Soak up the sunshine on this 11-day luxury tour of Greece, Naxos, and Santorini. Enjoy a guided tour of Athens' ancient Acropolis, an escorted drive of the coastline, and a sunset over Cape Sounio. On Naxos, take lessons to windsurf, sail to the Small Cyclades, and catch a high-speed ferry to Santorini for a catamaran cruise over pristine waters to swim, snorkel, and lie out on the island's famous volcanic beaches.

Highlights

  • Drive down the coast from Athens on a private tour of the Greek Riviera
  • Cruise around the Small Cyclades on a boating excursion
  • Try windsurfing and water sports on the island of Naxos
  • Enjoy a gourmet Greek barbecue prepared on a boat
  • Explore the caldera of Santorini on a catamaran tour

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Athens & Explore the Coast Athens
Day 2 Tour the Acropolis & Relax on Vouliagmeni Beach  Athens
Day 3 Explore Naxos at Your Own Pace Naxos
Day 4 Enjoy a Free Day on the Beach on Naxos Naxos
Day 5 Discover the Small Cyclades on a Boat Tour Naxos
Day 6 Enjoy Water Sports & Scuba Diving Naxos
Day 7 Day Trip to the Island of Paros  Naxos
Day 8 Boat to Santorini Santorini
Day 9 Catamaran Cruise in the Caldera Lagoon Santorini
Day 10 Relax on Santorini's Volcanic Beaches Santorini
Day 11 Depart Athens  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Athens & Explore the Coast

An Athenian outdoor cafe
Temple of Poseidon at sunset
Welcome to Athens! Today you'll set out on a drive along the coastline in a private car. Stop for a coffee at Flisvos Marina, admiring the superyachts parked in the harbor. Then you will make another stop at Lake Vouliagmeni, a lagoon formed by a collapsed cave. The turquoise waters make a wonderful spot for a swim. The tour ends at the tip of Cape Sounio, where you will get to see the renowned Temple of Poseidon. This incredible 5th-century archaeological site, overlooking the Saronic Gulf and its islands, is where ancient Greeks worshiped Poseidon, the god of the sea.
 
Take in a dazzling sunset before making your way down to a traditional restaurant on the beach, then enjoy a delicious seafood dinner. You'll head back to Athens for the night.

Day 2: Tour the Acropolis & Relax on Vouliagmeni Beach

The Parthenon
The Parthenon
Explore Athens' top attraction today on a guided walking tour of the Acropolis. You'll learn about the ancient Greek civilization that flourished here thousands of years ago as you walk around this UNESCO World Heritage Site, viewing the 5th-century BCE ruins of the rocky hilltop as your guide shares stories of the country's history, culture, and mythology. You'll visit all the important monuments on this tour, starting with the Propylaea at the entrance and the Temple of Athena Nike next to it. At the iconic Parthenon, you'll learn more about Athena, Athens' patron goddess and the protector of the city. Keep walking to the sacred Temple of Erechtheion to find out more about Greece's cultural heritage. 

When you're finished at the Acropolis, a Greek food tour awaits. With your guide, you'll make your way through various neighborhoods and taste local delicacies. Stop into the Athens Central Food Market (Varvakios Agora), where you'll sample regional delicacies made by Greek cheese-makers, pastry chefs, and food vendors. 

Spend the rest of the day relaxing on the shores of Lake Vouliagmeni. A private driver will transport you to and from your destination. On your return to Athens in the evening, enjoy dinner at a restaurant on Lycabettus Hill.

