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Solos Mix

Take an in-depth journey across Mediterranean Greece. Travel from Thessaloniki, via Meteora, Athens and Crete, to the sun-bleached island of Santorini. Delve into the history of ancient civilisations, savour traditional flavours, admire the dramatic scenery and watch the sun set over the Aegean. 

The Mountainous North
From the beautiful port city of Thessaloniki we’ll explore the picturesque mountain villages and towns of Greece’s Macedonia prefecture. Take a scenic journey up Mt Pelion by steam train and try the famous tsipouro at a traditional Greek tavern. We’ll also witness the incredible cliff-top monasteries of Meteora, where monks have been settled since the 11th century.

Seaside Charm & Ancient History
From Volos we travel south to the coastal towns of Nafpaktos and Nafplio, stopping to explore the ruins in Delphi, considered by the ancient Greeks to be the centre of the world, and to discover Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games. We’ll discover the diversity of ancient and modern Athens, exploring the Acropolis, Parthenon and the lively café districts. 

Island Life
Cruise Greece’s Saronic Gulf, exploring the stunning islands of Hydra, Poros and Aegina. We’ll take a ferry to Crete and learn the 4,000 year old tradition of winemaking at a tasting. Then transfer to beautiful Santorini to spend 3 incredible nights soaking up the sun, exploring the bleached villages and witnessing amazing sunsets over the Aegean.

PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    holiday_ages
  • Duration:
    23 Days
  • Status:
    Bookings open
  • Region:
    Europe
  • Destinations:
    Greece
  • Travel Style:
    Tour
  • Accommodation:
    Quality hotels
  • Prices:
    @ standard price from $13955 for your own room
  • Transport:
    Bus,Train,Cruise,Boat
  • Pace:
    3
  • Max Group Size:
    20
REVIEWS

'I would highly recommend a holiday with Encounter Travel. My trip was well organised and the co-ordinator was fun and helpful and full of energy. I met some great people of all walks of life. There is a good mix of organised activities and free time. I had a blast.'

Linda, Victoria

'Thank you for your organisation of a great holiday. As a first time traveller with Encounter, I didn't know what to expect. The Red Centre is indescribably beautiful and should be on every Australians' bucket list. We saw every sensational attraction in just the right order - each new experience was more incredible than the last. Thank you for recruiting such a great group of people for my travelling companions. The hotels were clean and very comfortable and it was a pleasure to be transported across such an amazing landscape so comfortably. I learnt so much about our wonderful country and wished I had done such a trip years earlier.'

Sarah, 52 years, Sydney, Australia
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INCLUSIONS

TRAVEL

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Greece. Taxes included
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour#
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Overnight ferry from Piraeus to Crete
  • High-speed ferry from Crete to Santorini
  • Tipping Made Easy, $230pp pre-paid 

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

  • 19 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 1 night on the overnight ferry in an outside cabin
  • 20 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 4 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners 

TOUR GUIDES

  • English-speaking locally based tour director
  • English-speaking locally based guides 

PORTERAGE

  • Porterage included where available

# Arrival & departure airport transfer provided for first and last day of tour when your airfare is booked with us as part of your package.  
Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for joining this tour and is in addition to the package price.

Not included: 

  • Airfares if booking a tour only package
  • Airport transfers if booking a tour only package
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • Any tips or porterage at airports, hotels, drivers & local staff
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications

Departure Dates for this tour

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17 SEP - 9 OCT 2019
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$13955 with own room
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THE ‘SOLO TRAVELLER SAVING’

SAVE an additional $75 with our ‘Solo Traveller Saving’ (STC)

In addition to any other savings, when you book this tour with your own room and also the airfare with us, we include a $75 saving on your total package price.  Offer is not available when you book to share a room or in conjunction with any Reduced Single Supplement Offer (RSS)  

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Own Room

Standard: Tour & Airfare Package

$13955

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If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same gender, save from $2560 on package price that include your own room (not sharing). 


