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OVERVIEW

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, taste 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 Nafplion, 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.

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PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    best suited 45 years+
  • Duration:
    22 Days
  • Status:
    Early bird offer
  • Region:
    Europe
  • Destinations:
    Greece, Crete
  • Travel Style:
    Small deluxe group tour
  • Accomodation:
    Quality hotels
  • Prices:
    @ early bird price tour & airfare with your own room $12795. EB saving applies ONLY if airfare is booked with us
  • Transport:
    Private coach,Train,Boat
  • Pace:
    3
  • Group Size:
    maximum 20
  • Trip Code:
    greece18-10
  • Terms:
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REVIEWS

'My holiday to Greece exceeded my expectations. I learnt so much about the amazing ancient history of Greece, and it was as beautiful as I had imagined.There were a great mix of couples and singles on the tour and we all got on so well.'

Kerrie, 52, NSW

'Encounter Travel has introduced me to solo travel and I'm now hooked after my first tour - Discover Greece and the Islands. I have so many wonderful memories of the places, the history & culture, the food and of the wonderful people I traveled with. There was never a dull or lonely moment.'

Lea, 64 years, ACT
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INCLUSIONS

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Greece, taxes included *
  • 18 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 1 night on-board a ferry in an outside cabin
  • 19 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 4 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinner
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour ~
  • All touring conducted in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Overnight ferry from Piraeus to Crete
  • High-Speed ferry from Crete to Santorini
  • English-speaking locally based tour director
  • English-speaking locally based guides
  • Tipping Made Easy, $220pp prepaid
  • Porterage included where available 

* from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth with taxes to the value of $275 per person.
~ included with tour & airfare package; additional fees may apply if airfare is not purchased as part of your package

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Try the famous Greek “tsipouro” brandy at a traditional tsipouradika tavern.
  • Spend an incredible day cruising the Saronic Gulf and exploring the islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra.
  • Discover the 4,000 year old tradition of wine-making on the island of Crete at a tasting.
  • Explore Oia, Santorini’s most famous and picturesque village, and witness an incredible sunset over the Aegean.
SIGHTSEEING 

The many sides of magical Greece

  • Discover the picturesque town of Edessa in Greece's Macedonia prefecture, with its landmark - the homonymous waterfall.
  • Visit Aristotle’s school, where the great philosopher taught Alexander the Great “the doctrines of morals and politics”.
  • Stop in Pella, the birthplace of Alexander the Great. Visit the local site and museum and see the exquisite floor mosaics from the 4th century B.C.
  • Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city of Thessaloniki, including a drive to the upper part of the city to see the Theodosian walls and admire the view, and a short walk along the sea-front promenade and Aristotelous square.
  • Explore the Macedonian royal tombs in Vergina, including the impressive tomb of King Philip II - father of Alexander the Great.
  • Stop at Paleos Panteleimon, a beautiful restored mountain village with stone-built houses, quaint shops and restaurants.
  • Ride the restored Mt Pelion steam train through amazing scenery to the village of Milies.
  • Explore Makrinitsa, one of the most beautiful villages of Mt Pelion with its beautiful stone-built houses, cafes and tavernas.
  • Take an evening walk through the famous “Tsipouradika” area and enjoy dinner at a traditional “tsipouradiko”, drinking the famous Greek “tsipouro” with the locals.
  • Be amazed by the fascinating cliff-top monasteries of Meteora.
  • In Delphi admire the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians and visit the museum, home to the famous “bronze charioteer”.
  • Take a short boat ride to the beautiful green islet of Trizonia and enjoy lunch at a local fish tavern.
  • Discover the ancient site of Olympia including the Temple of Zeus, the Palaestra, Phidias’s Workshop and the Olympia Archaeological Museum.
  • Visit Epidaurus, the most important healing center in antiquity, famous for its theatre with incomparable acoustics.
  • Explore the Castle of Palamidi, a fortress perched high on a cliff affording stunning views over the town of Nafplion.
  • Take an evening walking tour to discover the picturesque town of Nafplion.
  • Visit Mycenae, one of Greece's most important archaeological sites, and see the tomb of Agamemnon and the famous Lion’s gate.
  • Tour the ancient city of Corinth and visit the Agora (market place) and the Temple of Apollo.
  • See the famous Corinth Canal.
  • Discover Athens on a panoramic tour of the city, taking in the Academy, the National Library, the Greek Parliament and the Tomb of Unknown Soldier, the Panathinaikon marble stadium where the first modern Olympics took place, Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and other monuments and landmarks of the city.
  • Enjoy a guided visit to the museum of Acropolis, considered one of the best museums in Europe.
  • Stroll through the popular Monastiraki and Plaka areas.
  • Spend a full day cruising the Saronic Gulf and exploring the islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra.
  • Visit Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon, an incredible structure perched high on a cliff overlooking the ocean.
  • In Chania on the island of Crete, see the Venetian Harbour and take a short walk through the market, then drive to Souda Bay to visit the WWII Commonwealth Cemetery.
  • Stop in at a small family operated winery, wander through the little museum and taste some of the wines and local snacks.
  • Learn about the Australian WWII history at the Monastery of Preveli, uniquely located on the Cretan mountains overlooking the Lybian sea.
  • Stop at the Fortezza, the Venetian castle dominating the town of Paleokastro, to admire the view to Rethymnon.
  • Visit Lychnostatis open-air museum, which presents the Cretan life. It contains a great variety of artefacts and structures related to Cretan folk tradition, ethnology, economic activity, culture, nature and environment.
  • Visit the ceremonial and political center of the Minoan civilization and culture, the Minoan Palace of Knossos, which in mythology housed the labyrinth of the mythical Minotaur.
  • Take a high-speed ferry to the breathtaking Greek island of Santorini.
  • In Santorini take a short tour to the villages of Megalochori and Pyrgos and visit the monastery of Profitis Ilias at the highest point of the island for stunning views.
  • Taste some of the wines made on the island of Santorini.
  • Visit the site of Akrotiri. Covered in ashes during the Great Eruption, the city has been unearthed almost completely intact. You'll also see some of the black-sand beaches of the island, like Kamari and Perivolos.
  • Watch a magical Aegean sunset over dinner at a local restaurant in Oia.

