Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini Adventure - 6 Days
Explore the Queens of the Aegean Sea and the Highlights of Greece
Most people know about Greece’s blue and white Greek islands. Mykonos and Santorini are definitely the queens of the Aegean sea. Our trip starts in Athens, once the center of the ancient world, now a modern and multi- cultural capital. Get to know the great cultural heritage of the birthplace of democracy and experience the diversity of arts and entertainment of a vivid contemporary city. We journey to Mykonos, famous for night life and the windmills. Last but not least, we visit Santorini. An island created by a massive volcanic eruption and once the center of a glorious civilization. Sense the real beauty and feel the essence of the Greek Islands. Each hike is a chance to explore and discover something new about this unbelievable piece of human and geological history.
Upon arrival in Athens, you will be met and transferred your hotel in Athens center and at a walking distance from the Acropolis. Plaka is the oldest part of Athens, an area now packed with restaurants and souvenir shops. Overnight in Athens.
Day 2: Athens Sightseeing & flight to Mykonos
After breakfast, we go on a morning driving tour of Athens. Visit the Constitution Square, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier and the House of Parliament, which was the royal palace until 1935. Also visit the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian's Arch and Panathinaiko Stadium, venue for the first Olympic Games. Explore the Acropolis, the vantage point that offered protections of the ancient city-state and the center of ancient Athenian religious and commercial life. Your history lesson will be completed with your visit at the Acropolis museum, the museum that the Athenians are most proud of. Later in the evening, we fly to Mykonos.
Day 3: Sailing excursion including Delos Site visit
With a classical MotorSailer, enjoy a day cruise with swimming and culture!
We begin our cruise with Delos, where its unique light reflects its history, offering you the chance to experience an excursion of discovery while at the same time our guide will talk you through its endless history and unique importance for the Ancient Greek civilization. We will then continue to Rhenia island. Rhenia offers secluded bays, well protected by the etesian winds and surrounded by tranquil turquoise waters making them a small paradise on earth. There, you will have the chance to swim, sunbathe and have your lunch, prepared with delicacies including traditional local recipes.
Overnight in Mykonos.
Day 4: Boat to Santorini and Hike the Caldera trail to Oia
Today we catch the morning ferry to Santorini which was the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions of all time. Here everything is brighter: the whitewashed cube-shaped houses, the lapis lazuli sea and the sunsets that light up the caldera. We settle in our hotel, and from there, we hike towards picturesque Oia, the most beautiful village of the island if not the whole Aegean sea. The cobblestone trail follows the rim of the Caldera, takes us away from the crowds, permitting to admire the power of the natural forces that shaped this amazing environment.
Day 5: Akrotiri Visit and Sea Kayak
We begin our day with a traditional Greek breakfast. Then we visit the archaeological site of Akrotiri. Dorians, Venetians, and Turks at some point occupied Santorini, but its most influential early inhabitants were Minoans. They came from Crete sometime between 2000 BC and 1600 BC and the settlement of Akrotiri, dubbed as the Greek Pompeii, dates from the peak years of their civilization. We walk along the streets and squares of the city, which was buried in volcanic ash after the eruption of the volcano and frozen in time, alongside with a guide.
Finishing the walk it is time for kayaking. We explore the south side of the island as few people do. Seeing Santorini from the sea level is a real treat, plus paddling gives your upper body a bit of exercise. We paddle by the Red and White beach with stops on the way for swimming and snorkeling.
Today, will be our farewell from Santorini! You can depart any time today.
Additional Trip Info
- Accommodation in hotels with breakfast
- All transfers for the operation of the tour and scheduled activities
- Domestic flights Athens to Mykonos
- Ferry from Mykonos to Santorini
- Sightseeing tours with professional guides and entrance fees in Athens / Akrotiri and Delos Mykonos -
- Activities as follows:
- Sea kayak in Santorini with transfers included and lunch
- Hiking the caldera trail in Santorini with transfers and lunch
- Day cruise to Delos Mykonos with lunch
- Meals not indicated on Itinerary
- Return flight or ferry from Santorini
- Gratuities for guides
- City taxes (about $5/ night per room) must be paid upon arrival
- Travel Insurance - We recommend World Nomads, or Global Rescue
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