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Parthenon in Athens
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Athens and Cyclades Island Getaway (Tour code: 12003)

Starts and Ends
in Athens
Travel Periods
03 Apr 24 - 20 Oct 24
Experience
Travel Style
Independent Holiday Packages
Explore the Cyclades islands with whitewashed houses & cobbled streets, ancient churches revealing a long-lasting culture, great gastronomy.

Highlights

Discover Athens boasting many modern and ancient monuments like the Temple of Zeus, the Old Stadium, Syntagma square, the Parliament and the Tomb to the Unknown soldier, the Academy, the Library, and the National Gardens

The combination of history, white-washed Cycladic houses, exotic beaches and of course good food combined with warm-hearted hospitality grants Milos the title of one of the top holiday destinations in Greece.

Explore Naxos, the largest and greenest island of Cyclades in the Aegean Sea. This island has been inhabited since 5.000 BC and carries a vast amount of history on its shoulders: ancient Greek ruins, old churches & monasteries and the Venetian castles.

Sail from Santorini and visit its many beaches : Red Beach in Akrotiri, with the red rocks and the dark pebbles, the White Beach, accessible only by boat and the Mesa Pigadi, an incredible swimming spot!

Be fascinated by Sarakiniko, an inlet of pure white rock formations sculpted by volcanic eruptions. The beautiful, otherworldly spot is one of the island’s many geological wonders and perhaps one of the most photographed places in the Cyclades!

13 days
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Overview

Enjoy a tour of the city including the Parthenon, Constitution Square and the Panathenaic Stadium, the place from where the Olympic flame starts its journey to the cities of the Olympic Games.

Begin your Cycladic island getaway with Paros, a beloved holiday destination, beaches, villages and a 6th century church, Panayia Ekatontapyliani, also called Katapoliani. The name "Ekatontapyliani" means the church with 100 gates ("Ekato Pyles" in Greek), one of which is a secret one!

Next find yourself in the largest and greenest Cycladic Island of Naxos, with beautiful old churches, monasteries, Venetian castles and crystal clear waters. Sail away to Santorini, legend of the lost city of Atlantis, with stunning sunsets and picturesque sugar cubed buildings.

Peace of mind booking plan
  1. ENTIRE Cooling-Off Period
  2. ENTIRE AUD Prices
  3. ENTIRE Change of Mind
  4. ENTIRE Industry Accredited
  5. ENTIRE On Ground Support
  6. ENTIRE Australian Owned

Inclusions

3 nights in Athens at Acropolian Spirit Hotel - 4*
3 nights in Milos Island at Milos Breeze - 4*
3 nights in Naxos Island at Iria Beach - 4*
3 nights in Santorini at Cliffside Suites - 4*
High-speed boat economy ticket from Piraeus Port to Milos Island
High-speed boat economy ticket from Milos Island to Santorini
High-speed boat economy ticket from Santorini to Piraeus Port
Private transfers in Athens, Milos & Santorini Island
Full day private tour of Athens including the Acropolis & the Acropolis Museum followed by walking food tour
Private Bus tour of Milos Island (6 hrs) with food tasting
Semi-Private Catamaran sunset cruise in Santorini Island (5hrs) with dinner included
Entrance fees Athens: Acropolis, Acropolis Museum.
Entrance fees Milos: Catacombs
Freedom of Choice Days
Freedom of Choice

Our Freedom of Choice program offers flexibility, by allowing you to choose from different options on pre-selected days.

Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day, as follows:

  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 10

Expand the itinerary below for more details.

Please note, if more than one room is selected during the booking process, our team will contact you afterwards to discuss options.

Day 1 Athens International Airport Athens

Welcome to Athens the birthplace of Western Civilization, the Capital of Greece!

Upon arrival at Athens International Airport meet with your English-speaking escort and transfer to your hotel. 

Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight stay in Athens at the Acropolian Spirit Boutique Hotel.

Athens International Airport → Athens
Athens by night

Day 2 Athens

After breakfast, wander the landmarks of Historic Athens including the Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum focused on the findings from the Acropolis.

Ancient yet modern, classic yet creative, traditional yet constantly changing… Athens is a city of memorable contrasts. The past and the present of Athens unfolds before your eyes while driving around the city's highlight spots and monuments like the Temple of Zeus, the Old Stadium, Syntagma Square, the Parliament and the Tomb to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the Library, and the National Gardens.

