- On 16 August 2016
- In Athens - Santorini - Mykonos 6 Days
Athens – Mykonos – Santorini 6 Days
Begining at an early 06:00 a.m. we will be at your hotel in Athens to drive you to the huge port of Piraeus. Departure will be at 07:35 with Blue Star Ferries and you will be heading for Mykonos. While cruising through the Aegean sprinkled with islands, along the way you will experience the Cyclades visually. Arriving at Mykonos at 12:50 you will be driven directly to your hotel having the rest of the day free to enjoy the island. You will spend the night on Mykonos.
After having breakfast (in your hotel) you will be picked up from your hotel for the Delos Half Day Tour. A half-day trip to Delos includes the services of a professional guide and the boat trip to the sacred island of Apollo and Artemis, the famous political and religious center of antiquity. The whole territory of the now deserted Delos is one of the most important archaeological sites of the Eastern Mediterranean and is protected as one of the Unesco’s world heritage sites. You will visit, amongst others, the remains of the Temple of Apollo, the Sanctuary of Artemis, the old city and the theatre and then, walk down the celebrated Lion Street. In the museum of Delos, you can also admire Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman Sculptures and a collection of vessels from all the above periods as well as small items of everyday use. Coming back to Mykonos we will return you to your hotel and the rest of your day will be free to explore the island and its nightlife with an overnight stay at Mykonos.
Your morning will be a free morning (after a night on the town most of our guests need it). Then early in the afternoon you will be picked up and driven to the port. Your departure time will be at 13:35 cruising with SeaJet and arriving in Santorini at 16:20. You will be driven to your hotel in Santorini, where you will spend the night, having the rest of the afternoon free to enjoy this magical island.
After breakfast at your hotel. We will pick you up from your hotel for the Acrotiri Half Day Tour.
This amazing tour consists of the Acrotiri Excavation site, the Red Beach, Firostefani Village and Oia. On returning to your hotel the rest of the afternoon will be free with an overnight stay on Santorini.
Breakfast will be at your hotel, as usual and your morning will be a free morning, to exploring the island at your leisure. Afterwards we will pick you up from your hotel for the Sunset Half Day Tour. Santorini is famous for its sunset, it is said to be one of the most beautiful in the world.
The unbelievable tour includes Profitis Ilias, Pyrgos Village, the Santo Wines Winery and of course Oia. Because seeing Oia once is never enough and its the best place to catch the sunset. Then we will you return to your hotel where you will spend the night.
Another morning with leisure time because you no matter how much free time we give you it wont seem sufficient. Early in the afternoon we will drive you to the port. Departing at 15:30 with Blue Star Ferries full of wonderfull memories you’ll be sailing through the Aegean again. Arrival in Piraeus will be at 23:25. At Piraeus we will be standing by to take you to your hotel in Athens or to the Airport.
Transfers and Tours:
Transfer Hotel in Athens – Piraeus Port
Transfer Mykonos Port – Hotel in Mykonos
Half Day Tour Delos
Transfer Hotel in Mykonos – Mykonos Port
Transfer Santorini Port – Hotel in Santorini
Half Day Tour Acrotiri
Half Day Tour Sunset
Transfer Hotel in Santorini – Santorini Port
Transfer Piraeus Port – Hotel in Athens or Airport
According to searches and excavations on Santorini, the first human presence on the island dates back to the Neolithic Period. Santorini hosted an important civilization around 3600 BCE. Discoveries made in an important city near Akrotiri and the famous Red Beach show the existence of an ancient Minoan colony. The city was very similar to those found in the island of Crete, with many wall ornaments and pottery showing naturalistic landscapes of animals and humans of the same ancient Minoan style. In ancient times, Santorini Island was known as Stongili, which means round in Greek. Strongili was the victim of an enormous volcanic eruption in 1,500 BCE.
