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Athens and Crete Explorer

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 843

Visit Greek's famous capital, Athens, and its largest island, Crete, on this Greece vacation. 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 its world-famous diet of seafood and cheese.


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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Accommodation in Heraklion

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    Atrion Hotel



    The Atrion Hotel welcomes you to a quiet corner in the heart of Heraklion, a short walk from the Historical museum, seafront promenade and Venetian port. Fully renovated in 2004, this modern, minimal-style hotel is right next to Heraklion's vibrant center, with its cafes, shopping ...

    The Atrion Hotel welcomes you to a quiet corner in the heart of Heraklion, a short walk from the Historical museum, seafront promenade and Venetian port. Fully renovated in 2004, this modern, minimal-style hotel is right next to Heraklion's vibrant center, with its cafes, shopping center, tavernas and museums but also a short stride from the seashore. The island's main highways can be easily accessed from the hotel, making it an ideal base for discovering the island by car.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Bicycle hire
    • Car Rental Available
    • Doctor on Call
    • Foreign Exchange
    • Hairdryers
    • Internet Access - High Speed
    • Laundry Service
    • Lobby
    • Luggage Storage
    • Mini Bar
    • Newsstand
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Outdoor Seating Area
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Tour Desk
    • TV lounge
    • Wakeup Calls Available

    More Details

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 843

Itinerary View Trip Map

Day 1

Athens Airport to Athens Hotel Private

Duration1 Hour

Hera Hotel Athens

Its architectural design is inspired by the grandeur of the ancient Athenian past. The Hera Hotel has taken advantage of all the aspects of modern technology in order to furnish the hotel with the comforts that are suitable for a 21st century hotel. This elegant boutique hotel, a short walk from the Acropolis and Plaka.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Hera Hotel Athens

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    Hera Hotel Athens



    Its architectural design is inspired by the grandeur of the ancient Athenian past. The Hera Hotel has taken advantage of all the aspects of modern technology in order to furnish the hotel with the comforts that are suitable for a 21st century hotel. This elegant ...

    Its architectural design is inspired by the grandeur of the ancient Athenian past. The Hera Hotel has taken advantage of all the aspects of modern technology in order to furnish the hotel with the comforts that are suitable for a 21st century hotel. This elegant boutique hotel, a short walk from the Acropolis and Plaka.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Coffee/Tea Making Facilities
    • Hairdryers
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Lobby
    • Mini Bar
    • Non Smoking Rooms
    • TV
    • Wakeup Calls Available

    More Details

Day 2

Athens Morning Tour including Acropolis Museum

The striking contrast between breathtaking monuments of a glorious past and modern elegant structures is what you will enjoy during your tour of Athens. Visit the Acropolis, the crowning beauty and glory of Ancient Athens, with its many monuments atop its rocky base, including the awesome Parthenon, the Propylea, the temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion, with its Porch of Maidens. Drive to the Roman Temple of Olympic Zeus, the Panathinaikon Stadium (site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896), and the Tomb of the unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament House on Constitution Square. See views of government buildings and elegant structures of the 19th century. Drive along Panepistimiou Avenue and view the Catholic Cathedral, the Academy, University, and National Library. In contrast, conclude your tour with a visit to the new Acropolis museum, a marvel of architecture with a full exhibition of the glory of Ancient Athens.

Duration5 Hours
Day 3

Full Day Delphi

At the foot of Mount Parnassos, within the angle formed by the twin rocks of the Phaedriades, lies the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, which had the most famous oracle of ancient Greece. Delphi was regarded as the centre of the world. According to mythology, it is here that the two eagles sent out by Zeus from the ends of the universe to find the navel of the world met. The sanctuary of Delphi, set within a most spectacular landscape, was for many centuries the cultural and religious centre and symbol of unity for the Hellenic world and seat of the Pythian Games, the second most important games in Greece after the Olympics, which were held every four years.

Between the sixth and fourth centuries BC, the Delphic oracle, which was regarded as the most trustworthy, was at its peak. It was delivered by the Pythia, the priestess, and interpreted by the priests of Apollo. Cities, rulers and ordinary individuals alike consulted the oracle, expressing their gratitude with great gifts and spreading its fame around the world. The oracle was thought to have existed since the dawn of time. Indeed, it was believed to have successfully predicted events related to the cataclysm of Deukalion, the Argonaut's expedition and the Trojan War.

Visit of the archaeological site and the Museum where one can see among other archeological treasures, the unique bronze statue of the Charioteer dedicated to Apollo by Polyzalos, the tyrant of Gela, in 478 B.C. when he won the chariot-race at the Pythian Games. This incomparable statue is a representative example of the ''severe'' Attic style, certainly the work of a major artist.

Duration12 Hours
Day 4

Athens Hotel to Athens Airport Private

Duration1 Hour

Heraklion Airport to Town Hotels Heraklion

Duration20 Minutes

Atrion Hotel

The Atrion Hotel welcomes you to a quiet corner in the heart of Heraklion, a short walk from the Historical museum, seafront promenade and Venetian port. Fully renovated in 2004, this modern, minimal-style hotel is right next to Heraklion's vibrant center, with its cafes, shopping center, tavernas and museums but also a short stride from the seashore. The island's main highways can be easily accessed from the hotel, making it an ideal base for discovering the island by car.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Atrion Hotel

More Info  Alternative Accommodation

Location View map
  • starstarstar

    Atrion Hotel



    The Atrion Hotel welcomes you to a quiet corner in the heart of Heraklion, a short walk from the Historical museum, seafront promenade and Venetian port. Fully renovated in 2004, this modern, minimal-style hotel is right next to Heraklion's vibrant center, with its cafes, shopping ...

    The Atrion Hotel welcomes you to a quiet corner in the heart of Heraklion, a short walk from the Historical museum, seafront promenade and Venetian port. Fully renovated in 2004, this modern, minimal-style hotel is right next to Heraklion's vibrant center, with its cafes, shopping center, tavernas and museums but also a short stride from the seashore. The island's main highways can be easily accessed from the hotel, making it an ideal base for discovering the island by car.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Bicycle hire
    • Car Rental Available
    • Doctor on Call
    • Foreign Exchange
    • Hairdryers
    • Internet Access - High Speed
    • Laundry Service
    • Lobby
    • Luggage Storage
    • Mini Bar
    • Newsstand
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Outdoor Seating Area
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Tour Desk
    • TV lounge
    • Wakeup Calls Available

    More Details

Day 5

Day at Leisure

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

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

Town Hotels Heraklion to Heraklion Airport

Duration20 Minutes

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 3 nights' accommodation in Athens
  • 3 nights' accommodation on Crete
  • All return airport to hotel transfers
  • Meals as indicated
  • Excursions as indicated

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • 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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