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Greece & Her Islands

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Greece & Her Islands

Tour Starts: Athens, Greece

Tour Ends: Athens, Greece

Day 1

Depart for Athens, Greece

Your vacation begins as you depart on your transatlantic flight. Overnight in flight.

Day 2

Arrive in Athens

Arrive in Athens, Greece, the land of great philosophers, artists and the birthplace of democracy. If you purchased airline tickets from YMT Vacations, you will be transferred to your hotel where the balance of the day is at leisure. This evening you’ll get a chance to meet all your fellow travelers and your YMT Tour Director at the welcome briefing and dinner at the hotel. (D)

Titania Hotel or similar

Day 3

Athens

A half-day sightseeing tour of Athens to observe the striking contrasts and history that make this such a fascinating city. You will see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament, the memorial to the Unknown Soldier and Constitution Square. Then it’s on to the most famous of all Athens sights, the Acropolis, atop which lies the stunning 2,500 year old Parthenon Temple built to honor the goddess Athena. Finally this morning you will visit the new Acropolis Museum. The afternoon is at leisure and you are free to explore the Plaka district, in the shadow of the Acropolis, Athens’ oldest and most picturesque neighborhood. This evening you can experience an optional fun and entertaining Greek night. (B)

Titania Hotel or similar

Day 4

Athens

Today you will have the full day to explore more of this ancient city, or explore further afield. We recommend you join our full-day optional tour to Delphi and the Temple of Apollo, one of the most important archaeological sites in Greek history. Delphi was the center of the ancient world and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B)

Hotel Titania or similar

Day 5

Mykonos

This morning, we take the short drive to the port of Piraeus to board your ferryboat and cruise toward the islands. This afternoon, we arrive at the Island of Mykonos, world famous for its windmills, whitewashed buildings, and domed churches. This charming island is just 33 square miles and has a resident population of around 10,000. (B)

Hotel Kamari or similar

Day 6

Mykonos

Today is yours to explore this magical island. We will have a morning optional tour to the neighboring Island of Delos, fabled birthplace of Artemis and Apollo. After the 45 minute boat ride, explore the ruins of the ancient Minoan civilization, including the Agora, temples of Apollo, the Hippodrome, amphitheater and more. In the afternoon, you’ll have plenty of time to explore more of the island, or relax on one of the many sandy beaches. If you choose to explore on foot, the central part of Mykonos town is closed to traffic during most of the day and has whitewashed cubic houses, a labyrinth of narrow streets, beautiful churches, lovely chapels and many purple Bougainvillea. (B)

Hotel Kamari or similar

Day 7

Santorini

After breakfast at the hotel, this morning we leave Mykonos and take the fast ferry to the volcanic island of Santorini. Here you will arrive to witness the majesty of the island’s spectacular 1000 foot high volcanic cliffs. Also famous for the vista of its stacked whitewashed houses of Fira (the main town) perched on the side of the caldera, Santorini is one of the most photographed Greek Islands. On the southern side of the island, the resorts of Kamari and Perissa are famous for their black volcanic sand and Santorini is also renowned for producing some of the best wine in Greece. This evening you may want to join our optional sunset dinner cruise. (B)

El Greco Hotel or similar

Day 8

Santorini

You have a full day to explore this unique island paradise at your own pace, or join our optional Island Highlights Tour where you’ll visit and see all the main sights. These will include Akrotiri, a Bronze Age settlement that was destroyed by a huge volcanic eruption during the 17th century BC and has been preserved in perfect condition, and the Red and Black beaches, along with some beautiful traditional villages. Tonight enjoy an included farewell dinner at a local restaurant with newfound friends, hosted by your YMT Tour Director. (B, D)

El Greco Hotel or similar

Day 9

Santorini and Athens

The last morning in the islands is yours to relax on the beach or explore the array of shops for last minute souvenirs and gifts before we head to the port around lunchtime for our early afternoon ferryboat departure for Athens. We arrive back late evening at the port of Piraeus and take the short transfer to Athens for your last overnight stay in Greece. (B)

Titania Hotel or similar

Day 10

Athens

Transfer to Athens airport to check in for your return flight to the US, or onward to Rome to join YMT’s Classic Italy tour if you have chosen that option. (B)

Note: This tour is not suitable for those who have difficulty walking. The included sightseeing and optional tours will involve walking and standing, steps, stairs and uneven ground at ancient sites and other locations. Local regulations in Greece mandate that guests carry their own luggage on and off ferry boats.

Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tours vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights.