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12 days/11 nights, featuring: Athens, Mykonos, Delos, Paros, Santorini, Crete.

 

The Aegean Sea Beyond The Myth

The Greeks named the Aegean after the homonymous king of Athens. Once Athens lost the war against Crete, they had to send 14 teenagers every year to King Minos, as a gift to his son, the Minotaur. King Aegean, having sent his son, Theseus, along with 13 other children, wrongly concluded that they would not return from Crete and fell into the Sea.

The most important complex of islands of the Aegean Sea are the Cyclades. People named them after the Nymphs Cyclades when Poseidon, the god of the Sea, transformed them into rocks. Tour the Greek islands and travel through Mythology.

 

How To Capture The Aegean In 12 Days

Spending vacations in one place for 12 whole days, even if it is as exceptional as Athens is, could be boring. Island hopping is what you, the inquisitive and restless traveler need.

 

Starting your tour from Athens, you can pass by all the islands you have fallen in love with while looking at touristic brochures. Mykonos and Santorini, the jewels of the Aegean Sea, are most people’s favorite.

Delos is one of a kind, the imposing princess from the past. The new queen of the Aegean, Paros, a beautiful traditional island with magnificent landscapes, has also gained a cosmopolitan air.

The southernmost of the Aegean islands, proud Crete, is imposing with its size, natural beauties and amazing weather.

Itinerary

Day 1: Athens

Day 2: Athens

Day 3: Athens – Mykonos

Day 4: Mykonos – Delos

Day 5: Mykonos

Day 6: Mykonos – Paros

Day 7: Paros

Day 8: Paros – Santorini

Day 9: Santorini

Day 10: Santorini – Heraklion (Crete)

Day 11: Heraklion

Day 12: Heraklion – Athens

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Day 1: Athens
Welcome to Athens. We will meet at the Athens International Airport and transfer you by taxi to your hotel. Your hotel is built in the quiet Plaka area, next to the Acropolis and its new Museum.

 

Get your camera ready to capture as many monuments as you can. Look for picturesque old houses in Plaka and buy gifts for your friends and relatives. In the evening, dinner at a local restaurant in the Old Athens area. Delicious dishes and local wine will relax you to have a wonderful night in Athens.

Overnight in Athens. (B, D)

 

Day 2: Athens
In the morning, go on your 3 hours sightseeing tour on foot, to see the Acropolis and the nearby sites. In the afternoon you have plenty of free time. Visit on your own the new Acropolis Museum, located next to your hotel, the Museum of Cycladic Art or the Archaeological Museum.

Overnight in Athens. (B)

 

Day 3: Mykonos
After breakfast we will transfer you by taxi to Piraeus to start your tour of the Greek islands. The Cyclades, are the first islands to explore. Inhabited since the prehistoric era, they are known for having developed the first civilizations in Europe and commercial centers.

You will embark the ferry-boat to Mykonos where you will arrive after 5 hours. We will transfer you to your hotel. This day is at leisure to explore the cosmopolitan island.

Stroll through the amazing narrow streets, admire the marvelous tiny chapels and the whitewashed houses with their gardens. Relax on the waterfront, looking at the vast blue of the sea and at the big cruise ships and the sailing boats as well. Wait for the sunset and later on the rich nigh life of Mykonos. Dance your first night in Mykonos away.

Overnight in Mykonos. (B)

 

Day 4: Mykonos-Delos
In the morning, you will go on a half day tour to the uninhabited island of Delos by an excursion boat.

As ‘ADELOS’ means ‘stealth’ in ancient Greek, according to Mythology, this was a moving floating stealth rock on the Aegean. Zeus begged Poseidon to help him find a hidden place for Titan Lito to give birth to their children.

God Poseidon used diamond chains to stabilize the island which was renamed into ‘Delos’ meaning ‘visible’. On this holly land, Lito gave birth to Apollo, god of the Sun and the Arts. She also gave birth to Diana, goddess of Hunting and the Moon. Admire the wonderful monuments and ruins and then return to Mykonos at lunch time.

Your afternoon is at leisure to explore the island and its night life. Relax during your second overnight in Mykonos. (B)

 

Day 5: Mykonos
Be free to do whatever you like during this day at leisure. Swim in beautiful sandy beaches, shop in luxurious boutiques and have lunch in Little Venice by the sea front. Then take pictures of the windmills and the pelican. Try as many fancy bars and clubs as you can to experience Mykonos’ famous night life.

