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Greece Highlights: Athens, Mykonos, Santorini and Crete

Duration
12 Days
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US$ 1,795

Experience the most famous centres of Greece on this incredible vacation passing from Athens to the islands of Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete. As you explore the country, you'll visit ancient ruins, walk along gorgeous windswept cliffs, feast on delicious cuisine, and experience the living and breathing history of this great nation.


This 12-day Greece vacation takes you to the capital, Athens, as well as some of the most famous islands, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete.

Your Greek vacation begins in Athens, a landmark city famous the world over for its incredible history and culture. Dotted with ruins from the 5th century B.C. such as the famous Acropolis, the city is essentially a living and breathing museum. Take some time to explore the famous site such as the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympics were held in 1896, the Temple of Zeus, and, of course, the Acropolis, where you'll find the Temple of Athena Nike and the iconic Parthenon. That evening, you'll take a drive beneath the stars to see the Acropolis lit up on its towering hill. Afterwards, you'll stroll through the narrow streets of Plaka to experience Athens' golden age firsthand.

From Athens, continue your Greece vacation by taking the ferry to Mykonos, the thumping heartbeat of the Cyclades Islands. Mykonos is second-to-none when it comes to nightlife, but it's also home to high-end restaurants and stunning views that'll satisfy even more sedate travellers. While in Mykonos, take a tour to the mythological birthplace of the Greek god, Apollo: Delos. As you tour the archaeological site, you'll learn about Greece's over 5,000 years of history and visit the Delos Museum to see the extensive collection of statues taken from the ruins.

Pass from Mykonos to the breathtaking island of Santorini, the magical home to whitewashed houses, windswept cliffs, and picture-perfect bliss. You can stroll along the 300m-high cliffs towering over the ocean and enjoy the romantic atmosphere of the island's charming towns. On Santorini, you'll take a day to sail to the surrounding volcanic islands and walk across lava fields. Cruise to Nea Kameni and Palea Kameni, two volcanoes known for their gorgeous caldera, and then relax in the nearby hot springs. You can also explore the Minoan ruins of Akrotiri during your time on the island.

The last stop on your trip to Greece is Crete, where you'll stay in Heraklion, the fifth largest city in Greece. During your time on Crete, 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 and thumping nightclubs. Also, be sure to feast on the island's world-famous diet of seafood and cheese. You'll then return to Athens for one more day at leisure in the Greek captial before closing out your vacation.


 

 

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Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,795

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Day 1

Athens Airport to Athens Hotel Private

Duration1 Hour

Athenian Callirhoe Hotel Athens

You will discover a distinctive building with elegant interior design and enjoy the very best in luxury and service while being spoiled with the "little things" a guest needs to make one feel at home. Entice yourself with our creative Mediterranean and International cuisine, admiring at the same time the magnificent Acropolis and Lycabettus view. Centrally located, in a short distance from all the city's cultural highlights, attractions and commercial centre, it is ideal for leisure and business travelers.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Athenian Callirhoe Hotel Athens

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    Athenian Callirhoe Hotel Athens



    You will discover a distinctive building with elegant interior design and enjoy the very best in luxury and service while being spoiled with the "little things" a guest needs to make one feel at home. Entice yourself with our creative Mediterranean and International cuisine, admiring ...

    You will discover a distinctive building with elegant interior design and enjoy the very best in luxury and service while being spoiled with the "little things" a guest needs to make one feel at home. Entice yourself with our creative Mediterranean and International cuisine, admiring at the same time the magnificent Acropolis and Lycabettus view. Centrally located, in a short distance from all the city's cultural highlights, attractions and commercial centre, it is ideal for leisure and business travelers.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Babysitting Service
    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Hairdryers
    • Housekeeping Service
    • Massage Facilities
    • Restaurant(s)
    • 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 Mykonos on Ferry

Duration5 Hours

Mykonos Port to Mykonos Town and Suburbs

Duration20 Minutes

Petinos Hotel

The Hotel Petinos offers direct access to the beach, this Mykonos hotel is by the sea, within minutes of Platis Gialos Beach, Psarou Beach, and Agia Anna Beach. Also nearby are Paranga Beach and Paradise Beach. Guests of this beach hotel will appreciate convenient onsite amenities such as a health club and a sauna. Greek and Mediterranean dishes are served at the Blue Myth restaurant, situated right on the beach. Special nights with dancing and singing are organised twice weekly.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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Petinos Hotel

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    The Hotel Petinos offers direct access to the beach, this Mykonos hotel is by the sea, within minutes of Platis Gialos Beach, Psarou Beach, and Agia Anna Beach. Also nearby are Paranga Beach and Paradise Beach. Guests of this beach hotel will appreciate convenient onsite ...

    The Hotel Petinos offers direct access to the beach, this Mykonos hotel is by the sea, within minutes of Platis Gialos Beach, Psarou Beach, and Agia Anna Beach. Also nearby are Paranga Beach and Paradise Beach. Guests of this beach hotel will appreciate convenient onsite amenities such as a health club and a sauna. Greek and Mediterranean dishes are served at the Blue Myth restaurant, situated right on the beach. Special nights with dancing and singing are organised twice weekly.

