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With Victor Romagnoli

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A unique, specially-designed itinerary that showcases all that is ancient and modern in this beautiful, venerable corner of Europe, designed by our longest-serving Tour Leader, now a resident of Greece.

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Dates & Prices

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Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before any applicable taxes. The pricing reflects twin-sharing, per-person costs without airfare to/from the tour; however, we can book flights from your home airport for an added cost. Contact us for a no obligation quote.


Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Fri 20 Sep 2019Sat 12 Oct 2019 $6700 USD Limited availability, please contact us

This tour requires a $1000 per person deposit.

Optional Single Supplement: $1250 USD (number of singles limited).
This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of $938 if you join our share program and we are unable to pair you.


Tour Overview


On this special one-time only program, our senior Tour Leader, Victor Romagnoli, long time Grecophile and resident of Greece, has crafted a trip that combines some of his favourite corners of this incredibly diverse land, including the relatively un-touristed northern regions of Thrace, Thessaly and (Greek) Macedonia; wild and rugged Western Crete, and timeless Rhodes, 'Island of the Knights,' with its mosaic of cultures.

Regions visited: Western Europe
Countries visited: Greece


Full Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrival in Athens
Today we arrive in Athens and transfer to our central hotel. Welcome to Greece!

On this special one-time only program, our senior Tour Leader, Victor Romagnoli, long time Grecophile and resident of Greece, has crafted a trip that combines some of his favourite corners of this incredibly diverse land, including the relatively un-touristed northern regions of Thrace, Thessaly and (Greek) Macedonia; wild and rugged Western Crete, and timeless Rhodes, 'Island of the Knights,' with its mosaic of cultures.

Overnight in Athens.

Included Meal(s): Dinner

Day 2 Athens: City Touring
Today we will have a full morning walking tour of Athens. The focus of this guided tour is street art; graffiti is, after all, a Greek word. The oldest known examples of graffiti date back to ancient times. Our tour will not only reveal how talented these artists are but also help us understand the challenges facing many of the younger generation living in Greece today since much of the graffiti is actually social commentary. Our walking tour will take us to the neighbourhood of Exarchia, where we will have lunch and then proceed to the Archeological Museum of Athens for a guided tour focusing on artifacts relating to some of the sites we will visit in the weeks ahead.

Overnight in Athens.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3 Athens: City Touring
This morning we walk the short distance from our hotel to the Acropolis for a guided tour.
Ascending to the top of the Acropolis, we will see magnificent buildings dating from the 5th century BC, the Golden Age of Athens. On the highest point on the Acropolis is the Parthenon, often considered the finest monument to Greek civilization. The temple was dedicated to Athena "Parthenos," the virgin and patron goddess of the city.

After a break for lunch (included today), we'll visit the Museum of the Ancient Greek Technology. This often overlooked small museum has a fascinating series of ever-changing exhibits often pertaining specifically to contributions made by ancient Greeks to the world of sciences and math. The aim of the museum is to highlight this relatively unknown aspect of ancient Greek civilization and to prove that the technology of the ancient Greeks, just before the end of the ancient Greek world, was shockingly similar to the beginning of our modern technology. The bolts and nuts, gears and rules, pulleys and belts, sprockets and chains, block and tackles and winches, hydraulic controllers and valves are just some of the inventions of the ancient Greeks.

Later today we will take advantage of staying in the lively neighbourhood of Koukaki and go for a wine and cheese tasting stroll through this 'happening' neighbourhood. 

Overnight in Athens (dinner on your own this evening).

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 Athens - Monasteries of Meteora - Kalambaka
Today we travel north from Athens to the plains of Thessaly. En route we make a brief stop at the ancient site of Thermopylae where we will see the statue of Leonidas who led the Spartans to victory against the Persians in 480 BCE. The plains of Thessaly are among the most fertile and continuously-inhabited regions of Western Europe. In fact, the Thessalian plain is home to some of the oldest Neolithic settlements in Greece.

Our focus today will be on the World Heritage listed Monasteries of Meteora, built upon rocks that rise vertically from the plains below. These "Rocks of the Air" are visible for miles around and are crowned with old monasteries that cling to their summits. The Meteora is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries and is second only to Mount Athos. We'll visit several monasteries* (usually 3 in total; periodic closures determine which ones we visit).

