Athens – Santorini – Fira – Oia – Thessaloniki
Epanomi – Vergina – Meteora Area – Saronic Gulf
Hydra Island – Poros Island – Aegina Island
Tour: Aug 15 – Aug 27, 2021 Price:
$4,995 $4,895 + Tax
Offer expires May 30, 2021
4 Islands with 4 nights stay in Santorini
Inclusive of international airfares
The sunset in Santorini is considered one of the most famous sunsets worldwide
Check-in at Los Angeles Airport. Depart for Athens, Greece.
Arrival in Athens: the city with the most glorious history in the world, a city worshipped by gods and people, a magical city. The enchanting capital of Greece has always been a birthplace for civilization. It is the city where democracy was born and most of the wise men of ancient times. The most important civilization of ancient world flourished in Athens and relives through some of the world’s most formidable edifices. Athens is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Acropolis of Athens and the medieval Daphni Monastery. (D)
Full day city tour of Athens. A walk around the famous historic triangle (Plaka, Thission, Psyri) the old neighborhoods, reveal the coexistence of different eras. Old mansions, well-preserved ones and other worn down by time. Luxurious department stores and small intimate shops, fancy restaurants and traditional taverns. All have their place in this city. Plaka is probably the most beautiful neighborhood in Athens. A district where the architecture has the taste and soft, delicate color of pastel, the warm, still atmosphere of the Aegean islands and the scent of magnolia and lavender. Plaka is located just below the Acropolis, and there are those who love it for the many streets closed to traffic and the many bars with live music, and those who love wasting hours among the jewelers and souvenir shops.
Take a ride with the cable car to Lycabettus Hill. Lycabettus Hill is a classic must-see in Athens. It is the highest of the seven hills that make up the “classical” centre of Athens and perhaps the best place to climb to enjoy the immense 360° view of the city’s white rooftops. An infinite expanse of souls, lives, stories and feelings that are immediately ingrained at its feet. Lycabettus is a small mountain, which is also a park, where you can climb up slowly and enjoy a good coffee with an amazing view over the whole of Attica.
Visit also the Acropolis: the most complete ancient Greek monumental complex still existing in our times and the symbol of Athens. The Acropolis, or ‘upper city’, is the absolute superstar of things to see in Athens. It dominates the city centre and appears as a splendid protective mountain, to which everything tends, from which everything comes, to which everything returns.
The Acropolis is made up of numerous ‘elements’ and places of interest: each one harks back to the golden age of Pericles’ Athens, each stone looks as if it has just been trodden on by Plato and at any moment Socrates might appear around the corner. (B/D)
Early morning board a fast ferry to the famous island of Santorini. Santorini is one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea. It was destroyed by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century BC, which forever shaped its landscape. The white-walled, cube-shaped houses of the two main towns, Oia and Fira, are perched atop cliffs overlooking an underwater crater. There is much to discover in Santorini, both from a landscape point of view and from a historical and archaeological one. The first and obvious thing to see in Santorini is the view. Sit at any point in the overhanging caldera and think, look, reflect. Stop in silence, breathe, and let your gaze soar. But after these introspective moments, the adventure begins. (B/D)
Half day island tour visiting: Kamari village black beach, Pygros village, photo stop at St. Spiridon monastery, visit of Perissa beach. In the early evening visit to the Oia village with dinner and sunset watch. The Santorini sunset. It’s a hallmark. Just google “best sunset in the world” and the answer we were waiting for is there: Position #1, Santorini. (B/D)
Morning transfer to Skala port and embark a private cruise visiting the Volcano island and the hot springs. The Hot Springs of Santorini: The island of Nea Kameni, also known as the Santorini volcano, is a volcanic island at the centre of the impressive Santorini caldera. Nea Kameni was formed around 1570 after a series of volcanic eruptions. Its highest point is 127 m above the sea level and it has two ports. Nea Kameni is surrounded by warm dark waters which are known for their therapeutic benefits. You can enjoy a bath in the hot springs. The healing waters of Nea Kameni consist of iron and manganese which act against many diseases that older people usually suffer from. Nea Kameni also hosts the famous volcano that visitors can walk up to. However, careful walking is required on the volcano as it is still active. The last eruptions happened as early as 1953.
