Ancient Wonders Vacation

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Ancient Wonders Vacation

  • duration
    SUGGESTED DURATION:
    10 Days / 9 Nights
  • WHEN TO GO:
    APRIL to OCTOBER
  • PLACES VISITED:
    Athens. Crete, Santorini
  • FLEXIBLE ITINERARY
Description

Unravel the ancient wonders of Athens, where the Acropolis and Parthenon stand as iconic remnants of Greece’s glorious past. Venture to the picturesque city of Chania in Crete, immersing yourself in its Venetian heritage and sampling the island’s rich culinary traditions. Then, bask in the breathtaking vistas of Santorini, a volcanic gem famous for its whitewashed villages, stunning caldera views, and the remnants of the Minoan civilization that once thrived here.

Departure & Return Location

Athens International Airport (Google Map)

Package Includes

  • 3 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Athens
  • 3 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Chania, Crete Island
  • 3 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Santorini Island
  • Small Group Athens & Acropolis Walking Tour
  • Group Delphi & Arachova Full Day Tour
  • Chania City Tour
  • Day-Trip to 7 Traditional Cretan Villages with lunch
  • Small Group Wine Tour in Santorini
  • Small Group Half Day Santorini Tour
  • Air Tickets Athens - Chania
  • Ferry Tickets Heraklion - Santorini
  • Air Tickets Santorini - Athens
  • All transfers as mentioned
  • Entrance Fees During Guided Sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast
  • 24-hour assistance phone number
  • All taxes

Package Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Hotel Overnight Tax
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
Unique to You

We craft each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can change or transform into something completely bespoke to you.

Itinerary

DAY 1ATHENS

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Balance of day at leisure.

DAY 2ATHENS WALKING TOUR

Embark on a captivating journey through ancient history with a visit to the archaeological marvels of the Acropolis and the Parthenon, guided by a licensed archaeologist, unraveling the secrets hidden within their storied ruins. Stroll along the enchanting Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, soaking in the picturesque surroundings. Delve deeper into the past with a private guided exploration of the Acropolis Museum, led by a knowledgeable archaeologist, offering a unique perspective and insight into the rich heritage of the Acropolis of Athens.

DAY 3DELPHI & ARACHOVA TOUR

Drive through Levadia and Arachova (famous for its bright multi colored carpets) arrive in Delphi.

At the foot of Mount Parnassos, within the angle formed by the twin rocks of the Phaedriades, lies the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, which had the most famous Oracle of ancient Greece. Delphi was regarded as the centre of the world. According to mythology, it is here that the two eagles sent out by Zeus from the ends of the universe to find the navel of the world met. The sanctuary of Delphi, set within a most spectacular landscape, was for many centuries the cultural and religious centre and symbol of unity for the Hellenic world and seat of the Pythian Games, the second most important games in Greece after the Olympics, which were held every four years.

Between the sixth and fourth centuries BC, the Delphic Oracle, which was regarded as the most trustworthy, was at its peak. It was delivered by the Pythia, the priestess, and interpreted by the priests of Apollo. Cities, rulers and ordinary individuals alike consulted the oracle, expressing their gratitude with great gifts and spreading its fame around the world. The oracle was thought to have existed since the dawn of time. Indeed, it was believed to have successfully predicted events related to the cataclysm of Deukalion, the Argonaut’s expedition and the Trojan War.

Visit of the archaeological site and the Museum where one can see among other archeological treasures, the unique bronze statue of the Charioteer dedicated to Apollo by Polyzalos, the tyrant of Gela, in 478 B.C. when he won the chariot-race at the Pythian Games. This incomparable statue is a representative example of the ”severe” Attic style, certainly the work of a major artist.

DAY 4ATHENS / CHANIA

At the indicated time you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Chania. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your selected hotel.

DAY 5CHANIA CITY TOUR

This specially designed tour around the old town and Venetian port will revealChania’s status as a cultural crossroads. Our walk will allow you to visit themost important sites, such as the Venetian fortifications, the Arsenals, the GreekOrthodox Cathedral, the Etz Hayim Synagogue, and the Turkish quarters behind the inner harbour. The tour will also bring out plenty of hidden spots off the beaten track, that reflect the eclectic mix of influences that has given Chania its very unique atmosphere. A walk through time, the tour promises to help you gain an understanding of how the city’s multilayered history has unfolded. While it has been well researched and planned, it is designed to be informal and loosely organised to allow for flexibilities that can add to your pleasure.

