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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 Tour
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.

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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04/23/2018 $3,925.00
04/30/2018 $3,925.00
05/07/2018 $3,925.00
05/14/2018 $3,925.00
05/21/2018 $4,195.00
05/28/2018 $4,195.00
06/04/2018 $4,195.00
06/11/2018 $4,195.00
06/18/2018 $4,195.00
06/25/2018 $4,625.00
07/02/2018 $4,625.00
07/09/2018 $4,625.00
07/16/2018 $4,625.00
07/23/2018 $4,625.00
07/30/2018 $4,625.00
08/06/2018 $4,625.00
08/13/2018 $4,625.00
08/20/2018 $4,625.00
08/27/2018 $4,195.00
09/03/2018 $4,195.00
09/10/2018 $4,195.00
09/17/2018 $4,195.00
09/24/2018 $3,925.00
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