Experience the mystique and staggering beauty of the Greek Islands

Rich in natural beauty and shrouded in myths and legends, the Greek Islands may just be the Gods' gift to mortals. This eight-day island tour covers three of the Cyclades group. From sunning on a black sand Santorini beach and partying with locals in Ios, to hiking through medieval mountain villages in Naxos and exploring the 'birthplace of Western civilisation' in Athens - opportunities to discover old and new Greece are plentiful.

Start
Santorini, Greece
Finish
Athens, Greece
Countries
Greece
Themes
Explorer
Code
ZMSA
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
97kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Relax on black sand beaches in Santorini
  • Soak up the party vibe in Ios
  • Delve into mythology on Naxos
  • Experience hospitality at a backstreet taverna
  • Visit Athens - the birthplace of Western civilisation

Itinerary

Arrive early to soak up the sun on one of Greece's top holiday destinations. Bask on the black sand Santorini beaches or cool off with a refreshing swim in the clear Aegean waters. Why not do as the locals do and hire a scooter to explore further, stopping to visit the ancient Thira and Akrotiri ruins or to simply find a quiet spot and enjoy sweeping views over the caldera. Alternatively, take a more relaxed approach on a day trip to the volcano and hot springs.
Follow the narrow stairways and roughly hewn tracks to find remote, sandy beaches. Hike up to Panagia Gremiotissa, an ancient church marked by windmills and a lone palm that offers stunning views over the island and bay. Visit Byzantine churches and try a sip of ouzo with locals among the whitewashed buildings of Chora. After time spent enjoying the spoils of island life, feast on the day’s catch and perhaps head out after dark to sample Ios’s acclaimed nightlife.
Discover mythical folklore and archaeological history on a hike around Naxos, an island shrouded in racy romantic tales of misbehaving gods. Visit the temple of Apollo, the ruins of a Greek castle and a local liqueur distillery, where the citrus inspired kitron is made. Take time to visit backstreet tavernas and bakeries in the medieval castle area, dive into the sea and end the day with a glass of Naxos wine - reputed to be the antidote for a broken heart. Or for the adventurous, get up close to colourful marine creatures on a scuba diving trip or try windsurfing across the bay.
Depart the Greek Islands and travel to Athens, an ancient city named after the goddess of wisdom. Get aerial views of the city from the Parthenon, take a walk past the Temple of Olympian Zeus or find a cafe in the streets below the Acropolis and watch locals going about their business. Perhaps enjoy a final group dinner and a toast to this grand Greek Island adventure.
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Inclusions

Meals
1 lunch
Transport
Bus, Ferry, Taxi
Accommodation
Hotel (7 nights)
Included activites
  • Cultural show
  • Traditional Greek meal
  • Walk and distillery tour
  • Walk to Panagia Gremiotissa

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Notes

A Single Supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.

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