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Family Trip to Greece including Athens, Santorini & Crete

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9 days

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May - September
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Family Trip to Greece including Athens, Santorini & Crete

Located on the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, Greece caters for every free spirit. Ancient sun-bleached ruins pierce blue skies as the Aegean laps at the endless coastline. Greek culture is alive with passionate music, inspired cuisine and thrill-seeking activities. Greece is a premier-league travel destination. Its incredible historic sites span four millennia, encompassing both the legendary and the obscure. Its convoluted coastline is punctuated by superb beaches, while its mountainous interior urges you to explore. Yet perhaps its greatest riches are the islands, ranging from backwaters where the boat calls twice a week to resorts as cosmopolitan as any in the Mediterranean.

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Located on the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, Greece caters for every free spirit. Ancient sun-bleached ruins pierce blue skies as the Aegean laps at the endless coastline. Greek culture is alive with passionate music, inspired cuisine and thrill-seeking activities. Greece is a premier-league travel destination. Its incredible historic sites span four millennia, encompassing both the legendary and the obscure. Its convoluted coastline is punctuated by superb beaches, while its mountainous interior urges you to explore. Yet perhaps its greatest riches are the islands, ranging from backwaters where the boat calls twice a week to resorts as cosmopolitan as any in the Mediterranean.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Athens

Welcome to Athens! We will meet you at the airport and you will enjoy your private transfer to the hotel.

After your check in, a member of our staff, will meet you at your hotel lobby for a welcome briefing. Our team member will hand you your folder with your vouchers, tickets etc and a customized travel guide based on your trip with tips and suggestions.

Our guide will meet you at your hotel lobby for the "Mythology Tour of Athens". This whistle-stop Athens tour is packed full of all those must-see Athens spots as well as those hidden gems that can only be found with a local by your side. Dive into the very soul of Athens and discover exactly what makes this city so very special – aside from all that ancient history!

Admire old and new architecture, and see a traditional Greek changing of the guard ceremony before finishing at Pnyx Hill, one of the earliest and most important sites in the creation of democracy. Your tour will end next to the Acropolis and Plaka neighbourhood. From here, you have the option to continue on your own personal exploration. Your guide will also be more than happy to advise you on your next move.

A Warm Welcome to Athens, private transfer to your hotel and an exciting City Tour, giving you the chance to experience the city as a local!

Activities

  • Private Transfer To Hotel
  • City Tour - Athens Mythology Private Tour

Accommodation

V1935 Luxurious Apartments or Elia Ermou Athens Hotel

Day 2

Touring Athens - A Food Adventure

After breakfast, we will explore the culinary backstreets and secrets of downtown Athens, in search of the soul of this historic yet always vibrant city. We’ll visit an old-school dairy bar and a hidden gem of a loukoumades joint. We’ll sample souvlaki, and a kebab made according to a recipe brought to Athens by refugees from Constantinople.

The walk will explore the hidden seafood eateries of the Stoa, the arcades that are among downtown Athens’ most unique architectural features. There will be artisanal cheeses, honey and even a few sips of homemade spirits to be sampled. Save space for an unforgettable bite in the center of the main fishmongers’ market!

A combination of rough and beautiful, ancient and modern, our culinary tour of downtown Athens lives on and tells the story of this city in a way few other landmarks can. You will have time to relax before we explore the mighty Acropolis at sunset and finish your day in Europe’s oldest capital with a walk around Plaka neighborhood!

Your guide will make his first stop at the archaeological exhibits which were found in the excavations of the New Acropolis Museum area. Then you will continue walking on the pedestrian streets of Makrigianni and Dionysus Areopagitou, nearby Plaka and the new Acropolis Museum. Your Guide is an awarded archaeologist with 25 years of leading guided tours, this tour should take roughly 2 hours.

Connect the dots between “yesterday” and “today” by letting your tour leader unveil unknown parts of history and significant details on historical buildings, beautiful old chapels and numerous monuments. Create memories that will stay with you forever and always have your camera ready, as you're in the most picturesque area of Athens! Find hidden gems of unspoiled beauty and magnificent views and learn secrets unknown, even to many Athenians! The tour ends at the neighborhood of Plaka where you can continue strolling and enjoy a delicious meal at your own cost.

After a delicious Culinary and Culture experience, rest and prepare for your visit to The Acropolis at sunset. Spend the evening exploring Plaka, Athens oldest neighbourhood!

Activities

  • Culinary Culture Tour By Local Guide
  • Lunch During The Tour
  • Private Tour Of The Acropolis
  • Entrance To The Acropolis Via Skip The Line Access
  • Evening Walking Tour Of Plaka & Anafiotika

Accommodation

V1935 Luxurious Apartments or Elia Ermou Athens Hotel

Day 3

Explore Crete's most beautiful city!

