Discover Greece Tour - Athens, Mainland, & Islands  |  15 Days - Aperture Journeys

Discover Greece Tour – Athens, Mainland, & Islands  |  15 Days

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15 Days Athens, Mainland Greece, Hydra, Santorini & Mykonos
Availability : Oct 2 - 16 2024
Start CIty----Athens, Greece
End City----Athens, Greece
Max People : 10

Hi I’m Mike Corcoran the founder of Aperture Journeys.  I hope you enjoy reading about this tour and decide to join us.   I set a number of days in Athens so you can get to know this city better.  Our hotel is right in the center so you can walk to cafes, shops and attractions.  And the Islands! What can I say, simply stunning beauties in the sea.   If you have any questions please give me a call +1 813 501 6111.

The Aperture Journeys Difference
  • Hosted by Aperture Journeys Tour Leader
  • Professional Guides & Drivers
  • Designed For Less Time Riding in Bus
  • All Group Meals Included w/Beer or Wine
  • Tips Included
  • Meals - Your Choice, Order from the Menu
  • Premium 4 & 5 star hotels centrally located
  • Better Travel Experience with Small Groups
  • Personal Support,  Speak Directly With Us, No Call Centers
  • Complimentary Photo & Video Walks w/ instruction
  • Cocktail Hour Sessions (min 4) - Share our experiences over drinks
  • Tour Photos & VIdeo available for download

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Discover Greece Tour Overview

Discover Greece – Athens & Mainland Greece with Islands Hydros, Santorini, & Mykonos

Welcome to Aperture Journeys Tours where you”ll experience the enjoyment & benefits of traveling in a small group. With our small groups (10 persons or less) we are able cater to your needs and provide excellent personalized service. Enjoy reasonable wake up times and a relaxed pace during your tour.

Your adventure begins in Athens, the birthplace of democracy and a city steeped in history. Explore iconic landmarks such as the Acropolis and its magnificent Parthenon. Delve into the vibrant streets of Plaka and enjoy a welcome dinner with breathtaking views of the Acropolis. Enjoy the city skyline as we break for Cocktail hour at one of the rooftop lounges getting to know each other while enjoying our favorite drinks. Enjoy a “smell the roses” pace in Athens relaxing, shopping or whatever you desire. Then, set sail to the enchanting island of Hydra, known for its pedestrian-only paths, whitewashed houses, and idyllic shores and enjoy a seaside lunch.

You will travel to Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games and stand on the ancient starting line for the events. Immerse yourself in ancient history as you explore the archaeological site and museum, marveling at the remnants of majestic temples. Journey through picturesque landscapes to Delphi, a mystical sanctuary nestled in the mountains. Uncover its secrets as you wander through the ancient ruins and visit the renowned Delphi Museum. Enjoy stunning views of the landscape and valley containing over 1 million olive trees as you enjoy your lunch in Delphi. Stroll through quaint shops with souvenirs and handicrafts.

Discover the breathtaking monasteries of Meteora, perched atop towering rock formations some as high as 1300ft! You will be amazed at their architectural marvels and soak in the spiritual ambiance of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Enjoy visiting Greece”s second city Thessaloniki where we will stroll along the seaside promenade, enjoy cocktails dinner in the sea breeze. With our hotel right in the center of town shopping and walking the town center are steps from the hotel. Thessaloniki is our departure point for our flight to the cosmopolitan island of Mykonos, famous for its lively nightlife, pristine beaches, and charming white-washed streets. Delight in the island’s vibrant atmosphere and soak in the Mediterranean sun.

Sail to the picturesque island of Santorini, known for its breathtaking sunsets and stunning caldera views. Explore the enchanting town of Fira and stroll along volcanic Red and Black beaches, and immerse yourself in the island’s rich history and culture. We’ll enjoy learning about the local varieties of grapes and wines during our visit to two of the islands popular wineries. There is plenty of time to walk the narrow paths of the town of Fira for shopping and exploring.

We return to Athens via Flight. Once in Athens you will have time for a bit of last minute shopping or exploring.

Experience the best of Greece on a captivating 15-day tour with Aperture Journeys.

