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Greek Island Explorer 2014

  • Duration: 10 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe Costsaver 2014
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  • Style: Regional
  • Description: Tour Athens to see the mighty Acropolis, Hadrian's Arch and Temple of Zeus, before hopping to the stunning Greek islands of Mykonos with its pretty port, white-washed houses and unique windmills, and Santorini with its volcanic beaches, cliff top restaurants and narrow, cobblestone streets.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE ATHENS (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to Athens! You are met on arrival and taken to your hotel. After check-in spend the rest of the day relaxing or exploring the city. Later, join your Trafalgar Local Host and fellow travellers for a Welcome Meeting.

    Hotel: Metropolitan/Divani Palace Acropolois

    Hotels are subject to change.
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  • Day 2

    ATHENS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your Local Guide takes you on a morning sightseeing tour of Athens starting with a visit to the ancient Acropolis and the Parthenon, which is considered to be the most important building to survive from Classical Greece. Afterwards, view the Panathinaiko Olympic stadium, the Evzone guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and a host of other famous sites including the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. Spend the rest of the day as you choose. This evening, savour local Greek specialities at one of the city’s excellent restaurants.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 3

    ATHENS – MYKONOS (3 NIGHTS)

    Transfer to Piraeus and board the Aegean ferry. Your first stop is Mykonos, popular with the rich and famous. Transfer to your hotel where you will be given an orientation tour and useful information. Spend the rest of the day exploring this magical island. Houses, shops, churches, restaurants and windmills are immaculately whitewashed, with splashes of sky blue and jade green bringing colour to door frames and window shutters, many of which are overhung with dazzling pink and purple blossoms. Dinner is included tonight. Afterwards you might like to experience the island’s vibrant nightlife.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Viennoulas Garden / Vanilla Hotel

    Hotels are subject to change.
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  • Day 4 to Day 5

    MYKONOS - FREE TIME

    You have two days to experience the delights of Mykonos. Around 9,000 people inhabit this rugged mass of granite. One of the most cosmopolitan islands in Greece, Mykonos is known for its beaches and diverse nightlife but manages to retain a strong indigenous identity despite its popularity. If you want to see the quieter side of the island, explore narrow winding alleys full of tempting boutiques in the labyrinthine of the old town. Wander round Little Venice on the east side of the harbour or consider a sightseeing experience to the nearby sacred island of Delos, a charming island and the birthplace of Artemis and Apollo. Visit the Archaeological Museum or Aegean Maritime Museum displaying ancient and nautical artifacts relating to the island’s seafaring heritage. Enjoy cocktails at a waterfront restaurant and don’t miss the opportunity to take a refreshing swim in the sparkling sea.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 6

    MYKONOS – SANTORINI (3 NIGHTS)

    Your holiday continues with a ferry ride south across the Aegean to the beautiful island of Santorini, your home for the next three nights. You are met at the port and transferred to your hotel where you will be given an orientation tour and useful information. After check-in, explore Santorini, also known as Thira, which is comprised of a small circular archipelago of volcanic islands and is all that remains after one of the world’s largest volcanic eruptions. This created a caldera whose multi-coloured walls are spectacular and it’s the islands physical beauty that, along with a dynamic nightlife, makes it one of Europe’s most desirable destinations. This evening join your fellow travellers for an included dinner.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: El Greco/Aegean Plaza/Astir Theras

    Hotels are subject to change.
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  • Day 7 to Day 8

    SANTORINI – FREE TIME

    There are plenty of things to do in Santorini and you have two full days to enjoy this picturesque island. Relax in cliff-top restaurants and laze on sun-soaked beaches. Consider a cruise to explore the volcano and swim in the hot springs. Visit the island’s museums or take a tour of a traditional winery and sample the grape variety unique to Santorini. And don’t miss the sunsets for which the island is justifiably famous. They are spectacular from anywhere on the caldera but particularly from Oia on the northern tip of the island, which offers an uninterrupted view of the sun as it sinks below the horizon. Santorini has an abundance of dining establishments to suit all tastes where you can dine on a full range of international cuisine including Greek specialities.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 9

    SANTORINI – ATHENS

    Today take the high-speed ferry back to Athens for the final night of your trip. On arrival at the port of Piraeus, you are transferred to your Athens hotel. There is time this afternoon for you to do some last minute sightseeing, shop for souvenirs or simply relax and reflect on your amazing journey. This evening you might like to join your travelling companions for a celebration dinner – there are plenty of restaurants, tavernas and open air cafés in the colourful Plaka area with street musicians playing traditional Greek music.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Metropolitan/Divani Palace Acropolis

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  • Day 10

    DEPART ATHENS

    This morning, after breakfast, it is time to bid farewell to Greece and your new found friends at the end of your wonderful Greek Island holiday. Transfers are available to the airport for your return flight home. Conditions apply.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • AthensSightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes a visit to the magnificent Acropolis and the Temple of Zeus. View Hadrian’s Arch
  • MykonosOrientation of the port and Mykonos town includes a walk along the narrow cobbled streets. Your Travel Director will provide information on beaches and sightseeing opportunities
  • SantoriniOrientation of the town of Fira with a walk to enjoy the views over the caldera. Your Travel Director will provide information on beaches and sightseeing opportunities

Dining

  • 9 buffet breakfasts
  • 2 three course dinners

Travel Highlights

  • A stylish wallet, travel documents and map
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage  handling fees and local taxes included
  • High-speed ferries from Piraeus to Mykonos, Mykonos to Santorini and Santorini to Piraeus, subject to availability and weather conditions
  • Hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply. Please refer to the price panel.

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Notes
  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
  • ^Twin-share option not available for trips to South America., Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey.

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