Treasures of Greece & The Islands - Small Group

Treasures of Greece & The Islands - Small Group

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Treasures of Greece & The Islands - Small 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:

SI953MM19

Specialist Group:

Family/Kids

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

12 - 24

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

Beach Tours, History

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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

  • Athens: Ascend the Acropolis with a Local Expert to admire the Parthenon, built in 5th century B.C.

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

  • Meteora: With a Local Expert, visit one of the remarkable centuries-old monasteries of Meteora, teetering on towers of rock.

  • Delphi: Walk to The Sacred Way once lined with offertory temples with your Local Expert.

  • Archaeological Site of Olympia: See the Temple of Zeus and the ancient Olympic Games stadium.

  • Archaeological Site of Mycenae: Walk through the Lion Gate past the royal beehive-tombs.

  • Nafplio: Join your Travel Director in an orientation of this beautiful seaport town.

  • Santorini: Marvel at the beauty of the Aegean Sea as you sail the waters to Santorini.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome To Athens

Location: Athens

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

Accommodation Name: Athens Marriott Hotel or Divani Palace Acropolis or NEW 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.

Accommodation Name: Divani Meteora Hotel or Grand Meteora Hotel

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.

Accommodation Name: Divani Meteora Hotel or Grand Meteora Hotel

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.

Accommodation Name: Amalia Hotel or Arty Grand Hotel

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

Accommodation Name: Amalia Hotel or 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 honour 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 flavours, as you savour 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

Accommodation Name: Athens Marriott Hotel or Divani Palace Acropolis or NEW 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, colourful 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.

Accommodation Name: Orama Hotel & Spa or Nous Hotel or The Majestic Hotel

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.

Accommodation Name: Orama Hotel & Spa or Nous Hotel or The Majestic Hotel

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.

Accommodation Name: Orama Hotel & Spa or Nous Hotel or The Majestic Hotel

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.

Accommodation Name: Porto Mykonos or Dorion Hotel or Despotiko Hotel

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.

Accommodation Name: Porto Mykonos or Dorion Hotel or Despotiko Hotel

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.

Accommodation Name: Porto Mykonos or Dorion Hotel or Despotiko Hotel

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

Accommodation Name: Athens Marriott Hotel or Divani Palace Acropolis or NEW 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.

What's Included

  • Welcome Dinner in Athens

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

  • Expertly Guided Tours

    Enjoy the knowledge and insights of Local Experts as you visit historical sites like the Acropolis, the Temple of Apollo, and the Archaeological Site of Olympia.

  • Unique Tasting Experiences

    Savor Greek regional specialties with unique flavors at dinners and a cooking demonstration in Olympia.

  • Luxurious Transportation

    Travel in comfort with Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.

  • High-Speed Ferry Rides

    Experience the beauty of the Aegean Sea with high-speed ferry rides to the islands of Santorini and Mykonos.

  • Hotel and Restaurant Tips Included

    Enjoy hassle-free travel as all hotel and restaurant tips are included, along with all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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

  • Insight Flourishes

    Experience local specialties representing the destination with Insight Flourishes, courtesy of your Travel Director.

  • Baggage Handling

    Relax as we take care of carrying your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.

What's Not Included

  • International Airfare

    International airfare to and from the start and end point of the tour is not included.

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and is recommended for all travelers.

  • Some Meals

    While many meals are included, some are not, giving you the opportunity to explore local dining on your own.

  • Optional Excursions

    Optional excursions and personal spending are not included.

  • Visa Fees

    Any applicable visa fees are not included.

Mode of Transport

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

Accommodation

Your hotel will be dependent on your departure date. Some of the hotels included are NEW Hotel, Divani Palace Acropolis, Athens Marriott Hotel, Orama Hotel & Spa, Nous Hotel, The Majestic Hotel, Porto Mykonos, Dorion Hotel, Despotiko Hotel, Amalia Hotel, Arty Grand Hotel, and Olympion Asty.

Check out our Q&As

  • What are some of the archaeological sites visited on this tour?

    Some of the archaeological sites visited on this tour include the Archaeological Site of Mycenae, the Archaeological Site of Olympia, and the Temple of Apollo at Delphi.

  • Is Wi-Fi available throughout the tour?

    Yes, complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi is available where possible.

  • What type of accommodation can be expected?

    Accommodation will be in hotels such as NEW Hotel, Divani Palace Acropolis, Athens Marriott Hotel, Orama Hotel & Spa, Nous Hotel, The Majestic Hotel, Porto Mykonos, Dorion Hotel, Despotiko Hotel, Amalia Hotel, Arty Grand Hotel, and Olympion Asty, depending on the departure date.

  • Is there a visit to the Acropolis included?

    Yes, the tour includes a visit to the Acropolis with a Local Expert to admire the Parthenon and other significant structures.

  • Are tips included in the tour price?

    Yes, hotel and restaurant tips are included in the tour price.

  • Are there any beach tours included?

    Yes, the tour includes beach tours as part of its itinerary.

  • How many dinners with wine are included?

    The tour includes 5 Dinners with Wine.

  • What countries does the tour visit?

    The tour visits Greece.

  • Are there any cooking demonstrations included in the tour?

    Yes, there is a cooking demonstration included in the tour where Chef Farije shares her passion for local ingredients and high quality products. Participants learn how to make tzatziki and other regional dishes.

  • What is the mode of transport between the islands?

    The mode of transport between the islands is by high-speed ferry.

  • 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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