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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Day 8: Santorini
Our time in Greece ends today with an included transfer to the airport.
Touring with On The Go Tours
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