August 24 - September 4, 2018
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Day 9, Saturday, September 1: Santorini
A full day in Santorini to enjoy all the island has to offer.
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!
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!
Day 12, Tuesday, September 4: Athens
Say goodbye to Athens and head to the airport for individual return flights to Canada or elsewhere.