Day 3: Explore Naxos at Your Own Pace

Explore Naxos on your own
The whitewashed buildings of Naxos
Welcome 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, yet 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 Free Day on the Beach on Naxos

Agios Prokopios Beach, #10 in the world!
Agios Prokopios named one of the best beaches in the world
Featuring smaller crowds than its Cycladic neighbors, Naxos is relatively quiet. It's easy to find your slice of paradise on its famed beaches. Take some time to relax on the sand and swim in aquamarine waters at the beach of your choice. Then take a break from the sun and sand to visit the traditional creamery shop of Koufopoulos. Stop into a local candy shop that produces homemade candies using local flavors like sage, citron, lemon, orange, mastic, ouzo, and lime chili. 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: Discover the Small Cyclades on a Boat Tour

Private Rib Boat Trip to Small Cyclades
Touring the Small Cyclades
Enjoy a private boat tour of the Small Cyclades today. You will board a RIB (rigid inflatable boat), and your certified skipper will take you around the islands of Koufonissi, Schinoussa, and Iraklia. Visit secluded beaches and coves where you will have the opportunity to swim and snorkel in clear waters. You will also have the chance to visit Rina Cave, a unique natural wonder on the south coast of Naxos. Snacks and refreshments will be provided along the journey.

Day 6: Enjoy Water Sports & Scuba Diving

Windsurfing lessons!
Windsurfing lessons on Naxos
Try your hand at water sports today. Choose from windsurfing, kitesurfing, kayaking, SUP (stand-up paddleboarding), waterskiing, scuba diving, and more. The beaches of Plaka and Saint George are hubs of activity, home to various water sports outfitters where you can rent equipment and sign up for lessons. Your driver will take you there and pick you up when you're ready to return to town for a relaxing dinner on your last night on the island. 

Day 7: Day Trip to the Island of Paros 

Old stone buildings on Paros

Explore another island today on a day trip to Paros, the closest island to Naxos. The ferry ride takes about 45 minutes, during which you can enjoy beautiful views of both islands and the Aegean Sea. Once you reach Paros, the day is free. Relax on beautiful sandy beaches, have a leisurely alfresco lunch, and walk around the picturesque village. Catch the boat back to Naxos in the late afternoon.

Day 8: Boat to Santorini

Approach to Oia
Colorful Oia on the island of Santorini
Take the high-speed ferry from Naxos to Santorini. On arrival, you'll take in the island's central caldera—the site of one of the most significant volcanic eruptions in history—rising above you. The island's volcanic history has led to the formation of some of the most unique beaches in the Greek islands, along with the dramatic cliff views on the island's caldera side. Spend your day relaxing at the beach or strolling one of Santorini's scenic walking routes.
 
Visit Prophet Elias Monastery, the highest spot on the island. Walk around Megalochori, one of the most picturesque villages on the island. You could also go on a walking tour of the village of Emporio. Take a break for lunch before heading to Red Beach, one of the most scenic and exciting beaches on Santorini.
 
In the afternoon, you'll have the chance to sample wines at a local winery nearby. At sunset, catch the views of the Blue Dome Church at Firostefani and the spectacular landscape below, or head to Akrotiri Lighthouse for unparalleled views of the sunset over the water. Sample the island's signature cherry tomatoes and white eggplant for dinner—typically served as side dishes with fresh seafood—paired with locally produced wines.

Day 9: Catamaran Cruise in the Caldera Lagoon

Hiking Along Santorini's Caldera
Watching the sun go down in Santorini

The island's past volcanic eruptions shaped its unique terrain. You'll see the coastline from a new perspective today aboard a stylish catamaran. You'll get on the boat at the port of Vlychada. Visit several beaches, dip in the island's natural hot springs, and enjoy a traditional Greek barbecue onboard. There will be opportunities to swim and snorkel along the way. Return to your hotel in the evening to relax

Day 10: Relax on Santorini's Volcanic Beaches

Red Beach in Santorini
Red Beach in Santorini
Today you'll get to know Santorini's volcanic beaches, often surrounded by looming seaside cliffs. Much of the island's coastline features dark volcanic sand in black and red hues, contrasting beautifully with the deep blue sea and white-washed villages. Enjoy relaxing, swimming, or snorkeling in the surreal scenery, but don't forget your sandals or water shoes — the dark sand becomes incredibly hot in the midday sunshine!

On the last night of the trip, enjoy the island's best food and wine at a restaurant with a view. Raise a glass of locally produced wine and make a toast!
 
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Day 11: Depart Athens

Sunrise over Athens
Today the trip comes to an end. Transfer back to Athens, then head to the airport to catch a flight out. Safe travels!

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