Overnight in Mykonos. (B)

 

Day 6: Paros
After breakfast we will transfer you to the port for embarkation the high-speed ferryboat to the island of Paros. You will arrive after a 50 minutes ride in Paros.

 

We will meet and transfer you to your hotel. Spend your day at the beach or visit the beautiful and green villages of the island. Go up and down the small streets of the city, looking for unique clothes and accessories. Spend your first night on this beautiful island.

Overnight in Paros. (B)

 

Day 7: Paros
As this day is at leisure, explore the island! First visit the Ekatontapyliani chruch, meaning in Greek the church with a hundred doors. Take a selfie under the windmills and ask the local bus drivers to take you to the medieval castle surrounded by the sea.

Try the local specialties and enjoy fresh fish while looking at the sea. Dance to traditional music before you go back to your hotel, in the night.

Overnight in Paros. (B)

 

Day 8: Santorini
After breakfast, we will transfer you to the port, to embark the ferry-boat to Santorini, for a 3 hours ride.

We will meet and transfer you to your hotel. If you like, go down the hill towards the small port and find a touristic boat to visit Palea and Nea Kammeni, and admire these volcanic islands. Relax during your first night in Santorini which was named after Santa Irene.

Overnight in Santorini. (B)

 

Day 9: Santorini
In the morning go on your guided tour to the excavations of Akrotiri. See what remained in this area after the abrupt volcanic explosions of 1613 BC.

According to Mythology, Zeus sent a thunder to Phaethon, creating the explosions. Helios’ son got punished for having not controlled the horses of the chariot of his father, the Sun.

Your afternoon is at leisure to explore the rest of the island. Spend your last night here wondering if the remains of Atlantis are still at the bottom of Santorini’s sea as some people believe.

Overnight in Santorini. (B)

 

Day 10: Santorini-Heraklion, Crete
Your morning is at leisure to buy souvenirs and amazing wine and to swim. In the afternoon we will transfer you to the port to embark the ferry boat for a 3 ½ hours ride to Heraklion, Crete. We will transfer you to your hotel.

 

Afternoon at leisure to start discovering Heraklion. Recharge your ‘batteries’ during your first overnight in Heraklion. (B)

 

Day 11: Heraklion, Crete
Profit out of the optional morning tour to Knossos Palace to see where King Minos was living. Admire the colorful fresco and the Minoan architecture. Imagine how the labyrinth was.

 

As this afternoon is at leisure, explore Heraklion and its surrounding. Look for extraordinary Medieval castles and ancient ruins. Spend your last night in wonderful Heraklion.

Overnight in Heraklion. (B)

 

Day 12: Athens
In the afternoon we will transfer you to the Heraklion Airport for your flight back to Athens. It is only a 50 minutes flight. After arriving at the Athens International Airport, it is the end of our services. (B)

 

N.B. B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner

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Departures:

Dates 2020 – 2021:

  • Upon request. Dates for the “Catch the Aegean ” tour are flexible. From April to October.

Included:

  • 2 nights accommodation in Athens, twin bedded rooms at the 3* Hotel Philippos (or similar).
  • 3 nights accommodation in Mykonos at the 3* Rhenia Bungalows(or similar).
  • 2 nights accommodation in Paros at the 3* Hotel Argonautes (or similar).
  • 2 nights accommodation in Santorini at 3* Hotel
  • 2 nights accommodation in Heraklion at the 3* Hotel Lato (or similar).
  • All breakfasts (11)
  • Welcome dinner in Athens (1)
  • A 3 hrs guide tour on foot visiting the Akropolis (admission Fees excluded).
  • Transfers by taxi/minivan upon arrival in Athens also round trip transfers in Mykonos, Paros, Santorini, Heraklion .
  • Ferry tickets Piraeus – Mykonos, Mykonos – Paros,  Paros – Santorini, Santorini – Heraklion.
  • Half- day excursion by local boat to Delos.
  • Half day tour to Akrotiri excavations and surrounding by coach and guide.
  • Air ticket Heraklion-Athens by Aegean Air.
  • VAT for all services

Price:

 

  • Starting from 1.985 € per person in double occupancy in double/twin room.
  • Single room supplement applies.
  • Price is on request, depending on number of participants and period of the year.

 

Not-Included:

  • City hotel tax
  • Air flights
  • Porterage
  • Tips
  • Beverages-soft drinks, bottled wine, beer and other alcoholic drinks
  • Admissions fees to the sites and museum
  • All items not mentioned

Remarks:

  • Itineraries can be changed at the discretion of the company in case of adverse weather conditions or in case of other extraordinary conditions.

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