Ruins of the Minoan Palace of Knossos, Crete

Amazing Greece Vacation: Antiquity, Greek Islands & Venetian Cities

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Countries Visited

Greece

Places Visited

Athens, Mykonos, Delos, Santorini...

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Suggested Duration

11 Days

This fairytale 11-day adventure through Greece brings you on the precipice of greatness. The ruins in Athens tower over the city like an old friend reminding you of the Golden Age that inspired many. The beaches of Mykonos invite you onto their pristine shores like friendly neighbors. The portrait of Santorini beckons to you to stop inside and stay awhile. Crete is steeped in the legend of the Minotaur, the ruins of the Knossos Minoan Palace, and the grace of Venetian cities. Open up the book...

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Trip Highlights

  • Explore the mythological history of Athens on a tour of its modern history and ancient ruins, including the celebrated Parthenon
  • Relax on the pure beaches and within the crystalline waters of Mykonos
  • Indulge along the sensational meandering streets of Mykonos Town
  • Luxuriate along the cliffs of the famous island of Santorini
  • Wander beside the picturesque white and blue homes of Santorini
  • Enjoy the unparalleled sunset of Santorini where the sky is overrun with magnificent color
  • Witness the fabled ruins of the Knossos Minoan Palace, home to the dreaded Minotaur outside the city of Heraklion, Crete
  • Discover the charm of the Venetian cities that continue to decorate Crete

Detailed Description

Step inside the myths and legends of Ancient Greece on this 11-day tour that will take you through the rumored beauty of the islands and the sensational stories of the mainland. From the storied philosophers of Athens to the birthplace of the gods, you will be able to stretch to edges of Grecian mysticism. Each day is sure to be more magical than the last, within the islands, within Athens, and within your journey through it all.

Welcome to Athens and it’s gorgeous ruins that tower over the city as a reminder of the age that inspired history. Spend time exploring the old streets and mansions of the city that stretch from the Golden Age to Roman occupation and beyond. The next day your guide will tour you through the modern history and antiquity of the city where a palace looms and the Parthenon lusters. On your third day you will board a hydrofoil and cruise to the illustrious island of Mykonos where the days can be a mix of crystal waters, hot sandy shores, and labyrinthine streets. Off the coast of the island is the uninhabited island of Delos, the birthplace of gods Apollo and Artemis. Discover the unimpeded mysticism of the island that has absorbed and inspired people for millennia.

Your arrival in Santorini brings you to the base of the crescent cliffs of the island. The whitewashed buildings reflect the colors of the light during sunrise and sunset. The days are at your leisure, blending them with a mix of relaxing beaches, infinity pools, and strolls along the cliff side where the luminous water crashes against the rocks. Your final days along the islands bring you to the shores of Crete and the city of Heraklion. Antiquity and natural beauty thrive, where the labyrinth of the Minotaur once stood beneath the grandiose Knossos Palace just outside the city. Step into the ruins of the palace or discover the colorful life of Western Crete set within the Venetian port cities of Chania and Rethymnon. Your journey home will take you from the myths of Daedalus into the comforts of the sky, where wax wings will forever remain in the depths of Geek legend, but you soared within the greatness of Greece. 

Related Information: Zicasso offers a variety of trips to Greece. Browse the reviews for travel agents for Greece.

Starting Price

$2,745 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.

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  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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