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9 Day itinerary in Greece, Europe

Romance in Greece from Athens to Santorini

Athens’ heyday was around 400 years BC, that’s when most of the classical monuments were built. During your trip you will spend time in Athens at Leisure, Ascend to the top of the sacred rock of the Acropolis to be confronted by one of the world’s most important structures in history, the Parthenon.... Read More

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Overview

Physical Difficulty

Easy
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Recommended Age

Everyone

Operated in

English

GUIDANCE

Tour Leader

starting point

Athens

trip type

Private

trip attributes

Visit markets

Meet local people

Rural home stays

Indigenous culture

Culture & Arts

Food & Drink

Start

End

Highlights

1

Explore Athens and ascend to the top of the sacred rock of the Acropolis

2

Self-Drive explore the East Coast and Lindos

3

Cooking lesson of traditional greek cuisine and wine tasting

4

Caldera sunset cruise with a stop in volcanic hot springs

Itinerary

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Day 1

place Arrival in Athens

Upon arrival, your driver will be awaiting for you at the airport with a sign with your name on it. You will be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy Athens at Leisure. Athens is still a rather messy and chaotic place—it wouldn’t be Athens otherwise—and despite all the improvements, still retains a great deal of its oriental charm. The whole coastal stretch from Piraeus to the old Hellenikon airport has been improved with new plantings, viaducts and paths for walking. The Plaka district is becoming more and more popular and it is on the way to catching up with Psyrri, Gazi and Rouf as regards restaurants. Discover the beauties of the Anafiotika district, at the feet of the Acropolis, and visit the ancient village still housed in the midst of the city. In Exarchia, there is still a somewhat in-your-face anarchic atmosphere around the Technical University. Meanwhile, Kolonaki is becoming more and more chic.

Accommodation:

  • High-End Accommodation: 4* Hotel
Day 2

place Acropolis & Flavors Combo Tour

A perfect tour to get a true feel of Athens! Ascend to the top of the sacred rock of the Acropolis to be confronted by one of the world’s most important structures in history, the Parthenon. Once there you will enjoy a guided tour which will reveal the magnitude and the rich heritage of Athens and the cultural achievements of the Greek civilization of the Golden Age. After visiting Acropolis, get ready for a 3-hour food tour that will truly make you feel like an Athenian! Sense the intriguing Greek cuisine and local food culture through an experiential food tour in the heart of the bustling capital of Greece. Wander through authentic corners of the city and visit a number of dedicated artisans that have perfected their recipes over the decades, specialized food stores sourcing the best products from all over Greece as well as the vibrant central food market. In the afternoon get ready for a day that will bring you closer to the blue waters of the Aegean Sea; watch the sunset from the majestic Temple of Poseidon, and enjoy an utterly beautiful site close to Athens. You will start from Athens to enjoy the unique experience of watching the sunset from the Temple of Poseidon. The drive along the impressive coastline of Attica is a beautiful experience in itself. The winding road follows the contours of the countless successive little coves and bays, offering amazing views of this dramatic landscape which the ancients associated with Poseidon’s kingdom.

Accommodation:

  • High-End Accommodation: 4* Hotel
Day 3

place Flight from Athens to Rhodes

A short flight and you will find yourselves on the island of the knights, Rhodes! Welcome to Rhodes, the capital of the Dodecanese, an island which is ideal not only for those who want to relax but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination.

Accommodation:

  • High-End Accommodation: 4* Hotel
Day 4

place Rhodes Old Town Walking Tour

This is a walking tour of the medieval town of Rhodes, a unique world heritage monument protected by UNESCO. Your tour guide will meet you at your hotel. Walking to the Old town you'll pass through one of the gateways and will continue parallel to the big fortified wall, with your guide stopping you in some points of interest for further explanations as well as for panoramic views. On the way you will walk through the area of the Agora and the Collachium, where the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem lived and worked, building a stronghold of Christendom in the Eastern Mediterranean. The building of the hospital of the knights of St. John is one of the most impressive and old buildings remaining in the Old town, and houses today the archaeological museum of Rhodes, which is worth for a short visit. Among other things you will see ancient Greek statues, including the Aphrodite of Rhodes, made of parian marble, urns and pots, funerary plaques etc. Entering the famous Knight Street you will start ascending to the level where the very impressive restored Palace of the Grand Masters lies and you will enter it for your guided tour and detailed explanation of the different historic periods of the island and the palace. At the end of the tour, you could of course continue to explore this magnificent town at your own pace.

Guide: Included for the day

Accommodation:

  • High-End Accommodation: 4* Hotel
Day 5

place Self-drive Explore the East Coast and Lindos

Pick up your car at the closest point of Rhodes old town, and start your exploration of the East Coast of Rhodes! After around 1-hour Drive along the east coast of Rhodes, you will find yourselves in the beautiful Lindos Village. Nestling at the foot of a steep rock and beautifully surrounded by the sea lies the traditional settlement of Líndos; on the top of the same rock stands a centuries-old acropolis, proudly overlooking the archipelagos. The Acropolis is a very interesting and beautiful place to visit. The feeling when on the top and the view are worth the (almost) 15 minute steep climb. The ascent follows the same steep path as in antiquity and the visitor is greeted by the stern of an ancient Rhodian warship carved on the rock. The medieval castle's walls follow the natural terrain and enclose the entire surface of the hill. One can take the less steep (longer) path used by the donkeys that carry some of the visitors to the top. Walking on this path will last approx. 25 min. After the visit to the village and Acropolis, spend some time at St. Paul's Bay. The water of the bay has a magnificent blue colous and is crystal-clear! On the way back to Rhodes Town, have a stop at Anthony Quin's Bay. Anthony Quinn beach is on the east coast, sixteen km south of Rhodes Town. A stairway takes you to the narrow beach with sand, pebbles and some rocks. The gorgeous underwater scenery makes it one of the best areas in Rhodes for snorkeling.

