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Spotlight on Greece

plus 3 day Greek Island Cruise

4.5
87 reviews
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The one that gives you the perfect mix of island time and inland cultural excursions

Duration
8 Days
Places
10 places

Visiting Athens, Olympia, Delphi, Kusadasi, Crete, Santorini, Corinth, Mycenae, Mykonos, Patmos

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

In-Depth Explorer

Group Size

Average 45 people

Transport Style

Coach + Cruise Ship

Highlights

  • Visit the famous Plaka area
  • Feast on traditional Greek dishes and see traditional Greek dances 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 book
  • Part pay financing available with UpLift
  • No change fees
  • No booking fees

What's included?

7 nights accommodation

4 nights in Hotel, 3 nights in Cruise ship

For 7 nights, you'll sleep in a combination of charming Greek hotels (twin or triple share) and a cruise ship. If you prefer to sleep alone (or your snoring demands as much), upgrade to your own room for a bit extra.

15 Meals

7 Breakfast, 5 Dinner, 3 Lunch

Enliven your taste buds with the fresh catch of the day, as well as traditional moreish favourites like moussaka and halloumi. We'll cover your breakfast every day, and will also treat you to 5 delicious dinners.

Team

Expert Trip Manager, Driver, Captain and Crew 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 & Crew for the Cruise portion of your trip. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.

Transport

All transport included during the trip

Included in your trip is transport across Europe on our fleet of comfy, state of the art coaches. They're kitted out with all the necessities: USB charge points, WiFi, Air Con and a rocking sound system. You bring the other essentials, like tunes, friendships and stories from the night before. For the Cruise portion of this trip, you'll jump on board a Cruise ship run by a trusted Contiki partner.

Experiences

12 included, 4 optional that you can add

TOP EXPERIENCES ON THIS TRIP:

- Uncover the secrets of ancient Greece on a guided tour of Athens & vist the Acropolis 
- See the UNESCO world heritage site of the original ancient Olympic Games at Olympia
- Visit the spectacular Sanctuary of Apollo on the historical cliffside village of Delphi
- Visit Mykonos town & see traditional Cycladic style houses*
- Fall in love with the famous cascade of blue roofs in Oia, Santorini

*This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in trip costs
Step back in time and marvel at the remnants of ancient history with 4-days of extensive exploring in Greece before hitting the Mediterranean for some fun in the sun. Athens, Olympia and Delphi will be uncovered through the wisdom of a Greek tour guide, and the islands of Greece will be discovered with 3-days cruising the Cycladic islands of Mykonos, Santorini and Crete, even stopping in Turkey to boot!

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Top Experiences

Some are available to purchase while on the trip

Get a guided tour of the awe-inspiring Ancient Greek monuments, the Acropolis and Parthenon

Athens

See the traditional Cycladic buildings of Mykonos town

Mykonos

Feast on traditional Greek dishes and see traditional Greek dances in the Plaka district of Athens

EUR 40.00

Athens

Spotlight on Greece plus 3 day Greek Island Cruise

12 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
  • See the impressive Corinth Canal
  • 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
  • See the traditional Cycladic buildings of Mykonos town
  • Tour of Ephesus
  • Visit Heraklion town
  • See the Monastery of St. John on Patmos
  • Spectacular Oia Village

4 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • Feast on traditional Greek dishes and see traditional Greek dances in the Plaka district of Athens EUR 40.00
  • Minoan Palace of Knossos – 1st European Civilization Euro 74.00
  • Religious Visit to St Johns Monastery Grotto of Apocalypse EUR 67.00
  • Minoan Palace of Knossos – 1st European Civilization Euro 74.00

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
1
1 night
Athens
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via
Mykonos
1
1 night
Kusadasi
via
via
Patmos
1
1 night
Crete
1
1 night
Santorini
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 in all places except Greece, 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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