In the afternoon take a donkey ride or a cable car up to Fira town. The Island of Santorini has a long tradition in donkey riding. The local people were using these animals in order to transfer goods or as a mean of transportation around the Island.
Some shopping and sightseeing time in this magical place. (B/D)
Island tour including the Acrotiri excavation site, Acrotiri village viewpoint and the Red beach visit. Acrotiri was an ancient Bronze Age port city located in the south on the ancient island of Santorini. Destroyed and buried by the eruption of the volcano of Santorini in 1628 BC, it came to light in 1967 thanks to the excavations ordered by the archaeologist Spyridōn Marinatos. Due to the deposition of volcanic ash on the city, buildings, frescoes and ceramics have been preserved, which is why it is also called the ‘Pompeii of the Aegean’. According to some scholars of various periods, it has been interpreted as the city of Atlantis, the protagonist of Plato’s famous myth.
After the visit time to relax. In the evening experience the local cuisine with a farewell dinner. (B/D)
Late morning embark your fast ferry back to Athens. Check-in at your hotel. (B/D)
Transfer to Thessaloniki. This is Greece’s second city and it is easy to fall in love with – it has beauty, chaos, history and culture, a remarkable cuisine and wonderful, vast sea views. (B/D)
Drive to Epanomi to enjoy a wine tasting. Continue to Vergina for lunch and a guided visit. It is one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece today. The village became famous in the autumn of 1977 with the discovery of the tomb of King Philip II. To visit the Royal Tombs of Vergina (ancient Aigai) is to travel to the epicentre of the famous Kingdom of Macedonia, which reigned supreme in ancient Greece and far beyond its borders in the 4th century BC.
This is where King Philip II the Macedonian lived and died from 382 to 336 B.C. and where his son, Alexander the Great, was crowned before embarking on his legendary empire-building mission.
Today, Vergina allows us to enjoy an extraordinary view of Macedonia’s ancient capital. It is not only an archaeological marvel, but one of the world’s greatest burial sites.
Only excavated in the 1970s and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the royal tombs are presented within a grass-covered mound, in imitation of the original Macedonian burial mound. Alongside the sumptuous tomb of Philip II are those of Alexander’s teenage son (Alexander IV) and other family members, along with some of the most iconic treasures of Greek antiquity.Tonight, we will transfer to Kalambaka to overnight. Kalambaka is a town of 12,000 citizens and is situated on the foothills of the most extraordinary landscape of Greece. It is at times underestimated as merely sharing the glory of the Meteora pinnacles that spectacularly rise in the near background. (B/D)
Visit the Holy Monasteries of Meteora. It is one of the most visited destinations in Greece. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an officially declared holy place. The region of Meteora is an area that covers few square kilometers. It’s a place where an ancient monastic community and a rare geological phenomenon of huge rock pillars coexist for many centuries in absolute harmony.
In the afternoon transfer back to Athens. Tonight, you will experience a folklore dinner. (B/D)
Saronic Gulf full day cruise including stop for visit at Hydra Island, Poros Island and Aegina Island. Hydra is a popular destination since the 1960s, when it became a highly artistic centre and a meeting spot for renowned writers, painters and actors of that time. This is an island with both cosmopolitan and traditional vibe, elegant mansions, picturesque coves and many hiking trails.
Due to its close distance to Athens and its small size, Poros island is popular as a weekend destination. The lovely coves with blue green water, the verdant background and the picturesque town gives Poros a relaxing atmosphere. Aegina island is small charming island. The beaches in Aegina are organized and shallow. Also the picturesque seaside villages provide romantic background for promenades. In Aegina, do not miss the Ancient Temple of Athena Aphaia in the centre of the island.
Today buffet lunch on board is included. Last evening in Athens. (B/L/D)
Board a non-stop flight back to Los Angeles.