Greece: Athens & the Aegean - A Connections Boutique Group Journey (2023)

Discover an unmatched blend of ancient history and modern wonders in Greece, savouring the relaxed pace of island living and the lively bustle of Athens alike, and indulging in the rich variety of Mediterranean cuisine.

Journey Overview

Discover an unmatched blend of ancient history and modern wonders in Greece, savouring the relaxed pace of island living and the lively bustle of Athens alike, and indulging in the rich variety of Mediterranean cuisine.

Journey Highlights

  • Learn the secrets to great Greek cuisine at a private in home cooking class in Oropos
  • Visit some of the most renowned wonders of the ancient world, including the Acropolis, Parthenon and Palace of Knossos
  • Pay an exclusive visit to an organic cosmetics producer to learn about traditional Greek products
  • Stroll through the Minoan Bronze Age settlement of Akrotiri (reputed to be Atlantis), admiring its beautiful frescos
  • Admire the majestic Temple of Poseidon, built during the Golden Age of Ancient Athens
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Athens, Greece

Arrive in Athens and transfer to your hotel. Gather this evening for a welcome dinner.

NEW Hotel | Meals: D

Day 2: Athens | Temple Of Athena

Visit the Acropolis Museum, marvelling at artifacts Athenians used in everyday life, as well as finds from the slopes of the Acropolis. Next, stroll the Plaka, filled with flower shops, taverns and charming boutiques. Enjoy lunch at leisure. In the evening, explore the Acropolis, one of the greatest icons of the ancient world, followed by dinner.

NEW Hotel | Meals: BD

Day 3: Oropos | Hands-On Culinary Experience

Depart for the ancient town of Oropos, where you meet a local family in their home for an exclusive hands-on culinary experience. After lunch, explore the fifth-century ruins of the Amphiareion of Oropos before returning to Athens.

NEW Hotel | Meals: BL

Days 4-6: Crete | Minoan Treasures

In the morning, fly to the island of Crete for three days of exploration and discovery. Check in to your seaside accommodations in Agios Nikolaos, a coastal town that blends bustling city life with local art and a leisurely attitude. This afternoon, embark on a private cruise to the island of Spinalonga, a protective outpost for the Cretan mainland built in 1579, where you wander the streets of this former fortress community. The next morning, visit the Palace of Knossos, Crete’s most famous historic attraction, then enjoy lunch at a winery. Afterward, explore the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, known for the best collection of Minoan art in the world. Discover eastern Crete the following day with a visit to the Byzantine church of Panagia Kera, a 13th-century structure with impressive fresco decorations. Explore the village of Kritsa, renowned for its traditional weaving, and visit an organic cosmetics producer and olive oil maker.

St. Nicolas Bay | Meals: BD (Day 4); BL (Day 5); B (Day 6)

Day 7: Santorini | Mythical Atlantis

Voyage to Santorini by high-speed catamaran. Travel north to Thera to enjoy lunch. Check in to your hotel, then continue to Akrotiri, a Minoan Bronze Age settlement preserved in volcanic ash from the ancient eruption of the island. The site has been suggested as a possible inspiration for Plato’s story of Atlantis. Explore the beautiful village of Oia and enjoy dinner in a local restaurant.

Vedema Resort | Meals: BLD

Day 8: Santorini | Island Living

Start your day with the Museum of Prehistoric Thera, home to the island’s finest collection of artifacts from the fourth and fifth centuries. Then, embark on an exploration of the life and sites of Santorini before enjoying time at leisure at your resort.

Vedema Resort | Meals: BL

Day 9: Athens | Breathtaking City Views

Fly to Athens and visit the Temple of Poseidon, travelling along the shores of Cape Sounion. Take in the gorgeous vistas over the Aegean Sea as you imagine life for the ancient Greeks who constructed the imposing temple. Travel to your waterfront resort, where you settle in and enjoy some time at leisure. This evening, gather for a special farewell dinner in the hotel’s restaurant overlooking the sea.

Cape Sounio | Meals: BD

Day 10: Depart Athens

Transfer to Athens Airport and board your onward flight.

Meals: B

Journey Details

Internal air included: Athens/Heraklion; Santorini/ Athens
Minimum age is 10 years.
First group event: welcome briefing at 6:30 p.m. on Day 1.
Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Day 9.
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

Please note: Proof of COVID-19 full vaccination is required for this program.

Included with every Connections Boutique Group Journey

  • English-Speaking Resident Tour Director and Local Guides
  • Hand-Selected Boutique Accommodations
  • Airport Meet and Greet with Private Transfers
  • Full Breakfast Daily; Select Lunches and Dinners
  • Internet Access
  • Entrance Fees, Taxes and All Gratuities Except Resident Tour Director
  • 24/7 A&K On-Call Support
  • Guaranteed Departures with Just Two Guests


Customise this Journey

Talk to one of our expert Journey Designers or your travel agent about booking this tour as a private journey for your own small group with family or friends. Or, if you would prefer to travel privately, find out more about creating the perfect bespoke tailor-made journey based on this itinerary.

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

May 17, 2023 - May 26, 2023
Price AU$11,435pp Single Supplement AU$3,515 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Jun 7, 2023 - Jun 16, 2023
Price AU$12,000pp Single Supplement AU$4,075 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Jun 14, 2023 - Jun 23, 2023
Price AU$12,000pp Single Supplement AU$4,075 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Sep 6, 2023 - Sep 15, 2023
Price AU$12,000pp Single Supplement AU$4,075 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Sep 20, 2023 - Sep 29, 2023
Price AU$12,000pp Single Supplement AU$4,075 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Oct 4, 2023 - Oct 13, 2023
Price AU$11,435pp Single Supplement AU$3,515 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Oct 11, 2023 - Oct 20, 2023
Price AU$11,435pp Single Supplement AU$3,515 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire

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