DAY 1 - TUESDAY 2 OCTOBER 2018
Depart Australia

DAY 2 – WEDNESDAY 3 OCTOBER 2018
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: welcome drink 

DAY 3 – THURSDAY 4 OCTOBER 2018
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 – FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER 2018
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 – SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER 2018
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 – SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER 2018
Meteora Excursion

Today we discover the amazing clifftop monasteries of Meteora. Monks have been settled on these ‘columns of the sky’ since the 11th century. Since early Christian times, Meteora’s cliffs have been regarded as the perfect place to attain absolute isolation in order to achieve peace and harmony. The tallest of these incredible rock formations reaches 400m.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7 – MONDAY 8 OCTOBER 2018
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 and museum, then take a short caique ride to the beautiful islet of Trizonia for lunch at a local fish tavern. We’ll continue to the town of Nafpaktos in the Gulf of Corinth this afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8 – TUESDAY 9 OCTOBER 2018
Nafpaktos – Nafplion

Today we visit the home of the Olympic Games, Olympia. We’ll explore the ancient site and tour the museum. After lunch we cross the Peloponnese peninsula and make our way to the charming seaside town of Nafplion.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9 – WEDNESDAY 10 OCTOBER 2018
Nafplion

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

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10 – THURSDAY 11 OCTOBER 2018
Nafplion - 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 – FRIDAY 12 OCTOBER 2018
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 – SATURDAY 13 OCTOBER 2018
Athens

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13 – SUNDAY 14 OCTOBER 2018
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 14 – MONDAY 15 OCTOBER 2018
Chania

Today we discover the delightful city and surrounds of Chania, Crete’s capital.

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

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

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15 – TUESDAY 16 OCTOBER 2018
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 16 – WEDNESDAY 17 OCTOBER 2018
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 to the heroic battle of Crete during WWII in May 1941, and to witness the stunning views over the sea.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 17 - THURSDAY 18 OCTOBER 2018
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. After lunch, we’ll take a walking tour of Heraklion’s old town.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 18 – FRIDAY 19 OCTOBER 2018
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 19 – SATURDAY 20 OCTOBER 2018
Santorini

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

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 20 – SUNDAY 21 OCTOBER 2018
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 21 – MONDAY 22 OCTOBER 2018
Depart Santorini

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

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 22 – TUESDAY 23 OCTOBER 2018
Arrive Australia


Itineraries are 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.

