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Athens & Santorini Exploration

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8 days

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May - August
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Athens & Santorini Exploration

Located on the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, Greece caters for every free spirit. Ancient sun-bleached ruins pierce blue skies as the Aegean laps at the endless coastline. And Greek culture is alive with passionate music, inspired cuisine and thrill-seeking activities. Greece is a premier-league travel destination. Its incredible historic sites span four millennia, encompassing both the legendary and the obscure. Its convoluted coastline is punctuated by superb beaches, while its mountainous interior urges you to explore. Yet perhaps its greatest riches are the islands, ranging from backwaters where the boat calls twice a week to resorts as cosmopolitan as any in the Mediterranean.

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Located on the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, Greece caters for every free spirit. Ancient sun-bleached ruins pierce blue skies as the Aegean laps at the endless coastline. And Greek culture is alive with passionate music, inspired cuisine and thrill-seeking activities. Greece is a premier-league travel destination. Its incredible historic sites span four millennia, encompassing both the legendary and the obscure. Its convoluted coastline is punctuated by superb beaches, while its mountainous interior urges you to explore. Yet perhaps its greatest riches are the islands, ranging from backwaters where the boat calls twice a week to resorts as cosmopolitan as any in the Mediterranean.

Itinerary

Day 1

The Twilight Tour of Athens

Welcome to Athens! We will meet you at the airport and you will enjoy your private transfer to the hotel. After your check in, a member of our staff, will meet you at your hotel lobby for a welcome briefing. Our team member will hand you your folder with your vouchers, tickets etc and a customized travel guide based on your trip with tips and suggestions. In the evening participate at our awarded Twilight Athens Tour.

Just because the day is over, that doesn’t mean your sightseeing is! This Athens tour will give you the opportunity to view many of the city’s most famous landmarks under the moonlight, while checking out Athens’ thriving nightlife scene. Join this evening adventure for your best night ever! During the day, the spirit of ancient Athens is everywhere, but the true magic of the city is best experienced at night.

On this Athens tour, we’ll walk along ancient streets and laneways, follow in the footsteps of famous personalities, hear secret stories of celebrity visitors, learn about local myths and traditions, spook ourselves with ghost stories, and dig into the city’s music scene. We’ll visit three themed bars located in unique secret gardens and on rooftops with splendid vistas, hanging out with crowds of cheerful locals enjoying a night out in their home.

You’ll get to check out corners of the city that only locals visit, and uncover some of the city’s coolest spots. You’ll also get to participate in some local drinking traditions, sampling ouzo and raki paired with mouthwatering finger foods.

Athens at night can transform even the most sceptical romantic. Come experience a completely different side to the city as you walk through its historical centre and bustling neighbourhoods after dark. Listen to urban stories and myths, sample the best local spirits, and try mouthwatering finger food, in an Athens only known by locals!

Go on a moonlight walking tour of Athens historical centre including food and drinks

Activities

  • Transfer To Hotel
  • Moonlight Walking Tour Of Athens
  • Sample Greek Wine & Spirits
  • Traditional Meze

Accommodation

Elia Ermou Athens Hotel

Day 2

Taste of Athens Private Tour

After breakfast, we will explore the culinary backstreets and secrets of downtown Athens, in search of the soul of this historic yet always vibrant city. We’ll visit an old-school dairy bar and a hidden gem of a loukoumades joint. We’ll sample souvlaki, and a kebab made according to a recipe brought to Athens by refugees from Constantinople.

The walk will explore the hidden seafood eateries of the Stoa, the arcades that are among downtown Athens’ most unique architectural features. There will be artisanal cheeses, honey and even a few sips of homemade spirits to be sampled. Save space for an unforgettable bite in the center of the main fishmongers’ market! A combination of rough and beautiful, ancient and modern, our culinary tour of downtown Athens lives on and tells the story of this city in a way few other landmarks can.

