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Welcome to Athens, one of the ancient capitals of the world. On arrival, a host will meet you at the airport and take you to your centrally located hotel. Once here, there will be time to settle in and relax before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers at 7 pm for a Welcome Dinner.
Your Local Expert will show you the incredible sights of Athens including the Acropolis and the Parthenon. The Acropolis of Athens and its monuments are universal symbols of Athens' classical spirit and civilization. They form the greatest architectural and artistic complex bequeathed by Greek Antiquity to the world. In the evening, head back to your deluxe hotel for a relaxed evening before you head to Santorini in the morning.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before transferring to the port for the ferry to Santorini. Famed for the scattered white Cycladic houses that rest upon its cliffs, Santorini is a dreamy getaway. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and take time to relax. Why not take a dip in its pool or head down to the hotel's private beach? In the evening join your fellow travelers for a cooling cocktail whilst viewing the famous spectacular caldera as the sun sets over the Aegean Sea.
Today you'll delve into the geological history of Santorini. In the morning a local geology expert will divulge secrets about this volcanic island and the caldera, revealing the details of its formation. The rest of the day is yours at leisure. Why not head for a swim at Ammoudi Bay, to the Santorini Wine Museum or ask your Travel Director for some restaurant recommendations?
With a day at leisure, perhaps take the opportunity to visit the site of Akrotiri; an ancient city covered by the volcano ash and uncovered in 1967. From Akrotiri, you will continue to a local winery where you will enjoy an afternoon tasting the best regional flavors. If shopping is more your thing, spend your time walking the white-walled alleyways browsing the many shops and taking in the breath-taking views of the caldera.
Enjoy a full day exploring the island at leisure. Perhaps sit back and relax at the hotel's private beach and pool or ask your Travel Director for restaurant recommendations. Santorini is famous for its local delicacies including seafood and sweeter goods, such as baklava, a dish made up of layers of filo, nuts and syrup or honey.
After your breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the port for the ferry sailing to Mykonos. Upon arrival, you'll be taken to the picturesque Rhenia Hotel, your home for the next few nights. Explore the town of Mykonos with a Local Expert and discover the maze of pretty alleyways of stunning Cycladic houses that make up the island. Later, make a welcoming stop to taste a selection of local delicacies and learn the secrets of Mykonian Cuisine.
Today you'll have free time to explore. Perhaps take a transfer to the picturesque town of Mykonos in the afternoon, where you'll take an interesting tour of the port area including the famous windmills, the Matoyinnia Alleys and of course little Venice. Your Local Expert will brief you on the history and the local customs of Mykonos. In the evening perhaps test your culinary skills with a cooking class before enjoying a scrumptious meal.
Enjoy free time in Mykonos. Why not visit Delos, a small island off the coast of Mykonos? The island is an archaeological site that houses iconic ruins, including Doric temples, markets, an amphitheater and mosaics. The mythological birthplace of Apollo, it is one of the most unique sights worldwide, with ongoing excavations and a beautiful small museum.
Meet a Greek captain on a wonderful cruise to the stunning, world-famous south coast beaches of Mykonos, where you can sit back and relax as you enjoy the weather and coastal views.
After breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred to the port of Mykonos to board the ship to Piraeus in Athens. Once here you will be met at the port and transferred to your Athens hotel. There is time in the afternoon for you to do some last-minute sightseeing, souvenir shopping or just relax at your hotel. Enjoy your last night with your fellow travelers at a Celebration dinner to toast your experiences.
The Greek island hopping trip ends today, but the fond memories remain! After your breakfast at the hotel transfer to the airport for your flight home.
11 Breakfasts, 1 Full Dinner, 2 Dinners with Wine, all served with tea or coffee.
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Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.
"We head to the Baxedes region of Santorini to visit our acclaimed local winery. We will enjoy a variety of local “meze” (Greek hors d’oeurves) which will enchant your taste buds; sample the stunning locally produced wines, walk in the vineyards, see the “kalathies” vines and the unique way that locals have been growing grapes for centuries. We take a short drive to the spectacular village of Oia. Walk through the marble streets and have time at leisure in the village for magnificent photos. We will stroll to our chosen spot to marvel the sunset and perhaps enjoy local delicacies at one of the local restaurants. We are sure Oia will delight your senses! Wine tasting and light snack included.(Dinner not included)."
Adult Price: €44
This afternoon we board our large wooden “ caique” and set off to the Volcano. Take the opportunity to climb up to the top of the volcano and experience a real active volcano, or perhaps stay on board, relax and enjoy the amazing view. Afterwards we can swim in the hot springs and enjoy the natural spa like feeling of the thermal waters. We enjoy a casual dinner with wine on board accompanied by music, and marvel at the sunset and the breathtaking village of Oia high above on the Cliffside. Dinner with wine included.Volcano entrance of €2.00 per person is not included.
Adult Price: €75
This evening you are invited to take part as a guest in a traditional Greek wedding. A life changing ceremony, a group celebration. Be part of the story. Meet the family. Eat, drink, dance, and break plates. The custom is traditional. The experience is not! This Greek Wedding Show is not only a Greek Night, but an unforgettable interactive musical experience!
Adult Price: €49
We drive to the highest point of the island - Profitis Ilias for stunning views of the island, and make our way to the village of Pyrgos, to see the iconic blue domed churches and classic Cycladic architecture. Afterwards we visit the prehistoric Akrotiri – a Bronze Age settlement destroyed by a huge eruption during the 17th century BC and buried under the volcanic ash, preserving the whole city in perfect condition. It is often referred often as “Prehistoric Pompei”. Afterwards we head for the black sand beach of Perivolos, passing picturesque villages. Enjoy a time at leisure on the beach where we can swim, have lunch or do both. Entrance to Akrotiri included.
Adult Price: €57
We take a boat ride to Delos, once a Sacred Island, the legendary birthplace of God Apollo and his twin sister Artemis. Today Delos is one of the most important archaeological sites of the eastern Mediterranean. We see amongst others, the remains of the Temple of Apollo, the sanctuary of Artemis, the old city and the theatre and then walk down the celebrated Lion Street. In the museum of Delos one can admire Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman Sculptures, a collection of vessels from all periods as well as small items of everyday use. Transfers to/from port and entrance included.
Adult Price: €68
"A walking tour through Mykonos town takes us through the labyrinth of windy streets, boasting beautifully white washed cubed architecture with iconic blue shutters and blue domed churches. See the old port with little fishing boats and stunning yachts while walking towards “little Venice” to see the picturesque famous windmills. We might just see Petros the Pelican- Mykonos’ mascot the the secrets of the cosmopolitan yet traditional town are revealed. We explore the island, visiting some of the most beautiful beaches and viewing the landscape of inland Mykonos. Visit “Ano Mera” and its famous Monastery, and Kalafatis beach, to perhaps enjoy a swim in the beautiful Aegean Sea."
Adult Price: €42
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