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The Greek Islands
Experience bliss on a heavenly tour of the Greek Islands
Island-hop in the playground of the Greek gods - through whitewashed villages and rugged landscapes, over decadent sand beaches and across the azure waters of the Aegean. Saunter through vineyards and olive groves scattered among Byzantine churches, and dine on fresh seafood under the golden Mediterranean sun. Discover the myths and legends of Mykonos and Ios, quaff wine renowned to cure broken hearts in Naxos and round off this Greek Islands adventure with a visit to the mighty ruins of Athens.
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Travel to Greece's thriving metropolis, Athens. If arriving early, perhaps explore the ancient Acropolis and be sure to stop by to watch the changing of the guard at Syntagma Square. Dine on traditional Greek cuisine and end the day with a quick nip of ouzo.
Leave behind the city pace of Athens and begin the Greek Islands adventure on Syros. Follow the footpaths of Syros through small villages to see farms, terraced fields and fabulous, sandy beaches. Perhaps spend an evening in a taverna to appreciate the traditional Rembetiko music the area is known for.
Saunter among bronzed bodies on legendary Mykonos beaches or discover secluded seaside hideaways out of town. Explore labyrinthine streets in the main village and head to the nearby island of Delos, the mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. At night, discover the nightlife Mykonos is famous for while out partying with the locals.
Located on the edges of an enormous caldera, the island of Santorini is known for its whitewashed buildings and black sand beaches. Take the opportunity to rub shoulders with the locals and feast on fresh seafood as the sun melts into the ocean at Oia.
Winding past characteristic Aegean architecture, the narrow paths of Ios's main village are blissfully free of cars. Follow stairs down to remote beaches, visit one of the 365 churches and chapels or climb to the top of the hill in Hora for panoramic views.
Discover stories of racy mythology during a stay on Naxos and be sure to try the local wine - it's reputed to be the antidote to a broken heart. Hike between charming villages, past Byzantine churches and enjoy free time exploring the residential paths of the 13th-century Kastro.
Travel back to Athens and further explore this ancient city before toasting the conclusion of this fabulous Greek Islands odyssey.
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