Greek Islands Tour - Cyclades

Athens, Greece

IT
4 reviews
Sep 30 - Oct 12, 2023
Group size: 14 - 27
Greek Islands Tour - Cyclades
Athens, Greece

4 reviews

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Sep 30 - Oct 12, 2023
Group size: 14 - 27

About this trip

The stunningly picturesque Greek islands have inspired mankind back to the time of Homer. This is nature at its dramatic and visual best. Deep blue seas are contrasted by rugged coastlines, plunging cliffs, golden sand beaches, and isolated coves. The human touch is equally attractive with characteristic “sugar-cube” architecture, blue-domed churches, white-washed monasteries, photogenic windmills, and crumbling fortresses. History has left a footprint as well, providing the ancient archaeological sites of Delos and Akrotiri to be explored. 

Available Packages

Double or Twin
Available until July 2, 2023

For couples or traveling companions.

Price is per person based on double occupancy.

$3,395
Deposit: $600
Single Traveler
Available until July 2, 2023only 2 left

For individuals traveling alone, paying the Single Supplement.

$4,195
Deposit: $600
Single Willing to Share
Available until July 2, 2023

For the individual who doesn't want to pay the Single Supplement and is willing to share accommodation with a traveler of the same gender.

Note - If Imprint is unable to find a traveler willing to share you will be required to pay the Single Supplement.

$3,395
Deposit: $600

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Itinerary

Greek Islands - Cyclades
Mykonos, Naxos, Amorgos, Santorini

Day 1 Mykonos
We begin the tour on the famous island of Mykonos. The picturesque Chora (main village) is also the island’s main port. Windmills on the hill, whitewashed houses, and blue-domed churches welcome you to the Cyclades. The Chora is noisy at night. Therefore, our tour hotel is a 15 minute walk from town (and very close to the airport), overlooking sweeping Magali Ammos Beach, allowing us both access and peaceful separation. We’ll gather in the early evening for our welcome meeting followed by dinner together.
Hotel Mykonos Beach (3 nights) https://www.mykonosbeach.gr/

Day 2 Mykonos
Our first full day begins with a guided walking tour/orientation of the Chora with our local guide Antonis. The rest of your day is free to further explore the island, take an excursion, or relax on the beach or by our hotel’s infinity pool.

Day 3 Mykonos
This morning we will venture by boat to the nearby sacred island of Delos. Delos was the birthplace of Apollo and the seat of the Delian League in ancient times. Today the island hosts the best Greek ruins in the Aegean. We will explore its many secrets with Antonis. Your afternoon is free.

Day 4 Naxos
After breakfast and a leisurely morning, we will take a ferry to Naxos. Often overlooked for more famous neighbors, Naxos boasts a storied history, reflected in Venetian and Frankish archeological sites, and a beautiful and varied landscape of mountains, valleys, and beaches. Naxos is famously the greenest of the Cyclades. After settling into our hotel we’ll embark on an orientation of the Chora, finishing up with dinner in a taverna. During dinner we’ll enjoy live Greek music.
Naxos Resort Beach Hotel (3 nights) https://naxosresort.gr/

Day 5 Naxos
Today we will enjoy an all-day island tour with our local guide Vassiliki. On our excursion we will visit the Portara, the remaining gate of the 6th century BC Temple of Apollo; the villages of Halki, Vivlos, and Filoti; Mount Zeus (highest in the Cyclades); the Kouros of Apollonas (huge, unfinished marble statue); and many scenic vistas. We’ll finish our day with early dinner at an olive mill and museum.

Day 6 Naxos
Today is yours to relax and explore as you wish. We will gather at the end of the day for a scenic sunset cruise.

Day 7 Amorgos
After a leisurely morning on Naxos we’ll board our early afternoon ferry to Amorgos. Instead of the high-speed ferry we will take a slower boat today – one that stops in several ports of the Little Cyclades. Our ‘visual’ sailing tour ends with an evening arrival. Amorgos is one of the least touristed islands but has some of the most outstanding sights and experiences. After settling in our beach-side hotel we will dine al fresco next to the surf.
Lakki Village Hotel (3 nights) https://www.lakkivillage.com/

Day 8 Amorgos
A half-day coach tour with a local guide will be our introduction to this beautiful island. Highlights include the villages of Tholaria and Aegiale, the Olympic ship-wreck beach, St Anna Beach, and the island’s premier sight, the gravity-defying Monastery of Hozoviotissa. This picturesque, white-washed edifice clings to the sheer cliffs on the southeast side of the island. Lunch will be in an Orthodox monastery.

