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Best of Greece

from $5235/per person

Discover the legendary beauty and fascinating mythology of Greece throughout the mainland and the precious islands of Mykonos and Santorini for 4 days each. Explore the ‘cradle of Western civilization’ on the 15-day Best of Greece to uncover all the incredible highlights on a comfortable and well-paced cultural adventure. Witness the changing landscapes and the seamless blend of ancient and cosmopolitan from Athens to Corinth, Meteora, and Olympia.

Duration
15 Day
Destination(s)
Greece
Starts in / Ends in
Athens / Athens
Departs on
Fridays
Hotel Rating
5 -4 Star Hotels
16 People Max.

Sight Visited

  • Athens
    Athens

    You will fall in love with the perfect combination of culture, history and the dynamic contemporary life in one of the oldest cities in the world.

  • Delphi
    Delphi

  • Epidavros
    Epidavros

    Explore Ancient Epidaurus, an experience through the history of Greece with breaks at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus and museums.

  • Kalambaka
    Kalambaka

    Kalambaka is a small town in Greece, built on the feet of the Meteora.

  • Mykonos
    Mykonos

    Greece’s most famous with blue flag beaches, whitewashed streets and vibrant nightlife. You won’t want to leave the ‘The Island of the Winds’!

  • Nafplion
    Nafplion

    Nafplion is a beauty, maybe the most romantic place in Greece. It was captured by many civilizations. And each of them left a mark from their cultures, Ottoman fountains, Venetian buildings, Ancient walls, medieval castles are now attracting people from all around the world.

  • Santorini
    Santorini

    The most beautiful sunset in the world… This volcanic island has unique scenery with its multi-colored cliffs and beaches. Pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy.

