Daily tour program
- Day 1 - Athens to Chania - (Crete)
Very early in the morning, We will meet you at your Athens hotel and provide a transfer to Athens Airport and put you on a flight to Chania.
08:55 - Athens --- El. Venizelos 09:45 Chania I. Daskalogiannis
Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative to be transferred to your hotel, after check-in you will have the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in the charming Chania town -
- Day 2 – Crete island (Chania) – (B)
Free day at leisure -
Assistance with optional tours to Imbros or to Samaria Gorge will be available.
Overnight in Chania.
– Day 3 – Chania to Heraklion – (B)
In the morning we will depart from Chania and drive to Heraklion, upon arrival we will take you on a guided tour of Knossos.
Knossos (also known as the Knossos Palace) is the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete and was likely the ceremonial and political center of the Minoan civilization. The city remained important throughout the Classical and Roman periods, but its population shifted to the new town of Handaq (modern Heraklion) during the 9th century AD. By the 13th C, it was known as Makryteikhos ("longwall"); however, the bishops of Gortyn continued to call themselves the Bishops of Knossos until the 19th C. Today, the name is used only for the archaeological site itself.
After the tour, you will check in to your hotel, overnight in Heraklion.
- Day 4 - Heraklion to Rhodes - (B)
Free time to explore
Afternoon transfer to Heraklion Airport - 1-hour flight to Rhodes Island
Arrival in Rhodes, met up with the transfer-men for your transfer to your hotel.
Check-in & Overnight in Rhodes.
- Day 5 - Rhodes Island - (B)
Breakfast at the hotel
09:30 am Meet up, meet up with your guide and enjoy a 2-hour introductory walking tour of the Island.
*In ancient times, Rhodes was home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the Colossus of Rhodes.
This giant bronze statue once stood in the harbor. It was completed in 280 BC but was destroyed in an earthquake in 224 BC. No trace of the statue remains today. Before archaeology, myth stood in for blanks in the historical record. In Pindar's ode, the island was said to be born of the union of Helios the sun god and the nymph Rhode, and the cities were named for their three sons.
In 1309, the Byzantine era came to an end when the island was occupied by forces of the Knights Hospitaller.
Under the rule of the newly named "Knights of Rhodes", the city was rebuilt into a model of the European medieval ideal.
After the tour, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, experience local culture, dine in local restaurants and visit popular tavernas.
Overnight in Rhodes.
- Day 6 - Rhodes Island - (B)
Breakfast at the hotel
Free day at leisure
Day trip to Lindos (Cruise tour with lunch and swimming, snorkeling )
Overnight in Rhodes.
- Day 7 – Rhodes to Santorini – (B)
Enjoy a full day at leisure.
Meet up with the transfer men, transfer to Rhodes Ferry port and depart for Santorini.
Midnight arrival in Santorini, meet up with the transfer men, transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in Santorini
- Day 8 - Santorini - (B)
Breakfast at the hotel Enjoy your day to relax and explore on your own.
Santorini is one of those iconic places that will be permanently etched in your mind. Everywhere you turn is a photo opportunity. Essentially, the island is what remains of an enormous volcanic eruption, which destroyed the earliest settlements on what was formerly a single island. The aftermath of the explosion created what you see today, a caldera. All of the whitewashed, charming houses cling to the high cliffs of
the rim, while the deep blue Aegean Sea wraps around the geological masterpiece, hundreds of feet below. Its spectacular physical beauty, along with its lively nightlife, your Santorini, visit will be unforgettable.
(Optional Oia Sunset Tour, contact us if interested )
Overnight in Santorini.
- Day 9 - Exploring Santorini - (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Enjoy a boat trip to Volcano - ( Meeting time to be determined)
Meet up at your hotel, depart on a scenic sail to Volcano,
Upon arrival have free time to explore and hike to the top of the volcano and have a glance at the active parts, lots of amazing photo opportunities of the volcano and from Volcano to the different angles of Magnificent Santorini Island.
Get back to the boat for a short sail to hot Springs (Palea Kameni) Enjoy swimming, then onto Thirassia where you can eat,
relax or swim and visit the traditional village of Manola.
After that, sail to back to the Island and enjoy a quick stop at Armeni, then back to Athinios port.
The tour finish time will be around 17:30 pm. Enjoy rest of the day and evening at leisure
Overnight in Santorini.
- Day 10 - Santorini to Athens - (B)
In the morning we will provide a transfer to Santorini Airport and put you on a 50-minute flight to Athens.
Arriving in Athens will mark the end of this program.
Total cost: $__________________________
Rates are subject to change depending on travel seasons,
Please contact us with your travel dates to get an accurate quote.
* Centrally located superior hotels (opt.. to choose your own hotel, extra fees may apply)
* All ferry port & airport transfers
* Guided tour of Athens ( admissions to the site is included )
* Panoramic driving tour of Santorini with stops
* Boat tour to the Volcano ( in Santorini )
* Admissions to the ancient sites
* Flight tickets from Athens to Crete - Chania.
* Ferry tickets from Rhodes to Santorini
* Flight tickets from Santorini to Athens
* All taxes and service charges
* Admissions to the Volcano ( 2 Euro, payable on the sights)
* Oia Sunset tour ( Optional)
* Optional tours on days 6 and on day 8
* Travel insurance ( assistance available is required)
* Anything else not mentioned on the included part
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