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Wellness and Hiking in Crete & Santorini

Main destination Greece 9 Day Tour

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Wellness and Hiking in Crete & Santorini

May 14-22, 2022

$2,649 per person based on double occupancy
$3,249 per person based on single occupancy
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Final payment is due on February 14, 2022

Welcome to Greece where you will experience two of the most vibrant islands in the Mediterranean. This 9-day journey will start in Crete, Greece’s largest island with over 160 miles of beaches and end in the iconic island of Santorini! Enjoy cooking lessons that showcase some of the most authentic meze dishes while you take in these remarkable coastlines. In addition to the frequent hikes on both islands, you will have a chance to get a true taste of the Mediterranean while kayaking in Santorini.

Hotels:

  • Petousis Hotel & Suites, Heraklion
  • Enagron Ecotourism Village, Axos
  • Hotel Splendour Resort, Santorini

Included:

Meals:
  • 9 Breakfasts
  • 1 Meze Light Lunch
  • 6 Dinners
Activities:
  • Visit Heraklion Archaeological Museum & Knossos
  • Visit the prehistoric city of Akrotiri in Santorini
  • Catamaran Cruise included snorkeling equipment, fruits and drinks
  • Botanical walk and guide
  • Hike the Aradena Gorge
  • Sea Kayaking in Santorini
  • Wine tour and tasting at Venetsanos Winery
  • Hike from Fira to Oia
  • Hands on cooking lesson
Other Services:
  • One airport transfer privately in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Transportation privately in an air-conditioned vehicle during the tours mentioned on the program
  • English-Speaking guide service during the mentioned program
  • Official English-Speaking guide service during the archaeological sites
  • Entrance fees, Road tolls, Taxes, VAT
  • Domestic ferry rides, ferry taxes and fees

Not Included:

  • Tips for porters, guide and driver- the value of the tip is up to the client
  • All other services not mentioned as included
  • Personal expenses
  • International airfare throughout the program
  • International airport taxes, airport porter and extra baggage
  • Hotel early check-in and late check-out
  • Drinks or personal expenses or entrance fees for any extra sightseeing or optional activities
  • Travel insurance

Notes:

  • Flights to arrive into Heraklion International Airport and depart from Santorini (Thira) International Airport

Day 1

Arrival in Heraklion

Welcome to Greece! Your journey will start in Crete, the largest and most populous of the 230 inhabited Greek islands. Upon arrival at Heraklion International Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel in the city center. Spend the afternoon walking around the old city's medieval streets with architecture representing the island's Venetian past. Highlights include the elegant arches of the Loggia, now in use as the town hall, and the Koules Venetian fortress along the harbor walls.
From here, you can take a break in a traditional café and taste our famous pastry “Bougatsa” at Kirkor Wor, then head to the more modern boutique shops on Daedalou Street.
Finish the first day with dinner in Peskesi at a traditional local Cretan restaurant 
Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Petousis Hotel & Suites 
Capsis Astoria Heraklion
Day 2

Explore Heraklion

After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll start the day by visiting Heraklion’s Archaeological Museum with one of the largest collections of Minoan artifacts in the world. This is an excellent crash course for the next stop located just outside of town: the 3,500-year-old Minoan palace of Knossos, a sprawling maze of royal chambers, grand staircases, storerooms, and workshops. This evocative Bronze Age site is believed to be Europe’s oldest city. A professional English-speaking guide will escort you on these visits.
From here, you'll head toward Heraklion's surrounding vineyards, where locals believe wine has been produced for several centuries. You'll then make your way back to Heraklion for free time to explore the city on your own. In the evening, we will make our way to the local traditional taverna, Kouzineri.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Petousis Hotel & Suites

Heraklion
Day 3

Cooking Class and Catamaran Cruise

After a leisurely morning in Heraklion, you will be transferred to a traditional Cretan Village for a local and authentic cooking lesson. Learn about the local ingredients and recipes as you sample your cuisine. After the cooking lesson, you will have meze at Arolithos.
Later transfer to the small fishing village of Bali. Upon arrival, board a 3-hour catamaran cruise to take in a fresh perspective of the island. The beautiful coastline and majestic shades of blue waters will leave you awestruck as you take in the cool ocean breeze. Enjoy drinks and fruits on the boat in addition to snorkeling equipment.
Transfer to the Enagron hotel for your arrival and dinner in the evening. 
Meals: Breakfast, Light Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Enagron Ecotourism Village

