Athens & Crete (off-season travel)

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Spend 7 nights exploring Athens and Crete, two of Greece's most popular destinations! Fly into Athens and dive straight into Grecian life. Get insider knowledge to two of Athens' top attractions, the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum, with an included half-day tour. You'll then have free time to explore on your own. Wander through charming Plaka or take in the e...


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Self-Guided / Independent Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Flexible schedule


    • Athens Sightseeing Tour (with Acropolis)

What's this trip about?

    Spend 7 nights exploring Athens and Crete, two of Greece's most popular destinations! Fly into Athens and dive straight into Grecian life. Get insider knowledge to two of Athens' top attractions, the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum, with an included half-day tour. You'll then have free time to explore on your own. Wander through charming Plaka or take in the excitement at Syntagma Square. Hop on a fast flight from Athens to Crete, Greece's largest island known as the Great Island. From your base in Heraklion, Crete's largest city, explore Minoan palaces, wander through the old town of Chania and indulge in local delicacies to your heart's content. Dip your tours into pink sand beaches and watch golden sunsets over the Aegean Sea - what could be better? Please note: While it's less crowded with tourists, November to March can be quiet on the Greek islands and not all establishments will be open during this time.

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeIndependent
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportRound trip airfare and all internal transport included
Start CityAthens
End CityGreece

Travel Themes

  • Local Immersion & Homestays
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Relaxing Retreats


  • Europe
  • Greece


  • Athens
  • Crete


  • Culture
  • Historic sightseeing
  • History
  • Homestays & Cultural Immersion
  • Relaxing Retreat
  • Independent

Trip includes

    • Round-trip economy class airfare to Athens (ATH)
    • Airport transfer from ATH to Athens Hotel
    • 2 nights in Athens at the Hotel Electra, or similar
    • Athens Sightseeing Tour with Acropolis Site & Museum entrance (half-day)
    • Transfer from Athens hotel to Athens airport
    • One-way, economy class flight from Athens to Crete
    • Transfer from Crete airport to Crete hotel
    • 4 nights in Crete at the Hotel Galaxy, or similar
    • One-way, economy class flight from Crete to Athens
    • 1 night in Athens at the Hotel Electra, or similar
    • Breakfast daily

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Day 1 Welcome to Athens!

Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your Athens hotel. Settle in then hit the streets for a taste of the capital. Visit Plaka, the oldest district of Athens, located under the Acropolis or enjoy shopping on Ermou, Kolonaki and Voukourestiou streets. 

Day 2 Athens

After breakfast, an expert guide will take you to Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier and the National Library. On your way to the Acropolis, you will see Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and s...

Day 3 Athens - Crete

In the morning, transfer to Athens Airport for your flight to Crete. Upon arrival, settle into your hotel then explore Greece's largest island known as the birthplace of the first advanced society on European soil.

Day 4 Crete

Begin your day in the stylish port town of Agios Nikolaos with its colorful blend of bars, traditional tavernas and upscale shops. The nearest beach at Kitroplatia is a lovely place to spend an hour or two. 

In the afternoon, head to the Palace of Knossos...

Day 5 Crete

Begin your day at the pink sand beaches of Elafonisi and Balos in the southwest part of Crete. Like something out of a dream, these beaches get their exquisite color from tiny oysters called Foraminifera. The red shells are crushed in the sand, giving it a beau...

Day 6 Crete

It's your last day in Crete! See Minoan artifacts at the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, or return to Chania or Rethymno. 

You might also want to check out the Samaria Gorge in western Crete, a favorite among hikers. Follow the trail running along the go...
Day 7 Crete - Athens

Today you will transfer to the airport in Crete for your flight back to Athens. Upon your return to the capital, continue exploring its fascinating nooks and crannies that you may have missed the first time around. 

Day 8 Depart Greece

It's time to say goodbye to Greece. You'll be transferred to Athens International Airport for your flight home. 

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Last Updated: 4/18/2024

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