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Ancient Greece, with Santorini and Crete

From $6,192
total price from New York
$5,495 air & land inclusive plus $697 airline taxes and fees
2025 ITINERARY
Tour Days
14 days
Tour Membership
12-24 guests

Physical Activity Level:

Overview

Unearth the grandeur of the ancient world on this singular journey combining premier archaeological sites with the beauty and lore of the Aegean and her isles. As the ancient world comes alive in Athens and the Peloponnese, Crete and Santorini, we celebrate the glory that was Greece – and still is today.

2025 ITINERARY
2025 ITINERARY

Tour Details

Ancient Greece, with Santorini and Crete

2025

From $6,192

total price from New York
$5,495 air & land inclusive plus $697 airline taxes and fees

Tour Days
14 days

Tour Membership
12-24 guests

Physical Activity Level:

Tour Days
14 days

Tour Membership
12-24 guests

Physical Activity Level:

Overview

Unearth the grandeur of the ancient world on this singular journey combining premier archaeological sites with the beauty and lore of the Aegean and her isles. As the ancient world comes alive in Athens and the Peloponnese, Crete and Santorini, we celebrate the glory that was Greece – and still is today.

Small Group Highlights

  • Athens sightseeing, including Acropolis and Parthenon
  • Excursion to Cape Sounion
  • Tour of National Archaeological Museum, Athens
  • Visits to archaeological sites of Corinth, Mycenae, and Epidaurus
  • Half-day excursion to Hydra
  • Heraklion’s Minoan Palace of Knossos and Archaeological Museum
  • Private cruise to Spinalonga
  • Tour and tasting at olive oil farm
  • Two-night stay on island of Santorini
  • Winery tour and tasting
  • Archaeological site of Akrotiri

Day-by-Day Itinerary

B
= Breakfast Included
L
= Lunch Included
D
= Dinner Included
1
Depart U.S. for Athens, Greece
Depart U.S. for Athens, Greece
2
Athens
Athens

After our arrival in the Greek capital, there’s time to relax at our hotel. As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities or meals planned for today.

After our arrival in the Greek capital, there’s time to relax at our hotel. As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities or meals planned for today.

3
Athens
B
D
B
D
Athens

On this morning’s tour we visit the city’s most important sites, including the 5th-century Acropolis and Parthenon, and the renowned Acropolis Museum, housing artifacts only from the site itself. Then the afternoon is at leisure for independent exploration; ancient sights, monuments, and museums abound. Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner at our hotel.

On this morning’s tour we visit the city’s most important sites, including the 5th-century Acropolis and Parthenon, and the renowned Acropolis Museum, housing artifacts only from the site itself. Then the afternoon is at leisure for independent exploration; ancient sights, monuments, and museums abound. Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner at our hotel.

4
Athens/Cape Sounion
B
L
B
L
Athens/Cape Sounion

Today’s excursion takes us to Cape Sounion, where we explore the ruins of the ancient Greek Temple of Poseidon, dating to the 5th century BCE. Dedicated to the mythical god of the sea, the temple poses a stunning sight, standing high on a rocky headland surrounded on three sides by the cobalt waters of the Aegean. Following our visit, we enjoy lunch along the Athenian Riviera before we return to Athens, with the remainder of the day free for independent exploration. Dinner tonight is on our own in this cosmopolitan city.

Today’s excursion takes us to Cape Sounion, where we explore the ruins of the ancient Greek Temple of Poseidon, dating to the 5th century BCE. Dedicated to the mythical god of the sea, the temple poses a stunning sight, standing high on a rocky headland surrounded on three sides by the cobalt waters of the Aegean. Following our visit, we enjoy lunch along the Athenian Riviera before we return to Athens, with the remainder of the day free for independent exploration. Dinner tonight is on our own in this cosmopolitan city.

5
Athens/Corinth/Nafplion
B
L
D
B
L
D
Athens/Corinth/Nafplion

This morning we visit the National Archaeological Museum, home to the world’s most significant collections of Greek artifacts. We then depart by coach to the Peloponnesian Peninsula, Greece’s southernmost region separated from the mainland by the Corinth Canal. En route we visit the ruins and museum of Ancient Corinth, one of the country’s largest cities in antiquity that was demolished by the Romans (146 BCE), who then rebuilt it a century later. Today, only low stone walls, foundations, and several Corinthian columns remain as testimony to the mighty city that once flourished here. The site boasts a strong connection to Christianity: Paul wrote his two letters, First and Second Corinthians, here; and we see the altar where he preached. This afternoon we reach our hotel in Nafplion and dine there tonight.

