The Great Greek Escape

13 –21 October, 2019 | 9 Days/8 Nights

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(Athens – Delphi – Meteora – Santorini)

Whitewashed walls, colourful doors, purple bougainvillea bushes, cobblestone streets, blue-domes roofs, sparkling indigo waters…. What comes to mind? Correct – Greece!

Like Atlas, who carried the entire world on his shoulders, Athens carries a huge responsibility to live up to the expectations of its numerous visitors. And it does not fail. It is here we start our trip. Athens has been the centre of Greek 159000civilization for over 4,000 years. It is an ancient city still dominated by 5th century landmarks like the Acropolis and the Parthenon temple. It is a cosmopolitan, grungy, graceful, bustling, modern, yet ancient city. You have to visit it to understand the vibe that is so uniquely Athens, and a private walking tour of introduces you to this edgy capital.

High above the landscape of Meteora in Greece’s central region, 60 monks and nuns live in fabled monasteries, perched on the edge of sandstone peaks. The landscape is beautiful, to say the least. Visit the stunning monasteries at Meteora, where wind-swept monoliths rise abruptly from the earth, with vertical cliffs forming a dramatic backdrop against the flat fields around them.

And any Grecian holiday is incomplete without a visit to Santorini. Santorini, with its rugged landscape, owes allegiance to a rather violent volcanic eruption that took place many moons ago. The city evokes images of white, cubist houses clinging precariously to rugged cliffs, overlooking the bluest sparkling indigo waters of the Aegean. And the sunsets can make even the most stone-hearted emotional! Swim in the balmy seas, watch incomparable sunsets that speak to your soul, and sit under a sky full of stars with fun-loving women, or even all by yourself. Witness gorgeous sunsets that Santorini is famous for from the hotel, without millions of tourists taking away from that picture-perfect view, and even at Oia.

Join Wonderful World to explore the Grecian landscape this October.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Go on a private on-foot tour of Athens
  • Enjoy a sunset at Oia
  • Stay in a beautiful boutique hotel in Santorini
  • Visit the archaeological site at Delphi
  • Enjoy a guided hiking tour in Meteora
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PRICE

  • Accommodation on a twin-sharing basis
  • Double beds may be the only option in Santorini, since we don’t always get twin-sharing rooms here; we stay in a beautiful boutique hotel, which is the highlight of our trip
  • Transportation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tolls
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tours as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Guides for the sightseeing as mentioned
  • Entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Ferry tickets from Athens to Santorini
  • Services of an English-speaking guide for tours in Athens and Meteora
  • Services of a trip lead from Wonderful World throughout the trip
  • GST at 5%
  • International flights into and from Athens
  • Visa (approx. INR 6,000)
  • Travel insurance
  • Any optional tours
  • Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any beverages, alcoholic or non-alcoholic
  • Any personal expenses, such as laundry, phone calls, porterage, etc.
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • The overnight tax of Euro 3 (at Athens) and Euro 1.50 (at Santorini) per head per night, payable directly at the hotel
  • Any other item not mentioned in Inclusions above
  • Any services not mentioned in Inclusions above
  • Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances like ill‐health, land blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Any cost out of Santorini

ITINERARY

Day1
Day 1 – Sunday, 13th October (includes no meals) Athens – Arrival
  • Arrive at Athens International Airport and group transfer to the hotel in the city centre.
(Please check flight timings with us before booking.) (Separate transfer can be arranged if you do not arrive together, at additional cost.) Overnight at Hera Hotel or similar
Day2
Day 2 – Monday, 14th October (includes breakfast and lunch) Athens
  • Today go on a full-day, exhaustive sightseeing tour of Athens.
Walk first to the Acropolis site and then visit the Panathenaic Stadium, the stadium that hosted the 1st Olympic Games of the Modern Era in 1896. (Museum with Torches not included in the tour.)
  • After this, hop on to the minibus and be dropped off near Syntagma Square. Walk outside the Parliament and witness the change of guards.
(From Monday to Saturday the change of guards occurs at the top of the hour, whereas the official ceremonious affair with the official costumes takes place only every Sunday at 11.00 am.)
  • From the Parliament walk outside the Academy, the Old University, and the National Library.
  • Break for lunch at a local restaurant.
  • After lunch proceed by minibus to the Acropolis Museum. If someone is tired, you may head back to the hotel – it is a short walking distance from here.
  • After finishing with the Acropolis Museum, return to hotel on foot.
  • Evening at leisure.
Overnight at Hera Hotel or similar
Click here for detailed itinerary