The islands of the Western Cyclades will enchant you during your personalized Greece tour that will immerse you in charming villages with whitewashed homes overlooking azure waters. Explore Athens, travel Milos, and uncover the subtle jewels of Sifnos to bring the islands out from the shadows of their more famous neighbors. With a combination of history, relaxation, and culture you will have the grandeur of the Cyclades. Lounge on the beach, wander eclectic churches, take in unique landscapes,...
Athens - Remarkable Historical Introductory Tour
The grandeur of Athens dates back more than 3,000 years including the flourishing strength of the Golden Age and the beauty that emerged from the unification of modern Greece in the nineteenth century. The city now acts as much as an entryway to the epic cultural wonders of classical antiquity as a gateway to breathtaking islands of sprouting from the Aegean Sea. Your private transfer will greet you at the Athens International Airport upon your flight’s arrival to escort you into the heart of the contemporary city.
Byzantine churches glint with golden mosaics and marble ancient sites gleam in the spreading sunlight. The scent of baklava drifts out of the local cafes while restaurants fill with the aroma of roast lamb. Your guide will greet you in the lobby of your hotel ready to immerse you in the enchanting history of Athens. The Temple of the Olympian Zeus was erected in the former Roman section of the city under the patronage of Emperor Hadrian in the second century AD.
The temple’s original size extended to nearly 135 feet wide by 354 feet long flanked by a double colonnade of eight columns. Standing in the shadow of the dramatic temple represents a design fitting for the king of the gods. You continue to the top of the Acropolis at the center of ancient life. The Parthenon is the most famous piece of architecture on the holy plateau and was erected between the fifth and fourth centuries BC. The sacred shrine paid homage to Athena, the patron goddess of the city with a design that would become the epitome of classical Greek style.
Milos – Enjoy the Scenic Flight to Milos with the Day at your Leisure
Milos – Indulge in the Luxuries of the Villages, Beaches, and History
Sifnos – Relish the Ferry to Sifnos for a Picturesque Relaxing Day
Sifnos – The Fascinating and Charming Island of Sifnos at your Pace
Athens – Return to Milos and Return to Athens on a Quick Scenic Flight
Athens – Depart for Home
- Walk through ancient history when visiting the Acropolis in Athens, home to the legendary Parthenon
- Indulge in the gorgeous golden sands and illustrious crystal-clear waters of the Aegean Sea on the island of Sifnos
- Uncover the island of Milos and the archeological museum that highlights the discovery of the Venus de Milo in the nineteenth century
- Embrace the legend of the 16th-century monastery of Panagia Chrissopigi as situated on a secluded islet surrounded by the Aegean Sea
- Wander along the spectacular coastal landscape of Sarakiniko where whitewashed and gray flat rocks create coastal caves over placid water
- Delight in the specific architectural design and distinctive display of artifacts inside the Acropolis Museum in Athens
- Witness the impressive array of ancient design and engineering in the preserved columns of the Temple of the Olympian Zeus
Island hopping across the Aegean Sea reveals the legendary beauty of the Cyclades during your 7-day Greece tour. The splendor of the Ancient Western World is rooted in the art, architecture, and philosophy scattered across the land and sea spreading from Athens to the Acropolis at Milos and the numerous churches of Sifnos. Villages, monasteries, and beaches become are ubiquitous along the hills and the island edges as marbled theaters. Volcanic islands and terraced vineyards utilize the unique geological features leading to the serene edges where the cliffs, sands, and pebbled coastlines touch crystal clear azure water.
Your incredible tour of Greece begins with your arrival in Athens. The capital city continues to illuminate the vast history of the country spanning more than 3,000 years. Whether visiting the Acropolis, exploring the National Museum, wandering through the Plaka, or discovering the collection of Byzantine churches, Athens displays the marvelous layers of its past with elegance taking you from the ancient foundations of the Acropolis to the spirit of a contemporary united Greece. Restaurants, cafés, and bars wind along cobbled streets in view of the Parthenon while the metro station at Syntagma Square literally displays the tiers of the city’s past.
Fly to the island of Milos, famous for its prevalent Cycladic charm and as the original home of the Venus de Milo. Small villages speckle the island alongside gorgeous beaches and the captivating ancient theater. The paradisiacal scenery touches a unique lunar landscape overlooking the idyllic sea in view of the picturesque villages of Plaka, Pollonia, and Klima. The neighboring island of Sifnos glows with traditional architecture and gentle crystal-clear water. Legend emanates from the monastery of Panagia Chrissopigi while the villages welcome you with narrow cobbled lanes and stone houses offering spectacular island views for a relaxing and refreshing ambiance. Greece is a region unlike any other; learn more by seeing how our partner Greece trip operators can personalize the experience for you.
$5,455 per person (excluding international flights)
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