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Cycladic and Crete Adventure

 

Overview

Hotel description:

12 days | 10 nights

Take off to the Cyclades and soak up the history, romance and beauty of this incredible region over 12 days. Start off in Athens, Greece's largest city, and explore timeless historical sites juxtaposed with modern Greek culture, then sail to Paros, Santorini and Crete for a taste of island paradise. Each island has its own unique style and mood. Discover each one and create lasting memories along the way.

Location

Athens, Paros, Santorini and Crete

What's included

Package inclusions

  • Round-trip flights to Athens (if flight and hotel package option is chosen)
  • Local flight from Crete to Athens
  • 10 nights of accommodation
  • 10 breakfasts
  • Airport and port transfers in Athens, Paros, Santorini and Crete
  • Fast ferry Athens to Paros and Paros to Santorini; Hydrofoil Santorini to Crete
  • Porterage
  • Earn & Redeem Aeroplan® Miles

Out & About - Suggested Itinerary

The day-to-day locations are already set and hotel accommodations will already be booked, but what you do during the day in each location is completely up to you. We've gathered our top picks for suggested itineraries, places to visit, things to do and even great spots for tasty treats. Explore to your heart's content and take our suggestions - or don't! No one decides what your travel days look like but you. Just make sure to get to the hotel on time!

Day 1        Depart Canada
Fly to Athens.

Day 2        Welcome to Athens
Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel, your home for the next 2 nights.

Day 3        Athens: At leisure

The day is yours to explore the wonderful city of Athens. Discover Athens from thousands of years ago to modern times.

Out & About Suggestions

Explore Greece's capital city. Travel back to ancient times at the Acropolis ($), or stroll through Plaka and see Athens as it was hundreds of years ago. Sample delectable Greek cuisine at one of countless restaurants and cafés, or hit the shops on Ermou and Kolonaki streets.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 4        Athens - Paros
After breakfast, transfer to the Athens port for your fast ferry to Paros, then transfer to your hotel and check in. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 5        Paros: At leisure

The entire day is yours to discover Paros, a gem of an island in the Cyclades and best known for its beautiful beaches and charming villages.

Out & About Suggestions
Paros is a lovely Greek Island teeming with history, from the old port of Naoussa to the impressive Venetian castle. In Parikia Town, the island's capital, stroll a labyrinth of walkways with colourful flowers, quaint shops and tavernas. Dine at one of many seaside restaurants for fresh seafood and beautiful sunset views.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 6        Paros - Santorini
Enjoy your breakfast and free morning; later transfer at the indicated time to Paros port for your fast ferry to Santorini. Transfer to your hotel and check in, and spend the rest of the day relaxing and enjoying the incredible views, or exploring this volcanic island and its spectacular caldera.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Days 7 & 8        Santorini: At leisure
Enjoy two full days exploring Santorini at your own pace.

Out & About Suggestions
Santorini is famous for its unique caldera, formed from an ancient volcanic eruption. The result is gorgeous colourful beaches and an extremely romantic setting, perfect for an island vacation. Visit the Museum of Prehistoric Thera in Fira ($), which hosts artifacts from the sites of Akrotiri and Ancient Thera. Be sure to check out Oia's incredible sunsets.

Meal(s): 2 breakfasts

Day 9        Santorini - Crete
After breakfast, transfer to the Santorini port for your hydrofoil to Crete, where you will transfer to your hotel and check in. 

Meal(s): Breakfast

Days 10 & 11        Crete: At leisure
Discover Crete over two full days.

Out & About Suggestions

Discover Crete over two full days and take in the island's beauty and charm. Explore the renowned archaeological site of Knossos ($), one of the most important and best known palace of Minoan civilization, or visit Spinalonga, a historic island and site of a former leper colony.

Meal(s): 2 breakfasts

Day 12        Crete - Athens - Return to Canada
After breakfast, transfer to the Crete airport for your local flight to Athens and board your flight home.

Meal(s): Breakfast

 

Accommodations

Additional fees might apply
The hotels listed below are presented as examples for your reference only. Where “or similar” is indicated, guests will stay at a hotel of the same star rating. The hotel accommodations will be communicated to the consumer or travel agent prior to departure.

Comfort Accommodation

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a standard room at all hotels during the trip.

The location and corresponding hotels are as follows:
  • Athens: Best Western Candia Hotel 3-star or similar (2 nights)
  • Paros: Pandrossos Hotel 3-star or similar (2 nights)
  • Santorini: Astir Thira Hotel 3-star or similar (3 nights)
  • Crete: Hotel Olympic 3-star or similar (3 nights)


Bed size(s): 1 double bed or 2 twin beds
Room occupancy: Maximum 3 people (3 adults, or 2 adults and 1 child)

 

Superior Accommodation

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a standard room at all hotels during the trip.

The location and corresponding hotels are as follows:
  • Athens: Athenaeum Grand Hotel 4-star or similar (2 nights)
  • Paros: Saint Andrea Seaside Resort 4-star or similar (2 nights)
  • Santorini: Goulielmos Hotel 4-star or similar (3 nights)
  • Crete: Hotel Ibis Styles Heraklion Central 4-star or similar (3 nights)


Bed size(s):
1 double bed or 2 twin beds
Room occupancy: Maximum 3 people (3 adults, or 2 adults and 1 child)

 

Premium Accommodation

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a standard room at all hotels during the trip.

The location and corresponding hotels are as follows:
  • Athens: Electra Metropolis Hotel 5-star or similar (2 nights)
  • Paros: Archipelagos Resort & Villas 5-star or similar (2 nights)
  • Santorini: Aqua Blue Hotel 4-star or similar (3 nights)
  • Crete: GDM Megaron Hotel 5-star or similar (3 nights)


Bed size(s): 1 double bed or 2 twin beds
Room occupancy: Maximum 3 people (3 adults, or 2 adults and 1 child)

 

Important notes

2019 Departure Dates
Daily from May 1 - September 20

City Tax
City taxes are applicable for hotel stays in Greece and are payable in local currency upon arrival. Rates vary from 1 EUR to 5 EUR depending on hotel star rating and location and are calculated per room, per night. Rates are subject to change without notice.

Transportation
Fast Ferry: in numbered air seat
Hydrofoil: in Economy Class
Local flight (Crete - Athens) baggage allowance: 1 piece of luggage 23 kg; 1 piece hand luggage 8 kg

Not Included

  • Meals, unless noted
  • Transfers, unless noted
  • Additional activities and excursions
  • Personal expenses and insurance