Athens to Paros & Santorini - 8 Days
SEMI-INDEPENDENT TOUR: Discover the fascinating wonders of Athens before heading to the beautiful islands of Paros and Santorini. The perfect combination of city break and island relaxation.
Today we spend the morning on a coach tour of the city. Popular landmarks and monuments we will pass are the Panathinaikon stadium, the Zappeion, the temple of the Olympian Zeus, Hadrian's Arch and the Parliament. We will also pay a visit to the Acropolis which looks over the city. We take a guided tour of the Acropolis before visiting one of the world's best museums - the Acropolis museum. The afternoon is at leisure so why not explore the Plaka district or go shopping on popular Ermou Street.
Overnight: Athens | Breakfast
Athens - Paros. Today we leave the mainland and head to the beautiful island of Paros. We take a local ferry from the Athens port Piraeus early this morning. Arriving on the island about 4 hours later we are transferred to our hotel and the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Paros | Breakfast
Free time on Paros
Today we have a free day to explore the island of Paros at leisure. This stunning island in the Cyclades is home to pretty fishing village of Naoussa famous for its whitewashed and flowered little houses and tiny whitewashed churches, the village is surrounded by labyrinthine, cobbled streets. When staying on Paros you can also explore the neighbouring islands including Antiparos or if you prefer to stay put then take advantage of the sandy beaches and the picturesque capital Parika.
Overnight: Paros | Breakfast
Paros - Santorini. Leaving Paros this morning or mid day we head to the port for a local ferry over to the magical island of Santorini. The journey takes about 3 1/2 hours and oce we have docked we are transferred to our hotel and the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Santorini | Breakfast
The next two days are at leisure on the breath-taking island of Santorini. Santorini is without doubt one of Greece's most scenic with dramatic lava cliffs, pristine sandy beaches and azure blue waters. Santorini is also very famous for its white washed buildings with iconic cobalt blue roofs. No trip to Santorini would be complete without a trip to Oia for one of the magical sunsets. When on Santorini you can also enjoy lots of scenic walks, a reat variety of wines to sample, and some history to discover including the Minoan Bronze Age archaeological site of Akrotiri.
Overnight: Santorini | Breakfast x 2
Our time in Greece ends today with included transfer to the airport.
Prices & Dates
Departure dates are guaranteed to operate subject to availability. Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.
Polis Grand, Athens
In the heart of Athens, the Polis Grand is a contemporary hotel with excellent facilities. Guest rooms are well appointed with elegant furniture and all modern conveniences. Some rooms are equipped with a balcony with fantastic views over to the Acropolis. The hotel benefits from a number of eateries which serve up an array of Greek and international cuisine as well as tasty coffee and delicious pies. Definitely head for a cocktail in the evening at the roof garden bar for amazing views across the city.
Titania Hotel, Athens
Nestled in the historic centre of Athens, the Titiana offers beautiful accommodation all classically designed. The ensuite guest rooms are furnished to a high standard with neutral tones and wooden flooring. Breakfast is served in the impressive rooftop Olive Garden restaurant which affords amazing views across the city including the Acropolis. The hotel also benefits from complimentary Wi-Fi and a fitness centre.
Hotel Narges, Paros
This classically Greek Narges Hotel is designed in the typical Cycladic style with white washed decor and splashes of vibrant colour. The en suite guest rooms are spacious and open out onto balconies with garden views. The hotel also benefits from a large swimming pool and stylish poolside bar serving refreshing cocktails and other beverages.
Parosland Hotel , Paros
Set amongst well manicured gardens, Parosland hotel is designed in a classic Cycladic. All guestrooms are tastefully decorated with earthy tones and private balconies. The hotel benefits from a lovely outdoor pool and well tended bar. There is a fitness centre and massages can be arranged upon request.
El Greco Resort & Spa, Santorini
Conveniently located just minutes from the centre of Fira, El Greco is a beautiful white washed complex in the classic Santorini style. All guest rooms are air conditioned and reflect the Cycladic style whilst including all mod-cons and exception ensuite facilities. The resort benefits from an outdoor pool, on site restaurant and adult-only Spa Centre for guests.
Orizontes Hotel & Villas Santorini, Santorini
Located in the village of Pyrgos, the Orizontes Hotel was recently renovated and is surrounded by vineyards. Guest rooms have private balconies looking out to the sea or the garden and are equipped with lots of modern conveniences. The hotel also has a couple of restaurants serving local and international cuisine. Plus there is a lovely outdoor pool to cool down in and lots of sunbeds.