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Greece & Cyprus

2 countries17 cities
9 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites
Discover two jewels of the Mediterranean, travelling from Limassol to Athens on this fascinating journey. Delve into the history of ancient civilisations, explore amazing landscapes by train, boat and 4WD, stroll through picturesque villages and experience traditional cuisine and wine.BYZANTINE CASTLES & OLIVE PIES
Welcome to Cyprus, an island rich in history and culture, and one of the oldest civilisations in the Mediterranean. We'll explore medieval Castles and fortresses dating back to the Byzantine era, travel to the spectacular TroodosMountains, and take a 4WD Jeep safari to discover the natural wonders of the Akamas Peninsula. Along the way savour the unique tastes of Cyprus including olive pie making, locally baked haloumi cheese pastries, traditional wines & liqueurs and dinner on a beautiful sunset yacht cruise of the Mediterranean.The Many Sides of AthensArrive into the capital of Greece, Athens. We'll discover the diversity of the ancient and modern city, exploring the Acropolis, Parthenon, the Temple of Poseidon and the lively districts of Plaka, Monastiraki and Thisio to get a taste of the local atmosphere.Magical MeteoraThe incredible cliff-top monasteries of Meteora await. Also known as the 'hanging rocks' or 'columns of the sky', monks have been settled here since the 11th century. The cliffs are regarded as the perfect place to achieve absolute isolation and discover peace and harmony since early Christian times.Ancient Corinth & The PeloponneseFrom Meteora we travel south to scenic Nafpaktos on the Corinthian Gulf, stopping to explore the ruins in Delphi, considered by the ancient Greeks to be the centre of the world. Ride a scenic train through Vouraios Gorge and travel down to Nafplio visiting the 'Cave of the Lakes', famous in Greek Mythology. We'll also discover Sparta, Mystras and Mycenae, all key places in Greek history.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Europe. Taxes included
  • Economy-class flight within Europe
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $250pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 18 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 18 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinner

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour directors
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Sightseeing

Cyprus, jewel of the Mediterranean

  • Discover the city of Limassol on a full day sightseeing tour including the medieval Castle of Kolossi and the ancient Kingdom of Kourion.
  • Visit the Olive Park and try some local dishes over tastings.
  • Explore the harbour and the medieval fortress of Kyrenia, which houses some of the world's oldest shipwrecks and dates back to the Byzantine era.
  • Tour the town of Nicosia including the 16th century Venetian Walls and the Famagusta Gate.
  • Enjoy some free time to stroll through the cobblestone streets of Laiki Geitonia.
  • Enjoy a full day tour to explore rural Cyprus, including Kykkos, the Troodos Mountains and Omodos.
  • View the monastery of Kykkos and visit the tomb of Archbishop Makarios III in Throni.
  • Try a selection of the local wines and liqueurs at a tasting in Omodos.
  • Explore the picturesque village of Omodos.
  • Enjoy a haloumi cheese pie baking demonstration at the famous Omodos Bakery.
  • Stop at the birthplace of goddess Aphrodite-Cypria, the beautiful beach of Petra tou Romiou.
  • Tour the heritage-listed town of Paphos including the Tombs of the Kings and the Paphos Archaeological Park, home to mosaics of the Roman period.
  • Stroll along Paphos' beautiful Limanaki (harbour).
  • Discover the natural beauty of Akamas, one of the most beautiful spots on the island, on a 4WD Jeep safari.
  • Farewell the Mediterranean on a sunset yacht cruise with dinner, drinks and live music.

Magical Greece

  • Discover Athens on a panoramic tour of the city, taking in the Academy, the National Library, the Greek Parliament and the Tomb of Unknown Soldier, the Panathinaikon marble stadium where the first modern Olympics took place, Hadrian's Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and other monuments and landmarks of the city.
  • Enjoy a guided visit to the museum of Acropolis, considered one of the best museums in Europe.
  • Stroll through the popular Monastiraki and Plaka areas.
  • Stop at Thermopylae to see the Statue of Leonidas.
  • Be amazed by the fascinating cliff-top monasteries of Meteora.
  • Take a short boat ride to the island in the middle of Lake Pamvatis in Ioannina.
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Ioannina to discover its old town and unique Byzantine castle from 528 A.C.
  • Stop in the mountain village of Metsovo, known for its local dairy products.
  • In Delphi admire the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians and visit the museum, home to the famous "bronze charioteer".
  • Discover the ancient site of Olympia including the Temple of Zeus, the Palaestra, Phidias's Workshop and the Olympia Archaeological Museum.
  • Why not descend from the castle on foot, discovering the streets and sights of upper Nafpaktos, with your guide?
  • Take the 'Rack & Pinion' train on a spectacular hour's journey through the scenic Vouraikos gorge, travelling along the river and through rock tunnels to the village of Kalavrita.
  • Visit the Cave of the Lakes where, according to Greek Mythology, the caves were used by the daughters of the King of Tiryns as a refuge when they were possessed by madness.
  • See Mystras, the biggest, most important, and best preserved Byzantine fortified citadel in Greece.
  • Visit Mycenae, one of Greece's most important archaeological sites, and see the tomb of Agamemnon and the famous Lion's gate.
  • Stop at a local winery in the Nemea region for a tasting.
  • Take a cooking class a a small village near Nafplio and enjoy the dishes for lunch.
  • Visit Epidaurus, the most important healing center in antiquity, famous for its theatre with incomparable acoustics.
  • Tour the ancient city of Corinth and visit the Agora (market place) and the Temple of Apollo.
  • See the famous Corinth Canal.
  • Visit Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon, an incredible structure perched high on a cliff overlooking the ocean.
  • Enjoy a Greek cooking demonstration and traditional Greek dances.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
21
Price From
AUD $10,645
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Slow paced, Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
16 May 201905 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $10,100
29 Aug 201918 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $10,200
19 Sep 201909 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $10,200
ItineraryExpand
Greece & Cyprus

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia
Day 2. Arrive Larnaca - Limassol

Welcome to Cyprus and the delightful city of Limassol! Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director this evening for a welcome drink.

