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The Best of Greece!

The Best of Greece:  Athens and the Greek Islands

July 7-July 16, 2022

Athens, Poros, Hydra, Aegina, Santorini

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Let’s explore the history of an ancient city and visit the Greek islands you have dreamed of visiting on a fabulous dream vacation customized just for you! Each itinerary is tweaked to meet the needs of each group. The best part is not having to make the decision to choose between time in the city, sailing in the islands or spending a few days retreating and taking care of YOU. We will do it all during this fabulous 10 day, 9 night escape to beautiful Greece.
Let’s begin in Athens and tour the Acropolis, the Agora and the ancient temples of Athens. We will learn to dance the Zorba, eat incredible meals and make new friends. We will then set sail on a private yacht to the dreamy Greek islands, hop a fast ferry, walk on a volcano, enjoy black sandy beaches, deep blue seas and spectacular sunsets. We will visit wineries, art galleries and museums.

This the Best of Greece and the Greek Islands!

Aboard our yacht, we will head to the nearest Greek islands. To describe the Greek Island experience, in it’s most simplicity: When a morning is spent in pursuit of sea glass rather than a paycheck. When the time passes in the quiet hours instead of the hurried and hectic minutes.  When the sapphire seas call your name. When the extreme beauty of white architecture and blue domed roofs dominate your vistas. When the glow of the setting sun reminds you that it is time to swim back to your home….your comfortable, floating home.  To slumber in a beautiful anchorage with majestic views and the power of the sea.

This is sailing in the Greek Islands.

This is your time to take care of you!  Treat yourself to breathtaking sunsets, eat healthy Mediterranean cuisine, explore ancient sites, make new friends, relax, share and laugh. Writers, poets, artists, scientists, philosophers have all been inspired by Greece. Be inspired! The joy of being with other women who are compassionate and share in your dream of being in Greece. Join us!
Day 1

Welcome To Athens….the beginning of Your “Best of Both Worlds” Dream Vacation

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You will fly into Athens to arrive before noon where you will be welcomed at Athens International Airport by a private driver and taken to your luxurious boutique hotel in the center of beautiful Athens. The afternoon can be spent relaxing or walking through the beautiful area of the Plaka. This is an easy stroll through cobblestone streets, great shopping, sidewalk cafes and tavernas. Happily arrived and after meeting new fellow travelers, we will spend an evening gazing across the beautiful Athenian sky over the city of Athens and the Acropolis.

*Dinner and Wine


Day 2

Ancient Athens Walking Tour…Delight in the present, experience the past!

 

Athens:   After our breakfast under the amazing Acropolis, we will meet our private guide and begin our walking tour of Athens.  Starting in the Plaka, we will visit the Acropolis and it’s timeless temples of the Parthenon, Erectheion and Athena Nike. We will make a short climb up to the Hill of Philopappus to the imposing Roman period funeral monument with extensive views of Athens and Piraeus.  The afternoon will be spent at the New Acropolis Museum before our evening in a Greek taverna:  fun, food and Greek Folk Dancing. And yes, if you want to shop, there is plenty of shopping!

*breakfast, dinner


Day 3

Aegina: Home of the Pistachio growers

Breakfast and morning at leisure to continue exploring, to visit another museum or do more shopping. You will pack and check out to continue  your dream vacation to the Greek Islands.  We will then meet in early afternoon and began our coastal drive to the marina where we will embark our luxury yacht to cruise to the island of Aegina. (Note: Island visits and overnight stays are subject to availability.)

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Across the beautiful Greek waters, our first island stop is the beautiful island of Aegina. Only a short 18 nautical miles from Athens, Aegina is an island of flora, fauna, a fishing village and pistachios!  We will swim in the clear waters and snorkel among amazing sea life.

We will then explore the island by foot, walking along old footpaths and cobblestone lanes.  We will have drinks and snacks at  a local taverna, shop for the infamous pistachios, visit the quaint churches and the ancient ruins.  An early evening cocktail sunset sail for more swimming and snorkeling and an overnight in a beautiful island cove aboard our yacht or local hotel. 

*breakfast, lunch


Day 4

Poros:  Beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters

IMG_0589Having spent the night in a beautiful cove, we will begin our sailing to Poros.  Along the way we will stop at islets for swimming, snorkeling, paddle boarding….the choice is yours!  Poros is very endearing and the wandering is easy. We will be able to disembark to discover the island’s promenade and side cobblestone streets.  This is a casual day to wander, stay in the water or discover the island.  You can visit Trinzia, Poros’ Russian dockyard, to learn as much as you want about the wars and Greek history.  Or you can take a stroll through a Lemon Forest (Lemonodassos) to find pretty windmills and amazing waterfalls. For an even more amazing view of Poros, let’s climb up to the main clock tower for the lovely views of the port and the opposite mainland.


Day 5

Hydra: The Gem of the Islands

After our morning swim, we will begin our sail to the island of Hydra. Hydra is a 37558_1380033899527_7005448_nhistorically wealthy island with beautiful mansions, manicured lawns and home to many well known artists.  Beautiful architecture, art galleries and great restaurants. There are narrow alleyways, bougainvillea adorned doorways and brightly painted doors. It is also an island where no cars or motorbikes are allowed. Donkeys still carry the goods of visitors and residents. Your day of peace and quiet as we continue to swim and explore the best of the islands.


