Icarus Small Group Package

9 Nights

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athens
santorini
heraklion
chania

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This 9-day / 8-night semi private luxury small group tour package, takes in the best of Athens and the Greek Islands, letting you relax in style. See the best of the most popular islands in Greece as well as the best of Athens with a blend of the relaxing and places of interest. This tour gives you a luxurious 9 day break, free from stress and giving as much or as little to do as you wish.

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Day 1

On your arrival at Athens airport you will be greeted by our English speaking transfer driver and you will be taken to your inner Athens hotel in the comfort of an air conditioned luxury car. Athens has an array of amazing hotels, and this package has the cream of the crop, and we know you will thoroughly enjoy your two night stay in Athens..Accommodation at the 4* Athenian Callirhoe or similar. Once you have settled in and freshened up, we suggest making your way to the nearby Plaka, at the foot of the Acropolis, where you can have your first taste of the real Athens. There are also plenty of traditional restaurants and tavernas in the area in which you can find dinner and traditional Greek dancing.

Day 2

Commence your tour by visiting the brand new Acropolis museum, built to house the masterpieces unearthed on and around the Acropolis hill. Find out what Athens looked like millennia ago and of course you will have the chance to admire the world famous Parthenon statues accommodated in a room especially built for their exposition. (approximately:1,5 hrs) Continue with a must-visit tour of the Acropolis, the heart of both the ancient and modern city of Athens, where you will have the chance to admire worldwide famous ancient Greek monuments such as the Parthenon and the Erectheion. Enjoy a spectacular view of the huge modern city spreading all around the hill and feel the atmosphere of the place where goddess Athena was worshiped. (approx.:2 hrs . You will end your tour in Plaka where you may spend time for shopping and have lunch in a nice restaurant.

Day 3

After your breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Santorini. Our local representative will welcome you and you will be transferred to yet another lovely hotel. You can relax in the hotel and take deep breaths watching the Caldera views or you can take a walk around the town of Fira. There is the very real possibility that you will not want to leave you hotel balcony and pool due to the spectacular view you have in front of you. Santorini is the perfect place to relax, swim and look out over the Caldera during the day. However, if you are a little more adventurous there is plenty to see and do. Travel to the south of the island by bus, hire car or taxi and discover the black sand beaches, so unique to Santorini. Or take an afternoon trip out up to Oia in the island's north and watch the world's most beautiful sunsets. The island is filled with activities to inspire fun and romance.

Day 4

Santorini Oia catamaran morning cruise including rich BBQ lunch on board and transportation The morning tour starts from the Ammoudi port of Ia at 10:20-10:30am and the catamaran sails very close to the caldera cliffs so that you can explore the "Caldera" and take some great photos. The crew members will offer you refreshments on board as the catamaran sails very close to the Volcano, heading to the first stop at the Hot Springs. There you can have a mud bath and you will feel the activity of the volcano of Santorini and its thermal characteristics. After half an hour the catamaran will sail to the south part of the Island. Sailing close to the Akrotiri, Light House and Indian Rock the catamaran will stop at the White Beach. At this unique beach we will stop for an hour for swimming and snorkeling. The crew after offering you snorkeling equipment and towels, they will prepare the delicious barbeque meal with Greek Traditional products, Santorinian wine, fruits and soft drinks. The Red beach is the last stop before ending the tour. The Red Beach has been formed from the Hot Lava of the volcano and its red color is vivid and unparalleled. The catamaran will stop there for about half an hour for swimming and snorkelling.

Day 5

Today is another travelling day. After breakfast and check out, our representative will transfer you to the port for your hydrofoil journey to Heraklion, Crete, home to an amazing array of things to do and see. Once you arrive in Heraklion, our representative will transfer you in luxury to your accommodation. Make the evening special with a dinner at a local taverna or restaurant near to your hotel, tasting the best of Greek cuisine and basking in that magical Mediterranean light. No matter what you're looking for, we're sure you'll be able to find it in Crete.

