Arrive Athens (2 Nights) Day 1 – Arrive Athens (2 Nights)
Ease into a simpler way of life – the intoxicatingly slow pace of the charming Cycladic islands the ultimate departure from reality, but not before your enjoy a passionate encounter with Athens after being transferred to your hotel. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception including a welcome drink and light meal to kick off your At Leisure discovery of the capital and the enchanting islands of Mykonos and Santorini.
Divani Palace Acropolis/Crowne Plaza
Athens Sightseeing Day 2 – Athens Sightseeing
Embark on a journey to antiquity with your Local Specialist who will take you to the Acropolis, a sacred site since Mycenaen times. Imagine Athenians ascending the hilltop shrine to worship Athena at the Parthenon, see the Panathinaiko Olympic stadium, the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. Admire the pom-pom march of the Evzone guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, then spend the rest of the day at leisure soaking up the verve of this vibrant city.
Take a relaxing trip down to the southernmost tip of Mainland Greece to see the fifth century B.C Temple of Poseidon at Sounion. See if you can spot where Byron carved his initials on one of the temple’s sixteen columns. Marvel at the sheer rugged beauty of the coastline and the ancient temple perched above a 197-foot drop down to the Aegean Sea below. Stand above the site of the world’s first lighthouse, overlooking an area steeped in classical Greek history, ever since the tragic King Aegeas threw himself from the rocky precipice into the sea below, thereby giving his name to the Aegean Sea.
Traditional Greek Taverna Meal With Entertainment
This is an evening excursion to a taverna in the centre of Athens. Enjoy excellent traditional Greek food in a lively atmosphere while being entertained by dances and music from all parts of the country. Wine, beer and soft drinks are also included. Although the venue does have an official ending time, guests are more than welcome to stay on in the taverna, to join in with the local residents! (Casual dress)
Adult Price: €55.00
Dinner “Meze” Style in Psiri
Enjoy a lovely dining experience at a wonderful restaurant located in the lively area of Psiri. Dining is “meze style”, giving you the opportunity to taste many Greek cuisine dishes, which are served in the centre of the table. Also enjoy the local free-flowing wine! (Casual dress)
Adult Price: €50.00
Athens – Mykonos (3 Nights) Day 3 – Athens – Mykonos (3 Nights)
We depart Athens and cruise to Mykonos – its characteristic hillside windmills overlook the beautiful bay and stand as an enduring greeting to all who arrive. Enjoy an orientation before spending the rest of your day getting lost amidst the island’s beguiling cobblestone lanes lined with white-washed cottages and tumbling cerise bougainvillea. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a Regional Meal to indulge in a feast of local flavours. Take to the playground of the rich and famous this evening and perhaps experience the island’s vibrant nightlife.
Pelican Bay/Kamari/San Marco
Mykonos At Leisure Day 4 – Mykonos At Leisure
Set your watch to island time and enjoy two glorious days soaking up the laid-back vibe of Mykonos. Spend your day relaxing on its beautiful beaches, sip champagne in the picturesque Little Venice waterside or visit some of its historical treasures, including the 17th century Church of the Paraportiani, the Archaeological Museum and the Aegean Maritime Museum.
We take a boat ride to Delos, once a Sacred Island, the legendary birthplace of God Apollo and his twin sister Artemis. Today Delos is one of the most important archaeological sites of the eastern Mediterranean. We see amongst others, the remains of the Temple of Apollo, the sanctuary of Artemis, the old city and the theatre and then walk down the celebrated Lion Street. In the museum of Delos one can admire Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman Sculptures, a collection of vessels from all periods as well as small items of everyday use. Transfers to/from port and entrance included.
Adult Price: €68.00
Mykonos At Leisure Day 5 – Mykonos At Leisure
Kick back and enjoy another idyllic day in beautiful surrounds. Indulge in local seafood flavours, enjoy a leisurely swim in the calm waters of the Aegean or consider a trip to see the mythical sanctuary of Delos, believed by the ancients to be the birthplace of Artemis and Apollo.
