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Insight Vacations Treasures of Greece and the Islands (Preview 2018) (I953)

15 Days starts and ends in Athens Print
Tour Style: Regional Trip
Europe Britain Preview 2018/19
Visits: Greece

This tour should top every traveller's wish list. Tour the sun-kissed temples and time-worn towns of the mainland and visit two of the most romantic islands on earth, where relaxing on the beach or in local cafes is the order of the day.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Athens: See Hadrian's Arch and the Temple of Zeus.
  • Corinth Canal: Cross the amazing rock-cut channel dividing the Peloponnese from mainland Greece.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Olympia: Join a local chef and savour the regional specialties in a fun, exciting introduction to Greek cooking.
  • Athens: Toast the culmination of your journey in true Greek tradition at a lively Celebration Dinner with wine.
  • 13 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 2 Three-course Dinners or Buffets (D) and 1 Signature Evening (SE) all with tea or coffee; plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) both with wine, plus tea or coffee.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Athens: Ascend the Acropolis with a Local Expert to admire the Parthenon, built in 5th century BC, as well as the smaller Temple of Athena Nike and the ‘Porch of the Maidens.’
  • Meteora: With a Local Expert, visit one of the remarkable centuries-old monasteries of Meteora, teetering on towers of rock and arguably the most spectacular place to visit in Greece.
  • Delphi: With your Local Expert, walk to The Sacred Way once lined with offertory temples. See the reconstructed Athenian Treasury and pass the superb Polygonal Wall to reach the Temple of Apollo, where the people would seek divine wisdom from the mysterious Oracle.
  • Mycenae: Walk through the Lion Gate past the royal beehive-tombs where Schliemann uncovered golden treasure, while hearing tales of Agamemnon from your Local Expert.
  • Mycenae: Meet the artisans of a family-run pottery studio and learn about their unique traditional methods.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Thermopylae: See the Leonidas Monument dedicated to the brave warrior and his 300 Spartans.
  • Olympia: The stadium of Olympia hosted the ancient Olympic Games and the Heraia, the women's games in honour of Hera. See the Temple of Zeus, athlete's gymnasium and the stone marker where the sprint began.
  • Mykonos: Walk the winding cobbled streets of Mykonos town and see the three windmills guarding the old port.
  • Santorini: Enjoy views over the famous submerged caldera.

ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES

  • On mainland Greece, our highly-skilled Insight Tour Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend in a foreign land.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat touring coach, with extended Business Class legroom and on-board restroom (Alternate coaches and vehicles, without on-board facilities or 40 seats, may be used on occasion).
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary (Available on groups for 8 or more).
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included; you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish - a local tidbit representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Your stays on the islands are locally hosted. Travel between islands is fully escorted with a group size of 10 or more. Island transfers by air-conditioned coach or minibus. High-speed ferries from Athens to Mykonos and Santorini. (Ferry schedules and the availability of High-speed ferries may be affected by adverse weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances. Porterage is not available on ferries). One-way economy class flight from Santorini to Athens is included. Complimentary transfers from/to Athens Airport are available on arrival and departure days, or with additional accommodation booked through Insight Vacations.

