EARLY BIRD SAVING WITH THE 19 DAY PACKAGE (GREECE + THE ISLANDS)

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Solos Only

9 DAYS GREECE + OPTIONAL 10 DAYS GREEK ISLANDS EXTENSION TOUR  (TOTAL 19 DAYS)

Choose to travel Greece mainland for 9 days, or extend your solo travels with our Greek Islands Extension.

Greece is ancient cultural, stunning scenery, quaint towns, vibrant cities, traditional cuisine, friendly locals, mountains and the coast. All of this makes for a diverse and impressive touring country, and it’s clear why Greece is the up and coming European destination that’s now on many more traveller ‘must visit’ destinations list.

From Thessaloniki, travel to Athens along the way discovering the major highlights and the not so well known but delightful stops including Meteora, Delphi and more. You’ll have an in depth discovery of the bustling city of Athens and a day out on the island of Hydra. Arriving to Athens enjoy a superb three night stay with some magnificent highlights including a day trip to the very charming island of Hydra, a gastronomic walking tour with a grazing luncheon, an impressive visit to the Acropolis, along with stunning highlight dinner admiring the night time view to the Acropolis.

OPTIONAL EXTENSION: GREEK ISLANDS 10 DAYS
Take the option to extend your Greece travels with a three island visit including Crete, Santorini and Paros. All with their own unique character and different. There’s the ideal blend of touring and time to relax and soak up the atmosphere of Greece’s beautiful island lifestyle.

PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    40+
  • Duration:
    9 Days
  • Status:
    Early bird offer
  • Region:
    Europe
  • Destinations:
    Greece
  • Travel Style:
    Discovery
  • Accommodation:
    Quality hotels
  • Prices from:
    AUD$4875 tour with own room
  • Transport:
    Private coach,Boat
  • Pace:
    3
  • Max Group Size:
    16
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

GREECE (MAINLAND) 9 DAYS - INCLUSIONS: 

ACCOMMODATION, MEALS & SIGHTSEEING

  • 8 nights, quality hotel stays
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 4 dinners including local restaurants and highlight dinner evenings
  • All sightseeing entry and participation fees as detailed by visits on the itinerary
  • English-speaking tour director escorting the group
  • English-speaking local guides

TRAVEL

  • Return ferry, Port of Piraeus to Hydra
  • Air conditioned private group transport for all touring
  • One way ferry Paros to Port of Piraeus 

GREEK ISLANDS INCLUSIONS: 10 DAYS

ACCOMMODATION, MEALS & SIGHTSEEING

  • 10 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches including a traditional farm lunch
  • 2 dinners including highlight local restaurant dining
  • All sightseeing entry and participation fees as detailed by visits on the itinerary
  • English-speaking tour host escorting the group
  • English-speaking local guides
  • 10 nights, quality hotel stays (including night in Athens before travelling to Crete)

TRAVEL

  • One way internal flight Athens to Chania, Crete
  • Return ferry Port of Piraeus to Hydra
  • One way ferry Heraklion to Santorini
  • One way ferry Santorini to Paros
  • One way ferry Paros to Port of Piraeus

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ADDITIONAL SERVICES, APPLIES TO ALL TOURING

  • Airport transfers #
  • Porterage in and out of hotels included where available
  • Small group, not more than 16 travellers 

# Arrival & departure airport transfer provided for nominated tour flight, 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.

Departure Dates for this tour

Departure
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28 APR - 6 MAY 2020
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$4875 tour with your own room
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SAVING:
Book & pay the tour deposit by 31 October 2019 & SAVE $300 when you book the tour with the optional extension: Greek Islands tour, with your own room

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Own Room

GREECE 9 DAY TOUR

AUD$4875

GREECE 9 DAY TOUR + GREEK ISLANDS 10 DAY TOUR

 AUD$9385

 


