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11 Days in Greece

Rugged mountains, exotic, pristine beaches with crystal-clear waters, green valleys, quiet lakes, and lush forests – Greece has it all. It's mostly unique though, due to its unknown facets. It features medieval castles, an unexpected snowy mountain landscape in the winter, monasteries & churches, and music!

Day 1 Highlights

Athens


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Temple of Olympian Zeus

The Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens, also known as the Olympieion, was built over several centuries starting in 174 BCE and only finally completed by the Roman emperor Hadrian in 131 CE. Its unusually tall columns and ambitious layout made the temple one of the largest ever built in the ancient world.

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Panathinaiko Stadium

The spectacular Panathenaic Stadium remains one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions and is a shining beacon of modern Athens. Following several transformations over its long history, it eventually became the home of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 and remains the only stadium in the world built entirely out of marble.

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Acropolis

The Acropolis of Athens is the most striking and complete ancient Greek monumental complex still existing in our times. It is situated on a hill of average height (156m) that rises in the basin of Athens. Its overall dimensions are approximately 170 by 350m.

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Coco-mat Athens BC

Coco-mat Athens BC features a restaurant, seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, and bar in Athens. A spa centre and a car rental service are available for guests. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, airport transfers, room service and free WiFi throughout the property.
Guests at the hotel can enjoy a continental breakfast.
Coco-mat Athens BC offers 5-star accommodation with a sauna and sun terrace.
There is a tour desk and bike rentals are available, while the business centre has newspapers and a fax machine and photocopier.
Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Acropolis Museum, Odeum of Herodes Atticus and Temple of Olympion Zeus. The nearest airport is Elefthérios Venizélos Airport, 34 km from Coco-mat Athens BC.

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Hytra Restaurant

Hytra Restaurant has developed its culinary identity based on the approach and the redefinition of the rich cultural heritage of Greek gastronomy by giving a contemporary expression in execution and the presentation of dishes.
As a harmonious and complementary coexistence of two different approaches around the meaning of Greek food, the two separate restaurant menus, the Hytra menu and the Hytra Apla menu that share a single space, interact in a gastronomic “choreography” in order to elevate the Greek cuisine through two constantly changing cards, having in common the domestic raw materials and recipes.

Day 2 Highlights

Athens


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Mt. Parnitha

The highest mountain in the vicinity of Athens. It extends in a large area, presenting variable topography with several summits, gorges, streams and plateaus. In 1961 the entire mountain (~25,000 hectares) was declared a National Park.

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Cape Saunion

Cape Sounion is noted as the site of the ancient Greek temple of Poseidon, the god of the sea in classical mythology. The remains are perched on the headland, surrounded on three sides by the sea. The columns of the Temple of Poseidon, framing the blue sea backdrop since 44 BC. One of the temple’s remaining Doric columns is inscribed by none other than Lord Byron, who visited the temple in the early 19th century. The view across the Aegean is magnificent, extending all the way to Kea and the Peloponnese on a clear day.

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Glyfada

A suburb in South Athens located in the Athens Riviera. It is situated in the southern parts of the Athens' Urban Area. The area stretches from the foot of the Hymettus mountain to the Saronic Gulf. It is the largest of Athens' southern suburbs.

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Vouliagmeni

Vouliagmeni is the only really green suburb that is situated at the beaches of Saronikos. Surrounded by hills that are full of pine trees and end to exquisite, sandy seashores and the clear blue sea, it is a source of life and recreation for its citizens and visitors.

Day 3 Highlights

Athens


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Museum of Ancient Greek Technology

In a unique historic Art Nouveau building at the very heart of Athens in Kolonaki district you may visit two special museums. The building which once belonged to the family of Queen Aspasia Manou, wife of Alexander I now hosts the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology and the Museum of Ancient Greek Musical Instruments and Games. In a total area of 700 square meters, guests will have the opportunity to get to know a relatively unknown aspect of Ancient Greek culture through the permanent exhibition “Ancient Greece – The Origins of Technologies” which includes approximately 100 selected exhibits, from the robot-servant and the "cinema" of Philon to the automatic theater of Heron, and from the Hydraulic Clock of Ktesibios to the Antikythera Mechanism. At the same time, the same building houses the Museum of Ancient Greek Musical Instruments and Games with 42 fully functional, reassembled musical instruments, such as the helicon and the sixth string of Pythagoras, the lyre of Hermes, the guitar of Apollo, the Homeric phorminx, the harp of Sappho, the Ptolemaic helicon, the Pan flute, the hydraulis of Ktesibios and others.