On the natural fortress of the Acropolis, reinforced by the hand of man, stand the Propylaea, the temple of the Winged Victory, Erechtheion with the Porch of the Caryatids and, towering overall, and the majestic Parthenon.  A winding path leads to the treasure of antiquity. Visible are the relics of the civilization of which we are the proud inheritors.  A few meters away from the Acropolis entrance and the Ancient Theatre of Dionysos, the New Acropolis Museum, built on pedestrian walkway of Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, looks like hanging between the past and the present of Athens. 

Designed by Bernard Tschumi and Mihalis Fotiades, the new Acropolis Museum has a total area of 25,000 square meters, with exhibition space of over 14,000 square meters. Made of stainless steel, glass, marble and concrete, materials typical of the Athenian environment, the new museum has a direct view of the Acropolis. With bioclimatic planning, which gives ideal lighting and heating conditions, the new Museum offers all the amenities expected in an international museum of the 21st century.

Proceed on foot to visit different spots taste local products like olive oil, honey, cheese, wine, vinegar, liquor, and sweets, all made by small producers from all over Greece. Next, it’s a treat from the street, as you sample a koulouri, one of the all-time classic snacks on the go and then a cup of authentic Greek coffee in a wonderful old café.  After this, get ready to duck into a boisterous visit to the central fish and meat market, where butchers and fishmongers compete for the attention of Athens’ serious food shoppers. The old Central Market of Athens (Varvakios Agora) is located exactly in the heart of the city, and learn from your guide about the city's culinary history. You'll next visit specialty food stores to try local produce cold cuts, and discover some of the hidden stores to purchase tantalizingly fresh fruit, Greek olives, cheese, ham and other alluring deli produce, local wine, aged aromatized vinegar, organic olive oil and honey.  Around the corner is the famous spice street of Athens, lined with traditional herb shops that also carry amazing specialty meats and other traditional delicacies. After that you will end up having lunch, tasting the famous Greek souvlaki!!  & traditional spinach pie. Finally, a last stop to taste of the Greek specialty loukoumades (Greek doughnuts with honey syrup and almonds) and return to your hotel.

Overnight stay in Athens at the Acropolian Spirit Boutique Hotel.

Breakfast
Athens
Acropolis, Athens

Day 3 Athens Piraeus Port Naxos

After breakfast, transfer to Piraeus Port for embarkation to the high-speed boat for Naxos Island.

Upon arrival in Naxos meet with your English-speaking escort and transfer to your hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight stay in Naxos at Iria Beach Hotel.

Breakfast
Athens → Piraeus Port → Naxos
Seaside cafes in Naxos

Day 4 Naxos Koufonissi & Ano Koufonissi Naxos

After breakfast, enjoy a regular boat cruise to Koufonisi Islands including lunch on board (8hrs).

Sail to the stunning Koufonissi islands renowned for their crystal-clear waters. Starting from the small pier in Agia Anna, after a two hours journey, you will reach the uninhabited Kato Koufonissi, where you will stay on anchorage for 2 hours, for swimming/diving from the boat and a delicious barbecue. This time is sufficient to explore the small island and its beautiful beaches like "Nero" on the other side of the island. 

Following a 15 minutes sail, you'll arrive at the port of Ano Koufonissi, the inhabited island, and stay on the island for three hours. The island will seduce you with the beauty of its beaches, the fresh fish and the beautiful traditional town which you can explore on foot.

Overnight stay in Naxos at Iria Beach Art Hotel.

Breakfast
Naxos → Koufonissi & Ano Koufonissi → Naxos
Inhabited island

Day 5 Naxos

Day at leisure to relax and recharge.

Overnight stay in Naxos at Iria Beach Art Hotel.

Breakfast
Naxos
Naxos

Day 6 Naxos Paros

After breakfast, transfer to port for embarkation to the high-speed boat for Paros Island.

Upon arrival in Paros, meet with your English-speaking escort and transfer to your hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight stay in Paros at Saint Andrea Sea Side Resort.

Breakfast
Naxos → Paros
Paros Beach

Day 7 Paros Antiparos & Despotiko Paros

After breakfast, enjoy a regular Kaiki cruise around Antiparos & Despotiko including BBQ lunch on board (7hrs).

Set sail for unforgettable new adventures on board of the traditional Kaiki, a fisherman wooden motor yacht, around Antiparos and Despotiko Islands. Transfer from your hotel to the port of Pounta. Spend an amazing day at the sea on an authentic “kaiki”. Discover hidden gems of the Aegean Sea only accessible by boat: crystal clear waters will make you feel like you are in paradise! The boat departs at 10:00am from Pounta port. The cruise offers a unique aspect of the return to the untamed beauty and life in nature. The below itinerary is indicative since the captain will choose the best spots for each cruise according to weather conditions so you can spend unique moments on board around Antiparos & Despotiko islands.