Trip Code: greece20-4

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Trip Code: greece20-9

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS - GREECE MAINLAND (9 DAYS)
  • City tour of Thessaloniki
  • Welcome group dinner at a local restaurant featuring local cuisine, Thessaloniki
  • Stroll the streets on a guided tour of the village of Litochoro including a walk along the Enipeus River and its gorge
  • Visit 14th and 15th monasteries of Meteora; high up in the cliffs.
  • Visit Amfissa to see its beautiful olive trees and stone houses
  • A fully guided tour of the remarkable archaeological site of Delphi
  • Visit the village of Arachova with time at leisure
  • A panoramic Athens guided city tour
  • A guided tour of the magnificent Acropolis
  • Free time in Athens to stroll and explore the narrow streets of Plaka and the Old Town
  • A special Athens highlight dinner with a view to the Acropolis
  • A day trip by ferry to the charming island of Hydra, with no cars and where donkeys are still used for transport
  • Experience an Athens foodie’s tour; a gastronomic walking tour with a grazing luncheon en route.
HIGHLIGHTS – GREEK ISLANDS TOURING (10 DAYS)
  • Arrive to Chania, Crete to enjoy a local lunch
  • Time at leisure in Chania to absorb all the local charm and scenery
  • Visit Souda Bay Allied War Cemetery.
  • Visit the Tsagarolon Monastery; one of the major historical monuments of the island, and also a vibrant monastery with an active industry exporting Greek products.
  • Visit the traditional village of Axos including a traditional lunch; and be treated to Cretan hospitality with various treats such as raki and other local products
  • Relax over a delicious traditional farm lunch
  • Free time to take in the delightful town of Rethymnon.
  • Visit Knossos Palace, the centre of the magnificent past Minoan civilization dating back to some 4000 years, to 2000 BC.
  • A beautiful two night stay on the island of Santorini
  • Enjoy a panoramic island tour of Santorini, including a visit to the picturesque villages of Pyrgos and Profitis Ilias, and Oia
  • A highlight dinner at a Santorini restaurant with a sunset view at the village of Oia.
  • Visit an island winery, taste 3 local wine varieties
  • Three leisurely nights on the island of Paros, and enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Aegean,
  • Explore Paros, with a panoramic island tour including a walk of the old town of Parikia
  • A ferry ride to cross over to Antiparos for a visit and relaxing walk through the picturesque little town and visit the Venetian fortress
  • A farewell dinner on your return to Athens for your final night in Greece

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. 

DAY 1
Thessaloniki

Welcome to Greece! Arrive to Thessaloniki International Airport. After passing customs and entering the arrivals hall where you will be meet and transferred to our group hotel*. There is time at leisure for the rest of the day. In the early evening there is a tour briefing with your group guide and a group welcome drink.

Meals: a welcome drink

* transfer included if you booked your airfare with us and are arriving on the group nominated tour flight. If you’ve made your own airfare arrangements, please ask us about your transfer options.

DAY 02
Thessaloniki

Start with breakfast at the hotel before departing for a city tour of Thessaloniki. You will visit byzantine churches, the famous White Tower (the city’s trademark) as well as the Arch of Galerius and the ancient murals, ending with a beautiful panoramic view from the top of the Old Town. After the guided tour, there’s time at leisure. In the evening, we come together for a beautiful welcome dinner at a local restaurant where you will taste the famous local cuisine.

Meals: Breakfast, Welcome Dinner (with a welcome drink)

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • City Tour of Thessaloniki
  • Welcome dinner at a local restaurant 

DAY 03
Thessaloniki – Litochoro – Kalambaka

Breakfast at the hotel.  Today we head south towards Litochoro, to have a beautiful stroll around the village streets and admire the pretty landscape featuring the imposing mount Olympus and the Aegean Sea view. Walk along the Enipeus River and its gorge and take stunning photos of the nearby lake. After the guided tour, we will set off towards Kalambaka for our next overnight stay and a relaxed dinner at our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Visit Litochoro
  • Transfer to Kalambaka
  • Dinner at our hotel

DAY 04
Kalambaka (Meteora) – Amfissa – Delphi

After breakfast at the hotel we set off first thing to visit three of the monasteries of Meteora. Built high up in the cliffs, they´re amongst the most beautiful sights in Greece: high on top of granite rocks, suspended between the sky and the earth, are monasteries of the 14th and 15th centuries. It’s a picture-perfect postcard setting. Then, we shall drive towards Amfissa, characterised by beautiful olive trees and stone houses, before we reach the roots of Mount Parmassus, where Delphi is located. Delphi is incredibly charming and a has a magical setting high up in the hills.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Visit 3 monasteries of Meteora
  • Drive to the ancient town of Amfissa for a visit
  • Arrive to Delphi for an overnight stay

DAY 05
Delphi – Arachova – Athens

Breakfast at the hotel.  Today, we visit the archaeological site of Delphi that includes the famous Sanctuary and Oracle of Apollo, the theatre and the Museum which hosts wonderful exhibits such as the famous Charioteer of Delphi. After the visit, we transfer to the nearby village of Arachova, a favourite weekend destination for Athenians and tourists from abroad, mostly known for its traditional architecture, artisanal produce and ski centre. There will be some time at leisure in Arachova, before we continue to Athens.

