DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN ATHENS
Arrival in Athens. You will be met by our assistant and transferred to your hotel. Balance of day at leisure.
DAY 2: ATHENS PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR
The striking contrast between breathtaking monuments of a glorious past and modern elegant structures is what you will enjoy during your tour of Athens. Visit the Acropolis,the crowning beauty and glory of Ancient Athens, with its many monuments atop its rocky base, including the awesome Parthenon, the Propylea, the temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion, with its Porch of Maidens. Short stop for photos of the Panathinaikon Stadium(site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896), drive at the Tomb of the unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament House on Constitution Square. See views of government buildings and elegant structures of the 19th century. Drive along Panepistimiou Avenue and view the Catholic Cathedral, the Academy, University, National Library
DAY 3: DELPHI FULL DAY PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR
Drive through LEVADIA and ARACHOVA (famous for its bright multi colored carpets) arrive in DELPHI.
At the foot of Mount Parnassos, within the angle formed by the twin rocks of the Phaedriades, lies the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, which had the most famous oracle of ancient Greece. Delphi was regarded as the centre of the world. According to mythology, it is here that the two eagles sent out by Zeus from the ends of the universe to find the navel of the world met. The sanctuary of Delphi, set within a most spectacular landscape, was for many centuries the cultural and religious centre and symbol of unity for the Hellenic world and seat of the Pythian Games, the second most important games in Greece after the Olympics, which were held every four years.
Between the sixth and fourth centuries BC, the Delphic oracle, which was regarded as the most trustworthy, was at its peak. It was delivered by the Pythia, the priestess, and interpreted by the priests of Apollo. Cities, rulers and ordinary individuals alike consulted the oracle, expressing their gratitude with great gifts and spreading its fame around the world. The oracle was thought to have existed since the dawn of time. Indeed, it was believed to have successfully predicted events related to the cataclysm of Deukalion, the Argonaut’s expedition and the Trojan War.
Visit of the archaeological site and the Museum where one can see among other archeological treasures, the unique bronze statue of the Charioteer dedicated to Apollo by Polyzalos, the tyrant of Gela, in 478 B.C. when he won the chariot-race at the Pythian Games. This incomparable statue is a representative example of the ”severe” Attic style, certainly the work of a major artist.
• Explore Delphi, center of the ancient world
• Discover one of the most interesting villages of Greece, rarely visited by tourists
• Visit one of the last tanners and bellmaker at work
• Meet the locals, who let you in to their everyday life and share their version of Greece with you
• Enjoy a traditional Greek lunch, cooked by the women of the village, under the shade of hundred-years old trees
DAY 4: ATHENS / SYROS
At the indicated time, you will be transferred to the port for your ferry ride to Syros island. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.
DAY 5: SYROS AT LEISURE
Sitting in the heart of the Aegean Sea, Syros is a mixture of Cycladic and Venetian architecture. Whitewashed houses blending with colorful mansions and big churches, surrounded by the Cycladic nature.
In the capital of the island, Ermoupoli, you will find colorful mansions, neoclassical buildings, imposing orthodox churches and squares, perfect scenery for a stroll.
Hiking the hill above Ermoupoli, you’ll find the Catholic town of Syros, Ano Syros. While Ermoupoli boasts a Venetian beauty, Ano Syros is the typical Cycladic town with whitewashed houses and narrow alleys.
Apart from the architecture, you will also find beautiful beaches on the island’s coastline, with the most popular of them located on the south side of the island.
DAY 6: SYROS / MYKONOS
At the indicated time, you will be transferred to the port for your ferry ride to Mykonos island. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.
DAY 7: MYKONOS AT LEISURE
Welcome to the cosmopolitan island of Mykonos! Every year it is visited by thousands of tourists and celebrities from around the world. All the houses, shops, churches, restaurants and windmills are immaculately whitewashed, with door frames and window shutters highlighted with splashes of sky blue and jade green. The streets are a maze of narrow, winding alleyways – many only two or four feet wide, overhung with dazzling pink and purple blossoms. On every second doorstep sits a cat, gazing down serenely at people passing by.
In Mykonos you will enjoy fine dining, beautiful beaches, spectacular sunsets and a notoriously wild night life, clubbing and party scene.
DAY 8: MYKONOS / SANTORINI
At the indicated time, you will be transferred to the port for your ferry ride to Santorini island. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.
DAY 9: SANTORINI, SEMI-PRIVATE CATAMARAN SUNSET CRUISE
Morning free to explore the island. In the afternoon join the 5 hour semi-private catamaran sunset cruise along the caldera. Whilst taking in the striking landscape of the Santorinian sunset you can also enjoy swimming, sunbathing and snorkeling in private bays like the famous volcanic hot springs. Satisfy your appetite with famous Greek dishes, enjoy a rich barbecue on board, with fresh seafood and taste not only our culinary skills but also the history of Santorini which will amaze you and the cultural diversity which will intrigue you.
DAY 10: SANTORINI
Free day in Santorini to enjoy the sun, the unforgettable view and the most romantic sunset in the world. Santorini is the essence of a Greek island, where sea meets weather-beaten rock and colors are bold and elemental. Blue-domed chapels stand on hilltops; houses are simple white cubes, sunsets flamboyant orange. The half-moon island, with its rearing cliffs and dramatic outlooks, is all that remains of a huge volcanic explosion.
DAY 11: SANTORINI / ATHENS
At the indicated time you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Athens. END OF SERVICES