Greece: Athens, Mykonos, Santorini & Crete10 days & 9 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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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)
At Cox & Kings we believe that a good travel experience is not luck but judgment. We have compiled the following advice to outline the nature of travel in Europe and to help you prepare for your trip. Even with the most meticulous planning, however, minor problems can occur and, while our local representatives are always on hand to rectify such occurrences, we do request that you have a patient and broadminded approach to traveling in Europe.
Cruises & Train Tours
The river cruises and train tours in this brochure are offered subject to the conditions of carriage of the individual Train Company. PLEASE NOTE that in exceptional circumstances they may vary their itineraries with little or no notice, if water levels become unsafe, train lines become blocked or to avoid areas of dense traffic. Such changes are rare, but you should check the final itinerary at reception when you embark.
A number of flights within Europe arrive / depart early in the morning, and while we will endeavour to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Europe, and hotels in Eastern Europe, Albania, Macedonia and regional Turkey, should not generally be compared to Western European standards. For our tours we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. We will endeavour to supply any extra information that you may require on these hotels. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or of a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. There are many new hotels being built in Europe and we may upgrade those featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. Please note all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a lake view or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in/out time is normally 12 noon, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked, but can sometimes be negotiated on site.
Many of the sites in Europe are quite spread out, and our tours consequently involve a reasonable amount of walking. Whilst the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous.
Although tourism is not a new concept in most parts of Europe, many of the areas visited are still extremely traditional. Therefore kindly respect local customs and dress codes.
Many countries require passports, visas to be presented before entry is permitted. Please ensure that all traveling members, including infants and children, are in possession of a passport, valid for at least 6 months, prior to departure. It is convenient and safe to have the visa process facilitated by Cox & Kings Limited from the concerned Consulates / Authorities on your behalf. Please note that it is totally at the discretion of the concerned Consulates / Authorities to grant / reject your visas. The consulate may require further documentation and / or personal appearance.
Greece: Athens, Mykonos, Santorini & Crete
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