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6 DESTINATIONS IN GREECE

ATHENS – SOUNION – CHANIA – RETHYMNO – HERAKLION – SANTORINI – ATHENS

15 DAYS

PREMIUM QUALITY BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER

LUXURY STAY IN 4-5 STAR HOTELS

14 PEOPLE MAX

ENGLISH-SPEAKING CERTIFIED GUIDE

PRIVATE TOUR

AVAILABILITY

FROM 13th to 26th of OCTOBER 2023

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to a magical trip to Greece! We take you by the hand and lead you into the joyful celebration of Greek life through exploring, adventuring, tasting, and sharing the hidden corners of this magnificent place.

Traveling in Greece does not only include amazing Greek food and wine, it also unwraps unique experiences that make you escape from your comfort zone, create lifetime memories, and broaden your horizons.

As we dive into the extremes of our home country, you will be embraced with an endless source of surprise and fascination. There is no doubt that Greece is much more than just the most beautiful country on earth. It is History, Culture, Nature, a brand new way of living!

As you unwind among its best-kept secrets, this heaven will ignite a sort of awakening and it will inspire and overwhelm you with passion for nature and life.

PERSONAL MANAGER
CERTIFIED GUIDE
LUXURY HOTELS
FULL BOARD DAILY
WINE TASTING
COOKING LESSONS
PRIVATE MINIVAN
PRIVATE TOURS
MUSEUM TICKETS
TRAVEL INSURANCE
CREDIT & BANK FEES

OUR PLAN

(Friday October 13th) - Welcome to Athens

Once you arrive at the international airport of Athens, Tribe members will be privately transferred to our hotel located in the historic part of the city. We will help you with the check-in process and once everyone is settled in, we’ll gather in the hotel lobby for introductions and a trip orientation. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a delicious welcome dinner…that is, if we can tear our eyes away from the amazing views of the Acropolis long enough to lift our forks to our mouths!

Pace level: 1

(Saturday October 14th) - Athens

Prepare to embrace the differences of a culture that is thousands of years old and a passionate people with strong traditions. Greece is a country that has existed for centuries at the crossroads of Eastern and Western civilizations on our in-depth guided tour of Athens. Our licensed guide will deliver you into the world of Ancient Greece as we visit the Parthenon, the symbolic temple of Democracy built in the 5th century BC, and the modern Acropolis Museum housing the findings from this famous site.

We will have a traditional Greek lunch before we continue our walk which will include Zappeion, and learn about Evangelis Zappas, the building’s benefactor, and the instrumental role he played in re-establishing the Olympic Games as a cornerstone of the modern world. On to the spectacular National Garden of Athens and the Kallimarmaron Stadium (made entirely of marble in 144AD), and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. We’ll then return to our hotel where Tribe members will have time to rest before dinner.

Pace level: 3

(Sunday October 15th) - Sounion

Spend a relaxing morning enjoying your morning coffee while admiring the Acropolis from your balcony, or, maybe, shopping in Plaka, a picturesque neighborhood in the shadow of the Acropolis. After checking out of our hotel we will drive along the Athenian Riviera, stopping for lunch in a beachfront seafood restaurant. Our destination will be the Temple of Poseidon in Sounion — where sailors once came to offer animal sacrifices to the Gods before setting sail, hoping for calm seas. Upon our return to Athens, we will embark on the night ferry to the port of Chania on the island of Crete. We’ll have time to rest before feasting on a gourmet dinner on board.

Pace level: 2

(Monday October 16th) - Chania

We will arrive at the port of Chania in the early morning and lazily make our way to a small village. When we arrive, we’ll be greeted by Maria and Stelios. Maria will teach us how to prepare Greek coffee and then we’ll have our first Cretan breakfast while gazing out at a beautiful olive grove. Maria will guide us in our preparation of a traditional Cretan meal using ingredients we collect from the garden. Alternatively, let Stelios offer you a unique guided visit to a typical village home where our Cretan host will regale us with tales of Cretan traditions, past and present.

Upon leaving our new friends, we will stop at an olive wood workshop on our way to our seaside resort where we’ll have time to relax or take a dip in the pool before our dinner.

