Athens, Mykonos, Santorini
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Go beyond the traditional idea of Greece and into the essentials on this custom vacation tailored to show you the life of Athens and the islands. The vibrant blue roofs and whitewashed homes sit along the precipice overlooking a caldera. The lavish pillars of the Parthenon watch over the ancient city of Athens. The crystal waters of Mykonos brush against the shore. Spend your days experiencing the best of Greece, from the perfect views to the fabulous beaches, from the ancient ruins to the modern...
Athens – A Welcomed Sight
The morning sun glistens over the rolling arid hills that surround Athens. In the airport you will be greeted by a private transfer that will take you directly to your hotel within the center of the city. The freshness of the earth and lingering scent of olive groves wraps around the hills. White stone cascades along the mountains filled with marble that has been quarried for thousands of years. From the street you can see the Acropolis rising above the city, the pillars of the Parthenon proud and sturdy against the sands of time. Spend time strolling through the neighborhood of Anafiotika. Sitting along the slope of the Acropolis, the neighborhood gives you the first taste of the Cyclades, with whitewashed walls and charming narrow, pebbled paths. The creamy aroma of olive oil brushes against the bougainvillea and welcomes you to Greece.
Athens – Inescapable Charm
The sun blankets the city and gives an orange glow to the marble atop the Acropolis. Meet your guide and be taken into the famed history of the city, from ancient to contemporary, that has shaped Athens, Greece, and the world. Step inside the new Acropolis Museum where relics of history are protected from the elements. Statues and busts, coins and ceramics are displayed dating from before Athens’s Golden Age to a period of Ottoman occupation. The Caryatids decorate a stoic room. These particular sculpted female figures provided architectural support for the Erechtheion situated on the Acropolis, opposite the Parthenon. Their togas sweep down to their feet while their hair is combed back into a perfect braid. The sixth statue sits within the British Museum in London; an empty podium waits for the day it is returned to Athens.
If history hasn’t yet come alive, it is about to, as you make your way up Acropolis Hill, the stone steps eventually giving way to marble. The polished grounds light the path to the Propylaea, the entryway to the plateau. The pillars continue to guard the citadel and let passersby know that they are about to step onto hallowed grounds. On the other side of the Propylaea is the Parthenon, glorious in its ruins as it continues to watch over Athens millennia after it was constructed. Where a large statue of Athena once stood is now empty; however, the grace of the temple is still beyond compare. Porticos decorate two of the temple’s sides while metopes commemorate history with carvings connoting battles against Titans and Amazonians. Essential Greece is no less than what stands before you.
Athens – Old to New
The sights of the city are at your command, giving you the opportunity to see as much as you’d like of Athens at your own pace. The streets are perfumed with Greek coffee, where the richness of dark roast is enhanced with the sweetness of sugar. Whether you prefer to see the famed agora, where ancient Greeks would market and politicians would proselytize, or if you’d rather visit the Athenian bazaar, there is never an end to the city’s splendor. Visit the neighborhood of Monastiraki, an old area of the city nestled beneath the Acropolis. The square is paved with cobblestones and open to the surrounding buildings with coveted space. A mosque dating back to Ottoman occupation sits along the corner of the square. When the market begins the plaza bursts with excitement, where the shopping habits and tradesmen feel like they haven’t changed for centuries. The boisterousness of the area is contagious as people stroll along the paths of the market eyeing everything from souvenirs to spices. The streets are lined with vibrant color. Everything is quintessentially Greek.
Mykonos – No More Pillars Ashore
Today you will depart from Athens, board a ship, and cruise along the pristine waters of the Mediterranean. The turquoise sea glitters in the sunlight, the cool breeze rushes through your hair, and you notice how the Mediterranean has a sweeter scent. Disembark on the shores of Mykonos. The beaches are among the most beautiful in the world, bringing people from all over to dip their toes in the sand. Mykonos Town is a pearl along the stretch of coastline beneath the hills, filled with classic architecture and cosmopolitan vibrancy. Once along the shores of the island you’ll understand the precise reason people never want to leave.
Mykonos – Essentially Cyclades
The beaches of Mykonos bring around jet setters from all over the world to bask on their luxurious sands. With the day at your leisure to enjoy as you please, be sure to make time to take pleasure in a Mykonos beach. Each beach offers you a variety of Mykonos’s range, from seclusion to watersports and just perfect sands. Agios Ioannis is a calm and pristine beach on the southwest shores of the island. The cabana will protect you and your ice-cold drink from the sun. The water is crystal clear, lapping gently at the shore. It is a serene moment, with blue umbrellas that blend with the sky and a boardwalk with friendly restaurants that emanate irresistible cheeses and citrus fruits. Stretch out along the shoreline; this is classic Mykonos.
Mykonos – The Classics of Mykonos
Mykonos is at your beck and call, offering up the island’s grandeur for however you wish to use it. The island of Delos sits just offshore of Mykonos and was the birthplace of gods Artemis and Apollo. At its prosperous peak, the island was covered in temples and sanctuaries dedicated to all sorts of gods. Today the site is a fascinating island to experience history. The ruins continue to house some spectacular art pieces, including a dolphin mosaic that decorates the floor of an old residence. Walk along the Sacred Way that leads to the Sanctuary of Apollo. The paved road is 45 feet wide and is lined with marble bases where statues and monuments once stood. Stone lions continue to guard the Sacred Lake from where the legend says Apollo was born. The island boasts some sensational remnants of days gone by, from frescos to statues, residences to temples, all spread across what was once a great port city.
