The Greek islands are known for their extreme beauty with many white buildings set against the deep blue Mediterranean Sea. The pictures are truly worth a million words. One can only truly experience this beauty by seeing it for yourself.
We begin our Aegean journey in Athens. Here we will experience the history and famous sites this capitol city is known for. We will visit the famous site of the Acropolis, the Temple of Zues, the Olympic stadium, the New Acropolis Museum, the changing of the guards, and the Plaka area.
Next we are off to the island of Paros. This island is known as having some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Greece. One of the most typical islands of the Cyclades, it is famous for the traditional architecture, the lovely beaches and its nightlife. Parikia and Naoussa are the main villages of Paros, where most activities are concentrated, while there are also other seaside settlements around the island. Golden Beach and New Golden Beach are the most famous Paros beaches, ideal for windsurfing and kite surfing. Other lovely beaches are Santa Maria, Kolymbithres and Parasporos famous for it’s white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and mountain landscapes.
Our next island is the beautiful island of Santorini ranked as the number one island in Europe by Conde’ Nast magazine. When you think of Greece and see the photos you are visioning Santorini. The sunsets alone are famous in their own right for the amazing colors and serene beauty of yet another wonderful day turning into a fabulous night. Santorini also boast vineyards to tour and the extreme topography of one side of the island being flat with wonderful beaches including a black sand and red sand beach. The other side of the island is the caldera side with its high cliffs and breathtaking views of the sea.
Day 1: May 20 – Arrive into Athens. You will be met by your private driver and transfer to your hotel in the Plaka area. Your tour leader will meet you upon arrival at the hotel and assist you with check in. This afternoon you will have the option of enjoying half day tour of Athens. (additional $) During the tour you will visit the Temple of Zeus, the Olympic stadium, The Acropolis and several other keys sites in the city. Or you can walk to the Acropolis museum and site from the hotel at your leisure. Welcome dinner tonight as a group to meet your fellow traveling companions while enjoying views of the famous Acropolis all lite up for the evening. Herodian Hotel for 1 night. (D)
Day 2: May 21 Paros – This morning you depart for a quick flight to the island of Paros. Upon arrival you are transferred via private vehicle to your luxury hotel at the beach. Your tour leader will take you on a walk through the town of Naoussa. Naoussa is considered to be one of the prettiest villages in the Cyclades, this lovely village has managed to keep its authenticity, traditional character and charm, with its whitewashed and flowered little buildings. Surrounded by labyrinth-like narrow, stone paved streets, the lovely village is built around a tiny picturesque port where little colorful fishing boats called caiques moor and the remains of a Venetian castle can still be seen, creating a unique and enchanting atmosphere. Little taverns and ouzeries are boarding the port, giving a friendly and traditional atmosphere. Though Naoussa is much quieter than Parikia, it offers several animated bars and nightclubs, opened until dawn. Also famous for its numerous beautiful golden beaches, filling the natural bay such as Kolymbithres Beach, Agios Ioannis, Agioi Anargyroi, Monastiri and many more. From the wildest and more secluded beaches to the fully organized ones, those beaches are ideal for everyone, covering all tastes and needs.
