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5 DESTINATIONS IN GREECE

ATHENS – CHANIA – RETHYMNO – HERAKLION – SANTORINI – ATHENS

8 DAYS

PREMIUM QUALITY BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER

LUXURY STAY IN 4-5 STAR HOTELS

6 PEOPLE MAX (MORE UPON REQUEST)

ENGLISH-SPEAKING CERTIFIED GUIDE

SEMI-PRIVATE & CHILD-FREE GROUPS (MINIMUM AGE 16)

AVAILABILITY

WEEKLY FROM MID-APRIL TO MID-OCTOBER

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to a magical trip to Greece! We take you by the hand and lead you into the joyful celebration of Greek life through exploring, adventuring, tasting, and sharing the hidden corners of this magnificent place.

Traveling in Greece does not only include amazing Greek food and wine, it also unwraps unique experiences that make you escape from your comfort zone, create lifetime memories, and broaden your horizons.

As we dive into the extremes of our home country, you will be embraced with an endless source of surprise and fascination. There is no doubt that Greece is much more than just the most beautiful country on earth. It is History, Culture, Nature, a brand new way of living!

As you unwind among its best-kept secrets, this heaven will ignite a sort of awakening and it will inspire and overwhelm you with passion for nature and life.

THE JOURNEY

Our tour of Amazing Aegean starts from Athens, the capital of Civilization and charming contradictions. We welcome you under the stars, with dramatic views of the Acropolis and a delicious Greek dinner. The next day, you have a life-changing experience with our in-depth private guided tour of Athens. The same evening you travel to unspoiled Crete by boat, gazing at the endless blue horizon and its incredible islet spots. You enjoy a romantic dinner on board and spend the night in luxury cabins.

Take your first Cretan breakfast at a traditional village with wonderful scenery. Get the most from a hands-on cooking class with local ingredients from the organic kitchen garden and taste your own dishes after having a unique guided visit and a real insight into a typical local house where a Cretan welcome awaits you with tales of Cretan past, present, and tradition. A short stop on the way at the wood workshop of Manolis, a must-meet Cretan. Follow the route from the beehive to the jar and taste the Cretan honey. Check in to one of the most exquisite hotels on the island and relax in its spacious swimming pool.

After your unique buffet breakfast at your luxury hotel, visit the oldest olive tree in the world which is estimated to be at least 4000 years old. Prepare to have your senses delightfully awakened as you take a stroll to discover the botanical gems of the island at the Botanical Park of Chania. Have lunch made with the freshest possible ingredients from the local garden before driving to the charming Venetian port of Chania. Visit the Aptera archaeological site which once was an important city-state of Crete, dating back as far as the 14th century BC. End your magical day in Rethymno, a city that combines the oriental features of the Ottoman period with Renaissance-style Venetian architecture.

Explore the narrow streets of the small Venetian harbor of Rethymno, filled with fishing boats and an impressive Venetian Fortress, and visit the small but mighty Archaeological Museum with its many treasures from different ancient Cretan eras. Enter the magic atmosphere of a Venetian mansion that dates back to the 1600s and offers local Cretan and Mediterranean delicacies to avid gastronomes. Have the chance to discover the secrets of the Greek liquid gold known as extra virgin olive oil and have a gastronomic experience with surprising Cretan dishes before you visit the Palace of Knossos, the capital of the legendary King Minos. The Palace of Knossos is a must-see, a testimony to the grandeur and refinement of Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations.

Catch the morning ferry and arrive at Santorini at noon, the Aegean’s gem. Discover the unique local grape varieties found there as you enjoy a winery tour and pairing at Santo Wines. Relax in the unparalleled luxury of your 5-star hotel which “appears” to be clinging to the steep hillside of Imerovigli and visit the most iconic place in Greece, Oia, where you will have a romantic dinner while watching the burnt orange sunset.

Drive to Akrotiri, the ruins of a city dating back to the 4th millennium BC, and have a private guided tour of the magnificent archaeological site. Continue with a visit to Megalochori, a traditional and quiet village of Santorini, and dive into a journey of a one-of-a-kind musical presentation that creates an interactive trip using mythological narration and fifteen hand-crafted wind and string instruments. Visit Fira, the main town of Santorini, and participate in a Greek Wedding, a unique musical designed for travelers who want to engage with the local culture in an entertaining way. As with all weddings, you will dive right into the mix of this life-changing ceremony and seamlessly become part of the story. While the customs are absolutely traditional rest assured that the experience is not!

