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A lovely Thank You

Hi Jaqui, I’m Kevin S.T. from the Springvale Dojo from Aikido Shudokan. Although we haven’t met officially, I’d like to thank you for sponsoring Aikido Shudokan and allowing me to have this scholarship. I really appreciate what you are doing … Continue reading

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A kind little note…..

Nisha flowers

We are not surprised really…. Nisha one of our key consultants received flowers and a lovely note recently from a client who had booked a group with us. Nisha works relentlessly with our group co ordinators to make sure group requirements … Continue reading

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PRIVATE TOUR TO PELLA

alexander the great

Departures: All year round Duration: 1 Day Pella, the ancient capital of the Macedonian Empire and native town of Alexander the Great. Driving northwest of Thessaloniki, visit the archaeological site of Pella with its marvellous mosaics. Take in the Archaeological … Continue reading

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PRIVATE TOUR TO VERGINA

temple

Departures: All year round Duration: 1 Day Vergina (Aigai) is one of the most important archaeological sites in all of Greece, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the monumental palace of the Kingdom of Macedonia, lavishly decorated with mosaics … Continue reading

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PRIVATE THESSALONIKI CITY TOUR

Streets of Plaka in centre of Athens, Greece.

Departures: All year round Duration: 1/2 Day Learn the history behind the White Tower and the Helexpo Fairgrounds. Visit the University campus, Galerius Arch, Rotunda , the Citadel and City Walls . Stop at Aghios Demetrius Byzantine Church with its … Continue reading

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SUNSET CRUISE

Windmill against colorful sunset, Santorini, Greece

Departures: All year round Duration: 1/2 Day Set sail in the afternoon, sailing by smaller islands whilst enjoying a sunset cocktail. Travel past Delos Island with a view to the ancient harbor and the ruins, then onto the coast of … Continue reading

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SOUTH COAST DAY CRUISE

Pebble Mosaic Dolphin

Departures: All year round Duration: 1 Day A full day trip with a traditional sailing boat to the southern coast of the island. Relax, enjoy the sun, watch the crystal clear seawater & visit the most tranquil beaches… Head for … Continue reading

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WALK & MINI-COACH TOUR of MYKONOS ISLAND

Windmill against colorful sunset, Santorini, Greece

Departures: All year round Duration: 1 Day Walk the narrow cobblestoned streets, and get to know the Old Town with its galleries and boutique local stores and churches.  Walk by the famous windmills and look for Petros the Pelican, resident … Continue reading

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HALF-DAY TRIP to DELOS ISLAND

Parthenon temple on the Acropolis of Athens,Greece

Departures: All year round Duration: 1/2 Day The legendary birthplace of the ancient god Apollo, sacred to Artemis, the island of Delos is a protected UNESCO Heritage Site. No inhabitants are permitted on this sacred little Greek Isle, except the two … Continue reading

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Majestic Mountains

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Departures: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday. Duration: Full Day Cost: Click Here for our latest pricing. Maximum 4 passengers. Includes picnic lunch. Our first stop is at the 300-year-old fort, Bait Na’aman. It’s a beautiful country house, which has been restored … Continue reading

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CYCLADIC MASTERPIECE

Santorini View - Greece

Departures: All year round Duration: 13 Days/12 Nights Day 1 Piraeus (Athenian port) – Naxos Ferry crossing from Piraeus to Naxos. Arrival transfer. Day 2 Naxos Full day at your leisure. Hire a scooter from a local vendor, or simply … Continue reading

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TREASURES OF THE TROODOS MOUNTAINS

Ancient mosaic in Kourion, Cyprus

Departures: All year round Duration: 1 Day     Drive through the Troodos Mountain range and see the green heart of Cyprus. Visit the tomb of Makarios and the Monastery at Kykkos, founded in the Byzantine Age and known for … Continue reading

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THE CAPITAL TOUR

Cyprus - Agios Charalambos Church at the village of Erimi

Departures: All year round Duration: 1 Day Visit Nicosia, also known as the divided city, and cross the UN-controlled border called the Green Line that divides the North from the South. Cyprus’ capital is a buzzing hub of old and … Continue reading