Day 6

Santorini: The most legendary of all

This morning after a casual sail back towards Athens, we will take a high speed 34216_1380032859501_1748682_nferry to the beautiful island of Santorini. Crossing the Aegean sea, we will arrive to one of the most spectacular islands.  Streets carved into cliffs, ancient volcanoes, pristine blue water. We will be met by our guide and taken to our amazing luxurious boutique cave hotel in Oia. Perched on a high cliff, with breathtaking views of the famous Caldera, we can swim in a salt water pool, visit a beach, schedule a massage or wander to the many shops, restaurants, cafes and taverns.

This is the spot on the island where sunset views render you speechless. The Oia-Santorini-4amazing colors, the serene beauty and the wonderful beaches. There are winding cobblestone streets that maze throughout the island. White houses, blue domed churches and the authentic Greek experience.

*breakfast, dinner

NOTE:  Depending on sailing conditions and arrival back to Athens, ferry trip may be replaced with a short flight.  Remember to pack light!


Day 7

This is Santorini.

34676_1380031299462_7014933_nAfter breakfast we will take a guided tour from Oia to the town of Fira. Fira is on the opposite end of the island from our luxurious hotel. We will stop along the way to explore different settlements, quaint villages and impressive views. Touring the island will give you a full perspective of all there is to see, do and taste! In the afternoon, we will sail on a wooden sail boat to explore the Caldera.  Upon arrival to the volcano, we will disembark and take a tour of the rim.  Once we leave the volcano, we will sail to the thermal hot 34676_1380031459466_4000413_nsprings for a swim in the soothing sea. Our continued sail will end with a fantastic sunset view, wine and a barbeque, all from the bow of this amazing sailing ship.

*breakfast, dinner, wine


Day 8

M99193This day is totally up to you. Would you like to laze by the pool, have a massage, visit an archaeological site, explore the red and black beaches, snorkel, shop, or go diving?  You could also start early and begin a trek along a coast line path from Oia to Fira. It is a 3-3.5 hour walk with the most stunning of views. The evening will be private tour with time spent visiting a local winery, dinner at a fish tavern and a beautiful concert of ancient Greek music within an 800 year old castle high on a hill.

*breakfast, dinner


Day 9

It will be an early morning start to spend the day sailing to nearby islands. Yes, your last day in the Greek Islands and beautiful Santorini. Time will be spent exploring the red and black beaches, quiet coves, XS106781swimming in the beautiful sea and one more sunset. The day will be a casual sail with the water sports that you have come to love. Arrival back to Oia for a final dinner and our sad goodbyes.  Memories made, new friends and photographs that will be the envy of all your friends!

*breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 10

Depending on your departure, you will return to Athens via a flight.  Please plan accordingly.  You are welcome to stay an additional night or two in Athens before you continue home for optional add-on.


BOOKING AND PAYMENT DETAILS

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS. We believe all women deserve their own space and privacy.  Her Dream Vacation tour price includes private single room in boutique hotels or similar private accommodations, meals and tours where indicated, private transportation and more.

This particular dream vacation is limited to 8 women. Minimum booking is 4. In the event, we do not meet the minimum capacity for travel, you will have the option to pay a supplemental fee for a private customized tour.  This decision will be made with your approval and receipt of supplemental payment.

Early reservations are advised and a non refundable deposit of $800.00 is required at the time of your reservation. You will receive a confirmation with travel details and an invoice for balance due. Full payment is due 120 days prior to commencement of trip.

If you are making your reservation, less than 90 days of departure, the entire amount of the trip must be paid in full at the time of reservation. Please contact us and you will be invoiced. 

Tour Cost:  $6395.00 

Does Not Include: International flight or mandatory all inclusive travel insurance. Tips for guides, drivers, meals not indicated, alcoholic beverages, & personal spending or taxes.

*Itinerary is subject to change based upon weather and unknown events. Final itinerary with listed hotel accommodations, contact information, and transfer schedule will be sent prior to departure.*

THIS IS NOT A BUS TOUR. We will be traveling using private transportation, trains and ferries. After final payment, you will be sent additional information with travel and packing tips, final day to day itinerary, logistics and needed details from you to help you with ease of travel.

Our small group women’s tours include many extras that you may not be expecting. Because we are a small women’s group tour, we have the luxury of flexibility including necessary changes. We stop when we want to, we add in an extra site and we start our day when it makes sense. Some days are easier than others but you do have some free time built in. It is important to us that you take care of YOU. Do you want to get a massage? Go shopping? Or just chill in your room with a good book? Please do so with being mindful and respectful to your tour companions and traveling concierge.

We have expert guides and drivers who answer questions one on one, with transportation that is typically a luxurious touring van. We immerse with the locals and there is a lot of serendipity! We visit the “planned by us” but unknown to you and surprises along the way are built in. Please join us!

 If you need any further assistance or payment options, please email:  info@herdreamvacation.com

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