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Athens and the Greek Isles (13 or 16 Days)

It’s nearly impossible to get a true taste of Greek culture without sampling its flavorful isles. Experience the relaxed lifestyle and vibrant locals that color all the islands, spending time to discover the character and history unique to each locale. Absorb the mainstays of the mainland in ancient Athens, before soaking in Crete’s legendary landscapes. Cruise the Aegean to the volcanic shores of Santorini and anchor on the star-studded beaches of lively Mykonos.

Your Edventure Includes

  • Round-trip airfare from SFO or LAX (price may vary based on choice of departure gateway)
  • 11 nights in hand-picked hotels
  • Breakfast daily
  • 1 Lunch
  •  5 three-course dinners served with wine or beer
  • Full-time multilingual tour director
  • Visit to Korydallos Prison (Correctional/Law Enforcement Officials only)
  • Private deluxe motor coach, interior air travel and ferries
  • Select entrance fees with priority entry

The Acropolis in Athens

The Parthanon at Night

Lion's Street in Delos

Santorini

Crete

Akrotiri Fresco

The Vineyards on Crete

Beautiful Ruins at Delphi

Mykonos Windmills

Blue Mosque in Istanbul

Price: $4,857 (2016) based on double occupancy, plus optional $374 TravelSafe Premium*

Optional Excursion: Chania $99 per person

Optional Excursion: Santorini Dinner Cruise $95 per person

Optional 3-day Extension: Istanbul $449 per person

Optional Excursion on Extension: Whirling Dervishes $49 per person

Optional Excursion on Extension: Bosphorus Straits Cruise $55 per person


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Itinerary


Day 1 - (In-flight meals) Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Athens aboard an internationally recognized airline.


Day 2 - (In-flight meals, Dinner) Welcome to Greece! Our representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and then escorts you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax or begin acquainting yourself with Athens. At an included dinner this evening, meet your fellow travelers.


Day 3 - (Breakfast) A local guide introduces you to the highlights of this bustling ancient capital. On your tour of the Acropolis—the original City on a Hill—you can walk amid the ruins of the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena Nike. Descending from the Acropolis, view the Presidential Guard in their traditional costumes and the classically-inspired Greek Parliament. Then pass through Syntagma Square, where you’ll see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This afternoon, journey to Cape Sounion at the southern tip of the Attic Peninsula to take in the sights of the Poseidon Coast, including sandy beaches, natural and manmade harbors and, of course, the Aegean Sea itself. High above the sparkling shoreline, the Temple of Poseidon dominates the landscape. Of the original structure, 16 elegant Doric pillars remain. Afterward, decide how you'd like to spend your free time. Take a moment to look out from the lofty cliff-side vantage point, where you can see five Aegean islands on a clear day. You may also choose to enjoy a coffee, stop in the souvenir shop or stroll through the area. Please note: This afternoon's excursion involves some walking on uneven terrain.


Day 4 - (Breakfast) Journey to the slopes of Mount Parnassus and the town of Delphi, home of the mystical oracle. Embark on a guided tour featuring the Temple of Apollo, where, according to legend, the god Apollo once communicated with mortals. Greece’s ancient military leaders customarily left gifts here in hopes of good fortune in battle. After an included lunch, visit the Delphi Museum. Take time to explore the collection on your own, which includes a huge bronze charioteer among its ancient treasures. Please note: This excursion involves some walking on uneven terrain and hills.


Day 5 - (Breakfast, Dinner) This morning fly to Heraklion on the island of Crete, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour. Visit Knossos, the royal complex of the ancient King Minos. As ruler of the Minoans, King Minos enjoyed an opulent reign. His ancient palace includes 1,300 rooms, an alabaster throne and strikingly modern plumbing. Knossos is also the setting for the Minotaur legend, according to which King Minos imprisoned the Minotaur in a labyrinth. Dinner is included.


Day 6 - (Breakfast) Explore Crete on your own today. OR, you may choose to join an optional excursion to Chania. Travel to historic Chania, where a local guide introduces you to the city’s Old Town. You’ll visit Chania’s cathedral before a walk through the Venetian quarter, where you’ll reach Etz Hayyim, the only synagogue on the island of Crete and a symbol of the city’s ages-old Jewish community. Spend some time strolling through the indoor market, perhaps sampling local herbs, olive oil and cheeses. Your guided tour ends at the port where you’ll visit an ancient Turkish Ottoman mosque. Lunch is included on this excursion, as well as free time to get to know this beautiful city at your own pace.


