Private Tour of Athens & Greek Islands
Greece : Athens & Greek Islands
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Dominating the Attica region of Greece, the country’s capital, Athens, is one of the oldest cities in the world. For over two and a half centuries, the astonishing Greek temples and monuments of Athens have continued to intrigue and amaze visitors from around the world. This icon of western civilization seamlessly combines ancient history with modern architecture and a surprisingly lively atmosphere. This is particularly apparent in areas at the foot of the Acropolis, Anafiotika, Plaka, Monastiraki and Thissio where visitors will find numerous extraordinary Neoclassical buildings, trendy and traditional cafes and shops, and narrow winding streets with historical treasures at every turn. Once you have had a culture fix, try some mouth-watering Greek cuisine at one of the city’s fine local restaurants before indulging in the insatiable nightlife at the chic cocktail bars and waterfront dance clubs.
Out of all of the Cyclades - the group of islands that surround the sacred Greek island of Delos - Mykonos is perhaps the most famous. It is known for its gorgeous green rolling hills, exquisite beaches and the glamorous, cosmopolitan crowd that typically vacations here. While Mykonos makes for an ideal base for archaeological day trips to the nearby islands, the island itself has plenty to offer. Spend your days exploring the quaint winding alleyways strewn with iconic whitewashed houses; sailing around the picturesque harbour and out into the glistening Aegean Sea; unwinding on the idyllic beaches, and dining in the numerous fine restaurants. If it’s unforgettable nightlife, a bit of luxury, and plenty of natural beauty you are after, Mykonos is undoubtedly the destination for you.
Located near Mykonos within the Cyclades archipelago, little Delos is the home of what is arguably the most significant collection of ruins in Greece and has been listed by UNESCO as such. Birthplace of Apollo and a sacred place even before that, the island is shrouded in wondrous ancient mystery and folk legend. Once, a spectacular city flourished here, grown first by the Carians in the third millennium BC and then becoming a popular pilgrimage destination. Featuring an amphitheatre, several temples, a Minoan fountain, and much more scattered among the rugged wilderness, this is a truly atmospheric destination. Gain further insight with a visit to the superb Archaeological Museum of Delos.
Classically known as Thera and officially Thira, the picturesque island of Santorini dots the South Aegean Sea. Some destinations have stunning beaches and breathtaking natural landscapes, while others have extraordinary ancient cities and excellent restaurants. The popular Greek island of Santorini is blessed with all of these attractive features and more. This lovely volcanic island in the Cyclades lies in the middle of the Aegean and is well known for its strikingly white cliff-side homes with their pretty deep blue rooftops. Visitors will be treated to dramatic ocean views, pristine beaches, traditional Grecian architecture, many fascinating historical sites, fine dining, and numerous, excellent local wineries. With all of this on offer, it is little wonder that this remarkably romantic island has become one of the world’s most popular island getaways.
Situated between Athens and Crete, the Cyclades archipelago is made up of 39 islands, including some of the most popular in Greece, such as Santorini and Mykonos. The islands form a circle around the sacred island of Delos. Each island is distinctive in landscape, history and personality, making for a stimulating and exciting holiday experience. Mykonos’ stunning sandy beaches and characteristic white and blue chapels have attracted visitors for centuries, while Santorini’s striking, steep, multicoloured cliffs and indulgent resorts intoxicate travellers from around the globe. Kythos or Thermia provides wonderful hot springs; Delos is home to a UNESCO-listed ancient archaeological site, believed to be the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis; and Paros is blessed with beautiful natural scenery and remote villages. Most of the islands are small enough that they can be explored in a few days.
Nicknamed the ‘Balcony to the Aegean’, Imerovigli is a captivating village on the northern coast of Santorini, set 3.5 kilometres from the island’s capital, Fira. This ancient settlement offers inspiring views of the volcano, caldera, and, at one time, approaching pirates. With its whitewashed structures topped by bright blue domes, cave house settlements, and network of walking paths, the town offers the quintessential Greek experience. Take the Ekklesia Theoskepasti hiking trail past the thirteenth-century ruins of the Skaros Venetian Fortress, or wander between the enthralling historic churches and cathedrals that dot the town (Ai-Stratis and the Monastery of Saint Nikolaos are particular highlights). An array of guided tours, trips out on the water, and top-notch shops, luxury spas, and highly-acclaimed restaurants complete the package.