Greece in 12 Days
Ancient Ruins, Mykonos & Santorini
Our classic tour of Greece, including the main historical sights, combined with a blissful stay in the Greek islands to discover the natural beauty of Mykonos and the soul-stirring sunsets of Santorini!
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Experience the history and culture of Greece. Discover the ancient Acropolis of Athens and the atmosphere of the capital's vibrant neighborhoods. Continue to the mysterious sanctuary of Delphi and the gravity-defying monasteries of Meteora. Go island-hopping to discover the vibrant atmosphere and idyllic beaches of Mykonos and the sublime sunsets of sophisticated Santorini!
12 days trip including flights*
10 days and 9 nights in destination
NYC - ATH
NYC - ATH
JTR - NYC
JTR - NYC
* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.
The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.
Ready to dive into the wonders of one of the greatest civilisations of all time and walk in the footsteps of the greats, from Socrates to Aristotle? Head to your departure airport, ready for a flight to Athens *, the Greek capital. Night on board.
* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.
Touch down in Athens and transfer to the hotel, in the heart of the city where you can soak up the hustle and bustle of the mega-metropolis. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure, exploring the vibrant Athenian neighbourhoods and sampling delicious Greek cuisine. Overnight stay in Athens.
Breakfast at the hotel. Discover Athens today with a guided sightseeing tour. Begin with a panoramic tour of the city to see the Parliament Building, the University, National Library and Academy of Arts. Be awe-struck by the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Panathenaic Stadium, carved from marble and famous as the site of the first modern Olympics in 1896. Next, pay a visit to the spectacular Athens Acropolis to explore one of the most famous archaeological sites on earth! Walk in the footsteps of the greats and finish the tour with an eye-opening visit to the New Acropolis Museum, home to the most impressive treasures unearthed from the Acropolis and ancient Athens.* The remainder of the day is free at your leisure to soak up the lively atmosphere of the city come nightfall and dine on delicious Greek cuisine. Overnight stay in Athens.
* Entrance fee must be paid at the destination (approx. 30 euros per person).
Please note: At the Athens Acropolis, the terrain is quite uneven underfoot and includes a number of stairs. It may not be suitable for those with reduced mobility.
Breakfast at the hotel. Leave the capital behind as you travel to Delphi, thought to be the center of the ancient Greek world. In Ancient Greece, Delphi was the home of the Pythia, a priestess who had the ability to consult the Oracle in order to tell the future. Visit the archaeological site, home to the Temple of Apollo, the Athenian Stoa and the Treasury of the Athenians, and take in the captivating mountain views. Next, depart to Kalambaka (approx. 3.5 hr journey), home to amazing rock formations and ancient hilltop monasteries. Check-in and get settled at the hotel before enjoy an evening at your leisure. Dinner and overnight stay in Kalambaka.
Please note: At Delphi, the terrain is quite uneven underfoot and includes a number of stairs and steep paths. It may not be suitable for those with reduced mobility.
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day discovering the fascinating heritage of Meteora on an excursion to the floating Monasteries of Meteora.* Perched atop gravity-defying rocky peaks, the monasteries of Meteora are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the 6 remaining monasteries are still active today. Established between the 12th and 16th centuries, the monks chose this isolated and hard to reach location to build their monasteries in order to escape the political and religious upheaval of the Middle Ages. Visit up to two of these ancient sites and enjoy the amazing views across the Plain of Thessaly. Afterwards, depart to Athens and transfer to the hotel (approx. 4.5 hr journey). The evening is free at your leisure to explore the atmosphere of Syntagma Square or enjoy the city's lively nightlife. Overnight stay in Athens.
* Entrance fee must be paid at the destination (approx. 3 euros per person at each monastery).
Please note: At Meteora, the terrain is quite uneven underfoot and you will be required to climb a number of stairs in order to visit the monasteries. It may not be suitable for those with reduced mobility. Modest dress is required to enter the monasteries of Meteora. This includes a long skirt (not trousers) and covered neckline/shoulders for women, and long trousers for men.
