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Friends Trip to Greece

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18 days

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June - August
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Friends Trip to Greece

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

Welcome to Athens!

If your arrival is early in the morning, you'll be transferred to the hotel to drop off your luggage. Take this time to enjoy a stroll around Athens center until your check-in at 3.00 pm. Enjoy your breakfast in any of the nearby cafes. Stroll around the commercial centre with the pedestrian streets and the stores or wander in the Attica mall.

At 17:00 pm a member from our team will will meet you at your hotel lobby for a welcome briefing, handing you a folder with your tickets, tour vouchers, documents your customised travel guide based on your itinerary. Our company provides a city guide with “tested by us” filled with tips and suggestions.

In the evening participate at our awarded Twilight Athens Tour! Athens at night can transform even the most sceptical romantic. 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 Athens, only known by locals!

Go on a moonlight walking tour of Athens historical center including food & drinks

Activities

  • Transfer To Hotel
  • Moonlight Walking Tour
  • A Plate Of Traditional Meze (local Tapas)

Accommodation

Elia Ermou Athens Hotel

Day 2

Taste of Athens inclduing Acropolis at sunset

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, plus explore the mighty Acropolis on a private sunset tour

Activities

  • Culinary Culture Tour By Local Guide
  • Snack Style Lunch
  • Private Tour Of The Acropolis

Accommodation

Elia Ermou Athens Hotel

Day 3

Cape Sounion & The Temple of Poseidon Evening Private Tour

Free morning to relax and shop in Athens. At 17:00 our guide will meet you at your hotel lobby for your private Sounion tour which starts with a wonderful drive along the Athens Riviera. 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.

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 & From Cape Sounion
  • Experienced Tour Guide
  • Tickets & Skip The Line Access To The Temple Of Poseidon
  • Glass Of Wine At Sounion

Accommodation

Elia Ermou Athens Hotel

Day 4

Travel to Paros, Free Day to Explore

Welcome to Paros one of the most stunning islands in Greece! Enjoy a free day to relax on one of the Greece’s most picturesque islands.

Some of your options for exploration include: Hit the sea air and golden sands of popular Kolymbithres beach. The beach umbrellas are accented by towering granite rocks, resembling natural sculptures. You'll spot antique chapels, island vines, and rustic farmhouses on your way to the hillside ruins of the Mycenean Acropolis, dating back to the 13th century BC, and the Monastery of St. John.

Recline on the sandy beach of Molos. Lounge on the shore or visit the neighboring St. Anthony's Monastery with a walk or drive. The hiking trail also takes you through the ruins of a former Venetian castle before you reach the top, where you'll find the double-domed monastery and scenic views of both Paros and neighboring Naxos.

Go inland to the village of Lefkes. Head up all the way towards the Byzantine architecture of the Agia Triada church, located on one of the most beautiful squares in the Cyclades.

Stick with the al fresco theme for dinner and eat on the beach, or take your pick of the traditional tavernas along the main strip of town. Listen for the ones that have live music if you're in the mood for both dinner and a bit of a show.

Free day to relax on one of the Greece’s most picturesque islands.

Activities

  • Flight From Athens To Paros
  • Free Day To Explore Paros

Accommodation

Senia Hotel

Day 5

Day trip to Antiparos island (Private Tour)

Today your island hopping will bring you to the small but picturesque of Antiparos. The natural beauty of the island along with its beautiful beaches, picturesque streets, whitewashed houses and traditional character will make you love Antiparos.

Antiparos is really beautiful. So, that’s perhaps one reason why the Hollywood elite own villas there, including Tom Hanks. Driving around spot the stylish properties tucked in the rocky landscape. The villas dot the island along with simpler whitewashed homes. Despite the jet-set attention, Antiparos still seems to maintain a traditional, calm and off-the-beaten-track vibe.

Among others visit The Venetian Castle of Antiparos, Visit Kambos and the Cave of Antiparos and finish your day by having lunch and a dive at a seaside village.

Explore Antiparos, the island located a stone’s throw away from Paros known for its Cycladic beauty with its white houses, cobbled streets, and famous cave.

Activities

  • Private Island Day Tour Of Antiparos

Accommodation

Senia Hotel

Day 6

Mykonos Exploration with an optional Beer Tour

Enjoy the remainder of your day by relaxing at the pool or one of the many crystal-clear beaches on the island. Take a stroll through the whitewashed labyrinth streets of Mykonos town lined with numerous shops and restaurants.

