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Big Fat Greek Adventure - Odyssey to Hopper

This big fat Greek adventure has it all. If you’re looking for the perfect balance of history and culture mixed with white sandy beaches and clear turquoise water, you’ve found it! Contemplate the insights of the oracle of Apollo from the sanctuary of Delphi, and marvel at the cliff top monasteries of Meteora. Delve straight into fine dining, lively parties and golden beaches on the stunning Greek islands. Get ready to fall head-over-heels in lust with the four gods of seduction: Mykonos, Paros, Santorini, and Ios!

  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Supplier Tour ID: GLA/251033
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: AthenStyle Hostel, Greece
  • Finishes: Hotel Evripides, Greece
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • Athens

Itinerary

01

Athens to Delphi to Kalambaka

Welcome to Greece! Get excited, it’s time to begin a jam-packed 12-day adventure exploring some of the most magical sites of this incredible country and its islands! Meet your guide bright and early at the hotel’s reception, and hop aboard the private coach with your fellow Busabouters. Around mid-morning we’ll arrive at our first stop, the heart of the ancient Greek world, Delphi! With our included local guide, we’ll walk along the sacred way to the Temple of Apollo, visit the Castalian springs and marvel at the Temple of Pronea at the valley of Delphi. Head into the museum to further bring to life your ancient surroundings - entrance is included! You’ll then have some time to grab lunch before we hop back on the coach and journey further north to Kalambaka. Along the way your guide will tell more tales of crazy mythology, legacy and the battles of ancient Greece. This evening we’ll arrive in Kalambaka just in time to head out for an included dinner with your new Busabout buddies at a local taverna. Cheers to an epic first day of exploring, and enjoy the anticipation of tomorrow’s spectacle once the sun rises over the magical landscape – yamas! (D)

02

Kalambaka to Athens

Rise and shine, we have another exciting day of adventure ahead. Fill up on breakfast before we meet our local guide and board the coach, as we head for the magical cliff-top monasteries of Meteora! Our guide will tell us the myths and history about this unique and enchanting landscape, as we visit two of the most important monasteries perched high on top of incredible rocky formations, famous for their Byzantine frescoes and spectacular views. We’ll make the most of the spectacular surroundings by finishing with an hour-long guided scenic hike (bring appropriate footwear!), descending from Meteora back to Kalambaka. After working up an appetite you’ll have some free time for a well-deserved lunch in Kalambaka, before we drive south to our next stop in Thermopylae. Here, the statue of Leonidas stands to commemorate the heroic defence of the Spartans against the Persians - it looks a little different nowadays than what is shown in the movie “300”! Then it’s time to return to Athens with the evening free to explore some of the local hangouts of this buzzing capital city! (B)

03

Athens to Mykonos

We’ll start the day bright and early with a transfer to Piraeus Port. Along the way we’ll pass the islands of Syros and Tinos, making good time for an early afternoon arrival into the stunning Aegean gem of Mykonos. After checking in, head out and get tanning on the beach, or grab a delicious lunch at one of the beachfront cafes. This evening we meet for drinks and laughs at Paradise Beach, where your Busabout wristband gets you 2 for 1 cocktails! Later, your fantastic guide will take you on an orientation walk of the town, culminating in a sunset vantage over the famous windmills. Tonight, join us on a bar crawl to experience some of this amazing island’s unforgettable nightlife. (B)

04

Mykonos

Today’s your chance to buckle down and discover the heart of Mykonos. Wander its gorgeous, white-painted streets, explore the local establishments, and delve into its rich history. Head to Paradise Beach and enjoy a relaxing day soaking up the sun on the pristine sands, cocktail in one hand, mystery novel in the other. Teleios (that means perfect)! However you choose to spend your day, you’re bound to have a phenomenal time in this paradisiac island. Tonight, we crank the party up to 11 at Paradise Beach, where Busabout passengers get discounted drinks. Keep the party going for an unforgettable night at one of the local, world renowned, super clubs. (B)

05

Mykonos to Paros

The sea beckons once more and our voyage demands to be continued, so we wave goodbye to Mykonos and set sail for the picturesque island of Paros. We’ll be arriving in time for a delicious local lunch, after which you’re free to enjoy the rest of the afternoon! Take in the island’s many beautiful sights and relax by the beach at this model Mediterranean town, or head out for some well-earned retail therapy. This evening, enjoy an orientation walk of Parikia town, which includes a stop at the famous Church of 100 Doors. Tonight, we offer an optional authentic Greek experience consisting of traditional food, dancing, and (everyone’s favourite!) plate smashing. Finish off this perfect day with a perfect night soaking up the vibrant atmosphere of Parikia town after dark. (B)

