Christmas Holiday

7 Nights

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athens
thessaloniki
heraklion

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When thinking about Winter Holidays in Greece, we are referring to the period between Christmas and Epiphany (January 6). The Christmas Holidays in Greece begins on December 6th, which is Saint Nicolas day, and ends on January 6th, the day of Epiphany. The patron saint of the holiday is Saint Nicolas, who is also the protector of sailors, for this reason, you will often see boats decorated with many sparkling lights, among with the traditional Christmas trees.

The Greek Christmas traditions are now a mixture of modern Western customs and older Eastern traditions as Greece is the only Orthodox Country in Europe that celebrates Christmas officially on December 25th. The largest Christmas tree in Europe is lit in Syntagma Square, the location of the capital's Christmas village, while you have the opportunity to attend a wide variety of events and festivities in major cities, such as Athens, Thessaloniki, Patra and Heraklion as the municipal authorities organize music concerts, theatrical performance, and a number of other cultural events. In Greek Christmas, the feast itself becomes the main attraction by both adults and children alike.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Athens, meet and greet by our English speaking driver and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Athens at a hotel of your choice. Depending on your time of arrival, you will have time to explore the city of Athens and the Acropolis by yourself or we can provide you our driver to drive you around the city and time permitting the coastal area of Sounion to visit the temple of Poseidon.

Day 2

After leaving Athens, the tour drives through Levadia and Arachova and then proceed to Delphi where you can see all the archaeological treasures. Transfer back to Athens and later on our driver will pick you up for dinner to the first class Spondi restaurant. After your dinner is over you will be picked up and transferred back to the hotel.

Day 3

After breakfast and check our, our driver will transfer you in air conditioned comfort to the airport for your one hour flight to Thessaloniki. Once you arrive in Thessaloniki you will be met by our representative and taken to your hotel where you will be staying for the next three nights.

Day 4

Every December, Greece's second city, Thessaloniki, erects a huge, illuminated metal structure in the shape of a three mast ship next to the Christmas tree in its main square. Aristotelous Square is one of the main squares of Thessaloniki, named after the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle and is located in the western part of the city crossing the three main avenues. The Christmas festivals are always held there and it commonly serves as the site of music concerts and political speeches.

Day 5

Today is another travelling day. After breakfast and check out, our representative will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Heraklion (Crete), a city with a great variety of things to see and do. Once you land in Heraklion, our representative will transfer you to your hotel, where you will be staying for the next two nights.

Day 6

Crete is an island which is very much the epitome of Greek history, offering to its visitors nothing short of a continual succession of seasonal festivals and things to do. Many of the events on Crete are of a religious nature, while others are really just a very good excuse for a celebration and a spot of Greek dancing.

Day 7

After breakfast our driver will pick you up to transfer you to the airport. Catch your flight to Athens and connect to your international flight back home.

Planning excellence

My kids (18 & 20) and I had the most amazing 2-week trip to Greece May/June 2023. We were fortunate to have been introduced to Anthony Alagiah, who came highly recommended through a friend and colleague. I’m a researcher by nature, love planning trips and like to make very purposeful choices. What I lacked was local, expert perspective, and felt I wasn’t getting thorough, objective advice from my usual online sources. I was looking for a professional who would work with me to collaborate, share options, and guide our choices. Anthony has a network of colleagues with Antelope Travel and affiliated agencies throughout Greece who gave timely advice and knew what hotels and excursion providers could be relied on for consistent, quality experiences. Our vacation was impeccably planned from the moment we arrived. The communications were excellent not only during planning but while we were in Greece. We had a clear itinerary, with details, contact names and numbers for every step of our trip - everything from start to finish ran smoothly and we felt very well cared for. The hotel choices, tours/guides and restaurant recommendations were excellent. Overall, it was the trip of a lifetime, and the planning from start to finish exceeded our expectations.

Written June 17, 2023

Greece Family Trip of a Lifetime

Our family of 4 took an 8 day trip to Crete, Santorini and Athens… and we could not have done it without the planning, recommendations and assistance of Anthony and Antelope Travel. We gave Anthony our budget and a rough idea of what we wanted to do with our 2 kids (5 & 7) and he was able to create a trip of a lifetime. Whenever we needed a driver or some assistance, even a last minute restaurant recommendation Anthony and his team were readily available with great solutions. He really listens and can modify things to suit your particular needs. Everything was planned and went accordingly for us, including boarding passes to flights, ferries, booster seats in all vehicles, a private Greek mythology tour and tour of the Acropolis, winery tour and even a stunning catamaran ride in Santorini. We will 100% be recommending Antelope travel to all my friends and family. Thank you for such an incredible family vacation!

Written July 29, 2023

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