Day 7 - (Breakfast, Dinner) Transfer via ferry to Santorini, an island of stunning volcanic landscapes, black-sand beaches, sprawling vineyards and cliff-lined shores. Once a volcano, its last eruption created what is chiefly a water-filled caldera today, surrounded by islands including Santorini. Spend the remainder of the day exploring its white-washed buildings, local cuisine, such as Brantada, Sfougato and Melitinia (a dessert), and excellent shops. Dinner is included this evening.


Day 8 (Breakfast) On your guided tour of Santorini, visit the Akrotiri Excavations, the ruins of a Minoan Bronze Age settlement, uncovered following a modern earthquake. Ride to the top of Profitis Ilias Mountain for panoramic views of the whole island, then stop in the small, picturesque village of Pyrgos Tonight, join an optional dinner excursion. Cruise through Santorini’s awe-inspiring caldera and around the volcanic island of Nea Kamenim for views of the picture-perfect cliffside village of Oía (pronounced “EE-ah”). Situated on the western end of the island, Oía was once a maritime center and stately captains’ houses still sit on its high ridges. Take in the scenery as you enjoy dinner on board the boat (additional excursion fee required).


Day 9 (Breakfast, Lunch) Santorini was once a volcano, and the island's nutrient-rich soil nurtures some outstanding vineyards. Following a free morning in which to explore Santorini on your own, you will embark on an excursion of the local wine-producing regions of the island, where you'll enjoy a tour through a local winery followed by a wine tasting and an included lunch overlooking the Aegean.


Day 10 (Breakfast, Dinner) From the Santorini harbor, travel by ferry to Mykonos this morning. After a leisurely cruise, you’ll arrive in Mykonos by early afternoon. The rest of the day is yours to explore or relax. Dinner on Myknonos tonight is included.


Day 11 (Breakfast) Journey by boat to the island of Delos, rich with mythological history and once one of Greece's most sacred spots. Your guided tour of the island's ancient city will transport you to the time when this was an important center for trade in silk, spices and slaves. You can explore the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Sacred Cave, the Lion Terrace and the House of Dionysus, where you'll find a breathtaking mosaic of the god Dionysus.


Day 12 (Breakfast, Dinner) Board a ferry in Mykonos this morning for your return trip to Athens. This afternoon, Corrections/Law Enforcement Officials will tour of Korydallos Prison, located on the outskirts of Athens proper, as other travelers are free to continue their explorations of the ancient city. Tonight, all travelers will head down to Athens' lively Plaka district for a night of food and fun. You'll enjoy Greek specialties along with a showcase of traditional dances from across Greece, including the well-known plate dance. Careful, though: you may have the urge to jump on stage and join in the fun. Opa!


Day 13 (Breakfast) Our representative escorts you to the airport for your return flight home


OR Optional Excursion:


Day 13 (Breakfast) Transfer to Athens airport for your flight to Istanbul, the city at the crossroads of East and West. The cultural and economic capital of Turkey, Istanbul straddles Europe and Asia—both figuratively and geographically. Once known as Constantinople, this former capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires has long been a bustling and cosmopolitan crossroads. Experience the intersection of East and West at the Byzantine-built Hagia Sophia, the Ottoman-era Blue Mosque and the exotic Topkapi Palace.


Day 14 (Breakfast) A local guide leads a tour of the city’s fascinating sights. Discover the ancient Hippodrome, which served as the public center of Byzantium for over a thousand years, enter the breathtaking Blue Mosque, built by Sultan Ahmet and decorated with exquisite blue Iznik tiles, and see the Topkapi Palace, once the residence of the Ottoman sultans. Then visit Hagia Sophia, the pride of Christendom until the city fell to the Turks in 1453. Enjoy a free evening in Istanbul or add an optional excursion to see the Whirling Dervishes. The Whirling Dervishes are devoted adherents of Sufism, a mystical interpretation of Islam. For centuries, they've been known for their sema, the spinning dance that inspired their colorful nickname. The sema is full of symbolism, and you'll gain an appreciation for this distinctive communion with the divine at tonight's performance (additional excursion fee required).


Day 15 (Breakfast) Enjoy a full free day in Istanbul or add an optional excursion of the Bosphorus Straits. Cruise through the Bosphorus Straits, looking out on decadent Ottoman palaces and imposing medieval castles as you journey through the narrow waterway that separates Europe from Asia. On your way, you’ll stop to visit the famous Egyptian bazaar, known as the Spice Market. After returning from your cruise, sit down to a lunch of Turkish specialties. Please note: This excursion is weather dependent. In some cases, dinner will be offered instead of lunch (additional excursion fee required).


Day 16 (Breakfast) Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Next Departure Dates: 
September 2018 (GKIS0918)

May 2019 (GKIS0519)
May 2020 (GKIS0520)
August 2020 (GKIS0820)
September 2020 (GKIS0920)
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