Day 1: Athens — Santorini
Start your trip to Santorini with a pickup from your centrally located Athens hotel in the early morning, and travel to Piraeus Port where your boat awaits for the leisurely 8-hour crossing to Santorini. Board the boat and find a comfortable spot on deck. Then, as you travel south to Santorini, gaze out at the neighboring islands and soak up unparalleled views of the shimmering Aegean Sea. Alternatively, opt to make the journey by speedboat (own expense).
On arrival at the port of Santorini in the afternoon, swap to a coach and travel onward to your hotel, most likely situated in the village of Kamari. Check in to your hotel, and then enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.Overnight: 3-star or 4-star hotel accommodation in KamariDay 2: Santorini (B)
Start your day with a delicious breakfast at your hotel, then set off to explore the island at your own leisure. Perhaps stroll down to Kamari beach and spend the morning basking on the volcanic sands, or make the short trip by public bus or taxi (own expense) to the picturesque beaches of Perissa or Perivolos.
When you’ve had your fill of the sun, continue on to the archaeological site at Akrotiri, an ancient city that was frozen in time after a volcanic eruption some 3,600 years ago. Marvel at the ruins and admire the frescoes and fascinating ceramic artifacts as you wander around.
In the evening, perhaps head to Oia, the quintessential Greek village that’s known for its whitewashed Cycladic buildings, blue-domed churches and incredible sunsets. Follow the crowds to the old ruins of an ancient Venetian castle, known as the Kastro of Oia. Gaze in awe as the sun slips from the sky, and marvel at the ribbons of red, orange and pink that spread out around the horizon.
After the sunset, maybe head to one of the many excellent restaurants for a traditional Greek dinner (own expense) before retiring to your hotel for the night.Overnight: 3-star or 4-star hotel accommodation in KamariDay 3: Santorini — Athens (B)
Wake up to a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, and enjoy a morning of free time to relax on the beach and soak up the sunny sights. Then, check out of your hotel, meet your driver at the prearranged time, and relax on the return ferry to Athens.
Your 2-night tour then finishes with a drop-off back at your Athens hotel.