Greece in Depth

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1 country
15 cities

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7 UNESCO World 
Heritage-listed sites

Take an in-depth journey across Mediterranean Greece. Travel from Thessaloniki, via Meteora, Athens and Crete, to the sun-bleached island of Santorini. Delve into the history of ancient civilisations, savour traditional flavours, admire the dramatic scenery and watch the sun set over the Aegean.

The mountainous north

From the beautiful port city of Thessaloniki we’ll explore the picturesque mountain villages and towns of Greece’s Macedonia prefecture. Take a scenic journey up Mt Pelion by steam train and try the famous tsipouro at a traditional Greek tavern. We’ll also witness the incredible cliff-top monasteries of Meteora, where monks have been settled since the 11th century.

Seaside charm & ancient history

From Volos we travel south to the coastal towns of Nafpaktos and Nafplio, stopping to explore the ruins in Delphi, considered by the ancient Greeks to be the centre of the world, and to discover Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games. We’ll discover the diversity of ancient and modern Athens, exploring the Acropolis, Parthenon and the lively café districts.

Island life

Cruise Greece’s Saronic Gulf, exploring the stunning islands of Hydra, Poros and Aegina. We’ll take a ferry to Crete and learn the 4,000 year old tradition of winemaking at a tasting. Then transfer to beautiful Santorini to spend 3 incredible nights soaking up the sun, exploring the bleached villages and witnessing amazing sunsets over the Aegean.

Itinerary

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive Thessaloniki

Welcome to Greece and the port city of Thessaloniki in the country’s north! Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director this evening for a welcome drink.

Day 3. Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is the perfect base from which to explore Greece’s Macedonia prefecture, and today we discover some of the picturesque local towns. We’ll visit Edessa and its waterfalls, and Pella, the birthplace of Alexander the Great. This evening we’ll discover the beautiful waterfront district of Ladadika on foot before a group welcome dinner. [B,D]

Day 4. Thessaloniki - Volos

We begin the day in Thessaloniki’s upper districts to see the Theodosian walls and enjoy panoramic views over the city. We’ll then make our way towards Volos, stopping to tour the Royal Tombs in Vergina and the unique restored mountain village of Palaios Panteleimonas. [B]

Day 5. Volos

This morning we board the Mt Pelion steam train for a scenic journey up the slopes to the village of Milies. We’ll also explore the local villages of Portaria and Makrinitsa. [B,D]

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Special Experience: We’ll try the famous Greek “tsipouro” at a traditional tsipouradika tavern this evening.

Day 6. Meteora Excursion

Today we discover the amazing clifftop monasteries of Meteora. Monks have lived atop these ‘columns of the sky’ since the 11th century. The tallest of these incredible rock formations reaches 400 metres high. [B]

Day 7. Volos - Nafpaktos

This morning we visit Delphi, considered by the ancient Greeks to be the centre of the world. We’ll enjoy a guided tour of the archaeological ruins including the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Treasury of Athenians and visit the museum, home to the famous 'bronze charioteer'. We'll then take a short caique ride to the beautiful islet of Trizonia for lunch at a local fish tavern and continue to the scenic town of Nafpaktos in the Gulf of Corinth this afternoon. [B,L]

Day 8. Nafpaktos - Nafplio

Today we visit the home of the Olympic Games, Olympia. We’ll explore ancient sites including the Temple of Zeus, the Palaestra, and Phidias’ Workshop, and tour the museum. In the afternoon we cross the Peloponnese peninsula and make our way to the charming seaside town of Nafplio. [B]

Day 9. Nafplio

Admire the best-preserved theatre of Ancient Greece, the Sanctuary of Asklepio, in Epidaurus this morning. We’ll then return to Nafplio and explore the Castle of Palamidi, a fortress perched high on a cliff offering stunning views. [B]

Day 10. Nafplio - Athens

Mycenae is one of Greece’s most important archaeological sites and the birthplace of the culture that dominated during the late Bronze Age. We visit the site this morning, along with ancient Corinth, one of the major cities of antiquity. [B]

