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 to ASTYPALAIA / Cycladic charm and deep blue seas
ASTYPALAIA / A historic castle
ASTYPALAIA / Archaeological treasures
ASTYPALAIA / Visit a seaside village
ASTYPALAIA to PAROS / Fly via Athens to Paros
PAROS / An important Christian monument
PAROS / Swim in saltwater pools
PAROS / Discover the nightlife
PAROS to FOLEGANDROS by ferry / Sail to the scenic island
FOLEGANDROS / The best beaches
FOLEGANDROS / Fascinating folklore
FOLEGANDROS / Highways and byways
FOLEGANDROS to PIRAEUS / Return to the port of Athens
FLY OFF TO THE BUTTERFLY-SHAPED ISLAND
Take off for the island of Astypalaia in the Dodecanese, where traditional island living mixes with history to create a truly appealing destination. The picturesque port and capital Chora sits atop a rocky hill overlooking the sea.
Athens to Astypalaia: 1 hour flight
A VENETIAN LEGACY
Visit the remains of a 15th century Venetian Guerini castle that was later inhabited by locals to protect themselves from pirates. Discover two small white churches inside by passing through its low vaulted passageway and only entrance.
RELICS FROM THE PAST
Drop into the small archaeological museum at Skala to view artefacts as old as prehistoric times up to the Middle Ages. Offerings found at two Mycenaean chamber tombs and a petite bronze statue of Aphrodite are among the exhibits.
Head for Livadia, a graphic seaside village surrounded by orchards and vineyards right next to an idyllic little beach and enjoy the serenity of island life in a traditional setting. Take a seat in a seafront taverna and watch Chora light up as evening draws in.
ARRIVAL IN PAROS
Arrive at Paros island and 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.
Astypalaia to Paros: 1 hour flight
DISCOVER THE ISLAND
Visit the church of Panaghia Ekatontapyliani, dedicated to Virgin Mary, in the main town next to the port. Admire one of the most ancient monuments of the Byzantine period to exist in Greece.
SWIM AND BATHE
Swim at Kolimbithres beach close to Naoussa bay, a wonderful place to enjoy the sea with its carved granite rocks creating an unusual landscape of a sandy shoreline and small ‘swimming pools’.
PARTY ON PAROS
Paros is an island full of vibrant nightlife, with many options for you to explore. Small bars and cafés in Paroikia and Naoussa turn into lively hubs as the night draws on and there are also a few popular dance clubs which are open until the early hours.
ISLAND OF THE SENSES
Arrive at Folegandros, the island named after the son of king Minos. Explore its beautiful beaches, turquoise waters and amazing Cycladic architecture. Sail to Karavostasis Port and wander the scenic narrow streets of Chora, the charming capital.
Paros to Folegandros: 2.30 hours sailing time
Choose from a handful of pristine beaches on the island, beginning with Livadi Beach near to Chora. Take a boat to the stunning Katergo or opt for the sandy pebbled Angali beach.
Visit the Cultural Association of Folegandros located in Chora to see intriguing exhibits of the island’s culture and crafts such as ceramics, textiles and photographs. Head on to the Ecomuseum at Ano Meria which shows rural life from days of old.
WALK IN WONDER
Walk along the old network of island trails to reach some lovely secluded beaches while enjoying amazing views along the way. 20 kilometres of footpaths will lead you into areas of historical and cultural interest in a unique setting.
DEPART FOR ATHENS PORT
Leave the island life behind you as you set sail back to Piraeus, taking with you memories of island life, mesmerising views and once in a lifetime experiences.