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Tailor Made Best of Greece (2016)
Days: 13 | From: $8,745
Luxury Tailor Made Journeys depart on the dates that work for you and feature expert local guides throughout your journey. The itinerary below can be customized to your interests.
Day 1: Arrive Athens, Greece
Arrive in Athens, where you are met by your Guardian Angel, transferred to your hotel and assisted with check-in.
Days 2-3: Athens | Seeing the Acropolis
See the storied Acropolis, including the Parthenon, which was dedicated to the Goddess Athena and conceived in 447 BC. At its foot, visit the museum, which exhibits around 4,000 articles in natural light. Most impressive is its top floor, where visitors are able to view the famous frieze and then look out to the view the Parthenon itself. Afterward, stroll through the ancient, picturesque district of Plaka. The following day, skirt the scenic coast en route to Cape Sounion and visit the ancient ruined Temple of Poseidon. The temple is perched high on the cliffs and has been marked — over the centuries — with travellers’ carved signatures, including that of Lord Byron.
Electra Palace Athens | Meals: B
Days 4-6: Crete | Exploring & Relaxing
Transfer to the Athens airport and fly to Crete, where you are transferred to your resort amid olive trees and mature palms. The next day, explore the eastern Cretan countryside, stopping at Kritsa — renowned for its traditional weaving — and the famous church of Panagia Kera with its beautiful frescoes. Continue to the Minoan settlement and archaeological site of Gournia. Spend the remainder of this — and the following — day at leisure.
Blue Palace | Meals: B
Days 7-9: Santorini | Archipelago of Islands
Transfer to the port and board your ferry to the volcanic archipelago of Santorini. Known as Thira in ancient times, this was the site of a cataclysmic volcanic eruption around 1600 BC; the resulting tsunami is thought to have brought about the downfall of the Minoan civilization. While the outward facing slopes are gentile and heavily cultivated, those facing the caldera are steep, with dramatic cliffs. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your hotel. The next day, explore the twisting alleyways of Fira. Later, proceed to the picturesque village of Oia for a walking tour; among the prettiest spots in the Mediterranean, it features whitewashed houses, windmills and caves perched on the edge of cliffs. Stop at one of the island's best wineries; learn about the unique effects that the rich volcanic soil has upon the production of local wine. Art enthusiasts may also opt to visit Art Space, a complex of caves that acts as a winery and unique gallery. Spend your final day in this scenic setting at your leisure to enjoy your hotel's beautiful, private, black sand beach or its picturesque pool.
Vedema Resort | Meals: B
Days 10-12: Mykonos | Sun-Drenched Island
Continue your journey to another of Greece’s beautiful islands: Mykonos, which you arrive on by ferry. Transfer to your hotel, with time at leisure. The next day, discover the island’s whitewashed houses and lovely beaches. Wander through the narrow streets, visiting the fascinating Archaeological Museum and the Maritime Museum. See local windmills. If time allows, you may also visit a local bakery. Spend the following day enjoying your resort and spa at leisure.
Petasos Beach Resort & Spa | Meals: B
Day 13: Depart Mykonos
Transfer to the airport and board your homebound flight.