Discover Panteronissi: the turquoise waters will give you the feeling that you are in a huge swimming pool created by Nature herself. The wild morphology of the southeast cost surrounded from cliffs plunging into the sea forming a succession of cave including the cave of Mastihari. Several stops for swimming in crystal blue water waters!

During the trip, you will enjoy tasty snacks and for lunch we grill in our BBQ accompanied by salads, tzatziki, pita bread and of course beverage local wine, soft drinks, and mineral water. For dessert you will enjoy delicious fresh fruits. Return to Pounta port at 16:45. Transfer back to your hotel.

Overnight stay in Paros at Saint Andrea Sea Side Resort.

Breakfast
Paros → Antiparos & Despotiko → Paros
Paros

Day 8 Paros

Day at leisure to relax and recharge!

Overnight stay in Paros at Saint Andrea Sea Side Resort.

Breakfast
Paros

Day 9 Paros Santorini

After breakfast, transfer to port for embarkation to the high-speed boat for Santorini Island.

Upon arrival in Santorini, meet with your English-speaking escort and transfer to your hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure.

Ovenight stay in Santorini at the Cliff Side Suites.

Breakfast
Paros → Santorini

Day 7 Santorini

After breakfast, the morning is at leisure to relax and discover what Santorini has to offer.

In the afternoon around 15.30hrs, transfer from your hotel to the port and depart for a semi-private Catamaran ride up to 14 pax. Your Sunset Cruise includes:

  • Welcome drink
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Towels
  •  Dinner on board: Seafood, chicken fillet, salads, open bar with local white wine, beers, beverages, fruits (Vegetarian meal available upon request).

Set sail from the picturesque Marina of Vlychada and enjoy sailing along with the magnificent coastal scenery of Santorini. Your first photo shooting stop is at the Red Beach in Akrotiri, one of the most beautiful beaches of the island with the red rocks and the dark pebbles. Move on and reach the White Beach – accessible only by boat – and the Mesa Pigadia swimming spot and snorkel in the crystal-clear blue waters with the rich underwater environment and reefs.

Then sail past the Indian Rock, the Venetian Light House of Akrotiri. Pass by the Aspronisi Island and marvel at the glorious views of the Caldera and the cliff-hanging white houses. Sail around the must-see Volcano coast and stop at its’ hot springs, where you can treat yourself to a natural spa in the thermal mixed volcanic mud waters. One more stop follows up, this time to a secluded private bay and plunge in the majestic waters as our attentive crew prepares for you a delicious meal.

At the end of this unique sailing experience, we head back to the Marina of Vlychada.

Ovenight stay in Santorini at the Cliffside Suites.

Breakfast, Dinner
Santorini
Cruising along Santorini

Day 10 Santorini

After breakfast, enjoy one pre-selected activity from our Freedom of Choice options.

Overnight stay in Santorini at the Cliff Side Suites.

Breakfast, Dinner


Freedom of Choice Options

  • Indulge in the quaint atmosphere of Santorini's Hidden Gems:

    Follow your guide on a journey through time, while trying to unveil the myths and legends of more than 4000 years of History.

    First stop will be the Monastery of Prophet Elias, one of the oldest monasteries and the highest point of the Island. Next stop the Archaeological site of Akrotiri, one of the main urban centers of the Aegean. Visit a traditional canava (home-cellar) tasting 3 different types of wines of Santorini. Step on an ancient vineyard and get information for the special “terroir” of Santorini wine and the famous white grape variety.

    Free time for swimming followed by a “meze” style lunch including variety of tapas the majority made from local products such as fava, cherry tomato, round zucchinis, white eggplants and more!!!
    After lunch transfer back to your hotel.

OR

  • Semi-Private Catamaran sunset cruise with dinner (5hrs):

    In the afternoon around 15.30hrs, transfer from your hotel to the port and depart for a semi-private Catamaran ride up to 14 pax. Your Sunset Cruise includes:

    • Welcome drink
    • Snorkeling gear
    • Towels
    •  Dinner on board: Seafood, chicken fillet, salads, open bar with local white wine, beers, beverages, fruits (Vegetarian meal available upon request).

