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Acropolis, Parthenon, Athens, Greece

STORY of Greece

Featuring Host Robby Hayes: contestant on the reality TV show The Bachelorette

Growing up, Robby always found himself close to the water. Raised in Florida and alumni of Florida State, the All-American swimmer competed in the 2012 Olympic Trials, where shortly after he accepted a sports sales job based out of Italy. The traveling for Robby began here! In the summer of 2016, Robby was introduced to the influential media world after his participation on ABC's The Bachelorette. Getting more immersed in his new world through follow up television work, he founded Rebella as a way to continue traveling the world, help revolutionize creative marketing through social media, and share the knowledge he's obtained through what has become a life-changing experience.


Trip Overview

The Story of Greece features:

  • Boutique Hotels in the Heart of the Cities
  • Sightseeing & Story® Local Expert Guides in Athens & Santorini
  • On-tour transfers provided

"I was amazed to stand on the caldera and see the magnificent sunset."
—  Jess Elkhart


THE STORY OF GREECE BEGINS

One week in Greece can change someone forever: experience Story's Greek Isles journey and discover the beauty and diversity of this amazing country.

ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

Day 1— Flight Date

Days 2-3 – Athens • EXPERIENCE THE RUINS OF ANCIENT ATHENS Meet in Athens and your journey begins.

Days 4-5 – Mykonos • Explore and relax on exotic Mykonos.

Days 6-7 – Santorini • One of the most stunning islands in Greece.

Day 8 — Departure Day.

A specially designed itinerary for the Story adventurer! A Week In Greece with the right amount of leisure time combined with art, culture, history, wine and more. Let your Story of Greece begin.


Day-by-Day Itinerary

Discover Athens and the ancient seat of civilization. We've taken the work out of the equation and now you can simply enjoy A Week In Greece.

 

I WANT MORE GREECE! A quick note: yes, you can add a pre-tour overnight (extra hotel night before the trip begins), a post-tour overnight, and you can also add on extensions to wonderful places like Rome, Italy's Amalfi Coast, Croatia and more. Just inquire with our trip specialists: Call 1 877 865-6711 orCHAT with us by clicking here.


Day 1: International Flight Date —  cross the ocean on your way to Greece

Your international flight is not included in your tour package, however, we can arrange your air travel through our STORY® Air Service Department. We'll work with you to get the absolutely lowest fare available based on your travel preferences. We utilize both our own air department and online agencies to find the best rate.

Visit Air Service department by clicking here.

 

WELCOME TO ATHENS
Day 2: Athens Arrival

 

 

Upon arrival to Athens Airport opt for our Athens Arrival Transfer ($59 per person). You will be met by our chauffeur once you have exited the secure customs hall. OR Transfer on your own to the hotel.

Upon arrival to the hotel (Rooms are usually ready between 2-3pm) you will check-in, freshen up and then meet for the Welcome Reception with Robby Hayes.

STORY Exclusive: Meet Robby and your Tour Captain and fellow adventurers for a Welcome Reception from our unique perspective before dinner. Welcome to Athens!

STORY Way Dining: Included Athens Welcome Dinner

About the STORY Way: Locally Grown, Farm to Table: STORY Land & Sea®'s unique, off-the-beaten-path venues provide an immersion into authentic regional Italian food and wine. Your Tour Captain will select a variety of appetizers, featuring regional cuisine, and will select your vino for the evening: a variety of red and white wine from the region you're traveling, and yes, "the wine flows." Then you will be presented with a menu with Story's top recommendations (where available) in tandem with the restaurant's primary menu. It's an intentionally slow evening of delight so you can savor the experience.

Athens Greece

Accommodation in the Heart of Athens:

Deluxe: Grand Hotel Britagne or similar, 2 Nights
Classic: NJV Athens Plaza or similar, 2 Nights
Budget: Hotel Amalia Athens or similar, 2 Nights

Prefer to upgrade your hotel to a higher category? Simply inquire with reservations: 1 (877) 865-6711.
 




EXPLORING ATHENS with ROBBY

Day 3: Acropolis, Parthenon, Amazing.

Sightseeing Experience: Enjoy our sightseeing immersion tour complete with the Acropolis of Athens. The ancient citadel sits atop a high rocky outcropping above the city and contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance with the most famous being the Parthenon.

Acropolis, Parthenon, Athens, Greece

Enjoy a driving tour of some of the most renown sites in the city before returning to our hotel for the balance of the afternoon at leisure.

Optional Dinner: Join your Tour Captain for an optional dinner tonight, add the optional Greek culinary class with Robby or explore on your own.

 

Join us for an optional culinary experience tonight with Robby! Only 10 positions available so book soon!

