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Spotlight on Greece

plus 3 day Greek Island Cruise

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

Travel Style

In-Depth Explorer

Take your time and explore in-detail each destination on this trip. Find out more

  • Duration

    8 days

  • Places

    10 places

  • Meals

    7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach + Cruise Ship

  • Group Size

    Average 45 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver, Captain and Crew and Local Guides

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

Top Experiences

12 included & 4 free time add-ons available to add later

  • Locally guided tour of the awe-inspiring Ancient Greek monuments including entry to the Acropolis and Parthenon

    Included

    Athens

  • See the traditional Cycladic buildings of Mykonos town

    Included

    Mykonos

  • A Traditional Athens Affair

    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
  • Locally guided tour of the awe-inspiring Ancient Greek monuments including entry to 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

  • A Traditional Athens Affair 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

Where I'll Stay?

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  • 7 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    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.

About this trip

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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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. via via

    Mykonos

  8. 1 1 night

    Kusadasi

  9. via via

    Patmos

  10. 1 1 night

    Crete

  11. 1 1 night

    Santorini

  12. Athens

+2 more

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.

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.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Locally guided tour of the awe-inspiring Ancient Greek monuments including entry to 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

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.

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

Well there you have it, the true scope of Greece's magnificence filed neatly into four incredible days. Walk away with a wealth of new knowledge and a new posse of friends, eager to get involved in yet another Contiki adventure.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

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

DAY 5 - Athens to Kusadasi via Mykonos

Athens

Alright sailors it's time to hit the sea! We'll board a Greek ship and head straight for the crisp white isle of Mykonos. 

Mykonos

Out on the Aegean with a sea breeze wiping stupidly happy looks on our faces, we arrive into Mykonos. On arrival we will suss out Mykonos town & see traditional Cycladic-style houses. Use the rest of the day to get beach side, tap into the island's party culture, or carry on exploring or hitting the shops and bars of Little Venice for some cute, Pinterest-worthy snaps.  

Kusadasi

As soon as you cast your treasure-hungry eyes on the shopping bazaar of Kusadasi, you'll be very pleased indeed that this an overnight stop. Carpets, silver, local antiques, this place is a haven for those keen to pick up some treasures to take back home.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the traditional Cycladic buildings of Mykonos town

DAY 6 - Kusadasi to Crete via Patmos

Kusadasi

Patmos

Out of Kusadasi we drift on towards the rugged island of Patmos, quaint, known for it's seafood, we'll tell you straight up that the octopus is some of the best you'll ever try. Explore this holy hotspot with an optional excursion to Patmos’ UNESCO World Heritage sites of the 11th century Monastery of the Apocalypse and the Grotto of St. John. A must when you're in the area, dating back to 1088 as a protection from pirates! St John's Grotto is up next where part of the bible was written by St John himself. Nothing like a bit of history to keep things interesting. Back on the boat, a sundowner is calling, and maybe some of the ship nightlife before we wake up in Rhodes. 

Crete

Some may say we've saved the best 'til last, with Crete and Santorini marking our finals. Crete is the biggest of the Greek Islands & home to the 4000 year old mythical Minoan Palace. Catch some sleep or explore it all morning with the option of exploring the Place of Knossos. As a quick 101, it's the home to the legend of the Minotaur, a half man half bull which lived in a labyrinth and was slayed by Theus. A great way to look into days gone by, and we're talking 2000BC. We then set sail from Crete, with Santorini in our sights as the next stop.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Tour of Ephesus

  • Visit Heraklion town

  • See the Monastery of St. John on Patmos

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Minoan Palace of Knossos – 1st European Civilization

    Euro 74.00

  • Religious Visit to St. John’s Monastery – Grotto of Apocalypse

    EUR 67.00

DAY 7 - Crete to Santorini

Crete

Another day waking up in another epic destination. Santorini, you're the perfect place to send us off with a serious bang. 

Santorini

Get a belt handy - you're going to need to strap that jaw up off the floor as the island of Santorini slowly becomes a reality. Those iconic blue–domed, whitewashed churches are enough to bring a tear to the eye. Set on a caldera, or old volcano, Santorini is literally towering over the landscape. And the best way to get the sheer scale of it all is by boat, and lucky for you sweet traveller, we give you the chance to do just that! After strolling the iconic island lanes dotted with shops and travellers all here for this memorable moment. Make sure your phone is on full charge, as an Instagram upload is a must tonight. 

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Spectacular Oia Village

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Minoan Palace of Knossos – 1st European Civilization

    Euro 74.00

DAY 8 - Santorini to Athens

Santorini

Our trip ends after breakfast - time to say bye to your new travel buddies!

Athens

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Frequently Asked Questions

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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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Our great deals and offers are only in market for a limited time are subject to pay in full deadlines. If you cannot pay in full by the specified date shown alongside the offer/deal you can still  lock in the trip date of your choice at our Standard Price where normal payment terms of pay in full 45 days prior to your trip departing apply.  Visit the deals page for the full terms & conditions. Discounts apply to the land portion of your trip price only (this excludes taxes, included flight costs, extra accommodation & optional activities. Your trip price does not include the costs of international flights that start or end your trip).