Greece Adventure with Mike, Linda, Jim and Ann A trip of a lifetime!

When you arrive in Santorini you will want to take transportation to Oia - this is a wonderful spot to walk around go to little shops, cafes and stop along the stroll to read about the history of this quaint town. Breath taking photo ops all along the way.

When you arrive you will have to decide if you want to take the donkeys up to the main area or you can take the cable car (you could be brave and try to walk down like Laurel and I did but after experiencing that I do not recommend although there were many many laughs)

Once you are up the cliff and into the town there are all types of shops and restaurants in the very busy, hurried area - gets a bit crazy with everyone being unloaded in that one area. I suggest going on your tour to Oia first and then taking time to walk around when you return to get back to the ship. I listed one of the tours below.

My suggestion is to do a private tour - take the cable car up when you arrive and go on the tour first then spend some time in town when you are back from the tour. It takes some time to get back down to the ship in the cable cars and then back to the ship so you want to give yourself enough time. If you do not want to do a tour you can get cabs from that area to take you to Oia on your own time. One of the tours I have highlighted that is private.

Santorini is the largest island in a circular archipelago about 200km (120 miles) off the coast of Greece and is part of the South Aegean Volcanic Arc.

Your private tour guide will pick you up from the cable car station and take you to the edge of the caldera where you can see the island’s formation and the blue lagoon separating the main island from the smaller island of Therasia.

Learn about Santorini’s fascinating history and discover how the caldera was formed. Continue to the traditional village of Oia with its cave houses built into the landscape.

From there you will ascend the 600m (2000ft) mountain of Profitis Ilias and be rewarded at the top with breathtaking views of the archipelago and the Aegean Sea.

Step into a Greek Orthodox chapel and listen to monks chanting Byzantine music then sample their local wares. At the traditional village of Pyrgos you can navigate its narrow, labyrinth pathways and examine the ruins of the medieval Venetian castle.

Your tour ends with a visit to a local farm where you will have a lesson in the special art of winemaking and sample homemade wines and local delicacies.

This tour is the perfect introduction to this remarkable island and a great opportunity to learn about Greek tradition and religion.

Please Note: Your private 4-hour tour includes food and wine samples. Guests must be able to walk to the tour sites. Wheelchair access not available. Children up to 10 years of age are free. A bottle of water and wine tasting are included. We recommend wearing comfortable, sturdy walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses.

Mykonos

At this stop you can just get off the ship and enjoy a day of walking around the town - everything is right there off the ship. So much to see. I really think you will enjoy this stop. You could take a tour around the island if you wish but there is a lot to do right in the main area.

Athens

I would strongly recomend a private driver for Athens to get around and see the sites. Great way to see Athens on your own. Here is info - there are half and full day tours. You are there overnight so you could really do either one. I would suggest doing it the first day and then you have the second day to go back to see things or visit things you did not have time to see. Vehicles with an English-speaking guide, are offered on a half-day (four hours) basis between the hours of 8:00 am and 6:00 pm. Morning programs must return by 12:30 pm or a full-day program will be charged. Afternoon departures must return before 6:00 pm, or they will be charged an evening supplement. Vehicles are air-conditioned and are provided with a driver. Guests are not allowed to operate vehicle. Private vehicle bookings do not include: entrance fees, meals, parking fees, tolls, refreshments or gratuities. Type of vehicle used will be determined on number of guests booked. The guide and driver will occupy the front seats.

ROME

As for Rome do you want to see Vatican and Colosseum - recommend private tour so you can see all that you want.

Italy

Amalfi coast

As for Italy if you want to see Ruins you want to see Pompeii if you do not care to see that then spend whole day seeing the Amalfi coast. Some of the tours that are listed such as the private splendors of Amalfi Coast is good. Regardless Amalfi coast is a must!

Pompeii

Pompeii is a fabulous ancient site if that is something that interests the four of you. You can do a tour of both. You are there for a few days so spread things out.

You will have an amazing time with so many wonderful sites to see.

Bon Voyage for an incredible adventure.......Don't forget your camera!

Credits:

Created with images by skeeze - "santorini island village" • Bartek Lingas - "Grecja Santorini" • Μanu - "Cable Car, Old Port of Fira" • Kristoffer Trolle - "Lady sitting in front of Parthenon on Acropolis, Athens, Greece" • clurr - "vatican" • Mariamichelle - "cinque terre italy beach" • andi_peh - "amalfi coast italy mediterranean" • Simon - "columnar pool statue"

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