06

Paros

Another port, another chance to engross ourselves in new sights, sounds, and people. Feel free to join us for our optional Paros Boat Trip (often described as infamous). Relax with an ice-cold beverage as we prepare a delicious BBQ feast and sail around the islands of Paros and Antiparos. Snorkelling gear is provided for the numerous swim stops should you want to explore the underwater realm of the Aegean Sea. Maybe we’re biased, but we truly feel this trip is not to be missed! Tonight, head out for a delicious dinner. Your guide will be more than happy to provided recommendations if necessary. Later, join us later for some cocktails and karaoke. Sing the night away with your fellow passengers in vibrant, beautiful Paros. (B)

07

Paros to Santorini

Enjoy your last few hours in Paros whilst you can because we’ll soon be making waves on our trip to spectacular Santorini, where we’ll arrive in the afternoon. Head out and soak up the scenic views of the surrounding archipelago on the famous volcanic sands of Santorini’s Black Beach. This evening’s yours to savour, so feel free to head down to the beach for some drinks and dancing in one of the many fantastic local restaurants and bars. (B)

08

Santorini

Time for your free day to explore spectacular Santorini! Jump aboard our included transfer to the stunning cliffside town of Fira. If you’re overwhelmed with all the goodies on offer, don’t forget you can always speak to your fantastic Busabout guide for insights into the unforgettable sights on offer on this island of mythic beauty. Tonight it’s time to tick off that bucket list with an included excursion exploring some of the highlights of the island by night. We head north to the beautiful town of Oia - an Instagrammer’s paradise. Later, learn the fascinating local legends whilst you enjoy a lovely picnic dinner and sundowners with the famed Santorini sunset as your gorgeous backdrop. Then it’s back to Fira for a big Busabout night out, with included welcome shots and revelry! (B)

09

Santorini to Ios

We depart in the morning for our penultimate destination: the truly stunning island of Ios. After a quick jaunt across the Aegean, we’ll arrive this afternoon in the final resting place of Homer (not Simpson). Get checked in, grab some lunch, and hit the beach, where you can enjoy discounted water sports such as tubing, scuba diving, kayaking, or a free stand up paddle boarding taster - all thanks to your ever-trusty Busabout wristband! This evening we offer an optional raucous bar crawl to all of the best local watering holes. (B)

10

Ios

Ios is entirely yours today, so enjoy this Aegean paradise at your leisure. Soothe the remnants of last night’s revels with a refreshing dip at Mylopotas Beach and partake in some of the optional aquatic activities on offer. Explore the vacant village of Ios by day or head out into the surrounding hills for a short hike, where you’ll discover the beautiful hidden cove - the perfect spot for a picturesque dip. Tonight, we’ll blow the roof off this island as we head out into town for another epic pub crawl. New bars, new memories, same levels of Ios high jinks! (B)

11

Ios to Athens

As the sun rises over immaculate Ios it marks the end of our brief affair with the gleaming Greek isles. We check out and depart this morning, making waves on our long voyage back to the cultural hub of Greece, Athens. Along the way, we’ll share a sea shanty or two, reminisce of the adventures had on the islands. Back firmly on the mainland we have the evening to explore the local hangouts of this buzzing capital city! (B)

12

Athens

Today marks the end of our Big Fat Adventure, exploring the very best of Greece! Check-out is at 10am. We hope to see you soon!

Inclusions:
  • Your Busabout crew
  • 11 nights’ accommodation
  • 11 breakfasts
  • 1 dinner
  • Private coach service from Athens to Kalambaka via Delphi, and return to Athens
  • Busabout wristband
  • Tour of Delphi with a local guide
  • Site and museum entrance at Delphi
  • Tour of Meteora with a local guide
  • Entrance to 2 monasteries at Meteora
  • Local city tax included in Kalambaka
  • (Included Excursion) All-inclusive excursion around the highlights of Santorini including the famous Black Beach and an included picnic dinner and drinks in the stunning town of Oia overlooking its famous sunset. Plus, the ultimate Busabout night out in the capital of Fira. Private transfers and Busabout guide included
  • All ferry transport between the Greek Islands
  • Transfers to and from ports
  • Guided orientations of each island
  • History, mythology and cultural talks
  • Exclusive discounts for bars, restaurants, watersports, clothing and jewellery stores
  • Bar crawls on Mykonos and Ios
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore Delphi, the heart of the ancient Greek world
  • Take in the breath-taking cliff-top monasteries of Meteora
  • Hear stories of the ancient Spartans and visit the site of their most famous battle at Thermopylae
  • Party the night away in Ios
  • Soak up the sun on Mykonos’ beaches
  • Watch the beautiful sunset in Santorini