Pace level: 1

(Tuesday October 17th) - Chania

Today we’ll take a workshop where we’ll learn how to make olive oil soap. From there, we’ll drive to Kissamos, a modern seaside town where the economy is based mainly on agriculture – with its renowned olive oil and wine – plus tourism, and is still developing. In Kissamos, another seaside Cretan lunch awaits us before we head up into the mountains to discover a secret cave that few visitors are lucky enough to find. We will spend the afternoon relaxing at the hotel before dinner.

Pace level: 1

(Wednesday October 18th) - Chania

Checking out of our hotel after breakfast, prepare to have your senses delightfully awakened as we take a leisurely stroll to discover the botanical gems of the island at the Botanical Park of Chania. We will have lunch made with the freshest possible ingredients from the local garden before driving back to Chania where we’ll check in at a Venetian hotel in the city’s old port area. We will have time to relax before our walking tour around the port, followed by dinner.

Pace level: 2

(Thursday October 19th) - Chania

Today we will visit the Aptera Archaeological site. Ancient Aptera was once an important city-state of Crete, dating back as far as the 14th century BC. Aptera was significant because, with its two ports, it could control the circulation of ships and, thus, became a very important trading post in Crete and one of the greatest cities on the island. Aptera was destroyed in the great earthquake of 365 AD and only sparsely inhabited afterwards but a monastery dedicated to St. John the Theologian remained amidst the ruins. The site features impressive Roman cisterns, ruins of Roman bath houses, and a newly excavated theater.

We’ll also check out the Gouverneto Monastery, the oldest one in Crete, grab some lunch, and continue on to Venizelos Graves, to take in the best vistas of Chania town. We’ll then return to our hotel where we can rest until dinner.

Pace level: 2

(Friday October 20th) - Rethymno

We will check out after breakfast and drive to the beautiful Kournas Lake, the only freshwater lake in Crete, followed by a visit to Ancient Lappa Cemetery. Here an ancient church was carved into the soft sandstone rocks of the tombs in the beginning of the Early Christian Period, around 330 AD. Legend has it that five holy virgins refused to forsake their Christian beliefs and took refuge here until their death.

Then it’s on to the incredible waterfalls of the Springs of Argyroupolis, a true highlight of the area. Numerous small waterfalls dominate the village, shaded by ancient plane trees. There is also a very small church located inside a rock, called the chapel of Agia Dynami and the water which flows through is said to be miraculous.

Onward we go to Rethymno, a city on the north coast of Crete, with one of the best-preserved old districts on the island with aristocratic buildings from the 15th and 16th centuries. The narrow, taverna-lined streets of the small Venetian harbor filled with fishing boats and an impressive Venetian Fortress are some of Rethymno’s must-sees. We’ll check into our hotel where you’ll have time to rest before our walking tour around the old port begins, followed by dinner.

Pace level: 2

(Saturday October 21st) - Rethymno

Today will include a visit to the small but mighty Archaeological Museum with its many treasures from different ancient Cretan eras and Tribe members will discover the secrets of the Greek liquid gold (known as extra virgin olive oil) in one of the oldest buildings of Rethymno, where we’ll have the chance to indulge in χοχλιοί or Chochlioi – the Greek word for Cretan’s famous snails!

Our afternoon features stops at the Eastern Orthodox Monastery of Arkadi, and Eleutherna, another ancient city-state leveled by an earthquake in 365. We will then leave all things archeological behind us as we participate in a special pottery workshop in the village of Tsikalario before we head back to the hotel.

Pace level: 2

(Sunday October 22nd) - Heraklion

We bid farewell to Rethymno this morning to drive to Knossos where we will discover the palace of the Minoans, a testimony to the grandeur and the refinement of Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations. After our lunch, we will drive to Amoudara Beach and check in to our waterfront hotel where you can enjoy the beach or take a little rest before our gourmet dinner.

Pace level: 1

(Monday October 23rd) - Santorini

We’ll fly to Santorini and upon our arrival on the island, known as the Aegean’s gem, we’ll discover the unique local grape varieties found there as we enjoy a winery tour and pairing. (Did you know that these vines actually grow on volcanic soil without water?)

Next stop: Imerovigli. This upscale village sits on a clifftop overlooking Santorini’s caldera and it is in this place with these views where we’ll have a lunch prepared using local recipes before we check in to our hotel which “appears” to be clinging to the steep hillside of the village. There will be time to rest or do your own thing before our walking tour of Imerovigli which will be followed by dinner.