You'll receive a personalized list of tips for exploration, but some highlights include: Get your toes in the sand immediately, head to remote Agios Sostis beach to find your own isolated paradise. For a more active experience, Ftelia Beach is known for its excellent windsurfing.

Stroll through Little Venice, an 18th-century neighborhood where colorful former captains' mansions and seaside restaurants seem to sprout straight from the sea. It's also right next to the island's famous hillside windmills for great photo ops.

Our company provides a city guide with “tested by us” with tips and suggestions and our concierge service can assist with reservations on your behalf.

Travel via Fast Ferry to Mykonos, free time to explore its beauty. Plus an optional Beer Tour at a Local Brewery.

Activities

  • Transfer To Paros Port
  • Fast Ferry To Mykonos Island

Optional Activities

  • Mykonos Ammos Hotel-small Luxury Hotels Of The World

Accommodation

Mykonos Ammos Hotel-Small Luxury Hotels of The World

Day 7

Delos & Rhenia Island Cruise Tour

At 09:00 am we lift the anchors heading to Rhenia & Delos islands, the center of the Cyclades and located few miles South- West of Mykonos.

After approximately 1 hour sailing, we will arrive at the untouched island of Rhenia, separated from the sacred island of Delos by just a small strait. The anchor will be dropped in the idyllic bay surrounded by crystal clear turquoise waters, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim. Snorkeling gear is available on board for use at your convenience.

There is a wonderfully spacious outdoor environment area on board our 112-foot sailing yacht which allows all our guests to never feel confined and able to enjoy sunbathing on comfortable deck cushions. Tends for shadow from the sun are also available.

Lunch is ready at the ringing bell sound with a feast of traditional Greek flavours served with Mediterranean style buffet and a selection of complimentary wine, draft beers and soft drinks.

After spending about 2 hours spent in the untouched islet of Rhenia, the next stop is Delos Island, one of the most important archaeological sites of Greek history for our Licensed Guided Tour. Our crew will help you disembark by a short tender ride to the small dock of Delos. We spend about 1 1⁄2 hours with our professional English-speaking guide and about 30 minutes free time exploring the UNESCO-listed Island of Delos, visiting the museum, walking up Mount Kynthos (367 feet) and admiring the staggering array of ancient ruins.

At 03:00 pm we begin the sail back to Mykonos. The shuttle transportation will be waiting for you. We will say goodbye in the Greek way - with a farewell drink toast and returning to the hotel full of euphoria for having shared "our Greece" with you.

Explore the natural insular archaeological site of Delos and enjoy swimming and snorkeling to a secluded cove off the uninhabited island of Rhenia

Activities

  • Day Boat Tour Of Delos & Rhenia Island
  • Food & Drinks On Board
  • Licensed English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Transfer To & From Port
  • Wifi On Board

Accommodation

Mykonos Ammos Hotel-Small Luxury Hotels of The World

Day 8

Full Day in Mykonos

Free day to appreciate the famous beaches and beach clubs of the island. Our company provides a travel guide based on your itinerary with tips and suggestions.

Optional Activity: Discover the Highlights of Mykonos on a private minivan and walking tour. Visit the village of Ano Mera, the Panagia Tourliani Monastery, the windmills of Kato Mili, and Kalafatis Beach. This tour ensures personalized attention and a flexible itinerary. End your tour with convenient hotel drop-off.

A full free day to explore Mykonos on your own terms, adventure awaits

Optional Activities

  • Highlights Of Mykonos Private Walking Tour

Accommodation

Mykonos Ammos Hotel-Small Luxury Hotels of The World

Day 9

Fast Ferry to Naxos Island, Free time to explore

After check in, spend your time wondering the streets or sampling delicious local food and wine!

Optional activity: Naxos Walking Tour at Sunset Admire the old Venetian Mansions and their marble decorations among the boutiques. Explore the Labyrinth up to The Kastro & the Glezos Tower. Take a detour to the Mycenaean Remains if you like.

The Catholic part of the Old Town offers some beautiful churches. Walk in and check the unique double Icon inside called "Cathedral". Explore on Palatia the famous and emblematic Portara of Naxos, known around the world as the symbol for National Geographic. Finally the Temple of Apollo is just the perfect spot to watch the Sunset.

Free evening to wonder through the streets of Naxos, optional Sunset Walking Tour.

