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14 Days / 13 Nights
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Athens, Meteora and Thessaloniki by train, Volos and the Sporades Islands: Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos.

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Guaranteed daily departures from April to September, except for Tuesday in April, and guaranteed departures from Wednesday to Saturday in October.

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What is included in this package

  • 3-night accommodation in Athens.
  • 2-night accommodation in Thessaloniki.
  • 1-night accommodation in Kalambaka.
  • 1-night accommodation in Volos.
  • 2-night accommodation in Alonissos.
  • 2-night accommodation in Skopelos.
  • 2-night accommodation in Skiathos.
  • Guided evening walking tour through Monastiraki, Plaka and Anafiotika.
  • Hop On-Hop Off Tourist Bus valid for 48 hours.
  • Sunset Tour in Kalambaka.
  • Morning Tour in Kalambaka.
  • Train tickets Athens-Thessaloniki.
  • Train tickets Thessaloniki-Kalambaka.
  • Ferry tickets Volos - Alonissos.
  • Ferry tickets Alonissos - Skopelos.
  • Ferry tickets Skopelos - Skiathos.
  • Air ticket Skiathos-Athens.
  • All necessary transfers, as mentioned in this itinerary.
  • 24/7 Emergency phone line.
  • Daily breakfast.

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  • Personal expenses, Gratuities (optional) & Municipality Tax.
  • International air tickets.
  • Book more nights in Athens, Thessaloniki, Kalambaka, Volos, Alonissos, Skopelos and/or Skiathos by clicking on "Customize your Program" or by clicking on "Additional nights" during step 1 of your booking.
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  • 10% discount for groups of 10 travelers or more.

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Package Tour Itinerary: Trains And Boats

ATHENS - CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION
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ATHENS - CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION

After your arrival in the mythical city of Athens, the transfer to your hotel will be conducted in one of our private vehicles. A member of our English speaking team will meet you at your hotel, help you with the check-in, inform you of all the details of your trip, introduce you to the city and its everyday way of life and answer any questions you may have. The rest of the day is free for you to relax and enjoy Athens at your own pace.

Greca Tip: Extend your stay by adding more nights during Step 1 of 3 of your reservation!

TOURIST BUS - HOP ON HOP OFF FOR 48 HS.
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TOURIST BUS - HOP ON HOP OFF FOR 48 HS.

Take your seat and enjoy the city of Athens and its suburbs in a comfortable open top, double-decker bus with this unique 48-hour pass and for as many times as you wish. Available in more than 16 languages including English, Spanish and Chinese with departures from selected points all over Athens as well as from the cruise terminal.

In the evening you can join our English-speaking guide in a leisurely but very informative walk through the prettiest districts of Athens, such as Anafiotika, Tiseo, Monastiraki and Plaka.

Orange Line
Visit the Acropolis and the Parthenon. The orange line will take you on a tour of the most beautiful attractions of the Athenian historic center, where among others, you can see the neighborhoods of Plaka, Thisseo, and Monastiraki, considered to be some of the most traditional and lively areas of Athens! You can also visit the famous "Adrian’s Gate" in honour of the Roman Emperor, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, built during the Roman period and the largest temple in Greece at the time, the Hellenic Parliament in order to witness the change of Guards at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Ermou Street, the heart of the capital’s commercial district. Do not hesitate to explore the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games were held, the National Library and a little further away the National Archaeological Museum.

Blue Line - Piraeus
If you arrive by cruise you can begin your tour immediately upon disembarkation from any of the stops specifically located in the vicinity of the cruise terminal. You will marvel at the charming ports of Pasalimani, Turcolimano, the yacht marina and even "Mikrolimano", the old port of Piraeus. By combining the Orange Line with the Blue Line you will not miss out on the impressive new Acropolis Museum or the Acropolis Hill with superb views of the Parthenon.

Yellow Line - Glyfada
Begin your tour of the Athenian Riviera from the "Planetarium" stop of the Blue Line. Discover how once one of the least populated places has now become one of the most cosmopolitan areas of Greece. From the Stavros Niarchos Foundation to the largest marina, in the Mediterranean "Marina Alimou", the Yellow Line to Glyfada is a mixture of history and modernism; a combination of old-time culture and contemporary entertainment. Do not miss the sunset seen from the Marina Flisvou, or sunbathe and swim in the Aghios Kosmas beaches. In the Glyfada Terminal, you can also stroll in the most cosmopolitan neighborhoods of the capital, shop in the luxurious department stores, relax in the beautiful cafes and enjoy a delicious cocktail in one of the sea-front bars.