DAY 6DAY TRIP TO 7 CRETAN VILLAGES

Embark on a fascinating day trip from the city of Chania to experience the natural splendor and rich cultural heritage of seven traditional Cretan villages. Kickstart your adventure by savoring a cup of aromatic Greek coffee in the charming village of Armenoi. Traverse the scenic mountain routes, taking in breathtaking vistas as you make your way to the Apokoronas region in eastern Chania. Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the quaint villages of Stylos, Tsivaras, and Kalives. Upon reaching Gavalochori, delve into the region’s folklore by visiting the Apokoronas Folklore Museum, which offers a captivating glimpse into the vibrant Cretan culture. Afterward, proceed to the village of Xirosterni, where you’ll witness the fascinating production process of raki, the renowned Cretan spirit, at a local, family-owned distillery. Indulge in a taste of this distinctive beverage and experience its unique flavors firsthand.

The picturesque village of Vrises awaits, with its charming square and tranquil river setting. Continuing your journey, you’ll visit Emprosneros, where you can marvel at the impressive Mikis Theodorakis theater and the hidden Church of St. Antony, carved into the rock. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to visit a family-run fromagerie and savor the local cheese varieties, including graviera, mizithra, and anthotiro. To complement the culinary experience, you’ll also enjoy a tasting of locally produced olive oil served with warm bread, homemade cookies, and traditional Cretan biscuits from a local bakery.

Complete your immersive day trip with a traditional Cretan lunch at a authentic kafeneio (coffee house) in the village of Fres. Mingle with the locals and immerse yourself in the genuine Cretan way of life, creating unforgettable memories of this culturally rich and naturally stunning region.

DAY 7CHANIA / SANTORINI

Early in the morning you will be transferred via a private transfer to Heraklion for your ferry to Santorini. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your selected hotel in Santorini

DAY 8SANTORINI WINE TOUR

You have heard about the world-famous indigenous grape varieties of Santorini! You probably know of the Vinsanto wine! But there’s more! More flavors and delicious explosions to enjoy! Accompany us on acomplete wine journey around Santorini! Book a seat at the Santorini Wine Roads Tour!

This is our signature tour and your best choice if you want to explore the magic world of the Santorini volcanic wines. Enjoy a stimulating tasting experience under the guidance of our experienced wine experts, visit three selected wineries, learn all about the local grape varieties and the viticulture of Santorini. Taste and admire the real spirit of Santorini with our signature Santorini Wine Roads Tour. This tour is ideal for all visitors as it gives the opportunity to learn in an entertaining way all there is to know about the wine culture of the island! The only thing you need to do is share with us the feelings that the tastes of Santorini wines create to your palate and your heart!

DAY 9SANTORINI TOUR

Explore Santorini with a 4 hour morning tour of the island (with experienced English speaking driver).
Visually, Santorini is the most spectacular of the isles in the Cyclades. With its brilliant flooded caldera, high cliffs and charming villages, it is the Greek Isle of everyone’s dreams. Our tour will take us to Santorini’s highest peak, crowned by the Mount Profitis Ilias Monastery. At 883 feet, Mt. Profitis Ilias rugged landscape is largely composed of volcanic rocks as a result of hundreds of eruptions during the last two million years, some of them being large caldera-forming events. Here, in this remote spot, we’ll have an ideal photo opportunity to capture the beauty of this ancient island.

We’ll discover the village of Pyrgos, which was the capital of Santorini until 1800. Here we’ll be able to admire the beautiful old houses and the Venetian Fortress crowned by several churches.
Our half-day tour then takes us to one of the island’s most famous traditional wineries. Viniculture is an ancient art in Santorini, and the fact that vines thrive at all is amazing considering the fact that the island has limited water resources. But the volcanic soil is an excellent medium for producing grapes, especially the Assyrtiko grape – a rare, white variety.

After our visit, we’ll drive through the countryside to visit Oia. This traditional Greek village of whitewashed cubes is perched impossibly high on cliffs at the north west tip of the island. Here, take in the stunning views of the island from one of the charming cafés or stroll above the rooftops of the homes carved into the cliffs and gaze into the deep blue waters of the caldera far below.
Balance of the day at leisure to enjoy the sun, the unforgettable view and the most romantic sunset in the world.

DAY 10SANTORINI / ATHENS

At the indicated time you will be transferred to the airport for you flight to Athens, marking the conclusion of our services. 

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