Athens and the Cyclades

Athens – Mykonos – Naxos – Santorini – Crete

Athens and the Cyclades

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Highlights

Your Athens and the Cyclades is the perfect introductory tour of Greece. Strike a balance between a city escape and island getaway with our Athens and the Cyclades itinerary.  From the relaxing beaches and bright blue waters to the fascinating history that hops from the mainland to the islands. Don’t miss a trip that will be filled with unforgettable sights.

Above all, consult with your Destination Specialist. We will ensure that the highlights of your trip are booked in advance so you won’t miss out on the fun!  Lots of time at leisure will be built in so you can explore on your own, and at your own pace. Let the journey guide you.

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Make it Yours

  • Accommodation – Greece offers a wide range of accommodation styles including boutique hotels, charming B&B’s, and luxurious castle hotels.  Juniper will select where you stay based on your preferences.
  • Transportation – All of the dots will be connected based on your preferences and budget.  Airport transfers, car rentals, train passes, even private chauffeurs!
  • Day tours and entrance tickets – pre-scheduled tours and experiences for a seamless and enriching travel experience!
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Athens and the Cyclades Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Athens

Welcome to Greece! Upon arrival, a private driver will pick you up and take you to your accommodation. You will have the day to explore the beautiful capital city at your leisure.

Overnight in Athens

Day 2: Athens

Athens is packed with historical sites and tempting cafes that you won’t want to miss. After breakfast, you will go on a panoramic tour of Athens. This afternoon you will take a guided food tour of the Plaka, or Old Town, to sample some of the local delicacies.  The evening will be at your leisure.

Overnight in Athens

Day 3: Athens

After breakfast, you should head to the Acropolis where you will get to see the Parthenon and some breathtaking city views. We recommend spending the rest of your day sightseeing and experiencing some of the numerous museums. 

Overnight in Athens

Day 4: Athens to Mykonos

Once you have enjoyed breakfast a private driver will pick you up and take you to the airport departures hall where you will catch a 40-minute flight to Mykonos. Once you arrive, another private driver will take you to your accommodation. You will have the afternoon to explore this stunning island as you wish.

Overnight in Mykonos

Day 5: Mykonos

There is so much relaxation and history that comes from these islands. Mykonos has so much to see from sightseeing on land to water. Spend the day exploring one of Mykonos’ numerous towns, the Mykonos windmills, or the most photographed church in the world, Paraportiani Church. Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong.

Overnight in Mykonos

Day 6: Mykonos to Naxos

After breakfast, a private driver will pick you up and take you to the port where you will take a ferry to Naxos. A private driver will pick you up from that port and to your accommodation. You will have the afternoon to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Naxos

Day 7: Naxos

Naxos is full of picturesque landscapes and historical monuments. Today you will be able to sightsee as you wish and perhaps indulge in a guided olive oil tasting tour. 

Overnight in Naxos

Day 8: Naxos to Santorini

The journey from Naxos to Santorini is about a two-hour ferry ride. A private driver will take you to and from your accommodations to the port of departure and arrival. Once in Santorini you can check into your hotel and explore the town.

Overnight in Santorini

Day 9: Santorini

Santorini is known for its amazing Greek food and romantic aesthetic. Visiting the village of Oia is a must whether you choose to see it as a daytime hike or view at night time sunset. You have the day to experience this city and we definitely recommend taking some time to relax and take in the views of the caldera. 

Overnight in Santorini

Day 10: Santorini

There are numerous ways to spend the day sightseeing on the island. You can spend the day wine tasting and vineyard tours, horseback riding on the beach, or in the volcanic hot springs. Your destination specialist can help you choose what to spend your day doing.

Overnight in Santorini

Day 11: Santorini to Crete

Onto your final destination, Crete! A private driver will take you to the port to get a 2-hour ferry ride to Crete. Once you have arrived a private driver will pick you up and take you to your accommodation. Enjoy the day in this new destination by exploring it at your own pace. 

Overnight in Crete

Day 12: Crete

Crete is the largest of the Cyclades so there is so much to see and do.  We recommend a tour of the Palace of Knossos.  Believed to have first been settled in approx 7000 bc, the famous palace was once the central location for the political and celebratory life of the Minoan people.  Now, it’s the best-preserved Bronze-Age archeological site on the island.  Your destination specialist can arrange a tour and transportation to this spectacular relic of times past.

Overnight in Crete

Day 13: Crete

Today can be another day exploring this large island or a day on the water. You can take a guided sailing tour around the island. 

Overnight in Crete

Day 14: Depart for Home

After breakfast, a private driver will take you to the airport departures hall for your return flight home.

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