Explore the Villages of Apokoronas

Stone arches at a former olive oil press in Apokoronas
On the northeastern coast of the island of Crete, at the foothills of the White Mountains, you'll find the region of Apokoronas. It's an area rich with fascinating history, which is revealed on a full-day guided tour of the region's villages. The tour passes through seven towns in the region, stopping at a number of historic sites including an Ottoman fort, ancient churches, and a folklore museum. There's also time to chat with local residents during these stops.

There are also other highlights of this tour. They include visiting the hillside ruins at ancient Aptera, one of the largest city-states in Crete until it was destroyed by an earthquake in the seventh century. Then there's the village of Stilos, home to churches dating from the 13th and 15th centuries. Also here is a limestone fossil that was once believed to be the remains of a mythical sea siren. There's much more, including a visit to an artisan glassblowing factory and a stroll on the old town square at Gavalochori Village, which is home to an all-woman co-op that produces hand-knit lace using techniques passed down from the Byzantine era.

Tours that Include Explore the Villages of Apokoronas

Balos lagoon on Crete
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Laidback Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 14 Days

Need a vacation? Find your piece of paradise with the 2-week version of this laidback itinerary. Start with street food and native wine varietals in Athens, before heading to Tinos for a cultural tour. Glamorous Mykonos and Santorini are next, before continuing to Crete, where turquoise lagoons and village tours making sure you're fully blissed out before you go back to Athens.

White and blue churches over Santorini's caldera
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Discover Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 14 Days

Delve into Greece's modern culture and ancient history with this exciting itinerary. Immerse yourself in Greek mythology in Athens and Delphi before beginning your island hopping adventure. Explore the picturesque streets and inviting waters of Mykonos and the volcanic island of Santorini, with a stop at the sacred island of Delos along the way. Then head to Crete for more fascinating archaeological sites, hiking in the mountains, and visits to traditional villages before returning to Athens.

Little Venice in Mykonos
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Discover Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 16 Days

Experience some of the greatest aspects of Greece and its islands with this itinerary. You'll start in Athens, traveling back in time with visits to the Acropolis and the archaeological site at Delphi. Head into the islands next, starting with a tour of Mykonos and its neighboring mythological island of Delos. Then it's off to Santorini for sunsets and a caldera cruise, followed by the historic sites and traditional villages of Crete before you return to Athens.

The Erechtheion Temple at the Acropolis, Athens
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Discover Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 12 Days

Experience the history, culture, and flavors of Greece on this jam-packed tour of Athens and the islands. You'll learn about ancient Greek mythology on visits to the Acropolis and Delphi, followed by an island-hopping adventure to stylish Mykonos, historic Delos, and romantic Santorini. Go trekking in Crete and explore fascinating ruins before making your way back to Athens.

Streets in Chania's Old Town
Map of Athens and Crete Family Adventure - 8 Days
Athens and Crete Family Adventure - 8 Days

The ancient Minoan civilization on Crete was one of the first to create a functional sewer system, but you'll be staying above ground in the fresh air on this eight-day itinerary for the whole family. After a tour of the mythology of Athens, you'll fly to Crete for six days of hiking, beaches, and city tours that will transport you through history.

The pink sand beach of Elafonissi, Crete
Map of Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 10 Days
Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 10 Days

Escape to Athens and Greece's gorgeous islands with this laid-back itinerary. See the sights and sample some of the city's best street food in the capital, and then set sail for the Cyclades. Stop in Tinos, a hidden gem with a vibrant artisan community and rich religious history, before heading to neighboring Mykonos. There you'll enjoy an authentic farm-to-table meal with the locals. Make your way to the incredibly photogenic Santorini for some beach time and a cruise around its volcanic caldera. Then head to Crete for more fabulous beaches and some time in and around the Venetian city of Chania. Visit some historic Cretan villages before ending your journey.

The Old City and port in Mykonos
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Discover Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 15 Days

Get the best of both Athens and the islands on this well-rounded trip to some of Greece's most classic locales. Starting in the capital, you'll get a dose of history at the Acropolis and Delphi. Then you'll sail to the famous blue-and-white islands of Mykonos and Santorini, including a day trip to the sacred island of Delos along the way. Spend a few days exploring Crete's traditional villages and historic sites before making your way back to Athens.

The beautiful buildings of Santorini
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Discover Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 13 Days

From Athens to the islands, you'll experience some of the best Greece has to offer with this itinerary. Travel back in time in the capital, as you visit historic sites like the Acropolis and Delphi. Then make your way to the beaches of vibrant Mykonos, the sacred ruins of Delos, and the volcanic hills of Santorini. End your island hopping adventure in Crete, where you'll discover fascinating ruins and hike the stunning Samaria Gorge, before returning to Athens.

