For over two and a half centuries, the astonishing Greek temples and monuments of Athens have continued to intrigue and amaze visitors from around the world. This icon of western civilization seamlessly combines ancient history with modern architecture and a surprisingly lively atmosphere. This is particularly apparent in areas at the foot of the Acropolis, Anafiotika, Plaka, Monastiraki and Thissio where you will find: numerous extraordinary Neoclassical buildings; trendy and traditional cafes and shops; and narrow winding streets with historical treasures at every turn. Once you have had your culture fix, try some excellent Greek cuisine at one of the city’s fine local restaurants before indulging in the insatiable nightlife at the chic cocktail bars and waterfront dance clubs. With its world-class museums, exceptional cultural heritage and a glorious Mediterranean climate, Athens makes an ideal destination for history enthusiasts as well as those seeking a vibrant and thriving social scene.
On arrival in Athens you will be met by our representatives and English speaking driver ill transfer you by air conditioned luxury transport to your central Athens hotel. You have the rest of what is left of the day to do as you please before the tour starts in earnest. Once you have settled in and freshened up, we suggest making your way to the nearby Plaka, at the foot of the Acropolis, where you can have your first taste of the real Athens. There are also plenty of traditional restaurants and tavernas in the area in which you can find dinner and traditional Greek dancing.
After you have had breakfast you will be collected for a tour of Athens. Travelling by air conditioned coach, your English speaking guide will take you to all of the city's main ancient and modern sites, showing you the contrasts of ancient, mythical, political and modern. The tour includes the best of the modern city Syntagma Square, where parliament sits, and the tomb of the unknown soldier to the Panathenian Stadium, the place of the first Modern Olympic Games in 1896. Drive past the Presidential Palace, government buildings and elegant homes. Get a different view of Athens as you see the Catholic Cathedral, the university the National Library and Omonia Square. The ancient sites which you will be visiting are in distinct contrast to the modern marvels of Athens. The Temple of Zeus begins the start of the ancient section of the tour Then it is on to the Acropolis, the shining jewel that looks over Athens. You will wander around this ancient site, learning of the importance of this ancient and wonderful set of buildings, from the enormity of the Parthenon, to the beauty of the Temple of Athena Nike and the Porch of the Maidens. After this you can visit the Acropolis, filled with antiquies from the site. You will be returned to your hotel early in the afternoon and the rest of the afternoon is yours to do as you please. For the history buffs, a trip to the National Archaeological Museum could be in order, or you could go back to the Plaka for some more wandering and shopping. Maybe find some dinner in one of Athens may international restaurants - you have endless choices ahead of you. After breakfast and check our driver will transfer you in air conditioned comfort to the main port of Athens(Piraeus) for your high speed voyage to the island of Mykonos.
Mykonos Town is an amazing mix of a bustling harbour, narrow streets, colourful houses and windmills. The waterfront is an iconic part of the town, where small boats mingle in the water with the seagulls and pelicans. The shoreline is full of restaurants, it is the perfect place to grab a frappe (iced coffee) and a souvlaki and watch the people wander past. Mykonos could make an industry of people watching. The extravagant and glamorous rub shoulders with students and backpackers, and everybody appears to get along in these narrow, cobbled streets, made by the Venetians to keep the Meltemi breeze at bay. Mykonos has been the location for many films, most notably Shirley Valentine, and The Bourne Identity. The most notable Myconian scenes are found at the windmills located on the hills behind the town, the church of Paraportiani, on the town’s harbour, and Little Venice, where the houses, with their whitewashed walls and colourful balconies hang back onto the sea. The nightlife of Mykonos Town is extraordinary and like the shops, the clubs and bars cater for all types of people. In Little Venice there are a number of sophisticated piano bars for those after a less raucous time, while nearer Paraportiani, the traditional Greek music clubs sit near the backpacker bars. Just behind the port, are some of the more notorious bars . Mykonos is a gay friendly island, it known as the gay capital of the Mediterranean, and the clubs and bars are all very open to this lifestyle.
On arrival at Mykonos, you will be met by your Antelope Travel's concierge and transferred to your hotel. Mykonos is home to some of the most exclusive hotels in the world and we know you will love your choice of hotel. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please. Discovering the maze like Mykonos Town is an afternoon well spent, watching the rich, famous and infamous go by, shopping at the exclusive boutiques that line the narrow streets. In the evening, have dinner at any one of the international restaurants or dance the night away at Mykonos world famous clubs and bars. There is so much to see and do here.
For a small island there is a lot to do in Mykonos. The beaches are found all over the island, from the quieter, more family friendly Platys Yialos, to the happening and club atmosphere of Paradise and Super Paradise, the beaches in Mykonos are stunning and a must do, if anything for the people the beaches attract and the wonders of the clear blue waters. You can either rent a moped, catch a bus or a taxi to get to the beach. Paradise and Super Paradise beaches have clubs and bars nearby. The people watching is particularly good and you can easily spend the day watching people coming off the tourist boats wandering around as you have a souvlaki and a frappe at a waterside cafe. Head back from the port and wander the famous maze like streets, but watch out for Petros the Pelican, one of the many characters who wander the streets by day and night. Once night comes, the party scene heats up. Or you may choose to have a quiet night after a full day of fun.
