Treasures of Greece & The Islands - Classic Group

Treasures of Greece & The Islands - Classic Group

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Treasures of Greece & The Islands - Classic Group

14 Days Starting and ending in Athens

Visiting: Athens, Thermopylae, Kalabaka, Meteora, Delphi, Archaeological Site of Olympia, Archaeological Site of Mycenae, Nafplion, Fira, Mykonos

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Tour code:

I953MZN20

Activities:

Swimming

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Tour Overview

Soak up the best of the Greek Isles on this 2-week guided tour that starts in Athens. See the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Arch of Hadrian before ascending to Athens’ most iconic landmark The Acropolis and its towering Parthenon, a temple built for the goddess Athena. Walk through the Lion Gate to the ruinous city of Mycenae, then meet the family of artisans behind a stunning pottery studio, who will show you their unique wares. Sail to Santorini for two sun-drenched days on the idyllic island, where you can unwind at clifftop restaurants or wander its cobblestone streets before settling in to watch one of the best sunsets on Earth. Get happily lost on the maze of walkways in white-washed Mykonos, and sun yourself on one of its dazzling beaches.

Highlights

  • 5 Dinner with Wine (DW)

  • 13 Breakfast (B)

  • : Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.

  • : Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.

  • : We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.

  • : From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.

  • : Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

  • : If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

  • Athens: Get to know your fellow travelers over a delightful Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Olympia: Taste unique flavors and savor Greek regional specialties over a colorful Highlight Dinner.

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Day 1: Welcome To Athens

Location: Athens

Accommodation: Divani Palace Acropolis, NEW Hotel, Athens Marriott Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner with Wine

An Insight host will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel, where there is time to settle in and relax.

Day 2: Athens, City Of Gods

Location: Athens, Thermopylae, Kalabaka

Accommodation: Divani Meteora Hotel, Kalambaka., Grand Meteora Hotel, Kalambaka.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Today your mythical Grecian discovery encapsulates the intriguing history of ancient Greece. Begin with an exploration revealing the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Arch of Hadrian. Next, your Local Expert takes you to the Acropolis, one of the most important ancient sites in the Western world. Crowning the top is the Parthenon, visible from almost everywhere in the city. 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 a delicious dinner from a fresh, seasonal menu.

Day 3: The Pinnacles Of Meteora Relaxed Start

Location: Kalabaka, Meteora, Kalabaka

Accommodation: Divani Meteora Hotel, Kalambaka., Grand Meteora Hotel, Kalambaka.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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 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 relaxed walk on the nature trails? Alternatively, you may wish to visit the Natural History Museum.

Day 4: The Sacred Way And Onto Olympia

Location: Kalabaka, Delphi, Archaeological Site of Olympia

Accommodation: Amalia Hotel Olympia., Arty Grand Hotel, Olympia.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

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,' rumoured 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.

Day 5: Ancient Olympia

Location: Archaeological Site of Olympia

Accommodation: Amalia Hotel Olympia., Olympion Asty

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

It's all in the name. Ancient Olympia is the site where the Ancient Olympic Games began in 776 B.C., in dedication to Zeus. See the ruined Temple of Zeus that was built to honor the ruler of the gods. Continue your exploration through time to the athletes gymnasium and the Ancient Stadium of Olympia with its characteristic arch. The start and finish points 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, showcasing classic Greek cuisine. Experience authentic Greek flavors, as you savor dishes prepared for your Highlight Dinner.

Day 6: Mycenae And Nafplio

Location: Archaeological Site of Olympia, Archaeological Site of Mycenae, Nafplion, Athens

Accommodation: Divani Palace Acropolis, NEW Hotel, Athens Marriott Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

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, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you meet the artisans at a family-run pottery studio and view beautiful works of art. Travel to the elegant town of Nafplio, known for its beautiful architecture, colorful shops and cafes.Your journey continues, following the shores of the Saronic Gulf to pass the Corinth Canal, dividing the Peloponnesse and mainland Greece, and arriving in Athens. In the evening, enjoy a hearty dinner in true Greek style, complete with wine and good cheer.

Day 7: Across The Mediterranean To Santorini

Location: Athens, Fira

Accommodation: Nous Hotel, Orama Hotel & Spa, Santorini., The Majestic Hotel, Santorini.

Meals Included: Breakfast

An early departure takes you to the port of Piraeus where your high-speed ferry awaits to whisk you over to the truly beautiful island of Santorini. On arrival, you are transferred to your hotel.

Day 8: The Sunsets Of Santorini Relaxed Start

Location: Fira

Accommodation: Nous Hotel, Orama Hotel & Spa, Santorini., The Majestic Hotel, Santorini.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 9: Santorini As You Wish Relaxed Start

Location: Fira

Accommodation: Nous Hotel, Orama Hotel & Spa, Santorini., The Majestic Hotel, Santorini.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Another day to relax and unwind on the black, red and white beaches, or why not take a caique (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 holiday experience.

Day 10: Set Sail For Mykonos

Location: Fira, Mykonos

Accommodation: Despotiko Hotel , Dorion Hotel, Mykonos., Porto Mykonos.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Board the high-speed ferry bound for the island of Mykonos, playground of the rich and famous. You are met at the port and transferred to your hotel.

Day 11: Mykonos Mystique Relaxed Start

Location: Mykonos

Accommodation: Despotiko Hotel , Dorion Hotel, Mykonos., Porto Mykonos.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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?

Day 12: Mykonos At Leisure Relaxed Start

Location: Mykonos

Accommodation: Despotiko Hotel , Dorion Hotel, Mykonos., Porto Mykonos.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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?

Day 13: Return To Athens

Location: Mykonos, Athens

Accommodation: Divani Palace Acropolis, NEW Hotel, Athens Marriott Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

In the morning, grab your final glimpse over the lustrous Aegean. You are transferred to the port for your return ferry to Athens.

Day 14: Depart Athens

Location: Athens

Meals Included: Breakfast

Bid farewell to Athens. Your journey ends with a transfer to the airport.

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  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    We regret that no refunds can be made for absences from a tour, including experiences such as missed meals or sightseeing.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1978.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Insight Vacations is a founding member of the TreadRight Foundation, a joint initiative created by the brands within The Travel Corporation (TTC) almost 15 years ago to ensure our impact through tourism is positive. Our ethos to #MakeTravelMatter guides our decision-making at every level of our business.

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

    Yes

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    You have two options as a solo traveller. Either choose to be matched with a same sex partner for a room share - at no extra cost. Or choose a room of your own with a reduced or even free private room upgrade on select tours.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

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