Athens is the historical capital of Europe, with a long history, dating from the first settlement in the Neolithic age. In the 5th Century BC (the “Golden Age of Pericles”) – the culmination of Athens’ long, fascinating history – the city’s values and civilization acquired a universal significance. Over the years, a multitude of conquerors occupied Athens and erected unique, splendid monuments – a rare historical palimpsest. In 1834, it became the capital of the modern Greek state and in two centuries since it has become an attractive modern metropolis with unrivaled charm.
Crescent-shaped Santorini (or Thíra), formed by a volcanic eruption in 1600 BC, the precious gem of the Aegean is still an active volcano and probably the only volcano in the world whose crater is in the sea. The islands that form Santorini came into existence as a result of intensive volcanic activity; twelve huge eruptions occurred, one every 20,000 years approximately, and each violent eruption caused the collapse of the volcano’s central part creating a large crater (caldera). The volcano, however, managed to recreate itself over and over again.
This itinerary Santorini Island Dream will give you a taste of the romantic Santorini island. Daily departure tours are available separately to enjoy your schedule as you prefer.
Day 1: ATHENS ARRIVAL
Meet at Athens airport and transfer to the hotel. The remainder of the day at leisure. Athens is an amazing city to discover on your own with its numerous museums, parks, and the shopping areas of Kolonaki, Hermou, Voukourestiou Street, Monastiraki and Plaka. Overnight in Athens Hotel.
Day 2: HALF DAY ATHENS SIGHTSEEING
Breakfast in the hotel. Pickup from the hotel for your half day morning tour. See Syntagma Square, the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Athens Academy, the University, the National Library and the Hadrian’s Arch. Pass by the Temple of Olympian Zeus and visit the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896. On the Acropolis visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the Parthenon. Continue and visit the place where at last the statues found their home and admire the wonders of the classical era, the museum of Acropolis. At the end of the tour, drop off at the hotel or at the city centre. Remainder of the day at own leisure. Overnight in Athens Hotel.
Day 3: ATHENS – SANTORINI
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the Athens port of Piraeus and take the boat to the island of Santorini. Meet at Santorini port and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Santorini Hotel.
Day 4: SANTORINI
Breakfast in the hotel. At leisure on this amazing island of Santorini (formed by the eruption of the volcano 1600 BC). The sight is the most breathtaking of all Greek islands and perhaps of the world. Explore and enjoy all that the island has to offer. History and nature combine to make Santorini unforgettable. Overnight in Santorini Hotel.
Day 5: SANTORINI – ATHENS
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Santorini port and take the boat to Athens. Meet at the Athens port of Piraeus and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Athens hotel.
Day 6: ATHENS DEPARTURE
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the airport included or, extend your stay in Greece or Turkey.