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Day 4

Hike Aradena Gorge

Get ready for another beautiful hike in Crete! After breakfast, you’ll head to the southern slopes of the White Mountains to find one of the most fascinating gorges on the island. Aradena Gorge isn’t quite as well known as its fellow island resident, the Samaria Gorge, but it's no less impressive and boasts significantly fewer crowds.
You'll start with your hiking leader in the abandoned village of Aradena as you trek past the gorge's high, colorful walls and cliff-dwelling flowers all the way down to the Libyan Sea. Once you've conquered the descent, the sandy beach of Marmara awaits you for sunbathing, swimming, and a well-deserved lunch break. You'll then hike the coastal path toward the quiet seaside village of Loutro. Scope out the rocky views and keep an eye out for the many seabird species that call these remote beaches home.
Return to the hotel and enjoy dinner on the property. 
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Enagron Ecotourism Village




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Day 5

Botanical Walk - Axos Village

Start your day off with a leisurely breakfast while enjoying the grounds of the property. Late in the morning, we will head out for a two-hour leisurely walk, wandering across the forests and fields of Enagron through a majestic network of botanical paths. In route, you can see, touch, smell and even taste all the different species of the wild vegetation that surrounds Enagron as well as the flowers, fruits, and aromatic plants of the farm. Understand how this vegetation has been linked with myth, worship, and pharmaceuticals from the ancient times until today. At the end of the walk, drink a traditional herbal tea with homemade biscuits at the restaurant and get acquainted with olive oil tasting. Through some simple practical taste-tips learn how to recognize an extra virgin olive oil from a common olive oil. Spend the afternoon exploring Axos Village and then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure with dinner on the property. 
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Enagron Ecotourism Village



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Day 6

Ferry from Crete to Santorini

After an early breakfast in Crete, you'll head to the port to catch a morning ferry to Santorini. Nothing says “good morning” like watching the sun coming up over the island's iconic cubic architecture. Upon arrival, take note of the island's central caldera, the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in history, rising above you.
Later in the day, you'll transfer to the buzzing island capital of Fira where you'll start a hike around the rim of the famous caldera to picturesque Oia, passing white stone houses and stunning views along the way. Linger on Oia's artsy streets until evening for the best sunset views on the island.  
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Splendour Resort



Splendour Resort Crete
Day 7

Akrotiri Archaeological Site & Sea Kayaking

After breakfast, you'll visit the prehistoric city at Akrotiri, hidden away at the southern tip of Santorini. These ruins are the site of the Bronze Age’s most advanced settlements, which prospered for centuries before being destroyed by a great volcanic eruption in the mid-second millennium BC. You'll have the morning to explore its streets alongside a local guide who will share its stories.
In the afternoon, you'll head to the beach for a sea kayaking tour on the lesser-known south side of the island. Get a new perspective on the shores while you paddle past the Red and White beaches, named for their distinctly colored sands, with plenty of time to stop for swimming and snorkeling in the Aegean's clear water.
Return to the hotel and dinner on your own. 
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Splendour Resort


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Day 8

Venetsanos Winery

Today, you'll enjoy a morning at leisure to relax and explore the town of Fira. Later on, you your bus will wait to transfer you to the Venetsanos Winery for a wine-tasting tour. After learning about the volcanic wine production, enjoy a tasting as you soak up the panoramic view of Santorini before you head back to your hotel.
Late in the evening, wrap up your Greek island adventure in Fira, with a farewell dinner at Naousa Restaurant overlooking the island's caldera as you take in your last postcard image sunset. 
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Splendour Resort

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Day 9

Depart Santorini

It's time to say farewell to Greece! Today, you'll savor one more breakfast in Santorini before your transfer to the airport for your flight home. 
Meals: Breakfast


Santorini

The activity Level for this tour is:

Demanding - Multiple high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities throughout the program, but accessible to most healthy travelers. Some training and/or frequent exercise recommended prior to travel.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Heraklion

Welcome to Greece! Your journey will start in Crete, the largest and most populous of the 230 inhabited Greek islands. Upon arrival at Heraklion International Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel in the city center. Spend the afternoon walking around the old city's medieval streets with architecture representing the island's Venetian past. Highlights include the elegant arches of the Loggia, now in use as the town hall, and the Koules Venetian fortress along the harbor walls.
From here, you can take a break in a traditional café and taste our famous pastry “Bougatsa” at Kirkor Wor, then head to the more modern boutique shops on Daedalou Street.
Finish the first day with dinner in Peskesi at a traditional local Cretan restaurant 
Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Petousis Hotel & Suites 
Capsis Astoria Heraklion
Day 2

Explore Heraklion

After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll start the day by visiting Heraklion’s Archaeological Museum with one of the largest collections of Minoan artifacts in the world. This is an excellent crash course for the next stop located just outside of town: the 3,500-year-old Minoan palace of Knossos, a sprawling maze of royal chambers, grand staircases, storerooms, and workshops. This evocative Bronze Age site is believed to be Europe’s oldest city. A professional English-speaking guide will escort you on these visits.
From here, you'll head toward Heraklion's surrounding vineyards, where locals believe wine has been produced for several centuries. You'll then make your way back to Heraklion for free time to explore the city on your own. In the evening, we will make our way to the local traditional taverna, Kouzineri.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Petousis Hotel & Suites

