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How Many Days Should You Spend on Crete?

Crete is Greece’s largest island—just driving from one end to the other makes for a five-hour journey, and there's much to do and see in between. If you want to experience all Crete has to offer, plan to spend a full week exploring its monasteries, olive groves, towns, and coast. If you have less time, don't fret: with as little as 24 hours, you can visit a major archeological site, wander through a local village or two, and hike to perches with fantastic island views.

The Church of St. Titus in Heraklion, Crete
Best Time of Year to Visit Crete: Seasons, Weather, and Travel Tips

Ancient history, pleasant weather, and tantalizing cuisine draw travelers to Crete throughout the year, with the majority arriving during the summer high season. The spring and fall shoulder seasons are quieter, making them a good time to visit. Crete’s climate is mild and Mediterranean, but also offers variety—visitors can enjoy the island’s beaches in the summer, or head to its mountainous regions in winter for outdoor sports. Below, you’ll find some useful tips to help you plan your trip.

Hike through Samaria Gorge
Guide to Hiking Samaria Gorge

Samaria Gorge cuts through the rugged White Mountains of Crete, running 10 miles in length and ending at the shores of the Mediterranean. Take it all in from the trail, descending past sheer rock walls, wildflowers, and endless views.

Ultimate Guide to Crete: An Island for All Seasons
Ultimate Guide to Crete: An Island for All Seasons

Crete is a great island to visit at any time of year. The southernmost Greek isle has beaches, ancient archaeological sites, throwback villages, and myriad nature hikes—not to mention the pleasant winter temperatures. Find out what to do, where to stay, and more in this ultimate guide.

Crete Itineraries

The old port of Chania, built by Venetians in the 14th century
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Local Life on Crete - 7 Days

Dive deep into the Cretan lifestyle in the island's far west region of Chania with the 7-day version of this itinerary. You'll experience culture, scenery, and cuisine within the island's historic villages. Enjoy walking tours, cooking lessons, and guided day trips both through the city and surrounding countryside.

A rocky trail to Samaria Gorge
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Best of Western Crete - 9 Days

Though it still belongs to the Greek archipelago, Crete has a distinct character all its own (and the size to prove it). Explore the island's western Chania region on this 9-day itinerary from its craggy gorges to bright blue lakes and seafront. You'll also visit historic villages, learn about olive oil production, relax on Mediterranean beaches, ride horses, and sample fresh food along the way as you see what sets Crete apart from the pack.

The Cretan diet: olives
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Food Tour of Crete - 6 Days

Spend six days exploring the culture, nature, and history of Crete through a culinary lens as you eat and drink your way through olive groves, wineries, gastronomically significant villages, and farms where the night's meal was grown just an arm's length away.

The old port of Chania, built by Venetians in the 14th century
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Local Life on Crete - 5 Days

The 5-day version of this compact itinerary focuses on the far west region of Chania. Arrive in Crete, the largest of the Greek isles, before heading to the traditional village of Vamos for a cooking class and two nights in a charming guesthouse. Take a guided village-to-village trek, visit the ancient Minoan palace of Knossos on a day trip, and stroll the waterfront in the city of Chania without feeling rushed.

The old port of Chania, built by Venetians in the 14th century
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Local Life on Crete - 8 Days

Get to know the way of life on Crete, in the island's far west region of Chania. With the 8-day version of this itinerary, you'll experience culture, scenery, and cuisine within the island's historic villages. Enjoy historical walking tours, Greek cooking lessons, and guided day trips to the surrounding countryside.

Elafonissi's famous pink sand beach
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Crete 101 - 8 Days

Experience the culture, scenery, and romance of Crete—Greece's largest island—with this 8-day itinerary. You'll use the coastal city of Chania, with its medieval architecture, elegant mansions, sculpted fountains, and postcard-perfect Venetian port as your base of exploration. Stroll through the local markets, visit a traditional village, and savor a Cretan feast with after-dinner dancing. Then, apply your energy to hiking the Samaria Gorge before wrapping up with some relaxation on a few of the most beautiful pink-sand beaches in the world.

The old port of Chania, built by Venetians in the 14th century
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Local Life on Crete - 6 Days

Fall in love with the largest Greek isle with the 6-day version of this unique itinerary. With a focus on culture and local flavor, you'll stick to Chania's highlights and the surrounding countryside. Make (and eat) an authentic Cretan feast, learn and lunch at the famous Botanical Park and Gardens, and relax on some of the most beautiful pink sand beaches in the world.

Elafonissi's famous pink sand beach
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Crete 101 - 9 Days

Experience the romance of Crete—Greece's largest island—with this 9-day itinerary. You'll use the coastal city of Chania, with its medieval architecture and postcard-perfect Venetian port as your base of exploration. Check out local markets, visit a traditional village, and enjoy a Cretan feast with after-dinner dancing. Then, hike the Samaria Gorge before wrapping up with relaxation on pink-sand beaches.

The old port of Chania, built by Venetians in the 14th century
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Local Life on Crete - 9 Days

Dive deep into the Cretan lifestyle—specifically the far west region of Chania—with this unique 9-day itinerary. You'll experience loads of culture and scenery as you explore the island's historic villages, food scene, and archaeological ruins, complete with walking tours, cooking lessons, and guided day trips both through the city and surrounding countryside.

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.

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.

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.

Colorful Cretan houses
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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.

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.

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.

Streets in Chania's Old Town
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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.

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.

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.

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.

Pastries on parade
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Cyclades & Crete Culinary History Tour - 15 Days

Spend just over two weeks eating Greek delicacies to your heart's content with this food- and culture-focused itinerary. You'll visit four Greek islands, starting in the Cyclades and then heading down to Crete, with a culinary experience on each guaranteed to increase both your knowledge of Greek cuisine and ability to make your own once you've returned home.

Samaria Gorge pathway in Crete
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Athens and Crete Family Adventure - 5 Days

Visit Athens and Chania on this five-day itinerary that brings the whole family into the experience. After a mythology tour of the Acropolis and accompanying tour of some of the highlights of Athens, you'll head to the former Venetian port city of Chania to explore some of the nature and history of Crete.

