Save $350CAD - Exclusive offer: Athens, Santorini and Crete
All-in Price: $2,369CAD*
*Exclusive offer also includes your flight from Heraklion to Athens.
- Private arrival and departure airport transfers
- 2-Nights first class accommodations in Athens
- 3-Nights first class accommodations in Santorini
- 3-Nights first class accommodations in Heraklion
- Private Athens by Night excursion
- Volcano and Hot Springs excursion
- Santorini Wine Adventure - Morning Tour (max 8 guests)
- The Island - Spinalonga BBQ
- Ferry tickets between Athens and Santorini, Santorini and Heraklion in economy class
- Domestic flight between Heraklion and Athens
- Breakfast daily (excluding day 1)
Photo: Itinerary Map - Athens, Santorini and Crete
On this 9-day program, see the glory of Athens with a private guide. Then, in Santorini, explore the famed volcanic island and taste local wine. Finally, discover Crete, an island rich in history and truly unique sights.
DAY 1 - Arrive Athens
The hotel lies just in front of the famous Temple of Zeus and National Garden. You are underneath the Acropolis and only 2 minutes' walk to the new Acropolis Museum. The Roof Garden restaurant and bar of the hotel offers the ultimate dining and winning experience in front of the most spectacular view in Athens. The famous chef will be delighted to guide you through the secret paths of Greek cuisine while enjoying the unforgettable view.
Your evening begins with a short panoramic drive through the city center and on the slopes of the sacred hill you will be able to see, admire and take photos of the illuminated Acropolis. Then a pleasant walk through the narrow picturesque streets of Plaka, the old city, will bring you at a Typical Greek Tavern where you will enjoy your dinner following a floor show with live music and Greek Folk Dances in traditional costumes.
DAY 2 - Athens to Santorini
Departing Athens at Piraeus Port, you’ll board your Catamaran to make your way to Santorini. Upon arrival, you’ll make your way to The Majestic Hotel, located in the Fira area. Make sure to take some time to relax as you will find massage/treatment rooms, spa services, a sauna, a steam room and a Turkish bath/hammam, ensuring a restful and rejuvenating stay. Don't forget to pack your swimsuit and towel as this hotel features 2 outdoor swimming pools. There is also a poolside bar and a bar/lounge so guests can sip a refreshing drink by the pool or indoors. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can provide express check-in and express check-out. Child-friendly amenities at this hotel include a children's pool and babysitting/childcare.
Photo: Oia village in the morning light, Santorini
DAY 3 - Santorini
Leave the port of Athinios to embark on a traditional boat for your visit of active craters of the volcano on the top of the island of Nea Kameni to explore.
Then sail to Palea Kameni, "old burnt", where thermal springs provide natural warm-water bathing.. Next destination will be Thirassia which is a typical cycladic village with a way of life as it used to be before the invasion of tourism. Tiny houses of various colours give a special character to these small settlements. Is an ideal place to taste some of the traditional plates of Santorini to swim or to discover the simple village of Manolios.
Your final destination is Oia and perfect spot to complete your day. Oia was severely damaged in the 1956 earthquake and much work has been involved to implement its restoration. The beauty of Oia is unsurpassed. In fact, it is almost impossible to describe in words. Small white houses tier the hillside, interspersed by splashes of rich okra, deep fuchsia, cobalt blue, oyster pink and earthy red. Oia is one of the most photographed places in Greece. It has inspired artists, poets and every visitor who visits Santorini. Oia is best known for breathtaking sunsets; if truth be told, sunrise in Oia is also magical
DAY 4 - Santorini
Take this half-day wine tour of the Santorini countryside and visit the most distinctive wineries on the island. Taste a selection of 12 different wine styles from Santorini and Greece. Learn the island's history through its wine-making from your wine-expert guide as you move between the most legendary wineries, all acclaimed by international experts. Taste the major wine styles of Santorini such as Assyrtiko, Nykteri, Vinsanto accompanied by local delicacies, such as cheese and local snacks.
DAY 5 - Santorini to Crete
Return to Athinios Port to board your Catamaran and set sail for Crete. Upon arrival, check into The Megaron Luxury Hotel, an exclusive five star hotel ideally located in the heart of business and shopping district overlooking the old harbor and within walking distance of the Archaeological and Historical museums. The hotel's unique architecture and modern interior achieve a subtle blend of luxury and intimacy not easily forgotten. Built in 1925 and classified as a historical building, the Megaron Luxury hotel is located in the heart of Heraklion overlooking the harbor within walking distance of all the major sights of the city.
Photo: Boats in the old port of Heraklio, Crete
Day 6 - Crete
This once-in-a-lifetime experience brings you to the sparkling sea of the Mirabello Bay in East Crete. Luxury air-conditioned coaches will deliver you to the village of Elounda - certainly one of the most beautiful locations on the island. After a short cruise across the clear blue waters we reach the tiny island of Spinalonga. With its amazingly rich history, Spinalonga is a truly magical place. Due to its strategic location at the entrance to Elounda Bay, the Venetians created a fortified stronghold on Spinalonga - 'The Rock' - in the 16th Century AD. This fort protected East Crete from invasion by pirates and its extremely strong walls, even after so many cannon ball strikes, stand proud to this day. The village with its tiny houses, shops, church, workshops and sanitarium still stands today. British author Victoria Hislop has immortalized the heartbreaking story of the lepers in her internationally acclaimed book 'The Island' and the story, based on true fact. Your professional tour guide will escort you onto the island and you will hear all about the long history of this fascinating place. Close your eyes and imagine, listen to the sea and taste the salt water on your lips and you will be transported back in time in an experience you will never forget.
After your visit to Spinalonga continue on your cruise across the bay and you will have the opportunity to relax and enjoy the calm, crystal clear sea at Kolokytha. Here your crew will prepare a delicious barbeque while you swim and relax under the Cretan sun. Enjoy a refreshing glass of Ouzo perhaps, or a cold beer or soft drink from the bar.
On your return take time for a stop at the picturesque town of Saint Nicholas where you may take a stroll around the 'bottomless' lake, the pretty harbor and cosmopolitan shops and tree-lined avenues. Enjoy a relaxing coffee in any of the lakeside cafes and sit back and watch the world go by in this beautiful setting.
Day 7 - Crete
Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.
Day 8 - Return to Athens via quick air flight departing Heraklion Airport
Sofitel Athens Airport Hotel extends a distinctive combination of French refinement and Greek hospitality to all business and leisure guests. In an environment harmoniously combining heartfelt hospitality, modern surroundings and impeccable organization, you will find the ideal solution for luxurious accommodation.
DAY 9 -
Following breakfast, transfer to the Athens airport for your onward flight.