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Greek Cyclades 2020
Greek Cyclades 2020
R31,829 per person sharing

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide

Relax and get your holiday on with this exploration of the Hidden Gems of the Cyclades. Explore the greats of Athens before the island hopping in the Aegean Sea starts. Each island is something different, something relaxing and something authentic. These islands all have something in common – they are filled with tranquillity. But don’t be fooled, they have a great nightlife too. We head to Tinos, Andros, Mykonos, Naxos and Greece’s best kept secret – Paros, as well as Antiparos. Enjoy the white sand beaches, gape at the beautiful monuments, explore the villages and relax with a cocktail to salute every sunset.

Inclusions

  • Return flights from OR Tambo International Airport (flights from Cape Town International Airport available)
  • 3 Nights in a 3-star hotel in Athens
  • 3 Nights in a 4-star hotel in Tinos
  • 1 Nights in a 3-star hotel in Mykonos
  • 3 Nights in a 3-star hotel in Paros
  • Daily Breakfast
  • 1 Lunch
  • 2 Dinners
  • Meals and drinks on flight
  • Transport to and from airport and hotel in Athens
  • Ferry Tickets: Athens – Tinos – Mykonos – Paros – Athens
  • Booked excursions with entrance fee where necessary
  • English-speaking tour guides

Exclusions

  • Travel Insurance
  • Additional Airport Tax (+- R1 000)
  • Visa Application Costs
  • Meals not Specified
  • Items of personal nature
  • Single supplement charge for single room ​

Day 1, Friday, 29 May 2020

Ready, Set, Go!!! Grab your bags, your passport and your wanderlust, we are going on holiday. The flight leaves today from South Africa. (Dinner on flight.)

Day 2, Saturday, 30 May 2020

Γεια σας Ελλάδα… We arrive in Athens, the capital of Greece. From the airport we will make our way to our 3-star hotel. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore. Syntagma Square, the National Garden and so much more are just a stone’s throw away from our hotel. Tonight, we will have delicious Greek dishes at a local restaurant, located right under the Acropolis, in the picturesque neighbourhood of Plaka. (Breakfast on flight and dinner included.)

Day 3, Sunday, 31 May 2020

“High City”… To make the most of our day in Athens, we will set out in the morning on a half-day sightseeing tour of the greats of Athens. This includes the Acropolis, which means ‘city on the air’. On top of the hill we will visit three temples: the Parthenon, the temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheum, famous for its caryatids. We will also see the Arch of Hadrian, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus and the Theatre of Dionysus, which might be the world’s first theatre. We will also visit the temple of Zeus, the king of the gods. Even after experiencing all these jaw-dropping sights, we still have time to do some shopping or just relax in one of Athens’ tavernas. (Breakfast included.)

Day 4, Monday, 1 June 2020

Sailing the Aegean… Today we set sail to the island of Tinos. Indulge yourself in the many blues of the Aegean Sea. On arrival at the Port of Tinos, we will be taken to our 4-star hotel to unpack or relax. You can explore the island on your own or sit at a restaurant and marvel at the ocean! (Breakfast included.)

Day 5, Tuesday, 2 June 2020

The splendour of marble… We head all over the island today with our sightseeing tour. There are so many things to see on this lesser-known island. The chora, or capital, is best known for its religious pilgrimages to the Church of the Panagia Evangelistria. Tinos may definitely be called the marble island, as many doorways and windows are embellished with sculpted bird, flower and sailboat motifs. Even the street signs are works of art.

Day 6, Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Sunsets… Today is a good day for strolling about. The Contore Team recommends that you head up to the monastery of Kechrovouni, in the mountains, to get to the stunning views of the surrounding island. Or you can rent a scooter and head to the surrounding villages, like Volax where traditional basket weavers are at work. The island’s famous dovecotes are also a sight to see. (Breakfast included.)

Day 7, Thursday, 4 June 2020

You, me and Mykonos… We are off on another adventure, this time to the beautiful island of Mykonos. After booking in at our hotel and taking an enchanting sightseeing tour of the island, you’ll have the time to take your shoes off and relax at a café by the beach. Or, take a bus to Ano Mera, which offers superb material for photos with its traditional stone houses and bold, beautiful bougainvilleas against white walls. (Breakfast included.)

Day 8, Friday, 5 June 2020

Hidden Gem… Today’s island of the day is Paros! This island is the gem of the Cyclades. We book into our hotel nice and early so that you can take your time as you stroll through Parikia, the capital of Paros. In true Cycladic style, it is a labyrinth of narrow whitewashed streets. Visit the Church of Panagia Ekatontapyliani, one of the most important symbols of Greek Orthodoxy. Or take a photo at the Naoussa Old Port, a little harbour guarded by the Venetian fort. Alternatively, just relax on Marcello Beach, with a drink in your hand. (Breakfast included.)

Day 9, Saturday, 6 June 2020

Aye Aye, Captain… Hopefully you have gotten used to days on the ocean by now, as today we take a cruise to the surrounding islands. During the cruise we get to go to some of the best swim spots the Cyclades has to offer and lunch will be served on the boat. Dive and snorkel in crystal clear waters all day! (Breakfast and lunch included.)

Day 10, Sunday, 7 June 2020

The Big Blue… Our last full day on Paros! Make the most of your Cyclades holiday by savouring some delicious seafood, visiting the old Venetian Castle or heading to some of the lesser known villages, like Lefkes in the mountains or colourful Aliky in the south. Tonight, we will enjoy dinner at one of the many tavernas in Paros. (Breakfast and dinner included.)

Day 11, Monday, 8 June 2020

Ahoi… After breakfast, we leave the lovely Paros for Athens. Take the time to enjoy this last sea voyage of the vacation. Back in Athens we will have enough time for the last-minute shopping on the mainland for those back home. (Breakfast included.)

Day 12, Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Antío elláda… All good things must come to an end. Luckily, there is still some time to see that last beautiful place or eat that last delicious food. But soon enough, it is time to say goodbye as we head to Athens International Airport and make our way back to sunny South Africa. (Breakfast at hotel, dinner on flight.)

Day 13, Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Home sweet home… We arrive back in South Africa after a wonderful island holiday. Just in time to book another holiday adventure with Contore Tours. We take you to Continents Galore!!

Greece

Details

Price:
R31,829 pps
Date:
May 29, 2020
Destination:
Greece
Duration:
13 Days

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