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Food Tour Athens

The Delicious Athens Food Tour lets you discover a different side of the city by joining the Greeks in what is probably their favorite activity: eating! With so much on offer in a city that never stops cooking up great things, you’ll quickly come to feel the same way yourself, taking the experience one delicious bite at a time.
Your English-speaking guide will meet you and take you for that essential eye-opener, Greek coffee, at one of the landmark coffee houses of the city. You’ll get an explanation of the role of food in Greek life, and of the eating habits of Athenians in particular. Next, it’s a treat from the street, as you sample a koulouri, one of the all-time classic snacks on the go, before you duck into a carefully selected specialty food store that prides itself on its wide selection of Greek products. Here, you’ll be able to taste different olive oils, oils, spreads and other surprises, but remember to pace yourself – there are seven more food stops to follow!
This is your chance to be food-adventurous – among the upcoming stops is a baklava bakery with a long history and some of the best syropy sweets in Greece. Then, it’s time for authentic souvlaki and fried potatoes at a popular grill spot before heading into the traditional “belly of the city”, the bustling Varvakios Market, the biggest and most popular fish, meat and vegetable market in the whole of Athens. This is where the locals come to shop for their everyday needs as well as for their Easter lamb or Christmas turkey. The market is boisterously lively, and the butchers and fishmongers that work here compete with one another for the attention of the passing shoppers, using humor, hyperbole and hand gestures. At the stalls, you’ll see plenty of familiar foods, but you’ll find lots of surprises as well, particularly in the central fish hall, where the catch of the day is often some unusual deep-water denizen.
As we continue our walk, we’ll take the city’s Spice Street and drop in at a shop with an incredible variety of local condiments and herbs such as Greek oregano and Krokos Kozanis, otherwise known as Greek Red Saffron. Find out how these items and others are used in Greek cooking (as well as other culinary secrets the locals have to offer) while you browse the shelves for exotic cooking ingredients. We’ll also stop by a local pastry shop for a serious sugar rush as we tuck into a bougatsa (a traditionalcream-filled phyllo treat).
The last stop on the tour is for a selection of scrumptious Greek meze (like tapas, only better) at a charming deli. Here, you’ll be able to try classic appetizers, variety of cheese and cured meats. When they finally clear the plates away here, our mission will be accomplished – you’ll leave with a full and happy stomach and a much better understanding of the world of Greek food.

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Museum of Illusions Athens

A unique, unforgettable and fun experience for visitors of all ages! Discover 60 visual and interactive illusions, "infinity room", "inverted room", "chair illusion", "holograms" among others. Different visual illusions teach visitors how perceived reality is affected by science, vision, perspective, and other stimuli.
Interactive and photographic illusions arouse visitors to have fun and take many photos. Get ready for an experience that will capture your imagination

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Fighter Jet F-16 Simulator

Features almost all functions of a real aircraft so you can experience first hand what it feels like to be a professional military pilot. The simulator makes it possible to reproduce some of the most dangerous missions and turn you around!
After a short briefing by our instructor, you are ready! Choose your mission and board your simulator. Side-stick in one hand, throttle in the other: ready to take off! Our instructor will remain present throughout the flight to guide you during your missions. Experience the thrill of aerial maneuvers at Mach 2 (2450 km/hour) and air-to-air combat in an authentic military flight simulator.

Can you handle this assignment?

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Oroscopo

Specializes in Modern Greek Cuisine, Pizza & Pasta, tastes at all times with the freshest ingredients being used and the passion for food in a combination with the wine list full by a variety of Greek labels, Oroscopo Restaurant can satisfy even the most demanding customer. Located in the centre of Athens, next to Hilton and Caravel hotels, Oroscopo restaurant offers free wifi to all customers. You also have the opportunity to dine indoors in the airconditioned hall or at our outdoors tables near the square!

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Ancient Greek Theatre Performance

KOILON productions has created a 60-minute show of ancient Greek theatre with a twist!


The director, Nancy Rigopoulou, has staged a unique performance that allows the spectators of every nationality to meet the deep, timeless messages of the ancient Greek civilization in the most entertaining and uncomplicating way.


Performed by an all-male cast, just like in the Ancient Greek theatre.
During his visit to the Acropolis, a present-day tourist slips and gets knocked out. When he awakens, he finds himself transported to the 5th century B.C, Athens.


There, he will have an intense talk with Medea, watch the daughters of Oedipus grieve, chase the god of Wealth himself around the Parthenon and find out how Odysseus solved a Cyclopean problem.