ITINERARY

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Day 1: Athens
Meet the unparalleled cultural heritage of ancient Greece on an epic adventure in comfort and style.  Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a Ciconia representative at the airport. In the afternoon, join the welcome meeting at the hotel lobby with your fellow travellers and Tour Director. Greet the sophisticated and delicious Greek cuisine tonight on a group dinner, make sure to leave room for amazing desserts.
  • Hotel: Grand Hyatt Hotel 5* (or similar)
  • Optional Experiences: Group Dinner
  • Meals: No
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Day 2: Athens City Tour
Journey to the depths of ancient Greece as we embark on a comprehensive city tour of the cradle of western civilization with our expert guide. Soak in unique sights such as the world-famous Parthenon, Acropolis Museum, the Royal Palace, Temple of Zeus and Agora, and follow the footsteps of Socrates and Plato. Visit historic sites as Hadrian’s Arch and commemorate the first ever modern Olympics of 1896. You will have personal leisure time in the afternoon to continue your in-depth discovery until our exciting dinner plans. Gather for dinner at a local restaurant to experience the authentic Greek cuisine and culture with a folklore show, together with complimentary house wine!
  • Hotel: Grand Hyatt Hotel 5* (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Greek Folklore Show
  • Key Highlights: Athens City Tour
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Day 3: Athens, Mykonos
Wake up to the beautiful view of Acropolis overlooking Athens and transfer to the bustling port of Piraeus for your ferry to Mykonos. Sailing the open seas on a comfortable Aegean ferry, approach the charming windmills and whitewashed houses covering the slopes surrounding the port. The famous island offers gorgeous towns of narrow cobbled streets, lively beach clubs, exquisite authentic dining and an endless nightlife. Checking into your hotel in the late afternoon, launch your discovery through the mazes of streets filled with stalls, shops, cafes and bars. In the evening, we have special dinner plans at the well-known Pilatis Gialos beach where you can try out fine samples of Greek cuisine.
  • Hotel: San Marco Hotel 5* (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner at Pilatis Gialos
  • Key Highlights: Mykonos
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Day 4: Mykonos
Enjoy a lovely Greek breakfast at your hotel and ready to explore Mykonos inside out. Start your discovery with a walking tour with your local guide. Find your bearings around the main port and the surrounding labyrinth of narrow streets, visit the important landmarks hidden around the town and learn about the intriguing history of Mykonos. Following with a boat trip to Delos island, roam the incredible ancient ruins at the ‘birthplace’ of the gods Apollo and Artemis. Inhabited since 3rd millennium BC, it is one of the most prized mythological, historical, and archaeological sites in all of Greece. In the evening, taste delicious local seafood and view the most stunning sunset over Little Venice. As you finish your tasteful wine, feel free to discover the rich nightlife of Mykonos.
  • Hotel: San Marco Hotel 5* (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Key Highlights: Delos Island Tour
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Day 5: Mykonos
Today we enjoy one of the famous beaches of Mykonos with a stylish touch. Spend your day sunbathing with marvellous views of emerald waters at one of Mykonos’ most famous, the exclusive Psarou beach. A summer hotspot for local and international celebrities, here you can enjoy the highest quality of service Mykonos is known for. Sample delightful seafood and wine at the beach restaurants and savour the excellence of Mykonos in its finest form. In the afternoon, have a taste of adventure with water-sports or scuba diving. Enjoy your evening at the main town as you please, why not a wonderful meal with ouzo and dancing to sirtaki?
  • Hotel: San Marco Hotel 5* (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Key Highlights: Psarou Beach
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Day 6: Mykonos, Santorini Ferry, Santorini
Bid farewell to the beautiful and crazy Mykonos and ferry to the gorgeous Santorini. Comfortably cruising the Aegean, approach the breath-taking view of steep cliffs and terraces of whitewashed houses. Santorini is blessed with a unique geology and nature, colourful beaches of volcanic sand, immense historical and cultural treasures, and a world-famous sunset. Stroll the vibrant town and soak in a scenery of a lifetime as blue churches and white houses unfold before you. Savour the excellent local wine and fine Greek dining.
  • Hotel: Splendour Resort Hotel 5* (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Santorini
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Day 7: Santorini
Journey through the heart of the town on a walking tour with your guide. Uncover the bustling town centre, famous landmarks and the popular hotspots for the best views. Take a short boat trip to the crater and hot springs part of the volcano that gave Santorini its unique shape and features. In the afternoon at Oia village, watch the sun disappear in the blurred horizon between the sky and the sea from a pool atop the cliffs. Discover the diverse nightlife of Santorini with plentiful restaurants, lounges, bars and clubs.
  • Hotel: Splendour Resort Hotel 5* (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Key Highlights: Santorini Sightseeing, Volcano Tour
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Day 8: Santorini
Freely discover the myriad of beautiful sights at Santorini that you couldn’t make the time for. You can hire quadbikes or motorcycles from a local provider to make it to the black or white beach in the South, then the Archaeological Museum of Thera before a refreshing stop; shape your journey as per your wishes. Visit prehistoric settlements; beaches of colourful sand and water sports; quaint villages, wineries and more. Sample the fine Greek cuisine and delightful local wine with astounding views over the village to cement your memories of Santorini.
  • Hotel: Splendour Resort Hotel 5* (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Key Highlights: Quad Biking
9
Day 9: Santorini, Athens Ferry, Athens
Wake up to the beautiful Santorini for a final breakfast on the island. Transfer to the port and ferry back to Athens in comfort with a book at hand. Arriving in late afternoon, spend your personal leisure time wisely to cherish your favourite sites or explore new hidden gems of the capital. Embrace the lively culture and nightlife of Athens and prepare for the second leg of our trip over dinner. Savour the delicious local cuisine at a traditional Greek taverna with complimentary house wine, and commemorate your favourite moments from an incredible adventure with newly-made friends.
  • Hotel: Grand Hyatt Hotel 5* (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Group Dinner at a Greek Taverna
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Day 10: Athens, Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Nafplion
After a delicious Greek breakfast, we depart towards Corinth on a picturesque journey. Upon arrival, join our local expert as we explore an ancient city of immense historical value. Follow your Travel Director through the great Greek kingdom of Mycenae and its many wonders including the Beehive Tombs, the Lion Gate and famous Agamemnon’s Royal Palace. The final highlight of the day will be Epidaurus, home to the ancient theatre and Sanctuary of Asclepius – whose snake-coiled staff has inspired the symbol of medicine to this day. Finish off a full day’s cultural adventure in comfort at our hotel in Nafplion, a charming Venetian town. We’ll dine and have a recharging rest at the hotel tonight.
  • Hotel: Amelia Hotel Nafplion 4* (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus
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Day 11: Nafplion, Olympia
After breakfast, uncover Nafplion on a city tour with your guide. Visit an olive mill to connect with the locals and taste the famously delicious Greek olives. In the afternoon, drive through the scenic Arcadia Mountains towards ancient Olympia, where the first Olympics ever was held in 8th century BC.
  • Hotel: Amelia Hotel Olympia 4* (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Nafplion City Tour, Olive Mill Visit
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Day 12: Olympia, Patras, Delphi
Following a delicious Greek breakfast, join our local expert with your Travel Director as we delve into ancient history. Soak in the marvellous mythology and incredible sights as the original Olympic Site, Temple of Hera and Zeus. Drive along the charming coastline towards the vibrant city of Patras, the regional capital of Western Greece. Cross inland to meet the glory and timeless legends of Delphi, where we spend overnight.
  • Hotel: Amelia Hotel Delphi 4* (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Olympia and Patras Sightseeing
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Day 13: Delphi, Thermopylae, Kalambaka
Follow the footsteps of ancient Greeks seeking the great wisdom of the Oracle of Delphi, one of the most important and powerful women of the classical world. Giving advice to whom who seek it, the oracle has served its realm for a thousand years. Continue to discover the impressive ruins of Temple of Apollo, and the statutes of athletes commemorating him with the Pythian Games. Taking a scenic drive to in the afternoon, we arrive to the famous site of Spartan defence spearheaded by King Leonidas to stop Persian invaders. Crossing the green fields of inland Greece through the Pouramaki Pass, we head towards the quaint village of Kalambaka.
  • Hotel: Grand Meteora Hotel 4* (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Delphi Sightseeing
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Day 14: Kalambaka, Meteora, Athens
Our first stop will be the other-worldly monasteries of Meteora hanging beside massive boulders of rock as if floating in the air. Discover the impressive UNESCO World Heritage site with an expert local guide, visiting the Eastern Orthodox monasteries. On a long scenic drive across the Greek mainland back to Athens, we check into our hotel before dinner. Savour the delicious local cuisine, sample some premium ouzo and commemorate your favourite moments from an incredible adventure.
  • Hotel: Grand Hyatt Hotel 5* (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Meteora Sightseeing
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Day 15: Athens
Our marvellous Greece adventure comes to an end after breakfast. Make sure to bid farewell to newfound friends and exchange numbers before checking-out of the hotel (at 11:00). Complementary airport transfers are available all day, have a safe and smooth journey!
  • Meals: Breakfast
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Price ($)

