Just Greece: Thessaloniki, Athens & Santorini
- 10 Days
- From £1,099
- Fly into Thessaloniki with a free day to explore the second largest city of the Byzantine Empire (after Istanbul)
- Catch a Greek domestic train down through Greece to capital Athens
- Enjoy time at leisure to uncover some of the mysteries of one of the world’s oldest cities
- Catch a fast ferry across the Aegean to Santorini for a relaxing stay by the beach
- Add extra nights & destinations
- Choose alternative hotels
- Upgrade hotels and rail journeys
- Let us suggest the most scenic routes
- Flights from London to Thessaloniki and back from Santorini
- Standard Class rail travel with seat reservations
- 9 nights’ handpicked hotel accommodation with breakfast
- Fast ferry from Piraeus (Athens) to Santorini
- Private transfer from port to hotel on Santorini
- Comprehensive directions to your hotels
- Clearly-presented wallets for your rail tickets, hotel vouchers and other documentation
- All credit card surcharges and complimentary delivery of your travel documents
Fly into Thessaloniki and check in at the Hotel Anatolia (or similar) where you have a 2-night stay.
Thessaloniki was founded in 315 BC and quickly became an important centre of trade. By the 12th century, it was, after Constantinople, the most important city in the Byzantine Empire. Its position on the Aegean Sea has meant that Thessaloniki has continued to play an important role in Greek history. You can learn more about this at one of the city’s excellent museums, the most famous of which is the Museum of Byzantine Culture. There are also significant archaeological remains to discover along with beaches and the welcome shade of Seich Sou Forest National Park, just 2 miles from the centre of town.
After breakfast this morning, it’s time to make your way to the train station, a short walk from your hotel. Here, catch a train south through Greece to Athens. This is a modern, air-conditioned service so you can sit back in comfort as the changing scenery passes by your window.
Arrive into Athens Larisa station at lunchtime and check in at the Herodion Hotel (or similar) for a 3-night stay.
In many way, Athens is the historic capital of Europe, with a history dating from the first settlement in the Neolithic age. Ancient monuments abound here, including the instantly recognisable Acropolis overlooking the city. As you would expect, there is also a wide choice of museums covering everything from archaeology to modern art.
A large part of the city’s historic centre has been now converted into Europe’s largest pedestrianised zone so you can not only sight-see but also shop at over 2,500 stores or, for from the street vendors in the Plaka and Monastiraki districts.
If you want to catch the fast ferry (which takes just over 5 hours), you’ll need to be up early this morning to meet the 7am sailing from Piraeus to Santorini. There are later services, but these are substantially longer. Your journey takes you almost 180 miles across the Aegean Sea.
On arrival at the port, a transfer driver will be waiting to take you to your hotel on the quieter eastern coast of the island. You have 5 nights’ accommodation at the Kouros Village Hotel (or similar).
Santorini is one of the most photographed of the Greek Islands, with its hotchpotch of white houses jostling for space along the cliffs overlooking the Aegean. During your stay here you might like to visit bustling capital Fira, walk along the rim of Santorini’s spectacular caldera taking in the views or perhaps try some wine-tasting at one of the island’s many wineries.
Santorini’s sunsets are world-renowned and you’ll get a good view from any of the island’s waterfronts, but the village of Oia has sunsets so good that they receive nightly applause – well worth a look if you have the time!
You have another free morning on Santorini before your direct flight back to London Heathrow. We can also look at other regional arrival airports if you would prefer.
Typical hotels on this itinerary
Just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Thessaloniki, the Hotel Anatolia offers stylish accommodation and luxurious facilities. All air-conditioned bedrooms come with LCD TVs, balconies and complimentary Wi-Fi access. Guests can enjoy access to the well-equipped spa and fitness centre as well as meals and drinks on the rooftop terrace.
Situated at the foot of the Acropolis, Herodion Hotel offers elegantly decorated air-conditioned rooms. It has a beautiful roof garden with sun loungers and 2 hot tubs boasting spectacular views over Athens.
Offering direct views of the Acropolis, the rooftop PointA restaurant servesg Mediterranean cuisine, and a variety of cocktails.
Kouros Village Hotel is located in Perissa, on the southeastern coast of Santorini. Bedrooms are all equipped with air-conditioning, a flat-screen TV, kettle, private bathroom and hairdryer. Other on-site facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, a restaurant, a bar and a garden. The hotel offers an airport shuttle and bike hire is also available – both payable locally.