Wave goodbye to the lost Atlantis, catch the ferry and have lunch on board. End your tour in the center of Athens. Private transfer to the airport upon request.

PERSONAL MANAGER
CERTIFIED GUIDE
LUXURY HOTELS
FULL BOARD DAILY
WINE TASTING
COOKING LESSONS
PRIVATE MINIVAN
PRIVATE TOURS
MUSEUM TICKETS
TRAVEL INSURANCE
CREDIT & BANK FEES

Off-the-beaten-track itinerary

Walk through history with our private guided tours

Taste and learn about the delicious Cretan cuisine

Catch one of the best sunsets in the world in Oia

Visit the Palace of Knossos, the capital of the legendary King Minos

Level 1: Flat route and leisurely walks

Level 2: Well-established footpaths and a few short hilly sections

Level 3: Uneven rural paths and a few sections over rough ground

A detailed description of each day’s pace level can be found under our weekly plan.

OUR WEEKLY PLAN

(Friday) - ATHENS

Pace level: 1

(Saturday) - ATHENS

Pace level: 3

(Sunday) - CHANIA

Pace level: 2

(Monday) - RETHYMNO

Pace level: 3

(Tuesday) - HERAKLION

Pace level: 2

(Wednesday) - SANTORINI

Pace level: 2

(Thursday) - SANTORINI

Pace level: 2

(Friday) - ATHENS

Pace level: 1

TOUR INFORMATION

Traveling with children

We always keep a calm atmosphere so that all people within the group can relax and learn from the useful information provided by the tour guide, therefore we have an age requirement: 16 and above. This is also the policy of some of the hotels we stay in. In case you travel with children, tailor-made trips can be planned for your group. Please send us your request.

Traveling with pets

No pets allowed.

Traveling solo

All rooms provided are twins, double, or triple and the tour price is room-based with a minimum of 2 people per room. For solo travelers, there is a single supplement of €1500.

Traveling in a group

All rooms provided are twins, double, or triple and the tour price is room-based with a minimum of 2 people per room. In case you are three people, it is advisable to book a triple room. If you are a family of more than three people, you will be placed in one of the above room types or you will have the possibility to be upgraded to a family suite, depending on each hotel’s or ship’s availability. Please send us your request by the time of booking.

Physical Demands

While this isn’t a rigorous trip and time to relax is incorporated into the itinerary, please understand that it is an active trip and involves a lot of walking. If you have mobility issues or concerns, please check with us ahead of booking to determine if this trip is right for you. A detailed description of each day’s pace level can be found under our weekly plan.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is not allowed inside our vehicles, the archaeological sites, museums, and restaurants we visit. Generally, it is also not allowed on hotel premises but you can smoke on your balcony.

Payment Methods

Kindly note that we offer three payment methods: online payments, bank transfers, and payment links. A tailor-made payment plan (number of installments, due dates, etc) can be arranged after communicating with PICTOURS OF GREECE.

  • If you wish to make an online payment, please note that we accept VISA, MASTERCARD, and MAESTRO cards.
  • If you wish to pay by bank transfer, you will have the option to submit the payment receipt from your bank on your dashboard page. Please wait for the verification process after submitting the receipt. Your booking will be automatically canceled if the payment is not processed within 7 days.

PICTOURS OF GREECE does not charge any additional fees for using VISA, MASTERCARD, or MAESTRO cards, or when you choose to pay by bank transfer for our tours. Therefore for bank transfers feel free to choose BEN (beneficiary).

For more information about payments, deadlines, and cancellation fees please see our Terms & Conditions.

Cancellation Policy

In case you decide to cancel or change your booking in any way (your chosen departure date, passenger’s name, etc), please note that a fee will be payable unless your request is sent 30 days prior to departure. Any request must be made in writing.

Days prior to Departure / Fee as per % of the paid amount

>30 0%

30 and =<21 20%

21 and =<14 30%

14 and =<7 40%

>7 and =<1 50%

Non-show 100%

For more information about payments, deadlines, and cancellation fees please see our Terms & Conditions.

Travel Insurance

All our packages are covered by a Travel Insurance program that includes covers for common situations such as trip cancellation, travel delays, or the loss/delay of luggage and/or documents, as well as 24/7 medical assistance providing help in case of any emergency during the trip.

