ODE TO GREECE (8D/7N)
It’s a poetic journey. One that will take you from serene islands to steaming volcanoes. And from the ancient Acropolis, to equally cherished taverns. Ancient Greece was always a land that evoked drama, adventure and mystique. Modern Greece is no less.
Athens 3 nights
Mykonos 2 nights
Santorini 2 nights
Arrive in Athens, where a private car awaits to take you to your hotel. Take a night tour through the capital, starting with a ride to the Port of Piraeus with a brief stop at Mikrolimano for a drink of potent ouzo and some meze (traditional appetisers). You will dine at a traditional Greek tavern, complete with bouzouki music and folk dances.
Your half-day tour of the city begins after breakfast. This tour covers some of Athens’ best-loved and most revered sites. This includes visits to places like the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Arch of Hadrian, the Acropolis, the Panathenaic Stadium (where the first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896); and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, among many, many others.
After breakfast, your private car will take you to Piraeus Port (Athens Port) from where you will embark on a ferry to Mykonos. A private car will meet you at your destination, ready to take you to your hotel.
In the morning, travel to Delos, the fabled birthplace of Zeus. Return to Mykonos after you have taken in the wonders of what is known as Europe’s biggest open air museum.
After breakfast, take a ferry to your next destination, the picturesque island of Santorini.
Your day begins with the Caldera Cruise. A coach will drop you to Athinios Port where you will embark on a traditional boat that will take you to the site of Santorini’s active volcano. Climb right up to the crater. Your next activity offers a more soothing, albeit less adventurous dose of heat — a laze in the hot springs and terracotta mud baths of Palea Kameni. Next, cruise to Thirassia and lunch at one of its beachfront tavernas or stroll to the quaint village of Manolas. Then it’s off to the village of Oia via Armeni Bay. A donkey ride or stairs (if you choose to walk) will take you to the top. At the top, you may make your way through its many boutiques, art galleries and shops; or dine at the caldera’s cliff, watching the sun set. At the end of the evening, you will return to your hotel in Santorini.
Your private car will drop you to the ferry that will take you to Piraeus Port in Athens where you will stay overnight.
Bid goodbye to Greece and embark on your journey back home.