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Spotlight on Greece

plus Greek Sailing

4.5
82 reviews
NEW TRIP
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The one that gives you the perfect mix of island time and ancient heritage sites in idyllic Greece

Duration
13 Days
Places
11 places

Visiting Athens, Olympia, Delphi, Perdika, Hydra, Plaka, Spetses, Poros, Aegina, Corinth, Mycenae

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

In-Depth Explorer

Group Size

Average 45 people

Transport Style

Coach + Ferry + Sail Boat

Highlights

  • Visit the famous Plaka area
  • Feast on traditional Greek dishes and smash plates in the Plaka district of Athens
  • Get a guided tour of the awe-inspiring Ancient Greek monuments, the Acropolis and Parthenon
  • Only $200 deposit to secure your spot today
  • Full payment not required until 45 days before travel.
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What's included?

12 nights accommodation

6 nights in Hotel, 6 nights in Yacht

On the mainland, sleep twin or triple-share in charming hotels set in handy locations in the heart of each city we visit. Then it's fun and frolics aplenty on board Contiki's very own traditional sailing yacht, where for 7 nights at sea you'll be tucked into cosy twin-share cabins. Those who want their own space (or if their snoring demands as such) can upgrade to a single room for a wee bit extra.

12 Meals

10 Breakfast, 2 Dinner

We'll be keeping you well-fed with breakfast every morning, and we'll treat you to two dinners as well. The rest of your daily menu is up to you. Sample cinnamon-infused moussaka, salty slabs of halloumi, and fresh salads crumbled with feta - not to mention fresh catch of the day - as we sail the Mediterranean sea.

Team

Expert Trip Manager, Driver, Captain and Local Guides

A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. A Captain for the Sailing portion of your trip. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.

Transport

All transport included during the trip

When you're not zooming around Greece on a luxurious coach, you salty sea dogs will be spending balmy days and starry nights aboard an elegant yacht. It's equipped with everything you'll need, including hot water, powerpoints and the perfect spots for sunbaking. For the Sailing portion of this trip, you'll jump on board a Sailing boat run by a trusted Contiki partner.

Experiences

7 included, 2 optional that you can add

You'll get the best bits of each city and place we dock included as standard. Take in towering ruins in Athens, explore ancient worlds in Olympia & Delphi, snorkel the azure waters of secret bays and get stuck into some local ouzo in the quaint bars that dot Aegina.
If you like exploring ancient worlds and getting caught in the sun, this is the trip for you. In Greece we take a step back in time and marvel at the remnants of ancient civilisation with 4 days of intensive exploring through the famous Acropolis, Agamemmnon's Palace, Deplhi, and the Unesco World Heritage site of Olympia. Then once you've eaten up all the history you can, we'll set sail for lemon-scented islands, remote beaches & getting away from the tourist trail. Depart from Athens and return sun-drenched and salt-soaked, full of the gloriousness of Greek food and endless summer days.

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New Release Deal of 15% off this trip when you book & pay by February 27th 2020. Check departure calendar for final dates & prices.

Spotlight on Greece plus Greek Sailing

7 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Visit the famous Plaka area
  • Get a guided tour of the awe-inspiring Ancient Greek monuments, the Acropolis and Parthenon
  • Guided tour including Olympic Stadium and Temples of Hera and Zeus
  • See where the Ancient Greeks would go to speak with the Oracle in Delphi
  • Use of on-board gear like snorkels & goggles & stand-up paddle boards
  • Get a guided tour of the awe-inspiring Ancient Greek monuments, the Acropolis and Parthenon
  • See the first modern Olympic Stadium

2 Free Time Add-Ons

The things that worth to be done on this trip

  • Feast on traditional Greek dishes and smash plates in the Plaka district of Athens EUR 40.00
  • Acropolis Entry EUR 20.00

Itinerary

Nights spent per location
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Athens
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Corinth
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Mycenae
1
1 night
Olympia
1
1 night
Delphi
2
2 nights
Athens
1
1 night
Perdika
1
1 night
Hydra
1
1 night
Plaka
1
1 night
Spetses
1
1 night
Poros
1
1 night
Aegina
1
1 night
Athens
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain European trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

What documents do I need to travel?

Dependent on where you’re travelling and your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter into certain countries - please check this well in advance of your trip departure date. The majority of our Europe trips travel in countries that are covered by the Schengen Agreement which relates to visas. Citizens of many countries - e.g. Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada - can travel in the Schengen area without a visa. If you require a visa to enter the Schengen area you only need to obtain one visa which will allow you to travel in all Schengen countries. For non-Schengen countries, you may be able to obtain a visa upon arrival, depending on your nationality. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

IMPORTANT
1. Visas can take up to six weeks & a fee is normally charged.
2. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part or all of your trip & will result in you incurring considerable expense & inconvenience.
3. It is better to apply for all visas through your travel agent or local consular services before you leave home.
4. Contiki will provide you with visa contacts from our London base at the Royal National Hotel, if necessary.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our European trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20kg (44lbs) to be stored in the hold & one small day bag to take on board. Your day bag should be a backpack, duffel bag or satchel only (no small luggage cases or suitcases with wheels on board the coach).

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Your Drivers are the experts on getting you from A to B efficiently and safely in Europe. They know their way around better than google maps & they’ll drop you at your door & unload your bags for you. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

Aside from essentials like flights, how much spending money you’ll need will depend on the duration of the trip and how much you anticipate spending on personal expenses like alcohol or shopping. Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen European destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot


In all areas of the service industry in Europe, from restaurants, bars, hotels & taxis, it is common practice to tip if you feel that the service received has been excellent.
The same goes for your Contiki Team. If you feel that your Trip Manager & Driver’s service has been exceptional, then feel free to tip them if you feel they’ve done a great job. If you choose to tip, we recommend around 2 Euros per day, however whether or not you choose to tip (& how much) is completely up to you.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

Yes! Our fleet of modern, sleek coaches are kitted out with WiFi, as are most hotels & hostels across the continent, so you’ll always be able to effortlessly get online and update everyone back home about your incredible adventure.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. From street tours that support local residents, refugees and the vulnerably housed, to dining experiences that support local farmers, our consciouc travel experiences let you see things from a different perspective. Find out more at https://www.contiki.com/uk/en/about/contiki-cares.

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