Accommodation:

  • High-End Accommodation: 4* Hotel
Day 6

place Flight Rhodes to Santorini

From Rhodes, take the connected flight to Santorini with a short stop in Athens Airport. You will soon find yourselves on the romantic island of Santorini! Leisure time in Santorini. The island's beauty has been waxed lyrical over the years, fully earning the epithet "kalliste" (the most beautiful). Along with "Strogili", this was one of the former names lent to the island over its troubled history. Its history is one of battles and conquers, of a tragic eruption and a blossoming renaissence – events that haven't altered Santorini's charm but that undoubtedly scarred it. Together with the inhabited Therania and five other smaller islands, Thera (Santorini's Greek name) belongs to the namesake archipelago which is the vestige of a volcanic caldera. Places of unspoiled nature and postcard-like views, the islands are reachable by boat and bear the original appeal of the old-fashioned Santorini. The main island is split further into picturesque villages masterly painted in dazzling blue and white hues, outlining the holiday resort's multi-faceted personality and its extraordinary variety of landscapes. The scent of wine grapes and vineyards stretching lazily down Santorini's unrefined hills; the unique taste of tomatoes grown solely on volcanic soil and the soaring temperature of the island; the subtle sand or the smoothness of white pebbles and turquoise waters of some of Europe's most suggestive beaches; the upbeat sound of the buzzing nightlife; the spectacle of the sun setting behind the village of Oia and the caldera to finally plunge into the skyline. Santorini gratifies all 5 senses, treating the traveler to enchanting views and thousands of colors.

Accommodation:

  • High-End Accommodation: 4* Hotel
Day 7

place Santorini Cooking and Wine Tasting

A blend of Santorini’s best tastes and flavors with a “touch” of your effort to cook authentic Santorinian recipes are the main ingredients of the experience that is the Cooking & Tasting Experience Tour. The tour includes the a visit to a winery and a hands-on cooking lesson, by local experts, along with information about the local wines and finally, the pleasure of enjoying your gastronomic creations. What will you take with you? Experience the joy of cooking traditional Santorinian dishes, savor the memory of an exquisite gastronomic experience with the delicious tastes of the island, and take home a booklet with all the recipes you cooked. This tour is perfect for foodies, honeymooners, cooking class aficionados, or food and wine lovers.

Accommodation:

  • High-End Accommodation: 4* Hotel
Day 8

place Explore Santorini and Afternoon Caldera Cruise

Without mentioning dazzling panoramas, the mesmerizing sea or vibrant villages, Santorini's culinary tradition would be something worth experiencing on its own. Borrowing a pronounced Mediterranean diet from the mainland, Santorini shares a tendency to use vegetables, quality olive oil, meat and fresh seafood generously, creating its own cuisine by adding products that are cultivated solely on its fertile soil. Try the island's peculiar white-eggplants with mozzarella, or sample the unique "Tomatokeftedes", tomato fritters made of Santorini's own produce, and accompany it beautifully with a glass of Vinsanto – Santorini is in all aspects a work of art, and its souvenirs and local produce doubtlessly reflect the island's beautiful facets. Oia and above all Fira are the island's major shopping destinations, places of unrivaled charm where traditional shops line up neatly down narrow streets. In Santorini a visit to one of the local art galleries is a must: evocative handicrafts, folk art and jewelry can be bought at accessible prices, guaranteeing a souvenir that mirrors the authenticity of the villages. Another worthy shopping experience is all about local produce. The diversity of products makes it hard to choose from the numerous delicacies grown on the island's volcanic soil. Fava, the Greek version of split peas, is particularly unique in Santorini and it is used to make a down-to-earth, yet scrumptious, puree. The island's grapes make a heavenly wine that is exported worldwide and can be bought in any of the local wineries. Last but not least comes Santorini's trademark tomato, the locals' pride and a must try for food-aficionados - wonderfully appetizing and juicy.

Accommodation:

  • High-End Accommodation: 4* Hotel
Day 9

place Departure Day from Santorini to Athens

Today, you will have to say goodbye to the beautiful Greece. Your driver will pick you up and transfer you domestic flight back to Athens. Once arriving in Athens Airport, check-in to your international flight and depart Greece.

What’s Included

Accommodation expand_less

  • 4* Hotel

Transport expand_less

  • Airport PIck up Athens
  • Domestic Flight from Athens to Rhodes
  • Domestic Flight Rhodes to Santorini
  • Domestic Flight from Santorini to Athens
  • Athens Airport Drop Off

Activities expand_less

  • Enjoy Athens at leisure
  • Acropolis & Flavors Combo Tour
  • Self-drive Explore the East Coast and Lindos
  • Rhodes Old Town Walking Tour
  • Santorini Cooking and Wine Tasting
  • Caldera Sunset Cruise

Not Included expand_less

  • Meals not specified as included
  • Beverages
  • International Flights
  • Tips for Guides and Drivers

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