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Gourmet Greece: Athens, Syros & Paros

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 2,433

Take in some alternative landmarks and enjoy delicious cuisine on this journey across Greece. Discover the historical treasures of the Acropolis in Athens, hike to the summit of the Meteora Monasteries near Kalambaka, and spend a few days lounging on the pristine beaches of Syros and Paros in the Cyclades.


This 9-day Greek vacation takes you from Athens to the Meteora Monasteries to the islands of Syros and Paros. It features first-class or deluxe accommodations, tailor-made tours, gourmet experiences, and is perfect for travellers who want to blend an island stay with a cultural tour.

Your journey begins in Athens, the Greek capital, where each step reveals treasures of the ancient past or the vibrancy of modern culture. Head on a half-day city tour to see the famous historical landmarks, from the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Olympics were held, to the Presidential Palace and Temple of Olympian Zeus to the legendary Acropolis, where you’ll see ancient temples like the Temple of Athena Nike and the Parthenon. Close out your tour with a visit to the new Acropolis Museum.

From Athens, board the train and ride the rails to Kalambaka, a small town at the foot of the grey rocks that are home to the monasteries of Meteora. In the afternoon, you’ll head on an easy hike into the mountains to admire the views of these spectacular monasteries perched atop the rocks. You’ll hike the Agia Triada trail up to Alsos Rock and Agia Triada Monastery before reaching Psaropetra to watch the sunset from a panoramic lookout point. You’ll stop by the Rousanu Monastery before returning back to Kalambaka. The next day, you’ll visit three more monasteries of Meteora before riding the train back to Athens.

In Athens, catch the ferry to Syros, located in the Cyclades. You’ll have a day on this picturesque island to stroll through the stony streets of its main town, Ermoupoli, enjoy lunch at one of the best restaurants in the islands, and soak in the romantic atmosphere. Ride the ferry onward to Paros, known for its traditional architecture, lovely beaches, and lively nightlife. You’ll have two nights on Paros to take advantage of the seaside villages of Parikia and Naoussa, swim and snorkel through a sunken town in the Aegean, and spend some downtime on the sunny beaches, which are among the most beautiful in the Cyclades.

After your time on Paros, you’ll ride the ferry back to Athens and have the option of joining a cooking class to learn to make some staples of Greek cuisine. The next day, head to the airport to return back home.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 2,433

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Day 1

Arrive Athens

On arrival you will be meet at the International Athens Airport and then you transfer to your hotel. Athens, the cradle of democracy and birthplace of western civilization is a vibrant city where the new and old co-exist.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Titania Hotel

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    Titania Hotel



    The Titania Athens Hotel is surrounded by important monuments of Grecian history such as the Acropolis, the New Museum of the Acropolis, The Parliament, The Archaeological Museum and the National Library. The Titania Hotel is located near theaters, modern shops and city malls, providing their …

    The Titania Athens Hotel is surrounded by important monuments of Grecian history such as the Acropolis, the New Museum of the Acropolis, The Parliament, The Archaeological Museum and the National Library. The Titania Hotel is located near theaters, modern shops and city malls, providing their guests with a variety of sight-seeing and entertainment choices. The remarkable Lobby area is decorated with the famous "Pentelikon" marble and inland mosaics to depict a theme of ancient Greek history. Titania has 2 restaurants: La Brasserie, and gourmet roof garden Olive Garden. Hotel Titania offers underground parking for 230 cars. This service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Currency Exchange
    • Fitness Centre
    • Ironing Service
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Luggage Storage
    • Parking
    • Restaurant

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Day 2

Athens City Tour

In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel and start the half-day tour to Athens. This tour allows you to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896. Continue and pass by the Presidential residence (ex Royal Palace) guarded by the Euzones in their colourful uniform, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian's Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma). On the Acropolis visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, the Parthenon and finally "the harmony between material and spirit", the monument that "puts order in the mind", the New amazing Acropolis Museum consistently rated as one of the best museums in the world. Return to your hotel and enjoy your evening at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Athens to Meteora and Kalambaka by Train Including a 3 hours Sunset Easy Hiking Tour