Santorini – When Blue Roofs Shine
You can watch the blue water shining from the boat as you depart from Mykonos. The white buildings of Mykonos Town fade from view, the hills soon follow. Soon you will come to rising cliffs that wrap into a crescent. Small islands sit within a caldera; the water somehow more clear here than in Mykonos. Atop the cliffs are whitewashed structures topped with stunning blue roofs. You have made it to Santorini. You are received by the famed postcard quality of the island. A semi-private transfer will take you to your hotel where you can settle into the magnificence of the island. The water rushes against the cliff. Mist sprays into the air. The caldera cradles the tranquility of it all.
Santorini – Quintessential Now
The island of Santorini is steeped in perfection, from the views to the buildings, where everywhere you turn is a picturesque moment fit for a postcard or a painting. The island is yours for experiencing, which gives you an endless amount of choices to explore. For a unique view of the island, you can venture along the path leading from Fira, the capital, to Oia, a marble-clad village on the southern end of the island. The path brings you beside the cliff where the view of the caldera is ever-present and ever-gorgeous; it is a sight of which you can never tire, the distant tiny islands in the center of the lush water rippling in the breeze. The arid volcanic soil gives richness to the air. The welcomed breeze brushes through your hair. When you arrive in Oia it is like a different world. The walking paths are literally paved with marble, stretching from the enchanting church to the ridged castle at the edge of the island. Cafes stand along the tiered edges of the cliffs; bakeries emanate a collection of mouthwatering pastries, from baklava to cakes. When the sun starts to set you can look out over the horizon of the Mediterranean and watch the golden hue of dusk settle in.
Santorini – When Everything’s Better
The splendor of breakfast comes to you with a sweeping view over the caldera. Fresh pastries and fresher coffee sweeten the air. Your final day along the cliffs of Santorini is yours for the taking, spent with the pleasures of your choosing. For a different pace and delectable taste of the island, you could enjoy a wine tasting tour. Santorini boasts tremendous vineyards because of the diverse landscape and lush volcanic soil. If not an entire tour, you can at least visit the Art Space Winery. Set within an underground cave, the cool temperature of the pumice stone allows the wine to mature better. The Saint August Barrel is made from Assyrtiko grapes grown predominantly in Santorini giving you the full flavors of the island; the wine boasts a full body with a dry citrus aroma and earthy finish. Anyone on Santorini will tell you that their wine is the best in all of Greece but sometimes you just have to taste it for yourself.
Santorini – Journey Home
Whether on your way home or now considering Santorini your home, today the holiday comes to close as you venture to the airport to begin your journey across the Atlantic. You have cruised along the Mediterranean to see the stunning beaches of Mykonos, the famed caldera of Santorini, and the wondrous ruins of Athens. There will always be an allure to Greece, because of the flavors, the waters, the people, and the sands. However, just because the holiday may be ending doesn’t mean you can’t come back soon; there will always be more of Greece to see. Another visit would be essential.
- Visit the wondrous temples of the Acropolis that overlook Athens
- Lounge along the luxurious sands of Mykonos
- Walk along the ancient history of Delos where Greek gods were born
- Witness the unparalleled views of Santorini overlooking the caldera
- Enjoy a stroll along the famous white walls and blue roofs of Santorini
- Taste the luscious flavors of Santorini cuisine, rich from the volcanic soil
The ideas of Greece have always been rounded into certain images: the Parthenon, whitewashed walls with blue roofs, and baklava. These are the quintessential pictures in your head waiting to be seen, touched, and tasted. On this 11-day tour of Greece you will find that there is so much more vibrancy and life to Greece waiting for you along the cliffs of Santorini, the shores of Mykonos, and the gilded streets of Athens. Witness the essentials of Greece and have the experience of lifetime.
Begin your wondrous journey through Greece with your arrival in Athens. Antiquity looms large along the streets and within the sky, rising over the city center. Tour through the Golden Age of Greece and see the Parthenon. Venture around the city’s diverse neighborhoods that often sit within the shadow of the Acropolis, filled with contemporary history and a particular essence, like the bazaar of Monastiraki. When the cityscape begins to become faint in the distance it is because you have made your way to the island of Mykonos.
The beaches of Mykonos are famed for their luxuries and opulence. The sands are warm and the water is clear. The town winds and meanders, once a deterrent for pirates that now lends a charming spirit to the island. With some excitement the island is yours to explore, including the nearby ruins on the island of Delos where gods were born and raised. The beaches of Mykonos will find themselves disappearing into the horizon as you land on the cliffs of Santorini. The whitewashed walls and blue roofs give you the picturesque view you have seen in photos. There is no limit to the brilliance that you can see on the island, from ancient cities to breathtaking views, sunset cruises to wine tasting. Greece is diverse, stunning, and unparalleled; take the chance to witness the essential Greece…and more.
$2,495 per person (excluding international flights)
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