8 Nights

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This nine day break is a fabulous mix of relaxation and sightseeing taking in the best of Athens, Crete and Rhodes. With plenty of time to do your own exploring, let us take you to see some of the most picturesque of old towns filled with history, amazing archaeological sites and luxurious beach resorts. The hire car option lets you get away from the crowds and explore the best of Crete and Rhodes at your leisure.




Day 1

Arrive in Athens. Be met by our English speaking driver at the airport and transfer in air conditioned comfort to your central hotel of your choice. The rest of the afternoon and evening is yours to stroll around the Plaka, Athens main shopping and restaurant area where you can have your first taste of Greek food and fun. This is a good chance to start appreciating Athenian cuisine and nightlife. Wander the streets of the Plaka in the shadow of the Acropolis and ease into life in this most ancient, bustling and incredible city.

Day 2

Day Two is your day to discover Athens. After breakfast, your English speaking driver in an air-conditioned Mercedes will collect you and guide you around the ancient sights of Athens. You will discover the mystery and beauty of the Acropolis, Greece's most famous historical site which modern Athens uses as a beacon. After wandering this most amazing of sites, take in the Acropolis Museum, home to an amazing array of antiquities. The Athens Tour also takes you to some of Modern Athens' most important landmarks, Syntagma Square, Omonia, The Temple of Zeus and the Temple of Athena Nike. After enjoying the best of Athens, the driver will take you away from the city, down the coast to Cape Sounion to the Temple of Poseidon. Enjoy the views of the amazing views of the Saronic Gulf, and be in awe at the amazing temple which overlooks the Aegean Sea. On your return to Athens after the tour, discover any one of the fine restaurants that Athens has to offer, whether it be a traditional Greek cuisine, or one of the many international restaurants that are there for the sampling.

Day 3

On the morning of day three, be met by our driver and transfer to the airport to fly to Crete. Upon your arrival at Chania or Heraklion airport (your choice) you will pick up your hire car and drive to Chania, Heraklion or Elounda and check into your hotel. You have four days in Crete to enjoy the island and its many delights. Your choices are endless.

Day 4

Fourth day offers you the first full day to explore wonders of Crete, an island with a fantastic mix of history, architecture, beaches and fun. Using your hire car you can go up into the inland and discover the delights of the inland towns. You could drive to Samaria George and wonder in its natural beauty, or you could wander around the ancient town of Chania, taking in the history of this ancient town, eating at any one of the waterside restaurants. Or you could sit by the pool at your hotel and relax. These days are yours do to whatever you choose.

Day 5

This is the second of your free days. You should have found your bearings and may wish to travel further afield. A drive to Heraklion offers you some of the best museums and archaeological sites in Greece. Visit Ancient Knossos and see some of the best preserved ancient ruins Greece has to offer as well as a fascinating museum. Although Heraklion is the administrative capital of Crete, its old town is a wonder of colourful houses and winding streets.

Day 6

Day Six is your last full day in Crete so you should make the most of it. With your hire car you can go anywhere. Rethymno harbour offers two hour tours to swim with the dolphins, or drive to Bali and go on a pirate tour. For those who enjoy history a trip to Arkadia to the Turkish Monastery makes for an amazing afternoon. Or you may choose to relax on your last day in readiness for the next day's travel.

Day 7

After checking out of your hotel, return your rental car to the aiport and fly to Rhodes. At Rhodes your rental car will be waiting for you along with directions on how to get to your resort. Drive to your resort and begin to plan your time in this most ancient and unique of islands. Rhodes has amazing beaches, fascinating history and being home to one of the wonders of the ancient world, it is and island to discover and fall in love with.

Day 8

Your hire car is your passport to the best that Rhodes has to offer. With its culture and history different to the rest of the nation with its Turkish influence is has a different look and feel to it. The old town is filled with wonder and surprise. It is up to you whether you explore the old town, take in a museum, discover a Turkish bath or find a deserted beach and relax. Rhodes Town is home to a walled city where the Knights of St John lived after the crusades. The Palace of the Grand Masters has been rebuilt in an extravagant manner and is well worth a visit, as is spending a later afternoon wandering the cobbled streets of the old town. Your options in Rhodes are endless, as you are free to discover the islands towns and beaches in your hire car, or you may simply choose to relax at your resort.

Day 9

Today you say goodbye to Rhodes. Check out of your hotel, return your rental car to the airport and take a connect fight back to Athens ready to fly back home, or continue your travels to other places, never forgetting the amazing time you've had this amazing country.

Loved my experience with Antelope!

Anthony at Antelope Travel planned an AMAZING trip for my family. We spent two days in Athens and explored the historical sites there. Our tour guide for the Parthenon, Natassa, was awesome. She was so knowledgable about ancient Greece and we loved having her guide us through the ruins and the museum.
Next we went to Mykonos and had another amazing guide there named Jenny. She was funny and told us about the culture and history of the island. The hotel we stayed at was awesome and my two daughters loved the pool there. We took a yacht to a private island then toured Delos and really had a lot of family fun there. We also loved shopping in Chora and found that the island was easy to get around on the bus.
Our next stop was the breath taking island of Santorini where we stayed in a pituresque villa with our own swimming pool. The final day we took a catamaran cruise around the island, swam, snorkled and ended the trip with an amazing sunset.
Anthony thought of everything and planned our trip so well. I would recommend Antelope Travel to anyone wanting to explore the beauty that Greece has to offer.

Written June 22, 2023

Athens, Crete and Santorini tour

Anthony was a fabulous tour planner for our family, multi-generational trip. He put the itinerary, tours, transportation and hotels together seamlessly and everything was wonderful. He really listens and can modify things to suit your particular needs. Took all the stress off the trip.

Written July 9, 2023


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