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.
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: Athens / Mykonos (B)
After breakfast, your Hellenic Holidays transfer representative, will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the airport / port for your short flight or ferry ride 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 white washed 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: Mykonos / Naxos (B)
After breakfast, your Hellenic Holidays transfer representative, will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the port of Mykonos for your short ferry to Naxos. Upon arrival, you will be greeted and driven to your hotel. Naxos is and always has been a crossroad, where archaeologists, historians and scholars of all kinds can meet, drawn by the importance of the culture which has flourished on the island down the centuries. Naxos is also known for its sandy beaches and spectacular cuisine. Entice your senses by swimming, sunbathing and enjoying a range of water sports at some of Naxos’ most beautiful beaches. Naxos has a beach for all activities and tastes. Visit Agios Georgios for windsurfing, Mikri Viglia for kite surfing or Agiassos for a quiet and relaxed beach atmosphere. In the afternoon, consider strolling into Portara, on the islet in front of the harbor which you spot as soon as you arrive in Naxos, as the huge marble gate captures your eye. Enjoy a meal in Chora or at a little seaside taverna where you can enjoy a magnificent sunset and an authentic meal.
Day 8: Naxos (B)
After breakfast, you will be picked up and taken to your organic wood burning cooking class. The area where you will be hosted is called “Kabones” and is a little outside of a village called Melanes. At the estate they grow a variety of vegetables and fruits all of which are organic. There is also an ancient olive grove with trees ranging between 600 and 2,500 years of age from which they make our own olive oil. To this day there is no electricity on the estate, so everything is cooked over an open fire and in a wood-fired oven the same way the generations before us used to cook. All the above caught the attention of Anthony Bourdain who visited the estate and had lunch as shown on his series Parts Unknown (2015). The recipes they prepare vary depending on the seasonal produce of the estate and guest’s food allergies or intolerances (if any).
Day 9: Naxos (B)
Today is your last day in Naxos. Explore the beautiful villages of Apeiranthos and Halki and enjoy the local color of these villages. There you can even try the local drink, a liquor named Kitron with a greenish tint. There is the Temple of Demetra that should be visited. Enjoy a last swim after your day of village exploration and enjoy a relaxing sunset view and meal from Chora or from one of our restaurant recommendations.
Day 10: Naxos / Santorini (B)
Goodbye Naxos, Hello Santorini! After breakfast, your Hellenic Holidays transfer representative will drive you to the port of Naxos where you embark on a 1 and half hour sail aboard a high speed ferry 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 11: Santorini (B)
After breakfast enjoying caldera views, your morning is at leisure. In the early afternoon, you will be driven to the port of Vlihada or Ammoudi where you will embark on the sailing trip that we have arranged. You will sail to the Red and White beaches, the Venetian Lighthouse and the Sulphur Springs. During these visits, you will have the opportunity to swim and snorkel. You will then sail to a secluded bay where while you swim or relax, a lavish steak and seafood barbecue with many appetizers and salads is being prepared for you to enjoy.
Day 12: 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 cliffside views.
Day 13: Santorini (B)
Your last day in Santorini. 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 14: Santorini / Athens / Home
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.
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Single Rooms: On all itineraries, single rooms are available to book a supplement. Speak to your travel specialist for pricing.