ATHENS - MYKONOS - SANTORINI - CRETE
11 DAYS/ 10 NIGHTS

Day 01: Welcome to Athens!

Arrival at Eleftherios Venizelos Airport, welcome to Athens! According to the Greek mythology, the name “Athens” came from the goddess of wisdom, Athena. Our transfer will be waiting for you at the airport and after boarding our luxurious vehicle, we will sit back and relax as the driver transports you to the Hotel for check in. Then we will have an illuminated night tour at Athens. First we will see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896. Then we will continue and pass by the Prime Minister's residence (ex-Royal Palace), which guarded by the Euzones in their colorful uniform, next we will see the Temple of Olympian Zeus - one of the largest in antiquity, the Hadrian's Arch - the symbolic entrance to the city, the Parliament, the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library and the Syntagma (Constitution Square). Then we will have dinner and transfer to the Hotel. Overnight at Athens. (dinner)

Day 02: Athens – city tour – Acropolis – Museum

Breakfast and get ready for the most amazing city tour through history, which gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city!! We will start our tour with Acropolis, the Architectural Masterpieces in the world 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. Then we will visit the New Acropolis Museum which is only 300m. away from the sacred rock of Acropolis and where at last 4000 priceless statues found their home and admire the wonders of the classical era. We will have lunch and then we will walk to the ancient Agora (Market) of Athens. The Ancient Agora, where the place that ancient Greeks used to do their trades, but also used to gather to discuss city matters, thus, creating the idea of Democracy. It’s a magnificent walking tour, there we will see the Stoa of Attalos, originally erected during the 2nd cent. BC as a gift of the king of Pergamon, Attalos II, to Athens and was one of the world's first shopping malls, which was 116 meters in length and two floors high, supported by Doric, Ionic and parchment columns. Then we will see the temple of Hephaestus, more widely known as Thisio, which is probably built around 460-420 B.C. by an unknown architect. Then we will have free time at Plaka, which is the oldest neighborhood in Athens the picturesque quarter of the city, where there are little shops with handmade crafts and Monastiraki, the Flea Market, where you can have a pleasant walk. Dinner. Return at the Hotel. Overnight Athens. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 03: Athens – Delphi - Athens

Breakfast and we will immerse ourselves in the myths and monuments of classical Greece on this trip to Delphi. Explore the UNESCO-listed archeological site of Delphi and learn how the city was considered the ‘Center of the World’ in ancient Greece. 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. First stop is a tour of the Delphi archeological site – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and easily one of the most important digs in Europe. As you walk around the evocative ruins with your guide, see famous monuments like the monument of the Argive Kings, the treasury of the Athenians, the Athenian Stoa, the Polygonal Wall, the monument of Platea and the Temple of Apollo famous for its oracle. Second stop is Delphi museum, with it's spectacular exhibits include the frieze of the Treasury of the Sifnians, the Naxian Sphinx, the Statue of Antinoos the metopes of the Athenian treasury, the famous bronze Charioteer, originally created to commemorate a victory during the 476 B.C. Pythian Games, and many other artifacts. Be sure to check out the bronze Charioteer of Delphi and the Sphinx of Naxos. 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. Then we will have Lunch and transfer back to Athens. Dinner. Overnight Athens. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 04: Athens - Mykonos

Breakfast and transfer to Athens port to take the ferry to Mykonos island. In Greek mythology, the island of Mykonos was named after the namesake hero Mykonos, the descendant of the legendary king of Delos, Aneos. The island is also said to have been the location of a great battle between Zeus and Titans and where Hercules killed the invincible giants after having lured them from the protection of Mount. When your ferry docks in the Mykonos port, you will see the best of the town. We will have a walking tour and we will explore the narrow streets and alleys of the old town. We will see Manto Square, where the famous monument of Manto Mavrogenous stands, then we see little venice, the five in a row windmills, which still stand proudly and then we pass by Church of "Panagia Paraportiani". Have lunch. Transfer to the Hotel. Dinner. Overnight in Mykonos. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 05: Mykonos - Syros - Mykonos

Breakfast and we will take the ferry to the island of Syros. Syros is an island with rich culture, which stands proudly in the center of the Aegean Sea. Ermoupolis, the capital of Syros, which used to be a rich trade center in the past, which is depicted today in its wonderful architecture. The elegant mansions with the Venetian style and the Neoclassical buildings of Ermoupolis come in contrast to the traditional Cycladic architecture of the other villages on Syros. The highlight of Ermoupolis is Miaouli Square, where we will see the impressive Town Hall. The most picturesque neighborhood of Ermoupolis, Vaporia, is great to walk around. Then we will see the church of Kimisi Theotokou (Assumption), to see the famous original icon of Dominicos Theotokopoulos (El Greco), the famous painter of the 15th and 16th century. Lunch. Later on, we will go to Ano Syros, a nice village almost attached to Ermoupolis. From the square of Ano Syros, you get the best view of Ermoupolis and the busy port. Take the ferry to Mykonos. Dinner. Transfer to the Hotel. Overnight Mykonos. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 06: Mykonos - Santorini

