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Islands & Cyclades of Greece – 10 Days

$ 1,350.00

Take in Greece’s highlights as you explore the country’s beautiful islands. Discover the iconic nightlife of Mykonos and the rugged volcanic landscape of Santorini in the Cyclades.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE ATHENS
Upon arrival, after clearing Customs and Immigration, a local driver will meet you and transfer you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.


Moderate
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Featured Merderate Hotel or similar

  • Areos Hotel
  • Hermes Hotel


Superior
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Featured Superior Hotel or similar

  • Herodion Athens
  • Acropolis Museum Boutique


Luxury
* * * * *
Featured Luxury Hotel or similar

  • Hotel King George Palace
  • Electra Palace Athens


Later this afternoon, join an optional tour to Cape Sounion to experience a breathtaking sunset at the unique temple of Poseidon, the God of the Seas in ancient times.

The tour starts with a wonderful drive along the Athens Rivera and you’ll enjoy splendid views of the Saronic Gulf while passing through some of Athens’ most beautiful suburbs, including Hellinikon Olympic complex, Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, and Varkiza.

Arriving at the Cape Sounion, you will walk up to the Temple of Poseidon (5th century B.C.) with its magnificent panoramic view of the Aegean Sea (on a clear day you can see at least seven islands). One of its columns has a graffiti left by lord Byron in the early 1800s. Cape Sounion has long played an important part in Greek mythology and history, and the first recorded mention of it occurs in the Odyssey, as the last safe landing before Poseidon scattered the returning Greek navy. As god of the sea, Poseidon was very important for ancient Greeks, and the scale of the Temple at Cape Sounion reflects that.

Admire one of the most amazing sunsets you could ever imagine as when the sun begins to slowly touch the sea it is the perfect moment for a glass of wine, before returning back to your hotel.

DAY 2 ATHENS (B)
You’ll see all the famous sites of ancient and modern Athens on a comprehensive half day city tour including Parthenon Temple and Acropolis museum

We begin our tour from the Acropolis to Omonia Square and pass top Athens attractions including the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Greek Parliament building and Presidential Palace Offering a perfect overview of the modern city.

Stop for a photo 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 Zappeion and Temple of Olympian Zeus. You will then pass the Athens Trilogy which includes the University of Athens, the Academy of Athens, and the National Library.

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. Stroll up to the UNESCO-listed site that served as the ancient citadel, and tour the buildings as you hear how they reflected Athens’ prosperity in the 5th century BC.

Continue to visit the Acropolis museum with skip the lines. Main attractions such as votives, artifacts of everyday life, statues from archaic period, Caryatids, and of course the Parthenon hall with the metopes, the pediments and the frieze will impress you.

The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Day 3: ATHENS – MYKONOS (B)
After your breakfast at hotel, you are met in your hotel and transferred to Athens airport for your flight to Mykonos.

On arrival, transfer from airport to your hotel and Rest of the day is free at leisure


Moderate
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Featured Merderate Hotel or similar

  • Hotel Manos
  • Kanale’s Rooms & Suites


Superior
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Featured Superior Hotel or similar

  • Mykonos Ammos Hotel
  • Kosmoplaz Beach Hotel & Resort


Luxury
* * * * *
Featured Luxury Hotel or similar

  • Hotel Myconian Ambassador
  • Semeli Hotel


Rest of the day is at leisure to relax, or go for a swim since Mykonos has some of the best and most famous sandy beaches of Greece. The picturesque Mykonos town is famous for its night life with the trendy bars, restaurants and clubs.

Day 4: MYKONOS – DELOS – MYKONOS (B)
This morning, take a ferry to the sacred island of Apollo and Artemis, a famous political and religious center in antiquity. Visit Delos with a professional expert guide and hear the full stories behind the temples, sanctuaries, and artifacts.

The whole territory of the deserted Delos is one of the most important archaeological sites of the eastern Mediterranean protected by UNESCO. You may visit, the remains of the Temples of Apollo, the sanctuary of Artemis, the old city and the theatre and take a walk down the celebrated Lion Street.

In the museum of Delos, you can admire Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman Sculptures, a collection of vessels rom all periods as well as small items of everyday use.

Your tour finishes with a return ferry ride back to Mykonos island.

Afternoon is free at leisure.

Day 5: MYKONOS – PAROS (B)
Depending on the ferries during the morning or afternoon, we take a ferry to Paros (approx. 2 hours journey).

Upon arrival in Paros port, you are transferred to the hotel.


Moderate
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Featured Merderate Hotel or similar

  • Mykonos Beach Hotel
  • Vienoula’s Garden Hotel


Superior
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Featured Superior Hotel or similar

  • Parosland Hotel
  • Hotel Acqua Marine Resort


Luxury
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Featured Luxury Hotel or similar

  • Hotel Archipelagos
  • Saint Andrea Seaside Resort


For the rest of the day, take a walk on own in Parikia that dominated by the ruins of the Venetian fortress and the houses are hiding behind a sea of flowers, basil and jasmine.

