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Greece Deluxe: Athens, Santorini & Crete

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,148

FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Explore the country’s past and present on this journey across Greece. As you pass from Athens to the Greek Islands, you’ll see the iconic Acropolis, walk among the white-washed homes of Santorini, and feast on feta and olives on Crete all the while learning about the country’s ancient past.


This 9-day Greek vacation takes you to the capital, Athens, as well as the islands of Santorini and Crete.

Your Greece vacation begins in Athens, one of the world’s great historical capitals. Spend your time in the city exploring some of the most popular sites, focusing on the Acropolis, which is home to the Temple of Athena Nike and the iconic Parthenon. If you have time, also swing by the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Olympics were held in 1896. That evening, drive through the city centre to see the Greek capital lit up beneath the stars before walking through the narrow streets of the oldest neighbourhood, Plaka.

From Athens, head to Santorini, the magical island home to whitewashed houses, windswept cliffs, and picture-perfect bliss. You can stroll along the 300m-high cliffs towering over the ocean or enjoy the romantic atmosphere of the island’s charming towns. The island is also home to the Minoan ruins of Akrotiri, one of the country’s best archaeological sites. While on Santorini, you’ll take a day to explore the surrounding volcanic islands and soak in the natural hot springs.

Your Greek vacation continues along to Crete and its capital city, Heraklion. You can survey the walls of Koules Fortress, visit world-class museums like the Heraklion Archaeological Museum and explore the Palace of Knossos. When you’re not exploring history, take advantage of the island’s golden beaches, thumping nightclubs, and famous Cretan dishes. Spend the rest of your time on the island revelling in the sunny climate and exploring the gorgeous stretches of beach and hill. Afterwards, return to Athens to spend one more day before your flight home.

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,148

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Day 1

Athens Airport to Athens Hotel Private

Duration1 Hour

Royal Olympic Hotel Athens

The hotel lies just in front of the famous Temple of Zeus and National Garden. We are underneath the Acropolis and only 2 minutes' walk to the new Acropolis Museum. After a complete renovation that finished in 2009, the Royal Olympic was transformed to an art hotel very elegantly decorated and more important very well looked after in every detail. One of the aspects given particular attention to, was to create a very personal hotel and as much environmentally friendly as possible. The Roof Garden restaurant and bar opened recently offering the ultimate dinning and wining experience in front of the most spectacular view in Athens. The famous chef will be delighted to guide you through the secret paths of Greek cuisine while enjoying the unforgettable view.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Royal Olympic Hotel Athens

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    Royal Olympic Hotel Athens



    The hotel lies just in front of the famous Temple of Zeus and National Garden. We are underneath the Acropolis and only 2 minutes' walk to the new Acropolis Museum. After a complete renovation that finished in 2009, the Royal Olympic was transformed to an …

    The hotel lies just in front of the famous Temple of Zeus and National Garden. We are underneath the Acropolis and only 2 minutes' walk to the new Acropolis Museum. After a complete renovation that finished in 2009, the Royal Olympic was transformed to an art hotel very elegantly decorated and more important very well looked after in every detail. One of the aspects given particular attention to, was to create a very personal hotel and as much environmentally friendly as possible. The Roof Garden restaurant and bar opened recently offering the ultimate dinning and wining experience in front of the most spectacular view in Athens. The famous chef will be delighted to guide you through the secret paths of Greek cuisine while enjoying the unforgettable view.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Room Service
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Currency Exchange
    • Drycleaning
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hairdryers
    • Housekeeping Service
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Ironing Facilities
    • Laundry Service
    • Library
    • Mini Bar
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Non Smoking Rooms
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Swimming Pool - Outdoor
    • TV

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Athens By Night

Your evening begins with a short panoramic drive through the city center and on the slopes of the sacred hill you will be able to see, admire and take photos of the illuminated Acropolis. Then a pleasant walk through the narrow picturesque streets of Plaka, the old city, will bring you at a Typical Greek Tavern where you will enjoy your dinner following a floor show with live music and Greek Folk Dances in traditional costumes.