A short flight to Chania Airport, and a private transfer to your hotel, stopping for a quick breakfast on route. Then you have the opportunity to explore the city.

Due to the long history and rich culture, the region of Chania evidently keeps its traditional architecture. Walking through the Old Town with its intense Medieval architecture is a walk back in time. The Venetian port of Chania Town is the most characteristic spot of Western Crete. Holidays in Chania combine relaxation at amazing beaches, historical visits and the experience of authentic life.

Experience the real Crete with a walk through one of its most picturesque cities. Chania is a kaleidoscope of different elements: Ancient ruins, strong local culture and traditions, and delectable cuisine (Yes, you’ll get to taste some too!). Escape the tourist traps and dive into the secret corners and local neighbourhoods — each stop has a story to tell!

Explore Cretes most beautiful city, sampling local food and immersing yourself in the culture

Activities

  • Crete City Tour
  • Snack Style Lunch

Accommodation

Villa Yasemi or Infinity Blue Villa Monastery Estate

Day 4

Antiquity & Adventurers Private Tour

If you’ve come to Crete seeking adventure, then this tour is perfect for you! Tap into your inner Indiana Jones as you explore a Cretan village, trek a gorge or discover a unique remote location by private boat.

Thereafter, wander through an ancient city, drink ‘healing water,’ swim in the stunning turquoise waters and savor home-cooked local dishes! It’ll be an adventure of a lifetime that only requires a positive attitude and an open mind!

An adventure packed day awaits - hiking, swimming in The Mediterranean Sea, and finished off with a mouth watering local Cretan Meal

Activities

  • Gorge Hike
  • Boat Cruise To Crystal Clear Water Swimming
  • 3-course Local Cretan Meal
  • Explore Paleochora Town

Accommodation

Villa Yasemi or Infinity Blue Villa Monastery Estate

Day 5

Private Day Cruise on a Yacht

The famous lagoon of Balos, is located approximately 56km Northwest of Chania, formed between the Cape Gramvousa and the small Cape Tigani. Balos is surely one of the most photographed beaches in Crete.

Balos is famous for its turquoise waters, wild natural beauty, and the beautiful scenery. The lagoon of Balos has white sand and exotic vivid blue and turquoise waters. The sea is very shallow and warm, which is ideal for young children. In many places, the sand has a lovely pinkish color, because of millions of crushed shells.

Beyond the rocks at the boundaries of the lagoon, the water is deeper and colder, ideal for snorkeling. The lagoon and the wider area, with rare species of flora and fauna, are protected under the Natura 2000 program. Eleonora Falcons, Shags and Cormorants nest in the caves of the area. Moreover, the area is a shelter for the protected Monk Seal and the Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta).

There are many ways to visit Balos but we will do it with style and away from mass tourism.

Spend your day on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world - arrive in style, with your own Private Yacht Tour!

Activities

  • Transfer To & From Port
  • Private Yacht Tour & Guide
  • Food & Drinks On Board

Accommodation

Villa Yasemi or Infinity Blue Villa Monastery Estate

Day 6

Rethymnon & Knossos Palace tour

Today we head East to explore the jewels of Rethymnon and Heraklion cities. Departing from Chania, on our way to Heraklion, we will have a short stop in the old town of Rethymnon.

Enjoy a 2 hour Walking Tour in the old town of Rethymnon. Hear tales of previous conquerors like the Byzantines, Venetians, Ottomans, and pirates, and trace the footsteps of aristocrats, sultans, and warriors as you walk the winding streets of this fascinating city.

We continue our drive to Heraklion, the capital of Crete and one of the Mediterranean region's most fascinating and vibrant cities. With the current efforts to open up the wonderful medieval city center, it speaks to us of a past full of history and great events, that reflect its location at the crossroads of three continents.

Then you will have the opportunity to experience the majestic Palace of Knossos with a detailed and private guided walking tour that takes you 3500 years back in Greek history. Knossos is the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete and has been called Europe's oldest city!

Immerse yourself in both Rethymnon and Heraklion cities, including a private tour of The Palace of Knossos

Activities

  • Transfer To Heraklion
  • Private Tour Of The Palace Of Knossos

Accommodation

Aquila Atlantis Hotel

Day 7

Santorini Sunset & a Private Cruise with a LAGOON 500

After breakfast enjoy a walk around the winding little laneways of the island, or just soak up the views from the comfort of your hotel. In the afternoon you will be transferred to Ammoudi Port. Set sail around Santorini caldera aboard a luxurious sailing boat, aboard a deluxe LAGOON 500.

