A land of historical and natural beauty.
This is where the Minoan civilization flourished over 4000 years ago creating the routes of the contemporary western world. Decorated with giant, rocky summits, ever-changing colours from one landscape to the next, dark, incomparable gorges and then...
sun and sea... This is Greece
Day 1: Welcome to Crete
Arrival at the airport of Chania where you meet your guide and are tranferred to your Hotel in the area of Chania. After room allocation you all meet for a welcoming cocktail and to go over your schedule for the next few days.
Day 2: Samaria-Gorge (approx.110 km)
Early in the morning you set of for the Omalos Plataeu through breathtaking scenery. Omalos is the starting point of Samaria offering a fantastic view into the gorge. Crossing the longest gorge in Europe takes 5-6 hours and it is an unforgettable experience. The other end of Samaria brings you to the beautiful beach of Agia Roumeli on the south coast for a refreshing swim. From here you take the ferry to Chora Sfakion where your bus will be waiting. The return journey takes you through the White Mountains to your hotel in Rethymnon.
Day 3: Monastery of Arkadi, Festos Palace (approx.220 km)
This day beginns with a visit to the national sanctuary of Crete, the Monastery of Arkadi. Next stop the idyllic village of Spili and slightly further to the south you arrive at the Palace of Festos and the Roman capital of the island, Gortys where the first law texts were found. Overnight stay Herakion
Day 4: Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga. (approx.150 km)
Today you get to know the picturesque port town of Agios Nikolaos, a very popular destination in Crete. Next you visit the village of Kritsa, famous for its hand-made textile works and the monastery of Panagia I Kera with the beautiful frescoes. A bit further and you arrive in Elounda, the islands luxury resort, and take the ferry over to the small island of Spinalonga, the old leper colony. Overnight stay in Heraklion
Day 5: Knossos and the Archaeological Museum
The famous Palace of Knossos, the largest Minoan Palace, is situated on the outskirts of Heraklion. The tour through the remains and palace reconstruction is simply fascinating. After your introduction to the Minoan history and culture you return to the centre of Heraklion to visit the Archeological Museum where the largest collection of Minoan artefacts is displayed. In the evening you get the ferry to Piraeus. Overnight stay on board.
Day 6: From Athens to Meteora (approx.350 km)
Upon arrival in Piraeus your coach takes you through Lamia and the Thessalic plain then on to Domokos and Trikala. A bit further and you arrive in Kalambaka at the foothills of the Meteora Cliffs. Overnight stay in Kalambaka.
Day 7: From Meteora to Delphi.(approx.200 km)
In the morning you ascend to the Meteora Monasteries that date back to the 14th century. They are a unique heritage from the Byzantine Era and one of the most important treasures of Greece. The monasteries are built at the top extremely high vertical cliffs, a real natural wonder. You can visit the Monastery of Megalo Meteoron and Agios Nikolaos before leaving for Arachova, a traditional mountain village near Delphi. Overnight stay in Arachova
Day 8: Delphi, Athens.(approx.220 km)
The day begins with a tour of the ancient Delphi with the Tholos, Treasury, Temple of Apollo, the Theatre and Stadion. You then visit the Museum of Delphi with the famous bronze statue of the Charioteer. In the afternoon you depart for Athens.
Day 9: City tour of Athens
This tour would not be complete without a visit to the famous Akropolis with the Propylea, the Nike Temple, the Parthenon und the Erechtheion. A walk through the Agora, the centre of the ancient city is next followed by a visit to the National Museum to see the largest and most significant examples of ancient Greek art. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy as you like.
Day 10: Flight Home
Transfer to the airport of Athens. Your stay can be extended upon request