8 days / 7 nights
Athens - Santorini
2019 Tour Dates and Hotels
Daily Departures from 1st February, 2019 to 15 October, 2019
Option of choosing 3 or 4 * hotels
Guided Athens city tour
Sunset Tour: Cape Sounio
Poros - Hydra - Aegina: One Day Cruise
Premium Semi-Private Catamaran Cruise
One Day Delphi tour
Santorini Bus tour
Volcano - Hot Springs Sunset and Dinner Cruise
DAY 01 : ARRIVE ATHENS - SUNSET TOUR - CAPE SOUNIO
You will be picked from Airport and transferred to hotel. Later in the evening join our guided half day tour to Cape Sounion and experience a breathtaking sunset at the unique temple of Poseidon, the God of the Seas in ancient times. Our tour starts with a wonderful drive along the Athens Rivera. During this relaxing ride with your luxury air-conditioned bus you’ll enjoy splendid views of the Saronic Gulf while passing through some of Athens’ most beautiful suburbs, including Hellinikon Olympic complex, Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, and Varkiza. Arriving at the Cape Sounion, you will visit the 5th century B.C. Temple of Poseidon with its magnificent panoramic view of the Aegean Sea (on a clear day you can see at least seven islands).
DAY 02 : ATHENS CITY SIGHTSEEING (B)
You will have breakfast at the hotel and today you will immerse yourself into the past and present of the fascinating city of Athens, stroll the halls of the famous Acropolis Museum and see Ancient Greece with your own eyes. Discover the fascinating history of the ancient city of Athens. Visit the Panathenaic Stadium, one of the oldest stadiums in the world.
Explore the magnificent exhibitions in the Acropolis Museum.
Today you will learn all about Athens’ ancient and modern history on this half-day tour of the city. Take a trip alongside expert guides, who will knowledgeably let you in on all there is to know and more about this fascinating city, in which past and present constantly blend. Begin by spending some time at the breath-taking Panathenaic Stadium, a magnificent construction erected on the remains of an ancient stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896.
Then, as you continue, pass by the Royal Palace, the private residence of Greece’s Prime Minister. Keep a lookout for the Euzones, the Palace’s guards in their colourful uniforms! You will also be able to appreciate many incredible landmarks drenched in history, such as Hadrian’s Arch, the Greek Parliament in Syntagma Square and Athens’ memorial to the Unknown Soldier. Also discover the beauty of world-renowned modern institutions such as the University, the National Library and the Academy, named after the famous Academy founded by the philosopher Plato in the classical Greek era.
Last but not least, you will visit the Acropolis, an old plateau abundant with various symbols of ancient Greece, the most magnificent of which are the remains of the Parthenon.
DAY 03 : POROS - HYDRA - AEGINA : ONE DAY CRUISE (B, L)
Take a day cruise from Athens to the fabulous Greek islands of Hydra, Poros, and Aegina for a relaxing day on the sea. With all your transport, transfers and buffet lunch organized, (a delicious lunch and Greek folklore show aboard your ship are included), you can sit back and enjoy your leisurely day cruise with free time on each island to explore.
After transferring from Athens to the port by motor coach, you'll set sail for the island of Poros, where you'll have free time for strolling and shopping. Head ashore at the colorful capital and enjoy around two hours to look around on your own.
As you approach the island of Hydra to admire the colorful harbor and get tips from your guide on what to see and do on the island. You will have about 2 hours at leisure to enjoy the unique charms of Hydra island, whose amphitheater shape once served as a safe shelter for Saronic Pirates. Amble down the narrow lanes, relax over coffee, or buy souvenirs in the quaint shops.
From the decks, you will be able to admire the very special architecture and dramatic landscapes of this island, whose old traditional stone houses and mansions silently stand witness to a long and turbulent history.
Upon arrival in Egina (Aegina) a guided excursion to Aegina's ancient Temple of Aphaia is also available at your own expense or take a walk around the main town.
DAY 04 : DELPHI ONE DAY TOUR (B, L)
Follow in the footsteps of kings and make a pilgrimage to discover your destiny with this day trip to Delphi, An exciting journey to the old "navel" of the world.
Famed for the uncanny accuracy of the Sibyl, a fortune-telling priestess, Delphi’s fame grew and attracted travellers seeking their fortunes from all over the ancient world. From Athens we’ll cross the fertile plain of Boeotia to the slopes of Mount Parnassus to explore the ruins of Delphi and get a sense of the remarkable power this mystical site still exerts today.
