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GREEK ISLANDS & HOLY CITIES

16 Days / 15 Nights
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Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Mount of Olives, Galilee and more.

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Guaranteed departures every saturday from April to mid-October.

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What is included in this package

  • 2-night accommodation in Athens.
  • 2-night accommodation in Mykonos.
  • 2-night accommodation in Santorini.
  • 2-night accommodation in Heraklion, Crete.
  • 1 nights of accommodation in Tel Aviv.
  • Circuit through the interior of Israel.
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Galilee on half board basis.
  • 4 nights of accommodation in Jerusalem on half board basis.
  • Half-day sightseeing tour in Athens with official English-speaking guide.
  • Visit to the Acropolis Museum with an official English-speaking guide.
  • Guided evening walking tour through Monastiraki, Plaka and Anafiotika.
  • Entrance fees included to the archaeological sites visited during the guided excursions.
  • English-speaking local guide for visits.
  • Ferry ticket with numbered seats Piraeus - Mykonos.
  • Ferry ticket with numbered seats Mykonos - Santorini.
  • Ferry ticket with numbered seats Santorini - Heraklion.
  • Air ticket Heraklion - Athens.
  • All transfers as per itinerary.
  • 24/7 Emergency Phone Assistance
  • Daily breakfast

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  • Personal expenses, gratuities & tourist city tax.
  • International air tickets.
  • Book more nights in Athens and/or Jerusalem,by clicking on "Customize your Program" or by clicking on "Additional nights" during step 1 of your booking.
  • Book a fast ferry or flight by clicking on "Customize your Program" or in step 1 of your booking.
  • Travel with absolute peace of mind by adding our cancellation and/or health insurance in step 1/3 of your booking.
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  • 10% discount for groups of 10 travelers or more.

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Package Tour Itinerary: Greek Islands & Holy Cities

ATHENS - CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION
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ATHENS - CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION

After your arrival in the mythical city of Athens, the transfer to your hotel will be conducted in one of our private vehicles. A member of our English speaking team will meet you at your hotel, help you with the check-in, inform you of all the details of your trip, introduce you to the city and its everyday way of life and answer any questions you may have. The rest of the day will be free for you to relax and enjoy Athens at your own pace.

Greca Tip: Extend your stay by adding more nights during Step 1 of 3 of your booking!

ATHENS SIGHTSEEING WITH ACROPOLIS, TEMPLE OF ZEUS, TRILOGY & ATHENS BY NIGHT
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ATHENS SIGHTSEEING WITH ACROPOLIS, TEMPLE OF ZEUS, TRILOGY & ATHENS BY NIGHT

After your breakfast and, at the agreed time, you will commence the panoramic tour of the Athenian Neoclassical Center: the Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the University, the Library, and National Academy, the Ilion Palace, the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Gate, the Panathenaic Stadium, and many other monuments and sites of great interest.  You will learn all there is to know about their history and background from the licensed English-speaking Tour Guide accompanying you on this tour.

Your next stop will be the "sacred rock", the spectacular, unique and magnificent Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum. The entrance fee to both sites is included. At the end of the visit, you can either choose to return to your hotel or set out on your own adventure through the charming and picturesque streets of Plaka.

In the evening, we have included a guided walking tour that will take you through the prettiest districts of the capital, such as Anafiotika, Thissio, Monastiraki, and Plaka.

Greca Tip: In Plaka look for something alluring, like ceramics, musical instruments, handmade jewelry to specialty food shops stacked high with olives and spices.

FROM ATHENS TO MYKONOS - NAVIGATING THE AEGEAN LIKE ODYSSEUS
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FROM ATHENS TO MYKONOS - NAVIGATING THE AEGEAN LIKE ODYSSEUS

Early in the morning, your assistant will pick you up in one of our private vehicles and transfer you to the port of Piraeus, where you will board the ferry to the famous island of Mykonos. The crossing is scheduled at the ideal time of the day so as to enjoy the sun on deck and marvel at the deep blue of the Aegean sea. The name of this cosmopolitan island denotes "heap of stones" or the "rocky place", but a later version links it to the hero Mykonos, son of the king of Delos, Anius. 

Upon your arrival on the island, one of our English speaking representatives will be waiting to welcome you, transfer you to your hotel and introduce you to this famous island.

The rest of the day is free for you to relax and immerse yourself in the 'slow' way of life of the islanders.

Greca Tip: You can select a fast ferry in step 1 of 3 of your reservation.

MYKONOS: RELAX, SUN, BEACH AND HISTORY
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MYKONOS: RELAX, SUN, BEACH AND HISTORY

Free day to enjoy this magnificent island. Mykonos is the meeting point of the international "jet set", famous for its wonderful beaches, the dazzling shops and vibrant nightlife.

The island's cuisine is mainly Mediterranean, which means that vegetables and olive oil are an integral part of the daily menu, together with certain spices (oregano, basil ...) as well as fish and seafood dishes.

Just a short distance away by ferry, there is the historic island of Delos, which, according to Greek mythology, was the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. This small island, inhabited since 3000 B.C., was one of the most important cultural centers of antiquity.

