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Jewels of the Aegean (Luxury Gold - Summer 2017)

Duration: 11 days Visiting: Greece

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Welcome to the land of ancient gods and legendary lifestyles. Sail across crystalline Mediterranean waters, savor Michelin-starred cuisine in the shadow of timeless ruins and journey along the rim of Santorini's caldera to arrive in the vibrant heart of Fira.

Our Jewels of the Aegean itinerary brings you an unforgettable series of destinations, excursions and culinary triumphs, designed to please gods and mortals alike.

• Ascend the Acropolis with a local historian and explore the Parthenon, Europe's most important ancient monument, built in the 5th century BC

• Savour a Celebration Dinner at Michelin-starred Varoulko Restaurant overlooking the Mikrolimano Marina

• Visit the stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896

• Take part in an authentic Greek Souvlaki Party

• Take a traditional Greek fishing boat and travel to a nearby volcanic island to indulge in its hot springs

  1. Day 1

    Welcome to Athens

    Embrace the enchanting capital of Greece, where democracy was born and is the cradle of western civilisation! You will be met at the airport and transferred to your luxury hotel in the shadow of the Acropolis, only steps from the city's main sights and timeless landmarks. At 18:30, as evening falls, join your Welcome Reception for a chance to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant dinner with wine.

  2. Day 2 - Relaxed Start

    Athens, the City of the Gods

    (Relaxed Start) In the morning, your sightseeing will take you past the Stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896. See the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Arch, before heading on to the Acropolis. See the exquisite Temple of Wingless Victory and the majestic Parthenon, built in the 5th century BC. In the afternoon, you may want to hunt for bargains in the Monastiraki flea market or join the relaxed cafe scene on Constitution Square. The energetic may wish to visit the Theatre of Dionysos where the great Greek tragedies were first performed, or stand with the strangely costumed soldiers guarding the Royal Palace. At night, experience authentic Greek cuisine at a Souvlaki Party- these delightful 'little skewers' of meat, marinated in red wine, grilled and served with a tzatziki dip, are just divine!

  3. Day 3

    Across the Mediterranean to Mykonos

    An early departure will take you to the port of Piraeus where your express ferry awaits. Settle into your Business Class seat for your journey to the Island of Mykonos, playground of the rich and famous. On arrival, you will be transferred to your serene and sophisticated resort. Relax by the pool, enjoy the breathtaking views over the Aegean and let the gentle breeze embrace you. Perhaps visit the spa for the ultimate in pampering and rejuvenation? In the evening, the welcoming tavernas of the town are yours to choose from, or dine at one of the elegant restaurants of your luxurious resort. Under the endless sky, with only a few candles and a bottle of fine wine, you'll find it's an intoxicating mix for even the most discerning and well travelled of guests.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    Mykonos Mystique

    (Relaxed Start) Make the most of two full glorious days at leisure, exploring the riches of Mykonos. Experience the town with its winding maze of walkways, white-washed houses, magnificent windmills and uninhibited nightlife. You could have a cocktail on the waterfront at Little Venice, watch the sunset at Shirley Valentine Beach or swim the endless array of dazzling beaches that surround the island.

  5. Day 5 - Relaxed Start

    Mykonos at Leisure

    (Relaxed Start) With another day to spend as you please, why not take a short boat ride to the holy island of Delos, birthplace of Artemis and Apollo? Alternatively you could rest and relax as you enjoy the luxurious facilities of your resort.

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    Set Sail for Santorini

    (Relaxed Start) Enjoy the extra space and comfort of Business Class as the high-speed ferry whisks you over to the truly beautiful and impressive island of Santorini. With three sun-drenched days on one of the most romantic islands on earth, you won't ever want to leave. You will be met at the port and transferred to your elegant hotel. Make the most of your free time to roam about, soak up the atmosphere and take in the beauty that you will remember for a lifetime. In the evening, you'll witness the first of the golden sunsets for which the island is famous.

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    Exploring Santorini

    (Relaxed Start) Over the next two days, enjoy a wide selection of superb services and facilities at your resort, designed especially to offer luxury, comfort and relaxation. The island's delicious cuisine, whitewashed houses that gleam in the bright Aegean sun, narrow cobblestone streets and world-renowned sunsets, all combine to make Santorini a truly unique holiday experience. Spend your days relaxing in cafes, observing history unearthed at the site of Akrotiri or lazing on the sun-soaked black, red and white beaches.

  8. Day 9 - Relaxed Start

    Santorini Sunsets

    (Relaxed Start) Make the most of your last full-day at leisure, in Santorini. Why not take a kaiki (traditional Greek fishing boat) over to one of the volcanic islands for a swim in the hot springs? By night, imagine dining in a clifftop restaurant and gazing down to the twinkling cruise ships some 300 metres below, while the sun disappears behind the silhouette of the submerged volcano.

  9. Day 10 - Relaxed Start

    Fly back to Athens

    (Relaxed Start) Maybe take one last dip in the pool before your return flight to Athens. In the evening, your Celebration Dinner is at the exquisite Michelin-starred Varoulko Restaurant, overlooking the Mikrolimano Marina.  Drawing his inspiration from the sea, Chef Lefteris Lazarou offers a unique and inspired menu, with wine included – the fitting finale to your journey.

  10. Day 11

    Depart Athens

    Your journey draws to a close with a transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Highlights

 

EXCLUSIVE INSIGHTS

  • Athens: Ascend the ‘Sacred Rock’, the Acropolis, crowned by the Parthenon. After admiring Europe's most important ancient monument, built in 5th century BC, continue to the smaller Temple of Athena Nike and witness the Caryatid Beauties.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Athens: See the Temple of Zeus, Hadrian's Arch and the Stadium where the first modern Olympics took place.
  • Mykonos: Walk the winding cobbled streets of Mykonos town and the three windmills guarding the old port.
  • Santorini: Enjoy views over the famous submerged caldera.

EPICUREAN DINING

  • Athens: Experience an authentic and delicious Greek Souvlaki Party.
  • Athens: Toast the culmination of your tour with a lively Celebration Dinner at the exquisite Michelin-starred Varoulko Restaurant overlooking the Mikrolimano Marina.
  • 9 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Highlight Dinner (HD) and 1 Michelin Celebration Dinner (MCD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

OUTSTANDING HOTELS

  • Athens: Grande Bretange Hotel Athens offers breathtaking views of the fabled Acropolis, regal Syntagma Square and the Parliament. Situated right in the heart of the city, the landmark hotel is within walking distance of exclusive shopping areas, museums and the business district.
  • Santorini & Mykonos: The luxury resort hotels on the islands are characterised by a simple elegance, designed to provide the ultimate in relaxation and refreshment in a heavenly setting.
  • Mykonos: Set in a secluded bay overlooking its own sandy beach, the Royal Myconian Hotel is among the leading luxury hotels in Greece providing a perfect balance between Cycladic authenticity and chic luxury design.
  • Santorini: Built around a 400-year old winery, the 5-star Vedema Resort overlooks the rolling vineyards, the Aegean Sea, and the colourful sunsets. This superbly located resort offers true luxury in a beautiful, bright and minimalist design.

INCLUSIVE LUXURY GOLD SERVICES

  • Be escorted by the crème de la crème of Insight Travelling Concierge - handpicked for every departure. This skilled, Local Expert will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40-seat coach, with extended leg room and an on-board restroom. It's Business Class comfort, complete with complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy during your luxury coaching tour.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling with prompt delivery right to your door. Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • With Insight Flourishes, from time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Airport transfers to and from your hotel are included.
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