Classical Greece, Santorini and Crete
3 nights Athens, 3 nights Classical Greece tour, 3 nights Santorini and 3 nights Crete

  • Athens Acropolis
    Athens Acropolis
  • Athens Acropolis museum
    Athens Acropolis museum
  • Olympia
    Olympia
  • Delphi
    Delphi
  • Meteora
    Meteora
  • Santorini Volcano view
    Santorini Volcano view
  • Santorini Caldera
    Santorini Caldera
  • Crete - Heraklion Port
    Crete - Heraklion Port
  • Crete - Chania
    Crete - Chania

Overview:

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This package combines Athens, Classical Greece, history, and time to relax on the beautiful islands of Santorini and Crete.

PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Athens
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Santorini island
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Crete island
  • Half day Athens sightseeing tour
  • 4 day/3 night Classical Greece coach tour (Olympia, Delphi, Meteora)
  • Ferry tickets Athens - Santorini - Crete
  • Air tickets Crete to Athens
  • All transfers as mentioned
  • Daily breakfast
  • 3 dinners (Olympia, Delphi & Meteora)
  • Entrance fees during guided sightseeing
  • 24 hour assistance phone number
  • All taxes

PACKAGE EXCLUDES:
  • Travel insurance
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities



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Itinerary

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DAY 1: ATHENS
Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Balance of day at leisure.
DAY 2: ATHENS GUIDED CITY TOUR
The striking contrast between breathtaking monuments of a glorious past and modern elegant structures is what you will enjoy during your tour of Athens. Visit the Acropolis,the crowning beauty and glory of Ancient Athens, with its many monuments atop its rocky base, including the awesome Parthenon, the Propylea, the temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion, with its Porch of Maidens. Drive to the Roman Temple of Olympic Zeus, the Panathinaikon Stadium(site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896), the Tomb of the unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament House on Constitution  Square. See views of government buildings and elegant structures of the 19th century. Drive along Panepistimiou Avenue and view the Catholic Cathedral, the Academy, University, National Library. In contrast,  conclude your tour with a visit to the new Acropolis museum (closed on Monday’s), a marvel of architecture with a full exhibition of the glory of Ancient Athens. Balance of day at leisure.
DAY 3: ATHENS / OLYMPIA
This morning we depart for Corinth to start our 4-day Classical Tour. Stop at the Corinth Canal. Drive to Epidarus to visit its theatre, known for its remarkable acoustics and then on to  Nauplia (short stop). Continue on to Mycenae to visit the beehive tombs and the citadel. Then depart for Olympia through the central Peloponnese area, passing the cities of Tripolis and Megalopolis to arrive in Olympia for dinner and overnight.
DAY 4: OLYMPIA / DELPHI
In the morning visit the ancient home of the Olympic Games and the fascinating Museum. Then drive via Patras and Rion, take the new bridge to Antirion to continue to Delphi through Nafpaktos. Arrive in Delphi in early evening. Dinner, overnight.
DAY 5: DELPHI / METEORA
This morning visit the Archaeological site and the Museum of Delphi.  Walk the Sacred Way, visit the temple of Apollo, the theatre and the stadium on the mount Parnassos and then on to the Museum housing some masterpieces of the Greek sculpture such as the famous bronze statue of the "Charioteer". Depart for Meteora. Drive through Lamia, Trikala and arrive in Kalambaka in early evening. Dinner, overnight.
DAY 6: METEORA / ATHENS
In the morning, visit the breathtaking site of Meteora. Visit of two Monasteries.  After lunch drive to Athens via Thermopylae (short stop). Arrive in Athens in early evening. Overnight Athens.
DAY 7: ATHENS / SANTORINI
Early morning transfer to the port for ferry trip to Santorini. Arrival & transfer to your hotel.
DAY 8 & 9: SANTORINI
Days at leisure to enjoy the sun, the unforgettable view and the most romantic sunset in the world. Santorini is the essence of a Greek island, where sea meets weather-beaten rock and colors are bold and elemental. Blue-domed chapels stand on hilltops; houses are simple white cubes, sunsets flamboyant orange. The half-moon island, with its rearing cliffs and dramatic outlooks, is all that remains of a huge volcanic explosion. Inland, fertile soils provide a softer landscape of silvery olive trees, fields of tomatoes and neatly pegged vineyards that produce sweet amber-colored wine.
DAY 10: SANTORINI / CRETE
At the indicated time, you will be transferred to the port for your ferry passage to Crete. Upon your arrival on the island, transfer to your hotel.
DAYS 11 & 12: CRETE
Days at leisure on Crete island. Crete is not just Greece’s largest island, but arguably its’ most fascinating and diverse. Its remarkable history is evident across the island, from the ruins of the Minoan palace of Knossos to the Venetian fortresses of Rethymo; from old mosques and Byzantine monasteries to the cave that is the legendary birthplace of Zeus. The Venetian port of Chania in Western Crete is one of Greece’s most evocative cities and the capital, Heraklion, is a dynamic city, the fifth largest in Greece.
Crete is renowned for its natural beauty and diverse landscape. Spectacular mountain ranges dotted with caves are sliced by dramatic gorges that spill out to sea. The rugged interior is interspersed with vast plateaus and fertile plains. The east boasts Europe’s only palm-tree forest beach and the south coast has some of the most stunning beaches and isolated coves.
Cretans are proud and hospitable people who maintain their culture and customs, particularly their strong musical tradition. Throughout the island you will come across traditional mountain villages and agricultural settlements unaffected by tourism, shepherds tending their flocks and come across men in traditional dress.
DAY 13: CRETE / ATHENS
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Athens.

