This popular Greek Island Vacation includes Athens and 2 of the most beautiful Cycladic islands in Greece. The ancient city of Athens is today a vibrant megalopolis with nonstop nightlife, creative cuisine, and sites both ancient and modern. Explore the incredible Acropolis of Athens on foot seeing one of the most important world heritage sites on the planet and conclude your tour with a visit to the new Acropolis Museum with a staggering collection of more than 4.000 artifacts.
Mykonos island is a wonderful kaleidoscope of cosmopolitan shops, rocking bars, quaint windmills, great beaches, homey taverns and hidden churches all set against a brilliant blue backdrop.
In Santorini enjoy the sensational sunsets, the fascinating excavations, the iconic black and red beaches, and the dazzling white towns.
|TOUR ENDS||IN ATHENS ON DAY NINE|
|DIFFICULTY||Due to extend walking and slippery surfaces please inform us if you have walking disabilities or using a wheelchair before booking this tour.|
This Greek holiday package is fully flexible. It can start any day you prefer (April to mid October), and can be changed to fit your preferences.
Upon arrival in Athens, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure.
The striking contrast between breathtaking monuments of a glorious past and modern elegant structures is what you will enjoy during your tour of Athens. Visit the Acropolis,the crowning beauty and glory of Ancient Athens, with its many monuments atop its rocky base, including the awesome Parthenon, the Propylea, the temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion, with its Porch of Maidens. Drive to the Roman Temple of Olympic Zeus, the Panathinaikon Stadium(site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896), the Tomb of the unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament House on Constitution Square. See views of government buildings and elegant structures of the 19th century. Drive along Panepistimiou Avenue and view the Catholic Cathedral, the Academy, University, National Library. In contrast, conclude your tour with a visit to the new Acropolis museum, a marvel of architecture with a full exhibition of the glory of Ancient Athens.
Early morning transfer to the port of Athens (Piraeus) to board the ferry to the island of Mykonos. Upon your arrival on the island, you will be met and transferred to your selected hotel.
Wander around the paths of the most beautiful and famous island of Greece and experience the true beauty of Mykonos.Two days at leisure to discover the beaches of this island or wander through the maze of narrow white-washed alleys, churches, cafes, tavernas and shops. Overnight at hotel.
Day at leisure. This island offer full of activities, you can choose from a selection of organized and private tours as well as shore excursions, including Mykonos Town and island tours, safari excursions, trips to Delos Island, and day cruises. Overnight at hotel.
Morning transfer to the pier to board the ferry to Santorini. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel
Day at leisure to enjoy the sun, the unforgettable view and the most romantic sunset in the world. Santorini is the essence of a Greek island, where sea meets weather-beaten rock and colors are bold and elemental. Two days spent to tour this picturesque island with black sandy beaches (Kamari, Perissa), archaeological sites (Akrotiri, ancient Thira), and attractive scenic villages (Oia, Fira). Overnight at hotel.
Day free to explore the island. Volcanic activity plays a role in many of Santorini’s popular activities, from swimming and sunbathing at the molten-dyed beaches to witnessing consistently gorgeous sunsets from the cliffs at Oia. Another option is to dive right in: Try sailing the clear blue caldera where the city of Atlantis was said to have stood, or bathe in the hot springs surrounding the Santorini Volcano (Kameni). Overnight at hotel.
Transfer to Santorini pier for your return ferry/hydro to Athens. Upon arrival in Piraeus port you will be met and transferred to the centre of Athens.
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This Chora neighborhood is known as one of the most stunning places on the island. Overlooking the southwest end of the harbor, it was here that many early ship captains decided to settle down and built uniquely magnificent homes overlooking the sea. Today, many of these historic homes have been transformed into a variety of cozy restaurants, bars, shops and nightclubs, making this a bustling place at all hours of the day.
These iconic windmills overlooking Little Venice date back to the 16th century when islanders used wind power to grind grain. There are 16 windmills in total, and while they are no longer operational, they stand as a monument to early innovation. The views here are spectacular: From this hilltop perch, you can see Chora and the harbor in the distance. While you’re here, you might want to check out the nearby Mykonos Agricultural Museum, part of the Mykonos Folk Museum.
On your way to the windmills, don’t overlook the surrounding neighborhood of Alefkandra. This historic area is a great place to stop for a bite to eat or a glass of ouzo as you head back toward Little Venice.
Oia, pronounced Ia, is the most famous of all villages of Santorini. It is known throughout the world for its quiet life and fantastic sunset, and is certainly the most beautiful and picturesque village of Santorini. The village is also situated on top of an impressive cliff and offers a spectacular view over the volcano of Palia and Nea Kameni and the island of Thirassia. Oia is situated on the north of the island, 11 km away from Fira. It is a traditional village with charming houses in narrow streets, blue domed churches, and sun-bathed verandas. Its streets have plenty of tourist shops, taverns, cafes, and other shops. Oia is much quieter that Fira and the busiest area is the main pedestrian that runs along its length. The volcano from here is much less imposing but you can still get some gorgeous views. Oia has several cultural attractions like the Maritime Museum which houses a small library, items from the maritime life of the area, and the vestiges of a Venetian fortress. Many artists fell in love with the area and settled there. For that reason, the village of Oia has many art galleries.
