The beautiful Cyclades consist of hundreds of islands. You'll get to know three of the best — Naxos, Ios, and Milos — on this 10-day tour of Athens and the Greek islands. Start with sightseeing in the capital city, then travel by ferry to Naxos, where you'll go on a gourmet food tour of the island. Boat around secluded beaches on Ios, and on the island of Milos, you'll see the ruins where one of the world's most famous artworks was discovered. Finish the trip back with a sunset cruise back in Athens.

Highlights

  • Go on food tours in Athens and on the island of Naxos
  • Travel by ferry between several Greek islands
  • Discover world-class beaches and swim spots on boat tours 
  • Snorkel off the coast of the island of Ios
  • See the place where the Venus de Milo statue was discovered

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Athens & Sightsee Athens
Day 2 Visit the Acropolis & Go on a Food Tour Athens
Day 3 Explore Naxos at Your Own Pace Naxos
Day 4 Enjoy a Food Tour of Naxos Naxos
Day 5 Transfer to the Island of Ios Ios
Day 6 Relax on the Beaches of Ios Ios
Day 7 Catch the Ferry to Milos Milos
Day 8 Boat Around Milos Milos
Day 9 Enjoy One Last Night in Athens Athens
Day 10 Depart Athens - End of Trip  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Athens & Sightsee

Dine under the shadow of the Acropolis
Dining al fresco in Athens
Welcome to Greece! Your private driver will be waiting at the airport to transfer you to your hotel in Athens. In the afternoon, get out for some sightseeing. Those interested in history and mythology might choose to visit the Acropolis Museum, the National Archaeological Museum, the Museum of the Ancient Agora, or the Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos. View fine art at Benaki Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, or the National Gallery. You could also go off the beaten path at the Museum of Cycladic Art, where you can buy truly unique souvenirs, or the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology. You'll overnight in the city. 

Day 2: Visit the Acropolis & Go on a Food Tour

The Parthenon at the Athenian Acropolis
Today you'll visit the Acropolis, taking in views of the world-famous Parthenon. This temple, dedicated to the goddess Athena, has enchanted visitors since its construction was completed in 438 BCE. Afterward, the tour continues at the Athens Central Food Market (Varvakios Agora), where you'll sample regional delicacies made by Greek cheese-makers, pastry chefs, and food vendors of all kinds. The evening is free to relax or explore the city.

Day 3: Explore Naxos at Your Own Pace

Explore Naxos on your own
The whitewashed buildings of Naxos
Explore the beautiful island of Naxos today. Hike up to the summit of Mount Zas, the mythological childhood home of Zeus, the ruler of the gods, and the highest point in the Cyclades. Visit the Temple of Demeter, where multiple deities of fertility were worshipped. The temple was constructed in 530 BCE, during the tyranny of Lygdamis, and represents a precursor of classical Athenian architecture. Then stroll to the Portara, the entrance to the Temple of Apollo. Construction on the temple began in the sixth century BCE but was never finished, but the still-standing entranceway has become one of the hallmarks of the island. You can find it on the islet of Palatia, just over a causeway from the heart of Naxos Town.

Day 4: Enjoy a Food Tour of Naxos

Naxos Old Town Flavors
The Old Town of Naxos
Eat your way around the island on today's food tour. Visit the traditional creamery shop of Koufopoulos, then a local candy shop that produces homemade candies using local flavors like sage, citron, lemon, orange, mastic, ouzo, and lime chili. Your afternoon walk will end up with a visit to a traditional spirits shop to taste a local liqueur made from citron leaves. You'll have a light dinner on a restaurant terrace in the old town, enjoying magnificent panoramic views over the castle and the port at sunset. 

Day 5: Transfer to the Island of Ios

The port at Ios
Catch the ferry to Ios. You'll have free time to explore the island today, walking through a labyrinth of alleys lined with whitewashed houses, small churches, traditional bakeries, and flower-filled patios. Check out the 16th-century Agia Theodoti, the island’s oldest Orthodox church, built above the ruins of the Temple of Apollo. The Theatre of Odysseas Elytis, with more than a thousand seats, was built in the Ancient Greek style and named after the Nobel Prize-winning Greek poet Elytis. Enjoy dinner in a local restaurant and get some rest at your hotel.

Day 6: Relax on the Beaches of Ios

Ios at sunset
Explore the stunning coastline of Ios today, boating to some of the most beautiful beaches the island has to offer. You'll ride a speedboat around secluded sections of the island, stopping at beaches that are only accessible by water, including Kolistani, Klima, Pikri Nero, Pepa, and Manganari. Go swimming in crystal clear waters and take a break for lunch on the boat. You'll also have the opportunity to snorkel before heading back to your hotel.

Day 7: Catch the Ferry to Milos

Milos
Whitewashed buildings on Milos
Enjoy the ferry ride to Milos. The island has more than 70 beautiful beaches and is also home to a dormant volcano. Milos is associated with one of the most famous works of art in the world — the Venus de Milo statue now on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris — because the sculpture was discovered here. There's still plenty of history to explore here, including the historic catacombs and amphitheater.

Day 8: Boat Around Milos

Colorful rock formations on Milos
Today you'll go on a boat tour around Milos, making stops along the way to swim and explore. You'll also visit Sykia Cave. Later in the day, you'll have plenty of activity options to choose from. Hike to the cliff-diving spots in Sarakiniko, visit the prehistoric village of Fylakopi, or walk around the idyllic fishing villages of Mantrakia, Klima, and Filopotamos.

Day 9: Enjoy One Last Night in Athens

Boats in the Aegean Sea
After breakfast, you'll enjoy the scenic ferry ride back to Athens. The afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy. One option is to go on a boating excursion to the majestic Temple of Poseidon at Sounio. This sacred site dating back to the Bronze Age will take your breath away with its sweeping ocean views, impressive ancient columns, and intricate history. The boat ride back doubles as a sunset cruise before spending your last night in Athens. 

Day 10: Depart Athens - End of Trip

Ferry from Santorini to Athens
Looking down over Athens
The trip comes to an end today. You'll head to the airport to catch a flight out. Safe travels!

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