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Good morning island lovers! Welcome to Greece, and welcome to the best 9-day holiday of your life. Yep, big call on day 1 but we're making it! They day is yours to settle in to our hotel & start getting to know the city. Later, we'll join forces as a group for a kick start & start firing up the fun. Need suggestions for tonight? Head to the Plaka. Cute cobbled streets, strolling through ancient ruins, this is a serious throwback in time. Feast on delicacies, and even find somewhere to do some dancing. Tomorrow we set sail for island time.
Let's not delay those island vibes we've all been craving any further, it's time to hit the seas! Sit back, get to know the group as anticipation reaches an all time high for beach bliss, Greek feasts and good times.
First stop, Paros, known for its cute as a button fishing villages and traditionally Greek way of life. Soak up some beach action by day, because, well why not? We will settle into our hotel, maybe take a dip and possibly sus out somewhere for some ouzo - all in the name of culture of course. You could start with a trip to Parikia, the islands capital for a walking tour, then hit up Krios Beach for what we call the 'Perfect Paros Platter'. Feasting would be a word to use for this, complete with music and Greek dance moves and a spot of plate smashing!
Leave Paros on a day as pretty as today? Not likely. We'll kick it here until tomorrow, which gives you the chance to really sink into island time and do any exploring you missed yesterday - when the ocean just had you hooked from sun up 'til sun down. A sailing adventure is on the cards for those wanting a little more action. We will head to some of the island's secluded & pristine beaches where you can sun bake, relax and feast on wine and a BBQ lunch, now this is living! Tonight we'll hit up Naoussa for those Pinterst-type vibes. We're talking old fishing boats, white houses, restaurants dotting the harbour. We can almost hear the collective "ahhh" already.
As settled as you are in Paros, you can't argue with a departure to a place hailed as paradise world over. We're outta here, and we're on a BOAT!
Get a belt handy - you're going to need to strap that jaw up off the floor as the island of Santorini slowly becomes a reality. Those iconic blue–domed, whitewashed churches are enough to bring a tear to the eye. Ramp up what is already sure to be an incredible night with an optional excursion to sunset in Oia. One of the world's greatest sunsets, we will settle in with some wine and nibbles after strolling the iconic island lanes dotted with shops and travellers all here for this memorable moment. Make sure your phone is on full charge, as an Instagram upload is a must tonight.
The sun will rise, the sun will set, and everything in between will be all about the good times here on the island of Santorini. You could lay back and tan at the famous black volcanic sand Perissa Beach, or an afternoon trip to the cliff-top town of Fira, the main area for shopping could be on the cards for those that feel so inclined. Set on a caldera, or old volcano, Santorini is literally towering over the landscape. And the best way to get the sheer scale of it all is by boat, and lucky for you sweet traveller, we give you the chance to do just that! Either way, whatever you choose to do with your day will be awesome - you heard it here first.
See you later Santorini you hot thang, we have more devilishly good-looking Greek Islands to explore, so we hit the boat and set sail for island number 3.
Bragging a little less development than its brothers and sisters, you'll be overawed by the rugged beauty of Ios from the time we begin our approach. Make this place rancho relaxo this eve as we've got 2-nights up our sleeves to explore.
Don’t underestimate the power of this village. When the sun sets, this place really comes to life. As such, we suggest a full day of pool hangs and beach time, maybe even a sailing sesh on a pirate ship with this unmissable ME Time! Our experienced captain will take you to the islands best swim spots, and you'll get your fill in-between with lunch and some drinks to keep things merry. Eat, swim, sunbake, repeat will be your idea of a daily grind today. Feeling all sun-kissed and feeling floaty by the time the night rolls in, we'll be ready for a night on the town.
We know you'll need a sleep in, so get those last few zzzz's before it's back to the mainland. While choking back the tears and waving miserably at the dreamy islands of Greece, try to think positive thoughts: we have a boat ride to enjoy this morning, as well as one more night together in the city of Athens.
Soak up your last batch of Greece in the heartland of Athens, it's our last night together as squad.
One last chance for exploring on the Athens Sightseeing Tour option this morning. We will drive around the city to see old temples, the first modern Olympic Stadium and of course the gem in Athens crown, the Acropolis. With more than 3000 years of history, this place is #throwback central and the best place for learning about the birthplace of democracy. Then it's hugs, tears, and a final batch of reminiscing. It's astounding how close a group can get in just 9 short days. Nothing says bonding quite like the good life. The Croatia Island Hopper is probably the only way to really ease the pain of this goodbye. #NOREGRETS