Brief Event Description
|Event Organiser||Active Holiday Company|
|Pickup Point||Chania, Greece|
|Pickup Time||08 : 00 A.M|
|Things to Carry||1. Important Travel Documents :
Passport with photocopies.
Visas with photocopies.
Travel insurance with photocopies. Please ensure your insurers name, 24 hr emergency contact telephone number and policy number are highlighted.
All flight tickets for the trip with photocopies.
Active Holiday Company Trip Confirmation Certificate.
Photocopies of important documents to be kept separately.
Copy of the itinerary of your trip.
Spare passport photos.
Credit / Debit Card, Travellers Cheques with serial numbers kept at a separate place.
Youth/Student identification / Senior Citizen card for discounts.
International driving license if you have one.
Vaccination Certificates if needed.
Money belt that can be secured safely.
Money – small denominations of local currency if you can get some before the trip.
2. Personal Effects :
First aid kit comprising any personal medication, aspirin / paracetamol, band-aids, head-ache balm, rehydration salts of your choice, anti-allergy pills, anti-diarrhea pills, anti-nausea pills, small scissors, nail file, sun-block (50 SPF), lip balm, after sun moisturizer, insect repellent and antihistamine/insect bite cream, female hygiene products.
Toothbrush, tooth-paste, deodorant, bio-degradable soap, shampoo, washing detergent.
Water purifying / iodine tablets.
Prescription Diamox / alternate for altitude sickness.
Prescription glasses / contact lenses and solution.
Antibacterial gel and wet-wipes.
Wide brim hat, sunglasses with UV protection.
Minimum 2 liters water bottle so you don’t have to buy plastic bottles, cloth shopping bag.
Book to read, journal, pen, travel pillow, cards / travel games.
Eye mask, ear plugs, army knife (this must always be in your checked in luggage when you are taking a flight).
Adapter, alarm clock, phone with charger, i-pod / MP3 with charger and spare ear-phones, camera and film if your camera needs it.
Travel pillow, torch with reusable batteries, head-lamp.
Plastic bag to separate wet and dry / clean & soiled clothes.
|Itinerary||Day 01 :
Arrival at Chania
We start our tour of Greece from the beautiful and one of the most loved islands of Crete. Please ensure your arrival flight to Chania is booked to arrive before noon. After we arrive at the hotel we are free to explore Chania on our own. Chania is filled with its many beautiful narrow streets and waterfront cafes. Many of its old buildings incorporate strong Venetian and Turkish designs.
Day 02 :
Optional Excursion to The Samaria Gorge, Crete
Those who have opted for this hike will enjoy a day excursion to the Samaria Gorge. This guided 10-mile (16-km) walk will take us to stunning sights where we will be wowed by the gorge, its high limestone cliffs and quaint villages. For those who are staying back, there are plenty of things to see and do in Crete. Between the jaw-dropping beautiful, sun-splashed villages and healthy Mediterranean cuisine you will have the chance to see and do a lot. Of course you can also choose to just wander about to the harbour which is right next to the hotel. Later we transfer to Heraklion where we will stay overnight.
Samaria Gorge Optional Costs - Euro 72 per person Day 03 :
Heraklion, Crete – Santorini
After breakfast, we transfer to the port and take a ferry to Santorini from where we transfer to our hotel which will be our home for the next two nights. We can enjoy the day at leisure or head out for shopping or visit Akrotiri on our own. Our hotel today is a stunning family owned villa on Kamari with stunning views of the sea or mountains.
Day 04 : Fira to Oia Walking, Santorini
Today we get on a self-guided adventure walk from Fira to Oia along the caldera. This is one of the best experiences hike from one of the most famous villages of Santorini to another. This walk takes about two hours but we are not in a hurry and the sunset views from here are what picture guide books are made of. We will stop along the way and enjoy the views and certainly the cafes along the route.
