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Iconic Greece & the Cyclades

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With some of Europe’s oldest civilizations developing in this country, impressive monuments still stand as proof of the empires that once called the ancient Panhellenic capital home. While the mainland’s architecture will take you on a trip through time, the Cyclades of Mykonos and Santorini will inspire you to cherish the simpler things in life. Endless blue seas, whitewashed buildings at dramatic angles and pink skies play backdrop to the distinctive cultural heritage and fascinating local traditions of a millennia-old and multifaceted civilization. Local favourites of fresh seafood, strong Ouzo liquor, sun-filled tomatoes, perfectly ripe olives and organic feta cheese will quickly become yours, too.

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2024 May 16 - May 30
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The Details

15 days

All-inclusive

$9,245CAD

Per person in double occupancy


Single supplement: $2,000

Max Group Size: 30 travellers

Deposit Terms:
$500 per person at time of booking
$1,000 per person 45 days later
Balance due 90 days before departure

Our approach perks

Private car service to and from your home airport

International flights and transportation while abroad

Meals and excursions that are typically sold separately

Tips for all service providers

24/7 Group Guru (in addition to tour guide and local guides)

$5 million of emergency medical travel insurance coverage, as well as protection for lost, damaged or stolen luggage

All taxes at home and abroad (including airport and hotel taxes)


Total PERKS value: $3,495

This tour also includes

Tour Essentials

Tour essentials

International flights with Air Canada and 1 domestic flight (details)

13 nights in first class hotels

4 ferry transfers

Dedicated English-speaking tour guide and local guides

Carefully selected visits, with entrance fees

Luxury coach bus transfers and luggage porterage throughout

Food & drinks

Food & drink

All 38 meals, including: 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 13 dinners

Folkloric dinner (included in meal count)

Farewell dinner (included in meal count)

Welcome cocktail

Olive oil tasting in Argos

Wine tasting in Santorini

Bottled water daily (2 x 500ml)

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Our happy travellers rave about Greece

Every day was amazing

Wow, everything was great. Every day was amazing and an adventure. The hotels were beautiful and the meals were fantastic. The tours were fantastic. So well-organized, so glad we did it. We loved Caroline (our Group Guru) and Harris (our National Guide in Greece). Fantastic trip! You see so much. A great vacation. Caroline made sure we were all ready and kept us secure. Loved all the tours, bus, ferry and flights. I wouldn’t change a thing. We were thrilled with the service, the excursions, and food.

Anne Marie from St. Thomas, ON
Joined us Fall, 2023

Fun times!

Highlights for me include Olympia, lunches, Acropolis, Santorini, and Mykonos. Nice to have rest and leisure time in Mykonos and a glass of wine at the pool. I also always had fun times on the bus!

Nancy from Oakville, ON
Joined us Spring, 2023

Fantastic & professional

Everyone was very friendly and easy to talk to. Joe Ennis (our guru) was absolutely fantastic and professional. Thank you so much! The food was great!! The sites we saw were right up my alley. I think just getting to know the people in the group was my favourite. I am not usually the most outgoing guy, but everyone was great.

Robert from Toronto, ON
Joined us Spring, 2023

Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly

The highlights were seeing so much of Greece and the fabulous food and wine! Our Group Guru, Joe, added humour, a sense of security and professionalism to our tour. He was very sensitive to all of our needs and wants, and always made sure we were taken care of! Our National Guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly, it was a pleasure to have her as our guide!

Ires from Arnes, MB
Joined us Spring, 2023

Impressed with the staff

We are again most impressed with the Approach office staff as they were always so eager to answer our pre-tour questions and sent us very useful gifts. Hats off to you guys!

Paul & Lucie from Ottawa, ON
Joined us Fall, 2022

Will definitely book again!

We covered a lot of ground. Found out amazing things about Greece that I did not know 🙂 A great Group Guru! Funny and engaging, really connected with us. Loved all the excursions, will definitely book again!

