Multi-generational travel is a growing trend, and for very good reasons. It’s an opportunity to spend quality time together, strengthen bonds, share new experiences together and create memories that will last a lifetime. This tour to Greece, the Greek Islands and Crete is designed for multi-generational travel. Not only is there something for everyone, and every age, but the tour’s pace is geared to accommodate varying levels of energy and activity.
Greece is the cradle of Western Civilization, and whether one is Greek or not, we can all share in the pride of a country whose history played a big part in shaping the world we live in today. During your stay, you will visit important archaeological sites, walk along paths that felt the footsteps of historical figures thousands of years ago, gaze at vistas that have been memorialized in literature. Ancient Greek mythology will come alive as you stroll through the remains of King Minos’ palace. You’ll savor wines at local taverns that would have tempted the Greek god, Dionysus. You’ll walk along beaches, and look out at a sea that once belonged to Poseidon. And all the while, you and your family will be building your own legend of memories.
2019 Land Cost Per Person (Double occupancy – Four person tour):
April, May, June, September, October – $3,867
Single Supplement: $1,489
July, August – $4,299
Single Supplement: $1,489
Rates available on request for other group sizes.
- Accommodation in 4-star hotels throughout, including rich buffet breakfast and current taxes.
- All transfers with private motor coach or taxis, depending on size of group.
- Ferry tickets in economy class.
- Private or organized tours with licensed qualified English-speaking guides.
- All entrance fees for above described tour, wherever applicable.
- 24-hour hot line while in Greece.
Price Does Not Include:
- International airfare (unless otherwise arranged).
- Gratuities to escorts and guides.
- Any item not mentioned in itinerary, extra meals and beverages.
- Expenses of personal nature.
- Departure and custom fees.
- Travel insurance.
- Trip cancellation.
- Medical and luggage insurance are recommended for coverage against unforeseen circumstances.
DAY 1: ATHENS
Arrival in Athens. You will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
DAY 2: ATHENS
After breakfast, board the motorcoach for your morning half-day city tour of Athens. You will visit the Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum, the Panathenaikon Stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games took place in 1896, and much more. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
DAY 3: ATHENS – MYKONOS
In the morning transfer to Piraeus to board your ship bound for Mykonos. Upon Arrival you are transferred to your hotel, for a glorious, fun filled, 2 day stay in Mykonos. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Mykonos. (B)
DAY 4: MYKONOS
Transfer to the old port of Mykonos at 9:30AM with our professional guide for your 10:00 departure. Enjoy your 30-minute cruise to Delos. A two hour guided tour of this extremely important and sacred archeological site, after which you have some free time for refreshments. Your expected return time to the old port of Mykonos is at 2:00PM. Afternoon at leisure for your own activities and exploration of the whitewashed Mykonos town. Overnight in Mykonos. (B)
DAY 5: MYKONOS – SANTORINI
Around noon high speed ferry crossing from Mykonos to Santorini. Disembark in Santorini, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This evening, enjoy the sunset from the cliff-side. Overnight in Santorini. (B)
DAY 6: SANTORINI
A full day tour incorporating Fira town, and a boat trip to the volcano, the hot springs, Thirassia and the sunset from Oia. This is the tour for those who want to see all the major attractions of this beautiful Cycladic Island. In one day we take you to the most interesting places on the island. First, we visit Prophet Elias Monastery where the view is breathtaking. The picturesque village of Pyrgos is closeby for you to capture some magnificent photos. After the bus tour of Santorini we will proceed to the port, where you’ll embark for a boat trip to the volcano. With a 1.5 hour stop there is enough time to walk to the crater and observe the smoke with traces of sulfur that is emitted from a number of spots. Elsewhere you’ll find that the ground and stones are too hot to touch. Leaving the volcano behind, the boat now sails to the Hot Springs, where you can swim in the green sulfur waters. From there the boat will sail to the nearby island of Thirassia. During the trip you shall be able to see the two separate islands which make up the volcano. The first one is New Kameni and behind it, the long and narrow, Old Kameni. Thirasia is the second largest island of the group which forms the caldera and your stop here will be long enough for some lunch and a little more swimming. The boat tour continues on to the village of Oia, where you’ll stay and admire the sunset, one of the most spectacular sights in the Cyclades. After the sunset you’ll return to Fira Town. Overnight in Santorini. (B)
DAY 7: SANTORINI
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Free day for own activities. You may visit on your own the ancient site of Akrotiri with its excavations of the prehistoric Minoan civilization of the late 16th century BC! Overnight in Santorini. (B)
DAY 8: SANTORINI – HERACLION (CRETE)
Noon high speed ferry to Heraclion/Crete. Upon arrival at port, you will met and escorted to your hotel. Balance of day at leisure for getting familiarized with this historical town, capital of the island of Crete. Crete is not just Greece’s largest island, but also the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. The climate is considered one of the mildest and healthiest in Europe. The island is famous for its natural beauty and diverse landscape. Spectacular mountain ranges dotted with caves are sliced by dramatic gorges that spill out to sea. Overnight in Heraclion. (B)
DAY 9: HERACLION
This morning’s tour will take us to the Palace of Knossos which dates from 2500 BC and is a “must see” during your stay on Crete. Our short trip to Knossos will last some 40 minutes. Our guide will take you through the galleries and rooms of the Palace where the power and vitality of a long ago era is so strikingly present. The great Minoan civilization was the first advanced civilization of Europe and you can see evidence of how people lived and worked during this period. Knossos was the Royal Palace of King Minos and is wonderfully decorated with frescoes depicting lively scenes in vibrant colors. After a short drive we will arrive at Heraklion’s Archaeological Museum which houses all the original pieces from Knossos and other archaeological sites including frescoes, intricate gold jewelry and engraved linguistic tablets of the period.