Day 4 Highlights

Santorini


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Grande Bretagne - Nafplio


Boasting a privileged location right on Nafplio promenade, the Neoclassical-style Grande Bretagne offers luxuriously decorated rooms and suites with free Wi-Fi access. It serves American buffet breakfast and has a lounge bar.
The air-conditioned rooms and suites at Grande Bretagne hotel come with Oriental-style carpets, draped curtains and wooden floors. They are equipped with a satellite TV, minibar and safety box. Some units enjoy views over the Argolic Gulf, while others have a private balcony.
Light snacks, coffees and drinks are served at the hotel’s bar featuring an impressive hand-painted ceiling with a big chandelier. Guests can also relax at the lounge of Grande Bretagne with its dark leather sofas and armchairs.
Seaside taverns can be found within walking distance, while the central Syntagma Square is 70 m away and has many traditional cafes. The castle of Palamidi is 1 km away. Free public parking is available near the premises.

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Nea Kameni

Nea Kameni is a small uninhabited Greek island of volcanic origin located in the Aegean Sea, within the flooded Santorini caldera. Nea Kameni and the neighbouring small island Palea Kameni (the new and old burnt islands) have formed over the past two millennia through repeated eruptions of dacite lava and ash.

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Thirassia Island

With a population of about 270 people, Thirassia lies very close to Santorini — in fact, both formed the same island until the huge volcanic eruption which is estimated to have taken place in 1628 BCE, when it detached Thirassia from the main island of Santorini. There are five villages on the island, the largest one having a population of 150 and sharing the same name with the island itself. Thirassia is what Santorini used to be many years ago. There is nothing there beside peace and quiet. It is mostly visited by day trippers from Santorini, but if you go there for a few days you will be quickly part of the family. Be aware that hardly anyone on Thirassia speaks anything else than Greek.

Donkey Ride

The Island of Santorini has a long tradition in donkey riding. The local people were using these animals in order to transfer goods or as a mean of transportation around the Island. Although this practise has been abandoned a long time ago, donkeys still exist in Santorini as a nostalgic sign of the previous centuries.

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Oia Sunset

Oia is the most picturesque settlement of Santorini, a lovely village with traditional character. Built on the caldera cliffs, when it is under the colors of the sunset it becomes even more staggering and idyllic. There are charming white-washed houses, blue-domed churches and marvelous buildings with attuned colors that compose an entrancing scenery. The best place to sit and enjoy the sunset is the remains of the prominent Castle of Agios Nikolaos. From here you can gaze the most scenic view; the spectacular settlement unfolding in front of you, the impressive volcano across the sparkling Aegean Sea and the dreamy horizon.

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Avra Santorini Restaurant

Unique yet authentic Greek flavors we re-created a part of the past by sharing a taste of our Greek heritage.

Day 5 Highlights

Santorini


Lost Atlantis Experience - Interactive Museum

Explore the first museum in the world dedicated to the myth of Lost Atlantis. Learn about the Minoan history of Santorini and the connection with Atlantis with the help of innovative technologies. Enjoy a brand new experience in the museum culture.
Explore the first museum in the world dedicated to the myth of Lost Atlantis. Learn about the Minoan history of Santorini and the connection with Atlantis with the help of innovative technologies. Enjoy a brand new experience in the museum culture.
Explore the first museum in the world dedicated to the myth of Lost Atlantis. Learn about the Minoan history of Santorini and the connection with Atlantis with the help of innovative technologies. Enjoy a brand new experience in the museum culture.
Explore the first museum in the world dedicated to the myth of Lost Atlantis. Learn about the Minoan history of Santorini and the connection with Atlantis with the help of innovative technologies. Enjoy a brand new experience in the museum culture. Explore the first museum in the world dedicated to the myth of Lost Atlantis. Learn about the Minoan history of Santorini and the connection with Atlantis with the help of innovative technologies. Enjoy a brand new experience in the museum culture.
Discover all the evidence that connects Plato’s lost Atlantis myth with the volcano eruption of the island through interactive videos. Explore the largest Atlantis diorama in the world and experience its everyday life through virtual windows in time with augmented reality. Follow Plato’s journey that inspired him to write about the ideal city, through an interactive fresco.
See a holographic representation of the geological evolution of Santorini island from the prehistoric ages until today. The Greek philosopher Plato comes to life in an animated hologram. Converse with him and ask him about his philosophy and the theory that Santorini could be the origin of the Atlantis myth.
Relive, with all your senses, the earthquake, the tsunami, and the volcanic eruption that led to the destruction of Atlantis in a 9D experience. Walk on lava inside an active volcano. Get dressed up and get pictures as a citizen of Atlantis.

