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Day 1: Athens.-
Welcome. Transfer to the hotel and free time. You will be provided with the information required for the start of the trip in the afternoon; otherwise, the information will appear on the information panels at the hotel reception area.

IMPORTANT:- Remember that hotels check-in time is usually at 14:00 hrs. If you require more hours of room availability, consider booking an additional night at the beginning of your trip.
- IF YOU REQUESTED ADDITIONAL NIGHTS upon arrival at the hotel, you would have your room booked, but your trip guide would normally contact you at the beginning of the included activities. At the reception you can also find an informative sign, indicating the telephone number and hours of assistance of our staff.
YOUR TIME THEREFORE BEFORE THIS MOMENT IS FREE. The hotel staff can help you with all the information you need.

Note: The schedules that you will find in this itinerary are indicative. The guide, depending on the situation and in order to improve the development of the trip, may adjust the schedules.
Day 2: Athens overnight on board.-
Note: Tonight we travel by ferry. For your comfort, we recommend preparing a small hand luggage with what you need at night, and you can leave your suitcase in the ferry´s hold. Please bring your passport with you, as it may be required at the boarding.

Note: Depending on the number of passengers, your guide may not be accompanying you on board. In that case your new guide will be waiting for you upon arrival on the island.

In the morning we will have a sightseeing tour of ATHENS. We will discover the presidential palace, the Panathenaic stadium, where the first modern Olympic games were held, the national library, the bustling downtown squares. We will finish the city tour next to the Acropolis site; the admission to Acropolis is not included, but our guide will orient you. Free time afterwards.

In the afternoon we will travel to the port of Piraeus to take the overnight ferry, which has similar facilities to those available on cruise ships. Accommodation in a double cabin with private bathroom. Night on board.

Usually the ferry leaves the port of Piraeus at 21:00 hrs. to Heraklion. We suggest enjoying the deck of the ship while sailing, dining in its restaurant and relaxing during the journey. Breakfast on board is not included.
Day 3: Ferry Athens- Heraklion - Rethymno- Chania- Heraklion.-
Total distance (by road): 145 km.
Scenery: Beautiful Mediterranean landscapes, mountains and sea views.

Our ferry from Athens arrives in Heraklion at 07:00 hrs. We disembark and have time to take a walk and have a coffee before continuing our route.

09.30 hrs. - Heraklion – departure. Our road follows the coast, beautiful views of the sea. We travel 90 km (approximately one hour and 20 minutes) until reaching Rethymno.
11.00 hrs. - Rethymno – arrival. Beautiful coastal city of Venetian origin dominated by its medieval castle. Time to walk through its historic center and have lunch.

14:30 hrs. - Rethymno – departure. We continue our route. Just over 60 km (approximately one hour) separate us from Chania.
15.30 hrs. - Chania – arrival. Captivating city with impressive fortress and stately mansions; contested among Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, Genoese, Turks, Egyptians and Greeks throughout its history. Our guide will inform us about the most beautiful points to visit and we will have free time to get to know the city.

19:00 hrs. - Chania. Departure and return to Heraklion.
Day 4: Heraklion- Cnosos- Agia Galini- Heraklion.-
Total distance: 180 km.

09.00 hrs. – Heraklion – Departure.
09.30 hrs. - Knossos. Arrival. We include (admission and guided tour) the PALACE OF KNOSSOS, which allows us to learn about the Minoan culture that gave rise to the Greek culture four thousand years ago.

11.45 hrs. - Knossos – departure. We cross the high mountains in the center of the island traveling south towards the Libyan Sea.
13:30 hrs. - Agia Galini, arrival in this picturesque town with labyrinthine alleys, fishing port and popular taverns. Free time to walk, have lunch and, if you’d like to, swim in the sea.

18.30 hrs. - Agia Galini - departure. Return to the capital of Crete.

20.00 hrs. - Heraklion – Arrival. We recommend walking through its historic center full of life, activity and small restaurants.

Note: From November to April we will make a stop in the picturesque city of Matala instead of Agia Galini due to the end of the summer season and the general closure of businesses in this city. Matala is known for its beautiful beach and unique landscapes of cliffs and carved caves dug into the rocks.
Day 5: Heraklion- Panagia Kera- Agios Nikolaos- Elounda- Spinalonga- Heraklion.
Total distance: 180 km.

