Day 1: Athens
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 and Kolonaki
Day 3: Athens (B)
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 (B)
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 (B)
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.
Day 6: Crete (B)
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 7: Crete / Santorini (B)
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 (B,D)
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 (B)
After breakfast, you will be picked up for your Hellenic Mirrors Tour of Santorini will begin. Visits to the traditional and unspoiled villages of Pyrgos and Megalochori will showcase the authentic side of Santorini. Your visit will continue toward the archaeological site of Akrotiri, seeing the remnants of this village in its beautiful museum. Your trip will continue with a wine tasting and food pairing at one of the finest wineries of Santorini with an expert sommelier. Finally, your visit will conclude with a quick stop in Oia to enjoy some unique photo opportunities with cliffside views.
Day 10: Santorini / Mykonos (B)
After breakfast, your Hellenic Holidays transfer representative will drive you to the port of Santorini where you embark on a 2.5 hour sail aboard a high speed ferry to Mykonos. Mykonos is renowned for its cosmopolitan character, spectacular beaches and intense nightlife. Enjoy the remainder of the day soaking in the Greek sun at one of the island’s spectacular beaches or by your hotel’s pool. Take a stroll through the white washed cobblestone paths visiting the local shops as well Mykonos’ most recognized landmark, the famous windmills. Consider dinner at one of our recommended restaurants, enjoy the Myconian vibe and a great meal.
Day 11: Mykonos (B)
Your Day is at leisure. While in Mykonos, consider a quick sail over to one of the most important mythological and archaeological sites in Greece, the uninhabited island of Delos. These optional tours are available at the front desk of your hotel. According to legend, Leto gave birth to Artemis and Apollo here. Delos had a position as a holy sanctuary for a millennium before Greek Mythology made it the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. The remains of temples, holy places and settlements date back from the Neolithic to the Roman periods. While in Delos, a must see is the famous row of Lions and the Sanctuary of Apollo.
Day 12: Mykonos (B)
Enhance your senses by swimming, sunbathing and enjoying a range of water sports at some of Mykonos’ most spectacular sandy beaches. Melt your stresses away with a spa treatment at one of the island’s many great spas. You are now comfortably Myconian, so make your final visit in the main town of Chora for some last minute purchases or experience another great evening in the Jewel of the Cyclades.
Day 13: Mykonos / Athens / Home
Your Hellenic Holidays transfer representative will drive you to the airport for your short flight to Athens connecting to your flight home.
Key: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
Note: 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.
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.