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Athens - Santorini and Rethymnon (Crete Island)
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This is a suggested independent itinerary that you customize. Please select the best flights, hotels, trains, activities, transportation and number of nights in each destination to fit your needs.
A Greek Adventure!. Start with a visit to Athens (the cradle of civilization and home of democracy, is a heady mix of history and edginess with iconic monuments mingle with first-rate museums) and after that, catch a ferry/hydrofoil to romantic Santorini Island (with its exquisitely clear waters while perched on the rim of a massive active volcano in the middle of the sea). Continue with a flight to Heraklion in Crete Island, where you will pick up your Rental Car and drive to drive to delightful Rethymnon in the western side of Crete Island (full of magnificent beaches, interesting archaeological sites, Byzantine churches, lovely villages and lively resorts). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

This 9 night sample itinerary includes:
  • Hotel for 3 nights in Athens
  • Ferry from Athens to Santorini Island
  • Hotel for 3 nights in Santorini Island
  • Flight from Santorini Island to Heraklion (Crete Island)
  • Hotel for 3 nights in Rethymnon
  • Rental Car for 4 days in Rethymnon
  • Pick Up/Drop Off: Heraklion (Crete Island) Airport
  • Ferries/hydrofoils for the Islands do not operate in off seasons (autumn and winter) due to weather conditions

  • Driving Time
    Heraklion - Rethmynon : 1 hr. 20 mins. approx.
    Rethmynon - Heraklion: 1 hr. 20 mins. approx.


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3. Crete Island - Rethymnon
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3 nights in Athens

Athens captures the heart of its visitors. It's the capital city, vibrant in nature, exciting and exasperating, worldly and chic, a city that attacks the senses. It boasts art, culture, world-class museums, charming neighborhoods, exceptional food, lively people and glorious ancient gems such as the Acropolis and the iconic Parthenon. This city has a lot to offer and we promise you, it won't disappoint.

Explore the Acropolis, Parthenon, Temple of Nike, Hadrian's Gate, National Archaeological Museum, Greek Ancient Art Museum, Byzantine Museum, Temple of Poseidon, The Plaka, Syntagma Square, House of Parliament and so much more.



3 nights in Santorini Island

Santorini is considered to be the most sought after place for a romantic getaway in Greece, since there are not many places in the world where you can enjoy exquisitely clear waters while perched on the rim of a massive active volcano in the middle of the sea! Fira, the picturesque capital of the island, is perched high up on the edge of the Caldera, looking like a marvelous painting. Some of the villages are cosmopolitan some more peaceful; they are surrounded by vast vineyards; whitewashed cliff-top towns with castles affording amazing views out over the Aegean. Soaking up the villages' distinctive traditional atmosphere is a very rewarding experience.

Visit and explore the great Fira, Oia, Imerovigli and other charming villages, Beaches, Akrotiri Archaeological Site, Monasteries and Churches, Caldera, and much more.



3 nights in Crete Island - Rethymnon

Rethymnon is located on the western side of Crete, between Chania and Heraklion. It is full of magnificent beaches, interesting archaeological sites, Byzantine churches, lovely villages and lively resorts. Rethymnonn Town is the capital, a town with intense medieval architecture and a lovely Venetian port. Walk around the Old Town and explore the stone paths, the elegant mansions, the lovely arches and certainly the Venetian port. This is the most popular spot of the Town, lined up by delicious restaurants and nice cafeterias. Above the town, there is a strong medieval castle called Fortezza. The northern and southern coasts are dotted with fabulous beaches. Bali, Panormos and Adelianos Kampos on the northern side get pretty popular in summer, while Plakias and Agia Galini are the most tourist places in the southern side.

Visit and explore The Fortezza, Venetian Lotzia, Nerantze Mosque, Monastery of Preveli, Ideon Cave, Eleftherna, beautiful beaches, charming villages, glorious mountains and so much more.




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<b>Greece</b> is THE land of ancient sites and architectural treasures: the Acropolis in Athens, the amphitheater of Epidaurus, the reconstructed palace at Knossos, the belly button of the cosmos at Delphi, fallen columns galore on the sacred island of Delos, and frescoed Minoan palaces on Crete. But don't expect a visit there to be a sober study of the ancient world, the Greek propensity for partying dates back to Dionysus. Then there are 1400 islands to explore. Greece is much more than what you were taught at school or the predictable summer image of glorious sunsets and sandy beaches.
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Athens
Athens captures the heart of its visitors. It's the capital city, vibrant in nature, exciting and exasperating, worldly and chic, a city that attacks the senses. It boasts art, culture, world-class museums, charming neighborhoods, exceptional food, lively people and glorious ancient gems such as the Acropolis and the iconic Parthenon. This city has a lot to offer and we promise you, it won't disappoint.

Explore the Acropolis, Parthenon, Temple of Nike, Hadrian's Gate, National Archaeological Museum, Greek Ancient Art Museum, Byzantine Museum, Temple of Poseidon, The Plaka, Syntagma Square, House of Parliament and so much more.
Santorini Island
Santorini is considered to be the most sought after place for a romantic getaway in Greece, since there are not many places in the world where you can enjoy exquisitely clear waters while perched on the rim of a massive active volcano in the middle of the sea! Fira, the picturesque capital of the island, is perched high up on the edge of the Caldera, looking like a marvelous painting. Some of the villages are cosmopolitan some more peaceful; they are surrounded by vast vineyards; whitewashed cliff-top towns with castles affording amazing views out over the Aegean. Soaking up the villages' distinctive traditional atmosphere is a very rewarding experience.

Visit and explore the great Fira, Oia, Imerovigli and other charming villages, Beaches, Akrotiri Archaeological Site, Monasteries and Churches, Caldera, and much more.
Crete Island - Rethymnon
Rethymnon is located on the western side of Crete, between Chania and Heraklion. It is full of magnificent beaches, interesting archaeological sites, Byzantine churches, lovely villages and lively resorts. Rethymnonn Town is the capital, a town with intense medieval architecture and a lovely Venetian port. Walk around the Old Town and explore the stone paths, the elegant mansions, the lovely arches and certainly the Venetian port. This is the most popular spot of the Town, lined up by delicious restaurants and nice cafeterias. Above the town, there is a strong medieval castle called Fortezza. The northern and southern coasts are dotted with fabulous beaches. Bali, Panormos and Adelianos Kampos on the northern side get pretty popular in summer, while Plakias and Agia Galini are the most tourist places in the southern side.

Visit and explore The Fortezza, Venetian Lotzia, Nerantze Mosque, Monastery of Preveli, Ideon Cave, Eleftherna, beautiful beaches, charming villages, glorious mountains and so much more.

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