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11 Nights

Greek Islands Explorer

Package: 12001

Country

Greece

Travel Period

1 May – 10 Oct 2022

Starts

Athens International Airport

Ends

Athens International Airport

Experience

Independent Guided Tours

Overview

During your 12-day private tour, be captivated by the spectacular historical sites of Athens and Olympia, as well as the breathtaking crystal clear blue ocean of Zakynthos, Mykonos, and Santorini Island!

Admire Athens’ unique atmosphere as you visit Acropolis and Parliament, two world-renowned archaeological monuments, and Panathenaic Stadium, where the Olympic Flame is lit and carried to the host towns.
Visit the historic landmarks of Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games.

The next stop is Zakynthos, a lush green island with quiet coves and crystal-clear water. Take a trip to Mykonos, a Greek island famous for its whitewashed towns, stunning beaches, and delicious local cuisine. Santorini’s breathtaking vistas and white-washed villas built on cliffs overlooking the Aegean Sea will charm you.

Highlights:

11 Nights Luxury Accommodation
4 nights in Athens at the Acropolian Spirit Hotel – 4 * 3 nights in Zakynthos Island at the Contessina Hotel – 4* 2 nights in Mykonos at the Petinos Beach Hotel – 4* 2 nights in Santorini at Cliff Side Suites – 4*
24/7 support
Full on tour support and remote assistance through-out
Locations
Athens, Zakynthos, Mykonos, and Santorini Island
Tour Transport
Airport meet & greet All Private hotel transfers Ferry to Zakynthos Ferry to Santorini Ferry to Athens
Flight Athens – Zakynthos
Domestic flight ticket from Zakynthos to Athens in economy class, including one piece of luggage per person
Athens Tour
Full-Day Private Tour of Athens including the Acropolis & the Acropolis Museum followed by a Walking Food Tour
Olympia Tour
Half-Day Private Tour of Olympia including the Olympia Archaeological Site & Museum with transfers included
Zakynthos Tour
Semi-Private Shipwreck Tour & Cruise of Zakynthos Island including Professional English-speaking guide
Choice of tours
Choose your preferred tours from our list in the itinerary
Meals
Daily Breakfast
Bonus value
Chocolates and Wine on arrival
Bonus Value
Late Check out on day of departure

Pricing & options:

From: $6,668.00
per person, twin share

From: $11,478 Solo Traveler

Booking Details:
Deposit: $500 per person – Due at time of booking

Book with confidence: 7 day deposit refund: cooling off period

Travel periods:1 May 2022 – 10 October 2022

*Pricing is subject to change. Accommodation and dates are subject to availability.

Itinerary Inclusions Accommodation Booking Conditions
Day 1 – Athens International Airport > Athens

Welcome to Athens the birthplace of Western Civilization, the Capital of Greece!

Upon arrival at Athens International Airport meet with your English-speaking escort and transfer to your hotel.

Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight stay in Athens at the Acropolian Spirit Boutique Hotel.

Day 2 – Athens

After breakfast, wander the landmarks of Historic Athens including the Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum focused on the findings from the Acropolis.

Ancient yet modern, classic yet creative, traditional yet constantly changing… Athens is a city of memorable contrasts. The past and the present of Athens unfolds before your eyes while driving around the city’s highlight spots and monuments like the Temple of Zeus, the Old Stadium, Syntagma Square, the Parliament and the Tomb to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the Library, and the National Gardens.

On the natural fortress of the Acropolis, reinforced by the hand of man, stand the Propylaea, the temple of the Winged Victory, Erechtheion with the Porch of the Caryatids and, towering overall, and the majestic Parthenon. A winding path leads to the treasure of antiquity. Visible are the relics of the civilization of which we are the proud inheritors. A few meters away from the Acropolis entrance and the Ancient Theatre of Dionysos, the New Acropolis Museum, built on pedestrian walkway of Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, looks like hanging between the past and the present of Athens.

