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Spotlight on Greece

Plus Mykonos & Santorini Island Escape

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The one that combines 4 world heritage sites with island sun, party & chill for a magical 9-days in Greece

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  • Duration

    12 days

  • Places

    7 places

  • Meals

    11 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach + Ferry

  • Group Size

    Maximum 51 people

  • Team

    Experienced Trip Manager & Driver Team and Local Guides

Athens, Olympia, Delphi, Mykonos, Santorini, Corinth, Mycenae

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About this trip

Can’t decide between discovering ancient history and succumbing to the lures of the Greek Islands? Dive deep into both on this 12-day adventure, taking you back in time through the historic marvels of Athens, Olympia and Delphi (brought to life by a local Greek trip guide, no less) before hitting the two most famous Greek Islands, Mykonos and Santorini. Think sun-soaked days and endless nights surrounded by picturesque blue and white buildings, azure waters, beachside bars and authentic eateries overflowing with gyros, fresh feta and plump olives. Ancient monuments, sunshine, party vibes and food - this trip definitely holds the recipe for ultimate travel happiness.

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. 1 1 night

    Athens

  2. via via

    Corinth

  3. via via

    Mycenae

  4. 1 1 night

    Olympia

  5. 1 1 night

    Delphi

  6. 1 1 night

    Athens

  7. 3 3 nights

    Mykonos

  8. 3 3 nights

    Santorini

  9. 1 1 night

    Athens

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DAY 1 - Arrive Athens

Athens

Welcome to Athens, Greek adventurers! The clock starts now on uncovering this ancient country and all its quirks. We're calling it now, that this trip is THE ancient history lovers dream. Settle in to your hotel before catching up with the crew, where a traditional Athens affair is on the cards for those wanting to get straight down to the business of being cultural. On our optional dinner we'll head to the city's old town and dinner, traditional dancing as you feast your eyes (and stomach) with mouthwatering Greek tastes, under the watchful eye of the Acropolis to complete the scene. We can't think of a better way to get right into the Greek way of life.

Stay

Arion Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit the famous Plaka area

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Feast on authentic Greek dishes and see traditional Greek dancing in the heart of Athens' historic Plaka district

    EUR 40.00

DAY 2 - Athens to Olympia via Corinth and Mycenae

Athens

Not a second of today will go to waste. Europe’s oldest city will unfold itself this morning as we take to the Parthenon and the Acropolis with the knowledge of a local, then explore the first modern Olympic Stadium from the 1896 Games. That's some really old Olympic vibes right there.

Corinth

Rugged mountains, cypress trees and citrus groves will pepper our pretty tour from Athens to Corinth, where we will stop to get a look at a man-made canal that squeezes ships through its tight cliffs in what seems like an impossible feat.

Mycenae

What was once a military hotspot is now a jaw-dropping archaeological site amidst the mountain ranges of Greece. Our Trip Manager will uncover the 4,000 year history of Mycenae and Agamemnon’s Palace in a tale of heroics, myths and curses.

Olympia

And so the historical uncoverings continue as we land in Olympia, the place where the Olympic Games were birthed, and what is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Stay

Amalia Olympia Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • A local guide will take us on a guided city tour of Athens and the awe-inspiring Ancient Greek monuments

  • See the awe-inspiring Acronafplia Citadel, Nafplio

  • Guided tour of Mycenae, including the Palace of Agamemnon

DAY 3 - Olympia to Delphi

Olympia

Fun fact: the first Olympic Games was held in 776BC, let's just let that number sink in for a moment...Wow. Today our Local Guide will show us all the important sites of those games, giving you the chance to sit in the 45,000 seat stadium where it actually first took place. If that's not a spine-tingling moment, we don't know what is. We'll wrap it up at the Temple of Hera (Queen of the Greek Gods), and place where the Olympic flame is lit every four years. We'll also visit the ruins of Zeus' temple before we head off on our journey, where you'll be sure to feel the vibes of one of the most well known Greek gods.

Delphi

The sacred lands of Delphi will be ours this afternoon, again allowing us the chance to uncover world history right here in Greece. Despite being a place of monumental importance, it happens to have a cute little bar scene, and is a great place to sample the national drink of ouzo.

Stay

Amalia Delphi Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Guided tour including Olympic Stadium and Temples of Hera and Zeus

DAY 4 - Delphi to Athens

Delphi

Through the limestone columns of the Sanctuary of Apollo, we continue tapping into what was once the centre of the universe for Ancient Greeks. The remains of this Doric style building stands tall with it's remaining 6 (out of an original 15) pillars, and is the perfect spot to absorb the last bit of beauty that is the slopes of Mt. Parnassus before we jump on the trail back to Athens.

Athens

Welcome back to the heart of ancient Greece! Arriving in time for dinner, we'll enjoy an included meal together tonight before our island adventures begin tomorrow.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See where the Ancient Greeks would go to speak with the Oracle in Delphi

DAY 5 - Athens to Mykonos

Athens

After breakfast we have a free morning to enjoy Athens as you like, as well as an included walking tour of the sights. Our time in Athens was amazing and well worth delaying our island time for. But delay it further? We shall not...

Mykonos

Let's do this! 3 nights on the island of Mykonos, how did we get so lucky? Even the boat ride across the Aegean will have you awe struck and in love.

