Grand Greece Getaway

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This comprehensive Greek vacation experience will begin with two days in Athens, the birthplace of Socrates and Plato! An expert guide will take you on a tour of the city, where you’ll experience all of the “must-see” sights of this modern, yet ancient metropolis. From there, you’ll hop on a high-speed ferry to the romantic island of Santorini, known for its...

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

Highlights

    • Athens Sightseeing Tour (with Acropolis)

What's this trip about?

    This comprehensive Greek vacation experience will begin with two days in Athens, the birthplace of Socrates and Plato! An expert guide will take you on a tour of the city, where you’ll experience all of the “must-see” sights of this modern, yet ancient metropolis. From there, you’ll hop on a high-speed ferry to the romantic island of Santorini, known for its spectacular Caldera with whitewashed houses perched on the edge, created by the eruption of the island’s volcano in the ancient times. Your next island-hopping stop will be the beautiful island of Crete, where you will spend 3 nights. Crete is the largest island in Greece, where visitors can explore glorious beaches, impressive mountainscapes, and vast valleys with olive groves and vineyards. Spend days admiring the remnants of brilliant civilizations, and evenings sampling the island’s rich gastronomic culture. Your last island adventure will take place on the island of Rhodes. At the crossroads of three continents, this medieval treasure has been beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Admire the impeccable natural beauty, which features a great variety of landscapes, from endless beaches to traditional villages and historical monuments, in addition to a modern infrastructure with a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

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Details

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

  • Cultural
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife

Destinations

  • Europe
  • Greece

Attractions

  • Athens
  • Crete
  • Rhodes
  • Santorini

Activities

  • Culture
  • Historic sightseeing
  • History
  • Nature
  • Ruins & Archaeology

Trip includes

    • Roundtrip economy class airfare to Athens (ATH)
    • All airport, ferry port and hotel transfers
    • 2 nights in Athens at the Hotel Amalia, or similar
    • Athens sightseeing tour with Acropolis Site & Museum entrance
    • High-speed ferry from Athens (Piraeus) to Santorini
    • 3 nights in Santorini at the Hotel Daedalus, or similar
    • High-speed ferry from Santorini to Crete (Heraklion)
    • 3 nights in Crete at the Hotel Galaxy, or similar
    • One-way, economy class flight from Crete (HER) to Rhodes (RHO)
    • 2 nights in Rhodes at the Hotel Mediterranean, or similar
    • One-way, economy class flight from Rhodes (RHO) to Athens (ATH)
    • 1 night in Athens at the Hotel Sofitel Athens Airport or similar
    • Breakfast daily

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Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to Athens!

Upon arrival at Athens International Airport, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Take a walk over to Plaka, the oldest district of Athens, located under the Acropolis. This is the only district where visitors may see the Greek capital as it was 100 years ago!

Day 2 Athens

After breakfast, depart for your Athens sightseeing tour! You'll end your tour at the ancient Acropolis, where you can explore the remnants of the civilization of Ancient Greece.

Spend the rest of your day at leisure; consider heading back to Syntagma Square in the evening for a bite of traditional Greek food, the square comes alive with lights and energy come nightfall.

Day 3 Athens - Santorini

After an early morning breakfast you’ll be transferred to the port of Athens for the ferry to Santorini. Upon arrival in Santorini, be transported to your hotel, where you can unwind and begin discovering this picturesque island!

Take a stroll to the coas...

Day 4 Santorini

Enjoy the splendors at your door or explore the volcanic island of Santorini – known worldwide as the most romantic island!

Pay a visit to the traditional village of Oia, the most photographed place in Greece, best known for its breath-taking sunsets. Sma...

Day 5 Santorini

Spend another day exploring stunning Santorini. Discover ancient artifacts at the Prehistoric Museum in Fira or unwind at the breathtaking beaches of the island, whose colorful sands are the result of volcanic eruption.

Or just pass the day at one of the many cafes overlooking the Caldera, dining on the fresh, local Mediterranean cuisine and taking in the amazing views!

Day 6 Santorini - Crete

After breakfast, enjoy another transfer to the port. It's time for your ferry to Crete, Greece's largest island!

In Crete you'll find a wide variety of terrains waiting to be explored, from the picturesque white mountain ranges to the breathtaking beaches covered in fine sand.

Day 7 Crete

Today you have a full free day to enjoy Crete. Explore the renowned archaeological site of Knossos, one of the most important and best known palaces of Minoan civilization. Explorers beware: its history is connected with the myth of the Labyrinth and imprisoned...

Day 8 Crete

Enjoy another day at leisure in Crete. Why not spend the day at the island's famous pink beach? Or perhaps make a visit to the island of Spinalonga, as it is the most popular archaeological site in Crete after Knossos.

In the evening, you may want to head to Agios Nikolaos and experience its bustling nightlife.

Day 9 Crete - Rhodes

After breakfast, be transferred to Heraklion airport for your flight to Rhodes. Upon arrival on the Island of Rhodes, you'll be transferred to your hotel for check-in.

Treat yourself to sweeping views of Lindos Bay by hiking up to the top of Lindos' Acrop...

Day 10 Rhodes

Today you have a full, free day to explore the island of Rhodes on your own. Wander around its magnificent Old City, surrounded by medieval walls with seven gates. Take a stroll along the medieval Street of the Knights, then admire the castle-like Palace of the Grand Master, the most awe-inspiring building on the whole island.

Day 11 Rhodes - Athens

Enjoy your breakfast, then be transferred to the airport for your flight to Athens. Upon arrival in Athens, make your way to your hotel for your last night in Greece.

Tonight, indulge in a meal sampling all of the flavors of the country! Snack on cheese f...

Day 12 Depart Greece

Make your way to the airport in accordance with your flight home.

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