Breakfast and transfer from the Hotel to the port to take the ferry to island of Santorini. Arrival in Santorini which is one of the most outstanding places in the world. We will start our tour to the Center of the island and on the highest point where you will visit the hidden gems of the area. The first stop of the tour is the 16th century Monastery of Prophet Elias which was built on the highest point of the Island 567 meters above sea level. From there you will have a panoramic view of the whole island. After Prophet Elias we will continue to the village of Pyrgos, with its Cycladic architecture, Byzantine churches and a Venetian Castle. The village is one of the highest points of the Island and the View is amazing overlooking the North West part of Santorini. Lunch. Next stop the traditional village of Oia which is on the northern tip of the island, high on the cliff top. Oia hosts the most magnificent views on Santorini and a picturesque road with cliffs on one side and sea on the other leads to this attractive village typical of Santorini’s architecture with houses sunk deep into the volcanic soil, their whitewashed walls and blue domes sparkling in the sunlight. After sunset transfer for dinner. Transfer to the Hotel. Overnight Santorini. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 07: Santorini

Breakfast and you will have the most popular tour in Santorini which is certainly the boat trip, with kaiki, to the volcano and the hot springs. Walk on top of a still active volcano, see the caldera villages from an impressive spot and then we sail around the islet by excursion boat. We will make a stop for swimming at the bathing beach of Palea Kameni where the hot waters reach a temperature of 35oC. Swim in thermal water with therapeutic ingredients. After we will return, we will have lunch. Then we will visit the Museum of lost Atlantis. In this museum you can learn about the myth of Atlantis, how it is connected to Santorini, experience its destruction and explore multiple digital installations for Atlantis. Then we will visit a Winery, where you can taste our local products and wines. Dinner. Overnight Santorini. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 08: Santorini - Crete - Elounda

Breakfast and we have free time at Santorini. Then we will have lunch and we will be transferred to Santorini port for our ferry embarkation to Crete Island. Crete is the largest island in Greece and the fifth largest in the Mediterranea and has an exquisite 1,000 kilometer-long coastline. After all, it's among the finest in the world and most popular holiday destinations. And, of course, the island's historic importance in today's world as the home of the Minoan civilization, with important archaeological finds. We will arrive at Crete, at Heraklio Port. Have dinner and we will be transferred to Elounda, to our hotel. Overnight Elounda. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 09: Elounda – Knossos Palace – Heraklio - Elounda

Breakfast and today we will explore the cradle of the Minoan civilization, the palace - labyrinth of legendary King Minos and its mythical Minotaur. The Minoan palace is the main site of interest at Knossos, an important city in antiquity, which was inhabited continuously from the Neolithic period until the 5th c. AD. The palace was built on the Kephala hill and had easy access to the sea and the Cretan interior. According to tradition, it was the seat of the wise king Minos. The earliest traces of inhabitation in the area of the palace go back to the Neolithic period (7000-3000) BC). Then will have lunch and we will head to Heraklio. This city more than lives up to its reputation as being one of the most attractive of the many cities of the Mediterranean! The region of Heraklion is famous for Zeus, the Greek god of hospitality, who met and fell in love with a Princess of unsurpassed beauty, named Europa. She gave birth to the race of Minoan Kings and sages, the founders of the earliest civilized nation in Europe. However, modern-day Heraklio has a much wider range of attractions to offer. There we will see the unique Venetian monuments which the town offers, such as the Venetian fountain of Morosini, The Basilica of St. Marc, The Venetian Loggia, St. Titos church, the Venetian Port with the Fortress of "Koule". A walk inside the town's open-air market will make our senses awaken with its different and various smells, colors and sounds. In the old (Venetian) port, next to the modern facilities, one can see the vaulted tarsanades where ships used to be built, while the western side is dominated by the Koule fortress (16th century). Dinner. Overnight Elounda. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 10: Elounda – Spinalonga – Agios Nikolaos – Elounda

After breakfast we will take the boat and we will visit the glorious Venetian fortress at island of Spinalonga. Spinalonga is a small island near Elounda in East Crete. Spinalonga is also known as the “Leper Island”, as that is where lepers from Crete and the rest of Greece were quarantined until 1957. The islet had a strategic position for the control and defence of Elounda harbor, during the Hellenistic period or the Minoan years, the island was a stronghold of Olounites, which was built to protect the port of the ancient city Olous. Lunch. Then we will experience the quintessential luxuries of East Crete by visiting the most photographed landmarks - the town of Agios Nikolaos with its breath-taking ancient lake. Dinner. Overnight Elounda. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 11: Elounda – Athens - Departure flight

Today, after breakfast you will be transferred at airport for your departure flight via Athens. Bid farewell to this colourful country with fond memories and treasured moments.

Included:

• 3 nights at Athens Hotel 4* with breakfast
• 2 nights at Mykonos Hotel 4* with breakfast
• 2 nights at Santorini Hotel 4* with breakfast
• 3 nights at Elounda Hotel 4* with breakfast
• 9 Lunches
• 10 Dinners
• Ferry tickets at numbered economic seat
• Air tickets from Heraklion to Athens with luggage and hand luggage
• Private transfers and Guided tours as per itinerary
• Entrance fees at visited monuments

Not Included:

• Tips
• Accommodation tax for the Hotels which will be paid upon arrival by the guests at the reception at each Hotel
• Porterage service

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