Enjoy breakfast*, before setting off for Piraeus Port to catch a ferry to Mykonos. Journey across the Aegean Sea to the Cyclades Island group before finally arriving in Mykonos. One of the most popular Greek islands, Mykonos combines picture-perfect beaches, charming towns and vibrant nightlife. A hedonistic paradise, Mykonos is instantly recognisable by its windmills and renowned for its unforgettable sunsets. Transfer to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day exploring or relaxing at your leisure. Overnight stay in Mykonos.
* Please note: You may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast this morning due to the early departure time of the ferry to Mykonos.
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend a laid-back day at your leisure in stylish Mykonos. The island is well-known for its beautiful beaches. We recommend visiting the beaches of Agios Ioannis, one of the most spectacular beaches on the island or Elia Beach, home to the longest stretch of sand on the island. Overnight stay in Mykonos.
Enjoy breakfast, before setting off to Mykonos Port to catch a ferry to Santorini. One of Greece's best-loved islands, Santorini is known for its blue-roofed houses and soul-stirring sunsets. Arrive in Santorini and transfer to the hotel. The evening is at your leisure to explore the town and dine in style as you watch the sun slowly set over the Aegean Sea. Overnight stay in Santorini.
Breakfast at the hotel. Another day at leisure to enjoy the splendid island of Santorini. Crescent-shaped Santorini (or Thíra), the precious gem of the Aegean, is actually a group of islands consisting of Thíra, Thirassiá, Asproníssi, Palea and Nea Kaméni in the southernmost part of Cyclades. Known for its pretty white and blue houses, paradises beaches and lively nightlife, Santorini is the perfect place for a laid-back escape! Discover the highlights of the island with our full-day Santorini bus tour.* Overnight stay in Santorini.
*Optional Full-Day Santorini Bus Tour: Discover the highlights of Santorini on a full-day bus tour. Pay a visit to the Akrotiri Archaeological Site for a guided tour, talk a stroll through the traditional village of Emporio and enjoy some free time at Perissa Beach, the most famous black sand beach on the island. Take in the views from Profitis Ilias Mountain and enjoy wine tasting at Santorini Wine Museum, a family-run business nestled within a cave before ending the day in Oia, where you can watch the legendary Santorini sunset!
Breakfast at the hotel. Take the day at your leisure on Greece's most glamorous and cosmopolitan island, a whitewashed paradise in the heart of the Cyclades. Stroll around its narrow marble streets and admire whitewashed houses with colourful doors and window frames, bougainvillaea trees in purple bloom and hidden churches. Alternatively, we recommend a fabulous half-day cruise to discover the natural wonders of the Santorini caldera! Overnight stay in Santorini.
*Optional Half-Day Santorini Volcano, Hot Springs & Thirassia Cruise: Set sail across Santorini's beautiful caldera to visit the islands of Nea Kameni and Thirasia on this 6-hour cruise. Board the sightseeing boat at the port and admire Santorini’s cliffs as you cruise to Nea Kameni. Here, enjoy some free time to walk around the volcanic crater and swim in the therapeutic hot springs. Afterwards, sail on to Thirassia to enjoy the traditional charms of this lesser-known island and explore its quiet villages. Free time for lunch before cruising back to Santorini.
Breakfast at the hotel.* After an unforgettable journey through Greece's ancient sites and idyllic islands, it's time to bring your trip to a close. At the indicated time, transfer to Santorini airport for a flight back to the US**.
* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.
** Dependant on the choice of flight, you may arrive back in the US on the following day.
Arrive in the US and end your trip.
*In case the advertised hotels are not available they will be replaced by one of these alternative hotels with the same quality: Achilleas Hotel, Attalos Hotel, Evita Asty, Evripides Hotel, Hotel Katerina.
