2020 Covid-19 Road Trip Day 3 Wyoming USA August 25 – September 5, 2020 Lincoln, Nebraska to Saratoga, Wyoming Day 3: Arrival
Greece has it all. Step back in time in Athens and then head to the amazing islands. When talking about the Greek Islands the most famous come to mind, Mykonos and Santorini. But many do not know of the lesser Greek islands like Milos that offers a taste of authenticity, beauty beyond compare, greenery, natural landscapes, a collection of historic sites with some of the best, most varied and impressive beaches in Greece. It is an astonishing spectacle of color and form. You’ll be amazed by Sarakiniko’s white rocks, Kleftiko caves (accessible only by local boats), and crystal-clear waters.
Santorini beckons all with amazing sunsets. Considered the supermodel in the Cyclades group made famous for its dramatic views from Oia town and the crowds. A head-turner whose face is instantly recognizable around the world. You’ll be amazed by the multicolored cliffs that soar out of a sea-drowned caldera, topped by drifts of whitewashed buildings.
Then head to the largest island in Greece. Crete is a feast for the senses: wild natural beauty and thousands of years of culture, history and exquisite cuisine. Crete captures the true spirit of Greece. It’s beaches with sparkling turquoise waters, white sand and secluded coves leave time to explore. Become enchanted and let Crete captivate your senses with its majestic landscape, world-famous cuisine, and hospitable people. Rich in history, with a vivacious spirit Crete is the jewel of the Greek Islands.
Milos another Greek island in the Aegean Sea and just north of the Sea of Crete it is the southwesternmost island in the Cyclades group. Milos is a picturesque volcanic island with stunning beaches, charming villages, and rich history. Known as the Island of Colors, Milos is well-loved for its crystal blue water, colorful rock formations, and the syrmata, brightly painted shelters for fishing boats. It was here that the world-famous Venus de Milo statue was discovered.
Santa Maria Village located in Adamas is conveniently located just 300 meters from Papikinos beach, and a short walk from Adamas’s many restaurants, cafeterias, and shops. Sit at the pool area enjoying a refreshment with a breathtaking view of the beautiful gulf of Milos, Santa Maria Village consists of seven buildings of traditional architecture endowed with modern facilities
Sailing close to the east coast of Adamas bay passes the first Christian catacombs and the colorful villages of Skinopi, Klima, the capital of ancient Milos and where the statue of Venus de Milo was discovered.
The next stop is the seagull islands, Glaronisia an uninhabited island consisting of hexagonal-shaped lava rocks. This is the first swim stop before heading to Poliegos, the largest uninhabited Greek island and home to some of the most impressive waters in the Mediterranean.
The main stop in this amazing island is the area of Galazia Nera or blue waters. The transparency and fluorescent color of the sea are beyond words making this one of the best beaches in the whole of Greece!!!
Leaving Poliegos, you’ll head west toward south Milos, passing by the bay of Theiorychia, where the abandoned 1930’s sulfur mines still stand creating a magnificent landscape.
Next, you will be in Kleftiko, the most famous place in Milos. This unique combination of white and grey rocks creates one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. You will have an opportunity to snorkel underwater passages and caves followed by a delicious meal.
You will continue passing by the cave of Sykia, the biggest cave in Milos. north passing all the inaccessible west beaches close enough to admire the scenery. The cruise ends with a beautiful sunset color in the port of Adamas.
Head out in your 4×4 vehicle. First stop Papafragas cave, the volcanic open-top cave and not-to-be-missed out sights of the island. Then head to Sarakiniko beach, one of the most iconic beaches of Greece and one of the most famous of Milos. It’s like landing on the moon with white volcanic rocks, a natural miracle. Leaving behind the inhabited part of the island, you will be driven to the area of Agia Marina, home to impressive regional flora and fauna species and accessible only by a 4×4 vehicle.
Get back on the dirt roads to continue to Cape Vani, the imposing Mars territory that forms the north-west extreme of Milos. Home to the legendary old manganese mines of Milos with unique rock formations in black and hues of red, a landscape that is barely of this world. You will also stop for a swim in the crystal-clear waters of the almost deserted Agathia beach.
Santorini, the supermodel in the Cyclades group made famous by its stunning sunsets, volcanic sand beaches, dramatic views from Oia town and the crowds.
A head-turner whose face is instantly recognizable around the world. You’ll be amazed by the multicolored cliffs that soar out of a sea-drowned caldera, topped by drifts of whitewashed buildings.
The village of Oia is the quintessence of Greek Island charm. Pronounced “EE-ah,” this idyllic ensemble of whitewashed houses and blue domes delicately drapes itself over a steep slope at the top of a cliff. The famous views are the most iconic in the Greek seas as you will see by the number of photographers clamoring for just the right angle.
Artists fall in love and move in and honeymooners never want to leave. At sunset, the cliffside bars and restaurants are filled with tourists eager to take their Instagrammable photos but Santorini offers so much more than the scenery made famous on postcards – its wonders include countryside wineries, ancient archaeological sites, and unforgettable beaches.
The old windmill located in the quieter end of town speaks of an age gone by. It’s time to check Santorini off your bucket list.
Made famous by its stunning sunsets, volcanic sand beaches and dramatic views from Oia town, Santorini is the supermodel in the Cyclades group of the Greek islands. A head-turner whose face is instantly recognizable around the world. You’ll be amazed by the multicolored cliffs that soar out of a sea-drowned caldera, topped by drifts of whitewashed buildings. Check Santorini off your bucket list.
The Boutique Hotel features ten luxurious Cave Style suites and rooms, inspired by the island’s architecture and created with love and “Meraki” to the last hand-crafted detail with mind-blowing views to the Caldera. It is luxurious and full of tranquility and Cycladic vibes. The unique accommodation experience at Ducato di Oia wouldn’t be complete without the heartfelt services of its staff and their respect for every guest’s privacy and needs.
