Best of Greece

Best of Greece

Start: Athens Finish: Santorini

Visiting: Athens, Thessaloniki, Kalabaka, Meteora, Delphi, Syros, Mikonos, Delos, Thera


Duration: 14 Nights

Physical rating: Low

Special diets catered: Vegetarians

Tour code: ZMSAC

Tour operator: Intrepid Travel

Group size: 1 - 12

Age range: 15-99 years

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

Welcome to Greece – a land of crumbling ruins and crumbling feta, the sun-bleached cradle of modern civilization. A lot of Grecian itineraries begin with Athens’ historical highlights before skipping quickly off to the Greek Islands. But not this one. We’ve designed a comprehensive tour that includes the best of the mainland AND the islands. From the Sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi and the unbelievable monasteries of Meteora, all the way to the olive groves and sandy beaches of the Cyclades. Along the way you’ll discover that Greeks are passionate about a few very specific things: good times, good food, and good gossip. Kalimera!

Highlights

  • iconUncover thousands of years of civilisation in Athens with a visit to the world-famous Acropolis and the ancient Agora
  • iconWander through the charming villages of Syros. When night falls, indulge in delicious seafood dinners in traditional tavernas as Rembetika music floats around you
  • iconLet the rest of the world melt away as you swim and snorkel in the warm waters of the Aegean Sea
  • iconThe sight of a Santorini sunset can turn even the most hardened of souls into a romantic. Walk along the volcanic rim of the island from Thira to Oia, passing through white villages that cling to plunging cliffs
  • iconWith its boutique culture, gorgeous beaches and thumping nightlife, the chic isle of Mykonos invites you to embrace your hedonistic side

Places You'll See

Delos
Mykonos
Santorini
Athens
Syros

Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Athens

Location: Athens

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

Kalimera! Welcome to Greece. Named after the goddess of wisdom, the birthplace of Western civilisation, Athens has an amazing array of historic sites to explore; a weighty history that spills out over the modern city, represented most dramatically by the ancient Acropolis. There's much to be seen in the ancient capital of Greece, vibrant and refreshed following the 2004 Olympics, yet still retaining so much visible history. After the welcome meeting, perhaps head out for some gyros and ouzo with your new travel companions.

Optional Activities:
-Athens - National Archaeological Museum
-Athens - Lycabettus Hill - Free
-Athens - Dora Stratou
-Athens - Numismatic Museum
-Athens - Day Trip to the Saronic Islands

icon Day 2 : Athens / Thessaloniki

Location: Athens, Thessaloniki

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

This morning head out to visit the famous Acropolis, one of the Western world's most important historical structures. Start with an ascent to the top of this sacred rock via the towering entrance, the Propylaia. Once inside, encounter the Parthenon – the greatest Doric temple in the ancient world. In the afternoon board a train to cosmopolitan Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece. This city especially comes alive in the evening, thanks in part to its large student population, so make sure you hunt down the perfect gyros or some live music.

Included Activities:
-Athens - Acropolis Archaeological Site Visit
-Athens - Acropolis Local Guide

icon Day 3 : Thessaloniki

Location: Thessaloniki

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Relax in the splendour of what is regarded as the cultural capital of the country. Walk along the waterfront to the White Tower, take in the Byzantine churches (like the beautifully frescoed Church of Saint Nicholas the Orphan), Ottoman sites and Roman ruins, and appreciate the wonderful views over the gulf. On a clear day you might even catch a glimpse of the home of the gods, Mount Olympus. If you’d like someone to show you the way, perhaps join an Urban Adventure for a local view. The city is undoubtedly the gastronomic capital of the Greece and its flavours are unique. For 2,000 years it’s been a melting pot of cultures, with eastern spices, French, Balkan and Mediterranean tastes. Seek out the eateries in the area around the agora, where age-old columns and arches brush up against modern apartments and the ancient Rotunda.

