History, Paradise, and Delectable Food: A 10- or 11-Day Trip to Greece + Optional Flights

Encounters Travel •

Escape Kit

  • An 10-Day (Land-Only) or 11-Day (with Flights) Trip to Greece, Including:
  • Land-Only Option or with Round-Trip International Flights between New York, Washington, DC, or Los Angeles and Athens
  • Local Airport Transfers in Greece
  • Bus and Ferry Transportation between Destinations
  • Double-Occupancy Accommodations at the Titania Hotel or Similar in Athens; Best Western Hotel Europa or Similar in Olympia; Amalia Hotel Delphi or Similar; and the Rose Bay Hotel (Summer), Theoxenia Hotel (Winter), or Similar in Santorini
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Professional Tour Guide + Tours on the Mainland, Excursion Options, and Local Tour Leader in Santorini
  • Priced per Person Based on Double-Occupancy (See Fine Print)
  • After Purchase, Follow Your Voucher's Redemption Instructions to Complete Your Reservation by May 5, 2017

Spanning centuries of history, Greece is legendary for its breathtaking blue waters, ancient cultures, maddeningly delicious cuisine, and friendly, welcoming residents. Explore this majestic country with Encounters Travel.

The Itinerary:
Day 1: Welcome to Greece

• Arrive at the Athens airport (ATH), where an Encounters Travel representative will help you transfer to your hotel
• Kick back, relax, and settle into your lodgings—the rest of today is on your schedule
Overnight at the Titania Hotel or similar.

Day 2: Walk through Time in Athens
• Begin today's guided tour at the Panathenaikon (Kallimarmaro) Stadium, which hosted the very first Olympics
• Spend the rest of the day venturing through the city—stops include modern and ancient architectural sites, including the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the National Library, and more
• The highlight today, of course, is seeing the Acropolis and the world-famous Parthenon that was the pinnacle of ancient Greek religion and art
Overnight at the Titania Hotel or similar. Breakfast provided.

Day 3: Sightseeing in Olympia
• Early in the morning, you'll depart Athens and make your way to Olympia
• During your journey, take a stop at Mycenae, a UNESCO World Heritage Site—this ancient city notably features the home of fictional Agamemnon
• Witness fascinating military history at the Palamidi Fortress, then swing by the Epidaurus Theatre—a fascinating acoustic accomplishment, projecting sound broadly without any electricity
• End your night in Olympia, relaxing in your new digs after a fun day of exploring
Overnight at the Best Western Hotel Europa or similar. Breakfast provided.

Day 4: Magical Olympia
• Find out more about the history of the Olympics; this location is its B.C. birthplace
• Then, make your way up to Delphi
Overnight at the Amalia Hotel Delphi or similar. Breakfast provided.

Day 5: The Oracle's Path in Delphi
• Home to the legendary oracle, Delphi is full of expansive architecture and gorgeous gardens
• Swing by the Temple of Apollo, residence of the oracle
• You'll also see the Temple of Athena, the Castalian Spring, and the Archaeological Museum of Delphi before you venture back to Athens, by vehicle, in the afternoon
Overnight at the Titania Hotel or similar.

Day 6: Santorini via Athens
• Wake up early in the morning, then transfer to the port—you'll grab a ferry up through the Aegean Sea, traversing through the Cyclades Islands
• The journey will take roughly seven hours (weather and other circumstances depending), so be sure to bring a snack and your camera—the brilliant, azure waters of Greece aren't to be missed
• When you approach Santorini, you'll enter the huge underwater volcanic caldera and marvel at the whitewashed villages clinging to the cliffs surrounding the bay; surely one of the most picturesque spots in all of the Mediterranean.
• Head to your hotel and get settled into this serene paradise
Overnight at the Rose Bay Hotel, Theoxenia Hotel, or similar. Breakfast provided.

Day 7: Mediterranean Heaven
• Want to unwind? Opt for a volcano hike, mud bath, or thermal water soak
• Check out the beaches, too—they feature exquisite red white, and black sands
• Optional excursions also include a wine tour, cooking classes, or a tour of Akrotiri, an ancient village preserved by a volcano eruption
• Want to get active? Try snorkeling: these waters are perfect for checking out underwater life
Overnight at the Rose Bay Hotel, Theoxenia Hotel, or similar. Breakfast provided.

Day 8: The Fun Continues
• This island boasts a myriad of beaches, so take some time to explore more of them today
• If you're in the mood for some incredible sights, hike Santorini's cliffs, where you can take in once-in-a-lifetime views of the sea
• Tour guides and rental cars will be available for assistance all day, helping you maximize the fun (pay locally)
Overnight at the Rose Bay Hotel, Theoxenia Hotel, or similar. Breakfast provided.

Day 9: Goodbye Santorini
• Head back to the port and grab a ferry to Athens
• Arriving in the afternoon, you'll have the rest of the day to grab some souvenirs, check out unexplored destinations, and more
Overnight at the Titania Hotel or similar.

Day 10: Αντίο για τώρα, Ελλάδα (Goodbye for Now, Greece)
• Transfer to the airport and fly back to the U.S.
• If you'd like an extra day in Greece, just inform an Encounters Travel representative upon booking!

