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Ultimate Grecian Getaway tour

Ultimate Grecian Getaway

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
14 days
From: $ 2,953 $ 211 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Enjoy serene views of the Mediterranean as you make your way from island to island by ferry boat.
  • Sample the flavors of Greece - from locally-produced cheeses to olive oil made from the island's olive groves.
  • Hike up to the Acropolis in Athens and be rewarded with unsurpassed views of the city.
  • Consider paying a visit to the marble quarries of Paros, from which the Venus de Milo and Napoleon's tomb were made!
  • Unwind at one of the country's many breathtaking beaches; Crete's pink sand beaches are the perfect photo op!

Short Description

Embark on a journey visiting the most breathtaking gems of Greece on this 13-night getaway! You'll visit ancient cities, picturesque islands, and even enjoy a sightseeing tour of Athens.

Your vacation in Greece will begin with two nights in Athens, where you’ll enjoy ideally located accommodations in the heart of the city. Your included sightseeing tour will take you to famous sites such as the Acropolis and its new museum, the site of the first modern Olympic Games, the Parthenon and much more!

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See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Athens
End City Crete

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare to Athens (ATH)
  • All airport, ferry port, and hotel transfers
  • 2 nights in Athens at the Hotel Electra, or similar
  • Athens sightseeing tour with Acropolis Site & Museum entrance
  • High-speed ferry from Athens (Piraeus) to Mykonos
  • 3 nights in Mykonos at the Hotel Leto, or similar
  • High-speed ferry from Mykonos to Naxos
  • 2 nights in Naxos at the Hotel Porto Naxos, or similar
  • High-speed ferry from Naxos to Paros
  • 2 nights in Paros at the Hotel Paros Agnanti, or similar
  • High-speed ferry from Paros to Crete (Heraklion)
  • 3 nights in Crete at the Hotel Galaxy, or similar
  • One-way, economy class flight from Crete to Athens
  • 1 night in Athens at the Hotel Sofitel Athens Airport, or similar
  • Breakfast daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Athens!

Accommodation : Amalia Hotel Athens

Upon arrival at Athens International Airport, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure; explore Plaka, the oldest district of Athens, located under the Acropolis, and the only district where visitors may see the Greek capital as it was 100 years ago. Or, enjoy shopping on the renowned Ermou, Kolonaki, and Voukourestiou streets.

Transfer to Athens hotel

Day 2: Athens

After breakfast, depart for your Athens sightseeing tour! You'll end your tour at the ancient Acropolis, where you can explore the remnants of the civilization of Ancient Greece.

Spend the rest of your day at leisure; consider heading back to Syntagma Square in the evening for a bite of traditional Greek food, the square comes alive with lights and energy come nightfall.

Athens Sightseeing Tour (with Acropolis)

Discover the secrets of Athens, including its famous Acropolis on your sightseeing tour! Your expert guide will take you to see the center of the city, the Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier and the National Library.

On your way to the Acropolis you will see the Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and will make a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Modern Olympic Games were held in 1896.

On the Acropolis visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally the famous Parthenon.

Your first taste of Athens would not be complete without a visit to the Acropolis Museum, a modern architectural building where, at last, the statues have found their home. Here, you can admire the wonders and architectural masterpieces of the classical era.

Day 3: Athens - Mykonos

Accommodation: San Marco Hotel Mykonos

After an early morning breakfast you’ll be transferred to the port of Athens for the ferry to Mykonos. Upon arrival, you'll be transferred to your hotel. Unwind at your accommodation then head out to town to discover this cosmopolitan island!

Celebrate your first night in Mykonos by heading to "Little Venice" for a drink or two while enjoying spectacular sunset views.

Transfer to Mykonos ferry port

Ferry to Mykonos!

High-speed ferry from Athens (Piraeus) to Mykonos

Transfer to Mykonos hotel

Day 4: Mykonos

The entire day is yours to spend as you wish! Unwind at one of Mykonos' breathtaking beaches, then do some sightseeing and visit the postcard-worthy Paraportiani church.