Parthenon atop the Acropolis in Athens, Greece
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Family Trip to Ancient Greece - 12 Days

This family-focused trip features all that Greece has to offer, but with a kid-friendly twist. Start in the bustling capital of Athens where you'll take an interactive language class and tour the incredible Acropolis, followed by an archeological tour and beach day in Nafplio. End the trip on the island of Crete, where you'll visit beaches, enjoy guided tours of historic sites, and become archeologists and artists in a simulated excavation and a mosaic-making class.

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.

Cozy tavernas
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Cyclades & Crete Culinary History Tour - 8 Days

Some historians believe that pygmy hippos once lived in parts of Greece until they were hunted to extinction, likely for food. You won't get to sample any pygmy hippo, but this eight-day itinerary has plenty of other culinary delights to keep you intrigued, from your welcome dinner in Athens to the tavernas of Naxos's Venetian castle and stone villages of Crete.

Exploring Athens By Night
Discover Food, Wine, and Culture in Greece - 12 Days

This tours focuses on the amazing food, wine, and culture provided by the vibrant country of Greece, highlighting bustling cities like Athens and Chania, as well as the islands of Santorini and Naxos. You'll enjoy numerous food and wine tours, allowing you to taste Greek cuisine, delicacies, pastries, and local wines and liquors, plus your own handmade dishes with a cooking class in Crete. Along the way, you'll visit an olive farm, a family-owned cheese shop, wineries, and bustling food markets, indulging your taste buds in some of the country's most beloved treats.

Elafonissi's famous pink sand beach
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History, Culture, and Islands: Athens, Crete, & the Cyclades - 13 Days

Experience the culture, scenery, and romance of Crete—Greece's largest island— captivating Athens, and the most "classic" Greek island group, the Cyclades, with this 13-day itinerary. After exploring the enticing Greek capital, you'll use the coastal city of Chania, with its medieval architecture, elegant mansions, sculpted fountains, and postcard-perfect Venetian port as your base of exploration. Stroll through the local markets, visit the botanical gardens, and savor a Cretan feast. Then, head for Santorini to experience the highlights of this famous island and wrap up your adventure in lesser-known Naxos, the quintessential Cycladic island, before returning to Athens for one last Greek meal before your flight home.

Drying octopi
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Cyclades & Crete Culinary History Tour - 13 Days

Try out all the bounty the lush Mediterranean has to offer, both from the sea and the climate, with this 13-day itinerary.  With four different islands on the itinerary, the seafood will be fresh, the olive oil smooth, and the wine flowing as you make your way through Tinos, Naxos, Mykonos, and Crete.

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.

Dakos pastry
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Cyclades & Crete Culinary History Tour - 11 Days

Try dakos, the traditional snack of Crete, along with many other delicacies on this 11-day itinerary. You'll see the origins of tomato, bread, and olive oil with farm visits and grove tours, then experience how they can be combined to form a vast array of savory options with a Cycladic cooking class—and as many taverna visits as you like.

Elafonissi's famous pink sand beach
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Authentic Greece: Athens, Crete, and the Cyclades - 14 Days

Experience the romance of Crete, captivating Athens, and the classic Cyclades with the 14-day version of this adventurous itinerary. You'll use coastal Chania as your initial base for exploration, where you'll take in the medieval architecture, elegant mansions, sculpted fountains, and postcard-perfect Venetian port. Spend a few nights in a traditional village before wrapping up your journey with Santorini and lesser-known Naxos, the quintessential Cycladic island.

Figs in the Cretan sun
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Cyclades & Crete Culinary History Tour - 14 Days

Greece has been growing crops ranging from chickpeas and cucumbers to pomegranates  and walnuts since the days of antiquity. Spend two weeks sampling the fruits of their finely honed labor with this 14-day culinary and cultural tour. Whether you're learning to cook on Tinos or exploring the villages of Crete, the craftsmanship will be obvious in every bite.

Mandraki port in Rhodes
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Discover Rhodes and Crete - 9 Days

Immerse yourself in two of Greece's largest islands with this nine-day itinerary. After a quick jaunt through Athens, you'll start with Rhodes, once home to the Colossus and now hosting a meandering medieval town along with beaches, castles, and petite villages to explore. Then head to Crete to see the labyrinth where the Minotaur once roamed and sample two keystone Greek products with wine and olive oil trips.

Best seat in the house
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Cyclades & Crete Culinary History Tour - 9 Days

Toast to the friendship-creating powers of food on this nine-day itinerary. You'll meet the locals as you sample your way through the country, joining them in olive groves or around the farmhouse dinner table to discover Greece's culinary history on Tinos, Naxos, Mykonos, and Crete.

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.

Fishing boats at the Amoudi Old Port
Island History & Culture in Athens, Santorini & Crete - 12 Days

Span some key Greek island selections on this 12-day trip. Start off getting your historic background information on a tour of the Acropolis, then head out to discover the island architecture alongside the wine and seafood of Santorini and Cretan history.

Taverna in a square on Crete
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Cyclades & Crete Culinary History Tour - 12 Days

The phrase "take the bull by the horns" is believed to have originated on Crete, and that's how you should approach this 12-day itinerary. You'll need plenty of stamina as you eat and drink your way through Tinos, Naxos, Mykonos, and Crete, whether you're taking a cooking class, trekking the villages of Apokoronas, or trying out your moves at a demonstration of traditional Cretan dancing.

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 harbor of Chania on Crete
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Experience Local Greece: Athens, Crete, & the Cycladic Islands - 15 Days

Get to know Crete, Athens, and the Cycladic Islands on the 15-day version of this experiential tour. After visiting the capital city, head to Chania as your base for exploration on Crete, where you'll take in the medieval architecture and postcard-perfect Venetian port. Spend time hiking, eating, and more in a traditional village before wrapping up your journey with Santorini wine-tasting and a horseback ride on lesser-known Naxos.

Site of the Roman agora in Athens
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Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 15 Days

In two weeks, you'll traverse quintessential Greek spots from the mainland to the islands. Start out by hearing the myths of the Acropolis in Athens before you visit the Cycladic hotspots of Mykonos and Santorini. Explore the architecture of Crete next before you return the mainland to top it all off with an olive oil tasting.

