Wellness in Crete & Santorini

Main destination Greece 9 Day Tour

Crete – Santorini Crete – Santorini Crete – Santorini Crete – Santorini Crete – Santorini Crete – Santorini Crete – Santorini
Wellness in Crete & Santorini
Welcome to Greece where you will experience two of the most vibrant islands in the Mediterranean. This 9-day journey will start in Crete, Greece’s largest island with over 160 miles of beaches and end in the iconic island of Santorini! Enjoy cooking lessons that showcase some of the most authentic meze dishes while you take in these remarkable coastlines. In addition to hiking on both islands, you will have a chance to learn about the history in Greece while visiting the archeological site of Knossos and Akrotiri.

Hotels:

  • Paralos Lifestyle Beach, Heraklion 
  • Hotel Splendour Resort, Santorini

Included:

Meals:
  • 8 Breakfasts
  • 1 Meze Light Lunch
  • 6 Dinners
Activities:
  • Visit Heraklion Archaeological Museum & Knossos
  • Visit the prehistoric city of Akrotiri in Santorini
  • Catamaran Cruise including snorkeling equipment, fruits and drinks
  • Hike the Imbros Gorge
  • Wine tour and tasting at Venetsanos Winery
  • Hands on cooking lesson
Other Services:
  • One round-trip group airport transfer privately in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Transportation privately in an air-conditioned vehicle during the tours mentioned on the program
  • English-Speaking guide service during the mentioned program
  • Official English-Speaking guide service during the archaeological sites
  • Entrance fees, Road tolls, Taxes, VAT
  • Domestic ferry rides, ferry taxes and fees

Not Included:

  • Tips for porters, guide and driver- the value of the tip is up to the client
  • All other services not mentioned as included
  • Personal expenses
  • International airfare throughout the program
  • International airport taxes, airport porter and extra baggage
  • Hotel early check-in and late check-out
  • Drinks or personal expenses or entrance fees for any extra sightseeing or optional activities
  • Travel insurance

Notes:

  • Flights to arrive into Heraklion International Airport and depart from Santorini (Thira) International Airport
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Day 1

Arrival In Heraklion

Welcome to Greece! Your journey will start in Crete, the largest and most populous of the 230 inhabited Greek islands. Upon arrival at Heraklion International Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel in the city center. Spend the afternoon walking around the old city's medieval streets with architecture representing the island's Venetian past. Highlights include the elegant arches of the Loggia, now in use as the town hall, and the Koules Venetian fortress along the harbor walls.
From here, you can take a break in a traditional café and taste our famous pastry “Bougatsa” at Kirkor Wor, then head to the more modern boutique shops on Daedalou Street.
Finish the first day with dinner at Peskesi, a traditional local Cretan restaurant.
Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Paralos Lifestyle Beach


Heraklion
Day 2

Explore Heraklion

After a wellness activity and breakfast at your hotel, you’ll start the day by visiting Heraklion’s Archaeological Museum with one of the largest collections of Minoan artifacts in the world. This is an excellent crash course for the next stop located just outside of town: the 3,500-year-old Minoan palace of Knossos, a sprawling maze of royal chambers, grand staircases, storerooms, and workshops. This evocative Bronze Age site is believed to be Europe’s oldest city. A professional English-speaking guide will escort you on these visits.
From here, you'll head toward Heraklion's surrounding vineyards, where locals believe wine has been produced for several centuries. You'll then make your way to the traditional village of Archanes for free time to explore the town on your own. In the evening, we will make our way to the local traditional taverna, Spitko.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Paralos Lifestyle Beach

Heraklion
Day 3

Cooking Class

After a wellness activity, breakfast and morning in Heraklion, you will be transferred to a traditional Cretan Village for a local and authentic cooking lesson. Learn about the local ingredients and recipes as you sample your cuisine. After the cooking lesson, you will have meze at Arolithos.
Transfer back to the hotel for relaxation on property or spend a few hours at the beach. Later in the evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel. 
Meals: Breakfast, Light Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Paralos Lifestyle Beach
Greek Salad
Day 4

Hike Imbros Gorge

Get ready for a beautiful hike in Crete! After breakfast and a wellness activity, you’ll head to Imbros Gorge, located in the countryside of western Crete. The canyon is one of the most popular gorges for hikers on the island, attracting both locals and tourists throughout the year. 
Enjoy the breathtaking scenery on this 6.83-mile trail as you scope out the rocky views. Be sure to keep an eye out for the many bird species that call this area home! Return to the hotel and enjoy dinner on the property. 
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Paralos Lifestyle Beach
Crete
Day 5