* Please refer to your pre-trip notes for advice re appropriate attire for today's visits.

Overnight in the Kalambaka area.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 Kalambaka - Kastoria
Today we continue north to Lake Orestiada, the lake of Kastoria, one of the most beautiful in the Balkans. The lake is directly linked to the character, history, and development of the city and has been classified as a "Monument of Natural Beauty" by the Ministry of Culture and integrated in the European "Network of Nature 2000."

Our destination is Kastoria, a town that flourished from the 17th century onwards as the most important fur-trading centre in the then Ottoman Empire. Handsome mansions, Dionysian celebrations, Byzantine treasures, waterbirds and artisanal furs, characterize this charming town, the "Lady of Macedonia."

Time-permitting, we may begin our Kastoria area sightseeing upon arrival.

Overnight in Kastoria.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6 Kastoria Area Touring
This morning we will enjoy a walking tour of Kastoria.

Our tour will include visits to a number of mansions owned by former fur-trading families. Lake Orestiada was once teeming with beavers ('kastoras') and the trade in beaver skins, which began over a thousand years ago, gave rise to the town's chief industry, that of furrier to much of Europe. When the beavers ran out, the town imported furs and it seems that, almost on every block in this charming small city of narrow streets and Byzantine-era churches, that there is at least one place of business related to the fashioning of clothing out of now-imported furs, mostly mink. Kastoria remains an international center for the fur trade, and hosts an annual international exhibition of fur. We also visit the Byzantine museum which houses a remarkable collection of local icons.

Later today we will make a visit to the nearby Prespa Lakes. There are several lakes that make up this important wetland area, shared between the Balkan counties of Albania, Greece, and the recently-recognized 'Northern Republic of Macedonia' (until June 2018 the Government of Greece referred to its northern neighbour as FYROM).

Overnight in Kastoria.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7 Kastoria - Vergina - Kavala
Today we have an early morning departure with a coffee break in Edessa, famous for its waterfalls. Our journey continues south through the productive farmlands of Naoussa, known for its dairy farming and excellent vineyards. Later today we arrive at the fascinating archeological site of Vergina. Here we visit the most important remains of the monumental palace of the Kingdom of Macedonia, lavishly decorated with mosaics and painted stuccoes, and the burial ground with more than 300 tumuli, some of which date from the 11th century BC. One of the royal tombs is identified as that of Philip II, who conquered all the Greek cities, paving the way for his son Alexander and the expansion of the Hellenistic world.

We skirt Thessaloniki (ferry schedules dictate that we save the city for a couple days from now) and drive to the city of Kavala, one of the most attractive of Greece's larger cities,
rising like an amphitheatre from the beautiful harbour up to a huge Byzantine fortress. Built on the ancient city of Neopolis, the city's population doubled in 1922 when the Greeks from Asia Minor made there way here during the exchange of populations.

Overnight in Kavala.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8 Kavala: Town Tour - Ferry to Thassos Island
This morning we have a tour of this important northern port city. Among the city's impressive landmarks are the old walls, the Byzantine castle, and the Kamares -- the aqueduct erected by Suleiman the Magnificent in the 16th century. We visit the Archaeological Museum containing finds from the ancient city of Amphipolis, a colony of Athens.

Later today we make a short 10km ferry crossing of the Gulf of Kavala, arriving on the island of Thassos, the first of the islands of the Thracian Sea that we visit. The sea is actually part of the North Aegean but the islands found here are much less visited that their southern Aegean neighbours. Their beaches are wild, their forests dense and green, and the history quite different.

Overnight on Thassos.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 9 Thassos Island
Thassos is one of the most beautiful islands of Greece, combining sea and lush green mountains. History here goes back as far as ancient times, and Thassos has no shortage of myths. According to one of them, Zeus took shelter on Thassos after kidnapping the Phoenician queen, Europa.

Limenas, the capital of the island, is a picturesque town with colourful shops, tavernas and ouzeri, and ideal for walking in the narrow streets. An ancient agora on the harbour was established by the 4th century BC; nearby we'll visit an archaeological museum with findings from Thassos Island from the 7th century BC until the 7th AD.

