Greece Trip – 09nights 10days
Greece Trip – 09nights 10days
Day 01 : Athens Airport Arrival – Athens
Arrival athens airport. Transfer to hotel. Check in hotel. Stay athens.
Day 02 : Athens
From the Acropolis to Omonia Square, with the halfday Athens sightseeing and Acropolis museum tour you’ll see all the famous sites of ancient and modern Athens on this comprehensive morning tour. Offering a perfect overview of the city, this guided half-day tour, the only one which includes headphone system will help you get your bearings if this is your first visit to Athens. We start with a photo stop at Panathinaikon Stadium where the first modern Olympic Games took place in 1896. It is the only stadium in the world that is built out of white marble. We then proceed, passing by Zappeion and The Temple of Olympian Zeus. We will then pass the Athens Trilogy which includes the University of Athens, the Academy of Athens and the National Library. We Continue passing by the National Garden, Hadrian’s Arch, St. Paul’s Church, The Parliament, The Tomb of the Unknown soldier, Schliemann’s House (Numismatic Museum), Catholic Cathedral, Old Parliament, Constitution Square, Russian Orthodox Church, and finally the ACROPOLIS where we will visit Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, Parthenon, and the Erechtheion with its Porch of Maidens). We continue the tour with a short pleasant walk passing by the Herodion and Dionysus Theater in order to visit the ACROPOLIS museum. We skip the lines of the new museum and proceed to see the main attractions such as votives, artifacts of everyday life, statues from archaic period, Caryatids, and of course the Parthenon hall with the metopes, the pediments and the frieze that will amaze you. Evening free or optional Cape Sounion or Athens by Night tour. Stay athens.
Day 03 : Athens – Mykonos
Check out and transfer for ferry terminal. Catch ferry from athens to mykonos. Reach mykonos. Transfer from ferry station to hotel. Stay mykonos close to beach, relax at the beach, and discover the island’s vibrant nightlife.
Day 04 : Mykonos
Starting the City and Island tour by walking down the Mykonian small and narrow streets, we’ll have many opportunities to take nice pictures while the city is still quite. We’ll have an orientation in the labyrinth of the old town as well as the small port and the snowwhite churches. Of course we will see the famous windmills and if we are lucky we’ll find Petros the famous Pelecan, the mascot of Mykonos. After this we are going to explore the island with a bus, visiting some of the most famous beaches and the inner landscape. We’ll see fishermen and kaikis, small private chapels and houses built in typical cycladic style. In the second main village of Mykonos, Ano Mera, the guests will have enough free time for a stroll around the traditional square and visit the monk monastery Panagia Tourliani built in the 16th century. Next stop is Kalafatis beach where there is free time to relax just before heading to a place with a fantastic view all over the town and neighbour islands. A highly recommended tour for all first time visitors and the best way to start exploring the lifestyle and culture of the Mykonian gem.
Day 05 : Mykonos – Santorini
Today after breakfast, you will check out from your hotel in Mykonos and transferred to port for your ferry embarkation to Santorini Island. A thousand sunsets, a thousand memories, a thousand heartbeats, colors of blue red & gold streaking the sky … this is Santorini island … Poets have written about it, artists attempt to capture its beauty. Nothing can quite describe … the unsurpassed magic of Santorini. This tiny Greek island in the Aegean sea, rich in history & steeped in myth, is situated on the southern east tip of the Cyclades Cluster. Once famous for its seafaring captains & thriving trade from Russia towards England, France & Italy, & even further back in time the biblical volcanic catastrophe of 1500 BC, today Santorini is one of the most popular holiday destinations worldwide. Arrival in Santorini and transferred at your hotel. Rest of the day is yours to spend in order to explore the island and admire the breathtaking view.Check out and transfer to ferry station for santorinit ferry. Catch the ferry to santorini. Santorini ferry station to hotel arrival. Check in hotel facing to the cliff. Stay santorini.
Day 06 : Santorini
Amazing beaches or to visit the main town, Fira, which is a bustling place which invites everyone to shop, stroll though its streets, or visit “Akrotiri” site to see the ancient remains after the volcano explosion.
Day 07 : Santorin – Crete
Check out and transfer to ferry station, catch the ferry to Crete, arrival Crete and transferred to your hotel. Crete is an island with an exquisite 1,000 kilometre-long coastline dotted with numerous coves, bays and peninsulas, which afford a multitude of soft, sandy beaches along the beautifully blue Mediterranean Sea. After all, it’s among the finest in the world and has established Crete as one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations. And, of course, the island’s historic importance in today’s world as the home of the Minoan civilization with important archaeological finds at Knossos, Phaistos and Gortys, is evidenced by the tens of thousands of visitors to these sites each year. However, Crete is the largest island in Greece – the fifth largest in the Mediterranean – and, within its diverse area of more than 8,000 square kilometres, there are many other jewels just waiting to be discovered by the more adventurous explorers of holiday treasures. Rest of the day is free in order to explore the island.
Day 08 : Crete
Today, after breakfast the day is yours to spend in order to explore Heraklio (The capital) or experience an optional tour. This city more than lives up to its reputation as being one of the most attractive of the many cities of the Mediterranean! It can satisfy the wishes and demands of a diverse variety of visitors from all over the world, while still providing enjoyment and satisfaction to its permanent residents. It is certainly not a matter of coincidence that it has been the center of Crete for so many centuries, and continues to be so, thanks to an abundance of sightseeing attractions, its joyous way of life, and the legendary hospitality of the Cretan people. For inquisitive visitors, it is important to note that, in Heraklio, there are to be found and admired the oldest monuments in Europe. It is here where the first roots of the most ancient civilization in Europe were planted, a testimony for Western civilization, as we know it. It is here in Heraklio that Zeus, the God of Hospitality, fell in love with Europe, a most beautiful princess, from whom and whence the Minoan Kings were born, along with those wise mythical figures who laid the foundations for and instituted the first civilized society on our Continent. An outstanding archaeological museum and the magnificent excavations at Knossos will certainly testify to that fact.
However, modern-day Heraklio has a much wider range of attractions to offer than “just ruins.” The Heraklio market is the richest of its kind on Crete, and among the most varied of any in the Mediterranean region. Souvenirs, furs, jewellery and gold items, food products and clothing, just about anything that one could wish for or need are here in abundance, and at a wide range of prices. The famous Cretan products, such as olive oil, wine, raki, honey, and herbs are, of course, of special importance and a major attraction to visitors and residents alike. They all seem to appreciate the locally distilled raki, a strong alcoholic beverage that, because it lacks any additives, can only add to the drinker’s “kefi” (good mood) and high spirits, without the risk of a hangover the following morning.
Day 09 : Crete
Today after breakfast the day is yours to spend. Explore the Archeological site of Phaistos, the Venetian Fortress, The famous Cretaquarium, the old Town and its local market or Visit a local winery.
Day 10 : Crete – Athens – Athens Airport Departure
Check out and transfer to the airport to catch the flight for athens and if possible to connect the flight to home country then do it, otherwise stay for 01 more night at Athens and then leave next day morning.