Description

Greece, the cradle of western civilization, beckons with amazing wonders, ancient antiquities, sun-filled days, and lively nights for all to enjoy. On this splendid journey, experience the mystery and mystique of Greece’s ancient ruins – from Athens’ Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum to the impressive Corinth Canal; from ancient sites of Mycenae and Epidaurus to Delphi, home to the famed oracle and to the breathtaking Meteora Monasteries. Share unforgettable moments with our signature Cultural Discovery Series experiences that include cultural connections with locals and a delectable olive oil tasting and Ouzo sampling opportunity. Plus, you can also extend your ultimate exploration of Greece with an add-on stay in the picture-perfect Greek Island of Santorini that awaits you, sitting perched along its world-famous caldera. It’s a trip to Greece you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

Highlights

  • Cultural connections and Greek interactions
  • Discussions with local guest speaker
  • Local olive farm plantation visit
  • Beautiful countryside of Greece
  • Astounding archaeological sites
  • Ancient Athens – birthplace of Western civilization
  • World-famous Acropolis & Parthenon
  • Acropolis Museum
  • Engineering wonder of Corinth Canal
  • Ancient theater of Epidaurus
  • Archaeological site of Mycenae
  • Arched Tombs of Kings & Gigantic Lion’s Gate
  • Cyclopean Walls
  • Picturesque Venetian town of Nafplion
  • Oracle & Museum of Delphi
  • Archeological site of Olympia
  • Temples of Hera and Zeus
  • Magnificent Meteora Monasteries
  • Breathtaking Cape Sounion
  • Temple of Poseidon
  • Santorini, Island of extreme beauty
  • Stunning sunsets and much more...

Day By Day Itinerary

SANTORINI EXTENSION

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel then transfer to the airport for a flight to the picture-perfect island of Santorini. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in. The remainder of your afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the island’s white-washed cafés and tavernas perched along the spectacular caldera that was created by an eruption of the island's volcano in ancient times. (B)
Begin your tour after breakfast by visiting the Monastery of Profitis Ilias, situated at the highest point of Santorini 1,856 feet up. From here you can see the surrounding islands and, on a clear day, you can even take in the views of the mountains of Crete more than 66 miles away. Continue to Pyrgos where you can enjoy panoramic vistas of the whole island all the way to the village of Oia. This hillside village was declared a protected settlement in 1995. Afterwards, you will visit the Koutsoyannopoulos wine museum. One of its kind in Greece, this museum is located within a natural cave. Here you will have the opportunity to see representations of the history of wine in Santorini since the 1600s. As well, you can taste four of the best wines that winery produces today in a specially designed winetasting area. Next visit Oia, a traditional settlement in the north of Santorini. Take in the vistas of white homes and shops dotting the hillside, interspersed by splashes of rich ochre, deep fuchsia, cobalt blue, oyster pink, and earthy red. Take time this afternoon at leisure to enjoy Oia’s breathtaking sunset, relax at a cliffside taverna, or shop for one-of-a-kind mementos. (B)
After breakfast transfer to the Santorini airport for your flight to Athens, connecting to yourreturn flight home. (B)

Hotel and itinerary are subject to change.

Includes

  • ROUND TRIP AIR TRANSPORTATION - Air transportation from New York
  • FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS - Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
  • SUPERB CUISINE - 13 included meals consisting of 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 4 dinners
  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROGRAM - Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows: City tour of Athens including Acropolis Museum, Corinth Canal, a full day excursion to Ancient Sites of Mycenae and Epidaurus, and Delphi tour. Optional tours available
  • CULTURAL DISCOVERY SERIES - Our program encompasses cultural connections, in-depth learning on the local economy and social systems, and interaction with locals such as a discussion presented by a local guest speaker, olive oil tasting at a local farm and sampling of the traditional Greek aperitif Ouzo
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR - Assistance of a professional Tour Director for the entire length of the tour upon arrival in Athens
  • DELUXE MOTORCOACHES - Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS - Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport

Optional Extension Includes

  • DOMESTIC AIR TRANSPORTATION - Round trip flight from Athens to Santorini
  • FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATION - Hotel accommodations for 2 nights
  • SUPERB CUISINE - 2 included meals consisting of 2 buffet breakfasts
  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROGRAM - Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows: Tour of Santorini including wine tasting
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR - Assistance of a professional Tour Director for the entire length of the tour
  • BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS - Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport

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