More than just Leisure...
With equal measures of grunge and grace, Athens is a heady mix of history and edginess. Cultural and social life plays out amid, around and in ancient landmarks. The magnificent Acropolis, visible from almost every part of the city, reminds Greeks daily of their heritage and the city’s many transformations. Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. It dominates the Attica region and is one of the world’s oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning over 3,400 years and its earliest human presence starting somewhere between the 11th and 7th millennium BC.
Santorini is the largest island of a small, circular archipelago which bears the same name and is the remnant of a volcanic caldera. With multicoloured cliffs soaring above a sea-drowned caldera, Santorini looks like a giant slab of layered cake. The main island of Thira will take your breath away with its snow-drift of white Cycladic houses lining the cliff tops and, in places, spilling like icy cornices down the terraced rock. When the sun sets, the reflection on the buildings and the glow of the orange and red in the cliffs can be truly spectacular.
- Selected Cyclades Islands
Day 1: Arrival in Athens - Panoramic Tour
Breakfast and a panoramic city acquaintance tour by our bus in Athens. We’ll see the former Royal Palace, the Stadium, Gardens of Zappeion, Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. The Theatre of Dionysus, Syntagma Square, Parliament, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The Academy, the University, and the National Library while finally we’ll stroll towards Athens’ Cathedral. We continue our sightseeing tour to New Acropolis Museum and then we ‘ll move on to Filopappou Hill. Free in Athens city center. Overnight stay.
Day 2: Acropolis / walking tour (Theseion, Monastiraki Flea Market, Plaka, Anafiotika)
Today’s tour includes a guided visit at the archaeological site of Acropolis, the sacred rock of Athens. Upon this rock and during the Golden Century of Pericles, the ancient Greek thought and civilization was expressed in an ideal way and some of its top monuments were built. We continue to Monastiraki known as a Flea Market due to its many antique shops. Moving on to Plaka, the most historical neighborhood of Athens that has been continuously inhabited since antiquity. Overnight stay and rest.
Day 3: National Archaeological Museum - Sounio - Shopping (Optional)
This morning, we’ll visit the National Archaeological Museum that houses the Antikythera mechanism, known as the Antikythera astrolabe or analogue computer. Later on we’ll go by the coastal road (Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, Varkiza) to Cape Sounion where we’ll be mesmorised by the ruins of the ancient Greek Temple of Poseidon (5th century BC), and enjoy the awesome panoramic view. Return to Athens for overnight stay.
Day 4: One day cruise to Argo-Saronic Gulf - (Optional)
Breakfast and departure for Palaio Faliro, where we’ll take the cruise-boat for a day cruise to Aegina, Poros and Hydra islands. We’ll stay in each island as per the ship’s itinerary; have lunch on board and get entertained with dances and songs from the orchestra onboard. The cruise will end in the evening. Transfer to the hotel and later on we’ll attend either a theater performance or dance alongside the familiar melodies of bouzouki.
Day 5: Santorini (Fira, Ancient Thira, Akrotiri, Kamari, Perissa) - (Optional)
“Please note that ALL activities in Santorini are merely proposals and optional according to your liking. You can choose to adhere to the suggested daily activities or just do your own thing… Santorini is ideal for whatever you choose to do…”
We depart for Santorini early in the morning to make the most out of our day. Our local representatives will greet you and transfer you to the hotel.We will continue with boarding on a tour bus and will visit Fira, the islands’ capital. Our next stop will be Ancient Thira, established in 9th century BC from Dorean settlers and was habited up to the early Byzantine years. Finally, we will visit two of the most popular volcanic beaches of Santorini, the beaches of Kamaki and Perissa.
Return to our hotel with time at hand to explore Santorini freely.
Day 6: Santorini (Cruise – Thirasia, Oia) - (Optional)
Breakfast and transfer with our tour bus to the port where we will get on board a traditional style boat heading to the volcano. Out next stop will be the Thermal Springs where a cool mud bath will refresh and rejuvenate you. Our last stop will be at the village of Oia. We will have roughly three hours to walk around and explore the stunning Oia see the amazing views and of course experience the unique Santorini Sunset.
Day 7: Santorini (Wineries and Imerovigli) - (Optional)
We will visit three different Wine distilleries. We will have some tradition Greek coffee and relax in the beautiful surroundings. In the afternoon we will visit Imerovigli and be mesmerized by some of the greatest views on our planet… a truly unique experience that will stay with you forever.
Return to the hotel and a last chance to enjoy and explore this beautiful island on your own terms.
Day 8: Experience Santorini
Breakfast and a whole day to yourselves… walk, shop, explore, eat and drink like a local. Today is all about yourself and your family. Do as you wish.. do as you like! And rest assured that our local representative will still be available to assist you as and if needed.
Day 9: Return back home
After breakfast we’ll have free time and later on, transfer to the airport for our return back to Athens and “Eleftherios Venizelos” airport.
Selected Cyclades Islands
- Upon request we can prepare similar programs to other islands in Cyclades like Naxos and Paros or the Argo-Saronic Gulf in Attica (Aegina, Poros and Hydra).
- Please be advised that accommodation prices and domestic transfer costs will differ depending on the island of choice. This will also depend upon the season of booking, the size of the group and the amenities/program requested.
- The islands in Greece and particularly Cyclades are extremely popular and the demand is great. Please do keep this in mind when planning for such a program.
Famous nowadays for its sweet local wine, Samos enjoyed a glorious past. It is birthplace of Hera, of Pythagoras and the 4thcentury BC philosopher Epicurus. It is home to Pythagoreion and the Heraion of Samos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes the Eupalinian aqueduct, a marvel of ancient engineering. The island’s beaches cater to all tastes. Ranging from cosmopolitan to remote, some are covered with fine sand, others with pebbles.
Discover the island’s sightseeings and visit the picturesque villages with many organized tours and excursions on offer. Summer is littered with festivals and celebrations, namely the Feast of Agia Marina and the Fishermen and Wine festivals – all held in the summer. Windsurfing, kite surfing, scuba diving and all sorts of outdoor activities & water sports will make your visit to Samos unforgettable.
Patmos the island is small and quiet, there are hardly any organized activities to do. Patmos is ideal for total relaxation at the beach or in the countryside. It is here in the Cave of Apocalypse that St John composed both his Gospel and the Apocalypse. The monastery of St. Ioannis Theologos, the Cave of the Apocalypse and the medieval settlement of Chora constitute an exceptional example of Greek Orthodox pilgrimage centre.
Swimming in the wonderfully secluded beaches of Patmos is a life changing experience. Enjoy a day under the hot sun and in the afternoon have lunch in the seaside taverns. In the evening, have a drink in a lounge café-bat under the stars. Another enjoyable activity in Patmos island is hiking. Many old footpaths cross the island and lead to tony chapels, small settlements, lonely beaches and hilltops with breathtaking sea views…