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    The Jewels of the Aegean Sea - Island Hopping

    Athens - Mykonos - Santorini - Crete - Athens

    Greece has always appealed to the world with the inviting Aegean Sea, the sparkling Mediterranean waters and the tasty Greek cuisine. The ''Jewels of the Aegean Sea'', a well planned itinerary will give you the opportunity to leisurely discover and explore the islands of Mykonos, Santorini and Crete and their most interesting archaeological and popular sites.

    type: travel

    Program+Close Program

    Day: 1

    Day 01 Saturday: Athens

    Arrival at Athens International Airport and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. We suggest, in the evening, to visit the Old Plaka District with its vibrant atmosphere, stroll its narrow streets with its various souvenir stores, cafes, old fashion Greek Taverns and nightlife. Dinner at your Hotel.

    Day: 2

    Day 02 Sunday: Athens - Mykonos

    After breakfast we depart with our professional tour guide for a panoramic City Tour, driving by the most important sites of Athens such as the Panathinaikon Stadium, cradle of the first Olympic Games that took place in 1896. We will Pass by the Prime Minister's residence, the Ex Royal Palace (guarded by colourful guards wearing their traditional costumes - Evzones) and the Zappeion Megaron. Proceed passing by the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus continuing passing by the National Garden, the Hadrian's Arc, St. Paul's Church, the Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Schliemann's House (Numismatic Museum), the Catholic Cathedral, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Old Parliament, the Constitution Square, the Russian Orthodox Church,and continuing with a visit to the Parthenon atop the Acropolis, the most recognized symbol of ancient Greece and one of the world's greatest cultural monuments. On top of the Acropolis we will visit the Temple of Athena Nike, the Parthenon, the Erechtheion with its Porch of Maidens and we will walk passing the Herodion and Dionyson Theater. We continue for a visit of the National Archaeological Museum which is considered one of the richest Museums of the world. Following our visit, we will board our bus for a drive to the port of Rafina where we will have lunch at a local restaurant. We will then  board our Ferry to sail to the cosmopolitan island of Mykonos, passing by the islands of Andros and Tinos. Upon arrival, our escort will be meeting us at the port and escort us to the hotel with a private bus.

    - Optional night life with city walking tour including dinner & drinks.

    Day: 3

    Day 03 Monday: Mykonos - Delos

    This morning after breakfast at the hotel we will be transferred to the old port of Mykonos to sail to Delos island for a visit of the most important archaeological site of the Eastern Mediterranean. Our local representative will care for the luggage storage till the time of our departure to Santorini island. Once on the island we will meet our professional guide which will take us through the entire ancient city with its market places the public squares, the Temple of Apollo, the sanctuary of Artemis the old city & the amphitheater and walk down the celebrated Lion Street. We will also visit the museum of Delos and admire the Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman Sculptures, a collection of vessels from all the periods as well as small items used in the every day life of the inhabitants. After the visit, we will head back to the boat for the return trip to Mykonos. Once there, we will drive to the Mykonian Spiti - a traditional Mykonian house, where you will enjoy a traditional lunch - staffed tomatoes and peppers, spinached pie and the the famous "tzatziki" followed with wine and ouzo. After lunch, transfer to your hotel and the rest of the day will be free at leisure.

    - Optional night life with dinner and drinks.

    Day: 4

    Day 04 Tuesday: Mykonos - Santorini

    After breakfast at the hotel, follows a walking tour of the island. Walking down the coastal paved road, you will pass Manto Square, where the famous monument of Manto Mavrogenous stands, a Greek heroine of the Greek War of Independence. Right after you will head down the famous Matogianni area, where you will find clothing and footwear shops of famous fashion brands and you will see attractions such as the 3 wells, the home of Manto Mavrogenous' mother and the Maritime Museum. From there you will continue your walk, by passing the traditional "Gioras bakery", an underground and old wooden stove, still operational until today where you will be treated a traditional bakery's product and a refreshment, before you head towards five in a row windmills, which still stand proudly as a local attraction, after their operation was paused. Crossing the narrow winding paths, through the castle of the Chora and the Scarpa area where 'Little Venice' is located, which is famous for its picturesque medieval two and three storey houses (you will have 15 minutes free time here), you visit the elaborate church of "Panagia Paraportiani", one of the most famous architectural structures in Greece and get to see the Folklore Museum. At the end of the tour, you will pass by the famous Agios Nikolaos church at the old port. After the tour ends, lunchon caique will follow. After lunch, you will head to the port of Mykonos, from where you will take the ferry boat to Santorini. The ferry will be passing by the picturesque islands of Paros, Naxos and Ios. Once we reach Santorini, transfer to your hotel. 

    - Optional nightlife, including walk at Fira and the Caldera.

    Day: 5

    Day 05 Wednesday: Santorini

    After breakfast at the hotel we will meet our escort and our bus which will transfer us to the port of Athinios where we will board our excursion.The first stop is at the islet of Nea Kameni, which is the Volcano of Santorini. There, you will have the opportunity to walk to the crater of the still active, but dormant Volcano, 127 meters above the sea level, which last erupted in 1950.
    After 1,5 hour the boat leaves the Volcano and heads to the small islet of Palaia Kameni or Hot Springs, as it is better known, which was formed through the centuries by several Volcanic eruptions. Along the coastline of the isle there are many hot springs, and you have 30 minutes to swim in the warm yellow-green waters which are considered to have healing powers.
    The next stop is at Thirassia, the second largest island after Santorini in the Caldera. The island, located opposite of Santorini, is quiet and unaffected by the large numbers of tourists arriving every day. Here, you will have 2 hours free time to explore the island and swim in the crystal clear waters. Lunch at a traditional Tavern of Thirassia with a majestic view of the caldera.
    After Thirassia you may choose to return to Athinios port (Fira) or proceed with the same boat to the traditional port of Ammoudi, from where you take approximately 300 stairs to Oia village or climb to the Oia village by donkey (payable on spot). In Oia you can explore the traditional settlement, wander in the narrow streets, admire the unique architecture, blending large Venetian houses and small cave homes, and of course watch the world's famous sunset. After the sunset, the buses will be waiting in the parking area to return you to the hotel.