This morning we visit the National Archaeological Museum, home to the world’s most significant collections of Greek artifacts. We then depart by coach to the Peloponnesian Peninsula, Greece’s southernmost region separated from the mainland by the Corinth Canal. En route we visit the ruins and museum of Ancient Corinth, one of the country’s largest cities in antiquity that was demolished by the Romans (146 BCE), who then rebuilt it a century later. Today, only low stone walls, foundations, and several Corinthian columns remain as testimony to the mighty city that once flourished here. The site boasts a strong connection to Christianity: Paul wrote his two letters, First and Second Corinthians, here; and we see the altar where he preached. This afternoon we reach our hotel in Nafplion and dine there tonight.

6
Mycenae/Epidaurus
B
D
B
D
Mycenae/Epidaurus

It’s a day steeped in ancient history as we first tour the imposing ruins at Mycenae, a UNESCO site that represented the pinnacle of civilization from the 15th to the 12th centuries BCE. A key influence on the development of classic Greek culture (and hence Western civilization), Mycenae also is linked to Homer’s epics, Iliad and The Odyssey. We see the Tomb of Agamemnon, with what was the world’s highest and widest dome for more than a thousand years, and the Lion’s Gate, the only known Bronze Age monumental sculpture in Greece. We move on to the vast archaeological site and museum of Epidaurus, with its 2,300-year-old theater – a masterpiece of Greek architecture known for its perfect acoustics – still in use today. Long associated with healing and medicine, Epidaurus comprises one of the most complete sanctuaries remaining from antiquity. Then we return to Nafplion, where the afternoon is free for lunch on our own and perhaps to explore this gem of a Venetian/Byzantine town with picturesque narrow streets, fortifications, and a bounty of waterfront cafés. Tonight, we enjoy dinner together at a local taverna.

It’s a day steeped in ancient history as we first tour the imposing ruins at Mycenae, a UNESCO site that represented the pinnacle of civilization from the 15th to the 12th centuries BCE. A key influence on the development of classic Greek culture (and hence Western civilization), Mycenae also is linked to Homer’s epics, Iliad and The Odyssey. We see the Tomb of Agamemnon, with what was the world’s highest and widest dome for more than a thousand years, and the Lion’s Gate, the only known Bronze Age monumental sculpture in Greece. We move on to the vast archaeological site and museum of Epidaurus, with its 2,300-year-old theater – a masterpiece of Greek architecture known for its perfect acoustics – still in use today. Long associated with healing and medicine, Epidaurus comprises one of the most complete sanctuaries remaining from antiquity. Then we return to Nafplion, where the afternoon is free for lunch on our own and perhaps to explore this gem of a Venetian/Byzantine town with picturesque narrow streets, fortifications, and a bounty of waterfront cafés. Tonight, we enjoy dinner together at a local taverna.

7
Nafplion/Hydra
B
L
B
L
Nafplion/Hydra

This morning we travel to the port of Metohi, where we board a private boat for the ride to Hydra, the car-free Saronic island where donkeys provide the transportation. After lunch together at a local taverna, we have free time to enjoy this picturesque island as we wish. Late afternoon we return to Nafplion for an evening at leisure.

This morning we travel to the port of Metohi, where we board a private boat for the ride to Hydra, the car-free Saronic island where donkeys provide the transportation. After lunch together at a local taverna, we have free time to enjoy this picturesque island as we wish. Late afternoon we return to Nafplion for an evening at leisure.

8
Nafplion/ Heraklion, Crete
B
D
B
D
Nafplion/ Heraklion, Crete

En route to Athens this morning we stop to see the Corinth Canal, cutting at sea level through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth to the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean. We continue on to the Athens airport for the 50-minute flight to Crete, arriving midafternoon in Heraklion, the Cretan capital. After checking in at our hotel, we enjoy an afternoon at leisure; this evening we take a walking tour of the Venetian/Ottoman-influenced town center prior to dinner at a local restaurant.

En route to Athens this morning we stop to see the Corinth Canal, cutting at sea level through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth to the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean. We continue on to the Athens airport for the 50-minute flight to Crete, arriving midafternoon in Heraklion, the Cretan capital. After checking in at our hotel, we enjoy an afternoon at leisure; this evening we take a walking tour of the Venetian/Ottoman-influenced town center prior to dinner at a local restaurant.

9
Heraklion/Knossos
B
L
D
B
L
D
Heraklion/Knossos

This morning we visit one of the greatest museums in all of Greece: Heraklion’s Archaeological Museum housing artifacts from 5,500 years of Cretan history, from the Neolithic period to Roman times. The museum is especially renowned for its Minoan collection, much of which was excavated from the ruins of the palace of Knossos – and which we explore next. Once the political center of Minoan civilization and legendary home of King Minos, the Labyrinth, and the Minotaur, Knossos is considered Europe’s “oldest city” and the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete. After lunch together, we visit a Cretan olive oil farm to learn about the history of olive oil production and to enjoy a tour and tasting. We dine together in Heraklion tonight.

