Kick off your Fall Break in Athens. Climb to the top of the Acropolis for unparalleled views, stroll Monistiraki Square and the nearby flea markets, and soak up the city’s culture and history at a rooftop bar. Then, be dazzled by the world’s most photographed sunset in Santorini and party the night away in the island nightlife.
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Trip departs from the Florence Santa Maria Novella train station. The meeting point is in front of the international ticket windows. Be sure to check in with your trip leader at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Travel is by luxury coach with A/C, DVD, and bathroom. Estimated travel time to Ancona is 3-7 hours. Once in Ancona, we board the cruise ship for the 22 hour crossing to Greece. The ferry is the size of a cruise ship and has excellent amenities including a dance club, restaurants, bars and stores. This is the perfect opportunity to meet your fellow trip members.
We arrive on the Greek mainland at Patras. On arrival, we will hop on a bus for a 3 hour ride to Athens.We will arrive in Athens and check into our accommodation. Your guides will then give you a brief walking tour of the center so you can get acquainted with the city. At night we go to Vyzantino’s, a traditional Greek restaurant in Plaka for an optional group dinner. The dinner includes various Greek appetizers, a choice of entree, and unlimited wine. We will meet in the accommodation lobby. Vyzantino’s always provides great service for the Bus2alps Group. After dinner our Bus2alps guides will give you suggestions on where to go out and enjoy Athens’ rich nightlife.
We will depart for the walking tour of Athens after breakfast. This walking tour is a great way to get acquainted with one of the oldest and most fascinating cities in the Western World. Today you will see the Greek National Parliament, the 1896 Olympic Stadium, the Temple of Zeus, the Acropolis museum, and of course, the Acropolis. Your International Student ID will get you reduced entry to many of the sites on the walking tour. In order to receive a reduced entry, your ID must be an international ID from your study abroad program. The walking tour ends at Monastiraki Square. Here you can have a sit down lunch or grab a cheap gyro from a traditional Greek Gyro stand. The afternoon is free to have custom sandals made, shop at the flea market and souvenir shops, visit the museums, or grab a coffee at Starbucks.
Monday Morning we depart our accommodation by private bus transfer for the port of Athens to board the Blue Star ferry for Santorini. Santorini is the postcard Greek Island with the iconic white and blue buildings clinging to the cliffside. Travel time on boat will be approximately 6-10 hours. Upon arrival, we will be transported to our 3-star accommodation located in the Fira city center. The afternoon is free to explore one of Greece’s most photographed cities. After a beautiful sunset view, there will be an optional group dinner at a local Greek Taverna followed by drinks.
Today we will have an optional bus tour around the island of Santorini. We will visit the red sand beach, the black sand beach and a local winery where you will have the option of tasting Santorini’s local wines. If you do not wish to take part in the bus tour, the day is free to explore. We recommend riding donkeys, cruising in ATVs, or simply relaxing on the beach.
Wednesday we depart Santorini on the Blue Star ferry. You will have the entire morning to walk around, do some shopping, and maybe even get a fish pedicure. After disembarking the ferry we will hop on the bus that will bring us back to the accommodation.
Today we will head back to Patras, which is a 3-4 hour drive from Athens, where we will board our return cruise to Ancona. Before departing you will have some time to shop for some last minute souvenirs.
Friday morning we arrive in Ancona and board our private bus to return to Florence. Estimated travel time is 3-7 hours. We will make one stop en route.
Athens Walking Tour: Your Bus2alps Trip Leader will give you a 3 hour orientation tour of the city of Athens, which brings you to its major attractions, including the Greek Parliament, 1896 Olympic Stadium, Temple of Zeus, and the Acropolis. Your Trip Leader will provide you with a brief history of each site.
Athens Acropolis Pass: Entrance into many of the Ancient sites in Athens are free if you have a valid international student I.D. from your international university. If you do not have one, then a valid regular student I.D. will get you an all-access pass for a reduced rate.
Sounion Day Trip: Located a short distance from Athens, the Cape of Sounion is a vast getaway from the bustle of Athens city life. With beautiful beaches, high mountain viewpoints, and the home to Poseidon's Temple.
Santorini Bus Tour - Tour the island by bus
Santorini Boat Cruise - Cruise around the island for amazing views from the water.
ATV Rentals: Spend your day trekking through one of Greece’s lushest islands, visiting beautiful vista points, hanging out in small Greek towns, and blaring your horn at old Greek couples waving as your drive by.