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Highlights

  • Explore Athens in the company of an expert guide
  • Stay right in the heart of the capital at one of its finest hotels
  • Swap city life for the spa indulgences of your beachfront Crete hotel
  • Take a guided tour of the island, including a visit to an olive oil farm
  • Enjoy leisurely days to explore Crete at your own pace

Spoil yourself

  • Upgrade to Half board at the Elounda Beach Hotel for a daily 3 course Dinner Dine Around in all of the resorts A la Carte Restaurants

This luxury holiday is the perfect introduction to the historic wonders and glorious coastlines of Greece. Starting amid the buzzing streets of Athens, your expert local guide will introduce you to some of the highlights of the city, from the stadium which hosted the very first modern Olympics to the world-famous Acropolis – an ancient treasure in the heart of the capital. You’ll then fly on to Crete, staying in a luxurious retreat on the shores of Elounda Bay. Here, between guided visits to Venetian island fortresses and traditional olive oil farms, you’ll explore at your own pace, taking in the likes of ancient palaces and spectacular cathedrals and monasteries. Of course, you’ll also have time to make the most of your hotel, with its indulgent spa and a pair of private beaches.


Day 1

UK to Athens 

Start your holiday in style with included airport chauffeur transfers and airport lounge access before your flight to Athens, the capital of Greece. On arrival, you’ll be met by your driver for a private transfer to your city-centre hotel – a stylish urban retreat just a short stroll from the National Garden and some of the Greek capital’s top museums. Settle in and enjoy the remainder of the day exploring the city at your own pace.

Stay: NJV Athens Plaza Hotel

View of the Acropolis at sunset, Athens, Greece

The Acropolis, Athens


Day 2

Exploring ancient Athens

You’ll be met this morning by your local guide who’ll help you explore the many and fascinating highlights of this multi-faceted city. Begin with a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium, host to the first modern Olympics, staged in 1896, followed by the Prime Minister’s residence, guarded by colourfully uniformed Evzones guards. It’s then on to the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch for a further look a the city’s rich history. However, few sites compare to the mystery and majesty of the Acropolis. From the Temple of Athena Nike to the magnificent Parthenon, it’s a treasure trove of architectural marvels and a wonderful spot to round of the day’s organised activities.

Stay: NJV Athens Plaza Hotel

Breakfast included

Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens

Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens

Acropolis, Greece

Acropolis, Greece

Athens at night

Athens at night


Days 3 – 4

Sun-kissed Crete

After breakfast, and between a pair of included private transfers, you’ll fly to Crete this morning where you’ll check into the gorgeous Elounda Beach, with its sprawling gardens, private beaches and elegant accommodation. You’ll have the rest of the day, and the next, free to explore the facilities, delve into the dining options, indulge with a spa treatment or simply relax poolside, taking in the views.

Breakfast included

Elounda Beach Hotel

Elounda Beach Hotel


Day 5

Spinalonga Island Fortress & olive oil farm

Feeling rejuvenated, you’ll embark on a day’s guided touring, beginning with a boat trip from the fishing village of Elounda to the island of Spinalonga – a 15th-century Venetian fortress turned 19th-century leper colony. Returning to Crete, you’ll then head on to a typical farm, famed for its olive oil. Enjoy a guided tour of the farm, then wrap things up with a tasting and your chance to understand why Cretan olive oil is reputed to be among the best in the world.

Breakfast included

Spinalonga, Crete

Spinalonga, Crete

Olive oil farm, Crete

Olive oil farm, Crete


Days 6 – 7

Crete at leisure

With a further two days free, take the chance to explore some of Crete’s other highlights under your own steam, or ask our specialists about adding more guided touring to your schedule. For historians, there’s the impressive Palace of Knossos – the political and ceremonial centre of the Minoan Civilization. Or, you might prefer to get into nature with a trip to the Samaria Gorge, the longest in Europe. The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is another highlight, or you might prefer to simply explore the coastline, dotted with secluded bays and hilltop monasteries.

Breakfast included

Palace of Knossos, Crete

Palace of Knossos, Crete

Preveli Monastery, Crete

Preveli Monastery, Crete


Day 8

Crete to UK

Enjoy a final Cretan breakfast before your private transfer sees you back to Heraklion airport for your direct flight to the UK. On arrival, your chauffeur driver will be waiting to whisk you home.

Breakfast included


About the itinerary

"For me, Greece is the ultimate summer and autumn destination, a country blessed with glorious beaches, sublime food and some of the world's most important historic sites. With stays at two of my favourite Greek hotels, plus some excellent touring options, this itinerary is a wonderful introduction to these very highlights, perfect for first-time visitors and those who've perhaps only been for the beach before. "

Andy Austen

Destination Specialist

Pricing information

Guide price from £2,520 pp incl. flights

02 - 30 Oct 2021 from: £2,520 pp
18 Sep - 01 Oct 2021 from: £2,690 pp
04 - 17 Sep 2021 from: £2,860 pp
21 Aug - 03 Sep 2021 from: £3,275 pp
01 - 20 Aug 2021 from: £3,525 pp

Includes

  • UK chauffeur drive service
  • Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
  • Return flights UK to Athens returning from Crete
  • Return airport transfers in Athens
  • 2 nights accommodation Athens at NJV Athens Plaza on a BB basis with Acropolis view room
  • Half day Athens sightseeing tour with a private guide and entrance fees to the Acropolis Site and Acropolis Museum
  • One way flight between Athens and Crete
  • Private return airport transfers in Crete
  • 5 nights accommodation in Crete at the Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas on a BB basis
  • Full day Private guided tour to Spinalonga Island, and Olive Oil estate including boat trip, 4 course Lunch at local tavern in Agios Nikolaos and Cretan Limoncello tasting

Upgrades to higher room types and half board available on request


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