About your trip
Embrace rich history, majestic scenery and sumptuous cuisine on this eight-day Greek island-hopping adventure. As well as a walking tour of the Acropolis – one of the most important archaeological sites in the world – you’ll experience a lesser-known side of Athens, including the Keramikos neighbourhood. Board a ferry to Milos, where you’ll visit colourful fishing villages and secluded bays, before continuing to Naxos – the largest of the Cyclades islands – for an authentic Greek cooking class. Cap off your trip in style in Santorini, renowned for its spectacular sunsets and whitewashed buildings with blue-domed roofs. All of our trips are flightless in destination, with 100% of all carbon emissions offset. It's just part of how we see the world while being good to it.
- Step back in time on a walking tour of the Acropolis
- Soak up the atmosphere of the hip Keramikos neighbourhood in Athens
- Explore traditional fishing villages and hidden coves on a boat cruise in Milos
- Discover ancient ruins and pristine beaches in Naxos
- Uncover the secrets of authentic Greek cuisine in a cooking class
- Admire beautiful architecture and sunset views in Santorini
Touch down at Athens International Airport (ATH) and make your way to the hotel in the city centre, where you’ll meet our Local Insider, who will accompany the group throughout the trip. You’re free to explore the lively, nearby districts of Psirri and Monastiraki, to stroll down the labyrinthine streets of Plaka, or to wander over to Syntagma Square and the National Gardens. Back at the hotel, join your fellow travellers for a welcome meeting at 6pm, followed by dinner together at a local tavern. If you fancy, why not continue the night with a few more drinks?
Start your day with a walking tour of the Acropolis – one of the most important ancient Greek archaeological complexes. You’ll get there early to beat the crowds. Built on a hill overlooking Athens, it contains the remnants of numerous Pentelic marble temples and monuments, including the Parthenon, dating back to the fifth century BCE. In the afternoon, continue exploring the city at leisure or return to the hotel to kick back with a cold beer by the rooftop pool. Later on, you’ll head out to the trendy, but often overlooked, Keramikos neighbourhood, home to plenty of vibrant bars and restaurants serving local cuisine.
Leave the mainland behind as you board the ferry from the Port of Piraeus to Milos. This southwesternmost island in the Cyclades archipelago is the first stop of your island-hopping adventure. Relatively underexplored in comparison to many other Greek islands, it has idyllic, white-sand beaches, multicoloured volcanic landscapes and charming villages with narrow, cobblestone streets. After settling into your hotel and embarking on a stroll around Plaka – the main town on the island – with our Local Insider, you’ll have time to soak up the laid-back ambience and head to one of the nearby beaches, such as Lagada, Papikinou or Sarakiniko, which is renowned for its chalky white, lunar-like rock formations.
Embark on a cruise around the coastline of Milos, passing by the fishing villages of Skinopi, Klima and Areti, characterised by their brightly painted, Cycladic-style houses. You’ll continue to Cape Vani, at the northwestern tip of Milos, for a swim in calm, clear waters, before visiting the Sikia Cave – arguably the most impressive natural feature on the island. Finally, you’ll sail past tunnels, caves and cliffs, through the old pirates hideout of Kleftiko, en route to Gerakas Beach, on the southern coast. From there, you’ll be driven back across the island to the hotel.
Wave goodbye to Milos as you cross the Aegean Sea to reach the island of Naxos. After checking into your accommodation we’ll go on a walking tour of the Old Town, or Chora, known for its atmospheric winding alleyways, craft shops, and plentiful bars and restaurants. The rest of the day can be spent at your leisure. You could head just north of the town, to the small islet of Palatia, to discover a marble archway of an unfinished temple from 530BCE – known as Portara (Great Door) – or, alternatively, make the most of the weather, catching rays on Saint George Beach or Plaka Beach.
