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Grecian Dreams Retreat to Greece

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  • September 27, 2019 October 8, 2019

Included in Price:

  • All accommodations and meals as noted
  • Private transport by Mercedes Sprinter or similar – note that vehicle allows for ONE piece of luggage per person (for additional luggage, larger vehicles can be provided at additional cost)
  • Expert English-speaking local guides for stated sightseeing
  • VIP Airport assistance
  • Entrance fees to all sights and museums
  • Bottled water in vehicle
  • Domestic flights and ferries as noted
  • All applicable taxes
  • Comprehensive trip preparation materials
  • 24/7 Access to Thomson Collection Boston team

Not Included in Price

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Laundry, beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and other items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

We will be visiting Athens, Santorini & Mykonos We will do LIGHT hiking, Wine tasting, and be seeing lots of cultural and historic sites, even one some believe to be the site of Atlantis Get ready because for those who have travelled the world with us before know, it will be here before you know it.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Athens

Upon arrival at Athens airport, you are welcomed to Greece by our local representative as you exit customs into the arrivals hall and transferred to your hotel where you are assisted with check-in procedures.

ACCOMMODATION: Electra Palace

DAY 2 – The Acropolis

Enjoy a full day discovering the rich heritage of Greece’s capital with your expert guide. This morning’s tour introduces you to the complex of monuments that most symbolize Athens: The Acropolis. The highlight of your tour to the Acropolis is the Parthenon, one of the most important ancient monuments in the Western world, which was dedicated to the Goddess Athena and was conceived in 447BC. At the foot of the Acropolis Rock is the museum, which exhibits around 4000 articles in natural light, with special climate-controlled measures protecting them from sunlight.

The most impressive part of the museum is its top floor, where visitors can view the famous frieze and then look out on to the view the Parthenon itself.

Afterwards, stroll through the ancient district of Plaka, one of the most picturesque and interesting parts of the city. In the afternoon, continue to the Benaki Museum, a fascinating display of eclectic Greek and Oriental art housed in the Benaki family house.

Before returning to your hotel, you can pass by the Panathenaic Stadium, a pure marble masterpiece that hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896.

ACCOMMODATION: Electra Palace

Day 3: Athens – Delphi

Delphi was home to the god Apollo and its position on a spur of Mount Parnassus makes it one of the most enchanting sites in Greece.

Leave Athens to discover this impressive place, which was, in antiquity, was regarded as the center of the world. The site had been sacred since at least the Bronze Age and, according to legend, the shrine was originally guarded by the dragon Python. He was defeated by Apollo who then took over the oracle.

The visible ruins belong to the last temple, dated to the fourth century BC. Follow the Sacred Way to see the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo, and the amphitheater where the Pythian Games were celebrated in antiquity.

Afterwards, you can also visit the Delphi Archaeological Museum, which displays many valuable treasures that were found at the site.

On your return journey to Athens, stop near the village of Distomo to admire the architecture and mosaics of Osios Loukas Monastery, which is still inhabited to this day. The monastery lies on the west slope of Mount Helikon, below the acropolis of ancient Steirion, and the views are something to behold!

ACCOMMODATION: Electra Palace

Day 4: Athens to Santorini

Depending on your flight time today, take the morning to explore Athens a bit on your own then meet your driver and transfer to the airport for your flight to Santorini.

Upon arrival in Santorini, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel for a restful evening.

ACCOMMODATION: Vedema Resort

Day 5: Santorini – FIra

Head for Fira this morning on your half-day excursion to soak up the town’s vibrant atmosphere and take the opportunity to photograph the spectacular views over the multi-colored cliffs.

After a short stroll in Fira, and depending on interest, you may wish to drive north to Oia. Known for being the most picturesque town in Santorini, gaze at the beautiful, white-washed houses sculpted from the rocky clifftops, its windmills and caves perched up on the very edge of the precipice.

Continue with a visit to one of the three best wineries on the island, which is sure to convince you that this Aegean Sea isle, with some of the oldest vineyards in the world, produces truly unique white wine using the Assyrtiko grape. Red wine connoisseurs, however, are very much impressed by the up-and-coming Mavrotragano variety.

Alternatively, art lovers may prefer to visit the Art Space, a unique gallery set within caves of pumice rock.

ACCOMMODATION: Vedema Resort

Day 6: Santorini – Akrotiri

The essence of Santorini is not simply its stunning whitewashed houses and chapels with uninterrupted views across the Aegean Sea; it also has an extraordinary ancient past.

Together with your expert local guide, explore the impressive Akrotiri excavation site, which is a must-see during your stay on the island. After the sudden and successful evacuation of its inhabitants in the 17th century BC, the Minoan town of Akrotiri was buried by a widespread Theran eruption. Subsequently, Akrotiri’s buildings and their contents were naturally preserved under a thick layer of volcanic ash which covered the entire island.

To some, this significant archaeological site is a fascinating Minoan centre of commerce; to others, it’s a Greek version of Pompeii, but true romantics believe it to be the legendary lost city of Atlantis. The site will be brought to life at the Museum of Prehistoric Fira, where you see representative artefacts and frescoes from the excavated buildings.

ACCOMMODATION: Vedema Resort

Day 7 – Santorini to Mykonos

Meet your driver and transfer in the comfort of your private luxury vehicle to Santorini port where you will board your ferry to Mykonos.

Upon arrival at Mykonos port, you will be met and privately transferred to your hotel, where you will be assisted with check-in.

Mykonos is a cosmopolitan island of whitewashed houses, little chapels, a gorgeous blue sea, and beautiful beaches. The authentic cubist charms and chic café-bar-boutique scene that draws in visitors each year. During the summer months, it becomes the hub for beach parties and glitz and glamour, rivalling St Tropez and Ibiza for its hedonistic way of life. It is the perfect location from which to visit the nearby island of Delos, the mythological birthplace of Apollo. A famous row of windmills adorns the island, and the best views can be found from the 400 – year-old Boni Windmill, standing just above the town.

Mykonos town has an array of unique bars and restaurants but finding them, amongst the narrow winding streets, can be a challenge! Your guide will escort you this evening and help you to navigate the labyrinth of cobbled alleys at the heart of this stunning, white-washed town.

Begin with the area known as Little Venice, sipping a cocktail while enjoying the view of the sunset, framed by the iconic windmills. Be sure not to forget your sunglasses!

Later you are shown the locations of the best restaurants as you explore some of the boutiques and jewelry stores that open late into the evening. At the end of the tour, choose to return to your hotel or, if you prefer, your transfer can be arranged to take you back after you have dined. (up to 4 hours w/ guide, return transfers)

ACCOMMODATION: Petasos Resort & Spa

Day 8: Mykonos – Delos

Now uninhabited, the sacred island of Delosis is considered the birthplace of the Greek gods Artemis and Apollo according to Greek mythology. Once a place of pilgrimage, it developed into a commercial port during the second and third centuries BC.

Accompanied by your guide, board a public cruise to the island today. Learn about the captivating history of this Unesco World Heritage Site, with its archaeological ruins and notable flora and fauna. (5 hours guide and return transfers to the port)

ACCOMMODATION: Petasos Resort & Spa

Day 9: Mykonos

Full day at leisure

ACCOMMODATION: Grace Mykonos

Day 10: Mykonos to Athens

Meet your driver and transfer in the comfort of your private luxury vehicle to Mykonos port where you will board your ferry to Athens.

ACCOMMODATION: Holiday Inn Attica