Best of Cyclades Greek island hopping itinerary to 4 islands in Aegean sea. It can be combined with a stay in Athens before or after the island vacation.
Visit Paros island with its sandy beaches, picturesque villages and attractive Cycladic architecture.
Naxos island with its charming mountain villages, superb beaches and endless Greek sunshine, it is easy to see why the island has become so popular.
Ios island boasts some fantastic beaches and great night life.
Santorini is the essence of a Greek island, where sea meets weather-beaten rock and colours are bold and elemental. Blue-domed chapels stand on hilltops, houses are simple white cubes, sunsets flamboyant orange. The half-moon island, with its rearing cliffs and dramatic outlooks, is all that remains of a huge volcanic explosion. Inland, fertile soils provide a softer landscape of silvery olive trees, fields of tomatoes and neatly pegged vineyards that produce sweet amber-colored wine.
Daily departures: mid April to mid October
- 3 nights hotel accommodation in Paros island
- 3 nights hotel accommodation in Naxos island
- 2 nights hotel accommodation in Ios island
- 3 nights hotel accommodation in Santorini island
- Ferry tickets Athens - Paros - Naxos - Ios - Santorini
- Air tickets Santorini to Athens
- All transfers as mentioned
- Daily breakfast
- 24 hour assistance phone number
- All taxes
- Travel insurance
- International flights
- Personal expenses
DAY 1: ATHENS / PAROS
Morning transfer to the port of Athens (Piraeus) to embark on the ferry to Paros island. Upon arrival, transfer to your selected hotel.
DAY 2 & 3: PAROS
Paros has a bit of everything you’d expect from an island in the Cyclades archipelago – whitewashed villages, blue-domed churches, blonde-sand beaches, fishing harbors with adjacent tavernas, and lively bars. From its shores are dramatic views towards the myriad surrounding islands and the road that circles the modest 770-metre-high summit reveals glimpses of translucent sea at every turn.
DAY 4: PAROS / NAXOS
At the indicated time you will be transferred to the port to board the ferry for the short ride to Naxos island. Arriving on the island you will be transferred to your selected hotel.
DAYS 5 & 6: NAXOS
Naxos features especially fertile soil and produces enormous crops of both olives and grapes, and its very own Naxian wine. With charming mountain villages, superb beaches and endless Greek sunshine, it is easy to see why the island has become so popular. The island has plenty to see and do: the highest mountains in the Cyclades, intriguing fertile central valleys, a spectacular north coast and long, marvelously sandy beaches in the southwest.
DAY 7: NAXOS / IOS
Transfer to the port to board the ferry to Ios island. Arriving on the island you will be transferred to your selected hotel.
DAYS 8: IOS
Day at leisure to enjoy the fun island of Ios. Ios Island is part of the Cyclades group of islands in the Aegean Sea and lies between Santorini and Naxos. Well known for its unique Ios nightlife, beautiful beaches and historical landmarks, Ios is a popular spot for tourists from all over the world.
DAY 9: IOS / SANTORINI
Transfer to the port to board the ferry to Santorini. Arriving on the island you will be transferred to your selected hotel.
DAYS 10 & 11: SANTORINI
Santorini is a unique island located in the dreamy southern Cyclades. Locals believe the island is the site of the lost city of Atlantis. White sugar-cube buildings dangle off the soaring Caldera cliffs with pops of royal blue peeking out from the domed churches. In the middle is the steamy caldera, the island’s volcano sunken below after one of the largest eruptions in human history. Enjoy the sensational sunsets, the fascinating excavations, the iconic black and red beaches, and the dazzling white towns. The majestic scene is bathed in the most magical light; it’s this pure, perfect light that makes Greece so beautiful.
DAY 12: SANTORINI / ATHENS
At the indicated time you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Athens.
SANTORINI CALDERA CRUISE, 6 HOUR
11:30 - 17:30
11:30 - 17:30
At first, our boat stops on the little dock of the famous Volcano, where we will walk towards the top of the island. While walking, our experienced guide talks about the intense volcanic activity of the last 3000 years! The crater still seems active, as hot fumes are released in many points! Next, we are heading to the Hot Springs, where we will make a 50-minute stop for swimming in the suplhur springs of the volcano. Another major proof of the strong volcanic activity still today, Hot Springs have beneficial effects against rheumatisms, arthritis and other diseases. The island of Thirasia is our final destination, where we will stay 2 hours for swimming and lunch. Thirasia is a small, very picturesque island, ideal choice for nice walks, swimming and lunch in the little port of Korfos or in the traditional village Manolas. On the way back, the boat stops just for a few minutes in the port of Armeni in Oia. If you wish, you can leave the group here and visit the village of Oia , famous for its breathtaking sunset. The red stones of lava along with caves, numerous churches and multi-coloured houses are the ultimate challenge for every single photographer... In the night you can return to your hotel by the public transportation or by taxi. In case you continue your trip to the Old Port of Fira or to the Athinios Port, you will have a great way back, as the boat sails very close to the coast of the Caldera!
