Best of Greece with Island Hopper

Best of Greece with Island Hopper

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Best of Greece with Island Hopper

15 Days Starting and ending in Athens

Visiting: Athens, Corinth, Nafplion, Olympia, Delphi, Thermopylae, Kalabaka, Meteora, Fira, Mykonos

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

AGBHZN20

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

Walk in the very place western civilization was born as your travels reveal all the best of Greece highlights. Then slow the world right down when you board the Greek island hop and experience how the locals enjoy life on the islands of Santorini and Mykonos.

Highlights

  • 5 Dinner (D)

  • 14 Breakfast (B)

  • 1 Be My Guest (BMG)

  • 1 Regional Dinner (RD)

  • Olympia: Say opa! to an Olympic Be My Guest experience with the Karambellas family on their olive and wine farm, followed by a traditional dinner and dancing.

  • Athens: Delve into Athens with a Local Specialist. See the iconic highlights of this ancient city, from the Acropolis to the site of the first modern Olympics.

  • Athens: Visit the Acropolis Museum containing remarkable antiquities giving visitors an insight into the lives of Athenians centuries ago.

  • Corinth: Cross the amazing rock-cut channel dividing the Peloponnese from mainland Greece. Join a Local Specialist and gain insight into Corinth's eventful past.

  • Archaeological Site of Mycenae: Walk through the Lion Gate past the royal beehive-tombs where Schliemann uncovered golden treasure, while hearing tales of Agamemnon from your Local Specialist.

  • Archaeological Site of Olympia: Join a Local Specialist to view the stadium of Olympia which hosted the ancient Olympic Games and Heraia, the women's games in honor of Hera. See the Temple of Zeus, athlete's gymnasium and the stone marker where the sprint began.

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Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome To Athens

Location: Athens

Accommodation: Divani Caravel, Radisson Blu Park, Crowne Plaza Athens

Meals Included: Dinner

Put the 'oh' in opa and embark on an unforgettable exploration of an ancient land of gods and goddesses, myths and legends. Your springboard to your spellbinding holiday is the vibrant capital of Athens, an effortless mix of ancient treasures and modern verve, which you will have an opportunity to explore after being transferred to your hotel. This evening, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a Light Meal.

Day 2: Explore Amazing Athens Dive Into Culture

Location: Athens

Accommodation: Divani Caravel, Radisson Blu Park, Crowne Plaza Athens

Meals Included: Breakfast

Join your Local Specialist for a guided morning sightseeing tour to the ancient complex that was once the 'Cradle of Western Civilization'. Along this journey into antiquity, we'll have an opportunity to explore the Acropolis with its treasures. We'll admire the Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena, the Royal Palace, Temple of Zeus and the Agora, once the haunt of Socrates and Plato. Dive Into Culture and see remarkable displays of an ancient world during an included visit to the Acropolis Museum, and see Hadrian's Arch and the stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy on your own. Stroll through the Plaka, people-watch in Syntagma Square or go in search of the city's tastiest souvlaki – the choice is yours.

Day 3: Journey To Corinth, Mycenae And Nafplion

Location: Athens, Corinth, Nafplion

Accommodation: Amalia Nafplio

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We depart Athens this morning, crossing the mighty Corinth Canal to the wild Peloponnesian Peninsula. Arriving in Corinth, we join a Local Specialist to explore an ancient city that several empires fought over throughout the centuries. We continue to Mycenae, a mighty kingdom of Ancient Greece, where we'll see the Beehive Tombs, (the Treasury of Atreus), the Lion Gate and the remains of Agamemnon's Royal Palace, in the company of a Local Specialist. Later, we'll travel to Epidaurus to visit the ancient theater and view the Sanctuary of Asclepius, the God of Medicine, whose snake-entwined staff remains the symbol of medicine to this day. Arriving in the Venetian town of Nafplion later, we'll dine in our hotel this evening.

Day 4: Continue To Ancient Olympia Connect With Locals

Location: Nafplion, Olympia

Accommodation: Amalia Olympia

Meals Included: Breakfast, Be My Guest

We traverse the Mountains of Arcadia to ancient Olympia, the site of the first Olympic Games held in 776 BC. This evening, we Connect With Locals joining the Karambellas family for dinner on their olive and wine farm at a Be My Guest experience featuring traditional dancing and characteristic Greek philoxenia.

Day 5: Onwards To Patras And Dephi

Location: Olympia, Delphi

Accommodation: Amalia Delphi

Meals Included: Breakfast

We join a Local Specialist this morning to delve into centuries of history. We'll visit the ancient Olympic site, the museum and the ruined remains of the Temples of Zeus and Hera. Leaving Olympia, we skirt the coastline north to Patras, crossing the Gulf of Corinth to mainland Greece before continuing to Delphi, where you may wish to try your hand at preparing some local dishes during an interactive cooking lesson.