Activities

  • Transfer To Mykonos Port
  • Fast Ferry To Naxos Island

Optional Activities

  • Sunset Walking Tour Of Naxos

Accommodation

Naxian on the Beach

Day 10

Naxos Island Private Tour

Tour around Naxos island, see the villages, ancient Greek temples and other sights that reveal the past and the characteristics of Naxos. This is a full day tour.

Join a magnificent tour and cross the island’s inland, its northern part and the west. Visit the restored Demeter’s temple in Sangri from circa 530 B.C. and the museum with local findings. Afterwards, our mini van will take you to a typical Cycladic pottery workshop and a traditional olive press in Damalas Village.

Continue your tour to the oldest Citron distillery of the Naxos, dating back to 1896, in Halki. There, take the chance to taste the local Citron drink. After that, visit Panagia Drosiani, one of the oldest Byzantine churches in the Balkans. A visit at Apeiranthos will give you the chance to see the famous marble village and shop in local traditional shops. Next, as we head north to Apollonas, your tour allows you to see the remnants of the old emery mines and their machinery.

Discover the huge 10.5–meter tall Kouros Statue, often considered to be a personification of God Dionysus. Finish your tour as you head safely back to Naxos town after a memorable trip.

Explore the island like a local with a Full day tour, including a visit to the oldest Citron distillery of The Naxos, dating back to 1896 in Halki.

Activities

  • Private Island Tour
  • Experienced Tour Guide
  • Local Lunch (meze)

Accommodation

Naxian on the Beach

Day 11

Full Day Naxos Island Cruise

Today join us onboard our luxury Catamaran and enjoy excellent service from our friendly and professional crew ,who look forward to treating you to your most memorable Naxos experience!

Enjoy stops for swimming and snorkelling and visit secluded, beautiful bays and picturesque coves to enjoy the crystal blue waters. We will drop anchor in a small sheltered inlet & taste the most delicious, traditional Greek food cooked with locally sourced, fresh produce.

Return in Naxos Marina at approximately 06.00 pm, and grasp the opportunity to stroll around the waterfront or continue your exploration of Chora, the capital of the island.

Enjoy your day on a luxurious catamaran vessel while visiting beautiful and unique beaches in Naxos, Paros, or the Small Cyclades Islands

Activities

  • Transfer To & From Port
  • Catamaran Day Cruise
  • Food & Drinks On Board
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Wifi On Board

Accommodation

Naxian on the Beach

Day 12

Santorini Walk,Drink,Eat Sunset PrivateTour

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 Naxos Port
  • Fast Ferry To Santorini Island
  • Sunset Walking Tour Of Santorini
  • Food & Drinks As Per Tour Itinerary

Accommodation

Andronis Arcadia Hotel

  • A perfect haven for couple and offers 42 m2 of cleverly designed space, including a master bedroom, a bathroom with shower and a private infinity pool. (Breakfast is included)
Day 13

Cooking class Santorini

Today, you are invited to take part in the experience of cooking, sharing and tasting traditional yet delicious Greek food in an innovative, lively and extremely fun environment.

After a brief introduction to the history of local products and gastronomy will be shared with you. You will participate in the preparation of traditional Greek dishes incorporating fresh local ingredients and will learn tips to make your food deliciously Greek!

Let's enjoy what we have prepared together! On a beautiful terrace you will share and taste your meal with the rest of our guests and your partners in this experience. Before leaving you will receive a specially designed menu with all of the recipes created, so you can continue enjoying the experience at home and delight your friends with Greek cookery.

Engage in a fun filled, authentic cooking class in an original cave house on Santorini island

Activities

  • 3 Hour Cooking Class At A Traditional Cave House
  • Final Meal & Drinks During The Experience

Accommodation

Andronis Arcadia Hotel

Day 14

Santorini Sunset & Sail

Free morning to relax on one of the world’s most beautiful islands. After breakfast enjoy a walk around the winding little laneways of the island or relax at the hotel.

In the afternoon you will be transferred to Ammoudi Port. Aboard a deluxe catamaran, relax in style as you sail around the caldera. Explore a volcano and the nearby islands of Palea and Nea Kameni. See the Venetian lighthouse and caves of Indian Rock and get the chance to swim in a natural volcanic hot spring!

