Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Ios | 9 by boat
The history of civilization is taking place in the Cyclades. From Delos, which is almost an archeological site, the prehistoric village Akrotiri in Santorini, magical Mykonos and crazy nights in Ios, Cyclades are overwhelmed by large attractions that should not be missed. Blue and white background are Aegean beaches, a unique holiday paradise. Complete package that includes 8 nights’ accommodation in a hotel of your choice with breakfast, transfers, guided visits and ferry tickets.
ATHENS – MYKONOS – SANTORINI - IOS 9 DAYS by boat
Mykonos (Little Venice, Windmills, Matogiannia
Santorini (archaeological site of Akrotiri, Oia, Fira, Nea Kameni volcano, Imerovigli, Firostefani)
Ios (Theatre of Odysseas Elytis, Fragoklissias, Milopotas)
DAY 1: Piraeus to Mykonos
Morning transfer to the port of Piraeus to board the ferry to Mykonos. Upon your arrival in Mykonos, transfer to your hotel.
DAY 2: MYKONOS
Day at leisure in Mykonos to enjoy this unique island. Mykonos island is a wonderful kaleidoscope of cosmopolitan shops, rocking bars, quaint windmills, great beaches, homey taverns and hidden churches all set against a brilliant blue backdrop. And it's not just the water that sparkles in the sun on Mykonos, but also the marble streets and beautiful white cubist buildings that characterize the island's architecture.
DAY 3: MYKONOS
Optional tour Mykonos Island Tour. We start with a unique experience of the countryside Mykonos Island Our first stop will be the idyllic beach Ag. Ioannis with the best view of Delos Island and we will see fishermen and their boats at the small pier, private chapel and houses built in typical Cycladic architectural style. At the village of Ano Mera, the most traditional place, you can also visit the monk monastery Panagia Tourliani built in the 16th century and then we will have enough free time for a stroll around the square. Next stop is Kalafatis beach where there is time to relax a little before going back to town. Exploring Mykonos port town by walking into the narrow cobblestone streets, passing by the traditional labyrinth of the old town. We will see the famous wind-mills and Little Venice and we will meet somewhere Petros the Pelican, the mascot of Mykonos. Paraportiani church, Saint Nickolas of fishermen. After the walking tour you are free continue your private exploration in town. Meeting point Fabrika Square, Mykonos town.
DAY 4: MYKONOS to SANTORINI
Transfer to the port for your Boat to Santorini, Upon your arrival in Santorini, transfer to your hotel.
DAY 5: SANTORINI
Highlights of the island – Optional Tour
We will start with Akrotiri Archaeological site. Akrotiri is a Bronze Age settlement on the volcanic island of Santorini (Thera). The settlement was destroyed by a huge eruption during the 17th century BC and buried under the volcanic ash, which preserved the whole city in perfect conditions to be referred often as “Prehistoric Pompei”. We will continue with Red Beach, well known for the unique colour of the sand and the hill behind it. We will continue with Perivolos black sand beach one of the longest beaches in Cyclades & the best beach in Santorini, considered as the trendiest beach of the island. We will walk at Megalochori (Walking Tour) at Megalochori, one of the most beautiful traditional villages of the island.
Profitis Ilias mountain: The highest peak of the island is located between Pyrgos and Kamari. The Mountain's name is Profitis Ilias, coming from the Monastery with the same name located at the top. From this vantage point, you will enjoy a striking view of the entire island, from the patchwork agricultural plains to the hilltop village of Oia. Santo Wines: Follow the whole wine making process, from the moment of the grape pressing up to bottling. Taste the distinctive wines of the island and learn about the unique in the world, Santorini vineyards.
Enjoy the sunset at the end of the day.
DAY 6: SANTORINI
Day at Leisure
DAY 7: SANTORINI TO IOS
Transfer to the port for your Boat to Ios
Upon your arrival in Ios, transfer to your hotel.
DAY 8: IOS - Leisure day with highlights of the island.
Hora lies very close to the harbour in Ormos and greets the travellers, built in an amphitheatre-like manner on the slope of a hill, on the top of which there are ruins of a mediaeval castle. This is a listed traditional village, one of the finest examples of Cycladic architecture. Snow-white little houses, picturesque arcade-covered alleys, the twelve windmills, churches with arched belfries and light blue domes create a unique residential area.
The island has 365 churches but the most important is Panayia Gremiotissa, standing on Hora’s highest spot. It is built literally on the edge of a cliff, affording an amazing view of the open sea. This place is the centre of one of the biggest religious feasts on the island, taking place on August 15.
Skarkos, an early Cycladic period settlement, (2,800 BC) denotes the significant presence of man registered as far back as the early antiquity. The exemplary restoration and promotion of this archaeological site has been awarded a prize. A rich collection of finds from the settlement as well as antiquities going back to the island’s historical course are on display in Hora’s excellent Archaeological Museum.
Palaiokastro stands on the northeast side of the island and used to be a fort during the Byzantine period, useful for controlling the seaways from Constantinople down to Crete. It communicated via visual signals and fires with castles in Naxos, Amorgos and Santorini.
Mylopotas, Magganari, Psathi, Yialos, Kalamos and Ayia Theodoti beaches are known worldwide –among others– to be top choices for dives in the island’s emerald waters.
DAY 9: Ios to Piraeus
Transfer to the port for your boat to Piraeus