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  • Tour Code: EGBG
  • Duration of Tour: 15 Days 14 Nights
  • Start City: Athens
  • End City: Santorini

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Visiting Cities : Myconos
Day(s) : 15
Night(s) : 14

Summary

Tour Code : EGBG
Duration of Tour : 15 days
Start City : Athens
End City : Santorini
Destination Country : Greece
Destination State : Attiki
Day(s) : 15
Night(s) : 14

Details

When you saddle a trip with a moniker as lofty as 'Best of Greece', you’d better make sure it lives up to the hype. This one does. Compiling the top moments from our best-selling trips in the region, this comprehensive tour through the cradle of Western Civilization brings the distant past and vibrant present into sharp focus. Between the must-see historical sites of Athens and Delphi, the rugged plateaus of the fabled Samariá Gorge, personal encounters in isolated Cretan villages and the breezy sway of Santorini at sundown, you won’t have a moment to waste. Witness Greece—in all her timeless glory—with u

Tours Inclusions

  • Guides / Assistance
  • Local tax
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet Access
  • Driver
  • Parking
 

Tours Exclusions

  • Cab Facilities
  • Dinner
  • Return Ferry Tickets
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Room service and meals
  • Complimentary Breakfast

Best of Greece

Day 1Athens

Arrive at any time.

We recommend arriving a day or two early to fully explore this world-renowned city.

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
1h18:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation

Hotel Economy (or similar)
Hotel

Day 2Athens(Breakfast)

Take an orientation walk in Athens with the rest of the day free to explore. Opt to visit the Acropolis site, the new Acropolis Museum, the Roman agora and the National Archaeological Museum.

 

Orientation Walk
30m-1h

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Optional Activities

Acropolis and Parthenon Visit
Athens
12EUR per person

Discover the most famous of Athens’ eight hills: the Acropolis, the ultimate architectural and artistic expression of the ancient Athenian spirit. Visit the Parthenon, built for the Goddess Athena in 447 BC. This Greek temple, despite the gradual state of ruin and damage sustained over time, still symbolizes the key ideals of harmony and balance that defined the Classical style of Greek architecture.

Roman Agora Visit
Athens1h-2h
2EUR per person

Take a stroll through the former marketplace for old Athens, the Roman Agora was built in the first century BC.

National Archaeological Museum Visit
Athens
7EUR per person

Take a tour of the National Archaeological Museum, home to some of the most important artifacts from ancient Greece. In the collection are various sculptures, vases, as well as metal works and is considered one of the most impressive museums in the world.

Syntagma (Constitution) Square Visit
Athens30m-1h
Free

Most of Athens important sights and interesting neighbourhoods border this central square. The square was built in the early 19th century in front of the Old Royal Palace of King Otto of Greece. Walk around to admire the architecture, stop at a café and people watch, or watch the ceremonial changing of the guards called Evzones.

Acropolis Museum Visit
Athens1h-3h
5EUR per person

Visit the Acropolis Museum to see some of the artifacts and artworks discovered during excavations of the Acropolis. With over 25, 000 square meters (82,020 ft) the museum is architecturally as interesting as the collection. The museum is built over an archaeological dig site and there is an impressive view of the Acropolis from the third floor.

Accommodation

Hotel Economy (or similar)
Hotel

Day 3Athens/Meteora(Breakfast)

Travel to Kalambaka, a good base for visiting the monasteries of Meteora.

 

Train
Athens – Meteora5h

Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Accommodation

Hotel Edelweiss (or similar)
Hotel

Day 4Meteora(Breakfast)

Spend a full day visiting the stunning mountaintop monasteries of Meteora.

Take a bus up to see several monasteries in the area situated at 613m (2011 ft) above sea level, on a precipitous rock pinnacle. The day is yours to choose which monasteries to visit or perhaps take a hike in the scenic local area.

Free Time
MeteoraAfternoon

The day is yours—get exploring.

Meteora Monasteries Visit
Meteora

Explore the spectacular “hanging” monasteries of Meteora, perched atop pinnacles of rock. Meteora translates to ‘suspended in the air’, which describe the seemingly precarious placement of these historic, sacred structures built at 613m (2011 ft) above sea level. Take a bus up to see the several monasteries in the area, built before any roads or settlements existed in the area.

Optional Activities

Hiking
Meteora4h-5h 5km
35EUR per person

Explore the area on foot if you'd like to enjoy the spectacular view and shape your own adventure.

Accommodation

Hotel Edelweiss (or similar)
Hotel

Day 5Meteora/Delphi(Breakfast)

Visit Ancient Delphi and the Temple of Apollo.

Travel through mountain scenery around Mt Parnassos to Delphi.

