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Athens and Crete Explorer

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,077

MODERATE | TAILOR-MADE: Visit Greek's famous capital, Athens, and its largest island, Crete, on this 7-day program. In Athens, tour the iconic Acropolis and head to nearby Delphi to see the home of the ancient Oracle, before jetting to the island of Crete where you can explore its capital, Heraklion, and enjoy an excursion to Spinalonga, the Leper colony!


This 7-day Greece vacation takes you from Athens to the Cretan capital of Heraklion.

As it should for a Greece vacation, your adventure begins in Athens, the landmark city that has graced the rest of the world with history and culture for several millennia. A morning city tour will get you acquainted with the Athenian highlights, showcasing the ruins from the 5th century B.C. that continue to draw people to the city. On your tour, you’ll pass from Constitution Square to the House of Parliament, visit the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympics were held in 1896 and the Temple of Zeus before hitting up the famous Acropolis, with its many temples and iconic Parthenon.

When you’re not touring Athens’ historical sites, you can take in its more contemporary pleasures. You’ll find entertainment a-plenty in Gazi, but no matter where you wander, you’ll stumble across incredible food, fashion, and nightlife. While in Athens, you’ll also take advantage of the location to head to Delphi, the site of the ancient Oracle that could foretell the future. You’ll tour the archaeological site of this religious centre and learn more about Ancient Greece at the Delphi Museum.

Your Greece vacation continues on from Athens, taking you to Crete and its capital of Heraklion. Also known as Iraklio, Heraklion is Greece’s fifth largest city and Crete’s administrative centre. You can spend your days on the island exploring the city, wandering through the pedestrian city centre full of 15th-century buildings or shopping along the new waterfront. You can also take advantage of the city’s prime location to explore the rest of Crete, strolling along coastal cliffs, swimming off pristine beaches, and exploring the historical treasures of this island that gave birth to Minoan culture over 4,000 years ago. The only must-do on Crete is to enjoy the food, as the Cretan combination of fresh seafood, homemade cheeses, and local wine is considered one of the healthiest (and tastiest) diets in the world. It’s one of the great pleasures of visiting Crete and the highlight of this Greece vacation.

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,077

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Day 1

Athens Airport to Athens Hotel Private

Duration1 Hour

Philippos Hotel

Philippos Hotel is ideally located right next to the Acropolis Museum and a 5-minute walk from the Acropolis Metro Station. The hotel is next door to the old quarters of the city with its old style charm and affordable shopping and dining options. The central square of Syntagma is just a 15 minutes' walk away. The attentive staff are on hand 24/7 and can offer sightseeing information, or arrange for car rental, dry cleaning and luggage storage.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Philippos Hotel

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    Philippos Hotel



    Philippos Hotel is ideally located right next to the Acropolis Museum and a 5-minute walk from the Acropolis Metro Station. The hotel is next door to the old quarters of the city with its old style charm and affordable shopping and dining options. The central …

    Philippos Hotel is ideally located right next to the Acropolis Museum and a 5-minute walk from the Acropolis Metro Station. The hotel is next door to the old quarters of the city with its old style charm and affordable shopping and dining options. The central square of Syntagma is just a 15 minutes' walk away. The attentive staff are on hand 24/7 and can offer sightseeing information, or arrange for car rental, dry cleaning and luggage storage.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Hairdryers
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry Service
    • Lounge
    • Mini Bar
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Non Smoking Rooms
    • TV

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Day 2

Athens Morning Tour including Acropolis Museum

This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Your expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (short stop). Continue and pass by the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian's Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma. On the Acropolis visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally "the harmony between material and spirit", the monument that "puts order in the mind", the Parthenon. Continue and visit the place where at last the statues found their home and admire the wonders of the classical era: The new Acropolis museum.

Duration5 Hours
Day 3

Full Day Delphi without Lunch

Drive along the fertile plain of Boeotia, crossing the towns of Thebes - connected with the tragedy of king Oedipus - Levadia and Arachova, famous for its colourful rugs and carpets (short stop). Arrive at Delphi, the centre of the ancient world - the "Omphalos" (Navel) of the Earth - whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic world. On the slopes of mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios.

Visit the treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the museum containing such masterpieces of ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias. Return to Athens by the same route.