Designed by Bernard Tschumi and Mihalis Fotiades, the new Acropolis Museum has a total area of 25,000 square meters, with exhibition space of over 14,000 square meters. Made of stainless steel, glass, marble and concrete, materials typical of the Athenian environment, the new museum has a direct view of the Acropolis. With bioclimatic planning, which gives ideal lighting and heating conditions, the New Museum offers all the amenities expected in an international museum of the 21st century.

Proceed on foot to visit different spots taste local products like olive oil, honey, cheese, wine, vinegar, liquor, and sweets, all made by small producers from all over Greece. Next, it’s a treat from the street, as you sample a koulouri, one of the all-time classic snacks on the go and then a cup of authentic Greek coffee in a wonderful old café. After this, get ready to duck into a boisterous visit to the central fish and meat market, where butchers and fishmongers compete for the attention of Athens’ serious food shoppers. The old Central Market of Athens (Varvakios Agora) is located exactly in the heart of the city, and learn from your guide about the city’s culinary history. You’ll next visit specialty food stores to try local produce cold cuts, and discover some of the hidden stores to purchase tantalizingly fresh fruit, Greek olives, cheese, ham and other alluring deli produce, local wine, aged aromatized vinegar, organic olive oil and honey. Around the corner is the famous spice street of Athens, lined with traditional herb shops that also carry amazing specialty meats and other traditional delicacies. After that you will end up having lunch, tasting the famous Greek souvlaki!! & traditional spinach pie. Finally, a last stop to taste the Greek specialty loukoumades (Greek doughnuts with honey syrup and almonds) and return to your hotel.

Overnight stay in Athens at the Acropolian Spirit Boutique Hotel.

Breakfast included.

Day 3 – Athens > Corinth & Ancient Olympia > Zakynthos Island

After breakfast, start your journey from Athens till Corinth first stop.

Since 1893, it separates Central Greece from Peloponnese, so you will have to cross it to reach the peninsula Peloponnese. Before it was built, if you wanted to go from the Ionian Sea to the Aegean Sea and Saronic Gulf by boat, you had to make a 400km detour! The original idea of a canal emerged at the end of the 7th century B.C, but it couldn’t be achieved with the ancient technologies. Instead, the boats were towed on a paved road. Another particularity of Corinth Canal is its 2 submersible bridges. Located at each end of the Canal, they must be lowered into the water every time a boat cross. It’s quite unique to watch.

Head towards Ancient Olympia. Located in the western Peloponnese, Ancient Olympia was one of the most sacred and glorious sanctuaries of the ancient world. And, though only the foundations of many of its structures remain, it is still one of the most evocative of Greece’s archaeological sites. Capturing all the spirit of the Olympic Games, it’s also the place where the Olympic flame is lit in commemoration of the Games that originated and were held here every four years for a staggering 1,000 years. The most important building of the Altis (or Sacred Precinct of Zeus) was the immense 5th-century-BC Doric temple dedicated to the king of the gods. It housed Pheidias’ statue of Zeus for more than 800 years. One column of the temple has been restored, allowing you to appreciate its size. Passing through a stone archway, you enter the remains of the Ancient Stadium, once housing more than 45,000 spectators. The mind boggles at being able to line up on the track (measuring 192.27m), just as the finest athletes in the land did thousands of years ago. Nearby are the judges’ seats.

Leaving behind Olympia, head towards Kyllini port to take the ferry to the beautiful Island of Zakynthos. One hour later, you’ll reach Zante Island.

Overnight stay in Zakynthos Island at the Contessina Hotel.

Breakfast included.

Day 4 – Zakynthos Island

After breakfast, start your semi-private Shipwreck Tour & Cruise of Zakynthos Island (08.30am – 5.30pm).

