4 day trip to Crete and Santorini
1st day: Heraklion Crete
Arriving, at Kazantzakis Airport in Heraklion, or Heraklion Port Crete.
Collecting your luggage and meet with our representative. You will be accompanied to your coach and leave for the Heraklion city.
Your day will start with a beautiful breakfast in the heart of the city. Everyone who has grown up in Heraklion knows that the square of the Morosini Fountain is the Lions Square. You will taste the local speciality bougatsa (cream pie), and a fresh orange juice. You will learn about the history of morozini fountain and the basilica of Saint Mark and Lodgia. You will visit the Church of Saint Titos Our next stop is Knossos Palace.
You will be guided in the centre of Minoan civilization and capital of Minoan Crete. Knossos flourished for approximately two thousand years. It had large palace buildings, extensive workshop installations and luxurious rock-cut cave and tholos tombs. As a major centre of trade and the economy, Knossos maintained ties with the majority of cities in the Eastern Mediterranean.
After the end of our tour you will arrive in your hotel to relax and have lunch.
In the afternoon you will have the chance to visit the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion.
The museum brings together archaeological finds from all over Crete, covering over 5500 years of the island’s history. Pride of place is given to the treasures of Minoan civilization, the entire historical course of which can thus be appreciated. Justly regarded as the home of Minoan civilization par excellence, the museum houses the most important collection of Minoan antiquities the world over.
Dinner time at a local traditional restaurant.
Return at the hotel – overnight.
Πηγή εικόνας: Περιφέρεια Κρήτης / Region of Crete – www.incrediblecrete.gr
2nd day: Heraklion – Archanes village – Aquarium
Breakfast at the hotel. City tour of Heraklion will start by a walk of in the streets. You are going to see a lot of monuments and buildings from different occupation periods of the Crete. The Byzantium, The Ottoman Empire, The Venetian Rule have left their marks on Heraklion.
Lunch time in Archanes
Archanes is so close to Heraklion in time and in distance, so much a pleasure too. You pass through Kato Archanes and climb a short distance to the main (Epano) Archanes village.
For those who wish to see something different, there is one more destination that you can choose for the rest of the day: the Cretaquarium. Just a few kilometers away from Heraklion, there is a compound that combines research with technology and education with recreation so harmoniously that you feel like diving in a whole new world, the marine world of the Mediterranean. In Cretaquarium we are going to admire various marine species, from small fish and clams to big sharks and tuna, all of which are indigenous of the Mediterranean. Our walk past the big tanks will be nothing less than impressive. The remarkable lighting and the constant water movement give us the impression that we are actually diving in another world.
3rd day: Santorini Island
Breakfast in the hotel. Departure from Heraklion port with the fast ferry. After 1 hour and 45 minutes you will arrive on Santorini at the port of Athinios.
Our first excdursion will be to Oia and Fira. The bus will depart with your guide who will provide you information about the island ant its history.
OIA: free time to admire the old neo-classical manors as well as the houses carved on the rock, the manmade eyries that seem to hang on the edge of the precipice. Oia is the most graphic village of the island with a fantastic view, narrow streets and marvelous mansions.
FIRA: Free time to visit the capital, go for shopping or enjoy your drink with a bird’s eye view over Caldera.
PERISSA: The most popular beach in Santorini. For your lunch will be a real pleasure to discover traditional taverns with Greek specialties such as “Fava” and fresh fish served with excellent local wine.
Transfer to hotel, overnight: plenty of time at your disposal for walking around, shopping and admiring over Caldera. You also have the opportunity to enjoy the night-life of the island.
4rth day : Santorini – Piraeus
Morning free – Departure from Fira to Athinios Port.
Departure from Santorini heading to Athens – Piraeus port.