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9-Day Athens, Santorini & Crete

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Overview

Ancient civilisations and mythology await on this nine-day round trip that takes you Greek Island Hopping from Athens to Santorini and Crete!

You'll discover Athens wonders, feel the vibes, meet the locals with guided tours to the Acropolis and all of the ancient monuments. You'll head off the beaten path with a culinary hike through the city to Athen's Central Market where local delicacies await you.

You'll feel the energy of Santorini caldera and witness the most beautiful sunset in the world on an evening luxury catamaran cruise complete with a delicious seafood dinner. In Crete, you'll explore this beautiful island and learn the secrets of the ancient Minoan Civilisation at Knossos Palace.
Sightseeing
Food & Drink
Culture & Arts
Cruising

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Athens

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Arrive in Athens

On arrival, you will be met by your driver and transferred to your hotel. Detailed information will be presented to you about all art and music events taking place in Athens during your stay, also a list of fine restaurants for the best taste of Athens. This first day is an opportunity for a walk in the centre. Stroll into the picturable alleys of Plaka area, enjoy some Ouzo along with a heavenly taste of mezedes with the view of the Acropolis which rises above the city.

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    Accommodation

    Titania Hotel5 star

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    Activities

    Athens

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    Transportations

    Private Driver from Athens International Airport to Athens

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    Meals

    Breakfast

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    Destinations

    Athens

Day 2

Athens Walking Tour

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Athens Walking Tour

The best way to see Athens is a walking tour and today you will do just that with an expert local guide. You can feel the vibes, explore every sense and meet the locals! You will start the day by walking to the Acropolis Hill where you’ll enjoy a guided tour to Parthenon, the Erectheion and the surrounding monuments. You'll then explore Athens Central Market, the Plaka neighbourhood, Syntagma Square, Zappeion Hall, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Hadrian Arch.

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    Accommodation

    Titania Hotel5 star

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    Activities

    Athens Walking City Tour

    Acropolis Museum

    Athens Central Market

    Temple of Olympian Zeus

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    Meals

    Breakfast

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    Destinations

    Athens

Day 3

Begin Your Greek Island Hopping from Athens

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Begin Your Greek Island Hopping from Athens

Today, you'll say goodbye to Athens and travel to Santorini. Your driver will meet you at your hotel and take you to the port to catch your ferry to Santorini. Upon arrival, you'll have the rest of the day free to spend as you wish. You can walk through the villages of Oia, Fira and Imerovigli and board a traditional Greek boat to visit the red and black beaches. You can also visit volcanic wineries sampling a variety of wines along with local cheeses and Santorini’s famous tomato paste.

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    Accommodation

    Apanemo3 star

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    Activities

    SantoriniOptional Activity

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    Transportations

    Private Driver from Athens to Piraeus port

    Ferry from Piraeus port to Thera

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    Meals

    Breakfast

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    Destinations

    Athens

    Thera

Day 4

Leisure Day and Sunset Cruise

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Leisure Day and Sunset Cruise

Today, you'll have the whole day to relax. In the evening, you'll take the opportunity for a sunset sail on a luxury catamaran with a BBQ dinner and drinks. As you sail around the island, you'll enjoy this tranquil journey and enjoy the splendid views from the catamaran as it sails around Santorini. Swim and snorkel in the blue sea and indulge in a delicious barbecue dinner prepared onboard with grilled seafood.

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    Accommodation

    Apanemo3 star

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    Activities

    Free Time in SantoriniOptional Activity

    FiraOptional Activity

    Luxury Catamaran Sunset Cruise

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    Meals

    Breakfast and dinner

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    Destinations

    Thera

    Oia

Day 5

Santorini Wine Tour

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Santorini Wine Tour

Today, you will learn all about the delicious wines produced on the island of Santorini. This tour will take you to the heart of the island to discover its unspoilt side. Starting from the serene village of Megalochori where historical mansions and old traditional houses unfold through pirate hideaways next to wine canavas. You'll visit impressive churches and rock formations and enjoy a wine tasting at the end of the day.

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    Accommodation

    Apanemo3 star

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    Activities

    Volcanic Wine TalesOptional Activity

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    Meals

    Breakfast

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    Destinations

    Thera

Day 6

Origin of Atlantis Tour

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Origin of Atlantis Tour

This morning, you'll venture off on a journey in search of the origins of Atlantis. Your morning tour will begin with a visit to the Excavations, a prehistoric village from the Bronze Age, frozen in time by ash during the Minoan volcanic eruption 3,600 years ago. This is said to be the origin of Atlantis. Afterwards, you'll continue to Pyrgos, said to be the former capital of Santorini and home to the best-preserved medieval settlement on the island.

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    Accommodation

    Apanemo3 star

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    Activities

    Origin of Atlantis Tour: Aktotiri & Pyrgos

    Akrotiri

    Pyrgos

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    Breakfast

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    Destinations

    Thera

    Akrotiri

    Decentralized Administration of the Aegean

    Pyrgos Kallistis

Day 7

Travel to Crete

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Travel to Crete

Today, you'll cruise to your next destination, Greece’s largest island, Crete. The island of Crete is a culinary paradise with friendly people and amazing sites. You'll arrive at the port of Heraklion, the capital of Crete! It is one of the Mediterranean region’s most fascinating and vibrant cities full of places to discover. You can explore the city and perhaps visit one of the famous waterparks in the area.

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    Accommodation

    Hotel ibis Styles Heraklion Central4 star

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    Activities

    HeraklionOptional Activity

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    Transportations

    Minivan from Apanemo to Athinios Port Santorini

    Ferry from Thera to Crete Region

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    Meals

    Breakfast

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    Destinations

    Thera

    Heraklion

Day 8

Knossos Palace Tour

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Knossos Palace Tour

Today, you'll explore the religious, cultural and political centre of the Minoan civilisation, Knossos Palace. The Minoans worshipped the mother goddess symbolising the blossoming of nature, fertility and wellbeing. Knossos is the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete. Today, you'll visit the maze of work. Whilst here, your journey to ancient Crete will continue with a performance in a stone-built, open-air theatre.

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    Accommodation

    Hotel ibis Styles Heraklion Central4 star

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    Activities

    Myth of Labyrinth Tour

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    Meals

    Breakfast

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    Destinations

    Heraklion

    Rethimno

Day 9

Departure Day

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Departure Day

This morning, you'll have some free time for some last-minute shopping or to take a few photos of the island before your driver meets you to transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Athens.

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    Transportations

    Private Driver from Crete Region to Timpaki Airport

    Plane from Timpaki Airport to Athens International Airport

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    Meals

    Breakfast

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    Destinations

    Heraklion

Included in Price

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • 9 activities
  • 9 breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • Airport transfer
  • Domestic flights
  • Entrance fees
  • Ground transportation
  • Licensed English speaking guides

Not Included in Price

  • Alcohol beverages
  • Entry visas / airport departure tax
  • Gratuities
  • International flights
  • Laundry
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Trekking permits
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