Kim from Winnipeg, MB
Joined us Fall, 2022

I will definitely be booking more Approach Tours!

The Parthenon, Acropolis monasteries, all were excellent. The cave trip was really impressive. Thanks so much for a most memorable holiday! I will definitely be booking more Approach Tours! Well done all 🙂

Anne from Victoria, BC
Joined us Fall, 2022

Could not have run any smoother

Just returned from Greece with our Group Guru, Caroline. An amazing trip with a great group of people and guides to walk us back to the times of the Greek gods. Lots of activities and learning experiences that could not have run any smoother. Hotels were great, food was terrific and fattening. Kudos to the approach team for putting this one together!

Michael from Thornhill, ON
Joined us Fall, 2023
Iconic Greece & the Cyclades Highlights Video

This tour’s itinerary

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DAYS 1 & 2 GOODBYE CANADA, YASSAS GREECE!

Enjoy a private car ride to the airport. Travellers departing from the Toronto airport are assisted with their check-in. Meet your dedicated Group Guru and fellow travellers and fly overnight to Athens, the edgy Mediterranean capital that has given the world the gift of philosophy, mathematics, democracy and the Olympics, not to mention flaky, delicious feta cheese. Upon your arrival, settle into your hotel and take a nice long shower, before setting out on a walk to discover the city. A welcome cocktail will be held before dinner to kick off your journey into Greek gastronomy. Overnight in Athens. (D)

DAY 3 DISCOVER ATHENS

Day dedicated to discovering Athens, including the main monuments of the Hellenic capital. Visit the Parthenon, the Erechtion, the Propylaea, the Acropolis as well as its new museum. In the afternoon, continue with a panoramic tour that includes the Panathinaikos stadium, Hadrian’s Arch, Syntagma square, and the National Library. Head over to the central neighbourhood of Kolonaki and climb Mount Lycabettus by cable car for a breathtaking view of the world’s ancient capital. Overnight in Athens. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 4 MONASTERIES OF METEORA (256 KM)

Travel north to Thessaly to discover the monasteries of Meteora. Spectacularly perched on thin vertical hilltop pillars, these magnificent structures contain unique Byzantine works of art and are still inhabited by Greek Orthodox monks. Along the way, stop at Thermopylae to see the statue of Leonidas (King of Sparta), commemorating the epic battle of 300. In the afternoon, visit two Monasteries and fall in love with the view from these floating havens. Continue to Kalambaka for the night. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 5 DELPHI’S ORACLES (279 KM)

Drive to central Greece to discover Delphi, home of the Greek gods. Here, you will admire the Sanctuary of Apollo, walk the Sacred way, and visit the temple of Apollo, home of Pythia (the oracle). Visit the Delphi Archaeological Museum to view the Charioteer of Delphi and the Sphinx of Naxos. Overnight in Delphi. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 6 ROAD TO KEFALONIA (FERRY) (201 KM)

Leisurely morning in Delphi. Then, onto the port of Kyllini for a ferry ride to the dreamy island of Kefalonia, followed by a delicious Greek lunch. Let the island’s zig-zagging coastline, electric blue skies and fragrant alleyways inspire you. Overnight in Kefalonia. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 7 THE ISLAND OF KEFALONIA

Nestled between the Ionian and Mediterranean seas, Kefalonia is one of the most beautiful islands in Greece. Morning tour of the island, featuring laid-back Argostoli, the Aenos mountain, the Drongarati and the Melissani Caves. This afternoon, head towards the north of the island to Fiscardo, one of the most picturesque villages of Kefalonia. Stop along the way to admire the white pebble shoreline of Myrtos beach. Overnight in Kefalonia. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 8 ANCIENT OLYMPIA

Cross into the Peloponnese peninsula to reach the archaeological site of Olympia, birthplace of the Olympics. You will visit the ancient stadium and see the location where the torch is initially lit prior to each Olympic game. End the day with a visit of the Archaeological Museum. Overnight in Olympia. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 9 EXPLORE THE ARGOLIS PENINSULA (218 KM)

