Introduction
It used to be that travelers would return from Greece with 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 delivers the best of everything – most of all, because we concentrate on the gorgeous (and compact) Greek Isles that encapsulate the best of classical antiquity, modern comfort and traditional culture. You'll explore Crete with its Minoan ruins, rolling olive groves and Byzantine churches, and Naxos, the greenest of the Cyclades. You'll take your time, too, on red-cliffed Santorini, settling into a charming hotel with incredible sunset views of the extinct volcano’s caldera.  All along you'll meet shepherds, villagers and fisherman – 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.
Itinerary at a glance
DAYS 1-2 - HERAKLION
You meet in the Cretan capital of Heraklion (2 nights) a town, studded with Venetian and Ottoman architecture. From here, you make a memorable visit to the Minoan Palace of Knossos. Your spectacular walks will be punctuated by meetings with olive-oil makers, a traditional baker who still makes phyllo dough by hand, and a small community of nuns who welcome you to their home that is a restored Byzantine monastery.
 
DAYS 3-4 – NAXOS / MYKONOS  
Get ready for a couple of days of island-hopping, Greek style. Your home base is Naxos (2 nights) where you’ll leave the beaten path near Kourounohori to see a remarkable statue abandoned by its sculptor more than 2,500 years ago. You’ll also experience the true archeological wonders of Delos, mythological birthplace of Apollo, on a guided visit to the temples, amphitheater, homes and more.
 
DAYS 5-7 - OIA
Crossing the sea to Santorini, you travel to Oia (2 nights). Roam the ancient and picturesque streets to explore, shop, visit artisans, sip something cold at a table overlooking the sea, or just linger poolside at your 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.
Picture yourself...
  • Exploring the remarkable ruins of Knossos and Delos
  • Sampling the fruits of a cliff-hugging vineyard
  • Taking in the iconic views from your hotel in Santorini
Greek Isles
Culture + Walking
7 Days / 6 Nights
Starting Point: Heraklion, Crete - 9:00 am - Lobby of GDM Megaron Heraklion

Ending Point: Oia, Santorini - 12:00pm

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Greek Isles
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7 Days / 6 Nights

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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 5-11, 2019$4795.00$895.00
June 2-8, 2019$4895.00$895.00
September 1-7, 2019$4895.00$895.00
October 6-12, 2019$5095.00$895.00
May 3-9, 2020$4895.00$895.00
June 7-13, 2020$4995.00$895.00
September 6-12, 2020$4995.00$895.00
October 4-10, 2020$5195.00$895.00


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What's Included
  • Accommodations for 7 days and 6 nights
  • 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, 2 lunches and 4 dinners
Above & Beyond Benefits
  • Invisible Check-In
    When your group arrives, we whisk you and your bags to your room immediately. No waiting – no tipping.
  • Wine on Us
    In many regions, we uncork wonderful local wines at every dinner, compliments of Classic Journeys.
  • Privileged Access Events
    One-of-a-kind access to remarkable people, places and activities arranged just for you.
Greek Isles
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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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Your trip is free when you organize a Classic Journeys trip with 10 or more travelers (including you).
 
 
Accommodations
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.

Naxos Island Hotel

Naxos Island Hotel is designed in traditional Cycladic style. The hotel is a miniature of Naxos Island where each room retains the features of a village and it is made of marble, emery, and plaster.

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.

Greek Isles
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