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Island Hopping Tour In Cyclades - Athens - Milos - Santorini

Island Hopping Tour In Cyclades - Athens - Milos - Santorini Packages
Country: Greece
City: Athens
Duration: 13 Day(s) - 12 Night(s)
Tour Category: Classic Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

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Package Itinerary

Athens.

Spend two days in Athens exploring the Acropolis hill and museums; enjoy your afternoon coffee in one of the cafeterias in Plaka. Make your shopping in the Kolonaki area.

Milos.

Milos has more than 70 beaches with crystal clear, turquoise waters. This in combination with the warm hospitality and the genuine Cycladic fragrance will definitely provide you unforgettable memories.

Milos has nothing to envy from the other islands of Cyclades, as here you can find anything you wish for. Whether you want organized beaches or more secluded beaches, Milos is available and ready to offer it to you. And after a long day of relaxation on one of the beaches, what else would anyone want than a visit to one of the picturesque villages of the island, for a refreshing drink or a traditional meal, while admiring the magnificent sunset.

Santorini

It has been said that the sunsets in Santorini are the best in the world. From the Caldera breathtaking views of the volcano & neighboring islands. From the east, miles of dark sandy or pebbled beaches. Everywhere one sees small domed churches and remnants of days gone by.

This is Santorini seen through the eyes of people who know & love it ...

Included:

- Accommodation in middle-class hotels in shared double room, with breakfast total for 12 nights (5 overnights/island and 2 overnights in Athens )

- Taxi transfer from/to Athens airport to/from hotel in Athens

- Taxi transfer Athens – Pireus/Rafina port - Athens

- Boat tickets in economy class, from/to Pireus or Rafina port

Not Included:

• Flight tickets

BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN ATHENS:

1. The Acropolis

Few sights in the world compare to Athens' Acropolis, with its Parthenon temple perched high on a rocky crag keeping watch over centuries of civilization. A reminder of the glory of ancient Athens, the Acropolis was the center of the ancient city and functioned as a citadel in its protected hilltop location.

The most emblematic building is the Parthenon, the largest temple of the classical antiquity period dating from 447 BC to 338 BC. With its monumental rows of Doric columns and stunning sculptural details, the temple is an awe-inspiring sight. In the frieze on the eastern side, reliefs depict the birth of the goddess Athena.

2. Acropolis Museum

Another of Athens' top attractions, the Acropolis Museum contains one of the most valuable collections of ancient Greek art in the world. The new facility was completed in 2007, below the Acropolis hilltop, and replaced the former museum on the hill.

This huge facility 25,000 square meters, and features 14,000 square meters of exhibition space. The unique layout incorporates an ancient Athenian neighborhood.

3. The Pláka and Anafiotika Neighborhoods

Between the northern slopes of the Acropolis and Ermoú Street, the picturesque Pláka neighborhood is a tourist hot spot. The main attraction of this historic area is its charming village ambiance. Narrow pedestrian streets and the cheerful little squares of the Pláka quarter are lined with lovely bougainvillea-trimmed pastel-painted houses, restaurants, and shops.

Tucked away in peaceful corners of the neighborhood are historic churches, such as the Metamórfosis Church in the southwest and the Church of Kapnikaréa in the north. A leisurely stroll through the picturesque setting is the perfect thing to do when you've had your fill of ruins and museums.

4. Olympieion: Temple of Olympian Zeus

Dedicated to Zeus, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, also called the Olympieion, was the largest temple in ancient Greece. Though the Parthenon is better preserved, the Temple of Olympian Zeus was an even more monumental structure in its day. The temple dates to the sixth century BC but was not completed until the second century AD by Emperor Hadrian. In front of the Olympieion, not far from the entrance, stands Hadrian's Arch at the end of Dionysiou Areopagitou.

5. Monastiraki & The Flea Market

Narrow streets lined with shops selling everything from jewelry and trinkets to clothing and everyday goods is what you'll find in the Athens Flea Market in Monastiraki. This is one of the neighborhood's main draws, but this area has a very unique vibe and is a nice place to just relax at an outdoor patio or wander about.

Monastiraki has no shortage of restaurants, and this is a good place to come for lunch if you want to grab gyros or any type of traditional Greek dish. Unlike the more upscale Plaka district, this area is a bit more casual.

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