SANTORINI – MYKONOS 9 DAYS
Arrival to Athens airport and drive to this amazing city. We will have a panoramic orientation tour where we will see the most important places like the Panathenaic Stadium, the National Library, the Greek Parliament, the Academy of Athens and more. You’ll have free afternoon to explore the area and overnight in Athens.
Today we will visit the most important figures of the city; the Acropolis of the 5th century BC, the Propylaea, the Parthenon and the Erechtheion. Upon descent, pass Mars Hill, with the text of Paul’s famous sermon inscribed on the rock at its foot. Continue to modern Athens and visit the Greek Parliament, with its famous guards outstanding at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Then we will have some free hours to stroll in Plaka area at the foot of Acropolis and enjoy the plenty of shops and taverns there or maybe try the Greek food offered by many traditional restaurants. Return to the hotel for overnight.
You will be transferred to Piraeus port, where you will embark on your ship to Mykonos. Getting close to the harbor, we will see a row of seven white windmills posted on a small cape. These would most likely have been built by the Venetians as long ago as the 16th century and are oriented to the north to catch the prevailing wind. Continue to the hotel to have free afternoon to explore this small but marvelous island.
This morning we will get to a nearby port to tour to the nearby island of Delos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Delos is known as the birthplace of immortals, like the Greek gods Apollo and Artemis (Diana). Here you can admire the sacred island from sea and learn the site’s ancient history of civilization that goes back to the 3rd century BC. Return to hotel or just stay for free time on your own at Mykonos.
Today we will have few hours free to explore the island and then transfer to the port for our two hours sail to the famous Santorini, the Black Pearl of Aegean. It’s a volcanic island that had been cut long years before and the capital is being hanged on the top of a cliff. Upon arrival, you will get a briefing for your stay and location and drive you to the hotel. You are free in the afternoon to explore the famous Fira, the capital of Santorini, with its amazing narrow paths, shops and view. Overnight in Santorini.
This day we will drive to Oia village on the northern side where you have spectacular views of the whole island, the Caldera, neighboring islands and the Aegean. Stroll around the picturesque lanes of the village. Continue to Pyrgos village to see the Venetian Castle. You’ll be impressed by the cave houses, the beautiful chapels and the labyrinth of narrow paths that follow the shape of the hill. Continue to a winery for a tour and sampling of the famous Santorini wines, local cheese and traditional snacks.
This morning we will have a free time to stroll in the area for shopping, taking photos or tasting local products at the coffee shops. Then transfer to the port to sail back to Athens. Upon arrival we will be transferred to our hotel.
This morning we will have a short drive to the amazing masterpiece of the Corinth Canal (Isthmus Canal) which was dug by hand to connect the Aegean with the Ionian Seas through the Corinthian gulf. We will drive to the wonderful city of Nafplion, the first capital of modern Greece, to explore this romantic old town. Starting from The Land Gate, the only entrance of the Venetian city, we will pass by the point where Kapodistrias, the first ruler of Greece, was murdered and we will end up at Syntagma Square, where Venetian and neoclassical buildings dominate around. We will spend some time here to enjoy maybe a drink or meal by the sea and then return back to our hotel.
Today we will say goodbye to Greece holding our unforgettable memories back home.