Escape Athens & Crete Island | 8 Days / 7 Nights
Day 1: Athens.
Arrival to Athens Airport, meet and greet service and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Athens.
Breakfast at hotel’s restaurant. We suggest you an optional H/D Athens sightseeing tour. This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guides take you to see the center of the city, Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier and the National Library. Driving down Herod Atticus Street, you will see the Evzones in their authentic uniform and the Presidential Palace. On your way to the Acropolis you will see the Hadrian’s Arch, visit the Temple of Olympian Zeus and you will make a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896. On the Acropolis visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the monument that “puts order in the mind”, the Parthenon. Free afternoon at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Athens - Heraklion Crete.
After breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel for transfer to Athens airport. Domestic flight to Heraklion- Crete (45 min.) Arrival in Heraklion – Crete and escorted transfer to your hotel. Balance of day at leisure.
Day 4: Heraklion – Crete.
Breakfast at the hotel. Free time to relax on the beach or enjoy a tour at Heraklion town visiting the town, the open air local market, the archaeological museum and Knossos site.
Day 5: Heraklion – Crete.
Breakfast at the hotel. Free day or optional tour to Ayios Nikolaos & Elounda. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Heraklion – Crete.
Breakfast at the hotel. Free day for your own explorations. If you are an adventurous person we suggest you Samaria Gorge crossing- 14 hours tour. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Heraklion – Crete.
Breakfast at the hotel. Free day at leisure. Relax on the sandy beach and enjoy the sun and the sea. During your holiday in Crete, you should not miss a real Cretan night. This excursion will show you the traditional Cretan village lifestyle. You will have a complete traditional dinner while enjoying the Greek music and great performance of different Greek and Cretan dances. You will even have the opportunity to join the dancers on stage! Please don't forget your camera to take pictures of the beautiful old dresses and traditional clothes. Enjoy yourself and come very close to the Cretan culture and the people by dancing Sirtaki! Overnight at hotel.
Day 8: Heraklion – Crete.
After breakfast at hotel’s restaurant, you will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to Athens Airport for your domestic flight to Athens and connecting departure flight. Athens – Crete is bidding you farewell and wishing you many happy returns!