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Aegean Gems

SANTORINI OXYGEN TOURS 5

Visit the major landmarks and walk back in history at Athens, enjoy breathtaking views and ultimate luxury at Santorini and experience authentic Cyclades at Naxos. A perfect combination of a Greek history and relaxing holiday combining gorgeous beaches of Naxos and culinary tradition to picturesque Santorini. Take the opportunity and walk the maze of white-washed stone alleys of the Old Town which lead to its picturesque port. Seize the day and sit in one of the numerous bars and restaurants that place their tables outside by the beach and discover the secrets of Labyrinth at Knossos Palace

TripAthens - Naxos - Santorini - Crete
Duration12 days | 11 nights
PeriodMarch 2019 to October 2019
DeparturesDaily
ThemeBeach Holiday
Trip typeHoliday Package

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This itinerary feature authentic Greece experience, accommodations that reflect the character and charm of their settings, culinary experiences and amazing excursions. But there is more! We have unlimited themed activities to suggest, off the beaten path places to visit and we can customize this package to meet your needs

 

Highlights :

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√ Discover Athens wonders, feel the vibes, meet the locals with our guided tour to Acropolis and all the ancient monuments

√ Off the beaten path with our culinary hike at Santorini! Amazing views and local products taste-cook

√ Feel the energy of Santorini caldera and the most beautiful sunset in the world on a evening luxury catamaran cruise

√ Sample volcanic wines and unique winery

√ Enjoy a cruise at Volcano and the hot springs

√ Discover the amazing natural setting at the greenest island of Cyclades naxos

√ Follow unlimited hiking paths

√ Sample local products at the place they produced

√ Learn the secrets of the ancient Minoan Civilization at Knossos Palace tour

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Day 1 : Welcome to Athens !

On arrival you will be met by our assistant and transfer to your hotel. Detailed information will be presented to you about all art and music events taking place in Athens during your stay, also a list of fine restaurants for the best taste of Athens. This first day is an opportunity for a walk in the center. Stroll into the picturable alleys of Plaka area, enjoy some “Ouzo” along with heavenly taste “mezedes” with the view of Acropolis rise above the city.

 

Day 2 : Take a Walk to Ancient History

The best way to see Athens is a walking tour. You can feel the vibes, explore every sense and meet the locals! We’ll start the day by walking to the Acropolis hill where you’ll enjoy a guided tour to Parthenon, the Erectheion & the surrounding monuments. We’ll then descend to Acropolis museum, in order to have a tour to its fascinating exhibitions. Our exploration will continue on by crossing Andrianou Street, the most distinctive street of Plaka neighborhood, the imposing Roman Agora the vivid life of Monastiraki Square and the surrounding streets of Athens Central Market with Little shops selling herbs, delicacies, nuts, household items & many more. We keep walking to Syntagma Square and  take some time to watch the valiant Evzones in front of the building of the Greek Parliament. Next to the lush green oasis of the National Gardens and the extraordinary Panathenaic Stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games took place. We continue for a little while, we’ll reach the Zappeion Hall -an impressive neoclassical building- and afterwards we’ll feel amazed by the size of the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Hadrian Arch. Our walk will come to an end in front of the Lycicrates monument in Plaka. Evening return to hotel

 

Day 3 : Classic Cyclades

Next day brings you to Naxos! Our representatives will transfer you to port for your cruise to Naxos Island. Get ready for classic Cyclades beauty and perfect beaches for watersports action ! This island host some of the best landscapes ! Take the opportunity and walk the maze of white-washed stone alleys of the Old Town which lead to its picturesque port. Seize the day and sit in one of the numerous bars and restaurants that place their tables outside to enjoy the island vibe and indulge into some people-watching while having some seafood meze.

 

Day 4 : Experience authentic Cyclades

Today you will experience Naxos like a local! Visit locations off the beaten track and dive into the island’s vast history, local tradition, and food culture! Explore Naxos while combining its awe-inspiring ancient heritage with its modern-day local tradition and culture. Admire the magnificent ancient temple of Demeter. Visit a local pottery workshop and learn the secrets of this ancient form of art. Discover fresh flavor of Kitron liqueur and get to know how it is made in a traditional distillery. Finish your day with local olive oil tasting at the Olive Press Museum in Eggares. 

 

Day 5 : White sanded Paradise

Set sail on traditional boat for the Small Cyclades, Iraklia or Schinoussa, where for a couple of hours you can choose to explore the village, take photos, visit the rolling hills, enjoy the famous fava or visit the summertime free fava festival with lively local music. Also, if you are lucky, you may enjoy the donkey race at the small and picturesque capital of Schinoussa. If Iraklia is your choice instead, you have opted for a soothing experience on the most laid-back island. Iraklia offers marked hiking trails and the most intriguing of all Cycladic caves, the cave of St. John. A visit to St. John’s cave also offers the opportunity for a swim at the nearby beach where you can snorkel around the rocky outcrops, where sea life likes to hide and later on enjoy your lunch at the beachfront tavern.

