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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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Optionals

On every itinerary, we offer a range of optional excursions that allow you to further enhance your experience should you so choose. These are purchased when you are on your trip, via your Trafalgar Travel Director. Depending on the region visited these can be paid with cash or credit card.


A reduction of 25% of the cost of the Optional Excursions is offered to all children under the age of 16 years at the time of travel. Please Note: This discount to does not apply to North America optionals, as they are already discounted.

  • ATHENS

    • + Traditional Greek Taverna Meal With Entertainment This is an evening excursion to a taverna in the centre of Athens. Excellent traditional Greek food in a lively atmosphere, entertained through dances and music from all parts of the country. Wine, beer and soft drinks are also included. Although the venue does have an official ending time, guests are more than welcome to stay on in the taverna, to join in with the local residents! (N.B.:Casual dress)

    • + Walking Tour And Dinner In Psiri This is an evening excursion including a stroll around the Acropolis on the finest pedestrian street in Athens centre and a memorable dinner in a restaurant located in the lively area of Psiri. Dining is meze style, giving you the opportunity to taste many modern Greek dishes. Psiri is within walking distance from the Plaka area.

    • + Cape Sounion Take a relaxing trip down to the southernmost tip of Mainland Greece to see the 5th century BC Temple of Poseidon at Sounion. See if you can spot where Byron carved his initials on one of the temples sixteen columns. Marvel at the sheer rugged beauty of the coastline and the ancient temple perched above a 197-foot drop down to the Aegean Sea below. Stand above the site of the worlds first lighthouse, overlooking an area steeped in classical Greek history, ever since the tragic King Aegeas threw himself from the rocky precipice into the sea below, thereby giving his name to the Aegean Sea.

  • MYKONOS

    • + Island Tour A walking tour through Mykonos town, starting from Fabrika Square, takes us to 'Tria Pigadia' (three wells), through 'Matogianni', the main shopping area, on to the local market and then to the harbour. We continue our walk to 'Paraportiani Church' and after that we go to 'Little Venice' and the windmills. We return to Fabrika Square where our bus tour will take us to some of the most beautiful beaches of this most famous Greek island. The first stop is in Plati Yalos, one of the most protected and organised beaches on the south coast. The next stop is in Ornos beach with its little fishing harbour. We then drive on to the bay of Agios Ioannis where we visit the little double church, which gave its name to the bay, and offers a fantastic view of Delos. Then we leave the south coast, driving past Korfos and Megali Ammos to arrive at Agios Stefanos beach for a photo stop. Driving over the new peripheral road we visit the village of Ano Mera with its cosy square and the monks' monastery Panagia Tourliani. We continue on to Kalafatis beach, famous for its relaxed atmosphere before driving back to Mykonos town where the tour ends in Fabrika square.

    • + Experience The Ancient Island Delos Delos, once a Sacred Island, is the legendary birthplace of the God Apollo and his twin sister Artemis. For 500 years, this tiny island was the religious and commercial hub of the entire Aegean Sea. Today the whole territory of the deserted Delos is one of the most important archaeological sites of the eastern Mediterranean. During this half-day trip you may visit, amongst others, the remains of the Temple of Apollo, the sanctuary of Artemis, the old city and the theatre and then walk down the celebrated Lion Street. In the museum of Delos one can admire Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman sculptures, a collection of vessels from all periods as well as small items of everyday use.

    • + Paradise Cruise A mini-cruise on a fishing-boat will give us the opportunity to enjoy the sight of some of the island's most spectacular bays, from the sea. Sailing along Mykonos' southern coast, we will pass the beaches Paranga, Paradise, Super Paradise, Agrari, Elia and Kalafatis and reach the island of Dragonissi. If the weather permits the boat will enter the caves where there will be free time to swim and snorkel. Otherwise the alternative beaches for the free time will be Frangias or a small private beach on Dragonissi. Next stop is the beach of Kalo Livadi for lunch (included). After lunch you can swim in the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea, explore the sea bottom with mask and snorkel or just relax under the Cycladic sun. The cruise returns early in the afternoon.

  • SANTORINI

    • + Sunset And Dinner In Oia This afternoon we will have the opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful destinations of the Island of Santorini, Oia. Departing from the hotel, we will board the coach that takes us to Oia. Drive by the narrowest point of the island before laying eyes on the magical village. Upon arrival in Oia, we will walk up to the top, where the main church of the village is situated and we will walk towards the Venetian castle to admire the sunset. Enjoy some free time before heading off to dinner. Local specialties and seafood starters will be served. Be Greek and eat Meze style while talking, drinking and reminiscing of the memories you have made over the past week. (N.B.: Without dinner Euro 23.00).

    • + Volcano - Thirassia - Oia Sunset Make your way to the old port of Santorini. We take the cable car and reach the port where we embark for a magical afternoon cruise in the Caldera area aboard one of the Santorini sailing yacht charters. The adventure begins with a visit to the quaint port of Nea Kammeni and the volcano. From there, we will be guided to the volcanos crater to admire the scenery while standing on the hot, rugged rock. We will then be taken to the hot springs, where we will have the chance to bathe in the warm volcanic waters. Boarding back onto the ship, we will have the chance to enjoy Greek Mezedes accompanied by Santorini Local wines. Cruising on, we will pass by the island of Thirassia, in order to reach the most beautiful part of the island: OIA. From the deck of the ship, we will have the unique opportunity to admire the enchanting sunset as we sail back to Fira Town. (Entrance fee to the volcano -Euro 2.00- is not included.)

    • + Island Tour This morning, we will board the coach and drive to the highest point of the island called Profitis Ilias, where one can take a panoramic picture of Santorini. Continuing on, we drive to the village of Pyrgos, where we will stop for 20-30 minutes to marvel at the typical blue domed churches, before driving to Megalochori. Once in this traditional and unique village of Santorini, we walk for approximately 15 minutes through the streets and get a glimpse of life on the island. Megalochori is known as the ghost village as this is the only place on the island where tourists do not visit. Completing this walk, we board the bus and head for the beach of Perivolos, the black sand beach passing other villages such as Kamari and Emborio. We have approximately 2 hours on the beach where we can swim, have lunch or do both, before we head off to the red sand beach where once again you will have the chance to swim. Last but not least is our visit to one of the best wineries of the island: Santo Wines. Grab the opportunity to taste three of the very best local wines while overlooking the cliffs of the southern part of the island and enjoying this geological marvel that is Santorini. (Lunch is not included.)

    • + Volcano - Thirassia Cruise Taking the cable car down to the old port, we board the sailing boat that will take us to the actual active volcano. Here we will have the chance to walk to the very top of the volcano and witness the active crater. In turn, we will also have the unique opportunity to dive into the Hot Springs where you will enjoy the feel of the healing waters. After our swim, the boat brings us to the little fisherman island of Thirassia which offers a magnificent view of the Caldera. Sail back to port of Athinios. Our transfer will take us back to the hotel. (Entrance fee to the volcano -Euro 2.00- is not included.)

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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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