Athens ~ Delphi ~ Skopelos ~ Mykonos ~ Santorini
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“Life is short and the world is wide. I want to make some memories” Lily James – Mama Mia
In very little need for introduction, there are a million reasons to travel to Greece. Greece offers sunshine, seafood, whitewashed houses with bright-blue shutters, and a relaxed, Zorba-the-Greek lifestyle. As the cradle of Western civilization, it has some of the world’s greatest ancient monuments. While it’s a late bloomer in the modern age and retains echoes of a simpler, time-passed world, contemporary Greece has one of Europe’s fastest-changing cultural landscapes. With its classical past, hang-loose present, and edgy future, Greece offers something for every traveler. Read on and get inspired to join us now!
Starting your tour in ancient Athens and strolling through the streets of Plaka, known as the “Neighborhood of the Gods”, built on top of the residential areas of ancient Athens. A stunning start to our tour.
Travelling in time through the city with a history of more than 5,000 years! Walking along streets where Pericles, Plato and the Apostle Paul laid the foundations for Western Civilization whilst enjoying the perfect blend of ancient worlds and modern times in a city vibrant with life!
Then having your very own, “Mama Mia Moment” including visiting the famous Aghios Ioannis Chapel, swimming in the clear turquoise water of Skopelos, then dress ups and dancing, bring your best Abba costume, there will be prizes!
Taking in “Divine Delphi” – Regarded to be the centre of the world. Located on a multiple plateaux along the slope of Mount Parnassus, it includes the Sanctuary of Apollo (the god of light, knowledge and harmony), the site of the ancient Oracle
What about enjoying a “Big Fat Greek Wedding Dinner” an evening of what it is to be Greek: culture and folklore, demonstrations, music, singing, dancing, laughing, cheering, clapping, breaking plates … and drinking and eating like there’s no tomorrow. Opa!
Wander the beautiful island of Mykonos, world famous for its beauty and its windmills of Kato Myli, whitewashed buildings, and famous domed churches
Hang out at famous Paradise Beach with all the bars lining up to the sea front, including Cavo Paradiso one of the largest and most exciting clubs to party in the whole of Europe, as well as Jaipur the only Indian restaurant on the island
See an amazing sunset at the light house of Akrotiri Santorini
Santorini, because of its unique climate and the mineral content of its volcanic soil, has the best wine in Greece. It’s the Greek version of the Napa Valley – not surprising on an island that has been making wine for over 3000 years. There are about forty native varieties of grapes in Santorini. The vines lay low to the ground in round baskets made from the vines themselves and this protects them from the high winds.
“The best things in life, the very best things, happen unexpectedly” Mama Mia 2
Your Tour Leader
Tammie Day – Vibrant Women Host
Tammie is the founder of Vibrant Women, a retreat and travel company. She spends her days creating inspirational journeys so you can travel in the security of a small group, whilst enjoying another culture. Tammie’s role is to ensure you feel well taken care of throughout your trip. She is constantly sourcing the most enchanting places to run her Inspirational Journeys, places that truly capture your heart and imagination, Greece is definitely a must for anyone who loves exploring spectacular places, with like-minded people.
*We also use local English speaking guides throughout our tours
Your Investment in a Fabulous Time!
Day 1 September 25 – Arrival Athens
Arrival by 2pm please and transfer to your hotel in the city.
This afternoon enjoy our private Athens sightseeing tour. Travel in time through the city with a history of more than 5,000 years! Walk along streets where Pericles, Plato and the Apostle Paul laid the foundations for Western Civilization and enjoy the perfect blend of ancient worlds and modern times in a city vibrant with life! We’ll enjoy a visit to the Acropolis, as well as a panoramic tour of the highlights of the city. We pass by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Parliament House, the Academy, the University of Athens, the National Library; we view the Panathenaic Stadium, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and Hadrian’s Arch.
*You will need to depart Australia on the 24th of September to arrive on the 25th. Check in at the hotel is at 2pm, dinner is at 6pm.
Day 2 September 26 – Skopelos with Mamma Mia highlights
Early morning transfer yikes 5.30am (2 hours) to Aghios Konstantinos port to catch the ferry to Skopelos Island. Upon arrival start your tour in Scopelos Island. First visit the beautiful Aghios Ioannis Chapel – also known as the MAMMA MIA wedding church. There you get some free time to walk up the 199 steps to the top and get into the MAMMA MIA movie feeling or simply enjoy the stunning views and the cooling sea breeze from the top of the rock. Our next stop will be at Agnontas beach where you can swim in the crystal clear waters. On our drive towards the Kastani Beach, we shall have the chance to understand all about the Skopelos virgin olive oil, by taking a short stop by the Stamatiou olive press. Then as the sun sets don your Abba gear and get ready for drinks on the patio followed by dinner and dancing!
