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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.

Fantastic, beautifully organized trip to Greece

Anthony with Antelope was simply fantastic. He started by understanding the kind of vacation we wanted and then put together an itinerary that was just perfect for our needs. He was extremely responsive and worked hard to ensure that everything went off without a hitch. From the sunset Catamaran cruise and the excellent food tour with Dino in Santorini to the 3-day classical tour through mainland Greece and walking tour of Athens, every detail was well-planned and exceeded our expectations. Thank you for such a fantastic vacation! I would recommend Anthony and Antelope travel without hesitation.

Written June 19, 2023

Trip of a Lifetime!

We had a wonderful family trip to Athens and Santorini. We could not have done it without the expertise of our travel agent Anthony Alagiah and the fantastic tour guides and drivers arranged through Anthony. He spoke to us months before our trip to find out exactly what we wanted. He sent us spot on suggesstions for tours and hotels. In Athens we were met by a great driver, Yianis, who was our driver for our time in Athens. He was extremely friendly and welcoming and we felt confortable travelling through Athens with him behind the wheel! The tours we did included the Walking Food Tour in Athens (highly recommend), 3 island cruise, private tours of Delphi, Cape Sounion and the Acroplis. Our hotel in Athens, the Athens Lodge, was centrally located, very clean, had a great breakfast and very friendly staff! In Santorini we were met by a welcoming tour guide and driver and our hotel (Hotel Santorini) was stunning! We did two tours in Santorini, the catamaran sunset cruise and the 5 hour hike through Santorini. The catamaran sunset cruise had delicious food, great saling and a brethtaking sunset! The hike was probably the best tour we took as we saw so much of Santorini, with lots of breaks for water and snacks. We couldn't have had a more remarkable, perfect family vacation! We highly recommend Anthony and Antelope Travel because their service made our vacation the trip of a lifetime!

Written July 30, 2023

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