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Fira Trail

The hiking trail from Fira to Oia is just under 10.5km (6.5 miles). Part of the path is similar to a sidewalk, parts are cobblestone, and parts are a dirt path. There is a good climb in both directions. Elevation along the route: Oia 130 meters; Imerovigli 350 meters (the highest point on the hike); Fira 270 meters.

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Ammoudi Bay Cliff Jumping

Ammoudi is the beautiful bay and small port located 200 steps below Oia. The bay is lined with terrific seafood restaurants, with the crystal clear waters lapping at table’s edge. The port is busy with boat tours arriving and departing all day long. Catamarans of all sizes bring tourists to see the volcano, swim in the hot springs, tour the caldera cliffs and beaches, and on wildly popular sunset cruises. 5 minutes walk past the last restaurant, a dirt path hooks around the corner to a great swimming spot, with a small island you can swim out to that has a popular ledge to jump off.
There are 2 options for how to reach the bay. A steep but walkable staircase from just below the castle in Oia leads down to the bay if you’re up for it. Each step is wide, and the surfaces uneven at times. If you’re heading out to a romantic dinner in fancy shoes or spending the day in flip flops, this walk probably isn’t for you. Like the Fira to Oia hiking trail, it’ll help to have on appropriate shoes. The other way is to take a taxi that can be arranged at your hotel or by your restaurant for the return. The fixed priced for a taxi between Oia and Amoudi is 10€. Another option is to walk one direction and drive the other. Ammoudi Bay restaurant waiters are happy to call taxis for their dining guests after a meal.

Metaxí Mas

Metaxí Mas

This is the best restaurant on Santorini. If you ask at your hotel, “where is the best place to eat in Santorini?”, they’ll probably send you here. Reservations recommended. The views are of Kamari beach and the airport. A perfect evening (away from the caldera) would include a meal at Metaxi Mas and then a late-night movie at the outdoor cinema in Kamari. Tucked away from the crowds and off the beaten path, you will be amazed by the stunning views of the ocean and surrounding villages this restaurant offers. Dimitri and his brother Kosta have been delighting customers with their twist on traditional Greek food for over 20 years. All ingredients used are carefully selected giving you the highest quality and consistency every time you dine here.

Day 6 Highlights

Santorini


White Beach

White Beach

White pebbled surrounded by white towering cliffs that form a beautiful, small cove and provide partial shade. This tiny beach is also composed of pumice stones and gray volcanic sand and pebbles, like the rest of the beaches in Santorini. The waters, of course, are inviting and crystal clear.

Red Beach

Red Beach

Santorini's Red Beach is one of the most unique beaches in Greece. The stretch of pebbly sand is surrounded by high, bright-red cliffs. It's not one of the most popular beaches on the island for sunbathing, but it's still worth a visit. A short walk from the Akrotiri archaeological site will take you directly here.

Ancient Lighthouse

Ancient Lighthouse

It is considered one of the best and most beautiful lighthouses in Cyclades. Attuned to the rest of the island, it is an admirable building with whitewashed walls standing on the edge of a high cliff right above the sea. It is, by all means, an idyllic setting.

Indian Rock


The Indian face Rock in the south part of the island, is a distinctive rock creation, which some liken to the profile of an Indian, while others see in it, the face of Spyridon Marinatos, the archaeologist who discovered the prehistoric site of Akrotiri.

Day 7 Highlights

Thessaloniki


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Makedonia Palace Hotel


The most iconic hotel of Thessaloniki, right by the sea. Live the true luxury and enjoy the best gastronomic experience in town.

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White Tower of Thessaloniki

Undeniably the most popular monument in Thessaloniki and the trademark of the city, the White Tower, located along the waterfront of Greece’s second city, stands tall. This famous landmark is connected to the city’s rich past and offers visitors captivating views of the area, including the Thermaic Gulf. Today, the construction is home to a unique museum, making it one of the latest additions to the cultural scene of Thessaloniki. Here is the story of the White Tower.

The Garden of Thermaikos

The Garden of Thermaikos


Gain a fresh perspective through this bohemian, new-age tavern that awakens your memories and nostalgia. A true gastronomic spot in the city center, just in front of the White Tower, famous for traditional Greek cooking, and a passionate chef, Panagiotis Kosmidis who is reinventing the classics.