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ISLAND EXPLORER

Cyprus - Monastery at Omodos, the Church of the Holy Cross

Departures: All year round Duration: 1 Day Discover Cyprus at a glance and visit quaint villages, starting with a hidden town in the beautiful Cypriot countryside. Take in Choirokoitia, Hala Sultan Tekke and the Salt Lake all the way to … Continue reading

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TEMPLE OF APOLLO & KING’S BAY

Ancient mosaic in Kourion, Cyprus

Departures: All year round Duration: 1 Day A real history fest, this tour begins at the Temple of Apollo before continuing onto Paphos. Visit Tombs of the Kings dating back to the 4th century BC. Then, the highlight – the … Continue reading

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GREEK ISLAND MINI-HOP

Santorini

For those with limited time, but still eager to visit the glorious Greek Isles, Touchdown Tours have a range of 2 night mini-hop “mystique” options, including ferry crossing from the mainland. MYKONIAN MYSTIQUE 2 nights from Athens DAY 1 Ferry … Continue reading

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ISLAND DREAMING

Architecture of Oia village on Santorini island, Greece

Departures: All year round Duration: 11 Days/10 Nights DAY 1 Athens Ferry crossing from Piraeus to Mykonos. Days 2 Mykonos Time at leisure to explore this pretty island, or take one of our optional tours. Day 3 Mykonos Day 4 … Continue reading

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CYCLADIC SIMPLICITY

Donkeys climbing a narrow lane in Oia

Departures: All year round Duration: 7 Days/6 Nights Day 1 Mykonos Ferry crossing from Piraeus (Athenian port) to Mykonos. Day 2 Mykonos Time at leisure to explore this pretty island, or take one of our optional tours. Day 3 Mykonos Time … Continue reading

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CYCLADIC SPLASH

Terraza de Santorini

Departures: All year round Duration: 10 Days/9 Nights Day 1 Piraeus (Athenian port) – Naxos Ferry crossing from Piraeus to Naxos. Arrival transfer. Day 2 Naxos Full day at your leisure. Hire a scooter from a local vendor, or simply … Continue reading

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CYCLADIC SYMPHONY

fishing boats harbor paros greek island cyclades architecture

Departures: All year round Duration: 14 Days/13 Nights Day 1 Piraeus (Athenian port)- Santorini Ferry crossing from Piraeus to Santorini. Arrival transfer Day 2 Santorini Full day at leisure to enjoy the beaches of Santorini, and explore the stunning caldera … Continue reading

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BUTTERFLY VALLEY and CHALKI

Santorini island at the Cyclades in Greece

Departures: All year round Duration: 1 Day Discover the beauty of the Butterfly Valley and Chalki Island with a combination of bus and boat trip.  The Valley of the Butterflies is a lush, scenic valley and with a little river running through, … Continue reading

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DAY CRUISE TO MARMARIS, TURKEY

Hadrian's Temple

Departures: All year round Duration: 1 Day After a brief 1-hour sail by catamaran, you reach the coast of Asia Minor, Turkey.  Explore the popular resort of Marmaris, and see its beautiful red covered houses surrounded by green mountains and … Continue reading

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DAY CRUISE TO KOS ISLAND

ancient building in the old town Rhodes

Departures: All year round Duration: 1 Day Discover the island of Hippocrates, the founder of medicine.  Exlopre this pretty island and its famous archaeological site of Asklepion, the Archaeological Museum, Ancient Agora, Odeon, the Greek and Roman Baths, the Temple … Continue reading

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DAY CRUISE TO SYMI ISLAND

Greece Santorini island in Cyclades donkeys of the islands are u

Departures: All year round Duration: 1 Day The charming island of Symi lies just opposite Rhodes, with its characteristic neoclassical architecture and colourful houses.  Your catamaran first stops at Panormitis where the you will have one full hour to visit … Continue reading

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TRADITIONAL COOKERY & WINE TASTING

Traditional greek coffee

Departures: All year round Duration: 1 Day Visit 2 premier boutique wineries and savour several wine styles, including the legendary sweet delight, Vinsanto.  Sample traditional Greek aperitifs such as Raki and Ouzo and, of course,  learn to cook like a … Continue reading

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SOUTHERN ISLAND HIGHLIGHTS with AKROTIRI EXCAVATIONS

Santorini, Greece

Departures: All year round Duration: 1 Day Visit the hidden gems of southern Santorini.  Visit the 16th Century Monastery of Prophet Elias before continuing onto the traditional island village of Megalochori.  Walk through narrow streets and admire the traditional architecture … Continue reading

