Arrival at the Athens airport. Meet with our driver upon exiting the airport customs area & transfer to hotel. Check into your hotel. In the evening we suggest you a walk at Plaka area – the old quarter of Athens, with its neoclassical buildings and cobbled streets. There you can find a lot of shops for souvenirs and a variety of local restaurants as well. Overnight in Athens.
Pick up from the hotel and transfer to the tour depot, where you will meet with your guide and will set off for a half-day Athens city tour. First we will make a short photo stop at Panathinaiko Stadium where the first Olympic Games took place in 1896. It is the only stadium built out of white marble. Proceed, passing by Zappion and the Temple of Olympia Zeus. You will then pass the Athens Trilogy which includes the University of Athens, the Academy & the National Library. Continue passing by the National Garden, Hadrian’s Arch, and Parliament. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Schliemann’s House (Nomismatic Museum), Catholic Cathedral, Old Parliament, Consititution Square, Russian Orthodox Church, and we end up at the Acropolis, for a guided visit of approx 1hr 30 mins. The tour will continue with a pleasant short walk passing by Herodion & Dionysus Theater, in order to visit the Acropolis Museum. Main attractions such as votives, artifacts of everyday life, statues from the Archaic period, Caryatids and of course the Parthenon Hall with the metopes, the pediments and the friezes will impress you. After the tour has been concluded, you will be dropped off at your hotel or the location of your choice. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Athens.
Take a day cruise from Athens to the fabulous Greek islands of Hydra, Poros and Aegina for a relaxing day on the sea. With all your transport, transfers and buffet lunch organized, you can sit back and enjoy your leisurely day cruise with free time on each island to explore. After transferring from Athens to Piraeus by motor coach, you'll set sail for the island of Poros, where you'll have free time for strolling and shopping.
Next, it's on to the island of Hydra. You will have about 1 hour and 45 minutes at leisure to enjoy the unique charms of Hydra Island, whose amphitheater shape once served as a safe shelter for Saronic Pirates. From the decks, you will be able to admire the very special architecture and dramatic landscapes of this island, whose old traditional stone houses and mansions silently stand witness to a long and turbulent history.
Upon arrival in Egina (Aegina) you can either join an excursion to the Temple of Aphaia (cost not included) or take a walk around the main town. Aegina is one of the Saronic islands of Greece in the Saronic Gulf. The lovely island is only 31 miles (50 kilometers) from Athens, and is a popular getaway for Athenians during the summer months. After sailing back to Piraeus port you'll be transferred to Athens. Overnight in Athens.
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the port of Piraeus to embark on the morning ferry to the island of Naxos (Blue Star Delos 07.25-12.40 hrs).A big island in the heart of the Aegean Sea, with imposing mountain massifs and fertile valleys, inhabited by cheerful people with a tradition in music and dance, and full of beauty that enchants visitors.
Meet with our local driver upon arrival at the port of Naxos, and transfer to your accommodation.The remainder of the day is at your leisure for a first acquaintance with the place where Zeus was raised, according to the Greek mythology. Overnight in Naxos.
This day is also at leisure for you to immerse into the unique beauty of Naxos. With its long history, important monuments and intense tourist life, it occupies a distinct place among the Cycladic islands. No matter how many days you stay on Naxos, there will always surely be more hidden niches to discover, beaches you haven’t seen, towers and forts you did not have time to visit, ancient temples whose secrets remain a mystery.
Below are only a few of the places you can visit
• Sagri village, with the ancient temple dedicated to Apollo and Demeter. The great value of the temple lies in the fact that it is an all- marble temple, whose ancient material is preserved in more than 50%.
• Halki village, with its mansions and the interesting Byzantine church of Panagia Protothroni. There you can also visit the citrus distillery which produces the homonymous local liqueur.
• Filoti village, set amphitheatrically on the slopes of two hills at the foot of Mount Zas, is the largest of Naxiot villages.
• Mount Zas, at an ultimate peak of 1,004 metres, is the Cyclades’ tallest mountain. It’s no wonder that Zeus, father of the mythical Greek Gods, would be raised here, while his son, Dionysus god of wine and merriment, would be raised here too, more specifically at a cave in the mountain known as Zas Cave.
• Apiranthos village is built at the foot of Mt. Fanari. Venetian towers, pretty, old two-storey houses, marble paved alleys with arches above them, picturesque squares combine to create a rare atmosphere. Apiranthos has 3 interesting museums. The Archaeological Museum mainly hosts finds of the Proto-Cycladic period, the Geological Museum features some rare and unique items among its approximately 2,000 exhibits, the Natural History Museum includes a collection of the area’s fauna, flora and a small aquarium, while the Folklore Museum displays traditional fabrics, embroidery and tools.
• The northern village of the island, Apollonas, which takes its name from an unfinished Kouros statue at the entrance of an ancient marble quarry. Overnight in Naxos.
Pick-up from your hotel and transfer to the port of Naxos, to embark your ferry to Santorini island (Blue Star Delos 12.55-14.55 hrs). Arrival at the port of Santorini and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure for you for a first acquaintance with the island. Regarded by many as the most spectacular Greek island, Santorini boasts ancient rock formations, raw lava-layered cliffs, and beautiful black sand beaches. Overnight in Santorini.
The remainder of your stay is at your leisure to further explore this magnificent island. Below are a few recommendations:
CAPITAL FIRA The life and buzz of Santorini originally known as Hora, based on the rim of the caldera and 260m above sea level. Fira is a long, narrow collection of buildings with steep, narrow, stepped alleyways. Filled with local product, museums, and small art galleries not to mention the many jewellery shops.
MEGALOCHORI A small traditional island imbedded in the heart of Santorini. This delicate village is filled with small cobbled paths and cycladic architecture leading you back through time!
PYRGOS VILLAGE The old capital and now traditional picturesque village ‘Pyrgos’ is situated at the highest living point on Santorini, 550m above sea level. Its beauty lies within the maze of quaint narrow winding cobbled paths and dead ends surrounded by cycladic architecture and Byzantine churches, which eventually lead to the remains of the Venetian castle at the highest point overlooking the whole of Santorini.
OIA The sophisticated and charming village of Oia situated at the north point of Santorini, goes beyond all expectations. Oia hosts the most magnificent views over the volcanic islets and caldera, as well as demonstrating wealth from its commercial trading days by its marble flooring, art galleries and jewelry shops. Its colourful cycladic architecture as well 52 blue domes are truly memorable. Enjoy the famous sunset and return at your hotel. Overnight in Santorini.
Today, you will be picked up from your hotel, to be transferred to the port & embark the afternoon ferry back to Athens. Meet with our driver upon your disembarkation at Piraeus port, and transfer to your accommodation. Overnight in Athens.
Pick up from your hotel at the pre-appointed time and transfer to the Athens airport to catch your departure flight back home.
|Economy Class Airfare||GST|
|Accommodation at 3* hotel||Visa|
|Daily Breakfast||Personal Expenses|
|Sightseeing||Tips to Guides / Chauffeurs|
|Airport Transfers||Video and Camera Permits.|
|English Speaking Representative||Not specified in 'PACKAGE INCLUDES'|
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