For beautiful views of the caldera, descend the 300 steps from the northern city of Oia to the tiny port of Amoudi Bay. (The hike can be taxing but it’s well worth it.) Surrounded by steep cliffs, this little fishing area features several quaint tavernas serving up the catch of the day. This is also a nice spot to enjoy the sun and some swimming, though the beach is rocky so you should bring appropriate footwear. Amoudi Bay is a great place to catch a Santorini sunset. “Definitely worth dropping in to see the sunset and enjoy an evening meal, or alternatively for lunch,” suggested one TripAdvisor user.
You can reach Amoudi Bay on foot or by car, thouogh you may have to park a little ways up from the beach. Access to the area is free and nearby restaurants vary in price.
Delian Sunset Cruise
Every Sunday – 6:pm/8:30pm
Leave a unique afternoon cruise, pass by famous small islands and enjoy your drink under the amazing sunset of Mykonos! The route takes us to Delos with a view to the ancient harbor and the ruins, then between Delos and the coast of Rhenia past the little islands “Ano and Kato Rematiaris” towards the South to the uninhabited islands “Prassonissia” where we can enjoy the magic light of the sun setting over Delos. On board there is a choice of drinks between sparkling wine, white wine, Gin 6 tonic, Ouzo, beer and soft drinks which is offered with small snacks.Return to Ornos Bus station at 8:30pm after experiencing a beautiful sunset.
Daily – 10:00am/2:00pm
Even though it is one of the smallest islands in the Aegean, Delos (just 6.85 km2) was the most famous and sacred of all islands in antiquity, since, according to the legend, it was there that Apollo-Helios, god of daylight, and Artemis-Selene, goddess of night light, were born – it was, in short, the birthplace of Light, which the Greeks always regarded as precious. Only a 45 minute boat ride away from Mykonos Delos was the center of the Cyclades of the ancient world, the island of light, birthplace of Apollon and Artemis, home to the first multicultural civilization and trade. The whole territory of the deserted Delos is one of the most important archaeological sites of the eastern Mediterranean protected by Unesco as one of the Unesco heritage sites of the world. You may visit, amongst others, the remains of the Temples of Apollo, the sanctuary of Artemis, the old city and the theatre and then, walk down the celebrated Lion Street. Also, in the museum of Delos, you can admire Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman Sculptures, a collection of vessels from all periods as well as small items of everyday use.
Mon/Wed/Thur – 10:00am-6:00pm
See the hidden corners of the island of Mykonos many of them inaccessible unless by jeep. Enjoy breathtaking views, rural areas, beautiful beaches and the unique feeling of driving in a jeep! Our tour takes us first along the coast to Houlakia beach and from there up to the light house. From there we drive through the area of Marathi past the dam and Panormos beach to the bay of Agios Sostis. Then we drive to the area of Ano Mera where we have a stop at Paleokastro, the ruins of a Venetian Castle. We explore the area around Ano Mera with its agriculture and the nearby old abandoned mine. Lunch stop in a picturesque place (not included in the price). Then we continue along the south coast and drive past Kalafatis and Kalo Livadi through the green area of Halara. Our next stop is at Agrari Beach where we have time for a coffee and a swim. From there we head back for Mykonos town having as the last high light of the tour a photo stop at the old castle above the city.
Daily – 11:00am/1:30pm
Akrotiri… the prehistoric Pompeii of the Aegean… the city that disappeared after the tremendous volcanic eruption about 3600 years ago! The incredible civilization that thrilled the scientists when they discovered it some 50 years ago. Is it indeed the lost continent of Atlantis? In the south of the island of Santorini lies Akrotiri, one of the most important Aegean settlements of the early Bronze Age (first half of the 2nd millennium B.C.). The settlement was deserted because of the eruption of the volcano, but it was saved too for the same reason. Volcanic material covered it preserving the evidence of its glorious past: the vast territory, the multi-storeyed houses with exquisite frescoes, an amazing sewer system, stone streets and squares, and a multitude of luxurious vases and items of furniture.
The excavation site has been closed for several years, though restoration is continuing, but now it is reopen and worth to visit. To get an idea of what lies beneath, visit the Museum of Prehistoric Thira too, where gorgeous frescos of boats, fishers, wildlife and everyday people from several millennia ago are displayed. You can also see personal artifacts like pottery and furniture.
Volcano/Hot Springs/Thirassia & Sunset in Oia with dinner on board
Daily – 2:15pm/after sunset
This Sunset Tour starts in the afternoon with a trip to the volcano and the hot springs of Santorini. In the evening, enjoy the delicious dinner with wine that we offer to our guests and see the magical sunset from the gulf of Oia. The excursion starts from the meeting point of your village, where a bus will pick you up and will drive you to Athinios port for embarkation! The first stop of your adventure is the volcano of Santorini in Nea Kameni Island, where you will have the opportunity to climb on the top of the volcano, see and take photos of the active crater and walk on its rims which is a unique experience! The next destination is Palea Kameni where you will dive and swim in the hot springs created by the underwater powers of the volcano! Sailing above the underwater craters from Palea Kameni to Thirassia Island, the boat will anchor close to the island and you will have the time to ship with your wine. Dinner buffet is served!!! Enjoy the endless blue in the famous Caldera of Santorini and the picturesque villages on top! In the north cape of Santorini you will admire the magical view of Oia village with its small famous white houses! The end of the excursion comes on sunset time. The boat sets sails and the sun dives to the sea. This is the most unforgettable experience. Your trip in Santorini in this sanctuary of romance is going to be in your memories and your hearts forever!