What a superb vacation program, featuring the most romantic islands in Greece. Beautiful beaches, panoramic views and breathtaking sunsets.
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Beauty in Greece is exquisite; timeless; unspoiled. It was in this sacred landscape that love was born. Greece is the birthplace of the winged God Eros, the son of Aphrodite; the God that with his quiver and arrows inspired artists and writers over the centuries to praise the virtues of love.
Your tour begins with an introduction to Athens, capital of Greece, cradle of democracy and birthplace of Western Civilization – Athens is a vibrant city where old and new co-exist. The ancient glory still visible in the timeworn stone, and the National Archeological Museum where countless priceless treasures can be seen reflecting Athens’ Golden Age. Your included sightseeing tour features many must see sites.
You will continue to Mykonos, every ones favorite Greek island which combines the dazzling white beauty of a typical Greek island with a sophisticated atmosphere. A place of contradictions, the island counts 365 churches and chapels, one for every day of the year. Here, picturesque windmills dot the landscape casting shadows over grazing sheep. However, it also stands as the international meeting point of the jet-set. Beautiful beaches, dazzling boutiques and a nightlife second to none contribute to its fame. Find a table on the waterfront and bask in the serenity of sunset over the picturesque harbor.
After four unforgettable fun filled nights in Mykonos you continue to mysterious and majestic Santorini, the ‘Black Pearl of the Aegean’ and perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek islands. Around 1500 BC a volcanic eruption caused the central part of the island to sink into the sea, leaving a crescent shaped rim of cliffs around the harbor formed in the volcanos caldera.
The sea is so deep at this spot that ships anchors do not touch bottom. The solid black rocks and volcanic lava are now covered by famous vineyards and small whitewashed villages.
The towns and villages whitewashed houses, narrow streets, open-air cafes and glittering boutiques cling to these cliffs, providing unparalleled ocean views and unforgettable sunsets. To the south of the island is Akrotiri, where recent Minoan excavations support the theory that Santorini might be the fabled lost continent of Atlantis. No matter how long you stay in Santorini, it is never enough but Rhodes awaits you. Rhodes, ‘the island of roses’, is the crossroads where East meets West. Its outstanding monuments of Ancient Byzantine and Medieval Greece are reminders of its turbulent history including the settlement of the Knights of St. John in the 13th century. In this idyllic setting, discerning travelers now find everything they need. Traditional Greek hospitality together with a cosmopolitan town life and sun-drenched beaches. Whether you choose to explore the island, relax by the tropical pools or join in the sports activities, one visit to Rhodes is never enough… And finally back to Athens, and a chance to catch your breath before your return home.
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, though you may have to park a little ways up from the beach. Access to the area is free and nearby restaurants vary in price.
Palace of the Grand Masters
The crowning attraction of Rhodes Town, the Palace of the Grand Master is usually the first stop for tourists. Its medieval architecture sparks the imagination of children and adults alike. Many don’t realize that they’re actually looking at an imposter. In 1856, the original castle was heavily damaged by a gunpowder explosion. After the structure was left in ruins for decades, the Italians who briefly governed Rhodes rebuilt the fortifications in the 1930s. Despite the loss of the original, the palace remains a masterpiece. You will find the Medieval Exhibit on the ground floor. The museum focuses on the commercial importance of Rhodes through the centuries. Of particular note are the mosaic floors, most are Hellenistic or Ancient Roman and taken from the island of Kos.