Authentic Greece: Crete, Santorini, Athens

Ahhh… Greece!

The name conjures images of gorgeous sun-kissed islands, stunning beaches, quaint white-washed villages, the incredible Mediterranean Sea, amazing food, and vibrant nightlife. This trip to Greece offers rest, relaxation and the cahnce to soak up that Greek Island vibe.

Find yourself in Greece this summer exploring villages the locals love, idyllic beaches, fabulous restaurants with authentic cuisine, and historic sites – by the end you’ll definitely know the difference between Dionysios and Aphrodite (without having to consult Google). We won’t just show you Greece, we’ll share it with you with the truest sense of Greek hospitality!

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Places:

Athens, Crete, Santorini

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Dates:

July 2-10, 2019

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Fees:

CDN$3,595.00 per person
(double occupancy)*

Why choose Greece?

  • Athens: modern capital city and ancient Acropolis, antiquity’s most impressive site 
  • Crete: rich in history and fabulous beaches
  • Santorini: ranked one of the most beautiful islands in the world
  • Tour manager to handle logistics
  • Explore two of the most famous islands!
  • Convivial small group atmosphere 
  • Accommodations in centrally located family-run small boutique hotels 
  • Access to local experiences, great restaurants, and lively nightlife!

Itinerary

Day 1, Tuesday, July 2: Toronto – Athens 

Depart from Toronto on an overnight flight to Athens.
Overnight: Enroute  
 
Day 2, Wednesday, July 3: Athens 

Welcome to Greece! Mid-afternoon arrival to Athens and transfer by coach to the hotel located in the heart of the city at the foot of the Acropolis and at the gateway to the buzzing Plaka neighbourhood. After check-in, explore the winding laneways lines with colourful shops and admire the amazing atmosphere that Athens offers to visitors.The rest of the evening is at leisure to enjoy one of the many cocktail lounges and restaurants in the area. 
Overnight: Athens
Meals: None 
 
Day 3, Thursday, July 4: Athens – Crete

This morning, enjoy a guided tour of the Acropolis complex, antiquity’s most splendid group of monuments. Once a 5th-century BC sanctuary of religious worship, it became the pinnacle for artistic creations of the Classical Era.Your guided tour will visit the magnificent Doric Parthenon, the Theatre of Dionysus, the small Ionic temple of Athena Nike and the ancient Agora, the civic, religious and commercial centre of Athenian life. Later, we will visit the famous New Archeological Museum with exhibits from the Classical, Hellenistic and Roman periods. Later, unwind with a tour at a Greek winery before transferring to the Piraeus Port for the overnight ferry to Crete.  
Overnight: Ferry
Meals: Breakfast (B), Dinner (D)
 
Day 4, Friday, July 5: Crete

Welcome to Crete the largest and most populous of the Greek Islands with a fascinating history spanning Minoan, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Venetian, and Ottoman empires. Crete is an island that buzzes with activity and a very popular holiday destination for Greeks and Europeans alike. After arriving to the capital Heraklion, transfer by coach to Agios Nikolaos, a vibrant resort town and fishing village that has been inhabited since the Bronze Age and check-in to the beachfront hotel.  Enjoy a stroll along the beach after your travel day and appreciate the natural beauty of your surroundings. Tonight’s welcome dinner will be on the rooftop patio restaurant of the hotel enjoying the panoramic views of the crystal blue waters of the Aegean Sea.    
Overnight: Agios Nikolaos, Crete
Meals: B, D
 
Day 5, Saturday, July 6: Crete

Enjoy a leisurely day lounging by the roof-top pool or at the beach.  For those in search of a little activity, a brisk walk along the sea or perhaps a fitness class at the hotel will revive your senses! Dinner this night will be at the hotel’s restaurant
Overnight: Agios Nikolaos, Crete
Meals: B, D
 
Day 6, Sunday July 7: Crete – Santorini – Crete 

This morning travel by high-speed ferry to Santorini. This gorgeous island is reputed to be the site of ancient Atlantis and was formed by a volcanic explosion in the Hellenic era. After arriving in Athinios Port, take one of the public busses or taxis up the steep rock face that makes the island famous and spend the day exploring the red, black or white sandy beaches, and gaze at one of the most famous views in the entire Mediterranean. Thira, Santorini’s most famous village is world-renowned for the classic blue-domed architecture and lovely location for stunning sunsets. Make sure to visit one of the many wine bars featuring the local wine (wine at own expense), some of Greece’s best varietals! Return to Crete by ferry this evening. 
Overnight: Agios Nikolaos, Crete
Meals: B
 
Day 7, Monday, July 8: Crete

Enjoy your free day of leisure! Explore the island, go shopping, eat lunch at a local taverna or simply sleep and soak up the sunshine and Vitamin D. After dinner this evening explore one of the many bars and nightclubs in Agios Nikolaos.  
Overnight: Agios Nikolaos, Crete
Meals: B, D
 