Day 05 :
Santorini to Mykonos
Today we enjoy a leisurely morning and travel from Santorini to Mykonos by ferry. The rest of the day is free to explore Santorini. From Archeologocal sites to museums to pristine beaches and quaint whitewashed villages dotted with fishing boats on the coast, Mykonos has a lot to offer. There are many cafes on the waterfront to enjoy later today.
Day 06 :
Mykonos, Cycling Exploration
Bicycles await those who are seeking adventure today. Mykonos offers some of the best examples of Cycladic architecture and a great way to explore the homes with colourful doors and window frames, bougainvillea trees in purple bloom and hidden churches is by cycling on narrow marble streets. Those who do not want to use the bicycles can explore or foot or opt to explore the shores that have given parts of the island the nick-name of ‘Little Venice’.
Day 07 :
Mykonos - Athens, Food Walk
After breakfast we head to the port to take our ferry to the capital city of Athens. We transfer to our centrally located boutique hotel. Later in the evening we will get out a food walking tour that will end with a lavish four course dinner. Athens has some of the most trendy bars and cafes and you are welcome to stay out as long as you like.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 08 :
After breakfast, head for a guided tour of the Acropolis, the pride of Athens perched on a rocky hill from where one can enjoy stunning views of Athens. We will also visit the Pantheon. The rest of the day is free for us to explore Athens on our own.
Day 09 :
Today we will enjoy a full day, guided excursion to Delphi, known in ancient times as the navel of the world. On this guided excursion, you will have the opportunity to visit its stunning archaeological sites, monuments and temples including the temple of Apollo famous for its oracle. Lunch is included and we return to Athens in the evening for our last overnight stay.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 :
After your arrival in Athens, spend the rest of your day to explore as you please. Departure transfer is by own arrangement for those who do not take the morning flight (please study travel documents for the timings).
1. 3 Nights stay in Athens, 2 nights in Mykonos, 2 nights in Santorini and 2 nights in Crete at top rated B&Bs or Boutique hotels with character.
2. 9 breakfasts, one lunch and one dinner
3. Guided tour of the Acropolis
4. Evening self guided food tour with 4-course dinner.
5. Full day tour to Delphi including lunch
6. Full day bike rental in Mykonos
7. Fira-Oia self-guided walking along the caldera detailed instructions
8. Ferry tickets from Piraeus-Mykonos, Catamaran from Mykonos-Santorini and Santorini-Heraklion in tourist class
9. Arrival transfer in Athens, round trip transfers in Mykonos and Santorini, transfer Heraklion-Heraklion hotel and Heraklion hotel-Heraklion
1. Airfare, Visa, Travel Insurance, Public Transportation, Excess Baggage, Porterage, taxes
2. Alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages, meals not specified in the itinerary
3. Admissions and entrance fees not mentioned in the itinerary.
4. Optional arrival and departure transfers or transfer costs to the starting point of the vacation.
5. Optional upgrade cost to E-bicycles.
6. Optional supplement for three or six 3 course dinners.
7. Single Room and hotel upgrade supplement
8. Tips for guides and driver
9. Extra Nights at the beginning or the end of the trip
10. Any compulsory dinner or peak season surcharge
11. Service Tax of 3.50% applicable for Indian tours and Indian Residents
12. Optional Tours
13. Any item not specified in the itinerary
14. Any expenses of a personal nature such as telephone calls, laundry, aerated drinks etc.
15. Possible city tax to be paid in cash on the spot (it varies depending on the city and on the hotel’s category).
|Instructions & Guidelines||NA|
Whether you are single, married or a mother on this 'girls-only' trip, you will discover the beauty of the best Greek Islands with oodles of fun as we embark on a journey to discover it differently - via the backroads, sometimes walking and sometimes on a bicycle. Yet, this trip will leave you with a compete experience of Greece - history, architecture, food, stunning views, lovely villas, street cafes, ferry rides and a holiday to remember!