The turquoise waters and rocky shores of Crete
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Discover Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 11 Days

If you're looking for a classic Greek vacation that hits all the cultural highlights, this exciting itinerary is for you! You'll explore everything from the ancient ruins of Athens to the beaches of Mykonos and the magnificent hills of Santorini. Immerse yourself in authentic village life in Crete and visit the Minotaur's palace before you return to Athens for a culinary sendoff.

The old port of Chania
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Athens and Crete Family Adventure - 14 Days

Spend two weeks taking your family through the largest of the Greek islands with this Crete-focused itinerary. After a quick stop in Athens, you'll head out to the town of Chania to explore Crete from all angles, whether you're on a trek through the natural beauty of the Samaria Gorge, historic village tour, or interactive food experience.

Among the olives on Crete
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Culinary Heritage on Naxos & Crete - 7 Days

Take an agricultural journey with this week-long trip to two of Greece's most dynamic islands. After your first night in Athens, you'll ferry to Naxos for an immersive food tour, then onward to Crete to see working olive groves, the seasonal harvest, and historic villages.

Coast of Mykonos
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Laidback Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 21 Days

Find some island sunshine and serenity with this itinerary. You'll start in Athens, sampling the street food and cycling past the city's famous landmarks, before you head to sea. Stop in petite Tinos first, frequent pilgrimage site and home to centuries of marble carvers. Then head to Mykonos to recline on the beach before ferrying over to Santorini for a boat cruise through the volcanic caldera. You'll continue in Crete, with turquoise lagoons and botanical gardens making sure you're fully blissed out before you go back to Athens.

Oia, Santorini
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Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 12 Days

This itinerary offers sun, surf, and an inside look at Greek culture, both ancient and modern. Start things off in Athens, where you'll explore at your own pace and try some of the capital's best street food. Then begin your island hopping adventure with a stop in Tinos, a pilgrimage site and home to a centuries-old marble craft. Next, make your way to Mykonos, where you can stroll through the pretty streets, unwind on the beach, and indulge in some of the island's excellent culinary offerings. Set sail for Santorini, where you'll cruise around its volcanic caldera, before moving on to Crete's charming historic towns and villages. End your trip back in Athens with an unforgettable sunset excursion.

The pink sands of Crete's Balos Lagoon
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Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 18 Days

Take in the beauty and flavors of Greece at a relaxed pace with this itinerary. See the sights in Athens by bicycle and enjoy wine tasting in the vineyards of Nemea before heading to sea. Follow the marble route on the hidden gem island of Tinos and unwind on the beaches of Mykonos. Then take the ferry to the volcanic island of Santorini, where you'll wander its pretty streets and enjoy a cruise around the caldera. Make your way to Crete for some quality time at its magnificent lagoons and a visit to its authentic, historic villages, before returning to Athens.

Get to the port however you prefer
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Athens and Crete Family Adventure - 7 Days

Spend a week with your family exploring Greece's largest island on this 7-day itinerary. After a start up on the Athens Acropolis, you'll head to Crete to experience the depths of the Samaria Gorge, sunny shores of Chania's beaches, and traditional stone villages of Apokoronas with tales to keep everyone interested.

Ftelia Beach, Mykonos
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Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 15 Days

Savor every moment of this relaxed cultural tour of Athens and the islands. Lasting just over two weeks, this itinerary leaves plenty of room for exploration as you roam the food markets of Athens, go wine tasting in the vineyards of Nemea, and learn about the centuries-old marble craft on the island of Tinos. You'll visit both the glamorous and traditional sides of Mykonos, cruise around Santorini's volcanic caldera, and unwind on the fabulous beaches of Crete. End your trip back in Athens with an unforgettable sunset over the ruins.

Beaches of Crete
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Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 20 Days

Slow down and indulge in the rich flavors and inviting waters of Greece with this itinerary. Start in the capital, where you'll see the sights and sample the street food, before heading to the islands. Visit the hidden gem of Tinos, where you'll learn about the centuries-old marble craft. Continue on to Mykonos for some beach time before heading to Santorini, where you'll cruise around its volcanic caldera. Then make your way to Crete to explore its historic villages and relax by its magnificent lagoons before returning to Athens for a sunset sendoff.

The beaches of Mykonos
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Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 11 Days

This trip to Athens and the islands offers a relaxing escape full of sun, surf, and culture. Explore Athens at your own pace and try local delicacies on a street food tour of the city. Then set sail for the hidden gem of Tinos, where you'll learn about its religious and artisan history. Bask on the beaches of Mykonos and cruise around Santorini's volcanic caldera lagoon. Continue to Crete, where you'll roam the enchanting streets of old Chania and visit historic villages before you head home.