Samaria Gorge passage
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Active Athens, Tinos, Naxos, and Crete - 15 Days

Start and end in Athens but spend most of your time in the islands with this active 15-day itinerary. Whether you're scaling up to the tops of the cliffs on Tinos or down into Samaria Gorge on Crete, or catching a wave along the way, this trip will keep you moving.

Little Venice in Mykonos
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Discover Athens, Mykonos, Santorini and Crete - 10 Days

Experience some of the greatest aspects of Greece and its islands on this itinerary. You'll start in Athens, traveling back in time with a visit to the Acropolis and other key ancient sites around the city, viewed through the lens of Greek mythology. Then head into the islands, starting with a tour of Mykonos and its neighboring mythological island of Delos. Off to Santorini next for sunsets and sightseeing, followed by the historic sites and traditional villages of Crete before you return to Athens.

The iconic domes of Santorini
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Crete & Santorini - 9 Days

This active island-hopping itinerary visits two gems in the Aegean Sea—both world-famous for different reasons. You'll start in Crete, largest of the Greek islands and home of ancient Minoan palaces and striking landscapes like canyons, gorges, mountains, and beautiful beaches. You'll then ferry over to the smaller volcanic island of Santorini and have three days to explore its whitewashed cliff-side villages with hiking, swimming, sea kayaking, and, of course, romantic sunsets.

The Temple of Apollo, Delphi
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Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades and Crete - 10 Days

Dive headfirst into history with this tour of some of ancient Greece's most important sites. Go from Athens and the Acropolis to the oracle at Delphi to the islands of Delos, Santorini, and Crete. Along the way, you'll see fascinating archaeological ruins and visit some of Greece's most beautiful locales. Wrap up your trip back on the mainland with a stop at Helen of Troy's home at Mycenae before returning to the modern era.  

Old Town streets in Rhodes
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Discover Rhodes and Crete - 10 Days

Let this 10-day itinerary take you through some of Greece's most interesting island artifacts. You'll hear the myths of the Acropolis, hike the ancient castles and villages of Rhodes, then finish up with both the culinary and Classical history of Crete before you depart.

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.

Chapel in Archanes
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Crete & Cyclades Culinary Heritage - 16 Days

What better way to learn a culture than through food? This 16-day itinerary will take you into Greece's past and present via hands-on agricultural experiences. Head to the islands to learn cook in Tinos, visit a traditional farm and villages on Mykonos, and sample the home-grown products of Naxos. Then continue onto Crete, where you'll visit olive groves, historic homes, traditional dance performances, and more before your return to Athens.

Samaria Gorge
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Active Athens, Tinos, Naxos, and Crete - 10 Days

Do much more than lounge on the beach with this Greek itinerary.  You'll start in Athens, then head out to the islands to hike through rocky villages, bike past idyllic beach scenes, and trek the Samaria Gorge. Top it off with a culinary tour before you return to Athens for a sunset celebration.

The Church of St. Paul, Thessaloniki
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Discover Athens, Thessaloniki & Crete - 10 Days

This 10-day exploration of Greece's cities and the island of Crete is the perfect introduction to the country's culture and history. You'll begin in Athens with a private tour of its famous attractions and lesser known secrets. After a stop at the sacred site of Delphi, you'll head north to Thessaloniki, where you'll explore its Byzantine and Ottoman past. Next, hop down to Crete to visit Chania's Old Town and walk the Minotaur's labyrinth at Knossos, before ending your trip back in the capital with a cooking class overlooking the Acropolis.

The Venetian port of Old Town, Chania
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Discover Athens, Thessaloniki & Crete - 7 Days

Make the most of your week in Greece with this tour of two of its most fascinating cities and its largest island, Crete. Learn about the ancient Greeks at the Acropolis and discover some of Athens' more modern neighborhoods on a private tour. Discover coastal Thessaloniki and rich Byzantine and Ottoman history. Wander the narrow lanes and harbor promenade of Chania's colorful Old Town on Crete, soaking in the sunshine and lovely views.

Elafonissi's famous pink sand beach
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Authentic Greek Adventure: Athens to the Cyclades - 16 Days

Get to know Crete, Athens, and the Cycladic Islands on the 16-day version of this experiential tour. After visiting the capital city, head to Chania as your base for exploration on Crete, where you'll take in the medieval architecture and postcard-perfect Venetian port. Spend time hiking, eating, and more in a traditional village before wrapping up your journey with Santorini wine-tasting and a horseback ride on lesser-known Naxos.

The bells of Santorini
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Greek Panorama: Cyclades, Crete, and the Mainland - 16 Days

See the highlights of Greece from the Acropolis to the Temple of Zeus and the islands in between. Start in Athens with a mythology tour, ferry to the Cyclades to tour the countryside of Mykonos, and cruise the caldera on Santorini. Head to Crete next to take in the natural beauty of the Samaria Gorge and the wonders of Knossos and Chania, visiting the temples at Delphi and Epidaurus before you depart.

The wild beaches of Naxos
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Active Athens, Tinos, Naxos, and Crete - 16 Days

Get ready to hike, bike, and swim your way around Athens and some of Greece's most beautiful islands. Begin and end your journey in the ancient capital, where you'll see history from the seat of your bicycle. Then soak up the beauty and culture of Naxos on horseback, learn to surf on the hidden gem of Tinos, and trek through Crete's spectacular Samaria Gorge. Reward yourself with one last Aegean sunset at the Temple of Poseidon.

Windmills on Mykonos
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Greek Panorama: Cyclades, Crete, and the Mainland - 13 Days

Before they converted to the euro, Greece's drachma was the oldest currency in the world. See what it helped build on this 13-day itinerary, where you'll take a mythology tour of Athens, dine on a farm in Mykonos, and sail through the volcanic caldera of Santorini. You'll continue on for a trek through Crete, then sail back to Nafplio, once home to the first capital of modern Greece.

Samaria Gorge
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Active Athens, Tinos, Naxos, and Crete - 17 Days

From Athens to Crete, you'll do more than hang out beachside on the 17-day version of this itinerary.  Watch the sunset over the Temple of Poseidon, hike the lunar landscape of Volax, bike past the beaches of Naxos, and trek the Samaria Gorge in the Cretan White Mountains. With opportunities to snorkel, ride horses, and other outdoor activities throughout, your trip will end with a culinary excursion in the traditional village of Vamos.

