Greece: Athens, Santorini & Crete10 days & 9 nights, Private Journey
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Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Crete & Elounda
Embark on a journey that encompasses the natural and cultural delights of Greece and the Aegean Islands. Begin your explorations with a guided visit of the sights of Athens, including the Temple of Zeus and the Parthenon. Then, take to the seas as you indulge yourself on the beautiful island of Mykonos. Continue to what is perhaps the quintessential Mediterranean island, Santorini, before ending your journey by delving into the culture of Crete.
Day 1Arrive Athens, Greece
Upon arrival, you will be escorted to your hotel.Hotel Grande Bretagne - 2 Nights
Embark on your exploration of Athens. Begin at the Panathenaic Stadium, and then pass by the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian's Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library and Syntagma Square. Continue to the Acropolis to visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens, including the magnificent Parthenon. Finish with a visit to the New Acropolis Museum.Hotel Grande Bretagne (B)
Day 3To Mykonos
This morning, board the high-speed ferry to the island of Mykonos. Upon arrival, you will be escorted to your hotel.
Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort - 2 Nights (B)
Embark on an excursion to Delos Island to see the sacred ruins of the Terrace of the Lions, the House of Dionysus, the Temple of Isis and the Archaeological Museum of Delos. Return by ferry to Mykonos.Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort (B)
Day 5To Santorini
This morning, board your high-speed ferry to Santorini. Upon arrival, you will be escorted to your hotel. Later, embark on a private cruise in the Aegean Sea. Admire the volcanic landscape at Nea Kameni, and relax in the natural springs, before stopping for swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing.Andronis Boutique Hotel - 2 Nights (B, D)
This morning, visit a local winery, where you will meet the winemaker and participate in a guided tasting. Continue to the black-sand beach of Kamari, which is distinguished by an enormous rock called Mes Vouno that rises from the sea.Andronis Boutique Hotel (B)
Day 7To Crete
This morning, explore the excavations at Akrotiri with your private guide. Often compared to Pompeii, Akrotiri is a site from an earlier age and preserves amazing ruins that date back to the 2nd millennium BC. Then, visit the Museum of Prehistoric Thera, which houses many objects from Crete and the Aegean Islands. Later, board your high-speed ferry to Crete. Upon arrival at Heraklion port, you will be accompanied to your hotel.Galaxy Hotel Iraklio - 1 Night (B)
Day 8To Elounda
This morning, visit the Minoan Palace of Knossos, one of the island's foremost historical sites. Continue to Arolithos, a reconstruction of a typical Cretan village. Try your hand at creating traditional Cretan cuisine during a hands-on culinary experience; then enjoy a traditional meze lunch accompanied by a shot of raki. End your day at the beautiful seaside town of Elounda.Elounda Mare - 2 Nights (B, L)
Explore the Venetian castle on the island of Spinalonga, which in the early 20th century was a leper colony. Afterward, travel to the pretty village of Agios Nikolaos, where you will have time for lunch at your leisure. Visit Lake Voulismeni at the center of town - according to myth it's bottomless, and Artemis and Athena are said to have bathed here.
Enjoy the evening at leisure in your Elounda resort.Elounda Mare (B)
Day 10Depart Crete
After breakfast, you will be escorted to the Heraklion International Airport for your onward flight.(B)