Trip Code: greece19-9

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Itinerary

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • See the ancient birthplace of Alexander the Great
  • Marvel at the clifftop monasteries of Meteora
  • Ride a steam train up the slopes of Mt Pelion
  • See remnants of Greece’s ancient past in Mycenae, Delphi and Athens
  • Visit the clifftop Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion
  • Explore the island of Crete
  • Enjoy a magical sunset over Santorini

Pre Tour Stay
Consider arriving a day before the tour starting date, or enjoy a stopover.  You can relax and refresh after your flight.  The cost of the additional night/s of stay applies. Ask our travel team about this option, and the additional costs.

Itineraries may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. If there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

DAY 1
Depart Australia

DAY 2
Arrive Thessaloniki

Welcome to Greece and the port city of Thessaloniki in the country’s north! Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director this evening for a welcome drink.

Meals: no meals included today 

DAY 3
Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is the perfect base from which to explore Greece’s Macedonia prefecture, and today we discover some of the picturesque local towns. We’ll visit Edessa and its waterfalls, and Pella, the birthplace of Alexander the Great. This evening we’ll discover the beautiful waterfront district of Ladadika on foot before a group welcome dinner. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 4
Thessaloniki – Volos

We begin the day in Thessaloniki’s upper districts to see the Theodosian walls and enjoy panoramic views over the city. We’ll then make our way towards Volos, stopping to tour the Royal Tombs in Vergina and the unique restored mountain village of Palaios Panteleimonas.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 5
Volos

This morning we board the Mt Pelion steam train for a scenic journey up the slopes to the village of Milies. We’ll also explore the local villages of Portaria and Makrinitsa.

Special Experience: We’ll try the famous Greek “tsipouro” at a traditional tsipouradika tavern this evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 6
Meteora Excursion

Today we discover the amazing clifftop monasteries of Meteora. Monks have lived atop these ‘columns of the sky’ since the 11th century. The tallest of these incredible rock formations reaches 400 metres high. 

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 7
Volos – Nafpaktos

This morning we visit Delphi, considered by the ancient Greeks to be the centre of the world. We’ll enjoy a guided tour of the archaeological ruins including the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Treasury of Athenians and visit the museum, home to the famous 'bronze charioteer'. We'll then take a short caique ride to the beautiful islet of Trizonia for lunch at a local fish tavern and continue to the scenic town of Nafpaktos in the Gulf of Corinth this afternoon. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

DAY 8
Nafpaktos – Nafplio

Today we visit the home of the Olympic Games, Olympia. We’ll explore ancient sites including the Temple of Zeus, the Palaestra, and Phidias’ Workshop, and tour the museum. In the afternoon we cross the Peloponnese peninsula and make our way to the charming seaside town of Nafplio. 

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 9
Nafplio

Admire the best-preserved theatre of Ancient Greece, the Sanctuary of Asklepio, in Epidaurus this morning. We’ll then return to Nafplio and explore the Castle of Palamidi, a fortress perched high on a cliff offering stunning views. 

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 10
Nafplio – Athens

Mycenae is one of Greece’s most important archaeological sites and the birthplace of the culture that dominated during the late Bronze Age. We visit the site this morning, along with ancient Corinth, one of the major cities of antiquity.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 11
Athens

After breakfast we discover the diversity of Athens on a city tour. Highlights include the ancient Acropolis and the magnificent Parthenon. We’ll also explore the Plaka district to get a taste of the local atmosphere. Tonight we’ll wander through the Thisio and Monastiraki districts on the way to dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 12
Athens

Enjoy the day at leisure to explore at your own pace. 

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 13
Athens

Special Experience: Spend an incredible day cruising the Saronic Gulf and exploring the islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 14
Athens - Overnight Ferry

This morning is at leisure before our afternoon visit to Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon. The incredible structure perches high on the edge of a cliff that plunges 65m to the sea. On a clear day, the area also affords views to the islands of Kea, Kythnos, Serifos, Aegina and the Peloponnese. Tonight we board an overnight ferry to the island of Crete.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 15
Chania

Today we discover the delightful city and surrounds of Chania, Crete’s capital, including the Venetian Harbour, a short walk through the local market and a visit to Souda Bay and the WWII Commonwealth Cemetery. 

