Athens – Delphi – Meteora – Mykono-
s - Santorini
Greece-Our Big Fat Greek Escape Sep 29-Oct 8 10 days / 9 nights

INTRODUCTION

Our Big FAT Greek Escape – Greece

Thinking about a Wonderful World trip to Greece raised my levels of anxiety…just a little.
One: I was not so much of a beach person.
Two: I was a bit sceptical about Greece living up to all the amazing brochures that I had seen since I was a liitle girl.
And, three: because of the Greece economy crisis that seems like an odyssey without end.
I am super happy to report that all my fears were unfounded, it’s a dream vacation place and the tourist economy is thriving…if the prices are anything to go by!!
My quest was to find intresting places and not just hit all the tourist hotspots like most other package holidays would do.
I found my answers on mainland Greece and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Join us as we explore Athens, visit the stunning monasteries at Meteora and then soak up some sun and stunning sunsets on the islands of Mykonos and Santorini.

We hate cookie cutter itineraries, and what we offer is a mix of the quintessential Grecian holiday and few off-beat experiences to make your trip complete. We have handpicked, 3 star / 4 star or boutique hotels in central locations

We start our trip off in Athens, and just like Atlas, who carried the world on his shoulders, Athens carries a huge responsibilty to live up to the expectations of its visitors.
After all, its not called the historical capital of Europe for nothing!
Athens has been the center of Greek civilization for 4000 years. It’s an ancient city, still dominated by 5th century landmarks like the Acropolis and the Parthenon temple.
It’s an edgy, cosmopoliton, grungy, graceful, bustling, modern yet ancient city. You have to visit it to understand the vibe that is so uniquely Athens.

Then we drive to Kalambaka in Meteora. Meteora symbolises man’s aspirations to connect with the divine. There is something about high cliffs and monasteries!
High above the Meteora Landscape in Greece’s central region, monks and Nuns live in fabled monastries, perched on the edge of sandstone peaks.
The landscape is beautiful, with windswept monoliths rise abruptly from the earth, and with vertical cliffs forming a dramatic backdrop against flat land. Most run of the mill tourists don’t get to see this part of Greece but we think it’s a must-see!

And, if one does not visit Mykonos and Santorini, then we think a Grecian holiday is incomplete.
Mykonos and Santorini – part of the cycalades islands, are jewels of the Aegean sea.

We spend a night in Mykonos – the great glamour island of Greece – with it’s tiny winding lanes, is incredibly charming .
Santorini evokes images of whitewashed, cubist houses clinging precariously to rugged cliffs, overlooking the bluest sparkling indigo waters that is the Aegean.
It is calm and soothing to the soul, the sunsets make even the most stone-hearted feel something!
We stay in the Caldera in Imergovigli, Santorini – where you can see the gorgeous sunsets that Santorini is famous for from the hotel, without millions of tourists taking away from that picture-perfect view.

So, if it is swimming in balmy seas, watching incomparable sunsets that speak to your soul, and sitting out under the stars with fun-loving women or by yourself, that floats your boat, join us.

ITINERARY

29th September – Friday (Includes Dinner)

Pick up from the airport and transfer to your hotel in the city centre
(We will do a group transfer to the hotel. Please do check flight timings with us before booking. If your flight timing is different from our transfer timings – we can arrange a separate pick up for you, at an additional cost)

Dinner in a Local Taverna

Overnight in Philippos Hotel .

30th September  (Saturday) – (Includes Breakfast and lunch)

We have an exhaustive sightseeing tour of Athens planned today

– Start with the Acropolis site – which is walking distance from our hotel
Then we proceed to Panathenaic stadium, the stadium that hosted the 1st Olympic Games of the Modern Era, in 1896.
– Then we get dropped off near Symtagma Square and walk outside the Parliament and see the change of guards. From the parliament, walk outside the Academy, The Old University and National Library.

Break for lunch in a local taverna
Then we proceed to the Acropolis musuem and head back to the hotel

Evening at leisure

1st October – (includes breakfast only)

If you like to holiday like us – then you need this free day to just stroll around on your own and soak in the place.
Our hotel is very centrally located.

