With a perfect mix of island time and inland cultural excursions, this trip is all about iconic Grecian escapades. Sipping ouzo, pigging out on Gyros, lazing in the sunshine, snapping white washed and sun bleached island towns, AND marvelling at relics from days gone by – could this just be the itinerary of dreams? From Delphi to Mykonos with a sidestep in Turkey, this land and cruise trip is a no-brainer.
Landing in to the ancient metropolis of Athens, we’ll settle in to our fancy hotel digs and join forces to get the low down on how the next 11 days will run. After, why not kick start your Greek food safari with dinner in the rustic Plaka district, getting excited for tomorrow’s possibilities and the tantalizing call of the Aegean.
We have the first part of the day to run riot in the city of Athens. Climb around the massive Theatre of Dionysus, sift through treasures at the Monastiraki Flea Market or visit Brettos, one of the oldest distillery’s in Greece. In the afternoon it is time to hit the water and cruise to Mykonos. What can you expect here? Think windmills, day clubs, sunshine and perfect clear waters and you’re on the right track…
Today is a game of choose your own adventure. Whether you want to fly high and fancy at a beach club like Hippie Fish or Buddha Bar, or keep things easy with a stroll through Little Venice and a spot of snorkelling, this day will prove as beautiful as the bougainvillea doused houses.
This morning we’ll wake up and hit the seas, letting the salt air and sunshine work their magic on our Mykonos induced sore heads. Ios will greet us with a rugged back drop and buckets of island charm. Dive straight in to the swing of things with the many watersports on offer, or keep it low key with a fresh seafood dinner at a local café. After dark is when Ios really reveals herself, and we’ll stick around to catch the best of it.
Overnight we’ll have floated to another island paradise, allowing us to rise and shine in the arms of Milos. Here in this dreamy playground you can swim in the caves of Kleftiko beach and eat fish cooked in geothermal sands. We’ll soak up every last second and watch the sun set before pulling up anchor for another evening of drifting.
Just in time for breakfast, we’ll drop anchor at the island some may refer to as ‘heaven on earth’. Iconic dome churches, lines of boutique stores, and cliffs that drop towards the azure crystal ocean – ladies and gentlemen, enjoy your time in Santorini.
Rise and Shine, the island of Santorini will not explore itself. Take a swim at Perissa Beach, eat the local speciality of fried tomato balls known as domatokeftedes, and roam the streets of Fira. It's finally your turn to make your friends jealous with outrageous Instagram snaps. Later, we head to the seas again towards Heraklion the capital of Crete - the largest of the Greek Islands. "
Today we’ll be nesting on the big boy of Crete, having docked in the harbour of Heraklion. If you’ve had enough of cocktails and beach umbrellas (although unlikely), this port offers museums, history, and the pretty Georgiadis Park, so plenty of ways to mix it up a bit.
Never ones to miss an opportunity to visit a new country, today we’ll make a trip to our Turkish neighbours of the east. Why not hunt for one-of-a-kind souvenirs at Kusadasi’s bazaar of treasures, or take a tour to Ephesus if you’re feeling nostalgic. We have all day here to enjoy Turkey, so make the most of it.
Today, we’ll see a side of Greece that is neither Athens or the islands, getting an understanding for the culturally diverse history of this country. Who’s ready to see the birth place of the Olympic Games? Hosting the first Olympic Games waaaay back in 776BC, the arena in Olympia has certainly earned its UNESCO World Heritage title. Here in Yunani, you could also visit an Archaeological Museum or the statue of Zeus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Bucket list worthy day or what…
Claiming our place in sporting history, we’ll be ready to kick on to our final point of interest on the Greek map. Heading to the slopes of Mount Parnassus, we’ll discover what was once considered the centre of the world to the Greeks. Covered in a splattering of culturally rich historic monuments, we’ll need an ouzo or two by evening to help us digest the magnitude of what we’ve witnessed.
With enough historical nuggets squirrelled away to last us a life time, we’ll hit the road and head back to the country’s capital for our finale. That’s all folks. Our 12 days in Greece (plus a Turkish mini-moon) will be finished by 6pm this evening. Best start mapping out your next piece of adventure to kick those post holiday blues.
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Trip Name: 7 Day Greek Island Cruise plus Spotlight on Greece
Duration: 12 Days
From Price: $2,894
Supplier Tour ID: SPICS7/205401
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