Athens, Naxos & Crete | Summer | 2024

Athens, Naxos & Crete | Summer | 2024

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Athens, Naxos & Crete | Summer | 2024

9 Days Starting in Athens, Greece and ending in Chania, Greece

Visiting: Athens, Naxos, Heraklion, Rethimno, Chania

Tour operator:

Contiki

Tour code:

BANCA19

Specialist Group:

18-30 Somethings

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 16

Physical rating:

Medium

Age range:

18-35

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Adventure Tours

Activities:

Walking, Wine Tasting

From:
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$2552 (USD) Operator discount: -$463 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$72 -17%
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Tour Overview

Unleash your inner historian on this 9-day tour of Greece’s most fascinating locations. Kicking off in the capital, we’ll go from Acropolis to Apiranthos and finish up on the southern coast of Crete. See your fav Greek stories come to life, marvel at architectural masterworks and natural phenomena, with plenty of time to chill out on the most beautiful beaches you’ve ever seen. Time for your Greek travel fantasies to go from myth to marvelous memory.

Highlights

  • Naxos : The biggest island in the Cyclades, known for its greenery, mountains, valleys, seascapes and traditional Greek villages.

  • Visit Apiranthos and Chalki – two traditional cobblestoned villages in Naxos with mesmerising mountainside views.

  • Heraklion : The Palace of Knossos, and marvel at Games of Thrones-esque castle walls.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Start Athens
Location: Athens
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Athens Center Square Hotel (or similar)
Meals Included: No Meals

Our quest begins in Athens, where you’ll meet your Trip Manager and BFFs-to-be for the next nine days. After we’ve said hello and asked one another’s star signs and fav colors, it’s off for a walking tour of Greece’s historic and sumptuous capital –- exploring the Plaka neighborhood in all its cobblestoned glory. Don’t forget your camera.

Day 2 : Athens To Naxos
Location: Athens, Naxos
Accommodation: Hotel, Coronis (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Welcome to your first full day. With no time to waste, we'll start our adventures today with our next destination: Naxos
In the afternoon, we’ll board the ferry and make our way across to Naxos. After a long day of staring open-mouthed in the face of sterling temples and sprawling landscapes, we’ll enjoy a much-deserved rest.

Day 3 : Naxos
Location: Naxos
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Coronis (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today you’ll have all day to explore Naxos – the biggest island in the Cyclades, known for its greenery, mountains, valleys, seascapes and traditional Greek villages. We’ll begin with an orientation walk, i.e. we worry about directions so you’re free to worry about getting the perfect insta shots. This afternoon, you’re free to explore alone or with your new Contiki crew. We’ll take a trip to the standout villages Apiranthos and Chalki, and don’t forget to sample Naxos’ world-renowned cheese – washed down with local wine or Kitron, the famous local liqueur. After a day of adventure we'll gather for an included dinner and a much-deserved rest.

Day 4 : Naxos
Location: Naxos
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Coronis (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Rise and shine! We have a long day of absolute re-lax-ation ahead of us today. The perfect chance to soak up the rays and bathe like royalty in crystal blue seas.

Day 5 : Naxos To Heraklion
Location: Naxos, Heraklion
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Kastro Hotel (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

You’ll have some free time for exploring this morning – before we say good night Naxos and hello Heraklion!
Myth-heads, go nuts! We’ll arrive by ferry to the home of the Palace of Knossos, famous for its connection to many famous Greek myths, including Theseus and the Minotaur. Tonight, you’ll marvel at Games of Thrones-esque castle walls on an evening orientation walk, before tucking into an included dinner.

Day 6 : Heraklion To Rethymno
Location: Heraklion, Rethimno
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Brascos Hotel (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Now we move Herakli…on to the next destination.
Next, we go from the quintessential to the quaint with a drive across the North of Crete. We’ll visit the old town of Rethymno, nested in the mountains.

Day 7 : Rethymno To Chania
Location: Rethimno, Chania
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Arkadi Hotel (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

We’ll take some time to explore Rethymnon Old Town. Expect Venetian architecture, quaint cobblestone alleyways and sumptuous sea views.
You’ll work up one beast of an appetite today but don’t fret, we’ve got you covered with an included dinner after we touch down in Chania.

Day 8 : Chania
Location: Chania
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Arkadi Hotel (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We know, we know. Last days are a total beach. But Chania’s laidback harborside beauty ought to take the sting out of it for you. Make sure you go see the lighthouse – before or after a spot of grub at one of the city’s waterfront restaurants.

Day 9 : End Chania
Location: Chania
Meals Included: Breakfast

And just like that, it’s time to bid farewell to your travel crew. At least there’s one final breakfast to numb the pain (and boost your blood sugar). Afterwards, you really only have two options: head home or head to the rest of Greece’s islands like the archeology junkie you truly are. Either way, you won’t be able to resist keeping your new Contiki pals in the loop.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Fully Guided

    Yes.

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

What's Not Included

  • Insurance

    Not Included.

  • International Travel

    Not Included.

Check out our Q&As

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    No, minimum age is 18.

  • What is the maximum group size?

    16 people at max.

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes.

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Yes.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    In 1961, a guy called John Anderson founded Contiki in New Zealand. Whilst later bought by The Travel Corporation, the tour company had already been using the name ‘Contiki’ since its inception.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Contiki trips are designed & operated exclusively for those aged 18-35 years. Your travelling companions will be like-minded adventurers within that age range. The age range is adhered to strictly.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® is our commitment to protect people, wildlife and the incredible planet we all share. Powered by The TreadRight Foundation, a non-profit organisation and Contiki’s guiding hand when it comes to making travel matter.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    All documentation will be sent via email around 21 days prior to your trip departure. You can also access information on your trip by signing up to My Contiki via the top right icon of the homepage.

Reviews of this Operator

Trusted Customer  

Northern Choice plus Kaikoura

16-Jan-2023

The trip ran so smoothly and was well organised! The extra add ons were amazing and all the services were spot on. Food places were reasonable. I'm definitely booking my next contiki trip again soon!

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Sophie  

Exceptional customer service

14-Jan-2023

Contiki were exceptional in providing customer service. They provided me with lots of information and were quick in responding to all my questions. I found that they were super helpful.

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Trusted Customer  

First time traveling with Contiki. Highly recommend! You’ll have a blast

17-Jan-2023

First time traveling internationally since Covid and glad I spent the trip with Contiki. The travel, lodging, meals, activities everything was planned effortlessly. Going to Greece in may with contiki. Highly recommend

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Trusted Customer  

Amazing trip. Made great friends and memories. Can’t wait for my next trip

15-Jan-2023

I had 24 people on my contiki and I think it was the perfect number, we all got to know each other well and got along great. Our tour guide was fun and knowledgeable, the hotels were nice and in great locations.

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Tanner Stokes  

My amazing trip to Africa

13-Jan-2023

Sherif was an excellent tour guide. He was extremely knowledgeable about every single small detail at each site that we visited. In addition to his great service, he has a glowing spirit that made me feel like I had family with me the entire trip. Anything that I was concerned about, he always had an answer and was there to help. I truly enjoyed my experience and will purchase a tour with him in the future

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Operator discount: -$463 (USD)

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Athens, Naxos & Crete | Summer | 2025
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Operator discount: -$649 (USD)

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  • Transfer as credit to Future Tours

    Contiki allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform contiki, 60 days before departure.

  • Low Deposit

    Contiki requires a minimum deposit of 200 USD per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of contiki charges.

    Up to 61 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 25% of booking price.

    At 21 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 7 days before tour starts: Forfeit 75% of booking price.

    At 1 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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