Athens & Santorini, Greece
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Fly to Athens and spend 3 nights in the historic Greek capital at The Stanley Hotel or similar. A tour of the city is included in your trip and includes a visit to the remarkable Acropolis and also the Acropolis Museum. Another bonus is the day cruise to 3 beautiful neighboring islands: Aegina, Poros and Hydra. Then, take the ferry to Santorini, where you will spend the next 3 nights of your vacation, at Hotel Amaryllis or similar. After your Santorini stay you will head back to Athens for 1 more night before flying home.
Thought to be one of the oldest capital cities in the world, Athens has been inhabited for over 7,000 years and is regarded as the cradle of Western civilization and democracy. With its vibrant, quaint markets and world-famous archaeological sites, it’s a destination that could keep visitors on their feet for weeks on end. To mention a few landmarks, the Parthenon at Acropolis is simply incomparable and still standing despite being built in 447 BC. Additionally, the Temple of Zeus is also a great place to visit for anyone who has an interest in Greek mythology, or is simply just a huge fan of Disney’s Hercules. The quaint areas of Plaka and Syntagma are also places worth visiting in this ancient metropolis. Among romantic colored houses, you’ll find pedestrianized streets plentiful with souvenir shops and cafés. Amongst the narrow streets there are plenty of places to pick up local produce such as honey, olives and wine. Wander around Syntagma Square, and catch the changing of the guards in front of the Greek Parliament, before escaping the baking midday sun by visiting a cozy taverna or restaurant for some delicious local food.
Originally named ‘The Circular One’, half of Santorini sank into the sea due to a powerful volcanic eruption more than 3,000 years ago. Today the crescent-shaped island rises sharply out of the Aegean Sea like a jagged black diamond. On Santorini, you’ll find mythology and history beautifully complemented by the stunning natural sights of black volcanic beaches, all-year sun, clear waters and romantic villages.
All over Santorini, you’ll find a wealth of interesting historical sites. Visit the beautiful Venetian-styled Argyros Mansion, marvel at the amazing Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, which overlooks the caldera, and gaze out across the island and the sea from the solitary church of Ekklisia Profitis Ilias. Another way to experience the island is by boarding one of the sailboats waiting in the old port of the island’s capital, Fira. Touring the caldera, you’ll be able to see the white-washed houses that crown the cliffs of the island, as well as take a refreshing dip in the sea.
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