The many sides of magical Greece
|Tour Provider||Bunnik Tours|
|Number of Days||
1 to 20
Rail, Slow paced, Small Marine/Cruise
|20 Aug 2019||11 Sep 2019||Fully Booked||AUD $10,975|
|03 Sep 2019||25 Sep 2019||Fully Booked||AUD $10,975|
|17 Sep 2019||09 Oct 2019||Limited Seats||AUD $10,875|
Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Welcome to Greece and the port city of Thessaloniki in the country’s north! Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director this evening for a welcome drink.
Thessaloniki is the perfect base from which to explore Greece’s Macedonia prefecture, and today we discover some of the picturesque local towns. We’ll visit Edessa and its waterfalls, and Pella, the birthplace of Alexander the Great. This evening we’ll discover the beautiful waterfront district of Ladadika on foot before a group welcome dinner. [B,D]
We begin the day in Thessaloniki’s upper districts to see the Theodosian walls and enjoy panoramic views over the city. We’ll then make our way towards Volos, stopping to tour the Royal Tombs in Vergina and the unique restored mountain village of Palaios Panteleimonas. [B]
This morning we board the Mt Pelion steam train for a scenic journey up the slopes to the village of Milies. We’ll also explore the local villages of Portaria and Makrinitsa. [B,D]
Special Experience: We’ll try the famous Greek “tsipouro” at a traditional tsipouradika tavern this evening.
Today we 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 400 metres high. [B]
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 including the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Treasury of Athenians and visit the museum, home to the famous 'bronze charioteer'. We'll then take a short caique ride to the beautiful islet of Trizonia for lunch at a local fish tavern and continue to the scenic town of Nafpaktos in the Gulf of Corinth this afternoon. [B,L]
Today we visit the home of the Olympic Games, Olympia. We’ll explore ancient sites including the Temple of Zeus, the Palaestra, and Phidias’ Workshop, and tour the museum. In the afternoon we cross the Peloponnese peninsula and make our way to the charming seaside town of Nafplio. [B]
Admire the best-preserved theatre of Ancient Greece, the Sanctuary of Asklepio, in Epidaurus this morning. We’ll then return to Nafplio and explore the Castle of Palamidi, a fortress perched high on a cliff offering stunning views. [B]
Mycenae is one of Greece’s most important archaeological sites and the birthplace of the culture that dominated during the late Bronze Age. We visit the site this morning, along with ancient Corinth, one of the major cities of antiquity. [B]
After breakfast we discover the diversity of Athens on a city tour. Highlights include the ancient Acropolis and the magnificent Parthenon. We’ll also explore the Plaka district to get a taste of the local atmosphere. We'll then stroll through the Thisio and Monastiraki districts before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant. [B,L]
Enjoy the day at leisure to explore at your own pace. [B]
Special Experience: Spend an incredible day cruising the Saronic Gulf and exploring the islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra. [B,L]
This morning is at leisure before our afternoon visit to Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon. The incredible structure perches high on the edge of a cliff that plunges 65m to the sea. On a clear day, the area also affords views to the islands of Kea, Kythnos, Serifos, Aegina and the Peloponnese. Tonight we board an overnight ferry to the island of Crete. [B]
Today we discover the delightful city and surrounds of Chania, Crete’s capital, including the Venetian Harbour, a short walk through the local market and a visit to Souda Bay and the WWII Commonwealth Cemetery.
Special Experience: Discover the 4,000-year-old tradition of winemaking on the island of Crete at a tasting.
The rest of the afternoon is at leisure before we explore the Old Town port on foot this evening. [B]
Enjoy a day at leisure to relax in the sun. The Venetian Harbour is host to a wealth of waterfront restaurants and an old port - it’s the perfect place to begin exploring. [B]
After breakfast, we depart for Heraklion, Crete’s largest city. Along the way, we’ll stop at Moni Preveli Monastery on the island’s south coast to visit the Australian Memorial, which commemorates the WWII heroic battle of Crete, fought in May 1941. The views of the sea here are stunning! [B]
This morning we visit the Minoan Palace of Knossos, considered to be Europe’s oldest city (dating from the Bronze Age), and the largest archaeological site on the island. In the afternoon, we’ll take a walking tour of Heraklion’s old town. [B]
Board the high-speed ferry to the island of Santorini this morning. After checking in, we’ll take a short tour to the villages of Megalochori and Pyrgos, and travel up to the monastery at the island’s highest point to enjoy the amazing vistas. [B]
The day is at leisure for you to enjoy beautiful Santorini at your own pace. [B]
The morning is at leisure before our afternoon visit to the site of Akrotiri. Covered in ashes during the Great Eruption, the city has been unearthed almost completely intact. We’ll also visit some of the island’s black sand beaches. [B,D]
Special Experience: This evening we’ll explore Oia, Santorini’s most famous and picturesque village, and witness an incredible sunset over the Aegean, before a group farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Today we bid farewell to Greece and begin our journey home. [B]