Delve into Greece's modern culture and ancient history with this exciting itinerary. Immerse yourself in Greek mythology in Athens and Delphi before beginning your island hopping adventure. Explore the picturesque streets and inviting waters of Mykonos and the volcanic island of Santorini, with a stop at the sacred island of Delos along the way. Then head to Crete for more fascinating archaeological sites, hiking in the mountains, and visits to traditional villages before returning to Athens.
After getting acquainted with your tour guide and receiving an introduction to Santorini's history, you'll head to the island's Folklore Museum. Here, you'll view various traditional artifacts and learn what life on the island was like in the 1950s. Santorini has since embraced modern times, but much of the island still holds onto its simplified past. For example, even in the 50s, islanders made everything by hand and without electricity.
Next, stroll the narrow streets of the village Emporio. Locals built their houses extremely close to one another, almost as if stacked. The town's unique aesthetic draws tourists worldwide to admire the white-washed buildings, curved doorways, quirky steps, and deep blue finishes. The entire village looks as if it was sculpted!
Then, enjoy the medieval Pyrgos village, which features a castle and overlooks Mesa Vouno. This picturesque landscape is dotted with rural churches. Finally, you'll end the tour at one of the small, family-owned churches, Agios Georgios. After a long morning of sightseeing, rest your feet and fill your tummy with a traditional feast featuring local delicacies. And just like the old times, you'll enjoy it in the breezy yard of the church.
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Hit major hotspots on this quick three-day tour of Santorini's most beautiful and iconic sites. Spend your Greek getaway taking in the white-topped cliffs and caldera views, cruising around the island's shores, wine tasting, and enjoying sunsets to remember.
Travel across the Peloponnesian peninsula and dive into Greek history with this 14-day itinerary. After a brief stay in Athens, go down to the sea to visit Nafplio, Ancient Olympia, and Delphi. Set sail for the quintessential Greek island of Santorini to end your journey on its stunning caldera.