Spotlight on Greece & Athens to Santorini Plus | 2024

Spotlight on Greece & Athens to Santorini Plus | 2024

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Spotlight on Greece & Athens to Santorini Plus | 2024

11 Days Starting in Athens and ending in Santorini

Visiting: Athens, Corinth, Archaeological site of Mycenae, Nafplion, Olympia, Delphi, Mykonos, Paros, Fira

Tour operator:

Contiki

Tour code:

SGGIS19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

12 - 51

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

18-35

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
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Tour Overview

Oh my Gods, it's Greece! From the ancient ruins of Athens to the glistening seas of the Aegean. Marvel at mythical architecture in the Greek capital, plus Olympia, Mycenae and Delphi. Catch the perplexingly beautiful Corinth canal before taking to the water like the true island hopper you are, exploring villages, volcanoes and valiant nightlife as you sail from magical Mykonos to saucy Santorini. All aboard!

Highlights

  • Explore the ancient wonders of Athens, including the Parthenon and the Acropolis

  • Visit the historic site of Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games

  • Discover the archaeological marvels of Mycenae and the first capital of Greece, Nafplio

  • Uncover the mysteries of Delphi, once considered the center of the world by ancient Greeks

  • Island hop to the iconic Mykonos, known for its stunning beaches and vibrant nightlife

  • Experience the charm and beauty of Paros, with its traditional villages and natural swimming coves

  • Sail to the world-famous island of Santorini, capturing the essence of Greek island beauty

  • Enjoy a day in Santorini exploring Perissa Beach and tasting local specialties

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Start Athens

Location: Athens

Accommodation: Arion Hotel (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Arion Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: None

Welcome to Athens, Greek adventurers! The clock starts now on uncovering this ancient country and all its quirks. We're calling it now, that this trip is THE ancient history lovers dream. Settle in to your hotel before catching up with the crew and get right into the Greek way of life.

Day 2 : Athens To Olympia

Location: Athens, Corinth, Archaeological site of Mycenae, Nafplion, Olympia

Accommodation: Amalia Hotel Olympia (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Amalia Hotel Olympia (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Not a second of today will go to waste. Europe’s oldest city will unfold itself this morning as we take to the Parthenon and the Acropolis with the knowledge of a local, then explore the first modern Olympic Stadium from the 1896 Games. That's some really old Olympic vibes right there.


Rugged mountains, cypress trees and citrus groves will pepper our pretty tour from Athens to Corinth, where we will stop to get a look at a man-made canal that squeezes ships through its tight cliffs in what seems like an impossible feat.


What was once a military hotspot is now a jaw-dropping archaeological site amidst the mountain ranges of Greece. Our Trip Manager will uncover the 4,000 year history of Mycenae and Agamemnon’s Palace in a tale of heroics, myths and curses.


We make a short stop at the cute coastal town of Nafplio i.e the first capital of Greece. Let's grab some lunch (gyros, anyone?) and take a stroll through the ancient city. Next up - the wispy mountains of Arcadia to Olympia. Save some room on your camera roll for this one...


And so the historical uncoverings continue as we land in Olympia, the place where the Olympic Games were birthed, and what is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 3 : Olympia To Delphi

Location: Olympia, Delphi

Accommodation: Amalia Hotel Delphi (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Amalia Hotel Delphi (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Fun fact: the first Olympic Games was held in 776BC, let's just let that number sink in for a moment...Wow. Today our Local Guide will show us all the important sites of those games, giving you the chance to sit in the 45,000 seat stadium where it actually first took place. If that's not a spine-tingling moment, we don't know what is. We'll wrap it up at the Temple of Hera (Queen of the Greek Gods), and place where the Olympic flame is lit every four years. We'll also visit the ruins of Zeus' temple before we head off on our journey, where you'll be sure to feel the vibes of one of the most well known Greek gods.


The sacred lands of Delphi will be ours this afternoon, again allowing us the chance to uncover world history right here in Greece. Despite being a place of monumental importance, it happens to have a cute little bar scene, and is a great place to sample the national drink of ouzo.

