The Greek Islands

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Island-hop the playground of the Greek gods, through whitewashed villages and rugged landscapes, over decadent sand beaches and across the azure waters of the Aegean. Saunter through vineyards and olive groves scattered among Byzantine churches, and dine on fresh seafood under the golden Mediterranean sun. Discover the myths and legends of Mykonos and Ios, quaff wine renowned to cure broken hearts in Naxos and round off this Cyclades adventure with a visit to the mighty ruins of Athens.

Itinerary

Day 1 Athens

Arriving early? Take time to explore the ancient Acropolis and be sure to stop by to watch the changing of the guard at Syntagma Square. Dine on traditional Greek cuisine and end the day with a quick nip of ouzo.

Days 2-3 Syros

Follow the footpaths of Syros through small villages to see farms, terraced fields and fabulous, sandy beaches.

Days 4-5 Mykonos

Saunter among bronzed bodies on the beach or discover secluded seaside hideaways out of town. Explore labyrinthine streets in the main village and head to the nearby island of Delos, the mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. At night, discover the nightlife Mykonos is famous for while out partying hard with the locals.

Days 6-8 Santorini

Located on the edges of an enormous caldera, Santorini is known for its whitewashed buildings and black-sand beaches. Take the opportunity to rub shoulders with the locals and feast on fresh seafood as the sun melts into the ocean at Oia.

Days 9-10 Ios

Winding past characteristic Aegean architecture, the narrow paths of the main village are blissfully free of cars. Follow stairs down to remote beaches or climb to the top of the hill in Hora for panoramic views.

Days 11-13 Naxos

Discover stories of racy mythology during a stay on Naxos and be sure to try the local wine - it's reputed to be the antidote to a broken heart. Hike between charming villages, past Byzantine churches, and enjoy free time to explore the residential paths of the 13th century kastro.

Days 14-15 Athens

Return to Athens and toast the conclusion of this Cycladean odyssey.

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