A trip into history was in store for the Lazo Family when we left our home in Denver, CO. With a quick stopover in New York, NY were boarding our flight to Athens, Greece. Our trans-Atlantic flight was booked with Norwegian Air Shuttle; however, this flight was operated by HiFly air. HiFly is a charter company that Norwegian Air Shuttle uses when they need the use of more planes for their routes. I was excited to try the Norwegian Boeing 787 Dreamliner, however with this last-minute equipment change, we were able to experience a unique plane, the mostly industry retired Airbus A340. The plane and service were terrific; we enjoyed an excellent meal and had an uneventful 8-hour flight.
Our Grecian adventure started with a quick drive to the south of Greece to visit the town of Sounio. This sleepy fishing village is the home of Poseidon’s temple. We had a quick few hours to explore the ruins then back to our home for the evening to work off our jetlag. We had an early flight the next day that departed from Athen airport and took us to the BEAUTIFUL island of Santorini. A quick 35-minute flight and we were transported to the idyllic caldera in the Adriatic Sea. Our home base for the next three days was Oia, the northern-most town on Santorini. This hotel and area is the quintessential Greek picture, white buildings, blue roofs, beautiful views, and LOTS of steps down the mountainside. We indeed were staying in a postcard-worthy room. While on Santorini Island, we visited the town of Thira, explored Oia, and discovered both red and black sand beaches.
Next, we boarded the Minoan Princess, a highspeed ferry that would take us to Heraklion, Crete. After a two hour drive from Heraklion, we arrived in our next city of Chania, Crete. Here, we walked the narrow, shop-filled streets, took in the beautiful Venetian harbor, and enjoyed terrific sunsets matched only by the great Greek food!
Our final stop was back on the mainland of Greece, the historical city of Athens. We had a perfectly situated place in the central neighborhood of Plaka. This area bustles with activity, endless streets filled with vendors, cafes, and restaurants. We lost ourselves exploring Athens and loved every second! For a little more guidance, I reserved a family-friendly tour with one of our great partners, Tours By Locals. Maria, our guide, lead us through the Acropolis, Zeus’s temple, Parliament, and the Plaka District. Her tour was filled with stories, mythology, history, and facts, all geared entirely for the boys to enjoy in wonderment.
Our Mediterranean voyage was nine days, and we all agreed that our next trip to the area could easily be 14-18 days! We had a wonderful time, enjoying the culture, food, and history. When you are ready to check this destination off of your bucket list, I am prepared to help plan your trip!