Streets of Santorini
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Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 17 Days

Explore Greece from the top down, starting up on the Athenian Acropolis. After a mythology tour of the city, head to the Cyclades to see Mykonian farms, archaeological sites, and the famed Santorini caldera. Spend four days on Crete and return to the mainland to learn the ancient myths of Delphi, Meteora, and the Peloponnesian peninsula.

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.

The Cyclades are the quintessential Greek isles
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Taste of the Cyclades and Crete - 14 Days

The glittering Cyclades span hundreds of miles, with centuries of history under their belt. The two-week version of this itinerary starts in glamorous Mykonos before a stop in Naxos for beach time and a cooking class. Then, make your way to the volcanic sunsets and cliffside architecture of Santorini. End your trip on Crete, where amazing beaches, excellent cuisine, and great hospitality await.

The old port of Chania, built by Venetians in the 14th century
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Historical and Island Adventures: Athens, Crete, and the Cyclades - 14 Days

Experience the culture, scenery, and romance of Crete—Greece's largest island— captivating Athens, and the most "classic" Greek island group, the Cyclades, with this itinerary. After exploring the enticing Greek capital, you'll use the coastal city of Chania, with its medieval architecture, elegant mansions, sculpted fountains, and postcard-perfect Venetian port as your base of exploration. Then, head for Santorini to experience the highlights of this famous island and wrap up your adventure in lesser-known Naxos, the quintessential Cycladic island.

Site of a former village in Samaria Gorge
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Active Athens, Tinos, Naxos, and Crete - 14 Days

Take two weeks to discover the islands from a more active perspective with this itinerary. Learn to surf on Tinos, ride a horse along the beaches of Naxos, and even cook in the Botanical Gardens of Crete as you discover three major islands sandwiched in between your Athenian arrival and departure.

The National Academy in Athens
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Greek Panorama: Athens, the Cyclades, and Crete - 14 Days

Start your grand tour with a guided trip to the Acropolis in Athens. Then, cruise to Mykonos and Santorini for some island luxuriating, trek Crete's beautiful Samaria Gorge, and top it off with the Peloponnesian peninsula and a trip to a working olive grove, one connection between history and present.

Streets of Mykonos
Island History & Culture in Athens, Mykonos, Santorini & Crete - 14 Days

Gallivant through Greece with this two-week itinerary from Athens to Crete and back. After a tour of the Acropolis, you'll head to the Cycladic islands of Mykonos and Santorini, home to archaeological exploration, bright beaches, and indulgent food and wine. Keep going to the island of Crete to venture through the Palace of Knossos, storied island of Spinalonga, and spas of Elounda before you return for a final night in 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 Parthenon, Athens
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Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades and Crete - 11 Days

This history-inspired itinerary through the mainland and islands is perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about ancient Greek mythology and culture. Begin your journey in and around Athens, where you'll tour the Acropolis and visit the oracle at Delphi. Then take to the water and explore fascinating historical sites on Delos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete. Return to the mainland for one last day of historical adventures and charming Greek towns before you head home.

A pier in the Old Town of Chania, Crete
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Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 11 Days

You'll cover plenty of ground with this 11-day itinerary as you hike and bike your way around the Greek mainland and isles. You'll travel from the ancient ruins of Athens to the clifftop monasteries of Meteora to the beaches and mountains of Crete and the Cyclades. Along the way, you'll indulge in Greek culinary delights, enjoy a sunset visit to the Temple of Poseidon, and wander the pretty lanes of Chania.

View of Thessaloniki from Ano Poli
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Discover Athens, Thessaloniki & Crete - 11 Days

Learn about the history and culture of Greece with this 11-day journey to its two largest cities and the island of Crete. In Athens, you'll indulge in a wine tasting, and get a sense of the capital's ancient heritage and modern thrills on a private tour of its neighborhoods. After a visit to the sacred mountain site of Delphi, continue on to Thessaloniki to see its fascinating Byzantine and Ottoman architecture. From there, head to Crete to explore the Old Town of Chania and to walk the Minotaur's labyrinth.

Ruins at Delos
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Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 11 Days

Hit all the high points of Greece on this 11-day itinerary. After a warm welcome and Acropolis tour in Athens, ship out to the islands to see the archaeological site at Delos, saunter through the streets of Santorini, visit the villages of Crete, and more before you end with a sunset over Cape Sounion.

Pine trees on Crete
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Active Athens, Tinos, Naxos, and Crete - 11 Days

Skip the sun lounger and go straight for your sneakers instead on this 11-day itinerary. Start by spinning down the Athenian Riviera before you ferry out to Tinos, Naxos, and Crete, with new scenery and challenges awaiting at every spot before you return to Athens for a sunset over the sea.

Tourist ferries off Spinalonga
Island History & Culture in Athens, Santorini & Crete - 11 Days

Spend 11 days traveling across the spectrum of Greece on this itinerary. After your arrival in Athens, you'll hop to Santorini, home of the famous caldera and ancient vineyards, then follow it up with the ancient Palace of Knossos and Spinalonga island off the coast of Crete.

Odeon theater on the Acropolis
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Greek Panorama: Athens, Cyclades, and Crete - 18 Days

Eighteen days isn't much compared to millennia of history, but it's still enough time for you to hit the high points of Greece with this itinerary. You'll start off with a mythology tour of Athens before heading to the islands to visit the sacred island of Delos, sip wine on the edge of Santorini's caldera, and take in the architecture of Crete. Then go back to Athens as the sun sets over the Temple of Poseidon.

Ancient temple in Lindos
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Discover Rhodes and Crete - 8 Days

Both Rhodes and Crete dwarf most of the other Greek islands, and you'll see some of their expansive contents with this eight-day itinerary. See the medieval history and villages of Rhodes, then sample ancient palace life and wines on Crete before your return to Athens.

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.