Greca tip: We recommend hiring a car or a motorcycle to venture out on the island, experience the local customs and feel like a Mykonian, too.

FROM MYKONOS TO MAGICAL SANTORINI
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FROM MYKONOS TO MAGICAL SANTORINI

After a tasty breakfast, appreciating life like a Greek, we will pick you up at the agreed time, in one of our private vehicles, to drive you to the port, where you will continue on to your next destination, the island that is an inexhaustible source of inspiration, Santorini. As the ferry approaches the port, you will admire the capital city of Fira, with its white houses perched on the cliffside and facing the volcano.

Upon disembarkation, one of our English-speaking representatives will welcome you, escort you to your hotel and introduce you to some of the most outstanding features of this picturesque island. The rest of the day is free for you to wander through the narrow streets and become part of this amazing world.

Greca Tip: Sit back and enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world from one of the coffee shops in glamorous Oia.

DISCOVERING SANTORINI
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DISCOVERING SANTORINI

Free day to explore, at your own pace, this magical island, considered to be the lost continent of Atlantis. The name of the island was given by the Venetian Giacomo Barozzi due to the presence of a chapel dedicated to Saint Eirini. His descendants remained until 1576, when the island became part of the Duchy of Naxos and until the Turkish conquest by Piyale Pasha.

Optionally, you may choose to go on a dazzling sailboat tour that will take you over to the small islands of the caldera, Nea and Palea Kameni, with the hot springs of green and yellow waters.

Greca Tip: On this free day, we recommend exploring the island, tasting its wine and its excellent local cuisine. We cannot miss tasting the tomatokeftedes (a kind of tomato balls), the fava dishes (a vegetable smaller than a pea) and the cheese called Chloro.

FROM SANTORINI TO CRETE - THE LARGEST GREEK ISLAND
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FROM SANTORINI TO CRETE - THE LARGEST GREEK ISLAND

At the agreed time our staff will transfer you to the new port of Santorini, Athinios, where you will board the ferry to the largest island in Greece, Crete and more precisely to the port of Heraklion.

The city of Heraklion, literally meaning the glory of the goddess Hera, is the capital of the island and one of the Mediterranean's most fascinating and vibrant citites.  It was the most important city of the Minoan civilization and home to King Minos and the ferocious Minotaur.  It is also here where the Palace of Knossos is located, the oldest palatial complex in Europe. 

Upon your arrival we will meet you at the port and transfer you to your hotel.

Greca Tip: Stroll through this picturesque town with its Venetian harbor, the fortification walls, the busy shopping center and the Venetian and Turkish fountains, scattered all around.

HERAKLION - FREE DAY
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HERAKLION - FREE DAY

After a generous breakfast, you will have a free day to explore this incredible city. We suggest a leisurely stroll through the charming historical center and, of course, a visit to the extraordinary Palace of Knossos, home to the fabled King Minos and the ferocious Minotaur. 

Greca Tip: You can try Dakos, Paximadi (rusks) with chopped tomato, fresh cheese, herbs and olive oil placed on top.

FROM HERAKLION TO TEL AVIV
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FROM HERAKLION TO TEL AVIV

At the indicated time, our staff will transfer you to the Heraklion airport, where you will board the flight back to Athens to connect with the flight to Tel Aviv.

Have a good trip!, or as you may say yourself: "Kaló taksídi!".

After your arrival in the capital of the Holy Land, a driver will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel in Tel Aviv in one of our private air-conditioned vehicles.

At the hotel, you will check in and the rest of the day will be to relax and start enjoying the hotel's amenities.

Greca Tip: Do not forget to try the Falafel , fried chickepea balls with a very strong and spicy flavor.

CAESAREA - MUHRAKA - MEGİDDO - ACRE
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CAESAREA - MUHRAKA - MEGİDDO - ACRE

After a delicious breakfast you will depart from Tel Aviv and drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea, once the Roman capital of the region, where you will visit the wonderful Roman Theater, a building rescued in the excavations of the 1960s. Among the antiquities discovered, inscriptions appeared at the entrance of the theater dedicated to the emperor Tiberius, to whom this enormous stage was dedicated.

Then the tour continues to Muhraka, the site of confrontation between Elijah and the prophets of Baal, enjoy the spectacular view of the Jezreel Valley and the lower Galilee. After Muhraka you will go to Megiddo, archaeological hill in the center of the Valley of Armageddon, considered a World Heritage Site like Mount Carmel, you will learn the impressive history of this battle field as you visit the archaeological excavations, including the well-preserved water supply system.

Later you will go to Acre to visit the remarkable underground Crusader City and crypt, you will be able to walk through the Old City, recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site, and visit the local market and harbor.

At the end of the day you will get to the Galilee hotel for dinner and overnight.

Tip Greca: in the Dead Sea , avoid getting salt in your eyes, wear flip-flos so as not to damage your feet, high-factor sun protection ,and a hat 

 

TİBERİAS - CAPERNAUM - BANİAS
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TİBERİAS - CAPERNAUM - BANİAS

After a tasty buffet breakfast at our hotel, we will go in our vehicle to the port to start the day with a boat ride on the Sea of ​​Galilee, where Jesus walked on its waters and recruited his disciples Simon, Andrew, John and James.

