Athens, Mykonos & Santorini June 28th to july 7th 2017

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Wednesday June 28th 2017: Arrival

Flight: TBA

A greeter will welcome you at the gate of the plane. He will accompany you through passport control, assist you with your luggage and introduce you to your driver.

You will then be transferred to the Grande Bretagne

Athens: Grande Bretagne
Room: Deluxe Room with Acropolis View. B&B.
Put the best of science, art and philosophy together in one creation and you have the definitive monument of human civilization. UNESCO calls it the symbol of World Heritage. The world calls it the Athenian Acropolis! The history of the Acropolis of Athens is long, with great moments, when democracy, science, philosophy and art flourished leading to its creation. The Acropolis, and the Parthenon in particular, is the most characteristic monument of the ancient Greek civilization.

Afternoon Walking Tour of Acropolis and Museum

The Acropolis was first inhabited in the early Neolithic age around 6000 BC. Since then temples and dwellings were built, destroyed and reconstructed numerous times. During the Golden Age of Athens, in the 5th Century BC, most of the major temples were re-built under the leadership of Pericles, and great feats of architecture, such as the Parthenon, were created. As you make your way through the Propylaea -which was the fortified entrance to the Acropolis- you will discover a complex of temples which had been erected to glorify Athena, the city’s goddess and protector, and Zeus her father and king of the gods.
Built at the foot of the Acropolis, the museum is dedicated to the exhibition of artefacts found on the rock and the surrounding settlements. Here you will have the chance to view some of the finest sculptures which graced the life of Ancient Athens. As you enter the museum you will pass by the ‘Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis’ which is dedicated to artefacts found in the sanctuaries and houses which were located at the foot of the Acropolis, below the temples.

In the evening your tour will end at the Grande Bretagne.

Thursday June 29th 2017: Flight to Mykonos

At 11:30 am you will meet your driver in the lobby of your hotel and you will be transferred to the Athens International airport for your flight to Mykonos. (the drive time is 30 minutes)

Flight: Athens to Mykonos

Flight OA 376 Time: Depart: 1:20 pm Arrive: 2:00 pm

As you exit the luggage pickup area you will meet your driver and be transferred to the Mykonos Grand.

Mykonos Grand Hotel and Resort
Room: Premium Sea View. B&B.
Mykonos is probably the most famous of the Greek islands… and not without a cause… Discover its iconic whitewashed windmills and chapels scattered along the countryside, divine sandy beaches, unique Cycladic architectural style, wild, cosmopolitan nightlife, endless entertainment opportunities, wonderful local delicacies and countless gastronomic restaurants!

Friday June 30th 2017: Day at Leisure

Today you will have the opportunity to enjoy your hotel and the island of Mykonos at leisure.

Saturday July 1st: Boat tour of Mykonos and Delos (optional)

In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the port for your private boat tour.

You will depart by boat from Mykonos to Delos where you will have a private guided tour. Delos had a position as a holy sanctuary for a millennium before Olympian Greek mythology made it the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. From its Sacred Harbor, the horizon shows the two conical mounds that have identified landscapes sacred to a goddess in other sites: one, retaining its pre-Greek name Mount Kynthos, is crowned with a sanctuary of Dionysus. Afterwards you head to Rhenia where you will dock on a deserted beach, swim in the crystal clear waters, and sunbath on the fine sandy beach or stroll around the place. You will then enjoy lunch in a nice restaurant in one of the Mykonos beaches.

Sunday July 2nd: Day at Leisure

Monday July 3rd: Transfer to Santorini

At 9:30 am you will meet your driver in the lobby of your hotel and you will be transferred to the Mykonos port for your ferry to Santorini.

Hellenic Seaways

  • Ferry: Mykonos to Santorini
  • Depart: 10:15 am | Arrive: 1:25 pm
  • Seats: VIP

As you exit the port you will meet your driver and you will be transferred to the Mystique.

Vibrant Suite
Santorini…amazing views, romantic atmosphere, wild landscapes and a mysterious aura will embrace your arrival! A chic island which perfectly combines the dark volcanic beaches with the cliff hanging whitewashed houses and unforgettable sunsets. You will taste awarded local wines in elegant restaurants, you can enjoy a day trip to the volcano and the beaches with your private yacht or you can just relax with a cocktail listening classic music at Franco’s… An introduction which will indulge all your senses!

Tuesday July 4th: Day at leisure

Today you will have the opportunity to enjoy your hotel and the island of Santorini at leisure.

Wednesday July 5th: Island Tour of Santorini

At 9:00 am you will meet your guide and driver and you will set off on your tour of Santorini.

In ancient Greece Santorini was known as ‘Strongili’ meaning: round. It was a large and wealthy island. However, about 3,600 years ago, at the height of the Minoan civilization, it was torn apart by a tremendous volcanic eruption. The devastating explosion literally ripped the island to pieces and where land stood, Santorini’s famous caldera was created.

You will drive south across the island and your first stop will be the archeological site of Akrotiri.

Akrotiri is a 5,000 year old Minoan settlement which has been preserved in ash. Indeed the town was entirely buried in the great volcanic eruption and remained untouched until it was discovered in 1967. This was possibly the most technologically advanced city of its time. The ruins are very well preserved: streets, buildings, stairs and even second floors of buildings are still visible. Here you can look at Minoan pottery and frescoes, and with a little imagination, feel what it would have been like to live in ancient Greece so many years ago.

After your visit you will proceed to the village of Pyrgos. This charming settlement dates from medieval times and is located on a hill overlooking the island. At the highest point stand the ruins of a Venetian castle and below it the village of Pyrgos.

You will then proceed a small distance to the village of Megalochori and the Venetsano winery which is located on its outskirts. Megalochori is one of the more traditional and quieter villages of the island. Here you will enjoy a short walk through the ancient streets of the village and discover Santorini as it once was. You will have the opportunity to see dwellings which were built in the traditional Cycladic architecture and to walk through the tight streets which were designed as such in order to make the village more defendable against pirate attacks.

Thursday July 6th: Semi-Private Sunset Cruise

At 1:45 pm you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the port for your sunset cruise.

This cruise, which lasts about 5 hours combines swimming and snorkelling, dinner on board and sailing across the sea while the sun is setting. During your tour you will have the opportunity to visit the Hot Springs, sail past the Volcano and admire the beautiful coastline and beaches, while swimming at various locations at your leisure. As the sun is setting you will make your way back towards the port and enjoy the dreamy view. The cruise includes dinner and drinks on board.

Friday July 7th: Departure - flight to Athens

In the morning you will meet your driver and you will be transferred to the Santorini airport for your flight to Athens.

Flight: Santorini to Athens

Time: TBD

As you exit the gate of the plane you will meet your porter who will assist with your baggage and check-in for your flight on wards.


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