Discover the magic of Athens before heading off to the picturesque islands of Santorini and Crete.
In Athens, experience all the ancient sites as well as the unique food scene, the blossoming street art, the famous land marks and the vibrant shops and markets. After exploring the ancient capital of Greece, relax in Santorini, famed for its quaint whitewashed villages hugging the cliffs overlooking the caldera before heading to the land of beautiful beaches on the largest of the Greek Islands, Crete.
Day 1: Today you arrive at Athens International. You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel for two nights. Amidst an olive tree garden and with an unsurpassable, breathtaking view of the Acropolis, you can soak in the bliss of the hotels two Jacuzzis. Enjoy a refreshment while lounging on the deck chairs, and watch the picture perfect sunset of the Athenian sky.
Day 2: Enjoy a leisure breakfast this morning. The hotel offers an ideal starting point from which you explore the city by foot. Experience the local cuisine, the blossoming street-art scene, and the famous city landmarks.
Day 3: This morning, after a transfer to Athens airport, board your flight to the island of Crete. The flight is fairly short, approximately one hour in duration.
Your hotel for the next four evenings is a traditional building of the 17th century, which offers a comfortable and pleasant accommodation in the Old Town of Chania. At the hotel’s top floor is the roof garden where guests can enjoy their breakfast or a drink with the best view in Chania, offering magnificent view of the old Venetian port and the lighthouse.
Day 4-6: Wandering around the Old Town’s maze-like alleys with the beautiful Venetian mansions, the fountains and the elaborate churches will help you discover well-preserved historical monuments.
An itinerary will be provided to highlight the main sights of Crete. Car rental is the suggested mode of transportation on the island in order to enjoy the beaches, visit archaeological sites, monuments and its museums.
Indulge in the authentic Cretan lifestyle and gastronomy. The traditional Cretan diet is known as being one of the healthiest in the world. The secret lies in the quality and freshness of its ingredients, the use of wild herbs and greens, and purity of taste and of course, its olive oil.
Day 7: After breakfast, it will be time to say good-bye to Crete and journey by ferry (2.5 hours) to your next incredible destination. In a lovely part of Santorini, your hotel is found in Imerovigli. Located less than a mile from Fira, the island’s capital can be easily reached by bus, car or even on foot. In a close walking distance you will find restaurants, coffee houses and mini markets.
In Imerovigli you will see the remains of Skaros, the Venetian castle, which was once used as an observatory tower. As you follow the path that begins from “Skaros” you will find the little church of Theoskepasti.
Time has stopped at the narrow cobblestone paths, the old buildings and the traditional houses.
Day 8-9: The next two days are yours to relax and explore the island. Visit the secret spots of Santorini away from the hustle and bustle, walking through ancient paths and picturesque cobblestone alleys. View the famous caldera, taste amazing volcanic wines, explore whitewashed villages and castles, and take in the amazing scenery.
Day 10: After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Athens where you will board your international flight home.