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Athens, Saronic Islands & Crete

Greece in 10 Days, 8 Nights in Destination

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Journey back in time as you discover Athens and the stunning Greek islands! Encounter astonishing architecture, incredible landscapes and mythical mysteries. The perfect mix of culture, history and relaxation.

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    Acropolis of Athens
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    Athens
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    Crete
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    Saronic Islands

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  1. All flights

  2. Accommodation

  3. All transfers

  4. Activities

  5. Some meals

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Accommodation: 8 Nights

Itinerary

Discover the architectural wonders of the city of Athens and embark on a day-cruise to the Saronic islands. Jet over to beautiful Crete and encounter the magic of Lassithi Plateau, the mythical Palace of Knossos, and tour the island of Spinalogna. Swim in its crystal clear waters and indulge in a delicious barbeque onboard a sailing boat!

1st Day: Canada - Night on board
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Get ready to dive into the wonders of one of the greatest civilisations of all time and walk in the footsteps of the greats, from Socrates to Aristotle. Head to your departure airport, ready for a flight to Athens*, the Greek capital. Night on board.

*If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Athens
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Touch down in Athens and transfer to the hotel in the heart of the city where you can soak up the hustle and bustle of this mega-metropolis. Depending on your arrival time, enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. If time allows, explore the vibrant Athenian neighborhoods and sample delicious Greek cuisine. Overnight stay in Athens.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Achillion Athens Hotel or similar
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517 Reviews

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3rd Day: Athens
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Breakfast at the hotel. Today, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Athens. Begin in the center of the city. Visit Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier and the National library.

See the Hadrian’s Arch, visit the Temple of Olympian Zeus and enjoy a quick stop at Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Modern Olympic Games were held in 1896.

Next, visit the magnificent Acropolis and witness the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally the world-famous Parthenon.

Complete your tour with a visit to the Acropolis Museum, a modern architectural building where you can admire the architectural wonders of the classical era. Return to your hotel with the remainder of your day at leisure. Overnight stay in Athens.

Please note: At the Athens Acropolis, the terrain is quite uneven underfoot and includes a number of stairs. It may not be suitable for those with reduced mobility.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Achillion Athens Hotel or similar
tripadvisor rating

517 Reviews

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Activities

included
Athens Guided Sightseeing & Acropolis Tour

Moderate

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4th Day: Athens - Saronic Islands - Athens
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Breakfast at the hotel. Today, embark on a captivating one-day cruise to three enchanting Greek islands. Choose to discover the rich history, nature & cosmopolitan lifestyle of these sparkling gems of the Saronic Gulf independently or opt for guided tours available on board.

As the turquoise waters carry you, Hydra captivates with its car-free streets and vibrant arts scene. Next, Poros welcomes you with its quaint charm and neoclassical architecture. Aegina, the final gem, boasts ancient ruins and pistachio orchards. During the cruise, enjoy a delicious lunch onboard.

The day unfolds with scenic views, crystal-clear waters, and the warm hospitality of the Greek islands, leaving indelible memories of a perfect Mediterranean escape. Bring your day to a close in the late afternoon returning to your hotel. Overnight stay in Athens.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Achillion Athens Hotel or similar
tripadvisor rating

517 Reviews

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Activities

included
Day Cruise Saronic Islands (Aegina, Poros & Hydra)

Light

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5th Day: Athens - Crete
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Breakfast at the hotel*. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Heraklion, the bustling capital of Crete, Greece's largest island. Meet our representative on arrival and transfer to your hotel.

Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure getting your first taste of Crete. If time allows, begin immersing yourself in the local culture and enjoying the harmonious blend of ancient history and modern vibrancy. Overnight stay in Crete.

*Depending on the flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Golden Bay Hotel Creta or similar
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63 Reviews

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6th Day: Crete - Lassithi Plateau - Knossos Palace - Crete
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Breakfast at the hotel. Today, journey to the stunning Lassithi Plateau, nestled in the heart of the island, where you’ll marvel at incredible scenery and traditional Cretan villages. Explore the famous Dikteon Cave, the birthplace of Zeus, and discover the myths and legends of ancient Greece.