A trip to Mykonos really should include a visit to Delos, the island which is the true heart of the Cyclades Islands and a fascinating half a day trip. Going down to the old port in the morning, take the short ride to Delos, where you will be transported into life as it was over 1000 years ago. Delos is uninhabited, but the ruins that remain are a fascinating insight into one of the most advanced civilizations at the time. Running water, two story homes, decorative streets and temples are found at the remains of this once thriving trading port. As all visitors have to be off Delos by 3.00 pm, on your return to Mykonos town you are free to do as you please, whether you return to your hotel for a rest and a sleep, continue shopping, or dance the night away once again. The Little Venice part of town is particularly beautiful, full of interesting shops, restaurants and bars. It is a great place to watch the sun go down over the neighboring islands while having a cocktail. Today is another travelling day. After breakfast and check out your hotel in Mykonos and our representative will transfer you to the port for your hydrofoil journey to Santorini.
Classically known as Thera and officially Thira, the picturesque island of Santorini dots the South Aegean Sea. Some destinations have stunning beaches and breathtaking natural landscapes, while others have extraordinary ancient cities and excellent restaurants. The popular Greek island of Santorini is blessed with all of these attractive features and more. This lovely volcanic island in the Cyclades lies in the middle of the Aegean and is well known for its strikingly white cliff-side homes with their pretty deep blue rooftops. Visitors will be treated to dramatic ocean views, pristine beaches, traditional Grecian architecture, many fascinating historical sites, fine dining, and numerous, excellent local wineries. With all of this on offer, it is little wonder that this remarkably romantic island has become one of the world’s most popular island getaways.
On arrival at Santorini, you will be greeted by our English speaking representative, who will transfer you to your hotel. This is the jewel in the crown of all Greek Islands, a stunning vista of sheer cliff faces diving into the deep blue sea. There is nothing to compare with the views and the sunsets you will witness as you watch the day go by from anywhere along the caldera. Once you have settled in to your hotel use this evening to head into Thira for a meal on the edge of the caldera, talking your dinner as the sun goes down. It will be an evening to remember
You have the next two days to do as you please. There is the very real possibility that you will not want to leave you hotel balcony and pool due to the spectacular view you have in front of you. Santorini is the perfect place to relax, swim and look out over the Caldera during the day. However, if you are a little more adventurous, after breakfast on your balcony, there is plenty to see and do. Travel to the south of the island by bus, hire car or taxi and discover the black sand beaches, so unique to Santorini. Or take an afternoon trip out up to Oia in the island's north and watch the world's most beautiful sunsets. The island is filled with activities to inspire fun and romance.
Today will be a fantastic fun and relaxing day. In the afternoon, we will pick you up for a fantastic luxury semi-private Sunset Catamaran Cruise with a rich BBQ lunch and wine and ouzo served on board. The cruise will start at 3:00pm and will end at 8:00pm just after sunset! Today is another travelling day. Check out in the morning after breakfast, and either rest at your hotel's pool or stroll around beautiful Fira town or Oia. In the evening, our driver will transfer you to the port for your highspeed ferry journey to Heraklion, Crete.
Elounda Village, was a picturesque fishing village in the lovely Mirabello Bay and nowadays is an ideal destination for people who want a seaside holiday in a place which is neither too busy nor too isolated, having a spectacular coastline, shaded beaches, crystal clear seas, archeological interest. In Elounda you will find small, pretty beaches, visit the island of Spinalonga, walk along and swim at the peninsula of Kolokitha (the word means “pumpkin”), and explore the many little villages (Mavrikiano, Plaka, Skisma, Epano Elounda) far from the sea, offering a window into times gone by. Elounda is not for those looking for a hectic, vibrant nightlife, nor for those who prefer the isolated beaches of unspoilt southern Crete.
Once you arrive in Heraklion port, your private driver will transfer you in luxury to your accommodation in Elounda (abour 1 hour drive), where you will be staying for the next two nights. You can find dinner at a local taverna or restaurant near to your hotel and get an idea of what you would like to do on this amazing island - your options are almost endless. Of course you may have dinner at the amazing hotel's restaurant.
Crete is one of the largest and most populated of the Greek Islands, so your choices of things to do on this amazing island is endless. The option to sit and relax by your hotel's pool is always there, but this is your chance to see some of the most beautiful towns in Greece. Wondering the old towns of Chania or Agios Nikolaos. You can take in the archaeological marvel of Knossos, one of modern civilization's most ancient sites. The beaches of Crete are as good as any found in the country and a trip to the center of the island can provide you with a look at traditional Greek life. As this island is so large, ask us about hiring a car for a day to let you see the best of Crete. Make the evening special and find a restaurant with dinner and dancing to celebrate the last day of your very special holiday. Early in the morning, just after breakfast our driver will pick you up to transfer you to the airport. We will make sure to get you on an early flight from Heraklion, to give you plenty of time to connect to your international flight back home.