Green Line - Vouliagmeni
Vouliagmeni may have been associated with beaches, but the area is a history lesson in itself. From the Allied Forces Cemetery to the Byzantine Museum, Vouliagmeni is certainly worth visiting with Green Line. Relax on the beautiful Kavouri Oceanis beach, one of the most popular beaches in Athens. Discover Vouliagmeni Lake, the hidden treasure of Attica’s nature and have a truly natural and unique thermal spa experience.

Train of Happiness - Piraeus
If you arrive by cruise, you can start your visit immediately upon disembarkation at one of the stops located in the vicinity of the cruise terminal.  With Blue Line or with this train line operating its distinctive vehicles, you can roam in the narrow streets of Piraeus and get a closer look of this sizeable teeming port.  Among others, important landmarks are the impressive Municipal Theater, the Nautical Museum,  the Pasalimani port as well as Korai Square, the commercial center of Piraeus.

Greca Tip: If you want a truly memorable and romantic experience, combine this tour with the Cape Sounion Sunset Tour package.

FROM ATHENS TO THESSALONIKI BY TRAIN
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FROM ATHENS TO THESSALONIKI BY TRAIN

In the morning we will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the train station to start this adventure to Thessaloniki.  You will enjoy a relaxing train journey through the beautiful Greek countryside and also enjoy the amenities available onboard the train.

At midday, you will arrive at Thessaloniki train station (Monastiriou Str) in the city centre.  Your driver will be waiting for you with a name sign and will then transfer you to your hotel.  You can use the rest of the day to discover the astonishing beauty and charm of this cosmopolitan city.  You could start from the historical quarter of Ladadika, Aristotelous Square, the tradional markets or the Old City (Ano Polis)

Greca Tip: Enjoy Thessaloniki’s delicious cuisine by dining in one of its fine restaurants.

THESSALONIKI: RELAX, SEA AND HISTORY
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THESSALONIKI: RELAX, SEA AND HISTORY

Free day to enjoy this magnificent city. Thessaloniki is the largest city of northern Greece and the second biggest in the country.

It is famous for its history, the dazzling shops and the vibrant nightlife.

In the Byzantine era it was one of the most important cultural centers and in modern Greek history one of the most multicultural cities.

Greca Tip: We recommend taking the boat ride in the Thermaic gulf, which gives you a great panoramic view of the city itself. 

FROM THESSALONIKI TO METEORA BY TRAIN AND SUNSET TOUR
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FROM THESSALONIKI TO METEORA BY TRAIN AND SUNSET TOUR

In the morning we will pick you up from your hotel to start this adventure to Meteora by train.

The tour begins at Thessaloniki train station at 07:20 in the morning. You will enjoy a picturesque train journey through the beautiful Greek countryside and at around 11:30 am, you will arrive in Kalambaka. Your driver will be waiting for you at the station with a name sign and will transfer you to your hotel.

In the afternoon, you will begin your sunset tour, starting from one of the six operating monasteries of Meteora, Agios Stefanos or Roussanou. You will visit the oldest standing monument of the area, the Byzantine church of Virgin Mary, located in the old town of Kalambaka. This church, built in the early Christian period and with ancient marble embedded in its walls, tells the history of the city spanning 27 centuries. You will continue to the ancient hermitages of Badovas, hear about the stories and legends and enjoy the breath-taking panoramic views.   As the sun begins to set, slowly descending upon the mountain ridges, you will climb to the top of the Meteora rocks, a magical place, for a pure, joyous and uninterrupted experience.  Up there, you will hear the breeze amidst these cliffs and your heart will burst with joy at the sight of the splendour of nature. This will be the perfect way to end a beautiful day at Meteora. After sunset, you will return to your accommodation and have a good rest.

Dress code in the monasteries: Sleeveless shirts and shorts are not permitted. Skirts, shawls and trousers are available at the entrance of the monasteries for those who do not have appropriate clothes to cover themselves with.

