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Departure Frankfurt Airport: Athens & the Greek Islands by air (Columbus Day 4-Day Weekend)

Admire the Acropolis in Athens and explore ancient sites and the picture-perfect coastline along the Saronic Islands of Hydra, Poros and Egina. All this — and much, much more — awaits on our trip to Greece over the Columbus Day weekend!

Let us handle the details

  • Round Trip Flight
  • Private Transportation
  • Experienced Trip Leader
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Handpicked Hotel
  • Local Tour Guide

 

Your trip includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transportations in Greece
  • 3 nights’ 4-hotel accommodation in Athens, Greece
  • 3 x breakfast buffet
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Athens with local tour guide
  • Acropolis of Athens entrance ticket
  • Full day boat cruise to Hydra, Poros and Egina
  • 1 Greek cruise buffet lunch and entertainment with live orchestra and dancers
  • Explore Europe Trip Leader
  • Hotel city tax

Your trip highlights

  • Ancient Athens’ world-famous Acropolis
  • Hadrian’s Arch and the 1896 Olympic Stadium in Athens
  • Cruising the shimmering waters of the Aegean
  • Island Hydra and its colorful little capital, full of quaint, narrow alleys and charming red-tiled houses
  • The warm and welcoming Greeks

 

Day 1: Travel day and arrival in Athens (Friday, October 9)
Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled flight from Frankfurt Main Airport to Athens in Greece.

Flight times:
Departure from FRANKFURT AIRPORT at 12:05 (PM)
Arrival in ATHENS AIRPORT at 16:00 (PM)

Welcome to Greece — settle in to your 4-star hotel in the heart of Athens and enjoy a free evening in the Greek capital!

Day 2: Athens Sightseeing and free time (Saturday, October 10)
After an included breakfast buffet, enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the city by bus, covering the most important sights and attractions with an expert local tour guide:

  • Pass by the Olympic Stadium, Syntagma Square, and the Arch of Hadrian
  • Visit the 6th-century Temple of Zeus
  • View the classically inspired Old Royal Palace, home of the Greek Parliament
  • Set off on a walking tour around the ancient Acropolis, site of the Parthenon, Temple of Athena Nike, and Erechtheion

Enjoy a free afternoon and evening in Athens or add an optional excursion:

Cape Sounio Sunset Tour incl. Temple of Poseidon €39 per adult

Day 3: Full Day island-hopping cruise to Hydra, Poros and Egina from Athens (Sunday, October 11)
After an included breakfast buffet, we will visit three gorgeous Greek Islands on an island-hopping cruise from Athens. Visiting the Saronic Islands of Hydra, Poros and Egina, this sightseeing tour also includes a Greek lunch and entertainment with live orchestra and dancers.

Day 4: Return Day (Monday, October 12)
After an included breakfast buffet, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Flight times:
Departure from ATHENS AIRPORT at 11:10 AM
Arrival in FRANKFURT AIRPORT at 13:15 PM

 

*Price is based on 2 persons sharing a room, price for single room €135 extra.

*Price per infant under 2 years old is €179

 

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How’s the weather?

Athens, Greece

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Meeting point for the start of the trip
Your trip starts and finishes at Frankfurt Main Airport.

Passport & Visa
A tourist passport is required for all trips outside of Germany.

Important passport rules are as follows:
If you have a passport with a SOFA stamp on any page (a “No-Fee” passport), you are provided permission to reside in Germany, NOT to travel outside of Germany. You have to have a tourist passport in addition to the SOFA/”No-Fee” passport to travel outside of Germany. You cannot travel with a RED Official passport as that is used only for the purpose of a mission or deployment. If you have a passport with a detachable SOFA card clipped inside, it is acceptable to travel with as that was issued originally as a tourist passport. If you are not sure: a tourist passport will be BLUE and will be valid for 10 years for adults. It cannot contain a SOFA stamp on any page or it is not acceptable. A child’s tourist passport (under 15 years of age) is valid for 5 years, but will not have a SOFA stamp in it anywhere. All of this information has been verified to be correct with the Grafenwoehr Passport Office.

Health
There are no major health risks when traveling to Greece. During the summer months, take proper care for sun exposure. Also, codeine (commonly found in headache medications) is banned in Greece, and you may face prosecution if you bring it into the country. While no vaccinations are required for entry into Turkey (on extension), it is always advisable to check with your doctor or health-care provider for the latest updates and overseas travel recommendations.

Transportation
Round-trip flights from Frankfurt International to Athens are included. All other included transportation is in Greece by private bus. In your free time, you may wish to explore the cities by public transportation. Despite the famed hustle and bustle of Athens, the city’s main attractions are easily accessed on foot. If you do need to use public transportation, however, there’s a brand-new metro system that was conveniently completed in time for the 2004 Olympics.

Baggage Allowance
· One larger cabin bag (liquids allowed): max weight up to 10kg (22.00 lb). Max size 55cm H (21.5″) x 40cm W (15.5″) x 23cm D (9.05“)
· One personal bag such as a purse, laptop bag or small backpack: max size 40cm H (15”) x 25cm W (11”) x 20cm D (5.9”)

Clothing & Packing Tips
Due to the temperate climate, light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights is essential for your tour. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes are recommended for sightseeing. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any eventuality—a lightweight sports jacket and emergency rainwear are advised. If you plan to visit an especially elegant restaurant or attend the opera or theater, you will probably feel more comfortable in something more formal. Also, remember that it is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Currency
The Euro is the currency you will be using on your trip. We strongly advise that you take a combination of bank/debit cards and credit cards. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Cuisine
One of the pleasures of traveling is the variety of local cuisine. Greece’s climate ensures a constant supply of high-quality fresh fruits and vegetables. Salads are excellent here, served with olive oil and topped with feta cheese and oregano. Grilled fish and meat are also a staple. Barbecued lamb, squid, octopus, spinach and cheese pies, baked eggplant and zucchini are other delicious dishes.

Tipping
At the conclusion of your trip, it’s customary to offer your Trip Leader a gratuity. We recommend tipping €1-2 per person per day for your Trip Leader. Tips can only be paid in cash.

Travel Insurance
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