Day 7 - TOURING/COOKING/DANCING
This morning visit the site of the famous Temple of Zeus. It contained the renowned statue of Zeus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Made of Chryselephantine (gold and ivory) it stood 43 feet high and was made by the sculptor Phidias. Then on to the original site of the Olympic games first held in 776 B.C., and the Museum. Then partake in a Mediterranean cooking experience followed by a traditional Greek lunch. Visit the countryside and this evening enjoy folkloric dances and a delightful Greek dance class. Meals:B,L,D
EUROPA HOTEL OLYMPIA
Day 8 - MYCENAE - LlON GATE/TOLO
Spectacular scenery as you cross the Arkadian Mountains to ancient Mycenae, one of the most important archaeological sites of Greece. The Mycenaean culture dominated mainland Greece during the late bronze era (circa 1600-1100 B.C.). Tour the excavations including the Lion Gate, located, excavated and restored in 1840, and the Beehive tombs. Your day ends in the picturesque seaside resort of Tolo. Meals:B
KING MINOS HOTEL
Days 11, 12, 13 - SANTORINI/ATHENS
A marvelous way to end you vacation—2 nights on the fabled island of Santorini including a day of sightseeing at ancient Akrotiri, known as the “Minoan Pompeii”. Once a flourishing town, it was destroyed and preserved by a volcanic eruption around 1450 B.C. Also visit a local winery to taste the unique and famous wines of Santorini. A day at leisure to completely relax or shop in Thira’s charming town center, visit a local museum and take in the breathtaking scenery! Meals:B daily, 1D
EL GRECO HOTEL RESORT
Days 9 & 10 - ATHENS/
We transfer to the port of Athens for our high-speed ferry ride across the brilliant Aegean Sea to Mykonos, the white washed jewel of the Cyclades Islands. Overnight on Mykonos. Meals:B,D
MYCONIAN COLLECTION K HOTEL
Day 3 - TOURING ATHENS
A guided, half day tour of this ancient city showcasing glorious monuments including the Acropolis, an ancient citadel located on a high rocky outcrop above the city. The most famous of its buildings is the Parthenon, a site you will enjoy exploring and photographing. Afternoon at leisure for independent shopping and sightseeing. Meals:B
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL
Day 1 - INDEPENDENCE, NEWARK AND WILMINGTON
Departures take us to Philadelphia Airport for overnight flight to fascinating Greece. Meals:Dinner in flight
Day 2 - ATHENS, GREECE
Arrive in Athens, transfer to your city center hotel, your home for two nights. This evening a welcome dinner in Athen’s historic Plaka district. In a traditional tavern, feast on local cuisine and wine while enjoying Greek entertainment. Meals: B in flight, D
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL
Day 14 - SANTORINI/ATHENS
Fly back to Athens today for your overnight stay. Celebrate your memorable vacation in Greece with a delightful farewell dinner! Meals:B,D
Day 15 - ATHENS/HOME
Morning transfer to the airport for your return flight to Philadelphia where transportation will be waiting to return you to Wilmington, Newark and Independence. Meals:B
Day 5 - METEORA/ARACHOVA
Visit two remote Meteora monasteries situated in a unique landscape of limestone rock “towers” that extend nearly 900 feet into the air. Byzantine monks chose to build their unique monastic community atop these virtually inaccessible rocks. Continue to charming Arachova, a popular ski resort with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Meals:B,D
DOMOTEL ANEMOLIA RESORT
Day 4 - THERMOPYLAE/BYZANTINE ICONS
Travel through central Greece into Thermopylae, a mountain pass site of famous battles in antiquity, the most famous being between the Greeks and Persians in 480 B.C. Stop to see the monument dedicated to Leonidas, who died defending the city against the Persians. Visit a local studio to see painters at work creating beautiful Byzantine icons . Oak and chestnut woods are used, the canvas is prepared and the background is created using genuine gold-leaf. The paint is applied using animal hair brushes, primarily beaver hair. Overnight in Kalambaka, a typical Greek town. Meals:B,D
Day 6 - DELPHI/OLYMPIA
In ancient Delphi, a local expert guide takes you to visit the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Doric Temple and the Delphi Museum with its priceless collection of artifacts. Travel along the Gulf of Corinth, crossing into the Peloplonnese to the historic city of Olympia and the grandeur of ancient Greece. Meals:B,D
EUROPA HOTEL OLYMPIA
Highlights include ATHENS, a Taverna dinner, the ACROPOLIS, METEORA, DELPHI, OLYMPIA, a Mediterranean cooking class, a Greek dancing class, MYCENAE, wine tasting, and overnights on MYKONOS and SANTORINI.
TOUR INCLUSIONS:Roundtrip transportation from Independence, Newark and Wilmington to Philadelphia Airport * Roundtrip air Philadelphia/Athens - Athens/Philadelphia * air taxes and fees (subject to change until ticketed) *accommodations for 13 nights based on double occupancy * admission to all sightseeing, hi-speed ferry rides, internal air between Santorini and Athens * meals include breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 8 dinners * taxes and gratuities for hotels and included meals * services of a Collette Tour Manager * Accompanying Tour Manager from 4 Seasons Tours with minimum of 15 passengers.
Conditions: A deposit of $250 per person is required. Insurance is $260 per person. With insurance you may cancel until the day prior to departure and receive a full refund less cost of insurance. Without insurance, your deposit is non-refundable after May 1, 2016.
Responsibility: 4 Seasons Tours and Travel acts only as an agent for passengers in arranging transportation, accommodations and all other services included in this tour. 4 Seasons Tours and Travel is not liable for loss, damage, injury, death or expense on account of delay, failure or accident of any conveyance or service, or from any cause whatsoever, whether or not due to or caused by negligence of any company or person. 4 Seasons Tours and Travel reserves the right to alter, change or omit any tour component when, in our opinion, it is in the best interest of the passengers.
A PASSPORT VALID FOR 6 MONTHS AFTER YOUR RETURN IS REQUIRED FOR THIS TOUR.
GREECE and its ISLANDS
October 6 - 20, 2016
15 days / 14 nights
Single supplement $650