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Best of Greece with 6-Day Santorini Extension

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Greece's classical culture meets modern metropolis as you pass through Athens, Mycenae, Olympia and more.

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Best of Greece with 6-Day Santorini Extension

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      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, 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. 

      About this trip

      Explore Ancient Greece, from the Temples of Zeus and Hera to the Parthenon and Delphi. Walk the Sacred Way to the 4th Temple of Apollo and greet the gods and goddesses of Olympia.


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      Trip code: AGSA6

      12 Nights

      accommodation

      18 Meals
      • 12 hot buffet breakfasts

      • 6 dinners

      On-trip Transport

      All transport shown.

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      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • CITY TOUR in Athens, Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi and Meteora

        • VISIT the Acropolis and Museum in Athens, the ancient ruins in Corinth, the Olympic Stadium in Olympia, the home of the Oracle at Delphi and the incredible rock monasteries in Meteora

        • VIEW the Parthenon, the Agora, Royal Palace and Temple of Zeus in Athens, the ancient theatre and Sanctuary of Asclepius at Epidaurus and the battle site at Thermopylae

        • SEE the Corinth Canal, the Lion Gate and Agamemnon's Palace at Mycenae


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 12 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 6 dinners


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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Trip Highlights

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • The services of a Trafalgar representative.

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • VIP entry to many sights

        • Return High-speed ferry between Athens (Piraeus) and Santorini.

        • All Athens/Santorini transfers. Outbound transfers to Athens airport available.

        • Hand-picked Trip Highlights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

      Best of Greece with 6-Day Santorini Extension

      Your Itinerary

      1. Arrive Athens (2 Nights)

      Put the 'oh' in opa and embark on an unforgettable exploration of an ancient land of gods and goddesses, myths and legends. Your springboard to your spellbinding holiday is the vibrant capital of Athens, an effortless mix of ancient treasures and modern verve, which you will have an opportunity to explore after being transferred to your hotel. This evening, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a Welcome Reception, including a light meal and welcome drink.

      Meal(s)
      Welcome Reception
      Hotel
      Divani Palace Acropolis/Marriott

      2. Athens Sightseeing and Free Time

      Join your Local Specialist for a guided morning sightseeing tour to the ancient complex that was once the Cradle of Western Civilisation. Along our journey into antiquity, we'll have an opportunity to explore the Acropolis with its treasures. We'll admire the Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena, the Royal Palace, Temple of Zeus and the Agora, once the haunt of Socrates and Plato. 'Dive Into Culture' and see remarkable displays of an ancient world during an included visit to the Acropolis Museum, and see Hadrian's Arch and the stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy on your own. Stroll through the Plaka, people watch in Syntagma Square or go in search of the city's tastiest souvlaki - the choice is yours.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Cape Sounion

      Take a relaxing trip down to the southernmost tip of Mainland Greece to see the fifth century B.C Temple of Poseidon at Sounion. See if you can spot where Byron carved his initials on one of the temple’s 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 world’s 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.

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      Dinner "Meze" Style in Psiri

      Enjoy a lovely dining experience at a wonderful restaurant located in the lively area of Psiri. Dining is “meze style”, giving you the opportunity to taste many Greek cuisine dishes, which are served in the centre of the table. Also enjoy the local free-flowing wine! (Casual dress)

      Adult Price: €50.00

      3. Athens – Corinth – Mycenae – Epidaurus – Nafplion

      We depart Athens this morning, crossing the mighty Corinth Canal to the wild Peloponnesian Peninsula. Arriving in Corinth, we join a Local Specialist to explore an ancient city that several empires fought over throughout the centuries. We continue to Mycenae, a mighty kingdom of ancient Greece, where we'll see the Beehive Tombs, (the Treasury of Atreus), the Lion Gate and the remains of Agamemnon's Royal Palace, in the company of a Local Specialist. Later, we'll travel to Epidaurus to visit the ancient theatre and view the Sanctuary of Asclepius, the God of Medicine, whose snake-entwined staff remains the symbol of medicine to this day. Arriving in the Venetian town of Nafplion later, we'll dine in our hotel this evening.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Dinner with wine
      Hotel
      Amalia/Ippoliti/Nafplia Palace

      4. Nafplion – Olympia

      We traverse the Mountains of Arcadia to ancient Olympia, the site of the first Olympic Games held in 776 BC. This evening, we 'Connect With Locals' joining the Karambellas family on their olive and wine farm for a Be My Guest dinner, some traditional dancing and characteristic Greek philoxenia.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Dinner with wine
      Hotel
      Amalia/Europa/Olympia Palace

      5. Olympia – Patras – Delphi

      We join a Local Specialist this morning to delve into centuries of history. We'll visit the ancient Olympic site, the museum and the ruined remains of the Temples of Zeus and Hera. Leaving Olympia, we skirt the coastline north to Patras, crossing the Gulf of Corinth to mainland Greece before continuing to Delphi, our home for the night.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Hotel
      Amalia/Nafsika Palace/Aegli

