Athens, Santorini & Crete June 30th to July 14th 2017

Friday June 30th: Arrival in Athens

Flight: TBA

As you exit the gate of the plane you will meet your porter who will assist with your baggage, passport control and luggage. He will then introduce you to your driver and you will be transferred to your hotel. (the drive time is 45 minutes)

Vehicle: Mercedes E class taxi

New Hotel
Studio (breakfast and taxes included)
Put the best of science, art and philosophy together in one creation and you have the definitive monument of human civilization. UNESCO calls it the symbol of World Heritage. The world calls it the Athenian Acropolis! The history of the Acropolis of Athens is long, with great moments, when democracy, science, philosophy and art flourished leading to its creation. The Acropolis, and the Parthenon in particular, is the most characteristic monument of the ancient Greek civilization.

Saturday July 1st: Half Day Walking tour of Athens

At 10:00 am you will meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel and you will begin your tour of the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum (duration 4 hours)

The Acropolis was first inhabited in the early Neolithic age around 6000 BC. Since then temples and dwellings were built, destroyed and reconstructed numerous times. During the Golden Age of Athens, in the 5th Century BC, most of the major temples were re-built under the leadership of Pericles, and great feats of architecture, such as the Parthenon, were created. As you make your way through the Propylaea -which was the fortified entrance to the Acropolis- you will discover a complex of temples which had been erected to glorify Athena, the city’s goddess and protector, and Zeus her father and king of the gods.
Built at the foot of the Acropolis, the museum is dedicated to the exhibition of artefacts found on the rock and the surrounding settlements. Here you will have the chance to view some of the finest sculptures which graced the life of Ancient Athens. As you enter the museum you will pass by the ‘Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis’ which is dedicated to artefacts found in the sanctuaries and houses which were located at the foot of the Acropolis, below the temples.

After your tour you will return to the New Hotel where your tour will end.

Sunday July 2nd: Transfer to Santorini

At 8:00 am you will meet your driver in the lobby of your hotel and you will be transferred to the Athens International airport for your flight to Santorini.

Flight: Athens to Santorini | Aegean Airlines OA 354

Time: Depart: 10:10 am | Arrive: 10:55 am

As you exit the luggage pickup area you will meet your driver and you will be transferred to your hotel.

The Vasilicos Santorini
Room: King Cat Junior Suite (breakfast and taxes included)
Santorini…amazing views, romantic atmosphere, wild landscapes and a mysterious aura will embrace your arrival! A chic island which perfectly combines the dark volcanic beaches with the cliff hanging whitewashed houses and unforgettable sunsets. You will taste awarded local wines in elegant restaurants, you can enjoy a day trip to the volcano and the beaches with your private yacht or you can just relax with a cocktail listening classic music at Franco’s… An introduction which will indulge all your senses!
In ancient Greece Santorini was known as ‘Strongili’ meaning: round. It was a large and wealthy island. However, about 3,600 years ago, at the height of the Minoan civilization, it was torn apart by a tremendous volcanic eruption. The devastating explosion literally ripped the island to pieces and where land stood, Santorini’s famous caldera was created.

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July 3rd: Semi-Private Sunset Cruise

At 1:45 pm you will be transferred to the port for your semi-private sunset cruise.

This cruise, which lasts about 5 hours combines swimming and snorkelling, dinner on board and sailing across the sea while the sun is setting. During your tour you will have the opportunity to visit the Hot Springs, sail past the Volcano and admire the beautiful coastline and beaches, while swimming at various locations at your leisure. As the sun is setting you will make your way back towards the port and enjoy the dreamy view. The cruise includes dinner and drinks on board.

July 4th, July 5th, July 6th & July 7th: Day at leisure

July 8th: transfer to Heraklion

At 4:30 pm you will meet your driver in the lobby of your hotel and you will be transferred to the port for your ferry to Heraklion.

Ferry: Santorini to Heraklion

Time: Depart 5:25 pm | Arrive 6:50 pm

Transfer to Chania (car rental) the drive time to Chania is 2 hours.

Casa Delfino
Room: 1 bedroom suite
Exuding a Venetian charm, Chania is the second largest city of the island and one of the most favorable tourist destinations. Scenic monasteries, traditional houses and elegant mansions in the old town and stunning landscapes allure visitors with their historical magnificence and their mystical ambience.

July 9th and July 10th: days at leisure

Today you will have the opportunity to enjoy the village of Chania and your hotel and leisure.

July 11th: tour Knossos

transfer to Knossos for tour (own arrangement)

As you arrive at the ancient site of Knossos you will meet your guide and begin your tour (entrance tickets included)

Knossos was undeniably the capital of Minoan Crete. It is grander, more complex, and more flamboyant than any of the other palaces known to us, and it is located about twenty minutes south of the modern port town of Iraklio. Knossos is the heart of the Minoan civilization and according to tradition the seat of the legendary king Minos and the birthplace of thrilling stories, such as the myths of the Labyrinth with its Minotaur and of Daidalos and Icaros.

You will then make your way to Elounda (own arrangement) (the drive time is 1 hour)

Blue Palace
Room: Superior Bungalow Sea View (despite the name this room is located in the main building)

July 12th: day at leisure

Today you will have the opportunity to enjoy your hotel and the village of Elounda at leisure.

July 13th: transfer to Heraklion for flight to Athens (own arrangement)

Flight: Heraklion to Athens

Flight: TBA

As you exit the luggage pickup area you will meet your driver and you will be transferred to your hotel.

Vehicle: Mercedes E class taxi

New Hotel

July 14th: departure

In the morning you will meet your driver in the lobby of your hotel and you will be transferred to the Athens International airport for your flight on wards.

Flight: TBA

END OF PROGRAM

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