Romance by the Grecian Seaside

Fall in love all over again on this adventure filled with history as rich as its flavors. Begin in the whitewashed paradise of Mykonos, centered right in the heart of the Cyclades, home to some of Greece’s most important archaeological ruins.

Tour local fish markets, churches, museums, and 11th-century architecture. Sample Greek dips and olives, feta cheese, and tomatoes in a local tavern. Of course, this is accompanied by a guided wine tasting, where you can learn about the history of Greek wines.

Journey further into Santorini, where you will tour mountains, famed archeological sites, and a wine museum set in a natural cave complete with the look and feel of a labyrinth!

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.

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Tour Summary

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Day 1

On arrival in Athens, make your way to the gate for your connecting flight to Mykonos. After clearing passport control and customs, collect your luggage and proceed to the Arrivals Hall. Here you will be met by a Luxury Trips representative for your road transfer to Leto Hotel where you will stay for three nights.

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Day 2

After breakfast, meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel for your private half day city and island tour.

Starting the City and Island Tour by walking the small and narrow streets, we have many possibilities to take nice photographs in the early morning, quiet city. We get orientation and information in the labyrinth of the old town as well as impressions of the small port and the churches in town. Of course we will see the famous wind-mills and find Petros The Pelecan, the mascot of Mykonos. After this we are exploring the island with a bus, visiting some of the most famous beaches and the inner land- scape. We see fishermen and kaikis, small private chapels and houses built in typical cycladic style.

In the second main village of Mykonos, Ano Mera, an idyllic place 6km from town, where the guests have enough free time for a stroll around the traditional square and they can visit the monk monastery Panagia Tourliani built in the 16th century. Next stop is Kalafatis beach where there is time to relax a little and have a coffee or a refreshment (on own account), before going back to town and to reach a place with a fantastic view all over the town and neighbor islands.

Return to the hotel for rest.

This evening you will be picked up and be transferred to a local restaurant for dinner.

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Day 3

Today you will enjoy a private wine & culture tour.

During this tour, your private guide will take you on a walk of the sea front past the local fish and vegetable market. You will also have an opportunity to meet the island’s mascot, Peter the pelican. On your way to Paraportiani Church, a famous sample of Cycladic architecture and one of the most photographed spots of the Mediterranean, you will visit the Folklore Museum, situated in a beautiful house from the 11th century.

Continue on to the picturesque Alefkandra, an area known as the “Little Venice” of Mykonos with the old captain houses built into the sea. The Windmills opposite Little Venice were used in the past to grind wheat, and from here you’ll enjoy beautiful views of Little Venice and the sea.

Then continue to the House of Lena where you can see the style of furniture and personal belongings of the family.

Before returning to the hotel, take a Greek ‘meze’, including various Greek dips and olives, feta cheese, and tomatoes in a local tavern. While you enjoy a wine tasting, your guide will tell you about the history of Greek wines.

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Day 4

After breakfast, at a time determined by your flight, you will be met and transferred to the terminal for your ferry ride to Santorini. On arrival you will be met and transferred to Belvedere Suites where you will stay for three nights.

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Day 5

Today you will take a full day private tour of the island which will give you the chance to visit the most important places of Santorini:

Profitis Ilias Mountain

The highest peak of the island (567 meters) is located between Pyrgos and Kamari. The Mountain’s name is Profitis Ilias (Prophet Elijah), coming from the Monastery with the same name located at the top. From this vantage point, you will enjoy a striking view of the entire island, from the patchwork agricultural plains to the hilltop village of Oia.

Megalochori

Walking Tour at Megalochori, one of the most beautiful traditional villages of the island. Typical traditional cycladic houses, neoclassic buildings and small houses dug in the volcanic rock blend together with harmony. We find here also the typical small white churches with blue domes.

Akrotiri Archaeological site

Guided visit (with professional licensed Guide) at one of the most important prehistoric settlements of Greece. Akrotiri is a Bronze Age settlement on the volcanic island of Santorini (Thera). The settlement was destroyed by a huge eruption during the 17th century BC and buried under the volcanic ash, which preserved the whole city in perfect conditions so as to be referred often as “Prehistoric Pompei” The settlement has been suggested as a possible inspiration for Plato’s story of Atlantis. The site has been excavated since 1967.

Koutsoyannopoulos Winery

Being the only one of its kind in Greece, the Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum occupies a natural cave. It is eight meters below ground, 300 meters long and has a labyrinth-like shape. The Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum presents the history of wine and the life of vine-growers in Santorini since the 1600s. You will have the opportunity to see representations of the history of wine and to taste four of the best wines that winery produces today, in a specially designed wine-tasting

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Oia

Oia is known for breathtaking sunsets.. Is one of the most photographed places in Greece. It has inspired artists, poets and every visitor of the island. The beauty of Oia is unsurpassed. Small white cave houses dug into the volcanic rock, interspersed by splashes of rich ochre, deep fuchsia, cobalt blue, oyster pink and earthy red.

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Day 6

This morning will be yours at leisure to explore a bit or relax in the beautiful hotel.

Early in the afternoon you will be picked up and be transferred to the port where you will embark on a 5-hour catamaran tour.

Discover Santorini’s beautiful coastline with this delightful cruise, which includes BBQ meal with drinks. 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. You will visit Red beach, White Beach, hot springs, and will stop below Oia for the sunset.

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Day 7

At a time determined by your flight you will be met and transferred to the airport for your flight back to Athens where you will connect with your flight home taking with you the sights, sounds, and memories of an incredible Grecian vacation!

Included

Scheduled/private activities/tours (i.e. with other guests) as specified;
Luxury Trips’ local reps available 24/7 while travelling;
Services of local guides and hotel staff;
Air/ground transfers as specified;
Accommodation taxes, applicable tourism levies and all relevant Value Added Tax (VAT) or Government Sales Tax (GST);
All accommodation as specified;
Excursions/activities as specified;
Luxury Trips Final Documentation.

Not Included

Meals, drinks, laundry, entrance fees, porterage, tours/excursions and transfers not specified;
Cancellation, baggage and medical insurance;
Staff gratuities;
Any new gov. taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control;
Any items of a personal nature or anything not specifically stated as included;
International airfare.