Greca Tip: Take a stroll in Kalambaka's old town and look for handmade woodcarved objects and religious icons as well as home-made sausages, honey, fruit sweets and jams, and the regional pudding (“spatoula”) or “halva” for a sweet aftertaste.

 

MORNING TOUR IN KALAMBAKA AND ROAD TRIP TO VOLOS
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MORNING TOUR IN KALAMBAKA AND ROAD TRIP TO VOLOS

After a delicious breakfast, your driver will meet you at the lobby of your hotel to begin an unforgettable morning tour of Meteora.

You will learn which monastery was the first to become established and the reasons behind the monks' decision to climb the steep rocks and build the monasteries there. In the panoramic tour that will follow you will enjoy the incredible views and have the chance to take photos of the magnificent scenery. 

At around 14:00 hs. your driver will pick you up to drive to Volos, a large and attractive port city at the foot of Mount Pelion and home to the mythical Centaurs. After your arrival and check-in at your hotel you will have the afternoon/evening free to familiarize yourself with the city. We recommend that you have dinner in one of the famous little mezes restaurants (Greek tapas) or tsipouradika in the city center.

Greca Tip: If you wish to spend more time in Volos and visit Mount Pelion you can add extra nights during step 1 of 3 of your reservation.

VOLOS TO THE SPORADES ISLANDS: ALONISSOS
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VOLOS TO THE SPORADES ISLANDS: ALONISSOS

Early in the morning, and after a generous breakfast, you will take the ferry to the Sporades Islands.  During the ferry crossing you will enjoy the paradisiacal landscape of this archipelago until you reach your destination: Alonissos: an ideal island for nature lovers.

In Alonissos you will have the opportunity to observe shoals of dolphins, monk seals and all the creatures that populate and take refuge in the National Marine Park, founded in 1992.

The old capital, called Chorio or Liadromia, is built on the top of a hill. The devastating earthquake of 1965 destroyed a large number of traditional houses, the ruins of which can still be seen today. Many of them have been restored, especially by foreigners, who have gradually settled in the area.

Upon your arrival our representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day will be free for you to explore this picturesque island, take a leisurely stroll in the streets of its capital, visit the 15th century Venetian fort, offering sweeping views to the sea, as well as the main harbour of Patitiri, with the beautiful stone paved waterfront.

Greca Tip: Take a stroll in Patitiri's narrow whitewashed streets with the beautiful flower balconies and colourful verandas and taste one of the many delicious, imaginatively prepared, fish dishes in one of the little traditional taverns.

ALONISSOS - PROTECTED NATURAL HABITATS AND SERENE PLACES IDEAL FOR RELAXATION
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ALONISSOS - PROTECTED NATURAL HABITATS AND SERENE PLACES IDEAL FOR RELAXATION

After a tasty breakfast, you will have a free day to enjoy this fascinating island. Dense vegetation, large pine forests in a rocky terrain, olive groves and orchards, Alonissos has many surprises for you in store.

First of all, it is the proud host of the National Marine Park, a protected area and the ideal place for diving and exploring the underwater sea world. Here you will be able to see the remnants of the 5th century BC shipwreck and afterwards, if you are looking for a serene place to relax, you can lie on the beach of Kokino Castro, "the red castle", which was the first settlement of the island. Another very popular beach is Agios Dimitrios, a place that has repeatedly been recognised for its commitment to environmental conservation.

At night, we suggest trying a typical fish and seafood dish in one of the taverns.

Greca Tip: If your visit seems rather too short, you can always add nights in this idyllic island in step 1 of 3 at the time of your reservation.

FROM ALONISSOS TO SKOPELOS - OUR ADVENTURE CONTINUES!
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FROM ALONISSOS TO SKOPELOS - OUR ADVENTURE CONTINUES!

After a delicious breakfast, our representative will pick you up to transfer you to the port of Alonissos, where you will board the ferry to the island of Skopelos.

This island has become famous for being the setting of the screen musical Mamma Mia and from the very first moment you will see the perfect film location unravel before you!

Upon arrival in Skopelos we will transfer you to your hotel and, along the way, we will introduce you to the unique attractions of this famous island.

The rest of the day is free for you to relax and enjoy a visit to the capital, Chora, which dominates from the top of a hill and extends from the castle down to the port in an amphitheatrical style.

