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Romance & Ruins: Greece 8-Day Itinerary

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Countries Visited

Greece

Places Visited

Athens, Acropolis, Hydra, Chios...

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Suggested Duration

8 Days

Inspiring sunsets, sandy beaches, and ancient love stories will combine for the ultimate romantic tour of Greece with all of the island splendor and legendary luxuries you could wish for. Whether embracing the passion of a spirited getaway or in the wild throes of a honeymoon, your romantic Greece tour will celebrate love and adventure, enchantment, and charm in Athens, Hydra, Chios, and Lesbos. The islands of Greece have captured the hearts of travelers for thousands of years inspiring poets...

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Trip Highlights

  • Wander through the history and preserved wonder of the island of Hydra where locals still use water taxis and donkeys as transport
  • Experience the legendary grandeur of the Acropolis in Athens to blend history and mythology before indulging in a sunset at the Areopagus
  • Discover the unique natural history of Lesbos at the Petrified Forest where volcanic activity has turned the living trees into statuesque fossils
  • Visit a traditional mastic farm on Chios, the only place in the world where the specific bush grows and where locals use the bark to produce a liqueur
  • Indulge in the romantic atmosphere of Mestá, a medieval castle town on Chios celebrated a tight network of houses with connecting rooftops
  • Uncover the fabulous Byzantine churches and stunning artwork scattered across the villages of Lesbos
  • Explore the 150-million-year-old Cave of Sykia Olymbi for a sensational panorama of the natural elements sculpting the rock into grand stalactites
  • Travel into Turkey for a fascinating trip to the bustling bazaar at Ayvalik for traditional regional goods and customary ambiance

Detailed Description

The Greek islands have a reputation as a passionate culture, and your 8-day romantic Greece tour will immerse you in the incredible charm, natural beauty, and sophisticated heritage that spans thousands of years. From the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea to the iconic temples of Athens, you will spend enchanting evenings together listening to the soothing sounds of the lapping waves with captivating days spent inside traditional villages. Whether a honeymoon, anniversary, or stolen getaway, the luxuries of Greece and its islands will bring the perfect experience for you both.

Your beautiful adventure in Greece will begin with two nights spent in Athens. The bustling city welcomes you with a tour of the Acropolis, the fascinating summit on which the Parthenon stands. By visiting in the late afternoon, you can stay and watch the gorgeous sunset from an outcropping attached to the historic archeological site. Travel by ferry to Hydra the next day to stroll along the cobbled lanes that wind around the small harbor. Relish the classic taverns, historical architecture, and remarkable Byzantine churches spread across the rolling mountains and coastline of the island.

The charming island of Chios will then sweep you into a landscape of remote beaches, stunning villages, and fascinating cultural heritage found in the lush hills, the turquoise waters, and the unique properties of the mastic bush. Two nights on the island will introduce you to the romance of Byzantine villages with the tower homes and secluded beaches, as well as the specific herbaceous and sweet flavor of the mastika liqueur. Continue to the magnificent island of Lesbos for a romantic discovery of an island paradise that has long inspired poets and writers. Whether basking in the sunsets or traveling to the nearby Turkish coastline to enjoy the fascinating bazaar, relaxing with a couple’s spa treatment or wandering through the Petrified Forest, the island’s ambiance casts a captivating spell. Don’t take just our word for it - consider reading some of our travelers’ reviews of Greece, and see how you can customize your own dream vacation.

Starting Price

$1,995 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

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  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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