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Greece: Athens and the Greek Isles 2 - Itinerary

September 13 - 23, 2019
10 Days / 9 Nights

Tour starts and ends in Athens

$4,400 per person/double occupancy
$1,380 optional single supplement
$336 additional day / per room (includes airport transfer)
Includes all fees and taxes

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This tour may be combined with:
the Classic Tuscany tour to Italy (September 24 - October 2, 2019


This tour starts at 4:00PM on Friday, September 13, 2019 in Athens.
Please assure that your flight arrives no later than 2:00PM on September 13, 2019.

Day 1: Arrivals, Introductory Tour of Athens  

On your arrival at the Athens International Airport, you will be met by a Sights and Soul Travels' representative, who will transfer you to the luxury Divani Palace, at the foot of the Acropolis in Athens. In the afternoon, please meet the rest of the group, as we enjoy an introductory walk through the ancient Plaka area, stopping at Athens' ancient monuments of the Dionysus Theatre, the Roman Forum, the Hadrian's Gate and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, then we'll get to know each other during the welcome dinner of local specialties in an elegant, Greek mythology inspired restaurant featuring the night time view of lit up Acropolis.
Meals: Dinner
Accommodations: Divani Palace, Athens

Day 2: Athens - The Acropolis  

We'll spend our first full day in Greece exploring the treasures of Athens with a private guide. We'll step back in time, as we visit Acropolis and its imposing temples, including the masterpiece of the Periclean Athens: the Parthenon. We'll also tour the city's ancient Agora and other antiquity monuments, and we'll conclude with with the showcase of ancient Greek art at the New Acropolis Museum. The afternoon will be free for individual exploration of the city, we recommend the Athens' Archeological Museum, or to enjoy the atmospheric heart of the city with excellent shopping and people watching. In the evening, we'll relax over dinner in a moonlit Greek taverna in Plaka, overlooking the lit up Acropolis, and if we stay long enough we may even join the locals in traditional Greek dancing.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Divani Palace, Athens

Day 3: Athens to Santorini, Fira 

In the morning, we'll leave Athens and fly to the stunning island of Santorini, set among the lovely Cyclades, where we'll stay in a luxury, cliff-hugging Volcano View Hotel, overlooking the sunken caldera and the remains of the mythical Atlantis. After checking-in and lunch with a view, we can enjoy the hotel's many pools, terraces and amazing views. In the evening, we'll set out to explore the atmospheric town of Fira with its narrow, winding streets, tiny, whitewashed houses, sapphire blue domes and many terraces overlooking the Aegean Sea.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Volcano View Hotel, Santorini

Day 4: Sailing around the Island of Santorini 

Today may be the highlight of our trip, as we sail around the volcanic crescent island of Santorini, on a private catamaran, exploring the island's red, black and white sand beaches and hidden coves, swimming in volcanic hot springs, then enjoying freshly prepared lunch and Santorini wines onboard the catamaran. We will be accompanied by a local captain who will share with us his love for the island and enhance our understanding of Santorini's natural beauty, ancient sites and contemporary culture.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Volcano View Hotel, Santorini

Day 5: Santorini Wines, Traditional Villages, Oia 

In the morning, we'll visit one of Santorini's unique vineyards, Santo Winery, where we'll get to appreciate the creative cultivation methods used in the island's vineyards, and sample some of the best wines produced here. In the afternoon, we'll continue with a visit to the traditional villages of Pyrgos and Megalochori, which offer stunning views of the island. We'll conclude with the whitewashed village of Oia, located on the hillside overlooking the caldera crescent, where we'll enjoy the ultimate sunset dinner at a restaurant perfectly located to appreciate the eerie beauty of the flooded caldera.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Volcano View Hotel, Santorini

Day 6: Santorini Volcano, Heraklion (Crete) 

We'll start the day with another sea voyage, this time to the volcanic island of Nea Kameni, where we'll take a walk in the moonscape surrounding the still active volcano crater believed to be the remains of the lost Atlantis. On the way back, we'll ride donkeys or take the cable car back to town, before transferring to Heraklion on the Island of Crete. After checking into boutique Hotel Lato in Heraklion and a rooftop restaurant dinner of Cretan specialties, we can enjoy the rest of the evening exploring Heraklion's Old Town dating back to the ancient times.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Hotel Lato, Heraklion

Day 7: Heraklion, Palace of Knossos, Chania 

Today, we'll spend the day learning about the Minoan civilization of Crete. We'll start with a visit to Heraklion's Archeological Museum which holds the beautifully preserved remains of the 3,000 year old Minoan civilization. Afterwards, we'll continue to the Palace of Knossos, the most important Minoan palace complex. According to tradition, Knossos was the seat of the legendary Cretan king Minos. The Palace is associated with myths of the Labyrinth and the Minotaur, as well as the story of Dedalos and Icarus, and the site was continuously inhabited from the Neolithic period (7000-3000 B.C.) until Roman times. In the afternoon, we'll travel to western Crete and Chania's Minoa Palace Resort, where we can relax and enjoy the hotel's beautiful pools, the beach and views of the sea from our rooms.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Minoa Palace Resort, Chania

Day 8: Chania, Agia Triada Monastery 

This morning, we'll set out to visit one of Crete's most important historical monuments, the Monastery of Agia Triada, in the north of the Akrotiri Peninsula. This highly photogenic structure, built in 1634, preserves the Greek Orthodox monks' way of life. After the visit, we'll continue with a slow exploration of Chania, Crete's most beautiful town, where the Venetian architectural style is complemented by the Ottoman designed buildings and Byzantine fortifications overlooking an atmospheric harbor. With its white marble streets, labyrinths of narrow alleys, and colorful markets, the city casts its spell on all who visit. During dinner of delicious Cretan specialties, we'll eat, drink, laugh and remember the best moments from our Greek adventure.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Minoa Palace Resort, Chania

Day 9: Manousakis Vineyard and Cooking Class 

After a full day of history and architecture, today we'll focus on food and wine. We'll start in the morning by joining a Cretan gourmand for a shopping visit to a local market and a private cooking class, held at a beautiful vineyard, which will introduce us to Cretan cuisine, which is the basis for the Mediterranean diet. In the afternoon, there will be some time to be spent at leisure, enjoying the Minoa Palace Resort, its spa services, pools and powdery sand beaches.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Minoa Palace Resort, Chania

Day 10: Falassarna, Sfinari and Elafonissi Beaches 

After breakfast, we'll set out to explore Crete's most beautiful beaches: Falassarna, Sfinari and Elafonissi, and take in some of the breathtaking mountain scenery that surrounds them. We'll stop for lunch at a seaside taverna for a rustic fishermen's lunch, and in the evening, we'll celebrate our Greek adventure with an elegant farewell dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Minoa Palace Hotel, Chania

Day 11: Chania to Athens - Departures 

Early this morning, we'll transfer to Chania airport for an early flight to Athens before flying back home.
Meals: Breakfast

This tour ends at 8:00AM on Monday, September 23, 2019 in Athens International Airport.
You should  schedule your return flight no sooner than 10:00AM.

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

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