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Description & Itinerary:
Take your family on a journey through the ages. Myths and legends, tales of gods and goddesses follow your jaunt from the ruins of the Parthenon and Acropolis in Athens to languid island life on the Aegean islands of Mykonos and Santorini. You'll also embark on a volcanic adventure to uninhabited Nea Kamini to bathe in its hot springs.
City tour in Athens Orientation of Mykonos and Santorini View the Parthenon, Hadrian's Arch and the 1896 Olympic Stadium in Athens Visit the Acropolis in AthensDining Highlights
9 buffet breakfasts 3 dinnersFirst class travel Highlights
Tall Stories: Learn about the myths and legends of the Greek gods and goddesses exploring the ancient ruins of the Aegean Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys) High-speed ferry from Piraeus to Mykonos High-speed ferry from Mykonos to Santorini High-speed ferry from Santorini to Piraeus Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted Hand-picked Insider Experiences Optional Experiences and free time All porterage and restaurant gratuities Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras An expert Travel Director and separate Driver All hotel tips, charges and local taxes VIP entry to many sights
Day 1 / Arrive Athens (2 Nights)
Welcome to Athens. Transfers are available to your hotel on arrival. Unwind after your journey or take time to explore this ancient city. Meet later with your fellow travellers and your Travel Director for a Kick-off Party.Kick-Off Party Accommodation: Metropolitan/Divani Palace/Crowne PlazaDay 2 / Athens Sightseeing
Your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist starts with a visit to see the Parthenon on the Acropolis, one of the most famous monuments in the world. A sacred site since Mycenaen times, Athenians worshipped their deities in temples at the Acropolis. See the Panathinaiko Olympic stadium, the Evzone guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier plus other wondrous sights including the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Arch. The rest of the day is free for you to explore on your own or shop. Tonight why not visit the Plaka with its many restaurants.Buffet BreakfastDay 3 / Athens – Mykonos (3 Nights)
At the port of Piraeus, board a fast ferry for your crossing to the idyllic Cycladic Island of Mykonos, playground of the rich and famous. Enjoy an orientation on arrival, then spend free time admiring the unique windmills, narrow winding pathways and tempting boutiques. Join your fellow travellers this evening for a Regional Meal of local traditional cuisine.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal Accommodation: Pelican Bay/Akroyali/KamariDay 4 / Mykonos
You have two glorious days to spend exploring Mykonos. The most cosmopolitan of all the Greek islands, Mykonos is also well-known for its splendid beaches. This glittering, glamorous destination features an old town that is packed with charm, where whitewashed cubic houses with blue wooden shutters and balconies line labyrinthine cobbled streets. Notable landmarks include the picturesque waterside area of Little Venice, the 17th century Church of the Paraportiani, the Archaeological Museum and the Aegean Maritime Museum. In Greek mythology Mykonos was the site of a battle between Zeus and the Titans, and named in honour of Apollo's grandson. Don't forget to swim in the sparkling sea and enjoy fresh salads and seafood at a waterfront restaurant. For sightseeing further afield, take a trip to Delos, believed by the ancients to be the birthplace of Artemis and Apollo, where you will find many interesting temples and sanctuaries.Buffet BreakfastDay 5 / Mykonos
In Greek mythology Mykonos was the site of a battle between Zeus and the Titans, and named in honour of Apollo's grandson. Don't forget to swim in the sparkling sea and enjoy fresh salads and seafood at a waterfront restaurant. For sightseeing further afield, take a trip to Delos, believed by the ancients to be the birthplace of Artemis and Apollo, where you will find many interesting temples and sanctuaries.Buffet BreakfastDay 6 / Mykonos – Santorini (3 Nights)
A short ferry ride brings you to the beautiful island of Santorini, your home for the next three days. An orientation on arrival will introduce you to this stunning island. Comprising of small circular archipelago of volcanic islands in the southern Aegean Sea, Santorini is all that remains of an enormous volcanic explosion. The island's spectacular physical beauty coupled with its dynamic nightlife makes it one of Europe's most popular hotspots. Tonight, join your companions for a Regional Meal of typical Greek specialities.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal Accommodation: El Greco Resort/Santorini Palace/OrizontesDay 7 / Santorini
Santorini offers a wealth of exciting things to do, or you might like to simply spend your time relaxing in the sun. Wander down winding cobbled streets full of whitewashed houses, admire breathtaking views across the caldera and stunning sunsets. For sightseeing, visit the Folklore Museum, the Naval Museum or discover Cycladic architecture.Buffet BreakfastDay 8 / Santorini
Santorini makes some of the Greek islands' best wines so perhaps take a tour of a local winery and taste some for yourself. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into life on the Caldera by enjoying an included cruise in a 'kaiki' to the volcanic island of Nea Kamini to swim in the hot springs. Embrace the magic of Santorini.Buffet BreakfastDay 9 / Santorini – Athens
Take the high-speed ferry to the port of Piraeus in Athens for the final night of your trip. On arrival, transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of the day relaxing or shopping for souvenirs.Buffet Breakfast Accommodation: Metropolitan/Divani Palace/Crowne PlazaDay 10 / Depart Athens
Say goodbye to the wonderful Greek Islands and the classical city of Athens as you are transferred to the airport for your flight home. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.Buffet Breakfast
Tour Provider: Trafalgar
Destination: Europe: Mediterranean (Italy, Spain, Greece etc)
*Conditions apply. Call for further details.
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