Athens & Alternative Cyclades
Discover Athens, a historic cradle of western civilization and an open air museum. Wander between ancient creations, temples, statues, theaters that share the landscape with contemporary buildings and museums. Stroll among the streets of this modern metropolis and discover shops, cozy bars, exquisite taverns and restaurants.
Next stop, the islands. Think Greek islands and no doubt the whitewashed buildings and blue-domed churches of Santorini, breathtaking beaches and glamorous nightlife of Mykonos spring to mind, but if you are looking for untouched beauty and some peace and quiet for your next holiday in Greece, their smaller, lesser known neighbors provide an equally tempting slice of paradise. You have probably never heard of these islands before but if looking for tranquility, traditional villages, Cycladic architecture and gastronomic paradise, you are in the right page!
|TOUR ENDS||ON THE 10TH DAY|
Most sites in Greece involve extended walking and/or slippery surfaces.
Therefore we strongly suggest wearing comfortable sturdy shoes.
Sunscreen, hat and water are also good “travel companions”.
On arrival in Athens you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the 2 nights stay in Bed & Breakfast basis. – Rest of the day at leisure.
After breakfast departure for thia morning walking City Tour that will not only show you the most important landmarks and sights of the historical center of Athens but will also include a complete tour of the Acropolis where your guide will give you an in-depth guided tour of this world heritage site and its major breathtaking monuments all in one fascinating tour. – Rest of the day at leisure.
Morning transfer from your Athens hotel to Piraeus port for embarkation on your Hydro to Serifos.Upon arrival in Serifos, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a 3 night stay on Bed & Breakfast basis.
Charming and elegant Serifos Island, with its rugged mining sites, ladened with history, has its own distinct Cycladic flair. The island exudes a calm atmosphere and speaks directly to your senses. Despite its arid and wild land characteristics, Serifos is gracefully embraced by the deep blue colours of the Aegean Sea and has some magnificent beaches.
Day at leisure. Beach-goers will have plenty of beaches to choose from while visiting Serifos Island; rocky, pebbly or sandy ones accompanied by crystal blue waters will satisfy all tastes or you can choose to stroll or making a stop by the nearby cafés, fish tavernas and pastry shops located next to the seashore is the Serifos main Port, also know as Livadi. This area has a beautiful sandy beach but is also very close to Avlomonas and Livadakia beaches.
In the the morning you will be transferred to the port for your embarkation on Hydro to Sifnos. Upon arrival in Sifnos, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a 3 night stay on Bed & Breakfast basis.
Today let’s explore Apollonía, the capital town of Sífnos (also called Hóra), built in the shape of an amphitheatre over three hills in the centre of the island. The narrow streets and the whitewashed houses of Hóra form a beautiful, traditional Cycladic settlement. In every small taverna or classy restaurant in Hóra you can sample some of Sifnos’ exceptional dishes cooked by chefs who know how to tempt our taste buds. When the night falls, set out to discover fancy lounge bars and the hottest nightclubs in the island, and dance the night away!
Unique traditional villages, organized or secluded beaches, and 227 churches spread around the island are waiting to be discovered.
In the morning you will be transferred to the port for your embarkation on Hydro to Piraeus (Athens). Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for overnight stay. Rest of the day at leisure.
Transfer to the Airport for your departure flight.
