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Circled by the deep blue Aegean sea, life is sweet on the Cyclades islands of Mykonos and Santorini where you will have days to encounter their secret coves, tiny cobbled streets and weatherbeaten characters in cafés over a glass or two of ouzo. Explore the ancient sites of Athens, the dramatic volcanic landscape of Santorini and Mykonos’ party paradise.
Welcome to Athens. Transfer to your hotel on arrival. Unwind after your journey or take time to explore this ancient city. Later, meet with your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception including a welcome drink and a light meal. (WR)
Your amazing sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist starts with a visit to see the Parthenon on the Acropolis, one of the most famous monuments in the world. A sacred site since Mycenaen times, Athenians worshipped their deities in temples at the Acropolis. See the Panathinaiko Olympic stadium, the Evzone guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier plus other wondrous sights including the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. The rest of the day is free for you to explore on your own or shop. (BB)
Board your ferry at the port of Piraeus for your journey to the Cycladic island of Mykonos, playground of the rich and famous. Transfer to your hotel with an orientation on arrival, then spend free time admiring unique windmills, narrow winding pathways and tempting boutiques. Join your fellow travellers this evening for a Regional Meal of local traditional cuisine. Afterwards, don’t miss the opportunity to experience the diverse nightlife on this vibrant island. (BB, RM)
You have two glorious days to spend exploring Mykonos. The most cosmopolitan of all the Greek islands, Mykonos is also well-known for its splendid beaches. This glittering, glamorous destination features an old town that is packed with charm, where whitewashed cubic houses with blue wooden shutters and balconies line labyrinthine cobbled streets. Notable landmarks include the picturesque waterside area of Little Venice, the 17th century Church of the Paraportiani, the Archaeological Museum and the Aegean Maritime Museum. In Greek mythology Mykonos was the site of a battle between Zeus and the Titans, and named in honour of Apollo’s grandson. (BB)
Explore this idyllic island further today or swim in the sparkling sea and enjoy fresh salads and seafood at a waterfront restaurant. For sightseeing further afield, take a trip to Delos, believed by the ancients to be the birthplace of Artemis and Apollo, where you will find many interesting temples and sanctuaries. (BB)
A short ferry ride brings you to the beautiful island of Santorini, your home for the next three days. Transfer to your hotel with an orientation on arrival and spend free time exploring. Comprising of a small circular archipelago of volcanic islands in the southern Aegean Sea, Santorini is all that remains of an enormous volcanic explosion. The island’s spectacular physical beauty coupled with its dynamic nightlife makes it one of Europe’s most popular hotspots. Tonight, join your companions for a Regional Meal of delicious Greek cuisine. (BB, RM)
Santorini offers a wealth of exciting things to do, or you might like to spend your time relaxing in the sun and take in the magnificent scenery. Wander down winding cobbled streets full of whitewashed houses, admire breathtaking views across the Caldera and witness stunning sunsets. (BB)
Santorini makes some of the Greek Islands’ best wines so perhaps take a tour of a winery and taste some for yourself. Consider a ride in a ‘kaiki’ (sailing boat) to the volcanic island of Nea Kamini to swim in the hot springs. Embrace the magic of Santorini. (BB)
Take the short flight back to Athens this morning. On arrival, transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of the day relaxing or shopping for souvenirs. (BB)
Say goodbye to Greece and your newfound friends as you are transferred to the airport for the flight home. (BB)
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