      6. Delphi – Thermopylae – Kalambaka

      Tread in the footsteps of the ancient Greeks, who would descend on the sanctuary of Delphi to consult with the most important oracle in the classical world. Join your Local Specialist and walk the Sacred Way to the 4th-century Temple of Apollo. View the statues immortalising the strength of the athletes who once competed in the Pythian Games, held in honour of Apollo and the Arts. A scenic afternoon drive brings us to Thermopylae, famous for the heroic defence by Leonidas and his brave Spartans against the invading Persians. We cross the lush Thessaly region, the 'bread basket of Greece', the travel over the Pourmaraki Pass towards Kalambaka.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Dinner
      Hotel
      Amalia/Meteora/Grand Meteora

      7. Kalambaka – Meteora – Athens

      The UNESCO World Heritage monasteries of Meteora are our first stop today. Join a Local Specialist to visit two of the six Eastern Orthodox monasteries that cling impressively to immense, rounded rock towers overlooking the town. A scenic drive returns us to Athens, where we'll enjoy a rousing Farewell Dinner with our travel companions and reminisce over an incredible journey through Greece.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Farewell Dinner
      Hotel
      Divani Palace Acropolis/Marriott

      8. Athens – Santorini (3 Nights)

      Extend your 'Best of Greece' or 'Best of Italy and Greece' holiday, with a visit to Santorini. Take your transfer to the port where you'll board your ferry bound for the island's dramatic volcanic landscape. On arrival, you'll be transferred to your hotel where you can spend the rest of the evening relaxing or consider heading out to one of the local bars or lounges.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Hotel
      El Greco/Santorini Palace

      9. Santorini Orientation and Free Time

      Launch your island holiday with an orientation tour with your Trafalgar representative starting in Fira. You'll stroll through the town's narrow streets past the honey-coloured façades of the Cathedral of Ypapantis and admire magnificent view of the Caldera. Continue up the blue steps to the funicular to view the ancient path that has taken the island's residents and visitors to its port for centuries. The rest of the day is yours to explore the island on your own terms. Enjoy an iced coffee overlooking the caldera or stroll around Fira's narrow lanes shopping for souvenirs. You could also choose to head to Perissa Beach to swim in the warm waters of the Aegean or consider a visit to one of the island's wineries to taste the local Assyrtiko vintages for which Santorini is so famous. After a day exploring the island on your terms, you'll join your travel companions for an included dinner at a local restaurant to share stories about your island adventure. Indulge in the local Saganaki pastries that are filled with cheesy goodness, and a real Greek salad, among other Santorini specials.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Regional Meal

      10. Santorini Sightseeing and Free Time

      Spend a leisurely morning enjoying the sights and sounds of Santorini. This afternoon, you'll embark on a half-day island tour with your newfound friends that will take you through the Santorini vineyards bound for the beautiful clifftop village of Oia, arguably the most scenic setting on the island. It's impossible to take a bad photograph in this exquisite spot at the edge of Santorini island. Sunsets in Santorini are the stuff of legends and you'll have a front-row seat to witness the magic that attracts visitors in their thousands. Make sure you book a restaurant with great views of the Aegean ahead of schedule, so you don't miss out.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast

      11. Santorni Free Day

      Kick back and enjoy another day in beautiful surrounds. Today is yours to relax and take in this picturesque island. There is an abundance of dining establishments to suit all tastes where you can dine on a full range of international cuisine, including delightful Greek specialities.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast

      12. Santorini – Athens

      Your Santorini sojourn at its end, take your transfer to Santorini port and board your return ferry to Athens, where you'll transfer to your hotel.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Hotel
      Divani Palace Acropolis/Marriott

      13. Depart Athens

      We bid farewell to Greece and our island encounter. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Connect with Locals
        Say opa! to an Olympic Be My Guest experience with the Karambellas family on their olive and wine farm, followed by a traditional meal and dancing. (Day 4)

      • Dive into Culture
        Visit the Acropolis Museum containing remarkable antiquities giving visitors an insight into the lives of Athenians centuries ago. (Day 2)

      • Local Specialist
        For included sightseeing in Athens, Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi and Kalambaka

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        • CITY TOUR in Athens, Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi and Meteora

        • VISIT the Acropolis and Museum in Athens, the ancient ruins in Corinth, the Olympic Stadium in Olympia, the home of the Oracle at Delphi and the incredible rock monasteries in Meteora

        • VIEW the Parthenon, the Agora, Royal Palace and Temple of Zeus in Athens, the ancient theatre and Sanctuary of Asclepius at Epidaurus and the battle site at Thermopylae

        • SEE the Corinth Canal, the Lion Gate and Agamemnon's Palace at Mycenae


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        • 12 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 6 dinners


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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Trip Highlights

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • The services of a Trafalgar representative.

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • VIP entry to many sights

        • Return High-speed ferry between Athens (Piraeus) and Santorini.

        • All Athens/Santorini transfers. Outbound transfers to Athens airport available.

        • Hand-picked Trip Highlights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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