Culinary Class in Athens with Robby! $299 Per Person

Enjoy the casual yet warm hospitality of your host's home as you discover techniques as well as recipes, and hear the story of each dish – where it comes from and what it means to the family of the cook who is teaching you. Don't forget that nearly all the cooks in Greece are home-taught, and culinary wisdom is passed down from generation to generation. On the other hand, each cook is different, so you'll also find out how tastes and dishes have evolved over time. Then, once all the cooking and teaching is over, you'll get to eat everything you've made, in a start-to-finish experience that's miles apart from ordering a similar meal at a restaurant. The recipes are easy to learn and don't involve any restaurant-caliber equipment or rare ingredients, so you'll have no problem replicating them yourself back at home. You might find out how to make spanakopita (spinach pie), for instance, a snack that's as tasty as it is fun to put together, or learn to master ravani, a sweet semolina cake that may quickly become your favorite dessert. Your instructors will also share helpful kitchen tips and explain variations on the dishes. This is not cooking under pressure; instead, it's a relaxed introduction to Greek cuisine that works whether you're an occasional cook or an aspiring chef. It's also a great chance to see another aspect of Greek society – in Greece, the kitchen is the heart of every house, and probably half of all daily conversations between friends or family begin with: 'What are you having for dinner? This means that with this lesson, as well as learning recipes, you'll learn a little more about the national character, too.

Inclusions:
Preparation of the meal
Food and drinks as described in the menu
Transportation to and from the host's home
Cooking instructor



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TO MYKONOS

Day 4: Transfer to Mykonos

We transfer this morning to the airport for your included flight to Mykonos. Upon arrival we transfer to "Little Venice."

STORY Exclusive: Little Venice is one of the most romantic places in the whole of Mykonos. This neighborhood is replete with elegant and gorgeous old houses that are situated precariously on the edge of the sea. Many discerning travelers in the past have fallen in love with this charming quarter to its magnetic appeal. After a short walking tour by your Tour Captain we will enjoy a wonderful Greek lunch together at one of our favorite places.

After lunch we will transfer to the hotel. One of the most cosmopolitan of all the Greek Islands, Mykonos is a contrast of rocky hills and beautiful beaches. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

 

Mykonos, Greece
 

 

Optional Dinner: Join Robby and your Tour Captain for an optional dinner tonight.

Accommodation on Mykonos:
Deluxe:
Myconian Utopia or similar, 2 Nights
Classic: San Marco Villa or similar, 2 Nights
Budget: Sunrise Hotel Mykonos or similar, 2 Nights

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ENJOYING THE SUN

Day 5: Day at Leisure in Mykonos

Enjoy a free day at leisure. The beautiful and exotic Mykonos delights today.

STORY Exclusive: Tonight we will meet on the beach for cocktails: imagine the sunset and cocktails with Robby in the company of your new friends.

Optional Dinner: Afterwards consider joining Robby and your Tour Captain for an optional dinner tonight.

Optionals in Mykonos

Delos Tour $99 per person

Guided Delos Tour from Mykonos (departing daily). A half-day trip, including the services of a professional guide, to the sacred island of Apollo and Artemis, a famous political and religious center of the ancient world. The whole territory of deserted Delos is one of the most important archeological sites of the eastern Mediterranean. You may visit, amongst others, the remains of the Temples of Apollo, the sanctuary of Artemis, the old city & amphitheater and then, walk down the celebrated Lion Street. Also, in the museum of Delos, you can admire Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman Sculptures, a collection of vessels from all periods as well as small items used in everyday life.


Private Tour of Mykonos Town & Island - Inquire for Pricing

With the aid of a highly experienced guide you will be shown the island's most famous sites and learn of its incredible history. On this excursion you will be taken on a walking-tour through the main town of Mykonos as well as on a trip that will explore the inner island's landscape and beaches. The compact harbor-town of Mykonos is an excellent example of Cycladic architecture that is wonderfully preserved. A stroll through the narrow streets and whitewashed buildings of town is a real fantasy-like excursion, full of picturesque settings. Some of the highlights of the tour include stops at The Windmills, Little Venice and the iconic church of Paraportianni.

The inner-island portion of the tour takes you on a scenic journey through the countryside and will include a visit to the small village at the center of the island called Ano Mera. Here at the traditional village square which is bordered with outdoor tavernas and coffee shops you will also see the 16th century cathedral monastery of Panagia Tourliani. Other significant stops of interest include the island's lighthouse with its incredible vista as well as a visit to a few of the exclusive and famous beaches of Mykonos.

All private tours may be tailored to concentrate more time on any specific island attraction on request. The island portion of the tour allows for a rest stop and coffee break. If the inclusion of time for a meal at a beach-side taverna or even a swim is desirable, all is possible and best stated prior to booking.


Mykonos Catamaran Cruise - $175 per person

Set sail on the bright blue Aegean with this unforgettable catamaran cruise from Mykonos. Swim and snorkel in the crystalline coves around the islands of Rheina and mythical Delos, or visit the pristine southern beaches of Mykonos. Drop anchor for a delicious, multi-course Greek meal cooked up right on board, accompanied by unlimited beer and wine from an open bar. 5-to-6-hour catamaran cruise from Mykonos Sail among the turquoise waters of the Aegean to the islands of Delos and Rhenia Swim and at snorkel at secluded island coves Snap photos of the UNESCO-listed archaeological site of Delos Includes a delicious, multi-course Greek lunch served onboard Cool off with unlimited beer, wine, and soft drinks from an open bar Private or small-group (max 12 people) options available Choice of a daytime or sunset cruise.


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SANTORINI

Day 6: To Santorini

Enjoy high-speed ferry tickets to Santorini today in Economy. You may opt to upgrade to Premium Class - inquire.

Upon arrival we will we will get to know Santorini. Our excursion today will include a wine tasting at a local winery in the village of Pyrgos which will afford us a magnificent view of the caldera. Our guided tour will provide interesting commentary about the island and the greater history of the region. We will also enjoy essential leisure time in the villages of Oia and Fira. The island of Santorini is perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands, formed by an ancient volcano.

Santorini, Greek Islands
 

 

STORY Way Dining: Join us for your Santorini Welcome Dinner. Delicious cuisine and sunset included.

Accommodation on Santorini:
Deluxe:
Oia Collection, Canvas Suites or similar, 2 Nights
Classic: Caldera Villas, Oia Collection or similar, 2 Nights
Budget: Anemomilos Hotel or similar, 2 Nights

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SANTORINI

Day 7: Santorini at Leisure

Today is a day to enjoy all that is Santorini. Have a dip in the pool at your hotel or taxi over to see the black sand beaches.

STORY Exclusive: Later this afternoon join Robby for a farewell experience to celebrate our time together in Greece! Our private catamaran will carry us to unique perspectives where we will take in the beautiful Grecian water and volcanic rock cliffs of the islands. On-board you will enjoy delicious food and cocktails as we watch the sun dip behind the horizon. What a beautiful way to say good-bye to this magical place.

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DEPARTURE DAY

 

Day 8: Departure

Included breakfast this morning (time permitting) before your optional transfer to Santorini airport.

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Or EXTEND YOUR STAY!

 

 

Call for pricing and options.


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What's Included

ATHENS

  • STORY Tour Captain Welcome & Orientation
  • Welcome to Athens Dinner
  • Skip-the-Line tour of Athens Walking & Riding Tour with our local Expert Guide
  • Daily Breakfast
  • 2 Nights Accommodation

Optional: Meet-and-Greet and private transfer from Athens airport to the Athens hotel $69 per person. Includes standard gratuities.

 

MYKONOS

  • Flight to Mykonos (in economy, inquire about upgrade)
  • STORY Exclusive: Tour and Lunch in "Little Venice"
  • STORY Exclusive: Bonfire Party!
  • Daily Breakfast
  • 2 Nights Accommodation

 

SANTORINI

  • Ferry transfer to Santorini (in economy, inquire about upgrade)
  • Sightseeing tour of Santorini
  • Santorini Welcome Dinner
  • STORY Exclusive: Afternoon-Sunset Catamaran Adventure
  • Daily Breakfast
  • 2 Nights Accommodation

Optional: Private transfer from Santorini hotel to airport $69 per person. Includes standard gratuities.

All Admissions and Sightseeing as defined on itinerary

Services of our Story Local Host® and/or Local Expert Guide

With The Story of Greece we've crafted unique experiences along with special surprises in every itinerary. Occasionally in Greece, the Greeks will throw a festival, close a road, have an unexpected weather event, or close a venue with an unscheduled closing. When this happens your STORY Tour Captain will arrange an alternate plan and modify the itinerary.

PASSPORTS & VISAS
Travel documents are your responsibility including compliance with customs regulations. PASSPORTS: A valid passport is required and must be obtained in person by each tour member at a local passport office.

LODGING & ACCOMMODATIONS
Tour prices are per person, based on two persons sharing double or twin-bedded room with private bathroom with tub or shower. Single rooms subject to availability and at an additional cost (tour participants without a roommate will have to pay the single room surcharge). Should a scheduled hotel not be available STORY will accommodate guests in an alternate property comparable in quality and location. This is rare and STORY will advise you of this occurrence as soon as we are notified.

PORTAGE SERVICES
Portage services included at our hotels throughout your journey. Self-portage by guests for air transfers.

SERVICE CHARGES AND TAXES
All departure taxes and hotel taxes are included.  

 

Airfare is not included but it can be quoted here. Remember, you are responsible to arrive at the point of your small group Italy tour origination. If you are delayed for any reason, your vacation may be at risk even if Story Land & Sea® made your airfare arrangements. Airfare is a completely separate booking from your land tour vacation. You can cancel your vacation with a 100% refund up to 90 days prior to departure. Within 90 days you will begin receiving penalties per the terms of the Tour Application should you have to cancel.

Travel Protection is not included. Story Land and Sea® recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. A Protection Plan can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

For your convenience, we offer travel protection through Travelex Insurance Services. For more information on available plans or to enroll, go to travelexinsurance.com or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9297 and reference location number 06-0051.

The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex Insurance Services, Inc CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company, NAIC #22276. 11.17 83I

 

 

 

Dates & Prices for
The Story of Greece:
7 Days, 6 Nights

2019 Trip Dates & Prices
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Trip prices are per person and based on double occupancy and availability at time of booking. Single supplement will ensure a double occupancy room for solo use. Triple occupancy reduction will feature three guests in one room (2 or 3 total beds, eg., 1 Double Bed + 1 Twin Bed).

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