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Greece Mainland Adventure

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9 days

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May - September
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Greece Mainland Adventure

Located on the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, Greece caters for every free spirit. Ancient sun-bleached ruins pierce blue skies as the Aegean laps at the endless coastline. And Greek culture is alive with passionate music, inspired cuisine and thrill-seeking activities. Greece is a premier-league travel destination. Its incredible historic sites span four millennia, encompassing both the legendary and the obscure. Its convoluted coastline is punctuated by superb beaches, while its mountainous interior urges you to explore. Yet perhaps its greatest riches are the islands, ranging from backwaters where the boat calls twice a week to resorts as cosmopolitan as any in the Mediterranean.

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Located on the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, Greece caters for every free spirit. Ancient sun-bleached ruins pierce blue skies as the Aegean laps at the endless coastline. And Greek culture is alive with passionate music, inspired cuisine and thrill-seeking activities. Greece is a premier-league travel destination. Its incredible historic sites span four millennia, encompassing both the legendary and the obscure. Its convoluted coastline is punctuated by superb beaches, while its mountainous interior urges you to explore. Yet perhaps its greatest riches are the islands, ranging from backwaters where the boat calls twice a week to resorts as cosmopolitan as any in the Mediterranean.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival & Private Twilight Tour of Athens

Welcome to Athens! After your check in, at 18:30 PM a member of our staff, will meet you at your hotel lobby for a welcome briefing. Our team member will hand you your folder with your vouchers, tickets etc and a customized travel guide based on your trip with tips and suggestions.

Just because the day is over, that doesn’t mean your sightseeing is! This Athens tour will give you the opportunity to view many of the city’s most famous landmarks under the moonlight, while checking out Athens’ thriving nightlife scene. Join this evening adventure for your best night ever! During the day, the spirit of ancient Athens is everywhere, but the true magic of the city is best experienced at night.

On this Athens tour, we’ll walk along ancient streets and laneways, follow in the footsteps of famous personalities, hear secret stories of celebrity visitors, learn about local myths and traditions, spook ourselves with ghost stories, and dig into the city’s music scene.

We’ll visit three themed bars located in unique secret gardens and on rooftops with splendid vistas, hanging out with crowds of cheerful locals enjoying a night out in their home. You’ll get to check out corners of the city that only locals visit, and uncover some of the city’s coolest spots. You’ll also get to participate in some local drinking traditions, sampling ouzo and raki paired with mouthwatering finger foods.

Athens at night can transform even the most sceptical romantic. Come experience a completely different side to the city as you walk through its historical centre and bustling neighbourhoods after dark. Listen to urban stories and myths, sample the best local spirits, and try mouthwatering finger food, in an Athens only known by locals!

Go on a moonlight walking tour of Athens historical centre including food and drinks

Activities

  • Transfer To Hotel
  • Twilight Tour Of Athens
  • Snacks & Drinks During Tour

Accommodation

Athens Utopia

Day 2

Athens Mythology & Acropolis Private Tour

This whistle-stop Athens tour is packed full of all those must-see Athens spots as well as those hidden gems that can only be found with a local by your side. Dive into the very soul of Athens and discover exactly what makes this city so very special – aside from all that ancient history.

Admire old and new architecture, and see a traditional Greek changing of the guard ceremony before finishing at Pnyx Hill, one of the earliest and most important sites in the creation of democracy. Your tour will end next to the Acropolis and Plaka neighbourhood. From here, you can choose to continue your own personal exploration. Your guide will be more than happy to advise you on your next move.

You will have time to relax before we explore the mighty Acropolis at sunset and finish your first day in Europe’s oldest capital with a walk around the Plaka neighborhood! Your guide will make his first stop at the archaeological exhibits which were found in the excavations of the New Acropolis Museum area. Then you will continue walking on the pedestrian streets of Makrigianni and Dionysus Areopagitou str. nearby Plaka and the new Acropolis Museum.

You will enter the Acropolis from the south slope to skip the lines and avoid the crowds. Your ascent here begins while you are taking in the spectacular views of the city below. You will visit the Theatre of Dionysus, Asclepius Sanctuary and adore the Concert Hall of Herodes Atticus. Reaching Acropolis top point, your guide will give you a detailed explanation of the glorious monuments such as the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, the Propylaea, the Nike Temple, the Beule Gate, the Observatory, the Philopappos and the Mars and Pnyx Hills.

The first part of the tour finishes in the viewpoint of Acropolis and you will have free time to explore the hill on your own. The tour around Acropolis will last approximately two hours. Our guide is an awarded archaeologist with 25 years of leading guided tours.

Next, we walk downhill and visit Athens oldest neighbourhood, Plaka. Plaka, is the oldest district in Athens (it is also mentioned as "Gods' district") with outstanding scenery. The moment you start walking on its paved narrow lanes you get the feeling that you travel back in time.