This morning we visit one of the greatest museums in all of Greece: Heraklion’s Archaeological Museum housing artifacts from 5,500 years of Cretan history, from the Neolithic period to Roman times. The museum is especially renowned for its Minoan collection, much of which was excavated from the ruins of the palace of Knossos – and which we explore next. Once the political center of Minoan civilization and legendary home of King Minos, the Labyrinth, and the Minotaur, Knossos is considered Europe’s “oldest city” and the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete. After lunch together, we visit a Cretan olive oil farm to learn about the history of olive oil production and to enjoy a tour and tasting. We dine together in Heraklion tonight.

10
Heraklion/Spinalonga/Kritsa
B
L
B
L
Heraklion/Spinalonga/Kritsa

After an hour’s drive this morning, we board a private boat for a cruise through the Bay of Elounda to Spinalonga, a former Venetian island fortress later occupied by the Ottomans then used as a leper colony from 1903 to 1957. Then we move on to the picturesque village of Kritsa, set on a sloping rock hill surrounded by olive groves. Here we visit the Byzantine-era Panagia Kera church, known for its frescoes and rich iconography. After lunch together, we have time at leisure to explore Kritsa’s narrow streets lined with traditional houses. We return to Heraklion in time for dinner on our own tonight.

After an hour’s drive this morning, we board a private boat for a cruise through the Bay of Elounda to Spinalonga, a former Venetian island fortress later occupied by the Ottomans then used as a leper colony from 1903 to 1957. Then we move on to the picturesque village of Kritsa, set on a sloping rock hill surrounded by olive groves. Here we visit the Byzantine-era Panagia Kera church, known for its frescoes and rich iconography. After lunch together, we have time at leisure to explore Kritsa’s narrow streets lined with traditional houses. We return to Heraklion in time for dinner on our own tonight.

11
Crete/Santorini
B
D
B
D
Crete/Santorini

We depart this morning by high-speed ferry for Santorini, southernmost of the Cycladic islands. Once believed to have been the legendary lost island of Atlantis, Santorini today attracts both Greeks and visitors alike with its stupendous setting of cubiform whitewashed houses sitting atop the jagged cliffs of a crescent-shaped caldera. Upon arrival we visit a local winery for a tour and tasting then have free time in the town of Firostefani for lunch and to explore on our own.

We depart this morning by high-speed ferry for Santorini, southernmost of the Cycladic islands. Once believed to have been the legendary lost island of Atlantis, Santorini today attracts both Greeks and visitors alike with its stupendous setting of cubiform whitewashed houses sitting atop the jagged cliffs of a crescent-shaped caldera. Upon arrival we visit a local winery for a tour and tasting then have free time in the town of Firostefani for lunch and to explore on our own.

12
Santorini
B
B
Santorini

Today we tour Santorini’s archaeological site of Akrotiri, a Bronze Age Minoan location that was abandoned in the 17th century BCE following a volcanic eruption – whose ash also preserved the excavations that we now see. This afternoon we head to the town of Oia, known for its iconic whitewashed architecture and stunning views.

Today we tour Santorini’s archaeological site of Akrotiri, a Bronze Age Minoan location that was abandoned in the 17th century BCE following a volcanic eruption – whose ash also preserved the excavations that we now see. This afternoon we head to the town of Oia, known for its iconic whitewashed architecture and stunning views.

13
Santorini/Athens
B
D
B
D
Santorini/Athens

This morning we encounter Santorini from another perspective, as we embark on a private cruise around the island and its caldera, the flooded volcanic crater that forms Santorini’s half-moon shaped bay. Then we transfer to the airport for the flight to Athens, where tonight we celebrate our Greek odyssey at a farewell dinner.

This morning we encounter Santorini from another perspective, as we embark on a private cruise around the island and its caldera, the flooded volcanic crater that forms Santorini’s half-moon shaped bay. Then we transfer to the airport for the flight to Athens, where tonight we celebrate our Greek odyssey at a farewell dinner.

14
Depart for U.S.
B
B
Depart for U.S.

We transfer to Athens’ international airport this morning, where we connect with our return flight home.

We transfer to Athens’ international airport this morning, where we connect with our return flight home.

