Athens & Greek Island Hopping 10 Days 8 Nights | Ritz Tours

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Day 1   |  Depart USA 

Depart the US on a flight to Athens International Airport.

Day 2   |  Athens, Greece 

Meet your friendly tour representative and transfer to your city hotel. After checking in for two nights, enjoy the rest of the day to relax or to start discovering the history-steeped Greek capital independently. Perhaps roam the cobbled lanes of the oldest district, Plaka, beneath the Acropolis, or browse for souvenirs on the shopping avenues of Ermou, Kolonaki or Voukourestiou.

Day 3   |  Athens  (B)

Enjoy breakfast before a morning Athens sightseeing tour. Hear about Athens’ long history from your guide as you see the Parliament Building and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Syntagma Square, and tick through highlights including Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Zeus and the Panathenaic Stadium, the stage for the first modern Olympics in 1896. Ascend to the UNESCO-listed Acropolis to admire its glorious temples, including the double gatehouse of the Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and spectacular Parthenon. Your tour also includes a visit to the New Acropolis Museum, home to archaeological treasures discovered at the Acropolis site. Admire the statues and artefacts as you learn how the Acropolis served as the hub of Greek civilisation from the 5th century BC. Afterwards, enjoy the afternoon free at leisure.

Day 4   |  Athens – Mykonos  (B, D)

After an early breakfast, transfer to Athens’ port for a ferry ride to the Cyclades island of Mykonos. Relax as your ferry speeds over the Aegean Sea and savor views of the windmill-dotted island as you approach. On arrival, check in at your Mykonos hotel for a 2-night stay, and get the afternoon at leisure to unwind in the sunshine or start exploring this beautiful island. Tonight, dinner is served at a local restaurant.

Day 5   |  Mykonos  (B)

Following breakfast, enjoy a walking tour on Mykonos town, strolling along the lanes crowded with shimmering white houses, trendy boutiques and arty shops; we get orientation and information in the labyrinth of the old town as well as impressions of the small port and the churches. Will see the famous wind-mills and find Petros The Pelecan, the mascot of Mykonos. Free at leisure for the rest of the day to lounge on the sandy beaches or perhaps dip into one of the island’s loveliest churches, the whitewashed Paraportiani. This evening, maybe experience Mykonos’ famously vibrant nightlife, perhaps with a drink or dinner in Mykonos Town’s charming Little Venice quarter, brim with waterfront tavernas and bars.

Day 6   |  Mykonos – Santorini  (B, D)

After breakfast and the morning free, transfer to Mykonos port for a hydrofoil ride to Santorini, an approximately 2.5-hour journey. Relax on board and drink in the views of Santorini’s breathtaking cliffs as you sail into the ‘caldera’— the ancient, sea-filled volcanic crater the island overlooks. Transfer to your hotel for three nights, and spend the afternoon as you please. Perhaps stroll around Fira, the picturesque whitewashed capital, admire the caldera views, or soak up the rays at your hotel before dinner at local restaurant.

Day 7   |  Santorini  (B)

This morning, experience epic views of Santorini’s glittering caldera as you walk the path that hugs the rim of this submerged volcanic crater, with your local guide. You’ll also explore the island’s whitewashed settlements and breathtaking landscapes, and delve into the cliff town of Oia, best known for its stunning sunsets. Here, sugar-cube houses, bars and restaurants cling to the cliffsides, offering viewpoint after viewpoint for watching the sun sink below the caldera. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Day 8   |  Santorini  (B)

Today heralds a day of leisure on Santorini. You may want to explore the island’s boutique wineries to discover how vines are grown in the volcanic soil; dip into Fira’s chic shops, bars and tavernas; or enjoy a caldera cruise to swim in hot springs and experience the panoramic island views.

Day 9   |  Santorini – Athens  (B)

Enjoy the day free at leisure until your transfer to the airport to catch your flight to Athens. On arrival, relax with a transfer to your city hotel and enjoy the evening in Greece’s charming capital as you wish — the perfect finale to your trip.

Day 10   |  Athens – USA  (B)

Today transfer to Athens International Airport and bid goodbye to Greece as you take your return flight to the US.
AB = Full American Breakfast  B = Breakfast at hotel or on cruise
L = Lunch  LH = Lunch at hotel
D = Dinner at Local Restaurant  DH = Dinner at Hotel  DP = Special Dinner Party  
DS = Dinner and show