Admire the breathtaking views from Tzermiado and end your day at the mythical Palace of Knossos. Walk through the ruins of the Minoan civilization and enjoy a guided tour. Learn about King Minos, the Minotaur, the Labyrinth and other interesting mythologies. Overnight stay in Crete.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Golden Bay Hotel Creta or similar
tripadvisor rating

63 Reviews

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Activities

included
Lassithi Plateau & Knossos Palace tour

Moderate

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7th Day: Crete
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Breakfast at the hotel. Today the day is yours to spend at your leisure. Why not explore Crete’s archaeological wonders or embark on scenic adventures. To really get the most out of the island, we recommend an optional day-trip to Dia Island on a sailing boat that includes lunch!* Overnight stay in Crete.

*Optional sailing trip to Dia Island: Spend an unforgettable day aboard a sailing boat and enjoy the stunning Cretan waters. Depart from the port of Heraklion, en-route to Dia. Your captain will prepare your meal while you admire the beautiful views across the sea and beneath the surface. After lunch, head to a deserted cove where you can swim in these paradisiacal waters.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Golden Bay Hotel Creta or similar
tripadvisor rating

63 Reviews

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Activities

Optional
Boat Trip to Dia Island

Light

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8th Day: Crete - Spinalonga - Crete
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Breakfast at the hotel. Today, embark on an exciting full-day excursion to the island of Spinalogna including a barbeque onboard!

Depart from the beautiful Elounda harbor and head to Spinalonga for a tour. Learn about the history of this island and its importance to Ancient Greece. It served as a natural guard for the city of Olous; a hide-out for pirates; the history of Venetians as their fortress; the history of Turks as their settlement.

Next, depart for the beautiful bay of Kolokitha, where you’ll enjoy time to swim in the crystal clear waters and enjoy a delicious barbeque served on board.

Finally, arrive at the capital town of Lasithi, Agios Nikolaos. Enjoy time to relax in a café next to the bottomless Lake of Voulismeni and walk around the local shops. Overnight stay in Crete.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Golden Bay Hotel Creta or similar
tripadvisor rating

63 Reviews

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Activities

included
Spinalonga barbeque and visit to Agios Nicolaos

Light

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9th Day: Crete
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Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy another day at leisure, relaxing or discovering more of the island independently. We suggest taking part in an optional full-day excursion to Chania, Lake Kournas and Rethymnon*, perfect for those who want to delve deeper into Cretan culture. Overnight stay in Crete.

*Optional full-day Chania Rethymnon excursion: Discover Chania, the ‘Venice of the East’, with its archaeological Minoan sites, Turkish minarets and mosques, Venetian fortresses, dockyards, fountains and squares. Next, discover quaint Lake Kournas, a beautiful habitat with natural freshwater. This one of a kind lake boasts lush greenery and rare species of animals, the ideal place to enjoy a swim before lunch or an early afternoon walk. On your return stop in Rethymnon, where monuments of the archaeological, Ottoman and Venetian eras coexist. Stroll around the alleys of the old town, visit the Turkish minarets like Neratze Mosque, the Venetian fortresses or just enjoy a coffee in the magnificent harbor.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Golden Bay Hotel Creta or similar
tripadvisor rating

63 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

Optional
Chania town, Lake Kournasan & Rethymnon town

Light

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10th Day: Crete - Canada
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Breakfast at the hotel.* After an unforgettable journey through Greece's ancient sites and idyllic islands, it's time to bring your trip to a close. At the indicated time, transfer to Heraklion airport for a flight back to Canada.

*Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

**Depending on the choice of flight, you may arrive back in Canada the next day.

Included activities

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Walking shoes are recommended as moderate walking is involved. A hat & sunscreen cream is recommended for UV protection.

Athens Guided Sightseeing & Acropolis Tour

Included activity for day 3 in Acropolis of Athens

Discover the real Athens on this emblematic tour! Visit the Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum, the city center, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, among other unmissable attractions.

Duration 04:45h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Day Cruise Saronic Islands (Aegina, Poros & Hydra)

Included activity for day 4

Embark on a one-day Greek island cruise, exploring Poros' charm, Hydra's car-free streets, and Aegina's ancient ruins. Indulge in a delightful onboard lunch, surrounded by scenic views and warm island hospitality.

Duration 11:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

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Lassithi Plateau & Knossos Palace tour

Included activity for day 6 in Crete

Explore Lassithi plateau's scenic beauty and Cretan villages, visit Dikteon Cave, birthplace of Zeus, and unravel ancient Greek myths. Marvel at Tzermiado's views, concluding your day at the legendary Palace of Knossos.

