Day 01Friday, July 5, 2019
- Arrival at Athens (D)
You will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your hotel downtown Athens. In the afternoon, you will go for an initial exploration of this ancient city, strolling through the streets of its neighborhoods and getting a first understanding of the history that goes back 4000 years. Welcome dinner at the oldest Plaka tavern, enjoying traditional local delicacies while singing and dancing – the Greek way! Overnight in Athens at Athens Gate Hotel (4*) or similar.
Day 02Saturday, July 6, 2019
- Exploring the ancient history of Athens (B)
After breakfast, you will start the day on the hills opposite Acropolis: the Filopappou Hill (or Hill of the Muses), Pnyka, and the Hill of the Nymphs. There, under the shade of the pine trees and, possibly, with the deafening accompaniment of the cicadas, you will hear the story of the city of Athens: the ups and downs, the golden eras and the dark ages, the differences with other well-known Greek cities, the importance of its famous monuments, and the impact of the town in Greece’s as well as Europe’s history. From these hills, you will enjoy panoramic views of the Parthenon, you will stop briefly at the place where Democracy was implemented, and you will walk downhill passing in front of the Old Observatory on your way to a couple of other important neighborhoods: Thiseio and Monastiraki. In Monastiraki, you will explore the flea market – which, of course, has its own story – and in Psirriyou may study some of the street art on the walls. In the early afternoon, you will go up the Acropolis Rock, and then head to the Acropolis Museum where, after visiting its halls, you can rest at the café having an excellent view on the Parthenon. In the afternoon, you will explore Plaka, the old neighborhood of Athens that spreads at the foothill of the Acropolis Rock. You will ramble around the picturesque alleys, observing the kaleidoscopic co-existence of the Ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and modern Greek eras. It is an excellent opportunity to hone your photographic skills, experimenting with colors, angles, and meanings. You will pass through the Anafiotika neighborhood – fondly referred to as “an island within a city” – and you will enjoy the sunset as well as a panoramic view of Athens from the Areopagus Rock. Overnight in Athens at Athens Gate Hotel (4*) or similar.
Day 03Sunday, July 7, 2019
- Transfer to Mykonos/ Beach / Town exploration (B)
Very early in the morning, you will head to Piraeus port to take the ferry to Mykonos. Upon arrival, and after you settle at the hotel, you will go to Ornos Beach to enjoy your first day on the island. In the afternoon, you will return to the hotel to relax by the pool before heading to the town for your first stroll through the picturesque alleys. Overnight in Mykonos at Giannoulaki Hotel (4*).
Day 04Monday, July 8, 2019
- Swimming-Snorkeling/Mykonos Town exploration (B)
After breakfast, you will head to Platys Gialos beach to enjoy another relaxing day by the Mediterranean. In the afternoon, you will return to the hotel to enjoy the pool, shower, and prepare for another evening out in the fancy town of Mykonos. This time, you will explore the Windmills, see the sunset from Panagia Paraportiani, and finish at the neighborhood known as Little Venice. Overnight in Mykonos at Giannoulaki Hotel (4*).
Day 05Tuesday, July 9, 2019
- Swimming – Snorkeling / Last night in Mykonos town (B, D)
After breakfast, you will head to the Agios Stefanos beach, another beautiful bay with bewitching waters. In the afternoon, you will return to the hotel to prepare for your last evening in Mykonos. You will stroll once again to the – by now, familiar – streets, discovering corners you have missed or revisiting your favorite spots and making any last-minute shopping. Farewell dinner at a local tavern. Overnight in Mykonos at Giannoulaki Hotel (4*).
Day 06Wednesday, July 10, 2019
- Transfer to Athens / Departure (B)
After breakfast, you can enjoy the tranquility of your hotel for a while, before heading to the town and the port (at 14:00) to take the boat back to Piraeus. You should arrive there at around 16:30, and you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flights. Note that your flights should be leaving from 7:30pm onwards.