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 / Sifnos (B)
After breakfast, your Hellenic Holidays transfer representative, will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the port for your ferry ride to Sifnos. Sifnos, one of the smaller islands in the Cyclades, is renowned for its whitewashed architecture and its sandy beaches spreading as far as the eye can see. 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 of Kamares. Enjoy some of the small fishing villages and tavernas offering home-cooked meals and local delicacies that are present throughout the island. Consider dinner at one of our recommended restaurants, enjoy the Cycladic ambiance and a great meal.
Day 5: Sifnos (B)
You have a free day to experience Sifnos today. Consider visiting some of the islands amazing beaches, such as Platys Yialos and Vathi. Some of the beaches are organized with sunbeds and umbrellas, but there are no water sports. The ambiance of the island is to swim and dine in seaside tavernas on the beaches in Sifnos. It’s what we call the shorts and flip flop feel of the island.
Day 6: Sifnos (B)
There is some exploration that you can do on your last day in Sifnos. Consider exploring, the rustic Sifnos by walking the area’s endless country trails and ancient villages atop its beautiful yellow and white, coastal hillside. If you enjoy walking, there are many hiking trails that cross Sifnos island and lead to monasteries, small chapels, old towers, and secluded beaches. The most important sightseeing in Sifnos is the Monastery of Chrissopighi, protector of the island. A very nice chapel is also the Church of Seven Martyrs, at the entrance of Kastro village.
Day 7: Sifnos / Folegandros
After breakfast, your Hellenic Holidays transfer representative, will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the port of Kamares for your short ferry ride to Folegandros. Folegandros, named after the son of King Minos, was once thought of as so isolated that political prisoners were exiled there until the last century. However, its beauty and charm are such that what it lacks in major sightseeing opportunities compared with other Cycladic islands, it more than makes up for in mouthwatering cuisine, stunning beaches, crystal waters and secluded coves.
Day 8: Folegandros
You have a free day to experience Folegandros. Consider exploring the harbor village of Karavastasi and sit with locals in one of the few taverns. Spend the rest of your day exploring the rest of the island by car, whether it’s beautiful Chora or medieval Kastro. Folegandros maintains traditional Cycladic architecture; villages composed of tiny whitewashed villages, narrow alleys, and colorful windows. In the afternoon, stroll around the picturesque streets of Chora or watch the romantic sunset from the hill above Chora. Consider dinner at one of our recommended restaurants, enjoying the fresh, local ingredients and the island’s local recipes.
Day 9: Folegandros
Your last day in Folegandros. Consider visiting some of the island’s beaches. The small boats from the port can take you to the beaches. Also, the island’s beaches can be reached on foot or by bus. Folegandros beaches are known for their tranquil surroundings, spectacular views, and the stunning landscape. They are unspoiled and as such are unorganized and ideal for total relaxation. Some of the better beaches are: Agali, Katergo, Livadi and Agios Georgios. Livadi is a great beach for water sports. Consider taking an island tour by boat, swimming at five beaches in one day with the chance to view Chrysospilia. Keep in mind, that most hiking trails start from Chora or the port and lead to beaches, such as Agali and Katergo.
Day 10: Folegandros / Santorini (B)
Goodbye Folegandros, Hello Santorini! After breakfast, your Hellenic Holidays transfer representative will drive you to the port of Naxos where you embark on a one-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,D)
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)
While in Santorini, consider hiking along the cobblestone pathway from Fira to Imerovigli and then on to Oia. You can also take a short ride and visit the archaeological site of Akrotiri, seeing the remnants of this village in its beautiful museum. Wine connoisseurs will enjoy a journey down the Santorini wine circuit through the inland villages of Karterados, Monolithos and Emporio.
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.
Single Rooms: On all itineraries, single rooms are available to book a supplement. Speak to your travel specialist for pricing.
Customize this Journey: 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.