    Facilities

    • Ironing Board
    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Alarm clock
    • Bar
    • Beach Access
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access - High Speed
    • Laundry
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Shuttle Service
    • Swimming Pool
    • TV

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Day 3

Delos Tour

Only a 45 minute boat ride away from Mykonos Delos was the centre of the Cyclades of the ancient world, the island of light, birthplace of Apollon and Artemis, home to the first multicultural civilization and trade.

There is a lot to see: having been inhabited between 2500 and 69 B.C. Delos boasts of many treasures remaining from these times like the ancient market place Agora, the famous terrace of the Naxos lions, the holy lake, the ancients living quarters and theatre that give you a lively vision of the daily life then; especially the houses of Dionysos, Kleopatra, the Trident, the Masks, the Dolphins with their mosaics are a fantastic experience of art not to be missed. Furthermore there are the Temple of Isis, the Egyptian goddess, the Roman water system and cisterns and the wonderful museum with plenty of breathtaking mosaics, statues and many more objects found during the excavations.

On your guided tour you depart at 10am from the old pier in Mykonos Town and you return at 2.30 pm. If you wish to remain a little bit longer you can also take the last boat back at 3 pm in order to have some time at leisure or maybe climb on Mount Kynthos to enjoy the view over all the surrounding Cycladic islands.

Duration4 Hours
Day 4

Day at Leisure

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

Day 5

Mykonos Town and Suburbs to Mykonos Port

Duration20 Minutes

Mykonos to Santorini on Catamaran

Duration2 Hours

Athinios Port to Santorini

Duration30 Minutes

Santorini Palace

The 4-star Santorini Palace is centrally located in Fira, Santorini’s capital, within walking distance to the old port, museums, shops, and restaurants. Guests may take full advantage of the resort facilities, the peaceful hotel spa atmosphere, keep up with their fitness in the fully equipped gym, relax by the pool, enjoy a walk on the Caldera’s promenade or even experience Fira cosmopolitan nightlife. All air-conditioned rooms open to a balcony overlooking the well-tended garden or the Aegean Sea. Facilities include a satellite TV and minibar. Each private bathroom is fitted with a bathtub and hairdryer. Guests at Santorini Palace can start their day with a buffet breakfast. The restaurant served international dishes during dinner times. Refreshing drinks and light meals are prepared at the snack bar by the pool.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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Santorini Palace

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    The 4-star Santorini Palace is centrally located in Fira, Santorini’s capital, within walking distance to the old port, museums, shops, and restaurants. Guests may take full advantage of the resort facilities, the peaceful hotel spa atmosphere, keep up with their fitness in the fully equipped ...

    The 4-star Santorini Palace is centrally located in Fira, Santorini’s capital, within walking distance to the old port, museums, shops, and restaurants. Guests may take full advantage of the resort facilities, the peaceful hotel spa atmosphere, keep up with their fitness in the fully equipped gym, relax by the pool, enjoy a walk on the Caldera’s promenade or even experience Fira cosmopolitan nightlife. All air-conditioned rooms open to a balcony overlooking the well-tended garden or the Aegean Sea. Facilities include a satellite TV and minibar. Each private bathroom is fitted with a bathtub and hairdryer. Guests at Santorini Palace can start their day with a buffet breakfast. The restaurant served international dishes during dinner times. Refreshing drinks and light meals are prepared at the snack bar by the pool.

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Day 6

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 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

Santorini to Athinios Port

Duration30 Minutes

Santorini to Heraklion on Catamaran

Duration2 Hours

Heraklion Port to Heraklion

Duration20 Minutes

Galaxy Hotel, Crete

We welcome you to the Galaxy Hotel, the ideal city hotel for exploring Heraklion! Our prime location, in between the city's historical sites and the beating heart of the downtown center, allows our guests to fully experience the essence of Cretan culture, while enjoying the luxurious comfort of our serene environment. Heraklion's attractions, gastronomy, nightlife and local habits are all within your grasp!

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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Galaxy Hotel, Crete

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    We welcome you to the Galaxy Hotel, the ideal city hotel for exploring Heraklion! Our prime location, in between the city's historical sites and the beating heart of the downtown center, allows our guests to fully experience the essence of Cretan culture, while enjoying the ...

    We welcome you to the Galaxy Hotel, the ideal city hotel for exploring Heraklion! Our prime location, in between the city's historical sites and the beating heart of the downtown center, allows our guests to fully experience the essence of Cretan culture, while enjoying the luxurious comfort of our serene environment. Heraklion's attractions, gastronomy, nightlife and local habits are all within your grasp!

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Golf
    • Meeting Facilities
    • Swimming Pool
    • Wellness Center

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Day 9

Day at Leisure

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

Day 10

Day at Leisure

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

Day 11

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
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Sofitel Airport Hotel

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    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 12

Day at Leisure

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

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DEPARTURES:

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 11 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • All transfers
  • Boat ticket from Piraeus (Athens) to Mykonos Island
  • Boat ticket from Mykonos Island to Santorini Island
  • Boat ticket from Santorini to Crete Island
  • 3 Guided Day tours
  • Local taxes

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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