Essence of Greece

Athens/Rethymno/Heraklion/Santorini/Paros/Athens

Day 1 Arrival

Meet and assist at International Athens Airport and transfer to your hotel.

Athens, the cradle of democracy and birthplace of western civilization is a vibrant city where the new and old co-exist. Accommodation in Athens.

Overnight in Athens

Day 2 Athens

Breakfast at hotel

Half Day city tour with Acropolis coach tour

In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel and start the half-day tour to Athens. 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 Presidential residence (ex Royal Palace) guarded by the Euzones in their colorful 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, the Parthenon and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the monument that “puts order in the mind”, the New amazing Acropolis Museum consistently rated as one of the best museums in the world.

Return to your hotel. Free evening.

Overnight in Athens

Day 3 Athens

Breakfast at hotel. You will be picked up from your hotel and leave by the coastal road along the Saronic Gulf to the Corinth Canal, which connects the Aegean Sea with the Ionian Sea, (short stop).

Drive for Epidauros, to visit the Theatre (4th century B.C.) famous for its astonishing acoustics.

Continue to Mycenae, the Homeric city of Atreides, the city "rich in gold" of the ancient poets.

Visit the Lion's Gate, the Cyclopean Walls, and the Royal Tombs etc.

Lunch at Mycenae.

After lunch depart for Nauplion through the fertile plain of Argolis, the picturesque town nestling at the foot of a cliff crowned by the mighty ramparts of the Palamidi Fortress (short photo stop).

Return to Athens to your hotel

Overnight in Athens

Day 4: Athens/Rethymnon(Crete) (B)

Breakfast at hotel

Pick up from the hotel for transfer to the airport for your flight to Chania (Crete)

Arrival Chania (Crete) transfer to Rethymnon hotel (around 90 km)- rare combination of history and modern-day luxury, with its Venetian-era Fortezza (fortress) and old town, tropical beaches, and exquisite Cretan cuisine. Free time at leisure to explore the town on your own.

Overnight at Rethymnon

Day 5: Rethymnon (Crete)

Breakfast at hotel

Pick up in the morning for one of the most famous places to see on Crete is the Samaria Gorge, Europe’s largest gorge.  This National Park is 18kms long with unbelievable natural beauty.

The gorge is rich with many endemic flowers & herbs with crystal clear spring water flowing from the mountains. – you can even refill your water bottles with it! The trip starts with an early pick up from the nearest point to your accommodation (between 5:30am -6:30am) and drive through the mountains passing the plateau of Omalos to the wooden stairs at the start of the gorge Arrival at approximately 7:30am. The walk should take at least 6-7 hours (at a leisure pace)

You can refill your water bottles during the walk at the specific springs. Once finished, ample time for a swim in the Lybian Sea & have lunch at a taverna in Agia Roumeli. Late afternoon the ferry boat leaves for Sougia. Coach ride from Sougia to the north coast.

Arrival back at the pick-up point at approximately 8:00pm-8:30pm

Overnight at Rethymnon

Day 6: Rethymnon/Heraklion by local bus – duration of trip approx. 1h 40m

Breakfast at hotel

Start your trip to Heraklion town by local bus (tickets not included in package rate around 15 euro per person) -the capital of Crete and one of the Mediterranean region’s most fascinating and vibrant cities. It is full of places to discover. With the current efforts to open the wonderful mediaeval city centre, it speaks to us of a past full of history and great events that reflect its location at the crossroads of three continents.

Overnight in Heraklion

Day 7: Heraklion

Breakfast at hotel

Free time at leisure to visit Minoan Palace of Knossos – or walk around visiting the

open-air market, the Venetian Loggia, and the Cathedral of St Minas or the Church of St. Titus and the 25th of August street which links the port, the Marina, and the Castle of Koules with the heart of the city and a main open-air market.