The eruption was so huge that many consider it to be the main cause of the destruction of the great Minoan civilization on the island of Crete, situated 70 nautical miles away. Specialists believe that the explosion was so great that it created gigantic waves that reached the shores of the surrounding islands and Crete. After the explosion, the centre of Santorini sank, and the many earthquakes that followed destroyed a big part of the rest of the island. Many studies and research have been presented about the volcano of Santorini, including a series of documentaries by National Geographic. In some ancient myths, the destruction of the island is closely associated to the legend of Atlantis. According to history, Phoenicians settled on ancient Thera around 1,300 BCE and stayed for five generations.
Then, around 1100 BCE, the island was occupied by the Lacedaemonians. Around 825 BCE, the inhabitants of the island, then named Thera, were using the Phoenician alphabet. In the 7th and 6th centuries BCE, Thera had commercial and trade relations with most of the islands and cities of Greece. During the Hellenistic Period, Thera, because of its central position in the Aegean, became an important trade centre and an important naval base, due to its strategically perfect position. Between 1200 AD and 1579 AD, the island was under Byzantine rule and the church of Episkopi Gonia was founded. In 1204 AD the island is surrendered to the Venetian Marco Sanudo and becomes part of the Duke of the Aegean. The name of the island was given by the Venetians after the Santa Irini, the name of a catholic church. During that time there is a strong battle between Venetians and pirates. During the Turkish rule (1579-1821) the island succeeds in trading development with the ports of Eastern Mediterranean. The period that follows is quite prosperous.
Due to the wars of the 20th century, Santorini’s economy declines and the inhabitants abandon the island after the catastrophic earthquake in 1956. The tourist development in Santorini begins in the 1970s and today it is one of the best tourist destinations in the world. Over the years, Santorini has also developed as a wedding and honeymoon destination, while many international meetings and conferences take place there in summer, at the Nomikos Conference Center or in luxurious hotels.
This is the Ibiza of Greece. A beautiful island in the Cyclades, which looks just like the postcards: white little houses with flowers and blue windows and doors, hand painted streets, windmills, pigeon keepers, chimneys, lots of little churches and wonderful restaurants and cafes. Many of the Greek “jetsetters” either have a house here or visit every summer, and the nightlife is very developed. You will see a lot of eccentrics especially at night time. Even though it is a party-island, it is not as loud as for example Ios and Kos, so you can get sleep at night. Mykonos has a reputation for being a summer resort for mainly gay men, which is not entirely true. The gay audience is present, but it is also a glamorous place for the rich and famous, which is painfully clear to whoever has a look at the prices on the menus.
The island was once very poor, and the people tried to survive on fishing and stock breeding on the harsh land. A major industry was also ship construction. Tourism has turned the economy over since it started in the 1950’s and the locals have a double attitude towards this: it may have saved the economy but some also feel that it has taken over too much.
Mykonos according to mythology, was the place where Heracles killed the giants. The rocks around the island are supposedly their corpses!!! Mykonos was the first ruler on the island according to tradition, and the first known settlers we know of were the Ionians in the 9th century BC. The island was to fall under Athenian, Macedonian and Roman rule in the years to come, just like the surrounding islands. The Venetians conquered the island in 1207, and their Duchy later until the Turks invaded in the first half of the 16th century. All Greek school-children have read about the heroine Manto Mavrogenous who success-fully fought the Turks after they tried to land on the island in 1822, a year after the war of Independence had broken out. Her house can still be seen on Mykonos.
With the exception of Mykonos town, Chora, all over Mykonos you will see the typical Cycladic cubist style of architecture. Small, often single storey white cubes sprinkled over the landscape like little iced cakes. Mykonos town however offers a different architectural style that is unique in the area. Here, flanking the narrow winding streets are buildings reminiscent of a medieval style.
Every house is reached via a flight of straight steps, parallel to the road, whilst the space underneath these steps was traditionally kept for storage. Atop the steps is a wooden painted balcony that sometimes projects over the road to nearly touch the balcony of the house across the street. Here too, you will find a change from the ubiquitous blue and white decor of Greece. In Mykonos town the wooden structures of every house are painted in a rainbow of colours, against the whitewashed walls and blue sky, the effect is absolutely delightful.
Mykonos was liberated in 1830. It was quite exhausted after the war, and it was not until tourism started pick up that the island got on its feet economically again.
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