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Classical Greece

Walkabout Excursions / Classical Greece

Classical Greece

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Discover the beauty and history of Greece. Explore the Acropolis and the Temple of Apollo at Delphi in Athens and the Minoan palace of King Minos on Crete. Delve into Greek life along the seaside and in mountain villages. Reconnect with the true meaning of happiness as you sail off the waters of Santorini, swim in its crystal-clear waters, and treat yourself to a wine-tasting excursion.

10 Days / Athens - Crete - Santorini / private local excursions / concierge services / full travel kit / Greece cell phone service / Starting from 250 per person per day
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The New Acropolis Museum

Start exploring the city and its history with a visit to the New Acropolis Museum at the foot of the Acropolis. The museum houses archeological treasures related to the Acropolis as well as beautiful marbles of classical Athens. The architecture of the museum stresses the connection between the museum and the Parthenon so that visitors, while looking at the collection, have a clear view of the extraordinary monument itself. Continue your exploration of all the major archeological sites that the Acropolis encompasses. Don’t miss the view of the Acropolis, a panoramic view of the whole city, and the Aegean Sea surrounding Attica from the Filopappou Hill. Take the paved path that starts at Filopappou and leads to Pnyx Hill, where the great orators of the antiquity — Pericles, Demosthenes, and Aristides — delivered powerful political speeches. End your day with a stroll through the colorful neighborhoods of Plaka and Anafiotika
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Temple of Apollo at Delphi

Today set off with a licensed guide for the ancient sanctuary of Delphi whose oracle was consulted in ancient times on important matters. The site, once considered the center of the world, occupies a majestic area on the southwestern slope of Mount Parnassus. Visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the museum housing masterpieces of ancient Greek sculpture such as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias. During this full-day excursion you will drive through villages north of Athens and get a glimpse of traditional Greek life. Stop at the picturesque mountain village of Arachova built on the southern slopes of Mt. Parnassus and explore its narrow streets full of taverns and workshops where local artisans sell handcrafted shoulder bags, throw rugs, woodwork, and more
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Crete

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to meet your early afternoon flight to the island of Crete. A driver will meet you at Chania airport and transfer you to your accommodation. From there start exploring the charming town of Chania, considered one of the loveliest in Greece. Stroll its narrow streets and discover diverse neighborhoods once occupied by Venetian, Turkish, and Jewish residents. Follow the coastal road of “Akti Kountourioti” where you will find a great variety of tavernas and cafes to satisfy your thirst or your appetite.
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Experience the Greek Summer

Your full-day private excursion to the south and west of Chania begins in the early morning. You will head towards  Elafonissos, a small islet connected to Crete by a shallow reef. What does one do when faced with pink coral sand and crystalline turquoise? Take an unforgettable swim of course! On our way back to Chania, take the road less traveled. Visit traditional Greek villages and stop for a meal at a beautifully reconstructed traditional village for some gastronomic delicacies made from produce cultivated organically on the village’s farm.
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The Palace of King Minos

Today your destination is Agios Nikolaos. The distance between the Chania and Agios Nikolaos is is 204km (126miles). It’s the perfect opportunity to combine your transfer with a short tour of Heraklio, Crete’s capital city, and visit Knossos Palace the seat of Minoan Civilization which thrived during the Bronze age (roughly 3,000 BC- 1,100 BC). Watch out for the Minotaur which, according to mythology, was fed with the blood of young Athenian boys and girls — it may still be lurking maze searching for food. Your final destination, Agios Nikolaos, is a town built around a picturesque lake where legend claims Athena and Artemis would wash their hair.
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Eastern Crete

Spend the day at leisure or choose to take an excursion starting with a visit to the traditional and picturesque village of Kritsa. A stroll through the village’s small shops full of traditional local crafts is highly recommended. The excursion continues through the winding mountainous roads to Lassithi Plateau (a plain 3300 feet above sea level) and the Dikteon Cave (the place where according to mythology Rhea came to give birth to Zeus to protect him from the fury of his father Chronos). Your excursion continues north towards the village Mohos where you will enjoy spectacular views over the gulf of Malia before your return to Agios Nikolaos.
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Caliiste's Island - Santorini

After breakfast you will be transferred to Heraklio’s port to meet your ferry to the island of Santorini. Upon arrival you will be greeted at the port and transferred to your accommodation which hugs Firostefani cliff and gazes over the famed caldera and the Aegean Sea. Ease yourself into the laid‐back ambiance at the hotel or take a stroll to the nearby town of Fira — Santorini's capital and one of the island’s livelier spots
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Wine Tasting!

Today, starting from Fira, your private car will take you north to the village of Oia, unquestionably the most beautiful on the island’s west coast and quintessentially Greek. This traditional, picturesque village with charming houses on narrow streets, blue-doomed churches and sunbathed verandas overlooks the Aegean Sea.  A winery near Oia will be the first stop on your tour where you can sample some of Greece’s best wines. After your wine tasting, enjoy a scenic drive along Santorini’s east coast to the monastery of Profitis Elias. This 18th century fortress‐like monastery is located on island’s highest point and offers a panoramic view of the entire island. From there, continue to the traditional village of Megalohori. This area hosts a few of the most important wineries. For lunch we suggest one of the areas’ many traditional restaurants
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Return to Athens

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