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Crete & The Cyclades
                                                                                                                    
Holiday Length: 13 days / 12 nights
Start City: Athens
End city: Mykonos
Departures: Daily Apr - Oct
Type of Holiday: Flexi Holiday
  The perfect Greek Holiday for the independent traveller, combining Athens, Crete, Mykonos and Santorini.




ITINERARY

Day 1 Athens
Transfer from the airport to your central hotel.  

Day 2 Athens - Chania
Morning tour of Athens.  Transfer to the airport and flight to Chania with a transfer on arrival to your hotel. (B)

Day 3-4 Chania
This morning your rental car will be delivered to your hotel.  Chania is a beautiful Venetian style town, an ideal location to discover more about the history of the Battle of Crete.  Perhaps drive past Malame Airfield where the German paratroopers landed to take control of the island, or visit the small nearby traditional village of Galatas where one of the most significant battles of the war took place.  Souda Bay War Cemetery is nearby.  Or if your interest is in nature, take a hike through the Samaria Gorge or visit the stunning beach of Elafonissi, one of the most beautiful beaches in Crete. During your two days exploring the region you may like to consider visiting: Churches, Museums (Naval, Archaeological, Byzantine, Folklore, Typography and the War Museum), nearby Villages, the Ottoman Baths and Venetian Lighthouse. (B)

Days 5 Chania - Matala
Today depart for Matala via Rethymno.
The prefecture of Rethymno, one of the four of the Greek Island of Crete, lies between the prefecture of Chania and the one of Heraklion. It is full of magnificent beaches, interesting archaeological sites and Byzantine churches, lovely villages, lively resorts and its capital, the town of Rethymno, is a very attractive city which has kept many example of the sumptuous Venetian architecture.
Matala: A safe natural harbour on the Bay of Messara, blessed with a gently sweeping sand and pebble beach, the place in legend where Zeus swam ashore in the guise of a bull with Europa on his back. From the beach view the  impressive formations of sandstone rock cliffs with their famous caves sliding into the sea at an odd angle - first hollowed out as Roman or early Christian tombs.  Great snorkelling. (B)

Day 6 Matala - Heraklion.
Today depart Matala for Heraklion, the Capital of Crete. (B)
Heraklion offers a selection of Museums to visit (Archaeological, Cretaquarium, Historical Museum of Crete, National History, The Battle of Crete and National Resistance, Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, Visual Arts)

Day 7 Heraklion
Tour Heraklion and the nearby historical ruins of Knossos. (B)
In addition to the Museums listed above and the Church's, Basilica, Walls, Loggia and Fountains, one of the tourist highlights of Heraklion is the nearby Palace of Knossos - the most important and best known Minoan Palace complex in Crete and the seat of the legendry King Minos and the myth of the Labyrinth and the Minotaur.

Day 8 Heraklion - Santorini
Return your rental car at the harbour and board the ferry to Santorini.  On arrival a transfer has been arranged to your hotel. (B)

Day 9-10 Santorini.
Two free days to explore Santorini or just relax on the beach. (B)
The present-day crescent shape of the island is a consequence of the activity of the volcano in prehistoric times feeding the myth of the lost Atlantis. Santorini is essentially what remains of an enormous volcanic explosion dated back 3,600 years and which created the current geological caldera; a giant central lagoon, more or less rectangular surrounded by 300 m (980 ft) high steep cliffs on three sides.  Santorini is also known for its beaches, shops, nightlife, churches and archaeological sites.

Day 11 Santorini - Mykonos
Today catch the ferry to Mykonos.  On arrival a transfer has been arranged to your hotel. (B)
Mykonos is a popular tourist destination in the Greek islands of the Cyclades group, situated in the middle of the Aegean Sea.  Tourist highlights of Mykonos Town are the Windmills, Little Venice, Panagia Paraportiani, and the pelicans (the islands mascot).

Days 12  Mykonos
Today is a free day to explore Mykonos.(B)
Mykonos Town (Chora) is a stunningly picturesque Cycladic town with a maze of tiny streets and whitewashed steps lanes, houses and churches, gathered around its harbour in the middle of a wide bay. It is one of the most cosmopolitan and crowded towns of the Aegean. Although the streets are lined with little shops, boutiques, art galleries, cafes, stylish bars and restaurants, Mykonos Town has not completely lost its identity.   In addition to the sights mentioned above there are many museums, tavernas and beaches to visit.

Day 13 Mykonos
Own arrangements after breakfast.(B)
Choose from a range of ferry or flight options back to Athens, or on to other Greek Islands.

 
   

TOUR INCLUSIONS:
* Accommodation in Tourist or First Class hotels
* Daily breakfast
* Arrival transfer on all islands
* Domestic flight from Athens to Chania
* Fast ferries between islands
* Car rental in Crete (Type: Kia Picanto - upgrade at extra cost available on request)
* Half day sightseeing coach tour in Athens


 

 

 

 

 

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