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Best of Greece with 6Day Mykonos Extension Summer 2019

  • Best of Greece with 6Day Mykonos Extension

A sea of white, azure blue and cerise greets you in Mykonos, where the laidback lifestyle of this Aegean island paradise awaits. Trafalgar Tours » code: AGMY6B14 » id: 36311

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Travelling to...

 

  • Greece
  • Athens
  • Corinth
  • Olympia
  • Patras
  • Antirio
  • Delphi
  • Nauplia
  • Mycenae
  • Meteora
  • Europe
  • Mediterranean
 
Day 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.Welcome Reception

 

Day 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. Buffet Breakfast

 

Day 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.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine

 

Day 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.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine

 

Day 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.Buffet Breakfast

 

Day 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. Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 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.Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

 

Day 8

Athens – Mykonos (3 Nights)

 

Extend your 'Best of Greece' or 'Best of Italy and Greece' holiday, with a visit to Mykonos. Take your transfer to the port where you'll board your ferry bound for sunny Mykonos. On arrival, you'll be transferred to your hotel.Buffet Breakfast

 

Day 9

Mykonos Orientation and Free Time

 

Savour some free time to explore Mykonos on your own before your Trafalgar representative leads an orientation tour through the cobbled streets of Chora. You'll see the five churches of Paraportiani and the Folklore Museum, which was once a captain's mansion. Continue past the old port towards Little Venice, admiring its 18th-century whitewashed fishing houses with cerulean blue balconies that look out over the bay. Then head up the hill and see the Windmills of Kato Mili that have stood as a Mykonos landmark since the 16th-century. Keen shoppers will adore a visit to Matogianni, the main shopping street in Chora, which we'll visit before passing the Three Wells. Stop for a quick drink of its magical waters to secure your stay on the island, then enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure. As the sun sets over Mykonos, there's no better place for sunsets paired with cocktails than the Peningrakis Castle's 180 Degrees Sunset Bar. Claim your front-row seat and watch Mother Nature at its best before joining your fellow travellers for dinner at a local restaurant.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal

 

Day 10

Mykonos Sightseeing and Free Time

 

Embark on a half-day sightseeing tour of the island with your fellow guests. Explore Ano Mera village and visit the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani, which was originally founded in 1580 and dedicated to the protectress of Mykonos. Continue to the water sports hub of Kalaftis beach, consistently awarded Blue Flag status, then the quieter Agioa Ionnis beach just across the mystical island of Delos. Spend the rest of your day relaxing or delve into local culture and history with a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Mykonos, Aegean Maritime Museum and Lena's House Folk Museum. For a final unforgettable sunset, head back to Little Venice for an evening cocktail at a local taverna.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 11

Mykonos Free Day

 

Kick back and enjoy another day in beautiful surrounds. Today is yours to relax and take in this delightful 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.Buffet Breakfast

 

Day 12

Mykonos – Athens

 

Your island encounter has come to an end. Rise early and head to the Old Port to watch the local fishermen begin their day in their colourful boats. Later, you'll board your return ferry to Athens, where you'll transfer to your hotel.Buffet Breakfast

 

Day 13

Depart Athens

 

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

Dining Highlights

 

  • 12 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 6 dinners

 

First class travel Highlights

 

  • 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 Mykonos.
  • All Athens/Mykonos transfers. Outbound transfers to Athens airport available.
  • Hand-picked Trip Highlights

Sightseeing Highlights

 

  • 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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