Included activity for day 3 in Acropolis of Athens
Duration 04:45h Approx. Pick up time: 07:30 Approx
Athens Guided Sightseeing & Acropolis Tour
Discover the sights of both modern and ancient Athens including Consitution Square, the Athens Acropolis, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Panathenaic Stadium and the Acropolis Museum. Entrance fees (approx. 30 euros per person) be paid at destination.
What's included: The Acropolis and the new Acropolis Museum Not included: Meals and any other service not mentioned above
Included activity for day 4 in Delphi
Duration 11:00h Approx. Pick up time: 07:30 Approx
Visit to Delphi Archeological Site
Head to Delphi via Thebes, Levadia and the picturesque village of Arachova, on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Upon arrival, visit the archaeological site, home to the Temple of Apollo and the Treasury of the Athenians.
What's included: Transfer, Professional Guide & Visit to Delphi Archeological Site. Not included: Visit the Museum in Delphi is not included. Meals, tips and any other service not mentioned.
Included activity for day 5 in Meteora
Duration 11:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx
Established between the 12th and 16th centuries, visit up to two of these ancient sites and enjoy the amazing views across the Plain of Thessaly. Approx. 3 euros per person entrance fee to be paid at each monastery.
What's included: Transfer, Professional Guide & Meteora Monasteries tour Not included: Approx. 3 euros per person entrance fee to be paid at each monastery. Meals, tips and any other service not mentioned
If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Suggested activity for day 9 in Santorini
Duration 10:00h Approx.
Full-Day Santorini Bus Tour & Sunset
Visit Akrotiri Archaeological Site for a guided tour, talk a stroll through Emporio, relax on Perissa Beach, take in the views from Profitis Ilias Mountain and enjoy wine tasting at Santorini Wine Museum before ending the day in Oia to watch the sunset.
What's included: Pick-up and drop-off from selected meeting points, guided tour of Akrotiri Archaeological Site with experienced archaeologist, Wine Museum entrance fee with wine tasting, free time in Oia or Fira to watch the sunset. Not included: Entrance fees to archaeological site, gratuities, food and drinks, hotel pick-up and drop-off.
Suggested activity for day 10 in Santorini
Duration 07:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx
Half-Day Santorini Volcano, Hot Springs & Thirassia Cruise
Half-Day Santorini Volcano, Hot Springs & Thirassia Cruise
What's included: Guide, taxes & hotel pick-up. Not included: Guide at the volcano: 5€ per person entrance fee.
The price includes
- Included in all our trips. more information
- Departures from main US airports.
- International flights: US - Athens, Santorini - US.
- 9 nights hotel accommodation in Charm category hotels.See hotels included
- 9 breakfasts and 1 dinner.
- All transfers
- Visits as indicated in the itinerary with an English-speaking guide.See itinerary
- All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
- Ferry transfers: Piraeus - Mykonos - Santorini. *more information
- Guide/s during the excursions.
Drinks, entrance fees,* city taxes and tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.
* Please consult the itinerary for details of the entrance fee costs (approx. 52 euros per person).
A number of Greek cities impose an accommodation tax, which must be paid directly to the hotel (Aprox. 3-4€ per room per night).
* In case of adverse conditions, there may be changes to the ferry timings.
Please keep in mind that the ferry ride from Piraeus (Athens) to Mykonos takes approximately 5 hours 15 minutes, from Mykonos to Santorini takes approximately 3 hours 30 minutes.
There is no assigned seating on the ferries in Greece, instead, you will be able to choose a seat when you board.
Please note: we recommend taking cash in the local currency with you on this trip, as withdrawing cash at ATMs is not always possible or easy in Greece.
- Entry requirementsValid passport or identity card.
- VisaNo visa is required to enter the country for stays less than 90 days.
- Electricity230 V. 50 Hz. Adapter not required.
- HealthThere are no mandatory vaccinations for travellers from the US.
- Time zoneUTC + 02:00.
- Tourist Office websitewww.visitgreece.gr
Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.
Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.
In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.
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