Ancient Greece and the Greek Islands
Explore the ancient world of Greece with visits to the most famous historic sites in Meteora and Athens. Revel in the natural wonders of the Greek mainland and its islands.
October 1-14, 2023
DAY 1: INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT
International flights should be arranged to depart from the US on or before October 1st in order to arrive in Greece prior to the tour start date of October 2nd.
DAY 2: ARRIVAL IN GREECE
Arrive in Thessaloniki, Greece by 8 p.m. for hotel check-in. The day is yours to spend exploring the city or just relaxing after your international flight. Overnight in Thessaloniki
DAY 3: THESSALONIKI
Considered Greece’s cultural capital, Thessaloniki has a rich history and stunning architecture. Spend the morning visiting the Old Town, waterfront and White Tower, and the afternoon lazing on one of its many beautiful beaches. Overnight in Thessaloniki
DAY 4: PELLA AND GREEK MONASTERIES
Visit Pella, birthplace of Alexander the Great, to explore beautiful pebble mosaics, the enormous Agora and the House of Dionysus. Find serenity in the peaceful area surrounding the Holy Monastery of the Virgin Mary at Kallipetra. Overnight in Meteora
DAY 5-6: METEORA
Experience spectacular landscapes with Byzantine monasteries perched on top of steep rocks in Meteora, Greek for “lofty” or “elevated”. The sandstone rock pillars, reaching heights of more than 600 meters, are topped by monasteries filled with priceless artifacts and stunning wall paintings.
DAY 7-8: SKOPELOS
Relax aboard a ferry as it glides through the Aegean Sea to Skopelos, made famous as the filming location of Mamma Mia. Climb to the picturesque church of Agios Ioannis Kastri and enjoy the island’s kind people and tranquil setting. Overnight on Skopelos
DAY 9: TRAVEL DAY
Return by ferry across the beautiful Aegean Sea to Agios Konstantinos and then continue south to Athens. The evening will be free to explore downtown Athens and sample Greek cuisine. Overnight in Athens
DAY 10: THE ACROPOLIS
Ascend the Acropolis to tour the ancient Greek monument complex, including strolling around the Parthenon. Stroll through the markets of Monastraki Square and visit one of the many historic churches in downtown Athens. Evening flight to Santorini. Overnight in Santorini
DAY 11-12: SANTORINI
Soak in the crystal-clear waters of the South Aegean Sea and the perfect climate of Santorini. Santorini’s ruins and its barren caldera stand in stark contrast with its quaint towns and villages, whose peculiar houses with bright white façades and blue rooftops shine in the midday sun. Overnight in Santorini
DAY 13: ATHENS
Enjoy a final day in Greece by strolling through the Athens National Gardens, exploring Athens’ many archeological sites and museums, shopping for souvenirs or peoplewatching in famous Syntagma Square. Overnight in Athens
DAY 14: RETURN HOME
The tour concludes with hotel check-out by 11 a.m. Arrangements to the airport will be made for those leaving prior to 9 a.m. Early departures or later departures should plan their own transportation to the airport.
Tour Pricing and Payment Schedule
The Ancient Greece and the Greek Islands tour scheduled for October 1-14, 2023 will be $3,250 per person, based on double occupancy. A $50 discount is given for payment in full at initial deposit; otherwise, the following payment schedule applies, per person:
Nonrefundable deposit of $250 reserves spot
Payment of $300 due on Dec 1st, 2022
Payment of $300 due on Jan 1st, 2022
Payment of $300 due on Feb 1st, 2023
Payment of $300 due on Mar 1st, 2023
Payment of $300 due on Apr 1st, 2023
Payment of $300 due on May 1st, 2023
Payment of $300 due on Jun 1st, 2023
Payment of $300 due on July 1st, 2023
Payment of $300 due on Aug 1st, 2023
Final payment of $300 due on Sept 1st, 2023
If signing up after any deposit deadline, payment for any previous deposits will be due upon sign-up. Prompt payment is appreciated. Late payments are assessed a $25 late fee.
Tour Inclusions and Exclusions
Included in the tour cost:
Pre-tour information, such as what to pack and how to exchange currency
Expertise of a tour guide throughout the tour
All sight-seeing and visits, as noted in the itinerary (unless otherwise specified)
All on-tour transportation, including trains, local flights, rental vehicles, and buses
One carry-on suitcase and one personal item due to car size restraints
All accommodations, based on double occupancy; typically, 3-star hotels and bed & breakfasts
Not included in the tour cost:
International airfare, including any taxes and fees
Expenses due to flight delays, strikes, inclement weather or other irregularities
Passport fees, visas and visa photos as required
Personal items such as souvenirs, laundry services, beverages, snacks, and healthcare
Optional excursions as indicated in the itinerary
Meals as indicated in the tour itinerary
Checked baggage fees and excess baggage charges
Seat requests and seat upgrades
Single traveler supplement
Refunds for tour services not utilized
Other items not specifically mentioned as included
Terms and Conditions
Please thoroughly review the Terms and Conditions on our website. Submitting a deposit for services constitutes a contractual agreement with Aticus Travel and represents your acceptance of the Aticus Travel, LLC Terms & Conditions.
Liability Waiver and Release Form
Please sign and return the Liability Waiver and Release Form for each tour participant. A parent or guardian must sign the form for any minor participants. A tour request is officially submitted when both the tour deposit and the Waiver and Release form are received by Aticus Travel, LLC for each tour participant.
Due to the strict cancellation policy, in order to protect your investment, and to provide you with peace of mind, we strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance. Many reputable companies exist and you can look into any of them, but here are a few recommendations to consider: Allianz Global Assistance, TravelEx, World Nomads and Travel Guard.
Packing Checklist and Tips
Please review the packing list for suggestions and tips on what to pack, how much you can take and what to leave at home.