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Essence of Greece: Athens, Rethymno, Heraklion, Santorini, Paros and Athens

Duration
14 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 3,158

Explore the country’s ancient past and vibrant present as you journey through Greece. As you pass from Athens to the Greek Islands, see the iconic Acropolis, see the churches, monasteries and Renaissance monuments of Rethymno, visit the open-air market in Heraklion, the white-washed homes of Santorini and the golden beaches of Paros.


This 14-day journey invites you to explore the best of Greece, from its ancient historic sights to its most beautiful islands, all in first-class or deluxe accommodations.

Begin in Athens, the cradle of Greek civilisation and birthplace of democracy. A half day city tour takes you to many of the city’s most iconic sights, including the Acropolis, and the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games took place. The following day, take a full day tour to Epidauros and its famous theatre, and Mycenae, the Homeric city of Atreides. Enjoy lunch in this city steeped in myth, going on to the picturesque town of Nauplion.

Fly to Rethymnon rete via Chania, staying in a Venetian era fortress with time to explore the town on your own. You may opt to take a private tour of the National Forest and Samaria Gorge (extra cost), a blissfully unspoiled natural highlight of Crete, and a full day trip. Take the local bus to Heraklion, Crete’s capital, to explore the island’s culture at its heart, diving into the medieval city centre. You’ll have time on your own to potentially visit the Minoan Palace of Knossos, the Venetian Loggia, the Castle of Koules, and other sights, depending on your own interests.

Your Grecian journey then takes you to Santorini, arguably the most famous of Greece’s beautiful islands. Explore at leisure on your arrival day, as a volcano cruise takes you to the old port of Fira where you can swim in the warm waters. Your next island stop is Paros, where you’ll enjoy three nights with a full day at leisure, and your choice of several day trips. You may want to visit Delos-Mykonos, two of the most exciting islands in the Mediterranean, or Naxos, the largest of the Cyclades.

Return to Athens for one final night before your departure.


 

This 14-day journey invites you to explore the best of Greece, from its ancient historic sights to its most beautiful islands, all in first-class or deluxe accommodations.

 

Begin in Athens, the cradle of Greek civilisation and birthplace of democracy. A half day city tour takes you to many of the city’s most iconic sights, including the Acropolis, and the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games took place. The following day, take a full day tour to Epidauros and its famous theatre, and Mycenae, the Homeric city of Atreides. Enjoy lunch in this city steeped in myth, going on to the picturesque town of Nauplion.

 

Fly to Rethymnon rete via Chania, staying in a Venetian era fortress with time to explore the town on your own. You may opt to take a private tour of the National Forest and Samaria Gorge (extra cost), a blissfully unspoiled natural highlight of Crete, and a full day trip. Take the local bus to Heraklion, Crete’s capital, to explore the island’s culture at its heart, diving into the medieval city centre. You’ll have time on your own to potentially visit the Minoan Palace of Knossos, the Venetian Loggia, the Castle of Koules, and other sights, depending on your own interests.

 

Your Grecian journey then takes you to Santorini, arguably the most famous of Greece’s beautiful islands. Explore at leisure on your arrival day, as a volcano cruise takes you to the old port of Fira where you can swim in the warm waters. Your next island stop is Paros, where you’ll enjoy three nights with a full day at leisure, and your choice of several day trips. You may want to visit Delos-Mykonos, two of the most exciting islands in the Mediterranean, or Naxos, the largest of the Cyclades.

 

Return to Athens for one final night before your departure.

 

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Duration
14 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 3,158

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Day 1

Arrive Athens

On arrival you will be meet at the International Athens Airport and then you transfer to your hotel. Athens, the cradle of democracy and birthplace of western civilization is a vibrant city where the new and old co-exist.

Duration3 Nights
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Titania Hotel

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    Titania Hotel



    The Titania Athens Hotel is surrounded by important monuments of Grecian history such as the Acropolis, the New Museum of the Acropolis, The Parliament, The Archaeological Museum and the National Library. The Titania Hotel is located near theaters, modern shops and city malls, providing their ...