Hygiene Measures

Our vehicles are thoroughly sanitized before the start of each tour and we will be cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces daily. Furthermore, we offer hand sanitizer throughout the whole tour. All our accommodation and restaurant partners follow hygiene protocols, appropriate physical distancing of tables, in the lobby, and other public areas. All museums and sites we will visit during the tour fully comply with the hygiene standards.

COVID-19 Information

All our employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For the safety of our customers, each participant should be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before the start of the tour. You will be requested to present your vaccination certificate upon your arrival.

Visa Information

A Greece tourist visa is required in some cases depending on your country of origin. Please check at https://greece.visahq.com/

Currency Information

The EURO (€) is the official currency of Greece as part of the European Union.

Dietary Requirements

Our tours focus on authentic local Greek food which is one of the main aspects of the total experience offered. However, in case some of our clients have special food requirements we can provide vegetarian meals. Please feel free to ask us any questions you may have about food, we shall do our best to please you.

Weather

Before you pack for the trip please check the average weather conditions and bring the appropriate clothing with you.

What you Should Bring

Here is a rundown of what items you may want to pack:

Lightweight clothing that can be layered

Long-sleeved shirts

Sweaters or fleece jacket

Comfortable walking shoes

Hat or sun visor

Electric converters and adapters. In Greece, the power sockets are of type C and F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Please note that a raincoat or an umbrella will be offered to each participant in case of rain.

Arrival Information

When you book your flight tickets to Athens, please keep in mind that this tour starts on Friday at 7 pm in the lobby of the Royal Olympic Hotel (Athanasiou Diakou 28, Athina 117 43) with our welcome meeting followed by your first Greek dining experience. The check-in opens at 3 pm but if you arrive earlier you will be able to leave your luggage in the storage room of the hotel  – the front desk receptionist will assist you. Early check-in before 3 pm is subject to the hotel’s availability.

Should you experience any arrival complications please call our emergency number: 0030 6972026519 (24/7).

Departure Information

When you book your flight tickets back to your country please keep in mind that this tour ends on Friday at 9 pm once we return to Athens. Since you need at least one hour and a half to reach the international airport of Athens, it is advisable to book your return flight after 11 pm or arrange to stay one more night in Athens. Should you need any hotel recommendations, please feel free to contact us.

Transfer from/to the airport

Kindly note that you always have the option to add our extra service of a private transfer from the airport to your hotel in Athens, or vice versa. If you do so, please add a note with your flight schedule and the code of your flight when you book one of our trip packages or send us an email at least two days before your arrival. Our private driver will be waiting for you at the exit of the airport, holding a placard with our company’s logo and your name on it.

Accommodation

In Athens, our guests stay for one night in the Royal Olympic Hotel, a modern 5-star hotel located in the heart of the city with unique views of the Acropolis. During the boat trip from Piraeus to Chania, you stay in private en-suite double cabins. During the boat trip from Heraklion to Santorini and from Santorini to Piraeus, we offer business class seats, as the length of the trip is short and there is no cabin option on board. In Crete and Santorini, you stay in 4 or 5-star hotels with unparalleled services and amenities, offering a unique experience for the well-traveled.

Luggage

For reasons of travel flexibility, it would be advisable that your luggage pieces may not be large as we often change destinations.

Meals

A traditional Greek breakfast made with local products is offered daily at your hotel. Lunch and dinner made of traditional Greek recipes are offered daily at high-end restaurants or in wineries and hotels privately. For more information, please see the daily description of our journeys. Although all our menus are plenty, extra dishes can be obtained at your own extra cost. Drinks are not included.

Transportation

For our group’s transportation, we have the most modern fleet of minivans. Highly experienced staff perpetuates commitment to quality of service and safety in transportation. All minivans are fully air-conditioned, feature comfortable seats, and have large panoramic windows.

Guide

The guide is English-speaking and certified to offer private tours in museums and archaeological sites. The guide has excellent knowledge of Ancient and Modern Greek history and stays with the group throughout the whole trip.

For tailor-made trips, you can request a guide speaking in your language.

Museum Tickets

All museum tickets are included in our trip packages.

Communication

During our introduction meeting, we will set up a WhatsApp group to send important updates if necessary and to facilitate communication among group members and tour leaders during the trip.

