Taste and Sea Cyclades
A special treat with the Taste and Sea Cyclades trip, tasting the flavors of Greece and cruising through the brilliant blue Aegean Sea, island hopping to some of the top destinations, including Naxos, Mykonos and Santorini with excursions to lesser-known but no less impressive islands.
Tour Athens’ famous sights and more hidden gems and spend time out on the water, floating under the Mediterranean sun and diving beneath the surface to experience a dazzling underwater world. Sip local wines and feast on authentic cuisine, from street foods and picnic lunches to food tours and fine dining restaurants.
At a Glance
|Flight to Athens - Afternoon at Leisure||Athens|
|Flavors of Athens Walking Tour||Athens|
|Ferry to Naxos||Naxos|
|Cheese and Wine Trails or Apeiranthos of Light||Naxos|
|Sail to Mykonos - Afternoon at Leisure||Mykonos|
|Day of leisure or foodie tour||Mykonos|
|Sail to Santorini - Afternoon at Leisure||Santorini|
|Platinum Catamaran Cruise||Santorini|
|Flight to Athens - Acropolis Guided Walking Tour||Athens|
|Return Flight from Athens|
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Day by Day Itinerary
Your enchanting Taste and Sea Cyclades adventure begins upon your arrival into Athens International Airport with transfer to your hotel. After checking in, you may want to relax after the journey, or enjoy a little stroll of the capital city’s most iconic landmarks.
You could always take advantage of one of the hammams in the Monastiraki area for a soothing soak followed by a relaxing massage to rejuvenate and then enjoy browsing or buying in the markets and boutiques that sell handmade souvenirs, clothing, jewelry and more. Enjoy dinner at a taverna or sample a variety of tasty street foods – watch where the locals go to discover some of the best
After breakfast we have arranged a private ‘Flavors of Athens Sightseeing Tour’ with a licensed guide that includes the opportunity taste some of the delightful Greek cuisine.
This foodie walking tour, delves into Athens’ best flavors as you visit specialized food stores, dedicated artisans and the central food market, with its local vendors selling produce from throughout the country. Sample Greek gastronomic delights like cheeses, charcuterie, traditional pies and coffee, with fresh ground Greek coffee arguably some of the best in the world. It’s perfect to keep you fueled up for the excursion, and you’ll have the opportunity to purchase tasty souvenirs too.
After the walking tour, you’ll have the chance to join an optional yoga class, practicing poses specially designed for stretching on sacred Filopappou Hill, breathing in the incredible vibe of the ancient surroundings of the Acropolis.
In the morning, we have arranged the ferry to Naxos. As Athens fades into the distance, you’ll sail on to Naxos, known for its marble and granite beaches that are whiter than brighter than any other, all framed by calm, clear blue waters that are ideal for swimming.
Step off the ferry into Naxos Town, where you’ll have the afternoon to explore at your leisure after checking into your hotel. Chora has managed to maintain its magnificent Venetian architecture with elegant towers and beautiful narrow paved streets lined with enticing boutiques, restaurants and cafes, including rooftop patios that suddenly bring the dazzling sea into view. Enjoy some of the island’s specialties like locally-grown fruits and vegetables, meats, fresh seafood and amazing cheeses.
Join a walking food and sightseeing tour. Your inspiring guide will reveal the history of Naxos, including its Venetian castle, while bringing you to taste the flavors of the island.
Discover some of the best flavors of Naxos starting with a visit to a cheese farm to watch and even participate in the traditional cheesemaking process. Meet the owners, learning about what they do and enjoy local delicacies including famous Naxian cheese served hot from the cauldron, along with house wine. Afterwards, you’ll be welcomed by the owner at a picturesque vineyard who will reveal interesting details about the indigenous varieties and winemaking methods, followed by a delicious tasting.
Alternatively, travel to what many say is the crown jewel of Naxos, the mountainous village of Apeiranthos. Experience its timeless beauty and Cycladic culture by strolling the marble paths lined with stone-built homes and shops backed by soaring mountains. Discover old-fashioned arts and delicious treasures along the way, sampling a wide range of local products used in eclectic recipes created by skilled local cooks.
You will sail to the cosmopolitan island of Mykonos. While it’s famous worldwide for its lively nightlife, fine dining, upscale shops and resorts, it also offers classic whitewashed buildings and 16th-century windmills that are highlighted by the nearly always brilliant blue sky.
After checking into your hotel, you’ll have an afternoon at leisure where you can visit to the folklore museum, a bio farm producing local wine, Mykonos Town and the windmills. Learn about the island’s past and present, finding out as to why Mykonos is so seductive
A day of leisure in Mykonos to explore the ‘designer island’ and to tour Mykonos Town or the nearby Ano Mera village. Alternatively, we will take you to a traditional farm estate and under the watchful eye of a culinary expert, you will learn how to conjure up delicious local recipes using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Then savor your creations for lunch or dinner, washed down with delicious local wine.
Gaze out at the brilliant blue waters of the Aegean as you take the ferry to Santorini. After checking into your hotel, you’ll have the afternoon to spend at your leisure. You may want to wander through the idyllic village of Oia – its image has been splashed across countless postcards and travel brochures as one of the most photographed spots on the planet.
Set atop dramatic cliffs boasting stunning views over the caldera, stroll the narrow streets and alleyways, popping into boutiques and art galleries or just relaxing with a drink at one of the many tavernas. Stick around from sunset, one of the most admired in the world.
Enjoy the morning to yourself on Santorini, perhaps taking selfies with a backdrop of the island’s most breathtaking landscapes, from black and red sand beaches to the iconic caldera and sapphire sea. In the early afternoon, you’ll be picked up for an incredible sunset boat tour, sailing around the island on its fastest catamaran, taking in a stunning perspective from the water while enjoy a snack, cocktail or wine.
The journey will be perfectly timed to end in one of the world’s most famous spots for a sunset: Oia. Millions of people have come to witness its glory, when the colors of the setting sun are splashed across the glistening expanse of the brilliant blue Aegean.
Before flying to Athens, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the facilities of the hotel. Once you arrive in Athens in the afternoon, join a tour to climb the steps of the Acropolis, the center of the ancient city, and its Parthenon temple overlooking it all, keeping watch over 5,000 years of civilization.
You’ll experience it with a knowledgeable, licensed guide that combines the long history of the place with the legends of Greek mythology. The excursion will allow you to not only marvel at iconic landmarks that have stood the test of time, but to bring the Greek spirit home with you, including plenty of inspiring stories.
With the Taste and Sea Cyclades tour sadly coming to an end, you’ll check out of your hotel, taking your private transfer to Athens International Airport for your flight back home.
- Private transfers in luxury vehicles throughout your journey with us
- 1 night in Athens in a luxury hotel with breakfast
- Food tour in Athens
- Pre- booked high-speed ferry to Naxos
- 2 nights in Naxos in a luxury hotel with breakfast
- Private cheese and wine food tour or food & culture tour to the village of Apeiranthos
- Pre-booked high-speed ferry to Mykonos
- 2 nights in Mykonos in a luxury hotel with breakfast
- Pre-booked high-speed ferry to Santorini
- 2 nights in Santorini in a luxury hotel with breakfast
- Sunset Catamaran cruise with meal and drinks in Santorini
- One-way flight from Santorini to Athens including check in luggage and seats
- Half day private wine tour in Crete
- 1 night in Athens in a luxury hotel with breakfast
- Guided tour to Acropolis in Athens
- 24/7 concierge service throughout your trip
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