Day 4 : Delphi To Athens

Location: Delphi, Athens

Accommodation: A conveniently located hotel

Accommodation Name: A conveniently located hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Through the limestone columns of the Sanctuary of Apollo, we continue tapping into what was once the center of the universe for Ancient Greeks. The remains of this Doric style building stands tall with it's remaining 6 (out of an original 15) pillars, and is the perfect spot to absorb the last bit of beauty that is the slopes of Mt. Parnassus before we jump on the trail back to Athens.
You have a night to make Athens yours before ‘hopping’ out to marvelous Mykonos on the morrow.

Day 5 : Athens To Mykonos

Location: Athens, Mykonos

Accommodation: Paradise Beach (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Paradise Beach (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

With no time to waste, we'll start our island hopping adventures today with our first destination: Mykonos.
Let's do this! Two nights on the island of Mykonos, how did we get so lucky? Even the boat ride across the Aegean will have you awe struck and in love. Tonight, you'll have the option to join an exploration of Mykonos by night on a locally guided walking tour of the town's cobbled streets.

Day 6 : Mykonos

Location: Mykonos

Accommodation: Paradise Beach (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Paradise Beach (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Get ready for a day full of viewing coastal windmills, stuffing your face with olives, feta, and tzatziki. We'll stroll down storybook streets dotted with those gorgeous blue domes and we'll pick up some evil eye ornaments along the way to keep the bad vibes away. And this is all before you've even taken a dip in the ocean! Doesn't get much better than this... The day is yours to soak up the sunshine and play in the sea.

Day 7 : Mykonos To Paros

Location: Mykonos, Paros

Accommodation: Asterias (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Siroco's Rooms & Studios (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning we're on to our next Greek island, Paros. Let's spare a thought for all those travelers who only get to visit just one Greek Island, and then remember how lucky we are.
Beaches, naturally sculpted swimming coves, a Byzantine church and traditional villages: we must be in Paros. You're free to get into the sun and sea vibes. Those who feel like exploring can sign up for an optional trip to an Organic Farm run where you'll sample their delicious produce and then head to one of the prettiest villages in the Cyclades - Naoussa.

Day 8 : Paros

Location: Paros

Accommodation: Asterias (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Siroco's Rooms & Studios (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Another day, another Greek Island delight. Hold tight - today we're off for a Paros sailing adventure. Tonight, we'll tuck into an included dinner at a local restaurant, before heading out to sample the local (and legendary) nightlife.

Day 9 : Paros To Santorini

Location: Paros, Fira

Accommodation: Hotel Nikos (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Hotel Nikos (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Paros, it's been magical – but today we're taking to the seas again, this time in search of Greece's most insta-famous island: Santorini.
Santorini, we have arrived! Tonight you'll have the chance to join us on a cruise and take in the iconic Fira.

Day 10 : Santorini

Location: Fira

Accommodation: Hotel Nikos (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Hotel Nikos (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Rise and shine, Greek Island travelers! The island of Santorini won't explore itself. Today is your day to take a swim at Perissa Beach, eat the local specialty of fried tomato balls known as domatokeftedes, or roam and explore. You can even opt to take a trip to incredible Oia followed by a winery visit.

Day 11 : End Santorini

Location: Fira

Meals Included: Breakfast

And with that, the trip comes to an end. From Santorini, you’re free to make your way home… or keep going. Who’s for Cyprus? Or Turkey? The whole Aegean lies at your feet (literally) and you have a boatload of new buds to go exploring with!

What's Included

  • Accommodations

    Stay in a variety of hotels and inns throughout the tour, including options like Arion Hotel, Amalia Hotel Olympia, Amalia Hotel Delphi, Paradise Beach, Asterias, and Hotel Nikos or similar.

  • Meals

    Enjoy included meals as specified in the itinerary, offering a taste of local Greek cuisine.

  • Transportation

    All transportation within Greece is covered, including boat rides between the islands.

  • Guided Tours

    Benefit from guided tours of historical and archaeological sites, including the Acropolis, Olympia, Mycenae, Delphi, and more, with knowledgeable local guides.

  • Island Hopping

    Experience the beauty of the Greek islands with stops in Mykonos, Paros, and the iconic Santorini.

