Day 1: ATHENS On arrival at Athens airport, pick up and private transfer to your hotel. Check in. Rest of day at leisure. Overnight at your hotel. Day 2: Half day Athens City tour with Acropolis Museum. Breakfast at your hotel. Then make your way to the pick-up point for Athens city tour with Acropolis Museum. From the Acropolis to Omonia Square, with the half-day sightseeing and Acropolis museum tour you'll see all the famous sites of ancient and modern Athens on this comprehensive morning tour. Offering a perfect overview of the modern city, this guided half-day tour will help you get your bearings if this is your first visit to Athens. The Athens half-day tour, starts with a photo stop at Panathinaiko Stadium where the first Olympic Games took place in 1896. It is the only stadium built out of white marble. Proceed, passing by Zappeion and Temple of Olympian Zeus. You will then pass the Athens Trilogy which includes the University of Athens, the Academy of Athens, and the National Library. Continue passing by National Garden, Hadrian’s Arc, St. Paul’s Church, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown soldier, Schliemann’s House (Numismatic Museum), Catholic Cathedral, Old Parliament, Constitution Square ,Russian Orthodox Church, and finally ACROPOLIS (visit Propylae, Temple of Athena Nike, Parthenon, Erechtheion with its Porch of Maidens). Continue the expert guided Athens sightseeing and museum tour with a pleasant short walk passing by Herodion and Dionysos Theater, in order to visit the Acropolis museum. Avoid and skip the lines of the new museum. Main attractions such as votives, artifacts of everyday life, statues from archaic period, Caryatids, and of course the Parthenon hall with the metopes, the pediments and the frieze will impress you. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at your hotel. Day 3: Day at leisure Breakfast at your hotel. Day is free for shopping near Ermou Street in central Athens or strolling through the narrow streets at Monastiraki and Plaka in central Athens. Overnight at your hotel. Alternatively you can opt to visit on a day cruise the Saronic islands situated near the Peloponnese coast outside Athens. The islands include Hydra, Poros and Aegina all which you can visit via a one day cruise from Piraeus (optional and weather permitting). The day cruise from Piraeus to the fabulous Saronic islands of Hydra, Poros and Aegina make for a relaxing day at sea. With all your transport, transfers and buffet lunch organized, you can sit back and enjoy your leisurely day cruise with free time on each island to explore. After transferring from Athens to the port by motor coach, you'll set sail for the island of Poros, where you;ll have free time for strolling and shopping. Next, on to the island of Hydra. You will have about 1 hour and 45 minutes at leisure to enjoy the unique charms of Hydra Island, whose amphitheater shape once served as a safe shelter for Saronic Pirates. From the decks, you will be able to admire the very special architecture and dramatic landscapes of this island, whose old traditional stone houses and mansions silently stand witness to a long and turbulent history. Upon arrival in Egina (Aegina) you can either join an excursion to the Temple of Aphaia (cost not included) or take a walk around the main town. Aegina is one of the Saronic islands of Greece in the Saronic Gulf. The lovely island is only 31 miles (50 kilometers) from Athens, and is a popular getaway for Athenians during the summer months. After sailing back to Piraeus port you'll be transferred back to your hotel in Athens. An additional alternative optional tour can also include a half day afternoon visit to Cape Sounion. An afternoon trip full of images. Begin your Cape Sounion tour with a wonderful drive along the scenic coastal road which affords splendid views of the Saronic Gulf, passing through some of Athens most beautiful suburbs (Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, Varkiza). Cape Sounion, 5 th century B.C. Temple of Poseidon is one of the most breathtaking panoramic views in the world (on a clear day you can see at least seven islands).The precipice is a sheer 197 foot drop to the sea. Land masses to the west stand out in sharp profile: the island of Aegina backed by the mountains of the Peloponnese. The beauty of the surviving Doric columns has inspired many poets, including Lord Byron who carved his name on one of the columns. Day 4: ATHENS - HERAKLION (by air - airfare