Greece is the perfect holiday destination to soak up the sun during the day and enjoy evenings as laid back or vibrant as you choose, but in the land of Gods, steeped in mythology there’s also plenty of culture waiting to be explored too. So, why not spend a few days in Athens at the beginning of your holiday to explore the capital city, before taking a ferry onto Greece’s two most famous islands.
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3 Nights – Athens
4 Nights – Mykonos
3 Nights – Santorini
✈ UK – Athens (3 Nights): Arriving in Athens, take some time to wander around this bustling ancient city. With three nights here, you’ll be able to enjoy the city’s squares and public gardens and relax into the alfresco café culture. The city boasts a thriving contemporary arts scene as well as a happening nightlife – head to the Syntagma and Monastiraki areas for chic bars after dark. Also, the up and coming neighbourhood of Metaxourgiou is known for its art galleries and hip restaurants.
Obviously, no stay in Athens is complete without exploring its ancient past and there’s no better place to start than by climbing up to the Acropolis, home of the 5th Century BC Parthenon. The new 2.5-mile Archaeological Promenade is a pedestrian-only tree-lined walkway that links all the city’s major archaeological sites and makes exploring the sites a breeze. Make sure to see the Acropolis at night too, when it is floodlit it’s truly magnificent.
⛴ Athens – Mykonos (4 Nights): From the city’s port Piraeus, catch a ferry to the nearby Cyclades, stopping first at the glamorous island of Mykonos. Known as one of the most stylish, cosmopolitan and upmarket islands in Greece, with its boutique hotels, designer shops and A-list visitors, Mykonos is as glitzy as Greece can be.
The gentle landscape is a blend of low, rocky hills and plenty of beaches. The south of the island has popular golden beaches sheltered from the wind whereas, the north is much quieter and with the reliable breeze, ideal for water sports. Mykonos Town is home to the iconic picturesque windmills as well as a labyrinth of streets and a colourful harbour. The island is known for its lively night scene including chic bars and excellent restaurants – and you can party the night away on the legendary Paradise and Super Paradise Beaches.
⛴ Mykonos – Santorini (3 Nights): Next you will sail to the nearby volcanic island of Santorini. Famous for its traditional white-washed villages that cling to the high clifftops, this volcanic island is instantly recognisable from many postcards of the blue-domed churches backed by brilliant blue skies.
With three days here you will have the perfect amount of time to enjoy the busy towns, archaeological sites, and the exquisite black beaches. Santorini was shaped by a devastating volcano in the 16th Century BC which left a rugged landscape and dramatic volcanic crater known as a Caldera, peeking out of the sea and is what makes Santorini so unique, so take in these famous sights and enjoy the Caldera’s hot spring. The main towns of Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli and Oia, are spread along the cliff overlooking the caldera and walking between the towns, or even part of it, makes for a perfect day. There are countless dramatic viewpoints, enchanting lanes, and spellbinding stairwells. Also, make sure you head to Oia to take in the famous sunset – something not to be missed.
✈ Santorini – UK After your stay in Santorini comes to an end we’ll fly you back to the UK.
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