The train for Kalambaka departs from the Athens rail station. You need to go at the rail station on your own at 7:00 am. Catch the train of 7:20 a.m. to Kalambaka in the morning from the Athens Railway Station and enjoy a trip that will give you the chance to admire the beauty of the countryside. Arrive around 11:30 a.m. in Kalambaka, a small town built at the foot of the majestic grey rocks, and crowded by the METEORA Monasteries. Arriving in Kalambaka, our English speaking driver will be waiting you holding a signboard with your name on it and will transfer you to the hotel. Pick up from hotel for a sunset Hiking tour - We will cross the rocks of Meteora from the Kalambaka side and up the Agia Triada trail going up between the Alsos rock and the Agia Triada Monastery we reach below the area of Tzertzis and walk alongside reaching a panoramic point of the rock Psaropetra (Fish stone) where we will enjoy the sunset. Finish the tour by walking among the path next to the Rousanu Monastery and back to the to the hotel.

Please note: Entrance to the monasteries: Appropriate clothing is required. Ladies should not wear short skirts and must have long sleeves. Men are not allowed to wear shorts.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Famissi Hotel

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    Famissi Hotel


    Hotel Famissi is a unique 3 star superior Hotel in the heart of Kalabaka where style and comfort are happily coupled to offer a pleasant stay with the finest accommodation and delightful culinary experiences.

    Hotel Famissi is a unique 3 star superior Hotel in the heart of Kalabaka where style and comfort are happily coupled to offer a pleasant stay with the finest accommodation and delightful culinary experiences.

    Facilities

    • Accessible Facilities
    • Air Conditioning
    • Free WiFi
    • Laundry Service
    • Parking
    • Pet Friendly

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Day 4

Meteora and Kalambaka by train back to Athens

Today includes a visit to 3 Monasteries, at the end your driver will transfer you back to Kalambaka, where you will have the time to scroll around and have a light lunch (not included). At 17:15 p.m. the train departs from Kalambaka, and arrives at 21:25 back to Athens. On arrival make your own way to the hotel where you will spend the night.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Titania Hotel

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    Titania Hotel



    The Titania Athens Hotel is surrounded by important monuments of Grecian history such as the Acropolis, the New Museum of the Acropolis, The Parliament, The Archaeological Museum and the National Library. The Titania Hotel is located near theaters, modern shops and city malls, providing their …

    The Titania Athens Hotel is surrounded by important monuments of Grecian history such as the Acropolis, the New Museum of the Acropolis, The Parliament, The Archaeological Museum and the National Library. The Titania Hotel is located near theaters, modern shops and city malls, providing their guests with a variety of sight-seeing and entertainment choices. The remarkable Lobby area is decorated with the famous "Pentelikon" marble and inland mosaics to depict a theme of ancient Greek history. Titania has 2 restaurants: La Brasserie, and gourmet roof garden Olive Garden. Hotel Titania offers underground parking for 230 cars. This service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Currency Exchange
    • Fitness Centre
    • Ironing Service
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Luggage Storage
    • Parking
    • Restaurant

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Day 5

Athens to Syros

Today, after breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel and transfer to the port for your ferry to Syros Island which belongs to the Cyclades island group. It might not be as popular but that's where this island's charm lies. The capital of Syros Island, Ermoupoli, is considered one of the most picturesque Cyclades capitals. On arrival in Syros make your way to the hotel located only few steps from the port. You can explore this romantic island, wonder the streets of the capital town, Ermoupolis, that distinguishes for the elegant architecture. Get your lunch at one of the best restaurants in Syros.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Diogenis Hotel

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    Diogenis Hotel


    The traditional A 'class hotel "Diogenis" is a 19-century neoclassical building with Venetian influences. Typical example of the commercial and urban development of Syros at the time, it was used as a warehouse (wood, coal, tobacco), tannery, and even as a cabaret. During the 1941-1944 …

    The traditional A 'class hotel "Diogenis" is a 19-century neoclassical building with Venetian influences. Typical example of the commercial and urban development of Syros at the time, it was used as a warehouse (wood, coal, tobacco), tannery, and even as a cabaret. During the 1941-1944 occupation, it housed the Italian military-police command headquarters(Arma dei Carabinieri).