not included) Breakfast at the hotel. Check out and private transfer to Athens airport for your onward flight to Heraklion on the island Crete. On arrival in Heraklion, pick up and private transfer to your hotel. Rest of day at leisure. We recommend that you walk through the city’s Lion Square, down towards the harbor and visit Goule the old Venetian castle overlooking Heraklion’s port. You may also walk along the promenade and visit to the Heraklion Aquarium. Do not forget to ask for ‘Bugatza’ or Loukoumades, two local sweet delicacies, by Lion’s Square. Overnight in Heraklion. Day 5: HERAKLION Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure. Explore the capital of Crete on a Heraklion HOHO tour. Crete’s buzzing capital Heraklion blends ancient history, intriguing museums and colorful shops, and crowns them with the ruins of the ancient Palace of Knossos, situated just outside the city. With all this begging to be explored, a hop-on hop-off bus tour has to be one of the most convenient ways to see the sights. Sit back, relax and absorb the 360-degree views on the entire hour long loop as you learn the stories behind the sights from the informative onboard audio commentary. Pass historical sites such as the city's original Venetian walls and when you’re ready, hop off at any of the 11 stops, to sightsee by foot as you wish. Be sure not to miss the famous Palace of Knossos archaeological site. Leave the bus here to explore its treasures: the semi-ruined and partially restored palaces and courtyards of what was Crete’s Minoan capital between 3400 and 2100 BC. Stroll around the relics and rooms of King Minos, and learn the story of the mythical Minotaur, the strange beast that was reputedly kept in the palace’s mysterious underground labyrinth. Having explored here, hop back on the bus and travel back into Heraklion to discover other must-sees. Maybe hop off the bus to visit the beautiful Venetian Castle at the harbor, or disembark at the Archaeological Museum to see its vast collections of classical statues, frescoes and other items excavated from around the island. Alternatively if you love antiquities e recommend that you walk towards Astroria square and visit the Heraklion Archeological Museum, one of the best museums in Europe. After your visit is concluded you may take the local bus from outside the Astoria hotel and head towards Knossos for a must-see visit to the Minoan Palace of Knossos. In the evening, you may challenge yourself on a game of bowling or billiards in many of the local clubs at Heraklion city centre. Late in the evening we strongly recommend that you enjoy a memorable vegetarian meal in the authentic restaurants in Daedalu Street in Heraklion city centre. Overnight at your hotel. Day 6: RETHYMNON – CHANIA (by public coach) Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, walk towards Heraklion harbor and the start of local intra-Crete public buses head station. This will be your start for your long day trip to Rethymnon and Chania as you will explore the western side of the island Crete. You simply ask for a bus ticket to Rethymnon and board the luxurious bus that will take you within an hour from Heraklion to Rethymnon. You will see all the coastal road between the two major cities and a landscape that is full of olive groves and wine yards. Upon arrival at Rethymnon you should visit the small Venetian Harbour and the pedestrianize area by the harbor that is full of shops, pubs and coffee shops. There is lots of opportunities for sightseeing and shopping to be found. We recommend a two and a half hour stay by then you should make your way back to the central bus station in Rethymnon where you have started and this time you will as for a bus ticket to Chania. The trip would take a further one and a half hour to reach the city of Chania. Chania, the former capital of Crete is a lovely old town with a picturesque venetian harbor that offers long promenade full of restaurants, coffee shops, bars, tavernas and shops. You will have the chance to see the old town with its beautiful old harbour, the remaining eastern and western parts from the old Venetian fortifications that started to be built in 1538 and walk into its traditional streets. The central part of the old town, Kasteli, and the Splantzia quarter (next to the east part of Kasteli) will pleasantly surprise you. Also, you will be satisfied with the main square of the Old Town, Eleftherios Venizelos ("Syntrivani"), next to the west end of