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Thessaloniki Waterfront

Any single feature in the New Waterfront in Thessaloniki might distinguish it as destination. A seaside promenade that conducts visitors from the stalwart White Tower to the serenely modern Thessaloniki Concert Hall is bound to be a destination just by dint of its location. So the fact that the New Waterfront boasts aquatic gardens is almost gratuitous.
Koi ponds and lily pads run along the linear park. So do basketball courts, cycle paths, fishing perches, historical exhibits, an amphitheater, children’s playgrounds, and an iconic public artwork, among other amenities. The New Waterfront, which was started in 2008 and completed in two phases, today serves as a model for other waterfront reclamation projects, including a new waterfront park underway in Geelong, Australia.
Greece’s second city is rich in Byzantine and Paleochristian historical sites—the Roman forum isn’t even the best ruin you’ll find downtown. So a luxe waterfront park might seem like it’s just a cherry on top. In fact, Thessaloniki’s New Waterfront is key to this ancient city’s future. The city is working to make the waterfront park the centerpiece in an effort to transform the city’s economy.

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Arch of Galerius


The triumphal arch was a type of monument of Roman architecture. More Information
(known today as “Kamara”), probably built by the city of Thessaloniki between 298 and 305 A.D. to commemorate Galerius’ victorious campaign against the Persians.
In its final form, the structure consisted of eight piers arranged in two parallel rows, four in each row. Between the piers were created three arched openings, of which the central one was wider and higher than the other two. The four central piers, which carried marble slabs with relief decoration, were larger than the outer piers and were connected by semi-circular arches supporting a dome.
Today only three of the eight original piers are preserved (the position of the destroyed central piers on the east is indicated on the sidewalk of Egnatia Street by a different paving), of which two carry reliefs depicting scenes from the Romans’ victorious campaigns against the Persians in 297 A.D., in addition to symbolic images propagandizing Galerius’ military might and the Tetrarchy’s power.

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Aristotelous Square

The main city square of Thessaloniki, Greece and is located on Nikis avenue, in the city center. It was designed by French architect Ernest Hébrard in 1918, but most of the square was built in the 1950s.

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Grada nuevo

Specialing in Mediterranean cuisine. Its menu is mainly made with greek materials of high-quality meat and fresh seafood and fish. Some of its famous dishes are the tuna tartar with ginger and lime, beef carpaccio with parmesan and truffle oil and oxtail served on a bed of smoked aubergine puree. The restaurant offers both traditional and gourmet choices. The atmosphere is cozy but luxurious, with mirrors and special wallpapers on the walls.

Day 8 Highlights

Thessaloniki


Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki

Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki

Invites you to an exciting journey to the past of the charming capital of the North. History magically unfolds in the museum halls revealing precious treasures made of gold, unique works of art and everyday objects from prehistory to late antiquity.

Church of Agios Pavlos

Church of Agios Pavlos

The church of Agios Pavlos (St. Paul), near the village Akamatra is a jewel for Ikaria, which is not very well known! It is a small church, aisled, where two marble slabs are standing, separating the sanctuary from the main temple. It is one of the oldest churches on the island, with elaborate frescoes.

Church of St. Demetrios

Church of St. Demetrios

This church houses some spectacular Byzantine mosaics that have been restored depicting Agios Dimitrios and the children of the city. The crypt of the saint, accessed by a staircase behind the sanctuary, is said to be the site where the saint was killed by the Roman soldiers and buried. His crypt was converted into an exhibition area in 1988, hosting articles that survived the 5th-century fire, like sculptures, vessels, and other decorative items.

Opsopoion Maganeiai

Opsopoion Maganeiai


It is characterized as a “small gem”, with superb service and unique atmosphere. a small restaurant with a big reputation near the White Tower, where you can enjoy a rich and concentrated version of Mediterranean cuisine, with beautifully executed classics like pastas and risottos, and perfectly cooked special cuts of meat – that’s if you do manage to find a table (by booking by phone days in advance).

Day 9 Highlights

Crete


Grecotel Creta Palace

Grecotel Creta Palace


Next to a private area of beach along the Mediterranean Sea, this upscale hotel is 5 km from both the Archeological Museum of Rethymno and the 16th-century Fortezza Castle.
The elegant rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and private balconies or terraces. Some add sea views. Upgraded rooms have marble bathrooms and furnished verandas. Suites offer private gardens or pools. Room service is available.
Breakfast and parking are complimentary. There are multiple restaurants and bars, as well as a gym, and a spa with an indoor pool. Other amenities include 3 outdoor pools (1 for kids), a playground, and tennis and basketball courts.

