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"Greece is amazing! The beaches, scenery and food is unbelievable.  The islands are breathtaking -- I want to go back!"

 

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do that, because what the world needs are people who have come alive.”

– Howard Thurman

 

Authentic Greece: Kalamata, Monemvasia, Paros, Santorini, Athens

Ahhh... Greece!  The name conjures images of gorgeous sun-kissed islands, stunning beaches, quaint white-washed villages, the incredible Mediterranean Sea, amazing food, and vibrant nightlife.  This special value-priced tour of Greece offers all this and much more.  Find yourself in Greece this summer exploring villages the locals love, idyllic beaches unknown to tourists, fabulous restaurants with authentic cuisine, and historic sites  — by the end you'll definitely know the difference between Dionysios and Aphrodite (without having to consult Google).  We won't just show you Greece, we'll share it with you with the truest sense of Greece hospitality!

 

Dates: August 24 - September 4, 2018

Trip Code: GREEKSUMMER

Price: $2,455.00 per person if you book by June 15th*
           $2,550.00 per person if you book by June 30th
           $2,600.00 per person if you book after June 30th

Why choose to visit Greece?

  • Kalamata: beautiful coastal city on the Peloponnese known for olives 
  • Stoupa: Kalogrias Beach is one of the fineset beaches in all of Greece
  • Monemvasia: fortress town perched on a small island in the Aegean Sea
  • Plytra: authentic & unspoilt by mass tourism with exquisite sand beach  
  • Paros: popular Cyclades island with white washed villages
  • Santorini: ranked one of the most beautiful islands in the world
  • Athens: modern capital city and ancient Acropolis, antiquity's most impressive site
  • Explore two of the most famous islands!
  • Off-the-beaten path exploration of Greece's hidden gems
  • Convivial small group atmosphere 
  • Accommodations in centrally located family-run small boutique hotels 
  • Access to local experiences, great restaurants, and lively nightlife!
  • Local expertise and trip manager to handle logistics

 

Tour Price Includes:

  • 3 nights central accommodation in Kalamata
  • 2 nights central accommodation in Monemvasia
  • 2 nights central accommodation in Parikia, Paros
  • 2 nights central accommodation in Kamari, Santorini
  • 2 nights central accommodation in Athens
  • Breakfast daily 
  • All transportation as per the itinerary on private air conditioned busses/coach
  • Ferry tickets

Tour Price Does Not Include:

  • International Airfare to Athens
  • Lunches and Dinners
  • Beverages (including those at meals, specialty coffees, alcoholic drinks)
  • Single supplement (for those people travelling solo or who prefer to not share a room, contact GHT for rate)
  • Travel Insurance (optional but stongly recommended, contact GHT for rates)
  • Porterage fees
  • Hotel Gratuities ($60.00 will be added to final invoice)
  • Tickets to Acropolis 

Payment Schedule:

  • Payment in full by June 15th, 2018 
  • Trip price increases if booked between June 15th and June 30th, 2018: $2,550.00 per person
  • After June 30th, full trip price in effect: $2,600.00 per person

Fine Print: Price is based on a minimum of 10 participants in shared double accommodations. There will be a surcharge if the minimum participant number is not reached. Single supplement applies to a person travelling solo without a partner/roommate, or who prefers to not share a room. Price and discount is valid until June 30, 2018. Please note the possibility of increases in land costs prior to final payment.  Any increase must be borne by the individual participant. 
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August 24 - September 4, 2018

Trip Itinerary:

Day 1, Friday, August 24: Athens - Kalamata
Individual arrival to Athens airport and transfer by coach to the beautiful coastal city of Kalamata, famous for olives and situated on the Peloponnesian peninsula.  Built on the site of ancient Pharai, Kalamata takes its name from the miracle-working icon of the Virgin Mary known locally as 'kalo mata, the good eye'.  Enjoy the sea, vistas, local culinary fare and some famous Kalamatiano dancing! 
Overnight: Kalamata  
 
Day 2, Saturday, August 25: Kalamata
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before spending the day relaxing by the sea, strolling through town or shopping. 
Overnight: Kalamata 
 
