Croatia & Greece
DAY 1: DUBROVNIK
Upon arrival at Dubrovnik meet your driver who will transfer you to your hotel.
There is no denying that the jewel of Southern Dalmatia is the UNESCO city of Dubrovnik. With its picture of turquoise blue waters and striking orange roofs, Dubrovnik is one of the world’s most magnificent walled cities offering stunning panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea and surrounding islands. Dubrovnik’s greatest treasure is the charming Old Town, free of cars but packed with aristocratic palazzi and elegant Baroque churches, contained within sturdy medieval fortifications cut from the same lustrous stone.
DAY 2: DUBROVNIK
Take in Dubrovnik's wonderful architecture today during a half-day tour. Start the day from the lobby of your hotel with a walking tour of the old city of Dubrovnik, proclaimed a city museum by UNESCO. The old city is surrounded by a circuit of city walls; over a mile in length, and with a tower in each corner, they are a masterpiece of medieval and renaissance architecture. Stroll along the centuries-old main city promenade called Stradun; at one end of this street you will visit 14th-century Franciscan Monastery whose cloister ranks among the most inspiring sites of the city. At the other end, see the church of St. Blaise and the Sponza Palace. Continue to the Rector's Palace and the Dominican Church and Monastery, constructed during the 14th century at the same time as the city's walls were being erected.
Optional: Elaphiti Islands by private boat
After breakfast meet your local guide in the lobby of the hotel. Start your private boat tour around the Elaphite islands. This picturesque archipelago in the vicinity of Dubrovnik comprises 13 islands, islets and rocks. On your cruise, you will visit the three largest islands in the group; Kolocep, Lopud, and Sipan. A short stop will be made on the island of Kolocep; with an interior covered by a dense pine forest, the inhabitants live in a fishing village that stretches along the sandy beach. Continue to Lopud; dominated by its Franciscan Monastery, the island is home to the beautiful Gjorgic-Mayneri Park. In Lopud you will have time at leisure to stroll through the winding streets, to swim on the Sunj beach or to have lunch in one of the excellent local restaurants. Later you will continue to to Sipan, the largest island where you disembark at the port of Sudurad. The hillsides of Sipan are covered with numerous summer villas, renaissance churches and baroque chapels. During the 15th century, many aristocratic Dubrovnik families built villas on Sipan. Subject to availability, enjoy a private tour with the owner of the villa of the Skocibuha family that stands impressively in Sudurad.
DAY 3: DUBROVNIK - ATHENS
Meet your driver who will transfer you by private vehicle to Dubrovnik airport for your flight.
Upon arrival at Athens airport you will be met by your private driver and taken to your hotel.
Today Athens is a cosmopolitan and bustling capital city, set amongst ever present reminders of its long and glorious past, with graceful Greek temples, proud Roman arches, and ornate Byzantine churches. The city is dominated by the famous Acropolis with the Parthenon, set on the rock’s highest ground, which has stood for 2, 000 years. The Plaka is the old Turkish Quarter of Athens and one of the most picturesque parts of the city. One hundred miles northwest of Athens, lies Delphi, one of the most beautiful sites in Europe. Here you find the Temple of Apollo, built in the 6th century B.C. at the height of the Oracle’s importance – this significance stemmed from the belief that the Greek god spoke through her to predict the destiny of the temple’s visitors.
DAY 4: ATHENS
Following a short private transfer from your hotel, enjoy a half day discovering the rich heritage of Greece's capital with your expert guide. This morning's tour introduces you to the complex of monuments that most symbolize Athens - the Acropolis. The highlight of your tour to the Acropolis is the Parthenon, one of the most important ancient monuments in the Western world, which was dedicated to the Goddess Athena and was conceived in 447BC. At the foot of the Acropolis Rock is the Acropolis Museum, which exhibits around 4000 articles. The most impressive part of the museum is its top floor, where visitors are able to view the famous frieze and then look out on to the view the Parthenon itself. Depending on how long you spend at the Parthenon and the Acropolis Museum, there may be time to stroll through the ancient district of Plaka, one of the most picturesque and interesting parts of the city. Make your way back to your hotel on foot accompanied by your guide.
