From Ancient Athens to Minoan Crete - The Aegean passage


In just a few days, 'From Ancient Athens to Minoan Crete - The Aegean Passage' encompasses millennia of history, providing an immersive experience that transcends time. Join us on this unforgettable expedition, where the echoes of ancient civilizations echo in the gentle Aegean breeze.

  • Duration
9 days/8 nights
  • Board Basis
Full board & Half Board
  • Group Size
For Groups & Individuals
  • Category

Arriving in Athens, we'll smoothly transfer you to your hotel in our comfortable vehicles. Our English-speaking assistant will be with you, ensuring your comfort and care throughout the journey.

In the afternoon, at the hotel, our representative will provide you with all the essential trip details. Get ready for an engaging presentation about the city, where you'll gain insights into its vibrant daily life. Feel free to ask questions and clear any doubts, setting the stage for a pleasant and hassle-free experience throughout your trip.

With the rest of the day at your leisure, embrace Athens at your own pace. Immerse yourself in the captivating sights, sounds, and flavors of this remarkable city.

Tip: Enhance your experience by easily extending your stay. Add more nights during the booking process! ( On request )

Start your day with a delicious breakfast. Then, we will embark on our panoramic tour of the Athenian Neoclassical Center.

We will visit iconic landmarks. Some are the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Gate of Hadrian, and the Panathenaic Stadium. Our knowledgeable English-speaking guide will provide fascinating insights into their history and significance.

We will also experience the breathtaking Acropolis and Acropolis Museum. The tour includes entrance fees.

Afterward, you can return to your hotel or explore the charming streets of Plaka at your own pace.

In the evening, we'll go on a walking tour through Anafiotika, Thissio, Monastiraki, and Plaka. We'll witness the capital's true beauty during the night.

Tip: Be sure to seize the opportunity to explore the delightful shops in Plaka. There, you'll find ceramics, musical instruments, and handmade jewelry. You can also delight in specialty food shops filled with olives and spices. There's something for everyone to discover!

Embark on an exciting journey as we transfer you to the Port of Piraeus. From there, you'll set sail on a ferry bound for the famous island of Mykonos. Bask in the perfect timing of the crossing, enjoying the sun-drenched deck and immersing yourself in the captivating shades of the Aegean Sea.

Mykonos, known as the "heap of stones" or the "rocky place," holds a rich history. According to legend, it was named after Mykonos, the heroic son of King Anius of Delos. As you arrive on this cosmopolitan island, our friendly English-speaking representative will warmly welcome you. They'll assist with your hotel transfer and introduce you to the enchanting charms of Mykonos.

The remainder of the day is yours to unwind and embrace the laid-back island lifestyle. Immerse yourself in the unhurried pace embraced by the locals, allowing yourself to truly relax and soak in the beauty of Mykonos.

BLUE WAYS Tip: For a swifter journey, consider selecting a fast ferry OR from our selected fleet of vesseles in a private sailing adventure, please το mention during your booking process.

Free day to spend a delightful time exploring the stunning island of Mykonos. Known as a favorite destination for the international "jet set," it offers a wealth of attractions including beautiful beaches, glamorous shops, and vibrant nightlife.

When it comes to food, Mykonos offers Mediterranean cuisine that incorporates fresh vegetables, flavorful olive oil, and a variety of aromatic spices such as oregano and basil. You can also indulge in delicious fish and seafood dishes.

We suggest you to visit the nearby historic island of Delos, just a short ferry ride away or on our Catamar saling boats on an afternoon romantic private cruise. According to Greek mythology, Delos is the legendary birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. This ancient island has been inhabited since 3000 BC and holds immense cultural significance from ancient times.

Tip: For an authentic experience, we suggest renting a car or motorcycle to explore the island, immerse yourself in local customs, and truly feel like a part of Mykonos. ( Please ask )

Start your day with a delicious breakfast, embracing the Greek way of life. Our private vehicle will pick you up at the agreed time to take you to the port.

Get ready to captivate as Santorini's port comes into view. The first revelation is the stunning capital city, Fira. You'll witness white houses perched on the cliffside, gazing at the volcano.

Once you arrive, our friendly English-speaking representative will welcome you warmly. Then, he'll escort you to your hotel. He'll also provide insights into the remarkable features of this picturesque island.

Take the rest of the day to wander through the charming narrow streets. Immerse yourself in the incredible Santorini.

Tip: Relax and savor one of the world's most beautiful sunsets from a coffee shop in the fashion town of Oia.

