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9 Day Story of Greece: Athens, Mykonos & Santorini


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.

Athens

Mykonos

Santorini

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

WELCOME TO ATHENS
Day 2: Arrive the Athens Airport today.

 

IT'S ALL SET: Meet STORY® at the hotel upon check-in.

Upon arrival to Athens Airport and if you have opted for our Athens Arrival Transfer, you will be met by our chauffeur once you have exited the secure customs hall. Just look for the Story sign/placard and your transfer to Story's Heart of Athens' hotel kicks off your Greek vacation.

Story local host provides commentary and information for Athens as well as Mykonos & Santorini while you are in Athens.

Story Way® Dining
Upon arrival to the hotel you will check-in, freshen up and then meet our Story representative and fellow travelers at the welcome dinner.

Athens Greece

Accommodation in the Heart of Athens such as Hotel Amalia Athens (4 Star) or similar.
Enjoy 2 nights with breakfast included.

IDEA: Upgrade to our 5 Star Deluxe Hotels throughout Greece - inquire with reservations.

Your final hotel selection will be provided to you at around 30 days prior to trip departure. Prefer to upgrade your hotel to a higher category? Simply inquire with reservations: 1 (877) 865-6711.
 




ATHENS IMMERSION

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.

After our world-class touring experience of Athens, the balance of the day is free. 

Enjoy exploring for dinner tonight in Athens. Story has recommendations for each night that dinner is optional.

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Option: Culinary Class in Athens $219 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

Cooking instructor

Exclusions:
Transportation to/from your host's home


MYKONOS

Day 4: Transfer to Mykonos

We transfer this morning to the airport for a required on-tour flight to Mykonos. Upon arrival we transfer to the hotel where our bags are stored securely.

Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure in Mykonos.

Enjoy your time here at your leisure - enjoy one of the most cosmopolitan of all the Greek Islands, Mykonos is a contrast of rocky hills and beautiful beaches.

 

Mykonos, Greece

 

Included Dining: Your dinner tonight is included for your first night in Mykonos.

Accommodation on Mykonos such as Carbonaki Hotel Mykonos or Similar.
Enjoy 2 nights in Mykonos

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ENJOYING THE SUN

Day 5: Free Day in Mykonos

You will want this complete free day at leisure  —  enjoy a complete beautiful and exotic Mykonos and all she has to offer.

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 every day 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, multicourse 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: Transfer to Santorini

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

Upon arrival, enjoy the day at your leisure.

The island of Santorini is perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands, formed by an ancient volcano.

Santorini, Greek Islands

 

Included Dining: Your dinner tonight is included for your first night in Santorini.

Accommodation on Santorini such as Heliphos Boutique Hotel (3-3 1/2 Star) or similar.
2 Nights in Santorini

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SANTORINI IMMERSION

Day 7: Santorini Sightseeing

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. Also enjoy essential leisure time in the villages of Oia and Fira.

Enjoy exploring Santorini for optional dinner tonight.

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A DAY IN ATHENS

 

Day 8: Included breakfast this morning before transferring to Athens for the last day in Greece.

Today board your air flight to Athens today in Economy with one bag checked - please note, this on tour required airfare is priced separately.

Enjoy exploring Athens for optional dinner tonight to celebrate your vacation to Greece.

Accommodation in Athens such as Hotel Amalia Athens
1 Night in Athens

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DEPARTURE DAY

 

Day 9: Departure

Included breakfast this morning (time permitting with your flight) before your optional transfer to Athens airport.

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EXTEND YOUR STAY!

 

Day 9: Amalfi Coast, London, Paris, Barcelona, Venice, Tuscany or Rome

Call for pricing and options.


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What's Included

ATHENS

  • Story Local Host® Welcome & Orientation
  • Story Local Host®  Welcome to Athens Dinner
  • Skip-the-Line tour of Athens Walking & Riding Tour with our local Expert Guide
  • Daily Breakfast
  • 3 Nights Accommodation (2 at beginning of itinerary and 1 at end of itinerary)
  • Ferry Transfers: Athens to Mykonos, Santorini to Athens (in economy, inquire about upgrade);
  • Guests make their own way to and from hotel to ferry ports or may opt for Private Transfer - inquire.
  • Story local host provides commentary and information for Athens as well as Mykonos & Santorini while you are in Athens.

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

MYKONOS

  • Ferry transfer to Mykonos (in economy, inquire about upgrade)
  • First Night Dinner
  • Daily Breakfast
  • 2 Nights Accommodation

SANTORINI

  • Ferry transfer to Santorini (in economy, inquire about upgrade)
  • Sightseeing tour of Santorini
  • First Night Dinner
  • Daily Breakfast
  • 2 Nights Accommodation
  • Transfer from Santorini back to Athens

Optional: Private transfer from Athens 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 representative 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 transfers and train travel.

SERVICE CHARGES AND TAXES
All departure 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 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.

 

 

 

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

2019 Trip Dates & Prices
Priced in US Dollars. Ready to book or have questions?
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Published Departures 4 Star Budget Hotels from... 4 Star Deluxe Hotels from... 5 Star Deluxe Hotels from... Required On-Tour Airfare (Athens to Mykonos, Santorini to Athens) - Priced from...
March 31-April 8
Easter is April 21
$2,879 $4979 $6979 $430
April 6 $2,879 $5379 $7379 $430
April 13
$2,879 $5379 $7379 $430
April 20
$2,879 $5379 $7379 $430
May 4 $2,879 $5379 $7379 $430
May 11 $2,879 $5379 $7379 $430
May 25
$2,879 $5379 $7379 $430
June 1
$2,879 $4979 $6979 $430
June 8 $2,879 $4979 $6979 $430
June 15 $2,879 $4979 $6979 $430
June 22
$2,879 $4979 $6979 $430
June 29
$2,879 $4979 $6979 $430
July 6 $2,779 $4979 $6979 $430
July 13 $2,779 $4979 $6979 $430
July 20
$2,779 $4979 $6979 $430
July 27
$2,779 $4979 $6979 $430
Sep 7 $2,879 $4979 $6979 $430
Sep 14
$2,879 $5379 $7379 $430
Sep 21
$2,879 $5379 $7379 $430
Sep 28 $2,879 $5379 $7379 $430
Oct 5 $2,879 $5379 $7379 $430
Oct 12
$2,779 $4979 $6979 $430
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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