    Set sail from the picturesque Marina of Vlychada and enjoy sailing along with the magnificent coastal scenery of Santorini. Your first photo shooting stop is at the Red Beach in Akrotiri, one of the most beautiful beaches of the island with the red rocks and the dark pebbles. Move on and reach the White Beach – accessible only by boat – and the Mesa Pigadia swimming spot and snorkel in the crystal-clear blue waters with the rich underwater environment and reefs.

    Then sail past the Indian Rock, the Venetian Light House of Akrotiri. Pass by the Aspronisi Island and marvel at the glorious views of the Caldera and the cliff-hanging white houses. Sail around the must-see Volcano coast and stop at its’ hot springs, where you can treat yourself to a natural spa in the thermal mixed volcanic mud waters. One more stop follows up, this time to a secluded private bay and plunge in the majestic waters as our attentive crew prepares for you a delicious meal.

    At the end of this unique sailing experience, we head back to the Marina of Vlychada.

Santorini

Day 11 Santorini

Day at leisure to discover what the stunning island of Santorini has to offer.

Overnight stay in Santorini at Cliff Side Suites.

Breakfast
Santorini
The breathtaking island of Santorini

Day 12 Santorini Athens

After breakfast, the morning is at leisure.

Transfer to Santorini port for embarkation to the high-speed boat for Athens. Upon arrival at Piraeus Port around 17.00hrs transfer to your hotel.

Overnight stay in Athens at the Acropolian Spirit Boutique Hotel.

Breakfast
Santorini → Athens
The island of Santorini

Day 13 Athens Athens International Airport

After breakfast, transfer to Athens International Airport for your departure flight back home.

Breakfast

Accommodation

Acropolian Spirit Boutique Hotel

Athens
Boutique hotel located just 5 minutes walking distance from Plaka and Acropolis Museum. The hotel welcomes you on Syggrou Avenue, just 100 meters from the Acropolis Metro Station, in outstanding spanking modern facilities with a unique contemporary basic style. You will have moments of rest in the spacious rooms, many of which have views of Athens, in between your stroll about the wonderful city of Athens. Enjoy your stay in a contemporary and relaxing setting.

Additional information

Official language
Greek
Local currency
Euro(€)
  • Ferry times are subject to change and they will be re-confirmed with documentation.
  • We work with a selection of hotels in each location. All bookings are subject to availability, which means our team will confirm your specific hotels upon confirmation and payment of deposit. The package price is based on 4-star accommodation.

Excluded

  • International airfares and taxes
  • Domestic airfares and taxes, unless otherwise specified in our holiday package
  • Visa expenses, processing and issuance fees
  • Meals other than as specified in our holiday package
  • Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (mini-bar, phone call, laundry, etc.),
  • Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, hotel, restaurant or boat staff, etc.
  • Or any other travel expense that has not been included in our holiday package

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In some cases, we are the sole representative in Australia for the overseas travel operator. In other circumstances the product developed has been exclusively built for Entire Travel Group and can’t be found elsewhere.

What’s unique about Entire Travel Group Holiday Packages?

  • They are not group tours with set departures - they are pre-designed, purpose built, independent holiday packages full of unique and memorable experiences.
  • Our holiday packages have been exclusively built for us in collaboration with our handpicked suppliers, who also offer full on-ground support for the clients.
  • We are offering unique travel experiences which cannot be found elsewhere.
  • Many packages include our “Freedom of Choice” options which allow you to tailor the holiday experience. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.
  • They include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan.
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Our motto for Independent Holiday Packages is start your holiday when and with who you want!

Our Independent Holiday Packages are NOT group tours with set departure dates. Group Tours have specific set departure dates, and of course, you are travelling with unknown passengers in a coach. These tours are great for certain travellers and there are many reputable tour operators providing a wide range of options around the world.

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Look for packages with our Peace of Mind Booking Plan logo on the website.

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What is Freedom of Choice?

At Entire Travel Group we understand that our customers have their own personal tastes and interests - so throughout our packages look for “Freedom of Choice” which gives you the ability to tailor your holiday from the various experiences offered on selected days. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.

The Freedom of Choice options are included in the package price, and the price remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.

Our Freedom of Choice program offers flexibility, by allowing you to choose from different options on pre-selected days in the itinerary.

  • Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day in the itinerary.
  • The price of the package remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.

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On some Islands Holiday Packages (e.g. Fiji), it is practical to include flights, so where we have done this it is indicated by the plane icon.

However, on the majority of our Holiday Packages, we do not include international flights.

We found that many customers may prefer to:

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