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Island Explorer Santorini and Rhodes

Journey Synopsis

Icon Holidays : Eastern Mediterranean : Greece : Island Explorer Santorini and Rhodes
Days: 10 Days
Nights: 9 Nights
Validity: 2016 - 2017
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Executive: $5707.81
Classic: $6520.31
Premium: $6896.09
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Day 1: 

Athens

After you arrive in Athens, we will meet you and transfer you to your hotel.

The rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Athens

Day 2:  

Athens

Today we begin your tour of Athens, touching on the major landmarks commemorating both ancient and modern Athens.  Your tour today includes a visit to the Stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896, the Presidential Palace guarded by the Evzones in their colourful uniforms, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library and Constitution Square.

We will then visit the Acropolis and it’s architectural masterpieces from the Golden Age of Athens including the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and of course, the magnificent Parthenon.

Then we continue to Lycabettus Hill, 277 metres above Athens via the cable car where we will have a good view over Athens sitting between the Attica Mountain Range and the Saronic Gulf.  Here we can see the small church of St George and the Lycabettus Theatre.

Overnight: Athens (B)

Day 3: 

Athens

The day begins with a visit to the new Acropolis Museum, and then you continue to the ancient Agora - the market place and centre of ancient Athens - to hear about the early history of Athens.  From here you wander through the busy streets of Monastiraki towards the historical centre of the Plaka and visit the 100 year old distillery “Brettos” to taste some Greek liqueurs.

An enjoyable lunch will be served at a traditional Greek tavern before you take a drive along the coastal road to Cape Sounion, passing the beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni and Varkiza.  At Cape Sounion you will be able to explore the Temple of Poseidon and the rocky promontory where there are splendid views of the Saronic Gulf.

Overnight: Athens (B,L)

Day 4: 

Athens - Santorini

After breakfast, you will have a private car transfer to the airport, to board your domestic flight to Santorini island. Upon arrival, you are greeted by our local representative and transferred by private car to your hotel.

The rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Santorini (B)

Day 5: 

Santorini

Today we have a 5 hour catamaran cruise departing from Vlychada port.

During the trip there will be the opportunity for a swim in the crystal clear waters.  Then we sail along the caldera to the volcano, passing right alongside. Our next stop provides another swimming opportunity at the Hot Springs, where the sea water maintains a permanent warm temperature. This will be followed by a stop at the picturesque island of Thirassia.

We then begin to sail back to Vlychada port, whilst enjoying the wonderful view of the caldera. The tour includes a BBQ on board. At the end of the tour you will take a transfer by private car from Vlychada port back to the hotel.

Note: You can choose whether to start your tour in the morning or in the evening.

Overnight: Santorini (B,L)

Day 6: 

Santorini

This morning is at leisure.

In the early afternoon, you will take a tour with your private car and guide. The first stop is Profitis Ilias - the highest landmark all over the island, offering magnificent panoramic view.  We continue our drive across the red and white beaches and the fallen windmills on the road, to Emporio. Here you will visit the finest winery on the island, which is worldwide famous for its wine production.  There you will have the chance to find out about the wine-making process, and taste a selection of exquisite local wines.

Your tour will end up at a unique restaurant in Megalochori village.  Here the chef will provide you a cooking lesson.  With his expert aid, you’ll prepare a full menu consisting of Santorini specialties.  You’ll then be able to enjoy the very same menu that you have just prepared.  After dinner is concluded, we’ll drive you back to your hotel.

Overnight: Santorini (B,D)

Day 7: 

Santorini - Rhodes

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel for your private car transfer to Santorini airport, to catch your flight to Rhodes.

Upon arrival, you’ll be met by our representative and transferred by private car to your hotel.

The rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Rhodes (B)

Day 8: 

Rhodes

This morning your guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel, and set off for your full-day tour of Rhodes town and Lindos. First we drive up to Monte Smith for a tour of the Hellenistic Acropolis, the Stadium and the  Amphitheatre. From here we drive on to the entrance to the medieval town, where your guide will lead you through the narrow cobblestone streets to the majestic Grand Master\\\'s Palace, and down the imposing \\\"street of the Knights\\\".

We then drive across the east coast, past the villages of Faliraki, Afandou, Kolymbia, Archangelos, till we finally arrive at the beautiful village of Lindos. Protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Lindos is a jewel nestled next to an imposing rock outcrop on which the Acropolis & Crusader Fort are located.  You’ll walk along the narrow cobblestone streets and climb the winding steps up to the magnificent Acropolis for a guided tour of the site and a beautiful view of the Aegean Sea below.

Overnight: Rhodes (B)

Day 9: 

Rhodes

Breakfast at the hotel.

Today you are free to relax at the beach or at your hotel, walk around the town and enjoy the ambience and local culture, perhaps visiting some tavernas and maybe indulge in some local shopping.

Overnight: Rhodes (B)

Day 10: 

Rhodes

After check-out, we’ll transfer you by private car to Rhodes airport for your flight from Rhodes to Athens, to connect with your onward journey.

End of service (B)

Accommodation

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Athens      
The Grand Bretagne (Deluxe Classic Room) The King George Hotel (Classic Room) St. George Lycabettus Hotel (Run of House) The Magna Grecia Hotel (Acropolis View Room)
Rhodes      
Luxury Suites (Junior Suite) Rodian Amathus (Sea View Standard Room) The Ixian (Deluxe Sea View Room) K Boutique (Superior Suite)
Santorini      
Andronis Suites (Premier Suites) Chromata (Standard Room) Andromeda Villas (Classic Room) Maison De Lys (Junior Suite)
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

Inclusions

  • Accommodation and meals in Athens and Santorini as per itinerary
  • 03 nights accommodation in Rhodes on bb (except Premium which is half board)
  • All transfers by deluxe Cars on private basis English speaking driver
  • All tours as per itinerary
  • Catamaran tour
  • Cooking Lesson at Feggera Restaurant
  • Air Tickets (Athens/Santorini - Santorini/Athens/Rhodes -  Rhodes/Athens
  • All entrance fees and taxes

Exclusion

  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Extras
  • Anything not mentioned above
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