Athens, Paros & Santorini Island Hopping Trip
Travel back in time some 6,000 years by exploring Athens with its rich ancient history, including the Acropolis while sampling its fine food and modern delights, including one of Europe’s most vibrant art scenes.
Afterwards you’ll enjoy two distinct Greek islands, Paros, which boasts medieval ruins, picturesque beaches, postcard-perfect whitewashed towns, and a buzzing nightlife, and Santorini.
The latter is a volcanic island with cliff-side whitewashed villages, pebble beaches, natural hot springs, and an impressive caldera, renowned for its unique geology and some of the world’s legendary sunsets.
- Private luxury transfers throughout the trip
- 2 Nights in Athens in a 5 star hotel with breakfast
- Pre-booked flight from Athens to Paros. Option for pre- booked ferry, too.
- 3 Nights in Paros in a 4 star hotel with pool with breakfast
- Pre-booked ferry from Paros to Santorini.
- 2 nights in Santorini in 5 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.
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.
Athens by Bike
If you enjoy exploring on two wheels, join a bike tour to see the highlights of central Athens with an expert local guide. You’ll visit many top historic sites, cycling around the iconic Acropolis through the Ancient Agora, to the Roman Forum and beyond. Learn more about what you’re seeing as well as the city’s legends and rich history while stopping along the way.
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.
The second-largest, and one of the most beautiful islands in the Cyclades, Paros is centrally located near Syros, Signos, Ios and Naxos. It boasts a wide range of beaches providing something for just about everyone, from busy beaches for mingling to stretches popular for windsurfing and tranquil, remote sands for quiet contemplation. A watersports paradise, just some of the other popular activities here include diving, kitesurfing, kayaking, waterskiing and jet skiing. The island’s unspoiled landscapes are crisscrossed with scenic trails for hiking, while its many charming towns are filled with cobbled streets ideal for strolling.
The “quintessential Greek island” as Paros is often referred to, its diverse and impressive landscapes include everything from serene valleys and rolling hills dotted with ancient monasteries and lovely little churches to endless powdery sand beaches framed by crystal-clear aquamarine waters. There are medieval ruins and monuments, postcard-perfect whitewashed towns and no shortage of enticing bars and cafes. Some say this island is like Mykonos as it was two decades ago, with all the atmosphere without the crowds or high prices, which is why those in the know tend to return again and again.
Experiences in Paros
A fun and interactive way to learn the top secrets of the Greek cuisine by a local chef. Prepare your meal based on fresh vegetables, herbs and locally produced ingredients, and learn about the Greek culture around food and the importance of cooking and eating together. Enjoy your wine or beer while waiting for your food to get ready.
Day Trip to Antiparos
The picture perfect little island of Antiparos is without a doubt one of the most beautiful islands in Cyclades. Located just 7 miles from Paros, Antiparos is a must when visiting Paros. A day trip on a catamaran or yacht is the best way to see Antiparos, as you will have the opportunity to discover its famous and most secluded beaches with turquoise waters of unique beauty.
Walk in the picturesque alleys of Parikia, through the old market and the castle of the Franks located on the hill of Aghios
Konstantinos. Visit the church of Panagia Ekatontapyliani, one of the most important Christian churches in Greece. Take a
short break to taste traditional Greek coffee and then start a trip to Naoussa. Enjoy the picturesque alleys before heading to the amazing villages like Lefkes and Alyki.
Day Trip To Koufonisia
Discover the secluded beaches of Koufonisia islands, swim in crystal clear blue waters, spend the day under the sun enjoying the stunning coastline and the islands that are just a breath away from Paros. SUP and go pro equipment will be available during your trip.
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.
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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