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Optional Tours

CAPE SOUNION
Half-Day (Afternoon)
From Nov 1 to Mar 31 - Every Mon-Wed-Fri & Sat
From Apr 1st to Oct 31st - Daily
Dep.: 3:00pm – Ret.: 7:00pm

Driving along the coastal road past the wonderful beaches of GLYFADA, VOULIAGMENI, VARKIZA and countless coves, one has a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf. A crowning feature of the tour Cape SOUNION, dominated by the spectacular Temple of POSSEIDON overlooking the Aegean sea.(Oct 1 to Mar 31 - ½ hour earlier)

 
ATHENS BY NIGHT
Night Life
From Nov 1st to Mar 31st - Every Thu & Sat
From Apr 1st to Oct 31st - Daily
Dep.: 8:30pm - Ret.: around midnight

 
Starting our evening tour with a pleasant panoramic drive through illuminated city center and we will approach the slope of the sacred hill to admire the illuminated Acropolis.
Then we will visit the museum of Ancient Greek musical instruments and discover the music history of Greece. Explore the greatest and only collection with 60 reconstructed Ancient Greek Musical instruments.
Next we will walk through the narrow pedestrian street of Plaka, the old city of Athens, to dine in a Greek typical restaurant with floor folklore show with live music, ballet with dancers in traditional costumes
N.B. Drinks at the taverna are not included.

SANTORINI CALDERA CRUISE, 6 HOUR
Daily Departures
11:30 - 17:30

At first, our boat stops on the little dock of the famous Volcano, where we will walk towards the top of the island. While walking, our experienced guide talks about the intense volcanic activity of the last 3000 years! The crater still seems active, as hot fumes are released in many points! Next, we are heading to the Hot Springs, where we will make a 50-minute stop for swimming in the suplhur springs of the volcano. Another major proof of the strong volcanic activity still today, Hot Springs have beneficial effects against rheumatisms, arthritis and other diseases. The island of Thirasia is our final destination, where we will stay 2 hours for swimming and lunch. Thirasia is a small, very picturesque island, ideal choice for nice walks, swimming and lunch in the little port of Korfos or in the traditional village Manolas. On the way back, the boat stops just for a few minutes in the port of Armeni in Oia. If you wish, you can leave the group here and visit the village of Oia , famous for its breathtaking sunset. The red stones of lava along with caves, numerous churches and multi-coloured houses are the ultimate challenge for every single photographer... In the night you can return to your hotel by the public transportation or by taxi. In case you continue your trip to the Old Port of Fira or to the Athinios Port, you will have a great way back, as the boat sails very close to the coast of the Caldera!
 