Day 3 September 27 – Skopelos – Delphi
Have a sleep in after yesterday! Open your eyes to the vista of gorgeous Skopelos over the terracotta rooftops. Join a relaxing yoga class or go for a wander down the hill to the township. Enjoy a late breakfast and a bit of shopping before heading back to the mainland and Delphi! 4 hour ferry and then a 2 hours drive we arrive to a very special place which was regarded as the center of the world.
Day 4 September 28 – Delphi – Mykonos
Situated at the foot of Mount Parnassos, within the angle formed by the twin rocks of the Phaedriades, lies the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, which had the most famous oracle of ancient Greece. According to mythology, it is here that the two eagles sent out by Zeus from the ends of the universe to find the navel of the world met. The sanctuary of Delphi, set within a most spectacular landscape, was for many centuries the cultural and religious center and symbol of unity for the Hellenic world and seat of the Pythian Games, the second most important games in Greece after the Olympics which were held every tour years. Visit of the archaeological site and the Museum where one can see among other archeological treasures, the unique bronze statue of the Charioteer dedicated to Apollo by Polyzalos, the tyrant of Gela, in 478 B.C. when he won the chariot-race at the Pythian Games. This incomparable statue is a representative example of the ‘’severe’’ Attic style, certainly the work of a major artist.
After our morning tour of Delphi transfer to the Piraeus port to catch your ferry to the beautiful island of Mykonos, world famous for its beauty and its windmills of Kato Myli, whitewashed buildings, and domed churches. There are no “cities” on Mykonos, just the main port town, Mykonos Town, an enchanting maze of narrow lanes and alleyways that are fun to explore. Shops and restaurants are tucked into the classic white stone buildings that the Greek islands are famous for.
Day 5 September 29 – Mykonos tour
In this private half a day tour you will discover all the different aspects of the island and have firsthand understanding of what to do in Mykonos. We visit Ano Mera the only local settlement for the permanent islanders which is more or less in the centre of the island where we have a peek of its main square and next to it we also have the opportunity to admire the old monastery dating back to the 16th century AC with its miraculous icon of Panagia Tourliani (entrance fee isn’t included to the price).
Next stop is at the one and only, famous Paradise beach with all the beach bars lining up to the sea front, Cavo Paradiso one of the largest and most exciting clubs to party in the whole Europe. We make one last stop above and before Chora at a unique panoramic spot for breathtaking views of the city. Last we take an hour around the old port, the all-white Paraportiani church, the Little Venice area, the windmills, the busy, narrow streets that are designed like a maze and are full of brand name as well as many souvenir stores.
Day 6 30 September – Santorini
After breakfast we leave Mykonos and take the fast ferry to the volcanic island of Santorini.
Here you will arrive to witness the majesty of the island’s spectacular 1000 foot high volcanic cliffs. Also famous for the vista of its stacked whitewashed houses of Fira (the main town) perched on the side of the caldera; Santorini is one of the most photographed Greek Islands. On the southern side of the island, the resorts of Kamari and Perissa are famous for their black volcanic sand and Santorini is also renowned for producing some of the best wine in Greece. There are not many places in the world where you can enjoy exquisitely clear waters while sitting on the rim of a volcano in the middle of the sea. Santorini boasts beautiful scenery, natural beauty, sunsets, romance, fine dining, wineries and volcanoes. The sun-drenched island of Santorini sits at the southern tip of the Cyclades and is one of the most breathtaking locations of Greece. This volcanic island of unusual rock formation and high cliffs jutting into the sea is the result of a massive volcanic eruption around 3,500 years ago that blew out the center of Santorini. The surrounding islands are the remains of the sides of the crater, and the sea has filled in the gaps, forming a beautiful bay and some of the most spectacular views.
Santorini, because of its unique climate and the mineral content of its volcanic soil, has the best wine in Greece. It’s the Greek version of the Napa Valley – not surprising on an island that has been making wine for over 3000 years. There are about forty native varieties of grapes in Santorini. The vines lay low to the ground in round baskets made from the vines themselves and this protects them from the high winds. *This afternoon enjoy a complimentary wine tasting!
Day 07 October 01 – Santorini tour
Today a wonderful full day tour with private guide of the island. Visit along with an official government licensed English-speaking guide, the archaeological excavations of Akrotiri, one of the most important prehistoric settlements of the Aegean. The first habitation at the site dates from the Late Neolithic times (at least the 4th Millennium BC).
Perivolos village where the black sand beach is, to explore the area. Continue to Megalochori area, one of the most picturesque villages on the island (stop to explore the village). Prophet Elias the highest point of the island for panoramic photos.
Tour continues to Oia village, Oia, pronounced Ia, is the most famous of all villages of Santorini.