Visit the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios, and learn the story of this brave god’s triumph over the dragon that guarded the omphalos. This mysterious ‘navel stone’ marked the very centre of the world and gave the Sibyl her powers by making her the voice of Apollo. Visit the marble Treasury of the Athenians, built to store the rich offerings of grateful kings. See the stadium where the ancient Pythian Games, precursors to our modern Olympics, were lost or won. Visit the temple of Apollo, where the eternal flame burned in the gloom. Then explore the on-site museums where you can see the omphalos stone itself as well as masterpieces of ancient Greek sculpture such as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias.
Enjoy a delicious traditional local lunch in the modern village of Delphi before passing through the ancient town of Thebes, to discover the story of tragic King Oedipus, whose terrible fate was foreseen by the oracle. Before heading back, marvel at the fascinating mountainous landscapes and the beautiful cities of Livadeia and Arachova, where there will be a short break before returning to Athens.
DAY 05 : ARRIVE SANTORINI - PREMIUM SEMI PRIVATE CATAMARAN CRUISE (B, L)
The cruise starts from Vlychada port at 14:45 and sails along the coastline to reach its first stop at the Red Beach area where guests can swim and snorkel for 30 minutes. Next stop is the White Beach where the guests can enjoy swimming and snorkeling for 1 hour and 30 minutes while the BBQ menu is being prepared by the crew. Then the tour continues sailing below the Indian Rock, the ancient Lighthouse, Akrotiri and the Aspronisi island in order to reach the third stop, the Hot Springs, and the guests can also swim in this stop for 30 minutes. Reaching the end of the tour, sailing below the caldera towards Oia in order to watch the sunset just outside Ammoudi port below the Oia village. The tour ends in Ammoudi port.
DAY 06 : SANTORINI FULL DAY BUS TOUR (B)
Explore the island of Santorini in a day. Learn about the history of the island, admire the architecture of its traditional villages, leisure at its volcanic beaches and live Oia’s sunset experience!
Start your journey with a short photo stop at the famous volcanic beach, well known for the unique color of the sand, its soaring red lava cliffs, and clear green waters.
later take a Guided tour of the so-called “Prehistoric Pompei” or “Lost Atlantis”, buried and preserved by the volcanic ash of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in human history (17th century BC).
Enjoy free time to have lunch (on own) and relax at one of the longest black sandy beaches in the Cyclades and the most popular beach of Santorini.
Next explore one of the oldest and most authentic traditional villages of Santorini, built like a small labyrinth and visit its medieval fortress(15th century).
Visit Santorini Winery and taste Santorini’s distinctive wines and learn about one of the oldest vineyards in Europe while admiring the spectacular view of the volcano.
Finish your tour with a short stop at the highest peak of Santorini (567 meters) to admire the striking panoramic view of the entire island. Before winding up the tour, you will be transferred to the popular village of Oia and the most photographed place in Greece. Enjoy free time to experience its legendary sunset and return back to your hotel.
DAY 07 : VOLCANO - HOT SPRINGS SUNSET DINNER CRUISE (B, D)
The excursion stars from the designated pick up points, from where will be driven to Athinios port in order to empark on the traditional boat. The first stop of your adventure is the volcano of Santorini in Nea Kameni Island, where you will have the opportunity to climb on the top of the volcano, see and take photos of the active crater and walk on its rims. The next destination is Palia Kameni where you will dive and swim in the hot springs created by the underwater powers of the volcano. Sailing above the underwater craters from Palia Kameni to Thirasia Island, the boat will anchor close to the island and you will have the time to ship with your wine. In the north cape of Santorini you will admire the magical view of Oia village with its small famous white houses! The end of the excursion comes on sunset time. The boat sets sails and the sun dives to the sea.
Dinner on board. Buffet style with pork rolls, chicken rolls, rise, baked pota-toes, Greek salad, tzatziki (bread, seasonal fruit, free local wine during buffet).
DAY 08 : DEPARTURE ATHENS (B)
After breakfast transfer to Santorini Harbor and later from Athens Harbor to Athens International Airport.
Note - For some tours, their won't be hotel pickup and drop. You will have to come to the pickup point on your own.
Accommodation in 3 or 4 star hotels with breakfast
Transportation by Coach / Mini bus / Van
Meals as per itinerary
Athens airport to Hotel and return on Pvt basis
Santorini Harbor to Hotel and return on SIC basis
Guide as per itinerary
Ferry tickets from Athens to Santorini in SUPERCAT AND NAXOS JET
What's Not Included
Passport, VISA or other Consular Fees
Personal expenses such telephone bills, pay per view movies, laundry expenses, alcoholic beverages, Hotel incidentals
Any other items not mentioned in this itinerary
Travel and Medical Insurance
Optional tours or excursions
GST as applicable on the date of booking. Any changes before travel date by the government in taxes will be applicable in addition to this