(Athens, Santorini, Rhodes)
Allow the famous healing powers of the volcanic hot springs at Palaia Kameni wash away your modern-day stresses as you immerse yourself in its warm, calming waters.
This is just one stop on your extensive tour of Santorini where you’ll climb a volcanic crater to reveal breath-taking ocean views, cruise the pristine isle of Nea Kameni in a traditional wooden boat, and explore the traditional culture of Thirassia Island. Elsewhere, stroll among the ruins of the capital of the Minoan Kingdom at Heraklion and view rare Minoan art at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum; cruise to Chrissi Island where rare forest trails lead to turquoise bays excellent for snorkeling; visit a hilltop monastery and the 4th-century B.C. ruins of the Temple of Zeus Polieus; and explore the ancient monuments of the Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens.
A collection of premium accommodation adds to the pleasure of this excellent trip. You’ll stay in a range of charming boutique hotels, world-class island resorts, traditional Mediterranean villas and modern Aegean retreats. And your team of English-speaking local guides and private drivers will be by your side throughout to reveal all the colorful stories, secret sites and authentic highlights of Greece’s largest and most celebrated island destinations.
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A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
A welcome package with your vouchers, a city map, ferry tickets (if relevant) and any other touristic information that you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Enjoy an afternoon at leisure as you relax at your hotel or enjoy the city sites.
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.
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 private port transfer in Athens with private vehicle and driver.
Enjoy a transfer by high speed ferry to Santorini. The trip takes approximately 4 hours.
A transfer between the port and your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
The El Greco Resort (4*) is located minutes away from the centre of the magnificent Fira town, the capital of the unique and beautiful Santorini. The traditional and colourful architecture found here enhances the spacious surroundings and add to the overall environment of leisure. Guests of El Greco are welcomed by exceptional staff that will cater to the need of all guests. El Greco is a well balanced establishment equally suitable for families due to its location and facilities and for couples due to its colourful reflection of charm. The nearest beach is Monolithos and is only 7km away. The black sandy beach of Kamari is 12km away, and the largest beach on the island of Santorini, Perissa, is only 14km away.
Start this shared tour with a drive to Athinios for a boat cruise. The first stop is the isle of Nea Kameni, where you will have the opportunity to climb to the top of the crater. Your next stop will be to the famous hot springs, considered to have healing powers. Continue your tour with Thirassia Island, where you will have a few hours at leisure. At the end of the tour the boat sails back along the coast and ends at the port of Athinios, where buses will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.
Enjoy a transfer by ferry to Heraklion. The high speed ferry takes approximately 1.5 hrs.
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.
Meet your private driver and English-speaking guide out front of your hotel for a guided tour of Knossos Palace, recognized as the ceremonial and political centre of the Minoan civilization. The ruins of the capital of the Minoan Kingdom include the palace of Minos, the homes of the officials and priests who surrounded him, as well as the homes of common people and the cemetery. After the palace tour, you will return to the Heraklion city centre for a guided tour of the Archaeological Museum, regarded as one of the most important museums in Europe. The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is the best in the world for Minoan art, as it contains the most notable and complete collection of artifacts of the Minoan civilization of Crete. Your museum tour will be followed by a walking tour of Herklion, as well as some free time for lunch. Entrance fees are included.
Enjoy a transfer to Elounda with your own private vehicle and driver.
The Elounda Blu Hotel (4*) is situated in the international renowned hot spot of Elounda. The Greek islands architecture is evident throughout Elounda Blu with earth colours that blend with the Cretan environment. The area’s stunning views of the gulf of Elounda, the traditional town of Elounda, and the medieval castle of Spinalonga create an idyllic surrounding for a relaxing holiday. Elounda Blu offers a wide variety of restaurants and bars for all times of the day. Dine in one of the 3 restaurants, all providing breathtaking views of the island of Spinalonga and the gulf of Elounda.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Today you will visit the amazing Chrissi Island, located 8 miles off the South-East coast of Crete, in the Libyan Sea. You will have an hour cruise from Ierapetra to Chrissi Island. The island is in fact a huge sand hill, of which one third is covered with a Juniperous forest with some rare law protected trees. On the Island you will find two beaches with unbelievably clear turquoise water, where you will have several hours for swimming, snorkelling, sunbathing, and exploring the islands forest trails. At lunch time you can go to the small tavern and enjoy local cuisine with glass of chilled wine or beer. At the end of the day, you will be brought back to your hotel.
Flight from Heraklion, Crete to Rhodes.
Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in Rhodes. Explore the sites and enjoy the stunning views.
Located on the island of Rhodes, only a few kilometers from the historic town of Rhodes, the recently refurbished 401-room Sheraton Rhodes Resort (5*) offers global travelers, families, and honeymooners alike the best of resort amenities. Discover the beach and relax under the Mediterranean sun. Lounge at one of three sparkling swimming pools or test your skills on the squash and tennis courts. Enjoy a delicious meal at Castellania, the main restaurant, offering delicious breakfast and dinner served buffet-style either indoors or outdoors by one of the pools. Sample authentic local cuisine at Mediterraneo. Delight in the casual atmosphere of the Lounge Bar and enjoy the stunning view of the Aegean Sea from the terrace seating of L'Onda, the Italian restaurant.
The first stop on this private guided tour will be Mandraki Harbour, with the Italian buildings in the centre of Rhodes town. After passing the aquarium, you will be driven up Monte Smith where you will see the ancient stadium of Diagoras – Acropolis of Rhodes. Take in the beautiful panoramic view of Rhodes here. The next stop will be Filerimos, a hilltop monastery, where you can visit the ruins and foundations of the Temple of Zeus Polieus of 4th century BC. You will also see the historical Doric fountain, and the Way of Cross, with its many steps and striking scenes of passion. As you turn back to Rhodes, you will see the Amboise gate, an entrance to the medieval town of Rhodes. Here, you will walk down and visit the Grand Master Palace and the popular archaeological Museum.
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