- All Inter-island transportation (airline or ferry)
- 2 Nights hotel accommodations in Athens
- 3 Nights hotel accommodations in Crete
- 4 Nights hotel accommodations in Santorini
- 4 Nights hotel accommodations in Istanbul
- All Round Trip vehicle transfers from airport / hotel
- A Private Half Day Walking Tour of Athens with an English Speaking Licensed Guide
- A Full Day Hike of Samaria Gorge including licensed guide and round trip transfers (Hike only on selected days)
- A Semi – Private Santorini Sailing Excursion including cocktails, a barbecue dinner and round trip vehicle transfers
- A Private Full Day Sightseeing Tour of Istanbul including Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque
- Breakfast Daily
- All entrance fees and taxes for your walking tour, hike and Istanbul tour
- All hotel taxes, local taxes and all service fees
DAY BY DAY
DAY 1 :
Pack your bags, you are off to Greece!
DAY 2 : Athens
Welcome to Athens! Upon arrival at Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, you will be greeted by your Hellenic Holidays transfer representative, who will drive you to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of your day exploring Athens. You might stroll the old neighborhoods of Plaka, which mingle old & new Athens or explore the vibrant neighborhoods of Monastiraki & Kolonaki. Be sure to try our amazing restaurant recommendations sampling wonderful Greek cuisine.
DAY 3 : Athens
After breakfast, your day will begin with your private half day walking tour. Along with your English speaking licensed guide, you will visit the Acropolis and the awesome temples of the Parthenon, the Erectheion and the Athena Nike. Your walk will continue to the Areopagus, or Hill of Mars. Finally, you pass the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, where you can still enjoy concerts and theatrical performances in the summer months. The tour will conclude with a visit to the Acropolis Museum exhibiting the glory of Ancient Athens.
DAY 4 : Athens – Crete
After breakfast, your Hellenic Holidays transfer representative, will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the airport for your short flight to Crete. Upon arrival, you will be greeted and driven to your hotel. Chania is one of those rare cities in Greece, which is a mosaic of cultures, and history. Venetian influences as well as Jewish and Roman are evident through the various neighborhoods of Chania. Enjoy the rest of your day, walking along the cobblestone paths within the castle walls. Be sure to try our restaurant recommendations and sample some of Crete’s finest cuisine.
DAY 5 : Crete
Today you will begin your journey through the plateau of Omalos on your way to one of the longest and most impressive of Europe’s limestone gorges. Your hike will last approximately 6 hours and will take you along a breathtaking and constantly changing landscape down to Agia Roumeli, a fishing village by the South Coast accessible only by boat. At the base of the gorge you can enjoy a refreshing swim as well as lunch at one of the local tavernas. After a one hour sail by ferry boat you will return to Sfakia, where your driver will bring you back to the hotel for some well-deserved rest.
DAY 6 : Crete
Your day is at leisure. You might consider a day trip to the Balos Beach lagoon for a day of relaxation. Leaving the port of Kissamos toward Gramvousa exploring the area and then arriving at Balos Beach for a day or swimming in the shallow turquoise waters of the lagoon. Balos Beach is one of the most picturesque and photographed beaches in Greece. You may also consider exploring the eastern side of Crete visiting Heraklion. About 15 minutes away from the center of Heraklion, is the archeological site of Knossos and its museum. The ruins of the Minoan Civilization are one of the must-see archaeological sites in Greece. If you enjoy wine, you must visit the Boutari winery, one of the biggest in Greece, for a guided tour and wine tasting.
DAY 7 : Crete – Santorini
Off to Santorini! Your Hellenic Holidays transfer representative will drive you to the port of Heraklion where you embark on a 2 hour sail aboard a high speed ferry to Santorini. Santorini is most known for its breathtaking views of the red and brown layers of volcanic ash that makes its famous cliffside. You will be driven to your hotel overlooking the majestic caldera. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the romantic atmosphere of the island. Perched on a cliff with breathtaking views of the sunsets and the sea below creates the perfect setting for the next few days.
DAY 8 : Santorini
After breakfast enjoying caldera views, your morning is at leisure. In the early afternoon, you will be driven to the port of Vlihada or Ammoudi where you will embark on the sailing trip that we have arranged. You will sail to the Red and White beaches, the Venetian Lighthouse and the Sulphur Springs. During these visits, you will have the opportunity to swim and snorkel. You will then sail to a secluded bay where while you swim or relax, a lavish steak and seafood barbecue with many appetizers and salads is being prepared for you to enjoy.
DAY 9 : Santorini
While in Santorini, consider hiking along the cobblestone pathway from Fira to Imerovigli and then on to Oia. You can also take a short ride and visit the archaeological site of Akrotiri, seeing the remnants of this village in its beautiful museum. Wine connoisseurs will enjoy a journey down the Santorini wine circuit through the inland villages of Karterados, Monolithos and Emporio.
DAY 10 : Santorini
Your last day in Santorini. You might consider visiting the famous village of Oia. Some enjoy the day by taking a donkey ride down from Oia to Ammoudi where they swim, eat and then return back to Oia to take in one of the world’s famous sunsets. Others explore Oia’s local souvenir shops or visit some of the local artists whose display their work of the landscape. What better way to end your stay in Greece, by dining at one of the local restaurants we recommend with those majestic views.
DAY 11 : Santorini – Athens – Istanbul
An early flight will take you back to Athens to meet your connecting flight to Istanbul. Merhaba! Welcome to Istanbul! Upon arrival at Ataturk International Airport, you will be greeted by your Hellenic Holidays transfer representative, who will greet and drive you to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of your day exploring Istanbul. Wander through the colorful streets of Sultanahmet or take in the Buzz of Taksim and its famous square.
DAY 12 : Istanbul
After breakfast, your day will begin with your private full day sightseeing tour. You will visits Topkapi Palace, the famous residence of the sultans and then continue on to Hagia Sophia Church, the pride and glory of the Byzantine. Your journey continues with a visit to the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue tiles. After lunch (optional), you can continue to the Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest covered bazaar with 4000 shops as well as the charming Spice Market whose scents will entice you to shop. Enjoy a quiet evening enjoying one of our great restaurant recommendations.
DAY 13 : Istanbul
There are no planned activities today. You might consider one of our great walking tours, perhaps one of our Street Foodie tours where you will sample Turkish cuisine in all of its facets, from the local markets to some award winning food trucks. In the afternoon, consider an afternoon sail of the Bosporus and enjoying views of the Intercontinental Suspension Bridge that connects the European and Asian Sides of Istanbul. You will also view the Beylerbeyi Palace, the white marble summer residence of the Ottoman Sultans used in the 19th century. Like snacks and beverages (optional) are offered during your sail.
DAY 14 : Istanbul
The last day in Istanbul has arrived. If you feel like a quick beach trip, you might consider a sail toward the Prince Islands (Adalar). They are southeast of the city and make for a great escape from the city. If you feel like exploring the city, you might consider the upscale neighborhood of Nişantaşi, or visiting the Basilica Cistern, one of the largest cisterns ever constructed in the world.
DAY 15 : Istanbul – Home
Your Hellenic Holidays transfer representative will drive you to the airport for your flight home.
Customize this Journey: The itinerary we have created above is flexible and can be tailored along with the destinations and activities offered. It represents a sample of the many alternatives that we offer.