Optional Activities:
-Pella - Archaeological Site
-Thessaloniki - Tastes of Thessaloniki Urban Adventure
-Thessaloniki - Bites, Spirits & Romance Urban Adventure

icon Day 4 : Kalambaka

Location: Kalabaka

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Travel by public bus or train to Kalambaka (approximately 3 hours). Upon arrival embark on on a short orientation walk of town, where your leader will point out amenities and help you get your bearings. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore the scenic area around Kalambaka and Meteora, where the views are stunning whichever way you look. Having two days here allows you to explore at your own pace, discover the history and legends, witness the incredible views of one of the few World Heritage sites listed under both nature and art at different times of the day, and avoid the crowds. Your leader will have suggestions on hand. In the evening, maybe head to a taverna for dinner and stroll the main square for a taste of Thessalian life.

icon Day 5 : Meteora / Kalambaka

Location: Meteora, Kalabaka

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Climb into the heavens, just like monks have done for centuries, towards ancient monasteries precariously placed atop 400-metre-high rock formations. Meteora is home to 24 14th century monasteries that sit at the top of karst pinnacles, though only six are still occupied. They were once only accessed by rope ladders, but thankfully there are now steps. The cliff faces also feature caves where hermits lived an even simpler life than those in the teetering monasteries. The monasteries, which used to be supplied by rope and pulley systems, house woodcarvings, frescoes, paintings, and one even features the skulls of the first founders. You’ll enjoy some great views back over the town. The area makes for incredibly dramatic photos – multi-colour streaked rock, bright green forest, and the pale terracotta of the monastery roofs against the Grecian sky. The mists that can surround the pinnacles make the constructions seem like they’re floating in the air. Hawks drift on the valley thermals looking for prey, and black-frocked priests shuffle silently around.

Included Activities:
-Meteora - Monastery Visits

icon Day 6 : Delphi

Location: Delphi

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Travel by private transfer to Delphi (approximately 4 hours). Located on the slopes of Mt Parnassos, by a valley of cypress and olives trees, this modern town and ancient ruins overlooks the Gulf of Corinth. The ancient Greeks regarded Delphi as the centre of the world (legend says that Zeus sent two eagles flying from opposite ends of the world and they crossed paths over Delphi), and today it’s one of the country's most inspiring and memorable archaeological sites. On arrival, your leader will take you on an orientation walk of the cliffside town of Delphi. Then, make the most of your afternoon by visiting the ancient site of Delphi. Here you’ll find the famous sanctuaries of Apollo and Athena, which contain numerous monuments, temples, a well-preserved theatre, and the impressive reconstructed Athenian Treasury. The site was also home to the Delphic oracle, said to have spoken for Apollo himself – she sat on a chasm, inhaling vapours from the Earth and entering a trance-like state, her cryptic answers to questions translated by priests. There’s also a mountain-top stadium, which were used for the Pythian Games (an Olympic Games precursor), held every four years as early as 586 BC.

Included Activities:
-Delphi - Archaeological Site & Museum

Optional Activities:
-Delphi - Guided Tour

icon Day 7 : Athens

Location: Athens

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Travel back to Athens today by bus, arriving in the late afternoon (approximately 3,5 hours). Shop for the perfect souvenir at the Monastiraki flea market or take a relaxing stroll through the Greek national gardens. If you haven’t already, check out the Temple of Olympian Zeus or the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to watch the changing of the guard. While in the neighbourhood explore the excellent Museum of Athens, Syntagma square with the Parliament building, and the Panathinaiko Stadium which housed the first Olympic games in 1896.

icon Day 8 : Athens

Location: Athens

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Today you'll have more time to explore Athens. Highlights include the renowned changing of the guard at Syntagma (Parliament) Square. Maybe join an Urban Adventure day trip, such as 'Taste of Athens' or 'Markets, Ruins and Ancient Athens'. You could also take a day trip to the Peloponnese peninsula to ancient Epidavros and the beautiful city of Nafplion.

Optional Activities:
-Athens - Acropolis Pass for 5 Sites
-Athens - National Archaeological Museum
-Athens - Day Trip to the Saronic Islands
-Athens - Day Trip to Delphi
-Athens - Dora Stratou
-Athens - Lycabettus Hill - Free
-Athens - Numismatic Museum
-Athens - Walking Athens Urban Adventure
-Athens - Taste of Athens Urban Adventure
-Athens - Markets, Ruins & Ancient Athens Urban Adventure
-Athens - Bohemian Tales of the City Urban Adventure
-Athens - Twilight Athens Urban Adventure