Mykonos – Santorini (3 Nights) Day 6 – Mykonos – Santorini (3 Nights)
We take a short ferry transfer to Santorini where we’ll spend the next three days exploring the island’s dramatic beauty. Stroll through the volcanic island’s quaint clifftop towns – blue-domed white-washed façades cling dramatically to the multi-coloured cliffs providing a spectacular backdrop for exquisite sunsets. Join your companions this evening for a memorable Regional Meal of delicious Greek cuisine.
El Greco/Santorini Palace/Orizontes
El Greco/Santorini Palace/Orizontes
Santorini At Leisure Day 7 – Santorini At Leisure
View the magnificent caldera, see the island’s ancient ruins or ramble through the winding cobbled streets of Fira and Oia – today is yours to enjoy a leisurely exploration of this beautiful island on your terms. Indulge in a day of sunbathing and relaxation on one of its many beaches or shop up a storm at its quaint boutique stores.
Santorini Island Tour With Visit To Akrotiri
Drive to Profitis Ilias, the highest point, for stunning views of the island, before we make our way to the village of Pyrgos, to see the iconic blue domed churches and classic Cycladic architecture. We visit the prehistoric Akrotiri – a Bronze Age settlement destroyed by a huge eruption in the 17th century BC, buried under the volcanic ash, preserving the whole city. It is often referred often as “Prehistoric Pompei” Afterwards we head for the black sand beach of Perivolos, passing picturesque villages. Enjoy time at leisure on the black beach for a swim, have lunch or do both. Entrance to Aktrotiri included. Lunch not included.
Adult Price: €57.00
Senses Of Santorini And Oia Sunset
We drive to Baxedes to visit our acclaimed local winery. We enjoy a variety of local “meze” (Greek hors d’oeurves) which will enchant your taste buds; sample the locally produced wines, walk in the vineyards, see the “kalathies” vines and the unique way that locals have grown grapes for centuries. Take a short drive to the spectacular village of Oia. Walk through the marble streets with time at leisure in the village for magnificent photos. Stroll to our chosen spot to marvel at the sunset, perhaps enjoy local delicacies at a local restaurants of your choice. Oia will delight your senses! Wine tasting and light snack included. Dinner not included.
Adult Price: €44.00
Sunset On Board
This afternoon we board our large wooden “caique” and set off to the Volcano. Choose to climb up to the top of the volcano and experience a dormant volcano, or perhaps stay on board, relax and enjoy the amazing view. Afterwards, swim in the hot springs and enjoy the natural spa like feeling of the thermal waters and its warm mud full of healing properties. A casual dinner with wine on board, with music, marvel at the sunset and the breathtaking village of Oia high above on the Cliffside.
Adult Price: €75.00
Traditional Greek Wedding Show
This evening you are invited to take part as a guest in a traditional Greek wedding. A life changing ceremony, a group celebration. Be part of the story. Meet the family. Eat, drink, dance, and break plates. The custom is traditional. The experience is not! This Greek Wedding Show is not only a Greek Night, but an unforgettable interactive musical experience!
Adult Price: €49.00
Santorini At Leisure Day 8 – Santorini At Leisure
Toast to the spellbinding beauty of Santorini at a local winery and learn about the art of wine making in the region, or consider a ride in a kaiki (sailing boat) to the volcanic island of Nea Kameni to swim in its glorious hot springs – another full day at leisure to relax and soak up the island atmosphere.
Santorini – Athens Day 9 – Santorini – Athens
We return to Athens this morning, taking a short flight to the capital. After being transferred to your hotel, you have a day at leisure for some last-minute souvenir shopping or sightseeing.
Divani Palace Acropolis/Crowne Plaza
Depart Athens Day 10 – Depart Athens
Say a fond farewell to Greece and your newfound friends as you are transferred to the airport for the flight home.