From Athens to Santorini – 8 days
From the world-famous Acropolis in Ancient Athens to the outstanding beauty of Santorini, our itinerary is customized to include your individual preferences. We create your trip from scratch including booking your transport, accommodation and activities using our local expertise to recommend the best tours and attractions! Whether you prefer a self-guided or a fully guided tour of Greece with an experienced local guide, we’ll be happy to help make your holiday in Greece the best ever! We will work with you to create a bespoke trip that is suitable for your interests and budget.
- See the highlights of the Acropolis and Parthenon at sunset
- Stroll through the atmospheric streets of Plaka
- Enjoy an amazing sailing day cruise around the volcanic islets of Santorini
- Experience amazing Caldera sunsets and unforgettable wine tastings on Santorini
Day 1 Arriving in Athens City
Arrive in Athens and settle into your hotel or villa. The best way to learn more about the amazing treasures of ancient Athens is on a private tour with a local guide. Head to the Acropolis, which is a collection of significant temples and ruins including the awe-inspiring Pantheon, the Propylaea (the monumental gateway to the Acropolis) and the elegant Erechtheion.
Day 2 The Acropolis and Acropolis Museum
After breakfast, the delights of Athens await. There are plenty of fascinating attractions in Athens including the Acropolis Museum which focuses on the archaeological site of the Acropolis and all the artefacts. A stroll through the narrow cobbled streets of Plaka is a must with its tiny shops and pavement cafés. Syntagma Square offers a different perspective on Athens with its tree-lined plaza and fountain. If you’ve time, visit Monastiraki, home of the Ancient Agora, Hadrian’s Library and the Stoa of Attalos.
Day 3 Arriving in Santorini
Journey south from Piraeus port to Santorini, one of the great natural wonders of the world. We can book you a seat aboard a high-speed ferry or design your holiday based on sailing on a crewed catamaran yacht for a cruise through the Aegean Sea. Alternatively, a flight takes around 45 minutes. Make your way to your hotel or villa accommodation and look out for somewhere pleasant to spend the evening or perhaps chill out by the pool.
Day 4 Explore Santorini Sailing
Discover Santorini with its tiny churches, cave dwellings, villages and beaches. The lovely island of Santorini is volcanic by nature with four main towns perched along the crescent-shaped caldera. Fira is the capital with typical Cycladic and Venetian architecture, a local museum and a cable car down to the Old Port. In the afternoon, charter a crewed sailing or motor yacht for a day cruise around the volcanic islets of Santorini and be amazed by the sunset vistas across the sea to Thirasia.
Day 5 Santorini wine tasting
There are many wineries on Santorini which is renowned for its indigenous ‘Assyrtiko’ grape (Vitis vinifera). Volcan Wines Museum and Winery is a family-run business and audio tours in different languages explain the winemaking process. The Wine Museum, the only one of its kind on Santorini, is in a natural cave. Neighbouring Santo Winery has scenic vineyards and offers guided walking tours finishing with wine tasting on the terrace with breathtaking views.
Day 6 Santorini Kamari beach
Today visit Kamari, a popular beach town with shops, restaurants and bars. The black pebble beach offers many water sports and there’s a water taxi around the headland to Perissa. Relax and enjoy the laidback atmosphere or take a walk along the shingle to Monolithos. Stay until after dark and enjoy the open-air cinema that operates nearby. Set your alarm for sunrise and see the stunning views of the red sun rising from the sea. It’s unforgettable!
Day 7 Visit Akrotiri archaeological site
Head south to the tip of Santorini to see the ancient ruins of Akrotiri, one of the most advanced Bronze Age settlements. It thrived before being destroyed by a major volcanic eruption. As in Pompeii’s Roman ruins, the remains of this Minoan town are wonderfully preserved. The town sat on the slopes of Thera and it was decimated when the volcano erupted during the second millennium BC. The volcanic matter blanketed the whole island of Santorini, amazingly preserving the buildings and contents for visitors to see today.
Day 8 Athens – Trip end
All too soon your Best of Greece Tour comes to an end. It’s time to pack your bags and be transported to the airport or to the port for your journey back home or to your next destination.