Athens, Folegandros & Santorini Island Hopping Trip
Visit two enchanting islands plus Athens, the birthplace of theater, democracy, and western civilization, with its culture and rich history evident in architecture like the majestic Parthenon that crown the city.
After taking a trip back in time in the capital, head to the islands, including Folegandros with its picturesque hilltop Chora, secluded coves for swimming and laid-back atmosphere.
You’ll visit one of the world’s most popular islands, Santorini, famous for its romantic settings, sea view candlelit dinners and volcanic caldera with whitewashed villages constructed on its edge.
- Private luxury transfers throughout the trip
- 2 Nights in Athens in a 5 star hotel with breakfast
- Pre-booked sea-transfer from Athens to Folegandros
- 2 Nights in Folegandros in a 4 star hotel with breakfast
- Pre-booked ferry from Folegandros to Santorini
- 3 Nights in Santorini in a 4 star hotel with breakfast
- 24/7 Concierge service throughout your trip
- UK flights can be arranged at a supplement from a variety of UK airports
- Price per person based on low season departures. Prices may be higher during peak Summer months.
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Legendary for its long, rich history and unforgettable attractions like the iconic Parthenon that rises above the city, Athens is a city that should be on every travel bucket list. While its famous sites where Plato and Socrates once walked are what draw many here, the Greek capital also offers plenty of modern delights, from world-class museums and art galleries to endless restaurants offering mouthwatering Greek and international fare.
The birthplace of theater, democracy and Western civilization, Athens is a must-visit for any history, architecture or archaeology enthusiast, with the strikingly white columns of the Parthenon providing just a glimpse of what’s to come. There are few cities that can rival Athens when it comes to historical prominence, but it’s also a place where you can watch residents as they make their way to the local markets or play a sidewalk game of chess, enjoying a slower-paced, more laid-back way of life. After dark, the contrasts truly come to light, with the scent of spiced lamb filling the air from tavernas, Omonia Square all lit up and music blaring from the dance clubs.
The stunning Acropolis, visible from nearly every vantage point across Athens, is still the temple city’s hub and a daily reminder of Greek heritage. While the remains of ancient Greece tend to get the most attention, there are plenty of surprises, from live music performances set up in restaurants and on sidewalks to energetic art shows, fabulous street art and much more. Just a short drive on the Attica peninsula are fantastic beaches, while monasteries with incredible Byzantine mosaics and mineral-filled lakes can easily be reached in less than an hour as well.
Experiences in Athens
Athens Food Tour
A foodie must, this gourmet tasting tour will bring you on a 4-hour gastronomic excursion to sample Athens’ delicacies. You’ll visit markets, delis, cafes and some of the hottest street food spots on foot, while being able to take advantage of the knowledge provided by your private expert food guide. Taste everything from regional cheeses donuts to Greek bread, wine, and fresh brewed coffee.
This walking tour is a perfect way to see the city sights on foot while skipping the long lines at the greatest monument of ancient Greece, the Acropolis. A three-hour experience, you’ll get skip-the-line access even at the busiest times before exploring the new Acropolis Museum with a knowledgeable guide. It also includes many of Athens’ other highlights like the Changing of the Guards.
Luxury Catamaran Cruise
Don’t visit Greece without spending some time on the water. This luxury cruise will bring out on an elegant catamaran to see the sights along the Athens Riviera while enjoying a traditional Greek meal and BBQ dishes with stops for swimming or snorkeling. Soak up the Mediterranean sun and the salty sea breeze on a morning or a sunset cruise capped off with the region’s famously stunning sunset.
Day Trip to Delphi
This private tour offers a full day of fascinating history and picturesque sites. You’ll pass through scenic countryside, the ancient cities of Livadeia and Thebes, and the pretty village of Arachova before exploring one of the country’s most significant archaeological sites, Delphi. Revered by the ancient Greeks as the center of the Earth, it hosts many fabulous ruins like the Sanctuary of Apollo.
Folegandros, a remote and tranquil isle in the Cyclades is strikingly different from its neighbor Santorini, with no high-end restaurants, boutiques or even cruise ships at its port. It’s ideal for those looking for a peaceful retreat, in a place where the waves gently crash against pebbled shores, goats scurry around the hills and old wooden windmills spin in the salty breeze. The Chora hosts, timeless creations of traditional Cycladic architecture, while eateries serve tasty homemade dishes like matsata and local delicacies such as goat cheese paired with the region’s famous beverage, rakomelo.
Situated at the southern edge of the Cyclades, Folegandros offers irresistible charms, becoming increasingly popular among Greek island travel destinations. It’s managed to preserve its wonderful bohemian character while boasting unspoiled beaches and a tranquil atmosphere with no vehicles permitted and parts of the island still without electricity. Visitors can look forward to peaceful strolls through narrow alleyways, enjoying bougainvillea-strewn courtyards, alluring cube houses and much more without traffic noise and interruptions. The highlight is its largest settlement, Chora, which some say is the Cyclades most appealing village. It features whitewashed buildings set atop the cliffs and alluring streets to wander, discovering seductive squares and a wealth of delights like unique shops and traditional restaurants serving authentic dishes along the way. The Kastro is its oldest area, where one can admire homes that are a thousand years old and in surprisingly good condition.
