Island Hopping the Cyclades

Upcoming Tour Date:

  • 16 May–24 May 2020 – New for 2020
9 days
from £1,999 pp
Tour code: AGT1151

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    Upcoming Tour Date:

    • 16 May–24 May 2020 – New for 2020
    9 days
    from £1,999 pp
    Tour code: AGT1151

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      Tour Code AGT1151
      Max Group Size 26
      Single Supplement £300
      Start/End Point Athens / Mykonos
      Tour Manager TBC

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      Would you prefer to fly from your local airport or spend a few days at the end of your tour on the beach? We are happy to help you arrange any additional requirements you may have from airport parking and hotels to pre and post tour hotel stays. Whilst the majority of our tours use group flights from London airports it is often possible to offer regional departures or connections – give us a call on 01425 480600 and let us help make your trip as comfortable as possible.

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      Visit Athens and then dive into the turquoise waters of the Cyclades. Consisting of some of the most famous islands in Greece, why not explore all that Santorini, Naxos and Mykonos have to offer.

      The Aegean Sea spanning between Greece and Turkey is home to roughly 1400 islands, of these it could be argued that the Cyclades are amongst the most famous and sought over travel destinations to visit. So named for the circle of islands formed around the sacred island of Delos, the Cyclades consists of over 200 islands, of which only a handful are inhabited. The sunsets across these dark-blue, crystal waters are unforgettable as it appears as though the sun has literally slipped into the sea below. These islands host some fascinating sights and sites where history and mythology are often blended into one.

      Visit the Greek version of Pompeii at Akrotiri on Santorini. Destroyed and hidden by the result of a pre-history volcanic eruption, some scholars have attempted to link Akrotiri to the legends of Atlantis. Or fall in love on the Cyclades’ biggest island of Naxos, where a walk through the famous Portara will strengthen your passion for a lifetime, or so superstition denotes. Finally, take a private cruise to the island of Delos. This entire island is considered an archaeological park and embodies the idea of living history. Walk the streets and stroll through the theatre where the ancient Greeks stood thousands of years previous.

      There is ample opportunity to relax, explore, swim and of course appreciate the cuisine of these islands of this fantastic tour.

      Words from Your Tour Coordinator…

      “In 2014, I lived and worked on the coveted island of Santorini, famous for sunsets, volcanic black sandy beaches, and romantic weddings. Residing in the quiet seaside resort of Perissa under the shadow of Ancient Thira, I busied myself with practising Greek and exploring my new home. However, Santorini is quite small (about 18km long and 12km wide), so once I had discovered the best local tavernas and hidden beaches, as well as visited the famous volcano and the extraordinary ancient archaeology of Akrotiri several times, I began to look further afield.

      Every Sunday (my one day a week off work) I’d spend much of my time visiting the other nearby Cycladic islands. On these rare days of relaxation, I gained some fantastic ‘off the beaten track’ knowledge about rustic villages and again, the best places to enjoy calamari washed down with cool, local wine.

      This pleasure would seemingly never end. Every Sunday upon arrival at a new harbour-side, through the hot haze I would glimpse a sight of another of these islands. Upon asking a local ‘which island is that?’ I would be met with an alluring name like Anafi, Amorgos or Siros (or something as equally unfamiliar to me) and again my urge to explore further would be renewed. This is the beauty of the Cyclades and it will forever hold a special place in my heart.”

      Alexander Oliver

      Highlights

      • Explore the sights of the Golden Age of Athens around the Acropolis
      • Stand at Santorini’s Caldera edge with the dormant volcano almost 400m below
      • Get lost in the winding, cobbled alleyways of Naxos’ old town
      • A day trip to the archaeological park of the island of Delos
      • Wine tasting and meals in some fantastic restaurants

      What’s Included

      • Return flights from London Heathrow, outbound to Athens and inbound from Mykonos
      • Eight nights in four-star accommodation
      • Daily breakfast, five lunches and four evening meals
      • All excursions, entrance fees and tips
      • All overseas transport and English-speaking guides
      • Services of a Prestige Holidays Tour Manager

      Itinerary

      Day 1 - Arrival (D)

      Arrival and transfer to our hotel in Athens. Get acquainted with the streets of the Plaka, the historical neighbourhood of Athens, nestled under the shadow of the Acropolis. This evening hosts a welcome dinner.

      Overnight: Athens

      Day 2 - Sounion / Athens (B, L)

      Drive along the southern coast road of Attica to visit the spectacular Temple of Poseidon at Sounion. The panorama of the wine-dark Aegean sea is breath-taking. Enjoy a seaside lunch before returning to Athens to spend the afternoon in appreciation of the Golden Age of the Athenians. Visits to the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum.

      Overnight: Athens

      Day 3 - Santorini (B, D)

      Early departure on the ferry to the first of our Cyclades islands. After arrival on Santorini and check-in, exploration of this living volanic island can begin. Visit the haunting abandoned village of Exo Gonia, destroyed in the earthquakes of 1956, followed by a wine tasting overlooking the impressive Caldera and then dinner at one of the island’s best-kept secrets.

      Overnight: Santorini

      Day 4 - Santorini / Akrotiri (B, L)

      Journey to the highest point of Santorini to the monastery of Prophet Elias. This still-functioning community sits at 567m above sea-level and offers 360 degree views of the entire island and the horizon beyond. From here step back thousands of years at the ancient ruins of Akrotiri.

      Overnight: Santorini

      Day 5 - Naxos (B, D)

      Say goodbye to Santorini as we set sail for the Cyclades’ largest island: Naxos. Enjoy a walking tour of Naxos’s enchanting old town, full of winding alleyways and lanes, starting with the Temple of Apollo whose Portara stands as one of Naxos’ most enduring landmarks today.

      Overnight: Naxos

      Day 6 - Naxos / Apeiranthos (B, L)

      Admire the impressive collection of the Archaeological Museum of Naxos. Depart for Panagia Drosiani, where this ancient stone church is known for an array of historic carvings and paintings. From here, take a short drive to the picturesque mountain village of Apeiranthos for exploration and lunch. This is an opportunity to get a true feel for authentic village life on a Greek island.

      Overnight: Naxos

      Day 7 - Mykonos (B, L)

      Disembark on our final Cycladic island of Mykonos. After checking in to the hotel, depart for a walking tour of Mykonos’ old town and discover all of its charm, followed by a relaxing afternoon of free time.

      Overnight: Mykonos

      Day 8 - Delos (B, L, D)

      A chartered boat-trip to the island of Delos awaits. Spend several hours exploring the incredible archaeological park that makes up the whole island. Inhabited since the 3rd millennium BC, famous in mythology as the birthplace for the god Apollo, and of central importance in the ancient Greek world during the Golden Age of Athens, Delos is a fascinating place to visit and a highlight of this tour. After returning to Mykonos, guests can enjoy a relaxing afternoon before gathering for our farewell dinner this evening.

      Overnight: Mykonos

      Day 9 - Departure (B)

      Transfer to the airport for departure.

      Prestige Holidays’ booking conditions apply. Price is based on twin/double occupancy. Single rooms are on request at a supplement of £300 — subject to availability. Itinerary may be subject to slight alterations due to operational restrictions. Hotels are subject to change and a hotel of similar standard in the overnight locations may be provided. Flight times are provisional and subject to change due to airline schedules.

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