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Quintessential Greece

Walkabout Excursions / Quintessential Greece

Quintessential Greece

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Indulge in the vacation of your dreams. Explore cosmopolitan Athens and discover both historical sites and enchanting villages on the Athenian Riviera. Take in the aromas of olive, fig, lemon, and almond trees in idyllic Mykonos while sunbathing in beaches with crystal-clear water. Enjoy sailing and wine tasting on the quintessential island of Santorini.

10 Days / Athens - Mykonos - Santorini / private local excursions / concierge services / full travel kit / Greece cell phone service / Starting from 250 per person per day
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Travel from your home town to Greece

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Athens - Where it all Began!

The Parthenon

Explore the city where it all began! Follow in the footsteps of ancient Athenians to the Parthenon, the Herodus Atticus Theater, the Acropolis, and the Agora. Continue to the nearby neighborhoods of Plaka and Thisio-Monastiraki to get a taste of modern Greece. A private car will then take you south along the Athenian coastline sprinkled with beaches as you head towards the more dramatic Attica region. Along the way, soak in breathtaking views of the Saronic Gulf. Your goal is the landmark Temple of Poseidon. After visiting the temple, you will have time to walk at leisure on the rocky surroundings to enjoy the view — you may witness one of the most beautiful sunsets in Greece gracing the temple’s columns.
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Temple of Apollo at Delphi

Today set off with a licensed guide for the ancient sanctuary of Delphi whose oracle was consulted in ancient times on important matters. The site, once considered the center of the world, occupies a majestic area on the southwestern slope of Mount Parnassus. Visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the museum housing masterpieces of ancient Greek sculpture such as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias. During this full-day excursion you will drive through villages north of Athens and get a glimpse of traditional Greek life. Stop at the picturesque mountain village of Arachova built on the southern slopes of Mount Parnassus and explore its narrow streets full of taverns and workshops where local artisans sell handcrafted shoulder bags, throw rugs, woodwork, and more.
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Mykonos

Begin your day with a short flight to Mykonos after which we suggest a stroll around town. Visit the oldest bakery on the island and walk through the narrowest street in the world (one of the miracles of local architecture). During your stroll, take note of the numerous windmills — a trademark of this island — and visit the  Church of Panagia Paraportiani. For dinner, dine at one of the cosmopolitan restaurants at Psarou Beach or at one of the traditional Greek restaurants in Mykonos town. But before dinner, you must not miss the beautiful sunset. Take a seat at one of the cafés in “Little Venice,” order a cocktail, and enjoy.
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Greek Temple of Delos

Today we suggest a visit to the nearby island of Delos. The island was a holy sanctuary for a millennium before Greek mythology made it the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Isolated in the center of a roughly circular ring of islands, Delos is one of the most important mythological, historical, and archaeological sites in Greece. Our local guide will help you connect with the rich history of this unique place. Upon return from Delos, grab your beach bag and find a spot at one of the many beautiful beaches on the island. On the southern coast you’ll find trendy Paraga Beach and vibrant Paradise Beach. Or, head north to Panormos Beach, a favorite among locals. After a swim in the crystal clear waters, have a cocktail at one of the tavernas along the beach.
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Southern Coast

Today sail east along the southern coast heading for the uninhabited island of Dragonissi. This small island is known for its beautiful coastline and caves. The boat then heads back to the Mykonos coastline and stops at the deserted beach of Frangias - an ideal place for swimming and snorkeling. Light appetizers accompanied by a glass of wine or juice will be served onboard before stopping for a traditional Greek lunch. After lunch the boat heads west towards Agrari beach providing another opportunity for a relaxing coffee break or various water activities.
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Santorini

After breakfast you will have the opportunity to explore more of Mykonos town before boarding your catamaran to Santorini. Upon arrival you will be  transferred to your accommodation which hugs Firostefani cliff and gazes over the famed caldera and the Aegean Sea. Ease yourself into the laid‐back ambiance at the hotel or take a stroll to the nearby town of Fira — Santorini's capital and one of the island’s livelier spots.
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Wine Tasting!

Today, starting from Fira, your private car will take you north to the village of Oia, unquestionably the most beautiful on the island’s west coast and quintessentially Greek. This traditional, picturesque village with charming houses on narrow streets, blue-doomed churches, and sunbathed verandas overlooks the Aegean Sea.  A winery near Oia will be the first stop on your tour where you can sample some of Greece’s best wines. After your wine tasting, enjoy a scenic drive along Santorini’s east coast to the monastery of Profitis Elias. This 18th century fortress‐like monastery is located on island’s highest point and offers a panoramic view of the entire island. From there, continue to the traditional village of Megalohori. This area hosts a few of the most important wineries. For lunch we suggest one of the areas’ many traditional restaurants.
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Sailing Excursion!

Start your day with a semi-private sea excursion which begins on the southern coast of Santorini. You’ll sail past the White and Red beaches, the Venetian lighthouse, and enter the volcano’s crater where you will sail around the small island of “Palea Kameni” and visit its hot springs. From there, continue to Thirassia where you can enjoy spectacular views of Santorini’s villages from the sea. Later in the day, indulge your taste buds with a delicious selection of Greek dishes including mezé (Greek tapas), and a lavish seafood buffet prepared freshly onboard.
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Return to Athens

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