Day 6: Arrive Santorini
Make sure to eat breakfast before meeting your transfer representative in the lobby. They will take you to the ferry for your trip to Santorini. The high-speed ferry takes approximately three hours but can be a little longer depending on weather. Once you arrive you will meet your transfer representative on the pier, who will escort you to your hotel. Take the evening to settle in and relax. Tonight would be a wonderful night to dine at one of Fira’s restaurants; you may have to pay a little extra if it has a view of the island’s famous caldera, but it’s worth it for this once-in-a-lifetime dining experience.
After breakfast you can have the rest of the day at your leisure. If you have registered for the wine tour you will meet your private guide in the lobby for your full-day tour of the island. This exclusive tour will feature museums, sandy beaches and a winery visit. After the tour you will have the evening to appreciate the spectacular views from your hotel. Those seeking an adventure can head to town for a good, old-fashioned ride on one of the local donkeys.
Akrotiri excavations + winery tour with lunch in Santorini
We will start our excursion by driving through the traditional village of Pyrgos, the most preserved medieval village of the island at the foot of Mt Profitis Ilias, where you will be able to admire its blue domed churches. We will head towards Mt Profitis Ilias, Santorini ́s highest pick (565m), named after the Monastery with the same name which is at its top. From this vantage point you will have an amazing panoramic view of the entire island, shaped like a half moon, with its black sandy beaches, its vineyards, the neighbor island of Thirassia and the volcano! Make sure you have your camera at hand to capture amazing panoramic pictures. Afterwards, we will head south and drive through Megalohori, one of the most picturesque villages on the island. Home to historical mansions, old traditional houses, pirate hideaways and vineyards, it has a history of merchants and wealthy land barons exporting Vinsanto wine that the island still produces. The village of Akrotiri and its prehistoric site will be waiting for you for your great delight. There you will be able to see and visit the excavations of the best preserved of all the prehistoric settlements discovered in the Aegean, famous for the abundance of finds brought to light from the ruins of the Late Minoan town which was buried under thick deposits of volcanic material produced by a massive eruption in the 17th or 16th century BC. This was one of the most violent eruptions known in History! Enjoy walking through the street of this “prehistoric GREEK Pompeii”, and discover the great remains of an advanced and wealthy civilization. You will be amazed by the quality of the town ́s planning, architecture and painting as they show that the Santorinians of that period were superb builders, engineers, masons and artists! Your visit at Akrotiri Archaeological Site, will be
indeed, an unforgettable and one of a kind experience! Our last stop will be a winery at the heart of the island. Santorini is one of the oldest and more famous living vineyards in the world! There you will have the opportunity to taste different types of Santorini’s wines such as “Assyrtico” as well as the famous naturally sweet “Vinsanto”, along with other unique wines, all accompanied with assortment plate of traditional Greek snacks. After this enjoyable and fulfilling experience we
return to your hotel for dinner and overnight accommodations.
Day 8: Arrive Athens
Eat a good breakfast and meet your transfer representative in the lobby. You will then fly back to Athens where you will again meet your transfer representative and proceed to The Airport for your return flight. Wave goodbye to the spectacular Grecian landscape as you take off from Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport.