- 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
|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|
Day 1: Arrive in Athens & Explore the CoastWelcome 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.
Day 2: Tour the Acropolis & Relax on Vouliagmeni BeachExplore 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 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.
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Day 4: Enjoy a Free Day on the Beach on NaxosFeaturing 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 TourEnjoy 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 DivingTry 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
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 SantoriniTake 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.
Day 9: Catamaran Cruise in the Caldera Lagoon
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 BeachesToday 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!
Day 11: Depart AthensToday 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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