Special Experience: Discover the 4,000-year-old tradition of winemaking on the island of Crete at a tasting.

The rest of the afternoon is at leisure before we explore the Old Town port on foot this evening.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 16
Chania 

Enjoy a day at leisure to relax in the sun. The Venetian Harbour is host to a wealth of waterfront restaurants and an old port - it’s the perfect place to begin exploring. 

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 17
Chania – Heraklion

After breakfast, we depart for Heraklion, Crete’s largest city. Along the way, we’ll stop at Moni Preveli Monastery on the island’s south coast to visit the Australian Memorial, which commemorates the WWII heroic battle of Crete, fought in May 1941. The views of the sea here are stunning! 

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 18
Heraklion 

This morning we visit the Minoan Palace of Knossos, considered to be Europe’s oldest city (dating from the Bronze Age), and the largest archaeological site on the island. In the afternoon, we’ll take a walking tour of Heraklion’s old town. 

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 19
Heraklion – Santorini

Board the high-speed ferry to the island of Santorini this morning. After checking in, we’ll take a short tour to the villages of Megalochori and Pyrgos, and travel up to the monastery at the island’s highest point to enjoy the amazing vistas. 

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 20
Santorini

The day is at leisure for you to enjoy beautiful Santorini at your own pace. 

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 21
Santorini

The morning is at leisure before our afternoon visit to the site of Akrotiri. Covered in ashes during the Great Eruption, the city has been unearthed almost completely intact. We’ll also visit some of the island’s black sand beaches. 

Special Experience: This evening we’ll explore Oia, Santorini’s most famous and picturesque village, and witness an incredible sunset over the Aegean, before a group farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 22
Depart Santorini

Today we bid farewell to Greece and begin our journey home.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 23
Arrive Australia
 

This tour is operated by Bunnik Tour. Book with Encounter Travel for your Solo Traveller Saving, and if applicable the Return Traveller Reward (conditions apply). We’ve hand-picked this tour as generally it is a popular choice for solo travellers. 

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ACCOMMODATION

 HOTELS

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights of Stay

Thessaloniki

City Hotel

2

Volos

Volos Palace Hotel

3

Nafpaktos

Hotel Nafpaktos

1

Nafplio

Amalia Hotel

2

Athens

Golden Age Hotel

4

Chania

Kydon Hotel

2

Heraklion

Capsis Astoria

2

El Greco Resort & Spa Santorini

El Greco Resort & Spa

3

Hotels may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

Volos Palace Hotel, Volos

Kydon Hotel, Chania

El Greco Resort & Spa, Santorini

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

CITY HOTEL, THESSALONIKI
Recently renovated, the City Hotel is located in the centre of Thessaloniki, 50 m from Aristotelous Square. It offers a restaurant-bar and spa facilities.

The soundproofed rooms are classically furnished and feature wooden floors.
Facilities: air-conditioning; fridge/minibar; tea & coffee making facilities; safe deposit box

Wi-Fi: free wifi (in all hotel areas)

VOLOS PALACE HOTEL, VOLOS
Volos Palace, conveniently located in the city centre, looking towards the Pagasetic Gulf, offers 4 star accommodation services all year round.
Facilities: air-conditioning; internet connection; minibar

Wi-Fi: free wifi in public areas

HOTEL NAFPAKTOS, NAFPAKTOS
Hotel Nafpaktos is situated on the beautiful Gribovo Beach, which is lined up with century-old plane trees, restaurants and cafes. Offering views of the Corinthian Gulf, Hotel Nafpaktos offers a breakfast room with outdoor terrace, and soundproof rooms with spacious bathrooms and large verandas. Most rooms offer a view of the sea or the castle. Room service is available 24 hours a day.

