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Learn about the earliest European Civilization in a tour steeped in history!

  • Pick up/drop off from a designated spot in Rethymno with an air-conditioned luxury bus
  • English speaking guide
  • Tour of the Palace of Knossos
  • Visit to the city of Heraklion
  • All taxes, VAT inclusive

Not Included:

  • Entrance fee for Knossos & Heraklion Museum (combined ticket ranging between 13-20 depending on age and nationality)
  • Personal expenses, extra beverages or meals
  • Customary tips to your driver and escort
  • Museum is not included due to Covid 19 protocols/Optional visit

Early in the morning, we will pick you up from areas around Rethymno with a luxurious air-conditioned bus and take you to the Palace of Knossos, the craddle of the Minoan civilization. In Knossos, ou will take part in a guided tour of the Palace, the most important and well known site of the Minoan civilization. The seat of the legendary king Minos, the
Palace is also connected with thrilling tales, such as the myth of the Minotaur's Labyrinth and the story of Daedalus and Icarus.

The site in Knossos was continuously inhabited from the Neolithic period (7000- 3000 B.C.) and up until Roman times. After its partial destruction in 1450 B.C., Knossos was settled by Mycenaeans from the Greek Mainland. The city flourished again during the Hellenistic period in 67 B.C before it was captured by the Roman Quintus Caecilius Metelus Creticus. Discovered in 1878 through a series of systematic during the early 20th century, a large section of the Minoan city and its cemeteries has been brought to light.

Once the tour concludes, we will head over to Heraklion, where you will be able to see the exhibits of the Minoans in the city's Archaeological Museum, built on the site of an imposing Venetian friary which was destroyed by an earthquake in 1856.  The museum brings together archaeological finds from all over Crete, covering over 5500 years of the island's history and housing on of the most important collection of Minoan antiquities the world over. Additionally, you will have plenty of free time to explore the modern city of Heraklion and even enjoy some traditional Cretan lunch in one of the Heraklion's numerous restaurants.

At around 15:00 we will depart from Heraklion and make our way back to Rethymno.

Pass through the Corinth Canal, wander between the ancient remnants of Corinth's market place & Apollo's Temple, with this half day tour to Ancient Corinth.

  • Entrance fees to the Archaeological Sites
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Pick up / drop off service from most of the hotels in Athens
  • All taxes

 

Not included:

- Your international airfare
- Personal expenses, beverages at lunch and / or dinner
- Customary tips to your drivers, guides and escorts

We will pick you up from select spots in Athens (departure at approx 8:45) and drive along the scenic coastal roads of the Saronic Gulf for a visit to Corinth and its awe-inspiring canal, where we will make a quick stop. Afterwards, we will visit ancient Corinth, a sacred place where St. Paul preached for years. The remains of the ancient city, which include the Agora (market place) and Apollo's Temple (6th century B.C.) exhibit the richness and importance Corinth had during antiquity. Another short stop will be made at the site of the ancient port of Kehries, where St. Paul disembarked and this will mark our return to Athens.

Departure approximately at 08:45 - Return approximately at 14:00

Operated by G.O. Tours

Enjoy a full day tour of Delphi, visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo, the archaeological museum.

  • Entrance fees in Archeological sites
  • Professional Guide
  • 1 lunch
  • Transport by luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Pick up / drop off service from most of the hotels in Athens
  • All taxes

 

Not included:

- Your international airfare
- Personal expenses, beverages at lunch and / or dinner
- Customary tips to your drivers, guides and escorts

Starting from Athens, the capital of Greece, we will take the scenic route through the fertile plains of Beotia,crossing the town of Thebes, which is connected with the tragedy of King Oedipus, Levadia, one of the more traditional towns in Greece and the picturesque Arachova which sits on the foot of Mount Parnassus . You will arrive in Delphi, known around ancient Greece as 'the navel of the world'. A town with strong ties to antiquity due to the presence of the famous Oracle, whose ruins still stand proudly. A sacred place for ancient Greeks, as they consulted the great Oracle before every major war campaign. There you will have the chance to visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the archaeological museum. Lunch will be at the village of Delphi and afterwards you will make your way back to Athens by the same route. On the way there will be a quick stop at Arachova, before reaching Athens early in the evening.

Departure at approximately 08:45 - Return at approximately 19:30

Spend a day in the small island of Elafonisi, featuring one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe!

  • Pick up/Drop off with air-conditioned luxury bus from select spots in Rethymno
  • Visit to the cave of Saint Sophia
  • Visit to Elafonisi
  • Visit to Elos village
  • English & German Speaking Guide

Not included:

  • Personal expenses, extra beverages or meals
  • Customary tips to your driver and escort

After we pick you up in the morning from various designated locations around Rethymno, we will follow the green north coast just before Kastelli and finally reach the rock chapel of Agia Sophia through the village of Topolia. This small church is hidden in a dripstone cave, accessible by a small uphill climb. It dates back to the battles of the Cretans against the Venetians and Turks and was named after a religious icon found wedged
in a rock inside the cave. Magnificent stalactites, stalagmites and pillars cover the largest part of its surface. Neolithic shells and a previously unknown species of insect that
was named Spermophora Topolia were discovered inside the cave. After a short stop for coffee to this incredibly interesting site, we will proceed to the main attraction of the tour!

