Gluten Free Getaways: Gluten-Free Sojourn to Athens and the Greek Islands

VISIT ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR AND BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS IN THE WORLD, ALL WHILE STAYING SAFELY GLUTEN FREE!


Choose any date of travel (this is an individual itinerary, not a group trip).

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Gluten Free Travel-Us has worked very hard to bring their gluten free clients the opportunity to visit Greece, in conjunction with the very reputable company, Kensington Tours. This has been a "Bucket List" destination for so many people, and no wonder. The natural beauty of the Greek islands, the fascinating history and unsurpassed archeological sites, and the warmth of the Greek people combine to make this a must-see destination indeed. This sample itinerary begins in the capital, Athens, and includes a private tour led by an expert guide that will introduce you to both modern and ancient Athens, including historic sites like the Temple of Athena Nike, the Arch of Hadrian, the Parthenon, and Panathenaic Stadium, site of the first modern Olympics in 1894. You'll continue on to the two most popular (and beautiful) Greek Islands, Mykonos and Santorini, with a day-trip to the island of Delos to see its amazing ancient ruins. In your travels, you'll experience unique culture, delicious gluten free Greek specialties, and heavenly wines.

Because relaxation is a big part of the Greek Islands' allure, this itinerary allows for plenty of "down time" on your own to explore, unwind, shop, or take a trip to a beach. This is not a group tour but a trip you can take at any time and with anyone you choose. As always, you are the "captain of your boat" with Ellen Morse and any Gluten Free Travel-Us itinerary, so you can customize the trip to make it your own. Pricing depends on your length of stay, point of departure, and other factors. Ellen suggests visiting this destination between April and October.

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As always, Ellen and Kensington Tours have vetted the hotels and suggested restaurants for their level of gluten knowledge. Ellen will suggest safe places to eat so that you can enjoy delicious Greek food without worrying about staying food-safe. Ellen and Kensington Tours will handle all the details so you can relax and enjoy the beauty of Greece! Below is a suggested itinerary for consideration.

SUGGESTED ITINERARY:

Day 1: Arrive in Athens

Enjoy an airport transfer with a driver and assistant. For your added comfort, your representative will help you to coordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your hotel. A welcome package with a city map, ferry tickets (if relevant), and other tourist information you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at the hotel. The remainder of your day will be yours to relax at the hotel or explore the surrounding area. You will stay at this thoroughly vetted hotel in Athens for 3 nights.

Day 2: Athens

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Enjoy a private half-day tour of Athens with expert guide. This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. On your way to the Acropolis you will see the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian's Arch. At the Acropolis you'll see the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and, finally, the monument that "'puts order in the mind," the Parthenon. Tour duration is approximately 3 hours. Entrance fee to the Acropolis is included. Afterwards, enjoy the rest of the day on your own.


Day 3: Athens

Enjoy a half-day private tour to Sounion. Drive along the scenic coastal road which affords a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf, passing through some of Athens' most beautiful suburbs (Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, Varkiza) to Cape Sounion where you will visit the 5th century B.C. Temple of Poseidon with one of the most breathtaking panoramic views in the world (on a clear day you can see at least seven islands). This tour takes around 4 hours. Entrance fee to Cape Sounion is included. Enjoy the remainder of the day on your own.

Day 4: Athens to Mykonos

A port transfer with a private vehicle and driver is provided. Enjoy a transfer by high speed ferry to Mykonos. The duration takes approximately 2.5 hours.Meet your private vehicle and driver for a port transfer. Remainder of the day at leisure. You will stay at this vetted hotel on Mykonos for 3 nights.

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Day 5: Mykonos

During your half-day tour, your private guide will take you on a walk of the sea front past the local fish and vegetable market. You will also have an opportunity to meet the island's mascot, Peter the pelican. On your way to Paraportiani Church, a famous sample of Cycladic architecture and one of the most photographed spots of the Mediterranean, you will visit the Folklore Museum, situated in a beautiful house from the 11th century. Continue on to the picturesque Alefkandra, an area known as the "Little Venice" of Mykonos with the old captain houses built into the sea. The Windmills opposite Little Venice were used in the past to grind wheat, and from here you'll enjoy beautiful views of Little Venice and the sea. Then continue to the House of Lena where you can see the style of furniture and personal belongings of the family. Before returning to the hotel, enjoy a Greek "meze," including various Greek dips and olives, feta cheese, and tomatoes in a local tavern. While you enjoy a wine tasting, your guide will tell you about the history of Greek wines.

Day 6: Mykonos/Delos

Depart from your hotel with a private vehicle and guide, towards the Old Port of Mykonos Town from where the local public ferries to Delos depart. After a short sailing of 30-35 minutes, you will arrive at Delos. Delos, an islet of the Aegean, nowadays uninhabited, is one of the most important archaeological sites in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Delos is the legendary birthplace of the twin gods, Apollo and Artemis. Remains of temples and residences on Delos are dating back from the Neolithic to the Roman periods. The tour includes a visit of the remains of the Temple of Apollo, the Sanctuary of Artemis, the Old city and Theater, and a walk down the celebrated Lion Street. Also, in the Museum of Delos, visitors have the chance to admire Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman sculptures, a collection of vessels from all periods, as well as items of everyday use. Return back to Mykonos Town with transfer to your hotel. (Note: If you prefer to do something even more active on this day, Ellen can arrange for a bike tour of Mykonos instead of the day-trip to Delos. You would stop for a swim at a non-touristy beach and also enjoy a beach picnic.)

Day 7: Mykonos to Santorini

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Meet your private vehicle and driver for a port transfer. Enjoy a transfer by ferry to Santorini. The high speed ferry takes approximately 2.5 hours. A transfer between the port and your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure. You will stay at this vetted hotel in Santorini for 3 nights.


Day 8: Santorini

Enjoy a full-day private tour of Santorini, the most beautiful island in Greece. Visit Akrotiri archaeological site and drive to Pyrgos village and Profitis Ilias, the highest point of the island. Enjoy the wonderful landscape and admire the nature. Continue on to Oia, a traditional area with narrow streets. End your tour with a stop at Santo Wines and taste one of the most famous wines in Santorini.

Day 9: Santorini

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Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace or relax at your hotel. If you prefer to do something active, Ellen can arrange for a 3-hour hike on a magnificent path with changing views of the volcano as you wind your way to end up in the town of Oia. Plans could alternatively be made for a cruise and snorkeling.

Day 10: Depart Santorini

Sadly, it is time to depart for home. Transfer between your hotel and the airport, with a private vehicle and driver provided.

Please contact Ellen Morse of Gluten Free Travel-Us directly at 312-337-9235 or email her at ellen@glutenfreetravel-us.com for pricing and for answers to any of your questions.

PLEASE NOTE: IN THIS SPECIAL SITUATION, IF WE CAN GET A NUMBER OF TRAVELERS WISHING TO GO AT THE SAME TIME, WE COULD CREATE A GROUP TRIP IF YOU DESIRE.