Tour Price Includes

  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; all flights within itinerary
  • 12 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe, Superior First Class, and First Class hotels
  • 24 meals: 12 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after three tours; $300 after 10 tours)

Average Daily High by Month (°F )

  Apr May Jun Aug Sep Oct
Athens 69 77 86 92 84 74
Santorini 64 73 81 84 78 73
Heraklion 68 74 81 83 80 74

Average Temperature (°F )

  Apr May Jun Aug Sep Oct
Athens 69 77 86 92 84 74
Santorini 64 73 81 84 78 73
Heraklion 68 74 81 83 80 74

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Tour Directors

Sophia Theona

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Nancy Andritsopoulou

“[Nancy] has a great sense of humor, is personable, intelligent, and well-versed in Greek culture. Top notch!”

Lisa Heaton
Auburn, NY

Lina Charokopou

“Lina was absolutely amazing! We have been on several tours with other companies and guides who we thought were topnotch, but Lina is the best of all of them.”

Joanie King & Ray Boehm
Payson, AZ

Nina Zonaki

“A wonderful tour director. Can’t say enough about her. Extremely knowledgeable, very organized, a friendly caring person. We would certainly recommend her.”

Loraine & Ian Perry
Boynton Beach, FL

Zanna Mouzaki

“Zanna is a very special tour guide… We enjoyed visiting with her over meals and learned so much during that time, as well. She is a friend to us and not just a guide.”

Catherine McGuigan
Sugar Land, TX

Evi Karahaliou

“We simply cannot say enough about Evi … Everything went like clockwork. All I needed to remember was when to be at the bus and she took care of everything else.”

Kimberly Matthews
Hardeeville, SC

Theodora Bekiari

"Dora was extremely knowledgeable…But even more importantly, she was extremely competent as a tour director…She is an outstanding tour director and person."

Bobby & Lisa Edwards
Munfordville, KY

Maria Todoulou

“Maria was an outstanding guide … She was warm, friendly, and incredibly knowledgeable. She was also able to handle any situation and stayed calm and professional at all times.”

John & Jane Franchak
Metuchen, NJ

Gemma Economopoulou

"Gemma brought our tour alive with her eidetic memory of Greek history and art, her humor, her infectious enthusiasm and her ability to bring disparate individuals together.”

Mary & Lon Allan
Monte Sereno, CA

Tour Directors

Evi Karahaliou

“We simply cannot say enough about Evi … Everything went like clockwork. All I needed to remember was when to be at the bus and she took care of everything else.”

Kimberly Matthews
Hardeeville, SC

Lina Charokopou

“Lina was absolutely amazing! We have been on several tours with other companies and guides who we thought were topnotch, but Lina is the best of all of them.”

Joanie King & Ray Boehm
Payson, AZ

Zanna Mouzaki

“Zanna is a very special tour guide… We enjoyed visiting with her over meals and learned so much during that time, as well. She is a friend to us and not just a guide.”

Catherine McGuigan
Sugar Land, TX

Nina Zonaki

“A wonderful tour director. Can’t say enough about her. Extremely knowledgeable, very organized, a friendly caring person. We would certainly recommend her.”

Loraine & Ian Perry
Boynton Beach, FL

Maria Todoulou

“Maria was an outstanding guide … She was warm, friendly, and incredibly knowledgeable. She was also able to handle any situation and stayed calm and professional at all times.”

John & Jane Franchak
Metuchen, NJ

Theodora Bekiari

"Dora was extremely knowledgeable…But even more importantly, she was extremely competent as a tour director…She is an outstanding tour director and person."

Bobby & Lisa Edwards
Munfordville, KY

Nancy Andritsopoulou

“[Nancy] has a great sense of humor, is personable, intelligent, and well-versed in Greek culture. Top notch!”

Lisa Heaton
Auburn, NY

Sophia Theona

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Gemma Economopoulou

"Gemma brought our tour alive with her eidetic memory of Greek history and art, her humor, her infectious enthusiasm and her ability to bring disparate individuals together.”

Mary & Lon Allan
Monte Sereno, CA

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Guest Photos & Testimonials

This really was a superlative tour with a wonderful country, fascinating archaeological sites, beautiful things to see, and an amazing tour director!
Dr. William Abraham
Tucson, AZ
We had a wonderful guide whose knowledge of history and culture was amazing! The days were well planned, and the food was delicious. We also enjoyed the other guests.
David & Linda Pryde
Westport, CT
I’ve already recommended this tour, and Odysseys specifically, to anyone who asks us about our trip.
Barbara Crary
Exton, PA
This really was a superlative tour with a wonderful country, fascinating archaeological sites, beautiful things to see, and an amazing tour director!
Dr. William Abraham
Tucson, AZ
We had a wonderful guide whose knowledge of history and culture was amazing! The days were well planned, and the food was delicious. We also enjoyed the other guests.
David & Linda Pryde
Westport, CT
I’ve already recommended this tour, and Odysseys specifically, to anyone who asks us about our trip.
Barbara Crary
Exton, PA
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