Stretch your legs on the mainland before setting sail for the Cyclades: this is Greece at its very best.
Welcome to Greece – a land of crumbling ruins and crumbling feta, the sun-bleached cradle of modern civilization. A lot of Grecian itineraries begin with Athens’ historical highlights before skipping quickly off to the Greek Islands. But not this one. We’ve designed a comprehensive tour that includes the best of the mainland AND the islands. From the Sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi and the unbelievable monasteries of Meteora, all the way to the olive groves and sandy beaches of the Cyclades. Along the way you’ll discover that Greeks are passionate about a few very specific things: good times, good food, and good gossip. Kalimera!
Uncover thousands of years of civilisation in Athens with a visit to the world-famous Acropolis and the ancient Agora
Let the rest of the world melt away as you swim and snorkel in the warm waters of the Aegean Sea
Wander through the charming villages of Syros. When night falls, indulge in delicious seafood dinners in traditional tavernas as Rembetika music floats around you
With its boutique culture, gorgeous beaches and thumping nightlife, the chic isle of Mykonos invites you to embrace your hedonistic side
The sight of a Santorini sunset can turn even the most hardened of souls into a romantic. Walk along the volcanic rim of the island from Thira to Oia, passing through white villages that cling to plunging cliffs
We have had reports of travellers being pickpocketed on public transport in Athens. Please be careful with your valuables while travelling on the metro or the bus.
The main means of transportation in the Greek Islands is by public ferry. These ferries are large car ferries that transport hundreds of people, along with cars and trucks. There are no reserved seats and passengers are free to walk around the ferry freely. Luggage is stored in a designated area on the car deck and is not accessible while the ferry is moving.
Summer temperatures in Greece can reach up to 40°C, which can be uncomfortable for those not used to the heat. Please consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.
Please be aware that some parts of Greece and the Greek Islands are very hilly and mountainous, which means lots & lots of steps are an inherent feature of the landscape. You will have to be able to easily lift your luggage and carry it up and down stairs and inclines. Also, stone streets become very slippery when wet. Some people may find Greece's topography very demanding.
As accommodation on this trip is twin-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same sex. If you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details. Also, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.
As this is a combination of 2 trips, your leader and the composition of your group may change upon return to Athens.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 06 October 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2019 - 31 December 2019
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Our Best of Greece trips score an average of 4.55 out of 5 based on 11 reviews in the last year.
I have recently returned from the Best of Greece trip with Intrepid. This is my second trip with the Company (Morocco) and I have thoroughly enjoyed both. They are well organised and the itinerary allows for a good balance of group activities and free time. I enjoy the use of local transport and found the accommodation comfortable and ideally located for exploring. The guides suggestions for eating and local activities were spot on (thank you Aris!). Greece is a beautiful country with wonderful, welcoming people, food and scenery - finishing in Santorini was a highlight!
Review submitted 30 Jun 2018
Please be more specific about all that is entailed physically on a trip. We had two people with disabilities that made it more challenging for the leader and group. Encouraging people to connect before the trip would be great- especially for those who room with a person they don't know. Maybe suggest folks download What's Ap. It would make everything go more smoothly in the beginning.
Review submitted 05 Jun 2018