Meals: Breakfast 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • A guided tour of the archeological site of Delphi
  • Free time in the village of Arachova
  • Transfer to Athens
  • A group dinner in Athens

DAY 6
Athens                                                                                                                                             

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart this morning for a panoramic guided city tour that’ll give you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. On the Acropolis you’ll visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the monument that “puts order in the mind”, the Parthenon.  Our expert guide will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (short photo stop). As we continue, pass by the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma).  

After sightseeing today there’s time at leisure. You could take a stroll through the narrow streets of Plaka, the Old Town; full of shops, restaurants and cafes. In the evening, we have dinner at a local restaurant in the city centre, enjoyed at a terrace with a beautiful view.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Athens guided panoramic city tour
  • A fully guided visit on the Acropolis including The Parthenon
  • Leisure time for roaming around Athens
  • A special highlight dinner 

DAY 07
Athens – Hydra – Athens

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to port of Piraeus, from where you’ll embark on ferry to Hydra.

SPECIAL HIGHLIGHT:
Hydra is a small island of about 55 Km2 where no cars are allowed and most people wander about its picturesque streets and alleyways on foot. The island offers great views of stone-built white houses in front of the blue sea. Hydra is quite a rich island, home of various Greek ship owners that played an important role in the Greek Independence War against the Ottoman Empire.

You will have time at leisure for walks, lunch, shopping or even swimming. In the evening, you will catch a ferry back to Athens. Upon arrival back to Piraeus, we transfer back to our Athen’s hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Transfer to the port of Piraeus
  • Return ferry port of Piraeus to Hydra
  • Free time to explore Hydra
  • Leisure time for roaming around Athens

DAY 08
Athens Food Tour

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, we will focus on food and wine, two quintessential elements of Greek culture. Some say that the best way to emerge oneself to a local culture is by walking down a city’s streets and tasting local produce. That’s why today, we will do a gastronomic walking tour, passing through Athens’ central market, as well as from food stalls and cheese counters. We do not plan to skip desert, so we’ll be taking you to one of the oldest pastry shops in Athens. Today it’s a grazing lunch en route. Our expert foodie guide will share lots of interesting food culture anecdotes with you, giving you an insight on Greek culinary traditions. After the tour, rest of the afternoon and evening are at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Gastronomic foodie’s walking tour, Athens
  • Free time to explore Athens

DAY 09
Athens (with option to extend to Crete)

Breakfast at the hotel.

MAINLAND TOUR CONCLUSION:
Our tour of Greece mainland comes to an end and for those travellers ending their Greece visit here, a group transfer is provided to the international airport for the nominated tour flight. Or, there is the option to extend your stay in Athens with additional nights of stay.

Meals: Breakfast

EXTENSION TOUR – GREEK ISLANDS:
For travellers who have opted to extend their visit to the Greek Island, at the appointed time, there is a group transfer to Athens Airport to catch your domestic flight to Chania, Crete. On arrival we transfer to a local Chania restaurant for lunch. In the afternoon, check into our hotel with free time explore this delightful town of Crete.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED – WITH EXTENSION TOUR:

  • Transfer to the airport to connect with the one-way flight to Chania, Crete
  • Local lunch, Chania
  • Free time to explore Chania

GREEK ISLANDS TOURING (DAY 10 – 19)

DAY 10
Chania

Breakfast at the hotel, then depart for our Chania city tour. We start with a visit of the Souda Bay Allied War Cemetery, of special significance to Commonwealth countries as it’s the resting place of fallen Commonwealth soldiers of World War II and some World War I soldiers.   Our tour continues to Aghia Triada of Tsagarolon Monastery. The monastery plays an important role in the ecclesiastical life of Crete and the local economy. You will see an incredibly well-preserved and vibrant monastery that produces and exports organic olive oil, wine, honey, vinegar and olive oil soap best quality. We visit Venizelos’ Graves, a location that has magnificent views from a hilltop above Chania, across the town. It’s the location of the graves of the charismatic Greek politician, and seven times Prime Minister of Greece, Eleftherios Venizelos, and his son, Sofoklis Venizelos, who was also Prime Minister of Greece from 1943 to 1952.  There’s free time in the afternoon and evening to make your own relaxed discoveries of charming Chania.

