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Day 1 Thursday Departure from Australia
Finally time to set off on your adventure! We’ll let you know when and where your flights are. Get your camera ready!

 

Day 2 Friday arrive Athens
Touch down! You’ve landed at Athens International Airport. Once we get you checked into your hotel, the rest of the day is yours to enjoy! You might be jetlagged but trust us, it’s easier to just hold off on sleeping ‘til night time - while you’re here in Greece why not try one of those foam-covered iced coffees the locals are drinking? It’s called a frappe. It’s delicious!

 

Day 3 Saturday Athens
Good morning, Athens! Enjoy your breakfast :) Today you’ll set out on a sightseeing tour, to - well, sight-see, in this diverse and beautiful city. We start at the Panathinaiko Stadium, the site of the first modern Olympics in 1896 - we’ll also stop by UNESCO’S world-heritage listed site of the Acropolis. Once you’ve had a chance to check them out we’ll continue on a coach panoramic tour to see the Ex-Royal Palace, the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus, St Paul’s Church, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and much more! We’ll return to the hotel in the afternoon so you can unwind and start sending your friends photos to make them jealous. Tonight we’ll go out to explore the thriving Athens nightlife, have dinner and a chat and properly get to know each other. You are stuck with us, after all! (B.D)

 

Day 4 Sunday Athens
This morning is entirely your own! Why not head down Ermou Street? Here you’ll find all the major retail stores like Zara and H&M - you’re on a holiday, why not invest in a bit of retail therapy! Make sure you get back to the hotel by the afternoon; we’ll depart Athens for Cape Sounio (about 70km away), home of the Temple of Poseidon, which dates all the way back to 44BC (and some of its Doric columns are still standing!). During the trip we’ll drive along the coastal road of the Saronic Gulf - you’ll be astounded by the beautiful seascape. (B)


Day 5 Monday Athens-Olympia

Alright - you’ve done Athens. Time to see the rest of Greece! We drive via the Corinth Canal for a shot photo-op-stop (say that three times fast). We’ll continue on to Epidaurus and visit the ancient theatre, then on to Nafplion for lunch (own expense) - you may be a bit tired of the souvlaki (though trust us - we’re not!) so you could always go traditional and try a pistachio. (Not really. We mean pastitsio.)


Not far from Nafplion is Mycenae, where you can visit the archaeological site which is home to the famous Beehive Tombs - your tour guide will walk you through and tell you what is known about the site, as well as where it got its brilliant name. You’ll also have a chance to visit the best-preserved tomb among the beehives, the Tomb of Agamemnon.

Once you’re finished you’ll arrive into Olympia in the late afternoon for an overnight stay. Take this opportunity to check out Zorba’s Ancient Olympia! Great views and great cocktails - c’mon, what more could you ask for? (B.D)

 

Day 6 Tuesday Olympia-Delphi

We’ll properly visit the site of Olympia today! Home of the ancient Olympic Games and located in the western Peloponnese, you’ll love this place (especially if your name is Zeus - there’s a massive statue). We start our journey to Delphi. Along the way you’ll want to take your camera out to snap some pics of the beautiful landscape as we drive through the winding roads of Greece. Don’t forget dinner!(B.D)

 
Day 7 Wednesday Delphi-Kalambaka

At the foot of Mount Parnassos is Delphi, which housed one of the most famous oracles of Ancient Greece and is home to the breathtaking Temple of Apollo. The ancient Greeks believed this site was the centre of the Earth. Have any questions for the oracle?

Tonight we’ll eat in the Monastic town of Kalambaka, where you’ll see the sweeping lights leaping off the great, rounded boulders, reaching for the sky. They really make this area shine.

Hint: Take a walk through the main city. There’s only one main road - you can’t get lost! (B.D)

 

Day 8 Thursday Kalambaka-Athens

Those beautiful boulders aren’t just for looking at. Today we’ll scale them by car to visit two different Byzantine Monasteries, which earned themselves a spot on the list of World Cultural Heritage monuments, because of how uniquely and harmoniously they match their architecture to the natural beauty of the landscape. If you’ve seen the movie 300 (or want to have a look before we disembark!), you’ll be reminded of some scenes as we pass through the town where the battle of Leonidas against the Parsians took place. The movie is based on this - you’ll even see the monument of the King of Sparta!
 