Day 6: Off To Thermopylae And Kalambaka

Location: Delphi, Thermopylae, Kalabaka

Accommodation: Amalia Kalambaka

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Tread in the footsteps of the ancient Greeks, who would descend on the sanctuary of Delphi to consult with the most important oracle in the classical world. Join your Local Specialist and walk the Sacred Way to the 4th-century Temple of Apollo. View the statues immortalising the strength of the athletes who once competed in the Pythian Games, held in honor of Apollo and the Arts. A scenic afternoon drive brings us to Thermopylae, famous for the heroic defense by Leonidas and his brave Spartans against the invading Persians. We cross the lush Thessaly region, the ‘breadbasket of Greece', then travel over the Pourmaraki Pass towards Kalambaka.

Day 7: Admire Meteora And Return To Athens

Location: Kalabaka, Meteora, Athens

Accommodation: Divani Caravel, Radisson Blu Park, Crowne Plaza Athens

Meals Included: Breakfast, Regional Dinner

The UNESCO World Heritage monasteries of Meteora are our first stop today. Join a Local Specialist to visit two of the six Eastern Orthodox monasteries that cling impressively to immense, rounded rock towers overlooking the town. A scenic drive returns us to Athens, where we'll enjoy dinner with our travel companions and reminisce over an incredible journey through Greece.

Day 8: Cruise To Santorini

Location: Athens, Fira

Accommodation: El Greco, Santorini Palace Hotel, Kallisti Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We depart Athens and cruise to Santorini, where we'll spend the next three days exploring the island's dramatic beauty. Stroll through the volcanic island's quaint clifftop towns. Blue-domed whitewashed façades cling dramatically to the multi-colored cliffs providing a spectacular backdrop for exquisite sunsets. Join your companions this evening for a memorable meal of Greek cuisine.

Day 9: Santorini Your Way

Location: Fira

Accommodation: El Greco, Santorini Palace Hotel, Kallisti Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

View the magnificent caldera, see the island's ancient ruins or ramble through the winding streets of Fira and Oia - today is yours to enjoy a leisurely exploration of this beautiful island on your own. Indulge in a day of sunbathing and relaxation on one of its many beaches or shop up a storm at its boutique stores.

Day 10: Enjoy Sunny Santorini

Location: Fira

Accommodation: El Greco, Santorini Palace Hotel, Kallisti Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Toast to the spellbinding beauty of Santorini, another full day at leisure to relax and soak up the island's atmosphere. Consider a local winery, learn about the art of winemaking in the region and sample the locally produced wines.

Day 11: Cruise To Mykonos

Location: Fira, Mykonos

Accommodation: Rhenia, Vienoula's Garden, Adonis Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We take a short ferry transfer to Mykonos - its characteristic hillside windmills overlook the beautiful bay and stand as an enduring greeting to all who arrive. Enjoy an orientation before spending the rest of your day getting lost amidst the island's labyrinthine lanes, lined with whitewashed cottages and tumbling cerise bougainvillea. Take to the playground of the rich and famous and perhaps experience the island's vibrant nightlife.

Day 12: Admire Mykonos

Location: Mykonos

Accommodation: Rhenia, Vienoula's Garden, Adonis Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Set your watch to island time and enjoy a glorious day soaking up the laid-back vibe of Mykonos. Spend your day relaxing on its beautiful beaches, sip champagne in the picturesque Little Venice waterside, or visit some of its historical treasures, including the 17th-century Church of the Paraportiani, the Archaeological Museum and the Aegean Maritime Museum.

Day 13: Marvel At Mykonos

Location: Mykonos

Accommodation: Rhenia, Vienoula's Garden, Adonis Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Kick back and enjoy another idyllic day in beautiful surrounds. Indulge in local seafood flavors, enjoy a leisurely swim in the calm waters of the Aegean or consider a trip to see the mythical sanctuary of Delos, believed by the ancients to be the birthplace of Artemis and Apollo.

Day 14: Cruise To Athens

Location: Mykonos, Athens

Accommodation: Divani Caravel, Radisson Blu Park, Crowne Plaza Athens

Meals Included: Breakfast

We return to Athens, via a high-speed ferry. After being transferred to your hotel, you have free time for some last-minute souvenir shopping or sightseeing.

Day 15: Farewell Athens

Location: Athens

Meals Included: Breakfast

Say a fond farewell to Greece and your newfound friends as you are transferred to the airport for the flight home.

What's Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals

  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

  • High-speed ferry from Athens to Santorini

  • High-speed ferry from Santorini to Mykonos

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Check out our Q&As

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Vaccination against Covid-19 is not mandatory to travel with Trafalgar. However, we strongly recommend that guests are vaccinated before travelling. Please note that airlines and/or other authorities may have different requirements. It is the guest's responsibility to comply with these requirements at all times.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1947

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Trafalgar is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

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

    Yes

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