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SANTORINI IN A DAY – WALK, COACH & SAIL

Woman in Santorini

Departures: All year round Duration: 1 Day Explore the magical island of Santorini, visiting Prophet Elias Monastery built on the highest point of the island in 1711 AD.  Travel by mini-coach to Athinios Port to board on the King Thiras … Continue reading

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SANTORINI WINERIES TOUR

Donkeys climbing a narrow lane in Oia

Departures: All year round Duration: 1 Day Head to the countryside of Santorini Islands and explore the local vineyards.  Learn about the ancient methods of distilling and the island’s history through the centuries, and how the volcanic soils influence local … Continue reading

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CALDERA & OIA SUNSET CRUISE

Santorini View - Greece

Departures: All year round Duration: 1 Day Set sail from Athinios Port on your traditional vessel, King Thiras.  First stop is the volcanic island of Nea Kameni.  Walk an ascending soil path to the crater of the still-active volcano.  Continue … Continue reading

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CATAMARAN SAILING

Pebble Mosaic Dolphin

Departures: All year round Duration: 1 Day The #1 rated sailing tour around Santorini.  Depart from Vlihada Marina, sailing past the Ancient City of Akrotiri to the Red and White Beaches.  Head to Indian Head Mountain and the Venetian Lighthouse … Continue reading

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SUNSET SAILING

Santorini View - Greece

Departures: All year round Duration: 1 Day Admire the famous Santorini sunset on a luxurious, privately-owned yacht.  Set sail in the afternoon to ensure a great afternoon of swimming, snorkelling and on-board dining.  Visit the hot springs, sail past the … Continue reading

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IDYLLIC AEGEAN 7 Greek Islands and Turkey

Parthenon temple on the Acropolis of Athens,Greece

7 Day/6 Night Day 1: Depart Athens (Lavrion) 14.30 Spending half a day in Lavrion, an ancient silver mining centre, you may wish to also visit the Temple of Poseidon, with its stunning view of the Saronic Gulf, and Cape … Continue reading

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ICONIC AEGEAN 6 Day Greek Islands and Istanbul

Mills on the Greek island in the sunset

8 Day/7 Nights Day 1: Depart Athens (Lavrion) Day 2: First stop, Istanbul, home to Byzantine and Ottoman architectural jewels such as Hagia Sofia, the Greek Patriarchate, Sultanahmet Square and the incredible Grand Bazaar. Day 3: Sail to the white … Continue reading

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ICONIC AEGEAN 5 Day Greek Islands and Turkey

île de Santorin Cyclades Grèce Village de Oia

5 Days/4 Nights Day 1: Your first port of call is Mykonos. Stroll the picturesque alleys of Mykonos town and enjoy its exhilarating nightlife. Day 2: Sail into the quiet Turkish port of Kusadasi with its magical harbour-side bazaar. See the … Continue reading

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ICONIC AEGEAN 4 Greek Islands and Turkey

Hadrian's Temple

4 Days/3 Nights Day 1: Depart Athens (Pireaus). Your first port of call is Mykonos. Stroll the picturesque alleys of Mykonos town and enjoy its exhilarating nightlife. Day 2: Sail into the quiet Turkish port of Kusadasi with its magical harbour-side … Continue reading

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ANTIQUITY TO BYZANTIUM

Athena Relief in Gdansk

8 Days/7 Nights Day 1 (Friday): Marina Zeas (Athens) Afternoon embarkation and sailing towards Palaia (Old) Epidaurus. Evening arrival and dinner on board. (B/L/D) Day 2 (Saturday): Palaia Epidaurus (Excursion) Drive to Ancient Epidaurus, reputed to be the birthplace of … Continue reading

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AEGEAN ODYSSEY

Streets of Plaka in centre of Athens, Greece.