We’ll arrive back in Athens fairly late in the evening, so try to catch up on some sleep and be ready for our island cruise tomorrow. (B)

 

Day 9 Friday Athens cruising to Mykonos

This morning you’ll need to make your own way down to Pireaus port (maybe give a taxi a go - it’s a staple of the modern traveler!). We find it easiest to arrive by 9:00am so you can check in early and avoid the crowds. Today you’ll be travelling on over to Mykonos, a cosmopolitan paradise so impressive it attracts everyone - tourists, artists, socialites and even celebrities! It’s famous for its beaches and its vibrant nightlife (and rightly so). Arrive by the afternoon and take a stroll through the picturesque alleyways, shop at the boutique stores or head down to the aptly-named Paradise Beach for a drink. You can even take one of the shore excursions offered by the cruise ship (at your own expense) and see all there is to see!

In the late evening we’ll depart for the coastal town of Kusadasi, in Turkey. (B.L.D)

 

Day 10 Saturday Kusadasi cruising Patmos-Heraklion (Crete)

Kusadasi is a beach resort town known for its beautiful marina and colourful bazaar - mostly, though, it’s famous for its proximity to the Hellenistic ruins of Ephusus. Ephusus is an ancient city, famed for the Temple of Artemis - one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Today you’ll be treated to a shore excursion of Ancient Ephusus through the ages of Hellenistic/Roman times. In the afternoon we’ll depart for the island of Patmos, where many believe Saint John the Evangelist wrote the book of revelations in a small, mountainside grotto.

Enjoy the beautiful island of Patmos at your own leisure. (B.L.D.)

 

Day 11 Sunday Heraklion (Crete)-Santorini

See a former Venetian harbour with representative architecture, art and an Archaeological Museum with invaluable treasures. The city is just a short (included) cruise to the Minoan Palace of Knossos, home to Europe’s oldest civilization and the setting of the legen of Thesus and the Minotaur. Once you’ve had a look around we’ll depart for the picturesque island of Santorini, with an included shore excursion of the Oia village, perched on the Caldera Rim.

Your journey through the Greek Islands has come to an end, but your time in Santorini is just beginning. Disembark and make your way to the hotel!

 

 Day 12 Monday Santorini

You’ll have some time to wander in the next couple of days. Santorini, one of the Cyclades Islands in the Aegean Sea, is a fantastic destination for those seeking a little extra R&R - check out the Red or Black Beaches, or take a volcano tour and swim in the hot springs!

Helen’s Hint: Try the Koo Club tonight for a drink :) You’ll love it!

 

Day 13 Tuesday Santorini

Take some snaps and show us what you’re up to. Make sure you show your colleagues back home, too - they’ll be jealous! (B)

 

Day 14 Wednesday Santorini

Eat to your heart’s content. Drink with a pina colada in one hand and coffee in the other. Sleep for the ENTIRE DAY, or have a swimming race in the hotel pool. Enjoy your freedom today! (B)

 

Day 15 Thursday Santorini-Athens-homebound

Kalo taxidi - safe travels! Greece isn’t going anywhere. You know that, but it was so beautiful - it’s sad to leave. You’ll have to come back one day!

Today you’ll transfer to Athens Airport to catch your flight back home - or somewhere else in the world! Add a stop-over. Go on. Ask us how!

Day 16 Friday Home
Reality kicks in. The last three weeks have been absolutely amazing and you’ve hopefully got a lot of photographs to help remember the experience and the awesome friends you’ve made along the way. Now, how soon can you save up for another trip...?

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DATES & PRICES

22 March - 09 April 2018
$6,299 per person twin share
19 April - 07May 2018
$6,299 per person twin share
31 May – 18 June 2018
$6,349  per person twin share
14 June – 29 June
$6,349 per person twin share
5 July – 20 July 2018
$6,349 per person twin share
9  – 24 August 2018
$6,349 per person twin share
06 - 21 September 2018
$6,390 per person twin share
04 -19 October 2018
$6,299 per person twin share

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • Return economy airfares ex Australia to Athens including taxes

  • Sightseeing and entry fees as per itinerary

  • 12 nights accommodation in 4 star properties

  • 13-breakfasts, 2-lunches & 6-dinners

  • English speaking tour guide for sightseeing 

  • ALL inclusive on the cruise including soft drinks and alcohol

  • Private transfers as per itinerary

  • 2 nights on-board Celestyal Cruises

  • 4 nights accommodation in Santorini

  • One way Economy Airfare Santorini-Athens 

  • Transfer Santorini Port-hotel-airport

Tour exclusions -  optional tours as indicated on itinerary, travel insurance, items of a personal nature, beverages not mentioned, mini bar, laundry services,  phone calls, meals not indicated in itinerary.

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