Facilities: air-conditioning; fridge; safe deposit box

Wi-Fi: free wifi

AMALIA HOTEL, NAFPLIO
Amalia Hotel Nafplio has been built with respect to the town's culture and architecture, a neoclassical building set in spacious surroundings, enclosed by beautiful gardens with palm trees and flowers. The guest rooms are set in three levels amongst spacious lobby areas, the atrium, wide corridors and share views of Palamidi Fortress, the sea or the hotel’s green gardens. The air-conditioned guest rooms at Amalia Nafplio have modern décor, are sound-proofed and equipped with work desks and luxurious bathroom amenities.

Facilities: air-conditioning; minibar; safe deposit box

Wi-Fi: free wifi

GOLDEN AGE HOTEL, ATHENS
The Golden Age Hotel is conveniently located close to the Athens Concert Hall, Benaki Museum, Acropolis, Parthenon and Hellenic Parliament, with lots of coffee shops and restaurants also nearby. The Kolonaki area is a high end area with many exclusive boutiques and is only a 10 min walk from the hotel. The hotel has 2 restaurants and a coffee shop/café and a bar/lounge.

Facilities: air-conditioning; minibar;safe deposit box

Wi-Fi: free wifi (in pubic areas)

KYDON HOTEL, CHANIA
Located in the centre of Chania, Kydon Hotel is opposite of the main market hall and just a few minutes' walk from the Old Town and the Venetian Harbour. Elegantly decorated, most of the guest rooms offer panoramic views of the Old Town, the Venetian Harbour and the Cretan Sea. A free mini Ipad is offered upon request to use within the hotel.

Facilities: air-conditioning; safe deposit box; minibar; iPod docking station; coffee maker

Wi-Fi: free wifi  

CAPSIS ASTORIA, HERAKLION
This well-known Capsis Astoria Heraklion is located next to the Archaeological Museum. It offers modern rooms with TFT TVs, and has a rooftop swimming pool that overlooks Heraklion and the old Venetian port. The walls are decorated with charming black and white photographs depicting the history of Heraklion.

Facilities: self-regulated climate control; safe deposit box; fridge

Wi-Fi: free wifi

EL GRECO RESORT & SPA, SANTORINI
El Greco is conveniently located minutes from the centre of Fira. It boasts 5 outdoor pools, 1 indoor pool, a children’s pool and 2 open-air tubs with hydromassage facilities.

Facilities: air-conditioning; fridge; safe deposit box

 

Hotel descriptions are taken from the tour operator’s website and site and edited to suit our page.


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GETTING THERE

Arrive to:  Thessaloniki, Greece              
Depart from:  Santorini Island, Greece      

You must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport.

See 'VISA' information in our MORE INFORMATION section below.

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.
Late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.

FLIGHT ITINERARY
The flight itinerary is provided with your quote.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS
Arrival & departure airport transfer provided for first and last day of tour when airfare booked with us as part of your package.  If travelling on other days, transfer fees apply.

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience. 

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
You will enjoy this group experience with a maximum of 20 travellers. This is a Solos Mix tour.

SOLOS MIX
This is one of the tours in our Solos Mix offer. We’ve hand picked tours that are usually popular choices for solo travellers. There’s a mix of travellers; single travellers and couples travelling together. 

We only select small group tours for our Solos Mix tours. There’s a good likelihood of more than a few solo travellers also that may join this tour.

For all ‘Solos Mix’ international tours receive our exclusive SOLO TRAVELLER SAVING (STS), when you book the tour with us, with your own room

THE PACE  [3 out of 5]
See our Travel Fitness page for information about our Pace guide.

Touring Physical Requirements
Touring is exciting and diverse and the best way to enjoy your travels is to be sure that you meet the minimum physical requirements required for touring.

