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Greece: Athens & Crete

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Delight in authentic Greek island life on this enriching, 10-night journey featuring seven nights on Crete. Take in charming Cretan villages, tranquil beaches, olive groves and the breathtaking Aegean Sea over five nights in Heraklion and two nights in Chania. Revel in picturesque old towns and beautiful, 16th-century Venetian harbors in each locale, plus feast on Greek olives, seafood and wine. Enjoy guided tours of Knossos and Phaistos, major centers of the Minoan civilization, and view exquisite Greek and Minoan artifacts, including the mysterious Phaistos Disc. Also set off to the stunning island of Santorini and delve into the intriguing history of Spinalonga Island. Learn how to make traditional Cretan dishes at a fun cooking class, marvel at one of the world’s oldest olive trees, and cruise on Chania Bay at sunset. During three nights in Athens, take in the glorious Parthenon on the Acropolis and admire the Acropolis Museum’s treasures. This remarkable, small-group program includes a round-trip flight to Crete, deluxe and first-class hotels, and illuminating insights from expert guides and lecturers.