Explore a volcano and the nearby islands of Palea and Nea Kameni, See the Venetian lighthouse and caves of Indian Rock.You will also have the chance to swim in a natural volcanic hot spring and finally watch a legendary Santorini sunset while sailing around the island’s coasts on this luxury 5-hour cruise.

After your return from the port, you will have a free evening in Santorini, we do provide a city guide with “tested by us” filled with tips and suggestions.

Watch a legendary Santorini sunset while sailing around the island’s coasts and beaches on a luxury 5-hour cruise

Activities

  • Transfer To & From Ammoudi Port
  • 5 Hour Luxury Boat Cruise
  • Food & Drinks On Board
  • Snorkeling

Accommodation

Revelis Villa & Canava or Lilium Villa

Day 7

Santorini: Sights, Wines & Clicks tour Private Tour

After a fast ferry and a smooth check in at your luxury villa, prepare to experience the Historic and Traditional side of Santorini in 6 hours.

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and we’ll head to Oia, easily the most popular village of Santorini due to its dramatic setting at the edge of a steep cliff and its charismatic beauty. Stroll around cobblestone alleyways with whitewashed houses and snap photos from viewpoints only locals know about.

We’ll then move inland to the village of Pyrgos, the former capital of Santorini, where we’ll explore its pastel-coloured houses, blue-domed churches, and vineyards. Through winding pathways, we’ll walk all the way up the ruins of a medieval castle to admire amazing vistas. Going downhill to the village, it’s time to relax your muscles in a lovely spot where you’ll snack on some local, seasonal Mezedes (Greek tapas) such as tomato fritters, fava, white eggplant, cold cuts, and local cheese!

Our tour wouldn’t be complete without tasting exceptional Santorini wines, famous for their unique character that comes from the island’s volcanic conditions and local cultivation techniques. Enjoy not one or two but 6 premium wines during a tasting session in a local winery with dazzling caldera views and a selection of local cuts and cheeses!

The best Santorini has to offer! Explore the beautiful streets, Red Beach rock formations, enjoy a delicious Greek style lunch and finish off with a well deserved wine tasting

Activities

  • Fast Ferry Transfer To Santorini
  • Traditional Mezedes (greek Tapas) Lunch
  • Wine Tasting

Accommodation

Revelis Villa & Canava or

  • These villas don’t include breakfast but they are among shops/restaurants/supermarket etc as they are located on the Caldera (cliff side) in Fira Town, which is the capital.

Lilium Villa

Day 8

Private Bohemian Tales Tour of Athens

Our guide will meet you at your hotel lobby and begin your exploration of a different side of Athens on our “Bohemian Tales of the City” tour.

Take a detour down Athens’ back alleys and into neighbourhoods you won’t find in guidebook pages! This is the alternative Athens, where bohemian shops, amazing street art, hidden courtyards, awarded galleries and indie cafés attract locals — and travellers who want to escape the tourist traps!

Discover Athens’s bohemian side, from funky workshops to cool cafés, beyond the mainstream attractions

Activities

  • Bohemian Tales Of The City Tour
  • Greek Coffee & Sweet Treat
  • A Glass Of Wine & Meze Platter

Accommodation

Elia Ermou Athens Hotel

  • Deluxe Room with breakfast
Day 9

Final Day - Fly out

Time to say farewell to Greece! Enjoy your final Athenean breakfast before your driver will pick you up for your transfer to Athens airport, to catch your flight back home.

"Καλό ταξίδι" (Kaló taxídi), Bon voyage!

Activities

  • Transfer To Athens Airport

What's Included

Accommodation

4/5* Accommodation as per itinerary

Ground Transport

Ground transport as per itinerary

Flights

Domestic Flights as per itinerary

Meals

Breakfast, unless specified, and snacks/lunches/drinks as per itinerary

Created by
Rebecca Skevaki

Grecianlux is a Greek destination management company (DMC) and tour operator with headquarters in Australia and Greece, specialized in Luxury Travel options, where luxury means exclusive experiences.

With many years of experience, an inimitable network of partners and strong knowledge of the industry enables us to offer you a complete and tailor-made experience in Greece. As the starting point, we identify your needs and wishes, then swiftly propose the best solutions to meet those requirements.

At Grecianlux, we select and provide you with the most high-end travel experiences in Greece for leisure and business. Our services are designed in the smallest detail and tailored on the customer’s needs and interests. As a company born in Greece, we can provide you with the most local insights to help you discover the beauty of our country.

Our recipe for your best experience is simple. We have tried them first!

So whether you get in touch online by booking one of our handpicked tours or accommodations or by crafting your experience with us, benefit from our own personal local knowledge. We offer what we believe to be the most comprehensive range of the very best and most authentic and exclusive experiences in Greece, all for outstanding value.

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