Day 8, Tuesday, July 9: Crete

Enjoy your morning of leisure. This afternoon there will be a hiking excursion along one of Crete’s well-know footpaths enjoying panoramic views of the ocean and possibly stumbling upon ancient ruins!.  Interested in mindfulness? Then you will have the opportunity to participate in a mindfulness activity lead by an instructor.  Return to the hotel for a buffet dinner, with the rest of the evening at leisure. 
Overnight: Crete
Meals: B, D

Day 9, Wednesday, July 10: Crete – Athens 

Begin your day with a beautiful seaside walk. The rest of your final day in Crete is yours to spend relaxing and enjoying all that this spectacular island has to offer!  In the evening, transfer to the port for the overnight ferry back to Pireaus.
Overnight: Ferry
Meals: B

Day 10, Thursday, July 11: Athens – Toronto 

After arriving to Pireaus, board the private coach for the transfer to the airport for the return flight to Toronto. 
Meals: B

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Tour Price Includes

  • Roundtrip Airfare Toronto-Athens/Athens-Toronto 
  • Airline departure taxes
  • 1 night central accommodation in Athens (Aerotel Parthenon)
  • 2 nights overnight ferries (Athens-Crete, Crete-Athens)
  • 5 nights central accommodation in Crete (Hotel Hermes)
  • Breakfast daily 
  • 5 dinners
  • All transportation as per the itinerary on private air conditioned busses/coach
  • Ferry tickets for private room with bed
  • Guided tour and entrances to the Acropolis and New Acropolis Museum
  • Hiking excursion in Crete
  • Optional social activities

Tour Price Does Not Include

  • Lunches
  • Beverages (including those at meals, specialty coffees, alcoholic drinks)
  • Single supplement (for those people travelling solo or who prefer to not share a room): CDN$560.00
  • Travel Insurance (optional but stongly recommended, contact GHT for rates)
  • Porterage fees
  • Hotel Gratuities ($60.00 will be added to final invoice)
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary

Payment Schedule

  • Deposit: $700.00 January 30, 2019 or at time of registration
  • Second Payment: $1,477.50 due February 28, 2019
  • Final Payment: $1,477.50 (plus single supplment if applicable) due April 12, 2019

Fine Print: Price is based on a minimum of 15 participants in shared double accommodations. There will be a surcharge if the minimum participant number is not reached. Single supplement applies to a person travelling solo without a partner/roommate, or who prefers to not share a room. Price is based on airfare, land tarrifs and currency exchange rates as of November 15, 2018. Please note the possibility of increases in air land costs prior to final payment. Any increase must be borne by the individual participant. Note: travllers should be advised that living conditions, transportation, and services in Greece differ from those found in Canada.

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I loved every minute of my Greece vacation. The Aegean Sea is stunning, the towns are cute and charming with great shops, and the food and atmosphere is wonderful.  We are already planning our next trip.”

Kathleen

Toronto

The Acropolis Museum is AMAZING!! Not stuffy at all and it explained everything about the ancient Greeks and lets you see up close lots of sculptures that are 3000 years old! It’s also air-conditioned which was great 🙂

Julia (aged 12)

Toronto

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Want to learn more about this trip?

Contact Georgia Hardy Tours directly for pricing and availability.

[email protected]

416-483-7533 ext.100

Fine Print: It is the responsibility of all participants to ensure that they have a valid passport and that no additional travel documents are necessary. Georgia Hardy Tours Inc. is not responsible for inadequate travel documents. Georgia Hardy Tours reserves the right to make changes in the itinerary when necessary for the convenience and safety of tour participants. Any extra cost in the unlikely event of itinerary changes must be borne by the individual participant.

Responsibility and Jurisdiction: Georgia Hardy Tours and their agents act only as agents for the passengers with respect to services supplied to passengers by others, including but not limited to transportation, hotel and restaurant services, on the express condition that they are not liable for any failure in such services, or injury, loss or damage, delay or inconvenience arising out of or in connection with any defect in any vehicle or any act, omission, accident or error in providing such transportation, hotel, restaurant or other services. There is no refund for unused portions of the tour. In case of an accident occurring during the land portion of any tour, the passenger must submit any claim therefore only to the competent judicial authorities of the jurisdiction where such accident occurred, to be determined exclusively in accordance with the laws of such jurisdiction. By accepting the coupons and tickets and utilizing the services, the passenger agrees that Georgia Hardy Tours nor any affiliated or subsidiary companies or representatives shall be liable for any loss, injury or damage to the passenger or belongings or otherwise in connection with any accommodations, transportation or other services or resulting directly from any occurrences beyond its control including breakdown in equipment, strikes, theft, delay or cancellation or changes in itinerary or schedules, etc. Georgia Hardy Tours and its agents reserve the right to refuse to accept or retain any person as a member of this tour. The right is reserved to withdraw any or all of the tour or portions thereof. All tour services including, but not limited to hotel accommodations, restaurants, guide services and transportation are furnished by independent contractors.

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