Athens – Santorini – Lemnos
- 11 Days
- Age 12+
Athens – Santorini – Lemnos
Arrival at Eleftherios Venizelos Airport. Welcome to Athens! According to the Greek mythology, the name “Athens” came from the goddess of wisdom, Athena. Our transfer will pick you up from the airport and escort you to the Hotel for check in. Then we will have an illuminated night tour of Athens. First, we will see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896. We will continue and pass by the Prime Minister’s residence (ex-Royal Palace), which guarded by the Euzones in their colorful uniform, and see the Temple of Olympian Zeus – one of the largest in antiquity, the Hadrian’s Arch – the symbolic entrance to the city, the Parliament, the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library and the Syntagma (Constitution Square). Then we will transfer back to the Hotel. Overnight in Athens.
Breakfast at the hotel. Get ready for the most amazing city tour through history, which gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city!! We will start our tour with Acropolis, the Architectural Masterpieces in the world of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the monument that “puts order in the mind”, the Parthenon. Then we will visit the New Acropolis Museum which is only 300m. away from the sacred rock of Acropolis and where at last 4000 priceless statues found their home and admire the wonders of the classical era. Free time for lunch and then walk to the ancient Agora (Market) of Athens. The Ancient Agora, where the place that ancient Greeks used to do their trades, but also used to gather to discuss city matters, thus, creating the idea of Democracy. In this magnificent walking tour, we will see the Stoa of Attalos, originally erected during the 2nd cent. BC as a gift of the king of Pergamon, Attalos II, to Athens and was one of the world’s first shopping malls, which was 116 meters in length and two floors high, supported by Doric, Ionic and parchment columns. After we will see the temple of Hephaestus, more widely known as Thisio, which is probably built around 460-420 B.C. by an unknown architect. Then we will have free time at Plaka, which is the oldest neighborhood in Athens the picturesque quarter of the city, where there are little shops with handmade crafts and Monastiraki, the Flea Market, where you can have a pleasant walk. Return at the Hotel. Overnight in Athens.
Early breakfast at the hotel. Today we will explore the famous Greek islands by Saronic Cruise. We will cover three of the most beautiful islands of Saronic Gulf, Aegina, Hydra and Poros. These islands are small havens near Athens where we will enjoy natural beauty, historical treasures, unique architecture, and glamorous, yet romantic atmosphere. The island of Aegina is one of the most popular tourist destinations as it is the closest island to Athens. Even though it is a small island, it boasts a great number of sights and natural beauties. Highlight is the famous Aphea Temple. It forms in fact an equilateral triangle with the Parthenon and the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, the so-called “holy triangle” of the antiquity. Second stop is Hydra island, Hydra island is built in the shape of an amphitheater on a slope overlooking the Argosaronic gulf, one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Traditional stone mansions, narrow cobblestoned streets, secluded squares. There is no use of cars but around 500 donkeys as means of public transportation, which explains the reason why Hydra preserved its distinctive atmosphere through the passage of time. The town of Poros is built in the shape of an amphitheater over two hills. Poros with the lush pine trees vegetation, crystal clear beaches, a lively waterfront adorned with shops, cozy cafes and restaurants, a picturesque capital with grand traditional mansions and picturesque cobbled streets, as well as a wide selection of entertainment venues are the ingredients of this quiet, yet cosmopolitan, destination. (Lunch in the cruise Mediterranean buffet ).
Early breakfast at the hotel. Departure by ferry to beautiful Santorini.Upon arrival we will be transferred to our hotel. Afternoon walking tour in Fira and Oia to catch the sunset. Oia hosts the most magnificent views on Santorini and a picturesque road with cliffs on one side and sea on the other leads to this attractive village typical of Santorini’s architecture with houses sunk deep into the volcanic soil, their whitewashed walls and blue domes sparkling in the sunlight. After sunset transfer for dinner and return to our hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will have the most popular tour in Santorini, the boat trip, with kaiki (wooden boat) to the volcano and the hot springs. Walk on top of an active volcano, see the caldera villages from an impressive spot and then sail around the islet by the excursion boat. We will stop for swimming at the bathing beach of Palea Kameni where the hot waters reach a temperature of 35oC. A swim in thermal waters with therapeutic ingredients.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today it is the day where you can discover on your own the myths and traditions of the island. We are here to fulfill any request.
Arrival to Lemnos airport from Santorini via Athens where we will directly go to our hotel for check in and local traditional lunch. Later on, we will visit the capital city of the island called Myrina. We will walk in the traditional streets of this beautiful town with our guide. Our town tour will end to the top of the medieval castle of Myrina and then we will swim and enjoy at an organized beach venue with amazing crystal-clear shallow waters. After seeing one of the most beautiful sunsets of the world we will depart from Myrina. Dinner. Overnight in Lemnos.
Traditional Greek Breakfast at the hotel and then we will head to our meeting with history. We will visit the ancient theatre Hephaistia inside, build on the 8th century BC, learn what happened 3.000 years ago, shoot amazing photos. Our next stop is the archeological site of Kabirion. Kabirion from the 11th until the 5th century BC was one of the most important spiritual centers of the world. In Kabirion, Alexander the Great was captured by his mother Olympia a spiritual ceremony organized by the priests of the temple. In Kabirion we will also see and learn about the famous story of Filoktitis from Homers Odyssey. On our way to Moudros town we will stop to see and enjoy the amazing Salt Lake. A unique experience for all visitors. Moudros, a town which became the base of ANZAC forces against the Turks and Germans in the Kallipoli fight 1st War. In Moudros we will have our authentic local lunch where we can really taste the unique taste of the Greek fish. Lunch. In the afternoon you can discover on your own the myths and traditions of the island. We are here to fulfill any request. Our suggestion is to visit Amothines – the only dessert in Europe. Dinner in the hotel.
Today it is the day where you can discover on your own the myths and traditions of the island. We are here to fulfill any request. Dinner in the hotel.
After our breakfast we will head to the airport of Lemnos to catch our flight to Athens. Arrival to Athens, hotel check in. In the afternoon we will drive to Cape Sounion to visit the temple of Poseidon and enjoy the magnificent sunset. Farewell dinner in venue. Overnight in Athens.
Breakfast and transfer to the Athens airport for our flight back home.