Meals: Breakfast

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Chania tour with Souda Bay Allied War Cemetery & Aghia Triada of Tsagarolon Monastery.
  • Free afternoon & evening

DAY 11
Chania – Rethymnon

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we drive to the nearby town of Rethymnon, and visit the traditional village of Axos where we get to experience cheese making and enjoy a  traditional lunch.  You’ll experience the Cretan nature and way of living through this local farm visit, while enjoying impeccable Cretan hospitality with various treats as raki and other local products.  A delicious traditional lunch awaits at the farm’s restaurant. After, we transfer to the city centre with time at leisure to explore Rethymnon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Transfer Chania to Rethymnon
  • Visit the traditional village of Axos
  • Free time to explore Rethymnon

DAY 12
Rethymnon – Heraklion – Rethymnon

Breakfast at the hotel.  This morning visit, Knossos Palace for a step back in time some 4000 years, to 2000 BC. Knossos and its Palace, famous throughout the world through the myths of Europa, the Minotaur, the Labyrinth and Theseus, Daedalus and Ikarus, opens a window to the most ancient civilization of Europe. Knossos’ architectural feats include several storey buildings (the first in the world) with light wells and bathrooms, impressive pillars and an ingenuous drainage system, aqueducts, irrigation systems, paved roads and magnificent frescoes. After the visit, there is time at leisure when we return to Rethymnon.

Meals: Breakfast

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Transfer to Knossos Palace
  • Guided tour of Knossos Palace
  • Free time in the afternoon, Rethymnon

DAY 13
Heraklion – Santorini

Breakfast at the hotel. At the appointed time, transfer to the port of Heraklion to embark on a ferry to Santorini and transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. You can visit the archeological site of Akrotiri (also known as Minoic Pompeii) or check out the colourful beaches of the island. The sand in Santorini is actually volcanic rock and ash and depending on the soil type, they’re called “the Red”, “Black” and “White” beach. In the evening, we join together for dinner at a restaurant with sunset view at the village of Oia and then transfer back to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Transfer to the port of Heraklion
  • One way ferry Heraklion to Santorini.
  • Transfer port to hotel, Santorini
  • Dinner with sunset view at the village of Oia, Santorini 

DAY 14
Santorini

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we embark on a panoramic island tour. You will have the chance to visit the picturesque villages of Pyrgos and Profitis Ilias, as well as the wonderful village of Oia, with its breath-taking views, the blue domes that you’ve seen in post-cards and calendars around the world. Then visit one of the island’s wineries, taste some local wine varieties and learn more about the island’s tradition in winemaking and the special flavours the volcanic ash gives to the grapes. In the evening, free time to explore the bustling capital of Fira at your own pace.

Meals: Breakfast

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Santorini panoramic island tour including the villages of Pyrgos, Profitis Ilias and Oia
  • Winery visit and wine tasting
  • An evening at leisure

DAY 15
Santorini – Paros

Breakfast at the hotel. Today we transfer to the port to catch a ferry to Paros. Upon arrival, we transfer to the hotel. There’s a day at leisure to do as you please. Enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Aegean, taste the local cuisine or wander about the village, taking in the local colours.

Meals: Breakfast

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Hotel to port transfer
  • One way ferry Santorini to Paros.
  • On arrival, the day at leisure on Paros

DAY 16
Paros

Breakfast at the hotel. Then, we’ll explore the island with a panoramic island tour. We walk through the old town of Parikia towards the Venetian castle (13th century). Then, we’ll take a short walk towards the most famous and one of the oldest churches in Greece, Panagia Ekatontapyliani, built around 400 AC. From there, we’ll drive through the villages of Alyki and Drios. Then we reach Pisso Livadi, at the east part of the island, where we have our break with free time to eat or swim. Then, onto Lefkes, the former capital of Paros, and gorgeous views. We continue our tour by passing through Marathi, where the ancient marble quarries were located. In the afternoon we arrive in Naoussa, the beautiful fishermen’s village. We take a little walk through its small streets and the port with the colorful fishing boats. Then we return to our hotel for the rest of day and evening at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Panoramic island tour
  • Free time at Pisso Livadi
  • End of day and evening at leisure

DAY 17
Paros

Breakfast at the hotel. A day to make your own discoveries or just relax and soak up the atmosphere of Paros before we head back to Athens tomorrow.

