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ATHENS - MYKONOS - SANTORINI - CRETE

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Price: 845 EUR Per Person
Duration: 9 D - 8 N

Day 1 - ATHENS

Meet and assist at Athens International Airport and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day is yours to spend to explore this fascinating city, Athens, a magical city. The city with the most glorious history in the world is worshipped by gods and people. The enchanting capital of Greece has always been the birthplace of civilization. It is the city where democracy and most of the wise men of ancient times were born. The most important civilization of the ancient world flourished in Athens and relives through superb architectural masterpieces. Optional A Night in Athens Tour. Your evening begins with a short panoramic drive through the City Center. On reaching the Acropolis, also known as the Sacred Hill, you will be able to see, admire and photograph it while illuminated. Then a pleasant walk through the narrow picturesque streets of Plaka, the old city, will bring you at a Typical Greek Tavern where you will enjoy your dinner following a floor show with live music and Greek Folk Dances in traditional costumes. {Approx Cost € 70/- per adult & € 48/- per child}

Overnight: Athens

Meals: None

Day 2 - ATHENS CITY TOUR WITH ACROPOLIS MUSEUM

From the Acropolis to Omonia Square, with the half-day 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 This afternoon, we take a drive along the coastal road, past the wonderful beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni and  Varkiza to the southernmost point of Attica, Cape Sounion, where the white marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon  stand. On the way you will have a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf and the little islands offshore. After visiting the  Temple of Poseidon, there is some free time to walk at your leisure along the rocky promontory of Sounion. {Approx Cost € 51/- per adult & € 32/- per child}

Overnight: Athens

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - ATHENS-MYKONOS

Today after breakfast, you will check out from the hotel in Athens and transferred to Piraeus port for your ferry embarkation to Mykonos Island. Mykonos sits amidst the Aegean Sea like a unique Jewell handcrafted by time, the Greek sun and an anonymous local craftsman. All that can be said or written about Mykonos would be just too little. For centuries Mykonos existed under the shade of the religious centre of Delos and it had to wait until the 20th  century to reach its international status and win a place on the world tourist map. Mykonos, famously called 'the  island of the winds' due to the constant wind that blows, is the most popular and cosmopolitan island of the Cyclades  and considered as one the most famous islands of the world. The sunlight of Mykonos from its first sunshine of dawn  all the way to its last of the sunset is astonishing and supplements an atmosphere of images that seem to have sprung out of a painting. Arrival in Mykonos and transferred at your hotel. Rest of the day is free in order to explore the  island.

Overnight: Mykonos

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - MYKONOS

Today, after breakfast the day will be free in order explore the island. Among the cobbled streets, next to the churches, behind the freshly painted shutters, through the delivery of island living, the heavenly beaches and the liveliness of the night, Mykonos still keeps its secrets: The happiest different moments for everyone, here, on the most famous island in the world, each one of us makes each moment UNIQUE. Mykonos retains full beauty through the passage of time, and is and always will be a perfect host to visitors, offering unlimited vacation and great expectations.

Overnight: Mykonos

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - MYKONOS-SANTORINI

Today, after breakfast you will be picked up from the hotel and transferred at Mykonos port for your ferry embarkation to Santorini Island. A thousand sunsets, a thousand memories, a thousand heartbeats, colours 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.

Overnight: Santorini

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - SANTORINI-VOLCANO-HOT SPRINGS-THIRASSIA

Today, after breakfast you will be picked up for a cruise at the caldera and its hot springs. During this tour, you will have the unique chance to visit the active volcano of Santorini, walk on dried lava up to its peak, feel the heat underneath your feet and see the steam of sulphuric gases emerging from the earth bowels. Next, you will sail to the thermal springs where you can dive or step down into the blue waters in order to swim towards the springs (35-36 C). Last you will visit the traditional sister island of Santorini, Thirassia, where you can either swim, go up to the village or simply relax and have something to eat. Return at your hotel.

Overnight: Santorini

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7- SANTORINI-CRETE (HERAKLIO)

Today you will be transferred to Santorini port for your ferry embarkation to Crete Island. Arrival at Heraklio Port and transferred to your hotel. Crete is an island with an exquisite 1,000 kilometer-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 kilometers, 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.

Overnight: Heraklio (Crete)

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 – CRETE FREE DAY to relax or do an optional tour

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. 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.