Greca Tip: You can visit the Kastro area, which involves some climbing, but you will be compensated with some fantastic views.

SKOPELOS - THE EMERALD ISLAND
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SKOPELOS - THE EMERALD ISLAND

After your breakfast, you will have a whole day to visit the most stunning places in Skopelos, strolling through the traditional alleys and enjoying a lovely meal in one of its bustling taverns.

If you wish, you can start by visiting the locations, where the movie Mamma Mia was filmed and, most likely, also inspired you to visit the island. Agios Ioannis at Kastri is the small church, where the wedding scene was shot and, while the climb may seem steep, the views are really worth the effort.

The most famous beach in Skopelos is Kastani, also shown in the film and, although it can get very busy and crowded, it is so vast that you are bound to enjoy it.  Also, on the southwest coast of the island you will find the wonderful, sun-drenched beaches of Panormos and Milia, where you can swim and sunbathe.  However, as they are located at some distance from Chora, we suggest hiring a car or a motorbike, while for more secluded coves, remote bays and serene beaches, we suggest hiring a small boat.

Optionally, as there is much more to see on this beautiful island, you have the option of extending your stay in Skopelos by adding extra nights during step 1 of 3 of your reservation.

Greca Tip: You will be fortunate if you watch the beautiful sunset and the idylic views from Glossa, the 'Balcony of the Aegean'.

FROM SKOPELOS TO THE ISLAND OF SKIATHOS
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FROM SKOPELOS TO THE ISLAND OF SKIATHOS

In the morning we will enjoy a lovely breakfast and then, we will be transferred to the port to take the ferry to Skiathos.

This is the most famous island of the Sporades, the only one with an airport, which not only serves domestic, but also some international flights, too, especially during the summer season. Thanks to its beaches and the fun atmosphere, it is also known as the "Capri of the Aegean".

Upon arrival at the port of Skiathos, we will be transferred to our hotel, where you can first take a rest and then set out on a splendid tour of the town at your own pace.

Greca Tip: Skiathos' nightlife is legendary, so make the most of it!

SKIATHOS - "CAPRI OF THE AEGEAN"
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SKIATHOS - "CAPRI OF THE AEGEAN"

After a delicious breakfast, you will have a free day to explore this beautiful island. We recommend hiring a boat to visit the well-known, calm and idyllic Lalaria beach, located in the northwestern part of the island and surrounded by impressive and impassable steep cliffs.

Very close to the Chora of Skiathos, you will find Kastro, the old medieval capital of the island, which was actually a fortified city with its 14th century fortress facing the cliffs. You can arrive there through a winding road or by boat and you will enjoy the wild and imposing natural beauty of the place together with its history, narrated in a melancholy way through its ruins.

Greca Tip: Take a stroll in the alleys of Skiathos old town, try the herb pie 'hortopita' and the spoon sweet 'aspro', meaning white, because of the colour of the blanched almonds used for its preparation.

 
FROM SKIATHOS TO ATHENS, THE RETURN
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FROM SKIATHOS TO ATHENS, THE RETURN

After breakfast and at the time indicated, our staff will transfer you to Skiathos airport, where you will board your flight to Athens.

Upon your arrival, we suggest that you take a stroll in the city center and finally make yourself comfortable in one of the taverns, where you can enjoy some traditional Greek dishes and discover the energy and vibe of the city's nightlife. This is the perfect time to shop for souvenirs, have a magnificent coffee and observe the Lycabettto mountain illuminated in the distance, while we review the little moments of this great trip in our mind.

Greca Tip: At Monastiraki Square you can enjoy fabulous views of the Acropolis all lit up.

 

GOODBYE ATHENS - FAREWELL GREECE!
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GOODBYE ATHENS - FAREWELL GREECE!

At the appointed time, a member of our team will drive you to Athens Airport for your international flight back home or to your next destination.

After spending a few fantastic days with Greca, we hope to see you again soon to create more and extraordinary moments that will be etched in your memory forever.

Have a nice trip! or as Greeks say: "Kalo taksidi!"

Greca Tip: As a going away gift you can choose from a wide range of brightly colored flokati rugs, handmade sandals, embroidered covers and Greek honey or olive oil.

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