Welcome to Athens, one of the oldest cities in the world with recorded history that dates back over 3,000 years. Philosophy, tragedy, comedy, history, art and architecture – all symbols of a city that is regarded as the birthplace of democracy. Your transfer from the airport to your hotel in the centre of the city, will last approximately 40 minutes. After that you are free to get a feel of the city at your own pace. Athens is vibrant and lively all year round! You can also optionally choose the suggested activities: a private walking tour in central Athens, a private guided tour by an experienced certified tourist guide to the archaeological site of the Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum, and a romantic dinner at a gourmet restaurant with magnificent views to the Acropolis hill.
In the morning you will be transferred to the port of Piraeus to take the boat to the magical island of Milos, the island of Aphrodite, the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty. When you arrive at the port of Milos you will pick up your hire car and drive to your private vila in Triovasalos area. After settling into your vila you have the whole day to explore the island and enjoy its romantic ambience. The Greek Island of Milos is famous for its surreal coastal landscape indented with caves, colourful volcanic rock formations and magnificent beaches shelving into turquoise coves – just perfect for couples celebrating a honeymoon. Inland sit picturesque villages of sugar-cube houses and whitewashed windmills. It was on Milos (pronounced mee-loss) that the famous statue of Aphrodite of Milos was discovered in 1820. While the original (re-named Venus de Milo) is displayed in the Louvre museum in Paris, you can see a copy of the statue at the Archaeological Museum in Plaka, the main town of Milos. During the day you can explore the narrow, picturesque alleyways of Plaka, with traditional Cycladic architecture of whitewashed houses with blue doors, shutters and windows, and balconies overflowing with colourful flowers. You can also enjoy scenic views from Plaka’s hillside location and visit the remains of a hilltop Frankish castle, the 13th century Byzantine Church of Thalassitras and the extensive early-Christian catacombs at nearby Tripiti, which were built underground during Roman times. Nearby sits an ancient Roman amphitheatre, a hidden gem to be discovered. Another fascinating place that you can visit is Sarakiniko beach. In Sarakiniko, the landscape is from another world: The volcanic eroded Rocks penetrate into the emerald-colored sea creating small and big caves, all-white rocks in mesmerising shapes enclose the cove. Get lost in the deep blue of the Aegean and feel nature embrace you. In Plaka you can also marvel at the most breathtaking sunset of Greece. In a hilltop restaurant you can have a romantic dinner with magnificent views to the sun diving into the Aegean sea.
Day 3: Exploring the beaches of Milos
Today you can have a tour with your hire car around the island exploring its traditional villages and its sandy beaches. The beaches of Milos, some of the most beautiful in the Cyclades islands, are surrounded by colourful volcanic rock formations and shelve into clear emerald green waters. With more than 75 beaches to choose from, you can’t go wrong. Palaiochori, Papafragas, Gerontas, Firiplaka, Tsigrado, Plathiena. Yellow, orange, red and dazzling white rock formations are even more vibrant against the background of turquoise waters. Milos’ volcanic soil has created a sight beyond one’s imagination. If you prefer not to drive you can optionally (with an extra cost) take a full day boat trip with a catamaran sailing boat exploring the magnificent cave of Kleftiko and most of the beaches and caves along the west coastline of the island. During the boat trip you will swim in the transparent turquoise waters of the natural bay of Kalogries, you will admire the amazing landscape of rocky formations created by the volcanic lava, you will snorkel at the secret hideouts of the pirates in Kleftiko and Sykia caves, you will pass by the traditional fishing villages of Skinopi, Klima, Areti and Fourkovouni with the colorful little houses-called "sirmata" and you will enjoy a tasteful barbeque on board or on the beach with grilled seafood.
In the morning you will take the boat from the port of Milos to the island of Naxos. When you reach the port of Naxos you can pick up your hire car and drive to your hotel, which is situated close to Agios Prokopios beach. After settling in your hotel, you can relax at the hotel pool or visit the nearby beaches for a swim. The western side of Naxos has the best beaches on the island. From Agios Georgios and Agios Prokopios down to Mikri Vigla and Alyko, all these beaches have crystal water and soft sand. Some are organized, while others are totally remote. In the evening you might want to explore the main town of Naxos, Chora, and its Medieval Venetian Castle. Naxos is an island full of gorgeous and serene corners. From the sunset at Portara and the strolls at the atmospheric Chora to the villages and stunning beaches you will definitely find the spots to celebrate your love every minute you spent on the island.
Today you can explore some of the most charming and lesser known villages of Naxos island with your hire car. The authentic mountainous villages in the centre of Naxos island are true gems. Apiranthos, Halki, Filoti and Potamia are the most picturesque villages in the centre of Naxos, surrounded by wonderful green nature and keeping an original character away from tourists. You might also want to visit the Temple of Demeter, goddess of grain, a short walking distance from the village of Ano Sangri. This temple was originally constructed in the 6th century BC and restoration works are continued till today. A small Christian chapel of Saint John is found next to the ancient temple. During your tour you can also explore the giant kouroi, Naxos’s most impressive sculptures. They are one of the most popular attractions on the island. Colossal, half-finished statues of young men – Archaic kouroi – they have been resting for eons in the same spot, one in a garden at Melanes, the other overlooking the coast at Apollona. You can also optionally choose the suggested activities with an extra cost: - You can take a day cruise to visit the small island of Delos, a unique ancient city, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the famous cosmopolitan island of Mykonos. Even though Delos is one of the smallest islands in the Aegean, it was the most famous and sacred of all islands in antiquity, since, according to the legend, it was there that Apollo-Helios, god of daylight, and Artemis-Selene, goddess of night light, were born – it was, in short, the birthplace of Light, which the Greeks always regarded as precious. You will have 3 hours to explore this magnificent ancient site. Later you will continue the boat tour to Mykonos island, where you can walk through the beautiful streets, visit the famous “Little Venice” and enjoy a stroll through the shops on the island. - You can have a full day sailing cruise to Rina Cave and Kalados bay or the neighboring islands of Koufonissia, where you will enjoy swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea. - You can also enjoy a scuba diving experience, have a windsurfing or kitesurfing lesson or discover the islands countryside and sandy beaches during a horse riding tour.