Day 11. Athens

After breakfast we discover the diversity of Athens on a city tour. Highlights include the ancient Acropolis and the magnificent Parthenon. We’ll also explore the Plaka district to get a taste of the local atmosphere. Tonight we’ll wander through the Thisio and Monastiraki districts on the way to dinner at a local restaurant. [B,D]

Day 12. Athens

Enjoy the day at leisure to explore at your own pace. [B]

Day 13. Athens

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Special Experience: Spend an incredible day cruising the Saronic Gulf and exploring the islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra. [B,L]

Day 14. Athens - Overnight Ferry

This morning is at leisure before our afternoon visit to Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon. The incredible structure perches high on the edge of a cliff that plunges 65m to the sea. On a clear day, the area also affords views to the islands of Kea, Kythnos, Serifos, Aegina and the Peloponnese. Tonight we board an overnight ferry to the island of Crete. [B]

Day 15. Chania

Today we discover the delightful city and surrounds of Chania, Crete’s capital, including the Venetian Harbour, a short walk through the local market and a visit to Souda Bay and the WWII Commonwealth Cemetery.

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Special Experience: Discover the 4,000-year-old tradition of winemaking on the island of Crete at a tasting.

The rest of the afternoon is at leisure before we explore the Old Town port on foot this evening. [B]

Day 16. Chania 

Enjoy a day at leisure to relax in the sun. The Venetian Harbour is host to a wealth of waterfront restaurants and an old port - it’s the perfect place to begin exploring. [B]

Day 17. Chania - Heraklion

After breakfast, we depart for Heraklion, Crete’s largest city. Along the way, we’ll stop at Moni Preveli Monastery on the island’s south coast to visit the Australian Memorial, which commemorates the WWII heroic battle of Crete, fought in May 1941. The views of the sea here are stunning! [B]

Day 18. Heraklion 

This morning we visit the Minoan Palace of Knossos, considered to be Europe’s oldest city (dating from the Bronze Age), and the largest archaeological site on the island. In the afternoon, we’ll take a walking tour of Heraklion’s old town. [B]

Day 19. Heraklion - Santorini

Board the high-speed ferry to the island of Santorini this morning. After checking in, we’ll take a short tour to the villages of Megalochori and Pyrgos, and travel up to the monastery at the island’s highest point to enjoy the amazing vistas. [B]

Day 20. Santorini

The day is at leisure for you to enjoy beautiful Santorini at your own pace. [B]

Day 21. Santorini

The morning is at leisure before our afternoon visit to the site of Akrotiri. Covered in ashes during the Great Eruption, the city has been unearthed almost completely intact. We’ll also visit some of the island’s black sand beaches. [B,D]

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Special Experience: This evening we’ll explore Oia, Santorini’s most famous and picturesque village, and witness an incredible sunset over the Aegean, before a group farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 22. Depart Santorini

Today we bid farewell to Greece and begin our journey home. [B]

Day 23. Arrive Australia

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Greece. Taxes included
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Overnight ferry from Piraeus to Crete
  • High-speed ferry from Crete to Santorini
  • Tipping Made Easy, $230pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 19 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 1 night on the overnight ferry in an outside cabin
  • 20 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 4 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides 

  • English-speaking locally based tour director
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing 

