Day 1: Arrival in Athens
Arrival at "Eleftherios Venizelos" airport in Athens. Our representatives will welcome and transfer you to hotel for check in and a well deserved rest.
Today we’ll have a panoramic acquaintance tour with the city of Athens. A city at the center of Mediterranean cultures that throughout its long history fused cultural influences and disseminated knowledge. We'll see the former Royal Palace, Stadium, Gardens of Zappeion, Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian's Arch. The Theatre of Dionysus, Syntagma Square, Parliament, and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The Axademy, the University, and National Library while finally we"ll stroll to Athen's Cathedral.
We continue our sightseeing tour to New Acropolis Museum, which is located approximately 300 meters southeast of Parthenon, in the historic neighborhood of Makrygianni. We will observe the excavated findings from the Settlement and the Sanctuaries located on the slopes of the Acropolis. The sculptures at Acropolis dated to the Archaic period (such as Hecatompedon, Ancient Temple, Offerings), as well as parts of Metopes, Frieze and Pediments, are some of the exhibits at the New Acropolis Museum.
Moving on to Filopappou Hill. Whatever season you choose to visit this hill, you will be rewarded. This walk has all the ingredients of an unforgettable experience… beautiful greenery and important monuments. "Socrates Prison", "Kimoneia Graves", ancient Koili Street and a commercial avenue full of houses and shops, are some of the paces of interest. The "Museum of War Memorial", Filopappos Monument and a constant great view of Parthenon and Acropolis make up for a truly fantastic walk.
Free in Athens city center. Overnight stay.
Day 2: Acropolis / walking tour (Theseion, Monastiraki Flea Market, Plaka, Anafiotika)
Today's tour includes a guided visit at the arcaeological site of Acropolis, the sacred rock of Athens. Upon this rock and during the Golden Century of Pericles, the ancient Greek though and civilazation was expressed in an ideal way and some of it's top monuments were built. In the classical times (450-330 BC) three important temples were build on foundations of older ones, and that is Parthenon (dedicated to Athena), Erechtheum (dedicated to Athena and Poseidon) and the Temple of Athena Nike. The entrance to the sanctuary was the monumental Propylaea. From the foot of the sacred rock along the paved road, an exceptionally beautiful route, one arrives to Theseio. It is a neighborhood of Athens located northwest of Acropolis, near the Observatory. Important monuments of Thiseio are «Thiseion», more correctly "Hephaesteion», and that is the Temple of Hephaestus as well as the Stoa of Attalus where the Enlargement Treaty of EU was signed. Today the area is known as a recreation place with many cafes and taverns-restaurants.
We continue to Monastiraki, which is a neighborhood of Athens, named after Monastiraki Square, which in turn took its name from the Church of Pantanassa that is located within the square. The neighborhood is known as a Flea Market due to its many antique shops and other commercial stores. Plaka is the most historical neighborhood os Athens that has been continuosly inhabited since antiquity. Plaka building proclaimed preserved after the Second World War and today in the area there are many shops, restaurants, cafes, museums, galleries and houses of historical Athenian Families. Finally we wiil visit Anafiotika, a scenic tiny Cycladic architectural built neighborhood founded by workers from the island Anafi.
Overnight stay and rest.
Day 3: National Archaeological Museum – Sounio - (Optional)
This a day for you to decide how you want to spend it. You can either have free time around Athens to do sightseeing and shopping or go for the optional planned activities of the day which are as follows:
In the morning, we’ll visit the National Archaeological Museum that houses some of the most important artifacts from a variety of archaeological locations around Greece dating from the prehistoric era to late antiquity. One of museum highlights is the Antikythera mechanism, known as the Antikythera astrolabe or analogue computer. It is an ancient artifact resembeing a complex clockwork mechanism believed to be a computer engineered as an instrument for precise astronomical observations.
Later on we"ll go by the coastal road (Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, Varkiza) to Cape Sounion where we"ll see the ruins of ancient Greek Temple of Poseidon (5th century BC), and enjoy the panoramic view. If the sky is clear enough we"ll have the change to see seven at least islands.
Return to Athens for overnight stay.
Day 4: Santorini (Fira, Ancient Thira, Akrotiri, Kamari, Perissa) - (Optional)
“Please note that ALL activities in Santorini are merely proposals and optional according to your liking. You can choose to adhere to the suggested daily activities or just do your own thing… Santorini is ideal for whatever you choose to do…”
We depart for Santorini early in the morning to make the most out of our day. Our local representatives will greet you and transfer you to the hotel.
