WANDERWOMAN® FALL GREEK ISLANDS GETAWAY TOUR FALL 2017
WanderWoman® Fall Greek Islands Getaway: Oct 6-16, 2017
This fall travel in style to the most beautiful islands in Greece: Crete, Mykonos, and Santorini. Enjoy breathtaking sunsets, eat healthy Mediterranean cuisine, explore ancient sites, make new friends, relax, and laugh a lot! October is a wonderful time to visit Greece’s popular islands – the weather is pleasant and most of the crowds have gone home.
Tour Price: $3899 per person
Based on double occupancy
Solo travelers opt to share a room & pay NO single supplement
ROOM SHARE AVAILABLE on this tour
Single Supplement: $1015
Pre-tour option: 2-nights Athens extension October 4 & 5
Chania (Hania, Xania) 3 nights
Day 1: We begin our Greek island hopping tour on the island of Crete, in the picturesque town on Chania on the western side of the island. Our hotel, formerly a 17th century palazzo, is equipped with a spa and is located on a quiet pedestrian street in the old Venetian port. After checking in, enjoy a locally guided walking tour of the old port and discover why Chania is considered to be one of Greece’s most beautiful cities. In the evening, gather for a welcome dinner of traditional Cretan cuisine at a favorite restaurant. (D)
Day 2: Experience a fun hands-on journey through Crete’s culinary traditions. We’ll start with a visit to a local market before driving to an 18th century farmhouse with organic gardens for an informal cooking class. You’ll learn the secrets of preparing healthy, delicious, Mediterranean dishes under the direction of a local cook. Those who prefer to take a less active role may choose to just relax and appreciate the atmosphere (you’ll want to bring your camera). Our fun experience culminates at the table, where together, drinking Cretan wines, we will enjoy the food we prepared and the company of new friends. (B, L)
DAY 3: On our last full day in Chania, enjoy a day at leisure: explore shops, nearby beaches, or local museums. For those who would like a to hike the SAMARIA GORGE, we have reserved our local naturalist to join us on an optional guided hike. This gorge is Europe’s longest, “the eighth wonder of Europe.” After hiking, swim in the refreshing waters of the Libyan Sea on the southern coast of Crete and let the black pebbles of the beach caress your feet! This is a challenging but very rewarding hike. (B)
Heraklion (Iraklio) 1 night
DAY 4: Today we drive along the scenic northern coast of Crete to Heraklion (2.5 hours), the modern capital of the island. Heraklion will be our base for touring fantastic KNOSSOS palace of the legendary King Minos and ancient goddess worshipping culture. Enjoy a privately guided tour of this fascinating palace complex, which dates back to the 2nd millennium BC, and the HERAKLION MUSEUM where finds, including beautiful frescoes and intricate jewelry, from the site are displayed. Our 4-star hotel is located downtown within walking distance to restaurants and points of interest.(B)
Santorini (Thira, Fira) 3 nights
Day 5: Travel by ferry (2.5 hrs) to the island of Santorini. This beautiful island is believed by some to be Plato’s lost Atlantis. Archaeological evidence indicates that a highly advanced civilization flourished here over 3500 years ago. Visit Akrotiri Archaeological site where you can walk along the streets where the ancient inhabitants of Strongili (as the island was known long ago) once walked. Also tour the Prehistory Museum and see beautiful artifacts from this ancient culture, which at its peak suddenly disappeared. Visit the volcanic black sand beach in Kamari, and sample local wines at one of Santorini’s famous wineries. Our small luxury hotel is perched on the caldera’s edge with private balconies overlooking the Aegean Sea. (B, L)
Day 6: Hike the most scenic path on Santorini. This hike takes us along the caldera’s rim to the northern most point of the island, the charming village of Oia. For those preferring not to hike, a transfer to Oia will be arranged. There will be time to stop for lunch, explore artisans’ shops and meander the village’s scenic alleyways. (B)
Day 7: For a different perspective of this unique island, we’ll take a guided cruise excursion in the caldera and learn about its fascinating geologic past. Visit the small uninhabited Nea Kameni (the new burnt island) formed after the destruction of “Atlantis.” There will be opportunities to swim in volcanic hot springs or just sit back and enjoy breathtaking scenery. Along our course we’ll stop for a picnic-style lunch at one of Santorini’s unique beaches. (B, L)
Mykonos (Myconos) 3 nights
Day 8: Travel by ferry (2.5 hrs) to the island of Mykonos. This beautiful island is perhaps best known as a jet setter destination with world famous beaches, white-washed cubic buildings with colorful doors adorned by bougainvillea. But Mykonos has a great deal more to offer. We will explore this charming town on an evening orientation walk which will reveal a Mykonos most don’t hear about. Our hotel is situated near the harbor, a short walk from the maze-like streets of Mykonos Town (Hora) with its restaurants, shops, and little museums. (B) Day 9: Travel by boat to the nearby island of Delos, which is a short boat trip (20 minutes) away. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most significant archaeological sites in all of Greece. The island of Delos was famous already in the time of the Odyssey, and between 900-100 BC it was a major cult center and pilgrimage site. According to some ancient myths, it is the birthplace of the goddess Artemis and her twin brother the god Apollo; associated with the moon and sun respectively. Interestingly, modern scientists have identified Delos as the second brightest place on earth. Today this small Aegean Island is an open-air museum and a “MUST SEE” for anyone interested in the mythology, history or archaeology of Greece. (B)
Day 10: A day to unwind. Consider visiting the beach where the movie Shirley Valentine was filmed, relax poolside at our hotel, or explore some of the island’s hidden treasures. In the evening, our group will gather for a special farewell dinner at one of Mykonos’ finest gourmet restaurants. (B, D)
Day 11: After breakfast transfer to the airport for an early morning flight to Athens.
