Athens (2 nights) - Tinos (6 nights) - Santorini (6 nights)
The simplicity and charm of Tinos and the magic and romance of Santorini combine to offer two diverse, though eminently compatible, island destinations. It’s said that opposites attract, and we think that applies to islands as well! The idyllic countryside and clustered villages of Tinos are offset by the drama of Santorini’s cliff-top houses overlooking the volcano.
The laidback pace and charm of little known Tinos contrasts vividly with the hectic pace and tourist atmosphere of the world-renowned Santorini. Both islands have lots to offer, and the combination of the two together highlight the great variety of style and atmosphere of the Cycladic Islands.
Day 1: Athens International Airport, Athens City
Arrival at Athens International Airport. Our representative will transfer you to your Athens hotel, where you’ll have the afternoon and evening free to do a bit of exploring. The old part of the city, the Plaka, is definitely recommended for shopping and dining. Overnight Athens.
Day 2: Athens City, Tinos (Island)
Our representative will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the port of Piraeus or Rafina for your ferry or highspeed boat to Tinos. Upon arrival at Tinos, our representative will meet you and transfer you to your accommodation. Overnight Tinos.
Day 3 - 7: Tinos (Island)
You’ve plenty of time ahead of you to enjoy the very best of Tinos, with its fifty or so villages, extraordinary dovecotes, and outstanding variety of beaches. Tinos is a treasure of art and artistry, and there are always art exhibits planned for July, August, and September. There are plenty of walking trails throughout the island, but the best way to get to know Tinos is by car. During your time on the island, there are a multitude of activities to keep you busy, including perhaps a climb to the top of the ancient mountain capital of Exobourgo, or a morning spent in Pirgos Village wandering the marble workshops and visiting the new, world-class Museum of Marble Crafts. Nearby, you can take a swim and have an afternoon lunch at the tiny port of Panormos.
You can spend days exploring remote beaches and the outstanding countryside, with lunch at the seaside or in a mountain village. There is also an opportunity to visit nearby Mykonos and Delos as a day-trip, or take a peek at the islands of Syros or Andros. 5 overnights Tinos.
Day 8: Tinos (Island), Santorini (Island)
After breakfast, our representative will transfer you to the port of Tinos for your highspeed connection to Paros; there you’ll transfer to a ferry for the trip down to Santorini. Upon arrival at Santorini, our representative will meet you and transfer you to your accommodation. Overnight Santorini.
Day 9 - 13: Santorini (Island)
The wide variety of excursions offered on this island is guaranteed to keep you busy during the coming five days. One of the most popular activities is the day trip to the volcano and the tiny islets surrounding it, with a chance to swim in its hot springs or bathe in the therapeutic mud. Also not to be missed is a tour of the archaeological site of Akrotiri, an ongoing dig uncovering the 3500 year-old Minoan city. If the site is still closed for repairs, you can see many of the exhibits at the Nomikos Museum. You can also visit a winery and sample some of the famous Santorini wine; sunbathe on the black sands of Kamari Beach; tour the gold shops in Fira Town; and catch the famous sunset at Oia Village. In fact, you might even do that more than once! 5 overnights Santorini.
Day 14: Santorini (Island), Athens City
After breakfast, our representative will transfer you to the port/airport of Santorini for your return ferry/flight to Athens. On arrival, you will again be met by our Athens representative and taken to your hotel. Overnight Athens.
Day 15: Athens City, Athens International Airport
After breakfast, our Athens representative will transfer you to the Athens International Airport in plenty of time for your return flight home.