SEE SANTORINI IN A DAYAt first, the bus takes us to the highest point of Santorini, the mountain of Profitis Ilias , from where we can see a panoramic view of the island. We continue to the village of Pyrgos, to see the old castle; in the 18th century, that castle was the capital of Santorini and its dense architecture was offering great protections from the pirates invasions.
09:00 - AFTER SUNSET
09:00 - AFTER SUNSET
The bus takes us to Athinios Port to board on a beautiful traditional wooden boat. We stop on the little dock of the famous Volcano, where we will walk towards the top of the island. While walking, our experienced guide talks about the intense volcanic activity of the last 3000 years! The crater still seems active, as hot fumes are released in many points!
Next, we are heading to the Hot Springs, where we will make a 50-minute stop for swimming in the suplhur springs of the volcano. Another major proof of the strong volcanic activity still today, Hot Springs have beneficial effects against rheumatisms, arthritis and other diseases.
The island of Thirasia is our final destination, where we will stay 2 hours for swimming and lunch. Thirasia is a small, very picturesque island, ideal choice for nice walks, swimming and lunch in the little port of Korfos or in the traditional village Manolas.
The last stop is in Oia, where you can walk in the village, enjoy the view of the Caldera and see the brilliant sunset
SANTORINI SUNSET CRUISE
15:00 - After sunset
15:00 - After sunset
The tour starts from the Old Port of Fira and from Athinios Port (if you select the transfer option). We will stop for 1.5 hours in the volcano to walk the path to the craters. Our guide will be all the time with and explain the history of the volcano, its effects in the everyday life of inhabitants in Santorini and its current state. Nowadays, as you will see, scientists have installed organs to measure the volcanic indexes, so to warn in case of violent activation.
The, we will sail to the hot springs. Formations of lava and rocks are constantly changing and in a while we can see the older rocks of the nearby island, Palea Kameni. This island proves that the volcano is still active! Sulfur comes out of the sea-bottom and the waters become very warm (temperature reaches 104F / 40oC!). We make a 40-minute stop for swimming.
Later on, our captain will choose the most quiet bay of the Caldera to enjoy our dinner. Varieties of meat, refreshing salads and pasta, local cheese and fruits are our chef’s suggestions! With our sails open, we sail to Oia. The sunset is now in front of us and we will enjoy it with a glass of Santorinian wine…
We return before 22:00, so to admire the night in the Caldera. Oia, Imerovigli and Firostefani at the end reflect their lights in the sea…
CATAMARAN CRUISES IN SANTORINI
Private and semi private
Day time (5 hours) 10:30-15:30
Sunset Cruise (5 hours) 15:30-20:30
Caldera cruisesDiscover Santorini’s beautiful Caldera and magnificent coastline sailing on the catamaran.
Experience the wonders of Santorini on a daytime or sunset cruise, sailing to the most au-inspiring parts of the island.
We set sail from Marina Vlihada, to the spectacular red beach of the island which is situated in the historic village of Akrotiri and we make a short stop for anyone who would like to take a dip, sailing onwards to the white beach which once again is magnificent and from there past the Indian Rocks to our venetian lighthouse on the tip of the island from where you have the most au-inspiring view of the whole Aegean Sea and the surrounding Greek islands stretching out in front of you.
Explore the most beautiful parts of Santorini whilst sailing past the Caldera where you have the chance to view Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli and Oia from afar and admire the rock formations of our coastline, touring past the volcano which also presents amazing photographic opportunities.
From there we sail to the famous volcanic hot springs where once again we make a brief stop so you may have the chance to take a healing swim in the sulphurous waters and to the most unique private bays and coves of Palia Kammeni where you may relax, take a swim and do some snorkeling in the clear, cool blue waters.
Dine luxuriously, with our mouth-watering on board barbecue, with fresh meat and seafood from the local farmers and fishermen accompanied with greek salads and soft beverages.
Whilst basking in the sunlight or watching the fantastic colours of our world known sunset upon the santorinian landscape, relax and enjoy a glass of chilled wine from our local wineries.
Whether you are looking for a sunny daytime trip or a romantic sunset cruise with your loved ones, there is no better place than upon our catamaran “Caldera”.
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