2021 Glorious Greece (6 rooms available)

    Experience the history and beauty of Greece on this guided tour with Paula and Travis Stewart.

    2021 Glorious Greece

    September 10 to 20, 2021

    Hosted by Paula & Travis Stewart

    ATHENS | CRETE | SANTORINI | MYKONOS

    Step back into history as we explore the stunning landscape of Greece. From Roman ruins to whitewashed houses perched on the sides of hills, we'll explore some of the many Islands that make up this remarkable country.


    Highlights


    Explore Athens and its incredible Roman historical sites like the Acropolis, travel to the island of Crete and wander the streets of Chania, known for its Venetian fortifications, and sail on a catamaran to the island of Santorini. This beautiful island has become famous for its spectacular sunsets and whitewashed houses perched on the side of volcanic hills. Visit Mykonos, Greece's most cosmopolitan island in the heart of the Cyclades and enjoy the Greek hospitality known as 'Xenia'.


    Itinerary

    Day 1:  Depart Canada

    Overnight flight from Canada to Athens

    Day 2: Athens

    Upon our morning arrival at Athens International Airport we will be met and transfer to the center of Athens for a private city tour. We will visit Syntagma Square, the National Library and one of the most beautiful buildings in Athens, the Presidential Palace, as well as the Panathenaic stadium – all made by white marble. Our tour takes us to the Greek House of Parliament, a neoclassical structure overlooking the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where the traditional Changing of the Guard takes place. Then we'll drive to Acropolis, where a series of steps invites you to ascend to the top of this sacred rock. At the top you will pass through the Propylaea, the stately entrance and will be greeted by a spectacular view of the city and the entire basin of Attica. Once inside, you will see the Parthenon, by far the best known and most awe-inspiring of the Acropolis' structures. After the tour, we transfer to our hotel for check-in and some free time to relax and freshen up. In the evening, we will enjoy a welcome dinner. Beginning with a short panoramic drive through the city center you will be able to see the illuminated Acropolis. A pleasant walk through the narrow picturesque streets of the old city, Plaka, will bring us to a typical Greek Tavern to enjoy dinner and the sounds of Greek music. Meals: Dinner | Accommodation: Hotel Stanley 

    Day 3: Athens - Rethymnon, Crete

    After our breakfast we will head to Athens Airport and take a domestic flight to Chania, Crete. Upon our arrival we will transfer to our hotel in Rethymnon, check in and enjoy some free time. This evening we will have a typical Cretan dinner at a local restaurant within walking distance from our hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner | Accommodation: Hotel Melrose

    Day 4: Rethymnon

    Today we explore Rethymnon and have a private tour of Chania Old Venetian Town, visit the Archaelogical Museum of Chania, the most famous monastry on Crete - Arkadi Monastry, founded in the 14th century. We'll enjoy a lunch in Rethymnon and have a city tour before returning to our hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch | Accommodation: Hotel Melrose

    Day 5: Rethymnon - Heraklion - Santorini

    Enjoy your breakfast before checking out of the hotel and our transfer to the port of Heraklion, where we'll board a Catamaran to travel to the island of Santorini. Upon our arrival we will travel to our hotel for check in. The rest of your day and evening is free for your own exploration. Take time to find a cafe or wander the hilly streets to find the perfect spot to watch the sun set-it's said Santorini sunsets are the best in the world. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch | Accommodation: Hotel Santorini Palace



    Day 6: Santorini

    Today is all yours! Have a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before setting out for your day. Whether it's finding a beach to lay on, a historical site to visit, there's plenty to fill your day on Santorini. Meals: Breakfast | Accommodation: Hotel Santorini Palace

    Day 7: Santorini

    We knew that one day of leisure wouldn't be enough, so we planned for a second. Today is all yours and we do have the option for a private Santorini Panorama bus tour! If you choose this optional tour (additional cost) be prepared to enjoy a full day where you'll see some of Santorini's famous sites, beaches, the highest point on the island (don't forget your cameras/phone!) and enjoy a wine tasting. Meals: Breakfast | Accommodation: Hotel Santorini Palace

    Day 8: Santorini - Mykonos

    Today we will leave Santorini after our breakfast and transfer to the port for another Catamaran sail, this time to the island of Mykonos. Upon our arrival, our guide will meet us and take us by private coach to our hotel for check in. Settle in and relax for a bit before we enjoy our dinner together. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner | Accommodation: Hotel Petinos

    Day 9: Mykonos

    After your breakfast enjoy this full day in Mykonos at your own pace. Greece's most famous cosmopolitan island, Mykonos is known for its spectacular whitewashed buildings, iconic 16th century windmills, and also has a great party scene. Or if a beach day's more your thing, our hotel is mere steps away. Meals: Breakfast | Accommodation: Hotel Petinos

    Day 10: Mykonos

    What you didn't get a chance to see yesterday, you can today with your second day at leisure. In the evening, our group will meet up for a farewell dinner at the hotel's beachside restaurant, Blue Myth. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner | Accommodation: Hotel Petinos

    Day 11: Mykonos - Athens

    After our breakfast we will check out of our hotel and transfer to the Mykonos airport for our flight back to Athens and our connection to our flight back home. Meals: Breakfast