Best of Greece - Greece
When you saddle a trip with a moniker as lofty as "Best of Greece," you’d better make sure it lives up to the hype. This one does. Compiling the top moments from our best-selling trips in the region, this comprehensive tour through the cradle of Western Civilization brings the distant past and vibrant present into sharp focus. Between the must-see historical sites of Athens and Delphi, the rugged plateaus of the fabled Samariá Gorge, personal encounters in isolated Cretan villages and the breezy sway of Santorini at sundown, you won’t have a moment to waste. Witness Greece — in all her timeless glory — with us.
Day 1 Athens
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Athens
Take an orientation walk in Athens with the rest of the day free to explore. Opt to visit the Acropolis site, the new Acropolis Museum, the Ancient Agora and the National Archaeological Museum. Afterwards, be enriched and refreshed with drinks and a tour of local non-profit cafe, Shedia Home.
Day 3 Athens/Meteora
Travel to Kalambaka, a good base for visiting the monasteries of Meteora.
Day 4 Meteora
Spend a full day visiting the stunning mountaintop monasteries of Meteora.
Day 5 Meteora/Delphi
Visit Ancient Delphi and the Temple of Apollo.
Day 6 Delphi/Náfplio
Travel to Nafplio and explore the beautiful cobblestoned streets. Opt to climb the Acronafplia to soak in the views.
Day 7 Náfplio/Chaniá
Spend a free day enjoying the area. Opt to visit Epidavros, as well as the nearby site of Mycenae before an overnight ferry to Crete.
Day 8 Chaniá
Arrive on Crete and enjoy the day relaxing at one of the many harbour-side cafés. Wander the streets of the old town with its fascinating blend of ancient and modern Turkish and Venetian architecture, reflecting the diverse history of the island.
Day 9 Chaniá/Agia Roumeli
Hike the famous and rugged Samariá Gorge.
Day 10 Agia Roumeli/Loutro
Travel by ferry to Loutro. Opt to rent a kayak and explore secluded beaches and coves. This evening, enjoy a cooking class and dinner with a local family.
Day 11 Loutro
Enjoy a free day for exploring the area. Opt for a swim and tasty seafood meals at secluded restaurants, or hike Aradine Gorge.
Day 12 Loutro/Irákleion
Travel to Iraklio. Enjoy a visit to Knossos, site of a Minoan palace and residence of King Minos.
Day 13 Irákleion/Santorini
Hop a ferry to beautiful Santorini. Enjoy two nights on the island.
Day 14 Santorini
Enjoy a free day to explore. Opt for a half-day volcano tour, shopping, relaxing on the beach, or make your way to the crater's rim to savour the breathtaking view.
Day 15 Santorini
Depart at any time.
Reference : GAH