    The Titania Athens Hotel is surrounded by important monuments of Grecian history such as the Acropolis, the New Museum of the Acropolis, The Parliament, The Archaeological Museum and the National Library. The Titania Hotel is located near theaters, modern shops and city malls, providing their guests with a variety of sight-seeing and entertainment choices. The remarkable Lobby area is decorated with the famous "Pentelikon" marble and inland mosaics to depict a theme of ancient Greek history. Titania has 2 restaurants: La Brasserie, and gourmet roof garden Olive Garden. Hotel Titania offers underground parking for 230 cars. This service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Currency Exchange
    • Fitness Centre
    • Ironing Service
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Luggage Storage
    • Parking
    • Restaurant

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Day 2

Athens City Tour

Half Day city tour with Acropolis coach tour. In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel and start the half-day tour to Athens. This tour allows you to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896. Continue and pass by the Presidential residence (ex Royal Palace) guarded by the Euzones in their colourful uniform, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian's Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma). On the Acropolis visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, the Parthenon and finally "the harmony between material and spirit", the monument that "puts order in the mind", the New amazing Acropolis Museum consistently rated as one of the best museums in the world. Return to your hotel and enjoy your evening at leisure.

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Day 3

Full Day Tour To Epidauros, Mycenae and Nafplion

You will be picked up from your hotel and leave by the coastal road along the Saronic Gulf to the Corinth Canal, which connects the Aegean Sea with the Ionian Sea. Drive for Epidauros, to visit the Theatre (4th century B.C.) famous for its astonishing acoustics. Continue to Mycenae, the Homeric city of Atreides, the city "rich in gold" of the ancient poets. Visit the Lion's Gate, the Cyclopean Walls, and the Royal Tombs after which you will enjoy lunch in Mycenae. After lunch depart for Nauplion through the fertile plain of Argolis, the picturesque town nestling at the foot of a cliff crowned by the mighty ramparts of the Palamidi Fortress. Return to Athens to your hotel, with your evening at leisure.

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Day 4

Athens to Rethymnon Crete

You will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to the airport for you flight to Chaina Crete. On arrival in Chania you will be transferred to your Rethymnon hotel. Experience a rare combination of history and modern-day luxury, with its Venetian-era Fortezza (fortress) and old town, tropical beaches and exquisite Cretan cuisine. Enjoy free time at leisure to explore the town on your own.

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Duration2 Nights
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Melrose Hotel Rethymno

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    Melrose Hotel Rethymno


    Welcome to the all new and fully renovated Melrose Rethymnon Hotel, the most modern boutique hotel in Rethymnon. This central hotel is conveniently located just a stone's throw away from Rethymno beach and the local attractions, offering you unparalleled comfort in a newly refurbished city ...

    Welcome to the all new and fully renovated Melrose Rethymnon Hotel, the most modern boutique hotel in Rethymnon. This central hotel is conveniently located just a stone's throw away from Rethymno beach and the local attractions, offering you unparalleled comfort in a newly refurbished city hotel posing a chic contemporary design.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Free WiFi
    • Indoor Pool
    • Laundry Service
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Room Service

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Day 5

Rethymnon Crete

Today is at leisure to explore Rythymnon Crete or you can take an optional private tour to the National Forest and Samaria Gorge for an additional cost.
Optional tour details: Pick up in the morning for one of the most famous places to see on Crete is the Samaria Gorge, Europe's most immense gorge. This National Park is 18kms long with unbelievable natural beauty. The gorge is rich with many endemic flowers & herbs with crystal clear spring water flowing from the mountains. You can even refill your water bottles with it! The trip starts with an early pick up from the nearest point to your accommodation between 5:30 - 6:30 am and drives through the mountains passing the plateau of Omalos to the wooden stairs at the start of the gorge Arrival at approx. 7:30 am. The walk should take at least 6-7 hours. You will have the opportunity to refill your water bottles along the trail in the freshwater springs. Once finished, ample time for a swim in the Lybian Sea & have lunch at a taverna in Agia Roumeli Late afternoon the ferry boat leaves for Sougia followed by a coach ride from Sougia to the north coast. Arrival back at the pick-up point will be at approximately between 8:00 - 8:30 pm.

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Day 6

Transfer from Rethymnon to Heraklion by Local Bus

Start your trip to Heraklion town by local bus (tickets not included in package rate around 15 euro per person) - the capital of Crete and one of the Mediterranean region's most fascinating and vibrant cities, full of so many places to discover. With the current efforts to open up the wonderful mediaeval city centre, it speaks to us of a past full of history and great events that reflect its location at the crossroads of three continents.

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Duration2 Nights
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Olive Green Hotel

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    Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Olive Green Hotel offers accommodations in Heraklio Town, just 327 feet from Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. ...

    Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Olive Green Hotel offers accommodations in Heraklio Town, just 327 feet from Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Some accommodations include a sitting area where you can relax. For your comfort, you will find bathrobes and slippers. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. The hotel also provides bike rental and car rental. Municipal Museum of the Battle of Crete and the National Resistance is 984 feet from Olive Green Hotel, and Venetian Walls is 0.4 miles away. The nearest airport is Nikos Kazantzakis Airport, 1.9 miles from Olive Green Hotel.

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    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Restaurant
    • WiFi

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Day 7

Heraklion

Enjoy Heraklion at leisure to visit Minoan Palace of Knossos or walk around visiting the ppen-air market, the Venetian Loggia, and the Cathedral of St Minas or the Church of St. Titus and The 25th August Street which links the port, the Marina and the Castle of Koules with the heart of the city and market.

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Day 8

Transfer from Heraklion to Santorini by High Speed Ferry

Today, after breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel and transfers to the port for your ferry embarkation to Santorini Island. A thousand sunsets, a thousand memories, a thousand heartbeats, colours of blue, red & gold streaking the sky is Santorini Island. Poets have written about it, and artists attempt to capture its beauty. Nothing can quite describe the unsurpassed magic of Santorini. This tiny Greek island in the Aegean Sea, rich in history & steeped in myth, is situated on the southern east tip of the Cyclades Cluster. Once famous for its seafaring captains & thriving trade from Russia towards England, France & Italy, & even further back in time the biblical volcanic catastrophe of 1500 BC, today Santorini is one of the most popular holiday destinations worldwide. Arrival in Santorini and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to spend exploring the island and admire the breathtaking view.

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Duration2 Nights
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Santorini Palace

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    Santorini Palace



    The 4-star Santorini Palace is centrally located in Fira, Santorini's capital, within walking distance to the old port, museums, shops, and restaurants. Guests may take full advantage of the resort facilities, the peaceful hotel spa atmosphere, keep up with their fitness in the fully equipped ...

    The 4-star Santorini Palace is centrally located in Fira, Santorini's capital, within walking distance to the old port, museums, shops, and restaurants. Guests may take full advantage of the resort facilities, the peaceful hotel spa atmosphere, keep up with their fitness in the fully equipped gym, relax by the pool, enjoy a walk on the Caldera's promenade or even experience Fira cosmopolitan nightlife. All air-conditioned rooms open to a balcony overlooking the well-tended garden or the Aegean Sea. Facilities include a satellite TV and minibar. Each private bathroom is fitted with a bathtub and hairdryer. Guests at Santorini Palace can start their day with a buffet breakfast. The restaurant served international dishes during dinner times. Refreshing drinks and light meals are prepared at the snack bar by the pool.

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Day 9

Day Tour on Santorini Volcano Cruise

Today, after breakfast join a volcano cruise. The boat will leave the Old port and sail to the volcano lava "Nea Kameni" where you will have approx. 1:30hr time to walk up to the still active crater & back down. Then sail along the lava rock to reach the hot springs "Palea Kameni" - where you can swim for 30 minutes in the warm water. Don't miss it! Return to the OLD PORT of Fira and make your way back to your hotel, the remainder of the day is at leisure.

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Day 10

Transfer from Santorini to Paros by Ferry

After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel and transfer to the port for your ferry to Paros Island, famous for the traditional architecture, the lovely beaches and its nightlife. Parikia and Naoussa are the main villages of Paros, where most activities are concentrated, while there are also other seaside tourist settlements around the island. On arrival Paros and transfer to the hotel, where the remainder of your day is at leisure.

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Duration3 Nights
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Contaratos Beach Hotel

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    Contaratos Beach is an elegant hotel in Naoussa of Paros overlooking the sea, offering a wide range of the most modern facilities and services for discerning guests looking for quality accommodation near the sea. As one of the most favorite hotels in Naoussa, Contaratos Beach ...