 

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Price Excludes
  • All Meals Included
  • Aperture Journeys Tour Leader
  • Small Group Travel 6 -12 Persons
  • Domestic Flights per Itinerary
  • Tour Flights – 1 Checked Bag Allowance 23kg (49lbs)
  • Tour Flights 1 Carry On 8kg(17lbs)  22 in x 17 in x 9.84 in
  • Aperture Journeys Tour Leader
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • Arrival Meet & Greet Service
  • All Transfers for Tour Activities
  • Premium Hotel Accommodation
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees per Itinerary
  • Transportation During Tour (Coach, Vessel, Flight)
  • Tips Included (Driver, Guides, Restaurants)
  • Wifi Internet during Coach Travel
  • Moderate Pace 5 – 10k steps some days
  • Walking Cobble stone streets, uneven walking surfaces in ancient ruins
  • Walking up inclines and steps
  • Travel via ferries to islands
  • Riding on Boats over Open Sea
  • Riding in Coach on winding roads
  • Some Trail Walks
  • Daily Water (2 bottles)
  • Photo & Video Instruction Lessons
  • Candid Photos & Video (available for download)
  • Cocktail Hour Sessions (4 evenings minimum)
  • International Airfare (Unless Indicated in Itinerary)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Hotel Room Service Fees
  • Wifi High Data Usage 
Itinerary

Day 1Welcome to Athens! Arrival & Private Transfer to Hotel & Check In

Meet & Greet Service w/Tour Leader

Private Vehicle /Coach Transfer

Free Time to Relax, Shop or Explore

Centrally Located Hotel

Dinner at a Local Restaurant

Check In & Baggage Assistance

Welcome to amazing Athens! Experience the warmth of our hospitality as you embark on an extraordinary journey. Upon your arrival, our dedicated Aperture Journeys Tour Leader will personally greet you at the airport, ensuring a seamless transition to your private hotel transfer service.
From the moment you step foot in Athens, your comfort is our utmost priority. Our knowledgeable tour leader will be by your side, assisting you throughout the entire tour.

Speaking of your hotel, it is nestled in the heart of the city and boasts a prime location that puts everything right at your fingertips. Imagine strolling through vibrant streets adorned with charming shops, enticing restaurants, cozy cafes, and delightful lounges—all just minutes away from your hotel.
Once you’ve settled into your room, take a moment to unwind and rejuvenate. You have the luxury of free time to immerse yourself in the wonders of Central Athens, Plaka, and Monastiraki. Whether you seek historical landmarks, hidden gems, or simply wish to savor the local ambiance, these areas have it all.

Meals: Dinner, Order from Menu – w/beer or wine

Overnight NJV Athens Plaza Hotel – Athens

Day 2Unveiling Ancient Athens - Visit Acropolis Ancient Site + Museum and Exploring Plaka Neighborhood

Guided Tour Acropolis Site

Guided Tour Acropolis Museum

Guided Walking Plaka Neighborhood

Free Time to Relax, Shop or Explore

Welcome Dinner With Scenic View of Acropolis

Changing of the Guard at the Presidential Mansion

Athens, the city with the most glorious history in the world, a city worshiped by gods and people, a magical city. The enchanting capital of Greece has always been a birthplace for civilization. It is the city where democracy was born and most of the wise men of ancient times.

Our day includes a visit to the Acropolis ancient site where we will see 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. Continue and visit the place where at last the statues found their home and admire the wonders of the classical era: The new Acropolis museum

After visiting the museum, we break for lunch in the Plaka area and take a stroll through enchanting neighborhoods with narrow stone streets and beautiful scenery on our way to the restaurant.

After lunch, our tour continues on the pedestrian street of Plaka, you can explore the big market, which includes stores with ethnic clothes, accessories, handmade jewelry, furniture, used books, souvenirs, antiques, handmade rosaries, food and spices.

You likely will enjoy some free time before dinner perhaps to relax or explore. We meet and get to know each other tonight at our welcome dinner at a nearby rooftop restaurant with stunning views of the Acropolis.