Day 6

After breakfast meet by your guide/archaeologist and driver to start your tour. A full day tour that explores the Palace of Knossos and the nearby city of Heraklion. The palace is one of the major must-see archaeological sites in Greece, presenting visitors with a rare glimpse into Minoan civilization. Accompanied by a first class guide who will offer in-depth personal attention, you will walk around the ruins and excavations of the vast ancient palace, and learn about the Greek mythological tales that are linked to it. After exploring the labyrinth of corridors and rooms on the Knossos tour, you will travel into central Heraklion for a walk around its historical center and main sites and a visit to the recently renovated Archaeological Museum. The most magnificent collection of Minoan art and culture in the world is housed in this museum, that is one of the most visited ones Greece, with an exhibition of artifacts, covering a period of 5.000 years. After the tour is over, transfer to Chania (approximately 1.5hours drive).

Day 7

Our tour will begin with a drive towards Akrotiri peninsula and a visit to the ,monastery of Agia Triada Tzagarolon. Bulit in the 17th century, this is one of the most impressive monasteries of Crete, set a wonderfully overgrown landscape of olive groves and cypress and with a remarkable cruciform church. Reaching the town we will walk around the old quarters and harbor of Chania. The tour will end with a lunch at Dounias restaurant where you will taste traditional delicious foods.

Day 8

There is much to discover and to see. Your day is free to explore the many wonderful beaches of Chania and spend your day sunbathing and swimming .Balos beach is arguably one of the best beaches the island has to offer, with a long sandy coastline and marvellous crystal-clear waters. You can combine with a visit to the famous Elafonissi beach. From Elafonissi, the road will take you through the picturesque landscape of Crete, passing by the monastery of Chrysoskalitissa, to eventually reach one of the most popular beaches of the island. Its shallow waters, pink sand that changes colour due to the reflection of the hundreds of shells found on the beach, and tiny island in the middle of the sea, make for an experience you wouldn't want to miss!

Day 9

After you have checked out of the hotel our driver will transfer you to the airport in plenty of time for your flight back to Athens in order to connect to your flight back home.

Awesome experience.

We had 5 in our family of all ages for our recent trip to Greece. We wanted to see Athens, Mykonos and Santorini. I reached out to Anastasia with our budget and a rough idea of what we wanted to do. I cannot say enough about how helpful she was. She helped arrange the whole trip and everything flowed perfectly. She was also available during the trip to help guide us if we had questions about travel. It was a truly memorable experience without all the stress of when I try to plan trips myself. I wish I could use her for every trip I ever take.

Written July 16, 2023

Perfect trip to Skopelos and Athens with walking tour of Athens

Anastasia at Antelope Travel organized an amazing trip that for us - we postponed it over 20 years and the trip planned with Anastasia lived up to the expectations.

We knew we were going to fly from the UK to Skiathos as we wanted to spend time on Skopelos. While I usually do all of our travel planning personally, we decided to give a travel agency a try at the recommendation of a friend. Everything was so simple and went so smoothly, with transportation arranged from plane and ferry to hotels, a car arranged while on Skopelos brought to the hotel, transportation from the ferry at Agios Konstantinos to Athens by Iannis, who was both a very friendly driver, and very knowledgeable, with recommendations and history information as he drove.

While in Athens we took the 5 hour walking tour of the Acropolis and museum led by Maria. She knew a few days in advance we needed to leave an hour earlier than planned and made sure we were in line just as the Acropolis opened, saving us hours of wait time. Without her knowledge both the site and the museum could have been overwhelming, but instead we felt like we understood both the ancient nature of the site, and the current archeological situation. She was outstanding.

The entire trip went without a hitch, and was simple so all we had to do was relax on the island and enjoy the sites in Athens. The hotels were lovely with great breakfasts. I would book with Antelope again the next time we go to Greece, they made it all so easy.

Written July 3, 2023

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