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14 Day Classic Greece with Crete & Santorini - Wednesday Departure

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Countries Visited

Greece

Cities Visited

Athens , Crete , Kalambaka , Olympia , Santorini

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Greece
Depart to Greece

DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Athens
Arrive in Athens, the classical capital of Greece; transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to discover the ancient wonders of this city known as the cradle of Western Civilization and the birthplace of democracy. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager, at approximately 7 PM, followed by a light dinner. We recommend that you select flights which arrive no later than 5 PM
Overnight: Athens
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Friday - Athens City Tour
The exploration of Athens begins with a panoramic drive through the city center. View the Panathenian Stadium, the ruins of the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Arch, built to celebrate the arrival of the Roman Emperor Hadrian. Continue on to visit the Acropolis, the ancient architectural masterpiece built during the Golden Age of Athens and the new Acropolis Museum, a striking modern building built at the base of the monument where many of the original statues from the Acropolis are now displayed. The rest of the day is at leisure. Be sure to walk to Constitution Square, where you might catch a glimpse of the colorfully-costumed Evzone guards, outfitted in the traditional Greek style. Tonight, perhaps walk through the lively Plaka area, the oldest section of Athens, a neighborhood of charming restaurants, shops and sidewalk cafes
Overnight: Athens
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Saturday - Sightseeing en route to Olympia
Depart Athens via the scenic coastal road to the mighty Corinth Canal, dividing the Peloponnese from mainland Greece. Continue via Nauplion to Mycenae, the heartland of Greek mythology. Visit the Acropolis of Mycenae and the Tomb of Atreus, built around 1250 B.C. From here, drive through the Central Peloponnese Peninsula, whose major cities in classical times were Corinth and Sparta. Continue to Olympia, birthplace of the first Olympic Games
Overnight: Olympia
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Sunday - Tour Olympia Archaeological Site
Morning visit to the archaeological site of Olympia, including the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, and the ancient stadium where the Olympic Games were first held in 776 B.C. Visit a local store, where you will have a chance to taste local olive oil and spices. Continue to Olympia's Archaeological Museum containing significant exhibitions of the ancient world and artwork dating back thousands of years. Then, drive north through the plains of Eliad and Achaia, crossing the Corinth Strait via a cabled bridge from Rion to Antirion. Pass the town of Nafpaktos en route to Delphi, home of the ruins of the Tholos Temple
Overnight: Arachova
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Monday - Archaeological Tour of Delphi, Travel to Kalambaka
Tour the excavated site of Delphi and the archaeological museum, perched on the slopes of Mount Parnassos, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Considered one of the most significant places in Greek history. Walk the Sacred Way to the imposing 4th century B.C. Temple of Apollo, site of the most important oracle in the classical world. Then, travel over the Pourmaraki Pass towards the small town of Kalambaka, situated amidst smooth sandstone cliffs in the foothills of Meteora
Overnight: Kalambaka
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Tuesday - Meteora Sightseeing, Return to Athens
Visit Meteora, meaning "suspended in the air", with its mystical Eastern Orthodox monasteries incredibly nestled perilously close to the edge of bizarre rock formations. Admire the exquisite specimens of Byzantine art and the panoramic vistas over the Peneios Valley. Stop at a workshop of Byzantine icons and souvenirs. Browse the store's vast collection of icons, created using old traditional methods. Afterward, a scenic drive takes you along the coast, past Thermopylae. Arrive in Athens in early evening
Overnight: Athens
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Wednesday - Flight to Heraklion
Today, transfer to the airport for your flight to Heraklion, Crete. Upon arrival, embark on a guided walking tour of Heraklion and discover its charm and cultural roots. Conclude the tour with Greek coffee and "bougasta." In the afternoon, visit the Heraklion Archaeological Museum with its over 15,000 artifacts from Minoan, Neolithic and Roman times. Spend time at leisure before dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Heraklion
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Thursday - Knossos Tour, Winery Visit
After breakfast, visit the ruins of the great Palace of Knossos, ceremonial and political center of the ancient Minoan civilization and residence of the mythical King Minos. Explore the palace ruins, including the Throne Room, the fresco of the "Prince of the Lilies", and the Queen's Megaron in the east. Later, visit a Cretan winery and enjoy a wine tasting. After lunch in Archanes, spend the rest of the day at leisure. Tonight, savor dinner at a typical Cretan taverna with live music & dance
Overnight: Heraklion
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Friday - Spinalonga, Elounda, Agios Nikolaos
Begin the day with a boat ride to the island of Spinalonga, with its 16th century Venetian fortress. Tour the island with its remains of a leper colony. Afterward, head to Elounda, a former fishing village, located at the Gulf of Mirabello for lunch and exploration. In the afternoon, travel to Agios Nikolaos. View Lake Voulismeni and take a walking tour of the town, before returning to Heraklion
Overnight: Heraklion
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11, Saturday - Ferry to Santorini
Today, transfer to the port for your ferry to Santorini. Arrive in the beautiful island with its snow-white architecture, and multicolored cliffs. Take a walking tour of Fira, the capital of Santorini. In the afternoon, visit the 18th century Monastery of Profitis Ilias, offering panoramic views of the island. Explore the world of Therian volcanic wines during a visit to a winery. Hear about the production process, and follow up with wine tastings along with dinner of local specialties
Overnight: Santorini
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Sunday - Morning Tour of Santorini
Today, explore this Greek paradise. Board the bus and drive to Megalochori, one of the most traditional villages on the island. Stroll through the narrow streets and admire the traditional architecture. Later, head to the archaeological excavation site of ancient Akrotiri, a former Bronze Age settlement located on the south west of the island. Tour the ancient city that was frozen in time after a volcanic eruption 3,600 years ago. Savor lunch of local specialties before returning to your hotel. Afternoon is at leisure on the picturesque island. Tonight is yours to discover Santorini's delightful restaurants and nightlife
Overnight: Santorini
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13, Monday - Full Day in Santorini
Spend a full day at leisure in Santorini. Thousands of years ago, one of the most devastating volcanic eruptions in history occurred here. This event is believed to have led to the demise of the ancient Minoan culture and inspired several Greek myths. Perhaps, join the optional Santorini Catamaran Cruise to spend a relaxing day sailing in the blue waters of Santorini. Savor a freshly prepared lunch, and enjoy swimming at the famous Red Beach. Tonight, during dinner, bid goodbye to your Tour Manager
Optional: Half Day Santorini Catamaran Cruise
Overnight: Santorini
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Tuesday - Depart Greece
Early this morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Athens, where you will connect to your international flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Please Note: Land Price does not include airfare, departure or arrival transfers, airline taxes and fuel surcharges.

Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-Athens, Athens-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights Athens-Crete & Santorini-Athens
  • 12 nights accommodations*
  • 3 nights Athens
  • 1 night Olympia
  • 1 night Delphi or Arachova
  • 1 night Kalambaka
  • 3 nights Crete
  • 3 nights Santorini
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • Ferry Crete-Santorini
  • 23 meals: 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
  • Special Features

     

  • Visit the Acropolis, an ancient architectural masterpiece
  • Visit the Acropolis Museum, a modern museum housing ancient relics from the Acropolis
  • Visit Olympia, birthplace of the first Olympic Games
  • Tour the archaeological sites of Delphi and the Temple of Apollo
  • Ascend to Meteora with its mystical monasteries
  • Spend time in the beautiful Greek islands of Crete and Santorini
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Some departures operate in reverse order, going to Kalambaka after Athens instead of Olympia.

    Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival transfer, but does include the following group services: transfers for domestic flights and ferries, flight Athens-Crete, ferry Crete-Santorini and flight Santorini-Athens.

    Passengers returning from Athens on day 14 should select flights that depart no earlier than 12 PM.

    Please note that luggage handling services are not provided during embarkation and disembarkation on ferries.

    We will provide best ferry available on your travel dates. Reservations will be made for the earliest ferry available. We cannot confirm the exact ferry routing in advance. Local weather and wind factors can cause ferry delays and/or cancellations. When this occurs, you will be advised of your options locally. As weather conditions are beyond our control, any costs incurred for alternate transportation, hotel and/or other out-of-pocket and related expenses will necessarily be borne by the traveler. We recommend you, to check your trip insurance policy for covered benefits.

    Land only passengers: Please provide your international flight details in and out of Athens no later than 90 days prior to departure in order to book your flights to/from the islands. If we do not receive your international flight information at least 90 days prior to departure, we will book the latest flight from Athens to the islands and the earliest flight from the islands back to Athens in order to avoid any missed connections with your international flight arrangements.


    Accommodation Details:
    The Brown Acropol in Athens has only double rooms with one bed available.

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    Accommodations

    The Stanley
    This first class hotel is located in the city center of Athens, a short metro ride from the historic center.

    Amalia Hotel Olympia
    This first class hotel is a ten minute drive from many of the archaeological sites of Olympia.

    Domotel Anemolia Mountain Resort
    This first class hotel has spectacular views of the Delphi Valley.

    Amalia Hotel
    This first class hotel sits minutes away from the town of Kalambaka and near the famous Meteora.

    The Stanley
    This first class hotel is located in the city center of Athens, a short metro ride from the historic center.

    Galaxy Hotel Iraklio
    This deluxe hotel presides in Heraklion's most elegant area, and is within walking distance of the city center.

    Splendour Resort
    This first class hotel is located in Santorini's scenic village of Firostefani.

    Brown Acropol Athens
    This first class hotel is located in the city center of Athens, near Omonoia Square.

    Brown Acropol Athens
    This first class hotel is located in the city center of Athens, near Omonoia Square.

    Athens Zafolia Hotel
    This first class hotel has magnificent views of Lycabettus Hill.

    Grand Hotel Meteora
    This deluxe hotel has spectacular views of the rocks of Meteora.

    Olympic Village Hotel & Spa
    This first class hotel is a five minute drive from the archaeological museum of Olympia.

    Hotel Apollonia
    This first class hotel is situated in an ideal location with majestic views.

    Grand Hotel Meteora
    This deluxe hotel has spectacular views of the rocks of Meteora.

    Olympic Village Hotel & Spa
    This first class hotel is a five minute drive from the archaeological museum of Olympia.

    Brown Acropol Athens
    This first class hotel is located in the city center of Athens, near Omonoia Square.

    Brown Acropol Athens
    This first class hotel is located in the city center of Athens, near Omonoia Square.

    Athens Zafolia Hotel
    This first class hotel has magnificent views of Lycabettus Hill.

    Capsis Astoria Heraklion
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of the city, near the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

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    Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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