Rocca a Mare Fortress

Rocca a Mare Fortress

The imposing medieval fortress of Koules still stands at the beginning of the western breakwater of the modern port of Heraklion. Its real name is Rocca al Mare, named so by its Venetian founders. Koules, or the Great Koules like it is called, was not the sole ruler of the port. Opposite it, in today's marina pier, a smaller fort (the Small Koules) was standing till the early 20th century, which was demolished to make room for the pier (!). Moroever, Koules was built on the site of another round tower with battlements.

Peskesi

Peskesi

Located in the city of Heraklion serving exclusively authentic Cretan cuisine, offering the ultimate culinary experience. It's almost impossible to overstate how good Peskesi's resurrected, slow-cooked Cretan dishes are, nor the beauty of the revamped Venetian villa in which you'll partake of them: this is Crete's finest culinary moment. Nearly everything is forged from heirloom produce and organic meats and olive oils from the restaurant's own farm.
You need to look no further than kreokakavos, a Minoan roast pork you'll be dreaming about for years afterwards, though everything on the menu will leave you satisfied. The all-Cretan wine list is tops, too. Peskesi oozes rustic sophistication from every nook and cranny of its maze of stone rooms lidded by wood-beam ceilings. It’s located in a tiny lane off the northwestern corner of El Greco Park. Book ahead.

Day 10 Highlights

Crete


Diktaion Andron

Diktaion Andron

This cave is believed to be the birthplace of the Greek God Zeus and is visited by hundreds of curious tourists every day. You can explore the inside of this cave on the stone stairs that have been carved out to facilitate movement. On the outside, this cave is part of a trekking trails that is a preferred hike for many climbers and nature lovers. Other than hiking, you can also try mountain biking and off-road jeep riding here. Diktean Cave and the adjoining mountains offer canyoning and caving activities for those who seek adventure and adrenaline rush.

Panagia Kera

Panagia Kera

One of the most popular Byzantine monuments in Crete (13th- 14th A.D.) is located in Logari, one kilometre east of Kritsa. This triple-nave Byzantine church is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, to Saint Anthony and Saint Anna. It is adorned with superb wall paintings on particular themes like the representation of Saint Anna, other icons of the saints, and the fourteen scenes depicting the secret life of the Virgin Mary.
Characteristic of all the wall paintings is their vividness, expressiveness and aesthetic perfection. Their existence had been hidden for hundreds of years by earlier Christians to avoid their destruction by the Turkish occupiers. It also has three aisles and a dome construction.
Each aisle contains paintings from a different period, representing a different religious theme. The central aisle, dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin, contains the oldest paintings which reflect a mixture of styles. The other two aisles were added on in later periods. The south aisle has the best-preserved paintings. In contrast to the more stylized paintings of the period, these paintings display tenderness and humanity in their rendering of the story of Anna, the Virgin Mary's mother. The north aisle is dedicated to St. Anthony and has pictures representing the Second Coming. Although the Venetians occupied Crete during the period, they allowed the Cretans to decorate their churches as they desired. The rare fresco techniques used and the subject matters make the Panagia Kera particularly interesting to visit.

Lake Voulismeni

Lake Voulismeni


A beautiful lake in the center of Agios Nikolaos, the fourth largest municipality on the island of Crete (Greece). The water is the landmark of Agios Nikolaos, almost all holidaymakers walk once around the Voulismeni Lake.
The lake is almost circular and has a diameter of about 130 meters. On the front, there are more than 10 restaurants and cafes on a beautiful promenade.

Day 11 Highlights

Crete


Preveli Beach

Preveli Beach

It is certainly the most famous beach in south Crete, accepting thousands of visitors every summer. During the '60s and '70s, it was a favorite destination for the hippies. On the banks of the Grand River there is a large colony of Theophrastus palm trees, which give the region a sense of a tropical landscape. The river, forming a small lake, 500m long, before emptying into the sea, has water all year round. You can walk along the river, under the shade of palm trees and other trees, and start ascending in the beautiful canyon. You can swim in the cold ponds formed in the gorge.

Elafonisi Beach

Elafonisi Beach

Known for its white and pink sand. Heaven on earth, that’s it, no more words to describe it. The pink Elafonissi Beach has been constantly ranked as one of the most beautiful in the world, and for a good reason, it’s truly amazing and unique.

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