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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

Nauplia

Amalia Hotel

2

Athens

Golden Age Hotel

3

Chania

Kydon Hotel

2

Heraklion

Capsis Astoria

3

Santorini

El Greco Resort & Spa

3

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

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. Each is equipped with air conditioning and heating, and includes a comfortable arm chair. Guests benefit from free Wi-Fi access 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. Each well-appointed guestroom features internet connection, minibar, TV, air condition and bathroom with amenities. Wireless internet is provided free of charge in public areas.

HOTEL NAFPAKTOS, NAFPAKTOS
Hotel Nafpaktos is situated on the beautiful Gribovo Beach, which is lined up with century-old plane trees, and features restaurants, cafes and playground facilities. Offering views of the Corinthian Gulf, Hotel Nafpaktos offers a breakfast room with outdoor terrace, and soundproof rooms with spacious bathrooms and large verandas. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Hotel Nafpaktos rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with a TV set, a small refrigerator, a safe and a hairdryer. Most offer a view of the sea or the castle. Room service is available 24 hours a day.

AMALIA HOTEL, NAUPLIA
Amalia Hotel Nauplia 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 and offer satellite & cable LCD TV and Wi-Fi internet access. Each sound-proofed room is equipped with work desks and luxurious bathroom amenities.

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. Complimentary wi-fi is available in public areas. The air-conditioned guest rooms include minibars, bathrobes and satellite TV.

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, all air-conditioned rooms and suites have a balcony and a LED TV with satellite channels. Fitted with orthopedic mattresses, each features a safety box and a minibar. 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 and free Wi-Fi is provided in all areas.

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. Each of the rooms has a private bathroom with tub, and self-regulated climate control. The walls are decorated with charming black and white photographs depicting the history of Heraklion. Free Wi-Fi is available in all rooms.

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. Each air-conditioned room reflects the traditional Cycladic style and features a mini fridge, satellite TV and balcony or terrace.

 

Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page.

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PRICES

 ** EARLY BIRD OFFER **

SAVING: Book & pay the tour & airfare package deposit by Tuesday 19 December 2017
SAVE $250 for tour & airfare package

*EB saving applies ONLY if airfare is booked with us

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)

Prices per person (in AUD)


Your Own Room

Early Bird: Tour & Airfare package (offer expires 22 December 2017)

$12795

Standard: Tour & Airfare Package

$13045


OTHER PRICE INFORMATION:

SHARE & SAVE
If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same gender, save $2350 on package prices above that include your own room (not sharing).

TOUR & AIRFARE PACKAGE
* International airfare ex Australia is valid from: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth. Once the ticket is issued penalties are incurred for changes, and in some cases airfares may be non-refundable. Reservation are made in the name you provide to us with your booking form – this name must match your passport. Failure to provide your name as per your passport may result in an invalid ticket.

TOUR ONLY PACKAGE:
The airfare is not included with the price. Quotes are provided on request, and are indicative only. Prices are subject to variation until tickets are issued. Tickets are issued once the tour is a guaranteed departure, you have paid the airfare in full and accepted the airfare booking terms in writing. Once the ticket is issued penalties are incurred for changes, and in some cases airfares may be non-refundable. Reservation are made in the name you provide to us with your booking form – this name must match your passport. Failure to provide your name as per your passport may result in an invalid ticket.

DAY/DATE VARIATIONS:
Due to airline flight schedules and availability, day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure. If additional nights of stay are required, the cost of any additional night/s of stay applies.

TAXES & FUEL COSTS, AND SURCHARGES:
The tour and airfare package includes air taxes to the value of $xxx per person for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and $xxx for Perth. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies are shown as a guide only. At the time final monies are due the amount for the airline tax & fuel surcharge will be updated if there has been any change.

An airfare supplement may apply depending on airline availability and departure cities, and this would be advised with your quote. 

EARLY BIRD, TERMS & CONDITIONS:
To be eligible for the early bird savings you need to book and pay the deposit to secure your booking, and make any progress payment by the nominated date, as per the booking terms.

UPGRADING ECONOMY FARE TO BUSINESS CLASS FARE WITH POINTS
The airfare included in a package, or otherwise purchased separately may not allow the use of flyer points to upgrade. However, there is the option of paying a surcharge where we would book the airfare which does allow you to upgrade. The surcharge can be quoted at time of requesting quote and is subject to availability.

ACCRUING FREQUENT FLYER POINTS
The airfare offered may not permit frequent flyer points to be accrued. If you wish to accrue frequent flyers points please check with us at the time of booking. We will advise the status and if any airfare supplement applies to book an airfare class that permits the accrual of frequent flyer points.