Duration12 Hours
Day 4

Athens Hotel to Athens Airport Private

Duration1 Hour

Heraklion Airport to Heraklion

Duration20 Minutes

Lato Boutique Hotel

The dramatic views of the Venetian fortress at the old city harbor of Heraklion, and the wonder-filled waves of the Cretan Sea, are among the most photographed tourist attractions on Crete Island. Not many visitors can enjoy the full panoramic grandeur of these contemplative landscapes, the way guests at Lato Boutique Hotel can. Standing for more than 40 years above the marina, the hotel operates 365 days a year without interruptions. After you take in the breathtaking views over the Old Port, you can discover the historic center of the city, and it's most remarkable attractions, or visit some of our most important museums, which are all within walking distance of our front doors. The liveliest shopping, dining, and nightlife venues in Heraklion are nearby as well.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Lato Boutique Hotel

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    Lato Boutique Hotel



    The dramatic views of the Venetian fortress at the old city harbor of Heraklion, and the wonder-filled waves of the Cretan Sea, are among the most photographed tourist attractions on Crete Island. Not many visitors can enjoy the full panoramic grandeur of these contemplative landscapes, …

    The dramatic views of the Venetian fortress at the old city harbor of Heraklion, and the wonder-filled waves of the Cretan Sea, are among the most photographed tourist attractions on Crete Island. Not many visitors can enjoy the full panoramic grandeur of these contemplative landscapes, the way guests at Lato Boutique Hotel can. Standing for more than 40 years above the marina, the hotel operates 365 days a year without interruptions. After you take in the breathtaking views over the Old Port, you can discover the historic center of the city, and it's most remarkable attractions, or visit some of our most important museums, which are all within walking distance of our front doors. The liveliest shopping, dining, and nightlife venues in Heraklion are nearby as well.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Fitness Centre
    • Hairdryers
    • Housekeeping Service
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge
    • Mini Bar
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • TV

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Day 5

The Island - Spinalonga BBQ

This once-in-a-lifetime experience brings you to the sparkling sea of the Mirabello Bay in East Crete. Luxury air-conditioned coaches will deliver you to the village of Elounda - certainly one of the most beautiful locations on the island.

After a short cruise across the clear blue waters we reach the tiny island of Spinalonga. With its amazingly rich history, Spinalonga is a truly magical place. Due to its strategic location at the entrance to Elounda Bay, the Venetians created a fortified stronghold on Spinalonga - 'The Rock' - in the 16th Century AD. This fort protected East Crete from invasion by pirates and its extremely strong walls, even after so many cannon ball strikes, stand proud to this day. In the middle of the 17th century Spinalonga was attacked and conquered by the Turkish Ottoman Empire and remained a Turkish stronghold until the liberation of Crete in 1821. In 1903, historical circumstances gave Spinalonga another role, that of Leper colony. For more than half a century the unfortunate 'living dead' were taken to live out their lives in an isolated community upon Spinalonga. The village with its tiny houses, shops, church, workshops and sanitarium still stands today. British author Victoria Hislop has immortalized the heartbreaking story of the lepers in her internationally acclaimed book 'The Island' and the story, based on true fact, has now been made into a film using Elounda. And the village of Plaka across the water as its setting. Your professional tour guide will escort you onto the island and you will hear all about the long history of this fascinating place. Close your eyes and imagine, listen to the sea and taste the salt water on your lips and you will be transported back in time in an experience you will never forget.

After your visit to Spinalonga continue on your cruise across the bay and you will have the opportunity to relax and enjoy the calm, crystal clear sea at Kolokytha. Here your crew will prepare a delicious barbeque while you swim and relax under the Cretan sun. Enjoy a refreshing glass of Ouzo perhaps, or a cold beer or soft drink from the bar.

On your return take time for a stop at the picturesque town of Saint Nicholas where you may take a stroll around the 'bottomless' lake, the pretty harbor and cosmopolitan shops and tree-lined avenues. Enjoy a relaxing coffee in any of the lakeside cafes and sit back and watch the world go by in this beautiful setting.

Duration7 Hours
Day 6

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 7

Heraklion to Heraklion Airport

Duration20 Minutes

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

April to October: Saturday

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 3 nights moderate accommodations in Athens
  • 3 nights first-class accommodations in Heraklion
  • Athens Morning Tour including Acropolis Museum
  • Full Day Delphi (lunch not included)
  • The Island - Spinalonga BBQ
  • Breakfast daily (excluding day 1)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Domestic flight from Athens to Heraklion
  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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