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Greece Crete and Santorini Multi-Adventure

Idyllic Island Hikes, Ancient Wonders & Rich Culture

 

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 head south 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

  • Immerse yourself in Greek culture, from world-class Minoan museums to a Cretan cooking class

Arrive:

Athens, Greece

Depart:

Athens, Greece

Price: from $6,795

Duration:

9 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

4-16 Guests

Min Age:

18 yrs

Activity:

Level 3

This trip is for active people who enjoy hiking and sightseeing. The walking and hiking will be on a mixture of dirt trails, cobblestone streets and ruins. There will be one day of sea kayaking up to 13 miles, with no previous experience required.
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  • Arrive in Athens

    Day 1

    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.

    Accommodation: Divani Acropolis

    Just a 4-minute walk from the historic Acropolis in Athens, this hotel is centrally located within walking distance of many attractions. Comfortable guestrooms are well equipped with balconies, minibars, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Other amenities include a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, a seasonal rooftop restaurant with Acropolis views, and an outdoor pool with a bar.

    Transportation: 30-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Dinner

  • Explore Landmarks in Athens & Head to Crete

    Day 2

    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.

    Accommodation: Domus Renier Boutique Hotel

    With sweeping waterfront views of the Gulf of Chania, this elegant boutique hotel set in a Renaissance-era townhouse is ideally located just a 6-minute walk from the Old Venetian Harbor. The colorful guestrooms are equipped with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and smart TV, a minibar and espresso machine. Other amenities include laundry service, a library, and in-room spa treatments.

    Activity: 4 hours/3 miles walking

    Transportation: Two 30-minute private van transfers, 50-minute flight

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Discover Crete & Hike Samariá Gorge

    Day 3

    "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.

    Accommodation: Domus Renier Boutique Hotel

    With sweeping waterfront views of the Gulf of Chania, this elegant boutique hotel set in a Renaissance-era townhouse is ideally located just a 6-minute walk from the Old Venetian Harbor. The colorful guestrooms are equipped with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and smart TV, a minibar and espresso machine. Other amenities include laundry service, a library, and in-room spa treatments.

    Activity: 5.5 hours/9.5 miles hiking with 328' elevation gain and 4,429' elevation loss

    Transportation: Two 1.5-hour private van transfers; 40-minute ferry ride

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Sunbathe in Balos & Learn to Cook Cretan

    Day 4

    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.

    Accommodation: Domus Renier Boutique Hotel

    With sweeping waterfront views of the Gulf of Chania, this elegant boutique hotel set in a Renaissance-era townhouse is ideally located just a 6-minute walk from the Old Venetian Harbor. The colorful guestrooms are equipped with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and smart TV, a minibar and espresso machine. Other amenities include laundry service, a library, and in-room spa treatments.

    Transportation: 1.5-hour private transfer by 4x4 vehicle

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Journey to Heraklion

    Day 5

    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.

    Accommodation: GDM Megaron Hotel

    Located in the central business and shopping district overlooking Heraklion harbor, The GDM Megaron is a short walk to the city's famous museums. The property marries modern interior with heritage architecture, featuring a stretch pool, fitness center, meeting facilities and 58 spacious rooms with plush fabrics and solid woods.

    Activity: City and ruins sightseeing

    Transportation: 2-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Kayak to Spinaloga Island

    Day 6

    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.

    Accommodation: GDM Megaron Hotel

    Located in the central business and shopping district overlooking Heraklion harbor, The GDM Megaron is a short walk to the city's famous museums. The property marries modern interior with heritage architecture, featuring a stretch pool, fitness center, meeting facilities and 58 spacious rooms with plush fabrics and solid woods.

    Activity: 8-13 miles kayaking

    Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Ferry to Santorini & Hike the Majestic Island

    Day 7

    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.

    Accommodation: Kapari Hotel

    This luxurious sanctuary hotel in a 300-year-old building near the tucked-away church of Ekklisia Theoskepasti overlooks the azure Aegean. Contemporary, minimalist rooms feature balconies, some with upgraded access to hot tubs, kitchenettes and fireplaces. Kapari also has a rooftop pool, and a chic restaurant and bar with terrace seating.

