From ancient Athens, embark on a colourful Greek Islands tour

Embark on a tour through the Aegean Sea, taking local ferries around the Cyclades Islands. Indulge in a little island hopping and take the time to uncover remote ruins, gorgeous beaches and outstanding scenery. Travel from the ancient capital of Athens all the way to the spectacular natural wonders on the island of Santorini on this wonderful Greek adventure.

Start
Athens, Greece
Finish
Santorini, Greece
Countries
Greece
Themes
Explorer
Code
ZMSE
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
114kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Uncover thousands of years of civilisation in Athens
  • Swim and snorkel in the glittering Aegean Sea
  • Wander through charming villages in Syros
  • Mingle with Europe's partygoers in Mykonos
  • Indulge in delicious seafood dinners
  • Soak up the sun on a black sand beach in Santorini

Itinerary

Kalimera! Welcome to Greece. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm today. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. As there's not much time to explore Athens on this trip, we recommend you arrive a few days early to see the sights of Greece's ancient capital. Highlights include the renowned changing of the guard at Syntagma (Parliament) Square, the National Gardens, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the original Olympic Stadium and of course, the Acropolis, where you can enter the Pantheon and enjoy fabulous views over the city. You might like to take part in one of our Urban Adventure day trips, such as 'Taste of Athens' or 'Markets, Ruins and Ancient Athens'. You could also take a day trip to the Peloponnese peninsula via ancient Epidavros and the Corinthian canal. In the evening after the welcome meeting, perhaps head out for some gyros and ouzo with your new travel friends.
Today travel by metro to the port of Piraeus, where you'll catch a four-hour ferry to Syros. In the heart of the Cyclades, Syros offers a rare opportunity to see the islands as the Greeks do. Also known as Syra, the island features typical whitewashed houses, farms, terraced fields and gorgeous sandy beaches. Syros is also home to delicious sweets. Take a wander through the main town of Ermoupolis and try the hazelnut, almond or honey-filled wafers or the fruit-flavoured jelly from one of many one-room shops. You'll have plenty of time to explore tomorrow, so perhaps kick up your feet at a waterfront cafe and watch the setting sun turn the houses pink.
Take a guided walk through the fortress-like town of Ano Syros, which offers great views of the Aegean Sea. Wander the narrow alleyways, keeping an ear open for traditional Rembetiko music floating out of the tavernas. Enjoy free time to further explore Syros in your own time. Perhaps hire a bike in town and cycle to the various archeological sites on the island. You might prefer to simply hole up on a beach for the afternoon. The most popular beaches are on the southern side of the island. While some are sandy and others pebbly, all boast crystal clear waters for swimming in. In the evening, sample some local specialities during an included dinner with the group.
Today board a two-hour ferry to Mykonos. Mykonos is legendary both in ancient and modern times. Known in ancient Greek mythology as the battlefield where Zeus fought the Gigantes, today the island is best known for its decadence, style and nightlife. Take a walk through town and browse the chic galleries and boutiques. In the evening, perhaps wander down to Little Venice, where colourful balconies hang precariously over the sea - the ideal spot to sit back with a cocktail and enjoy an Aegean sunset. Afterwards, join in the fun of Mykonos’ notorious nightlife.
Today you might like to head to one of Mykonos' many beaches, which are some of the nicest in Europe. Take a short bus ride to the pumping Paradise or Super Paradise beach bars, or perhaps find a quieter spot to relax along the beautiful coastline. You could also check out the 19th-century House of Lena or the Aegean Maritime Museum in town. At some point today, the group will take a half-day trip out to the nearby island of Delos. One of the most important mythological sites in the Greek Islands, Delos is considered to be the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis.
Today take a three-hour ferry to Santorini. Renowned for its spectacular natural beauty, Santorini is one of Europe's tourist hotspots. Discover the hilltop ruins of Ancient Thira and the archeological site of Akrotiri, a Minoan Bronze Age settlement. Check out the range of restaurants and shops in the island's capital, also called Thira. If you have time while you're here, perhaps head to one of Santorini's volcanic beaches, such as Red Beach or the black beaches of Perissa, Vlhada, Perivolos or Agios Georgios.
In 1500 BC a volcanic eruption sank the centre of Santorini, forming one of the most significant geological formations on the planet - the awe-inspiring caldera. Today the group will make an excursion along the crater rim, starting in Thira town and walking through little villages all the way to Oia. If you have time, you might also like to take a half-day trip to the island's volcano and hot springs. On the last evening of your adventure, rub shoulders with friendly locals in packed pubs and cafes, sipping a cocktail as you witness a magnificent Santorini sunset.
Today your Greek Islands adventure comes to an end. There are no activities planned and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.
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Inclusions

Meals
3 breakfasts1 dinner
Transport
Bus, Ferry, Metro, Taxi
Accommodation
Hotel (7 nights)

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Athens to Santorini , August 2015

Athens to Santorini , August 2015