Join our Athens mythological tour & get to the heart of the ancient world by exploring Athens' landmark sites through timeless myths.Then explore the mighty Acropolis on a private sunset tour with an archaeologist

Activities

  • Athens Mythology Private Tour
  • A Greek Coffee & A Local Pie
  • Private Tour Of The Acropolis With Skip The Line Access
  • Evening Walking Tour Of Plaka

Accommodation

Athens Utopia

Day 3

The Delphi Archaeological site & Arachova Town Tour Private Day Trip

After breakfast at 9:30AM our driver will pick you up from your hotel lobby and head north to reach the town of Delphi and its Archaeological Site, another UNESCO World Heritage Site in Greece.

Learn about ancient Greece, the mysterious Oracle of Delphi, and just why Delphi was called the center of the world! As you may know, it was one of the most important sanctuaries in the ancient World. People from all over the Mediterranean and further would travel there to hear prophecies that would help them make decisions on marriages, politics, founding new colonies, and declaring war.

The importance of Delphi was so great that the Ancient Greeks called it the Navel of the World – They literally thought it was the centre of the world! There were monuments and temples named after the Greek Gods, pilgrimages, processions, and even athletic games.

Today, Delphi is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Located in a beautiful and spiritual natural setting, visitors to this day still marvel at this magical wonder. The site of Delphi lies just 8 km from Arachova town. After a short drive we reach this picturesque village.

Free time to enjoy the town and have lunch at the village of Arachova. (Please note lunch is not included on this tour). Nestled on Mount Parnassos, Arachova is a town that has been transformed into a popular destination for those seeking winter sports and relaxation. It sits at an altitude of 973 meters and thanks to its proximity to Athens, the winter months see it buzzing on weekends with city slickers escaping the rat race for a break in the refreshing mountain air.

Follow in their footsteps and find out why this place is so adored. The village’s lively tavernas, bars and restaurants are home to endless entertainment. But there’s more to Arachova than endless fun on weekends and during the holidays. The rest of the year, when out of the spotlight of visitors, Arachova exudes a cosmopolitan charm. Last year, several new eateries opened, offering even more options to enjoy the local cuisine.

For shopping, several new stores have also opened, such as the L’Escalier concept store with design items and jewellery, 2803 Ave Loft for clothing or Local Bear for handmade leather bags. The shops arranged along the main road and the crisp mountain air make window shopping a refreshing experience.

Take a trip to the center of the Ancient Greek universe on a full-day tour of Delphi. Site of the oracle, and heart of the classical Greek world, explore the hilltop museum and ruins, famous for its amphitheater, and Temple of Apollo.

Activities

  • Transfer To The Delphi Archaeological Site
  • Tour Of Delphi & Delphi Museum

Accommodation

Doupiani House

Day 4

Meteora Monasteries & Hiking Meteora's Hermit Caves

After breakfast your driver will pick you up from the Hotel at 9:00 AM. Visit 3 main monasteries of Meteora and discover the natural beauty and the cultural heritage of this area. This Meteora half-day sightseeing tour will take you back to the dark ages and the story of the first hermits and monks who laid the foundations of what later on became the monastic community of Meteora.

Learn which monastery was the first to be established and the true motivations behind the monks’ decision to try to climb the steep rocks of Meteora and build the monasteries there. Then we will take you to the most beautiful spots to enjoy amazing views and take photos. With this comprehensive morning tour of Meteora, you’ll discover this astonishing site through the eyes and the narrative of the locals!

In the afternoon, we embark on an amazing tour hiking Meteora’s Caves up to the rock of Agio Pnevma (Holy Spirit), which is located in the middle of the valley that extends from the village of Kastraki towards the vast rock complex of Meteora to lead you some 800 feet higher above the village.

This 3-4 hrs hike will guide you on the trails near the village of Kastraki. Walk in the footsteps of those first hermit-monks of Meteora; see the caves where those faithful people chose to live centuries ago. Learn all the stories and the legends through the narrative of our guides. Filled with the most awesome views of the surrounding area you will then reach the prison cave of the monks, located on the northern side of Agio Pnevma. The hike will then pass below the cave of St. George and it will finish at the central square of Kastraki village.

Important note: This tour requires you to have a good level of physical fitness.

Hike through the majestic 'rock forest' of Meteora, see the best monasteries and experience the most captivating views

Activities

  • Meteora Monasteries Tour
  • English Speaking Mountain Guide
  • Meteoras Hermit Caves Hike
  • Local Snacks

Accommodation

Doupiani House

Day 5

Santorini Walk,Drink,Eat Sunset Tour

Our guide will meet you at 5:00 PM at your hotel lobby to go together to join our sunset food adventure tour. Please ensure you are walking comfortable walking shoes.

On this tasty sunset adventure, you’ll spend the evening enjoying some of the local products that the island has to offer and wash them down with exquisite local drinks and beverages, while walking along the Caldera. Learn about the culinary culture, admire some of the islands best sights and discover the delights of the volcanic wine & beer!

See Thira at its tastiest, glitziest best, with a local guide by your side!

