Athens and Santorini Plus One Day 3 Island Tour
June 27-July 4 2013 or August 21-28, 2013
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
What’s NEW ABOUT THIS TOUR:
…ACROPOLIS SEMINAR…in depth look at the Acropolis and its archaeological history, its architecture and the role of religion. Extensive renovations of the Acropolis Museum were completed in 2010. By all accounts, the museum is an incredible achievement.
…CLASSICAL TO MODERN ATHENS ARCHITECTURAL WALK…another private tour. We start at Syntagma Square and the Greek parliament building, then on to Omonia Square and the Plaka, ending at the Hilton Hotel, a 20th century modernist showpiece and perhaps the place to have a relaxing cocktail before returning to our hotel.
…IN SANTORINI, Akritori, a settlement covered in volcanic ash after volcanic eruption about 1500 bc, is open after years of being closed for renovation.
…In Santorini, we dine at what Frommer calls the best restaurant in Santorini and perhaps in all of Greece.
Arrive in Athens and 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
that we use (cost not included in tour price).
The Acropolis Museum
afternoon orientation walk around Athens center, and its fashionable Kolonaki
Dinner at a typical taverna included in tour price.
…Two comprehensive walking tours that are essentially private tours as the tour company has a maximum of 6 people
9am to noon: Acropolis Seminar,details above.
After a relaxing lunch …
Classical to Modern Architecture Architectural Walk… time to be determined with tour operator.
Dinner not included in tour price.
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
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, the site of world famous sunsets. Its beauty and shops for
browsing or buying make it a perfect 10.
3:30 pm- 8pm Afternoon sunset cruise on a sailing vessel. Visit volcano (climb to top)or wait for your
athletic friends down below). Hot springs, where many people take a brief swim,
are a short distance from the boat.
snacks while you watch the legendary sunset over Ia, all the while listening to
the music from a live saxophone player.
If the sea is rough, and that is always a possibility, the cruise will be cancelled.
Sightseeing bus tour (5-˝
hours) visiting Museum of Prehistoric Fira with fascinating archaeological
artifacts, wine tasting at a winery, black pebble beach at Perissa for lunch,
and a swim, if you want. (The excavations at Akritori, a city covered by lava,
was closed in 2006 for renovations.)
Dinner at Selene…Frommer proclaims this restaurant “the best in Santorini and one of the best in Greece. If you have only one meal in Santorini, eat at Silene’s.”
The evening starts with a glass of wine, then a visit to the Folklore Museum where we will see an exhibit of agricultural products. Next a gourmet dinner at Selene upstairs, her fine dining restaurant. We enjoy a 4 course dinner and miniardise.
Included in tour price.
Depart for Piraeus 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 included in tour price.
Transfer to airport and your
There may be minimal changes to the itinerary.
$3,475 (USD) includes hotel (single occupancy, no single supplement), all breakfasts,
lunch on the cruise ship (comparable to a dinner), 4 dinners, all activities
outlined in itinerary.
Price does not include airfare to and from Greece, airport transfers,
lunches, 2 dinners (one dinner in Santorini and the your final dinner), wine and
alcoholic beverages, coffee stops, personal expenses.
We can arrange transfers to
and from airport with a reliable driver who we have used for years.
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.
And Stefania led me to discover what looks like a great restaurant to enjoy dinner and a cooking demonstration.