09.30 hrs. - Heraklion – departure. We travel to the east of the island, pleasant coastal and mountainous landscapes.
11.00 hrs. - PANAGIA KERA – arrival. In a small village on a rich agricultural plain we visit the 13th century church with some of the best frescoes in Crete, admission included.

12.00 hrs. - Panagia Kera – departure.
12.15 hrs. - AGIOS NIKOLAOS – arrival to this picturesque town with its natural port. Time for a walk and lunch.

14:30 hrs. - Agios Nikolaos – departure.
15:00 hrs. - ELOUNDA, a place that was a city-state and today a beautiful tourist enclave. Time for a walk. We include here (or from the nearby port of Plaka) a boat trip and admission to the island-citadel of SPINALONGA, an ancient Venetian fortress that later served as a leprosarium for a long time. Boat trip of about 15 minutes, time in the fortress and return by boat. We return to the picturesque coastal town of PLAKA, time for a coffee and a walk.

18.00 hrs. - Plaka – departure.
19:30 hrs. - Heraklion – Arrival.
Day 6: Heraklion- Santorini.-
Total distance by road: 50 km.

Note: The schedules and frequencies of the ferries on which we carry out today´s program are variable depending on the period of the year. Please inform yourself in “My Trip” of the schedules that apply to your departure.

Early morning we have a transfer to the port. Normally our ferry will leave at 07:00 or 08:00 hrs. We take very fast modern ferries, in less than two hours we arrive at the island of Santorini.

SANTORINI – Arrival - (scheduled 08:50 hrs., if your ferry left at 07:00 / 09:50 hrs., if it left at 08:00 hrs). By bus, among beautiful landscapes we go to OIA, without a doubt the most spectacular town on the island: white streets full of life, immense views over cliffs, castle remains and windmills. Time to walk and have lunch.

After that we will visit FIRA, the capital of the island. Those, who would like to, can go down by cable car or donkey to the port, where the cruise ships arrive, or sail to the hot springs and contemplate the sunset from an old and classic Mediterranean boat.
Day 7: Santorini- Mykonos.-
After breakfast we take a ferry to MYKONOS. Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Accommodation. According to mythology, the battle between Zeus and the Giants occurred on this island. Free time afterwards to wander through its small streets, visit little Venice and the classic windmills.

Note: Depending on the number of passengers, your guide may not accompany you on the ferry ride. In that case, your new guide will be waiting for you upon arrival on the island.

Day 8: Mykonos.-
Mykonos. Breakfast. Free day to enjoy the island. We recommend visiting the island of Delos, birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, one of the most sacred places in Ancient Greece, or simply visiting the famous Paradise and Super Paradise beaches.
Day 9: Mykonos- Athens.-
Breakfast. At the scheduled time we will have a transfer to the port to take a ferry to the port of Piraeus. Arrival at night (around 23:00 hrs.).

Note: If additional nights are requested in Athens, a transfer from the port to the hotel is not included and will have to be invoiced.

Note: Depending on the number of passengers, your guide may not accompany you on the ferry ride.

End of our services.

Please, check the time of your flight in case you might need an additional night. Our guide will advise you on the best public transportation for your transfers.

Note: In case you have to book an external service (plane/train...) on the day of the end of your tour with activities included, please remember that the schedules of the detailed itineraries are the "planned" ones but may be affected by different circumstances (traffic density, customer delays, breakdowns...). Do not book a flight/train with a tight schedule without taking this into account. Always leave a margin in the schedule for unforeseen events.

Price includes


  • Europamundo General Services: Travel by bus with English speaking guide, basic travel insurance, hotel and breakfast buffet.
  • Includes arrival transfer
  • Boat: Elounda to Spinalunga
  • Ticket admission: Palace of Knossos at Heraklion with visit, Panagia Kera Church; Island-Citadel Spinalong
  • Ferry: Athens- Heraklion, Heraklio / Santorini , Santorini- Miconos , Miconos- Athens

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