You will have time to relax before we explore the mighty Acropolis at sunset and finish your day in Europe’s oldest capital with a walk around Plaka neighborhood! Your guide will make his first stop at the archaeological exhibits which were found in the excavations of the New Acropolis Museum area. Then you will continue walking on the pedestrian streets of Makrigianni and Dionysus Areopagitou, nearby Plaka and the new Acropolis Museum. Your Guide is an awarded archaeologist with 25 years of leading guided tours, this tour should take roughly 2 hours.

Connect the dots between “yesterday” and “today” by letting your tour leader unveil unknown parts of history and significant details on historical buildings, beautiful old chapels and numerous monuments. Create memories that will stay with you forever and always have your camera ready, as you're in the most picturesque area of Athens!

Find hidden gems of unspoiled beauty and magnificent views and learn secrets unknown, even to many Athenians! The tour ends at the neighborhood of Plaka where you can continue strolling and enjoy a delicious meal at your own cost.

Discover the diversity and the deliciousness of Greek food in a matter of hours!

Activities

  • Taste Of Athens Tour
  • Private Tour Of The Acropolis With Skip The Line Access

Accommodation

Elia Ermou Athens Hotel

Day 3

Hydra Island Private Day Trip

Today, you will take a full-day excursion and follow the footsteps of Jackie Kennedy, Sophia Loren and many others and visit the island Hydra Island!

Depart from Piraeus Port on a high speed ferry to reach Hydra in less than 2 hours, for an enjoyable day to discover this amazing Greek island independently. Wander around the picturesque town filled with red-tiled houses and stone-paved narrow alleys. The port town is cosmopolitan and elegant, dotted with 18th-century mansions, captains’ homes, old churches, monasteries and marble-flagged steps that serve as streets. A trip to take you back in time.

It was once a destination popular with fashionable artists in the sixties but has kept a highly cosmopolitan character. There are no cars or motorcycles on the island. Spend your day walking around Hydra Town admiring the stone houses with flowered gardens, lovely gift shops and picturesque paved streets. Donkeys, bicycles, and water taxis provide public transportation.

Hydra has a variety of swimming spots and beaches, some close to town and some remote and secluded, accessible only by water taxi. Lounge cafeterias, port-side bars and clubs are found all over the town with options that can satisfy all tastes.

Enjoy a day full of experiences at your own pace until late in the afternoon. Take the high speed ferry back to Piraeus port of Athens and our transfer back to your hotel where this amazing day ends!

Follow the footsteps of Jackie Kennedy, Sophia Loren, and many others by visiting Hydra Island!

Activities

  • Transfer To & From Port
  • Fast Ferry To Hydra Island

Accommodation

Elia Ermou Athens Hotel

Day 4

Santorini Walk,Drink,Eat Private Sunset Tour

Our guide will meet you at 5:00 PM at your hotel lobby to go together to join our sunset food adventure tour. Please ensure you are walking comfortable walking shoes.

On this tasty sunset adventure, you’ll spend the evening enjoying some of the local products that the island has to offer and wash them down with exquisite local drinks and beverages, while walking along the Caldera. Learn about the culinary culture, admire some of the islands best sights and discover the delights of the volcanic wine & beer! See Thira at its tastiest, glitziest best, with a local guide by your side!

See Santorini at its tastiest, glitziest best with a local guide on a food- focused sunset Caldera adventure

Activities

  • Transfer To Airport
  • Domestic Flight To Santorini

Accommodation

Dreams Luxury Suites

Day 5

Santorini Sunset Sail

After breakfast enjoy a walk around the winding little laneways of the island, or just enjoy your hotel views.

In the afternoon you will be transferred to Ammoudi Port. Next, sail around Santorini caldera aboard a luxurious catamaran. Snorkel, swim in hot springs, spot the famous volcano, then indulge in freshly prepared food and drinks.