What's Not Included

  • International Flights

    Flights to and from the starting point (Athens) and endpoint (Santorini) are not included.

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is mandatory but not included, offering you the freedom to choose your provider.

  • Some Meals

    While many meals are included, some will be at your own expense, giving you the opportunity to explore local cuisine.

  • Optional Activities

    Activities such as the Mykonos by night walking tour, Organic Farm visit in Paros, and Oia winery visit in Santorini are not included.

  • Personal Expenses

    Personal expenses such as souvenirs, additional snacks, and drinks outside of included meals are not covered.

Check out our Q&As

  • What kind of transportation is provided during the tour?

    All transportation within Greece is covered, including boat rides between the islands.

  • Are there any guided tours included?

    Yes, the tour includes guided tours of historical and archaeological sites, including the Acropolis, Olympia, Mycenae, Delphi, and more, with knowledgeable local guides.

  • What are the main activities on this tour?

    Main activities include coach tours, exploring historical sites and ruins, island hopping, boat/cruise excursions, and walking tours.

  • What is not included in the tour package?

    Exclusions include international flights, travel insurance, some meals, optional activities, and personal expenses such as souvenirs, additional snacks, and drinks outside of included meals.

  • What are the highlights of the Spotlight on Greece & Athens to Santorini Plus tour?

    The highlights of the tour include exploring the ancient wonders of Athens, visiting the historic site of Olympia, discovering the archaeological marvels of Mycenae and Nafplio, uncovering the mysteries of Delphi, island hopping to Mykonos, Paros, and Santorini, and enjoying local specialties in Santorini.

  • What type of accommodations can be expected during the tour?

    Accommodations include a variety of hotels and inns throughout the tour, such as Arion Hotel, Amalia Hotel Olympia, Amalia Hotel Delphi, Paradise Beach, Asterias, and Hotel Nikos or similar.

  • Are meals included in the tour?

    Yes, included meals as specified in the itinerary are part of the tour, offering a taste of local Greek cuisine.

  • What countries are visited during this tour?

    The tour visits Greece.

  • What is the primary focus or theme of the tour?

    The primary focus of the tour is cultural exploration.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    In 1961, a guy called John Anderson founded Contiki in New Zealand. Whilst later bought by The Travel Corporation, the tour company had already been using the name ‘Contiki’ since its inception.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Contiki trips are designed & operated exclusively for those aged 18-35 years. Your travelling companions will be like-minded adventurers within that age range. The age range is adhered to strictly.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® is our commitment to protect people, wildlife and the incredible planet we all share. Powered by The TreadRight Foundation, a non-profit organisation and Contiki’s guiding hand when it comes to making travel matter.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    All documentation will be sent via email around 21 days prior to your trip departure. You can also access information on your trip by signing up to My Contiki via the top right icon of the homepage.

Reviews of this operator

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Northern Choice plus Kaikoura

16-Jan-2023

The trip ran so smoothly and was well organised! The extra add ons were amazing and all the services were spot on. Food places were reasonable. I'm definitely booking my next contiki trip again soon!

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Sophie  

Exceptional customer service

14-Jan-2023

Contiki were exceptional in providing customer service. They provided me with lots of information and were quick in responding to all my questions. I found that they were super helpful.

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Trusted Customer  

First time traveling with Contiki. Highly recommend! You’ll have a blast

17-Jan-2023

First time traveling internationally since Covid and glad I spent the trip with Contiki. The travel, lodging, meals, activities everything was planned effortlessly. Going to Greece in may with contiki. Highly recommend

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Trusted Customer  

Amazing trip. Made great friends and memories. Can’t wait for my next trip

15-Jan-2023

I had 24 people on my contiki and I think it was the perfect number, we all got to know each other well and got along great. Our tour guide was fun and knowledgeable, the hotels were nice and in great locations.

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Tanner Stokes  

My amazing trip to Africa

13-Jan-2023

Sherif was an excellent tour guide. He was extremely knowledgeable about every single small detail at each site that we visited. In addition to his great service, he has a glowing spirit that made me feel like I had family with me the entire trip. Anything that I was concerned about, he always had an answer and was there to help. I truly enjoyed my experience and will purchase a tour with him in the future

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