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Greece & Eastern MediterraneanRegional Journey
Duration: 7 days Visiting: Greece
Welcome to Greece. Explore its iconic ancient capital, Athens, before heading on to picturesque Santorini. Famed for the Cycladic houses that decorate its cliffs, it is little surprise this dreamy travellers’ bucket lists. From exploring the island with a geologist to enjoying a sunset cocktail with your newfound friends, this trip comes with treats aplenty.
Welcome to Athens.
Welcome to Athens. One of the world's ancient cities, famed for its iconic ruins, delicious cuisine and its fascinating myths. Once you arrive in the Greek capital, you’ll be transferred to your beautiful hotel, a luxury abode situated in the heart of the city. Meet your fellow travellers for a Welcome Drink and rest up before your adventure begins tomorrow.
Your Local Expert will show you the incredible sights of Athens including the Acropolis and the Parthenon. The Acropolis of Athens and its monuments are universal symbols of Athens’ classical spirit and civilization. They form the greatest architectural and artistic complex bequeathed by Greek Antiquity to the world. In the evening, head back to your deluxe hotel for a relaxed evening before you head to Santorini in the morning.
Depart for Santorini.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before transferring to the port for the ferry to Santorini. Famed for the scattered white Cycladic houses that rest upon its cliffs, Santorini is a dreamy getaway. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and take time to relax. Why not take a dip in its pool or head down to the hotel’s private beach? In the evening join your fellow travellers for a cooling cocktail whilst viewing the famous spectacular caldera as the sun sets over the Aegean Sea.
Santorini with a geology expert.
Today you’ll delve into the geological history of Santorini. In the morning a local geology expert will divulge secrets about this volcanic island and the caldera, revealing the details of its formation. The rest of the day is yours at leisure. Why not head for a swim at Ammoudi Bay, to the Santorini Wine Museum or ask your Travel Director for some restaurant recommendations?
Unwind in Santorini.
With a day at leisure, take the opportunity to visit the site of Akrotiri; an ancient city covered by the volcano ash and uncovered in 1967. From Akrotiri you will continue to a local winery where you will enjoy an afternoon tasting the best regional flavours.
It’s time to say goodbye to Santorini as you take the ferry back to Athens for your final night of the trip. In the afternoon why not head out and try to pick up some last minutes souvenirs to take home? Later, toast to your travels at a Celebration Dinner with your fellow travellers and Travel Director.
Your Greek adventure ends today, but the fond memories remain! After breakfast at the hotel take a transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations.
Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are subject to change.
Enjoy a lovely dining experience at a wonderful restaurant located in the lively area of Psiri. Dining is “meze style”, giving you the opportunity to taste many Greek cuisine dishes, which are served in the centre of the table. Also enjoy the local free-flowing wine! Afterwards, see the Acropolis beautifully illuminated as you return to your hotel.
Adult Price: EUR 50.00
This is an evening excursion to a taverna in the centre of Athens. Excellent traditional Greek food in a lively atmosphere, entertained through dances and music from all parts of the country. Wine, beer and soft drinks are also included. Although the venue does have an official ending time, guests are more than welcome to stay on in the taverna, to join in with the local residents! (Casual dress)
Adult Price: EUR 55.00
Take a relaxing trip down to the southernmost tip of Mainland Greece to see the fifth century B.C Temple of Poseidon at Sounion. See if you can spot where Byron carved his initials on one of the temple’s sixteen columns. Marvel at the sheer rugged beauty of the coastline and the ancient temple perched above a 197-foot drop down to the Aegean Sea below. Stand above the site of the world’s first lighthouse, overlooking an area steeped in classical Greek history, ever since the tragic King Aegeas threw himself from the rocky precipice into the sea below, thereby giving his name to the Aegean Sea.
Adult Price: EUR 40.00
We will spend our evening in the upmarket central neighbourhood of Kolonaki,located on the slope of Lycabettus hill. This old aristocratic Athenian district, abundant with high end boutiques, art galleries and trendy little cafes, is home to a unique gastronomy centre. Here you will be warmly welcomed and invited to taste and discover the the texture of the star ingredient in Greek diet, olive oil. After the tasting, savour authentic Greek recipes, prepared with the highest quality locally sourced ingredients.
Adult Price: EUR 48.00
We drive to the highest point of the island - Profitis Ilias for stunning views of the island, and make our way to the village of Pyrgos, to see the iconic blue domed churches and classic Cycladic architecture. Afterwards we visit the prehistoric Akrotiri – a Bronze Age settlement destroyed by a huge eruption during the 17th century BC and buried under the volcanic ash, preserving the whole city in perfect condition. It is often referred often as “Prehistoric Pompei”. Afterwards we head for the black sand beach of Perivolos, passing picturesque villages. Enjoy a time at leisure on the beach where we can swim, have lunch or do both. Entrance to Akrotiri included.
Adult Price: EUR 57.00
This evening you are invited to take part as a guest in a traditional Greek wedding. A life changing ceremony, a group celebration. Be part of the story. Meet the family. Eat, drink, dance, and break plates. The custom is traditional. The experience is not! This Greek Wedding Show is not only a Greek Night, but an unforgettable interactive musical experience!
Adult Price: EUR 55.00
This afternoon we board our large wooden “ caique” and set off to the Volcano. Take the opportunity to climb up to the top of the volcano and experience a real active volcano, or perhaps stay on board, relax and enjoy the amazing view. Afterwards we can swim in the hot springs and enjoy the natural spa like feeling of the thermal waters. We enjoy a casual dinner with wine on board accompanied by music, and marvel at the sunset and the breathtaking village of Oia high above on the Cliffside. Dinner with wine included.Volcano entrance of €2.00 is not included.
Adult Price: EUR 75.00
We head to the Baxedes region of Santorini to visit our acclaimed local winery. We will enjoy a variety of local “meze” (Greek hors d’oeurves) which will enchant your taste buds; sample the stunning locally produced wines, walk in the vineyards, see the “kalathies” vines and the unique way that locals have been growing grapes for centuries. We take a short drive to the spectacular village of Oia. Walk through the marble streets and have time at leisure in the village for magnificent photos. We will stroll to our chosen spot to marvel the sunset and perhaps enjoy local delicacies at one of the local restaurants. We are sure Oia will delight your senses! Wine tasting and light snack included.(Dinner not included).
Adult Price: EUR 46.00
Athens (Traditional) - Greece
An elegant hotel fantastic access to the key highlights of Athens. A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, offers luxury and style in the heart of the historical city of Athens.
Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre is located in the central Athens suburb of Ilissia, named after the hidden historic river that still flows below the main road. Your traditional, yet comfortable room offers all modern amenities to ensure you stay, whether short or long, is most enjoyable.
Santorini (Contemporary/Resort) - Greece
Situated over the dramatic Santorini cliffs, The Majestic Hotel features soundproofed rooms with private balcony enjoying views of the Aegean Sea or the volcano. All rooms have marble bathrooms with spa bath.
Ideally located in Santorini's quite area of Firostefani, the Splendour Resort is perfectly positioned away from the bustling main town, ensuring maximum relaxation and peace. However, the town centre can be easily reached in just a few minutes by car, or abut a 20 minute walk. All rooms feature contemporary, elegant design to make your stay most comfortable and showcase sea views. The resorts facilities feature a private beach area, swimming pool with bar, sun terrace, garden and complimentary WiFi throughout.