We will continue with boarding on a tour bus and will visit Fira, the islands’ capital. While at Fira we will also visit the Museum of Prehestoric Thira and the Orthodox and Catholic churches of the island.
Our next stop will be Ancient Thira, established in 9th century BC from Dorean settlers and was habited up to the early Byzantine years. Whilst there we will also visit Panagia Episkopi, which is the most renowned church on the island. We continue our outing by visiting the ruins of the Prehistoric Settlemen of Santorini. This is considered to be one of the most important archaeological sites in the Aegean Sea and resides in Akrotiri. Finally, we will visit two of the most popular volcanic beaches of Santorini, the beaches of Kamaki and Perissa.
Return to our hotel with time at hand to explore Santorini freely.
Day 5: Santorini (Cruise – Thirasia, Oia) - (Optional)
Breakfast and transfer with our tour bus to the port where we will get on board a traditional style boat heading to the volcano. Whilst hiking towards its summit, you will be able to familiarize with its long history and also see all of the volcanic craters.
Out next stop will be the Thermal Springs where a cool mud bath will refresh and rejuvenate you. Whilst at Thirasia we will be able to visit the traditional village of Manolios.
Our last stop will be at the village of Oia. We will get off the boat at Ammoudi beach and we can either walk the steps to Oia or hire a traditional donkey to do the walking for us! We will have roughly three hours to walk around and explore the stunning Oia see the amazing views and of course experience the unique Santorini Sunset…
Following our visit in Oia, the tour bus will return us to the hotel.
Day 6: Santorini (Wineries and Imerovigli) - (Optional)
Breakfast and personal free time in the morning to discover Santorini, do some shopping and mingle with the friendly locals and the tourists.
In the afternoon we will visit three different Wine distilleries. We will have some tradition Greek coffee and relax in the beautiful surroundings. In the afternoon we will visit Imerovigli and be mesmerized by some of the greatest views on our planet… a truly unique experience that will stay with you forever.
Return to the hotel and a last chance to enjoy and explore this beautiful island on your own terms.
Day 7: Return back home
End of Tour
…We travel from the Birthplace of Democracy to the Most Romantic Island in the world…
Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece and dominates the Attica region. It’s one of the world’s oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning over 3,400 years. The earliest human presence in Athens occurs somewhere between the 11th and 7th millennium BC.
Classical Athens was a powerful city-state that emerged in conjunction with the seagoing development of the port of Piraeus. Piraeus had been a distinct city prior to its 5th century BC incorporation with Athens. A centre for the arts, learning and philosophy. Home of Plato’s Academy and Aristotle’s Lyceum, it is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy.
The heritage of the classical era is still evident in the city, represented by ancient monuments and works of art. Most famous of all being the Parthenon, considered a key landmark of early Western civilization. The city also retains Roman and Byzantine monuments, as well as a smaller number of Ottoman monuments.
In modern times, Athens is a large cosmopolitan metropolis and central to economic, financial, industrial, maritime, political and cultural life in Greece.
With equal measures of grunge and grace, Athens is a heady mix of history and edginess. Cultural and social life plays out amid, around and in ancient landmarks. The magnificent Acropolis, visible from almost every part of the city, reminds Greeks daily of their heritage and the city’s glorious past.
Although individuals have endured difficult circumstances since the start of the economic crisis in 2009, the city is on the rise. There is crackling energy in creating a lively urban bustle, with locals and tourists alike flooding theopen-air restaurants and bars where they linger for hours.
Beyond Athens, down the Attica peninsula, are more spectacular antiquities. For instance, the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, as well as gorgeous beaches, such as those near historic Marathon.
Santorini is an island in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece’s mainland. It is the largest island of a small, circular archipelago which bears the same name and is the remnant of a volcanic caldera.
Santorini is essentially what remains after an enormous volcanic eruption that destroyed the earliest settlements on a formerly single island, and created the current geological caldera. A giant central, rectangular lagoon surrounded by steep cliffs on three sides. The main island slopes downward to the Aegean Sea.
The island’s principal port is Athinios. The capital, Fira, clings to the top of the cliff looking down on the lagoon. The volcanic rocks present from the prior eruptions feature olivine, and have a small presence of hornblende.
The region first became volcanically active around 3–4 million years ago, though volcanism on Thera began around 2 million years ago with the extrusion of dacitic lavas from vents around the Akrotiri.
