Embark on a Greek odyssey across ancient ruins, idyllic towns and stunning natural sights from red rock formations to pink, sandy beaches. Tour the ancient Acropolis of Athens, one of the world's greatest UNESCO-heritage sites, then journey to Crete to trek Europe's longest gorge, exploring its azure lagoons and Minoan artifacts. Learn to cook traditional Greek cuisine and paddle along pristine shores to Spingola Island. Travel to the breathtakingly beautiful island of Santorini to hike its Caldera, and end your journey sailing a catamaran around Thera's most iconic sights.
Explore Greece's UNESCO-listed wonders, soaring mountains, Mediterranean waters and picture-perfect villages
Island hop from Athens to Crete and Santorini-hiking, kayaking, swimming and sailing
Take in immersive cultural experiences, from world-class Minoan museums to a Cretan cooking class
Arrive in the capital of Greece, punctuated by ancient UNESCO-heritage landmarks and temples dating back to 5th century B.C.E. Transfer to your hotel conveniently located in the historic center of the city, only a minute to the monumental Acropolis. Meet for a welcome dinner tonight.
Tour Athens' most important sights with an expert guide, from Constitution Square to the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier and the House of Parliament. Pass by the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian's Arch and Panathinaiko Stadium, the iconic venue for the first Olympic Games. Marvel around the Acropolis, the ancient citadel on a hill, and its new museum. Stroll in Plaka, the oldest part of Athens, before transferring to Athens airport for a domestic flight to Chania, Crete.
"Kalimera!" After breakfast, embark on a hike through Samariá Gorge National Park, and trek Europe's longest gorge through forests of scented pines and its narrow "Iron Gates." Descend 9.5 miles to reach Agia Roumeli Hotel, with its fine pebble beach and sparkling sea to swim the clear turquoise waters of Crete's southern coast. Board a small ferry to Sougia, and transfer to Chania by coach. Return to Chania's Venetian-like harbor with the White Mountains in the distance.
Depart early morning for Balos in Western Crete, one of the most unique beaches on Earth. Enjoy the azure, still waters of this warm lagoon, with the sounds of goat bells ringing. Sunbathe in the pink-tinged sands created by sea shells. Before the afternoon, journey back to Kissamos. Partake in a Cretan cooking class to learn the traditional recipes of the world-famous Medditeranean diet. Afterwards, feast together on a long monastery-style table with local wine and bread as night descends.
Head east to Heraklion, Crete's modern capital, which dates back to Neolithic times. Settle into the hotel and enjoy a Cretan meal before visiting the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, with the most complete and notable collection of Minoan artifacts in the world. Later, explore Knossos, Crete's biggest attraction and Europe's oldest city, a Bronze Age archaeological site whose 3500-year-old Minoan palace features a maze of royal chambers, grand staircases, storerooms and workshops.
Venture to eastern Crete's Elounda Bay, and kayak to Spinaloga Island in Lasithi. Used to harvest salt during Venetian rule, the island was also home to a leper colony from 1903-1957. Visit the island by foot and tour the inside walls of the archaeological site, which was popularized by The Island, a historical novel written by English author Victoria Hislop.
Transfer to Heraklion and embark on a ferry to Santorini, the world-famous Cyclades island in the Aegean Sea. Check into our hotel in the town of Thera and gather for lunch. This afternoon, we will hike the Caldera trail between the villages Fira and Oia, passing through whitewashed villages along the rim and taking in spectacular views of the caldera. Arrive in Oia just in time to take in one of its famous sunsets before enjoying dinner together in town.
Set sail along the deep blue waters of Santorini, first stopping at the famous Red Beach for a swim. Continue onwards to White Beach, the Black Mountain, the grand lighthouse south of the Caldera and the hot springs. Enjoy a delicious local lunch onboard with fine wine and dessert. With a guide, visit the Minoan Bronze Age settlement of Akrotiri, or the "Greek Pompeii," buried under volcanic ash after the Theran eruption in 1600 B.C.E.
Conclude your Grecian journey with a transfer to Santorini Airport for Athens and depart.
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This journey perfectly blends legendary must-see wonders across Greece with hiking, kayaking and sailing adventures for a refreshing twist.
Immersive insights into the region from expert MT Sobek guides, plus island hopping from Athens to Crete and Santorini.
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Tour ancient sites, hike Europe's longest gorge, sea kayak to remote islands and sail around Santorini after trekking the Caldera.
Enjoy charming hotels with global comforts and local character in prime locations for optimal stays.
Expect mild and sunny weather. Temperatures will range between 55º-75º F. Water temperature is chilly in spring, warmer in fall.
The group will be met by a MT Sobek representative at the Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" (ATH) on Day 1, and transferred to the group hotel in Athens.
The group will transfer to the Santorini Airport for our flight to Athens. The trip will conclude at the Athens International Airport.
Sea kayaking experience is helpful, but is not mandatory. Although the kayaking is not on rough water, the distances covered would be challenging for someone with no previous kayaking experience.
There is a wide variety of vegetarian options to enjoy in Greece. Flavorful salads, fresh cheese, and many traditional dishes made with eggplant, broad beans, tomatoes, savory pastry, and more.
The distance between Heraklion, Crete and Santorini is not far, so an high-speed boat will not be necessary. Boats are spacious and equipped with comfortable seats for all pasengers.
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