August 22 - September 5, 2020
Treasures Of Greece & The Islands
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- Free parking with roundtrip transfers to Philadelphia International Airport
- Roundtrip airfare to Athens, Greece
- Roundtrip transfers - airport/hotel
- Twelve night’s hotel accommodations
- Sightseeing as stated in itinerary by luxury coach
- Services of Professional Insight Vacations Travel Director and Coach Driver
- Meals: 13 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners, 2 Dinners with Wine
- Welcome reception
- Personal radio headsets for comfort and use while touring
- All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
- Services of a Discoveries Journey Manager
- The Parthenon
- Temple of Apollo
- The stadium of Olympia
Saturday, August 22: Depart for Greece
Motorcoach from Central PA to Philadelphia International Airport for overnight flight to Athens.
Sunday, August 23: Welcome to Athens
An Insight host will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel, where there is time to settle in and relax. This evening, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception, get to know your fellow travelers over a delightful evening of dinner and wine.
Hotel: Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Center, Athens (Dinner with Wine)
Monday, August 24: Athens, City of Gods
Your exploration reveals the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Arch of Hadrian. Next, your Local Expert takes you to the Parthenon, built atop the Acropolis. See the Temple of Athena Nike, also known as the Temple of Wingless Victory, and the six stone-carved caryatids that make up the Porch of the Maidens on the Erechtheion. Continue to Thermopylae, famous as the mountain pass where King Leonidas led his Spartan army, along with fellow Greek soldiers, into battle against the Persians in 480 B.C. See the memorial dedicated to Leonidas and his courageous Spartans, then on to your hotel in Kalambaka for dinner.
Hotel: Divani Meteora Hotel/Grand Meteora Hotel/ Meteora Hotel, Kalambaka (Breakfast, Dinner)
Tuesday, August 25: The Pinnacles of Meteora
With your Local Expert, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora, meaning ‘in the air’. The massive pinnacles of smooth rock are ancient, yet could also be the setting for a futuristic science-fiction tale. Visit one of the monasteries, that adds to the strange and beautiful landscape and enjoy stunning views over the Peneios Valley. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Why not explore with a leisurely walk on the nature trails? Alternatively, you may wish to visit the Natural History Museum. (Breakfast)
Wednesday, August 26: The Sacred Way and onto Olympia
Travel south, stopping at the foothills of Mount Parnassus. Ascend the Sacred Way of Delphi with your Local Expert. Pass the Parian marble Treasury of the Athenians and Polygonal Wall with its interlocking stones still perfectly intact after thousands of years. You’ll approach the Temple of Apollo, where for 14 centuries the mysterious Oracle of Delphi breathed her enigmatic ‘words’, rumored to have successfully predicted events related to the Argonauts expedition and the Trojan War. Your travels continue to Olympia where dinner is served in your hotel. Hotel: Arty Grand Hotel/ Amalia Hotel, Olympia (Breakfast, Dinner)
Thursday, August 27: Ancient Olympia
It’s all in the name. Ancient Olympia is the site where the Ancient Olympic Games began in 776 B.C. in dedication to the god Zeus. See the Temple of Zeus, the athletes gymnasium and the stadium of Olympia. The starting and finishing markers for the sprint track are still marked by stones and there is time to capture your own memory with a photo at the starting line. In the evening, join a local chef for an entertaining cooking demonstration, followed by a dinner of authentic Greek flavors. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Friday, August 28: Mycenae and Nafplio
Visit the ruined city of Mycenae with a Local Expert. Walk through the Lion Gate, visit the royal beehive-tombs and see the giant Cyclopean stones used to build the city walls. Later, meet the artisans and view beautiful works of art at a family-run pottery studio. Travel to the elegant town of Nafplio, known for its beautiful architecture, colorful shops and cafes. Your journey continues following the shores of the Saronic Gulf to pass the Corinth Canal dividing the Pelopennesse and mainland Greece, and arriving in Athens. In the evening, enjoy a hearty dinner in true Greek style, complete with wine and good cheer. Hotel: Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Center, Athens (Breakfast, Dinner with Wine)
Saturday, August 29: Across the Mediterranean to Mykonos
An early departure takes you to the port of Pireaus where your high-speed ferry awaits to whisk you over to the Island of Mykonos, playground of the rich and famous. On arrival, you are transferred to your hotel. Hotel: San Marco Luxury Hotel & Villas/ Rhenia Hotos/Porto Mykonos, Mykonos (Breakfast)
Sunday, August 30: Mykonos Mystique
This day is the first of two glorious days at leisure. Explore the town with its winding maze of walkways, white-washed houses, magnificent windmills and uninhibited nightlife. Perhaps watch the sunset at Shirley Valentine beach or take a short boat ride to Delos? (Breakfast)
Monday, August 31: Mykonos at Leisure
Another day to explore or relax as you wish. Perhaps swim the endless array of dazzling beaches that surround the island? Or maybe enjoy a cocktail on the waterfront at Little Venice? (Breakfast)
Tuesday, September 1: Set Sail for Santorini
Board the high-speed ferry bound for the truly beautiful island of Santorini. You are met at the port and transferred to your hotel.