Apollonía, the capital town of Sífnos (also called Hóra), is built in the shape of an amphitheatre over three hills in the centre of the island. The narrow streets and the whitewashed houses of Hóra form a beautiful, traditional Cycladic settlement. During your evening walk, pay a visit to the Folklore Museum at the Hiróon Square (meaning “Square of the Heroes”). In every small taverna or classy restaurant in Hóra you can sample some of Sifnos’ exceptional dishes cooked by chefs who know how to tempt our taste buds. When the night falls, set out to discover fancy lounge bars and the hottest nightclubs in the island, and dance the night away! A few kilometers away from the town lies the traditional settlement of Artemónas, famous for its neoclassic mansions and its outstanding panoramic view of the island. Some of the most famous restaurants and patisseries of Sifnos will welcome you here with fresh homemade cookies and hot doughnuts.The historic settlement of Kástro (meaning “castle”), inhabited since ancient times, is built over the ruins of ancient Sífnos, on an abrupt rock with a breathtaking view of the sea. A beautiful outdoor museum and one of the most picturesque villages in the island, Kástro stands out for its old houses with the wooden balconies, the ancient columns and the narrow courtyards. The visitor still enters the village from “loziés”, the castle’s old entrances. In the past, these arcade-like entrances were used as war towers in order to protect the settlement. The houses in the front, built one next to another, used to be inhabited by lower class people, whereas the inner, and more protected part of the settlement was occupied by the upper class. Admire the picturesque little church of “Eftamártyros” (Church of Seven Martyrs), perched on a rock that seems to rise from the sea, and don’t forget to visit the Archaeological Museum.Whether cosmopolitan or secluded, all the beaches in Sífnos offer to the sun-loving tourists azure waters and sun-drenched sandy beaches. Kamáres, the port of the island, is a sandy beach with trees and beach bars; Platís Yialós is the most cosmopolitan and buzzing beach in the island, whereas next to it lies Vathí, a sandy beach with shallow waters and many tavernas where you can enjoy fresh fish. The rocks in Chrisopigí, where also the homonymous Monastery proudly stands, are ideal for diving. If you’d like to rest under a cool shade, head to the next beach which is surrounded by salt water loving trees. If you find yourself in Kástro, follow down the path to “Eptá Mártyres”, and enjoy a leisurely swim or unwind with a book lazing on a sun lounger.
On Serifos Island everything moves at its own sleepy pace. Nothing and nobody seems to be in a hurry. Life in Livadi, the Port on the eastern side of Serifos Island, moves around the small sheltered from the wind bay and you can comfortably while away the time by sitting on the sandy beach under the Tamarisk trees. The characteristic Tamarisk trees of Serifos Island which crown the creek and simply overlook the anchored boats that gently sway and bob on the surface of the sea, which will hypnotize you with its magical colour of blue.
The locals have respected the Cycladic architectural tradition by building white and blue houses making the islands towns and villages all the more wonderful. Being near to Athens it is a beloved as well as an ideal weekend getaway (2 hrs and 30 min by speedboat, 4 hrs by ferryboat). Apart from having a laid back and relaxed holiday, you will enjoy your outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing, mountain biking and diving!
Chora town is built amphitheatrically on a rocky hill commanding the island from the top. It is one of the most elegant Cycladic towns that will inspire you, even before the ship docks, on your arrival to Serifos. You’ll get to visit two neighborhoods; Pano (meaning upper) Chora and Kato (meaning lower) Chora connected by a stairway. You’ll find some bars, cafés and tavernas in the town’s narrow streets blending in with the whole scene harmoniously. It is worth taking a 10 minutes walk up to the Venetian castle, built in the 15th century, to drink in the view of the blue sea!
Although Serifos is a small island it has many beaches for every taste. You can find beautiful beaches all around the island even next to the Port. Most of the beaches on Serifos Island are easily accessible but there are some that you can only approach via dirt roads after some walking or only by boat. But despite the difficulties of access you will encounter some of these beaches on Serifos Island all worth a visit, as they are truly magnificent. The good thing is that most of the beaches are not organized giving you the feeling that you are more close to nature, 1 or 2 taverns do exist there just for the necessities. Another good thing is that also several of the beaches have tamarisk trees that will offer you free complimentary shade.
Wherever you go either to have something to eat or to drink or even just to sit and relax somewhere you will find with surprise that the courtesy of the local people is not feigned politeness or complacency but their proud courtesy who cheer to see you on their Island and want you to enjoy your Holidays.
The Parthenon (Ancient Greek: Παρθενών) is a temple in the Athenian Acropolis, Greece, dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their protector. Its construction began in 447 BC and was completed in 438 BC, although decorations of the Parthenon continued until 432 BC. The Parthenon itself replaced an older temple of Athena, which historians call the Pre-Parthenon or Older Parthenon, which was destroyed in the Persian invasion of 480 BC. Like most Greek temples, the Parthenon was used as a treasury. For a time, it served as the treasury of the Delian League, which later became the Athenian Empire.