From castles and fortresses to blooming hills and sheltered bays, you will be overwhelmed from the astonishing sunsets over the vertical cliffs of the Island. Gifted with crystalline waters and verdant vegetation, Zakynthos distinguishes for its natural beauty and its hospitable atmosphere. The beach of Navagio (Shipwreck) was originally known as Agios Georgios but took this name in 1982, when the cargo ship MV Panayiotis smuggling contraband as per local rumours, run aground in that bay. The ship was abandoned and still rests buried in the limestone gravel of the beach that now bears the nickname Shipwreck.

The other highlight of the tour is the visit to the Blue Caves, a true wonder of nature. The Blue Caves consist of particular geologic formations giving life to a succession of caves along the North-West coast of the island; here you can enjoy swimming in the crystal-clear waters.

Overnight stay in Zakynthos Island at the Contessina Hotel.

Breakfast included.

Day 5 – Zakynthos Island

Day at leisure to relax and recharge.

Overnight stay in Zakynthos Island at the Contessina Hotel.

Breakfast included.

Day 6 – Zakynthos Island > Athens

After breakfast, private transfer to Zakynthos Airport for your flight to Athens. Upon arrival at Athens International Airport transfer to your hotel.

Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight stay in Athens at the Acropolian Spirit Boutique Hotel.

Breakfast included.

Day 7 – Athens > Piraeus Port > Mykonos

After breakfast, transfer to Piraeus Port for embarkation to the high-speed boat for Mykonos Island.

Upon arrival around 09.30 am in Mykonos, meet with your English-speaking escort and transfer to your hotel.

Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight stay in Mykonos at the Petinos Beach Hotel.

Breakfast included.

Day 8 – Mykonos

After breakfast, today is at leisure to relax and recharge!

Overnight stay in Mykonos at the Petinos Beach Hotel.

Breakfast included.

Day 9 – Mykonos > Santorini

After breakfast, transfer to port for embarkation to the high-speed boat for Santorini Island.

Upon arrival in Santorini, meet with your English-speaking escort and transfer to your hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight stay in Santorini at the Cliff Side Suites.

Breakfast included.

Day 10 – Santorini

After breakfast, enjoy one pre-selected activity from our Freedom of Choice options.

Overnight stay in Santorini at the Cliff Side Suites.

Breakfast & Dinner included.

Freedom of Choice Options

  • Indulge in the quaint atmosphere of Santorini’s Hidden Gems:
    Follow your guide on a journey through time, while trying to unveil the myths and legends of more than 4000 years of History.First stop will be the Monastery of Prophet Elias, one of the oldest monasteries and the highest point of the Island. Next stop the Archaeological site of Akrotiri, one of the main urban centers of the Aegean. Visit a traditional canava (home-cellar) tasting 3 different types of wines of Santorini. Step on an ancient vineyard and get information for the special “terroir” of Santorini wine and the famous white grape variety.Free time for swimming followed by a “meze” style lunch including variety of tapas the majority made from local products such as fava, cherry tomato, round zucchinis, white eggplants and more!!!After lunch transfer back to your hotel.

OR

  • Semi-Private Catamaran sunset cruise with dinner (5hrs):
    In the afternoon around 15.30hrs, transfer from your hotel to the port and depart for a semi-private Catamaran ride up to 14 pax. Your Sunset Cruise includes:
    -Welcome drink
    -Snorkeling gear
    -Towels
    -Dinner on board: Seafood, chicken fillet, salads, open bar with local white wine, beers, beverages, fruits (Vegetarian meal available upon request).Set sail from the picturesque Marina of Vlychada and enjoy sailing along with the magnificent coastal scenery of Santorini. Your first photo shooting stop is at the Red Beach in Akrotiri, one of the most beautiful beaches of the island with the red rocks and the dark pebbles. Move on and reach the White Beach – accessible only by boat – and the Mesa Pigadia swimming spot and snorkel in the crystal-clear blue waters with the rich underwater environment and reefs.Then sail past the Indian Rock, the Venetian Light House of Akrotiri. Pass by the Aspronisi Island and marvel at the glorious views of the Caldera and the cliff-hanging white houses. Sail around the must-see Volcano coast and stop at its’ hot springs, where you can treat yourself to a natural spa in the thermal mixed volcanic mud waters. One more stop follows up, this time to a secluded private bay and plunge in the majestic waters as our attentive crew prepares for you a delicious meal.At the end of this unique sailing experience, we head back to the Marina of Vlychada.
Day 11 – Santorini > Athens

After breakfast, the morning is at leisure.