In many destinations while touring could be walking on uneven surfaces such as cobble stoned streets, need to climb steep staircases, and/or walk up hills to reach attractions. Also, in some cities tourist transport has limited options for coach drop offs and pick ups and this may mean that travellers are required to walk some distance to reach attractions or hotels, even up to 15 minutes.

Some touring may not be suitable for travellers with mobility issues and/or low fitness levels.  If unsure about your suitability for the trip please contact us to seek further advice. 

YOUR FITNESS
A minimum level of fitness is required to be able to participate. You are required to at least:

  • Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces without the use of any walking aid
  • Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
  • Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
  • Carry your own luggage
  • Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Passengers 70 years or over must provide a signed Fitness to Travel declaration form from their doctor within one month of making their booking.

While we will still confirm your place on your tour, flight tickets cannot be issued until both completed forms have been received. Additional costs may be incurred if completed forms are not received by Bunnik Tours within these time frames.

Bunnik Tours generally does not accept bookings for single travellers 80 years of age and over without a travelling companion. Neither our Tour Director nor your fellow travellers are equipped to act as a carer.

Passengers must inform us and the service provider of any medical conditions which may affect your ability to participate in the tour.

At our discretion we, including the service provider, can exclude you in a tour or in any activity if we consider that you are unable to safely participate in that tour or activity or if we consider your participation may place the safety of other guests at risk.

We exclude all liability for any illness, injury or death sustained by you on tour because of any pre-existing medical condition. You release us from all liability arising out of your medical condition, illness, or injury that you may suffer during the tour or as a result of the tour.  

ABOUT THE MEALS   
It’s regular that trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, there are some other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures. 

GROUP TOUR DIRECTOR
This is a private group tour with a driver and tour director. Your tour director is there to assist with group arrangements and to act as the liaison for all tour services. Locally based tour guides are also included.

TRANSPORT
Bus, steam train, caique boat, day cruise, overnight ferry & high-speed ferry

LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS
Due to the handling of luggage on our tours and coaches, checked baggage is limited to 20kg and a minimum of hand luggage.

One piece of carry-on luggage is permitted. 

ABOUT MOBILE PHONE USE / INTERNET 
You may like to purchase a prepaid sim card to take with you while travelling. Otherwise, ask your phone provider about International Roaming packages/offers for your mobile phone. 

SIM cards or international roaming packages can be good options to keep in touch with friends and family back home.  Be sure the sim card you purchase will cover all the countries you are travelling to. 

Many hotels these days offer WiFi—some for free, others for a modest fee. Some hotels may provide wi-fi but it may be limited to public areas of the hotel.

WhatsApp
If you don’t already use this service, we recommend downloading this application also. It’s a mobile phone App that offers fast, simple, secure messaging and calling for free (data charges may apply – ask your phone provider).

As a general indication, for many of our tours, our guides use WhatsApp to communicate with the group. 

TRAVEL GUIDE QUICK FACTS
Visit our Travel Guide page on our website for destination information. You may also view our Destination Highlights. 

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'I would highly recommend a holiday with Encounter Travel. My trip was well organised and the co-ordinator was fun and helpful and full of energy. I met some great people of all walks of life. There is a good mix of organised activities and free time. I had a blast.'

Linda, Victoria

'Thank you for your organisation of a great holiday. As a first time traveller with Encounter, I didn't know what to expect. The Red Centre is indescribably beautiful and should be on every Australians' bucket list. We saw every sensational attraction in just the right order - each new experience was more incredible than the last. Thank you for recruiting such a great group of people for my travelling companions. The hotels were clean and very comfortable and it was a pleasure to be transported across such an amazing landscape so comfortably. I learnt so much about our wonderful country and wished I had done such a trip years earlier.'

Sarah, 52 years, Sydney, Australia

'Did a Red Centre solo 7 day tour absolutely fantastic, Uluru and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Kings Canyon, Palm Valley you have to see it and experience it. The coach drivers were professional, excellent knowledge and with a great sense of humor.'

David, Eschol Park, Sydne, New South Wales
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