The island’s second-largest village, Ano Meria, is like a living museum with age-old customs and traditions preserved. Here, you’re likely to spot octopus drying on lines outside the handful of restaurants and locals riding their donkeys along terraced fields. The island’s beaches are well worth taking advantage of too, especially Agali, a sandy stretch where one can relax and enjoy a sun-filled day, or Karavostasi, edged by shallow waters ideal for swimming.
Experiences in Folegandros
Day Trip to Poliegos
Visit the largest inhabited island of Greece on this thrilling boat tour to Poliegos island. Just a few miles from Folegandros, you’ll be able to explore some of the most spectacular spots on the coastline, learning about the geology, history and underwater life while experiencing it firsthand. Enjoy snorkeling, with all gear provided, or a relaxing swim in the clear turquoise waters. Lunch and wine are optional.
One of the most exciting activities you can enjoy on Folegandros is snorkeling. This tour will take you out by speedboat to explore Georgitsi Cave with its stalactites, corals and sponges, witnessing the surreal blue of the interior created by light reflection. Visit secluded Katergo beach, snorkeling around the towering underwater walls surrounded by the marine life, including many different types of fish.
Take a private tour with a local guide who will drive you around the most picturesque spots on the island. Visit the wonderful beaches, picture perfect chapels, traditional villages and some of the hidden gems on Folegandros. Your tour ends with a traditional meze style lunch made by a local cook with fresh and delicious ingredients.
Experience authentic Greek fishing by joining a local fisherman to cruise out in his boat, helping to lift his nets and discover the catch of the day. Afterward, you’ll anchor at a beach where the crew will take the fish out, clean them and prepare your delicious meal. You can watch, help out, or just enjoy a swim while waiting for your meal.
Santorini oozes romance, one of the reasons it’s so popular for honeymoons and all sorts of romantic escapes, though it’s on or near the top of just about every travelers’ bucket list. Stepping off the ferry you might think that you’ve stepped into a dream, with the endless whitewashed buildings adorned with blue doors and shutters, creating a breathtaking palette that reflects the sea and the sky, built into rugged cliffs that slope down to the glistening waters below. It’s all about jaw-dropping views, which can be found just about everywhere on this crescent-shaped outcrop.
On the island’s northern tip at Oia, churches, hotels, and homes spill down rock walls, creating one of the planet’s most stunning backdrops, though the scenery at sea level is just as impressive. While Santorini may not have many white sand beaches for lounging on, it does boast some of the most unique stretches on the planet, like Red Beach, where the cliffs with their fiery-red hue are turned into crimson sand at the bottom and framed by dazzling cerulean water. Of course, Santorini is well known for its black sand beaches like Perivolos and Perissa and Perivolos, but it also offers several beaches with white sand as well. Wine enthusiasts can take advantage of fine local wine which is especially high quality due to the land’s volcanic elements. It flows almost as freely as the hot springs near the volcano, with vineyards and wineries dotted across the island, including Boutari Winery, established back in 1879.
Experiences in Santorini
E bike Tours
Explore the hidden island of Thirassia just 1 nautical mile away from Santorini. Get on your electric bike on this fun half-day tour that will bring you to some of the island’s most impressive spots to see the sunset away from the crowds and a spectacular view to Santorini! Let your bike do all the work for you as you discover hidden treasures most tourists don’t get to see, ride alongside the caldera, and enjoy a guided tour on one of the most secluded destinations in Cyclades.
Santorini Wine Tasting
Wine enthusiasts can enjoy the highlights of Santorini as well as the opportunity to sample the island’s fine wine on this small group tour. You’ll get to visit the breathtaking village of Oia, Pyrgos and Megalochori, soak up the views from Prophet Elias Monastery and enjoy a wine tasting featuring local varietals at a picturesque winery that overlooks the dramatic caldera.
Catamaran day cruise
Sailing around Santorini provides a stunning perspective of one of the world’s most unique and beautiful islands. This tour will bring you along its shores a luxury catamaran, with a stop to soak in natural hot springs and a visit both the White and Red beaches for a swim. While you have fun, the crew will prepare a BBQ feast that will be enjoyed with local white wine and cocktails.
Cooking Class & Wine
A favorite among food enthusiasts, enjoy a unique cooking experience in a traditional cave house on Santorini. You’ll be immersed into the local culinary traditions as you learn how to prepare traditional dishes with hands-on-instruction from your guide. Afterwards, enjoy the meal you helped to make paired with wine, Greek coffee and dessert on a beautiful terrace. You’ll even get to take home some recipes.
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