Heraklion
Day 3

Cooking Class and Catamaran Cruise

After a leisurely morning in Heraklion, you will be transferred to a traditional Cretan Village for a local and authentic cooking lesson. Learn about the local ingredients and recipes as you sample your cuisine. After the cooking lesson, you will have meze at Arolithos.
Later transfer to the small fishing village of Bali. Upon arrival, board a 3-hour catamaran cruise to take in a fresh perspective of the island. The beautiful coastline and majestic shades of blue waters will leave you awestruck as you take in the cool ocean breeze. Enjoy drinks and fruits on the boat in addition to snorkeling equipment.
Transfer to the Enagron hotel for your arrival and dinner in the evening. 
Meals: Breakfast, Light Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Enagron Ecotourism Village

GettyImages-1141311187.jpeg
Day 4

Hike Aradena Gorge

Get ready for another beautiful hike in Crete! After breakfast, you’ll head to the southern slopes of the White Mountains to find one of the most fascinating gorges on the island. Aradena Gorge isn’t quite as well known as its fellow island resident, the Samaria Gorge, but it's no less impressive and boasts significantly fewer crowds.
You'll start with your hiking leader in the abandoned village of Aradena as you trek past the gorge's high, colorful walls and cliff-dwelling flowers all the way down to the Libyan Sea. Once you've conquered the descent, the sandy beach of Marmara awaits you for sunbathing, swimming, and a well-deserved lunch break. You'll then hike the coastal path toward the quiet seaside village of Loutro. Scope out the rocky views and keep an eye out for the many seabird species that call these remote beaches home.
Return to the hotel and enjoy dinner on the property. 
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Enagron Ecotourism Village




GettyImages-1176840705.jpg
Day 5

Botanical Walk - Axos Village

Start your day off with a leisurely breakfast while enjoying the grounds of the property. Late in the morning, we will head out for a two-hour leisurely walk, wandering across the forests and fields of Enagron through a majestic network of botanical paths. In route, you can see, touch, smell and even taste all the different species of the wild vegetation that surrounds Enagron as well as the flowers, fruits, and aromatic plants of the farm. Understand how this vegetation has been linked with myth, worship, and pharmaceuticals from the ancient times until today. At the end of the walk, drink a traditional herbal tea with homemade biscuits at the restaurant and get acquainted with olive oil tasting. Through some simple practical taste-tips learn how to recognize an extra virgin olive oil from a common olive oil. Spend the afternoon exploring Axos Village and then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure with dinner on the property. 
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Enagron Ecotourism Village



GettyImages-898371358.jpg
Day 6

Ferry from Crete to Santorini

After an early breakfast in Crete, you'll head to the port to catch a morning ferry to Santorini. Nothing says “good morning” like watching the sun coming up over the island's iconic cubic architecture. Upon arrival, take note of the island's central caldera, the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in history, rising above you.
Later in the day, you'll transfer to the buzzing island capital of Fira where you'll start a hike around the rim of the famous caldera to picturesque Oia, passing white stone houses and stunning views along the way. Linger on Oia's artsy streets until evening for the best sunset views on the island.  
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Splendour Resort



Splendour Resort Crete
Day 7

Akrotiri Archaeological Site & Sea Kayaking

After breakfast, you'll visit the prehistoric city at Akrotiri, hidden away at the southern tip of Santorini. These ruins are the site of the Bronze Age’s most advanced settlements, which prospered for centuries before being destroyed by a great volcanic eruption in the mid-second millennium BC. You'll have the morning to explore its streets alongside a local guide who will share its stories.
In the afternoon, you'll head to the beach for a sea kayaking tour on the lesser-known south side of the island. Get a new perspective on the shores while you paddle past the Red and White beaches, named for their distinctly colored sands, with plenty of time to stop for swimming and snorkeling in the Aegean's clear water.
Return to the hotel and dinner on your own. 
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Splendour Resort


Getty Image - 886572326
Day 8

Venetsanos Winery

Today, you'll enjoy a morning at leisure to relax and explore the town of Fira. Later on, you your bus will wait to transfer you to the Venetsanos Winery for a wine-tasting tour. After learning about the volcanic wine production, enjoy a tasting as you soak up the panoramic view of Santorini before you head back to your hotel.
Late in the evening, wrap up your Greek island adventure in Fira, with a farewell dinner at Naousa Restaurant overlooking the island's caldera as you take in your last postcard image sunset. 
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Splendour Resort

Getty Image - 961394056
Day 9

Depart Santorini

It's time to say farewell to Greece! Today, you'll savor one more breakfast in Santorini before your transfer to the airport for your flight home. 
Meals: Breakfast


Santorini

The activity Level for this tour is:

Demanding - Multiple high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities throughout the program, but accessible to most healthy travelers. Some training and/or frequent exercise recommended prior to travel.

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