Pictured above: Santorini, Greece
Greece and its islands have long inspired travelers from around the world. In fact, it has been part of a major trade route (and tourist destination) for some 5000 years since the earliest days of the Bronze Age. Located in south eastern Europe, this country of 11 million people lies at the meeting point of three continents; Europe, Asia and Africa. With its 6000 islands and islets scattered throughout the Aegean Sea, Greece makes a delightful holiday with wonderful opportunities to explore various cultures and changing landscapes.
This 16 day, 14 night fully escorted holiday includes round trip transportation, inter-island transportation by air or sea, 5 nights in Crete, 3 nights in Santorini, 3 nights in Mykonos, 3 nights in Athens, 14 breakfasts and 5 dinners.
Travac includes a sightseeing excursion in Crete, Santorini and Athens.
You will have plenty of time to enjoy the pleasures of the islands on your own. Optional tours will also be available.
Depart Ottawa for Greece.
Upon your arrival in Greece, you will depart for your flight to Crete. You will then be taken to your hotel, the Cretan Malia Park or similar, which is your home for the next 5 nights.
Crete is the largest island in Greece and the fifth largest in the Mediterranean Sea. While in Crete you will have a chance to visit and admire the remnants of brilliant civilizations, enjoy its impressive mountain landscapes, fertile valleys, steep gorges and explore its glorious beaches. Crete is famous for a rich gastronomic culture. There are plenty of excellent restaurants near your hotel that offer the island’s superb local cuisine.
A full day tour of Crete is included. Optional tours are available through your Travac Tours Director.
This morning you will be transferred by high speed ferry from Crete to Santorini. This may well be the most famous island in the world; it is certainly the most popular in Greece. People will travel thousands of miles just to relish in one of its incredible sunsets. There are very few more idyllic islands. It offers beaches, spectacular scenery, great restaurants, an active volcano and ancient towns of mythical importance. Your hotel in Santorini is the Aegean Plaza or similar.
A 1/2 day tour of Santorini is included. Optional tours are available through your Travac Tours Director.
Today you will say farewell to Santorini and travel by ferry to Mykonos. This island is Greece’s most famous cosmopolitan island. It is known as a whitewashed paradise dotted with windmills in the heart of the Cyclades Islands. According to mythology Mykonos was formed from the petrified bodies of giants killed by Hercules. The island itself is named after the grandson of Apollo “Mykonos.” Your hotel in Mykonos is the San Marco or similar.
There is not an included tour in Mykonos. Optional tours are available through your Travac Tours Director.
Early this morning you will travel to Athens by high speed ferry and transfer to your hotel. Your visit includes a tour of this timeless city. While in Athens, you will have the opportunity to experience many of the legendary attractions of this fascinating city including the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Much of Athens can be explored on foot. Your tour host or the hotel concierge will be happy to give you directions to the attractions or museums located near the hotel. Your hotel in Athens is the Divani Palace Acropolis or similar.
A 1/2 day tour of Athens is included. Optional tours are available through your Travac Tours Director.
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to Ottawa.
Santorini: 9 Muses Hotel (5 star) or similar
Hotel AddressPerivolos Emporiou, Thira 874 00
+30 2286 081781
Crete: Cretan Malia Park (4 star) or similar
Hotel Address700 07 Malia
+30 2897 031461
Mykonos: San Marco (4 star) or similar
Hotel AddressHoulakia Bay
+30 2289 025375
Athens: Divani Palace Acropolis (5 star) or similar
Hotel AddressParthenonos 19, Athina 117 42
+30 21 0928 0100