Free day to explore, at your own pace, the magical island of Santorini, considered to be the lost continent of Atlantis. Venetian Giacomo Barozzi gave the name of the island. He was inspired by the presence of a chapel dedicated to Saint Eirini.

Optionally, you can go on a dazzling sailboat tour that will take you over to the small islands of Santorini Caldera, Nea, and Palea Kameni, with the hot springs of green and yellow waters.

Blue Ways Tip: On this free day, we recommend exploring the island, tasting its wine and its excellent local cuisine. We cannot miss tasting the tomato keftedes (a kind of tomato balls), the fava dishes (a vegetable smaller than a pea), and the cheese called Chloro. Here is a catamaran cruise with wine tasting in Santorini you may want to take.

At the agreed time our staff will transfer you to the new port of Santorini, Athinios. There you will board the ferry to the largest island in Greece, Crete. More precisely, to the port of Heraklion.

The name "Heraklion" means "the glory of the goddess Hera". This city is the capital of Crete and one of the Mediterranean's most fascinating places.

It was the most important city of the Minoan civilization. King Minos and the ferocious Minotaur lived there, according to mythology. It is also here where the Palace of Knossos is located, the oldest palatial complex in Europe. 

Upon your arrival, we will meet you at the port and transfer you to your hotel.

Tip: Stroll through this picturesque town with its Venetian harbor. There, you'll find a busy shopping center. Here it is also the Venetian and Turkish fountains, scattered all around.

After a generous breakfast, you will have a free day to explore this incredible city. We suggest a leisurely stroll through the charming historical center and, of course, a visit to the extraordinary Palace of Knossos, home to the fabled King Minos and the ferocious Minotaur. 

There are many day trips we recommend in Heraklion, from private tours of Ancient Knossos and the Historical Museum to daily sailing and horse riding activities, our office representative will inform and advise you.

Tip: You can try dakos, paximadi (rusks) with chopped tomato, fresh cheese, herbs and olive oil placed on top

At the appointed time, our staff will transfer you to Heraklion Airport, where you will board your flight back to Athens.

In Athens, you will connect to your international flight, which should ideally depart after 12:30 hours.

Having spent a few fantastic days with Blue Ways Travel, we hope to see you again soon to create new and extraordinary moments that will be lovingly etched in your memory.

Have a nice trip! or as you may also say: "Kalo taksidi!"

Tip: At the street markets, you can buy olive oil, herbs, ceramics, jewelry, raki (anise-flavored alcohol), Cretan cheese, and local honey topped with walnuts and almonds.

What is included in this package

2-night accommodation in Athens
2-night accommodation in Mykonos
2-night accommodation in Santorini
2-night accommodation in Heraklion, Crete
Half-day sightseeing tour in Athens with official English-speaking guide
Visit to the Acropolis Museum with an official English-speaking guide
Evening walking tour through Monastiraki, Plaka and Anafiotika
Entrance fees to the archaeological sites as per description
Ferry ticket with numbered seats Piraeus - Mykonos ( OPTIONAL )
Ferry ticket with numbered seats Mykonos - Santorini ( OPTIONAL )
Ferry ticket with numbered seats Santorini - Heraklion ( OPTIONAL )
Air ticket Heraklion - Athens ( OPTIONAL )
All transfers as per itinerary
24/7 Emergency Phone Line
Daily breakfast

Not included & Optionals

Personal expenses, gratuities, and tourist city tax.
International air tickets.
Book more nights in Athens, Mykonos, Santorini and Heraklioni by clicking on "Customize your Program" or by clicking on "Additional nights" during step 1 of your booking.
Book a fast ferry or flight by clicking on "Customize your Program" or by clicking on "Customize your transportation" during step 1 of your booking.
Travel with absolute peace of mind by adding our cancellation and/or health insurance in step 1/3 of your booking.
Check our FAQ section for answers to your questions, including categorized accommodation options.

IMPORTANT: Your departure flight on the last day must depart after 12:30 PM.

Useful information about itinerary:

Kindly note that this program is indicative and it is possible that we may change the series of islands & tours in order to provide the best of our services to you without removing any of the tour bookings.

For the final program you will be informed 15 to 20 days before your arrival at the destination with an informative note from Blue Ways Travel.

Cancelation Policy:


30-15 days before arrival 50% charge.

14 days before arrival 100% charge.

Non show and Early departure reservations 100% charge


60-31 days before arrival 50% charge.

30-15 days before arrival 75% charge.

14 days before arrival 100% charge.

Deposit required : Yes 



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