While on Thassos our itinerary will be somewhat flexible and free-form; outside of organized activities, you'll also have time to explore on your own and soak up some of the relaxed atmosphere (dinner on your own this evening).

Overnight on Thassos.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 10 Thassos - Ferry to Keramoti - Alexandroupoli
Today we take a short ferry ride from Thassos to Keramoti and continue east across the Thracian plains to Alexandroupoli. En route we will stop to visit Xanthi, known for its traditional Ottoman mansions, many of them built by tobacco barons. Just over 50km further east, we stop at Komotini where approximately half of the population is of Turkish descent. An unusual mix for Greece, it explains the presence of both Ottoman mosques and Byzantine churches side by side.

Later we continue to the most easterly city of mainland Greece: Alexandropoli. Time-permitting we may include some sightseeing in Alexandropoli upon arrival.

Overnight Alexandropoli.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 11 Alexandroupoli - Ferry to Samothrace
Today we travel by ferry to Samothrace (Samothraki).

Due to its small and predominantly mountainous territory, there is no airport in Samothrace; because of this, combined with its scarce maritime connections and tucked-away location in the northern Aegean Sea, Samothrace is well off the beaten path. You won’t find exciting nightlife, crazy parties, ranks of souvenir shops or Michelin-starred restaurants, but rather traditional villages, empty pebbly beaches and pristine nature.

Overnight in Kamariotissa.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 12 Samothrace Touring
The focus of our visit to Samothraki is the Sanctuary of the Great Gods, often considered to be one of Greece's most mysterious archeological sites. From at least 1000 BCE, pilgrims came to this stop to worship the Great Mother goddess Earth. Originally called Cybele, her identity and name evolved over time and by the Hellenistic age she was associated with the Olympian female deities Demeter, Aphrodite, and Hecate. The rituals that took place at these temples remain a mystery, because although everyone was welcome (men, women, servants, slaves, and all other citizens) the penalty for revealing the secrets of the sanctuary was death. We'll walk through he ruins of the once grand constructions, gates, walls, theatres and temples plunged in Mediterranean scrub. It was here that the famous Nike sculpture was unearthed.

You'll have time to explore and soak up the atmosphere of Chora, the charming little capital of Samothrace, built like an amphitheatre on one flank of the mountain with all the crammed, stone houses—whitewashed, of course—facing the sea. The outcome is astonishingly beautiful views you can behold from its winding cobblestone alleys, flowery balconies, and terraces or from the vestiges of the medieval Gateluzi castle.

Overnight on Kamariotissa.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 13 Samothrace - Mt Athos - Thessaloniki
We return to Alexandroupolis by ferry and continue to Thessaloniki via the Haldiki Peninsula.

Comprised of three smaller peninsulas (Kassandra, Sithonian, and Athos), the Halkidiki is home to one of the most important monastic communities in the entire Christian Orthodox world. At the foot of Mount Athos stands an enormous World Heritage site; the monasteries of Mt Athos. Visiting the monasteries is somewhat impractical for us due to strict visitation rules (ie only men are permitted to visit, and they require advance notice and written invitation
from their nation's embassy in Athens). Instead, we will enjoy a short lunch cruise passing below numerous coastal monasteries with good views of Mt Athos's peak (2033m).

We continue on to Thessaloniki, the second largest city of modern Greece. It was first established in 316 BC by Kassandros and named after his wife, Thessaloniki, half sister of Alexander the Great. It is here that the Apostle Paul first brought the message of Christianity (AD 50) and that Demetrius, a Roman officer died in martyrdom (AD 303), thus becoming the holy patron of the city. Thessaloniki was the second most important city of the Byzantine Empire, next to Constantinople, and is full of beautiful examples of Byzantine art and architecture.

Overnight in Thessaloniki.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 14 Thessaloniki Touring
Situated at the head of the Theramic Gulf, Thessaloniki was once surrounded by a huge defence wall. The White Tower, where we begin our tour today, once formed a corner of that wall. During our stay we include visits to three superb museums: the Museum of Jewish History, the Archaeological Museum,9+ and the Ethnographic Museum.