Enjoy a visit to the ancient city of Delphi and the Temple of Apollo, then spend the evening exploring the charming little town or relaxing in a small café enjoying the views of the nearby valley.

Private Vehicle
Meteora – Delphi5h-6h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Ancient Delphi Tour
Delphi3h-3h30m

Visit the ancient city of Delphi, at the base of Mount Parnassos. The UNESCO World Heritage Site includes ancient buildings like treasuries, a stadium, a gymnasium, an altar, hippodrome and the Temple of Apollo.

Temple of Apollo Visit
Delphi

Visit the Temple of Apollo in Ancient Delphi, dating back to the 4th century BC. Over the years, war and earthquakes have destroyed the site but the ruins still standing today offer fantastic insight into the lives of the ancient Greeks.

Accommodation

Hotel Acropole (or similar)
Hotel

Day 6Delphi/Náfplio(Breakfast)

Travel to Nafplio and explore the beautiful cobblestoned streets. Opt to climb the Acronafplia to soak in the views.

Described as one of Greece's prettiest towns, the narrow pedestrian streets of old town are begging to be strolled upon.

Opt to climb to the Acronafplia and Palamidi Fortresses. The views from the top are phenomenal.

Private Vehicle
Delphi – Náfplio5h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Free Time
NáfplioAfternoon

Lose yourself in the narrow pedestrian streets of the old town and explore the many sights, sounds, and smells it has to offer.

Optional Activities

Acronafplia Fortress Visit
Náfplio2h-3h
Free

Take a short boat trip to the fortress of Akronafplia. Climb to the top of the tower to enjoy the phenomenal view from the top that looks back over the bay to Argos and out into the Saronic Gulf.

Palamidi Fortress Visit
Náfplio
4EUR per person

Explore the Palamidi Fortress, built by the Venetians in the late 1600s when they occupied the area for the second time. Climb the 999 stairs from the town to the fortress, or 913 depending on who you ask—either way expect to feel the burn tomorrow. The view over the Argolic Gulf and the city are worth the work to reach the top.

Accommodation

Park Hotel Nafplio (or similar)
Hotel

Day 7Náfplio/Chaniá(Breakfast)

Spend a free day enjoying the area. Opt to visit Epidavros, as well as the nearby site of Mycenae before an overnight ferry to Crete.

There is a wealth of ancient sites within easy reach of Nafplio. Opt for a guided tour of Epidavros, which is highly regarded as one of the most renowned of Greek ancient sites.

Opt to visit the famous Mycenae, also close by, with its spectacular treasury and ruins, or for another lesser-known Mycenean site, visit Tiryns, just in the suburbs of Nafplio itself.

Free Time
NáfplioFull Day

Head out and explore the city or nearby landmarks.

Private Vehicle
Náfplio – Athens3h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Ferry
Athens – Chaniá8h

Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

Optional Activities

Epidavros Visit
Epídavros
6EUR per person

Visit Epidavros, highly regarded as one of the most renowned of Greek ancient sites. The site houses a huge, well-preserved theatre famous for its incredible acoustics, as well as the remains of an important medical sanctuary.

Mycenae Site Visit
Mycenae1h-2h
8EUR per person

Visit the famous Mycenae, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and archaeological site with spectacular ruins and a treasury. Once a major settlement of Greek civilization, Mycenae was occupied during the Neolithic period around 4000 BC, and is linked to the mythology in Homer’s epics the Iliad and the Odyssey.

Tiryns Site Visit
Náfplio
6EUR per person

Explore the lesser-known Mycenean site, hidden in the suburbs of Nafplio. Along with Mycenae, Tiryns is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site first excavated in 1831 by German archaeologists.

Day 8Chaniá

Arrive on Crete and enjoy the day relaxing at one of the many harbour-side cafés. Wander the streets of the old town with its fascinating blend of ancient and modern Turkish and Venetian architecture, reflecting the diverse history of the island.

 

Free Time
ChaniáFull Day

Spend the day getting to know this charming city. Discover the hidden gems of old town and compare it to the modern businesses in new town.

Accommodation

Arkadi Hotel (or similar)
Hotel

Day 9Chaniá/Agia Roumeli(Breakfast)

Hike the famous and rugged Samariá Gorge.

Travel by bus to Samariá Gorge for a full day hike in the area. Spend the night in Agia Roumeli, a remote fishing village.

Connected with neighbouring towns by sea or footpaths, the town has retained its charm. Enjoy time for swimming or relaxing on the beach.

Please bring a day pack with any essentials needed during the hike, and ensure to wear proper hiking attire. Main luggage will be transferred directly to Agia Roumeli.

Local bus
Chaniá – Samariá1h30m

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Samariá Gorge Hike
Samariá – Agia Roumeli6h

Set off to hike the famous and spectacular Samariá Gorge. The first part of the walk is the steepest but the path is very well maintained. After about an hour later, reach the bottom of the gorge to follow the riverbed. The natural beauty of the area overrides any feeling of exhaustion during the walk.

