Best time to visit
MAY - SEP*
70℉ (May), 90℉ (August)
CST +8 hours
European & International
*You’ll get the beaches to yourself in the spring and fall, when temperatures are not so high, but nightlife peaks in July and August.
ATHENS arrival / Welcome to the capital
ATHENS / Tour the city
ATHENS / The gastronomy museum
ATHENS to MILOS / Island of Aphrodite
MILOS / An island sail
MILOS / Explore the catacombs
MILOS to NAXOS / Island hop and wine tasting
NAXOS / Village delicacies
NAXOS / Day cruise
NAXOS to PAROS / Cycladic paradise
PAROS / Interesting island sites
PAROS / Horses and sea
PAROS to SANTORINI / Chase the sunsets
SANTORINI / Sail to the caldera
SANTORINI / The flavours of Santorini
SANTORINI to ATHENS / Return to the capital
ARRIVAL IN ATHENS
A vibrant city, not only is Athens the birthplace of Western democracy, but it is also a destination where you can savour a wealth of diverse cuisine. From souvlaki street food to Michelin star restaurants, Athens really has it all.
WINE BAR HOPPING AND EXCLUSIVE DINNER
Visit 4 Athens wine bars, in which you will taste a wide variety of Greek labels and learn about the various wine regions and the winemaking process of still and sparkling labels. End the tour with dinner in a wine restaurant at uptown Kolonaki.
HALF DAY ATHENS CITY TOUR
First, see the sights of this amazing city by visiting the Acropolis, the new Acropolis Museum, Zeus’ Temple and Hadrian’s Arch with a private guide to explain the history. See the changing of the guards on Parliament Square, admire the marble Panathenaic Stadium and get a panoramic view of Athens on Lycabettus hill.
PRIVATE TOUR AT THE MUSEUM OF GREEK GASTRONOMY
Begin at the central Varvakeios food market to see the variety of meat & fish and taste traditional Greek products like cheese and sausages. Continue to the Museum of Greek Gastronomy in a neoclassical building for an intriguing cookery class and a meal combined with unique wines under the guidance of an expert oenologist.
ARRIVAL IN MILOS
A volcanic island known for its famous statue of Aphrodite, uniquely formed ‘lunar’ beaches and excellent swimming spots. Visit the ancient catacombs at Trypiti used by the early Christians, some of the oldest of their kind in the world.
Athens to Milos: 40 minutes flight time
MILOS SAILING DAY TOUR
Explore the Milos coastline on an exhilarating full day sailing tour where you can discover the island’s shoreline secrets. Stop for a swim at the famous Kleftiko beach and enjoy a dive at the deserted island of Polyaigos. A speed boat ride to Sarakiniko to observe the unique rock formation will leave you in awe.
A SECRET PAST
Learn how the island’s mining history was an important part of its development at the Milos Mining Museum, where you can see photographs, and paintings of its various stages. Find several authentic tools and instruments well as detailed information of the present day mining activity on the island.
ARRIVAL IN NAXOS
Be awed by the ancient “portara” as you arrive in Naxos and discover the largest of the Cyclades. Stroll along the lovely waterfront and climb to the hilltop Kastro. Visit secluded beaches, traditional mountain villages and ancient sites.
WINE TASTING OF CYCLADIC LABELS
Check out the wide variety of Greek wine labels and also the local version of some national varieties. Hear from an expert oenologist is you sip on your wine accompanied by a variety of cheeses, dried fruit, jams & bread sticks with olive oil.
Milos to Paros: aprox. 5 hours by ferry
APEIRANTHOS WITH A TASTE OF HONEY
Visit the mountain village of Apeiranthos, known for its delicious culinary dishes and fine products. Taste cheeses and hams prepared by local families and visit a traditional kitchen where you will prepare traditional ‘honeyed sweets’ (loukoumades or diples or sweet preserves), followed by a stroll around the scenic village.
Walk through picturesque traditional villages and landscapes as you discover the beauty of Naxos. Your guide will take you on hiking trails that connect traditional villages while you encounter archaeological findings and lovely scenery with spectacular views on the way.
DAY CRUISE AROUND NAXOS & SMALL CYCLADES
Visit some of the island’s most beautiful secluded beaches and coves, with stops for swimming, snorkelling and coffee. Enjoy a traditional cooked lunch on board accompanied by cold refreshments, ouzo, raki & wine. A choice of 6 different routes are available from Naxos marina to North Naxos, South Naxos, Koufonisi, Iraklia or Schinousa, depending on the weather conditions.
ARRIVAL IN PAROS
A day in Paros is a chance to discover the true Cyclades with its whitewashed traditional dwellings, narrow cobbled streets and quaint fishing villages. Try a spot of windsurfing on its long, sandy beaches and visit the beautiful Valley of the Butterflies to catch a glimpse of the Jersey Tiger Moth species.
Naxos to Paros: 15-30 minutes by ferry
UNIQUE MONASTERY AND HEAVENLY BEACH
Enter the excellently preserved Paleo-Christian Monastery of Panaghia Ekatontapiliani, meaning church of a hundred doors. It is said to have been originally constructed by Saint Constantine, first Emperor of Constantinople. Then visit the beautiful village of Lefkes and be driven to the famous Santa Maria beach for a short swim.
SUNRISE HORSEBACK RIDING AND SWIMMING
See the island from another perspective at sunrise by horseback and trek through its unique scenery before trotting along the sandy beach of Santa Maria. Go for a refreshing swim or snorkel to discover an underwater paradise with plenty of marine life.
EVENING SUNSET COASTLINE TOUR
Explore the island’s coastline by horseback at sunset and taste the sea salt of the east coast awakening your appetite. Follow the beat of the pulsating bars and pass the night with great cocktails and friendly vibes in one of the island’s many venues.
ARRIVAL IN SANTORINI
A short flight from Athens International Airport will take you to Santorini, the island famous for its volcano, sunsets and amazing history.
Paros to Santorini: 1 hour and 45 minutes by ferry
SAILING DAY TOUR
Departs on a 5 hours sailing trip from Ammoudi to the caldera cliffs as you pass under Oia, Imerovigli, Fira and the caldera. Stop at the hot springs for swimming and a mud bath before some snorkelling. Sail by Aspronisi, Akrotiri and Indian rock before stopping at the White beach for an onboard barbecue of local delicacies and finish up at Red Beach.
PRIVATE WINE AND FOOD TOUR
Visit a volcanic vineyard with its unique basket vines and hear about the local Santorini’s strange viticulture. Next, on to a family farm to learn about the rural heritage of Santorini and the indigenous grape varieties.Help a local chef prepare classic Greek delicacies and island specialties, which you can savour with a glass of Greek wine.
ARRIVAL IN ATHENS AND OFF HOME
Leave Athens with the sights and sounds of your travels through the city and the islands well preserved in your mind’s eye.