Greek Hopping Tour (07 Night / 08 Days)
Athens(2) - Syros(2) - Paros(2) - Athens(1)
Our Greek Island Hopping Tour takes you through the less crowded islands of Greece. Syros is a gorgeous island with an outstanding cultural and authentic flavour. Unrivalled natural beauty, beaches with crystal clear waters, Byzantine footpaths connecting traditional villages and breathtaking landscapes make Páros, located at the heart of the Cyclades, one of the best loved holiday destinations.
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 Syros – Board ferry to Syros (approx. 6 hours ferry). Evening free at leisure to enjoy and admire the island.
Day-4 Syros – Day free to enjoy the natural beauty of island.
Day-5 Syros – Paros (approx. 1 hours by ferry). Evening free at leisure.
Day-6 Paros – Day free on your own or opt for Antiparos Island tour.
Day-7 Paros – Athens (approx. 4 hours by ferry). Evening free or opt for Athens by night tour.
Day-8 Athens – Departure transfer to airport.
- Antiparos in Paros - Antiparos is a small island in the heart of Cyclades in Aegean Sea. Antiparos caves discovered in 16th century are a stunning show of geographical musings with stalagmites and stalactites frozen in time. The island is isolated from other islets around and Is frequently chosen as a getaway spot in Greece.
- Ermoupolis in Syros - Ermoupolis is the capital of Syros serving as an important port city in Greece. Plain and stunning neo gothic architecture and its marble paved streets among tall palm trees earned Ermoupolis the nick name 'Little Milan'. Miaouli square is the hub of all life in Ermoupolis and is closely connected to the Archeological museum and Cultural center.
Athens to Syros -183 kms (4.3 hrs)
Syros to Paros -51 kms (2 hrs)
Paros to Athens -227 kms (6 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