Meals:  Breakfast, order from menu- Lunch & Dinner  w/beer or wine

Overnight NJV Athens Plaza Hotel – Athens

Day 3Immersing in Athens' Historic Quarters - Free Day to Explore

Free Time Today

Tour Leader at Your Service

Cocktail Hour Rooftop Lounge

Optional – Complementary Guided 2 hr Photo Walk

Optional – Greek Cooking Class $

Optional – Cultural Food Tour $

Today is a free day for you to explore this wonderful city slowly. There are myriads of streets in the Plaka and Monastiraki where you can leisurely explore shops, the flea market, sample the traditional food favorites, slow down with a beer or glass of wine at a charming sidewalk cafe. You may choose to explore the market area, which includes stores with ethnic clothes, accessories, handmade jewelry, furniture, used books, souvenirs, antiques, handmade rosaries, food and spices.

Optional Activities –

  • 2 hour photo walk with your Aperture Journeys tour leader.
  • Cultural & Food Walking Tour
  • Greek Cooking Class

Cocktail Hour at a local Cocktail Lounge, relax with and get to know your new travel friends.

Meals:  Breakfast, order from menu- Lunch & Dinner  w/beer or wine

Overnight NJV Athens Plaza Hotel – Athens

Day 4A Seafaring Adventure from Athens to Hydra's Enchanting Shores

RT Transport by Boat to Hydra Island

Walking in town center Hydra

Free Time to Relax, Shop or Explore

Lunch at a Seaside Restaurant

Embark on an unforgettable one-day boat excursion from Athens to Hydra. The port of Hydra, whose amphitheater shape once served as a safe shelter for Pirates, leaves you with an impression of romance and joy. Immerse yourself in the island’s captivating streets as you stroll through its pedestrian-only paths, adorned with whitewashed houses and vibrant shutters. We will indulge in a delightful seaside lunch, savoring the flavors of fresh seafood while enjoying the gentle sea breeze. Let Hydra’s tranquil beauty and charm sweep you away, creating memories that will linger long after you bid farewell to this enchanting island.

Meals:  Breakfast, order from menu- Lunch & Dinner  w/beer or wine

Overnight NJV Athens Plaza Hotel – Athens

Day 5Athens to Olympia: From Ancient Marvels to Wine Country Delights

Guided Tour of Corinth Canal

Guided Tour of Epidaurus Theater

Guided Tour of Town of Naflpio

Lunch in Seaside Town of Nafplio

Winery Tour w/Tasting Nemea Region

Scenic Views & Photos from Hotel Property

Scenic Drive Through Peleponnesse Region

After breakfast, we leave Athens via the scenic coastal road to the Corinth where we make a short stop at the Corinth Canal. It is a man-made waterway that connects the Gulf of Corinth in the Ionian Sea with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea, effectively separating the Peloponnese peninsula from mainland Greece.

We continue our country drive to the Epidaurus Amphitheater, which is a remarkable ancient theater nestled in the lush landscapes of the Peloponnese region. This architectural masterpiece, dating back to the 4th century BC, is renowned for its exceptional acoustics and grand design.

We head off to the county of Argolis, destination Nafpilo. Nafplio is an enchanting coastal gem and a destination steeped in history and charm. Nestled on the shores of the Argolic Gulf, Nafplio beckons with its stunning architecture, captivating Old Town, and idyllic seaside atmosphere. As you wander through its narrow streets, lined with neoclassical mansions and vibrant bougainvillea, you’ll feel the echoes of centuries past.
Stroll along the picturesque seaside promenade, indulge in delicious Greek cuisine at the waterfront tavernas, where we break for lunch, and soak up the sun-drenched ambiance.

A winery visit is next on our itinerary as we venture into the beautiful landscapes of Nemea, where vineyards stretch as far as the eye can see. Breathe in the fragrant scents of the surrounding grapevines, as we explore one of the wineries in the region. From the vineyard to the cellar, we’ll witness the meticulous craftsmanship that goes into creating some of Nemea’s finest wines. Learn about the unique terroir that imparts distinctive characteristics to the grapes, and discover the wine-making techniques of the region that have been perfected over generations.

Winding our way through olive groves and vineyards, with the backdrop of rolling hills and azure skies. We continue through the countryside to Olympia our final stop and where we will overnight. Along the route, catch glimpses of charming villages and idyllic countryside, where traditional Greek life unfolds.