Hotel: De Sol Hotel & Spa/ Splendour Resort/ The Majestic Hotel, Santorini (Breakfast)
Wednesday, September 2: The Sunsets of Santorini
With two more sun-drenched days on one of the most romantic islands on earth, you won’t ever want to leave. Relax in clifftop restaurants, laze on the sun-soaked beaches or observe history unearthed at the site of Akrotiri. In the evening, you’ll witness the first of the golden sunsets for which the island is famous. (Breakfast)
Thursday, September 3: Santorini as You Wish
Another day to relax and unwind on the black, red and white beaches, or why not take a kaiki (traditional Greek fishing boat) over to the volcanis islands for a swim in the hot springs? The island’s delicious cuisine, whitewashed houses that gleam in the bright Aegean sun, narrow cobblestone streets and world-renowned sunsets all combine to make Santorini a truly unique holiday experience.
Friday, September 4: Flight to Athens
In the morning, maybe take one last dip in the pool and grab your final glimpse over the lustrous Aegean and world-famous caldera. You are transferred to the airport for your return flight to Athens. Hotel: Divani Caravel Hotel/ Crowne Plaza Athens City Center, Athens
Saturday, September 5: Depart Athens
Your Grecian odyssey comes to an end with a transfer to Athens Airport. (Breakfast)
Activity Level: 3
This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs, or on uneven walking surfaces, should be expected.
Original, signed passport valid for 6 months beyond stay, and with at least one blank visa page for visa stamp(s).
Deposit of $200 per person will confirm your reservation. Final Payment is due to AAA by June 4, 2020. Solo Travelers Reward Club maximum voucher redemption: $100
Deposit date to day of departure $25 per person, plus...
From Deposit date - June 17, 2020 $200 per person, plus additional suppliers fees
From June 18 - July 31, 2020 25% per person, plus additional suppliers fees
From August 1 - 14, 2020 30% per person, plus additional suppliers fees
From August 15 - 21, 2020 50% per person, plus additional suppliers fees
After August 21, 2020 NON-REFUNDABLE
*Airfare is non-refundable after final payment
For your protection AAA recommends travel insurance. Pre-existing medical conditions may be waived with proper coverage if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of initial deposit only. Other conditions may apply; ask your travel agent. AAA recommends Allianz.
Air arrangements are handled by the tour operator. Seat assignments cannot be confirmed until the tour operator releases names to the airlines 30 days prior to departure. Specific seat requests cannot be guaranteed. Some flight schedules may contain code share agreements.
Temperatures for Greece in September average in the 70s with cooler evenings. Pack for a variety of temperatures. Casual clothes that can be layered work best. Comfortable walking shoes and a small umbrella are recommended.
One suitcase per person will be allowed. You may also bring a carry-on bag small enough to fit under your seat. Baggage fees and other charges may be directly assessed by airlines or airport.
For personal comfort, group participants who need assistance are required to have a traveling companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing the needed assistance.
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