Globus - Greek Island Adventure

Discover the legends of Greece with an escorted tour of Athens, followed by an adventure by air and sea to explore its Aegean islands. Spend a night in Athens for guided sightseeing at the world-famous ACROPOLIS. From its rocky hilltop setting, see the fabled Parthenon, Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, and the Temple of Athena Nike. Take in the incomparable views of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Theatre of Dionysus, and the Agora where Socrates taught. Afterward, a city orientation showcases the Parliament House and 2nd-century Panathenaic Stadium, the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble!

From Athens, fly to the Greek island of Crete. An expert guide will introduce you to Heraklion, its legendary history, architecture, and art, then ample time to explore further this fascinating island. Board a high-speed ferry to the charming island of Naxos—with a history dating back to the 4th-millenium BC. Visit the Archaeological Museum and sample the famed citrus dessert. Spend free time enjoying the fruits of the island—olives, figs, grapes, and citrus fruits—or take a dip in the sea. Next, stop to the island of Paros—known for its fine white marble and Church of a Hundred Doors. Your escorted holiday ends in Athens. A historic adventure!

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Itinerary

DAY 1:   ARRIVE IN ATHENS, GREECE.

Welcome to Athens! At 6 pm, meet your Globus Host and travelling companions for a welcome drink.


DAY 2:   ATHENS-HERAKLION, CRETE.

Guided sightseeing today introduces you to the world-famous ACROPOLIS. From its rocky hilltop setting, see the fabled Parthenon, Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, and the Temple of Athena Nike. Take in the incomparable views of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Theater of Dionysus, and the Agora where Socrates taught. Afterward, a city orientation showcases the Parliament House and 2nd-century Panathenaic Stadium, the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble! Transfer to the airport for your flight to Crete, the largest of the Greek islands. Later, dinner at a local restaurant awaits! (B,D)


DAY 3:   HERAKLION.

Today, discover Heraklion on a walking tour and see the legendary churches, fountains, monuments, and the LION SQUARE. Stop in a typical bougatsa pastry shop to taste the traditional bougatsa. An optional excursion to Knossos, centre of the 3000-BC Minoan civilisations and to the archaeological museum is available. (B)


DAY 4:   HERAKLION-NAXOS, GREECE.

Hop aboard a high-speed ferry this morning and cruise north across the Sea of Crete to the island of Naxos, inhabited continuously since the 4th millennium BC. Influenced over the centuries by the Greeks, Byzantines, Venetians, and Franks, the pretty port town is a showcase of cobblestone alleys lined with whitewashed houses and Venetian castles. Guided sightseeing shows you the highlights, including a visit to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM to see artifacts from all periods of Naxos' long and fascinating history. Follow your guide to a local kafenio to taste the famous citrus spoon dessert. (B,D)


DAY 5:   NAXOS.

The entire day is free to enjoy this lush, green island. You could spend time shopping for souvenirs; sampling the locally produced olives, grapes, figs, and citrus fruit; checking out the ancient Greek ruins; or heading to the beach for a refreshing dip in the sparkling waters of the Aegean! (B)


DAY 6:   NAXOS-PAROS.

This morning, a short ride on a high-speed ferry delivers you to Paros, Naxos' neighbour to the west. The island was historically known for its fine white marble. Visit the 4th-century PANAGIA EKATONTAPILIANI, the "Church of a Hundred Doors," founded by Constantine the Great's mother, St. Helen, during her pilgrimage to the Holy Land. This evening, savour Greek specialties at a local restaurant. (B,D)


DAY 7:   PAROS-PIRAEUS-ATHENS.

After breakfast, board the ferry back to Athens. During your final day in this glorious city, catch up on some last-minute shopping or explore more of the city on your own. Tonight, how about an optional dinner at a local restaurant? (B)


DAY 8:   ATHENS.

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

 

Includes

  • Superior hotels selected for their comfort and convenient location
  • Deluxe coaches with WiFi, and where alternative transport is required (like rail journeys), you'll have first class seats.
  • Immersive experiences - VIP Access to Major Attractions - plus special behind-the-scenes experiences.  
  • INSIDE VISITS and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
  • Expert tour directors - genuine local experts who are from the region you're travelling - plus they take care of everything including hotel check-ins and sending your bags to your room.
  • Regional cuisine - breakfast is included daily with a range of other meals at local restuarants - these are outlined in the detailed itinerary
 

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