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Athens - Santorini - Heraklion and Kos 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.
Start with a visit to Athens, a city steeped in mythology: Home of the Acropolis and the National Archaeological Museum, then continue your vacation in Greece; catch a ferry to Santorini Island , featuring stunning sunsets and dramatic views, then it's on to Heraklion in ancient Crete Island featuring the Minoan Palace of Knossos, and finally Kos Island, Birthplace of Hippocrates, green and lush with lovely beaches and pretty villages. This is a flexible package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

Important Note:
Ferries/hydrofoils for the Greek Islands only operate between May 2nd and September 8th due to weather conditions.

This 12 night sample itinerary includes:
  • Flight into Athens and out of Kos
  • Hotel for 3 nights in Athens
  • Ferry Athens - Santorini
  • Hotel for 3 nights in Santorini
  • Ferry Santorini - Heraklion
  • Hotel for 3 nights in Heraklion
  • Flight from Heraklion to Kos Island
  • Hotel for 3 nights in Kos Island
  • NOTE: Please be advised that ferries and hydrofoils only operate between May 2 and September 8 due to weather conditions

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Athens (123)   Crete Island - Heraklion (26)   Kos Island (5)   Santorini Island (46)  
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1. Athens
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2. Santorini Island
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3. Crete Island - Heraklion
   (19 hotels)
4. Kos Island
   (121 hotels)
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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.

Recommended Stay:
At least 3 nights

Must See`s:
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.

Recommended Stay:
At least 3 nights

Must See`s:
Fira, Oia, Immerovigli and other charming villages, Beaches, Akrotiri Archaeological Site, Monasteries and Churches, Caldera, and much more.



3 nights in Crete Island - Heraklion

Founded in 824 AD by an Arabic Muslim people, Heraklion is home to the world's only comprehensive collection of Minoan artifacts. It has magnificent fortified walls and several other testimonies to the Venetians' time of power. Heraklion is close to the ruins of the palace of Knossos, which in Minoan times was the biggest centre of population on Crete. Home to Crete's largest city, Heraklion, as well as immense ruins scattered throughout the region, this prefecture draws attention from history lovers and young travelers looking for the island's nightlife.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Minoan Palaces of Knossos and Phaistos Palace, archaeological site of Gortyn, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Cretaquarium, Fortress of Koules, The Caves of Matala, lovely beaches, charming villages and so much more!


3 nights in Kos Island

Birthplace of Hippocrates, green and lush with lovely beaches, pretty villages, fascinating archaeological sites and a great nightlife, Kos Island sits in the middle of the Dodecanese chain of Greek islands that hug the Turkish coastline between Rhodes in the south and Patmos in the north just 3 nautical miles from Asia Minor coast. Kos is long and thin, about 28 miles by 7 miles and it is mostly flat and low-lying, especially in the north and west. The lack of hills has helped to make cycling very popular and there is no end of bicycle rental outlets and even some dedicated cycling roads between the big hotels. The capital is also called Kos and it's both an historical and modern town - with many archaeological sites opened in the streets and many resorts along the coasts.

Recommended Stay:
3 nights

Must See`s:
The sanctuary of Asclepios (Asclepieion), Roman Odeon of Kos, Casa Romana, Church of St. John the Baptist, The Castle of Antimachia, Castle and Old Town of Pyli, The cave of White Stone, Temple of Hercules, Ancient Agora, Castle of Neratzia, Charming villages and glorious beaches.




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Athens
Day 1
Arrive to Athens
Overnight in Athens   68 hotels offered
Optional  554 Things to do
Day 2
Overnight in Athens   68 hotels offered
Optional  554 Things to do
Day 3
Overnight in Athens   68 hotels offered
Optional  554 Things to do
Day 4
Departing from Athens
Transportation to next city by: Hydrofoil from Athens(Piraeus) to Santorini
Santorini Island
Day 4
Arrive to Santorini Island
Overnight in Santorini Island   231 hotels offered
Optional  221 Things to do
Day 5
Overnight in Santorini Island   231 hotels offered
Optional  221 Things to do
Day 6
Overnight in Santorini Island   231 hotels offered
Optional  221 Things to do
Day 7
Departing from Santorini Island
Transportation to next city by: Hydrofoil from Santorini to Heraklion (Crete)
Crete Island - Heraklion
Day 7
Arrive to Crete Island - Heraklion
Overnight in Crete Island - Heraklion   19 hotels offered
Optional  63 Things to do
Day 8
Overnight in Crete Island - Heraklion   19 hotels offered
Optional  63 Things to do
Day 9
Overnight in Crete Island - Heraklion   19 hotels offered
Optional  63 Things to do
Day 10
Departing from Crete Island - Heraklion
Transportation to next city by: By Air - _Air from Heraklion to Kos Island
Kos Island
Day 10
Arrive to Kos Island
Overnight in Kos Island   121 hotels offered
Optional  7 Things to do
Day 11
Overnight in Kos Island   121 hotels offered
Optional  7 Things to do
Day 12
Overnight in Kos Island   121 hotels offered
Optional  7 Things to do
Day 13
Departing from Kos Island

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Athens Hotels (68 total)
 
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Crete Island - Heraklion Hotels (19 total)
Kos Island Hotels (121 total)
 


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Tours in Athens (554 total)
 
Tours in Santorini Island (221 total)
 
Tours in Crete Island - Heraklion (63 total)
Tours in Kos Island (7 total)
 


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Greece

Greece 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.

Recommended Stay:
At least 3 nights

Must See`s:
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.

Recommended Stay:
At least 3 nights

Must See`s:
Fira, Oia, Immerovigli and other charming villages, Beaches, Akrotiri Archaeological Site, Monasteries and Churches, Caldera, and much more.

Crete Island - Heraklion
Founded in 824 AD by an Arabic Muslim people, Heraklion is home to the world's only comprehensive collection of Minoan artifacts. It has magnificent fortified walls and several other testimonies to the Venetians' time of power. Heraklion is close to the ruins of the palace of Knossos, which in Minoan times was the biggest centre of population on Crete. Home to Crete's largest city, Heraklion, as well as immense ruins scattered throughout the region, this prefecture draws attention from history lovers and young travelers looking for the island's nightlife.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Minoan Palaces of Knossos and Phaistos Palace, archaeological site of Gortyn, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Cretaquarium, Fortress of Koules, The Caves of Matala, lovely beaches, charming villages and so much more!
Kos Island

Birthplace of Hippocrates, green and lush with lovely beaches, pretty villages, fascinating archaeological sites and a great nightlife, Kos Island sits in the middle of the Dodecanese chain of Greek islands that hug the Turkish coastline between Rhodes in the south and Patmos in the north just 3 nautical miles from Asia Minor coast. Kos is long and thin, about 28 miles by 7 miles and it is mostly flat and low-lying, especially in the north and west. The lack of hills has helped to make cycling very popular and there is no end of bicycle rental outlets and even some dedicated cycling roads between the big hotels. The capital is also called Kos and it's both an historical and modern town - with many archaeological sites opened in the streets and many resorts along the coasts.

Recommended Stay:
3 nights

Must See`s:
The sanctuary of Asclepios (Asclepieion), Roman Odeon of Kos, Casa Romana, Church of St. John the Baptist, The Castle of Antimachia, Castle and Old Town of Pyli, The cave of White Stone, Temple of Hercules, Ancient Agora, Castle of Neratzia, Charming villages and glorious beaches.

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