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Included

Spinalonga barbeque and visit to Agios Nicolaos

Included activity for day 8

Set sail from Elounda to Spinalonga. Continue to the picturesque bay of Kolokitha for a swim and onboard barbecue, concluding the day in Agios Nikolaos, where you can relax by the Lake of Voulismeni and explore local shops.

Duration 08:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Light

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Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
Optional

Boat Trip to Dia Island

Suggested activity for day 7 in Crete

Embark on a memorable day sailing from Heraklion to Dia, relishing the captivating Cretan waters, with your captain preparing a meal amid scenic views, followed by a swim in a deserted cove.

Duration 07:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

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Optional

Chania town, Lake Kournasan & Rethymnon town

Suggested activity for day 9 in Crete

Explore Chania, the 'Venice of the East,' with Minoan sites, Turkish minarets, and Venetian fortresses. Visit Lake Kournas for a refreshing swim amid lush greenery. Conclude in Rethymnon, and visit historic sites.

Duration 08:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Light

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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from main Canadian airports.
  • International flights: Canada - Athens, Crete - Canada.
  • Internal flights: Athens - Crete.
  • 8 nights hotel accommodation in Charm category hotels.
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  • 8 breakfasts and 2 lunches.
  • All transfers
  • Visits as indicated in the itinerary with an English-speaking guide.
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Day cruise around the Saronic Islands (Aegina, Poros & Hydra) and an excursion to Spinalonga with BBQ.
  • Athens & Acropolis tour. Visit to the Lassithi Plateau and Knossos Palace, and Agios Nicolaos town.
  • Guide/s during the excursions.
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Drinks, entrance fees, city taxes* and tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

*A number of Greek cities impose an accommodation tax, which must be paid directly to the hotel (Aprox. 3-4€ per room per night). City taxes must be paid in cash directly to the hotels.

Important Trip information: 
 
The order of the itinerary may differ depending on which day you arrive at the destination: 

Arrival at destination on Tuesday: on the 6th day you'll do the Knossos-Laisithi tour and the 8th day Spinalonga excursion.

Arrival at destination on Friday: on the 6th day you'll do the Spinalonga excursion and the 8th day Spinalonga the Knossos-Laisithi tour.

Also, during national holiday, religious or official events your itinerary may vary and change its order. All the included visits will be carried out in any case.
 
• We recommend taking cash in the local currency with you on this trip, as withdrawing cash at ATMs is not always possible or easy in Greece. City taxes must be paid in cash directly to the hotels.
• We cannot guarantee rooms with a sea view in the Greek Islands.
• The group may be allocated in different hotels depending on group size and hotel availability.
• This itinerary is a semi independent tour. It includes accommodation, some activities and transfers, but you will not be accompanied by a guide throughout the entire trip.
• Hotel classification in Greece is not governed by the same standards as in other countries. Please take this into account when selecting your desired accommodation. If you're seeking a more comfortable experience, we recommend that you select hotels in the "Superior" category.
• Beach chairs / sun loungers are not included.
• Due to the nature of the destination the terrain can be uneven at times, it may require you to walk on a rocky path, and up and down hills.
• For wheelchair users this trip is upon request, please contact us for further information.
• Please note that there is no luggage assistance included throughout the trip. We recommend packing accordingly.
• Triple rooms: Usually triple rooms in Greece will have a double bed/ two single beds and a rollaway or sofa bed. We can't guarantee triple rooms with 3 beds of the same size.
  • Entry requirements

    Valid passport.

  • Visa

    No visa is required to enter the country for stays less than 90 days.

  • Currency

    Euro.

  • Language

    Greek.

  • Electricity

    230 V. 50 Hz. Adapter not required.

  • Health

    There are no mandatory vaccinations.

  • Time zone

    UTC + 02:00.

  • Tourist Office website

    www.visitgreece.gr

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

Children: 3 - 12 years.

If you have reduced mobility, require the use of a wheelchair, or you would prefer this tour to be a private experience for you and your group, you must contact our Experts at +1 778 807 9750 before booking to ensure that your needs can be met.

While on the road, it is highly unlikely that the vehicle will be equipped with wifi or bathroom facilities, though rest stops will be made for long trips. We recommend purchasing a new SIM card at the airport or placing an e-SIM before travel to guarantee internet connection.

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