SEE SANTORINI IN A DAY
Daily Departures
09:00 - AFTER SUNSET
 
At first, the bus takes us to the highest point of Santorini, the mountain of Profitis Ilias , from where we can see a panoramic view of the island. We continue to the village of Pyrgos, to see the old castle; in the 18th century, that castle was the capital of Santorini and its dense architecture was offering great protections from the pirates invasions.
The bus takes us to Athinios Port to board on a beautiful traditional wooden boat. We stop on the little dock of the famous Volcano, where we will walk towards the top of the island. While walking, our experienced guide talks about the intense volcanic activity of the last 3000 years! The crater still seems active, as hot fumes are released in many points!
Next, we are heading to the Hot Springs, where we will make a 50-minute stop for swimming in the suplhur springs of the volcano. Another major proof of the strong volcanic activity still today, Hot Springs have beneficial effects against rheumatisms, arthritis and other diseases.
The island of Thirasia is our final destination, where we will stay 2 hours for swimming and lunch. Thirasia is a small, very picturesque island, ideal choice for nice walks, swimming and lunch in the little port of Korfos or in the traditional village Manolas.
The last stop is in Oia, where you can walk in the village, enjoy the view of the Caldera and see the brilliant sunset
 
SANTORINI SUNSET CRUISE
Daily departures
15:00 - After sunset

The tour starts from the Old Port of Fira and from Athinios Port (if you select the transfer option). We will stop for 1.5 hours in the volcano to walk the path to the craters. Our guide will be all the time with and explain the history of the volcano, its effects in the everyday life of inhabitants in Santorini and its current state. Nowadays, as you will see, scientists have installed organs to measure the volcanic indexes, so to warn in case of violent activation.
The, we will sail to the hot springs. Formations of lava and rocks are constantly changing and in a while we can see the older rocks of the nearby island, Palea Kameni. This island proves that the volcano is still active! Sulfur comes out of the sea-bottom and the waters become very warm (temperature reaches 104F / 40oC!). We make a 40-minute stop for swimming.
Later on, our captain will choose the most quiet bay of the Caldera to enjoy our dinner. Varieties of meat, refreshing salads and pasta, local cheese and fruits are our chef’s suggestions! With our sails open, we sail to Oia. The sunset is now in front of us and we will enjoy it with a glass of Santorinian wine…
We return before 22:00, so to admire the night in the Caldera. Oia, Imerovigli and Firostefani at the end reflect their lights in the sea…

CATAMARAN CRUISES IN SANTORINI
Private and semi private
Day time (5 hours) 10:30-15:30
Sunset Cruise (5 hours) 15:30-20:30

Caldera cruisesDiscover Santorini’s beautiful Caldera and magnificent coastline sailing on the catamaran.
Experience the wonders of Santorini on a daytime or sunset cruise, sailing to the most au-inspiring parts of the island.
We set sail from Marina Vlihada, to the spectacular red beach of the island which is situated in the historic village of Akrotiri and we make a short stop for anyone who would like to take a dip, sailing onwards to the white beach which once again is magnificent and from there past the Indian Rocks to our venetian lighthouse on the tip of the island from where you have the most au-inspiring view of the whole Aegean Sea and the surrounding Greek islands stretching out in front of you.
Explore the most beautiful parts of Santorini whilst sailing past the Caldera where you have the chance to view Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli and Oia from afar and admire the rock formations of our coastline, touring past the volcano which also presents amazing photographic opportunities.
From there we sail to the famous volcanic hot springs where once again we make a brief stop so you may have the chance to take a healing swim in the sulphurous waters and to the most unique private bays and coves of Palia Kammeni where you may relax, take a swim and do some snorkeling in the clear, cool blue waters.
Dine luxuriously, with our mouth-watering on board barbecue, with fresh meat and seafood from the local farmers and fishermen accompanied with greek salads and soft beverages.
Whilst basking in the sunlight or watching the fantastic colours of our world known sunset upon the santorinian landscape, relax and enjoy a glass of chilled wine from our local wineries.
Whether you are looking for a sunny daytime trip or a romantic sunset cruise with your loved ones, there is no better place than upon our catamaran “Caldera”.

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