    - Optional nightlife, including walk at Fira and Caldera.

    Day: 6

    Day 06 Thursday: Santorini - Crete

    After breakfast at the hotel, you have leisure time for swimming. You may choose an optional Tour to Akrotiri Archaeological Site where you will also have the opportunity to admire the famous breathtaking nearby Red Beach of Santorini. In the afternoon we check-out our hotel and head to the port. On the way we will visit a Winery, as wine is the leading product of the island and is directly intertwined with the history of Santorini. Once at the Winery, we will see up and close the manufacturing and the product that only the volcanic soil of Santorini offers. We will also have the opportunity to taste the wine of the Winery. After the Winery visit, the bus will take us to the port of Athinios where we will board the Ferry and sail to Heraklion town in the island of Crete. Once at Heraklion we will be transferred to our hotel for overnight stay.

    Day: 7

    Day 07 Friday: Crete - Athens

    This morning after our breakfast at the hotel we will meet our tour guide, we will board the bus and drive to Knossos a highly important Archaeological site. This is where European civilization began, an era ruled by powerful Kind Minos, a place full of myths and legends (Theseus, the Minotaur and the Labyrinth). The layout of the palace was so complicated that the courtiers needed a plan to move through it.Flourishing between 3,000BC and 1,400BC when it strangely disappeared, only to be discovered again in 1878 by Minos Kalokairinos a Cretan merchant and antiquarian. After Kalokairinos, several people attempted to continue the work, and Heinrich Schliemann had previously showed an interest but it was not until March 16, 1900 that archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans, an English gentleman of independent means, was able to purchase the entire site and conduct massive excavations. 

    After the tour of the archaeological site of Knossos, we will head to Rethymno. This city is blessed with beauty, decorated with renaissance colours and the inhabitants are well known for their hospitality and the traditional way of life. The old town, full of small houses embraced by the magical atmosphere, the spectacular stronghold named ''Fortetza'' and a walk along the longest beach of Crete, are sights you shouldn’t miss. After lunch we will continue to the City of Chania for a walk by the Venetian harbour.  By the end of the day, we will head to the Port of Chania for embarkation on our Ferry. Enjoy an inside cabin while sailing to Piraeus where you have the option to enjoy your a la carte dinner at the ship's main restaurant.

    Day: 8

    Day 08 Saturday: Athens

    Our Ferry Boat will arrive at Piraeus where our escort will meet us and the bus will transfer us to BBT Athens Transit Lounge for Buffet breakfast. Depending on the departure time, luggage storage will be provided for the ones who wish to spend time in the city or in the Shopping Mall next door before the transfer to the airport.

    Included

    1 night accommodation in Athens in 4* Hotel in HB basis

    5 nights accommodation in 3* Hotels on BB basis during the tour

    Air - conditioned coach transportation

    Breakfast daily at the Hotels

    Transfer from the Airport to the Hotel (Arrival)

    All transfers needed in Athens

    Lunch at a local restaurant in Rafina

    All transfers in Mykonos

    Half day excursion to Delos Island with professional guide, including transfers

    Boat trip tickets to Delos Island

    Lunch at Mykonian Spiti including unlimited Wine and Ouzo - Mykonos

    Walking Tour in Mykonos Town

    Lunch on a traditional wooden boat (caique)

    All transfers in Santorini

    Volcano and Hot Springs tour with sunset in Oia

    Lunch in Thirassia

    Guided tour at the Winery

    Taste of four different kinds of wine at the Winery

    All transfers in Crete

    Lunch in a local restaurant in Rethymno - Crete

    Accomodation on board / Ferry Crete - Athens on Double Inside Cabin (Last night)

    Breakfast at the Olympia Conference Hall (Last day)

    Transfer from the Olympia Conference Hall to the Airport (Departure)

    Tour escort throughout the Tour, except on the Ferry boats

    Professional tour guide at the Archaeological site of Acropolis and at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens

    Professional tour guide at the Archaeological site of Knossos - Crete

    All ferry boat tickets: Athens - Mykonos / Mykonos - Santorini / Santorini - Crete / Crete - Athens

    VAT and all legal taxes included

    Not Included

    Entrance fees to the archaeological sites and museums

    Drinks and beverages during meals – Except the lunch at the Mykonian Spiti

    Gratuities

    Porterage service

    Anything that is not specified in the program as included

    Pricing Pack for Duration 8 days from 1624€

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    Hotel

    Low Season

    Per Person

    1624€

    3rd Person

    -10%

    Child Age 4-13,99

    -50%

    Single Room Per Person

    1624 €

    Double Room Per Person

    1624 €

    Pricing Pack for Duration 8 days from 1949€

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    Hotel

    High Season

    Per Person

    1949€

    3rd Person

    -10%

    Child Age 4-13,99

    -50%

    Single Room Per Person

    1949 €

    Double Room Per Person

    1949 €

    Operation Days

    Saturday

    Duration

    8 days

    Operation Dates: 07/04 - 27/04

    Country: Greece State: Athens - Mykonos - Santorini - Crete