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We were in Athens, Mikonos, Santorini and Crete. All the transfers by ferry and by plane were fulfilled perfectly. The guides efficiently coordinated each stage of the trip and assisted us warmly in the hired excursions. Highly recommended
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The guides who received us are all friendly and the organization is very good. The city tour should be done the first day. The information of the duration of the same as well as the duration of the cruzeros should be improved.
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MINOTAUR

10 Days / 9 Nights
Free Cancellation

Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, Heraklion & Chania

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From USD 1,630.65

Guaranteed daily departures 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.
  • 1-night accommodation in Heraklion.
  • 2-night accommodation in Chania.
  • Half-day Athens sightseeing tour with an official English-speaking guide.
  • Acropolis Museum tour with an official English-speaking guide.
  • Guided evening walking tour through Monastiraki, Plaka and Anafiotika.
  • Entrance fees and tickets as per description.
  • Car rental as per itinerary.
  • CDW insurance, excess amount Eur 750.00.
  • Unlimited kilometres.
  • 24-hour Roadside Assistance.
  • Ferry tickets with numbered seats Piraeus-Mykonos-Santorini-Heraklion.
  • Air ticket Chania-Athens.
  • All transfers as per description.
  • 24/7 Emergency phone line.
  • Daily breakfast.

Not included & Optionals

  • Personal expenses, Gratuities (optional) & Municipality tax.
  • International air tickets.
  • GPS, snow chains, child seat and additional driver upon request.
  • Optional fast ferry by clicking on "Customize your Program" or on "Customize your transportation" during step 1 of your booking.
  • Book more nights in Mykonos, Santorini, Athens and/or Chania and Heraklion by clicking on "Customize your Program" or during step 1 of your booking.
  • Take out our optional health or cancellation insurance by clicking on "Insure it!" in step 1/3 of your booking.
  • Click on the FAQs for more information on hotels and rates.
  • 10% discount for groups of more than 10 travelers

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Package Tour Itinerary: Minotaur

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 - HOME OF MINOTAUR
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FROM SANTORINI TO CRETE - HOME OF MINOTAUR

At the appointed time, you will be transferred to the new port of Santorini, Athinios. There, you will board the ferry to continue your journey to the largest island of Greece, Crete.  More precisely you will arrive at the port of Heraklion, the capital of the island and home to King Minos and the legendary Minotaur.

Heraklion was the most important city of the Minoan civilization and it literally means the glory of the goddess Hera. The Palace of Knossos, the oldest palatial complex in Europe, is located in Heraklion. Upon your arrival you will collect your rental vehicle, drive to your hotel, check in and start exploring the island at your own pace.

Greca Tip: Stroll through this picturesque town with its Venetian harbor, the fortification walls, the busy shopping center or make use of the free bicycle rental service offered by the Municipality of Heraklion to citizens and visitors.

FROM HERAKLION TO CHANIA
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FROM HERAKLION TO CHANIA

Thanks to the rental car we have arranged for you in this program, you can set out on your adventure the way you have planned it and at your own pace. Chania is located in the western part of this incredible island and on your way there you will drive on well-maintained roads.
We suggest that you make your first stop at the Palace of Knossos, home to the legendary King Minos and the ferocious Minotaur. We also recommended visiting Rethymnon, a city nestled between breathtaking mountains and the deep blue of the Mediterranean. 

During this trip from Heraklion to Chania you will have the chance to explore and get closer to the majestic interior of the island.
Upon your arrival in Chania, you will check in at your hotel and enjoy a good night's sleep.

Total distance: 140 Km

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

CHANIA TOWN AND COUNTRYSIDE
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CHANIA TOWN AND COUNTRYSIDE

On this free day we recommend that you make the most of your rental car to discover the wonders and hidden gems that have ranked this city amongst the main European holiday destinations.

Not to be missed are the stunning beaches of Balos, Elafonisi or Falasarna and if you love trekking, then a visit to Samaria Gorge is obligatory.

Greca Tip: Explore the town of Chania, its Venetian Harbour, the narrow shopping streets, waterfront restaurants and discover the "inner Crete" through its mountain villages.  

CHANIA TO ATHENS - FAREWELL GREECE!
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CHANIA TO ATHENS - FAREWELL GREECE!

After your breakfast, you will drive to Chania Airport and, at the agreed time, drop off your rental car at the car rental company's station. You will then check in your luggage and board your flight back to Athens.

Please note that this flight will conveniently correspond to your international flight, which should preferably depart after 12:30 hrs.

Having spent a few fantastic days with Greca, we hope to see you again soon to create together new and extraordinary moments that will be lovingly etched in your memory.

Have a nice trip! or as Greeks say: Kalo taksidi!

Greca Tip: Do not leave Crete without trying the famous cheese or herb pies, called kalitsounia, a unique delicacy which can be both salty and sweet.

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