- Enjoy a mythology-themed tour in Athens
- Tour family-run olive oil factories on two islands
- Taste one-of-a-kind candy and ice cream on Naxos
- Sail to the islands of Paros and Antiparos
- Explore the wild landscapes of Amorgos
- Attend a Greek dance class
|Day 1||Sightsee in Athens||Athens|
|Day 2||Learn About Mythology in Athens||Athens|
|Day 3||Explore Naxos at Your Own Pace||Naxos|
|Day 4||Sail to Paros & Antiparos||Naxos|
|Day 5||Eat Your Way Around Naxos||Naxos|
|Day 6||Go on a Culinary Tour of the Island||Naxos|
|Day 7||Travel to Amorgos||Amorgos|
|Day 8||Explore the Villages of Aegiali||Amorgos|
|Day 9||Taste Local Delicacies||Amorgos|
|Day 10||Attend a Greek Dance Class||Amorgos|
|Day 11||Discover the Secret Amorgos||Amorgos|
|Day 12||Explore Greek Olive Traditions||Amorgos|
|Day 13||Return to Athens & Enjoy Free Time||Athens|
|Day 14||Depart Athens - End of Trip|
Day 1: Sightsee in AthensWelcome to Athens! In the afternoon, get out for some sightseeing. Those interested in history and mythology might choose to visit 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: Learn About Mythology in Athens
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Day 3: Explore Naxos at Your Own PaceWelcome to the largest island in the Cyclades, Naxos! Explore this beautiful island 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: Sail to Paros & AntiparosSpend a full day sailing around the Aegean Sea, enjoying its crystal clear waters and magnificent beaches on the islands of Paros and Antiparos. You'll be able to go swimming or snorkeling off the boat at the Blue Lagoon while the crew prepares a Greek-style barbecue for you. Then the boat continues to Antiparos, where you'll have the opportunity to explore the island on foot. The Hora (Main Town) of Antiparos is built around a 15th-century Venetian castle. The stone-paved streets, whitewashed alleys, and houses trimmed with vibrant bougainvilleas are incredibly picturesque, as is the central square, shaded by eucalyptus trees.
Day 5: Eat Your Way Around NaxosEat 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 6: Go on a Culinary Tour of the IslandExperience the sweet and savory joys of Naxos on today's culinary tour! You'll learn why the Mediterranean diet is widely considered one of the best and healthiest in the world. During the excursion, you'll shop for ingredients in an island village, then visit a local farm and pick your own seasonal vegetables to use in an afternoon cooking class. You'll prepare lunch with a local chef and enjoy it together, then visit a family-owned olive oil factory in the village of Eggares. Watch how this “liquid gold” is painstakingly prepared, and sample freshly pressed olive oil with bread right out of the oven. The evening is yours to relax.
Day 7: Travel to Amorgos
It's time to leave Naxos behind and catch the ferry to beautiful Amorgos! One of the most impressive Cycladic islands, Amorgos has marvelous beaches with azure waters, gorgeous caves, ideal spots for diving, scenic bays, and ancient trails leading through steep, rocky terrain. Step off the beaten path and visit an island that has preserved its traditional color. Dine in a local tavern in the evening before continuing to explore the island the next day.
Day 8: Explore the Villages of AegialiGo on a tour today to familiarize yourself with the area of Aegiali, located in the northeastern part of Amorgos. Today, there's an asphalt road connecting Aegiali with Chora and Katapola, but the rugged mountain range that exists between these areas makes Aegiali feel like a world apart. The tour will start at the village of Langada, where you will stroll through the picturesque alleys, making a stop at an old olive press. Continue to the village of Tholaria, then visit Potamos, a quiet town overlooking the bay and the surrounding islands. Take a coffee break while admiring the view. The last stop of our tour will be at the port of Aegiali, with its attractive seafront and numerous shops, cafés, and restaurants. It's the perfect spot for a leisurely lunch.
Day 9: Taste Local Delicacies
Day 10: Attend a Greek Dance Class
Take some time in the morning to explore one or two of the island's quaint villages, pausing for coffee with a view of the sea. After lunch, you'll attend a Greek dance class. The basic steps are as easy as 1-2-3, and the class is fun for travelers of all ages and experience levels. You'll have free time in the evening to stroll, dine on Greek food, and relax.
Day 11: Discover the Secret Amorgos
Kato Meria (literally the “Lower Side”) remains unknown to most visitors to Amorgos. Today's trip will reward you with rural Cycladic landscapes and genuine hospitality. Starting at the village of Arkesini, have a coffee next to the Hellenistic tower of Agia Triada, a well-preserved building from the 4th century BCE. Continue to Agia Paraskevi, the location of the island's largest festival. Moving on to the beach of Kalotaritissa, a well-protected bay at the southwestern tip of Amorgos, you'll pass by the bay where the island's famous shipwreck can be viewed. Have lunch in a restaurant popular with locals to end the excursion.
Day 12: Explore Greek Olive TraditionsOlives and olive oil are the staples of the Mediterranean diet. Through the course of centuries, the techniques of olive oil production have been modernized, but the importance of this basic ingredient in the lives and culture of Greeks has remained unchanged. You'll learn all about it today on an olive-focused tour of the island. Enjoy a peaceful walk through olive groves with your guide, then sit down for a lunch prepared with locally produced olive oil. The rest of the afternoon and evening is yours to enjoy on your last night on the island.
Day 13: Return to Athens & Enjoy Free TimeAfter breakfast, you'll enjoy the scenic ferry ride back to Athens. The afternoon and evening are free to do whatever you like! 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 14: Depart Greece - End of TripThe trip comes to an end today. You'll head to the airport to catch a flight out. Safe travels!
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