Chania, Crete
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Discover Athens, Thessaloniki & Crete - 8 Days

Get a healthy dose of history and culture on this 8-day tour of Greece's biggest cities and the island of Crete. Begin with a few days in the capital, where you'll visit the Acropolis and explore Athens' more modern neighborhoods and markets. Next, you'll head to Thessaloniki where you'll find a castle and beautiful Byzantine churches among its many gems. Finally, set out for Crete to stroll around the picturesque Old Town of Chania before making your way back to Athens for a farewell dinner with an unforgettable view.

Off the coast of Spinalonga
Island History & Culture in Athens, Mykonos, Santorini & Crete - 15 Days

Spend 15 full days exploring some of Greece's most popular destinations on this itinerary. After visiting the Acropolis and Temple of Poseidon, you'll journey to the islands, beginning on glamorous Mykonos. After beach lounging and a sunset visit to Delos, move on to Santorini for a bayside expedition and wine tasting. Then make your way to Crete to wander through the Palace of Knossos and relax in the thermal springs of Elounda before you return for one last Athenian evening.

One of the main shopping streets in Nafplio
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Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 22 Days

This itinerary starts with the myths of the Acropolis as you look out over the Athenian skyline. Then, on to Santorini and Mykonos, where you'll visit the birthplace of Apollo and one of the ancient world's biggest trading ports at Delos. Finish with Crete and a return to the mainland to visit the monasteries of Meteora and ancient Delphi.

Mykonos table views
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Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 19 Days

Travel almost the entire length of Greece on this fun itinerary. You'll start with the myths of Athens, then travel to the modern nightlife mixed with traditional farms of Mykonos and Santorini. The ferry to Crete will take you back to the Palace of Knossos and era of stone villages, then return to Athens to use the city and neighboring Nafplio as your base for expeditions to even more ancient monuments.

The beautiful interior landscape of Crete
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Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 12 Days

Discover the intense beauty of the Greek mainland and islands as you hike, bike, and kayak your way around. This 12-day itinerary will take you from the bustling capital to the clifftops of Meteora to the shores of the Cyclades. You'll hike the hills of Tinos and trek through Crete's Samaria Gorge, bike along the perfect beaches of Naxos, kayak in the sea beneath a castle fortress, and more on this action-packed adventure. 

Corfu from the water
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Discover Rhodes, Crete, and Corfu - 12 Days

Explore three islands on a single trip with this 12-day itinerary. From the beaches and medieval old town of Rhodes to Crete's Palace of Knossos and agricultural fields to Corfu's contemporary cuisine and architecture, you'll make the full circuit of some of the most interesting isles that Greece has to offer.

Classic island accessorizing
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Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 12 Days

There are 158 verses to the full Greek national anthem—with 12 days here, you'll be able to learn at least a few of them.  Begin with an Acropolis tour followed by a ferry down to the Cyclades to visit the archaeological site at Delos and caldera cliffs of Santorini. Hop over to Crete to tour the Palace of Knossos and villages of Apokoronas, combining history and modernity, before you return to Athens for more day trips straight out of the legends.

The Minoan Palace of Knossos, Crete
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Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades and Crete - 12 Days

Immerse yourself in ancient Greek mythology and history with this trip to the mainland and islands. Your journey begins in Athens, where you'll explore the Acropolis and consult the oracle on an excursion to Delphi. Then head for the Cyclades, where you'll stop at Delos, Mykonos, and Santorini, before traveling to Crete. There, you'll visit the Minoan Palace of Knossos and try your luck at its famous labyrinth. Make your way back to the mainland for more historical curiosities before returning to the modern era. 

Thessaloniki and the Church of St. Paul
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Discover Athens, Thessaloniki & Crete - 12 Days

This 12-day cosmopolitan itinerary will take you through the streets of the capital, the coastal metropolis of Thessaloniki, and the Cretan city of Chania and beyond. Explore neighborhoods both old and new in Athens and find its most photogenic corners. Then head north to Thessaloniki, where you'll enjoy a walking tour of its fascinating historical sites. Finally, travel over to Crete to wander around Venetian Chania and visit the Palace of Knossos, before returning to the capital for a cooking class with a view.

Tinian countryside
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Active Athens, Tinos, Naxos, and Crete - 12 Days

The Greek word for water is "neró," which will come in handy both when you need to refill your bottle before trekking over the hills and when you're pointing out views from the ferry on this 12-day itinerary.  Spend your days taking in all the activities that Athens and the islands have to offer, whether you're biking down the Athenian Riviera or hiking into Crete's Samaria Gorge.

Sunrise over the peninsula of Nafplio
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Greek Panorama: Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 23 Days

Whether you're on a morning bike ride through Athens, setting sail to the Cyclades, or trekking through Crete, this 23-day itinerary covers plenty of ground across the entire country of Greece. From Athens to the islands and back to Peloponnese, you'll experience much of the fun, food, and history Greece has to offer.

Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes
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Discover Rhodes, Crete, and Corfu - 16 Days

The Colossus of Rhodes may be lost to the ages, but many of the rest of the island's historic wonders remain standing and ready to be explored on this 16-day itinerary. After a mythology tour in Athens, you'll venture out to explore Rhodes's beaches, castles, and villages. Head to Crete next to see the Minoan Palace of Knossos along with local agricultural traditions, then top off your trip in Corfu with both modern mansions and Homeric islets before you return to Athens.

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.

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.

Bay of Nafplio and the Bourtzi Castle at sunset
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Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 20 Days

Go from the city to the sea and back on this comprehensive itinerary. You'll start with the Acropolis and a sunset tour of the Temple of Poseidon before venturing down to Mykonos and Santorini for farm dinners and wine tasting. Next, head to Crete's charming cities and rugged Samaria Gorge before you return to the mainland, where you'll wrap up your journey among the monuments of Nafplio.

Port at Hydra
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Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 24 Days

Get a full picture of Greece's offerings with this expansive itinerary. Start off with five days in Athens, then head to the islands to see the two stars of the Cyclades, Santorini and Mykonos. Down to Crete next for both trekking and village tours before you head back to Athens to explore more sites of the mainland both in the city and in neighboring Nafplio.