Day 3, Sunday, August 26: Kalamata - Stoupa Beach - Kalamata
After breakfast at the hotel, board the coach for the hour drive to one of Greece's secret gems: Stoupa Beach.  Mountainous and relatively inaccessible, Stoupa is located on the Mani peninsula amid olive groves and beneath the peaks of the Taygetos mountain range. Built around three secluded turquoise bays, Stoupa Beach is the perfect location to soak up the sun and enjoy the pristine sandy beach.  Return to Kalamata late in the day. 
Overnight: Kalamata
 
Day 4, Monday, August 27: Kalamata - Diros Caves - Monemvasia
After breakfast check-out of the hotel and board the coach and travel across the Peloponnese to the fascinating town of Monemvasia. Enroute visit the Diros Caves.  Widely considered to be the most important natural site in Greece, the Diros Caves date back to the Palaeolithic period and are a vast underwater network of lakes, rivers and lagoons.  After descending downwards on foot, board a boat for a half-hour tour through the cave system. Monemvasia, nicknamed the "fortress town" is a beautiful hidden gem perched on a small island surrounded by the teal waters of the Aegean Sea. Linked to the mainland via a causeway, Monemvasia has strong Byzantine, Venetian, and Ottoman influences that can be seen in the ruins and medieval town architecture.  
Overnight: Monemvasia
 
Day 5, Tuesday, August 28: Monemvasia - Plytra Beach - Monemvasia
Today's excursion is to Plytra Beach, one of Greece's "Blue Flag Beaches" meaning crystal clear calm water.  Enjoy your beach day and the scenic fishing town with many local restaurants and beach bars. An ancient submerged city is close by if you feel like snorkelling! Return to Monemvasia late in the day. 
Overnight: Monemvasia 
 
Day 6, Wednesday, August 29: Monemvasia - Piraeus - Paros 
Breakfast at the hotel.  Board your coach and transfer to the port of Piraeus for the three hour high-speed ferry to the beautiful island of Paros. Paros is best known for its traditional and quaint white-walled, blue-roofed buildings, glorious golden beaches, and lively nightlife!  
Overnight: Paros
 
Day 7, Thursday, August 30: Paros
Today is a free day to enjoy the beach, swim in the pool, explore the island, or relax and do nothing! 
Overnight: Paros
 
Day 8, Friday, August 31: Paros - Santorini 
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before check-out and catching the ferry for the three hour journey from Paros to Santorini.  Santorini is easily the most famous island in Greece and is reputed to be the site of the lost city of Atlantis.  Santorini's distinctive crescent shape is due to a massive volcanic eruption in the ancient Hellenic era.  Spend the afternoon on the black, red or white sandy beaches or explore the bustling town of Thira, with its distinctive white houses and blue domes clinging to the cliff-face.  The stunning views across the caldera are the reason why visitors have been flocking to Santorini for decades. 
Overnight: Santorini 

Day 9, Saturday, September 1: Santorini
A full day in Santorini to enjoy all the island has to offer.
Overnight: Santorini

Day 10, Sunday, September 2: Santorini - Piraeus - Athens
Today will take you to Athens via ferry to the port of Piraeus.  Transfer to the hotel before heading out to explore some of Athen's unique neighbourhoods.  Athens, the birthplace of democracy, is one of the world's first 'cities' and a spectacular introduction to ancient Greek civilization.  The Plaka district is the oldest neighbourhood boasts fantastic restaurants and a great nightlife! 
Overnight: Athens

Day 11, Monday, September 3: Athens
Today you may wish to explore the Acropolis, antiquity's most splendid group of monuments.  Once a sanctuary of religious worship to the ancient gods, by the 5th century BC, the Acropolis had become the centre for artistic creations of the Classical Era.  See the magnificent Doric Parthenon, theatre of Dionysius, temple of Athena Nike and the ancient Agora - the civic, religious and commercial centre of ancient Athenian life.  Spend the rest of your day seeing Athen's main sites, shopping or simply soaking up the atmosphere in the Plaka!
Overnight: Athens

Day 12, Tuesday, September 4: Athens
Say goodbye to Athens and head to the airport for individual return flights to Canada or elsewhere.  

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Want to learn more about this trip?

Contact Georgia Hardy Tours directly for pricing and availability.

mail_outline
info@ghardytours.com

phone_iphone
416-483-7533 ext.100

 

"Greece is amazing! The beaches, scenery and food is unbelievable.  The islands are breathtaking -- I want to go back!"

 

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do that, because what the world needs are people who have come alive.”

– Howard Thurman

 

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