 

Meals:  Breakfast, order from menu- Lunch & Dinner  w/beer or wine

Overnight Hotel Europa Olympia

 

Day 6Olympia to Delphi: Uncover the Legends of Olympia: A Journey Through History, Nature, and Gastronomy.

Guided Tour of Olympia Site

Guided Tour of Olympia Museum

Visit a Local Beekeeper/Honey Farm

Guided Tour of Olive Farm

Lunch at local Olive Farm

Olive Oil Tasting

Visit/Coffee Stop at Town Nafpaktos

Scenic Drive Through Amfissa Olive Grove

Step into a realm of timeless grandeur as you explore the legendary ancient site and museum of Olympia. Nestled within the idyllic Peloponnese peninsula, this sacred destination holds the secrets of an era long past. Wander through the remnants of majestic temples and ancient ruins, where echoes of ancient athletes and awe-inspiring competitions still linger. Immerse yourself in the rich history and cultural significance of the Olympic Games, tracing their origins back to this hallowed ground.

In the Olympia Museum, a treasure trove of ancient wonders awaits, showcasing artifacts that encapsulate the rich history and cultural heritage of Olympia. Among the most famous items, one stands out in its grandeur—the breathtaking statue of Hermes of Praxiteles. Crafted with remarkable skill and artistry, this masterpiece captures the grace and beauty of the god Hermes

After immersing yourself in ancient history, we’ll whisk you away to a Honey Farm, a hidden gem nestled in the picturesque countryside. We are guided by a local beekeeper who will help us discover the world of bees and the art of beekeeping. Delight in the sweet nectar of their pure, organic honey as you taste different varieties and learn about the unique flavors derived from the local flora. Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of bees and gain a newfound appreciation for this precious natural resource.

Our journey continues as we travel to a local Olive Farm, a serene haven where olive trees sway in the gentle breeze. Explore the lush olive groves and witness the time-honored tradition of olive oil production. Experience a hands-on olive oil tasting, sampling the diverse flavors and aromas of Greece’s renowned extra virgin olive oils. Gain insights into the art of olive cultivation. Indulge in a farm-to-table lunch, where the farm’s olive oil is showcased in delectable dishes, perfectly paired with local wines and Mediterranean delights.

As we leave the timeless wonders of Olympia behind, a picturesque drive unfolds, carrying you through breathtaking landscapes and unveiling the beauty of Greece’s western region. The road winds its way through Patras, a vibrant coastal city known for its rich history and bustling energy. Continuing our journey, we stop at Nafpaktos a hidden gem nestled on the shores of the Corinthian Gulf where we enjoy a coffee and stroll through the streets & shops. Marvel at the imposing walls of its Venetian castle, offering panoramic views of the town and azure waters below.

Finally, our path leads us to Delphi, a place of mystical allure. Nestled amidst breathtaking mountains, this ancient sanctuary invites you to unravel its secrets. We spend a peaceful mountain night in Delphi.

Meals:  Breakfast, order from menu- Lunch, Dinner  w/beer or wine

Overnight Delphi Palace Hotel Delphi

 

Day 7Delphi to Meteora: Embark on a Journey of Ancient Mysteries and Natural Splendor

Guide Tour of Delphi Ancient Site

Guided Tour of Delphi Museum

Lunch w/Scenic Views of the Valley & Sea

Walking in Delphi Town Center

Scenic Drive to Meteora

Free Time to Relax on Arrival

Enter a world of ancient wonders as you embark on a captivating tour of the legendary site and museum of Delphi. Nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes of central Greece, Delphi holds a mystical allure that has beckoned seekers of wisdom for centuries.

As you traverse the sacred grounds of Delphi, you find yourself walking in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims, explorers, and philosophers. The atmosphere is charged with an air of mysticism, as if the very spirits of the Oracle of Delphi still linger, whispering secrets of the past. Explore the magnificent ruins of the Temple of Apollo, where prophecies were delivered and grand rituals took place. Stand in awe before the imposing Tholos, an intricately constructed circular sanctuary that stands as a testament to ancient architectural prowess.