8 Days/7 Nights Day 1 (Friday): Marina Zeas (Athens) Day 2 (Saturday): Ios – Santorini Enjoy a refreshing swim at Manganari Beach in Ios before sailing onto glorious Santorini. Take the cable car to the hill-top town of Fira. Overnight … Continue reading

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CLASSICAL GREECE

8 Days/ 7 Nights Day 1 (Friday): Afternoon embarkation at Marina Zea. Sail via Cape Sounion to Kea. Time is yours to explore Kea’s tiny port, Korrisia. Depart in the early hours for the island of Delos, birthplace of the … Continue reading

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BEST OF GREECE including a 4-DAY CRUISE

The Acropolis of Athens illuminated

12 Days/11 Nights DAY 1 : Arrival and transfer to your Athens hotel. Overnight in Athens. DAY 2: Morning sightseeing tour of Athens’ most famous sights including a visit to the spectacular Acropolis. Afternoon and evening at leisure. Overnight in … Continue reading

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GLORIES OF GREECE including 3-DAY CRUISE

temple

  11 Days / 10 Nights DAY 1 : Arrival and transfer to your Athens hotel. Overnight in Athens. DAY 2 : Morning sightseeing tour of Athens’ most famous sights including a visit to the spectacular Acropolis and the new … Continue reading

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DISCOVER GREECE

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7 Days/6 Nights   DAY 1 : Arrival and transfer to your Athens hotel. Overnight in Athens.   DAY 2 : Morning sightseeing tour of Athens’ most famous sights including a visit to the spectacular Acropolis and the new Acropolis … Continue reading

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CLASSICAL GREECE

Parthenon temple on the Acropolis of Athens,Greece

4 Days/ 3 Nights Day 1: Depart Athens for the Corinth Canal. Drive to Epidaurus and visit the Ancient theatre. Proceed to Nauplia through the Argos Plains. Arriving at Mycenane, visit the archaeological site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Depart … Continue reading

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JEWELS OF THE CYCLADES

Homes by the sea

8 Days/7 Nights Day 1 (Saturday): Marina Zeas (Athens) – Poros Set sail for Poros in the afternoon, and later head to Poliegos.  Overnight at sea.  (B/L or D) Day 2 (Sunday): Poliegos – Folegandros Morning arrival in Poliegos, a … Continue reading

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A very special day – ANZAC 2015

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Hi Touchdown Tours,   We are just back from our monumental and emotional journey to Gallipoli. All went really well today and the ferries across the Dardanel’s worked like a dream. We started our pilgrimage with a stop at the 4th Battalion Parade … Continue reading

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ATHENS STOPOVER 5 Days/ 4 Nights

alexander the great

Departures: All year round Duration:4 days/ 3 nights Includes tours, transfers & 4 nights’ accommodation Day 1              Private arrival transfer airport to hotel Day 2              Half-day Athens City Tour Day 3              Full day at leisure to explore the city on … Continue reading

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ATHENS STOPOVER 4 Days / 3 Nights

parthenon

Departures: All year round Duration:4 days/ 3 nights Includes tours, transfers & 3 nights’ accommodation Day 1              Private arrival transfer airport to hotel Day 2              Half-day Athens City Tour Day 3              Full day 3 Greek Islands Cruise including lunch Day … Continue reading

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WALKING TOUR : FOODIE TOUR OF ATHENS

Red windows in Plaka

Departures: All year round Duration: 1/2 day tour – Seat in Coach Each food walking tour includes mouth-watering food tastings from the various specialty and food shops we will pass along the way on a different “off-the-beaten-path” gastronomical route around … Continue reading

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SARONIC ISLANDS CRUISE

Kreuzfahrt Esel Maultier Griechenland

Departures: All year round Duration: Full Day – Seat in Coach – Including Lunch For those who have limited time, take a one-day cruise to the pretty Saronic Islands of Hydra, Poros and Aegina.   With all your transport, transfers and buffet … Continue reading

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WALKING TOUR OF ATHENS : GLORY OF MUSEUMS

Parthenon temple on the Acropolis of Athens,Greece

Departures: All year round Duration: 1/2 day -Private tour Start at Keramikos, the city’s ancient cemetery. See the Old City Walls including Dipylon Gate and the Sacred Gate.  These Gates are still used for major religious festivals today. Continue to … Continue reading

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WALKING TOUR OF ATHENS : IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE GREAT PHILOSOPHERS

Ciottolato greco

Departures: All year round Duration: 1/2 day – Private Tour This private walking tour takes you back to the age of Socrates, Pericles, Themistocles, Aristides, Kimon and so many other important figures who shaped Greek Philosophy. On our way to … Continue reading

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