Our area sightseeing is set up so that our mornings are filled with guided tours and in the afternoons you have some time to explore on your own. 

Overnight in Thessaloniki.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 15 Thessaloniki Touring
Our Thessaloniki touring continues; also included during our stay is the Roman Agora, the Castro District with its Byzantine walls, and the church of Agios Dimitrios.

Afternoon free at leisure. We suggest a wander through the traditional central food market, with hundreds of stalls selling meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, cheap clothes and shoes, flowers, herbs and spices. Aristotelous Square is a lively place to explore, and the large seaside promenade is great for strolling with its cafes and restaurants.

Overnight in Thessaloniki.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 16 Thessaloniki - Fly to Chania
Today we fly from one lesser-known corner of Greece to another, to the island of Crete and the city of Chania for a three night stay.

Crete is the largest island in Greece; the island offers amazing variety, combining snow-capped mountains, rolling hills covered with olive trees, and over 1000 km of varied coastline.
Western Crete has much to offer--deep and wild gorges, steep mountains, green valleys and woods, stunning beaches, important archaeological sites, and historical venues. October is the perfect time to visit Crete -- the crowds of summer will have dwindled and the summer heat will have been replaced by a gentle warmth. This is also the time when the Cretans will be making their wines and will soon begin the olive harvest.

Time-permitting we'll commence some of our sightseeing program upon arrival.

Overnight in Chania.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 17 Chania: Walking Tour
Chania is a place where several different civilizations have flourished throughout the centuries. The city is built on the area of Minoan Kidonia, at the end of gulf between Akrotiri and Onicha peninsulas. After Arabs and Byzantines it was conquered by Venetians in 1252 and was given to Turks in 1669. Later it was annexed to the rest of the Greek State, on December 1913, under the administration of Eleftherios Venizelos and King Konstantinos the 1st. Today the atmosphere has a touch of Florence and Venice (a few years ago when those cities still had some room to walk!), combined with the culture and character of Cretan people and traditions.

During our tour of the old town of Chania, we will pay a visit to the Archaeological and Folklore museums and explore the wonderful labyrinth of narrow streets in the historic quarter. We will discover "lost" Turkish fountains and bathhouses; quaint medieval back streets and alleyways; Venetian and Turkish houses; mosques, churches, fortifications, old tradespeople's shops and a host of other gems that are the secrets of this Greek city. The covered food market is outstanding with many traditional products such as cheese, honey, herbs, fresh fish, meat, and produce.

Later we will stop to have our lunch (included today) at a waterfront restaurant overlooking the port. Your afternoon is free (dinner on your own) to enjoy Chania, one of the most picturesque cities in Greece.

Overnight in Chania.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch

Day 18 Chania: Elafonisi & Monastery of Chrysoskalitissa
This morning we will make an interesting excursion to Elafonisi via the Topolia Gorge.

Our drives takes us through forested mountains and, before arriving to Elafonisi Beach, we will stop to photograph the Monastery of Chrysoskalitissa. Perched 35 metres up on a large rock overlooking the Libyan sea, the monastery is reached by climbing 90 steps. According to legend, one of the steps is made of solid gold, but this golden step can only been seen by the sinless (your Tour Leader will perhaps not be able to point it out for you ;) ).

You'll have a chance to relax and perhaps swim at Elafonisi beach, considered to be one of the most beautiful in all of Crete. The emerald waters here are surrounded by pink sand dunes and black rocks creating a natural work of art. Later today we return to Chania.

Our evening meal tonight will be in the Splantzia quarter of the city -- the former Turkish district. We will have our meal under the huge plane tree that shades the main square of this quarter.

Overnight in Chania.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 19 Chania - Iraklion & Knossos
Today we travel east towards the capital city of Iraklion.

Upon arrival we travel to the site of Knossos, where our local guide will show us the ancient palace of King Minos, first built around 1900 BC. In 1700 BC it was destroyed by an earthquake and rebuilt to a grander and more sophisticated design. The city of Knossos consisted of an immense palace, residences of officials and priests, the homes of ordinary people, and burial grounds. The palace, which covered an area of 22000 sq m (236,682 sq feet), consisted of royal domestic quarters, public reception rooms, shrines, workshops, treasures and storerooms around a central court. Knossos was excavated by Arthur Evans between 1900 and 1930.