In the museum, a treasure trove of artifacts awaits your discovery. Admire the delicate sculptures, intricate jewelry, and ancient offerings that offer glimpses into the lives and beliefs of those who once roamed these sacred lands. Marvel at the iconic Charioteer of Delphi, a masterpiece of classical Greek art that exudes grace and power. Each artifact tells a story, weaving together the tapestry of ancient Greek civilization.

We have our lunch with a view in the modern village of Delphi at a local favorite restaurant hosting stunning views of the Gulf of Corinth and the valley which is home to the 3000 year old Amfissa olive grove with over one million olive trees. This is a lunch will not forget.

Relaxed after enjoying the local cuisine the road unfurls before our private coach, winding through picturesque mountains and verdant valleys, offering breathtaking views at every turn. The grandeur of nature surrounds you as we pass through quaint villages and rolling hills, each steeped in their own unique stories and charm.

Arriving in Kalambaka, you are greeted by the awe-inspiring sight of the Meteora rock formations towering above the town like monolithic sentinels. These majestic cliffs, seemingly suspended in mid-air, are adorned with ancient monasteries that stand as testaments to both human ingenuity and spiritual devotion. Prepare to be captivated by the otherworldly beauty and the sense of tranquility that permeates the air.

Meals:  Breakfast, order from menu- Lunch & Dinner  w/beer or wine

Overnight Doupiani House – Metrora

Day 8Majestic Meteora: Exploring Monasteries atop Towering Rock Pillars 1300ft high!

Private Coach Tour Meteora

Guided Tour of Monasteries

Private Coach – Evening Photo Outing

Free Time to Explore/Shop/Relax

Cocktail Hour

Embark on an unforgettable adventure to the captivating world of Meteora, Greece’s hidden gem. Nestled amidst towering cliffs, this mystical destination will transport you to a realm where nature and spirituality intertwine. As you gaze up at the monolithic rock formations, crowned by ancient monasteries seemingly suspended in mid-air, you’ll be awestruck by their sheer grandeur. Marvel at the breathtaking views that stretch as far as the eye can see, immersing yourself in a landscape that feels both ethereal and surreal.

On our guided tour you will step into the sacred monasteries perched atop these magnificent cliffs, where the echoes of centuries-old prayers resonate within their hallowed walls. Witness the exquisite frescoes and intricate details that adorn these spiritual sanctuaries, offering a glimpse into the artistry and devotion of the monks who once called this place home.

This afternoon you can enjoy some free time to relax at the hotel or take
a peaceful walk through the streets of Kalambaka, taking in the quiet charm of the town.

We meetup later in the day and drive to select spots to take stunning evening photos of the towering rock pillars with Monasteries atop them.

Meals:  Breakfast, order from menu- Lunch & Dinner  w/beer or wine

Overnight Doupiani House – Metrora

Day 9Meteora to Thessaloniki: Exploring the Mystique of Northern Greece

Private Coach – Scenic Mountain Drive to Metsovo

Free Time to Explore/shop in Metsovo Town Square

Winery Tour w/Tasting

Lunch at the Winery

Explore City Center/Shops Seaside

Seaside Promenade Walk

Cocktail Hour

As we wind our way through the mountainous terrain this morning in our private coach, prepare to be enchanted by the stunning vistas that unfold before your eyes. The rugged peaks, covered in lush forests, create a dramatic backdrop for the drive to Metsovo.

We will take a leisurely stroll through the town’s cobblestone streets and admire the traditional stone houses, with their distinctive architecture. Immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of Metsovo as you discover the town’s charming squares, quaint alleys, and beautifully preserved buildings. Enjoy time to stroll around or shop.

After visiting the town square of Metsovo we begin a memorable winery visit w/tasting and delightful lunch experience, at a renowned winery nestled amidst the stunning Pindus Mountains After the tour, we settle into a charming setting for a sumptuous lunch paired with the winery’s finest selections.

After Metsovo our journey will take us to Thessaloniki A vibrant cultural melting pot, blending ancient history with modern charm

We arrive at The Electra Hotel which offers a captivating blend of modern comfort and timeless elegance, providing guests with a delightful stay in the heart of the city.

After check in you will enjoy free time to relax or stroll around the city center just outside the front entrance of the hotel or enjoy a walk along the seaside promenade.

