Classic Greece & Santorini tour

Classic Greece & Santorini tour

Tour Experience

Comprehensive tour of Greece including Athens, Nafplion, Olympia & Delphi, and the Greek Island of Santorini

Available

Every Saturday, April to October

Location

Athens, Nafplion, Olympia, Delphi & Santorini

This 10-day Greece tour balances some of Greece's most impressive and fascinating ancient sites around Athens, Olympia and Delphi with one of the Mediterranean's most beautiful and interesting islands, Santorini.
We start with a tour of Athens itself, taking in the ancient sites of the Acropolis and some of modern Athens below as well. Next we head west towards Mycenea with several stops and some scenic coastal scenery along the way. Our guide will provide explanations about Greek history and mythology, relating them to the places you're visiting. Its an amazing feeling seeing the actual places where heroes and heroines from mythology played out their stories. Our next stop is Olympia, birthplace of the Olympics and more ancient sites, before we head back towards Athens with a stop to tour the temples and ruins at Delphi on the way.
We take to the ferry next and sail into the Aegean Sea to the volcanic island of Santorini. The island was created in its present form by a huge volcanic eruption over 3,500 years ago that created a large crater which is now filled by the sea forming a huge bay surrounded by steep cliffs and coloured lava pebble beaches. The island is full of small villages with narrow winding alleys and whitewashed buildings that are fascinating to hike through. There are also hot springs, wineries and the remaining active volcano itself to discover. We have a couple of days here to relax and explore the island before returning to Athens to finish our tour.
This is a small-group tour that runs weekly between April and October, staying in comfortable hotels at around the 4-star level. We can also arrange the tour privately if you would prefer not to join a group.

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INCLUDED

  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary in approx. 4-star level hotels
  • All transport and transfers
  • Greek island ferry crossings as per itinerary
  • Port-hotel-port transfers on Greek islands
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Services of a professional local tour guide for mainland tours
  • Services of a local tour leader on the islands
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Tipping kitty

EXCLUDED

  • International flights (available on request)
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance (compulsory, available on request)
  • Single room supplements (chargeable if a same-sex room share is not available)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees in Athens (allow approx. EUR 25 for the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum)
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for guide & driver
  • Port fees
  • Optional tours
  • Any other items not mentioned above

PACKAGE DETAILS

Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrive in Athens, transfer to hotel

On your arrival in Athens airport (ATH) our representative will be greet you and transfer you to your hotel in the centre of the city. The rest of the day is free for you to settle in and have a first look around. Extra nights in the Athens hotel are available on request.
OVERNIGHT:
Athens hotel
EXTRAS:
Extra day in Athens – pre-tour, Single Room Supplement (GRSGGS)

DAY 2: Athens, city tour

Our tour of Athens starts this morning at the Panathenaikon (Kallimarmaro) Stadium where we’ll learn about the first Olympic Games of the modern era which were held here in 1896. Continuing on we make several other stops to see more of ancient and modern Athens, including the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament building, memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, and Constitution Square (Syntagma). In the afternoon we head to one of the most important and famous ancient sites in the world, the Acropolis, which sits on top of a rocky hill overlooking the city, providing great views. You’ll see the temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch, which formed a symbolic entrance to the city. You’ll also tour the Temple of Nike, the most famous of Greek relics, the Parthenon, and see the original home of the marble sculptures removed by Lord Elgin that are now held in the British Museum in London. While at the Acropolis you’ll also visit the impressive museum, the towering entrance of Propylaea, the Erechtheion, and the Temple of the Athene Nike.
OVERNIGHT:
Athens hotel
MEALS:
Breakfast

DAY 3: Olympia via Mycenae, Palamidi fortress & Epidaurus

We leave Athens early this morning and cross the Corinth Canal en-route to the UNESCO WOrld Heritage Site of Mycenai. Here we’ll see the home of mythical Agamemnon, the Lions gate, royal tombs and the Cyclopean walls. After touring these sites with our guide we head on to Nafplion which was the first capital of Greece in the region of Argolis. The picturesque town here nestles at the foot of a cliff with the mighty ramparts of the Palamidi Fortress towering above. Finally we’ll visit the ancient theatre of Epidaurus which is famous for its acoustics, before arriving in Olympia in the evening.
OVERNIGHT:
Olympia hotel
MEALS:
Breakfast