Cobbled streets lead to one of the most impressive monuments of Christianity, the church Katopyliani or Ekatontapiliani with many legends. The precious relics kept here, pictures, paintings, sculptured ornaments. The temple is dedicated to the Assumption.

DAY 6: PAROS – NAXOS – PAROS (B)
Early in the morning by boat to Naxos. First, our arrival at the port of Naxos, you can see the Portara, in Greek it means “great gate”.

We will visit the archaeological gate of the temple that was dedicated to the god Apollo, and the Orthodox cathedral “Metropolis.” The trails are narrow and partly covered with curvature roofs, steep turns and unexpected deadlocks.

We will also visit the museum with findings of the Cycladic civilization and the nearby village “Moni” with a late ancient Christian church (6 cent.) “Panagia Drosiani” which contains frescoes dating to the 7th century.

Return to the port of Naxos, and late afternoon return to Paros. Transfer to hotel.

DAY 7: PAROS – SANTORINI (B)
Today, take a boat from Paros to Santorini. On arrival in the harbor, you are transferred to hotel.


Moderate
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Featured Merderate Hotel or similar

  • Villa Ilias Caldera Hotel
  • Smaragdi Hotel


Superior
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Featured Superior Hotel or similar

  • Pegasus Suites & Spa
  • Heliotopos Hotel


Luxury
* * * * *
Featured Luxury Hotel or similar

  • Hotel Kirini
  • Astra Suites


There’s a chance for a short walk to village Oia to enjoy the sunset.

The island stands out from all the other islands of the Cyclades, for the strange shape and geological structure due to the catastrophic explosion of a currently inactive volcano. An interesting view at the harbor entrance is that of the steep wall, the ridge is filled with white houses. The coast drops sharply on the west, the east coast is flat and the beaches are sandy and pebbly and ideal for swimming.

Day 8: SANTORINI (B)
Today, enjoy a tour to explore some of the most historical and astonishingly beautiful places of Santorini.

Travel to the North of the island where the historic village of Oia is located. Roam the cobbled marble narrow streets; marvel at the architecture of the captain’s houses; explore the picturesque corners of cosmopolitan Oia and take as many photos as possible.

Continue to Imerovigli village, the most ideal place on the island for photo shooting. Your tour guide will lead you to the heart of the village explaining to you the architecture, the blue dome cathedral and the numerable hotels perched on the caldera cliffs.

Firostefani literally means the crown of Fira is another village to explore. As a “crown” caldera place will definitely make us feel enchanted by the beauty of the deep blue caldera sea lagoon. The famous blue dome church that prevails in many Santorini postcards awaits us to visit it.

Up to Prophet Ilias Mountain regarded to be the core of the island, there is the Prophet Ilias Greek Christian Orthodox monastery dedicated to the ascetic Old Testament figure of Prophet Elijah and the view from the highest point of the island is more than rewarding!

Take a walk through the village of Megalochori, one of the most beautiful villages of Santorini, have the chance to mingle with the locals and experience some local activities.

We then go to the Venetsanos winery, the oldest industrial winery of the island where you can enjoy wine tasting. A winery local guide will provide you with a brief tour inside the historical place of the winery as well as information about the viniculture of the island

Afterwards, we come to Perivolos Black Sand Beach that will provide you with rest and relaxation. !

Day 9: SANTORINI (B)
Full day at leisure to explore the magical island of Santorini.

Day 10: SANTORINI – DEPARTURE (B)
Today, you are transferred to Santorini airport or Ferry port for onward journey.



Moderate From
$795
per person based on sharing

  • Low season: $795
  • High season: $825
  • Peak season: $895

Superior From
$825
per person based on sharing

  • Low season: $825
  • High season: $885
  • Peak season: $950

Luxury From
$995
per person based on sharing

  • Low season: $995
  • High season: $1125
  • Peak season: $1275


Nov 1 – Dec 20, Jan 10 – Apr 30
May 1 – Jun 15, Sep 16 – Oct 31
16 Jun – 15 Sep
Surcharges may apply for travelling during special events and major public holidays (e.g Trade Shows, Conference, Labor Day, Christmas and New Year, Lunar New Year, etc)

Above prices are based on 2 guests travelling together. We offer a wide selection of hotels and customized itinerary. Click the button to request a specific quote based on number of guests, their interests and budget.

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OVERVIEW

Take in Greece’s highlights as you explore the country’s beautiful islands. Discover the iconic nightlife of Mykonos and the rugged volcanic landscape of Santorini in the Cyclades.

DEPARTURE

Group departure guaranteed for minimum 2 travelers.

HOTELS

Hand Picked for individual booking.

INCLUSIONS

Accommodation at the hotel of choice with daily breakfast
Ferry transportation between the Islands
Sightseeing tours with English speaking Guide

EXCLUSIONS

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Travel insurance. visa fees, gratuities, drinks, personal spending and optional activities.
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