DAY 1: ATHENS / SANTORINI
Arrival in Athens. Connecting flight to Santorini island. Upon arrival, you will be met by our assistant and transferred to your hotel.
DAY 2: 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 3: 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 4: SANTORINI / NAXOS
At the indicated time you will be transferred to the port for your ferry to Naxos island. Upon arrival in Naxos, you will be transferred to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.
DAY 5: NAXOS HALF DAY PRIVATE COOKING EXPERIENCE
Starting from your hotel we first head to the village of Eggares. Lying on a fertile plain traversed by two rivers, Eggares is the island’s main supplier of produce and a truly blessed place. Of course agriculture in Greece is tied to the cultivation of olive trees and the production of olive oil and that is exactly what we are going to take a closer look at through a visit to the village’s olive press museum. This traditional olive press dates back to 1884, however some locals will claim it has been around since the beginning of the 19th century. You will get to see the tools that were used at the time and learn about the process of manual olive oil extraction that has been in use for millennia, and now belongs to the past. Having learnt everything about olive oil it is now time to use it!
Situated on the same plain as Eggares is the nearby village of Galini (meaning “serenity”) where we will set out on a gastronomic quest with the help of our host and teacher, Mrs Voula( a local woman who is happy to share her cooking knowledge). The first step to making a great dish is picking out the ingredients and what ingredients would be better than the home-grown fruits, vegetables and herbs found in our host’s own authentic organic farm. You have the chance to see where organic products grow and have a real taste of cultivation and farming .Having assembled everything, we are going to create a traditional Naxian dish from scratch! Enjoy!
DAY 6: NAXOS AT LEISURE
Naxos features especially fertile soil and produces enormous crops of both olives and grapes, and its very own Naxian wine. With charming mountain villages, superb beaches and endless Greek sunshine, it is easy to see why the island has become so popular. The island has plenty to see and do: the highest mountains in the Cyclades, intriguing fertile central valleys, a spectacular north coast and long, marvelously sandy beaches in the southwest.
DAY 7: NAXOS / ATHENS
At the indicated time you will be transferred to the port for your ferry ride to Athens. Upon arrival in Athens port, you will be transferred to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.
DAY 8: 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 9: ATHENS / AIRPORT
According to your departure flight, you will be transferred to the airport. END OF SERVICES