PRICE INFORMATION
Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change.  

Not included: 

  • Airfares if booking the tour only package
  • Airport Transfers
  • 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 
ROOMMATE MATCH OPTION

Share and save with our roommate match option. On your request and subject to availability, we will match you with another group member (same gender) so that you can share a room and take advantage of the twin share price.

Reduced Single Supplement:
If we are not able to offer you a roommate match, a 'Reduced Single Supplement' price will be offered. This represents a $300 saving on the standard single supplement price. Alternatively, you have the option to decline and receive a full refund of your tour deposit.

If you are not prepared to pay for a Reduced Single Supplement we recommend you should not pay for the airfare until you have a guaranteed roommate match and this is advised by us in writing.

This supplement becomes due after we finalise the group and before departure.  The Reduced Single Supplement offer only applies to bookings secured with a deposit by 22 February 2018.

Please note: if a roommate becomes available after receiving advice of a Reduce Single Supplement rate, your booking automatically reverts to the twin share price and any monies paid for the Reduced Single Supplement will be refunded.

GETTING THERE

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

Early Check In
If your flight arrives well in advance of the hotel check in time, then we recommend travellers consider booking an additional night at the hotel the evening prior to guarantee a morning check-in. Early check in without payment can be requested, and is at the discretion of the hotel, but cannot be guaranteed.

Late Check Out
If your flight departs after the hotel check out time we recommend that you make an enquiry with us about securing a late check out with payment.  Some hotels will require payment in full of the next night of stay while others may have a rate for a late check out such as a payment to extend check out until 6pm as an example.

Late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.

FLIGHT ITINERARY
Details provided with quotes

TRANSFERS
Airport transfers on the first and last day of the tour are included if you have booked the flights as part of your package.  For land only bookings, transfers can be arranged for a fee. 

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 small group experience with a maximum group size of 20 travellers.  This tour is a ‘Solos’ Mix group.

Solos Mix
A ‘Solos Mix’ tour has been handpicked by us, operated by other tour companies.  The tour is not exclusive to solo travellers, and you should expect also couples and friends travelling together. We select them on the basis of having a smaller group size maximum, and a travel style that is a good fit with the way we believe is the best way to tour; a more leisurely pace and free time, with local dining experiences included.

PLUS – SAVE MORE WHEN YOU BOOK WITH US
We look after solo travellers!

When you book a Solos Mix tour with us, we pass on extra savings when you take your own room. This extra saving is in addition to any early bird, and or return travellers savings.

THE PACE  [3 out of 5]
Overall, it’s an easy to moderate pace. There are some days which are full days of travel and touring.  There are 1, 2 and 3 nights of stay while touring by land.  Refer to the tour map on the itinerary page for details.  

A reasonable level of fitness as a minimum is recommended for joining this tour.  You should be able to walk for 3.5 kilometres on uneven ground without any aids and climb several flights of stairs.  

Passengers who are 70 and over will be required to obtain a doctor’s clearance before travelling.

ABOUT THE MEALS   
It’s regular that our trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include 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.

TOUR DIRECTOR
This is a private group tour with a coach driver and tour director. Your tour director is there to assist with group arrangements and to act as the liaison for all tour services.

TRANSPORT
You will travel by private coach, steam train, boat, day cruise and ferry during this tour. 

LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS
COACH TOURING: Maximum checked luggage allowance is a maximum weight of 20kg (40lbs).  Hand luggage for flights must not exceed 7kg. Luggage is limited to one medium size suitcase per person, the sum of its length/width and depth not to exceed 140cm (56") plus an overnight bag (airline bag size) which may be carried on board the vehicle. If your luggage exceeds this limit, we ask that you make alternative arrangements for the excess to be forwarded to the termination point of your tour. We suggest you have wheels on your suitcase, as there are certain places where assistance is not available.

 

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'My holiday to Greece exceeded my expectations. I learnt so much about the amazing ancient history of Greece, and it was as beautiful as I had imagined.There were a great mix of couples and singles on the tour and we all got on so well.'

Kerrie, 52, NSW

'Encounter Travel has introduced me to solo travel and I'm now hooked after my first tour - Discover Greece and the Islands. I have so many wonderful memories of the places, the history & culture, the food and of the wonderful people I traveled with. There was never a dull or lonely moment.'

Lea, 64 years, ACT
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