READY FOR A WEEKLONG SLUMBER PARTY IN GREECE?
(March/April 2021 — Exact dates TBA)
7d/6n Athens Adventure $1395 • Add the 5d/4n Greek Island-hopping extension for just $630
Secure your spot with a $200 deposit
Includes lodging, all activities, guides, ground transportation, admissions to museums and attractions, and daily breakfast
Excludes airfare, travel insurance, restaurant meals, souvenirs and gratuities.
7d/6n Athens, Greece
No city in the world is richer in history, myth, and legend than Athens. Discover why the city is known as the Birthplace of Democracy at the Ancient Agora, marvel at the enormous columns of the Temple of Zeus, and nibble gyros and baklava at sidewalk cafes beneath the Acropolis. Venture beyond Athens to visit the Oracle at Delphi and other Greek sites. Delve into Athenian art and history inside the exquisite local museums. We won’t just walk and look, though. You’ll use all your senses to explore Greek culture through its music, dance, art, and flavors.
The optional island-hopping extension will take you to four very different Greek islands, including the legendary Mykonos and the breathtaking scenery of Santorini.
Click on each day of the itinerary below to see details .
The following itinerary is a rough sketch and subject to change — there are more ancient history sites to squeeze in still!
Day 1: Arrivals
I’ll make sure you’re met at the airport by someone holding a sign with your name on it. You’ll have a chance to settle into your new home and meet your new besties for the week, and we’ll have our first Greek meal together.
We’re sharing a very simple apartment above a coffee shop. It’s in a great location, with lots of restaurants and nightclubs nearby (bring earplugs!) The sleeping situation is mostly bunkbeds in a dorm-style room. We have a cozy living/dining area where we’ll enjoy breakfast in the mornings and hang out together in the evenings. The apartment has 2.5 baths for us to share and a simple rooftop terrace.
Day 2: Walking Tour
Our first full day in the city coincides with National Day, which you might think of as Greek Independence Day. We’ll learn a little about Greek’s fight to throw off Turkish rule and catch a bit of the parade, and then we’ll explore some neighborhood streets to get a feel for the city and snap our first photos of Athens.
Day 3: Museum & Food Tastings
After a leisurely breakfast, we’ll visit one of the city’s top museums, where you’ll get an opportunity to look closely at artifacts from ancient times and learn more about Athenian and Ancient Greek history — including the myths and legends of the Gods.
Then we’ll take a stroll through the city’s streets and share morsels and tidbits of scrumptious Greek delicacies. We’ll visit a local market to learn more about favorite Greek foods. After a brief break to rest and digest at our apartment, we’ll head out for a late dinner.
Day 4: Ancient Sites, Sculpting Class
Today we’ll go to the top of the hill to see the most famous and spectacular site in Athens — the Acropolis. Around the 11th century BC , this sacred stone became the home of the cult of Athena, and the religious center of Athens. We’ll visit the monuments at the top, including the Parthenon, as well as some of the often-overlooked sites on the North & South Slope.
After lunch, you’ll be ready to sit down and rest your feet, so we’ll visit a local sculptor’s studio where you can try your hand at carving in the Greek style using clay as your medium.
Day 5: The Oracle at Delphi
Today we’ll get out of the city and visit Delphi, an ancient Greek sanctuary sacred to the god Apollo. Delphi was home to a famous oracle who gave predictions and guidance to important Greeks. The sanctuary is on Mout Parnassus, about 2.5 hours outside Athens. We’ll make some other stops on the way, but those are still TBD.
Day 6: More ancient sites, dance class
For our last day, we’ll check out a few more of the Ancient Greek relics — perhaps we’ll save the Temple of Olympian Zeus for this day!
We’ll also enjoy a folk dance class with a very experienced local instructor. Dance lets you connect deeply with local culture, as you experience traditional music with your whole body and move in new patterns. Next year, you’ll be ready to dance along at your local Greek Festival!
Day 7: Departures
We’ll feed you a good breakfast, give you lots of hugs, and make sure you get to the airport safely.
If you’re staying for the Island-hopping extension, this is a free day for you to enjoy however you like. Your extra night in Athens is included as part of your extension.
4d/3n Island-Hopping Option • $630
If you have more time to spend in Greece, join me for the add-on extension to the Greek Islands! This tour uses the public ferry system to visit four islands without breaking the bank! You’ll get to see both Mykonos and Santorini, and you’ll spend your nights on Syros and Naxos, two quieter islands that have a lot to offer.
Day 1: Free Day in Athens
You’ll start with a full free day to enjoy Athens while other guests are making their departures. I’ll feed you a nice breakfast and you can go out on your own or with other members of the group to enjoy any museums, neighborhoods, tours, activities, or classes you’d like to try.
Day 2: Mykonos & Syros
Early in the morning, we’ll jump on a ferry and head to Mykonos, one of the most famous of the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. Mykonos is a playground of the wealthy, known for its beaches, scenery, charming villages, and delicious food. We’ll have brunch in Mykonos Town and have a few hours to wander around and take photos.
In the afternoon, we’ll hop on another ferry to go from Mykonos to the island of Syros. We’ll check into our loding and have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the picturesque village and beaches of Ermoupoli before we gather for dinner.
Day 3: Santorini & Naxos
We’ll arrive in Santorini before lunch and have time to photograph and explore the famous landscapes of this enchanting island. After lunch, you’ll have time to walk, shop, photograph, or just sip coffee and enjoy the dramatic views.
In the afternoon, we’ll take short ferry ride to Naxos Island. On Naxos, we can relax for the afternoon and then walk together to the Portara, a giant doorway that is believed to have belonged to a temple of Apollo (or possibly Dionysius.) After viewing the sunset behind the Portara, we’ll stroll to a beach restaurant for our last dinner in Greece.
Day 4: Naxos, return to Athens
We’ll wake up on Naxos and have the morning to relax and enjoy our last experiences in the Aegean sea. Then we’ll ferry back to Athens and have one last night together on the mainland. Your last night in Athens is included in this tour.
Day 5: Departures
I’ll make sure you get breakfast and, if you flight is after checkout time, help make sure you have a place to store your bags until your departure. I’ll also arrange your transportation back to the airport. You’ll go home with loads of memories and a heart full of gorgeous scenery and a belly filled with tasty Greek morsels.
Hi, I’m Lauren Haas, the founder of Indie Travel Guru.
In May of 2013 I sold everything I owned and started traveling the world with all my possessions in a backpack. It’s been an incredible journey, and now I’m beginning to share the world with small groups of women who want to see it the way I do.
I love to walk, hike, take local transportation, get involved in local life, and learn about cultures from the inside out, through arts, food, music, dance, and culture. Come join me for an unforgettable adventure!
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$200 deposit is nonrefundable
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