 

Day 6 :  Breathtaking Cliffs

The next day brings you to Santorini. Our representative will transfer you to port for a cruise to Santorini. Relax 5 days at this scenic volcanic island with its breathtaking views and white washed houses draped along the high cliffs of Santorini’s breathtaking”Caldera”. Walk through the villages of Oia and Fira and Imerovigli and board a traditional Greek boat to visit the red and black beaches and more. See the numerous villages outside the Caldera such as Perissa, Perivolos and Pirgos. Visit volcanic wineries sampling a variety of whites and reds along with local cheeses and Santorini’s famous tomato paste and “Fava”.

 

Day 7 : Noiseless Breeze

Leisure is at its finest on the cliff side of Santorini where infinity pools and cave suites offer bests of luxury a noiseless breeze giving you nothing but the private relaxation. Take the opportunity for a Sunset Sailing on a luxury Catamaran with BBQ and Drinks. Make the most out of your time in Santorini with this relaxing and tranquil sunset sail on a catamaran. Enjoy the splendid views from the catamaran as it sails around Santorini. Swim and snorkel in the blue see and indulge in a delicious barbecue dinner prepared onboard with grilled seafood: fresh squid and tuna; roasted vegetables, zucchini, bell pepper, and eggplant. The salty and velvety aroma of grilled feta fills the boat as you dine amidst the serene water and looming islands. The sun begins to set and casts an orange luminescence along the horizon. The light doesn’t drift but sinks leaving a trail of color in its wake before the night pulls its shade over the sky and you return to shore

 

Day 8 : Volcanic wine tales

Today you have the chance to taste and see at 3 wineries in this wonderful island tour where you will get to visit traditional wineries and taste the wines of Santorini! Learn about the wine history of the island, the native grapes and the traditional and modern winemaking methods! Walk in an old, phylloxera-free, basket shaped vineyard and become familiar with the Santorini’s distinctive terroir ! Enjoy a wine pairing with Cycladic cheese and local delicacies!

 

Day 9 : Minoan Civilization

Cruise to the next destination, Greece’s largest island, Crete. A Culinary paradise with friendly people and amazing sites. Arrival at port of Heraklion. Free time for a walk to capital of Crete ! Heraklion is the capital of Crete and one of the Mediterranean region’s most fascinating and vibrant cities. It is full of places to discover.  Enjoy a visit to one of the famous waterparks at Heraklion area (self guided )

 

Day 10 : Τhe Myth of labyrinth

Next day brings you to Culture and political center of the Minoan civilization, Knossos is the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete. Visit the maze of work – living rooms with detailed images of Cretan life on the walls of the palace. Your journey to ancient Crete continue and you will enjoy a performance in a stone-build open air theatre. The Minoans worshiped the mother goddess symbolizing the blossoming of nature, fertility and wellbeing. Imagine an afternoon where these habits, traditions and customs come back to life and where you can get a small idea of the Minoan Religious and Cultural events of over 4000 years ago! Continue to Chania and settle to your hotel

 

Day 11 : Hiking the Samaria Gorge or visit the Pirates fortress

Today you have the chance to Hike the Samaria Gorge, one of Europe’s longest canyons ( 16km ) is second most visited tourist attraction and high on the list of must-dos for many Crete visitors. Discover the unforgettable raw beauty to the canyon with amazing cliffs and small secret passageways.

 

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The Pirates fortress

A great trip for any Chania visitor is the mini-cruise to Gramvousa and Balos! Our trip starts at your hotel or a location in its vicinity with our bus. Our destination is the port of Kissamos. As soon as we reach the port, you go aboard the ship to set out on the cruise. The ship departs from the port at 10:20. An hour later you reach the small island of Gramvousa. The ship stays in the island for two and a half hours. The castle of Gramvousa is to be found at the top of the island… built by Venetians on top of some steep cliffs in order to act as a fortification protecting the island, today it offers visitors a panoramic view to the amazingly blue waters of the Cretan sea. If you wish so, you can climb up the path to the castle, if not, you can stay on the beach and swim.

 

Day 12 : Pictures and memories for home

Some free hours for final shopping or take a few photos of the island and our representative will meet you for your transfer to airport for flight back to Athens


Including :

 

  • Hotel accommodation in Athens 2 nights including breakfast
  • Hotel Accommodation in Santorini 3 nights including breakfast
  • Hotel Accommodation in Naxos 3 nights including breakfast
  • Hotel Accommodation in Chania 3 nights including breakfast
  • All transfers ( Athens airport, Santorini, Naxos, Crete )
  • Boat tickets economy class Athens – Naxos – Santorini – Crete
  • Air tickets economy class tickets Crete – Athens
  • Athens walking tour and acropolis 
  • Sunset cruise in Santorini 
  • Wine tour Santorini
  • Experience authentic Cyclades tour 
  • Small Cyclades cruise 
  • Knossos Palace Tour
  • Hiking the Samaria Gorge
  • Insurance
  • V.A.T

 

Not Including :

Lunch or dinner

Hotel local taxes ( pay locally €4 per room / night for  4* hotels )

Air tickets from your country ( can be arranged on request )