Day 1: Athens
Pack your bags, you are off to Greece!
Day 2: Athens
Welcome to Athens! Upon arrival at Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, you will be greeted by your Hellenic Holidays transfer representative, who will drive you to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of your day exploring Athens. You might stroll the old neighborhoods of Plaka, which mingle old & new Athens or explore the vibrant neighborhoods of Monastiraki and Kolonaki. Be sure to try our amazing restaurant recommendations sampling wonderful Greek cuisine.
Day 3: Athens (B)
After breakfast, your day will begin with your private half day walking tour. Along with your English speaking licensed guide, you will visit the Acropolis and the awesome temples of the Parthenon, the Erectheion and the Athena Nike. Your walk will continue to the Areopagus, or Hill of Mars. Finally, you pass the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, where you can still enjoy concerts and theatrical performances in the summer months. The tour will conclude with a visit to the Acropolis Museum exhibiting the glory of Ancient Athens.
Day 4: Santorini – Folegandros (B, L or D)
After a short flight to Santorini, you will be driven to the port where your private catamaran is waiting to whisk you away on your 4 day Greek Island adventure. Your sail begins with the island of Folegandros. Folegandros is one of the most beautiful and untouched islands of the Cyclades. Situated between Milos and Sikinos, Folegandros is picturesque and quiet like coming from another era. With its narrow streets and pure white houses, the island is naturally beautiful offering breathtaking scenery of rocky cliffs and deep blue waters. The beaches of Folegandros are possibly the most well-preserved of the Cyclades.
Day 5: Folegandros – Koufonisia (B, L or D)
Your sail continues with a visit to a small cluster of islands in the small Cyclades named Koufonisia. The islands of the Koufonisia are nestled between the islands of Amorgos and Naxos. Koufonisia are islands that are replete with a myriad of colors and greenery. They promise rest and relaxation, gorgeous beaches and unspoiled landscapes. Koufonisia are a true example of Greek islands that are off the beaten path.
Day 6: Koufonisia – Ios (B, L or D)
Your journey continues on to the island of Ios. Although, Ios is well known for its nightlife, it has a calmer and more peaceful side. Ios has many beautiful and unexploited beaches. The birthplace of Homer’s mother also has many interesting trekking paths. The beaches of Mylopotas and Manganari are remarkably beautiful and a absolute joy to swim in their azure waters.
Day 7: Sikinos – Santorini (B)
Your morning begins in Sikinos, a tiny yet beautiful island in the southern Cyclades between Ios and Folegandros. Because of its size, it represents the true sense of an off the beaten path experience. Sikinos is blessed with picturesque scenery and beaches. The sandy beach at the port of Alopronoia is a popular beach for swimming. You will experience a few remote beaches including Agios Georgios, Dialiskari and Agios Panteleimonas as they are only accessible by boat. After Sikinos, you will return to Santorini. Santorini is most known for its breathtaking views of the red and brown layers of volcanic ash that makes its famous cliffside. You will be driven to your hotel overlooking the majestic caldera. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the romantic atmosphere of the island. Perched on a cliff with breathtaking views of the sunsets and the sea below creates the perfect setting for the next few days.
Day 8: Santorini (B)
After breakfast, you might consider visiting the famous village of Oia. Some enjoy the day by taking a donkey ride down from Oia to Ammoudi where they swim, eat and then return back to Oia to take in one of the world’s famous sunsets. Others explore Oia’s local souvenir shops or visit some of the local artists whose display their work of the landscape. What better way to end your stay in Greece, by dining at one of the local restaurants we recommend with those majestic views.
Day 9: Santorini (B)
After breakfast, you will be picked up and your Hellenic Mirrors of Santorini will begin. Visits to the traditional and unspoiled villages of Pyrgos and Megalochori will showcase the authentic side of Santorini. Your visit will continue toward the archaeological site of Akrotiri, seeing the remnants of this village in its beautiful museum. Your trip will continue with a wine tasting and food pairing at one of the finest wineries of Santorini with an expert sommelier. Finally, your visit will conclude with a quick stop in Oia to enjoy some unique photo opportunities with cliff side views.
Day 10: Santorini / Mykonos (B)
Goodbye Santorini, Hello Mykonos! After breakfast, your Hellenic Holidays transfer representative will drive you to the port of Santorini where you embark on a 2-hour sail aboard a high-speed ferry to Mykonos. Mykonos is renowned for its cosmopolitan character, spectacular beaches and intense nightlife. Enjoy the remainder of the day soaking in the Greek sun at one of the island’s spectacular beaches or by your hotel’s pool. Take a stroll through the whitewashed cobblestone paths visiting the local shops as well Mykonos’ most recognized landmark, the famous windmills. Consider dinner at one of our recommended restaurants, enjoy the Myconian vibe and a great meal.
Day 11: Mykonos (B)
Your Day is at leisure. While in Mykonos, consider a quick sail over to one of the most important mythological and archaeological sites in Greece, the uninhabited island of Delos. These optional tours are available at the front desk of your hotel. According to legend, Leto gave birth to Artemis and Apollo here. Delos had a position as a holy sanctuary for a millennium before Greek Mythology made it the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. The remains of temples, holy places and settlements date back from the Neolithic to the Roman periods. While in Delos, a must see is the famous row of Lions and the Sanctuary of Apollo.
Day 12: Mykonos (B)
Enhance your senses by swimming, sunbathing and enjoying a range of water sports at some of Mykonos’ most spectacular sandy beaches. Melt your stresses away with a spa treatment at one of the island’s many great spas. You are now comfortably Myconian, so make your final visit in the main town of Chora for some last-minute purchases or experience another great evening in the Jewel of the Cyclades.
Day 13: Mykonos – Athens – Home (B)
Your Hellenic Holidays transfer representative will drive you to the airport for your short flight to Athens connecting to your flight home.
Key: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
Note: The itinerary we have created above is flexible and can be tailored along with the destinations and activities offered. It represents a sample of the many alternatives that we offer.
Single Rooms: On all itineraries, single rooms are available to book a supplement. Speak to your travel specialist for pricing.
Customize this Journey: If you would like to customize this itinerary and create a Tailor – Made Journey for you and your companions, please e-mail us or speak to your favorite travel professional.