Classical Greece Santorini Chania tour off the tourist road 17 days. A private tour that covers the most important places of Classical Greece and two famous islands of Santorini and Crete, to discover the hidden places of natural beauty and taste the authentic Greek cuisine
Travel Plan – Inclusions
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Day by Day ItineraryDAY 1: ATHENS
Upon your arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. After a panoramic Tour of Athens, we will take you to a nice Greek restaurant at Pendeli mountain for dinner and return you to your hotel.
Leave by the Coastal Road to the Corinth Canal (shortstop). Drive on and visit Epidaurus which was a small city in ancient Greece, at the Saronic Gulf. Reputed to be the birthplace of Apollo’s son Asclepius, the healer, Epidaurus was known for its sanctuary, the cult of Asclepius at Epidaurus is attested in the 6th century BC. as well as its theatre, which is once again in use today.
The Sanctuary of Asclepius at Epidaurus is a UNESCO world heritage site.
The theatre is marvelled for its exceptional acoustics, which permits almost perfect intelligibility of non-amplified spoken word from the proscenium or scene to all 15,000 spectators, regardless of their seating.
Then proceed to the Town of Nauplion, the first capital of Greece. We will see the Bourtzi and the Palamidi fortresses and then continue to Tripolis for a sort stop. We will visit the small towns of Levidi and Vytina and arrive in the village of Valtesiniko to visit the monastery of the assumption of Virgin Mary and the monastery of Saint Nicolas, used as a fortress during the Greek revolution of 1821. Overnight at Valtesiniko
Early morning transfer to the pier of Piraeus to board the ferryboat to Santorini.
We go along the Athens Riviera in the Saronic Gulf to the south end of Attica passing close to the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion. Look around the ship, enjoy the sun on the decks and the services on board.
Upon your arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Tonight we will take you for dinner in a nice restaurant by the beach and then return you to your hotel.
Today enjoy a half day cruise to the small islands of Nea Kameni & Palea Kameni located inside the caldera, the Hot Springs with the green and yellow waters (with free time for swimming) and the island of Thirassia.
Pick up from your hotel and transfer to Vlyhada marina.
Orientation with the boat and sailing on the south coast of the island.
We will pass near the red and white beaches and continue sailing the deep blue waters of the Aegean Sea to the Caldera. Near the Nea Kameni (volcano island) we will see the old port and then go to Palea Kameni and Thirasia. We will see the hot springs with green and yellow waters and have time for swimming here or in another place depending on the season of the year.
We continue sailing below Imerovigli, Firostefani and Fira towns and will arrive in Vlyhada marina.
Transfer to your hotel
Tonight we will take you to Fira town to admire the famous sunset over the Santorini Volcano and then to dinner in a nice restaurant.
A day at leisure to enjoy the beach and know better this unique island. One of the jewels of small volcanic archipelagos five islands is undoubtedly Santorini. Santorini was created due to a volcanic eruption culminated in the explosion of a volcano caldera, therefore, its rugged landscapes dotted with huge cliffs.
Santorini’s capital, Fira, with white-washed houses, narrow streets and open air cafes that cling to a steep cliff, is at the top of the beautiful island where you can enjoy the beautiful views of the bay. Discover Santorini villages that retain their authenticity, with beautiful blue and white buildings and barren volcanic rocks. It is a very fascinating and picturesque island. A magical place that has nothing to do with the rest of the Greek islands, a place to spread the peaceful and hospitable nature of its people.A panoramic tour of the island in the afternoon will end to Kamari beach for dinner by the sea and return to your hotel
This small cruise will take you to Hydra, Poros and Aegina and bring you back in the evening full of fun and with the taste of the Greek islands.
Morning transfer to the pier of Piraeus, to embark your cruise ship for your full day cruise to the islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra. Good opportunity to know a little bit of Greek Islands and visit a small part of Ancient Greece in the optional tour to the temple of Aphea Athina in Aegina.
On the return trip, you enjoy a program with Greek music and songs and join the dancers on Greek folklore dancing. Included is the transfers to and from the port, port taxes and lunch on board.
According to your departure time, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.
The ideal time for this tour: April to October
The ideal size of the group: 4 to 8 persons
Official English speaking guide only on the Athens city tour
The price per person will be calculated according to the number of persons participating
Hotel category can be from 3* to 5* (5* hotels not available in all places)
Travel Plan – Inclusions
STARTING POINT: Athens, daily January to December
TRAVEL PLAN: 17 DAYS/ 16 nights
4 nights hotel accommodation in Athens
3 nights hotel accommodation in Santorini
1 night hotel accommodation in Heraklion
3 nights hotel accommodation in Chania
1 night hotel accommodation in Valtesiniko
1 night hotel accommodation in Olympia
1 night hotel accommodation in Delphi
1 night hotel accommodation in Kalambaka
1 overnight ferryboat tickets Chania – Piraeus
Ferryboat tickets Piraeus – Santorini
High-speed ferryboat tickets Santorini – Heraklion
Half day Athens city tour with the Acropolis Museum (Organized bus tour)
Half Day Private tour of Knossos
Half day Santorini Volcano Cruise
Full day tour to Falassarna beach and Granvousa area
Full day tour to Rethymnon, Argyroupolis waterfalls, Kournas lake
Full day cruise to Aegina, Poros and Hydra with lunch
Greek night restaurant (transportation only. Meal and drinks to be paid by clients)
All transfers as per program
Entrance fees to the archaeological sites during sightseeing
The service of an official English speaking guide at the Athens city tour
The services of an English speaking driver-tour leader
Government hotel taxes
* Special overnight tax of €4 for 5* hotels, €3 for 4* hotels, €1,5 for 3* hotels and €0,5 for 2* hotels per person per night to be paid by clients directly to the hotels in Greece.