Athens & Santorini May 29th to june 4th 2017

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Monday May 29th 2017: Arrival

Flight: TBA

A greeter will welcome you at the gate of the plane. He will accompany you through passport control, assist you with your luggage and introduce you to your driver.

You will then be transferred

Hotel Grande Bretagne

Deluxe Room Acropolis View B&B

Put the best of science, art and philosophy together in one creation and you have the definitive monument of human civilization. UNESCO calls it the symbol of World Heritage. The world calls it the Athenian Acropolis! The history of the Acropolis of Athens is long, with great moments, when democracy, science, philosophy and art flourished leading to its creation. The Acropolis, and the Parthenon in particular, is the most characteristic monument of the ancient Greek civilization.

Tuesday May 30th 2017: Food Tour of Athens

At 9:30 am you will meet your English speaking guide in the lobby of your hotel and you will begin your tour.

Greek food is renowned for its wonderful taste and healthy recipes. This walking tour takes you into the heart of historical Athens where you will discover the original boutiques and markets where locals buy their favorite ingredients. As you walk through the ancient streets, you will enjoy a multitude of tastes: koulouri (sesame bread), extra virgin olive oils, cheese, honey, specialty vinegars, pastourmas cured meat, cream-filled pie, loukoumades ( Greek doughnuts ) and of course the classical souvlaki!

You will also walk through the local street markets and enjoy a few hours of genuine Athenian life. This tour will take about 3 h30 mn and will finish back at your hotel.

Wednesday May 31st 2017: Full Day Walking Tour of Athens

At 10:00 am you will meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel and then you will begin your tour of Athens.

The Acropolis was first inhabited in the early Neolithic age around 6000 BC. Since then temples and dwellings were built, destroyed and reconstructed numerous times. During the Golden Age of Athens, in the 5th Century BC, most of the major temples were re-built under the leadership of Pericles, and great feats of architecture, such as the Parthenon, were created. As you make your way through the Propylaea -which was the fortified entrance to the Acropolis- you will discover a complex of temples which had been erected to glorify Athena, the city’s goddess and protector, and Zeus her father and king of the gods.

Built at the foot of the Acropolis, the museum is dedicated to the exhibition of artefacts found on the rock and the surrounding settlements. Here you will have the chance to view some of the finest sculptures which graced the life of Ancient Athens. As you enter the museum you will pass by the ‘Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis’ which is dedicated to artefacts found in the sanctuaries and houses which were located at the foot of the Acropolis, below the temples.

In the evening your tour will end at the Grande Bretagne.

Note: Lunch is not included in this tour and will be a la carte.

Thursday June 1st 2017 Tour of Mycenae and Epidaurus

At 9:00 am you will meet your guide and driver in the lobby of your hotel and you will set off for Mycenae. (the drive time is 1 hour and 30 minutes and your ETA is 10:30 am)

Mycenae, the “golden city” of ancient Greece & the epicenter of the Mycenaean world is an UNESCO World Heritage Site that must not be missed. The museum of the site is full of beautiful cultural handicrafts and many golden items that give you a glimpse into the everyday life of the Mycenaeans beyond the stories left of their legacy.

After your tour of Mycenae you will then drive to Nafplion. (the drive time is 1 hour)

Nafplion is a beautiful town with a rich and fascinating history ranging all the way from ancient times to modern history. In 1821 it was named as the first capital of the Hellenic Republic when the Greek revolution was declared against the Ottoman occupation. During your tour you will enjoy the impressive center square with its churches, shops and restaurants, and you will have the opportunity to visit the castle of Palamidi which overlooks the bay.

In the afternoon, you will return to Athens where your tour will end.

Note: lunch is not included in this tour.

Friday June 2nd 2017 Flight to Santorini

At 8:00 am you will meet your driver in the lobby of your hotel and you will be transferred to the Athens International airport for your flight to Santorini

Flight: Aegean Airlines OA 354 Athens to Santorini Time: Depart 10:10 am Arrive: 10:55 am

As you exit the luggage pickup area you will meet our driver and be transferred to the Canaves Oia Suites.

Hotel Canaves Suites
Superior Suite with Plunge Pool B&B
Santorini…amazing views, romantic atmosphere, wild landscapes and a mysterious aura will embrace your arrival! A chic island which perfectly combines the dark volcanic beaches with the cliff hanging whitewashed houses and unforgettable sunsets. You will taste awarded local wines in elegant restaurants, you can enjoy a day trip to the volcano and the beaches with your private yacht or you can just relax with a cocktail listening classic music at Franco’s… An introduction which will indulge all your senses!

Saturday June 3rd 2017 - Private Sunset Cruise

At 1:45 pm you will be picked up from the Canaves Suites and you will be transferred to the port for your sunset cruise.

This cruise, which lasts about 5 hours combines swimming and snorkelling, dinner on board and sailing across the sea while the sun is setting. During your tour you will have the opportunity to visit the Hot Springs, sail past the Volcano and admire the beautiful coastline and beaches, while swimming at various locations at your leisure. As the sun is setting you will make your way back towards the port and enjoy the dreamy view. The cruise includes dinner and drinks on board.

Sunday June 4th 2017: Departure

In the morning you will meet your driver in the lobby of your hotel and you will be transferred to the Santorini airport.

Flight: Santorini to Athens Time: TBA

As you exit the gate of the plane you will meet your porter who will assist you with your baggage and check-in for your flight onwards.


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