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8 days / 7 nights
Period of Operation : May to October
Athens
Min Participants : 4
Max Participants : 7
Tour Description

Our Athens, Santorini & Folegandros tour gives you the privilege of visiting two popular destinations of Greece, discover their “active” side and also explore an untouched small island, with wild natural beauty.

Athens, cradle of Western civilization and birthplace of democracy, is the starting point of our unique Athens, Santorini and Folegandros tour! During the first two days we will visit the main archaeological sites (Acropolis, Acropolis museum, etc), walk in the alleys of Plaka (the oldest neighborhood in Athens) and explore the “ancient hills of Athens” (Areopagus, Filopappou, Pnyx and hill of the Muses). Our “most active” highlight is the Athens sea kayak tour, paddling to the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion.

Santorini (or the lost Atlantis for some..) , an island created by a volcanic eruption around 1613 BC, is our next destination. Discover this magical place by sea, hike the Caldera trail, enjoy a unique cooking class sipping wine from the island’s vineyards and watch the world famous sunset from Oia…

Folegandros , one of the most untouched small islands of the Cyclades, is a place with wild natural beauty, located between Paros and Santorini. Although it is found close to popular islands, Folegandros remains away from mass tourism and keeps an authentic character. Its Cycladic architecture, breathtaking views, secluded beaches and coastal hikes make it an ideal setting for adventure enthusiasts. You will love walking along the picturesque streets of Chora and up to the small church of Panagia, explore small villages, eat at a traditional Greek grocery store. Another highlight is our private boat tour that will enable you to explore sea caves, snorkel and swim in crystal clear waters and enjoy an amazing picnic lunch on one of the secluded coves. 

Trip Highlights
  • Acropolis, Parthenon and the "ancient hills of Athens"
  • Kayak to the Temple of Poseidon and experience an unforgettable sunset
  • Discover Santorini by sea, hike the Caldera trail, witness the world famous Oia sunset
  • Private boat tour, while swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of the Greek islands
  • Immerse yourself in Greek cuisine, including eating in a traditional village grocery store and a fascinating cooking class

Level of difficulty

Relatively easy walks, good start for a first trekking holiday. The walking is on a mixture of dirt tracks and well – constructed stone mule paths. We expect participants to be in good physical condition, feel comfortable in water and be able to swim.

Itinerary

Day 1Hills of Athens - Welcome dinner

Our first day is dedicated to Athens!
Acropolis, apart from being the city’s higher point, it was also surrounded by hills that offered protection: Pnyka hill, Areopagus (Mars hill), Philopappou hill and of course Lycabettus. Each one had their own role in ancient times and a story starting as a myth, continuing nowadays. Today we will walk from one hill to another, exploring Athens in a unique way, embracing its vibe and charm along the way. In the evening welcome dinner in an amazing rooftop restaurant.
Overnight in Athens (L,D)

Day 2Acropolis, Parthenon and Acropolis Museum - Athens Sea Kayak Sunset Tour

The majestic Parthenon, the Propylaia gateway and Temple of Athena Nike await you today at the top of Acropolis for a professional guided tour! Afterwards we will expand our knowledge in the new Acropolis museum, a super-modern, glass-walled building set at the footsteps of the ancient Acropolis. Its beautiful terrace is an ideal place for our lunch, before we depart from Athens towards Cape Sounio, where we will have the opportunity to experience an amazing Sea Kayaking activity that will take us to the temple of Poseidon, where we will witness a breathtaking sunset! Dinner at a sea-view restaurant!
Overnight in Athens (B,L,D).

Day 3Santorini - Caldera trail (Fira-Oia) / Oia Sunset experience

Today we take a short flight (40′) to the magical island of Santorini!
After we settle in our hotel, we begin today’s adventure with a hike over-viewing the spectacular caldera, on the old path connecting the capital Fira with the famous for its sunset Oia. For the first 40 minutes, it’s a stone-path, which then turns into a footpath. We end up to the village of Oia, the most famous village for its sunset, where we will have our delicious meal and enjoy the whole sunset experience!
Overnight in Santorini (B,L,D)

Day 4 Santorini Sea Kayak - Cooking class

After our mighty breakfast we get transferred for our Santorini Sea Kayak tour! Let us enjoy views of spectacular rock formations, paddle, swim and snorkel in crystal clear waters and admire beautiful beaches in the southern part of the island. En route we will also savor a delicious picnic meal.
Upon completion of this amazing experience, we visit an exquisite location in Megalochori village for an authentic and fascinating cooking class. What better way to finish the day, than tasting the outcome of your own cooking talents with good company and delicious Santorini wine!
Overnight in Santorini (B,L,D)

Day 5Folegandros hiking tour

This morning is free for sightseeing, relaxing, shopping or heading to the beach for a swim. At noon time we will take our high-speed ferry to our next destination, the idyllic island of Folegandros for an absolute hiking experience!
Walk along Folegandros’ original pathways and pay a visit to the beautiful picturesque chapels of the island as well as to the regular local haystacks and the typical lemon tree security “homes”. Our hike takes us also to our organic gardens, where we can collect the veggies needed for our delicious meal later on, at a traditional old grocery store, made by the hands of Irene and her granddaughter!
Overnight in Folegandros (B,L,D)

Day 6Folegandros boat tour

Folegandros is one of the most unique and picturesque Aegean islands, ideal for boat holidays in Greece. In the southern part of Cyclades and in the center of northern Aegean, surrounded by Milos, Kimolos, Polyaigos, Sifnos, Antiparos, Paros, Ios, Sikinos and Santorini it could only be a perfect getaway for sea sports and recreation. The coastline of the island hides enchanting sea caves, rock formations, secluded beaches, all waiting to be discovered! Today we will navigate on the surface using mask and snorkel, we will explore points accessible only by water, discover an ancient, hidden and very important during ancient times cave and swim in turquoise waters.
Later in the evening we will walk in the alleys of Chora and enjoy a dinner mingling with the locals!
Overnight in Folegandros (B,L,D)

Day 7Free morning - Athens farewell dinner

After our mighty breakfast, free time to spend on the beach until we take the early afternoon ferry to Athens (Piraeus).
Private transfer to our accommodation and farewell dinner.
Overnight in Athens (B,D)

Day 8Departure day

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Price is based on a minimum attendance of 4 people (Please contact us for less or more participants)

Price Includes

  • All accommodations based on double occupancy
  • All transportation during the trip
  • Aegean Outdoors leader/guide throughout the tour
  • All activities mentioned in the program along with equipment
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • Professional tourist guide for the archaeological site of Acropolis and the Acropolis museum (entrance fees included)
  • All meals mentioned in the program
  • Flight seats on economy class from Athens to Santorini
  • High-speed ferry from Santorini to Folegandros and from Folegandros to Piraeus on economy class

Price Excludes

  • Flights to/from Greece
  • Anything not mentioned in the program
  • Personal insurance
  • Alcoholic drinks during meals
  • Any meals not mentioned in the program
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
Recommended Gear

Please consider taking along the following items on your trip. This is not a fixed list, but more of a guideline, so feel free to add and remove items as you see fit. Greece has a temperate climate. Base your clothing on the “layering system”, if it is hot you can “peel off” layers quickly, if it is cooler and windy you can quickly “dress up”.

What to bring

  • Day pack to carry camera, water and snacks
  • Outerwear
  • Casual clothing made of light-weight fabrics
  • Long-sleeve shirt
  • Swimsuit
  • Sun hat or baseball cap
  • Sunscreen and lip protection
  • Sunglasses and retainer strap

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