Athens, Mykonos, Delos, Santorini
Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.
This is your custom tailored vacation through the Greek Islands that will bring you to the precipice of grandeur. Look out over the never-ending wonder of Greece, where famous philosophers and humanity thrived, and get ready for an unforgettable vacation designed specifically to highlight the famous Greek islands and Athens.
Athens - Greek Beginnings
Welcome to Athens, the gateway to the islands and the cradle of Western Civilization. At the airport, you will be met by a private transfer that will take you into the center of the ancient city, where you can breathe in the history that has inspired people, countries, and the world alike. Acropolis hill rises over the city at its core, literally and figuratively, once that actual center of history. Wander along the foothill of the Acropolis and enjoy a taste of the islands to come with a visit to the neighborhood of Anafiotika, a stunning area of whitewashed homes that climb up the slope of the hill. The neighborhood was built in the 19th century by villagers brought from the Cyclades to give them a reminder of home. The narrow paths are nothing less than charming, as bougainvillea give a burst of color to the immaculate walls. The sweet aroma of flaky filo filled with rich cheese drifts from a tiny restaurant along the stairway, welcoming you inside and into Greece.
Athens - Historic Possibilities
The wonder of the Athens is at your beckon call this morning on a guided tour of the ancient and modern history of the city that encompasses all of Greece. An overview of Athenian past has you exploring the grand collection in the New Acropolis Museum. The third floor is dedicated to the Parthenon with a panoramic view of the temple on top of the hill. On the first floor you will walk past archaeological treasures guarded by a rail but open for everyone to see just how shallow anyone can dig within the borders of Athens to find remains of the old city. The magnificent display of statues within the foyer not only allows you a sense of the importance of art amongst the Greeks but also shows the attention to detail even with chiseling a person’s beard out of stone, for which each strand of hair looks accounted.
Atop Acropolis Hill is the imposing entryway known as the Propylaea. The thick and massive pillars continue to give the proud and important air to the citadel. The scent of earth and history surrounds you, from the marble of the columns to the marble paved floor, the air swirls with passionate antiquity. Within the confines of the Acropolis you can see the stunning Parthenon, a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena. The celebrated structure has been revered for millennia, for its perfect construction to its richly carved metopes and pediments, displaying the myths of Athens and gods alike. It is not hard to understand why this particular temple is considered the symbol for the Golden Age of Athens, which stands before you like a treasure.
Mykonos - Island Promises
The desire for an island getaway can never be satisfied until you experience the incredible shores of the Greek Isles. Today you will make your way by hydrofoil to the marveled island of Mykonos. You almost have to prepare yourself for the unparalleled beaches, pristine waters, and charming streets yet to come. The pillars of ancient Athens fade from view. The turquoise waters of the Mediterranean reach into the horizon. Disembark at the port of Mykonos where you can see five immaculate windmills on a wing of the island. The wheels spin slowly in the cool breeze of the late afternoon. The waves brush against the shores. You can see the colorful walls of Little Venice, a short group of connected buildings that linger above the waves. The sweet scent of the sea lifts into the breeze. There is no mistaking it, the sands are close and you have arrived.
Mykonos - Delos, Island of the Gods
Enjoy your breakfast by the pool where you can hear the gentle rush of the waves along the sand. The day will bring you along the incredible shores of Delos, the birthplace of the gods Apollo and Artemis. The city was once a prosperous trading port, an ancient civilization with decorated houses and running water. The ruins of the city spread over the valley and along the hillside. There is a grace within the marble ruins of the city that continues to wrap around the remaining columns. At the foothill of Cynthis the propylaea of the Temple of Isis stands over the valley. Between the pillars you can see the remaining bust of Isis situated proudly over the once prosperous city.
The marble lions that guard the Sacred Lake, where Apollo was born, are poised and proud; you can imagine them coming to life at any moment to protect the sacred grounds. The immaculate color of marble washes over the ancient ruins guiding you through history, while at the House of Dionysus there is a vibrant mural that decorates the floor, bordered by a textile of rolling waves. The mural depicts Dionysus, God of Wine, successfully riding atop a tiger. The elegance of the mural, along with the grace and grandeur of the remains of the city are remarkable.
Mykonos - Clear Waters and Stellar Cliffs
The morning arrives with the light shining off of the calm sea. Enjoy your breakfast with the cool breeze of the early day, the aroma of fresh coffee swirling through the air. After breakfast you will have a semi-private transfer to the port where you will hydrofoil through the tremendous turquoise water of the sea. The crystal beaches of Mykonos have dissipated beyond the horizon; however, the cliffs of Santorini now begin to come into view. The boat glides into the caldera giving prime view of the crescent island before you. The whitewashed homes crawl along the cliff side, clustered in distinct villages. Arrive at your fantastic accommodation with a view that overlooks the caldera below. The rocky surface of the protruding tip of the volcano sits at the water’s center. There is an outstanding blue that rises from the sea, blending into the sky, where the sun begins to set.
