DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN ATHENS, GREECE (NIGHT FLIGHT)
DAY 2: ATHENS – DELPHI
8:00AM, leave for Delphi via Thebes, Levadia and the picturesque village of Arachova, on the slopes of Mt. Parnassus
12:30PM, arrive in Delphi, visit the Archaeological site and the Museum. See the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios, the Treasury of the Athenians.
2:30PM, late lunch at a local restaurant.
3:15PM, begin the drive to Meteora.
DAY 3: KALAMBAKA (METEORA) – ATHENS
9:00AM, visit Meteora with its impressive scenery, ageless Monasteries, suspended between earth and sky. Inside, see priceless historical and religious treasures.
2:00, return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia and Thermopylae.
DAY 4: ATHENS – SANTORINI
7:00AM, proceed to Athens port of Piraeus and take the Speed Boat to the island of Santorini, approximately 5 hours. Breakfast on board.
12:ooNN, lunch at a local restaurant.
2:00PM, begin the half day tour to Oia Village. Visit the traditional settlement of Oia which is located on the northern tip of the island, high on the cliff top. Oia hosts the most magnificent views on Santorini and a picturesque road with cliffs on one side and sea on the other leads to this attractive town. Walk around and discover the typical Santorinian architecture with houses sunk deep into the volcanic soil, their whitewashed walls and blue domes sparkling under the sunlight.
7:36PM, watch the grandiose sunset from Oia Village. Afterwards, proceed to dinner at a local restaurant.
DAY 5: FULL DAY SANTORINI ISLAND TOUR
9:00AM, start the island tour by exploring the island’s capital: Fira. Wondering through the white cob bled streets of Fira a town of about 2000 inhabitants one gets the feel of the old-world charm blended in with the modern day comforts and Gold Street where someone can find the most interesting jewelries.
12:00NN, proceed to lunch at a local restaurant in Pyrgos Village. Visit ‘’Santo Wines’’ winery nearby, there wine tasting will take place as well as an introduction to the history of Santorinian wines.
3:00PM, visit the beautiful black beach of Kamari, Perivolos or Perissa. Afterwards, visit the Red Beach located near the village and ancient site of Akrotiri.
DAY 6: SANTORINI – ATHENS
9:ooAM, begin the excursion with a short cable car ride to the old port & return up to Fira town enjoying another cable car ride.
DAY 7: ATHENS SIGHTSEEING TOUR – DAY CAPE SOUNION TOUR – DEPARTURE (NIGHT FLIGHT)
9:00AM, see Syntagma Square, the House of Parliament and the Tomb to the Unknown Soldier, guarded by the Evzones in their traditional costume. See the Athens Academy, the University and the National Library. Stop at the Panathenaic Olympic stadium, (where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896). Pass by the archaeological site of the Temple of the Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch.
10:45AM, at the Acropolis visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the Parthenon.
2:00PM, after lunch proceed on your half day Cape Sounion tour. Drive along the coastal road, passing the wonderful beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni and Varkiza to the most Southern point of Attica, Cape Sounion, where the white marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon stand. On the way, you have a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf and the little islands offshore.
7:00PM, head to the airport.
I hope this sample itinerary was helpful! Honesty, I feel like I could’ve explored more in Greece, but I only had 7 days so I’m really happy I got to explore the best parts of it. I’ll be posting more about the highlights in the coming days.