About the eruprtion…
Santorini is the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history: the Minoan eruption; which occurred some 3,600 years ago at the height of the Minoan civilization. The eruption left a large caldera surrounded by volcanic ash deposits hundreds of metres deep. This may have led to the collapse of the Minoan civilization atthe island of Crete, through a gigantic tsunami. Another popular theory holds that the Thera eruption is the source of the legend of Atlantis.
With multicoloured cliffs soaring above a sea-drowned caldera, Santorini looks like a giant slab of layered cake. The main island of Thira will take your breath away with its snow-drift of white Cycladic houses lining the cliff tops. In places it looks like spilling icy cornices down the terraced rock. When the sun sets, the reflection on the buildings and the glow of the orange and red in the cliffs can be truly spectacular.
Santorini is no secret and draws crowds for much of the year, yet it wears its tourism crown well. The island’s intrigue reaches deep into the past, with the fascinating Minoan site of Akrotiri and the gorgeous traditional hilltop village of Oia. It also glides effortlessly into the future with accomplished artists, excellent wineries, a unique microbrewery and some of the Cyclades’ finest accommodation and dining experiences. The multicoloured beaches are simply the icing on the cake…
- Accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room.
- All transfers from/to the airport.
- All transfers/tours as per the program.
- Choice of selected Hotels.
- Half-board (Breakfast & Dinner).
- Experienced Tour Guide.
- Civil Liability Insurance.
- Entrances to all museums and archaeological sites as per the program.
- Drinks, souvenirs and personal expenses.
- Whatever is Optional as per the itinerary.
- Tips and gratuities.
- Air fares are not included in the price. Return Airfare can be arranged/included upon agreement.
- Prices are based on groups of 25 travelers.
- Prices can/will be subject to change depending on the number of participants and the duration of the journey.
- The program might be altered on the day but no visits/tours shall be missed.
INFORMATION:Here you'll find useful information for preparing your trip to Greece. We give you practical tips on documentation, safety, healthcare, what clothes to pack, currency, tourist cards, public holidays… so you're all set when you arrive.
General InformationCapital of Greece: Athens Official language: Greek The currency: Euro (€) Climate: Mediterranean Population: 11.306.183 (2010 estimate) The country is a Presidential Parliamentary Democracy Calling code: The international calling code of Greece is +30
Exchange CurrenciesGreece is a Member-State of the European Union and uses its uniform currency – the Euro (€). Greece, as is the case with the other Member-States of the E.U. uses eight coins as follows: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents (lepta in Greek) and 1 and 2 Euros. The banknotes are issued in the following denominations: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 Euros. Currency exchange rates are clearly displayed in every bank that accepts currency exchange, while credit card holders may acquire money from the ATMs of the collaborating banks. Greek banks are open for the public from 8:00 to 14:30 Mondays to Thursdays and from 8:00 to 13:30 on Fridays. They are closed on Public Holidays. Euros can also be exchanged for notes of other foreign currencies at exchange offices that are situated at the airport and certain main ports, in the larger cities, as well as at many tourist destinations. A passport is required when exchanging currencies.
Time ZoneTime Greece: GMT +2
National celebrations and Holidays
- New Years Day: 1st of January
- Epiphany: 6th of January. Sea water is consecrated in the area of Piraeus. The priests throw the Cross into the sea and young men dive to
- catch it.
- Ash Monday: 41 days before Easter. It is the day people begin the Lent. On Ash Monday Greeks fly kites, eat meatless food and celebrate
- Koulouma: Athenians gather on Philopappou Hill.
- Independence Day & Celebration of Evaggelismos: 25th of March. Military parade.
- Easter: From Holy Friday until Easter Monday. On Holy Friday evening every church decorates the Epitaph (Bier of Christ). During the
- procession of the Epitaph the streets of every city or village in the country are full of people. It is a religious procession where everybody
- holds lit candles in their hands and sings hymns.
- Night of the Resurrection: It is celebrated in midnight before Easter Sunday with fireworks and candles.
- Easter Sunday: On Easter Sunday Greeks eat barbecue lamb. The celebrations include singing and dancing all day long.
- Labor Day: 1st of May. Flower feasts all around Athens.
- Pentecost: It is celebrated 50 days after Easter.
- Assumption of the Virgin Mary: 15th of August.
- 28th of October: National Celebration. Military parade.
- Christmas: 25th-26th of December.