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MINOS II

10 Days / 9 Nights
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Athens, Mykonos, Santorini & Heraklion, Crete

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From USD 2,606.26

Daily departures guaranteed from May until the begining of October.

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What is included in this package

  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Athens according to the desired hotel category.
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Mykonos according to the desired hotel category.
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Santorini according to the desired hotel category.
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Heraklion according to the desired hotel category.
  • 3-day tour in Crete, with 2 nights accommodation in Chania in 3* superior hotel category.
  • Half-day sightseeing tour in Athens with an official English-speaking guide.
  • Visit to the Acropolis Museum with an official English-speaking guide.
  • Guided evening walking tour through Monastiraki, Plaka and Anafiotika.
  • Guided walking tour in Rethymnon and in Chania.
  • Sunbeds and umbrella at Elafonisi Beach.
  • Entrance fees to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Knossos Palace and Chrisoskalitissa Convent.
  • Entrance fees to the archaeological sites as per description.
  • Ferry tickets with numbered seats Piraeus - Mykonos - Santorini - Heraklion.
  • Travelling in Crete in small groups of up to 12 travellers.
  • Official English-speaking guide throughout the tour in Crete.
  • Air ticket Chania - Athens.
  • All transfers as per itinerary.
  • 24/7 Emergency Phone Assistance
  • Daily breakfast

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  • Gratuities (optional).
  • Personal expenses.
  • Optional fast ferry by clicking on "Customize your Program" or in step 1 of the reservation.
  • International air tickets..
  • Add extra nights in Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Heraklion and Chania by clicking on "Customize your Program" or in step 1 of the reservation.
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  • 10% discount for groups of more than 10 travelers

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Package Tour Itinerary: Minos II

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 jewellery 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 escort you to Piraeus port in one of our private vehicles and you will take the ferry to the cosmopolitan island of Mykonos. The crossing is scheduled at the ideal time of the day so that you can enjoy the sun on deck and marvel at the deep blue of the Aegean Sea. The name of the island denotes "heap of stones" or "rocky place", but a later version connects it to the hero Mykono, son of the king of Delos, Anius.

Upon your arrival, one of our English-speaking representatives will 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 natives.

Greca Tip: You can select a fast ferry during 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, we may choose to go on a dazzling sailboat tour that will take us 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.

FROM KNOSSOS PALACE TO RETHYMNO & CHANIA
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FROM KNOSSOS PALACE TO RETHYMNO & CHANIA

Early in the morning, and at the time indicated, we will pick you up from your hotel to begin your adventure. Firstly, you will visit the Palace of Knossos, the oldest palatial complex in Europe, home to King Minos and the mythological Minotaur. 
Together with your guide you will continue to Rethymno, a city which was formerly occupied by the Venetians and where you will enjoy a guided walk through its narrow and picturesque streets as well as free time to have lunch and enjoy the excellent gastronomy of the island.
After lunch you will continue along the coastal road to Chania, appreciating the beauty of this island with the explanations of your guide.

You will stay in Chania, also called "Haniá", and have free time to visit this charming city, with your guide's recommendations, which include, among others, the old Venetian port and, of course, the local market.

Greca Tip: In the traditional bakeries of Rethymno your will find lychnarakia (small pies with cheese) and kaltsounia (small pies with cheese and cinnamon).

EXCURSION TO ELAFONISI
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EXCURSION TO ELAFONISI

Early in the morning, and after a tasty breakfast, we will pick you up to discover one of the most hidden treasures of this island. On the way to our destination and past gorges and steep summits we will enter the southwestern region of the island, where idyllic beaches of pink sand are washed by the transparent waters of the Libyan Sea. 

Among these the indisputable protagonist is the incredible beach of Elafonisi, a flat morsel of land with sporadic vegetation against the stark bareness of the Cretan mountains. It is a magical place that consists of a small islet full of white and pink sandy beaches, which is very close to the main busy beach.  It takes its name from the word 'Elafi', which in Greek means deer, because you can easily get to it through the shallow waters, like a deer. Free time to swim in one of the loveliest beaches in the world with sun loungers and umbrellas provided for your convenience.

After this extraordinary jewel of nature and towards the end of the day you will make your way back to Chania. You will also stop at the "Chrisoskalitisa" monastery or, as its name denotes, “Virgin of the Golden Stair”. According to the legend, when the Ottomans conquered Crete, the nuns hid the golden treasures of the monastery underneath the step of the long staircase in its entrance, to protect them from the invading army.  Its centuries old architecture is one of one of Southwestern Crete's landmarks.  It is built entirely on the rock face and you will be amazed not only by its great cultural and historical past, but also by the spectacular views it offers.  Return to Chania and end of the tour.

Greca Tip: Roam the picturesque and traffic-free old town of Chania for some jewelery and pottery, local crafts, traditional Cretan knives, olive wood, natural products made with local herbs, oils and plants. 

GOODBYE CHANIA - SEE YOU SOON GREECE!
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GOODBYE CHANIA - SEE YOU SOON GREECE!

Breakfast and at the agreed time transfer to Chania airport for your return journey.

Having spent a few fantastic days with Greca, we hope to see you again soon to create new and extraordinary moments that will be lovingly etched in your memory. Have a nice trip! or as Greeks say: Kalo taksidi!

Greca Tip: Before you go try delicacies like kaltsounia and ntakos accompanied by some of the best local wine varieties, tsikoudia or raki.

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