Oia, Santorini
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Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 17 Days

Unwind and indulge in the sun, surf, and flavors of Athens and the islands with this 17-day itinerary. First, enjoy a food tour of the capital and go wine tasting in the famous vineyards of Nemea. Then sail off the beaten path to Tinos, where you'll learn about its centuries-old marble craft. Next, make your way to glamorous Mykonos, where you'll roam its pretty streets and relax on the beach. Spend some time on the volcanic island of Santorini and enjoy a sail around the caldera and colorful beaches, before heading to the gorgeous lagoons of Crete. Return to Athens for an unforgettable sunset farewell.

Greeters in Chania port
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Athens and Crete Family Adventure - 10 Days

Hippocrates prescribed trips to the Cretan seaside for ancient Greeks to treat various maladies, believing the air had healing powers. Take your family to take the waters with this 10-day itinerary. You'll visit the beaches of the port city of Chania and inland to the traditional Vamos village, where the fresh food and sea breezes are sure to cure whatever troubles you may have brought with you.

Cretan coastline
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Athens and Crete Family Adventure - 6 Days

Get a six-day glimpse of some of the highlights of Crete with this family itinerary. You'll start off atop the Athenian Acropolis with a mythology tour, then down to Crete and into the depths of the dramatic Samaria Gorge before you finish it off by finding equilibrium with a stroll through the stone villages of Apokoronas.

Oia, Santorini
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Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 16 Days

Take your time exploring Athens and the islands on this magical tour of Greece. Follow this relaxed itinerary from the markets of Athens to the vineyards of Nemea. Go off the beaten path to the pilgrimage island of Tinos before sailing to Mykonos for some cosmopolitan charm. You'll explore the picturesque streets of Santorini and cruise around its volcanic caldera before making your way to Crete. Get your fill of historic villages and luxurious beaches before wrapping up your trip back in the capital.

Santorini at sunset
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Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 13 Days

Embrace the Mediterranean sunshine and tranquility with this relaxed itinerary in Greece's capital and islands. Start in Athens, where you'll see the sights at your own pace and enjoy a street food tour. Then set sail for Tinos, an often overlooked gem with a rich religious history. Continue on to neighboring Mykonos to indulge in its glamorous restaurant scene and unwind on the beach. Dig into an authentic farm-to-table meal before moving on to the volcanic island of Santorini. Next, you'll sail to Crete for its stunning lagoons and traditional villages before returning to Athens for a sunset sendoff.

Streets of Chania
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Athens and Crete Family Adventure - 12 Days

Come to Crete with childlike enthusiasm on this 12-day itinerary. After an Athenian mythology tour, the island awaits you, with Venetian architecture, sprawling natural landscapes, historic stone villages, and more ready to be explored.

Island welcome committee
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Athens and Crete Family Adventure - 9 Days

Get lost in the labyrinths of Crete with your whole family with this itinerary. Travelers of any age can enjoy the largest Greek island, with traditional village experiences, beach visits, and hikes filled with both scenery and history. And, of course, many new snacks.

Cretan olive plantation
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Cyclades & Crete Culinary History Tour - 10 Days

Wheat, olive oil, and wine are sometimes known as the "Mediterranean triad," forming the basis for ancient Greek cuisine. Travel through their roots with this 10-day itinerary and then see them in modern action, with cooking classes, food tours, and village explorations all to underscore these shared ancestral tastes.

Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa Island on Crete
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Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 19 Days

Take your time exploring Greece's beauty, history, and flavor with this relaxed itinerary. You'll start in Athens, where you'll sample local delicacies and go on a cycling tour of the sights. Then sail over to the beautiful, lesser-known island of Tinos — a popular pilgrimage site — before continuing to glamorous Mykonos. Here you'll lounge on the beaches and enjoy an authentic farm-to-table meal. Next head to Santorini for some wine tasting and a fabulous cruise around its volcanic caldera. Finally, bask in the sun and surf of Crete before ending your trip back in the capital.  

Sunset behind the Chania lighthouse
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Athens and Crete Family Adventure - 13 Days

Bring the whole family for 13 days of exploring the ABCs of Crete with this itinerary. After discovering the myths of the Acropolis in Athens, you'll fly to Greece's largest island to discover its architecture, beaches, culinary arts, and more via walking tours, beach days, cooking classes, and even a horseback ride.

Colorful Cretan houses
Map of Athens and Crete Family Adventure - 11 Days
Athens and Crete Family Adventure - 11 Days

Dwarf mammoths used to roam over the hills of Crete, and while they unfortunately have since gone extinct, the smaller members of your family can check out their old stomping groups with this 11-day itinerary. You'll trek over the expanse of the Samaria Gorge, explore the stone villages of Apokoronas and Vamos, and even learn how to take some of the food from your travels home with you in a cooking class in the Botanic Garden.