Journey into the cradle of Western civilization for an odyssey through some of the most famous historic sites in the world. From ancient fortresses atop stark cliffs overlooking the deep azure of the Aegean Sea to quaint villages with whitewashed houses nestled in the verdant hills, Adventures by Disney will show you the timeless beauty that is Greece.
Day 1: Athens
Arrive in Athens Kalòs orisate! Welcome to Athens International Airport. An Adventures by Disney representative will greet you to assist with your luggage and assure a smooth transfer to your hotel. Hotel Athenaeum InterContinental Stretch your legs after your flight as your Adventure Guides check you in to this contemporary hotel, which boasts spacious rooms and a sophisticated décor. Lunch On Your Own If you arrive in the morning, feel free to indulge in one of the hotel restaurants for lunch or ask your Adventure Guides for recommendations for your first Greek meal. Welcome Reception and Dinner Gather with your fellow Adventurers for a private welcome reception and dinner at the hotel's restaurant, Cafzoe.
Day 2: Athens
Panathenaic Stadium and Junior Adventurer Mini-Marathon Kalimera (Good Morning)! After breakfast at the hotel, take a guided tour of the Panathenaic Stadium. Built entirely from white marble on the remains of an ancient Greek stadium, the Panathenaic hosted the first modern Olympic games in 1896. Learn about its fascinating history and take advantage of the dramatic photo opportunities it provides. Junior Adventurers can compete in a mini-marathon to win a prize fit for an ancient Olympian! The Acropolis of Athens Be awed by the majesty of the restored buildings that compose the famous Acropolis, located on a flat rock overlooking Athens. Enjoy breathtaking views from the temple dedicated to the goddess Athena. Learn from an expert guide about the history of this citadel which is home to some of Greece's most famous monuments, including the Parthenon. Decorated with spectacular sculptures throughout, the Acropolis is a testimony to the greatness of Ancient Greece. AFTERNOON AND LUNCH ON YOUR OWN Descend from the Acropolis into the Plaka neighborhood for a delectable lunch on your own. Take the rest of the afternoon to amble through Plaka's winding streets as they pass under red-tiled roofs, quaint balconies and fragrant jasmine blossoms. Museums, monuments and a plethora of shops are just some of the delights that await you. Feel free to ask your Adventure Guides for recommendations. Welcome Dinner Celebrate your arrival in Greece in the heart of the Plaka at a memorable dinner in a traditional taverna, complete with entertainment. Savor traditional Greek cuisine, such as souvlaki and stuffed grape leaves served with divine local wines as you are surrounded by intoxicating scenery. Join the fun when the circle starts and try your step at Greek dancing!
Day 3: Athens
Delphi Fuel up at the hotel on a hearty breakfast before embarking on a coach ride to mystical Delphi. At the foot of Mount Parnassus, explore the Temple of Apollo, as well as its theater and stadium. Your Adventure Guide regales you with the legend and lore of this enigmatic site, where commoners and kings came to ask the oracle questions about their fates. As you experience the captivating landscape, learn why so many gods of Greek mythology called this earthly retreat home. Visit to the Delphi Archaeological Museum Join your Adventure Guides for an optional visit to the Delphi Museum. Discover the treasures of ancient Greece in this extraordinary collection that features Hellenistic sculptures, pediments from the Temple of Apollo and the famed bronze Charioteer of Delphi. Lunch at Patrikomas Gather for lunch with your fellow Adventurers at Patrikomas, a 19th-century stone building that houses a cozy, family-run eatery overlooking the Gulf of Corinth. Dine outside under a pergola dripping with leafy vines as you relish the hearty mountain fare, such as the classic dish of moussaka, for which Greece is so famous. Dinner On Your Own Return to Athens in time for your evening meal. Visit the Hospitality Desk and ask your Adventure Guides to make recommendations for where you and your family can have the perfect Greek feast.
Day 4: Santorini
Santorini After breakfast at the hotel, depart by plane for sunny Santorini! Spectacular seascapes embrace this island made famous by the books of Jules Verne and speculation of its ties to mythical Atlantis. Created by a volcanic explosion, this stunning island features colossal slopes that cascade into the sparkling blue waters of the Aegean Sea. Wine Tasting and Lunch at Volcan Winery Adults indulge in a delicious wine tasting event as Junior Adventurers get into grape stomping at the Volcan Winery, where vineyards have been tended for thousands of years. Sit down with your fellow Adventurers and enjoy a private lunch made with fresh local ingredients. After lunch, wind your way down into the whimsical underground wine museum to hear stories about wine making and the owner's family history. Visit to Fira En route to your next hotel, enjoy a stop in the town of Fira. Meander down charming cobblestone streets lined with shops and cafés. And take in a view of the caldera—a large depression in the ground resulting from the collapse of the volcano that formed this area. Relax in the Resort Settle into the sumptuous surroundings of Vedema Resort. This upscale hotel boasts numerous amenities, including a private beach, sparkling swimming pool and Jacuzzi, world-class spa, state-of-the-art fitness center and stellar dining choices. Dinner at Kallisti Taverna Relish dining at this charming restaurant in the mountain village of Pyrgos. Each meal is made from fresh, local products and personally prepared by the owner-chef, whose passion for Greek cooking is evidenced by the quality of every sumptuous dish.