Overnight: Heraklio (Crete)

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 – DEPARTURE CRETE

Today, after breakfast you will be transferred at Heraklio airport for your departure flight via Athens. Bid farewell to this colourful country with fond memories and treasured moments.

INCLUDES:

Accommodation:

2 nights’ accommodation in Athens hotel on BB basis. Package rates are based in Standard Room Type

2 nights’ accommodation in Mykonos on BB basis. Package rates are based in Standard Room Type

2 nights’ accommodation in Santorini hotel on BB basis. Package rates are based in Standard Room Type

2 nights’ accommodation in Heraklion/Crete on BB basis. Package rates are based in Standard Room Type

Meals:

Daily Breakfast (except day 1 – upon arrival)

Transfers:

Private round trip transfers in Athens from airport-hotel-port with private air conditioned taxi

Round trip transfers in Mykonos from port –hotel and v.v. on seat in coach basis

Round trip transfers in Santorini from port –hotel and v.v on seat in coach basis

Round trip transfers in Crete/ Heraklion from port –hotel and v.v on seat in coach basis

Normal Ferry ticket – economy class from Athens to Mykonos

Hydrofoil ticket - economy class from Mykonos to Santorini

Hydrofoil ticket – economy class from Santorini to Heraklion/Crete

Sightseeing:

Half-day City tour of Athens with new Acropolis Museum (organized), with English speaking guide +

entrance fees and the transportation from/to hotel (capacity of coach tour 40-50 participants)

Full day volcano tour and hot springs (organized) with transportation from/to meeting point

(Food?drinks and 5 € entrance fee to the Volcano are not included) with transportation from/to meeting

point - clients need to go by themselves to the pick-up point for the tour

 Details of tours:

Athens City tour (organized) pick up /drop off at the hotel.

This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. (Capacity of coach tour 40-50 participants)The expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (short stop). Continue and pass by the Prime Minister's residence (ex Royal Palace) guarded by the Euzones in their colourful uniform, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian's Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma).On the Acropolis visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally "the harmony between material and spirit", the monument that "puts order in the mind", the Parthenon. Continue and visit the place where at last the statues found their home and admire the wonders of the classical era: The new Acropolis museum.

DETAILS OF THE TOUR IN SANTORINI

VOLCANO - HOT SPRINGS – THIRASSIA - PORT OF OIA WITH BUS TRANSFER

(duration of tour 11:00 – 18:00)

The bus will pick you up from your village’s meeting point and will drive you to Athinios port for embarkation! Your first destination is Nea Kameni Island, the volcano of Santorini! There you will have the unique experience to climb on the top of the volcano, see and take photos of the active crater and walk on its rims! Next destination is Palia Kameni Island for swimming in the hot springs created by the volcano’s underwater power! The boat sails to your next destination which is Thirasia above the underwater craters! There you can eat in the small traditional taverns, swim in the crystalline waters or even visit the village of Manolas on the top of Thirasia and enjoy the view! Going back to the port of Athinios, the boat stops for short time at the port of Oia where anyone who wishes can disembark! After Oia, the boat sails to Athinios port for disembarkation where the buses will be waiting for you and you will be dropped off at the starting meeting point! Departure from Athinios Port: 11:00 Return to Athinios Port: 17:30 Pick up Bus Service available from Fira - Imerovigli - Firostefani - Kamari - Perissa to Athinios Port Return Bus Service available from Athinios Port only to Fira- Imerovigli - Firostefani - Kamari – Perissa

Important Notes:

Rates subject to change in case of limited availability during events & exhibitions

*In case a new local city tax is introduced by the Greek Government in 2018, guests will have to pay this directly at the hotel and this tax is NOT included in the package rates (tax rates may vary from 0,50 to 4 Euros on a night basis depending on hotel category).

EXCLUSIONS:

GST will be levied as applicable based on the date of confirmation

Airfare & Taxes

Visa Fees and Travel Insurance

Guaranteed early check in or late check out. This is completely at the discretion of the hotel and we can only put in a request for the same.

City Tax/Tourist Tax (this is to be paid directly at the hotel in EUR)

Any expenses of personal nature

Tips and porterage

Surcharges as applicable due to peak season, surcharge dates, trade fair dates.

Meals other than that what is mentioned in your itinerary.

Any services not mentioned in the inclusions list

Drinks including Water during meals / sightseeing tours are not included