Then you visit the Yigal Allon Center where the "Jesus boat," an ancient fishing boat from the 1st century, is displayed. you will continue to Capernaum to visit the remains of the 2nd century synagogue, and you will stop at Tabgha, the site of the Miracle of Fish and Loaves, and you will visit the Church of Multiplication with its 4th century mosaic floor.

The tour will continue to the Mount of Beatitudes, the place where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount and later you will go to the Banias springs and tour the Golan Heights.

At the end of the day you will return to the Galilee hotel for dinner and overnight.

Tip Greca: Do not forget your camera so you can keep beautiful memories of the entire tour

CANA - NAZARETH - BEİT SHEAN
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CANA - NAZARETH - BEİT SHEAN

After a tasty buffet breakfast at your hotel, you will go out with your guide to Cana to visit the Wedding Church, the place where Jesus performed his first miracle turning water into wine. Later you will continue to Nazareth to visit the Church of Annunciation, Joseph’s workshop and Mary’s well.

After visiting Nazareth you will proceed to Yardenit, the site where Saint John, cousin of Jesus, baptized him in the Jordan River, beginning one of the ministries of Christianity. You will start the route to Jerusalem and on the road you will stop at Beit Shean to visit the newly excavated Roman city and amphitheater.

The you will drive along the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

Greca Tip: The day you visit the holy places, try to dress appropriately so you don't feel uncomfortable and avoid being noticed

MOUNT OF OLIVES, WALLED CITY & MOUNT ZION
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MOUNT OF OLIVES, WALLED CITY & MOUNT ZION

After a delicious breakfast, you will go out with your guide to one of the most sacred places in the history of Christianity in the Holy Land, the Mount of Olives, the place where Jesus performed his prayers and where he was captured by the Romans and It says that he ascended to heaven.

During the tour you will be able to panoramically appreciate the entire Holy Walled City of Israel, then you will visit the Basilica of the Nations or of the Agony, possessor of the rock where Jesus prayed the night he was arrested. You will enter the Old City where the most important religious sites of Jewish Israel are located, such as the Western Wall or Wailing Wall, part of what was the ancient temple of Jerusalem built by King Solomon, it is the most important temple for all the jews.

Finally you will travel the Via Dolorosa, itinerary that Jesus took when he was on his way to the crucifixion, during this tour you will visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Mount Sion, King David's Tomb, Cenacle (Room of the Last Supper), the Abbey of the Dormition.

After having delved into the entire religious history of Israel, you will back to the hotel in Jerusalem.

Tip Greca: Never accept the first price offered at the points of sale, if you haggle, you will save a few shekels.

 

MODERN JERUSALEM & BETHLEHEM
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MODERN JERUSALEM & BETHLEHEM

After a tasty buffet breakfast you will leave hand in hand with your guide, you will visit modern Jerusalem, where you will visit the Shrine of the Book located in the Israel Museum and you will be able to appreciate one of the oldest biblical documents found to date, the manuscripts of the Sea Dead. You will also see a replica of the ancient city of Jerusalem, the model of the city in the times of Jesus.

Later you will go to Ein Karem better known as the Spring of Mary, you will visit the church of the Visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth, it is thought that the mother of Jesus visited Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist. You will have the opportunity to visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial and Museum.

In the afternoon you will start the excursion to Bethlehem, to visit one of the oldest Christian temples, the Church of the Nativity, built on the Grotto of the Nativity or Grotto of the Nativity, it is thought to be the place where the child was born Jesus. Other Christian sites to visit are the Chapels of San Jerónimo and San José.

Having known and enjoyed all this wonderful history, you will return to your hotel in Jerusalem.

Greca Tip: Avoid leaving your belongings away from you, a package would only alter the security of the place.

DEAD SEA & MASADA
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DEAD SEA & MASADA

After a tasty breakfast at the hotel, at the indicated time you will be picked up to begin the excursion to the Judean desert. the first place you will visit is the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found, then you will visit the ancient fort of Masada, the last fortification of the Jews in the fight against the Romans, which you will ascend by cable car. In 40 B.C. Once Judea was controlled and after having sheltered his family there, Herod fortified Masada to defend himself against the Egyptians. You will be able to enjoy the excavations of Herod's Palace, the Synagogue and the Aqueduct, as well as the views of the Roman Field.

Next you will go to the Dead Sea, where the saltiest waters on the planet are found, also known for being the region of Sodom in the Bible. You will have free time to bathe in its waters. Finally you will return to your hotel in Jerusalem.

Greca Tip: In the Dead Sea, avoid getting salt in your eyes, wear flip-flops so as not to damage your feet, high-factor sun protection, and a hat.

GOODBYE ISRAEL
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GOODBYE ISRAEL

You will enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and, at the indicated time, transfer to the Tel Aviv airport to board your departure flight.

From Greca we hope to see you again to enjoy some wonderful moments that will remain forever in your memory.

Good trip!, or as you will say: "neesiá tova"

Greca Tip: You can add nights in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem in step 1 of your reservation

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