The Parthenon, Athens
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Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades and Crete - 13 Days

Travel back in time to some of the most famous historical landmarks of Greece's mainland and islands with this itinerary. Begin your exploration of ancient Greek mythology and culture at the Acropolis in Athens. Consult the oracle at Delphi before sailing to the sacred island of Delos, beautiful Mykonos, and the lost city of Akrotiri on Santorini. Walk the Minotaur's labyrinth in Crete before returning to the mainland to learn about the Eleusinian Mysteries and Helen of Troy's home at Mycenae. Top off your trip with an unforgettable sunset sendoff at the Temple of Poseidon.

Old Venetian Palace on Corfu
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Discover Rhodes, Crete, and Corfu - 13 Days

Whether you're strolling, eating, or both, you'll get a full taste of Greek culture and history on this 13-day itinerary. After a mythology tour in Athens, go down to the island of Rhodes to get lost in its medieval old town. Follow that with a trip to Crete for more history and interactive olive grove and vineyard experiences, then tours through Corfu's food and architectural scenes before you return to Athens.

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.

Domed church in Mykonos
Map of Greek Panorama: Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 21 Days
Greek Panorama: Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 21 Days

Three weeks gives you enough time to take in Greece from all angles. Survey the city of Athens from atop the Acropolis before you move to Mykonos and Santorini for farm dinners and caldera cruises. Crete awaits next, full of stone villages to explore, before you return to the mainland to travel back in time to famous spots like Delphi, Meteora, and Mycenae.

The colorful streets of Chania's Old Town
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Discover Athens, Thessaloniki & Crete - 9 Days

You'll see the ancient sites of Athens, discover the coastal Byzantine city of Thessaloniki, and stroll around the Venetian streets of Chania with this 9-day itinerary. Along the way, you'll go wine tasting, commune with the oracle at Delphi, and bask on the beaches of Crete. End your journey back in the capital, where you'll enjoy a farewell dinner with a view.

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.

Venetian fortifications in Chania
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Active Athens, Tinos, Naxos, and Crete - 9 Days

Nine days is plenty of time to work up a sweat with this energetic itinerary. Enjoy a welcome dinner in Athens before you ferry to the Cyclades, stopping in Tinos and Naxos for hiking and biking along the blue shores. Then onward to Crete and the famous Samaria Gorge before you return to Athens for a well-deserved sunset break. 

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

Waterfront and lighthouse of Chania old town in Crete
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Best of Greece: Athens to Crete - 10 Days

Over 10 days you will discover Greece's best islands, learn about ancient Greek mythologies, watch the sunset over Santorini during a cruise, and much more. The trip will start with two days and a city tour in Athens before heading to Greece's most famous archeological site, Delphi, and then to Meteora which is home to spectacular clifftop monasteries. We then head to the islands, starting with a few days in Santorini before taking a ferry to Crete where you'll learn about the local history and culture of Chania during a village tour.

The Minoan Palace at Knossos
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Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 25 Days

You'll have plenty of time to see some of Greece's standout regions with this 25-day itinerary. Start with day and evening experiences of the myths and modern neighborhoods of Athens and the surrounding region before you head to the islands, with farm dinners in Mykonos, catamaran cruises in Santorini, and the landscapes of Crete all on the agenda. Then it's back to the mainland to experience some of the stars of Greek history, culture, and scenery.

A view of the Acropolis from Plaka
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Discover Athens, Thessaloniki & Crete - 13 Days

Immerse yourself in Greek history and culture with this trip to the cities of Athens and Thessaloniki and the island of Crete. You'll explore neighborhoods both ancient and modern in the capital, and engage with Greek mythology at the Acropolis and at Delphi. Wander the streets of Greece's coastal second city on a walking tour of Thessaloniki, and stop in Pella to see the birthplace of Alexander the Great before hopping the ferry to the island of Crete. There, you'll discover the Old Town of Chania and tackle the Minotaur's labyrinth at Knossos.

The Odeon of Herodes Atticus beneath the Acropolis, Athens
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Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 17 Days

Delve into the history and mythology of the ancient Greeks with this exciting itinerary. Starting and ending in Athens, you'll explore the wonders of the capital and Delphi before heading to the islands. In the Cyclades, you'll make a quick stop in Mykonos, and discover fascinating archaeological sites at Delos and Santorini. Then make your way to Crete, where you'll visit the Palace at Knossos and tackle the Minotaur's labyrinth. Return to the mainland to learn about the Eleusinian Mysteries, see where Helen of Troy lived as described in The Iliad, and visit the birthplace of the Olympics.

Go horseback riding on the beaches of Naxos
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Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 17 Days

This 17-day adventure will take you from the waters of the Aegean to the mountains of Crete to the archaeologic sites of Athens and Mycenae. You'll explore the Greek mainland and islands by foot, bike, horse, kayak and surfboard on this action-packed tour. Along the way, you'll sample local delicacies, discover unexpected landscapes, and enjoy unforgettable sunsets.

View of the Acropolis Hill in Athens
Discover Greek Mythology and Archeology - 12 Days

Visit some of Greece's most important sites on this archeology and mythology tour, starting in the buzzy capital of Athens, atop the famous Acropolis Hill, and at the Temples of Delphi. Then head to the islands, stopping in Crete to explore Heraklion, Chania, and the Arkadi Monastery, followed by Mykonos and Santorini for prehistoric ruins. End your trip on the island of Delos where you'll walk the Terrace of Lions, then head back to Athens for one final day visiting the Temple of Poseidon and chasing the sunset along the Athenian Riviera.

Amid the hills of Tinos
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Active Athens, Tinos, Naxos, and Crete - 13 Days

It would take about 108 hours to swim from Athens to Chania, but since you only have 13 days, this itinerary will let you take the ferry instead. You'll stop at the islands of Tinos and Naxos along the way, with plenty of time to hike, bike, and climb along the way.

Palace of Knossos
Island History & Culture in Athens, Mykonos, Santorini & Crete - 13 Days

From the heights of the Acropolis to the thermal waters of Elounda, this 13-day itinerary offers a span of the Greek travel experience. You'll start off in Athens, then head south over the seas starting with Mykonos, home to both beach parties and island archaeology. Next is Santorini for wine and secluded bays, then conclude in Crete with historic Spinalonga and rejuvenating spa time.