Insight Vacations Tour Itinerary

Day: 1 Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight (not included).
Day: 2 Welcome to Athens.
An Insight representative will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel, where there is time to settle in and relax. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception, get to know your fellow travellers over a delightful evening of dinner and wine.(Welcome Dinner)
Day: 3 Athens, City of Gods.
Your exploration reveals the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Wingless Victory and Hadrian’s Arch. Next, your Local Expert takes you to the Parthenon, built atop the Acropolis. Continue to Thermopylae to see the memorial to Leonidas and his courageous Spartans, then on to your hotel in Kalambaka for dinner.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)
Day: 4 The pinnacles of Meteora.
(Relaxed Start) With your Local Expert, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora, meaning 'in the air.' The massive pinnacles of smooth rock are ancient, yet could also be the setting for a futuristic science-fiction tale. Visit one of the monasteries, that adds to the strange and beautiful landscape and enjoy stunning views over the Peneios Valley. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Why not explore with a leisurely walk on the nature trails? Alternatively, you may wish to visit the Natural History Museum.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 5 The Sacred Way and onto Olympia.
Travel south, stopping at the foothills of Mount Parnassus. Ascend the Sacred Way of Delphi with your Local Expert, passing the Parian marble Treasury of the Athenians and Polygonal Wall. You'll approach the Temple of Apollo, where for 14 centuries the mysterious Oracle of Delphi breathed her enigmatic 'words'. Continue to Olympia where dinner is served in your hotel.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)
Day: 6 Ancient Olympia.
It's all in the name. Ancient Olympia is the site where the Ancient Olympic Games began in BC 776 in dedication to the god Zeus. See the Temple of Zeus, the athletes gymnasium and the stadium of Olympia. The starting and finishing markers for the sprint track are still marked by stones and there is time to capture your own memory with a photo at the starting line. In the evening, join a local chef for an entertaining cooking demonstration, followed by a dinner of authentic Greek flavours.(Buffet Breakfast / Signature Evening)
Day: 7 Mycenae and Nafplio.
Visit the ruined city of Mycenae with a Local Expert. Walk through the Lion Gate, visit the royal beehive-tombs and see the giant Cyclopean stones used to build the city walls. Later, meet the artisans and view beautiful works of art at a family-run pottery studio. Travel to the elegant town of Nafplio, known for its beautiful architecture, colour shops and cafes. Your journey continues following the shores of the Saronic Gulf to pass the Corinth Canal dividing the Peloponnesse and mainland Greece, and arriving in Athens. In the evening, enjoy a hearty Celebration Dinner in true Greek style, complete with wine and good cheer.(Buffet Breakfast / Celebration Dinner)
Day: 8 Across the Mediterranean to Mykonos.
An early departure takes you to the port of Piraeus where your high-speed ferry awaits to whisk you over to the Island of Mykonos, playground of the rich and famous. On arrival, you are transferred to your hotel.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 9 Mykonos Mystique.
(Relaxed Start) This day is the first of two glorious days at leisure. Explore the town with its winding maze of walkways, white-washed houses, magnificent windmills and uninhibited nightlife. Perhaps watch the sunset at Shirley Valentine Beach or take a short boat ride to Delos?(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 10 Mykonos at Leisure.
(Relaxed Start) Another day to explore or relax as you wish. Perhaps swim the endless array of dazzling beaches that surround the island? Or maybe enjoy a cocktail on the waterfront at Little Venice?(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 11 Mykonos - Santorini
Board the high-speed ferry bound for the truly beautiful island of Santorini. You are met at the port and transferred to your hotel.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 12 The Sunsets of Santorini.
(Relaxed Start) With two more sun-drenched days on one of the most romantic islands on earth, you won't ever want to leave. Relax in clifftop restaurants, laze on the sun-soaked beaches or observe history unearthed at the site of Akrotiri. In the evening, you'll witness the first of the golden sunsets for which the island is famous.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 13 Santorini as you wish.
(Relaxed Start) Another day to relax and unwind on the black, red and white beaches, or why not take a kaiki (traditional Greek fishing boat) over to the volcanic islands for a swim in the hot springs? The island's delicious cuisine, whitewashed houses that gleam in the bright Aegean sun, narrow cobblestone streets and world-renowned sunsets all combine to make Santorini a truly unique holiday experience.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 14 Flight to Athens.
In the morning, maybe take one last dip in the pool and grab your final glimpse over the lustrous Aegean and world-famous caldera. You are transferred to the airport for your return flight to Athens.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 15 Depart Athens.
Your journey comes to an end with a transfer to Athens airport.(Buffet Breakfast)

Available Room Types: Single, Twin, Triple

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06/25/2018 $4,625.00
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09/24/2018 $3,925.00
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