The many sides of magical Greece

  • Discover the picturesque town of Edessa in Greece's Macedonia prefecture, with its landmark - the homonymous waterfall.
  • Visit the beautiful park of Agios Nikolaos
  • Stop in Pella, the birthplace of Alexander the Great. Visit the local site and museum and see the exquisite floor mosaics from the 4th century B.C.
  • Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city of Thessaloniki, including a drive to the upper part of the city to see the Theodosian walls and admire the view, and a short walk along the sea-front promenade and Aristotelous square.
  • Explore the Macedonian royal tombs in Vergina, including the impressive tomb of King Philip II - father of Alexander the Great.
  • Stop at Paleos Panteleimon, a beautiful restored mountain village with stone-built houses, quaint shops and restaurants.
  • Ride the restored Mt Pelion steam train through amazing scenery to the village of Milies.
  • Explore Makrinitsa, one of the most beautiful villages of Mt Pelion with its beautiful stone-built houses, cafes and tavernas.
  • Take an evening walk through the famous “Tsipouradika” area and enjoy dinner at a traditional “tsipouradiko”, drinking the famous Greek “tsipouro” with the locals.
  • Be amazed by the fascinating cliff-top monasteries of Meteora.
  • In Delphi admire the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians and visit the museum, home to the famous “bronze charioteer”.
  • Take a short boat ride to the beautiful green islet of Trizonia and enjoy lunch at a local fish tavern.
  • Discover the ancient site of Olympia including the Temple of Zeus, the Palaestra, Phidias’s Workshop and the Olympia Archaeological Museum.
  • Visit Epidaurus, the most important healing center in antiquity, famous for its theatre with incomparable acoustics.
  • Explore the Castle of Palamidi, a fortress perched high on a cliff affording stunning views over the town of Nafplion.
  • Take an evening walking tour to discover the picturesque town of Nafplio.
  • Visit Mycenae, one of Greece's most important archaeological sites, and see the tomb of Agamemnon and the famous Lion’s gate.
  • Tour the ancient city of Corinth and visit the Agora (market place) and the Temple of Apollo.
  • See the famous Corinth Canal.
  • Discover Athens on a panoramic tour of the city, taking in the Academy, the National Library, the Greek Parliament and the Tomb of Unknown Soldier, the Panathinaikon marble stadium where the first modern Olympics took place, Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and other monuments and landmarks of the city.
  • Enjoy a guided visit to the museum of Acropolis, considered one of the best museums in Europe.
  • Stroll through the popular Monastiraki and Plaka areas.
  • Enjoy a free day at leisure to explore the treasures of Athens.
  • Spend a full day cruising the Saronic Gulf and exploring the islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra.
  • Visit Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon, an incredible structure perched high on a cliff overlooking the ocean.
  • In Chania on the island of Crete, see the Venetian Harbour and take a short walk through the market, then drive to Souda Bay to visit the WWII Commonwealth Cemetery.
  • Stop in at a small family operated winery, wander through the little museum and taste some of the wines and local snacks.
  • Learn about the Australian WWII history at the Monastery of Preveli, uniquely located on the Cretan mountains overlooking the Lybian sea.
  • Stop at the Fortezza, the Venetian castle dominating the town of Paleokastro, to admire the view to Rethymnon.
  • Visit Lychnostatis open-air museum, which presents the Cretan life. It contains a great variety of artefacts and structures related to Cretan folk tradition, ethnology, economic activity, culture, nature and environment.
  • Visit the ceremonial and political center of the Minoan civilization and culture, the Minoan Palace of Knossos, which in mythology housed the labyrinth of the mythical Minotaur.
  • Take a high-speed ferry to the breathtaking Greek island of Santorini.
  • In Santorini take a short tour to the villages of Megalochori and Pyrgos and visit the monastery of Profitis Ilias at the highest point of the island for stunning views.
  • Taste some of the wines made on the island of Santorini.
  • Visit the site of Akrotiri. Covered in ashes during the Great Eruption, the city has been unearthed almost completely intact. You'll also see some of the black-sand beaches of the island, like Kamari and Perivolos.
  • Watch a magical Aegean sunset over dinner at a local restaurant in Oia.

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Fitness to Travel

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
At Bunnik Tours our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation is subject to change and every effort is made to avoid this. However if a change does become necessary, accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

City Hotel, Thessaloniki

Recently renovated, the City Hotel is located in the centre of Thessaloniki, 50 m from Aristotelous Square. It offers a restaurant-bar and spa facilities.