Meals: Breakfast

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • A free day for your own plans, enjoying Paros

DAY 18
Paros – Athens

Breakfast at the hotel.  Today, we make our way by ferry from Paros to Athens. Upon arrival, transferring to the hotel. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a traditional restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Hotel to port transfer
  • One way ferry Paros to Athens
  • A farewell dinner at a local Athens restaurant

DAY 19
Athens (Departure)

Breakfast at the hotel. All your wonderful solo travels comes to end for now. There is a group transfer to Athens International airport*. You’ll go home a Greek Salad expert – something you will notice when you are there – there’s even Greek Salad for breakfast!

Meals: Breakfast

* transfer included if you booked your airfare with us and are arriving on the group nominated tour flight. If you’ve made your own airfare arrangements, please ask us about your transfer options.

 

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.

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ACCOMMODATION

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights of Stay

GREECE 9 DAYS

Thessaloniki

Hotel Electra Palace

2

Kalambaka

Grand Meteora

1

Delphi

Kastalia Boutique Hotel

1

Athens

Hotel Tiare

4

OPTIONAL EXTENSION: GREEK ISLANDS 10 DAYS

Chania

Hotel Kydon

2

Rethymno

Menta City Boutique Hotel

2

Santorini

El Greco

2

Paros

Hotel Kanales

3

Athens

Hotel Tiare

1

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

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
If arrivING before the hotel check in time, the hotel will store luggage until check in time. As a guide, hotel check in times for most parts of the world range between 2pm to 3pm.

Electra Palace Thessaloniki

Electra Palace, Thessaloniki

Tiare Athens Encounter Travel

Athens Tiare Hotel

El Greco, Santorini

El Greco, Santorini

HOTEL ELECTRA PALACE, THESSALONIKI
Enjoy a five star stay. Built in one of the most impressive city squares of Greece, Aristotelous Square, facing the endless sea of the Thermaikos Gulf and breathtaking views: on a clear day one can easily see as far as mount Olympus across the gulf.  Right in the heart of city, the Electra Palace Thessaloniki is ideally located, within walking distance from the shopping district, the Thessaloniki International Exhibition Centre, most major monuments, museums and sites, the Ladadika area. Featuring comfortable, well equipped rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, a gym and spa, and a wonderful restaurant on the top floor/

GRAND METEORA, KALAMBAKA
A 4.5 star wonderfully located at the foot of Meteora, in the heart of the Thessaly plain. It is the most imposing and impressing accommodation in the area, next to the picturesque village of Kastraki, and only 3 kilometres away from the historic centre of Kalambaka. The hotel stands out for its special architecture and high aesthetics. Their classic rooms are elegant, comfortable and fully equipped.  All classic rooms have private balconies.

KASTALIA BOUTIQUE HOTEL, DELPHI
Kastalia Boutique hotel is located at the picturesque village of Delphi, just 5 minutes from the archaeological Site and the museum of Delphi. The hotel has been recently partially renovated and has a restaurant/bar with large veranda with spectacular views of Delphi valley and the sea.

Wi Fi: Free 

HOTEL KYDON, CHANIA
A 6-minute walk from the Archaeological Museum of Chania, this upscale hotel is an easy stroll to the waterfront of Chania. Low-key rooms with a mix of classic and modern elements feature floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies. They include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and iPod docks, plus tea and coffeemakers, and minibars. Room service is offered. A breakfast buffet, loaner bikes and parking are complimentary. There’s an elegant restaurant, a lounge and a bar.

Wi Fi: Free 

HOTEL TIARE, ATHENS
In the heart of Athens, 'the European city that never sleeps' the hotel stands proudly overlooking Omonoia (Concord) Square, near the metro. The all new Athens Tiare hotel is situated near metro, just a few steps away from the entrance of the station. It’s located in the historic point of the city centre, overlooking Omonoia Square. It is newly renovated with redesigned guestrooms.

HOTEL EL GRECO, SANTORINI
El Greco Resort & Spa combines simplicity with.  It is located minutes away from the centre of the magnificent capital of Santorini, Fira a vibrant place full of life and excitement. There is an adult only spa centre, 5 outdoor swimming pools and 1 indoor pool.  El Greco Resort is located within only 10 minutes walking distance from the centre, right on the main road that leads to Fira Town, Capital of the Island. Nearby attractions are The Greek Orthodox Cathedral, The Catholic Cathedral, The cable car and the old port, The Archeological Museum, the Prehistoric Museum, shops, restaurants and nightclubs.

