Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

Athens, Mainland Greece & Crete (11 days)

Travel2Greece by Travelive

Athens, Greece To Athens, Greece

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Dec 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Athens, Greece
King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens Breakfast

Arrival in Greece, the land of the mythical Gods and ancient civilization. At Athens International Airport you will be welcomed by your private driver and taken to your five-star hotel. Enjoy your afternoon and evening exploring the vibrant culture and nightlife of Modern Athens. Ask your Leisure Travel Consultant for their favorite Athens restaurants, cafes and entertainment.

Day 2
Athens, Greece
King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens Breakfast

After breakfast, your licensed English speaking guide will meet you at your hotel lobby. Begin your tour at the new Acropolis Museum and then visit the Acropolis itself and its timeless temples of Parthenon, Erectheion and Athena Nike. A short climb up to the Hill of Philopappus brings you to the imposing Roman period funeral monument and extensive views of Athens and Piraeus. You then descend to the hill of the Pnyx, the area used in Classical Athens as the meeting place for the democratic assembly. You enter the historical Plaka area close to the Thiseion temple, dating back to the 5th century BC, meandering past the ancient Agora with the impressively restored Stoa of Attalus, Hadrian’s Library, and the picturesque Tower of the Winds. The route back leads up over the Areopagus, or Hill of Mars, directly below the Acropolis. Here, in 54 AD, Saint Paul preached his Sermon on an unknown God, as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles. Finally, you pass the Roman period Odeion of Herodes Atticus, which is still used as a summer venue for open-air concerts and theatrical performances.  Your tour will end at Syntagma Square where you can enjoy the changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  

Day 3
Athens, Greece
King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens Breakfast

Enjoy your day at leisure exploring Modern Athens. Ask your Leisure Travel Consultant for their personal tips on favorite day trips, excursions and activities in Athens.

Day 4
Ancient Olympia, Greece
Hotel Europa - Olympia Breakfast

After breakfast, meet your private driver to begin your 4-day tour of Mainland Greece. The tour begins by travelling along the Saronic Gulf’s coastal road to the Corinth Canal. The Canal is a structure of great importance, as before it was built, ships sailing between the Aegean and Adriatic Seas had to circumnavigate the Peloponnese, adding about 185 nautical miles to their journey.  Visit Ancient Corinth where St. Paul spoke to the Corinthians. Continue driving across the Peloponnese until you reach Sparta.  Here you will see the huge statue of Leonidas, in his hometown, made popular by the movie "300".  Also see the remains of the palace and the theatre there.  After visiting Sparta, continue to Mistras, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, with its churches and monasteries.  Finally, begin the drive towards Olympia where you will spend the evening.

Day 5
Arachova, Greece
Nafsika Palace Breakfast

After breakfast, the second day begins with Ancient Olympia, which gained its fame as a sanctuary of Zeus and Hera. The site also contains a wealth of other small shrines, gymnasiums and sculptors' workshops. According to tradition, here is where the Olympic games were founded in 776 B.C.  It is from here that the Olympic torch is still lit and carried to whatever corner of the world the modern Olympiads are held in.  In the museum see exhibits of unique sculptural masterpieces, such as Praxiteles' Hermes, Paeoneus' Victory, Apollo and many other art treasures.  After visiting Olympia, the journey continues by crossing over the newly built bridge near Patra and leaving the Peloponnese and travelling towards the quaint village of Arachova.  Enjoy dinner and wandering through the streets of Arachova.

Day 6
Kalambaka, Greece
Divani Meteora Hotel Breakfast

After breakfast, spend the morning exploring Delphi which was once considered to be the center of the universe.  Delphi is probably best-known for the oracle at the sanctuary that became dedicated to Apollo during the classical period.  Visit the archaeological site dedicated to the god Apollo and also see the impressive museum there.  After visiting Delphi, continue towards Kalambaka with a stop at Gravia.  This is where Odysseus Androutsos, with about 100 men, stopped 8 thousand Turks.  Over 400 of the Turks died, while Androutsos lost only 2 of his men.  Continue towards Kalambaka, driving through Lamia and making a stop in Domokos for coffee before ending the day at the hotel in Kalambaka.