The soundproofed rooms are classically furnished and feature wooden floors. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi (in all hotel areas); fridge/minibar; tea & coffee making facilities; safe deposit box

Volos Palace Hotel, Volos

Volos Palace, conveniently located in the city centre, looking towards the Pagasetic Gulf, offers 4 star accommodation services all year round. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; internet connection; minibar; free wifi in public areas

Hotel Nafpaktos, Nafpaktos

Hotel Nafpaktos is situated on the beautiful Gribovo Beach, which is lined up with century-old plane trees, restaurants and cafes. Offering views of the Corinthian Gulf, Hotel Nafpaktos offers a breakfast room with outdoor terrace, and soundproof rooms with spacious bathrooms and large verandas. Most rooms offer a view of the sea or the castle. Room service is available 24 hours a day.

Facilities: air-conditioning; fridge; safe deposit box; free wifi

Amalia Hotel, Nafplio

Amalia Hotel Nafplio has been built with respect to the town's culture and architecture, a neoclassical building set in spacious surroundings, enclosed by beautiful gardens with palm trees and flowers. The guest rooms are set in three levels amongst spacious lobby areas, the atrium, wide corridors and share views of Palamidi Fortress, the sea or the hotel’s green gardens. The air-conditioned guest rooms at Amalia Nafplio have modern décor, are sound-proofed and equipped with work desks and luxurious bathroom amenities.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; minibar; safe deposit box

Golden Age Hotel, Athens

The Golden Age Hotel is conveniently located close to the Athens Concert Hall, Benaki Museum, Acropolis, Parthenon and Hellenic Parliament, with lots of coffee shops and restaurants also nearby. The Kolonaki area is a high end area with many exclusive boutiques and is only a 10 min walk from the hotel. The hotel has 2 restaurants and a coffee shop/café and a bar/lounge. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; minibar; free wifi (in public areas); safe deposit box

Kydon Hotel, Chania

Located in the centre of Chania, Kydon Hotel is opposite of the main market hall and just a few minutes' walk from the Old Town and the Venetian Harbour. Elegantly decorated, most of the guest rooms offer panoramic views of the Old Town, the Venetian Harbour and the Cretan Sea. A free mini Ipad is offered upon request to use within the hotel.

Facilities: air-conditioning; safe deposit box; minibar; free wifi; iPod docking station; coffee maker

Capsis Astoria, Heraklion

This well-known Capsis Astoria Heraklion is located next to the Archaeological Museum. It offers modern rooms with TFT TVs, and has a rooftop swimming pool that overlooks Heraklion and the old Venetian port. The walls are decorated with charming black and white photographs depicting the history of Heraklion. 

Facilities: self-regulated climate control; free wifi; safe deposit box; fridge

El Greco Resort & Spa, Santorini

El Greco is conveniently located minutes from the centre of Fira. It boasts 5 outdoor pools, 1 indoor pool, a children’s pool and 2 open-air tubs with hydromassage facilities.

Facilities: air-conditioning; fridge; safe deposit box

Weather

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Currency

Currency

Euro

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  • 1 Euro = 100 cents
  • Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5
  • Coins are in denominations of €2, 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents

Reviews for Greece in Depth

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Greece in Depth Loved everything 5
Loved the food, drink, archaeological sites, tour guides. Hotels were good overall well organized tour. Brain M - October 2018
Greece in Depth Loved everything 5
Everything food ,drink archaeological sites tour guides hotels were good overall well organized tour. Brian M - October 2018

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Special Experiences!

  • Try the famous Greek “tsipouro” brandy at a traditional tsipouradika tavern.
  • Spend an incredible day cruising the Saronic Gulf and exploring the islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra.
  • Discover the 4,000 year old tradition of wine-making on the island of Crete at a tasting.
  • Explore Oia, Santorini’s most famous and picturesque village, and witness an incredible sunset over the Aegean.

Trip Info

Group Size

Max: 20

Transportation

Bus, steam train, caique boat, day cruise, overnight ferry & high-speed ferry

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $230pp pre-paid

Tour Highlights

See the ancient birthplace of Alexander the Great • Marvel at the clifftop monasteries of Meteora • Ride a steam train up the slopes of Mt Pelion • See remnants of Greece’s ancient past in Mycenae, Delphi and Athens • Visit the clifftop Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion • Explore the island of Crete • Enjoy a magical sunset over Santorini

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This tour has a rating of 5 stars based on 2 reviews.