Glorious Greece (07 Night / 08 Days)
Athens(2) - Santorini(2) - Mykonos(2) - Athens(1)
Glorious Greece takes you through ancient archaeological sites, lovely islands and beautiful beaches. This includes visits to the two most beautiful islands of Greece, Santorini and Mykonos. Santorini is best known for the cliff top towns of Fira and Oia, which lie on the west coast overlooking deep blue sea – filled caldera. The city is well known for Cycladic whitewashed cubic buildings which make it a romantic destination perfect for honeymooners. Mykonos is well known for live music venues, classy seafood restaurants and amazing night life.
Start Point: Athens
End Point: Athens
Best Season To Travel
- Day-1 Athens - Arrival at Athens, transfer to hotel. Evening at leisure.
- Day-2 Athens – Half day city tour of Athens, including visit to Acropolis & Ancient Greece temples
- Day-3 Athens to Santorini – Board ferry to Santorini (approx. 6 hours ferry). Evening free at leisure to enjoy and admire the island.
- Day-4 Santorini – Day free or opt for Volcano and hot spring tour.
- Day-5 Santorini – Mykonos (approx. 3 hours by ferry). Evening free to enjoy the live music and beach side restaurants.
- Day-6 Mykonos – Day free on your own or opt for Delos island tour or scenic coast cruise.
- Day-7 Mykonos – Athens (approx. 3 and half hours by ferry). Evening free or opt for Athens by night tour.
- Day-8 Athens – Departure transfer to airport.
- Delos in Mykonos - Delos is an important historical, mythological and archaeological sites near Mykonos in Greece. Listed as a UNESCO heritage site, the entire island of Delos holds numerous monumental antiquities from the Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic periods.
- Akrotiri - Samaria Gorge- Enjoy this excursion to the prized national forest of Crete: the Samaria Gorge is the longest and most beautiful gorge in Europe. Begin your walk at the plateau of Omalos through approximately 18 kilometers. The route is enriched with flowers, herbs and trees, little fountains, abandoned settlements and wild goats known as Kri-Kri, as well as birds of prey.
Athens to Santorini -298 kms (9 hrs)
Santorini to Mykonos -150 kms (6.3 hrs)
Mykonos to Athens -183 kms (5 hrs)
Keftedes - deep-fried meatballs that come in several varieties depending on what part of the city or the country you are in. These include Psarokeftedes which are made with fish, Santorini which are made from Tomatoes, Sifnos which are made from chickpeas, and Tirokeftedes which are made with cheese.
Melitzana Salata - eggplant salad. This is similar to Babaganoush, which is a salad that is made in the Middle East and eaten on bread. Mousaka – It is baked and similar to eggplant parmesan but without as much tomato sauce. The dish contains cinnamon, eggplant, ground beef, onions, oil, potatoes, and a butter, flour, and milk topping.
Pastitsio – It is just like Lasagna but not as saucy. The dish consists of layered noodles, meat, tomato sauce, and toppings that are similar to mousaka but not quite as dense.
Stifado – It is a stew that is made with lots of small onions, tomatoes and with lamb, octopus, or rabbit. Although these are our top 5 picks where the primary dishes in Athens are concerned,
Kolokithikia - boiled zucchini that is seasoned with lemon, oil and sometimes vinegar
Red donkey – Local beer.
- If at all possible, visit in the shoulder seasons – late spring or early autumn. The weather is softer and the crowds are slim.
- Be sure to visit a few out-of-the-way villages where you can still find full-on, unselfconscious traditional culture. The best way to do this is to rent a car and explore. Stop for lunch, check out the local shops and test out your Greek.
- Go slowly. Greece's infrastructure doesn't befit a fast-paced itinerary. Visit fewer places for longer.
- Visit at least one local coffee shop, one seafood taverna next to a port and one traditional live-music venue. This is where you’ll experience Greek culture at its most potent.
- Water: We found the water in Greece perfectly fine to drink
- Adapter: Remember that Greece uses the Europlug. Make sure you find a good adapter like the one I have to keep you charged