icon Day 9 : Syros

Location: Syros

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Today travel by metro to the port of Piraeus, then catch a relaxing scenic ferry to Syros (approximately 4 hours). In the heart of the Cyclades, Syros offers a rare opportunity to see the islands as the Greeks do. One of the Aegean's most underrated islands, the island features typical whitewashed houses, farms, terraced fields and gorgeous sandy beaches. Your leader will take you on a wander through the main town of Ermoupolis, home to well preserved neoclassical mansions and 19th-century tenement blocks. Syros is also home to delicious sweets. Stop at a family run traditional loukoumi workshop where you will be shown the procedure of how these multi-coloured fruit-flavoured jellies (also called Greek Delight) and chalvadopita (hazelnut, almond or honey-filled wafers) are made - make sure you try some of them. You'll have plenty of time to explore tomorrow, so perhaps kick up your feet at a waterfront cafe and watch the setting sun turn the houses pink.

Included Activities:
-Syros - Loukoumia Workshop Visit

icon Day 10 : Syros

Location: Syros

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Dinner

Take a walk through the fortress-like town of Ano Syros, which offers great views of the Aegean Sea. Wander the narrow alleyways, pass handmade-souvenir shops and keep an ear open for traditional Rembetiko music floating out of the family-run tavernas. Enjoy free time to further explore Syros at your own pace. Discover abandoned windmills, ancient ruins and charming villages on a network of stone-paved tracks that crisscross the island. Perhaps head to the various archaeological sites on the island, or you might prefer to simply hole up on a beach for the afternoon. Outside of Ermoupolis are many small tranquil coves, while the most popular beaches are on the southern side of the island. While some are sandy and others pebbly, all boast crystal clear waters for swimming in. In the evening, take taxis to a taverna to a remotely located village in the rugged northern part of the island to sample delicious local specialities during an included meal, all while watching the sun set over the Aegean Sea.

Included Activities:
-Syros - Ano Syros Walk
-Syros - Sunset Dinner

Optional Activities:
-Syros - Archaeological Sites & Ruins

icon Day 11 : Mykonos

Location: Mikonos

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

Today board a two-hour ferry to Mykonos, a beautiful island named in honour of Apollo's grandson. Mykonos is legendary both in ancient and modern times. Known in ancient Greek mythology as the battlefield where Zeus fought the Gigantes, today the island is best known for its decadence, style, and nightlife. Join your leader for a walk through the maze-like old town and be captivated by the quintessential Greek Isles vista of squat white houses brightly juxtaposed against the cerulean sea. Browse the chic galleries and boutiques, follow flower-lined paths past age-old churches and tiny restaurants to secluded, sandy beaches, and spend the afternoon soaking up the rays and splashing in the water. As the sun sets, join the group for a picnic dinner of local specialties. Your leader will know the ideal spot to sit back and enjoy an Aegean sunset.

Included Activities:
-Mykonos - Wine & Finger Food

icon Day 12 : Delos / Mykonos

Location: Delos, Mikonos

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

This morning you will take a half-day trip out to the nearby island of Delos. One of the most important archaeological and mythological sites in the Greek Islands, a sacred area that was once the political and religious centre of the Aegean, Delos is considered to be the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. A living museum, the wealthy built mansions in the town that developed around Apollo’s sanctuary, decorating them with luxurious frescoes, mosaics and statues. The island is overflowing with archaeological finds like the Terrace of the Lions and the Sacred Precinct, with many more still being uncovered. Later on today you might like to head to one of Mykonos' many beaches, which are some of the nicest in Europe. Take a short bus ride to the pumping Paradise or Super Paradise beach bars, or perhaps find a quieter spot to relax along the beautiful coastline. You could also check out the 19th-century House of Lena or the Aegean Maritime Museum in town. This evening you could make your way to the village of Ano Mera and seek out a tavern for a seafood dinner or perhaps wander down to Little Venice, where colourful balconies hang precariously over the sea.

