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Grecian Romance: Athens & Santorini tour

Grecian Romance: Athens & Santorini

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
8 days
From: $ 2,075 $ 259 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Experience the bustling city then enjoy relaxing island life.
  • See pages in history books come to life before your eyes! Stand in-front of the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and more.
  • Witness an unforgettable sunset on a unique catamaran dinner cruise in Santorini.
  • Try authentic Greek favorites! Treat yourself to Pasticio, Moussaka, Gyros, Baklava, and more.
  • Pass donkeys as you walk through tiny, charming streets that overlook the coast.

Short Description

Wander through the ancient Acropolis, pause for a photo at the Parthenon, and stroll through the quaint streets of Santorini. On this journey through Greece, you'll see all of Athens and Santorini's must-sees and everything in-between!

Navigate your way through Greece's capital city, then enjoy a scenic boat ride to one of the world's most romantic islands. Gaze out at the bright blue sea, follow stone streets through white-washed houses, and find breathtaking beauty around every corner.

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See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Athens
End City Athens

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare to Athens (ATH)
  • All airport, ferry port, and hotel transfers
  • 2 nights in Athens at the Amalia Hotel, or similar (Superior Room)
  • High-speed ferry from Athens (Piraeus) to Santorini
  • 4 nights in Santorini at Cliff Side Suites, or similar (Superior Room)
  • Local wine and desserts upon arrival at Santorini hotel
  • One candlelit dinner with wine at a local restaurant
  • Shared catamaran sunset cruise including meal and wine (from Santorini)
  • High-speed ferry from Santorini to Athens (Piraeus)
  • 1 night in Athens at the Amalia Hotel, or similar (Superior Room)
  • Breakfast Daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Athens!

Accommodation: Amalia Hotel Athens

Immerse yourself in the historic beauty of Athens. Upon your arrival at Athens International Airport (ATH), meet your transfer and enjoy the ride to your accommodation.

After you settle in, spend the evening getting to know this amazing city on your own. Treat yourself to a first night meal of Pasticio or Moussaka - and of course, try some baklava for dessert!

Transfer to hotel

Day 2: Athens

Enjoy a full day of exploration today! After indulging in an energizing breakfast, head to the one and only Acropolis. Take tons of photos and get lost in its marvelous history, then stroll through the New Acropolis Museum.

In the afternoon, discover Plaka, the oldest district of Athens, located right under the Acropolis. Walk along its charming stone streets, lined with tons of small shops, cafes, and restaurants. Become immersed in Plaka's old world feel and experience the Greek capital as it was 100 years ago! You may want to do some souvenir shopping at Ermou, Kolonaki, and Voukourestiou streets.

Day 3: Athens - Santorini

Accommodation: Cliff Side Suites

Recharge during breakfast, then enjoy a transfer to the Port of Piraeus and hop on the hydrofoil to Santorini! Enjoy spectacular views of the sea as you sail off to one of the world's most romantic, picturesque islands.

Upon arrival on Santorini, settle into your accommodation, then spend the afternoon leisurely exploring this magical island. Admire the stunning caldera and the white washed houses that sit perched on its edge. Indulge in a delicious dinner at your hotel, then rest up for your next day of excitement.

Transfer to Athens ferry port

Ferry to Santorini!

High-speed ferry from Athens (Piraeus) to Santorini

Transfer to Santorini hotel

Day 4: Santorini

Take advantage of a pleasant morning at leisure, then get ready for your memorable sunset catamaran cruise! Enjoy a transfer to the port, then discover Santorini's beautiful coastline from a truly unique perspective. While cruising, indulge in a decadent BBQ meal and sip on unlimited wine. Always wanted to snorkel? You're in luck! Snorkeling equipment is on board.

Take a refreshing swim in the clear blue waters at the red beach, then sail past the enormous lighthouse south of the caldera. Explore secluded volcanic beaches, experience the volcanic hot springs, or simply relax on the deck. Feel the boat slow to a stop right below Oia, then take in the magic of this once-in-a-lifetime sunset.

Sunset Catamaran Cruise in Santorini

Discover Santorini’s beautiful coastline with this delightful cruise, which includes your dinner with wine. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the clear blue waters at the red beach, and sail past the big lighthouse south of the caldera.

Explore secluded volcanic beaches, experience the volcanic hot springs or simply relax on deck. The cruise visits Red Beach, White Beach, hot springs, and stops below Oia to admire the incredible sunset.

Includes:

  • Full barbecue menu
  • Unlimited drinks (ouzo, wine, soft drinks)
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Round-trip transfers

Day 5: Santorini

After breakfast, start your day in Santorini's fascinating capital of Fira. Sift through tons of artifacts from the sites of Akrotiri and Ancient Thira, then admire famous wall paintings at the Prehistoric Museum. Spend the afternoon relaxing on the island's colorful beaches, created by volcanic eruption.

When in Santorini, Oia is an absolute must-see! Don't miss visiting this beautiful, traditional village that remains one of the most photographed places in Greece. Frolick through Oia's stone streets and admire the small white houses that tier its hillside. Treat yourself to dinner in one of Oia's charming restaurants, then experience what this village is most famous for: the bright orange sunset over the sea.

Day 6: Santorini

Spend today soaking up the beauty of Santorini! Snap tons of photos as you hike along the bright blue sea from Fira to Oia. Once you reach Oia, consider taking a dip in the teal waters of breathtaking Amoudi Bay! If you're a seafood lover - or even a seafood liker - Amoudi Bay is the perfect place to indulge in a delicious meal while feasting your eyes on an unforgettable sunset.

Day 7: Santorini - Athens

Accommodation: Amalia Hotel Athens

Make your way back to the port for the hydrofoil and set sail back to the mainland of Athens. Upon arrival, enjoy a relaxing transfer to your hotel.

Spend the evening checking off your "vacation bucket-list" and making sure you've seen everything you'd hoped to! Take one last evening stroll through Plaka and reflect on your amazing journey over a last-night dinner.

Transfer to Santorini ferry port

Ferry to Athens

High-speed ferry from Santorini to Athens (Piraeus)

Transfer to Athens hotel

Day 8: Depart Greece

Enjoy breakfast, then squeeze all of your souvenirs into your luggage and pack your bags. You'll be transferred to Athens International Airport for your flight home. Board your plane and relax as you dream about your next adventure. 

Transfer to Athens airport (ATH)

Fly home!

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