The view from Palamidi Castle, Nafplio
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Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 22 Days

Get ready to hike, kayak, and surf your way around the Greek mainland and isles with this 22-day itinerary. In just over three weeks, you'll see the Athenian Riviera by bike, learn traditional fishing techniques from the locals, and spend time surfing and diving on the beaches of Tinos and Naxos. Along the way, you'll trek through the lunar landscape of Volax and Crete's beautiful Samaria Gorge before returning to the mainland for a dose of history and ancient mythology.

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.

The curious landscape of Meteora
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Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 18 Days

Get ready to hike through the hills of Greece, go fishing in the traditional way, and surf in azure island waters with this thrilling itinerary. As you go from the mainland to the isles and back again, you'll visit clifftop monasteries, learn to cook like the locals, and explore the country by bike, horse, and kayak. You'll go off the beaten path with a trip to the island of Tinos, discover fascinating historical sites at Mycenae and Nafplio, and still have time to unwind on the beaches of Naxos and Crete.

Temple of Poseidon at sunset
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Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 18 Days

Immerse yourself in the mythology and history of ancient Greece with this comprehensive itinerary. You'll begin in Athens, where you'll explore the Acropolis and its Parthenon before setting sail for the Cyclades. Discover fascinating archaeological sites on sacred Delos, ancient Naxos, and Santorini. From there continue to Crete for a chance to walk the Minotaur's labyrinth at Knossos. Back on the mainland, learn about the Eleusinian Mysteries, visit Helen of Troy's home at Mycenae, and see the ancient birthplace of the Olympics before a sunset sendoff at the Temple of Poseidon.

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

Ancient columns on Delos
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Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades and Crete - 14 Days

Get up close and personal with ancient Greece on this two-week trip. Begin at the Acropolis and its famous Parthenon before ferrying to the beautiful Cycladic Islands. Archeological stops include the sacred site of Delos, prehistoric Akrotiri, and the Palace of Knossos on Crete. End your trip on the mainland with visits to mythical Mycenae, the original Olympic stadium, and more.

Paleokastritsa bay on Corfu
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Discover Rhodes, Crete, and Corfu - 14 Days

Odysseus's journey lasted 10 years as he tried to get home after the Trojan War. Your two-week journey will take a little less time but hopefully feel equally legendary with this itinerary. After a mythology tour in Athens, you'll head to the island of Rhodes to explore in its medieval old town. Proceed to Crete to wander the Palace of Knossos, once home to labyrinth of the Minotaur, then sail to some of the very places Odysseus set foot from Corfu before you return to Athens.

Crystal clear waters on the shores of Crete
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Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 14 Days

On this two-week adventure around the Greek mainland and islands, you'll do everything from hiking to biking to kayaking as you explore the country's beauty and culture. You'll learn to fish the traditional way in the Aegean, go trekking through the lunar landscape of Volax on Tinos, and bike your way around the beaches of Naxos. Soak up some history along the way at Delphi, Chania, and Nafplio.

Sunset over a monastery in Meteora
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Best of Greece: Mainland, Santorini & Crete - 14 Days

Travel for two weeks across a wide span of Greece's top attractions, from the clifftops of Meteora to the Cretan seaside. You'll start by winding your way through the many columns of mainland historic attractions like ancient Delphi and Olympia. Go out to sea to Santorini for a taste of the Cyclades, then end your trip in Crete's second-largest city.

Panoramic view of Athens
Map of Discover Athens, Thessaloniki & Crete - 14 Days
Discover Athens, Thessaloniki & Crete - 14 Days

Spend two weeks exploring the Greek cities of Athens and Thessaloniki and the island of Crete with this comprehensive itinerary. Start and end in the capital, where you'll tour its neighborhoods on foot and on two wheels, discover its most photogenic spots, indulge in Athenian cuisine, and learn about ancient mythology straight from the source. In Thessaloniki, you'll discover a rich history spanning several eras and visit archaeological sites on a walking tour. Then head to Crete, where you'll roam the quaint Venetian lanes of Chania's Old Town and tour the ruins of the Palace of Knossos.

Almyrida, Crete
Map of Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 23 Days
Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 23 Days

Take your time exploring Greece by bike, horse, kayak, and much more on this 23-day adventure. You'll pedal along the shores of the Athenian Riviera and learn traditional fishing techniques on the Saronic Gulf before heading for the Cyclades. There, you'll learn to surf on Tinos and go scuba diving on Naxos before making your way to Crete for some hiking, cooking, and beach time. Finally, travel back to the mainland for a visit to some fascinating historical sites at Sounion, Mycenae, and Nafplio.

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.

Meteora in autumn
Map of Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 10 Days
Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 10 Days

Cover a range of terrain across Greece with this athletic 10-day itinerary. Start in Athens with a day trip up to Meteora's monasteries in the sky, then sail to the Cyclades to hike and bike on the shore. Stop in Crete to trek the towering Samaria Gorge before you return to Athens.

Temple of Athena, Delphi
Map of Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 19 Days
Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 19 Days

Perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about ancient Greece, this itinerary will take you to some of the major sites both on the mainland and the islands. Begin in Athens, where you'll visit the Parthenon at the Acropolis and learn to cook like the ancient Greeks. Then set sail for the Cyclades, where you'll discover fascinating archaeological sites and get a taste of the islands' modern culture. Make your way to Crete for a trip to the Palace of Knossos and the Minotaur's labyrinth before returning to the mainland to see the birthplace of the Olympics, the Temple of Poseidon, and more. 

The pink sand beach of Elafonissi, Crete
Map of Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 19 Days
Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 19 Days

Explore Greece's beauty and culture by foot, kayak, bike, and more on this 19-day adventure. Explore the sights and sounds of Athens, and learn to fish like the locals. Next, set sail for the Cyclades, where you'll go hiking, surfing, diving, and horseback riding on the islands of Tinos and Naxos. Step back in time on Crete with a stroll through Venetian Chania and a thrilling trek through Samaria Gorge. Then head back to the mainland for a visit to the historical sites at Mycenae and Nafplio.