Day 5: Santorini
Breakfast at the Resort Begin your day with a tasty breakfast and get ready for some fun in the sun. Santorini Fun in the Sun Venture out on a private boat that's chartered for the entire day. Begin by crossing the azure waters of Santorini's underwater caldera to explore the volcanic island of Nea Kameni—one of 2 black lava islets located at the center of the basin. Volcano Hike Marvel at the lunar landscape as you embark on a "lava walk" up to the volcano's rim, which provides an extraordinary view of the Aegean Sea below. Your Adventure Guide describes the geology as well as the mythology of how Santorini was formed. Swim in the Sea & Take a Dip in the Natural Springs After the lava walk, you'll cool down with a dive into the sea for a refreshing swim before taking a splash in the natural springs to enjoy their therapeutic effects. Lunch at Captain John's Taverna in Thirasia Relax after the swim as we motor to the nearby fishing village of Thirasia. Soak up the magnificent seascapes as you dine on the water's edge at this family-run taverna. On Your Own Time in Oia Return by boat to Santorini where a mini-bus will take you to the main square of Oia. This picturesque, whitewashed town is terraced down the steep bluffs of the caldera. More energetic Guests may opt to hike up the cliff-side stairs for more fantastic views. Dinner On Your Own Return to the hotel and venture out onto the most celebrated island of Greece for a delicious Mediterranean meal.
Day 6: Crete
Leisurely Morning Enjoy a relaxing breakfast at the hotel and spend the morning as you wish. The Archaeological Site of Akrotiri Explore the mysterious ruins of this "Minoan Pompeii" where some 16 centuries ago the volcano under Santorini erupted, carving the island into a crescent. At the museum, examine the eye-catching murals, artifacts and models of everyday life from this lost civilization. Kamari Beach On Your Own Feel the stunning black sands of Kamari Beach beneath your feet during this leisurely excursion. Watch the sunlight play on the Aegean as you walk along the shore or stretch out for a glorious rest as he breeze teases umbrella flaps and cypress trees alike. Choose from one of the many seaside tavernas for a relaxing lunch on your own. Unwind at the Hotel After lunch, return to Vedema Resort for a bit of recreation and relaxation. Spend some time at the pool, nestled in the lush gardens of the hotel's grounds. High-Speed Ferry to Crete Head for the rustic island of Crete in business-class seats on a high-speed ferry. Enjoy a tasty boxed dinner to eat on the way. Porto Elounda Resort Arrive that evening at Porto Elounda Resort. As your Adventure Guides check you in, soak up the sumptuous dcor of this world-class resort and its extraordinary setting.
Day 7: Crete
Spinalonga Fortress Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel, then take off on a private boat to Spinalonga. Disembark for a privately guided walking tour to learn about the haunting history of the island as you ponder the ruins of this "medieval ghost town." Upon returning back to Elounda Port, brave the water with some sea kayaking along the shore! Lunch On Your Own Journey to the nearby fishing village of Plaka for lunch. Be sure to tap your Adventure Guides for restaurant recommendations! Relax at the Resort Spend the afternoon at the resort indulging in its many delightful amenities. Feel tensions melt away with a treatment from the Six Senses Spa* or play a round of golf*. Splash in the Aegean at the sandy private beach or the refreshing swimming pool. Or sip a cocktail at one of the many lounges. Private Junior Adventurers Dinner & Adult Dinner at the Resort Kids dine in a private room while adults choose from several outstanding resort restaurants and á la carte menus. If you need help choosing a restaurant, ask your Adventure Guide for a recommendation. Disney Movie Night After dinner, settle down for the evening in a private room to view a Disney Movie with snacks and drinks. *Available at an additional cost.
Day 8: Crete
Palace of Knossos Enjoy a resort breakfast before boarding the coach to see the Palace of Knossos. Woven into the myths of Icarus, King Minos, heroic Theseus and the Minotaur, this extraordinary palace still stands after millennia of wars, foreign invasions, earthquakes and volcanic explosions. Join your Adventure Guides for a privately guided visit to the site. Enjoy a Private Lunch in Arolithos & Learn Tsaziki-Making At a private lunch served outdoors under a vine-laden trellis, learn how to make tsaziki, a spicy yogurt and cucumber dip. On Your Own in Arolithos Discover the ancient ways of Crete in Arolithos, a village created to preserve the traditions of the island, and admire the displays of artwork, weaving, mosaics and costume. Make Your Own Komboli The kombolói ("worry beads") have been used for centuries in Greek culture to relieve stress or merely pass time. In a private class, learn to make your own soothing string of beads, which you can take home as a souvenir. On Your Own At the Resort Unwind by swimming, going to the spa or simply relaxing at this luxury resort. Discover an abundance of amenities designed for your enjoyment. Dinner On Your Own At the Resort Choose among several different fine restaurants at Porto Elounda Resort for dinner. Ask your Adventure Guides to recommend the perfect one for you and your family.
Day 9: Crete
Cretan Mountain Village Walk After breakfast at the resort, take the coach for a ride into the mountains of Crete. At a rustic village, embark on a leisurely walk with a shepherd through picturesque olive groves. Cheese Pie-Making Demo and Lunch at Caf Karouzano Welcome to Karouzano Village in the Cretan countryside where you'll head to Café Karouzano for lunch on a private terrace. Learn how to make your own cheese pie with honey, and then devour your creation for dessert. Also learn how to make meze (appetizers) to accompany a glass of raki—an anise-flavored aperitif—and experience the full flavor of the bold Cretan culture. Late Afternoon On Your Own at the Resort Return to the resort in the late afternoon to relax and freshen up for the night's festivities. Farewell Dinner in the Olive Grove Raise your glass to toast your fellow Adventurers in the resort's verdant olive grove twinkling with white lights festooned across the trees. Enjoy a night of sheer entertainment as singers and dancers perform under the starry sky.
Day 10: Crete
Breakfast at the Resort Bid your fellow Adventurers farewell as you enjoy one last meal in Greece. Transfer to Airport Board pre-arranged transportation to the airport and say antío sas ("bye") until you return!