Come join us for an amazing 2-weeks of exploring
the Greek islands !
August 18th-August 31st, 2013
Visit the birthplace of drama, philosophy, and democracy in Athens, swim in the crystal clear blue Mediterranean waters of Milos (home to the Venus de Milos) , explore the breath-taking caldera views on Santorini, and wine and dine in trendy cafes in Mykonos as you watch the sun set right from your table.In Greece you will find the perfect mix of culture, history, and natural beauty
everywhere you turn!
Arrive in Athens- transfer to your centrally-located, air-conditioned hotel room, walking distance from the Acropolis, Sintagma Square and the famous dining and shopping area of Plaka. Use this eveniing to relax, rest, and recover from your flight. Make sure you take an evening stroll around Plaka at night
If you are feeling rested and motivated, today would be a great day to make it up to the Acropolis ! We have hired one of the best guides in all of Athens so if history and culture is your passion, joining us on our optional wallking tour of the Acropolis is a must !
Make sure you make a stop at the newly opened Acropolis Museum,
an architectural wonder in its own right !
enjoy your afternoon doing some bargain shopping around Monastiraki
and catch a lucky glimpse of the changing of the guards at Sintagma Square, all walking distance from your hotel.
This evening, it is recommended you take the funicular up Lycabettus Hill and enjoy a most awesome panoramic view of Athens by night.
Today would be a good day to take advantage of several options for day trips outside of the city. One recommended trip is to the beautiful ocean side temple of Sounion (Temple of Poseidon), the last temple the ancient Greek sailors would see before they went off to sea. Enjoy the coastal ride to this southern temple, approximately 30 miles south of Athens.
Day 4-6 Milos
Prepare for an early morning departure as we make our way to the port of Piraeus to board our high speed ferryboat to the island of Milos, home to the famed Venus de Milo and some of the most beautiful beaches Greece has to offer. Sit back and relax and enjoy being on the beloved Mediterranean Sea at last ! An not-to-be missed experience is to take a catamaran trip around the island where you will be able to swim in some of the most clear ocean waters and witness amazing rock formations everywhere you turn !
We will be boarding our midmorning ferry to the island of Santorini, home of the legendary lost city of Atlantis. Enjoy your afternoon walking the sun-drenched streets and taking in the awe-inspiring panoramic views from every corner you turn.
Day 8-9- Santorini
There is plenty to see and explore on this fascinating volcanic island. Enjoy a half day trip to the famed Akrotiri (known as the "Pompeii of Greece) where we will also stop at a wonderful winery to enjoy the local drinks as well as enjoy a spectacular view of the island.
Finally, we will be organizing a trip on a traditional Greek sailing boat to the caldera, swim in the healing hot springs, hike up the nearby volcano and end the day with an amazing view of the sunset in the town of Oia.
Days 10-12- Mykonos
Mykonos will be the island for you all to kick back, relax on the beaches, "shop till your drop", dine at the many local Greek tavernas, hit the dance floor if you feel so inclined and just enjoy being part of this lively island culture for a few days. This is the time you should all be hearing and saying a lot of "Yassou's" as you make your way around this most friendly island.
The views from your hotel pool may even be enough to keep your deck-side for at least a few hours of your stay here ! Enjoy the peace and tranquility as you take in the maginificent views of the sandy beaches below and the beautiful Greek hillsides that surround you.
A trip to Delos is also a must while on Mykonos. Delos is one of the most important mythological, historical and archaeological sites in Greece. The excavations in the island are among the most extensive in the Mediterranean. Delos is a lovely 45 minute boat ride from Mykonos and the tour includes the expertise of a local archeological guide- a not to be missed experience !
Day 13- Athens
We will board our last ferry boat this morning and make our way back to Athens. We will arrive mid-afternoon and be transferred back to our Athens hotel via taxis. Enjoy your last day of shopping, sightseeing, and dining in the many surrounding tavernas before you board your plane for home. A final night dinner under the Acropolis will be arranged so we can all say our farewells !
"Until we meet again....."
$ 2200 (double occupancy) $2995.00 (single occupancy)*
Tour price includes 13 nights accommodations in wonderful boutique hotels, all ferryboat rides, one plane flight (Mykonos to Athens) , all outer island hotel transfers, breakfasts, and services of a local guide throughout the trip. Exciting optional excursions will also be organized for you.
International round trip flights from the US currently range from about $1200 (New York), $1300 (San Francisco), and $1600 (Honolulu), We can arrange flights from any departure city around the world in order for you to get the most up-to-date discounted rate !
* Tour Price is based on current rates from ferries and hotels and may be subject to slight changes due to seasonal and currency fluxes.
for more information about our company and other tours we organize, please go to: www.livelaughlovetours.com or email us at email@example.com
We look forward to seeing you all come join us for this getaway of a lifetime !
ABOUT YOUR HOST
Melina Lillios has been conducting tours throughout the world since 1985. She directed educational bus tours throughout England and Southern Europe for 5 years as well as worked as a tour director for Contiki Tours which took her all over the United States, Canada, the Bahamas, Australia, and New Zealand. She first came to Hawaii to open up a worldwide office for Contiki in1989 and then later went on to become operations manager for the world-wide travel companies Globus Gateway and Cosmos Tours.
Melina has been traveling around the world for the past 35 years and now lives in Southeast Asia for 3 months of every year. She is also of Greek and Brazilian ancestry and has spent the last 30 years exploring not only these two rich and diverse cultures but also most of Europe, Australia, and much of South America. Aside from traveling the globe conducting tours, Melina is a professor of intercultural communications at Hawaii Pacific University and music-directs theater productions in Honolulu.
She is thrilled to have this opportunity to share with you her most beloved Greece.
some testimonials from past Live Laugh Love customers :
“Acropolis, Ouzo, Opa!, Greek dancing, breaking glasses, retsina, exploring amazing caves, OCTOPUS!!, fava and Greek salad, sunning and siestas, sunsets, catamaran sails, crystal clear blue waters, frappes, getting lost/exploring Santorini, black and red sand beaches, massages on the beach, ATV rides, winery, Yammas!, Mythos beers, climbing volcanos, natural mud treatment, passionate Greeks, conversations, laughing until you cry, new forever friends. Yeah, that just happened! Thank you Melina for this trip of a lifetime. You rock !” T. Dingman, Honolulu
“I could not be happier with my decision to Live, Laugh and Love with Melina’s tour. From the moment I cut my check, I didn’t worry about a thing as the communication was clear and thorough and every detail – from accommodations to activities to food to everything else – was well thought through and perfectly balanced, enabling us participants to sit back and just drink it all in. We all returned extraordinarily relaxed and enriched as a result. Melina is tops and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to anyone wanting a seamless, truly restful vacation.” Diane B., San Francisco
"Melina is the tour organizer and guide you want to set things up for you! She knows and LOVES the places she visits, has lots of insider experience and information, knows how to pace a trip. We covered a tremendous amount of world in a relatively short time, yet I never felt rushed. And There were plenty of activities to include myself in—or not. I loved the ‘of you choose’ aspect of the trip. Plenty to do and plenty of not-doing time and space as well. I would recommend this trip—or any LLL tour—to my friends and colleagues based on this one, extremely memorable, enjoyable journey! Thank you for everything Melina! We WILL travel together again!"Rea Fox,Honolulu
"You gave such a meaningful gift to us all. You worked your magic and it all happened."
Tony L., San Francisco