Elafonisi is located on the southwestern most point of Crete and is an oblong, which often seems to be divided into two parts by water, giving the impression of it being a separate island. The protected area of Elafonisi features magnificent natural formations with arguably the most beautiful being the pinkish sand which exists in many places, taking its color from thousands of broken sea shells and corals. The endangered turtles Caretta-Caretta and several rare animals nest on the island and it is strictly forbidden to remove any flora or fauna from the area. The exotic beach with its white and pink sand and turquoise waters is reminiscent of the Caribbean. Near the breaking point of the peninsula, the water does not exceed 1m (3 feet), creating a small lagoon, which can easily be crossed.

The eastern side of the beach, in front of the lagoon, is organized, having umbrellas, showers, lifeguards, snack bars and changing rooms. In Elafonisi, you will have plenty of time to explore the area, swim in the crystal clear waters and even grab a bite to eat!

Afterwards, we will make another coffee stop at the local village of Elos, before hopping back on the bus that we will take us back to Rethymno!




A one-day cruise to the islands of the Saronic Gulf. Explore Hydra, Poros and Aegina on elegant vessels with delicious food, live music & much more.

  • Visit to Hydra for approximately 2 hours
  • Visit to Poros island for approximately 45 minutes
  • Visit to Aegina island for approximately 2 hours
  • Pick up / drop off service from most of the hotels in Athens
  • Lunch on board
  • All taxes

 

Not included:

- Optional excursions
- Your international airfare
- Personal expenses, beverages at lunch and / or dinner
- Customary tips to your drivers, guides and escorts

Departure is at approximately 08.00 a.m. heading to the three beautiful islands of the Saronic Gulf. After departure, our guide and the hostesses will ask you to assemble in one of the main lounges of the ship to get acquainted and give you all the information concerning the ship, the program of the cruise and the islands. The order of the island visits may be changed with no prior notice.

  • Hydra (apprx. 2 hours)
    The favorite island of the jet set, whose old traditional stone houses and mansions have over the years housed the enfant gâté of the art world. The narrow stone-paved streets await for you to explore them on foot or by saddled donkey, as the island belongs to a niche group of places that do not allow motorized vehicles. Captivating walks along the old seaside promenade crystal clear waters and radiant fine craft shops create an incredible amalgamation of two different worlds!
  • Poros (apprx. 1 hour)
    Although it is the smallest of the three islands we will visit, its narrow strait offering a most enchanting view of the town of Poros, is a site to behold. The island is extremely close to Peloponnese, with a 200m (650ft) strip of water separating it from the mainland. That gives Poros a unique coastline, as a big part of it is almost lagoon-like.
  • Aegina (apprx. 2 hours)
    During ancient times it was a rival of Athens, the great sea power of the era. As such, the island is, to this day, full of archaeological sites and historical points of interest. Apart from its harbor, there are optional organized tours by air conditioned busses visiting the Temple of Aphaia (archeological site) or the Church of Saint Nektarios, whose relics are on display. These tours are optional and are sold on board the ship. On our way back to Marina Flisvos, a traditional Greek folk show with singers and dancers will entertain you up to the final moment as the ship arrives at Marina Flisvos.

Optional excursions (can be booked on board):

  • Classical tour (Aegina) :
    Start your classical tour with a Guided Bus Tour of the island, starting with a visit to the Temple of Aphaia which is the best preserved temple in Greece and one of the 3 temples forming the famous “Sacred Triangle” of Greek antiquity. Built on top of a pine tree covered hill, it offers the most magnificent view over the island, the Saronic Gulf, Piraeus and Salamina Island. Our guide will tell you the fascinating story of the intriguing history of this beautiful temple and then from there we make a small stop for photographs to the Church of Saint Nektarios, where you can admire its beautiful Byzantine architecture. On our way back to Aegina Port you will have the time to relax and appreciate the exquisite peaceful nature of the island.
  • Panoramic tour (Aegina): Drive across the entire island (without visiting the archaeological site) admiring the beauty of its nature, the famous Aegina pistachio groves, the island’s medieval capital of Paleohora and the Saint Nektarios Monastery. Final stop is at a local taverna at the port to enjoy some meze and tsipouro.

  • Swimming excursion (Aegina): Enjoy a soft drink while we transfer you by our company’s speedboat to the coast of Moni, 7 minutes away from the port, to a private organized beach with umbrellas which is ideal not only for swimming but also for enjoying the natural beauty and landscape filled with pine trees. You can swim in the crystal clear blue waters and enjoy the sandy beach next to peacocks and if you are lucky you can see the deer enjoying the landscape as well.

 

 

Operated by Platinum Cruises