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Beach Access
    • Child Friendly
    • Free WiFi
    • Laundry Service
    • Room Service

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Day 6

Syros to Paros

Today, after breakfast - start you way for the port for your ferry to Paros Island famous for the traditional architecture, the lovely beaches and its nightlife. Parikia and Naoussa are the main villages of Paros, where most activities are concentrated, while there are also other seaside tourist villages around the island. Arrival Paros and transfer to the hotel in the evening and enjoy dinner at one of the best restaurants.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Contaratos Beach Hotel

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    Contaratos Beach Hotel



    Contaratos Beach is an elegant hotel in Naoussa of Paros overlooking the sea, offering a wide range of the most modern facilities and services for discerning guests looking for quality accommodation near the sea. As one of the most favorite hotels in Naoussa, Contaratos Beach …

    Contaratos Beach is an elegant hotel in Naoussa of Paros overlooking the sea, offering a wide range of the most modern facilities and services for discerning guests looking for quality accommodation near the sea. As one of the most favorite hotels in Naoussa, Contaratos Beach hotel provides the ideal choice for discerning travelers looking for a pleasant stay with healthy meal options, sporting activities like tennis for daily exercise and a delightful Jacuzzi for endless hours of relaxation and wellness. The privileged location of Contaratos Beach hotel allows you to have access in just a few minutes walk to the center of Naoussa, where traditional ouzeries, famous cafes, fish taverns, and the cosmopolitan nightlife place it among one of the most famous destinations in the entire Cyclades. It is very close to the beaches of Santa Maria, Kolimpithres and Monastiri and to other fascinating beaches, while it’s only a few meters from the bus station.

    Facilities

    • 24 hour Front desk
    • Baby-Sitting(on request)
    • Bar
    • Breakfast buffet
    • Free WiFi
    • Indoor Pool
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Luggage Storage
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Tennis Court

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Day 7

Paros at Leisure

The island of Paros is famous for its beautiful beaches, the traditional architecture, and the fun nightlife. Spend the day at you own pace taking in everything this hidden gem has to offer or find a quite beach and spend your day relaxing, swimming and snorkelling the ancient sunken city.

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Day 8

Paros to Athens

After breakfast you will be picked up for your transfer to the port to catch the ferry for your embarkation back to Athens. On arrival in Athens port you will be met and transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, you are at leisure or choose an optional cooking lesson, where you will learn how to make an authentic Greek meal before sitting down to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Titania Hotel

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    Titania Hotel



    The Titania Athens Hotel is surrounded by important monuments of Grecian history such as the Acropolis, the New Museum of the Acropolis, The Parliament, The Archaeological Museum and the National Library. The Titania Hotel is located near theaters, modern shops and city malls, providing their …

    The Titania Athens Hotel is surrounded by important monuments of Grecian history such as the Acropolis, the New Museum of the Acropolis, The Parliament, The Archaeological Museum and the National Library. The Titania Hotel is located near theaters, modern shops and city malls, providing their guests with a variety of sight-seeing and entertainment choices. The remarkable Lobby area is decorated with the famous "Pentelikon" marble and inland mosaics to depict a theme of ancient Greek history. Titania has 2 restaurants: La Brasserie, and gourmet roof garden Olive Garden. Hotel Titania offers underground parking for 230 cars. This service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Currency Exchange
    • Fitness Centre
    • Ironing Service
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Luggage Storage
    • Parking
    • Restaurant

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Day 9

Departure

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight back to North America.

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DEPAETURES:

Daily May-Oct

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Arrival Meet & Greet
  • 8 nights’ accommodation in a standard room 
  • Most transfers (mix of private and shared)
  • Breakfast daily
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • 3 half day tours
  • 1 full day tour
  • All economy ferry tickets with numbered seats 
  • All local taxes applicable

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates will apply, Limited seats/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request -- please inquire.

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12 Sep 2020
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