ATHENS/GREEK ISLANDS GETAWAY WITH ISTANBUL OPTION

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Enjoy Athens and the lovely Greek Islands with new single friends, September 15-21, 2021!

Day 1 (15 Wed) Athens (D)
Arrive Athens in the morning, meet and greet with our tour leader.
* Tour of the Acropolis. A leisurely 10-minute walk up the pedestrian walkway of Dionysiou Areopagitou leads to the Acropolis of Athens.
* Tonight enjoy the welcome dinner at a local Greek restaurant.
Hotel: Green Suites Boutique Hotel
(5 Star Hotel, Guest Rating: Exceptional 10)

Day 2 (16 Thu) Santorini (B)
Fly to Santorini in the morning.
Enjoy an afternoon and evening in our hotel town of Thira. Our tour leader will guide us along the narrow streets to explore the white-washed houses, open-air cafes and glittering boutiques that cling to steep cliffs. The views are amazing!
Hotel: White Harmony Suites with Private Hot Tub & Sea View
(4 Star Hotel, Guest Rating: Exceptional 9.8)

Day 3 (17 Fri) Santorini (B)
* Visit famous Red Beach.
* Visit Perissa and Perivolos beaches.
* Emporeio village. Climb up the Venetian castle and enjoy the views.
* Sunset in Fira town.
Hotel: White Harmony Suites with Private Hot Tub & Sea View
(4 Star Hotel, Guest Rating: Exceptional 9.8)

Day 4 (18 Sat) Santorini (B)
* Kamari beach
* Monolithos beach
* Sunset in Oia
With the Oia sunset being so famous, few people can resist seeing it with their own eyes. The small town just on the edge of the cliff is pretty unique.
Hotel: White Harmony Suites with Private Hot Tub & Sea View
(4 Star Hotel, Guest Rating: Exceptional 9.8)

Day 5 (19 Sun) Santorini (B)
Santorini has a few inland villages that are absolutely worth visiting, where you can see the traditional architecture from hundreds of years ago.
* Pyrgos village
* Megalochori
* Messaria
* Sunset volcano trip
Hotel: White Harmony Suites with Private Hot Tub & Sea View
(4 Star Hotel, Guest Rating: Exceptional 9.8)

Day 6 (20 Mon) Mykonos (D)
This morning we ferry to the island of Mykonos, the jewel of the Mediterranean with beautiful beaches, chic boutiques and party night life. Hundreds of tiny chapels dot this blue and whitewashed island with its beautiful windmills and amazing sunsets. Upon reaching Mykonos we will be transferred to our hotel, check-in and get ready for a walking tour of Mykonos Town. We will watch the sunset at the most famous windmills for our Farewell Dinner.
Hotel: Acrogiali Beach Hotel
(beachfront hotel with restaurant, near Psarou Beach, Guest Rating: 9.4 Exceptional)

Day 7 (21 Tue) Mykonos – Athens – US (B)
After breakfast, we will ferry or fly back to Athens.
Transfer to the airport according to your flight schedule.
Say goodbye to all your new friends with fantastic memories of the trip!

EXTRA DAY OPTION

Stay for One More Night at Nafplion is Optional:
Nafplion is the most charming, beautiful and romantic town in Greece, the former capital of the country!
Only 1 hour 50 min by car from Athens.

Day 8 (22 Wed) Nafplion – US.
Leave Nafplion early morning and transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

TRIP COST:
$1888
$600 to sign up
Balance Due by June 15, 2021

Inclusions:
* 6 Nights accommodations double occupancy (1 Athens, 4 Santorini, 1 Mykonos)
* Breakfast daily and 2 dinners.
* Domestic flights and ferries.
* Event host and Greek tour guide.
* Transportation and Airport/Hotel transfers on tour dates.

Exclusions:
* Single room supplement $540.
* International airfare.
* Gratuities.

OPTION: ISTANBUL/TURKEY EXTENSION

How about adding Istanbul, Turkey to your Greek Getaway Tour (see above)?
You can either start this program from Istanbul or Athens depending on your vacation time. We can also provide an extension stay in Athens for one more day if you have time!

Day 1 (Sept 12th) – Arrival in Istanbul
Airport transfer to our hotel.
Free time this evening.
Istanbul is known as the city where East meets West because it’s spread across two continents.
Follow our event host Tom III: Visit Bosphorus Bridge, stand in the middle and you have one foot in Asia and one in Europe!
Meals: Welcome dinner!

Day 2 (Sept 13th) – Private Walking Istanbul Old City Tour
Enjoy a full day walking tour of Istanbul right after our delicious Turkish breakfast buffet.
Our trip from the Hippodrome Square where sport competitions used to take place during Roman times and where present day tourists are getting oriented. Continue to the 17th century Ottoman Mosque with its unusual number of six minarets touching to skies also known as Blue Mosque by non-Muslims due to its blue Iznik tiles within. Right across from the Blue Mosque we will visit St. Sophia Museum, the legendary monument from the Byzantine era. Lunch in a Turkish Restaurant and afterwards we will visit Topkapi Palace, the last residence of the Ottoman Dynasty in Istanbul, and finish our day wandering the labyrinth streets of the Grand Bazaar.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 (Sept 14th) – Cruise on the Bosphorus Strait and Visit Dolmabahce Palace
After breakfast, be ready at our hotel lobby. Today we will take a 1.5 hour cruise on the Bosphorus Strait and admire numerous million dollar seafront villas and mansions belonging to the elite society of Istanbul. Once we finish our cruise back in the pier we have a short walk to the Spice Bazaar with its vividly colored spices, candies and fruit stalls since the Ottoman era. Lunch in a restaurant and continue to the last residence of the Ottoman Sultans, Dolmabahce Palace, and drive up to Camlica where you can admire the whole city from one of the seven hilltops of Istanbul.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

OPTION: Day 4 (Sept 15th) – Istanbul Flight to Athens
Start our Greek Island Santorini Romantic Getaway (SEE ABOVE) at extra cost.

Our Istanbul Hotel:
One of the top picks in Istanbul!
(4 Star Hotel, Guest Rating: Exceptional 9.6)
Located in the historical center of Istanbul. Only a 10-minute walk from the Grand Bazaar. It is within walking distance of many sights such as Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque.
Guestrooms include wood furnishings and framed art work.
Hotel Restaurant serves international cuisine and traditional Turkish dishes. There is a café that serves salad and lighter fare, as well as a bar that offers cocktails.
Guests can relax in the Sauna and Full-service spa. Hotel has a 24-hour front desk. Staff at the tour desk assist and provide information on local attractions.

ISTANBUL TRIP COST:
$588 (Early-bird)
$688 (After 8 People)

Inclusions:
* 3 Nights hotel accommodations (double occupancy).
* 2 breakfast, 2 lunches and 1 dinner.
* Cruise and entrance Fees.
* Event Host and Istanbul Tour Guide.
* Transportation and Airport/Hotel transfers.

Exclusions:
* Single room supplement $200.
* International Airfare.
* Gratuities.