However if you would rather pack in your holiday and see as much as possible – then we can suggest two optional tours that we can discuss at the time of booking.
(Either the full day – Four Island Cruise, including Hydra, Poros and Aegina or the hald day trip to Cape Sounion)

2nd October – (includes breakfast and lunch)

Today we drive to Meteora. (about 8 hours with all the stops included)
We will stop at the Delphi Archaeolgical site. (we will not be visiting the musuem at the Delhi site – but will be visiting the site itself.)

Reach Meteora by the evening.
Check into Hotel Doupiani – and relax.

3rd October – Meteora (includes breakfast and lunch)

Do a relaxed, short hiking tour in Meteora to take in the gorgeous landscape and country side and visit 2 monastries

Lunch in Kastraki – a small village.

Relax and overnight at Hotel Doupiani

4th October (Includes breakfast and lunch)

Post breakfast – we visit a few more monastries and then drive back to Athens

Overnight in Herodian Hotel or similar

5th October (includes a packed breakfast)

Transfer from the hotel to Piraeus port to transfer by the 07:00 am ferry to Mykonos.
Reach Mykonos at 09:45 am

We will do a relaxed walking tour of Mykonos town and then this day is free for you to really soak in this gorgeous Island.
Walk the tiny lanes, take a million photos, visit the cutest shops, it’s such a treat – we love Mykonos!
It has so much more than just the parties that it is famour for.

Overnight at Porto Mykonos Hotel

6th October – (includes breakfast and dinner)

– Post breakfast catch the 10:00 am ferry to Santorini
– Reach Santorini by 11:55 am and transfer to hotel

Check in to the hotel and take in the gorgeous views for a while before we head to Oia – the most photographed town in Greece!

Dinner at a restaurant in Oia and then back to the hotel

Overnight at Andromeda Villas

7th October – Santorini (includes breakfast)

Again in keeping with how we like to plan holidays – this is a free day so you can explore the things that interest you or relax and take in the stunning views from your hotel.

– There are a few organised excursions we could book for you – The Caldera Morning boat tour
– Or an Archaeological Bus Tour to Akrotiri Excavation

– Or as I would suggest – just take it easy today – visit Red beach or Kamari Beach and the town of Fira. Catch the sunset from your hotel – as the most gorgeous sunset that I saw in Santorini was from a cliff in Imergovigli and not he famed Oia sunset – simply because of the lack of crowds.

8th October –(includes breakfast)

Head Back to Athens and fly out

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COST

Important Notes

- We need 9 participants to conduct this tour.
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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Cost – Rs 1,27,500 / head + Cost of flight from Santorini to Athens

(The flight cost has not been included as based on when you book – we will book this flight for you and charge for actual flight fare. We won’t need to charge tax on it so it works out cheaper.
At the time of writing this – the flight cost was at Rs 6850. And if you flight out of Athens is late at night you could also take the ferry back. We can discuss these details at the time of booking)

Costs include the following:

  • - Accomodation on a twin sharing basis in the hotels as mentioned.
  • (double beds may be the only option in Santorini though – we don’t always get twin sharing rooms there)
  • - Transportation as given in the itinerary
  • - Ferry tickets from Athens to Mykonos to Santorini.
  • - Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • - Entrance to all the sites as mentioned in the itinerary
  • - Guides for the sightseeing as mentioned
  • - Tolls

Costs Exclude the following:

  • Service tax – at 9% (or as per applicable rate at the time of booking)
  • International flight
  • Visa (cost is apprximately 6000 Rupees)
  • Any optional tours
  • Insurance
  • Any meals not mentioned
  • Any beverages
  • Any other personal expenses
  • Tips for guide and driver

NOTES

  • - The itinerary may have to be revised a bit in terms of the order – as the ferry schedule is completely dependent on weather.

PAYMENT PLAN

  • - Booking deposit requested is 10,000 Rupees
  • - Balance payment is due by the 15th of July

CANCELLATION POLICY

If cancelled
  • - Upto 90 days in advance – full refund
  • - Between 90 days and 60 days – booking deposit is non refundable
  • - Between 60 days – 50 days – 50% of the total is refundable
  • - Between 50 days – 30 days – 25% off the total is refundable
  • - Between 30 days – 0 days – no refund – as we really cannot replace your spot by then.
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