Athens, Santorini & Crete Discovery

8 days from $2,936 per person*
  • Private guided city tour of Athens, including the ancient Acropolis.
  • Private guided island tour and wine tasting on Santorini.
  • Explore Crete and visit the 4,000 year old Knossos Palace.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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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.

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Athens
    Athens
    • Transfer - Private - Airport with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Driver/Assistant(2)
    • Greece - Welcome Package(2)
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Athens
    Athens
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day City Tour with New Acropolis Museum - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(2)
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Athens to Santorini
    Athens to Santorini
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(4)
    • Flight Not Included
    • Transfer - Private - Airport (all areas except Oia) - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Santorini
    Santorini
    • Tour - Private - Tour - Private - 1/2 d am Hiking in Santorini - Thira to Oia (4 hours)
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Santorini to Heraklion to Rethymno
    Santorini to Heraklion to Rethymno
    • Transfer - Shared - Port (all areas except Oia) - Coach/Driver
    • Santorini - Heraklion [1.5 hrs] - Highspeed - Business
    • Heraklion - Rethymno [Port, 1.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Rethymno
    Rethymno
    • At Leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Rethymno to Heraklion
    Rethymno to Heraklion
    • Rethymno - Heraklion [1.5hrs] - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Tour - Private - Knossos Museum (5hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(2)
  • Day 8 Heraklion
    Heraklion
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Athens

Enjoy an airport transfer with a driver and assistant. For your added comfort, your representative will help you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

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.

Accommodation: New Hotel (4*)

The New Hotel is a splendid structure situated in Athens, an ideal destination for a unique and unforgettable stay. The hotel is renowned because it was designed by the brothers Campana, who have created this splendid structure joining together the charm of ancient Athens with the best modern amenities. The ambiences of the hotel are sophisticated and accurate down to the smallest detail, provided with sleek jagged mirrors and bespoke modern furniture, which were created from the use of recycled materials and wisely made by local art students. As for gastronomy, the hotel features an optimal restaurant that is able to satisfy even the most demanding palate. In fact, the restaurant proposes a big variety of optimal local products, always fresh and selected.

Athens
Athens
New Hotel
New Hotel

Day 2: Athens

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.

Accommodation: New Hotel (4*)
Temple of Olympian Zeus
Temple of Olympian Zeus

Day 3: Athens - Santorini

An airport transfer with a private vehicle and driver is provided.

Flight from Athens-Santorini is not included in your itinerary pricing. Please contact us for a quote on domestic flights for your trip.

A transfer between the airport and your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.

Accommodation: Dana Villas (3*)

Dana Villas 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.

Santorini
Santorini
Dana Villas View
Dana Villas View

Day 4: Santorini

You will be lead you through the sister villages of Firà, Firostefáni and Imerovígli, travelling upwards towards the caldera enjoying views of the volcano.  Continue north to Oia following a magnificent path. This hike offers so many changing views on the volcano. E

Accommodation: Dana Villas (3*)
Megalochori
Megalochori

Day 5: Santorini - Heraklion - Rethymno

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.

Accommodation: Veneto Hotel (4*)

Veneto Hotel, 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.

Rethymno
Rethymno
Veneto Hotel
Veneto Hotel

Day 6: Rethymno

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: Veneto Hotel (4*)

Day 7: Rethymno - Heraklion

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.

Accommodation: Galaxy Hotel Iraklio (4*)

The Galaxy Hotel 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 rooms offer simplistic luxury, the feel of authenticity, and the warmth of hospitality. The hotel borrowed elements from Iraklio's rich history and surroundings and reminds visitors of the power of the land that they are in.  Guests can take advantage of the complimentary wellness club, massage room, and a large fresh-water swimming pool.

Heraklion
Heraklion
Galaxy Hotel
Galaxy Hotel

Day 8: Heraklion

A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

New Hotel (4*): Athens

The New Hotel is a splendid structure situated in Athens, an ideal destination for a unique and unforgettable stay. The hotel is renowned because it was designed by the brothers Campana, who have created this splendid structure joining together the charm of ancient Athens with the best modern amenities. The ambiences of the hotel are sophisticated and accurate down to the smallest detail, provided with sleek jagged mirrors and bespoke modern furniture, which were created from the use of recycled materials and wisely made by local art students. As for gastronomy, the hotel features an optimal restaurant that is able to satisfy even the most demanding palate. In fact, the restaurant proposes a big variety of optimal local products, always fresh and selected.

New Hotel
New Hotel
New Hotel Lobby
New Hotel Lobby

Dana Villas (3*): Santorini

Dana Villas 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.

Dana Villas View
Dana Villas View

Veneto Hotel (4*): Rethymno

Veneto Hotel, 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.

Veneto Hotel
Veneto Hotel

Galaxy Hotel Iraklio (4*) : Heraklion

The Galaxy Hotel 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 rooms offer simplistic luxury, the feel of authenticity, and the warmth of hospitality. The hotel borrowed elements from Iraklio's rich history and surroundings and reminds visitors of the power of the land that they are in.  Guests can take advantage of the complimentary wellness club, massage room, and a large fresh-water swimming pool.

Galaxy Hotel
Galaxy Hotel
Galaxy Hotel Lobby
Galaxy Hotel Lobby
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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