Optional: Athens Food Walk
Due to its location and rich history, Greece has a superb and varied culinary tradition that absorbs the best elements from the East and West. Nowhere is this more evident than in the ancient capital - enjoy the fusion of flavors as you take to the streets with a local expert. Colorful markets and food stores embellish central Athens with an array of delicious smells and flavors. Stroll through the local neighborhoods to visit some authentic pastry shops, serving delicacies such as loukoumades, a type of cinnamon-topped doughnut. As you take in the surroundings, you learn more about the secrets behind the renowned Greek dishes and aromatic coffee. You may wish to round off your walk by trying the celebrated souvlaki, a street food favorite, at one of the local venues.
Optional: Cape Sounion & Athens incl Acropolis & Plaka (Jun - Aug)
Today, your expert guide takes you on a full-day sightseeing of Cape Sounion and Athens. Leave your hotel in the late morning after a leisurely breakfast and venture along the scenic coast to Cape Sounion. Here you visit the ancient ruined Temple of Poseidon, believed to date from the 5th century BC and built to honor Poseidon, who ranked second only to Athena herself in terms of power.
After touring the site, you return to Athens in time for lunch in the ancient district of Plaka, one of the most picturesque and interesting parts of the city. You are then introduced to the complex of monuments that most symbolize Athens - the Acropolis. At the foot of the Acropolis Rock sits the Acropolis Museum, exhibiting around 4000 articles. Discover the most impressive part of the museum - its top floor, where you are able to view the famous frieze and look out on to the view the Parthenon.
DAY 5: ATHENS - SANTORINI
Meet your driver who will transfer you by private vehicle to Athens airport for your flight.
Upon arrival at Santorini airport you will be met by your private driver and taken to your hotel.
Truly the picture postcard destination, the island of Thira, also known as Santorini, is considered the most spectacular of the Greek islands. The formation of the island as it is today is essentially what remains from an ancient volcanic eruption in 1450 BC. Excavations began in 1967 to uncover an ancient city, which had been buried beneath volcanic ash for millennia. With its multi-colored cliffs soaring up over 300m from a sea-drowned caldera, Santorini’s beauty is no secret and attracts visitors throughout the year. The island’s intrigue reaches deep into the past, with the fascinating Minoan ruins of Akrotiri and the gorgeous traditional hilltop village of Oia.
DAY 6: SANTORINI
Take the opportunity to soak up Fira's vibrant atmosphere by strolling through its many streets and photographing the spectacular views over the multi-colored cliffs. Afterwards, you may wish to visit Oia. Known for being the most picturesque town in Santorini, it sits on the north-western tip of the island, playing host to a number of beautifully white-washed houses, sculpted from the rocky clifftops; its windmills and caves are also perched up on the cliff edge. Continue with a visit to one of the three best wineries on the island, sure to convince you that this Aegean Sea isle, with some of the oldest vineyards in the world, produces truly unique white wine using the Assyrtiko grape. Red Wine connoisseurs, however, are very much impressed by the up and coming Mavrotragano variety. Alternatively, art lovers may prefer to visit the Art Space, a unique gallery set within caves of pumice rock.
Optional: Blue Lagoon I/II private sunset cruise
DAY 7: SANTORINI
Meet your driver who will transfer you by private vehicle to Athens airport for your flight.
Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik in Classic King
Electra Palace in Superior King with Acropolis View
Vedema Resort in One Bedroom Suite
Complimentary Breakfast Throughout – A Mosaic Travel Design Amenity
Private transport by Mercedes E-Class or similar
Basic English-speaking driver for stated transfers
Expert local English-speaking guides for stated sightseeing
Vehicles, drivers, guides & driver-guides available for the stated amount of sightseeing as applicable, i.e. 3-4 hours for half day tours and 8 hours for full day tours, starting from the time indicated in the final itinerary
Entrance fees to sights and museums mentioned in this itinerary
Complimentary bottled water is provided in all vehicles throughout your tour
24 hour emergency contact service
When To Go:
April to June, September to October
Croatian Kuna, Euro