Athens, Mykonos, Santorini & Crete
https://photos.google.com/search/crete/photo/AF1QipMaeumIsU1cuy5CYfJpMHKR94cKZvUBvd-BZvh1Duration: 12 Days / 11 nights
Valid from: April to October
Program Schedule: daily
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- Day 1 Athens
Athens – Sightseeing
Athens Sightseeing – In the morning we begin our visit of Athens showing the highlights of the city with a panoramic tour in the center. We will see the Hadrian’s Arch and the Temple of Zeus and after to the Constitution square called “Syntagma” where the presidential guard, called “Evzones”, is in front of the Greek parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Then we will pass by the Presidential Residence and the Panathinaikos stadium that was originally built in 329 CE, where the first Olympics of the modern era in 1896 were held. After the drive through the center, we will visit the Acropolis and Parthenon, this magnificent monument built during the Golden age of Pericles at the time of 447 BCE dedicated to the Goddess Athena.
Finally, we will visit the new Acropolis Museum, a building of a modern architecture, with the unique antiquities from the Acropolis. After the tour, enjoy a free afternoon to explore the center of Athens which lies around Acropolis, passing through Plaka, Monastiraki and Thissio with a pleasant atmosphere of the ancient city.
Transfer from the Hotel to the port for your ferry to the island of Mykonos. Arrival in Mykonos and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to discover the cosmopolitan town of Mykonos or explore some of the beaches. In the evening enjoy a cocktail at the “little Venice” with fantastic views of the sunset.
- Day 4 Mykonos
Free day in the island of Mykonos. Explore the island which has a variety of beaches and beach bars, each with different characteristics. In the afternoon, a walk through the narrow alleys of the center will unveil the charm and uniqueness of the island where you can see the famous windmills formerly used by the inhabitants, typical of the Cycladic architecture. In the evening enjoy a cocktail in one of the numerous bars scattered around the sidewalks of the center “hora” and enjoy the famous night out in the island. Alternatively visit the island of Delos, one of the most important archaeological sites, that are part of history and Greek mythology. Delos was considered in Greek mythology as a holy sanctuary, which is the birthplace of the gods Apollo and Artemis.
- Day 6 Santorini
Free day in the island of Santorini. The island of Santorini is famous for its spectacular views of the Caldera, the typical whitewashed houses with stunning views of the Aegean Sea. Around 1600 BC the island was the site of the Minoan eruption, which left a large crater named Caldera and was possibly the cause of the extinction of the Minoan civilization of Crete with a giant tsunami caused by the eruption. Another theory says that this was the origin of the legend of Atlantis.
- Day 8 Santorini
Transfer from Hotel to Santorini port for the ferry to the island of Crete – Heraklio. Upon arrival in Heraklio – Crete, transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the afternoon to walk around the ancient city of Heraklio which has a wide variety of restaurants and bars, where you can experience the typical Cretan cuisine which is the basis of Mediterranean cuisine. The evening is free to be able to taste the famous Cretan typical drink called «raki» and the characteristic sound of the Cretan music.
Day 10 & 11
Two free days to know the largest island in Greece, where the Minoan civilization existed and the Palace of Knossos which was the political and economic center of that time. The Venetian castle in Rethymnon is a place that will leave you speechless as well as a walk through the Samaria Gorge, which is a tourist attraction for nature lovers.
Departure transfer to Heraklio airport and flight to Athens to connect to your onward flight.