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Athens, Santorini, and Crete Vacation for History Lovers

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Places Visited

Athens, Santorini, Crete

Suggested Duration

7 Days

On this historically rich 7-day vacation through Athens, Santorini, and Crete, you will be immersed in the mythology, philosophy, and architecture of the ancient Greeks. Discover the striking geology and landscape of the islands, indulge in a historically inspired wine tour, hike through the Samaria Gorge, and kayak on the Aegean Sea. This weeklong vacation effortlessly combines extravagance with history and will leave you with a unique experience that has you living ancient Greek culture.

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Trip Highlights

  • Discover the wealth of knowledge and collection of ancient artifacts at the world-renowned National Archaeology Museum
  • Immerse yourself in the mythology, philosophy, and architecture at the legendary Acropolis
  • Uncover living history at the ancient Thira archeology site
  • Bask in the sea and sunshine as you kayak through the crystal-clear, sparkling Aegean Sea over inspiring calderas
  • Indulge in an off-road adventure to the peak of the Lassithi Plateau and Cave of Zeus
  • Marvel at inspirational mountain passes as you hike through history from Samaria Gorge to Sweet Water Beach
  • Sample local grapes and olives on a historically inspired olive oil and wine tour

Detailed Description

This weeklong, historical journey through Athens, Santorini, and Crete perfectly combines extravagance with antiquity and will leave you with an experience that not only allows you to learn about the past but live in it.

After you land, a private driver will meet you at the airport and escort you to your luxurious accommodation, which will be located in the heart of the City. The following morning, your tour through the ages will begin at the National Archeology Museum. This Museum is the perfect place to begin your discovery of Greece because it contains one of the most impressive and diversified collections of ancient Greek artifacts in the world. During your visit, your guide will explain how each different era built upon the previous one in addition to many other interesting historical facts. Afterward, you will begin your ascent to the legendary Acropolis. Tidbits of philosophy, mythology, and history will captivate your heart as you walk the same marbled steps that Plato and Aristotle once did. As you hike up the steps, you can admire the aesthetic beauty and architectural feat of each intricate temple.

The next day, you will fly from Athens to Santorini on a private aircraft, where you will experience breathtaking views of the Greek islands. When you land, a private driver will escort you to your opulent accommodation that will overlook the infamous, blue-domed churches. During your time in Santorini, you will explore the ruins of Ancient Thira, glide over crystal-clear waters and inspiring calderas, sift through the famed Atlantic Bookshop, and unearth the spectacular Byzantine Castle. Each activity will include a passionate, energetic, and knowledgeable guide to ensure that you acquire a detailed understanding of the cultural significance that surrounds each iconic site.

Your final destination will be the enigmatic island of Crete. Your first activity will be an off-road adventure through the Dikti Mountains to the inspiring Lassithi Plateau, where you will walk through the cave where Zeus was born. In the cave. During the remainder of your excursion, you will witness the impressive Aposelemis Dam and appreciate the serenity of a monk monastery. Your final day will be spent enjoying Greece's natural splendor as you hike through history and savor the local grapes and olives on a historically inspired wine tour.

Nearly everything about this itinerary is customizable, so you can adjust nearly anything and everything to better suit your moods and interests once you are in Greece.

We work closely with the best Greek travel agents to ensure that you have a fully personalized trip of a lifetime.

Starting Price

$2,361 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.

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