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

Rock formations on Agia Anna beach in Naxos
Map of Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 24 Days
Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 24 Days

You'll have plenty of time to bike, hike, surf, and explore the country of Greece in every possible manner on this 24-day itinerary. Whether you're pedaling past beaches or hiking up the Pindos mountains, the mainland has plenty to offer before you head off to the Cyclades. Climb and dive through the islands of Tinos and Naxos, then learn to cook on Crete before you return to the mainland for a visit to coastal Nafplio.

View from Lindos in Rhodes
Map of Discover Rhodes, Crete, and Corfu - 15 Days
Discover Rhodes, Crete, and Corfu - 15 Days

These three Greek islands will give you a hands-on experience of Classical history and beyond. After a mythology tour in Athens, you'll travel to Rhodes for winding medieval old town streets and fortresses, Crete's Palace of Knossos and some refreshment from ancient vines, and the same spots on Corfu visited in Homer's famous epic poetry. Just make sure you don't actually touch the museum cases without permission.

The Erechtheion Temple at the Acropolis, Athens
Map of Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 15 Days
Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 15 Days

Delve into Greece's rich history and culture with this jam-packed trip through the mainland and the islands. Beginning in Athens, you'll explore the Acropolis and the Parthenon, followed by an excursion to Delphi. Then set sail for historical sites in Mykonos, Delos, and Santorini. Discover charming Crete and walk the Minotaur's labyrinth before making your way back to the mainland. See where Helen of Troy lived at Mycenae, visit the birthplace of the Olympics, and more, before ending your trip with a magical sunset at the Temple of Poseidon.

The charming promenade of Chania, Crete
Map of Discover Athens, Thessaloniki & Crete - 15 Days
Discover Athens, Thessaloniki & Crete - 15 Days

Discover the cultural and historical highlights that Greece's cities and islands have to offer with this cosmopolitan tour of Athens, Thessaloniki, and Crete. Spend the first few days exploring the history and flavors of the capital on foot and by bicycle. In Greece's second city, immerse yourself in Thessaloniki's rich Byzantine and Ottoman history, and visit fascinating archaeological sites. Next, hop over to Crete for a trip to the Venetian city of Chania and an excursion to the Minotaur's labyrinth before making your way back to Athens.

The ruins at Delphi
Map of Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 15 Days
Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 15 Days

Gear up for a thrilling tour of the Greek mainland and isles. In just over two weeks, you'll see the ancient ruins of Athens and Delphi, go trekking on the islands of Tinos and Crete, and discover the beaches of Naxos by bicycle. In between, you'll visit clifftop monasteries, sample local Cretan delicacies, and go sea kayaking around Nafplio's Palamidi Castle. 

Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens
Map of Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 20 Days
Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 20 Days

Take a deep dive into the history, culture, and beauty of Greece with this itinerary. Starting and ending in Athens, you'll begin by exploring the Acropolis and the Parthenon, followed by stops in Mykonos, the sacred island of Delos, and ancient Naxos. You'll also visit prehistoric Akrotiri on Santorini and Crete's Palace of Knossos on your tour of the islands. Then return to the mainland to see the birthplace of the Olympics and the Temple of Poseidon on the Athenian Riviera.

The shores of Naxos
Map of Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 20 Days
Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 20 Days

In just under three weeks, you'll explore the Greek mainland and islands by hike, horse, kayak, and more. Learn to fish the traditional way before heading for the Cyclades, where you'll go surfing on Tinos and scuba diving on Naxos. Then sail over to Crete, where you'll learn to cook like the locals and trek through the stunning Samaria Gorge. Complete your journey back on the mainland with a kayaking excursion around Nafplio's imposing coastal castle. 

Terrace of Lions on Delos
Map of Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 21 Days
Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 21 Days

Travel through the rich mythology and history of Classical Greece from the mainland to the islands and back. You'll start and end in Athens, beginning by taking in the city from above from the Acropolis and its famous Parthenon. Then down into the islands, with stops at the sacred site of Delos off of Mykonos, prehistoric Akrotiri in Santorini, and the Palace of Knossos on Crete. Return to the mainland to see the Cyclopean walls of Mycenae, stroll the stadium grounds at Olympia, and more before your return to the modern era.

Taste of the Cyclades and Crete - 16 Days
Map of Taste of the Cyclades and Crete - 16 Days
Taste of the Cyclades and Crete - 16 Days

The glittering Cyclades span hundreds of miles, with centuries of history under their belt. Your trip through the island chain will start in glamorous Mykonos before a stop at relaxed Paros for lazy days of beaches and tavernas. Continue to Naxos and Ios, making your way to the volcanic sunsets and cliffside architecture of Santorini. Finally, head to Crete, where excellent cuisine and hospitality await.

Windmill in western Rhodes
Map of Discover Rhodes, Crete, and Corfu - 11 Days
Discover Rhodes, Crete, and Corfu - 11 Days

Take 11 days to travel through some Greek island highlights with this itinerary. You'll start with a mythology tour in Athens, then head to Rhodes (yes, like the Colossus) to take in ancient cities and sunny shores. Crete is up next, home to the former labyrinth of Minos and current lush vineyards, then the island of Corfu's contemporary estates will lead you back Athens in luxury.

Hiking in the mountains of Samaria Gorge
Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 21 Days

This three-week adventure will have you hiking, biking, and diving your way around the Greek islands and mainland. You'll explore the Athenian Riviera by bicycle and learn to fish the traditional Greek way, before heading to the Cyclades for a surfing lesson and trekking in Tinos, and some scuba diving and horseback riding around Naxos. Then you'll travel to Crete to hike the gorgeous Samaria Gorge before returning to the mainland for kayaking in coastal Nafplio.

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

The theater at Delphi
Map of Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 16 Days
Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 16 Days

This itinerary offers a chance to experience the rich history and mythology of ancient Greece from up close. Start in Athens with a tour of the Acropolis and the Parthenon, followed by an island-hopping adventure to historical sites in Mykonos, Delos, and Santorini. In Crete, you'll explore the Palace of Knossos and the Minotaur's labyrinth before returning to the mainland. Next, you'll learn about the Eleusinian Mysteries, visit the home of Helen of Troy at Mycenae, and see the best-preserved ancient Greek theater at Epidaurus. End your journey with a spectacular sunset at the Temple of Poseidon.

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