Start with Athens and explore the city with a private tour of Athens and Acropolis. Your expert guide will provide interpretation of the most important sights of the city. Continue to Santorini, the miracle of the Southern Aegean Sea, one of the most beautiful islands among the Greek Island. Spend a few days exploring Crete the largest and most populous of the Greek islands and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. It was also the centre of the Minoan civilization from approximately 2700–1420 BC. Crete boasts a culture and rhythm all its own, with a distinct dialect and even its own local culture and music that is very unique from the rest of Greece. Explore the charming village of Rethymno with its cobble-stoned streets and narrow alleyways. Enjoy a guided tour of impressive Knossos, notably the most famous Minoan monument on the island, and the nearby popular Heraklion Archeological Museum. Private transfers throughout and 24/7 local support.
An airport transfer with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
A welcome package with a city map, ferry tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
This private tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Your expert guide will take you to see the city centre, Constitution Square, House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, and the National Library. Driving down Herod Atticus Street, you will see the Evzones in their picturesque uniform and the Presidential Palace. On your way to the Acropolis, you will see Hadrian's Arch, visit the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and make a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896. 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. You will complete your visit with the Acropolis Museum. Entrance fees to the New Acropolis Museum are included.
Enjoy a one hour flight to Santorini.
A transfer between the airport and your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
On this private tour you will travel through some picturesque villages like Mesa Gonia and Exo Gonia with your own driver and guide. These quaint little villages are surrounded by vineyards, one of the major wine production centres of the island. Located in the village of Mesa Gonia is the beautiful Byzantine church of Panagia Episkopi. Dating back to 1100, it is one of the oldest and most interesting on the island. The next stop is at the Santo winery. At the winery, wine experts will reveal the wine's hidden secrets, while you taste and get to know these famous wines. After the wine tasting, you will visit the traditional settlement of Megalochori, where you will have time for a brief walk of the village. The last stop is at Perivolos beach where you will have some free time to swim and have lunch at a local restaurant.
Enjoy a port shared transfer in Santorini with coach and driver.
Enjoy a transfer by ferry to Heraklion. The high speed ferry takes approximately 1.5 hrs.
Enjoy a private transfer with vehicle and driver from Heraklion Port to Rethymno.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
A transfer to Heraklion with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
Today you will have the chance to see one of the largest of the ancient Minoan palaces and the oldest palace in Europe to ever be excavated, Knossos Palace. Once the palace of King Minos, Knossos represents an advanced culture dating back over 4,000 years. After being discovered in 1878, extensive excavations were started in 1900 by Sir Arthur Evans. Today a number of the sections of the palace have been reconstructed and are open to visitors. The tour of Knossos will be followed by a visit to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, a modern, earthquake-proof building that houses the largest and finest collection of antiquities from Crete. All of the original frescoes from Knossos and the other Minoan sites on the island have been moved here, along with other priceless objects such as pottery, jewellery, ritual vessels, and everyday life artifacts, including the world's first safety pin.
A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
The Athenian Callirhoe Exclusive Hotel (4*) is a unique superior boutique hotel in the heart of Athens where style and comfort are happily coupled to offer a pleasant stay with the finest accommodation and delightful culinary experiences. At Athenian Callirhoe, one of the most well-known hotels in Athens, you will discover a distinctive building with elegant urban interior design. Enjoy the very best in luxury and service while being spoiled with the 'little things' a guest needs to make one feel at home. Visit the roof garden restaurant, Callirhoe VIP, and savour refreshing cocktails and delicious cuisine creations while enjoying the breathtaking view of both the Acropolis and Lycabettus hill.
Dana Villas (4*) is a group of studios and apartments perched on the rim of a cliff in Firostefani. The villas are located close to the capital of the island, yet, are away from the noisy city centre. The attractive studios and apartments are furnished in Santorinian décor with great attention to quality and detail. The complex also offers a swimming pool with a pool bar, restaurant, café, buffet breakfast, an outdoor heated Jacuzzi, and the most breathtaking views of the ocean, the volcano, and the sunset from the rooms. All rooms offer a guaranteed ocean view.
Veneto Hotel (4*), an old 14th century Venetian manor house, is located in the heart of the Old Town of Rethymno, just a 3-minute walking distance from the commercial area, museums, the beach and numerous cafes, restaurants, and nightclubs. The hotel has been restored with respect to the character and architecture of the building, and has created six studios and four suites, ready to take you to the charm of yesterday and offer you the comforts of today. In the common areas of the ground floor, there is one of the most beautiful and famous restaurants on the island. In the stone-built wine cellar you can find some of the most carefully selected wines from the Cretan, Greek, and national vineries.
The Galaxy Hotel (5*) was completely renovated in 2008 and showcases its distinctiveness in its every facet. Its landscape architecture is deferential of and follows that of the land, while its interior design impresses even the most cosmopolitan of visitors, highlighting the hotel’s unmistakable insistence on quality and dedication to the magical combination of aesthetics and functionality. It offers an unsurpassed combination of world-class luxury facilities, warm and professional service, a convenient location, and glorious food and beverage services. The 127 rooms are PURE allergy friendly. Guests can take advantage of the complimentary wellness club, massage room, and a large fresh-water swimming pool.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
"Melissa Field was extremely helpful! She was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! She kept me updated on the status of everything and provided timely correspondence. She took ownership for any problems I had and remedied them. I had the most amazing time of my life in Iceland and Paris! I would not have experienced everything without the help of Kensington Tours."
Marilynn Weaver ,
April 21, 2014
"All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!"
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
Coby Scherr ,
November 05, 2013
"Everyone involved in our Portugal trip made it terrific. Exactly as advertised. Every event on time and most pleasant. Guides were well-informed, courteous and friendly. Really made for a great journey every time. Each hotel was clean, upgraded and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks. Breakfasts were complete -- almost too much to eat. It will always be a wonderful memory thanks to Kensington Tours."
Couples Dellinger & Hubbell ,
November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
Kevin Wilshere ,
October 19, 2013
"Great trip to Spain! Thanks again for all your help, Lianne. The destinations, hotels, guides and everything were all top notch."
Chery Westlund ,
November 07, 2013
"My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bent over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangements made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again."
Randy Gramlich ,
October 07, 2013
"Thank you for your follow up, we both loved our time in Croatia. It’s really a beautiful place, especially the coast. Your choice of hotels was great. It was an incredible view from the Bellevue hotel in Dubrovnik and the Vestibule in Split was in the best possible location. We were able to relax in our room listening to the wonderful singers in the courtyard and its central location made it so easy to walk anywhere we wanted to see with ease. "
Jay Steffan ,
September 24, 2013
"We just returned from a 10 day trip to Paris and Normandy. We spent three nights in Paris and then enjoyed a seven night cruise on the Seine to Normandy with AMA Waterways. The time in Paris was well spent and has piqued our interest to return for a more thorough visit. Guide Wafaa Lankey was superb in our visit to Versailles. The Seine cruise was relaxing and beautiful. So many wonderful little towns and we wished we had more time in each one to explore and enjoy.
We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia using Kensington earlier this year which was a fantastic trip."
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