Included Activities:
-Delos - Day Trip to the Island of Delos
-Delos - Archaeological Site

Optional Activities:
-Mykonos - Aegean Maritime Museum
-Mykonos - House of Lena
-Mykonos - Trip to Village of Ano Mera (by public bus)
-Mykonos - Paradise Beach (by public bus)
-Mykonos - Super Paradise Beach (by public bus)

icon Day 13 : Santorini

Location: Thera

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Take another ferry and arrive on the spectacular southern island of Santorini (approximately 3 hours). Renowned for its amazing natural beauty, Santorini is one of Europe's tourist hotspots, the home of the iconic image of the Greek islands – whitewashed, blue-domed buildings clinging to the cliff face with sparkling water in the background. Discover the hilltop ruins of Ancient Thira and its fascinating Prehistoric Museum, as well as the archaeological site of Akrotiri, a Minoan Bronze Age settlement that gives an insight into how the people here lived before the eruption. Check out the range of restaurants and shops in the island's capital, interchangeably called Thira or Fira. If you have time while you're here, perhaps head to one of Santorini's volcanic beaches, such as Red Beach or the black beaches of Perissa, Vlhada, Perivolos or Agios Georgios. Be sure to try some of the island’s delicious food – the nutrient-filled volcanic soil makes the ingredients grown here full of flavour.

Optional Activities:
-Santorini - Museum of Prehistoric Thira
-Santorini - Volcano & Hot Springs Half Day Trip (by boat)

icon Day 14 : Santorini

Location: Thera

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

In 1500 BC a volcanic eruption sank the centre of Santorini, forming one of the most significant geological formations on the planet – the awe-inspiring caldera. The spectacular natural beauty of this caldera is what makes Santorini such a special place. Today make an excursion along the crater rim, starting in Thira town and walking through little villages all the way to Oia, passing steep cliff faces and experiencing breathtaking views along the way. If you have time, you might also like to take a half-day trip to the island's volcano and hot springs in the centre of the lagoon. Or perhaps visit one of the island’s wineries – the vines here are cultivated in a very unusual way, with the plants being pruned to form a low basket shape that sits on top of the volcanic soil to protect the grapes from strong winds. On the last evening of your adventure, rub shoulders with friendly locals in packed pubs and cafes, sipping a cocktail as you witness a magnificent Santorini sunset.

Included Activities:
-Santorini - Caldera Rim Hike to Oia

icon Day 15 : Santorini

Location: Thera

Meals: Breakfast

Today your Greek Islands adventure comes to an end. There are no activities planned and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. You might want to extend your stay to see all Santorini has to offer. We are happy to book additional accommodation, subject to availability. Please enquire at the time of booking.

What's Included

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    Transport

    Train, Private vehicle, Ferry, Public bus, Taxi, Metro

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    Delphi - Archaeological Site & Museum

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    Athens - Acropolis Local Guide

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    Athens - Acropolis Archaeological Site Visit

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    Mykonos - Wine & Finger Food

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    Delos - Archaeological Site

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    Syros - Ano Syros Walk

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    Delos - Day Trip to the Island of Delos

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    Meals

    12 breakfasts, 1 dinner

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    Meteora - Monastery Visits

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    Syros - Sunset Dinner

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    Accommodation

    Hotel (14 nights)

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    Syros - Loukoumia Workshop Visit

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    Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

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    Santorini - Caldera Rim Hike to Oia

What's Not Included

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    International Travel

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    Tipping and Gratuities

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    Airport Transfers at Destination

Transport

  • Train , Private vehicle , Ferry , Public bus , Taxi , Metro

Included Activities

  • Athens - Acropolis Archaeological Site Visit
  • Athens - Acropolis Local Guide
  • Meteora - Monastery Visits
  • Delphi - Archaeological Site & Museum
  • Syros - Loukoumia Workshop Visit
  • Syros - Ano Syros Walk
  • Syros - Sunset Dinner
  • Mykonos - Wine & Finger Food
  • Delos - Day Trip to the Island of Delos
  • Delos - Archaeological Site
  • Santorini - Caldera Rim Hike to Oia

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    Yes, Min 15 and above children are allowed

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    Intrepid Travel has been taking travellers around the world for over 30 years

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    Lock your trip in with a deposit, then you just need to pay in full by 21 days prior to departure. If you cancel your trip up to 21 days before departure, you can transfer your deposit to another available trip or hold your deposit on file indefinitely (excluding Polar). We are an accredited member of ATOL, AFTA, ABTA, TICO, USTOA and the US Travel Association, so your booking is protected.

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    We have reviewed all our health and safety policies and are implementing new minimum standards that emphasise increased hygiene and sanitation. These are in line with recommendations from the World Health Organisation and following the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safe Travel protocols for tour operators, for which we have received a 'Safe Travels Stamp'

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