We also visit the Archaeological Museum in Iraklion, one of the best museums in Greece. The exhibits, collected from excavations carried out in all parts of Crete, come mainly from the prehistoric era and form a valuable record of the artistic, social and economic life of the island during the ancient period.

Overnight in Iraklion.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 20 Iraklion, Crete - Fly to Rhodes
Today we fly to Rhodes for a three-night stay.

Located in the Dodecanese island group, Rhodes is just over 95 kilometres in length and, like the rest of the 12 islands in this group, hugs the Turkish coast. Upon arrival, we transfer to our hotel located in the heart of the old city of Rhodes. Time-permitting we may begin our sightseeing program on arrival.

Overnight in Rhodos.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 21 Rhodes Touring
Today's on-foot exploration will include visit the Castle (aka Palace of Grand Masters), which features turreted towers as perfect as they were back in the 14th century. This rare example of Gothic architecture in Greece was possibly built using stones taken from one of the wonders of the ancient world, the Colossus of Rhodes. Destroyed when an arms store in the nearby Church of St. John exploded in 1856, it was rebuilt by the Italians and was the summer retreat of King Victor Emmanuel and Mussolini.

The Knights of St John was a religious order of the church of Rome founded in Amalfi in the 11th century. They went to Jerusalem initially to minister to the needs of the pilgrims who arrived there and soon extended their duties to tending the poor and sick of the Holy Land. Over the years they became increasingly militant, joining forces with the Knights Templars and the Teutonic Knights of St Mary in battles against infidels.

We'll also have a walking exploration of the old town of Rhodos, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Overnight in Rhodos.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 22 Rhodes: Acropolis of Lindos
This morning we head out of town by bus, stopping at Lindos to visit the Acropolis and to have a wander about this lively village, a unique monument of preservation. The beauty of the castle, the Acropolis of Athena Lindia on the top, with St. Paul's Bay (where the Apostle arrived in 58 AD) and the paved streets of the village captivate visitors. A walk through its narrow paved streets reveals the beauty of the traditional island architecture.

On the way back to Rhodos we drive across the island from east to west coast, passing through villages and densely wooded areas. We reach the top of Filerimos Mountain, with its marvellous panoramic view. We then come to the ruins of the acropolis of the ancient Lalussos where we have one of the best panoramic views of Ixia, one of the biggest tourist resorts in Rhodes.

We return to Rhodes town mid-late afternoon.

Overnight in Rhodos.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 23 Departure
Departure from Rhodos.

KALO TAXIDI!

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Tour Map

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*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.


Hotel List


The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.


Hotel Divani Palace Acropolis

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Athens
Country: Greece

Divani Palace Acropolis enjoys a priceless location right by the world-famous Acropolis, the perfect place to savour Athens fascinating history.
... beautiful hotel offers elegant rooms and suites, an outdoor pool with bar, and delicious dining including our summer Roof Garden restaurant with enchanting views of the ancient heritage. Top-notch meeting rooms and romantic banquet rooms make our hotel ideal for business meetings or a truly memorable event.
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Doupiani House

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Kalambaka
Country: Greece

Set on the outskirts of town, this refined hotel is 1 km from the Meteora. Traditional rooms with antique wood
... feature satellite TV, minifridges, free Wi-Fi, and balconies offering mountain and Meteora views.
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Hotel Kastoria

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Kastoria
Country: Greece

This cosmopolitan hotel features 37 luxurious and well-equipped rooms (bathroom, satellite-TV, Mini-Bar, A / C, Telephone, Hairdryer, Safe), very good
... convenient parking the cafe-bar with a distinctive Italian design combined with the natural environment and the beautiful lake.

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Egnatia Palace Hotel

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Thessaloniki
Country: Greece

Set in an art deco-style building, this upscale hotel is a 14-minute walk from the White Tower of Thessaloniki fortress
... an 8-minute walk from Hagios Demetrios church.

