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8 day tour
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Starting in Athens, discover Mykonos and Santorini on this group tour

Discover the beautiful Greek islands! Explore whitewashed villages, rugged landscapes, and decadent sandy beaches with mesmerising views across the Aegean Sea. Saunter through vineyards and olive groves scattered amongst Byzantine churches and dine on fresh seafood. Discover the myths and legends of Mykonos and sample the many wines and fresh produce of Santorini.

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Athens; Capital of Greece

Beginning in the capital city of Athens, explore the ancient delights of this intriguing city before beginning your island hop in the playground of the Greek Gods. Dating as far back as the 5th Century BC, Athens has had a long, fascinating history of being a cultural metropolis. The city has played host to the birth civilizations that have given us democracy, mythology, drama, and philosophy. Often described as an open-air museum with an abundance of  UNESCO World Heritage Sites, neo-classical and art deco architecture as well as ancient monuments.

Mykonos; A Cosmopolitan Paradise

Known in the summer for its party atmosphere, this island has so much more to offer. The old town is a maze of narrow walkways surrounded by white washed houses. A must visit area is Little Venice, a charming village, famous for its windmills. Here, the buildings overhang the pristine blue waters below, formerly fishing houses, these houses originally belonged to shipping merchants which gave them direct access to the sea. Being built right on the water, you can see how it is reminiscent of the Italian city of Venice. Further exploration takes back out to sea to small Archipelago of Delos, the mythological birthplace of Apollo. Encompassing the island are the ruins of Doric temples, markets, an amphitheatre, houses with mosaics and the iconic Terrace of the Lions statues.

Santorini; The Precious Gem of the Aegean

The Crescent-Shaped Idyllic Island of Santorini is probably the most well-known of the Greek Islands. Forever shaped by a volcanic erupton in the 16th Century B.C its rugged landscape has become a thing of beauty. The principal towns of Fira and Oia, are home to the instantly recognisable whitewash buildings that cling to the cliff edge below an underwater caldera (crater) creating a panoramic vista of pure romanticism. However, the islands popularity isn’t solely for the views, the island is a true culinary paradise! Treat yourself to some of the famous traditional products grown here; cherry tomatoes, white egg plants, fava, caper and a special kind of fresh goat cheese are all true delicacies of this rich land. However, it is the wines that are  produced here that are so exceptional and unlike anywhere else in the world as the grapes are grown in the volcanic soil giving it a rich earthy taste.

Discover these islands of paradise and discover their history and culture without forgetting their traditional cuisine that burst with flavour native to the islands. There is so much to see and do here however, click on the links to discover more of Athens and the Heart of Greece.


Dates

Dates throughout 2021


Suggested itinerary by air

Day 1

Fly to Athens

Fly to Athens where you will be met by your English speaking tour guide. Take a sightseeing tour of Athens including visits to the marble capped Acropolis Hill where you’ll enjoy the wonderful views of the ancient Theatre of Dionyssos, the Odean, Mars Hill and the ancient Agora. The tour continues to include the Parliament House on Constitution Square, the Tomb to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Panathenian Stadium, the National Garden, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hardian’s Arch. Following your tour, the group will check into their hotel for overnight stay.

Day 2

Athens – Mykonos

Early breakfast at the hotel before transferring to the port of Piraeus to embark on a ferry-boat sailing to the island of Mykonos. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. You will have free time on the island for the rest of the day.

Day 3

Mykonos

Breakfast at the hotel. Explore the island’s beautiful beaches and walk to the famous windmills passing through “Little Venice”.

Day 4

Mykonos – Delos – Mykonos

Excursion to the island of Delos, a sacred island in ancient times and is said to be the birth place of Apollo and Artemis. The island has a vast open air archaeological site with the Lions Way and the Temple of Apollo. A museum exhibits Archaic, Classical Hellenistic and Roman sculptures, including the Archiac Sphinx of the Naxians and Acroteria from the Temple of the Athenians. Return to Mykonos around mid afternoon.

Day 5

Mykonos – Santorini

Morning at leisure before being transferred to the port to join the ferry-boat to Santorini. Arrival at the port of Athinios in Santorini where the group will met by a local tour guide. Continue on a spectacular drive up to Fira, the capital town. Check into the hotel and evening at leisure.

Day 6

Santorini

Explore the popular island of Santorini which is famous for the breathtaking views over the volcano and it’s amazing sunsets. Stroll around the town of Fira and enjoy the fantastic view from the cliffs over the caldera. Visit the traditional picturesque village of Oia, sample the best Greek wines produced on the island, sample the local produce including tomatoes, capes and sea food.

Day 7

Santorini – Piraeus (Athens)

Morning and afternoon leisure being being transferred to the port to join ferry to Piraeus for your final overnight stay in Athens.

Day 8

Return to the UK

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.


We can provide a wide selection of 3 and 4 star hotels to suit your budget


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8 days
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All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with one free place in a single room, based on a minimum 25 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include UK coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Greatdays Holidays Limited is a member of ABTA (Y0380) which means you have the benefit of ABTA's assistance and Code of Conduct. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. Greatdays Holidays Limited has an ATOL licence (4279) and all of our air package tours are protected under this licence. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the Civil Aviation Authority will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any monies you have paid to us for an advance booking. All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this tour are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate. Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at info@greatdays.co.uk

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