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CD’A Chamber of Commerce

Discover Greece and its Islands

featuring Classical Greece, Mykonos & Santorini

October 4 – 18, 2020 • 15 Days • 22 Meals

Highlights

Athens · Taverna Dinner Show · Choice on Tour · Metéora · Delphi · Olympia · Greek Farm Visit · Cooking Class · Greek Dance Class · Mycenae · Nafplio · Myknonos · Santorini · Ancient Akrotiri

* Contact Ginger at 208-415-0104 or email her at ginger@cdachamber.com *

  • Day 1Oct. 4, 2020: Overnight Flight
    Discover the beauty and timeless wonder found only in Greece. This fascinating tour of Greece begins with an overnight flight.
  • Day 2Athens, Greece: Tour Begins
    Your tour begins in the capital city of Athens. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner in Athens’ historic Plaka district. In a traditional taverna, feast on local cuisine and wine while enjoying Greek entertainment.
  • Day 3Athens
    Enjoy a panoramic tour of the highlights in Athens showcasing the city’s ancient and glorious monuments, such as the Temple of Zeus, the Royal Palace, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Olympic Stadium. Next, it’s your choice! Choose a comprehensive tour of the incredible Acropolis  -OR- embark on a walking tour of some of the city’s hidden gems, including Pnyx – where democracy was formed in Greece – and the Temple of Hephaestus. This evening, perhaps you’ll choose to join an optional local food tour of Athens.
  • Day 4Athens – Thermopylae – Metéora – KalambakaTravel north through central Greece to Thermopylae. Stop to see a monument dedicated to Leonidas who died defending the city against the Persians. Arrive in Metéora and visit two remote monasteries situated in a unique landscape of limestone rock “towers” that extend nearly 900 feet into the air. Over 600 years ago, Byzantine monks chose to build their monastic community perched atop these virtually inaccessible rocks. End your day at a family-owned taverna where you will savor a delicious meal with recipes passed down from generations.
  • Day 5Kalambaka – Delphi – Arachova
    This morning, visit a local studio to see painters at work creating beautiful Byzantine icons. Continue to the ancient city of Delphi, one of Greece’s most important religious centers during Classical times. A local expert guides you on a visit to the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Doric Temple, the ancient theatre, and the Delphi Museum with its priceless collection of ancient artifacts. It was here that the famous Oracle was consulted to foretell the destiny of Man. Continue on to charming Arachova, a popular ski resort town with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
  • Day 6Arachova – Olympia
    Travel along the Gulf of Corinth, crossing into the Peloponnese to the historic city of Olympia, a testament to the grandeur of ancient Greek civilization. Visit a local farm in the countryside and meet with the owners to learn about everyday life. Following the tour, enjoy a tasting of local wines, olive oil, homemade jams, marmalades and sweets.
  • Day 7 – Olympia
    Your guided visit to ancient Olympia includes a tour of the sanctuary of Zeus, the Olympic Stadium – where the first Olympic Games were held in 776 B.C. – and the museum. Next, learn how to cook some of the region’s best dishes as you partake in a Mediterranean cooking experience followed by a traditional Greek lunch. This evening, broaden your knowledge of traditional Greek musical instruments and folkloric dances with a delightful Greek dance class.
  • Day 8Olympia – Mycenae – Nafplio
    Enjoy spectacular scenery as you cross the Arkadian Mountains en route to the ancient city of Mycenae for a guided visit of the excavations featuring the Beehive Tombs and the Lion Gate. Your day ends in the picturesque seaside resort of Nafplio. flight.
  • Day 9Nafplio – Athens – Mykonos
    This morning, transfer* to the port of Athens for the high-speed ferry ride to Mykonos, the whitewashed jewel of the Cyclades Islands. Enjoy magnificent views as you cruise across the brilliant Aegean Sea to this island paradise.
  • Day 10Mykonos
    Enjoy a relaxing day to independently explore the charms of Mykonos. Don’t miss Mykonos Town, where mazes of narrow streets link the whitewashed buildings and traditional life continues amidst the bustling activity.
  • Day 11Mykonos – Santorini
    Cruise to the most spectacular destination in the Mediterranean, the fabled island of Santorini.
  • Day 12Santorini – Oia – Santorini
    Begin your day with a visit to the excavation site of ancient Akrotiri, the most important prehistoric settlement found anywhere in the Eastern Mediterranean. Known as the “Minoan Pompeii,” the flourishing town was at once destroyed and preserved by a volcanic eruption around 1450 B.C. Next, travel through a fascinating landscape of vineyards, whitewashed chapels and volcanic cliffs to the spectacular town of Oia, where the best views of the crater are found. End your day with a visit to a local winery that produces the unique and famous wines of Santorini.
  • Day 13Santorini
    Your day is at leisure to relax or independently explore Santorini, considered one of the most stunning landscapes in the world. Shop in Thira’s charming town center, take in the breathtaking scenery, visit a local museum or simply enjoy the amenities of your hotel.

  • Day 14 – Santorini – Athens
    Bid farewell to the Greek Islands and fly back to Athens for your overnight stay. Celebrate the end of a memorable trip to Greece with a delightful farewell dinner.
  • Day 15 – Oct 18, 2020: Athens – Tour Ends
    Bid farewell to the Greek Islands and fly back to Athens for your overnight stay. Celebrate the end of a memorable trip to Greece with a delightful farewell dinner.

 

**For more information, visit: https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/953459**

Plan now to join Coeur d’Alene Chamber group for this once in a lifetime Greek adventure. Please call ginger at 208-415-0104; please email your registration form to ginger@chdachamber.com · Website: www.cdachamber.com · Tour Operator: Collette Travel Services, 1-800-468-5955
Website: travel.gocollette.com