Athens and Santorini Plus One Day 3 Island Tour
Sept 13-20, 2016
Contemporary Athens can compete with any of the world’s capitals.
It is sophisticated, lively and stylish. And the big
bonus is the reality of the magnificence of the Acropolis that inspires wonder at the heritage
of classical Greece. Our tour includes Santorini, the most beautiful of all the Greek
Islands, and a one-day cruise to three islands: Aegina, Poros, and
Lovely Parthenon at night
WHAT'S SPECIAL ABOUT OUR TOUR:
...HOTELS: All 3 of our hotels: The New Hotel in Athens; The Aressana Hotel in Santorini, the Y Hotel in Kifisia have great locations.
…The Aressana is just a few minutes walk to the center of Fira and its shops and restaurants and it is on level ground with no perilous
steps to navigate. Reaching other hotels is a challenge. Weather permitting there is a beautiful pool area and spa treatments are available.
I have stayed at the Aressana twice and loved the accommodations.
…The New Hotel…modern design, near Syntagma Square, amazing is a word that comes up often in reviews
…Y Hotel recently remodeled and a short walk to Kifisia’s upscale boutiques and restaurants.
I have stayed here twice and like the glimpse it gives me of an Athens suburb.
…IN SANTORINI, Akrotiri, a settlement covered in volcanic ash after volcanic eruption about 1500 bc, is open after years of being closed for renovation.
Arrive in Athens, transfer on your own to our hotel, just a short walk from Constitution Square. We can arrange for you to be picked up at the airport by a private limo service (not included in tour price)
Day of arrival, we usually do not plan much to allow you to adjust to time change.
Late afternoon orientation walk around Athens center, and its fashionable Kolonaki neighborhood
Dinner at a typical taverna with view of the Acropolis.
Full day tour of most important sights in Athens including the Acropolis, the
Theatre of Dionysus, the first theatre in the world, the Prime Minister’s Mansion,
the colorful changing of the guard at the Parliament House and more.
Then a leisurely drive along the coast to the Temple of Poseidon with its imposing
ruins and lunch facing the Aegean Sea.
Return to Athens and the Acropolis Museum, for a short visit. The museum
is open till 10pm if you want to linger.
Early morning departure for
one-day cruise to 3 islands: Aegina, Hydra, and Poros.
A Harbor Scene
island of Aegina was a total surprise to me. It’s a gem. See the Temple
of Afala, one of the best preserved temples of the 5th century BC. It ranks in
importance with the Parthenon and the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion. We
also stop at the Byzantine monastery of Saint Nectarios, impressive and
beautiful. Aegina is also a center for pistachios; try delicious pistachio ice
cream or buy a jar of honey with pistachios.
with its picturesque harbor, is what everyone expects a Greek island to look
like. Wander away from the harbor and its excellent shops to see even more of
Greek island architecture.
tiny and hilly, a brief stop, gives us another view of Greek island living.
lunch on board, and you have your only chance to see a performance of Greek folk
Dinner not included
Santorini has just been voted the third "best island" in Travel & Leisure's annual survey. It ranks right behind Bali and Great Barrier Reef. I have been to all 3 islands and I rank
Transfer to Piraeus and
early 7:00 am departure for the beautiful island of Santorini, a four-hour high speed ferry
ride. Our hotel is right in the center of Fira, convenient to shopping and many
restaurants, with stunning views of the sea. There’s a pool at the hotel and
most important, it’s on level ground so we don’t have to navigate the scenic but
treacherous hills to reach our hotel.
Dinner included in tour price at the rowdy, small, crowded tavern, Uncle Nickolai.
Morning trip to Ia, a major
town on Santorini. Its beauty and shops for
browsing or buying make it a perfect 10.
Afternoon free to relax by the pool, shop or cozy up to a
beautiful bar with a fabulous view and a long cool drink
Private tour Santorini sightseeing to include some or all of the following: cable car,
Museum of Prehistoric Fira with archaeological artifacts, wine tasting at a winery,
black pebble beach at Perissa for lunch and the archaeological site of ancient Akrotiri,
known as the Greek Pompei. It is considered that the 40 buildings that have been uncovered
are only a third of what has yet to be excavated.
Depart for Piraeus around noon arriving about 5 pm and
instead of returning to Athens, we overnight in the suburban town of Kifissia.
It gives you a brief look at an upscale Greek suburb comparable to Southampton
or La Jolla. Time to walk around the town before you have dinner.
Farewell group dinner
Transfer to airport and your
There may be changes to the itinerary due to guide availability.
$3875 includes 7 night hotel, single private room, no single supplement. Breakfast each morning. 3 dinners
Round trip ferry to Santorini; private tour Athens and Cape Sounion; sightseeing Santorini; entrance to Acropolis Museum,
3 island cruise includes lunch. Transport to and from ferry departure and arrival on a shared basis. Also other taxis.
Not included: airfare to and from Greece, airport transfers, lunches, 4 dinners. Coffee stops, alcoholic beverages
Christina, my fun loving and travel obsessed Greek friend,
lives in the fashionable suburb
of Kifisia , just 20 kilomethers from Athens . She travels the world with
aplomb , is very savvy in every aspect of travel and is our unofficial go-to
person on all things Greek.
We share her Acropolis Museum tips:
“The new Acropolis museum is a MUST visit. If you have the time,
Museum twice, once during the day and once in the evening, when the museum
is lit in a special way giving it a luminous beauty. When you leave the museum,
The paved street in front through Thission with all its renovated neo-classical
Buildings. End up at the beginning of Pandrosou Street with ancient ruins on
Side and lots of small restaurants on the other.
I like to eat at Kouti (the box ) Its menu is written in chidren’s
books, the bread is brought to you in old tin boxes. It’s a fun place.”
Many thanks, Christina, we will follow your route on our visit
to the Acropolis Museum.
Christina also recommends the rooftop restaurant of the Electra Hotel where “you
think you can raise your arm and touch the Acropolis.”
A restaurant with a view of the Acropolis is one of my favorite memories
of dining in Athens. There are many restaurants where you can dine and enjoy a fabulous view of
STEFANIA SANTORINI SECRETS: Stefania is my Greek friend who lives in New York City and has a small
house on The beach at Ia not far from Fira, the largest town on Santorini. She shared her favorite Santorini restaurants, only one is listed
in the guide books.
It’s Taverna Nikolas, small and always crowded with locals and tourists.
No menu…the food
Just keeps coming.