Before dinner we will join up for a cocktail hour and share our experiences thus far while enjoying the sea breeze. Perhaps you will try the local Mastic liqueur or Ouzo which are very popular with the locals.

Meals:  Breakfast, order from menu- Lunch & Dinner  w/beer or wine

Overnight Electra Palace Hotel Thessaloniki

 

Day 10Mykonos Escapade: A Blissful Journey to the Island of Sun, Sand, and Style

Flight to Mykonos

Private Airport Transfers

Free Time to Relax, Shop or Explore Chora Town & Harbor

Photo Walk

Today we fly to Mykonos. Get ready to meet the ultimate cosmopolitan destination. The most popular island of Greece. This island has a strange energy, immediately felt as soon as you set foot on. The narrow alleyways, the white houses with the neat backyards, the excellent tourism infrastructure, the cosmopolitan flair, the vigorous night life, the gourmet restaurants form the Mykonos experience.

On arrival you will have free time to stroll through the narrow streets of Chora, immersing yourself in the labyrinthine alleys lined with whitewashed houses, bougainvillea-filled balconies, and boutique shops.

Meals:  Breakfast, order from menu- Lunch & Dinner  w/beer or wine

Overnight at Porto Mykonos Hotel – Mykonos

Day 11Mykonos - experience the Mystique and Magic of this Aegean Gem

Relaxed Day/Free Time to Explore/Relax/Shop

2 Hr Photo Walk in Chora Town

Seaside Cocktail Hour

Optional: Boat Trip to Delos Island & Guided Tour$

Optional: Visit Aegean Maritime Museum$

After you wake up with the sea breeze you can relax today as it is your free day to do what you please. Perhaps you will wander through the enchanting streets of Chora, getting lost in its labyrinthine alleys. Admire the charming architecture, snap photos of the iconic whitewashed buildings with vibrant doors and colorful bougainvillea cascading from balconies. Explore the many boutiques and shops offering a blend of local crafts, designer fashion, and stylish souvenirs. Maybe it’s a day of relaxation by the pool?

You may wish to choose one of the optional activities for today
Boat Excursion & Guided Tour of the Island of Delos,
A 2 hr photo walk w/instruction through the town of Chora ,
Visit the Aegean Maritime Museum

Later in the day we reconvene for a cocktail hour along the seaside where we share refreshing drinks and experiences thus far while listening to the waves of the sea roll in.

Meals:  Breakfast, order from menu- Lunch & Dinner  w/beer or wine

Overnight at Porto Mykonos Hotel – Mykonos

Day 12Island Hopping! A Nautical Passage from Mykonos to Santorini

Private Coach Transfers

Fast Ferry Trip to Santorini

Free Time to Explore, Relax, Shop in Fira

Scenic Caldera Views Walking Along Pedestrian Paths

Cocktail Hour Scenic Views

Begin your day with a slow and leisurely morning, enjoying a lazy start to the day. As the day progresses, we make our way to the mesmerizing Black Beach, also known as Perissa or Perivolos. Sink your toes into the warm black volcanic sand and enjoy the relaxing sound of the surf. Stroll the promeade along the sea front. We will settle into one of the beachfront tavernas and treat ourselves to a delicious lunch, indulging in traditional Greek dishes, and refreshing beverages.

After lunch, we continue our beach excursion by heading to the renowned Red Beach (Kokkini Paralia). As you approach, you’ll be captivated by the striking contrast of the red volcanic cliffs against the deep blue sea. Take your time exploring this unique beach, soaking up the sun, and taking photos of the dramatic coastline.

Following our beach adventure,we visit two of the island’s renowned wineries to delve into the world of viticulture and sample the exceptional wines produced in this volcanic terroir. Take guided tours of the vineyards, learn about the unique cultivation methods, and engage in wine tastings led by knowledgeable sommeliers. Discover the distinct flavors and characteristics of Santorini’s indigenous grape varieties, enhancing your appreciation for the island’s rich wine culture.

Before dinner we meetup for cocktails and enjoy the beautiful Santorini views.