Optional pre-tour 2-night Athens extension: October 4-6 (see details below).
WHAT TO EXPECT
This tour explores Greece’s ancient past and mythology as well as the beauty of modern Greece. The pace of the itinerary is leisurely with ample time to relax or for exploring the uniqueness of each island. Our travel groups are NOT motor coach tours; whenever possible, incuded sightseeing tours are on foot, to provide a closer, more intimate look at the places visited. In addition to included sightseeing, extra tours can be arranged locally. On days when dinner is not included a meeting time is set so that those in the group wishing to get together for dinner can do so. A knowledgeable Wanderwoman group escort will accompany each group to ensure you a stress-free vacation. So whether you are a first time traveler or a seasoned veteran we invite you to join us on our fall girlfriends’ getaway to beautiful Greece!
GETTING TO GREECE
The group’s meeting place is Athens airport in Greece. From Athens, we will fly as a group to the island of Crete. Although airfare to Athens is NOT included, we will gladly help with making your flight arrangements. Also we can assist you with any pre or post tour arrangements in Greece and beyond. Arriving in Athens or Chania a night prior to the tour start date is recommended for those traveling a long distance. With this tour we are offering a 2-night Athens pre-tour option (see below).
The tour price includes privately guided sightseeing tours and activities with our official Greek tourist board guides and/or local experts: Chania’s Historic Venetian Port District, Cretean Cooking Lesson, Knossos Archaeological Site and the Heraklion Museum, Santorini Island Tour including the Prehistory Museum & Akrotiri Archaeological Site, Walking tour of the Medieval town of Pyrgos, Hike along the rim of the caldera in Santorini, Wine Tasting at a local winery Santorini, Caldera Boat Excursion, Delos Island tour (we’ll join a larger group). All admission fees and transfers to above sites are included Optional activities, which can be arranged locally, include scuba diving, boat excursions, hiking, spa treatments, etc. You can choose activities to fill everyday or you can relax and enjoy the beaches and the local atmosphere. This WanderWoman® tour is escorted by Erja Lipponen, owner & founder of Eurynome Journeys, who will attend to details to assure you a hassle-free vacation. Erja has traveled to Greece numerous times over the past 32 years, both leading groups and alone, and is looking forward to sharing some of her favorite places in Greece with you and discovering new favorites. On days that are “at leisure,” Erja will be available to arrange activities, recommend restaurants, and lead optional hikes/walks. On days when dinner is not included, a meeting time will be set of those wishing to join Erja and enjoy dinner together. Visit our “About Us” page to learn more about our small group tours and about Erja.
For this tour we have selected unique hotels ranging from a historic upscale property, originally a 17th century palazzo, with a spa and intimate small properties with dramatic views to a sophisticated 4-star city hotel. We avoid the typical group tour oriented hotels and stay at smaller quaint hotels and inns with local ambiance. Most of the hotels are within walking distance to restaurants, shops, and points of interest – giving you freedom to explore right out the door! The hotels are Greek-style. The rooms all vary slightly, but all rooms have private baths, direct dial telephones, and TVs. Some of the hotels do not have elevators and may require the climbing of stairs.
Price is based on double occupancy
Single supplement for private room: $1015–ROOMMATE OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE–No single supplement
We may be able to arrange for a triple room at a slightly reduced rate if three are traveling together.
Price includes: 10 nights 5-star and unique upscale accommodations in Greece; domestic transportation in Greece including ferries, minibuses, taxis, and domestic Greek flights. The tour price also includes breakfast daily, and 3 healthy Mediterranean-style lunches and 3 dinners (drinks and alcoholic beverages are not included unless noted above).
Upgrade rooms available at some properties: Rates upon request
Optional Pre-Tour Athens 2-night Extension-highly recommended*
Price per person based on double occupancy: $699
Single supplement: $230
Upgrade to SUPERIOR room: upon request
Price includes: Group transfers between the airport and the hotel; 2 nights at our centrally located 5-star boutique hotel with spa and a roof-top swimming pool; full day walking tour including the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum, the Ancient Agora, the Plaka area with its numerous monuments, the metro stations, and the Changing of the Guard at the Parliament Building in Athens; admission fees to included sites; two breakfasts; one dinner; and one lunch.
To reserve your space call or email Eurynome Journeys for an application form and terms and conditions. We will hold your space for up to two weeks at which time a $700 deposit per person is due. Add $100 to deposit for Athens option. Within 90 days of departure payment in full is due. Travel insurance should be purchase within 14 days of your first payment.
NOTE: This is an active vacation involving walking and climbing stairs and thus requires a certain degree of physical fitness. This tour is NOT suitable for those with limited mobility. All group activities are NON-SMOKING.
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