HOTEL MENTA CITY BOUTIQUE, RETHYMNO
Menta City Boutique Hotel is a brand new hotel, located in the most quiet and high area of Rethymno, within walking distance of the city centre, the old town and the top attractions of the city.  The hotel’s apartment- style rooms are " a home away from home". Rooms are spacious, soundproofed, equipped with double-glass balcony doors and windows. They are spacious, fully furnished and they all have balcony or terrace. Beds are comfortable and pillow menu service is provided. Every room has a kitchenette, flat screen TV 32' with satellite channels, safe deposit box, kettle, coffee & tea facilities slippers and hairdryer. Bathrooms are private and designed with showerheads and hydromassage panels. Luxury bath products and linens are provided for your care and comfort.

KANALES, PAROS
Kanale's rooms & suites is a small boutique hotel located in Paros, within 5 minutes walking distance from the heart of cosmopolitan Naoussa village and its beautiful little fishing port. The hotel is set on different levels on a hillside, a minute away from Piperi Beach, a prime location with amazing views of the Aegean Sea across to Mykonos. We offer very easy access to the most beautiful attractions and beaches on the Cycladic Island of Paros such as Kolimbithres, Monastiri & Santa Maria.


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GETTING THERE

 

Arrive to: Thessaloniki, Greece
Depart from: Athens, 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 on our website.

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.

TRANSFERS
Airport Transfers are included on arrival and departure for the nominated tour flight when you book your airfare with us. Other transfers are available (service fee applies).



 

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 
This is a boutique small group experience exclusively for solo travellers. There is a maximum of 16 travellers.

THE PACE  [3 out of 5]
This tour is rated 3 out of 5 as Greece mainland touring is graded at a moderate to faster pace. However the Greek Islands extension tour option is more leisurely and considered an overall moderate pace with more time at leisure.

Fit to Travel Holiday Requirements
Visit our Travel Fitness page for more information about the Tour Pace guide.
  
Travellers of 70 years or over will be required to return a Fit to Travel form that is completed by their doctor.  

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.  

ABOUT THE MEALS   
Enjoy some fabulous Greek dining on this small group boutique tour. Local cuisine is a part of any travel experience, and this is why we place an emphasis of including dining experiences that will showcase the local cuisine and restaurants.

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 & TOUR HOST
This is a private group tour with a professional tour director while on Greece mainland, and a tour host for the Greek Island optional extension tour  

GREECE MAINLAIND
Your tour director is a professional guide who also escorts the group for the duration of the Greece mainland tour. There are also some local guides at major sights included as part of the touring arrangements.

EXTENSION: GREEK ISLANDS
Your tour host escorts the group and local guides are included at sightseeing locations. Your Tour Director and Tour Host lead the group, and take charge of all the trip logistics on tour, and of course, make sure the trip runs as smoothly as possible so ultimately you have the best possible experience.

From time to time, as is the nature of travel, ‘hiccups’ can occur, such as unexpected delays to due to traffic congestion, unexpected weather conditions that make a change of plans necessary, and many other things that go hand in hand with travel. In these circumstances your group leader will do their utmost to make the best possible alternative plans – please be ready to accept that these situations are out of the control of anyone and trust in your group leader to assist as best as possible.

TRANSPORT
Travel for touring by road is by private air conditioned vehicle. 

On the mainland we have one visit to a nearby Greek Island, Hydra. We take a ferry ride to reach the island and as a guide it takes about 1.5 hours. It can be a little faster, or a little slower.

Greek Islands
There are a three ferry/boat transfers for the Greek Islands touring

The route Heraklion – Santorini is by ferry and takes approximately three hours.
The route Santorini – Paros takes approximately 2:30 hours and it’s the fastest available option
The route Paros – Piraeus has various options. For our tour we book the fastest available which takes 2:40 hours (subject to availability). 

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

'Greek and The Islands In Depth - what a glorious holiday. Marvelous sites, magnificent history, great guides and the most beautiful scenery and quaint city streets. October was magnificent often fairly quiet, reasonable crowds, mild temperatures, smiling people. Had everything you could wish for. Was sad to leave.'

Chantal, 62 years, VIC
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