In the evening, consider going to Manto Mavrogeneous square in the main town, here you'll find a bustling nightlife and streets lined with taverns.

Day 5: Mykonos

Spend another day enjoying the splendors of the island. Stroll through the streets while surrounded by beautiful whitewashed houses, take a photo of the iconic windmills, and enjoy the leisurely pace of life on this popular Greek island.

Day 6: Mykonos - Naxos

Accommodation: 18 Grapes Hotel

After breakfast, enjoy a transfer to the Mykonos Port for your next ferry ride to the cozy island of Naxos. Spend the day soaking in the Mediterranean sun and enjoying the splendors of the island.

For dinner, indulge in some locally-produced cheeses; don't leave the island without trying the famous potatoes, known for their smooth consistency and tinge of sweetness!

Transfer to Naxos ferry port

Ferry to Naxos!

High-speed ferry from Mykonos to Naxos

Transfer to Naxos hotel

Day 7: Naxos

Today you have a full free day to enjoy Naxos. Head to the beautiful village of Chora, also the island's capital. Walk through the streets lined with Cycladic architecture, relax on one of the picturesque beaches, or visit the Archaeological Museum of Naxos!

As the evening beckons, take a walk through the Old Town as the bars and restaurants put on their charming evening attire. Or, you can enjoy a relaxing stroll near the old port, and indulge in a freshly-caught meal.

Day 8: Naxos - Paros

Accommodation: Saint Andrea Seaside Resort

After breakfast, you'll be transferred to the Naxos port, for another high-speed ferry ride over to Paros. Unwind at your hotel, then begin exploring this picturesque island.

Transfer to Paros ferry port

Ferry to Paros!

High-speed ferry from Naxos to Paros

Transfer to Paros hotel

Day 9: Paros

Spend the entire day enjoying the splendors of the island. Take a dip into the crystal clear waters of Paros' beaches, or head to the island's capital village of Parikiá, where you'll find whitewashed houses, remnants of the Byzantine past, and even a 13th-century Venetian castle!

Day 10: Paros - Crete

Accommodation: Aquila Atlantis Hotel

After breakfast, enjoy another transfer to the port. It's time for your ferry to Crete, Greece's largest island!

In Crete you'll find a wide variety of terrains waiting to be explored, from the picturesque white mountain ranges to the breathtaking fine-sand beaches.

Transfer to Paros ferry port

Ferry to Crete!

High-speed ferry from Paros to Crete (Heraklion)

Transfer to Crete hotel

Day 11: Crete

Today you have a full free day to enjoy Crete. Explore the renowned archaeological site of Knossos, one of the most important and best known palaces of Minoan civilization. Explorers beware: its history is connected with the myth of the Labyrinth and imprisoned Minotaur!

You can also discover the secrets of Ancient Greece at the Archaeological Museum or explore remnants of its Byzantine and Venetian past - from Turkish bathhouses to Renaissance mansions!

Day 12: Crete

Enjoy another day at leisure in Crete. Why not spend the day at the island's famous pink beach? Or perhaps make a visit to the island of Spinalonga, as it is the most popular archaeological site in Crete after Knossos.

Don't forget to take advantage of Crete's famous culinary culture - almost every village has their own specialty cheese!

Day 13: Crete - Athens

Accommodation: Sofitel Athens Airport Hotel

Enjoy your breakfast, then be transferred to Heraklion Airport for your flight to Athens. Upon arrival in Athens, make your way to your airport hotel, for your last night in Greece.

Tonight, indulge in a meal sampling all of the flavors of the country! Snack on cheese from feta to manouri, devour gyros, taste locally-pressed olive oil, and of course, wash it all down with a shot of Greece's famous ouzo.

A Tip For Your Trip: Your accommodation for this evening is an airport hotel, so no airport transfer is necessary tomorrow!

Transfer to Crete airport

Fly to Athens!

Day 14: Depart Greece

In accordance with your departure flight, make your way from your airport hotel to the airport.

Transfer to Athens airport

Fly Home!

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