Santorini - Crescent Allure
The day is yours to spend it as you wish along the spectacular cliffs of Santorini. Spend the day lounging by the infinity pool where the endless waters offer a gentle trickle to the perfect panorama. You could even visit the spectacular lost city of Akrotiri, believed to be the basis for the lost city of Atlantis. The city was covered in ash from a volcanic eruption over three thousand years ago. Now the preserved remains of the city sit untouched, slowly being excavated to help Greece and the world understand a large part of our past.
Walk down the ancient main street surrounded by buildings that were once shops, homes, and warehouses. Jars stand outside with traces of oil and wine inside. The rich scent of volcanic earth drapes over the city. You can almost imagine the bustle of the main street during the height of Akrotiri’s existence. The area known as Complex Delta encompasses four houses. One room is decorated with the spring fresco. The texture of the mountains gives a special sensitivity to the rocky landscape covered in blossoming lilies. Colors burst from the wall, graceful and elegant against the textured ashen exterior of the buildings. The magic of the island isn’t just within its views but also within its superb past.
Athens - Return of Antiquity
Soak in the gentle panorama of your view at breakfast once more. The rich perfume of Greek coffee is lifted by the breeze. A semi-private transfer will take you from your hotel to the port. Board the hydrofoil and sail across the Mediterranean back to sensational city of Athens. The afternoon is yours to enjoy the city once more, bringing you to the footsteps of the Acropolis. Let the sun drive across the sky as you enjoy your time along the Plaka, the oldest continuously inhabited street in Athens. The charm of the cobblestones and the narrow pathways brings you to an entirely different city than that which you left. The sweet aroma of revani, cake soaked in simple syrup, rushes along side you, settling you back into Athens.
Athens - Farewell Greece
Today you will journey from the Athens city center to the airport for your flight home. Your time along the ancient sights and the islands was nothing less than stellar, showing you the sensational wonders of the ancient and the modern, from cosmopolitan beaches to pillared perseverance, splendid panoramas to lavish art. Although you may be on your way home, whenever you miss the islands all you have to do is close your eyes and remember your extraordinary holiday; Greece will be here waiting when you’re ready to return.
- Tour through the magnificent history of Athens where the Acropolis sits like a jewel over the city
- Indulge on the glorious beaches of Mykonos, where cosmopolitan meets charm
- Journey to the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis on the island of Delos to see where gods were born
- Experience the vast collection of colors in a Santorini sunset
- View the picture perfect villages of Santorini where roofs are painted blue and the walls are flushed with white
The sunlight hits the Parthenon and brings a spectacular pink shimmer to the marble. The wondrous crystal waters of Mykonos lap at the beaches and glisten like diamonds. The whitewashed homes of Santorini sparkle a deep orange in the remarkable sunset. Get ready for an island exploration on this 8-day tour meant for island hoppers, antique seekers, adventurers, celebrators, those that desire luxury and those that want to bask in the Mediterranean sun. There is no limit to the majesty of Greece through the antiquity of Athens and the warm sand of Mykonos, the marble statues of Delos to the ancient ashen city of Akrotiri. Don’t be afraid to marvel at the marvelous and wonder at the wonderful. This is a holiday meant for thrill seekers and royalty; it is a holiday meant for you.
Your grand journey through the Greek Isles begins in Athens where the pillars of antiquity continue to decorate the skyline of the city. The marble glistens in sunlight and reminds the world of the Golden Age of Athens. Tour through the contemporary and antiquated monuments of the city, where palaces and mansions rise over the streets and the myths of Greece are chiseled into the temples. The history of the city will remain as you make your way out of Athens and onto the famed shores of Mykonos.
Along the shores of Mykonos you can see the reason why the beaches are revered and the town is captivating. The streets of Mykonos Town wind along the classic architecture of the Cyclades, while the cosmopolitan stores give the essence of the town a grander feel. Sit along the hot sands and cool waters of the island before venturing to the birthplace of Artemis and Apollo wrapped in the ruins of the island of Delos. Cruise through the Mediterranean and arrive beneath the cliffs of Santorini. The breathtaking view of the island has inspired and will continue to inspire people from around the world. The water splashes against the rocks below and the sunset absorbs the sky. With the days at your leisure there is ample opportunity to relax and explore at your own pace, including the ancient city of Akrotiri, where theory claims it to be the Lost City of Atlantis. Find yourself back in Athens within the luxurious surroundings of the Acropolis before your sensational holiday finds you at home once again.
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$1,995 per person (excluding international flights)
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