Day 6: Fascinating Amorgos, the island of the Big Blue
Today you will take the boat from the port of Naxos to reach the fascinating island of Amorgos, one of the most beautiful and authentic islands of Greece. When you reach the port of Aigiali you can pick up your hire car and drive to your hotel, which is situated close to Aigiali beach. After settling in your hotel, you can relax at the hotel pool, have a spa treatment or visit the nearby beach for a swim. Amorgos is the easternmost island of the Cyclades, right on the border with the Dodecanese. This gives Amorgos a great advantage: purity and originality for the most genuine holidays in the busy Cyclades. During your days on this island, you will discover a beautiful place untouched by mass tourism, whose venerable traditions, old paths and remote villages will make you feel it has been untouched by the passage of time. It is one of the most impressive Cycladic islands, boasting marvellous beaches with azure waters, gorgeous caves, ideal spots for diving, scenic bays and ancient footpaths leading through its steep rocky terrain… Step off the beaten track and visit an island that has preserved its traditional colour, where the locals welcome you with a smile on their face and make you feel at home! The wild beauty of Amorgos overlooking the deep blue will enchant you with its whitewashed houses in the labyrinth alleyways draped in bougainvillea flowers and stunning sunsets.
Day 7: Fascinating Amorgos
Today you can have a day trip with your hire car exploring the most scenic places of the island. Among the places that you can visit during the day is Chora, the picturesque capital city of the island, a medieval mountain village 400 metres above the sea surrounded by windmills. Chora is dominated by a 13th century Venetian castle, the historic rock has had built into it for more than fifteen centuries the church of Kera Leousa (Lady of mercy). To walk in Chora is like stepping in the dream of the perfect Greek village with its narrow winding alleys, whitewashed houses, charming squares and a lot of beautiful churches. Then you can visit the impressive Monastery of Panagia Chozoviotissa, built 1000 years ago in the cliffs 300 meters above the sea, and admire the views to the endless blue. You can have a stop for a swimm in the clear blue waters of Agia Anna beach and continue with a visit to the Convent of Agios Georgios Valsamitis, built upon the ruins of an ancient water oracle, or head to Katapola village to taste delicious fresh fish in a traditional restaurant by the sea. You can also optionally choose the suggested activities with an extra cost: An evening boat tour in the bay of Nikouria to enjoy the breathtaking sunset of Amorgos! You can join a local ceramist in a private ceramic class at her studio, where you will be introduced to the wonderful world of Greek traditional potery making. You can have a scuba diving experience and enjoy diving in the deep “Big Blue” of Amorgos Island!
Today you can enjoy yourself at the beach of Aegiali or the hotel pool or you can visit the nearby traditional villages of Langadia, Tholaria and Potamos. There you can enjoy a walk through the picturesque alleys, making a stop at a distillery of essential oils from local herbs, where a local and deeply devoted herbalist, will introduce you to the precious secrets of Amorgian nature, teaching you the types of herbs and plants and their use in modern day applications. You can also relax in one of the local tavernas and taste delicious local receipes and drink the sweet rakomelo drink, made of honey and local raki! You can also optionally choose the suggested activities with an extra cost: A private walking tour in one of the numerous footpaths of the island. Amorgos is a walking and hiking paradise, offering a well maintained network of paths that connect picturesque villages and other points of interest. You will be guided through the pristine nature of Amorgos and have the chance to immerse into a trip in space and time, meeting locals in their everyday activities in harmony with the land and the sky. A private fishing trip in a traditional fishing boat, called kaiki. You will sail to a fishing area where you can try your fishing skills, guided by an experienced fisherman. You will then set anchor at a location where you can enjoy swimming and snorkelling in crystal clear waters while the fisherman will prepare lunch from the catch of the day. You will enjoy a delicious meal on board and then return to the island.
You can enjoy some free time at the beach before you take the boat to return to Pireaus port in Athens. When you reach the port of Pireaus you will be transferred to your hotel in Athens. For your evening you can optionally choose the suggested activities with an extra cost: - Have a taste of ancient Greek food in a gourmet restaurant in Thissio area. A very interesting combination of recipes and flavors that are based on ancient ingredients. With the addition of traditional wines and Inomelo, a drink made from wine rosewater and honey, you will feel as if you have suddenly been transferred to Ancient Greece and are about to dine with Socrates, Platon and Pericles. - A private tour to famous Greek wine bars in central Athens - A home dining experience in an Athenian house tasting a variety of traditional small plates, known in Greece as mezedes. - Enjoy a classical music concert or opera in Megaron – The Athens Concert Hall or Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center or a theatrical performance of Ancient Greek theatre in the Roman Theatre of Herodes Atticus (depending on availability and dates)
Day 10: Last day in Athens
An amazing journey has come to an end. Spend your last day in Athens freely wandering and discovering the city on your own. Transfer to the airport and flight back home!