ARRIVE IN ATHENS | Welcome to Greece! Upon arrival this morning, make your way to the hotel for the start of the tour and meet with the tour leader for an overview of the upcoming itinerary. Then, head into the city for an orientation tour of Athens! Get acquainted with this ancient city and its many iconic sites. You'll even get to see a traditional changing of the guard ceremony! During free time this afternoon, why not sample some delicious Greek food on an Athens food tour? This evening, enjoy an included dinner of authentic Greek cuisine. Get to know your tour leader and fellow travellers before the tour continues tomorrow.
ATHENS - THERMOPYLAE - KALABAKA | Depart from Athens this morning as the tour makes its way to Kalambaka, an excellent base town from which to visit the famous Meteora landscapes and monasteries. On the way, stop at Thermopylae to admire the statue of Leonidas, King of Sparta. Upon arrival in Kalambaka, visit a Byzantine art workshop to see how locals create exquisite works of Christian Greek art. Then, check into tonight's accommodation. Finish the day with a mesmerising sunset drive of the Meteora hills and catch panoramic views of the monolithic pillars and hills with its celebrated cliff-top monasteries. It's truly any photographer's dream! Enjoy traditional Greek food for dinner this evening at the hotel.
KALABAKA - METEORA (OPTIONAL) - DELPHI | Spend free time in Kalambaka this morning, exploring as you wish. Or, enjoy a guided tour to conquer the hills of Meteora. This excursion will drive through the hills and giant cliffs of Meteora, with scheduled visits and free time to explore the beautiful cliff-top monasteries. Later, cross the mountains for central Greece, arrive in Delphi (also known as Delff) and embark on an orientation tour with your tour leader. Dinner is prepared in the traditional style and served at a local restaurant near the hotel this evening. The rest of the evening is free to spend at your leisure.
DELPHI - GLYFADA/TRIZONIA ISLAND - OLYMPIA | Enjoy some free time this morning. Or, join the optional excursion to discover Delphi with a local guide. Admire the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians and visit the famous museum of Delphi. Then, drive along the Coast of Corinth and take a short ferry to the colourful Greek island of Trizonia. Soak up the culture and experience how life here has remained the same for centuries. Why not enjoy an optional lunch at a local eatery? Later, drive to Olympia, the home of the original Olympic Games. Explore this fascinating area on a locally guided tour. Tonight offers the opportunity to join an optional Greek evening of traditional food and dance. The perfect way to end an eventful day!
OLYMPIA - MYCENAE - NAFPLION | This morning's activities include a locally guided tour of the Archeological Museum of Olympia. Next, cross the mountains of Peloponnese to arrive at Mycenae for a visit to the tomb of Agamemnon and the famous Lion's Gate. It's not only one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece but also the place where many ancient Greek myths originated. Tour the grounds with an expert guide and have an included lunch before travelling to the picturesque town of Nafplion. Nafplion is the first capital of modern Greece, the skyline of which is dominated by Palamidi Castle. This evening offers the opportunity to join an optional evening tour to Epidaurus and see the ancient theatre.
NAFPLION - CORINTH CANAL - ATHENS CITY TOUR - ACROPOLIS - MYKONOS | Depart Nafplion this morning and enjoy a photo stop at the Corinth Canal en route. Arrive in Athens and embark on a locally guided city tour. See top attractions like the National Library, Greek parliament, Panathinaikos marble stadium, Hadrian's Arch and more. After, there is an option to join a guided tour of the Acropolis site. During this optional excursion, walk to the sacred rock of the Acropolis and visit the Propy- laea, Erechtheion, Temple of Athena Nike and Parthenon. This tour includes lunch in the Plaka neighbourhood at a local restaurant. Later, transfer to the port to catch the local ferry to Mykonos. Upon arrival in Mykonos, settle in at the hotel and enjoy a relaxing evening.
MYKONOS - FREE DAY | Day at leisure to explore the magnificent island of Mykonos with its unique sandy beaches on your own.
MYKONOS - FREE DAY | Another day at leisure to soak up some sun, explore the bustling town of Mykonos or enjoy the facilities of your hotel. Alternatively, follow our suggested optional excursion to ancient Delos.
MYKONOS - SANTORINI | After breakfast this morning, transfer to the port to catch the local ferry to Santorini. Arrive in Santorini in the afternoon and transfer to the hotel for the next three nights. The rest of the day is free to explore Santorini at your own pace or simply settle in and relax at the hotel. Santorini is famous for its exceptional views, world-class winemaking and whitewashed houses perched on caldera cliffs!
SANTORINI - FREE DAY | Day at leisure to explore this unique island on your own.
SANTORINI - FREE DAY | Another day at leisure for you to explore this unique island. Alternatively, you can follow our optional boat excursion to the caldera islands. We will visit the volcano, the hot springs, little Thirassia island and we will end at Amoudi bay, the little port of Oia. We will climb up to Oia village and admire one of the best sunsets in the Aegean. Later, we will be transferred back to our hotel.
RETURN TO ATHENS | Early this morning, transfer to the airport of Santorini to catch a local flight back to Athens. This flight is included in the cost of the tour package. Arrive at Athens airport where this memorable 12-day Greece tour will come to an end. Don't forget to swap details with your new travel buddies before travelling onwards!