June 3rd - Your first stop is Athens, the Greek capital is a paradox of qualities: ancient and modern, relaxed and full of life. Athens also boasts an amazing climate and lively inhabitants. Athens has an ancient, lived-in look as befits a city that has been inhabited for over 7000 years. There are ruins everywhere, often in unexpected places.
After a quick check-in enjoy an orientation brunch before you set out to explore the city with stops at Acropolis. The Acropolis hill (acro - edge, polis - city), so called the "Sacred Rock" of Athens, is the most important site of the city and constitutes one of the most recognizable monuments in the world. It is the most significant reference point of ancient Greek culture, as well as the symbol of the city of Athens itself as it represents the apogee of artistic development in the 5th century BC. The main attraction of the Acropolis is the Parthenon Temple (Temple of Athena parthenos) right in the middle of this hill. The Parthenon is the temple of Athena Greek god who was considered the patron deity of the people of Athens.
Later in the evening dinner and mixer where you will learn the "Zorba" dance.
June 4 - After breakfast you will board a private bus for your transfer to the Port of Piraeus to board a ferry to the island of Mykonos. Mykonos, with its white houses, its windmills and its limpid azure waters lapping long beaches of golden sand under a brilliant sky, is the quintessence of the Greek islands. Mykonos is famous for its nightlife which is famous worldwide for its extravagant parties. Many parties start at noon at the many private beaches with famous DJ sets from all over the world. Upon arrival you will meet your local guide for a tour of Mykonos Town, Little Venice, Paraportiani church, and the Windmills. You will have time for lunch before returning to the hotel for a little R&R before your first taste of Myconian nightlife.
June 5 - Today experience the "wild" side of Mykonos! After breakfast our sexy greek drivers will pick us up for a private off-road Jeep tour on the back roads of the island, with some of the finest views you have ever seen. This tour takes you to isolated beaches, secluded traditional towns, and far-away lighthouses, many of which are accessible only by Jeep. Your Off-Road tour includes visits to many stops which are accessible only by Jeep. You will also visit the town of Ano Mera to admire the Paleokastro and Venetian Castle ruins. After exploring the village you will continue along the southern coast of Mykonos, passing through Kalafatis, Kalo Livadi and Chalara. At Agrari Beach, we stop for a coffee break and a swim. Don't forget your swimsuits! Return to the hotel to say goodby to your driver and perpare for an another night partying.
June 6 - Free day to sleep-in or after the breakfast grab a Mimosa and join the girls poolside for a little night before recuperation/per-party relaxing and girl time. From 11am - 1pm, you can meet with our local guide in the hotel lobby to discuss ideas for spending your day or take an optional wine tasting or tour to the island of Delos the birthplace of Apollo. www.sacred-destinations.com/greece/delos. If you're looking to have fun in the sun without having to put up with rowdy parties head over to Psarou Beach. This beach is known for windsurfing and waterskiing. If you are looking for something on dry land we suggest Mykonos Chora (the town centre) is famous for its picturesque style. Get lost in its lanes which seem to be part of a labyrinth. The cafés along the coastal road are ideal for a relaxing drink before starting wandering and finally getting totally lost among the small white cube houses. An outdoor market is settled here every morning, known as Panga, being a popular meeting point for locals, while American painter, Carolina, exposes her works to passing people. Afterward maybe a walk on Matogiannis lane, between Aroma cafe, Cosi café and Kessaris jeweleràs, which is the most famous and most cosmopolitan of all lanes, where you can find luxurious shops. Look out for famous visitors both from Greece and other countries that frequent this street promenading and posing for the photographers. For those a bit more bold head to southern coast and Paradise Beach Mykonos' original nudist beach will kill two birds with one stone. Soft sands, azure seas and a lively atmosphere have made Paradise one of the most popular places on the island.
In the evening change into your all-white for a special party and birthday celebration at Mykonos' hottest private beach club
June 7th - Today you head off the most picturesque of the Greek isles, Santorini. Santorini is perhaps the most fascinating and most talked about the island of Greece in the Aegean. Approaching the island by boat the immediate impression obtained is this is a Greek island unlike any other. Unlike other islands in Greece, the towns and villages sit densely on top of the massive cliffs The island of Santorini was formed out of the lava from the volcanic eruption in 1660 BC. Only the name of the island is enough to unfold in mind pleasurable connotations, volcanic landscape, gray and red beaches, dazzling white houses, terraces with panoramic sea views , stunning sunsets, wild fun. All this, together with remnants of lost civilizations discovered in the volcanic ash justify the epithets with which visitors identify Santorini and fairly is called, magical, indescribable, astonishing streets. Upon arrival you will have time to freshen-up before a walking tour of Fira town which lies perched on the rim of an ancient volcano. The core of the volcano falls away from the city's edge, and its caldera is filled with water that sparkles like a goblet of blue champagne. For wine lovers, wine has been produced on Santorini for centuries and its uniqueness is due to the volcanic soils in which the grape vines grow. The main grape variety is Assyrtiko, an indigenous white which accounts for as much as 80% of the vineyards on the island. Make sure to try a glass and take home a bottle or two.
June 8th- Dress in denim shorts, white short sleeve t-shirt, and a black Zobra hat. After breakfast. Take a panoramic cable car ride down the 600ft drop to the port. Your trip back to Fira will be via 300 stairs and a donkey ride (see Donkey video of our last tour). Enjoy dinner and drinks at one of the many restaurants and bars.
After lunch return to the hotel to change for your trip to to the black sand beach. Dress in white and Santorini blue for special group photo shoot.
If Santorini is the jewel of the Greel isles, then Oia would be the crown jewel. Possibly the most photographed village, on the most photographed Greek island, Oia is the white washed village with glorious views across the caldera that is featured time and time again on picture postcards and calendars. In reality it really is just as stunning as the images portray. At the eastern end is the main square with the bus station and the Church of Panagia of Platsani and, at the western end, are the ruins of the Venetian castle. After the tour we will have a stunning sunset wine mixer at a ciff-hanging bar.
June 9th -Today we head out to sample Greek wine at local winery where they still stomp grapes by foot. Don't worry now days, feet have plastic covers. :) After, spend the day in Perissa on the famous Black Sand Beach. created of dark volcanic dust. The beach features amazing crystal clear water, shops, resturants and many of the “elite” people of the island. Relax sunbathing lying in comfortable deckchairs while listening to summer music or spend the afternoon at sea on an optional private boat ride. In the early even, the beach parties start and last until the early morning hours. Return to Santorini town for dinner and free time.
June 10th - Early moring flight to Athens. After check-in enjoy exploring Athens at your own pace or book our optional cooking class (price will be sent later). In the evening join the girls for dinner and drinks in one of Athen's popular areas.
June 11th - Today your Greek sojourn is brought to an end. This morning a you'll be transferred to the airport at 6:00am to board your flights back to the USA, returning with fond memories of your time spent in this most special destination. Want to spend extra time in Athens? You can store your luggage at the hotel until 5pm, Room check-out is 11am. For those departing before or after the group transfer, the hotel can arrange airport transfers. We will check and see if other on tour would like to ride share.
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