    Contaratos Beach is an elegant hotel in Naoussa of Paros overlooking the sea, offering a wide range of the most modern facilities and services for discerning guests looking for quality accommodation near the sea. As one of the most favorite hotels in Naoussa, Contaratos Beach hotel provides the ideal choice for discerning travelers looking for a pleasant stay with healthy meal options, sporting activities like tennis for daily exercise and a delightful Jacuzzi for endless hours of relaxation and wellness. The privileged location of Contaratos Beach hotel allows you to have access in just a few minutes walk to the center of Naoussa, where traditional ouzeries, famous cafes, fish taverns, and the cosmopolitan nightlife place it among one of the most famous destinations in the entire Cyclades. It is very close to the beaches of Santa Maria, Kolimpithres and Monastiri and to other fascinating beaches, while it’s only a few meters from the bus station.

    Facilities

    • 24 hour Front desk
    • Baby-Sitting(on request)
    • Bar
    • Breakfast buffet
    • Free WiFi
    • Indoor Pool
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Luggage Storage
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Tennis Court

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Day 11

Paros at Leisure

Enjoy the beaches and explore the island of Paros at leisure.

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Day 12

From Paros Join the Full Day Delos-Mykonos or Full Day Naxos

Option One: Cruise to Delos - Mykonos (Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)
Join the full day Delos-Mykonos an outstanding visit to two of the most exciting islands of the Cyclades. First is Delos, the sacred island of the ancient Greeks. Delos offers unique archaeological monuments and one of the most important archaeological museums in all of Greece. The twin gods, Apollo and Artemis, were believed to have been born there. Visitors, during the 3 hours stay, can admire its many ancient remains, including the Temple of Apollo and the Terrace of the Lions. Our second stop is Mykonos, the internationally known jet-set paradise, with the Little Venice of the Aegean, a true storybook picture of beauty. It has a wonderfully traditional style which is maintained even with its newer buildings. We will have about a 3-hour stay on Mykonos which will allow you to explore its superb beaches, small churches and chapels, its glittering houses with dovecotes and marble staircases. You can walk around the windmills, visit the museum and the area of Little Venice, or if you like, stroll through the town to enjoy its elegant shops and boutiques… but don't lose track of time. The main town of Mykonos was built like a labyrinth to baffle pirates in the 19th century, and it still baffles tourists today! At 17:00 departure from Mykonos back to Paros.

Option 2: Cruise to Naxos (Tuesday or Thursday)
Very mountainous, the island of Naxos is the largest of the Cyclades. She is distinguished from the other Cyclades by the variety of her landscapes; impressive rock formations alternately with beautiful green valley's where there are many traditional villages. Center of Cycladic civilization, the island of Naxos, whose past is prosperous, was long under Venetian rule. Where you will find many architectural and archaeological traces that can trace the history of the island. Island tour by bus. Passage through the villages of Galanado and Filoti. Stop at Chalki (kitron distillery) and Apiranthos (village of marble). Then visit the Kouros of Flerio Molanon. Finally, discover the archaeological museum of Chora and enjoy free time in the Kastro. Ferry to Paros.

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Day 13

Transfer from Paros to Athens

Today, after breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel and transfer to the port for your ferry back to Athens. On arrival in Athens port you will be transferred to your hotel where the remainder of the day is at leisure.

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Duration1 Night
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Titania Hotel

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    Titania Hotel



    The Titania Athens Hotel is surrounded by important monuments of Grecian history such as the Acropolis, the New Museum of the Acropolis, The Parliament, The Archaeological Museum and the National Library. The Titania Hotel is located near theaters, modern shops and city malls, providing their ...

    The Titania Athens Hotel is surrounded by important monuments of Grecian history such as the Acropolis, the New Museum of the Acropolis, The Parliament, The Archaeological Museum and the National Library. The Titania Hotel is located near theaters, modern shops and city malls, providing their guests with a variety of sight-seeing and entertainment choices. The remarkable Lobby area is decorated with the famous "Pentelikon" marble and inland mosaics to depict a theme of ancient Greek history. Titania has 2 restaurants: La Brasserie, and gourmet roof garden Olive Garden. Hotel Titania offers underground parking for 230 cars. This service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Currency Exchange
    • Fitness Centre
    • Ironing Service
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Luggage Storage
    • Parking
    • Restaurant

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Day 14

Depart Athens

Today you will be picked up from your hotel for your departure transfer to the airport.

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DEPARTURES:

2020: Sunday's, Wednesday's and Friday's May 1 through Oct 4

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Arrival Meet and Greet
  • 13 nights' accommodation with breakfast daily in a standard room
  • Most transfers (mix of private and shared)
  • 2 half day tours
  • 2 full day tours
  • All economy ferry tickets with numbered seats
  • All local taxes applicable

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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