Kasteli. It is the heart of the touristic activities in the area. Next to this (on the west side) lies the very picturesque, with many narrow alleys and old charming buildings, Topanas district, which used to be the Christian part of the city during the Turkish occupation. There are many historical buildings in this old city such as Eleftherios Venizelos's House (built 1876-1880), the old French school (now property of the Technical University of Crete, housing the Department of Architecture), the Church of Agia Magdalini (built 1901-1903), The Palace (built 1882, house of Prince George during the period of the Cretan independence) and The Church of Evangelistria (built 1908-1923). Part of the marine area of Halepa is called Tabakaria, where a unique architectural complex of old leather processing houses is situated. The district of Koum Kapi (the Venetians had first named it "Sabbionara", which means "the Gate of the Sand", the same as "Koum Kapi") situated beyond the walls at the eastern part of the old town, was also one of the first places to be inhabited outside the fortification walls. Initially, it was home for the "Halikoutes", a group of bedouins from North Africa who had actually settled there since the last years of the Turkish occupation. Nowadays it is a developing area with many trendy cafes, bars and restaurants on its picturesque beach. We recommend a three hour stay in Chania. By then you should visit again the main bus station and this time ask for a ticket all the way back to Heraklion. The bus will stop at Rethymnon and you may have to change bus but you will not need to obtain another ticket as the one you will buy in Chania would be valid right through to Heraklion. Upon your arrival to Heraklion, you will walk the steps over the old fortifications towards your hotel. Overnight at your hotel. Day 7: HERAKLION - RHODES by flight (on your own) Breakfast at the hotel. Check out, private transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Rhodes. On arrival at Rhodes airport, pick up and private transfer to your hotel. Rest of the Day at leisure. We recommend that you visit Mandraki for the evening and stroll through Rhodes city centre. You should inspect the two sides at the entrance of the small harbor where the old statue of Helios, the Colossus of Rhodes once stood prude. The Colossus of Rhodes was such an imposing site that was considered to be one of the seven miracles of the ancient word. Overnight in your hotel. Day 8: RHODES Breakfast at the hotel. Optionally you can Explore Rhodes city and the surrounding suburbs on a one hour HOHO Rhodes bus tour (not included in the tour). Rhodes, the island of the Knights, has a long history and has developed a significant culture throughout the years. The bus tour is a unique opportunity for the visitor to become acquainted with several of Rhodes city sights and points of interest, both within the city and along the suburbs from site to site. It is worthwhile to visit the Aquarium, the port of Mandraki, the Government buildings, the New Market, the Old Town with the Palace of the Grand Magister, the New Matina, Monte Smith with the Acropolis of the Ancient city of Rhodes, the Temple of Apollo, the Ancient Theatre and the Ancient Stadium. This one hour bus tour on the Yellow city tour Hop on Hop off bus offers 11 stops around Rhodes Town that include: Rhodes Horizon – Psaropoula - Grand Hotel - the Aquarium - Eleutherias Square - New Market (Mandraki) – the Old Town - Tourist Harbor – the New Marina - San Francisco and finally the Acropolis of Rhodes (Monte Smith). Alternatively weather allowing, we would recommend that you visit the acropolis of Lindos outside Rhodes town using the public bus service. This journey would take you almost all day from start to finish but is a visit worth making weather allowing. Overnight at the hotel. Day 9: RHODES Breakfast at the hotel. You can explore the old city of Rhodes on your own or on private basis with us. A visit to medieval castle of the Knights of Saint John in Rhodes is a must, as is a visit through the narrow streets of Rhode’s Old Town. You should spend time at the Grand Masters Palace, and make time to visit Rhode’s aquarium and Monte Smith (the site of the acropolis of Rhodes) with the ancient theatre and the ruins of the Doric Temple of Apollo. Overnight at the hotel. Day 10: RHODES Early breakfast at the hotel. Pick up and private transfer to the airport for your flight to Athens airport and then back home.