This morning you’ll have some free time, during which you can also embark on an optional half day boat trip, or simply explore the island yourself, before we head inland to the village of Kaloxylos, found among rolling hills, olive groves and oak trees. After a late-afternoon walk around the village, you’ll be taught the secrets of traditional Greek cuisine in a cooking masterclass within a family home. The class will feature homemade recipes passed down through many generations. The dishes vary by season, but are always based around fresh, organic and locally sourced ingredients, such as Naxian potatoes, sweet tomatoes and arseniko cheese. Tuck into the fruits of your labour and savour the sumptuous flavour combinations you’ve put together in the Greek countryside.
Begin your final full day by taking the ferry to Santorini – one of the most popular Greek islands. You’ll arrive in the early afternoon, giving you the rest of the day to explore at your own pace. In Fira, the cliff-top capital, take in the whitewashed buildings with blue-domed roofs that are synonymous with Santorini, plus superb views overlooking the island’s volcano and the Aegean Sea. You’ll stay for the sunset panoramas, considered among the most spectacular in Greece, and enjoy a farewell group dinner.
It’s time to bid farewell to your new friends after breakfast, as your Greek island-hopping adventure comes to an end. Check out of the hotel and make your way to Santorini Airport (JTR) to catch your flight home – or choose to extend your stay and explore what else Greece has to offer.
- Three nights premium accommodation
- Four nights standard accommodation
- Private and local transport
- Seven breakfasts, one lunch, three dinners
- Local Insider
- Acropolis walking tour
- Evening drinks
- Walking tour of Plaka
- Boat cruise
- Chora walking tour
- Walking tour of Kaloxylos
- Cooking class
What's Not Included
- Travel insurance
- Flights to and from the destination
This modern hotel, in central Athens, is within walking distance of several landmarks, such as the Acropolis, Syntagma Square and the National Gardens. Cool off in the rooftop pool, relax in the sauna, or grab a drink at the Air Lounge bar, complete with panoramic views of the city skyline.
Expect classic, whitewashed Cycladic architecture and a warm, homely atmosphere at this elegant hotel, just a few steps from the Port of Adamas. All rooms come with ensuite bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, and balconies or patios overlooking the Aegean Sea.
Princess of Naxos
Just a few steps from the town centre and Saint George Beach, this hotel is ideally situated. It offers spacious, air-conditioned rooms which combine contemporary, minimalist touches with traditional Greek design. Make the most of the large, outdoor pool and jacuzzi and plentiful buffet breakfast.
Pelican Hotel, Santorini
This cute little hotel in the heart of Fira, Santorini’s capital, oozes artfully understated sophistication. Rooms are pared-back and elegant, with soft lighting, putty-coloured walls and cleverly designed beds and shelving units that mimic the island’s soft, rounded architecture.
Your safety and wellbeing are our top priority, so we’ve put the following measures in place on all our TRIPS:
- Our average group size is 10 people (max 18), which gives you all the security of being in a group whilst avoiding a crowd.
- Where possible, we use small/ boutique accommodation – this means fewer guests and reduced exposure to other travellers.
- We require all accommodation providers to share protocols around the extra health and hygiene measures they are taking.
- Included activities are exclusive to our group wherever possible, to minimise contact with others.
- Covid-19 negative test results or vaccine certificates may be required. Please check the entry requirements for the destination you are travelling to. Our travel experts can assist you in finding this information.
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- You must be aged 25 years or over to join this trip.
- Please be sure to check whether or not you need a visa to enter the country you're travelling to. Please refer to our Booking Terms & Conditions for further information.
- If you have any pre-existing medical conditions or accessibility requirements, please notify our Customer Support team as soon as possible.
- We won't charge you extra if you travel alone – you'll be allocated a twin room with another traveller of the same gender.
- To upgrade to a private room, share a room with a friend, or book pre- and post-trip accommodation and/or airport transfers, please contact our Customer Support team.
- Please be aware that travel insurance is compulsory for all travellers.
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