Treasures of Greece and the Islands

This journey should top every traveler’s wish list. Explore the sun-kissed temples and time-worn towns of the mainland and visit two of the most romantic islands on earth, where relaxing on the beach or in local cafes is the order of the day.

Itinerary

DAY 1: WELCOME TO ATHENS

An Insight host will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel, where there is time to settle in and relax. At 19:00, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception, get to know your fellow travellers over a delightful evening of dinner and wine.

Hotel: Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Center, Athens

Meals: Dinner with Wine

DAY 2: ATHENS, CITY OF GODS

Your exploration reveals the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Arch of Hadrian. Next, your Local Expert takes you to the Parthenon, built atop the Acropolis. 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 dinner.

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

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3 – RELAXED START: THE PINNACLES OF METEORA

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

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

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4: THE SACRED WAY AND ONTO OLYMPIA

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.

Hotel: Arty Grand Hotel/Amalia Hotel Olympia.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5: ANCIENT OLYMPIA

It’s all in the name. Ancient Olympia is the site where the Ancient Olympic Games began in 776 B.C. in dedication to the god Zeus. See the Temple of Zeus, the athletes gymnasium and the stadium of Olympia. The starting and finishing markers 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, followed by a dinner of authentic Greek flavours.

Hotel: Arty Grand Hotel/Amalia Hotel Olympia.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6: MYCENAE AND NAFPLIO

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, meet the artisans and view beautiful works of art at a family-run pottery studio. Travel to the elegant town of Nafplio, known for its beautiful architecture, colour 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.

Hotel: Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Center, Athens.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 7: ACROSS THE MEDITERRANEAN TO MYKONOS

An early departure takes you to the port of Piraeus where your high-speed ferry awaits to whisk you over to the Island of Mykonos, playground of the rich and famous. On arrival, you are transferred to your hotel.

Hotel:San Marco Luxury Hotel & Villas/Rhenia Hotel/Porto Mykonos.

Meals:Breakfast

DAY 8 – RELAXED START: MYKONOS MYSTIQUE

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?

Hotel: San Marco Luxury Hotel & Villas/Rhenia Hotel/Porto Mykonos.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9 – RELAXED START: MYKONOS AT LEISURE

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?

Hotel: San Marco Luxury Hotel & Villas/Rhenia Hotel/Porto Mykonos.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10: SET SAIL FOR SANTORINI

Board the high-speed ferry bound for the truly beautiful island of Santorini. You are met at the port and transferred to your hotel.

Hotel: De Sol Hotel & Spa/Splendour Resort/The Majestic Hotel, Santorini.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11 – RELAXED START: THE SUNSETS OF SANTORINI

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.

Hotel: De Sol Hotel & Spa/Splendour Resort/The Majestic Hotel, Santorini.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12 – RELAXED START: SANTORINI AS YOU WISH

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

Hotel: De Sol Hotel & Spa/Splendour Resort/The Majestic Hotel, Santorini.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13: FLIGHT TO ATHENS

In the morning, maybe take one last dip in the pool and grab your final glimpse over the lustrous Aegean and world-famous caldera. You are transferred to the airport for your return flight to Athens.

Hotel: Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Center, Athens.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14 – RELAXED START: DEPART ATHENS

Your Grecian odyssey comes to an end with a transfer to Athens Airport.

Meals: Breakfast

 

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