Amazing Sunsets is what Santorini is all about. Starting from Ammoudi Bay you will head to the neighboring- and once a part of Santorini- island of Thirassia. Here you can swim in the crystal-clear waters and admire the views of the Santorini Caldera.
The next stop is Sulfur Springs for a dive at the volcanic waters and then to the Lighthouse of Akrotiri. Finally, sail to the Old Port of Fira and following the caldera coastline to the hidden church of Eftapedes, the bay of Armeni with the sun setting behind you. It’s an amazing sunset! Your day has come to an end with photos and memories to last a lifetime.
Walk along the rim of the beautiful caldera of Santorini and through the beautiful villages of Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli, and Oia with distinctive white-washed houses, panoramic viewpoints, and beautiful churches. From Fira, you will hike over the caldera and pass in front of Skaros, a separate rock, where the first fortress was built on the island.
Pass by Firostefani, the monastery of St. Nicholas, and the charming settlement of Imerovigli and you pass by the Prophet Elias chapels before stopping for a delicious picnic lunch. The path varies: Some parts are a paved sidewalk, some parts are cobblestone, other parts follow just a dirt track. The hike takes around 3 hours depending on walking pace and how many breaks you have.
Discover Chania, Crete’s most evocative city, the old town of Chania with its world-renowned Venetian lighthouse and quarter, the aristocratic suburbs of Halepa, the Tabakaria (center for leather production), the Neoria (arsenal) and Kum Kapi, teeming with bars, cafes, restaurants, and elegant hotels.
This town is a romantic place with Medieval architecture and elegant mansions From here you can discover the fabulous spots of Chania: Balos, Elafonissi, Paleochora, Sfakia, Falassarna and Samaria Gorge. All beaches have crystal water and each one offers a unique experience with breathtaking natural beauty.
Domus Renier Boutique Hotel in Chania is an architectural gem, a dream every visitor of the city would love to live. It stands glorious in the most central point of old town Chania
With your guide take a walk through the historic buildings and charming streets of the city’s Old Town, immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of the Municipal Market, Holy Trinity Monastery and Akrotiri’s Gouverneto Monastery, Old Town, Public Market.
You’ll head to a residents’ favorite sunset hangout spots. Ramble down the narrow streets of this ancient area and listen to stories about the area’s most charismatic locals. Visiting a ‘secret’ garden in Chania’s Old Town, the site for your evening dinner and wine tasting.
You’ll get to join in for tastings of four award-winning, locally-grown, glasses of vino, accompanied by a dinner created to complement your drinks. After dinner head to some of Chania’s most unexpected alternative bars and clubs. Grab a beer and explore some of the city’s most unique art shows.
Hop aboard and set sail across the Mediterranean on your cruise to Gramvousa Island, stopping to explore the caves around Kissamos Bay while admiring views of Agria Gramvousa and Vouxa Cape.
Arrive at Gramvousa Island. Choose to swim, walk along the coast, or visit the Venetian Castle. Finally, you’ll visit the magnificent Balos Lagoon, where you’ll have more opportunities for swimming and sunbathing.
Travel the short journey to a traditional village for a stop of 30 minutes for breakfast. Board your coach again and continue to island of Elafonissi, a tiny island off Crete’s far southwestern tip.
The water is only knee-deep with pink-hued sands lining the crystalline sea, Elafonissi is a little piece of paradise Spend time lounging on its beaches, swimming in the sea, finding a café for lunch or taking a walk around.
Heraklion, also known as Iraklio, is a port city and the capital of the Greek island of Crete. It’s known for the Palace of Knossos, just outside the city. The huge archaeological site dates back thousands of years to the Minoan civilization and includes frescoes and baths. Guarding the city’s Venetian port is the 16th-century Koules fortress. Heraklion Archaeological Museum has a large collection of Minoan art.
Lato Boutique Hotel is the perfect starting point to explore Crete and its fascinating capital. With breathtaking views over the Old Port, you can discover the historic center of the city and the most remarkable attractions of Heraklion. The liveliest shopping, dining, and nightlife venues in Heraklion are also nearby. Plus, if you want to enjoy the freshest and creative Cretan cuisine, you never need to leave the hotel, as Lato’s internationally acclaimed restaurants are always ready to woo you.
Knossos archaeological site represents the center of the Minoan civilization and the capital of Minoan Crete. The main site of interest is the Palace of Knossos, where you can see the Great Palace, the royal quarters, workshops, shrines, storerooms, repositories, the throne room, and banquet halls. Take time to walk outside and around the walls. At the southwestern corner of the City Walls, you will find the Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis (1883-1947), the local author of “Zorba the Greek” and “The Last Temptation of Christ”. Visit the Cathedral of St. Minas and the university city. The Venetian Loggia is in the center of Heraklion city.
Spend your last day at the Gulf of Mirabello on the Cretan Riviera. Begin with a drive to the beautiful village of Elounda where you will board the boat and sail to the Island of Spinalonga. This former leper colony includes preserved houses and churches, and a strong Venetian influence in the form of a fortress surrounding the village. Swim in the crystal blue water before enjoying a BBQ lunch. After returning back to Elounda you will be driven to the small, charming and touristic town of Agios Nicolaos, with its quaint harbor and supposedly “bottomless lake”.
Flight from Crete to Athens to catch your international flight back to the USA
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Day 2 of my Road Trip to Wyoming! What a great experience. We traveled from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Lincoln, Nebraska, and found the most luxurious boutique hotel and had drinks at one of the most famous Olympic figure skaters of all time!!