See Santorini at its tastiest, glitziest best with a local guide on a food-focused sunset Caldera adventure

Activities

  • Transfer To Athens Airport
  • Domestic Flight To Santorini
  • Santorini Sunset Walking Tour
  • Transfer To Hotel
  • Local Meze & Drinks During Tour

Accommodation

Kasimatis by La Perla

Day 6

Santorini History & Culture 6 hours private tour

Make the first stop in Firostefani, well known for the famous blue dome church where you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the volcanic caldera. On your way to Oia, marvel at the characteristic architecture of the famous picturesque village. Visit the old Venetian castle, and explore its interior. Enjoy free time to stroll around the town and sip refreshments by the caldera.

Next, head to Pyrgos village, the former capital of Santorini. We will walk through the narrow, labyrinthine paths up to the ruins of the old Venetian castle. We will tell you about the interesting history of this fascinating place before you get to enjoy some free time for lunch. Get an introduction to the local cuisine under the shade of trees at the village's square.

Moving on we visit the Akrotiri Archaeological Site. Visit the prehistoric city, a well-preserved remnant of the Bronze Age. Walk through the streets past 4,000-year-old buildings and listen as your guide explains how the people lived and points out the unique frescoes.

Our tour wouldn’t be complete without tasting exceptional Santorini wines, famous for their unique character that comes from the island’s volcanic conditions and local cultivation techniques. Enjoy not one or two but 4 premium wines during a tasting session in a local winery with dazzling caldera views and a selection of local cuts and cheeses.

Admire some of the island's landmarks such as Akrotiri archaeological site, learn about Santorini's culinary culture, and visit a mix of famous spots

Activities

  • Santorini History & Culture Tour
  • Wine Tasting

Accommodation

Kasimatis by La Perla

Day 7

Santorini Sunset Sail

After breakfast enjoy a walk around the winding little laneways of the island, or just enjoy your hotel views.

In the afternoon you will be transferred to Ammoudi Port. The pick up time will be advised at the hotel the day prior. Watch a legendary Santorini sunset and sail around the island’s coasts and beaches on a luxury 5-hour catamaran cruise.

Aboard a deluxe catamaran, relax in style as you sail around the caldera. Explore a volcano and the nearby islands of Palea and Nea Kameni, See the Venetian lighthouse and caves of Indian Rock and Get the chance to swim in a natural volcanic hot spring

Watch a legendary Santorini sunset and sail around the island’s coasts and beaches on a luxury 5-hour catamaran cruise

Activities

  • Transfer To & From Ammoudi Port
  • 5 Hour Catamaran Sunset Sail
  • Food & Drinks On Board

Accommodation

Kasimatis by La Perla

Day 8

Cape Sounion & The Temple of Poseidon Private Sunset Tour

After lunch and a short rest our driver will meet you at your hotel lobby for the tour which starts with a wonderful drive along the Athens Riviera.

During this relaxing ride with your luxury air-conditioned minivan, you'll enjoy splendid views of the Saronic Gulf while passing through some of Athens most beautiful suburbs, including Hellinikon Olympic complex, Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, and Varkiza.

Arriving at the Cape Sounion, you will visit the 5th century B.C. Temple of Poseidon with its magnificent panoramic view of the Aegean Sea (on a clear day you can see at least seven islands). One of its columns has a graffiti left by none other than Lord Byron in the early 1800s. Cape Sounion has long played an important part in Greek mythology and history, and the first recorded mention of it occurs in the Odyssey, as the last safe landing before Poseidon scattered the returning Greek navy.

As the god of the sea, Poseidon was very important for ancient Greeks, and the scale of the Temple at Cape Sounion reflects that. After visiting the Temple, filled from the beauty, the history and the culture of this site we will wait to admire one of the most amazing sunsets you could ever imagine.

And when the sun begins to slowly touch the sea it is the perfect moment for a glass of wine, before returning back to your hotel.

Explore the picturesque south coast of Attica on our Cape Sounio tour. Stop to see the Temple of Poseidon and enjoy sunset views over the Aegean

Activities

  • Transfer To Airport
  • Domestic Flight To Athens
  • Private Tour Of The Temple Of Poseidon With Skip The Line Access

Accommodation

Elia Ermou Athens Hotel

Day 9

Final Day - Fly out

Time to say farewell to Greece! Your driver will pick you up for your transfer to Athens airport, and your flight back home.

"Καλό ταξίδι" (Kaló taxídi), Bon voyage!

Activities

  • Transfer To The Airport

What's Included

Accommodation

All Accommodation as per itinerary

Ground Transport

All Transfers as specified in itinerary

Flights

Domestic Flights as per itinerary

Meals

All Breakfasts included, unless otherwise stated Selected Lunches and Dinners as per itinerary

Created by
Rebecca Skevaki

Grecianlux is a Greek destination management company (DMC) and tour operator with headquarters in Australia and Greece, specialized in Luxury Travel options, where luxury means exclusive experiences.

With many years of experience, an inimitable network of partners and strong knowledge of the industry enables us to offer you a complete and tailor-made experience in Greece. As the starting point, we identify your needs and wishes, then swiftly propose the best solutions to meet those requirements.

At Grecianlux, we select and provide you with the most high-end travel experiences in Greece for leisure and business. Our services are designed in the smallest detail and tailored on the customer’s needs and interests. As a company born in Greece, we can provide you with the most local insights to help you discover the beauty of our country.

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