Duration3 Hours
Day 2

Athens Hotels to Piraeus Port Private

Duration1 Hour

Piraeus Port to Santorini on Catamaran

Duration4 Hours

Athinios Port to Santorini

Duration30 Minutes

The Majestic Hotel

The Majestic Hotel is located in the Fira area and offers free breakfast - just one of the extra touches that make for a comfortable stay at this luxury Santorini hotel. Whether traveling on vacation or for business, make sure to take some time to relax as you will find massage/treatment rooms, spa services, a sauna, a steam room and a Turkish bath/hammam, ensuring a restful and rejuvenating stay. Don't forget to pack your swimsuit and towel as this hotel features 2 outdoor swimming pools. There is also a poolside bar and a bar/lounge so guests can sip a refreshing drink by the pool or indoors. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can provide express check-in and express check-out. Child-friendly amenities at this hotel include a children's pool and babysitting/childcare.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

The Majestic Hotel

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    The Majestic Hotel



    The Majestic Hotel is located in the Fira area and offers free breakfast - just one of the extra touches that make for a comfortable stay at this luxury Santorini hotel. Whether traveling on vacation or for business, make sure to take some time to …

    The Majestic Hotel is located in the Fira area and offers free breakfast - just one of the extra touches that make for a comfortable stay at this luxury Santorini hotel. Whether traveling on vacation or for business, make sure to take some time to relax as you will find massage/treatment rooms, spa services, a sauna, a steam room and a Turkish bath/hammam, ensuring a restful and rejuvenating stay. Don't forget to pack your swimsuit and towel as this hotel features 2 outdoor swimming pools. There is also a poolside bar and a bar/lounge so guests can sip a refreshing drink by the pool or indoors. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can provide express check-in and express check-out. Child-friendly amenities at this hotel include a children's pool and babysitting/childcare.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Children's Facility
    • Fitness Centre
    • Lounge
    • Mini Bar
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Swimming Pool
    • Wheelchair Accessible

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Day 3

Volcano and Hot Springs

Leave the port of Athinios to embark on the traditional boat for your visit of active craters of the volcano on the top of the island of Nea Kameni, in Greek means "new burnt"... where you will stop for about 1 1/2 H.

Then sail to Palea Kameni, "old burnt", where thermal springs provide natural warm-water bathing. While the surrounding water and beaches may be cold, and winds can be daunting. Your stop will be about 30m. Next destination will be Thirassia which is a typical cycladic village with a way of life as it used to be before the invasion of tourism. Tiny houses of various colours give a special character to these small settlements. Is an ideal place to taste some of the traditional plates of Santorini (lunch is not included in the price), to swim or to discover the simple village of Manolios by donkey. Here your stop will be about 1.5 - 2H.

When you arrive in your last destination the assistant will inform you the pick-up point and the time that the buses depart (that depends on the sunset time) . The village is approximately 150 meters above sea level. This distance covered or walking the traditional steps on feet (250 steps) or by donkeys. Oia was severely damaged in the 1956 earthquake and much work has been involved to implement its restoration. The beauty of Oia is unsurpassed. In fact, it is almost impossible to describe in words. Small white houses tier the hillside, interspersed by splashes of rich okra, deep fuchsia, cobalt blue, oyster pink and earthy red. Oia is one of the most photographed places in Greece. It has inspired artists, poets and every visitor who visits Santorini. Oia is best known for breathtaking sunsets; if truth be told, sunrise in Oia is also magical. In Oia there are two types of dwellings, the cave houses dug into the volcanic rock on the Caldera cliffs, and the Captains houses. The cave houses used to be the homes of ship crews, whereas the Captains houses belonged to the affluent class of ship owners. Many of the churches in Oia were dedicated to sailors.

Duration6 Hours
Day 4

Santorini Wine Adventure - Morning Tour

Take this half-day wine tour of the Santorini countryside and visit the most distinctive wineries on the island. Taste a selection of 12 different wine styles from Santorini and Greece.

Winemaking on Santorini dates back more than 4.000 years and the tour covers the most traditional wineries of the island, starting at a vineyard on the volcanic soils. Stroll through the unique basket vines, learning about the unique viticulture that makes vine-growing in Santorini respected worldwide for its distinctive means of production.

Learn the island's history through its wine-making from your wine-expert guide as you move between the most legendary wineries, all acclaimed by international experts. Taste the major wine styles of Santorini such as Assyrtiko, Nykteri, Vinsanto accompanied by local delicacies, such as cheese and local snacks.