The Dates

Land-Only Departures
11/4, 11/18, 11/25 ($1,299)
5/20, 5/27, 7/1, 8/19, 9/23, 10/7 ($1,399)
6/10, 6/24, 7/8, 7/22,
8/5, 9/2, 9/9, 9/16, 9/30, 10/21 ($1,449)

Departures from New York City (JFK) or Newark (EWR):
11/3, 11/17, 11/24 ($2,199)
9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/20 ($2,399)
9/1 ($2,499)
6/9, 8/18 ($2,799)
6/23, 7/7, 7/21, 8/4 ($2,999)

Departures from Washington, DC (IAD):
11/3, 11/17, 11/24 ($2,499)
9/8, 9/29, 10/20 ($2,699)
6/9, 6/23, 8/18, 9/1, 9/15, 9/22, 10/6 ($2,799)

Departures from Los Angeles (LAX):
11/17, 11/24 ($2,399)
11/3 ($2,499)
9/8, 9/15 ($2,599)
9/1, 9/29, 10/20 ($2,699)
9/22, 10/6 ($2,899)

Rates are per person based on double-occupancy (two people sharing a room). Single travelers may choose to share a twin room with another traveler of the same sex. If there are no other single travelers available to pair up with at the time of booking, then single travelers will need to pay a single room supplement of $699 to $769, depending on option purchased. Encounters Travel will refund this if they are able to arrange a room share. Room shares are arranged in order of booking.

  • Santorini may well have conquered a corner of your imagination before you’ve even set eyes on it. With multicoloured cliffs soaring over 300m from a sea-drowned caldera, it rests in the middle of the indigo Aegean...

    -- Lonely Planet

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the fine print

  • Limit 4 per customer, up to 4 additional as gifts; vouchers may not be combined to extend stay
  • When purchasing and gifting vouchers please list name(s) exactly as given on your passport(s)
  • Book by date: customer must contact merchant by May 5, 2017 to make booking
  • Reservations required and subject to availability
  • Not valid toward existing reservations
  • Land-only option or flight inclusive option with round-trip international flights between New York, Washington, DC, or Los Angeles and Athens; local airport transfers in Greece; bus and ferry transportation between destinations; double-occupancy accommodations at the Titania Hotel or similar in Athens; Best Western Hotel Europa or similar in Olympia; Amalia Hotel Delphi or similar; and the Rose Bay Hotel,(summer), Theoxenia Hotel (winter), or similar in Santorini; daily breakfast; professional tour guide for mainland tours, excursion options and tour leader in Santorini; and priced per person based on double-occupancy
  • Voucher does not include airfare for land-only options, visa (not required for US citizens), compulsory travel insurance, entrance fees (budget EUR 56, meals not indicated in the itinerary, drinks, snacks, other personal expenses, tips & gratuities and any other items not mentioned
  • Travel insurance covering medical costs and repatriation for medical reasons is mandatory; policy details must be provided to Encounter Travels at least 1 month before departure (policy number, name of the issuing company, and the policy emergency contact details); travel insurance covering cancellation and baggage is recommended but not mandatory. A comprehensive policy is available from Encounters Travel from $62 Health insurance is generally not sufficient; view all details at www.encounterstravel.com/travel_insurance.php
  • Single travelers may choose to pay a single room supplement to guarantee themselves a single room throughout the tour. Alternatively, they may choose to share a twin room with another traveler of the same sex. If there are no other single travelers available to pair up with at the time of booking, then single travellers will need to pay the single room supplement of $699 (Jan-Mar, Nov-Dec), $769 (Apr-Oct) to Encounters Travel. This will be refunded if Encounters Travel are able to arrange a room share. Room shares are arranged in order of booking
  • The itinerary is subject to change based on the Greek island ferry schedules. While it does not happen often, sometimes ferry schedules are changed without notice and ferries may also be cancelled completely due to poor weather conditions. In this event the program may need to be adjusted and you may end up spending more or less time in one location than originally planned. This is the nature of travel between the islands and we thank you for your patience and understanding in the rare event of this occurring.
  • Flight upgrades are available between Athens and Santorini in place of the ferry; please enquire for details and prices
  • Hotels listed are preferred options, but alternative properties of a similar or higher standard may be used on some departures
  • Travelers must be ages 12+
  • Tour departures require a minimum of 2 travelers to run (average 8 to 12). Please do not book international flights or connecting travel until merchant confirms minimum numbers have been reached
  • Merchant cancellation policy applies. For more information, please visit www.encounterstravel.com/booking_conditions.php
  • Incidental charges, charges for additional services and gratuity at the property are not included
  • The promotional value is valid only for date range purchased and may not be exchanged or redeemed for any other dates
  • Passport with 6 months validity are required
  • Bookings with Encounters Travel are only made after the voucher is redeemed and a booking confirmation email sent.
  • After vouchers are redeemed Encounters Travel booking conditions and cancellation fees apply
  • Review the State Department's website for passport requirements and important announcements before traveling to your destination
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