Introduction
It used to be that travel to Greece on a tour created one of two regrets: "Ruin Overload" (too many temples, too few days) or "Beach Fatigue" (so many hours on the sand that they never saw the real Greece). But that's no problem for you! This Classic Journey guided Greece adventure tour delivers the best of everything—most of all, because we concentrate on two gorgeous (and compact) Greek Isles that encapsulate the best of classical antiquity, modern comfort, and traditional culture. We explore Crete with its Minoan ruins, deep gorges, rolling olive groves and Byzantine churches. And we take our time, too, on red-cliffed Santorini. Travel and adventure here include settling into a charming hotel with incredible sunset views of the extinct volcano's caldera. All along we meet shepherds, villagers and fishermen—the contemporary Greeks who live amid some of the loveliest scenery and finest historical treasures on earth. You'll head home with a deep and very personal feel for this wonderful civilization and the islands that have cradled it for millennia.
Picture yourself...
  • Winding your way through a spectacular gorge
  • Exploring labyrinthine ruins of a colossal palace
  • Sampling the fruits of a cliff-hugging vineyard
Itinerary at a glance
DAYS 1-2 - CHANIA
We meet on Crete in Chania (2 nights), an easy hop from Athens where you first land in Greece. Our island vacation begins with a light walk and a chance to browse the covered market. From Chora Sfakion, we take a boat ride along the coast to Agia Roumeli, where we meet local fishermen and then walk a breathtaking stretch of the Samaria Gorge. 

DAYS 3-4 - HERAKLION
Near Arkadi, we walk through flocks of sheep, rolling hills and olive groves to the excavations of ancient Eleftherna. With water bottles filled from a mountain spring, we follow a scenic valley trail past the ruins of ancient watermills to a private tasting of handmade baklava. Heraklion (2 nights) is a beautifully preserved village, studded with Venetian and Ottoman architecture. From here, we make a memorable visit to the Minoan Palace of Knossos.

DAYS 5-7 - OIA
Crossing the sea to Santorini, we travel to Oia (2 nights) and our adventure takes us through ancient streets to explore and shop, visit artisans and craftmakers, or just linger poolside at our hotel. Next day, a morning walk on the slopes of the famous volcano precedes an invitation to a local vineyard for a tour and tasting with views of the sunset over the crater.
Greek Isles
Cultural Walking Adventure
7 Days / 6 Nights
Starting Point: Chania, Crete - 3:00pm

Ending Point: Oia, Santorini - 12:00pm

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Guest Reviews
“Marinela is an outstanding guide. Organized, knowledgeable, and by the end of the week, I felt like I was traveling with a friend.”
Susan S., Cincinnati, OH

“Elli is an outstanding guide. She made me feel totally at home on my arrival—more like I was visiting a member of my family than taking an organized tour. Her wonderful sense of humor, extensive knowledge of the area and cultured cuisine made this an outstanding holiday!”
Linda R., Kiawah Island, SC

“We liked our guide very much and she was extremely knowledgeable, generous, kind and flexible! Her excitement and knowledge about the Minoan period was contagious.”
Joan K., Lexington, MA

“Classic Journeys has turned out to be a fantastic company to travel with - one I highly recommend. I truly feel as if I have been on vacation this past week.”
Marcia B.

“Traveling with Classic Journeys is the ideal way to see and immerse oneself in the local atmosphere.”
Nancy R.

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The ultimate luxury in custom adventure travel in Greece is escaping the crowds. On all of our tours we get to the places the turisti don’t go.
Our small groups offer more options
Fewer guests give us more flexibility on our cultural walking adventure in Greece. Travel with our local guides and enjoy alternate walks, time off for relaxing, and other options at no extra cost.
Tour Dates & Prices
Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.
TOUR DATES
TOUR PRICES
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
May 8-14, 2016$4495.00$895.00
June 5-11, 2016$4595.00$895.00
September 4-10, 2016$4595.00$895.00
October 2-8, 2016$4595.00$895.00
May 7-13, 2017$4595.00$895.00
June 4-10, 2017$4695.00$895.00
September 3-9, 2017$4695.00$895.00
October 1-7, 2017$4695.00$895.00
  • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
  • Trip literature
  • All land transportation during the trip
• All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 5 dinners
Greek Isles
Cultural Walking Adventure
7 Days / 6 Nights
The Greek Isles have a warm, semi-arid climate. Mid-summer is warmer during the day and still comfortably cool in the evenings. We’ll be spending the vast majority of our time along the coast, where the warm sunshine is moderated by the breezes that blow off the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas.

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Arrange for 6-full paying friends to travel together and receive 25% off one trip.
 
 
Hotels
Casa Delfino

Situated in the old town of Chania, this 20-room hotel is an elegant, carefully restored 17th-century Venetian mansion. Rooms reflect the hotel’s artful combination of old and new—exposed brick arches are paired with modern bathrooms and tile floors.

GDM Megaron Heraklion

This landmark 5-star hotel is a commanding historic monument in the heart of Heraklion. There's an open-air pool on the roof. High-ceilinged rooms and public spaces are beautifully decorated in a warm modern style.

Fanari Villas

The pinch-yourself views at this all-suite hotel are utterly remarkable. The classic-white-washed building sits right on the edge of the Santorini’s caldera with ringside seats for sunset. Lovely rooms are decorated in spare classic style.

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Go a little of the grid
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Our small groups offer more options
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