Day 3. Limassol

Discover the city of Limassol on a full day of sightseeing. Our day will begin at the medieval Castle of Kolossi and the ancient Kingdom of Kourion. We'll also visit the Olive Park and try some local dishes over lunch here. Tonight we'll enjoy a group dinner at a local restaurant to welcome us to Cyprus. [B,L,D]

Day 4. Nicosia & Kyrenia Excursion

Today we'll explore the northern part of Cyprus. Travelling to Kyrenia we'll see the harbour and medieval fortress, dating back to the Byzantine era. Later we'll visit the divided city of Nicosia, split into its rival Greek and Turkish sides. Here we'll discover its 16th century Venetian walls, the Famagusta Gate, and have some free time to enjoy Laiki Geitonia. [B]

Day 5. Kykkos, Troodos & Omodos Excursion

We explore the picturesque Troodos Mountains this morning, beginning at the Byzantine Kykkos Monastery. The village of Omodos has a long tradition in winemaking, and we'll be able to try a selection of the local wines and liqueurs, including the famous Commandaria dessert wine and Zivania. [B]

Special Experience: This afternoon we'll visit a local bakery in Omodos and sample its famous haloumi cheese pies after a demonstration.

Day 6. Limassol - Paphos

This morning we'll make our way to the heritage-listed town of Paphos. Along the way we'll stop at Petra tou Romiou, a stunning beach and birthplace of the legendary goddess of beauty and love, Aphrodite. [B]

Day 7. Paphos

The day is at leisure for you to enjoy this beautiful town at your own pace. Why not head down to the Limanaki (harbour) area? It's one of the prettiest spots on the island and home to quaint shops, restaurants, bars and traditional taverns. [B]

Day 8. Paphos

This morning we'll discover the natural beauty of Akamas on a 4WD jeep safari. One of the most beautiful spots on the island, it is also home to the Baths of Aphrodite. We'll then enjoy a traditional Cypriot lunch at a local tavern. [B,L,D]

Special Experience: This evening we'll board a yacht and experience a breathtaking Mediterranean sunset on a dinner cruise.

Day 9. Paphos - Larnaca - Athens

After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our flight to Athens, Greece's vibrant capital. [B]

Day 10. Athens

Today we discover the diversity of Athens on a city tour. Highlights include the ancient Acropolis and the magnificent Parthenon. We'll also wander through the Thisio, Monastiraki and Plaka districts to get a taste of the local atmosphere. [B]

Day 11. Athens - Kalambaka

This morning we depart for Kalambaka, gateway to Meteora. In the afternoon we'll discover the amazing clifftop monasteries of Meteora. Monks have lived atop these 'columns of the sky' since the 11th century. The tallest of these incredible rock formations reaches 400m high. [B]

Day 12. Kalambaka

We'll begin the day discovering the old town of Ioannina. This afternoon we'll venture into the area's scenic hinterland and visit the stunning village of Metsovo, perched high on the side of a mountain. Enjoy some free time to visit the quaint shops and caf s. [B]

Day 13. Kalambaka - Nafpaktos

This morning we visit Delphi, considered by the ancient Greeks to be the centre of the world. We'll enjoy a guided tour of the archaeological ruins and museum. After enjoying lunch overlooking the Corinthian Gulf, we'll continue to the sunny harbour town of Nafpaktos. [B,L]

Day 14. Nafpaktos

Today we visit the home of the Olympic Games, Olympia. We'll explore the ancient site and tour the museum. Later this afternoon we'll make our way up to Nafpaktos Castle for amazing views. [B]

Optional Walking Discovery: Why not descend from the castle on foot, discovering the streets and sights of upper Nafpaktos, with your guide? Learn more

Day 15. Nafpaktos - Nafplio

Special Experience: We board a 'Rack & Pinion' train for a spectacular ride up to the mountain village of Kalavryta through Vouraikos Gorge.

As we return down the back of the mountain, we visit the 'Cave of the Lakes'. According to Greek mythology, the caves were used by the daughters of the King of Tiryns as a refuge when they were possessed by madness. [B]

Day 16. Nafplio

After breakfast we drive to Sparta, famous for its ancient warrior society which focused its social system completely on military training and excellence. Here we'll visit the olive oil museum and Mystras, the best-preserved Byzantine citadel in Greece. [B]

Day 17. Nafplio

Mycenae is one of Greece's most important archaeological sites and birthplace of the culture that dominated the country during the late Bronze Age. This afternoon we'll stop at a local winery in the Nemea region for a tasting. [B,L]

Special Experience: We'll take a cooking class at a small nearby village and enjoy the dishes for lunch.

Day 18. Nafplio - Athens

On our return to Athens, we stop at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus, ancient Corinth, one of the major cities of antiquity, and cross the famous Corinth Canal. [B]

Day 19. Athens

Enjoy the morning at leisure. This afternoon we visit Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon. The incredible structure perches high on the edge of a cliff that plunges 65m into the sea. On a clear day, the area also affords views to the islands of Kea, Kythnos, Serifos, Aegina and the Peloponnese. [B,D]

Special Experience: Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner with a traditional cooking demonstration and Greek dances.

Day 20. Depart Athens

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 21. Arrive Australia