What is included ?

5 & 4 Star Characteristic Hotels

Accommodation in authentic, comfortable and ideally located hotels.

Luxury Transportation

Deluxe air-conditioned coach, ferry from Athens to Mykonos, from Mykonos to Santorini and Santorini to Athens.

Exceptional Authentic Dining

14 Breakfasts, 9 Dinners.

Travel Director

Local & Expert Travel Director throughout your trip.

Journey Highlights

Must see sights, hidden gems & authentic experiences. Find more details below and in the itinerary.

All Entrance Fees To All Sights

Entrance fees to all cultural, historical and natural sites on tour.

Private Airport Transfer

Complimentary private airport transfers on arrival and departure dates.

Baggage Handling

Seamless baggage handling, delivered to your room at every hotel.

All Tips, Taxes And Porterage Charges

Tips at the hotels and restaurants, all taxes and porterage fees.

Free Wi-Fi

Complimentary hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Athens
    Athens

    You will fall in love with the perfect combination of culture, history and the dynamic contemporary life in one of the oldest cities in the world.

  • Delphi
    Delphi

  • Epidavros
    Epidavros

    Explore Ancient Epidaurus, an experience through the history of Greece with breaks at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus and museums.

  • Kalambaka
    Kalambaka

    Kalambaka is a small town in Greece, built on the feet of the Meteora.

  • Mykonos
    Mykonos

    Greece’s most famous with blue flag beaches, whitewashed streets and vibrant nightlife. You won’t want to leave the ‘The Island of the Winds’!

  • Nafplion
    Nafplion

    Nafplion is a beauty, maybe the most romantic place in Greece. It was captured by many civilizations. And each of them left a mark from their cultures, Ottoman fountains, Venetian buildings, Ancient walls, medieval castles are now attracting people from all around the world.

  • Santorini
    Santorini

    The most beautiful sunset in the world… This volcanic island has unique scenery with its multi-colored cliffs and beaches. Pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy.

Athens: Parthenon, Acropolis Museum, the Royal Palace, Temple of Zeus and Agora, Hadrian’s Arch
Corinth: Corinth Canal, Ancient Corinth, Temple of Apollo
Mycenae: Lion Gate, Archaeological Museum, Atreus Treasury
Epidaurus: Ancient Theatre, Sanctuary Of Asklepios
Nafplion: Syntagma Square , Palamidi Fortress
Olympia: Ancient Stadium, Temple of Zeus, Temple of Hera, Philippeion
Patras: Medieval Castle, Roman Odeon
Kalambaka: Monasteries, Meteora
Mykonos: Delos, Little Venice
Santorini:

Stay in Style

Knowing that your accommodation may separate a great holiday from a perfect one, we have carefully selected the below 5-Star hotels of comfort and style:

Please view the “Hotels” section for more details about your accommodation on this trip.