Pace level: 1

(Tuesday October 24th) - Santorini

Our day begins with a luxurious breakfast by the pool overlooking the still waters of the Aegean. Our first stop this morning is Akrotiri, the ruins of a city dating back to the 4th millennium BC where we’ll have a tour of this magnificent archaeological site. From there we’ll head to a site of rare beauty for what promises to be the ideal location for an unforgettable group photo of our new Travel Tribe friends with the red volcanic sand of the Red Beach of Santorini behind us.

Afterwards, we will drive to Black Beach. (And, yes, you guessed right…here the sand is black!) We’ll stop for a delicious lunch on the waterfront before we head back to our hotel to relax. Later in the afternoon we will visit Oia and, after strolling around the most iconic place in Greece, we will have a romantic dinner while watching the famous sunset. You’ll have to pinch yourself to be sure you’re not dreaming!

Pace level: 1

(Wednesday October 25th) - Santorini

We will visit the archeological site of Ancient Thera which was inhabited as early as the 15th century BC. Two cemeteries, a theatre, markets, pagan temples, Christian churches, baths and more public buildings have also been discovered and indicate a sophisticated society where religion played an important role. Thera was the religious and commercial center of the island.

From there we’ll drive to Megalochori, a peaceful and traditional labyrinth of a village with winding alleys, whitewashed houses, and blue-domed churches with ornate bell towers. In a former winery, we’ll be charmed by an exclusive, one-of-a-kind musical presentation that creates an interactive trip using mythological narration and fifteen hand-crafted wind and string instruments.

After our lunch, we will drive back to the hotel where you can relax before visiting Fira, the main town of Santorini. After you finish shopping we’ll have the pleasure of being guests at a Greek Wedding. A unique musical designed for travelers who want to engage with the local culture in an entertaining way. As with all weddings, we’ll dive right into the mix of this life-changing ceremony in a group celebration. We’ll seamlessly become part of the story. We’ll meet the families. We’ll eat, drink, dance, and break plates. While the customs are absolutely traditional rest assured that the experience is not!

Pace level: 2

(Thursday October 26th) - Athens

Alas, this is where our Aegean fairytale ends. We will take the ferry back to Athens and in the late afternoon we will check in at the same hotel where we started our trip. We’ll share our final dinner together, reminisce and bid a final farewell to all of our new friends.

Pace level: 1

(Friday October 27th) - Departure day

Hotel check-out is at 11 AM. Private transfer to the airport for your flight will be arranged according to your flight schedule.

Pace level: 1

TOUR INFORMATION

Traveling Solo

For solo travelers, there is a single supplement of €1500.

Traveling with pets

No pets allowed.

Physical Demands

While this isn’t a rigorous trip and time to relax is incorporated into the itinerary, please understand that it is an active trip and involves a lot of walking. If you have mobility issues or concerns, please check with us ahead of booking to determine if this trip is right for you. A detailed description of each day’s pace level can be found under our daily plan.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is not allowed inside our vehicles, the archaeological sites, museums, and restaurants we visit. Generally, it is also not allowed on hotel premises but you can smoke on your balcony.

Payment Methods

We offer two payment methods: online payments, and bank transfers.

  • If you wish to make an online payment, please note that we accept VISA, MASTERCARD, and MAESTRO cards.
  • If you wish to pay by bank transfer, you will have an option to submit the payment receipt and your transaction ID from your bank, on your dashboard page. Please wait for the verification process after submitting the receipt. Your booking will be automatically canceled if the payment is not processed within 7 days.

PICTOURS OF GREECE does not charge any additional fees for using VISA, MASTERCARD, or MAESTRO cards, when you pay with GooglePay, or when you choose to pay by bank transfer for our tours. Therefore for bank transfers feel free to choose BEN (beneficiary).

The payment balance will be due 90 days prior to the start date of the tour.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel 60-89 days prior to the tour start date, you will receive a 50% refund of the balance amount only. Within 60 days of the tour start date, the balance is non-refundable.

