9D/8N CRETAN GLORY
From SGD 1598
Crete, Greece’s largest island is a different world of its own. Strong traditions and the intriguing nature of the people adds to its magnificence. The capital of Crete, Heraklion, is where you will experience all thing Cretan! You will travel to Heraklion by ferry offering you a picturesque view of the islands and the beautiful landscape. In Crete, indulge in the local culture as you explore the island. Visit the birth place of Zeus or the winery at Peza. To make sure we give you the best experiences of Greece, you will also be exploring Athens through an organised city tour. Visit Acropolis, Panathenaic stadium, the temple of Zeus and many other iconic monuments. No trip to Greece is complete without a stop over in Santorini. Explore Santorini and enjoy your mule ride to the top of the cliff as you enjoy the panoramic view of the island! Soak in as much Greece as possible in your trip as it is bound to be one of the best experience of your life.
Day 01: Athens
Welcome to Greece! Our driver will be waiting for you to greed you at the airport of Athens at your arrival. You will be driven to the hotel in Athens, the capital of Greece. Athens is the historical capital of Europe, with a long history, dating from the first settlement in the Neolithic age. In the 5th Century BC (the “Golden Age of Pericles”) – the culmination of Athens’ long, fascinating history – the city’s values and civilization acquired a universal significance. Over the years, a multitude of conquerors occupied Athens, and erected unique, splendid monuments – a rare historical palimpsest. In 1834, it became the capital of the Modern Greek state and in two centuries since it has become an attractive modern metropolis with unrivalled charm.
Rest of the day at leisure to check in and relax. Overnight at hotel in Athens
Day 02: Athens
Enjoy your breakfast at hotel in Athens. Today, pick up for the Organized Athens Sightseeing. This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our 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. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Athens (B)
Day 03: Athens – Santorini
Enjoy your breakfast at hotel in Athens. This morning pick up for transfer to Piraeus port to catch the ferry to island of Santorini, the stuff of myth and legend, with world- famous sunsets and breathtaking volcanic scenery. Arrival and transfer to hotel. Free time to relax or to explore the city at your own pace. Overnight at hotel in Santorini (B)
Day 04: Santorini
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel in Santorini.
Today, you will have all day at leisure to explore Santorini. Walk the busy narrow streets of Fira, the capital of Santorini and the picturesque Imerovigli overlooking the craggy red rock Skaros. Experience the, one in a lifetime, adventure of going up with mules the 286 steps, very closely to the cliff, that leads to Oia and then glaze at the marvelous sunset with the thousands colors. Visit Pyrgos, the medieval jewel that dominates over the hill, offering the best panoramic view of the island. Know every single settlement of the island by walking the narrow streets of cobblestone and admire the little white chapels, the cave white houses with the blue windows and the imposing mansions of the medieval wealthy families of the island. Overnight in Santorini (B)
Day 05: Santorini – Heraklion
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel in Santorini. Pick up for transfer to Santorini port to catch your ferry to Heraklion, in Crete. Upon your arrival in Heraklion port, pick up for transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel in Heraklion (B)
Day 06: Heraklion
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel in Heraklion.
This day is at leisure for you to explore the island at your own pace. Optionally, you can visit the Palace of Knossos, the largest and the most spectacular of all the Minoan Palaces in Crete. After the departure, you can also visit the winery at the village of Peza where you’ll be able to see how wine is made and also how virgin Cretan olive oil and soap is produced. You can buy these products at wholesale prices or you can just taste some of the wine at no cost. Also, the town of Heraklion itself is very beautiful. You can go shopping in the vast array of shops and enjoy browsing through the vegetable market or having lunch in one of the local restaurants. Overnight in Heraklion (B)
Day 07: Heraklion
Enjoy your breakfast at hotel in Heraklion.
Day at leisure to explore the island at your own pace or relax at the hotel. Overnight in Heraklion (B)
Day 08: Heraklion – Athens
Enjoy your breakfast at hotel in Heraklion. Pick up for transfer to the airport of Herakion to reach your flight to Athens. Upon arrival at the airport, pick up for transfer to the hotel for check in and overnight (B).
Day 09: Athens
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel in Athens and check out (B).
Pick up from your hotel to the International Airport of Athens to reach your flight back
- 3 Nights Accommodation at hotel in Athens in standard room with breakfast
- 2 Nights Accommodation at hotel in Santorini in standard room with breakfast
- 3 Nights Accommodation at hotel in Heraklion, Crete in standard room with breakfast
- All transfers in Athens and Crete by private vehicle
- All transfers in Santorini island by shuttle bus
- Organized Athens City tour with the New Acropolis Museum (SIC)
- Hydrofoil tickets Piraeus-Santorini & Santorini-Heraklion in economy class
- Air fares Heraklion/Athens in economy class
- Entrance fees
- All taxes and services
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
- All prices are per person on sharing basis
- Confirmation of package is subject to Hotel Availability
- All rates & tour itineraries are subject to change without notice
- All activities are subject to change relative to weather conditions