Transfer to Santorini Psort for embarkation to the high-speed boat for Athens. Upon arrival at Piraeus Port around 17.00hrs transfer to your hotel.

Overnight stay in Athens at the Acropolian Spirit Boutique Hotel.

Breakfast included.

Day 12 – Athens > Athens International Airport

After breakfast, transfer to Athens International Airport for your departure flight back home.

Breakfast included.

Luxury Inclusions
  • 4 nights in Athens at the Acropolian Spirit Hotel – 4 *
  • 3 nights in Zakynthos Island at the Contessina Hotel – 4*
  • 2 nights in Mykonos at the Petinos Beach Hotel – 4*2 nights in Santorini at Cliff Side Suites – 4*
  • Domestic flight ticket from Zakynthos to Athens in economy class, including one piece of luggage per person
  • Economy boat ticket from Killini Port to Zakynthos Island
  • High-speed boat economy ticket from Athens to Mykonos Island
  • High-speed boat economy ticket from Mykonos to Santorini
  • High-speed boat economy ticket from Santorini to Piraeus Port
  • Private transfers in Athens, Zakynthos, Mykonos & Santorini Island
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Full-Day Private Tour of Athens including the Acropolis & the Acropolis Museum followed by Walking Food Tour
  • Half-Day Private Tour of Olympia including the Olympia Archaeological Site & Museum with transfers included
  • Semi-Private Shipwreck Tour & Cruise of Zakynthos Island including Professional English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees Athens: Acropolis, Acropolis Museum
  • Entrance fees Olympia: Archaeological Site & Museum
  • Freedom of Choice Days
Exclusions
  • International airfares and taxes
  • Domestic airfares and taxes, unless otherwise specified in our holiday package
  • Visa expenses, processing and issuance fees
  • Meals other than as specified in our holiday package
  • Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (mini-bar, phone call, laundry, etc.)
  • Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, hotel, restaurant or boat staff, etc.
  • Or any other travel expense that has not been included in our holiday package
Important Notes
  • Ferry times are subject to change and they will be re-confirmed with documentation.
  • We work with a selection of hotels in each location. All bookings are subject to availability, which means our team will confirm your specific hotels upon confirmation and payment of deposit. The package price is based on 4-star accommodation.
11 nights in luxury
  • 4 nights in Athens at the Acropolian Spirit Hotel – 4 *
  • 3 nights in Zakynthos Island at the Contessina Hotel – 4*
  • 2 nights in Mykonos at the Petinos Beach Hotel – 4*
  • 2 nights in Santorini at Cliff Side Suites – 4*
Terms and Conditions of booking

The following product terms and conditions apply in addition to our standard Booking Terms and Conditions:

  • Price: Shown in AUD
  • Prices are displayed FROM per person and are subject to change without notice
  • All bookings are subject to availability at the time of booking
  • Black out dates, seasonal surcharges, currency exchange fluctuations, and other restrictions may apply
  • Prices, itinerary and conditions are subject to change
  • Guests may be responsible for local taxes and charges not aforementioned
  • Cancellations made less than 30 days prior to departure will incur cancellation fee of the deposit paid
  • Cancellations made 29-14 days prior to departure will incur 50% cancellation fee
  • Cancellations made less that 14 days prior to departure will incur 100% cancellation fee
  • No show will incur 100% no show fee
  • Final payment due no later than 30 days prior to travel
  • $500 deposit due per person at time of booking with progressive payments there after with final payment due no later than 30 days prior to travel.
  • All travellers must be vaccinated and may require negative pcr covid test
  • All travellers must have travel insurance

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