Excursion day on the Argolis Peninsula. Our first stop of the day is at an olive oil producer where you’ll taste some of its finest products. Continue to Epidaurus to visit the ancient theatre, famous for its astonishing acoustics. Overnight in the picturesque port city of Nafplio. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 10 FROM NAFPLIO TO SANTORINI (FLIGHT) (170 KM)

Visit the Mycenean Acropolis to vist the tomb of Agamemnon and the famous Lion’s Gate before continuing to the Athens airport to fly to Santorini. Free time to settle in and to begin exploring this slice of heaven at your own pace. Overnight in Santorini. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 11 EXPLORE SANTORINI

A day devoted to exploring the dazzling island of Santorini, queen of the Aegean. Guided visit of the picturesque village of Akrotiri, followed by a visit to Fira for lunch, then Oia, a sanctuary of calm and tranquility. Continue to Pyrgos, on a more secluded side of the island, where you will partake in a Greek wine tasting experience. Overnight in Santorini. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 12 MYKONOS & AN AEGEAN SUNSET (FERRY)

Wake up to an unforgettable sunrise and enjoy breakfast at your own laid-back pace, before boarding the ferry for Mykonos, a mythical island frequented by the rich and famous. Take a casual stroll through the Venetian port and its quaint pedestrian streets. Overnight in Mykonos. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 13 RELAXING IN MYKONOS

Mykonos is meant for lingering, and that is exactly what we’ll do! Enjoy a free day in the prettiest of settings: white houses with blue shutters, sandy beaches and sunny terraces. Cool off in the swimming pool of your hotel or by heading out to one of the famous local beaches, you’ve earned it. Overnight in Mykonos. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 14 SCENIC FERRY TO ATHENS

Free morning to enjoy your last moments on this island paradise. Travel by ferry to Athens where you will have free time before our folkloric farewell dinner in the historical neighbourhood of La Plaka – Yassou! Overnight in Athens. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 15 HOME SWEET HOME

Fly from Athens to Canada, with a same day arrival. Your driver will meet you at the airport to help you with your luggage and drive you home. (B)
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Hotels we've previously visited in Greece

Athens Athens Avenue
Kalambaka Amalia Hotel Kalambaka
Delphi Amalia Hotel Delphi
Kefalonia Ionian Plaza
Olympia Amalia Hotel Olympia
Nafplio Amalia Hotel Nafplio
Santorini Orama Hotel & Spa
Mykonos Alkistis Hotel
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While everything is included on an Approach tour, we built our experiences with different travel styles in mind. After all, your time is yours to enjoy as you please.

WHEN I'M ON VACATION...

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Feel free to break away and to rejoin the group whenever you want – we’ll even give you tips on how to get around and what there is to see. Just give us a heads up!

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From 24/7 customer service, to making every interaction as delightful as possible, we make it easy for our guests – every step of the way. Just ask.

 

MULTIPLE GATEWAYS. ONE FLAT SUPPLEMENT.

$100. Flat.
(Toronto gateways are included)

 

 

PRE TOUR

Call, message or email us anytime – we will respond 24/7

ON TOUR

Your dedicated Group Guru is available to help anytime.

 

DOOR-TO-DOOR SERVICE

We pick you up and drop off in a private car.
All you need to do is pack and walk out your front door!

 

WORLD-CLASS AIRLINES

  • Assisted check-in
  • Complimentary baggage allowance
  • In-flight entertainment
  • Possibility for upgrades at your discretion

FOOD IS PART OF THE EXPERIENCE

We’ve taken time to select our favourite spots for you to safely explore the local cuisine while on tour. Pack your taste buds.

HOTELS WE KNOW AND LOVE

We believe a restful night’s sleep is the cornerstone of any trip. Check out the tour pages for images from our favourite hotels for that destination.

HIGH QUALITY, MODERN COACHES

  • Air conditioning
  • Premium seating
  • Large windows to take in the view
  • Extra seating
  • Dedicated baggage storage so you can stretch out

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