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Greece: Athens, Mykonos, Santorini July 13-21, 2021

THE ITINERARY

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Athens

Day 1

Arrive in Athens. Get settled then join us for a Welcome Dinner in the Village of Plaka, a historical district in Athens, right under the sacred rock of the Acropolis. The Parthenon is visible from every corner in Plaka. The restaurant is within walking distance of the hotel.

Day 2

Athens Morning Tour including Acropolis Site

This tour gives you the opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Your expert guides will take you to see the center of the city, the Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament, the Monument of the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University and the National Library. On the way to the Acropolis you will make a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium where the first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896, you will see the temple of Olympian Zeus and the Hadrian's Arch. At the Acropolis, you will visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erectheion and finally "the harmony between material and spirit" the monument that "puts order in the mind" the Parthenon. (Tour duration is approximately 3 hours.) Return to the hotel, where the balance of the day is at your leisure.

Accommodations

Hotel Amelia - 4*

Amalia Hotel Athens part of Amalia Hotels Group, opened in the early 60s and immediately became a favorite for Athens visitors. Its central location right in the heart of the city, overlooking the Greek Parliament and the National Gardens, makes Amalia Hotel an ideal destination for both leisure and business travelers. A four-star superior hotel, landmark of the city, recently renovated, offering all modern facilities and services to its guests.

Mykonos

Day 3

Transfer to the port to board the high-speed ferry to Mykonos. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. The balance of the day is at your leisure.

Day 4

Mykonos: City & Island Half Day Tour

Experience the highlights of Mykonos. Enjoy a guided walk in the town and explore other areas of the island on a bus tour that includes beach stops. Begin with a comfortable city walk to the unique sites of Mykonos like "Little Venice" where you will find charming old houses situated precariously on the edge of the sea, and the windmill area, a quintessential feature of the Mykonos landscape. You'll also see Paraportiani church, one of the most photographed churches on the island, and the harbor front.

Afterwards the bus tour begins, which will showcase the landscapes of the interior and take you to some of the beautiful bays and beaches, including Agios Ioannis, Plati Yalos, San Stefanos and Kalafatis. You'll also visit the traditional village of Ano Mera, one of the oldest villages in Mykonos with a picturesque village square and 16th Century monastery. This excursion is packed with a lots of information about the culture, history and places to go. (Duration: Approx: 4 hours.) The balance of the day is at your leisure.

Accommodations

Porto Mykonos - 4*

Porto Mykonos boasts the most ideal location in Mykonos town overlooking the vivid pace of the Port and the sparkling colors of the sea. Nestled in one of the most romantic landscapes in Greece this seaside retreat offers the most magical Mykonos town view with flickering lights illuminating the windmills and the historic center. The minimalist rooms and suites feature a combination of authentic Cycladic and modern elements. This hotel in Mykonos town epitomizes the beauty of simplicity in itself.

Santorini

Day 5

Transfer to the port to join the hydrofoil to Santorini. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. The balance of the day is at your leisure.

Day 6

Explore Santorini on this 4-hour tour of the island with your English speaking guide. Visually, Santorini is the most spectacular of the isles in the Cyclades. With its brilliant flooded caldera, high cliffs and charming villages, it is the Greek Isle of everyone’s dreams. This tour will take you to Santorini’s highest peak, crowned by the Mount Profitis Ilias Monastery. At 883 feet, Mt. Profitis Ilias rugged landscape is largely composed of volcanic rocks as a result of hundreds of eruptions during the last two million years, some of them being large caldera-forming events. Here, in this remote spot, you’ll have an ideal photo opportunity to capture the beauty of this ancient island. Discover the village of Pyrgos, which was the capital of Santorini until 1800. Here you’ll be able to admire the beautiful old houses and the Venetian Fortress crowned by several churches.

The other part of the tour will take us to one of the island’s most famous traditional wineries. Viniculture is an ancient art in Santorini, and the fact that vines thrive at all is amazing considering the fact that the island has limited water resources. But the volcanic soil is an excellent medium for producing grapes, especially the Assyrtiko grape – a rare, white variety. After your visit, you’ll drive through the countryside to visit Oia. This traditional Greek village of whitewashed cubes is perched impossibly high on cliffs at the northwest tip of the island. Here, take in the stunning views of the island from one of the charming cafes or stroll above the rooftops of the homes carved into the cliffs and gaze into the deep blue waters of the caldera far below. You will return to your hotel, where the balance of the day is at leisure.

In the afternoon into the evening, you have the option to pose for your own professional photoshoot. Photos will be taken by Kimonas Patiniotis Photography. There is an additional charge for this service.

Day 7

This morning is at your leisure.

Santorini: Sunset Catamaran Dinner Cruise (Shared Tour)

This afternoon (about 3:30 p.m.) you will be transferred from your hotel in Santorini to Vlihada Marina (in the south of the island) to being the catamaran cruise. The first stop will be at the red beach for swimming, which is arguably one of the most famous and beautiful beaches of Santorini. It is located only some steps away from the ancient site of Akrotiri. The small size of the beach creates a much crowded atmosphere and there are many days where most of the visitors choose not to make it all the way down to the beach and instead admire this unique landscape of red and black volcanic rocks from the headland. Your next stop will be at the white beach for swimming and snorkeling.

Snorkeling is ideal for those who would like to explore and get a feel of the underwater world of Santorini. Your evening continues while you sail along Akrotiri and Aspronissi, and reach the hot springs. Here you can swim and enjoy a mud bath. Your cruise this evening includes dinner, which will be served on board.

The tour ends at Amoudi Bay, where a mini bus will be waiting to take you back to your hotel. (Approx. 5 hours)

Accommodations

El Greco Resort & Spa

El Greco Resort & Spa welcomes you in a place that combines simplicity with beauty and can make your stay in our resort a truly unforgettable experience. Biggest hotel in Santorini Island, is located minutes away from the center of the magnificent capital of Santorini, Fira a vibrant place full of life and excitement. Offers an adult only spa center, 5 outdoor swimming pools and 1 indoor pool.

Return to Athens

Day 8

Transfer to the port to join the fast boat (Hydrofoil) to Piraeus. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel in Athens Sofitel Airport Hotel, which is connected to the airport. Enjoy a farewell dinner in the hotel’s main restaurant (Mesoghaia Restaurant). (Excluded beverages.)

Accommodations

Sofitel Athens Airport - 5*

Get the celebrity treatment with world-class service at Sofitel Athens Airport. The 5-star Sofitel Athens is conveniently located 150 feet from Athens International Airport. It offers 2 restaurants, a spa and an indoor heated pool with views over the airport. Free Wi-Fi is offered throughout. Each of the modern rooms is soundproofed and appointed with comfortable beds. Units are air-conditioned and have satellite TVs and work desks. Marble bathrooms feature luxury toiletries.

Athens Sofitel’s 2 restaurants serve delicious Greek and global cuisine. Artemis Bar features a pergola, while Karavi Bar and Restaurant on the 9th floor offers panoramic views of the airport. Wellness options include a sauna, massage and facial treatments. A hair salon is also available.

Day 9

Say farewell to Greece as we return to the USA!!!

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Created with images by MustangJoe - "santorini blue dome" • Puk Patrick - "Parthenon Temple at Athen, Greece" • Anestiev - "acropolis athens greece" • Russ Widger - "mykonos church" • andischatz - "mykonos greece alley" • Ryan Spencer - "Pathway to the Mediterranean" • Tom Grimbert - "The Most Amazing show" • Jonathan Gallegos - "Oia, Santorini at sunset" • Gonbiana - "greece sculpture column" • Simon Maage - "East to West"