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Best of Greece
Athens to Santorini
15 days
Tour code: EGBG

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.

When you saddle a trip with a moniker as lofty as "Best of Greece," you’d 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 Samariá Gorge, personal encounters in isolated Cretan villages and the breezy sway of Santorini at sundown, you won’t have a moment to waste. Witness Greece — in all her timeless glory — with us.

What's included?

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Meals

13 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Transport

Ferry, taxi, private van, train.

Accommodation

Hotels (13 nts), overnight ferry (1 nt, 4-berth mixed-sex cabins).

Included activities

Your Discover Moment: Athens Your Foodie Moment: Cooking Class with a Local Family, Loutro. Athens orientation walk. Meteora Monastery visit. Guided tour of Ancient Delphi. Samariá Gorge hike. Knossos visit. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Itinerary

Day 1
Athens
Arrive at any time.

Included activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Optional activities:

  • Acropolis Museum Visit
  • Acropolis and Parthenon Visit
  • National Archaeological Museum Visit
  • Syntagma (Constitution) Square Visit
  • Ancient Agora Visit
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 Ancient Agora and the National Archaeological Museum.

Included activities: Orientation Walk

Optional activities:

  • Acropolis and Parthenon Visit
  • Roman Agora Visit
  • National Archaeological Museum Visit
  • Syntagma (Constitution) Square Visit
  • Acropolis Museum Visit

Meals: breakfast

Day 3
Athens - Meteora
Travel to Kalambaka, a good base for visiting the monasteries of Meteora.

Transport: Train

Optional activities: Meteora Sunset Tour

Meals: breakfast

Day 4
Meteora
Spend a full day visiting the stunning mountaintop monasteries of Meteora.

Included activities: Meteora Monasteries Visit

Optional activities:

  • Hiking in Meteora
  • Natural History Museum of Meteora

Meals: breakfast

Day 5
Meteora - Delphi
Visit Ancient Delphi and the Temple of Apollo.

Transport: Private Vehicle

Included activities: Ancient Delphi Tour, Temple of Apollo Visit

Meals: breakfast

Day 6
Delphi - Náfplio
Travel to Nafplio and explore the beautiful cobblestoned streets. Opt to climb the Acronafplia to soak in the views.

Transport: Private Vehicle

Optional activities:

  • Acronafplia Fortress Visit
  • Palamidi Fortress Visit
  • Bourtzi Castle
  • War Museum
  • Archaeology Museum

Meals: breakfast

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.

Transport: Private Vehicle, Ferry

Optional activities:

  • Epidavros Visit
  • Mycenae Site Visit
  • Tiryns Site Visit

Meals: breakfast

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.

Optional activities:

  • Maritime Museum of Crete
  • Koum Kapi Beach
  • Old Venetian Harbour Visit
  • Archeological Museum of Chania
Day 9
Chaniá - Agia Roumeli
Hike the famous and rugged Samariá Gorge. Please bring a day pack with any essentials needed during the hike, and ensure to wear proper hiking attire.

Transport: Private Vehicle

Included activities: Samariá Gorge Hike

Optional activities: Swimming

Meals: breakfast

Day 10
Agia Roumeli - Loutro
Travel by ferry to Loutro. Opt to rent a kayak and explore secluded beaches and coves.

Transport: Ferry

Optional activities:

  • Kayaking
  • Marmara Beach
  • Aradena Gorge Hike (Aradine)

Meals: breakfastlunch

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.

Included activities: Cooking Class with a Local Family

Optional activities:

  • Kayaking
  • Aradena Gorge Hike (Aradine)
  • Swimming

Meals: breakfast

Day 12
Loutro - Irákleion
Travel to Iraklio. Enjoy a visit to Knossos, site of a Minoan palace and residence of King Minos.

Transport: Ferry, Private Vehicle

Included activities: Knossos Site Visit

Meals: breakfast

Day 13
Irákleion - Santorini
Hop a ferry to beautiful Santorini. Enjoy two nights on the island.

Transport: Ferry

Meals: breakfast

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.

Optional activities:

  • Volcano Tour
  • Santorini Sunset Cruise
  • Imerovigli village Visit
  • Santorini Museum of Prehistoric Thira Fira
  • Akrotiri Visit

Meals: breakfast

Day 15
Santorini
Depart at any time.

Meals: breakfast

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