    Activity: 4.5 hours/6.5 miles hiking with 1,614' elevation gain and 2,030' elevation loss

    Transportation: 2-hour ferry ride

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Cruise Around Santorini on a Catamaran

    Day 8

    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.

    Accommodation: Kapari Hotel

    This luxurious sanctuary hotel in a 300-year-old building near the tucked-away church of Ekklisia Theoskepasti overlooks the azure Aegean. Contemporary, minimalist rooms feature balconies, some with upgraded access to hot tubs, kitchenettes and fireplaces. Kapari also has a rooftop pool, and a chic restaurant and bar with terrace seating.

    Transportation: 6-hour catamaran cruise

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart

    Day 9

    Conclude your Grecian journey with a transfer to Santorini Airport for Athens and depart.

    Transportation: 30-minute private van transfer, 50-minute flight

    Meals: Breakfast

Greece Crete and Santorini Multi-Adventure

Detailed Itinerary

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek has been crafting unique itineraries for adventure seekers since 1969, working with top local guides to pave new trails.

Reason #02

This journey perfectly blends legendary must-see wonders across Greece with hiking, kayaking and sailing adventures for a refreshing twist.

Reason #03

Immersive insights into the region from expert MT Sobek guides, plus island hopping from Athens to Crete and Santorini.

Meet your guides

Anastasia Bagourdi

Anastasia Bagourdi

Anastasia holds a degree in Tourism Management from the Technological Educational Institution in Athens. Her passion for travel and adventurous experiences has led to her all over Europe including Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. When she isn't guiding, Anastasia enjoys outdoor activities like jogging, hiking and cycling. Anastasia is fluent in English and Greek, and is tremendously knowledgeable, professional, and friendly.

Archelaos Biehler

Archelaos Biehler

Archelaos grew up in Athens and his love of the outdoors, particularly plant life, eventually led him to catch the travel bug and explore the world through outdoor activities including rock climbing, mountain biking and hiking. He is fluent in Greek, English and German and keenly lists his top priority as creating safe and joyful experiences for all MT Sobek travelers on their adventures through Greece.

Alexander Giannios

Alexander Giannios

Alexander studied Cultural Management at the Department of Cultural Technology & Communication (University of the Aegean) and then specialized in film making at Prague Film School. His combined passion for nature and the Greek cultural heritage, led him to become an adventure travel guide in Greece. For the last eight years he has professionally trained and worked as a guide, and is adept at rafting, sea kayaking, river trekking and hiking. Alexander has excellent communication skills and enjoys connecting with people from around the world.

Activities

Tour ancient sites, hike Europe's longest gorge, sea kayak to remote islands and sail around Santorini after trekking the Caldera.

Lodging

Enjoy charming hotels with global comforts and local character in prime locations for optimal stays.

Climate

Expect mild and sunny weather. Temperatures will range between 55º-75º F. Water temperature is chilly in spring, warmer in fall.

FAQ

Who will meet me on arrival?

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.

Where does the trip end?

The group will transfer to the Santorini Airport for our flight to Athens. The trip will conclude at the Athens International Airport.

Is this trip suitable for a beginner kayaker?

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.

Is this trip suitable for vegetarians?

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.

What kind of ferry will we use to transfer between islands?

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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2021

Scheduled Dates

Additional costs

  • $550 Internal Airfare
  • $1,600 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All necessary kayaking gear
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving or departing outside of the group transfers
  • Optional travel protection

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2022

Scheduled Dates

Additional costs

  • $550 Internal Airfare
  • $1,600 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All necessary kayaking gear
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving or departing outside of the group transfers
  • Optional travel protection

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Additional costs

  • $550 Internal Airfare
  • $1,600 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All necessary kayaking gear
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving or departing outside of the group transfers
  • Optional travel protection

Contact An Expert

888.831.7526

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