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ATHENS Welcome drink; guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis
ATHENS–HERAKLION, CRETE By air
HERAKLION Guided sightseeing, [LF] bougatsa tasting
HERAKLION–NAXOS By high-speed ferry
NAXOS Guided sightseeing, visit the archaeological Museum, [LF] citrus spoon dessert tasting at a local kafenio
NAXOS–PAROS By high-speed ferry
PAROS Island tour, visit Panagia Ekantotapiliani Church; dinner at a local restaurant
PAROS–ATHENS By ferry
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(Photo: Traditional architecture on a beach in Crete, Greece)
$2,267* Based on the Greek Island Adventure tour September 25, 2020 departure date. Many other tours and departure dates available Featured price is per person, land only, in Canadian dollars, based on double occupancy, on the departure date indicated, and includes the intra-vacation flight, all taxes and fees, and the Globus 10% discount.
Greek Island Adventure
8 Day Tour from Athens to Athens
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 vacation ends in Athens. A historic adventure!
(Photo: Palace of Knossos, Greece)
HURRY, OFFER ENDS DEC 2, 2019!
*Book and deposit a 2020 Globus Europe, South or North America (excluding 2020 Oberammergau and Escapes by Globus) vacation to save 10% per person on the land-only portion of the core tour not including extra night accommodations, extensions, taxes, fees, tips or supplements. Booking must be made and under deposit between February 7, 2018 and December 2, 2019 for travel in 2020. Offer is combinable only with the Welcome Back Credit and any applicable air credits. Not applicable to custom tours. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Applies to new 2020 bookings only. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply. May be withdrawn any time.
(Photo: Map of Greek Island Adventure)
Day 1: Greek Island Adventure
ARRIVE IN ATHENS, GREECE
Welcome to Athens! At 6 pm, meet your Globus Host and traveling 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! Breakfast/Dinner
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, center of the 3000-BC Minoan civilizations and to the archaeological museum is available. Breakfast
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. Breakfast/Dinner
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! Breakfast
Day 6 NAXOS–PAROS
This morning, a short ride on a high-speed ferry delivers you to Paros, Naxos’ neighbor 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, savor Greek specialties at a local restaurant. Breakfast/Dinner
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? Breakfast
Day 8 ATHENS
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. Breakfast