Group Size

The maximum group size is 6 people and the minimum is 2. If you wish to run the tour as private, or if you are a bigger group of people, please send us a request.

Safety and Medical Information

Our staff will have a first aid kit and medical information for each participant. We take every reasonable precaution to ensure the health and safety of all participants. Emergencies will be handled with due urgency and care. Of course, an emergency may incur additional costs to the participant which are beyond our control.

Reviews

You can leave us a review describing your personal experience after completing one of our trip packages, only by login to your account, to protect our website against fake reviews.

Tipping Information

If you are pleased with our services you can tip your tour guide and your manager separately at the end of the trip.

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Barbara (USA)

Solo Traveller

Very knowledge tour guide who assures the best accommodations, finds the most delicious foods and restaurants that are often not known to most, and hires the best guides. George’s planning is exceptional. I have never experienced this level of excellence on a tour. I traveled alone but did meet up with others unknown to me on the tour. George demands the highest level of service from himself and others. He also made adjustments to the schedule based on requests when possible.

June 8, 2023

Cindy (USA)

Solo Traveller

This trip was worth every cent! George is a true professional, who manages the experience to a level of detail which makes the trip run so smoothly. His pre-trip communication was timely and informative. He runs a very ethical business, and it is apparent he is well-known through out the tour destinations. He secured the best of hotels and restaurants for our two week tour of Greece, including the mainland, Crete, and Santorini. All events and tour stops, ran on time; we never waited for a bus as George had the timing of all activities scheduled to the minute. We had the right blend of scheduled activities, balanced with unscheduled free time. I can’t say enough about this experience. You will not be disappointed traveling with George of Pictours of Greece.

May 3, 2023

MaryAnne G (USA)

Solo Traveller

George, thank you very much for the excellent tour! All the details were expertly arranged and were perfect. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and you made traveling easy. Hope to see you soon.

October 2, 2021

Eric & Jia (USA)

Couple Traveller

5 star experience for the “Amazing Aegean” tour. Some reasons why we booked, and how the experience exceeded our expectations: 1. Small group. We were seeking a small intimate setting that would allow us to enjoy each destination and setting without feeling like we were part of a “tour” being in a herd of people. Especially during Covid, we wanted to feel safe. Our small group size was ideal and it was so easy to get around. 2. Seamless Organization. We wanted an “all inclusive” type tour where we could both enjoy our trip without having to worry about all the logistics of how to get from place to place, booking tickets, researching the best hotels, activities, etc. George handled everything from the moment we landed. He arranged a car to drive us from the airport to the hotel, handled all the hotel reservations and the check in process was quick and easy at each destination. At no point were we waiting in long lines or wasting time with paperwork etc as everything was pre-arranged. Everything was seamless. George is an expert and has great connections everywhere so we were treated to the best private experiences and seats wherever we went. 3. Thoughtful Itinerary. Each day was thoughtfully planned so that we got the most out of our experience. We saw historic sites, beautiful views, went to off the beaten path and non-touristy destinations. Heavier walking days were followed by more leisurely activities the following day, so that we always comfortable and rested. I cannot pick what was the highlight of the tour as there was such great variety in our activities and sights… each day was amazing. 4. Dining/Food. George is a foodie and took us to the best restaurants. We tried a wide variety of the best greek dishes from local dishes, to gourmet. Most nights our dinners were accompanied by fantastic views. Delicious desserts 🙂 5. The Guide. If you are lucky enough to have Babis as your guide, you will know your experience will be unmatched. He is a wealth of knowledge and gave the us best lessons in greek history, mythology, & culture. There is nothing he doesn’t know!! He was so professional, friendly, passionate, and so knowledgable in every subject! He is completely fluent in Greek & English and honestly, his english vocabulary is probably more extensive than mine hah! He is just excellent! 6. Attention to detail. The smaller things George did to make sure our experience was comfortable was greatly appreciated. He tidied up the car each night so that each day began fresh with a clean van and a new water bottle on our seats. He brought the van on the ferry to the different islands and travel was so convenient. Roads in Greece are narrow and especially in Santorini, the terrain in difficult to drive but George is an excellent and safe driver. Our trip was an unforgettable and treasured experience. Although George and Babis have done these tours numerous times, their passion and excitement taking us to each destination made our whole trip! We already look forward to our next booking with PicTours of Greece so we can see our new friends again 🙂

October 1, 2021