Make a stop to eat a packed lunch by the river. After around 6 hours of walking, arrive to the fishing village of Agia Roumeli for the night. There will be plenty of time for swimming or just resting on the beach when we reach the coast.

Optional Activities

Swimming
Agia Roumeli15m-2h
Free

Dive into the clear waters of the Libyan sea along the coast of this coastal village.

Accommodation

Hotel Kri Kri (or similar)
Hotel

Day 10Agia Roumeli/Loutro(Breakfast | Lunch)

Travel by ferry to Loutro. Opt to rent a kayak and explore secluded beaches and coves.

The majestic scenery, crystal-clear Mediterranean water, friendly people and peaceful atmosphere all make Loutro an ideal place to relax after all the distance travelled.

Ferry
Agia Roumeli – Loutro30m

Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

Free Time
LoutroAfternoon

Enjoy some free time to relax on the beach.

Optional Activities

Kayaking
Loutro1h-3h
10EUR per person

Rent a kayak and head out on the clear, blue-green waters along the coast of Loutro.

Accommodation

Hotel Madares (or similar)
Hotel

Day 11Loutro(Breakfast)

Enjoy a cooking class and lunch with a local family. The rest of the day is free for exploring the area. Enjoy a swim and tasty seafood meals at secluded restaurants or hike Aradine Gorge.

 

Free Time
LoutroFull Day

Get active or just relax—it's up to you!

Optional Activities

Kayaking
Loutro1h-3h
10EUR per person

Rent a kayak and head out on the clear, blue-green waters along the coast of Loutro.

Aradena Gorge Hike (Aradine)
Loutro6h-7h
Free

Head out into the Aradena Gorge to experience more of this gorgeous landscape. One of the most popular walks in western Crete, the main route from Marmara near Loutro, to the Aradena village takes about 3 hours to complete. The path is rocky in places and steep, with incredible views of the landscape and local fauna. Keep a look out for the griffin vultures flying above, but don’t worry they’re not waiting for you to keel over, their nests are just nearby.

Swimming
Loutro15m-2h
Free

Splash around in the beautiful waters along the coast of Loutro.

Accommodation

Hotel Madares (or similar)
Hotel

Day 12Loutro/Irákleion(Breakfast)

Travel to Iraklio. Enjoy a visit to Knossos, site of a Minoan palace and residence of King Minos.

 

Ferry
Loutro – Chóra Sfakíon30m

Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

Local bus
Chóra Sfakíon – Irákleion3h30m

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Knossos Site Visit
Irákleion2h-3h

Enjoy an included visit to Knossos, known to be the largest archaeological site of the Bronze Age on Crete. Knossos was a major city ruled by King Minos and is believed to be the oldest city in all of Europe. Explore the ancient palace and surrounding city, discovered in the 1900s by the English archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans.

Accommodation

Hotel Olympic (or similar)
Hotel

Day 13Irákleion/Santorini(Breakfast)

Hop a ferry to beautiful Santorini. Enjoy two nights on the island.

Fira, the main town, sits perched on the edge of the caldera with breathtaking views of multi-coloured cliffs, sugar-cube architecture, and great shopping.

Travel from sea level to the crater rim either by bus, gondola or donkey.

Ferry
Irákleion – Santorini2h

Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

Free Time
SantoriniAfternoon

Start exploring this beautiful island.

Accommodation

Porto Perissa Hotel (or similar)
Hotel

Day 14Santorini(Breakfast)

Enjoy a free day to explore. Opt for a half-day volcano tour, shopping, relaxing on the beach, or make your way to the crater's rim to savour the breathtaking view. Opt to finish the day off with a sunset cruise.

 

Free Time
SantoriniFull Day

Don't waste a minute in paradise—get going.

Optional Activities

Volcano Tour
Santorini

Explore the shape of the crater ring on a volcano tour. The crater has constantly changed over the last 3000 years, with several parts of the crater wall collapsing into the sea. Remarkably, the island has always been resettled due to the rich volcanic soil's fertile properties. The wines, tomatoes and cucumbers from this island are super tasty due to the soil composition and low rainfall.

Crater Rim Excursion
Santorini

Head to the crater's rim by bus, gondola, or on the back of a donkey.

Santorini Sunset Cruise
Santorini
30EUR per person

Head out to sea to soak in the views of the sun setting over the azure waters over the Agean. Enjoy a dinner, take in the site of picturesque site of Santorini, and toast to another beautiful day in paradise. Opa!

Accommodation

Porto Perissa Hotel (or similar)
Hotel

Day 15Santorini(Breakfast)

Depart at any time.

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