Greece in a Nutshell ~ Athens & Sailing Greek Islands is an amazing adventure tour for active people visiting Greece for the first time!
The most popular active holiday for adventurous first-timers in Greece! A trip to Athens and Santorini, combined with an island-hopping on a sailboat experience. We design unique programs and show our visitors the authentic and less touristy side of Greece. This trip includes all significant highlights in a nutshell.
Greece in a Nutshell ~ Athens & Sailing Greek Islands is ideal for active families, couples, and small groups. It includes visits to the most important historical sites.
A great sailing trip to the tiny and authentic small Cyclades islands and Santorini. A true paradise for swimming and experiencing what Greece is all about! We take care of all transfers and accommodations in handpicked hotels downtown Athens. An inspiring tour to the most significant Athenian sites follows the next day. The Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum, Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Zeus, and the Panathenaic stadium.
In the following afternoon, a ferry ride or a short flight will take you to the island of Naxos. The center of the Cyclades. Your 3 day/2-night sailing experience is about to begin. Embark on our sailing boat, relax, take in the marvelous views, swim in the turquoise waters of the Aegean islands, and savor local dishes!
During this trip, you will find out what Greece is all about! Our sailing trip ends on the cosmopolitan island of Santorini. Our team will show you this exquisite island from a less touristy and more active angle. We will hike and sea kayak in the striking environment of Santorini.
Period of operation: April to October
Duration: 8 days/7 nights
3 star charming hotels
- 2490€/pp for min 4 participants
- 3700€/pp for min 2 participants
4 star boutique hotels
- 2990€/pp for min 4 participants
- 4100€/pp for min 2 participants
(Prices during July – August may vary)
- All necessary transfers for the operation of the a/m itinerary
- Athens airport to hotel in Athens (day 1)
- Hotel in Athens to the port of Piraeus (day 2)
- Port of Santorini to the hotel (day 6)
- Hotel of Santorini to the airport (day 8)
- Accommodation in 2 double rooms with breakfast in 3-star hotels with local tax
- 3 days/2 nights sailing tour with skipper breakfast & lunch
- Sightseeing tours as follows:
- Athens half day sightseeing tour with professional guide & entrance fees
- Sightseeing with professional guide & entrance fees in Akrotiri
- Ferry from Athens to Naxos & Naxos to Santorini
- 1 sea kayaking activity with all transfers and picnic lunch
- 1 hiking activity with all transfers and snack
- Domestic flight from Santorini to Athens (flex option with 1 piece of luggage & 1 hand luggage)
Upon arrival in Athens, you will be met and transferred your hotel in Athens center, at a walking distance from the Acropolis. Plaka is the oldest part of Athens, an area now packed with restaurants and souvenir shops. Overnight in Athens.
After breakfast, take part on a morning walking tour of Athens. Explore the Acropolis, the vantage point that offered protection to the ancient city-state, the center of ancient Athenian religious and commercial life. Visit to the New Acropolis Museum. We continue our walk passing by the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch and Panathinaiko Stadium, the venue for the first Olympic Games. Our tour ends at the Constitution Square, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier and the House of Parliament, which was the royal palace until 1935.
Afternoon transfer to the port of Piraeus and ferry to Naxos. Trip duration:17.35-23.30
Naxos, the biggest of the Cyclades Islands with imposing mountain massifs and fertile valleys, is inhabited by cheerful people with a tradition in music and dance, and full of beauty that enchants visitors.
With its long history (Ariadne of Naxos, by Richard Strauss), important monuments, hidden niches to discover, sandy beaches, towers and forts, ancient temples and great villages you can easily spend a week exploring this magic place. Naxos is also renowned for its great potatoes and Naxian gruyere cheese which you will have the chance to taste in delicious recipes that you will taste. Overnight in Naxos.
Our joyful crew will welcome you in the marina of Naxos and our sailing boat! As soon as you settle in let’s set sail! Our destination is Pano Koufonissi. This island is famous for its postcard beaches, white sand, and turquoise waters. We will spend the night there, in the port, at a walking distance of the best taverns and bars. On our way, we will enjoy a swimming stop to Kato Koufonissi, an uninhabited island with beautiful swimming-pool-like bays.
After we wake up and enjoy our breakfast in the serenity of the Aegean sea, we set off to Schinoussa, a beautiful island known to be a great place for superyachts to hide from the press. The island is also famous for its food. On our way, we will drop the anchor in the Rina bay, on the south coast of Naxos to see a beautiful cave and swim, snorkel and explore. We will spend the night at Schinoussa’s port, not far from the main town (100 inhabitants).
We will set sail to Iraklia, another beautiful island of the archipelago to explore. We will drop anchor in a bay accessible only by boat in a protected area where an airplane wreck is lying by 6 meters depth. Unbelievable swimming there! After lunch, we will set sail back to Naxos.
Today we will catch the morning ferry to Santorini which was the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions of all time. Here everything is brighter: the whitewashed cube-shaped houses, the lapis lazuli sea and the sunsets that light up the caldera. After settling in our hotel, we will hike towards picturesque Oia, the most beautiful village of the island if not the whole Aegean sea. The cobblestone trail follows the rim of the Caldera, taking you away from the crowds, permitting you to admire the power of the natural forces that shaped this amazing environment. Overnight Santorini.
Dorians, Venetians, and Turks occupied Santorini, but its most influential early inhabitants were Minoans. They came from Crete sometime between 2000 BC and 1600 BC and the settlement of Akrotiri, dubbed as the Greek Pompeii, dates from the peak years of their civilization. Alongside with a guide, you will have the opportunity to walk along the streets and squares of the city, which was buried in volcanic ash after the eruption of the volcano and frozen in time. Finishing the walk it is time for kayaking. We will explore the south side of the island as few people do. Seeing Santorini from the sea level is a real treat, plus paddling gives your upper body a bit of exercise. We will paddle by the Red and White beach with stops on the way for swimming and snorkeling.
Transfer to Santorini airport, take flight to Athens.