Catamaran Cruise

Start your day off with a morning wellness activity and leisurely breakfast while enjoying the ocean view on the horizon. Later, transfer to the small fishing village of Bali. Upon arrival, board a 3-hour catamaran cruise to take in a fresh perspective of the island. The beautiful coastline and majestic shades of blue waters will leave you awestruck as you take in the cool ocean breeze. Enjoy drinks and fruits on the boat in addition to snorkeling equipment.
Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure with dinner on the property. 
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Paralos Lifestyle Beach
Crete
Day 6

Ferry From Crete To Santorini

After an early breakfast in Crete, you'll head to the port to catch a morning ferry to Santorini. Nothing says “good morning” like watching the sun coming up over the island's iconic cubic architecture. Upon arrival, drop you luggage off at the hotel and take in the island's iconic caldera, the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in history, rising above you. After lunch at your leisure, return to the hotel for check-in at 3PM.
Later in the day, you'll transfer to the buzzing island capital of Fira where you'll start a hike around the rim of the famous caldera to picturesque Oia, passing white stone houses and stunning views along the way. Linger on Oia's artsy streets until evening for the best sunset views on the island where you can enjoy dinner on your own. 
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Splendour Resort
Splendor
Day 7

Akrotiri Archaeological Site

After a leisurely breakfast and wellness activity, you'll visit the prehistoric city at Akrotiri, hidden away at the southern tip of Santorini. These ruins are the site of the Bronze Age’s most advanced settlements, which prospered for centuries before being destroyed by a great volcanic eruption in the mid-second millennium BC. You'll have the morning to explore its streets alongside a local guide who will share its stories.
Spend the afternoon and evening at leisure, where you can relax at the pool or shop the narrow streets of Fira nearby. 
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Splendour Resort
Crete
Day 8

Venetsanos Winery

Today, you'll enjoy a morning at leisure after your wellness activity to relax and explore the town of Fira. Later on, your bus will wait to transfer you to the Venetsanos Winery for a wine-tasting tour. After learning about the volcanic wine production, enjoy a tasting as you soak up the panoramic view of Santorini before you head back to your hotel.
Late in the evening, wrap up your Greek island adventure in Fira, with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant overlooking the island's caldera as you take in your last postcard image sunset. 
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Splendour Resort
Wine
Day 9

Depart Santorini

It's time to say farewell to Greece! Today, you'll savor one more breakfast and wellness activity in Santorini before your transfer to the airport for your flight home. 
Meals: Breakfast
Santorini

The activity Level for this tour is:

Demanding - Multiple high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities throughout the program, but accessible to most healthy travelers. Some training and/or frequent exercise recommended prior to travel.

Day 7
In the afternoon, head to the beach for a sea kayaking tour on the lesser-known south side of the island. Get a new perspective on the shores while you paddle past the Red and White beaches, named for their distinctly colored sands, with plenty of time to stop for swimming and snorkeling in the Aegean's clear water. Return to the hotel in the evening.
Wellness in Crete & Santorini Suplemental Option

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival In Heraklion

Welcome to Greece! Your journey will start in Crete, the largest and most populous of the 230 inhabited Greek islands. Upon arrival at Heraklion International Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel in the city center. Spend the afternoon walking around the old city's medieval streets with architecture representing the island's Venetian past. Highlights include the elegant arches of the Loggia, now in use as the town hall, and the Koules Venetian fortress along the harbor walls.
From here, you can take a break in a traditional café and taste our famous pastry “Bougatsa” at Kirkor Wor, then head to the more modern boutique shops on Daedalou Street.
Finish the first day with dinner at Peskesi, a traditional local Cretan restaurant.
Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Paralos Lifestyle Beach


Heraklion
Day 2

Explore Heraklion

After a wellness activity and breakfast at your hotel, you’ll start the day by visiting Heraklion’s Archaeological Museum with one of the largest collections of Minoan artifacts in the world. This is an excellent crash course for the next stop located just outside of town: the 3,500-year-old Minoan palace of Knossos, a sprawling maze of royal chambers, grand staircases, storerooms, and workshops. This evocative Bronze Age site is believed to be Europe’s oldest city. A professional English-speaking guide will escort you on these visits.
From here, you'll head toward Heraklion's surrounding vineyards, where locals believe wine has been produced for several centuries. You'll then make your way to the traditional village of Archanes for free time to explore the town on your own. In the evening, we will make our way to the local traditional taverna, Spitko.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Paralos Lifestyle Beach