Meals:  Breakfast, order from menu- Lunch & Dinner  w/beer or wine

Overnight at El Greco Resort Hotel Santorini

Day 13Santorini: Majestic Cliffs, Azure Waters, and Volcanic Marvels

Relaxed Morning

Private Coach Tour Today

Visit Black Beach w/Lunch Along the Sea

Visit Red Beach

Visit 2 Wineries w/Tasting

Free Time to Explore, Relax or Shop in Fira

Walk Fira Pedestrian Path w/Stunning Views of Caldera

Cocktail Hour w/Scenic Views

Begin your day with a slow and leisurely morning, enjoying a lazy start to the day. As the day progresses, we make our way to the mesmerizing Black Beach, also known as Perissa or Perivolos. Sink your toes into the warm black volcanic sand and enjoy the relaxing sound of the surf. Stroll the promenade along the sea front. We will settle into one of the beachfront tavernas and treat ourselves to a delicious lunch, indulging in traditional Greek dishes, and refreshing beverages.

After lunch, we continue our beach excursion by heading to the renowned Red Beach (Kokkini Paralia). As you approach, you’ll be captivated by the striking contrast of the red volcanic cliffs against the deep blue sea. Take your time exploring this unique beach, soaking up the sun, and taking photos of the dramatic coastline.

Following our beach adventure, we visit two of the island’s renowned wineries to delve into the world of viticulture and sample the exceptional wines produced in this volcanic terroir. Take guided tours of the vineyards, learn about the unique cultivation methods, and engage in wine tastings led by knowledgeable sommeliers. Discover the distinct flavors and characteristics of Santorini’s indigenous grape varieties, enhancing your appreciation for the island’s rich wine culture.

Before dinner we meetup for cocktails and enjoy the beautiful Santorini views.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner w/beer or wine

Overnight at El Greco Resort Hotel Santorini

 

 

Day 14Santorini to Athens Farewell to Santorini: And its Ancient Wonders and Timeless Charm

Private Vehicle/Coach Transfers

Flight to Athens

Free Time to Relax

Farewell Dinner

Our journey to this beautiful island comes to an end, it’s time for us to bid farewell to the breathtaking landscapes and vibrant atmosphere that have made this experience so special. As we board our return flight to Athens we can reflect on the memorable experiences in Mykonos and Santorini.

On arrival in Athens you will have free time to relax or complete your shopping list at the many shopping areas of Plaka or Monastiraki neighborhoods before our farewell dinner in the evening.

Meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner w/beer or wine

Overnight NJV Athens Plaza Hotel – Athens

Day 15Leaving Greece, with lifelong memories and experiences and forever touched by the beauty and history of this captivating land

Free Time per Flight Schedule

Private Vehicle/Coach Transfers

Assistance by Your Tour Leader

As our unforgettable journey through Greece comes to an end, we bid farewell to the captivating landscapes, rich history, and cherished memories we have created together.
As we part ways, may the memories of our time together linger, reminding us of the profound beauty and cultural treasures we have experienced.

If your flight times permits – you will have free time to explore the Plaka neighborhood or complete any last minute shopping.

You will be transferred to the airport in a private vehicle accompanied by your tour leader.

Meals: Breakfast

Frequently Asked Questions

Why usWhy should I book with Aperture Journeys?

We are passionate about travel and believe a meaningful life must include rich memories, and travel to new places while experiencing  different cultures and people is key in achieving this. We are firm believers in the idea that great things happen when we step outside our comfort zone.  In 30 years of traveling and a long list of great experiences and memories I can honestly say this is true.

When developing our tours we spend alot of time with “boots on the ground” at the locations.  We are vetting our suppliers, evaluating risk, looking for new and interesting places to see, building experiences that will make great memories. We look back on 30 years of world travel and understand what makes a great travel experience.  We are a small business and are doing what we love and want to share the experience with others. Our groups are small 6- 10 persons which makes for a better touring experience.

Our philosophy on hotels is to book 4 & 5 star hotels and when possible choose hotels that are centrally located to allow a short walk to tourist ares with shopping and restaurants.  This way you can enjoy your free time easily.  There are times when 4 or 5 star is not available so we have to choose wisely in this case.

We love to try the local cuisine, wines and liqueurs that is why most of your meals are included. We think it is great to explore local restaurants and order from the menu and try to do this as much as possible.  We do not prefer to have “Half Board” meals at the hotel, however at times it makes sense, but we try our best to kept HB meals to a minimum.