DAY 4: Olympia, drive to Delphi

Olympia is the birthplace of the Olympic Games, which are thought to have begun here in 776 BC as part of a religious festival in honour of the king of the gods, Zeus. We’ll visit the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia and learn more about the games’ history, taking in the Temple of Zeus and Hera, the Stadium, the altar of the Olympic flame, and the museum which hosts and impressive statue of Hermes of Praxiteles.
Later in the afternoon we leave Olympia and head north over the Rio-Antirio Bridge to Delphi.
OVERNIGHT:
Delphi hotel
MEALS:
Breakfast

DAY 5: Delphi, return to Athens

Delphi was once considered the centre of the ancient world and we’ll tour a range of sites here including the remains of the Temple of Apollo which are remarkably well preserved. We also take in the Temple of Athena, the Oracle of Delhpi and the Castalian Spring before you can explore the Archaeological Museum of Delphi which hosts some of ancient Greece’s best remaining masterpieces such as Eniochos the bronze Charioteer. Finally we return back to Athens in the afternoon.
OVERNIGHT:
Athens hotel
MEALS:
Breakfast

DAY 6: Athens, ferry to Santorini

We pick you up from your hotel early this morning and transfer you to the port where you’ll board the ferry and head out into the Aegean Sea and the Cyclades islands. Our normal ferry departure is the Blue Star line departing at 07.25 and arriving in Santorini at 14.50 though these times are subject to change.
On arrival in the breathtaking island of Santorini we get our first view of the huge underwater caldera (crater) and surrounding cliffs that were created by a huge volcanic eruption in the 16th century. The two main towns of the island, Fira and Oia cling to these cliffs with their whitewashed, cubist style houses overlooking the bay and beaches made up of black, red and white lava pebbles. Its a spectacular setting and our normal hotel is located minutes from the centre of Fira which is a vibrant and exciting town to base ourselves for the next few days. After transferring you from the port to your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to relax and start exploring. Your tour leader will give you a briefing on the island’s geography, what you can see and do independently, and what optional activities are available.
OVERNIGHT:
Santorini hotel
MEALS:
Breakfast

DAY 7: Santorini, free day

Your day is free today, and you can start to explore the island in more depth. There are a range of popular boat trips available to take you around the crater. These include options to hike up to the active volcano, swim in the warm thermal waters of the hot springs, take a therapeutic mud bath, stop at Red Beach and White Beach to swim and snorkel, visit Thirassia and explore its villages. You can also eat lunch or dinner on board, and watch the sunset below Oia on some trips. Other half and full day tours available include winery tours (Santorini has some great wine), cooking classes, and visits to ancient Akrotiri where you can see the ruins of the village left behind after the volcanic eruptions that made the island uninhabitable.
OVERNIGHT:
Santorini hotel
MEALS:
Breakfast

DAY 8: Santorini, free day

You have another free day in Santorini today. There are many different beaches around the island you can visit, and taking a hike around and between the villages on the edge of the caldera is a great experience. You can walk from 2 to 5 or more hours, and explore tiny winding alleys through different villages higher up or lower on the cliffs. You’ll meet great views around almost every corner and finishing in Oia to enjoy a drink and the sunset is a particular highlight. Rental cars are also available if you’d like to explore further afield independently.
Your tour leader is on hand to help and advise you on routes and give you ideas to suit your interests, budget and fitness.
OVERNIGHT:
Santorini hotel
MEALS:
Breakfast

DAY 9: Santorini, return to Athens

We pick you up early from your hotel today and transfer to the port to board the ferry for your journey back to Athens. Our normal ferry is the Blue Star line departing at 06.10 and arriving in Athens at 11.15 though times are subject to change.
On arrival in Athens we transfer you to your hotel and you then have the whole afternoon free for some final sightseeing, souvenir shopping, and a last taste of Greek food and wine before you depart tomorrow.
OVERNIGHT:
Athens hotel
MEALS:
Breakfast

DAY 10: Athens, transfer to airport

Your tour ends after breakfast today and your time is free until we transfer you back to the airport for your departure flight. Extra nights in the hotel in Athens are available on request.
OVERNIGHT:
N/A
MEALS:
Breakfast
EXTRAS:
Extra day in Athens – post-tour

DURATION

10 days

Price

A$2581

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