  • Grand Hyatt Hotel ( or similar )
    Grand Hyatt Hotel ( or similar )

    Located on the famous Syngrou Avenue, between the cultural center of the historic city of Athens and the cosmopolitan At

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  • Grand Meteora Hotel ( or similar )
    Grand Meteora Hotel ( or similar )

    Hotel is located at the foot of Meteora, in the heart of the Thessaly plain. It is the most imposing and impressing acco

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  • Amalia Hotel Delphi ( or similar )
    Amalia Hotel Delphi ( or similar )

    Amalia Hotel Delphi has an exquisite location at the foot of mount Parnassus. The room balconies and the public areas of

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  • Amalia Hotel Nafplion ( or similar )
    Amalia Hotel Nafplion ( or similar )

    Amalia Hotel Nafplio is situated right at the entrance of Nafplion town, 2,5 km. from its center. It was built with resp

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  • Amalia Hotel Olympia ( or similar )
    Amalia Hotel Olympia ( or similar )

    Amalia Hotel Olympia is built in a unique location that combines the energy, the aura and the serenity of Ancient Olympi

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  • San Marco Hotel ( or similar )
    San Marco Hotel ( or similar )

    San Marco Luxury Hotel & Villas is an elite luxury beach hotel in Houlakia Bay on the bewitching Greek Cyclades is

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  • Splendour Resort Hotel ( or similar )
    Splendour Resort Hotel ( or similar )

    Situated in the scenic Firostefani, Splendour Resort offers elegant 5-star accommodation with views over the Aegean Sea.

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What is not included ?

  • Any flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees
  • Optional activities
  • Other services not stated in the itinerary

Grand Hyatt Hotel ( or similar )


Located on the famous Syngrou Avenue, between the cultural center of the historic city of Athens and the cosmopolitan Athenian Riviera, Grand Hyatt Athens offers the ultimate hospitality experience in a city with a heady mix of history and edginess. Explore the vibrant city of Athens, discover the narrow streets and small buildings of Plaka, and merge into 3.000 years of Greek history while visiting the Acropolis Hill.

Grand Meteora Hotel ( or similar )


Hotel is located at the foot of Meteora, in the heart of the Thessaly plain. It is the most imposing and impressing accommodation in the area, next to the picturesque village of Kastraki, and only 3 kilometers away from the historic center of Kalambaka.

Amalia Hotel Delphi ( or similar )


Amalia Hotel Delphi has an exquisite location at the foot of mount Parnassus. The room balconies and the public areas of the hotel offer panoramic view to the green valley, all the way to the sea, the town of Itea and the beautiful town of Galaxidi. All guest rooms have natural light, terraces or balconies, are fully air-conditioned or heated depending on the season and are equipped with all necessary facilities. The general feeling is modest elegance in white and grey with earthly materials like stone and wood. Most of the rooms offer impressive views to the valley and the sea.

Amalia Hotel Nafplion ( or similar )


Amalia Hotel Nafplio is situated right at the entrance of Nafplion town, 2,5 km. from its center. It was built with respect to the town’s culture and architecture, a neoclassical building with 170 luxurious guest rooms, in the middle of spacious surroundings of beautiful gardens with palm trees and flowers and a beautiful swimming pool, that operates from May to September. A unique environment that offers peace and serenity outside the town fuss and noises.

Amalia Hotel Olympia ( or similar )


Amalia Hotel Olympia is built in a unique location that combines the energy, the aura and the serenity of Ancient Olympia, in a beautiful green landscape filled with olive trees. From every corner of the white marbled spacious lobby, guests enjoy the endless green scenery along with the open air terrace of the lounge café. The restaurant and the large swimming pool are situated on the ground level with immediate access to the gardens. The hotel’s 147 large comfortable guestrooms spread over three wings and three levels, all facing the serene gardens through balconies and terraces.

San Marco Hotel ( or similar )


San Marco Luxury Hotel & Villas is an elite luxury beach hotel in Houlakia Bay on the bewitching Greek Cyclades island of Mykonos.

Splendour Resort Hotel ( or similar )


Situated in the scenic Firostefani, Splendour Resort offers elegant 5-star accommodation with views over the Aegean Sea. It includes a swimming pool with poolside bar and an on-site restaurant. Free WiFi access is provided throughout. Nestled into hillside, the hotel blends in magically with its Cycladic surroundings and enjoys breathtaking views of the east side of the island.