Day 8 October 2 – Santorini to Athens
After a leisurely breakfast and heartfelt farewell to our Spectacular Santorini. I know we won’t to go but we must 🙂
Back into the culture capital of Athens. The cultural and social life of Athens plays out amid, around and in landmarks that are centuries old, if not millennia. The remnants of Ancient Greece get the most attention, of course, thanks to a little thing called democracy. Oh, and mythology, and drama, and philosophy. But don’t overlook the ‘later’ years: thousand-year-old Byzantine churches, for instance, which squat, unruffled in the middle of streets and attached to hillsides. Ottoman traces can be seen in architecture and in food. And the neoclassical style of the 19th century adds elegance all over the centre.
Although Athenians have endured difficult circumstances since the start of the economic crisis in 2009, the city as a whole crackles with energy in art shows, political debates and even on the walls of derelict buildings, as Athens has become one of Europe’s most noted spots for street art. Creative surprises lie around nearly every corner, on this afternoon in Athens we will make way for some wandering and spontaneity.
After freshening up, take a stroll with your tour leader through the streets of Plaka, known as the “Neighborhood of the Gods”, built on top of the residential areas of ancient Athens. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants and shops to explore.
Then for our last evening in Greece we have created a comprehensive experience for those who want to learn about Greek culture, dance, eat, listen to Greek music. This is more than just food and music. The Greek Night is an interactive event, where guests can participate in every step. They will dance and even dress the part with some of the best dancers in Greece. They will taste authentic recipes, made with love and the freshest of ingredients, served in elegantly decorated rotunda tables. We have the pleasure and honor of presenting our team of highly experienced, professional and talented dancers. Offering us an amazing Greek Show every night and showing guests the steps of the most popular Greek folk dances from various parts of the country. The team are dressed in traditional costumes and perform for approximately one hour. As part of our interactive event, guests will also have the chance of trying out different authentic traditional costumes and dance with the crew. * Includes dinner, show and house wine.
Day 09: October 03 – Departure day
Today wake up in Athens ready to depart for your international flight returning home, or for those of you joining us in Spain and Portugal we will continue on to Madrid!
“Do what makes your soul shine,” Julie Walters’s – Mama Mia
A non-refundable, non-transferable $750 deposit is required to secure your place on this tour. The remainder 75 days prior to the start of the tour.
Deposits can be paid via Direct Bank Transfer or via PayPal.
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Up until 75 days before the start of the tour a $750 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit will be retained. For between 75 days and 45 days, 50% will be forfeited in addition to the non-refundable, non-transferable deposit. For less than 45 days or for no shows the entire amount will be retained as we would have already had to pay for accommodation, transport, flights and activities, and this money will not be returned to us. Once the tour has commenced no monies will be returned to you. This is why travel insurance is compulsory.
You arrival and departure is from ATHENS AIRPORT – ELEFTHERIOS VENIZELOS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (ATH)
Airport Transfers before the 25th of September or after the 3rd of October will be €30 each way per person and can be arranged for you however please note there will be no tour guides available before the 25th of September or after the 3rd of October to assist you so please take this into consideration when booking your flights.
In regards to flights arriving to Athens I am suggesting not to get the flight that arrives at 6.35am, otherwise it’s a very long wait until check in. The first day is set aside just for arriving but I think if everyone arrives by say 2pm to the Airport then we could fit the Acropolis in on the first day. I think it will be really hard to see it and not go there, like looking at the Pyramids and not being able to go and see them up close. So there are several flights to choose from but most arrive at 9.05am 12.10pm or 13.35pm. Any of these are good, I have flown both Etihad, Singapore Airlines and Qatar several times and have found them to be good airlines.
If you need assistance with FLIGHT BOOKINGS please contact Donna McHugh from Wauchope Travel on (+61) 02 65852288 or email email@example.com
Donna can arrange flights to and from anywhere in the world and she knows our itineraries.
To add Spain and Portugal to your Greece Tour you will require 1 extra nights
For those departing on the 3rd of October to Madrid there is only one direct flight that day I am afraid at 8.50am with Aegean Airlines (flight A3700) arriving to Madrid at 11.40am the price on Skyscanner is currently $165 AUD may not include baggage. www.skyscanner.com
An extra nights accommodation in Madrid will cost $370 for a single and $210 for a twinshare including airport transfers. We can book your extra nights accommodation and airport transfers for you.
Australian nationals may enter Greece for tourism purposes for 90 days in a six month period without a visa. You require 6 months validity on your passport.
We suggest $25 per person per day and collect this at the beginning of the trip to be distributed amongst out drivers, hotel staff and guides. Or you can add to your invoice if you prefer which would be $225AUD or if collect in Spain will be €140. If you would prefer to have this added to your invoice please let us know. *GIRLS TRAVELLING IN 2020 WILL HAVE THESE TIPS WAIVED FOR THEM!
Greece Weather in September/October
The climate in Greece is typical of the Mediterranean countries with mild and rainy winters, warm and dry summers, and lots of sunshine. There are regional variations. The winter is milder in the Aegean and Ionian Islands as compared with the northern and eastern mainland of Greece. The Greek islands may be more humid than mainland Greece.
Average high: 24 degrees Celsius
Average low: 19 degrees Celsius