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Activities & Transport
- City Tour
- Rental Car
Main travel focus
The Great Greek Experience: Athens and the Islands
- Day 3: Get blown away by your traditional Greek dinner backed by a folk performance.
- Day 9: Make your own way to a beautiful Cretan beach in your rental car
- Day 6: Stunning sunset over Santorini
- Day 5: Celebrity-spot on the beaches of Mykonos
This trip represents luxury relaxation straight out of myth. The best of the legendary Greek Islands has been hand-picked for you, and you'll have all the time you need to fully appreciate their alluring charm. You'll be hopping from Mykonos, to Santorini, and then Crete, ensuring that you'll get more than your fair share of sun, sand, and spectacular ocean views. Bookending this enchanting isle experience is all the history and vibrant culture of the ancient capital, Athens, where you'll be beguiled by its intoxicating blend of old and new. This is the richly relaxing vacation you deserve.
- 12 Breakfasts.
- 1 Dinner at traditional Greek Restaurant with a folklore programme.
- Private transfer from Athens International Airport to hotel in Athens.
- Private half-day city tour in Athens with professional tour guide.
- Entrance fees for Acropolis archeological Site & New Acropolis Museum.
- Private transfer from hotel in Athens to Piraeus port.
- Ferry ticket from Athens to Mykonos.
- Private transfer from and to Mykonos port.
- High-speed ferry ticket from Mykonos to Santorini.
- Private transfer from and to Santorini port.
- High-speed ferry ticket from Santorini to Heraklion.
- Private transfer from Heraklion port to Heraklion hotel.
- Rented car for 3 days in Heraklion.
- Private transfer from hotel in Heraklion to Heraklion Airport.
- Air ticket from Heraklion to Athens.
- Private transfer from hotel in Athens to Athens International Airport.
- All local taxes.
- International flights.
- Tips to guides, drivers and escorts.
- Visa expenses.
- All optional excursions, meals, dinners etc.
- Day 3: afternoon tour to Cape Sounio, or a full-day cruise on the Saronic Gulf.
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Your adventure begins
Hopefully you're prepared, because your Odyssey has already begun. Don't worry though; it's going to be a whole lot luxurious than the original one, although the siren song of the timeless lands you will visit may well be rather difficult to tear yourself away from. To start proceedings off right, you'll zip away from the airport in a luxury taxi, and then be met at your comfy hotel by a fleet-footed messenger who will bestow upon you all the documents necessary for your upcoming adventure. From there, it's up to you how you enjoy your first legendary day in Athens.
Athens: new and old.
Once Dawn has spread her rosy fingers over the city and you've partaken of all the good things at hand for breakfast, you'll meet your professional guide to start your tour of the city. You'll be guided through both Athenses: the new and the old; the magnificent ancient ruins set off by today's modern architecture. This means you'll go from the mythical Acropolis, Parthenon and temple of Athena Nike, through the Roman Temple of Olympic Zeus, and then pay your respects to the Unknown Soldier and Parliament House. To run the full gamut, you'll end up at the Acropolis Museum, a spectacular example of thoughtful cutting-edge architecture. Again, once you've seen all these marvels, the rest of the day is left to just you and this marvelous city.
A dinner straight out of folklore
It's fitting that, in the cradle of democracy, you'd be free to do what you want. Well, in this lively ancient spirit, you'll be able to do whatever you want today in Athens. Your destination expert, of course, will have some pretty tasty suggestions to dish up to you, such as an afternoon tour to Cape Sounio or a full-day cruise on the Saronic Gulf. One thing that is a must, though, is your sumptuous dinner tonight, which will take place at a traditional Greek Restaurant, backed by a live folk program. Your toe will be tapping in no time.
Luxurious Mykonos beaches beckon
It's time to bid farewell to the ancient capital. There's a good reason to do this, though, as you'll be heading to that famous isle devoted to pleasure, Mykonos. Once you've made it there, check into your hotel quick-smart, because then you'll have the rest of the day to check out the legendary beaches of this luxurious destination.
Why don't you do what the smartest of international celebrities do, and spend today swanning around the beaches of Mykonos, lapping up its luscious lifestyle? Then, in the afternoon, have a swanky amble around the city centre. This is, indeed, the life.
One of the best islands anywhere
After your breakfast today, you'll be trading one intensely beautiful Greek Island for another, as you wend your way Santorini-wards. Those in the know say this is one of the Ten Best Islands anywhere around, and the view from Oia and Imerovigli will be enough to justify this status on its own. Then, there's the little issue of an exquisite sunset to take into account. Definitely Top Ten material, in anyone's books.
Santorini's spectacular Caldera and Volcano
Break your fast in style, and then take your time to fully appreciate the spectacle that is the Caldera and Volcano of Santorini. After that, succomb to the heady pleasures of Greek Island living in the best way you can. Bliss.
You'll have plenty more time this morning to indulge yourself with all things Santorini, before you're whisked off to Crete's Heraklion in the afternoon. There's just no stopping the top-notch delights on this epic journey.
All of Crete, all yours
After you've polished off your breakfast, you'll be met at the hotel by a helpful representative, who will hand you the keys to your rental car. Now that you're aboard your shining chariot, Crete is yours for the taking. One place you should be headed today is the Minoan Palace, and keep in mind that the Archeological Museum of Heraklion is well worth the visit as well. But, wherever you go, have your camera ready. You'll need it.
The Beach Life
It's another day for you to discover all of Crete's treasures; none more precious than this island's many stunning beaches, the perfect spot for a spot of down-tempo swimming.
Departing the Islands
This is your last day on the Islands, so make sure you lap up the lifestyle here in Crete as much as you can. It's back to Athens this evening, where you'll check back into your comfy hotel and then have one more night in the bustling capital.