Hygiene Measures

Our vehicles are thoroughly sanitized prior to the start of the tour and we will be cleaning and disinfect all surfaces on a daily basis. Furthermore, we offer hand sanitizer throughout the whole tour. All our accommodation and restaurant partners follow hygiene protocols, appropriate physical distancing of tables, in the lobby, and other public areas. All museums and sites we will visit during the tour are now fully complying with the hygiene standards.

COVID-19 Information

All our employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For the safety of our customers, each participant should be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before the start of the tour. You will be requested to present your vaccination certificate upon your arrival.

Visa Information

Greece tourist visa is required in some cases depending on your country of origin. Please check at https://greece.visahq.com/

Currency Information

The EURO (€) is the official currency of Greece as part of the European Union.

Dietary Requirements

Our tours basically focus on authentic local Greek food which is one of the main aspects of the total experience offered. However, in case some of our clients have special food requirements we can provide vegetarian meals. Please feel free to ask us any questions you may have about food, we shall make our best to please you.

Weather

Before you pack for the trip please check the average weather conditions and bring the appropriate clothing with you.

What you Should Bring

Here is a rundown of what items you may want to pack:

Lightweight clothing that can be layered

Long-sleeved shirts

Sweaters or fleece jacket

Comfortable walking shoes

Hat or sun visor

Electric converters and adapters. In Greece, the power sockets are of type C and F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Please note that a raincoat or an umbrella will be offered to each participant in case of rain.

Arrival Information

When you book your flight tickets to Athens, please keep in mind that this tour starts on Friday October the 13th at 7 pm at your hotel, (Parthenonos str 19-25, 11742 Athens), where your tour guide will offer you a welcome meeting and later on your first Greek dining experience. Three different private transfers will be arranged that day from the airport to your hotel and the exact schedule will be announced once we have the flight information of all the participants. You will be able to check in after 3 pm – the front desk receptionist will guide you.

Should you experience any arrival complications please call our emergency number: 0030 6972026519 (24/7).

Departure Information

When you book your flight tickets back home, please keep in mind that this tour ends on Friday October the 27th and the check out is at 11 am. A private transfer will be arranged that day from your hotel to the airport.

Should you experience any arrival complications please call our emergency number: 0030 6972026519 (24/7).

Accommodation

In Athens, our guests stay in Divani Palace Acropolis, a modern 5-star hotel for two nights, located in the heart of the city with unique views of the Acropolis.

In any other destination in Greece, our guests stay in traditional 4-5* or boutique hotels.

Luggage

1 bag up to 23kg and dimensions up to 158 cm (62 inches)

1 bag up to 8kg and dimensions up to 56cm (22 inches)

1 personal item (handbag or a thin laptop case)

Meals

A traditional Greek breakfast made with local products is offered daily at your hotel. Lunch and dinner made of traditional Greek recipes are offered daily at high-end restaurants or in wineries and hotels privately. For more information, please see the daily description of our journeys. Although all our menus are plenty, extra dishes can be obtained at your own extra cost. Drinks are not included.

Transportation

For our group’s transportation, we cooperate with leading private operators all over Greece, with the most modern fleet of minivans. Highly experienced staff perpetuates commitment to quality in service and safety in transportation. All minivans are fully air-conditioned, feature comfortable seats, and have large panoramic windows.

Guide

The guide is English-speaking, certified to offer private tours in museums and archaeological sites. The guide has excellent knowledge of Ancient and Modern Greek history and stays with the group throughout the whole trip.

Museum Tickets

All museum tickets are included in our trip packages.

Group Size

This tour requires a minimum of 8 women for a guaranteed departure and a maximum of 14 women in order to ensure the best small group experience. Do not book your flights until we’ve met the minimum number of participants required for this trip. We will notify you once we can confirm this departure.

Safety and Medical Information

Our staff will have a first aid kit and medical information for each participant. We take every reasonable precaution to ensure the health and safety of all participants. Emergencies will be handled with due urgency and care. Of course, an emergency may incur additional costs to the participant which are beyond our control.

Itinerary Changes

Details in the day-to-day itinerary may be changed and tweaked as our arrival date draws near. Rest assured, that any changes will serve only to further enhance and enrich the quality of the experience.

Reviews

You are able to leave us a review describing your personal experience after completing one of our trip packages, only by login to your account, in order to protect our website against fake reviews.

Tipping Information

If you are pleased with our services you can tip your tour guide and your manager separately at the end of the trip.