Duration5 Hours
Day 5

Santorini to Athinios Port

Duration30 Minutes

Santorini to Heraklion on Catamaran

Duration2 Hours

Heraklion Port to Heraklion

Duration20 Minutes

Megaron Luxury Hotel

The Megaron Luxury Hotel is an exclusive five star hotel ideally located in the heart of business and shopping district overlooking the old harbor and within walking distance of the Archaeological and Historical museums. The hotel's unique architecture and modern interior achieve a subtle blend of luxury and intimacy not easily forgotten. Built in 1925 and classified as a historical building, the Megaron Luxury hotel is located in the heart of Heraklion overlooking the harbor within walking distance of all the major sights of the city.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Megaron Luxury Hotel

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    Megaron Luxury Hotel



    The Megaron Luxury Hotel is an exclusive five star hotel ideally located in the heart of business and shopping district overlooking the old harbor and within walking distance of the Archaeological and Historical museums. The hotel's unique architecture and modern interior achieve a subtle blend …

    The Megaron Luxury Hotel is an exclusive five star hotel ideally located in the heart of business and shopping district overlooking the old harbor and within walking distance of the Archaeological and Historical museums. The hotel's unique architecture and modern interior achieve a subtle blend of luxury and intimacy not easily forgotten. Built in 1925 and classified as a historical building, the Megaron Luxury hotel is located in the heart of Heraklion overlooking the harbor within walking distance of all the major sights of the city.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Business Centre
    • Children's Facility
    • Coffee/Tea Making Facilities
    • Fitness Centre
    • Hairdryers
    • Housekeeping Service
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Mini Bar
    • Reception
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Swimming Pool - Outdoor

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Day 6

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 7

Day at Leisure

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

Day 8

Heraklion to Heraklion Airport

Duration20 Minutes

Sofitel Airport Hotel

Sofitel Athens Airport welcomes you to the Greek capital. In an environment harmoniously combining heartfelt hospitality, modern surroundings and impeccable organization, you will find the ideal solution for luxurious accommodation and business meetings.

Enjoy a magnificent experience at Karavi restaurant with our gourmet cuisine and panoramic views or at the modern Mediterranean restaurant Mesoghaia, available 24 hours. Artemis bar is the perfect place to share a drink or even enjoy a light snack.

The only hotel at Athens airport, Sofitel Athens Airport extends a distinctive combination of French refinement and Greek hospitality to all business and leisure guests.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Sofitel Airport Hotel

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    Sofitel Airport Hotel



    Sofitel Athens Airport welcomes you to the Greek capital. In an environment harmoniously combining heartfelt hospitality, modern surroundings and impeccable organization, you will find the ideal solution for luxurious accommodation and business meetings. Enjoy a magnificent experience at Karavi restaurant with our gourmet cuisine and …

    Sofitel Athens Airport welcomes you to the Greek capital. In an environment harmoniously combining heartfelt hospitality, modern surroundings and impeccable organization, you will find the ideal solution for luxurious accommodation and business meetings.

    Enjoy a magnificent experience at Karavi restaurant with our gourmet cuisine and panoramic views or at the modern Mediterranean restaurant Mesoghaia, available 24 hours. Artemis bar is the perfect place to share a drink or even enjoy a light snack.

    The only hotel at Athens airport, Sofitel Athens Airport extends a distinctive combination of French refinement and Greek hospitality to all business and leisure guests.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • ATM
    • Babysitting Service
    • Barber/ Beauty Shop
    • Business Centre
    • Car Hire
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Facilities for Disabled Guests
    • Fax/Photocopying
    • Free WiFi
    • Heating
    • Ironing Service
    • Lift
    • Meeting/ Banquet facilities
    • Newspapers
    • Non Smoking Rooms
    • Parking
    • Room Service
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Shoeshine
    • Sound Proof Rooms
    • Ticket Service
    • Tour Desk

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Day 9

Depart Athens

Following breakfast, transfer to the Athens airport for your onward flight.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 1 night first class accommodations in Athens
  • 3 nights first class accommodations in Santorini
  • 3 nights first class accommodations in Heraklion
  • 1 night deluxe accommodations in Athens (airport hotel)
  • Private Athens by Night excursion 
  • Volcano and Hot Springs excursion 
  • Santorini Wine Adventure - Morning Tour (max 8 guests)
  • The Island - Spinalonga BBQ 
  • Boat ticket from Piraeus (Athens) to Santorini Island
  • Boat ticket from Santorini to Crete Island
  • Transfer from Heraklion hotel to airport 
  • Breakfast daily (excluding day 1) 

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Domestic flight from Heraklion (Crete) to Athens
  • International airfare and taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not specifically noted in the itinerary
  • Beverages unless specified
  • Visa fees if required

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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