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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).
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.
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.
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 at an amazing rooftop restaurant.
Overnight in Athens (L,D)
* Depending on the time of your arrival, the Hills of Athens tour can be skipped today and implemented on day 8. In that case we can make a short walking tour of the historic Plaka and enjoy our welcome dinner!
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.
Next on our program is an e-bike experience through some of Athens’ best places!
Starting from the hill of the Nymphs, we’ll stop and enjoy amazing views of the Acropolis from Pnyx, now that we know what it’s all about! From there we downhill towards Aerus Pagus and the ancient Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Our e-Bike Tour continues via the aristocratic Dionysiou Aeropagitou Street and pass from the theater of Dionysos. Next stops, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Handrian’s Arch, the Evzones Guard and the Parliament for some intensive photo shooting!
On our way to the Presidential mansion and the Panathenaic Stadium, we cycle through the National Garden, perfect stop for some rest.
Heading to towards our finishing point, we e-bike through picturesque Plaka and the Aerides district where we will see the Tower of the Winds and the Roman Agora. Downtime and dinner in a special place!
Overnight in Athens (B,L,D).
Today we take a short flight (40′) to the magical island of Santorini!
After we settle into 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, where in the evening we’ll savor a delicious meal while experiencing the world famous sunset!
Overnight in Santorini (B,L,D)
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 enjoy 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)
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!
Once we leave our staff into our lovely accommodation, we will start walking 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,D)
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)
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)
Breakfast is at your leisure at the hotel. (B)
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** On this final day we can transfer you to any other point of Greece or extend your program any way you wish us to.
Price is based on a minimum attendance of 4 people (Please contact us for less or more participants)
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”.