Athens- Crete & Santorini

Daily itinerary

Arrival at the airport, welcome of the guests from our representative. As arrival is early in the morning we will grasp this opportunity to get acquainted to Athens city by starting our city tour and sightseeing. Departing from the airport our fist stop as we reach the city center will be the Panathinaiko Stadium where the 1st modern Olympic Games took place in 1896 (short stop). Tour will pass by the Prime Minister’s residence, Ex Royal Palace guarded by the colorful Evzones and after to Zappion (Conference and Exhibition Hall).  Proceed to Temple of Olympian Zeus. Tour will continue to pass by National Garden, Hadrian’s Arc, St. Paul’s Church, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Schliemann’s House (Nomismatic Museum), Catholic Cathedral, Academy, University, National Library, Old Parliament, Constitution Square, Russian Orthodox Church. After that we will visit the famous and astonishing hill of Acropolis. Visit the famous monuments of Propylae, Temple of Athena Nike, Erechtheion and of course the masterpiece of ancient Greek architecture, the Parthenon. Then we will go by foot on the new Acropolis Museum. Transfer to the hotel for check in and some rest. Free afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Athens.

After early breakfast we will transit to Crete Island to continue our journey. Once arrived, transfer and check in to the hotel.  Free day at your disposal. You can choose one or more out of many optional excursions through our optional tours from half day to full day tours, visit and explore the town of Heraklion or rent a car to explore nearby places. Enjoy your night on the Island as you please. Dinner and overnight.

After breakfast we will visit the Ancient Palace of Knossos, the origin of the legend of the labyrinth, which dates back as far as 2000 BC. It was the residence of the legendary King Minos and is situated in a small valley overlooking the river, only 5 kilometers from Heraklion town. The Palace itself was a multi storied structure with many floors, innumerable corridors and colonnades, excavated and reconstructed by Sir Arthur Evans in 1900. It was the political, economic and religious center of the glorious Minoan Dynasty. We will complete our history tour with a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion and admire the greatest collection of Minoan treasures and priceless exhibits in the world.

Free day on the island. You may enjoy a free walk or one of the optional tours also available.Don’t miss the chance to visit Spinalonga and Agios Nikolaos on a full day tour. Eastbound on the national road, we arrive at the small picturesque village of Elounda, where we will have the chance of a promenade around this village. Afterwards we will sail to the island of Spinalonga. At Spinalonga we will have a guided tour around the island. Originally, Venetians fortified the islet in 1579 by building a castle with 40 cannons and thus transforming it to a stronghold for centuries. Later it became notorious as it was the isolation center for lepers from 1903 until 1957. Then we will reach the islet of Kolokytha where you will enjoy the crystal waters of Mirabello gulf. When we return to Elounda we will visit the beautiful town of Ag.Nikolaos. The picturesque harbour, which looks like a lake, offers an interesting walk. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.

After Breakfast we will depart for the Island of Santorini and its spectacular sunsets. Once arrived Free day at your disposal. Our suggestion would be for the day to enjoy an excursion to the magnificent Volcano. Afternoon free for some rest and overnight.

After Breakfast, we will begin the island tour to view all beauties of the Island starting from Oia all the way to Akrotiri. Free afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Santorini. As this is your last night on the island, don’t miss out on some night life.

After breakfast return to Athens.  Once arrived in Athens Port, transfer to the hotel and check in. Free time for some rest. Optional folklore Athens by night show with dinner. Overnight.

After breakfast check out and free time for a last stroll in Athens.  As your departure flight is late in the afternoon you will be transferred at Mac Arthur Glen Discount Designer Outlet for some last minute shopping. Free time to stroll around. At the appointed time transfer to the Airport for your departure flight.

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