- Tour the Parthenon and the Acropolis in Athens
- Explore the traditional island villages of Santorini
- Sample local wines at a Greek winery
- Sleep in a cozy mountain lodge in the Forest of the White River
- Sunbathe on Santorini's famous Red Beach
|Day 1||Arrive in Athens & Sightsee||Athens|
|Day 2||Tour the Acropolis||Athens|
|Day 3||Learn About Ancient Traditions in Delphi & Amfissa||Kastraki|
|Day 4||See the Monasteries of the Meteora||Kranea|
|Day 5||Explore Mountain Scenery & Sample Local Delicacies||Athens|
|Day 6||Take the Ferry to Santorini||Santorini|
|Day 7||Get to Know the Traditional Villages of Santorini||Santorini|
|Day 8||Return to Athens & Enjoy Free Time||Athens|
|Day 9||Depart Athens - End of Trip|
Day 1: Arrive in Athens & Sightsee
Day 2: Tour the Acropolis
Today you'll visit the Acropolis, taking in views of the world-famous Parthenon. This temple, dedicated to the goddess Athena, has enchanted visitors since its construction was completed in 438 BCE. Afterward, the tour continues at the Athens Central Food Market (Varvakios Agora), where you'll sample regional delicacies made by Greek cheese-makers, pastry chefs, and food vendors of all kinds. The evening is free to relax or explore the city.
Day 3: Learn About Ancient Traditions in Delphi & Amfissa
Today you'll head to the regional capital of Amfissa, where Greece's last handmade bell-maker will show you how livestock bells have been forged by hand in his family for generations. Afterward, stroll through the cobbled streets of the old leather-tanning district. Here, in one of Europe's last remaining tannery workshops, you’ll see what a tanner’s working life was, almost unchanged from a century ago up to today. Enjoy lunch under the shade of the large tree in the town square, where you will taste local delicacies prepared in the village.After lunch, it’s off to Delphi, where you’ll marvel at the ruins of the Temple of Apollo and the Athenian Treasury. You’ll have plenty of time to soak up the magical scenery before visiting the Delphi Museum, home to some fine examples of ancient Greek art, including the world-famous bronze statue of the Charioteer of Delphi. Head north across the mainland towards the Meteora. A few miles before reaching your destination, you will have dinner in a traditional family-run restaurant in the foothills of Mt. Koziakas. You will spend the night in a charming family-run guest house in the pretty village of Kastraki, right under the towering rocks of Meteora.
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Day 4: See the Monasteries of the Meteora
Today's highlight is a visit to the Meteora, a stunning natural phenomenon featuring enormous sandstone columns formed millions of years ago. These remote rock skyscrapers became dwellings for Christian Orthodox monks; by the 14th century, large monastic communities were flourishing on the summits of many of these rocks. Today, six monasteries are still functioning, and you will visit two.
Day 5: Explore Mountain Scenery & Sample Local Delicacies
On the last full day of the trip, start with a swim in the nearby river and a tour of a fascinating small monastery rarely visited by tourists. Then you’ll embark on a food tour to discover the local specialties and flavors of Northern Greece! The tour starts with Greek coffee and traditional pastries at a local home overlooking the valley. Then it's off to a nearby winery to taste the area’s best wines, cheeses, and cold cuts. Have lunch at a local tavern, sampling wild mountain greens, juicy lamb ribs, and other regional specialties. Ride back to Athens, where you'll spend the night before the journey continues.
Day 6: Take the Ferry to SantoriniCatch a ferry to Santorini. On arrival, you'll take in the island's central caldera — the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in history — rising above you. The island's volcanic history has led to the formation of some of the most unique beaches in the Greek islands, along with the dramatic cliff views on the island's caldera side. Spend your day relaxing at the beach or strolling on one of Santorini’s scenic walking routes. For dinner, sample the island's signature cherry tomatoes and white eggplant, typically served as side dishes with fresh seafood.
Day 7: Get to Know the Traditional Villages of Santorini
In the morning, visit Prophet Elias Monastery, the highest spot on the island. Walk around Megalochori, one of the most picturesque villages on the island. You'll also go on a walking tour of the village of Emporio. Take a break for lunch before heading to Red Beach, one of the most scenic and interesting beaches on Santorini. In the afternoon, you'll have the chance to sample wines at a local winery nearby. At sunset, catch the views of the Blue Dome Church at Firostefani and the spectacular landscape below.
Day 8: Return to Athens & Enjoy Free TimeAfter breakfast, you'll enjoy the scenic ferry ride back to Athens. The afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy. One option is to go on a boating excursion to the majestic Temple of Poseidon at Sounio. This sacred site dating back to the Bronze age will take your breath away with its sweeping ocean views, impressive ancient columns, and intricate history. The boat ride back doubles as a sunset cruise before spending your last night in Athens.
Day 9: Depart Greece - End of TripThe trip comes to an end today. You'll head to the airport to catch a flight out. Safe travels!
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