Want to catch island fever, soak up the sun & experience a few of Greece's hottest destinations? Now's your chance! Starting in the Greek capital we'll then set sail to some of the country's best island spots. With 9 days, there’s loads of time to experience everything. Chill beachside, live it up with the locals, sightsee, indulge in awesome optionals or just relax. Finish back in Athens for another slice of the ancient city. It's a great way to combine culture, partying & seeing this beautiful area of the world.
|Accommodations:|| Hotel, Guesthouse
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|Sightseeing:||Mykonos, Paros, Santorini|
On arrival in Athens, check in to your hotel & take some time to explore this open-air museum. You could honour the birthplace of drama by climbing around the massive Theatre of Dionysus or get the background on Ancient Greece at the National Archaeological Museum. Otherwise, experience Athens’ urban heart, take off into the streets and find a hole-in-the-wall food joint, where you can try the famous souvlaki. This evening meet up with your Tour Manager & fellow Contiki travellers then wrap up the day on the shady slopes beneath the Acropolis and jump start your trip with an optional dinner in the rustic district of Plaka, where traditional tavernas spill out onto the pavements. Tonight’s festive atmosphere is perfect for toasting the start of the tour.
This morning it’s time to start the adventure as you hop on board a ferry & head to the popular Aegean paradise of Mykonos. If you’re feeling up for it, start your adventure right & get your island bearings on a walking tour before indulging in a tasty, local meal.
Mykonos is famous for its blissful beaches and party culture and windmills. No matter what you’re after, chances are this island has got it! You’ll soon understand why this happening hub draws people from all walks of life, from jet-setters to backpackers. Chill the way you want, or you could choose the option of a trip to the famous Paradise Beach & park up on a sun lounger for the afternoon while sipping a cocktail & watching the locals. Tonight we’ll drop you in cute Mykonos Town where you can explore the town by night. Heading to the famous windmills for some iconic shots of these landmarks should be first on your list, before hitting the tiny streets to park up for the night. Finding a cute little restaurant right by the water is the place to see & be seen, and selecting some of the regions delectable range of fresh fish is an absolute must, accompanied by some saganaki & of course a traditional Greek salad. For those that love watching gorgeous sunsets, Little Venice has some little bars right by the water, where you could sip a drink & spend some time bonding with the group.
Head through the Cycladic islands to the ultra chilled island of Paros, with its traditional Greek vibes, cool beaches & cute fishing villages. Hit the beach, shop or maybe head to Naoussa village for a look at this cute seaside spot. It’s picture postcard perfect with its tiny fishing harbour & locals going about their day. The harbour is surrounded by cute little restaurants & cafés, so it’s the perfect place to people watch - maybe sip on some ouzo & sample some of the regional specialities like Kritiko salad & delicious local seafood. Later, hit up the party hub, Parikia, by night. Situated right on the beach, it’s the essential place to head for some partying & nightlife whilst you’re on the island. With its range of bars & cool clubs there is something for everyone here.
Spend the day relaxing on island time. There’s the option of a cruise on a typical Greek boat, a Caique, to some of the gorgeous nearby islands & beaches for a spot of swimming & relaxing away from the town. There are loads of other options here too, you could also go exploring on Antiparos island or simply chill on one of Paros’ three main beaches as you relax & soak up the rays. There’s also plenty of shops to keep the keenest of shoppers entertained, or pick up some cute souvenirs to take home. We give you the chance to head to Naoussa with your Tour Manager who’ll give you the run down on this cute town. This spot is one of the most charismatic villages in the Cyclades. Built like an amphitheatre around a tiny picturesque port where colourful fishing boats are moored, the town is located in close proximity to the remains of a Venetian castle, which you’ll learn about here. In the evening is the best time to explore, it’s perfect for capturing some snaps to take home. There’s plenty of places to eat, so head to a local restaurant for a tasty meal, or if you’re up for another night out ask your Tour Manager for some tips on where to head to experience how the people of Paros party by night.
Today: change islands and it’s a total change of scene. Santorini will make your jaw drop with its stunning natural beauty – the result of a massive volcanic eruption. From the water, look up at the iconic blue–domed, whitewashed churches. Once we’re back on land, take in the fantastic views of the neighbouring volcanic islands.
Wake up to another day in iconic Santorini. Take advantage of our return transfers to the famous Perissa Beach. Considered a must-visit, this spot is famous for its unusual black sand, the result of the island’s volcanic landscape & sheltered environment. With its crystal blue water, it’s the perfect way to relax, swim & chill. The area is dotted with little tavernas & beach bars so taking a break from the beach here is a must. For those that love to explore you could hitch a ride on a donkey or take a cable car up to the cliff-top town of Fira, or visit Oia to see the island’s submerged volcano.
Set sail back to mainland Greece & the mythological city of Athens. Why not toast the end of your tour by heading out for a final night with the group.
The tour ends after check-out & it's time to say farewell to your new travel buddies. Or, choose to learn more about the birthplace of democracy with an optional sightseeing tour of Athens. Get the run down on the Parthenon, the Acropolis and the first modern Olympic Stadium with our expert Local Guide.
All these highlights along with city sightseeing are included in your tour price!