Heraklion
Day 3

Cooking Class

After a wellness activity, breakfast and morning in Heraklion, you will be transferred to a traditional Cretan Village for a local and authentic cooking lesson. Learn about the local ingredients and recipes as you sample your cuisine. After the cooking lesson, you will have meze at Arolithos.
Transfer back to the hotel for relaxation on property or spend a few hours at the beach. Later in the evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel. 
Meals: Breakfast, Light Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Paralos Lifestyle Beach
Greek Salad
Day 4

Hike Imbros Gorge

Get ready for a beautiful hike in Crete! After breakfast and a wellness activity, you’ll head to Imbros Gorge, located in the countryside of western Crete. The canyon is one of the most popular gorges for hikers on the island, attracting both locals and tourists throughout the year. 
Enjoy the breathtaking scenery on this 6.83-mile trail as you scope out the rocky views. Be sure to keep an eye out for the many bird species that call this area home! Return to the hotel and enjoy dinner on the property. 
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Paralos Lifestyle Beach
Crete
Day 5

Catamaran Cruise

Start your day off with a morning wellness activity and leisurely breakfast while enjoying the ocean view on the horizon. Later, transfer to the small fishing village of Bali. Upon arrival, board a 3-hour catamaran cruise to take in a fresh perspective of the island. The beautiful coastline and majestic shades of blue waters will leave you awestruck as you take in the cool ocean breeze. Enjoy drinks and fruits on the boat in addition to snorkeling equipment.
Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure with dinner on the property. 
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Paralos Lifestyle Beach
Crete
Day 6

Ferry From Crete To Santorini

After an early breakfast in Crete, you'll head to the port to catch a morning ferry to Santorini. Nothing says “good morning” like watching the sun coming up over the island's iconic cubic architecture. Upon arrival, drop you luggage off at the hotel and take in the island's iconic caldera, the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in history, rising above you. After lunch at your leisure, return to the hotel for check-in at 3PM.
Later in the day, you'll transfer to the buzzing island capital of Fira where you'll start a hike around the rim of the famous caldera to picturesque Oia, passing white stone houses and stunning views along the way. Linger on Oia's artsy streets until evening for the best sunset views on the island where you can enjoy dinner on your own. 
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Splendour Resort
Splendor
Day 7

Akrotiri Archaeological Site

After a leisurely breakfast and wellness activity, you'll visit the prehistoric city at Akrotiri, hidden away at the southern tip of Santorini. These ruins are the site of the Bronze Age’s most advanced settlements, which prospered for centuries before being destroyed by a great volcanic eruption in the mid-second millennium BC. You'll have the morning to explore its streets alongside a local guide who will share its stories.
Spend the afternoon and evening at leisure, where you can relax at the pool or shop the narrow streets of Fira nearby. 
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Splendour Resort
Crete
Day 8

Venetsanos Winery

Today, you'll enjoy a morning at leisure after your wellness activity to relax and explore the town of Fira. Later on, your bus will wait to transfer you to the Venetsanos Winery for a wine-tasting tour. After learning about the volcanic wine production, enjoy a tasting as you soak up the panoramic view of Santorini before you head back to your hotel.
Late in the evening, wrap up your Greek island adventure in Fira, with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant overlooking the island's caldera as you take in your last postcard image sunset. 
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Splendour Resort
Wine
Day 9

Depart Santorini

It's time to say farewell to Greece! Today, you'll savor one more breakfast and wellness activity in Santorini before your transfer to the airport for your flight home. 
Meals: Breakfast
Santorini

The activity Level for this tour is:

Demanding - Multiple high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities throughout the program, but accessible to most healthy travelers. Some training and/or frequent exercise recommended prior to travel.

Supplemental Options:

Wellness in Crete & Santorini Suplemental Option

Day 7
In the afternoon, head to the beach for a sea kayaking tour on the lesser-known south side of the island. Get a new perspective on the shores while you paddle past the Red and White beaches, named for their distinctly colored sands, with plenty of time to stop for swimming and snorkeling in the Aegean's clear water. Return to the hotel in the evening.
Wellness in Crete & Santorini Suplemental Option
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