Day 7
Crete, Greece
Kalambaka, Greece
Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Crete Breakfast

After breakfast, begin the day by visiting Meteora; a unique and impressive place with ageless monasteries that are perched on top of huge, monolithic granite rocks. Visit 3 of the monasteries that seem to be suspended between earth and sky containing priceless historical and religious treasures. Many pieces of Byzantine art are also found here.  The view from the monasteries is something that you will never forget.  Making our way back to Athens, we will stop again in Domokos for coffee or lunch.  Stop in Thermopiles to see the giant statue of Leonidas, made popular recently with the movie “300”.  This is where the Persians battled against the vastly outnumbered Greeks for 3 days.  Although it was clear that the Persians were going to win, Leonidas stayed and fought the final battle with only 300 men from Sparta.  The last stop is in Arkista, on the water, for a little rest before reaching Athens.  


Once you arrive in Athens, continue towards Athens International Airport to meet your flight to Crete.  Upon arrival in Crete, you will be greeted at the airport by your private driver and taken to your five-star hotel.  

Day 8
Crete, Greece
Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Crete Breakfast

Enjoy the day at your leisure or experience an optional Private Half Day Knossos Tour.  After breakfast, meet your private driver. Your tour begins on the road to Knossos Palace to explore one of the main centers of the Minoan Civilization.  Next you will visit the Archeological Museum of Heraklion, and you will continue to see the city of Heraklion making stops at the Old Port, the Venetian Walls, the Municipal Market, the Castle or Koules, and museums, churches, fountains or shops of your preference.

Day 9
Crete, Greece
Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Crete Breakfast

Enjoy the day at your leisure exploring the natural wonders, local culture and history of Crete.  Ask your Leisure Travel Consultant for their favorite activities in Crete.

Day 10
Crete, Greece
Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Crete Breakfast

Enjoy the day at your leisure exploring the natural wonders, local culture and history of Crete.  Ask your Leisure Travel Consultant for their favorite activities in Crete.

Day 11
Athens, Greece
None Breakfast

After breakfast meet your private driver in the hotel lobby for the drive to Heraklion airport where you will board your flight to Athens International Airport. Flights will be scheduled to meet your flight home.

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Discover the archaeological, historical and natural beauties of Athens, Mainland Greece and Crete. Enjoy three nights exploring the antiquities of Athens followed by four memorable days experiencing the rugged landscapes and classical sites of the Mainland. Continue your journey to the island of Crete and prepare to lose yourself in the warm island hospitality, unique local culture and cuisine, deep history and stunning scenery.

About Us

Travel2Greece is a luxury On-Site specializing in handcrafted vacations to mainland Greece and its breathtaking islands. Greece is a remarkable destination with countless options for every type of traveler. Guests can experience historical and modern Athens, Mykonos' famous beaches and nightlife, romantic Santorini including a private sunset yacht cruise, and the sheer diversity offered in Crete. Customizing a stay on a private yacht is an exhilarating way to explore the lesser known islands with complete flexibility and unparalleled relaxation. Greece's diverse mainland and 6000 islands are available to discover–let’s start planning today!

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By: KAW


Reviewed on: 20 Jun 2018

We realize our trip was only as enjoyable as the many layers of details set up prior to our departure. We had many many transfers on our recent family trip to Greece and every driver was on time, friendly, professional in dress and demeanor, and proficient in English. Our local guides were knowledgeable and informative....and willing to tailor our excursions to our personal interests and time line. We could not have been happier with our hotel selections. Our Villa in Naxos was a dream come-true in every-way. Beautiful secure, well maintained Villa and surrounding grounds. The location provided privacy and proximity to activities, and restaurants with a staff (that became like family) on site-24/7. A overwhelmingly positive experience!!
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