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Immerse yourself in the history & culture of ancient Athens, then discover the resplendent beauty of Greece’s famed Cyclades island group of Paros & Naxos 8-day Athens & Greek Island Hop!
Arriving at Athens airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax or set out for your first taste of Athens. Stroll through the narrow lanes of ancient Plaka, the oldest district of Athens, or enjoy shopping at Ermou, Kolonaki & Voukourestiou streets.
This morning, following breakfast, enjoy a small group guided tour of Athens, the Acropolis & Acropolis Museums. This tour gives you the opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896 (short stop). Continue and pass by the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian's Arch, the Parliament and the Monument of the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma square). At the Acropolis you will visit the architectural masterpieces 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 the order in the mind” - the Parthenon. Feel the history of this magnificent archaeological site and be amazed by the breathtaking view of the city below. Then proceed to visit another must-see in Athens, the place where finally the statues found their home, and admire the wonders of the classical era: the New Acropolis Museum. Displaying over 4000 artifacts from the Acropolis and excavations visible under glass floors & walkways, it was voted the 3rd best museum in the world by the Sunday Times. Please note that due to certain restrictions on the visiting hours of the New Acropolis Museum, the order of the program can change. Your tour will end around 1:30 pm and the remainder of your day is free to spend as you choose. (B)
Enjoy an early breakfast before your private transfer arrives to take you to the port of Piraeus, where you’ll board a high-speed hydrofoil ferry to Naxos (5 hours 30 min approx). Sitting in the heart of the Aegean sea Naxos is the largest and the greenest island of the Cyclades. On arrival make your way to your hotel to check in and begin to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and outstanding views. Known for its whitewashed villages, ancient ruins & long beaches you'll enjoy your lazy days, and, if inclined two nights of Naxos's nightlife (B)
There are so many things to do while you are on Naxos. The history buff will appreciate the Temple of Apollo dedicated to the mythological stories of the island’s ancient gods and heroes. Or perhaps spend the day exploring the narrow streets of Naxos Old Town visiting unique museums or an archaeological excavation. (B)
After breakfast this morning make your way back to the ferry port to board your hydrofoil for the short trip to the island of Paros where on arrival you'll make your way to your hotel to check-in. The remainder of today is yours to pass as you explore the phenomenal beaches and attractive white houses. (B)
Time to continue the relaxation with a full day to pass as you choose. We suggest a visit to the buzzing town of Naoussa renown for its traditional architecture and authentic essence offering a range of shops, bars and of course the famed ouzeries. Or visit one of the many beaches for a dip in the shallow turquoise water. (B)
Today you'll make your own way back to the ferry terminal to board a hydrofoil to Pireaus and then a private transfer from the port back to your hotel in Athens. This evening enjoy dinner and time to reminiss about your time Island Hopping in Greece. (B)
Today marks the end of your Greek vacation. At a time to suit your departing flight your private transfer will bring you from your hotel to the airport to begin your journey home! (B)
Tour departs daily from May 01 to October 09, 2023, and can be modified to suit your Greek Island vacation.