, the center of the world: The oracle which consulted about important decisions throughout the ancient classical world. The Greeks considered Delphi the naval (or centre) of the world, as represented by the stone monument known as the Omphalos of Delphi
  • Meteora monasteries: Meteora phenomenon, a spiritual, mystical, magical, breathtaking and extraordinary experience. Visit a stone forest decorated with historical monasteries, included in the World Heritage List of Unesco. Only 6 of them have made it through the centuries, from an initial estimated number of 24
  • Santorini Gems: Akrotiri site -the Pompei of Greece, Lava islets -an active volcano, Canava - from vineyards to distillery, Santorinian fava - a gastronomic treasure, Oia sunset - an incredible beauty

Inclusions

  • 7 nights accommodation on bed & breakfast basis.
  • Operated with local English-speaking guides on a shared basis during the activities on day 2, 3, and 4 (half-day)
  • 1 Dinner on day 2
  • Air-conditioned shared transportation throughout the tour
  • Inbound/Outbound transfers from/to Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (Athens International airport) or from/to Piraeus Port
  • Hydro boat ticket on the economy seat for the route Piraeus to Santorini and back
  • All monuments and visits as indicated: All monuments and visits as indicated: Delphi Archaeological Site excursion (Day 2); Meteora excursion (Day 3); Athens city tour (Day 4)
  • International & domestic flights & Visa expenses
  • Tips for guides and drivers (not mandatory in Greece)
  • All optional excursions, meals, dinners, etc
  • Stayover tax in the hotels
  • Visit of Delphi museum

Covid-19 Measures

  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Athens

On your arrival at Athens airport, you will be met and transferred to your selected hotel in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. The afternoon is free at leisure for exploring this never-sleeping city. 

Overnight in Athens

Day 2Athens - Delphi - Kalambaka

After a delicious breakfast, leave for Delphi via Thebes, Levadia, and the picturesque village of Arachova, on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Wander around spellbinding Delphi, and visit the interesting Archaeological Site. Afterward, depart for beautiful Kalambaka, passing through the picturesque villages and spectacular towns of Central Greece. Proceed to Kalambaka for a delightful dinner and overnight.

Overnight in Kalambaka

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3Kalambaka - Meteora - Thermopylae - Athens

Indulge in a luscious breakfast at your selected hotel. Then, head towards Meteora, one of Greece’s most famous landmarks that earned a special place on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Monuments. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery and get closer to the Greek glorious history and culture. Admire the ageless Monasteries, standing between earth and sky, atop huge rocks and containing priceless historical and religious treasures. Return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia, and Thermopylae. Have a short stop to see, across the road, the Leonida’s Monument, and arrive in Greece´s capital city early in the evening (around 19:00).

Overnight in Athens

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4Athens city tour

Begin your day with a mouthwatering breakfast at your hotel, preparing to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city, during a memorable city tour. Our expert guide will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896. Stop for a few moments and then continue your tour passing by the Prime Minister’s residence- the former Royal Palace, guarded by the Euzones in their colorful uniform. Then, see the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament, the memorial of the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, University, National Library, and the lovely Constitution Square (Syntagma). Go to Acropolis to visit the Architectural Masterpieces of Athens’ Golden Age: The Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, and finally “the harmony between material and spirit” and the monument that “puts an order in mind”- Greece’s imposing Parthenon. Last, but not least, admire the wonders of the classical era at The Acropolis Museum. Return to your hotel in Athens overnight.

Overnight in Athens

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5Athens - Santorini (9hrs by ferry)

Enjoy a tasty breakfast at your hotel before transferring to the port of Piraeus to catch the high-speed ferry boat to Santorini. Arrive on the beautiful island of romance, meet our representative and transfer to your hotel for check-in. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, relaxing at the hotel, sunbathing, or exploring the paths of charming Santorini. You can end today´s adventure with an unforgettable optional boat sunset tour that will undoubtedly impress you.  

Overnight in Santorini

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6Santorini

Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel. Today is for you to explore and discover the island of Santorini, on your own. Stroll the delightful alleys, and admire the white Cycladic houses lining the cliff tops. Perhaps, get in touch with history while visiting the Akrotiri site, known also as the Pompeii of Greece. Maybe visit Canava, admiring its vineyards and distillery. Then, indulge in the incredible local food. The number of great restaurants is impressive, and the traditional dishes promise to amaze your taste buds. Late in the afternoon, you can visit the fascinating, little village of Oia to watch a hypnotizing sunset, or you can end today´s adventure with an unforgettable optional boat sunset tour that will undoubtedly impress you (please note this tour operates from May until October).

Overnight in Santorini

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7Santorini - Athens (5hrs by high speed ferry)

After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the port of Santorini to take your high-speed ferry to Athens Piraeus port. Your boat trip lasts around 5hrs. Upon arrival at Piraeus port, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check-in.

Overnight in Athens

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9Say Goodbye to Greece

After breakfast and check out, enjoy free time in Athens before your transfer to the airport. 

Meals: Breakfast

Map

FAQ

What do I need to bring with me on the tour?

Comfortable and light clothing is the most suitable for travelling in Greece. Visitors should not wear sleeveless shirts, shorts, short skirts or skimpy clothing when visiting temples, religious or official buildings. Sun protection, sunglasses, a hat and mosquito repellent can be very useful during your stay.

What is the cancelation policy for this tour?

  • We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 7 days or less before the event
  • We will charge a cancellation fee of 50% if booking is cancelled 14 days or less before the event
  • We will charge a cancellation fee of 30% if booking is cancelled 30 days or less before the event

Important notes

  • The hotels can be located in any part of the island
  • We reserve the right to change itineraries and activities due to weather conditions, technical problems or security reasons
  • Early check-in, late check-out, connecting or adjoining rooms in the hotel are subject to availability and not guaranteed
  • In many hotels in Greece, the triple rooms are a double room with an additional bed or sofa bed. Their comfort conditions are lower than the international standards of the triple room
  • No refund for unused services. Splitting of the package is not allowed