 

Stay

Paradise Beach (Superior Rooms)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Ferry from Athens to Mykonos including reserved seating

  • Walk through time with a city tour of historical Athens

DAY 6 - Mykonos

Mykonos

Here we are on a day when it feels completely fabulous to be alive. You're in Mykonos baby! And the day is yours to soak up sunshine and play in the sea. Choose to do things at your own pace or join us for an optional boat trip on the Aegean and soak up the gorgeous Greek sun while swimming in crystal clear waters. Tonight we head out for some free time to enjoy the local cuisine before enjoying some of Mykonos's famed nightlife. 


 

Stay

Paradise Beach (Superior Rooms)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Explore the cobbled streets of Mykonos town by night with a locally guided walking tour

    EUR 30.00

  • Take a private cruise along the southern coast of Mykonos with swim stops and a picnic

    EUR 50.00

DAY 7 - Mykonos

Mykonos

Set your watch to island time and enjoy a glorious day soaking up the laid-back vibe of Mykonos. Or opt in for a tour out to Delos, one of the most important mythological, historical, and archaeological sites in Greece.

 


 

Stay

Paradise Beach (Superior Rooms)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Guided tour of ancient Delos, one of the most important mythological, historical, and archaeological sites in Greece

    EUR 60.00

DAY 8 - Mykonos to Santorini

Mykonos

This morning, let's spare a thought for all those travellers who only have the time to visit just one Greek Island. Those poor unfortunate souls...

Santorini

Saddle up! We're taking to the seas again, this time in search of the island of Santorini. It's finally your turn to be the one lulling about the white-washed blue dome churches looking like a sultry summer babe.  Home to the famous Oia sunset, this is the stuff dreams are made of. Ah, life.

Stay

Okeanis Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Ferry from Mykonos to Santorini including reserved seating

DAY 9 - Santorini

Santorini

Rise and shine, Greek Island travellers! The island of Santorini will not explore itself. Take a swim at Perissa Beach, eat the local specialty of fried tomato balls known as domatokeftedes, and roam the streets of Fira.

Stay

Okeanis Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Visit the highlights of Santorini with a spectacular volcano cruise including crater hike and hot springs

    EUR 50.00

DAY 10 - Santorini

Santorini

The beautiful thing about having two full days on the one island is you have time to both relax and explore. Whatever you didn't do yesterday is still up for grabs today. If you feel like you've crammed it all in already, just head to the black or red sand beaches and spend another glorious day ocean-side. Just remember to plan your day around the excursion to the iconic sunset of Oia - this is not an optional you're going to want to miss.

 

Santorini

 

Stay

Okeanis Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Visit Oia and soak up one of the world's most famous sunsets

    EUR 30.00

DAY 11 - Santorini to Athens

Santorini

It's our last full day on trip - best hit up a big city we know and love and cause a little harmless havoc. Goodbye Santorini you sun soaked beauty, we're off to Athens. 

Athens

On arrival in Athens, tick off any last sightseeing you missed in this time capsule of a city tonight. 

Stay

Poseidon Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Ferry from Santorini to Athens including reserved seating

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Feast on authentic Greek dishes and see traditional Greek dancing in the heart of Athens' historic Plaka district

    EUR 40.00

DAY 12 - Depart Athens

Athens

And just like that, it's time for the goodbyes. As sad as they are, at least you have the memories. And another 300 Contiki trips to jump aboard! Make the most of your last free breakfast before you kick on to your next port of call.

Top Experiences

10 included & 7 free time add-ons available to add later

  • Visit the highlights of Santorini with a spectacular volcano cruise including crater hike and hot springs

    EUR 50.00

    Santorini

  • Explore the cobbled streets of Mykonos town by night with a locally guided walking tour

    EUR 30.00

    Mykonos

  • A Traditional Athens Affair

    EUR 40.00

    Athens

  • A Traditional Athens Affair

    EUR 40.00

    Santorini

  • A local guide will take us on a guided city tour of Athens and the awe-inspiring Ancient Greek monuments

    Included

    Athens

  • Uncover the archaeological jewel of the Cyclades, mythological Delos

    EUR 60.00

    Mykonos

Spotlight on Greece Plus Mykonos & Santorini Island Escape

10 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Visit the famous Plaka area
  • A local guide will take us on a guided city tour of Athens and the awe-inspiring Ancient Greek monuments
  • See the awe-inspiring Acronafplia Citadel, Nafplio
  • Guided tour of Mycenae, including the Palace of Agamemnon
  • 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
  • Ferry from Athens to Mykonos including reserved seating
  • Walk through time with a city tour of historical Athens
  • Ferry from Mykonos to Santorini including reserved seating
  • Ferry from Santorini to Athens including reserved seating

7 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • A Traditional Athens Affair EUR 40.00
  • Explore the cobbled streets of Mykonos town by night with a locally guided walking tour EUR 30.00
  • Take a private cruise along the southern coast of Mykonos with swim stops and a picnic EUR 50.00
  • Uncover the archaeological jewel of the Cyclades, mythological Delos EUR 60.00
  • Visit the highlights of Santorini with a spectacular volcano cruise including crater hike and hot springs EUR 50.00
  • Visit Oia and soak up one of the world's most famous sunsets EUR 30.00
  • A Traditional Athens Affair EUR 40.00

Where You'll Stay

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    Paradise Beach Resort

    Mykonos, Greece

    Located on one of the most famous beaches of Mykonos, Paradise Beach Resort boasts a private beach, two seaside bars and traditionally furnished rooms

    3 nights

  • 11 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    7 nights in Hotel, 3 nights in Contiki Special Stay

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