After the tour you will return to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. This evening is at your leisure to either eat in town or at the hotel. Your tour leader will assist with suggestions. 4 nights Hotel on the beach with Spa. Sea view room. (B, L)
Day 3: May 22 Paros Island tour – After breakfast depart for a full day tour of the island. You will visit such Cities as Parikia and Lefkes and the sites the Panayia Cathedral, Monastery of Panagia Ekatontapiliani, Church of Agia Triada and many more sites this island has to offer. Dinner at leisure this evening in town. (B)
Day 4: May 23 Mykonos – Today enjoy an optional tour ($) tour to the islands of Mykonos, one of the most popular and trendy of the Cyclades. You will visit Delos, the birthplace of the twin gods Apollo and Artemis. In Mykonos enjoy Little Venice, where beautiful balconies adorn the facades of the sea facing mansions. Get lost on the winding cobbled stone streets and you enjoy browsing the many shops. Visit the famous windmills along the waters edge. Take photos of the famous windmills which align the coast of this darling island. We return early evening and you may enjoy the evening at your leisure. (B)
Day 5: May 24 FREE Day – After breakfast, you may depart on an optional day tour to Naxos island, ($) a short 30 minute fast ferry ride away. Being the largest and most fertile of the Cyclades, it showcases authentic fresh farm cuisine and spectacular scenic drives to hilltop villages. Archaeological and history buffs will also not be disappointed as this is the mythological home to Zeus and site of the Zas Cave. Your other option is to enjoy the many unique beaches Paros is famous for. You may also choose to take a horse ride on one of the beaches or partake in many water sport activities available.. Dinner as group tonight at a local tavern with live Greek music. (B, D)
Day 6: May 25 Santorini – We depart via fast ferry to the famous and voted “most beautiful island of Greece” Santorini. We transfer to our hotel in Oia. Located on the western side of the island, on the edge of an impressive cliff, at a height of 260 meters, offering great panoramic views of the submerged volcano. Though the island of Santorini was largely destroyed during a 1956 earthquake, some of the 18th – century buildings were saved. Fira is a typical Cycladic village, made up of charming white houses with blue windows and doors, separated from each other by small paved streets. Many of its beautiful buildings date back to the Venetian invasion. Don’t miss the famous sunset from just outside your hotel, one of the experiences this area is famous for. This evening have dinner in town at your leisure. Boutique hotel in Santorini 3 nights (B, L)
Day 7: May 26 Santorini Island tour – For those in search of island culture, there is an archaeological museum featuring many items from several excavations conducted in the ancient Minoan settlement of Akrotiri which you may explore at your leisure. Early afternoon, you will be treated to a tour of the island. Head to the opposite side of the island to see the beautiful red and black sand beaches, explore the many quaint villages along the way and get a full perspective of all this glorious island has to offer. Along the way, enjoy lunch in a charming village. We will also stop at a wonderful winery with spectacular views over the caldera. (B, L)
Day 8: May 27 Boat Tour – Spend a leisurely morning doing some last-minute shopping, touring the island in a 4×4 (optional $), or venturing off to the island’s active excavation site. Mid-afternoon, set sail on a pirate-style boat from the picturesque port of Fira and head to the volcanic island of Nea Kameni, where your guide will lead you via a hike to the rim of the crater. From here, most of the volcanic layers are visible on the impressive steep inner walls of the caldera. Later, the boat heads to the “Hot Springs” and their thermal sulfurous waters, where you can let yourself indulge in the warm and soothing waters. For the remainder of your voyage, the vessel docks close to Thirassia, the second largest of the complex of islands forming the caldera, giving you the opportunity to escape into its crystal clear and refreshing blue waters. Meanwhile, the crew prepares a delicious traditional buffet of Greek “meze” (appetizers), which will be accompanied by delicious local wine. Next head to the northern tip of Santorini and the town of Oia, with its two small fishing ports. The boat offers a unique vantage point from which to admire and photograph this traditional settlement. Relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery, while watching the sun set over the Aegean Sea. (B, D)
Day 9: May 28 – Departure Day – You will fly out of Santorini this morning to Athens to connect with your international flight home. Please consult with us for the best flight options.(B)
Cost: $1917.00 per person based on double occupancy, (Roommates can be provided)
Single supplement: $250.00
Save 3% off the tour price if paid in full via check or ACH transfer
Booking/final payment deadline is 60 days prior to departure.
8 nights’ 4* Deluxe accommodations
Arrival/departure airport transfers in Athens
Fast Ferry Paros to Santorini business class
Port/Airport transfers in Santorini
Local tour guide as needed
Local Greek tour leader
Boat cruise in Santorini
Island tour in Paros
Island tour in Santorini
All entrance fees and transfers to tours as listed in the itinerary
Private transfers to/from airport or ferry ports and to/from hotels
Additional Pre nights in Athens – hotel, tax and breakfast. Single $95.00 Double $110.00 per person
International airfare – We can arrange airfare for you
Meals not listed in itinerary
Room charges such as calls, mini bar, laundry, room service
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