Greece 2024 Island Charms

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Book the Greece 2024 Island Charms tour and you will be transported into spectacular sceneries, amazing beaches, wonderful weather and friendly locals.
Be enriched by the traditional Greek food dishes and award-winning wines, not to mention the country's mind-blowing history.
So much that’s so good.
Your tour includes stays in Athens, Naxos, Santorini and Crete, all scattered like brilliant gems across clear blue seas.
Greece is always satisfying - but always sensationally different

At a glance

Athens 2 Nights at the Hotel Pan or similar
Naxos 3 Nights at the Golden Sun Hotel or similar
Santorini 2 Nights at the Hotel Melina or similar
Crete 3 Nights at the Hotel Anita Beach or similar
Meals: Breakfast daily
Room Standard double room
Other Airport and port transfers
  Speed ferries between the Islands 
  Aegean Air flight Heraklion to Athens

Highlights

Highlights

Visit the Acropolis, the most visited attraction in Athens that you cannot miss. This hill of 156 meters high is located in the middle of the city and is easily visible from most neighbourhoods
Whilst in Naxos, lounge on the white, sandy beaches, visit ancient temples, hike to the summit of Mount Zas and explore the charming villages
Santorini is well known for its  magical sunsets in Oia, photogenic blue dome churches, and a myriad of colourful beaches
Crete has a richly-layered history, vast sandy beaches, dramatic mountains, some seriously fantastic food and lots of raki, so get ready for famous Cretan hospitality and no shortage of dancing. 

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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Athens

  • Welcome to Athens. Your holiday Greek holiday has just started.
  • Transfer is booked to take you to your hotel
Day 2

Athens (B)

  • Breakfast at your hotel.
  • Go on a morning discovery tour of Greece’s greatest treasures of Athens. Board the coach and set of to see the Greek Parliament and Panathenaic Stadium, the stage of the first modern Olympic Games. Then, explore the mighty Acropolis on foot to see the glorious Parthenon and other highlights. Your tour also includes a visit to the Acropolis Museum to see its incredible Parthenon friezes and other archaeological exhibits.
Day 3

Athens - Naxos (B)

  • Check-out of your hotel and transfer to Athens port. Board the speed ferry to Naxos. You are met on arrival and taken to your hotel

Inclusions

  • Return airfares from Johannesburg on Emirates Airlines (Specific and Limited Seats)
  • Departure and Fuel taxes (subject to change)
  • 10 Nights Accommodation in standard double rooms
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Airport and port transfers
  • Speed ferries between the Islands

Exclusions

  • Increases in airfares and departure/fuel taxes
  • Optional tours
  • Tips
  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
  • Schengen Visa fee

Validity

  • Valid for travel during September 2024 (excluding school holidays)
  • Seasonal, Weekend, Events and School holiday Supplements may be applicable 

    Contact us for any other travel date required

Country information

Best time to go
Vacation season opens early spring  - April and runs through to Mid-October. Some say the best months to travel are between mid-April to mid-June. You will enjoy peace and quiet as the tourist crowds have not arrived as yet (JUL-AUG). Just watch out for the Easter Weekend, as this is the most important religious weekend on the Greek Calendar.

Food & drink
Basic ingredients for a meal are bread – grains – potatoes – rice and of course olive oil. Eggplants, cucumbers, tomatoes, spinach, lentils also form part of the staple diet. Greeks don’t eat to live but rather live to eat. 

Culture and Language
Traditions are still strong in Greece and are to be respected, especially in rural areas. Smoking is prohibited in public areas. Since ancient times, Greeks have been known for their hospitality and laid-back mannerism. However, family values always come first. Greek is the official language but note that  half of Greece’s population understands English

Getting around
The most traditional way of travel to/from the Islands is by ferry. It is such an enjoyable experience and not to be missed. When traveling by car, always remember those lanes may be narrow and may have hairpin bends. On most islands, one can rent a motorbike and are the best way to explore offbeat places. Always wear a helmet. {Present tour drivers’ licence at the Rental station and make sure you have Travel Insurance)

Tipping
Included in your restaurant bill, ranging between 10 & 12%. Check the bill first before adding some extra. Housecleaning, bell boys and the concierge would appreciate a tip if their service has been up to standards

Favorite Dishes
It is a tradition to eat in Greece. Look out for a Taverna if you want to have a  traditional meal. The servings are generous, and you will enjoy the traditional settings. Meals are simple and are prepared with seasonal produce, olive oil and grills

Traditional dishes and drinks
Dolmades: stuffed vine leaves
Gigantes: Butter beans baked in tomato sauce with a healthy Olive oil helping
Souvlaki: Spit-roasted meat, can be beef, pork or chicken
Stifado: Beef stew with onions, cinnamon and cloves
Greek coffee: served thick and strong