Watch a legendary Santorini sunset and sail around the island’s coasts and beaches on a luxury 5-hour catamaran cruise.

Watch a legendary Santorini sunset and sail around the island’s coasts and beaches on a luxury 5-hour catamaran cruise.

Activities

  • Transfer To & From Port
  • Sunset Sailing
  • Food & Drinks On Board
  • Snorkeling Equipment

Accommodation

Dreams Luxury Suites

Day 6

Santorini Photo Safari & Wine Tasting for Couples

Take some of the most amazing pictures of Santorini on this unique and exclusive experience. A good balance of monumental, panoramic and life shots, following the advice of your professional photographer! On our Santorini photo safari tour visit the most famous places of Santorini such as Oia, Pyrgos village, Fira, Imerovigli. Alongside our knowledgeable guide, avoid crowded streets and skip waiting lines.

First, have a walking tour to Oia to admire the unique traditional architectural design. Here, whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches on craggy hillsides will definitely imress you. Oia isconsidered one of the most photographed places in the world!

Later on, as our Santorini photo safari tour goes on, take a stroll through the village of Imerovigli. This picturesque village is perched at the highest point of Santorini’s dramatic caldera cliffs that overlook the cobalt sea below. If you have ever looked at an advertisement for the Greek Island of Santorini, chances are you have seen it. In fact, the iconic blue-domed church perfectly matches the blue sky with a backdrop of Santorini’s caldera in the Aegean Sea. Hence, let’s take there your own postcard.

Besides the “must see” sights, visit some hidden corners of Santorini. Explore the town’s mazelike alleyways and take in the unique sunset on this island. We give you plenty of inspiration to capture your romance!

At the end of our Santorini photo safari tour, indulge yourself in the enjoyment of a 4 glass wine tasting at a winery with dazzling caldera views!

Snap some of the most amazing pictures of Santorini on this unique and exclusive Santorini photo safari tour and visit the most famous places of Santorini such as Oia, Pyrgos village, Fira, and Imerovigli and top off the day with a unique wine tasting

Activities

  • Professional Photographer

Accommodation

Dreams Luxury Suites

Day 7

Optional: Cape Sounion & The Temple of Poseidon Private Sunset Tour

Free morning to relax and shop in Athens. After lunch and a short rest our driver will meet you at your hotel lobby for the tour which starts with a wonderful drive along the Athens Riviera.

During this relaxing ride with your luxury air-conditioned minivan, 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 visit the 5th century B.C. Temple of Poseidon 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 none other than 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 the god of the sea, Poseidon was very important for ancient Greeks, and the scale of the Temple at Cape Sounion reflects that.

After visiting the Temple, filled from the beauty, the history and the culture of this site we will wait to admire one of the most amazing sunsets you could ever imagine. And 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.

Explore the picturesque south coast of Attica on our Cape Sounio tour. Stop to see The Temple of Poseidon and enjoy sunset views over the Aegean.

Activities

  • Transfer To Airport
  • Domestic Flight To Athens
  • Entrance Tickets To The Temple Of Poseidon With Skip The Line Access

Optional Activities

  • Sounion Sunset Tour

Accommodation

Elia Ermou Athens Hotel

Day 8

Final Day - Fly out

Time to say farewell to Greece!

Enjoy your final Athenean breakfast before your driver will pick you up for your transfer to Athens airport, and your flight back home.

"Καλό ταξίδι" (Kaló taxídi), Bon voyage!

Activities

  • Transfer To The Airport

What's Included

Accommodation

All Accommodation as per itinerary

Ground Transport

All Transfers as per itinerary

Flights

Domestic Flights as stated in itinerary

Meals

All Breakfasts, unless otherwise stated. Lunches and Dinners as per itinerary

Created by
Rebecca Skevaki

Grecianlux is a Greek destination management company (DMC) and tour operator with headquarters in Australia and Greece, specialized in Luxury Travel options, where luxury means exclusive experiences.

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