Athens – Delphi – Meteora - Santori-
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Greece-The Great Greek Escape-14th-22nd oct 18 9 Days / 8 Nights

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Greece – The Great Greek Escape – 8 nights / 9 days

(Athens – Delphi – Meteora  – Santorini)

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 monastries at Meteora – where Windswept monoliths rise abruptly from the earth, with vertical cliffs forming a dramatic backdrop against the flat fields around them – and the essential Santorini.

We hate cookie cutter itineraries – mentioning a few off beat experiences of this holiday

  • Our itinerary includes 2 nights at Kalambaka in Meteora.
  • High above the Meteora Landscape in Greece’s central region – 60 monks and Nuns live in fabled monastries, perched on the edge of sandstone peaks.
  • The landscape is beautiful.
  • We stay in the Caldera in Imergovigli, Santorini –
  • 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
  • A Private Walking Tour of Athens is included to introduce us to this edgy capital

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.  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.

And, if one does not visit Santorini, then we think a Grecian holiday is incomplete.

Santorini – with Its rugged landscape owes allegiance to a rather violent volcanic eruption that took place many moons ago.
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!

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

Day 1:  14th October  (Sunday. No meals included)

  • 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)
  • Overnight in Athens Cypria Hotel or similar

Day 2:  15th October  (Monday. Breakfast and lunch included)

  • We have an exhaustive sightseeing tour of Athens planned today
  • We start with the Acropolis Musuem
  • From here we head to the the Acropolis site
  • Then we proceed to Panathenaic stadium, the stadium that hosted the 1st Olympic Games of the Modern Era, in 1896.
  • Break for lunch in a local Taverna
  • Then we get dropped off near Symtagma Square and walk outside the Parliament.
  • From the parliament, walk outside the Academy, The Old University and National Library.
  • Evening at leisure

Day 3 – 16th October (Tuesday. Includes breakfast)

  • No better way to soak in a city than to wander it’s streets
  • We start at Omonia Square
  • Omonia Square is connected with a central commercial road Athinas Street having multitude of important architectural examples of 19th century and 20th century styles.
  • On this street are among others, the neoclassical mansions of the Town Hall, the Varvakeios Municipal Market, and spacious Kotzia Square with surrounded by impressive mansion buildings housing the Cultural Center of the National Bank and the services of the National Bank of Greece.
  • Continue on pedestrian zone of Aiolou Street where you see outside two marvelous churches Panagia Chrysospiliotissa and Agia Irini, the first Cathedral of Athens.
  • Walk to Monastiraki Square the historic square, fully renovated with a multi coloured mosaic and surrounded by monumental sites such as Tzistarakis moque , Roman Agora and Hadrian’s Library.
  • Break for lunch
  • Take up Adrianou Str with many souvenir shops and conclude to 12th century Metropolis Athens Cathedral.
  • Walk through Plaka’s main shopping street, view outside the oldest house of Athens for the Benizelos family and the Lysicrates monument, right before reaching Dionysiou Areopagitou Str. where the tour ends.
  • This walking tour is for about 4 hours including the lunch break – at a leisurely pace
  • The rest of the day is at leisure

Day 4 – 17th  October (Wednesday. includes breakfast)

  • 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.

Day 5 – 18th October (Thursday. 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
  • We hike among the gigantic rock pillars of Meteora to enjoy truly breathtaking views. The hiking tour of Meteora is one of the best ways to enjoy this unique geological phenomenon and to learn the history of an UNESCO World Heritage Site. By joining this morning hike you will walk through hidden trails that only locals know. Let us take you on a journey back in time following the footsteps of the first monks who arrived here more than 15 centuries ago.
  • Lunch in Kastraki – a small village.
  • Relax and overnight at Hotel Doupiani

Day 6 – 19th October (Friday. Includes breakfast)

  • Post breakfast – we visit two more monastries and then drive back to Athens
  • Overnight in Cypria Hotel or similar

Day 7 – 20th October (Saturday. Includes packed breakfast and dinner)

  • Transfer from the hotel to Piraeus port to transfer by the 07:00 am ferry to Santorini
  • Reach Santorini by about 12:30 pm
  • Check into the hotel and relax for a while – before we transfer by Public Bus to Oia to catch the famous sunset.
  • Dinner in Oia
  • Overnight at Andromeda Villas or similar

Day 8 – 21st  October (Sunday. Includes breakfast and dinner)

  • 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 optional tours that you could opt for – Wine Tasting / Volcano Tour. We can discuss the options at the time of booking)
  • Overnight at Andromeda Villas

Day 9 – 22nd October (Monday. Includes breakfast)

  • End of holiday!
  • We have left this open as some of you may want to extend your trip?
  • You could take the ferry to Mykonos or You could fly back to Athens and fly out the same night to India. Again we can discuss this at the time of booking)

Important Notes

– We need 9 participants to conduct this tour.

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COST

  • - Given the highly volatile exchange rate with the Euro at the moment, we will quote this price in Euro’s
  • - This way we can pass on any exchange rate advantage to you as well in case the rate drops. (Complete payment will be due 75 days before the trip and we will take the amount in Rupees at the buying rate of the Euro that is valid on that day)
  • - 1650 Euro / head on a twin sharing basis – Till the 10th  of April
  • - 1700 Euro / head on a twin sharing basis – Till the 1st of June
  • - 1750 Euro / head on a twin sharing basis – post that
  • - (Cost of transfer from Santorini at the end of the tour – is not included. This allows you some flexibility in plans)
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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

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 as we stay in a beautiful boutique property – that is the highlight of our trip. We do try our best though)
  • - Transportation as given in the itinerary
  • - Ferry tickets from Athens - Santorini.
  • - Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • - Entrance to all the sites as mentioned in the itinerary
  • - Guides for the sightseeing as mentioned
  • - Tolls
  • - A tour leader from our end to take care of you

Costs Exclude the following:

  • - Service tax – at 5% (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
  • - The overnight tax that has come into effect from the 1st of January,2018. This is at 1.50 Euro / head / night and has to be paid directly at the hotel
  • - Any transfer cost out of Santorini

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 (this will be deducted from the final amount)
  • - Balance payment is due by the 31st 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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