13 DAYS ATHENS-SANTORINI-MYKONOS-HERAKLION

Absolute Greece

13 DAYS ATHENS-SANTORINI-MYKONOS-HERAKLION

per person

No matter what your age or travel purpose is, Greece is -undoubtedly- the perfect summer destination. With almost 6,000 islands, there’s something here for everybody!

 

Visit Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization and explore the city’s archaeological gems like the Acropolis and the awe-inspiring Temple of Olympian Zeus. Uncover Mykonos, Greece’s most famous & cosmopolitan island and learn how to party in this whitewashed paradise in the heart of the Cyclades.

 

Before you wave goodbye, catch the best sunset in Santorini and get that jaw-dropping picture of the blue-domed churches and marvelous buildings seen on postcards, and explore the buzzing city of Heraklion that bridges the gap between yesterday and today.

  • Included
    4 Star Accommodation
    5 Star Accommodation
    Boat Tickets
    Breakfast
    Entrance fees at archaeological sites/museums
    Private transfer
    Private/regular tours
  • Not Included
    Airport Transfers
    Customary tips to drivers/guides/escorts
    Personal expenses
1
Day 1
  Meet and greet at Athens International Airport. Our driver will transfer you to the hotel.   Rest of the day at your leisure.
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Day 2
At the indicated time you will be met with the group and start the sightseeing tour of Athens.   Our expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (shortstop). Continue and pass by the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, and the Constitution Square (Syntagma). 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 Parthenon.   Continue and visit the place where at last the statues found their home and admire the wonders of the classical era: The new Acropolis museum (the museum is closed on Mondays).   Rest of the day free for personal activities.
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Day 3
  Transfer to the port to take the boat to Mykonos. Upon your arrival on the island, we will transfer you to the hotel.   Have the rest of the day free to relax and explore the island.
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Day 4
Come and join our half-day tour where you will discover all the different aspects of the island and have a first-hand understanding of what to do in Mykonos: where to go swimming, what is the best place to party and have fun, how the locals live and where you will do all your shopping.   It is specifically organized in the evening hours so we can avoid the hot temperatures during the afternoon and we start off visiting some of the famous beaches around the island. We continue on by visiting Ano Mera, the only local settlement for the permanent islanders which is more or less in the center of the island where we have a peek of its main square and next to it we also have the opportunity to admire the old monastery dating back to the 16th century AC, with its miraculous icon of Panagia Tourliani.   Next stop is at the one and only, famous Paradise beach with all the beach bars lining up to the seafront. Cavo Paradiso, one of the largest and most exciting clubs to party in the whole of Europe, as well as Jaipur the only Indian restaurant on the island (a shot drink is included in the price).   We make one last stop above and before Chora, at a unique panoramic spot for breathtaking views of the town below to take pictures of its windmills, the old harbor, the high dense built area with the small houses, the balconies, the whitewashed churches and the people flooding its small winding streets.   Last but not least, we take an hour around sunset time to visit all the landmarks of Chora: the old port, the all-white Paraportiani church, the Little Venice area, the windmills, the busy, narrow streets that are designed like a maze and are full of brand names as well as many souvenir stores. We finish, having seen all the highlights of Mykonos, taken loads of pictures, had new friends, and created memories for a lifetime!
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Day 5
Your free day to relax and explore the island at your own pace.   Whether you wish to spend the day at the beach or explore your hotel’s facilities, the day is yours to enjoy.
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Day 6
  Transfer to the port to take the boat to Santorini & transfer to your hotel upon your arrival.   If you wish, you may embark on a catamaran sunset cruise around the island in the afternoon.   Setting sail from the southern port of Vlychada and cruising along the coastline, we arrive at Akrotiri’s Red Beach which is admired for its distinct red hue, caused by the rich in volcanic minerals soil. Next, we sail towards the White Beach. Then, we set sail towards Mesa Pigadia for our first swimming session with masks, towels and snorkeling equipment provided to all our guests. Following that swimming session, we pass the Lighthouse and enter the Caldera for a unique view of the whole bay.   Our sailing route includes a close sail by the volcano crater and a full view of it before our next stop at the Hot Springs. This is where our second swimming session takes place in the sulfurous waters that provide for a natural spa. With the breathtaking views of Thirassia island as a backdrop matching the picturesque village of Oia, your Santorini sailing experience shall culminate in the most unique and unforgettable way possible.   Including: Soft Drinks, Beverages, Fresh Water, Local Santorini Wines (Traditional White Variety), Snack Variety.
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Day 7
On this day, you’ll visit the Prehistoric Museum & Archaeological site of Akrotiri.   The Prehistoric Museum of Fira takes you back in time and sketches the course of its past, through selected finds from various excavations, dating back to the Neolithic, Minoan and Hellenistic periods onwards. You may also choose to visit the prehistoric settlement of Akrotiri, which is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.   A city that has remained alive for 3,500 years beneath the lava, tells its story to today’s visitors. A visit to Akrotiri is the best way to witness the unique connection of the island of Santorini with the volcano. The multi-floored public buildings, drainage facilities, stables, food stores, workshops of all sorts of art, textiles, metallurgy, shipbuilding, and other specialists are standing all over the site.   From the village descriptions given above choose two villages, you would most prefer to visit. Alternatively, you may visit either the Museum or Akrotiri and then visit 2 traditional villages and a winery for wine tasting.
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Day 8
Free day for personal activities.   During your stay on the island, you may choose one of the optional excursions around the Caldera or to the highlights of the island, like the museums, the wineries, and so on.
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Day 9
  At the indicated time, we will transfer you to the port to take the boat to Heraklion.   Upon your arrival, we will transfer you to the hotel.
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Day 10 & 11
Free days for personal activities.   During your stay, you may visit the incredible Knossos Palace and get familiar with the Minoan Civilization.
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Day 12
At the indicated time, we will transfer you to the airport to take the flight to Athens.   Upon your arrival in Athens, we will transfer you to the hotel.
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Day 13
Depending on your departure time, we will transfer you to the Athens airport to catch your flight back home.
 
  • Enjoy a premium, all-inclusive holiday experience at one of the city’s most luxurious, 5* hotels & beach resorts
  • Move about with your own private luxury vehicle and driver. Get to know Athens through organized guided tours to its archaeological sites
  • Go on a catamaran Sunset Cruise in Santorini
  • Visit the archaeological site of Akrotiri, one of the major cities and ports of the Aegean during the Middle and Late Bronze Age (20th-17th century BC)
  • Explore Mykonos’ pristine beaches, famous for their golden sand and crystal clear waters
  • Explore the Palace of Knossos, the largest and brightest center of Minoan civilization

Myconian Villa Collection

 
  • NJV Athens Plaza
  • Myconian Villa Collection
  • Nikki Beach Resort & Spa (Santorini
  • Creta Maris Beach Resort (Heraklio)*Other hotel options are available. The choice of accommodation depends on the purpose of your travel and availability.