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

Sail into the most amazing sunset cruise exploring the Caldera of Santorini

Activities

  • Transfer To & From Ammoudi Port
  • Private Luxury Catamaran Cruise
  • Food & Drinks On Board
  • Snorkeling Equipment

Accommodation

Andronis Arcadia Hotel

Day 15

Santorini: Sights, Wines & Clicks Private Tour

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and we’ll head to Oia, easily the most popular village of Santorini due to its dramatic setting at the edge of a steep cliff and its charismatic beauty. Stroll around cobblestone alleyways with whitewashed houses and snap photos from viewpoints only locals know about.

It is no wonder that a few movies have been filmed in Oia, for its beauty is unprecedented. It is a synthesis of white-blue houses and churches, with pink and ochre details, “hanging” on the caldera, composing a colourful canvas that is difficult to put in words. It is a rather peaceful and idyllic village that comes alive during the sunset time. In Oia we will stroll in the charming narrow paths, visit shops, galleries and the famous tiny bookstore of Atlantis.

We’ll then move inland to the village of Pyrgos, the former capital of Santorini, where we’ll explore its pastel-coloured houses, blue-domed churches, and vineyards. Through winding pathways, we’ll walk all the way up the ruins of a medieval castle to admire amazing vistas. Going downhill to the village, it’s time to relax your muscles in a lovely spot where you’ll snack on some local, seasonal Mezedes (Greek tapas) such as tomato fritters, fava, white eggplant, cold cuts, and local cheese.

Once you’ve filled your belly, we’ll head to our next view point at the edge of the island and admire Santorini’s unique Red Beach. Next, we’ll stop at one of the oldest lighthouses in Greece, the Akrotiri Lighthouse, which dates back to 1892 and according to many, boasts the best views in all of Santorini!

Our tour wouldn’t be complete without tasting exceptional Santorini wines, famous for their unique character which comes from the island’s volcanic conditions and local cultivation techniques. Enjoy not one or two but 6 premium wines during a tasting session in a local winery with dazzling caldera views and a selection of local cuts and cheeses.

At the end of this tour, you will have seen the most Instagrammable spots of Santorini!

Explore the white-blue houses of Oia, Visit Red Beach and enjoy a full local wine tasting

Activities

  • Guided Tour
  • Snack Style Lunch
  • Wine Tasting

Accommodation

Andronis Arcadia Hotel

Day 16

Bohemian Tales of the City Private Tour

After relaxing at the hotel, in the afternoon you will have an opportunity to explore a different side of Athens on our “Bohemian Tales of the City” tour.

Take a detour down Athens’ back alleys and into neighbourhoods you won’t find in guidebook pages! This is the alternative Athens, where bohemian shops, amazing street art, hidden courtyards, and indie cafés attract locals — and travellers who want to escape the tourist traps.

Explore the Bohemian side of Athens on your final night in Greece

Activities

  • Transfer To Santorini Airport
  • Flight From Santorini To Athens
  • Transfer To Hotel
  • Bohemian Tales Of The City Private Tour
  • Greek Coffee & Meze Platter

Accommodation

Elia Ermou Athens Hotel

Day 17

Free Day to explore all that Athens has to offer

Athens' unrivalled history and world-famous landmarks are just some of what this city has to offer. The difficult years inflicted by the economic crisis have only deepened the city's artistic soul and not a day goes by that Athens does not amaze its visitors.

Please feel free to use our Trip guide for exciting options to fill your day, or make use of the concierge service to make reservations on your behalf at any of the wonderful restaurants/bars in the area.

Spend your day winding through the streets of Athens, finding unique spots to eat or visit a few of the numerous historical sites in the area

Activities

  • Free Day In Athens

Accommodation

Elia Ermou Athens Hotel

Day 18

Final Day - Fly out

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 Athens 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

Breakfast included unless otherwise specified, selected 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.

With many years of experience, an inimitable network of partners and strong knowledge of the industry enables us to offer you a complete and tailor-made experience in Greece. As the starting point, we identify your needs and wishes, then swiftly propose the best solutions to meet those requirements.

At Grecianlux, we select and provide you with the most high-end travel experiences in Greece for leisure and business. Our services are designed in the smallest detail and tailored on the customer’s needs and interests. As a company born in Greece, we can provide you with the most local insights to help you discover the beauty of our country.

Our recipe for your best experience is simple. We have tried them first!

So whether you get in touch online by booking one of our handpicked tours or accommodations or by crafting your experience with us, benefit from our own personal local knowledge. We offer what we believe to be the most comprehensive range of the very best and most authentic and exclusive experiences in Greece, all for outstanding value.

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