Day 9 Amorgos
Today will be a free day to explore on your own. You might like to indulge in the 30- minute massage provided by the tour, explore the island further, take a Greek cooking class, or relax on our beach. This evening there will be live music and a Greek dancing lesson.

Day 10 Santorini
After another leisurely morning, we will sail for Santorini, the “Jewel in the Cycladic Crown”. The crescent shaped island boasts steep cliffs, dramatic caldera views, blue-domed churches, classic Cycladic sugar cube architecture, and the most beautiful sunsets to be found anywhere. Like Mykonos, Santorini is heavily touristed, so we are staying outside of the bustling Thira town in our caldera-clinging 4 star resort.
Volcano View Hotel (3 nights) https://www.volcano-view.com/

Day 11 Santorini
An entire island exploration tour is our plan for today. Escorted by our ace local guide Eugenia, we will visit Akrotiri (exceptional Minoan civilization ruins); a red sand beach; a lunch break on Kamari Beach (swimming available); one of the islands colorful villages; and spectacular Oia with the best views on the island. We’ll conclude our afternoon with wine tasting at one of the islands many wineries.

Day 12 Santorini
This final full day of the tour is entirely yours to spend as you please. Use the free hotel shuttle to visit Thira for shopping or exploring. Relax on a black sand beach or beside one of our hotel’s 3 swimming pools. We’ll gather for Happy Hour and toast our many adventures and new memories before enjoying our final dinner together.

Day 13 Santorini
The tour officially ends after breakfast. But many will book early flights for international connections in Athens. Imprint will assist with airport or port transfers.

Post-Tour Athens-Meteora-Delphi Extension

Day 1  Athens
An AM flight (included) jets us to Athens. In the afternoon we’ll have a guided visit of the mighty Acropolis and the magnificent new Acropolis Museum. The Acropolis, crowned by the iconic Parthenon, is a bucket list site that represents our historical and cultural connection to Periclean Athens and the foundations of the western paradigm. The state of the art museum beautifully displays the archeological treasures of the storied hill.
Hotel Attalos (1 night) https://www.attaloshotel.com/

Day 2  Meteora
Before departing Athens today we will visit the National Archeological Museum. We’ll see the very best of Greece’s archeological treasures from Minoan to Hellenistic sculpture and artifacts. Departing Athens we will drive to Meteora. The name Meteora is derived from the Greek word meteoros, which means “suspended in air.” The soaring pinnacles and jutting cliffs make for one of earth’s most dramatic geological displays. The earliest inhabitants were 11th century hermits, seeking isolation from the profane world. By the 14th century, Turkish conquests forced the Byzantine church to seek ever more remote and isolated refuge. Meteora was a perfect sanctuary. Eventually 24 monasteries were built, of which 6 remain active today. We’ll arrive in time to see the setting sun illuminate the dramatic spires in photographic light.
Hotel Kastraki (1 night) http://www.hotelkastraki.gr/

Day 3   Delphi
We’ll start our day with a guided tour of some of the more dramatically situated monasteries, perched precariously atop the amazing stacks of Meteora. Beautiful ikons, frescoed chapels, giant wine casks, winching baskets for supplying the communities, and stunning vistas highlight our visit. In the afternoon we’ll make the winding drive to Delphi. After settling into our hotel we’ll have dinner together in a local taverna.
Hotel Acropole (1 night) https://delphi.com.gr/

Day 4   Delphi to Athens
This morning our amazing guide Penny will give us a guided tour of the Archeological Site and new Museum of Delphi. Delphi was the “navel of the ancient world” and the location of the famous Delphic Oracle, whom all men great and small consulted before important decisions. In the afternoon we’ll drive back to Athens. You can be dropped at the airport or Syntagma Square. Tour ends in Athens. (Note: we cannot arrive at the airport before 5:00PM. If planning a departing flight for the evening of Oct 1, make sure you have sufficient time for check-in, immigration, and security.)

[Itinerary details, hotels, and activities subject to change]

What’s Included: 12 nights accommodation (15 with extension; All breakfasts, 5 dinners (+ 2 extension), 2 lunches; All tour transport; All tips (tour director, guides, drivers, group meals, hotel staffs); Full-time services of a Imprint tour manager, local guides; All entrances: Delos, Hozoviotissa Monastery, Kouros of Apollonas, Akrotiri, (extension: Meteora monasteries, Delphi Museum and Archeological site, Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, NAM); All activities: walking tour Mykonos Chora, tour Delos, driving tour Naxos, sunset cruise, live music, Greek dancing class, driving tour Amorgos, Olympic Shipwreck Beach, Little Cyclades, and more

Important exceptions: Tour participants are responsible for the cost of drinks, free-time sightseeing and meals, flight baggage overage fees, and expenditures of a personal nature.

 

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