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Best of Greece

  • 15 Day(s)
  • Trip Code : GAEGBG

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Day 1 Athens

Arrive at any time. We recommend arriving a day or two early to fully explore this world-renowned city.

Arrive in Athens at any time. As your fellow travellers are arriving at various times throughout the day, there are no planned activities except for an important Welcome Meeting in the evening, so check-in to our hotel and enjoy the city. Look out for a message from your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) at the hotel reception for more details on when and where to meet the group in the evening. We recommended arriving a day or two early to fully explore this world-renowned city.

Day 2 Athens (B)

Orientation walk in Athens with the rest of the day free to explore. Opt to visit the Acropolis site, the new Acropolis Museum, the Roman agora and the National Archaeological Museum.

Athens is the capital of Greece, the city of the Olympic idea, and a city of culture, science and commerce. From the colourful markets, to the ancient monuments, to the hustle and bustle of Plateia Syntagmatos (Constitution Square), Athens is rich with history and an important influence on the development of Western civilization. Named after the goddess of wisdom Athena, Athens encircles eight hills within its borders. The most prominent of these, the Acropolis, stands as the ultimate architectural and artistic expression of the ancient Athenian spirit. Athens is a growing city, engulfing its neighbouring suburbs all the way to Piraeus, the city's port and gateway to the Greek isles.

Days 3-4 Meteora (2B)

Visit the stunning mountaintop monasteries of Meteora.

Today we travel by train north to Kalambaka, our base for exploring the spectacular -

Day 5 Delphi (1B)

Visit Ancient Delphi and the Temple of Apollo.

An early departure by bus from Meteora takes us through spectacular mountain scenery, through the region of Thessalia and south around the foot of the imposing and mythical Mount Parnassos, to arrive at Delphi, a small town perched at the edge of a cliff with fantastic views of the valley below. This afternoon, there may also be the chance to make an optional excursion to the beach at Galaxidi, or hike in the Parnassos. Enjoy a visit to the Temple of Apollo, then spend the evening exploring the charming little town or relaxing in a small café enjoying the views of the nearby valley. Estimated Travel Time: 5-6 hours

Days 6-7 Nafplio (2B)

Explore the beautiful cobbled streets of Nafplio. Opt to visit to Epidavros, as well as the nearby site of Mycenae. Overnight ferry to Crete.

Nafplio is often described as one of the country-

Day 8 Chania (1B)

Arrive to Crete early by ferry and enjoy the day relaxing at one of the many harbourside cafés. Wander the streets of the old town with its fascinating blend of ancient and modern Turkish and Venetian architecture, reflecting the diverse history of the is

Arrive to Crete early by ferry and enjoy the day relaxing at one of the many harbourside cafés, wander the streets of the old town with its fascinating blend of ancient and modern, Turkish and Venetian architecture, reflecting the diverse history of the island. Crete is Greece-

Day 9 Agia Roumeli (1B)

Hike the famous and rugged Samariá Gorge.

Today we set off to hike the famous and spectacular Samaria Gorge, carrying only a day pack while the luggage is transferred to Agia Roumeli. The first part of the walk is the steepest but the path is very well maintained, so about an hour later we should reach the bottom of the gorge and follow the riverbed. We will make a stop to eat our packed lunch by the river. After around 6 hours of walking, we-

Days 10-11 Loutro (2B, 1L)

Cooking class and lunch with a local family. Opt to rent a kayak and explore secluded beaches and coves, enjoy a swim and tasty seafood meals at secluded restaurants or hike Aradine Gorge.

The seaside village of Loutro is situated at the end of Cape Mouri, where the ancient city of Finix once stood. The village was named after the baths (Loutra) found in the area, from which water was directed to nearby Anopoli. Loutro also served as the port of ancient Anopoli. Later it became the winter time port of the town of Sfakia, due to the fact that the enclosed bay and the small island in its entrance create a natural harbor where ships can be safe even in very bad weather conditions. Loutro is completely inaccessible by major roads, with sea and mountain paths being the only transportation routes. These mountains rearing straight up from the sea, deep wooded gorges, ravines and valleys have been the site of many heroic deeds, ancient civilizations, and constant intrigue for thousands of years. Today the village of Loutro is a magnet for tourists, especially for other Cretans who escape the crowded and noisy northern regions of Crete, for peace, fun, and relaxation. Loutro is their secret holiday hideaway not yet discovered by the average tourist. The majestic scenery, crystal clear Mediterranean water, friendly people and peaceful atmosphere all make Loutro an ideal place to relax after all the distance we have covered. Enjoy a cooking class and lunch with a local family who will share with you the secrets of home cooked Cretan cuisine. Estimated travel time: 30 minutes by ferry

Day 12 Iraklio (1B)

Enjoy a visit to Knossos, an archaeological site of an ancient city, site of a Minoan palace and residence of King Minos.

The capital of Crete, Iraklio is the fourth largest city in Greece. For over 4000 years it's been the busiest port city in the Mediterranean and was one of the worlds' first trading posts. Enjoy an included visit to Knossos, an archaeological site of an ancient city, site of a Minoan palace and residence of King Minos. Estimated travel time: 1 hour by ferry, followed by 3.5 hours by bus

Days 13-14 Santorini (2B)

Ferry to Santorini. Enjoy two nights on the island, opt to enjoy a Santorini sunset tour or take a half-day volcano boat tour.

Ferry to Santorini. Enjoy two nights on the island, opt to enjoy a Santorini sunset tour or take a half-day volcano boat tour. Known as "Thira" in Greek, Santorini is the southernmost island of the Cyclades, and is regarded by some as the most beautiful of the Greek Islands. Formed by a violent volcanic eruption, the ring-shaped island has a stunning caldera lined with high cliffs-

Day 15 Santorini (1B)

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  • Trip Style: Small Group Adventures
  • Comfort Level: Standard
  • Physical Demands: Trips may include activities like hiking, biking, rafting or kayaking. No sweat, right?

What's included?

  • Athens orientation walk. Meteora Monastery visit. Guided tour of Ancient Delphi. Samariá Gorge hike. Cooking class and lunch with local village family (Loutro). Knossos visit. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • Max 16, avg 12
  • 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch.
  • Allow EUR380-500 for meals not included.
  • Ferry, public bus, taxi, private van, train.
  • Hotels (13 nts), overnight ferry (1 nt, 4-berth mixed-sex cabins).

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