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Best of Greece

When you saddle a trip with a moniker as lofty as 'Best of Greece', youd 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 Samari Gorge, personal encounters in isolated Cretan villages and the breezy sway of Santorini at sundown, you wont have a moment to waste. Witness Greecein all her timeless glorywith us.

  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: EGBG/133075
  • Starts: Athens, Greece
  • Finishes: Santorini, Greece
You will Visit
  • Athens
  • Santorini

Itinerary

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Day 1: Athens

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.

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Day 2: Athens

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.

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Day 3: Athens/Meteora

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

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Day 4: Meteora

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.

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Day 5: Meteora/Delphi

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.

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Day 6: Delphi/Náfplio

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.

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Day 7: Náfplio/Chaniá

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.

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Day 8: Chaniá

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.

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Day 9: Chaniá/Agia Roumeli

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.

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Day 10: Agia Roumeli/Loutro

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.

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Day 11: Loutro

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.

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Day 12: Loutro/Irákleion

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

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Day 13: Irákleion/Santorini

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.

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Day 14: Santorini

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.

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Day 15: Santorini

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Athens orientation walk
    • Meteora Monastery visit
    • Guided tour of Ancient Delphi
    • Samariá Gorge hike
    • Cooking class and lunch with local village family (Loutro)
    • Knossos visit
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (13 nts), overnight ferry (1 nt, 4-berth mixed-sex cabins)
    • 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch
    Transport
    • Ferry, public bus, taxi, private van, train
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Discover Greek history and culture
  • Marvel at classic architecture both ancient and modern
  • Explore old cities and quaint villages
  • Witness a Mediterranean sunset while eating fresh seafood
  • Soak in Cretan culture.