Athens to Paros & Santorini - 8 Days

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SEMI-INDEPENDENT TOUR: Discover the fascinating ancient wonders of Athens before heading to the beautiful Greek islands of Paros and Santorini. The perfect combination of city break and island relaxation.

Highlights
  • Athens - Discover one of the world's oldest cities, from the ancient Acropolis to the modern Panathenaic Stadium
  • Paros - Quaint island in the Aegean with traditional villages and secluded beaches
  • Santorini - Relax on one of Greece's most beautiful islands, where whitewashed villages perch on volcanic cliffs and breathtaking sunsets can be witnessed at Oia
Age Policy
Children aged up to 12 are welcome on these tours. However please note that finding family rooms for 2 adults and 2 children is not easy - so please check with the Ground Handler before confirming the booking. 
Destinations
  • Europe
  • Greece
Tour Types
  • Small Group
Day 1: Athens

Upon arrival at Athens airport you will be met and transferred to our hotel in the city. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Location: Athens

Day 2: Athens

Today we spend the morning on a coach tour of the city. Popular landmarks and monuments we pass are the Panathenaic Stadium, the Zappeion, the Temple of the Olympian Zeus, Hadrian's Arch and the Parliament. We also visit the legendary Acropolis, which overlooks the city. Enjoy a guided tour of highlights including the famous Parthenon and visit the impressive Acropolis Museum. The afternoon is at leisure so why not explore the Plaka district or go shopping on popular Ermou Street?

Location: Athens

Day 3: Paros

Athens - Paros. Today we leave the mainland and head to the beautiful island of Paros. We take a local ferry from the Athens port Piraeus early this morning. Arriving on the island about 4 hours later, we're transferred to our hotel and the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Location: Paros

Day 4: Paros

Today we have a free day to explore the island of Paros at leisure. This stunning island in the Cyclades is home to pretty fishing villages such as Naoussa. The village is famous for its whitewashed little houses and tiny churches. It' surrounded by a labyrinth of endearing cobbled streets that you can explore. When staying on Paros you can also explore the neighbouring islands including Antiparos or if you prefer to stay put then take advantage of the sandy beaches and the picturesque capital, Parika.

Location: Paros

Day 5: Santorini

Paros - Santorini. Leaving Paros this morning, we head to the port for a local ferry to the magical island of Santorini. The journey takes about 3 1/2 hours and once we have docked we are transferred to our hotel where the rest of the day free to relax or explore.

Location: Santorini

Day 6-7: Santorini

The next two days are at leisure on the breathtaking island of Santorini. Santorini is without doubt one of Greece's most idyllic locations, with dramatic lava cliffs, pristine sandy beaches and azure blue waters. Santorini is also famous for its whitewashed buildings with iconic cobalt blue roofs. No trip to the island is complete without a visit to Oia for one of the magical sunsets. When on Santorini you can also enjoy lots of scenic walks, delectable food and a variety of wines. There's also plenty of history to discover including the Minoan Bronze Age archaeological site of Akrotiri.

Location: Santorini

Day 8: Santorini

Our time in Greece ends today with an included transfer to the airport.

Location: Santorini

  • 7 nights 3-4 star hotels
  • 7 breakfasts
  • One arrival transfer on Day 1 (Athens) and one departure transfer on Day 8 (Santorini) included per booking
  • Two local ferry journeys between Athens and Paros and Paros and Santorini
  • Half day guided tour of Athens, including the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum
  • Entrance fees for all included sites
  • Services of an English-speaking tour guide for Athens city tour
  • All transfers and transportation in modern air conditioned vehicles
  • Note: This is a semi-independent tour which includes one day of group touring. For the Athens City Tour you will join travellers who have booked through other operators and group size can vary from 20 - 45 persons. Guiding may be in an additional language to English


NB - the following are not included:

-International flights and visas
-Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
-A hotel tax of €3.00 per room per night to be paid directly to the hotel at time of check in. Please budget Euro 21, for the duration of the tour. See Trip Notes additional info for details

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