Overnight in Heraklion

Day 8: Heraklion/Santorini by speed Ferry – duration of trip around two and a half hours

Breakfast at hotel

Today, after breakfast you will be picked up from your

Hotel and transfers to the 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 to explore the island and admire the breathtaking view.

Overnight in Santorini

Day 09 Santorini/ Volcano Cruise

Today, after breakfast join a volcano cruise

The boat will leave the Old port sail and reach the volcano lava “Nea Kameni” – they will have 1.30hr time to walk up to the crater still active & down. Then will sail along the lava rock to reach the hot springs “Palea Kameni”– where you can swim for 30 minutes in the warm water. Don't miss it!

Return to the OLD PORT of Fira.

Overnight in Santorini

Day 10 Santorini-Paros (B)

Today, after breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel and transfer to the port for your ferry to Paros Island famous for the traditional architecture, the lovely beaches, and its nightlife. Parikia and Naoussa are the main villages of Paros, where most activities are concentrated, while there are also other seaside tourist settlements around the island. Arrival Paros and transfer to the hotel

Overnight in Paros

Day 11: Paros (B)

Breakfast at the hotel

Enjoy the beaches and explore the island

Overnight in Paros

Day 12: Paros (B) join the Full day Delos-Mykonos

Breakfast at the hotel.

Join the full day Delos-Mykonos

An outstanding visit to two of the most interesting and exciting islands of the Cyclades. The first is Delos, the sacred island of the ancient Greeks, with its unique archaeological monuments and one of the most important archaeological museums in all of Greece. The twin gods, Apollo and Artemis, were believed to

have been born there. Visitors, during the 3 hours stay, can admire its many ancient remains, including the Temple of Apollo and the Terrace of the Lions. Our second stop is Mykonos, the internationally known jet-set paradise, with the Little Venice of the Aegean, a true storybook picture of beauty. It has a wonderful traditional style which is maintained even with its newer buildings. We will have about a 3-hour stay on Mykonos which will give you the opportunity to explore its superb beaches, small churches and chapels, its glittering houses with dovecotes and marble staircases. You can walk around the windmills, visit the museum and the area of Little Venice, or if you like, stroll through the town to enjoy its elegant shops and boutiques…but don’t lose track of time… the main town of Mykonos was built as a labyrinth to baffle pirates in the 19th century, and it still baffles tourists today!

At 5:00pm departure from Mykonos to Paros.

Overnight in Paros

Day 13: Paros/Athens

Breakfast at the hotel

Today, after breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel and transfer to the port for your ferry to Athens. Arrival Athens port and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in Athens

Day 14: Athens

Breakfast at the hotel – pick up for your departure transfer to the airport.

End of our Services

● 4 nights split stay accommodation in Athens hotel on BB basis/std rm category

● Half-day City tour of Athens with new Acropolis Museum (organized)on sharing basis tour coach, with English speaking guide + entrance fees and the transportation from/to hotel

● Full day Epidauros, Mycenae & Nafplion with lunch (organized)on sharing basis tour coach, with English speaking guide + entrance fees and the transportation from/to hotel

● Private round trip transfers in Athens

● 2 nights accommodation in Rethymnon/Crete on BB basis/ std rm category

● 2 nights accommodation in Heraklion/Crete on BB basis/ Std room category

● Round trip transfers in Crete in private basis

● 2 nights accommodation in Santorini hotel on BB basis/ std rm category

● Half day volcano tour and hot springs (organized) on sharing basis

● Round trip transfers in Santorini

● 3 Nights accommodation in Paros on BB basis/std rm category

●  Paros: Cruise to Delos -Mykonos (Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday) Entrance fees to Delos archeological site is not included - This excursion has no assistant, no guide

● Round trip transfers in Paros

● Numbered seats – economy class high speed ferry from Heraklion to Santorini, Santorini to Paros and Paros to Athens

● All local taxes applicable

Additional Expenses: 

● Tips or personal expenses 

● Beverages or drinks 

● International or domestic airfare tickets 

● Meals