In the early evening we’ll visit the traditional Cretan village of Kato Karouzano and will take a stroll around the village paths through arches strewn with bougainvillea. The villagers will be waiting in their houses to welcome you! You will see several exhibits but also take part in different events such as take photos with a young couple dressed in traditional Cretan costumes and a donkey named “Michalis,” see a display of traditional costumes, taste a Cretan pie prepared and cooked in front of you, visit the coffeehouse, a display of weaving, and many more interesting things. The evening will be closed with a rich buffet dinner of traditional Cretan delights, followed by a 2-hour floor show. We’ll return back to our hotel around midnight. Overnight in Heraclion. (B, D)
DAY 10: RETHYMNON – CHANIA – ATHENS
Today’s full day tour will follow the northwest coastline, and turning south before Rethymnon, we reach the Monastery of Arkadi, a supreme symbol for Cretans meaning “Freedom or Death.” Due to its isolated location, it has been used throughout history as a center for resistance movements. But it is most well-known for its ultimate resistance against the Turks, when a sizeable group of Cretans, mostly women and children, were asked to surrender and they refused. Due to the overwhelming numbers of Turks, the fall of the monastery became imminent, and the Abbot himself gave the command to ignite the powder killing hundreds of Cretans and Turks. Our next stop is the town of Rethymnon, a colorful mixture of Venetian and Turkish architecture and the current center of Arts and Letters of Crete. You may visit the Turkish minarets or enjoy a coffee at the attractive harbor which is dominated by the Venetian fortress. Continuing west we will arrive in Chania, the former capital of Crete. The town is divided into the old town, within the Venetian city walls, which is an attractive maze of narrow streets, old mansions and arcades, with mosques and minarets bearing witness to the Turkish influence, and the carefully laid out new town which is considered to be one of the most beautiful towns of Crete. Lunch on own can be enjoyed in one of the many waterfront taverns, which overlook the old Venetian harbor, where the film “Zorba the Greek” was filmed. You will have free time to visit the famous “Agora” (market) with the leather goods before you’re transferred to Chania harbor for your overnight ferry crossing to Piraeus, Athens. Both a la carte and buffet restaurants are available on board these big vessels. Accommodation will be provided in 2- and 3-berth inside cabins. (B)
DAY 11: ATHENS
Early this morning we arrive in Athens. You’ll be met and escorted to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure to enjoy this lively city or do last minute shopping. Please note that our Athens hotel rooms may NOT be ready for us this early in the day. Your large baggage will be securely stored. This is an excellent day today for an optional day trip to the beautiful archaeological site and museum of Delphi, hosting the masterpiece of the young charioteer. The historical origins of the sanctuary at Delphi are obscure, but according to legend the young god Apollo superseded an older female deity, Mother Earth, and killed her son, the serpent Python. In Homer the sanctuary is called Pytho, and oracles were given by the Pythia (priestess) between the Shining Rocks (Phaidriades) on the southern slopes of Mount Parnassos long before the cult of Apollo Delphinios was established there from Crete. Your local tour leader can help organize this full-day excursion. We also recommend a visit to the National Archaeological Museum, accessible by subway. Overnight in Athens. (B)
DAY 12: DEPARTURE FROM ATHENS
Bid farewell to Athens and Greece this morning. After breakfast transfer to the airport for your departure flight and same day arrival at home! (B)
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