Entry RequirementsWhat are the entry requirements for these countries?

This tour visits Greece. In order to enter U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.

We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.

If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

For the most up-to-date entry requirements for these destinations visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html

WeatherWhat is the climate like in this part of the world?

Country Month

% Clear/Sunny

Temp

Central Greece September/October 65% / 56% 83F / 74F
Greek Islands September/October 81% / 64% 76F / 68F

TransportationWhat type of transportation will we use?

Our groups are small so we use smaller coaches usually about 15 – 17 pax capacity.  They are able to travel down narrow roads providing better access.

Due to their size there are no toilets onboard these types of coaches however we make regular stops to ensure your comfort along the way . Often, we’ll break up a long transfer with an included walking tour in a location of interest en route to our destination, so you’ll have ample time to stretch your legs as well.

Occasionally we travel on commercial airlines, private airlines, private boats or ferry boats to reach our destination.  These can vary in size from 20 passenger private vessels to large ferry boats capable of hundreds of passengers.

Physical requirementsHow strenuous are the activities?

You will need physical stamina to participate unassisted in touring activities for 6 to 8 hours with walking distances of 3 to 5 miles. Up to 15000 steps or more. Of course we will take frequents breaks to enjoy the food and drink.

You will walk for at least 2 hours daily and up to 5 hrs on terrain of various types like cobble stone streets, uneven surfaces, forest/lake trails and at times some steep inclines.

You will need physical ability to handle your luggage getting into your hotel room, entering and exiting boats and boarding aircraft using stairs when a jetway in not available, which is common in these countries.

LuggageHow much luggae can I bring?

You must be able to comfortably handle all your luggage by yourself at all times. Therefore, we strongly urge you to limit your luggage to one piece of luggage(of a size you can comfortably handle), a hand carry bag and a personal item.  Luggage the size of airline carry-on dimensions is strongly suggested as there may be times requiring you to carry your bag up stairs onto airplanes, etc.   Your luggage will need to fit in a taxi for short transfers.

 

AirportsAre the arriving and departing airports service by major airlines?

Yes! As of this writing, Athens International Airport (ATH)  connects to many large European cities by these major airlines and their US partners: British Airways (OneWorld – American Airlines); Austrian, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines (Star Alliance – United Airlines).

Photo / VideoWhat is photo / video instruction?

Photo & Video instruction is short lessons provided by us to you throughout the tour to help you improve your photography and videography skills.  They may include lessons on Composition, Lighting, or posing, story telling through images for example.

ShoppingWill there be time for shopping?

Yes! We carefully plan our tours to assure that the pace isn’t too busy or too idle. You’ll have free time to shop or to simply relax in the lovely surroundings. Remember to leave space in your suitcase. If you want to bring back some wine remember to bring one of those plastic wine travel pouches.

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M Boudreaux

Couple Traveller

We had a great trip to Montenegro and Albania. Aperture Journeys did a great job. I highly recommend Aperture Journeys. We just did another trip to Greece that was fabulous. Wonderful sites and food. Great trip.

April 27, 2023

H Boudreaux

Couple Traveller

We took the Discover Greece tour and it was very nice. I really liked the historical aspect of the tour as we saw the site of Delphi and Olympia. In school I learned about Zeus the god of thunder and it was awesome to see the temple of Zeus in Olympia. We also saw the source of the Olympic flame that is lit every 4 years for the modern Olympic Games. Overall it was a great trip. Highly recommend.

April 27, 2023

J Corcoran

Couple Traveller

Just completed the Discover Greece tour. Every detail was carefully thought out, including the quality of transportation, hotels & meals. It was great to have Mike available to make sure everything was taken care of for us. Our guide Elana was excellent and really helped me appreciate the wonders of this country. Highly recommended!

April 27, 2023

A Lucas

Solo Traveller

It’s our second trip. First was Montenegro & Albania it was delights for all the senses great for history lovers. The trip is catered for your interests. We learned about local history by meeting local people. Our second trip was Greece and it was amazing. All details are taken care of for you! You can relax & enjoy. Your concerns & request are always an important part of the day!

April 27, 2023