Polished, individually decorated rooms feature free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, minibars and safes; some have balconies

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Galaxy Hotel

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Kavala
Country: Greece

Featuring a terrace with city and sea views, Airotel Galaxy enjoys a central location in Kavala near shops, restaurants and
... It offers a rich Greek breakfast in buffet style, and a fitness center. WiFi is offered throughout. All air-conditioned rooms are stylishly decorated.
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A for Art Hotel

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Thassos
Country: Greece

A 2-minute walk from the Old Harbor of Thassos, this boutique hotel in a tobacco warehouse built in 1907 is
... 3-minute walk from Ancient Agora. The nearest ferries are a 9-minute walk away. The rooms are individually decorated with art or classic furniture, feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as minibars.
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Grand Hotel Egnatia

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Alexandroupoli
Country: Greece

On a beach along the Aegean Sea, this upscale hotel off National Road 2 is 12 minutes' walk from the
... Museum of Alexandroupolis.
Featuring marble bathrooms and sea views, the polished rooms provide complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minifridges.

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Niki Beach Hotel

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Kamariotissa
Country: Greece

Across a road from a beach on the Aegean Sea, this casual hotel is a 6-minute walk from Samothrace ferry
... and 6 km from the ancient Samothrace temple complex.

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Kydon Hotel

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Chania
Country: Greece

A 6-minute walk from the Archaeological Museum of Chania, this upscale hotel is 8 minutes' stroll from Paralia Koum Kapi
... Low-key rooms with a mix of classic and modern elements feature floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies. They include free Wi-Fi.
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Amphitryon Hotel

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Rhodes
Country: Greece

This low-key, 5-story hotel is a 9-minute walk from the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes
... a 12-minute walk from the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes.

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Trip Information

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Inclusions

Breakfast, some lunches and most dinners (mostly local restaurants; see tour itinerary for specifics). All accommodation, transport, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters (if available). Airport transfers for land & air customers (if you arrive early/leave late, your transfers are included if your book your air and extra nights through us).

Exclusions

International airfare to/from the tour. Most lunches, some dinners, Tour Leader gratuities, alcoholic beverages, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international air taxes (if applicable), and excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs and shopping.

Seasonality and Weather

This tour is offered in the fall when temperatures are milder, crowds thinner, and airfares a bit lower. The region has a Mediterranean climate with early springs, long hot and dry summers, and autumns that are bright and warm into mid-October. Showers are possible in spring, rare in summer, and possible in late fall.

Overall we can expect dry conditions with warm-hot days and mild/cool evenings and mornings.

Transport and Travel Conditions

Local ferries between mainland/islands can range from hydrofoils to large vehicular vessels (economy class). Greek ferry schedules tend to change without notice; some itinerary adjustments may be necessary at the discretion of your Tour Leader. Uncontrollable factors such as weather may result in delays.

Land transport by private air-conditioned motor coach, 24-36 seats depending on group size (see 'Group Size'); some local buses and taxis. Greek roads are very good and distances are not great, though we do have some full (and scenic), travelling days.

Our difficulty level "2" refers to the overall ambitious nature of our program, which features full days of travel and sightseeing, possibly with some early starts. We also feature walking tours of towns/cities and sites, some of which are large. Greece is a hilly place, and we will encounter plenty of hills and steps, many of which are uneven/cobbled. We will also have short walks to dinner. In short, you can expect a LOT of walking on this tour.

See also notes under "Accommodation"

NOTE - This itinerary can be preceded by our regularly-scheduled tours of the Greek Isles (codes GI4 & GR7 - Leadership TBA)

Accommodation

Well-located, air-conditioned, mid-range hotels (3&4-star) throughout. Smaller hotels are smaller properties (3-4 story) that may not have elevators. All hotels have en suite facilities, though most have shower only (ie no tub).

Porter service is usually available at larger city hotels; they may not be available on the islands or at smaller properties (see 'inclusions'); you MUST be independent with your luggage, especially getting on/off ferries and at airports.

Single rooms are limited in number and likely smaller than twins.

Staff and Support

Tour Leader throughout (Victor Romagnoli), driver(s), local step-on local guides in various locales.

Group Size

Maximum 18 plus Tour Leader