Admire the Acropolis in Athens and the see buildings on Poros, Egina and Hydra as you explore ancient cities and postcard-perfect Mediterranean coasts on a trip through Greece

Christmas in Athens & the Greek Islands (by air)

Discover the history, myths and modern-day culture of four diverse destinations in Greece – from vibrant Athens to the spectacular scenery of Saronic Islands of Hydra, Poros and Egina.

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
  • 4 nights’ hand-picked hotel accommodation in Athens, Greece
  • 4 x breakfast buffet
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Athens with local tour guide
  • Full day boat cruise to Hydra, Poros and Egina
  • 1 Greek cruise buffet lunch and entertainment with live orchestra and dancers
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Explore Europe Trip Leader
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges

Your trip highlights

  • Athens’ festive Christmas market offers a unique look into local culture
  • 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  (Friday, December 22)
Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled flight from Nuremberg to Athens via Zurich with SWISS air.

Flight times:
Departure from NUREMBERG AIRPORT at 07:05 AM
Arrival in ATHENS AIRPORT at 13:20 (1:20 PM)

Welcome to mythical Greece! Transfer to central Athens to settle in to your hotel, then enjoy a free afternoon and evening in Athens.

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Athens (Saturday, December 23)
After an included breakfast buffet, enjoy an included guided sightseeing tour of the city by bus, covering the most important sights and attractions with an expert local tour guide:

  • See the ancient Acropolis, site of the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena Nike
  • Visit the 6th-century Temple of Zeus
  • View the classically inspired Old Royal Palace, home of the Greek Parliament
  • Pass through Syntagma Square to see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Then, take the afternoon and evening to explore the city on your own.

Day 3: Full Day island-hopping cruise to Hydra, Poros and Egina from Athens (Sunday, December 24)
After breakfast, 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 delicious Greek lunch and entertainment with live orchestra and dancers.

Day 4: Free Day (Monday, December 25)
After an included breakfast buffet, spend the day at your leisure in Athens or add optional excursion.

Full Day Guided Optional Excursion – Corinth Canal, Palamidi Castle and Nafplion 49€ pp

Day 5: Departure (Tuesday, December 26)
Today, continue to discover Athens at your own pace before transfering to the airport for your return flight home.

Flight times:
Departure from ATHENS AIRPORT at 17:45 (05:45 PM)
Arrival in NUREMBERG AIRPORT at 22:00 (10:00 PM)

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING PASSPORTS: A valid tourist passport is required for this trip. Please make sure that you are traveling with the appropriate passport.

*Price is based on 2 persons sharing a room, price for single room €160 extra.

Sources for the used pictures:

  • Miki Beery Photography
  • Shutterstock / Copyright: Anastasios71
  • Shutterstock / Copyright: Gonda
  • Shutterstock / Copyright: imagIN.gr photography

How’s the weather?

Athens, Greece

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Meeting point for the start of the trip
Your trip starts and finishes at the check-in counter #51 of SWISS air at the airport in Nuremberg, Germany.

Address: Nuremberg Airport, 100 Flughafenstraße, 90411 Nuremberg (Departures, Counter #51 SWISS air).

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 Nuremberg to Athens via Zurich with SWISS air are included. Hydrofoil boat transfers are also included. All other included transportation is in Athens by private motor coach. 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
8 kg (17.60 lb) carry-on and one handbag. Snacks and beverages are included in your ticket price. Please see size and weight limitations following the link, in the economy section: https://www.swiss.com/ch/EN/prepare/baggage/hand-baggage

· One carry-on bag: max weight up to 8kg (17.60 lb). Max size 55cm H (21.5″) x 40cm W (15.5″) x 23cm D (9.05“)
· One personal item such as a purse or laptop bag: max size 40cm H (15”) x 30cm W (11”) x 10cm D(3.9”)

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.

Travel Insurance
We recommend you get travel insurance to reimburse you for unforeseen trip cancellation. Please follow this link to get a quote through our partner SevenCorners.

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