Get closer to nature and relax your mind and body on this 12-Day trip to Athens, Pelion, Skopelos, and Skiathos!
12-Day Athens, Pelion, Skopelos & Skiathos Getaway
Join us on this multi-day trip where you will get the chance to discover Athens, the capital city of Greece and the natural landscapes of Thessaly and the Sporades islands in the northwest Aegean; explore Pelion and its picturesque villages and the islands of Skopelos and Skiathos with their amazing turquoise beaches and rich vegetation. A trip not to be missed!
Welcome to Athens! Arrive at your own pace and let our driver pick you up from the airport and take you to your accommodation for a quick rest. Freshen up and you are ready to roam the lively streets of the historic downtown of Athens! As the sun goes down, allow us to welcome you with a dinner at a local tavern; savor delicious Greek food and enjoy your first night in Greece, just like locals do!
Rise-and-shine early the next morning and along with your expert guide, explore the most important sites of Athens: the impressive Acropolis and the modern Acropolis Museum; the “island-like” neighborhood of Plaka; the Panathenaic Stadium; the famous Syntagma square and the lively Monastiraki square, to name a few.
The next day, your personal driver will transfer you to Pelion. On your way there, you will take a brief stop at Thermopylae to marvel the statue of Leonidas and a longer stop for lunch (optional) at the unique traditional village of Portaria right on Mount Pelion. Reach your accommodation in one of Pelion’s pretty, seaside villages and relax for the rest of the day.
On the fourth day, enjoy a boat trip to the north, uninhabited area of Mount Pelion with your licensed skipper. Visit the beautiful sea caves and swim at a secluded beach. If the weather doesn’t permit the boat trip to happen, no worries! Embark on a hiking tour instead, through the dense beech forests, small waterfall and if you are brave enough, swim in the freezing waters of a natural pond. For day 5, take the day off and explore Pelion’s beauties on your own.
Wake up early in the morning and get transferred by your private vehicle to the port of Volos. Catch the ferry to Skopelos, one of the greenest islands in the Aegean Sea! After your driver takes you to your accommodation and you settle in, walk around Chora, the main town of the island, and its white houses, paths, and chapels. Don’t forget to walk up to the ruined Venetian castle and enjoy the spectacular view of the town, the port, and the sea!
On day 7, choose to either explore the island on your own or have a full-day guided tour of the island including some of the ‘Mamma Mia’ highlights. You will get to visit Agios Ioannis at Kastri, a picture-perfect chapel built on top of a steep rock, which gained popularity after the wedding scene from the ‘Mamma Mia’ movie was shot there, and a couple of magnificent beaches, the Kastani beach, and Loutraki.
The following morning, relish a last walk around Skopelos Chora and why not have the famous mouth-watering Skopelos cheese pies for breakfast? After your driver drops you off at the port, take the ferry to Skiathos island, the last stop of this amazing trip! Get to your accommodation and relax for the day.
Day 9 is beach day! Get transferred to the most beautiful beach of Skiathos, Koukounaries, also known as ‘Chrysi Ammos’, meaning Golden Sand. Its uniqueness doesn’t stop there! Behind the beach you will find a pine forest that separates the deep blue waters of the Aegean sea from Lake Strofylia, a lagoon where different species of animals and plants are protected.
The next day, set on a sailing trip along the coastlines of Skiathos and Skopelos. Enjoy a full day by visiting the well-known beaches of Lalaria, Kastani and Panormos as well as the islets of Arkos, Tsougria and Dasia Cave that can only be reached by boat. On day 11, take it slow and easy and explore what this cosmopolitan island has to offer you at your own pace.
On your last day, get a private transfer to the airport of Skiathos to catch your flight to Athens before returning back home. This amazing 12-day trip has come to an end! Full of memories and experiences, it’s time to say goodbye. See you next time!
- Discovering the vast history of Athens through guided tours across its most important sites.
- Sailing and swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the Aegean sea
- Admiring the impressive natural landscape of Pelion
- Visiting the striking seaside villages of Skiathos and Skopelos, the island where 'Mama Mia' was filmed
Athens Was is a 5-star design hotel that promises a luxurious experience with state-of-the-art facilities and top-notch services.
Andronis Athens BC is a boutique, centrally located hotel that aims to offer its guests the time of their lives and wrap them in style and comfort.
New Hotel is a 5-star accommodation choice in Athens that provides its guest with the most opulent stay and a central location that is both convenient and beautiful.
These are our top accommodation options for this trip. Please keep in mind that the accommodation cost is not included in this trip's price. We only feature particular hand-picked hotels, which our team has carefully inspected. These hotels have received great feedback from our previous guests.
- All tours as described in the itinerary
- All transfers with luxury A/C vehicle
- Services of excellent guides
- Ferry tickets from Volos to Skopelos & from Skopelos to Skiathos
- Archaeological Sites & Museums entrance fees
- Accommodation (can be arranged)
- Meals unless mentioned in the itinerary
- All personal expenses not detailed in the itinerary & personal travel insurance
- International & domestic flights unless specified
We believe in a certain way of traveling. And this does not include big bus tour groups, nor large chain hotels or just crossing destinations off your list.
- immerse yourself in the culture and the landscape of your destination
- take a moment to appreciate your surroundings and not hop from one destination to another
- exploit your limited time with the help of a knowledgeable guide who will open your eyes about what you see and give you a real perspective of living in this country
- trust an experienced, local travel specialist with whom you will design a trip tailored to your needs, avoiding endless research and first-timer mistakes
And this is what we strive to do. Either you join one of our small-group tours or design a private trip just for you, we are here to help you experience Greece in a meaningful, authentic way.
The best 12 days of my life! I hadn't even heard of those island before joining the tour and I have to say they're so underrated it's ridiculous. Loved the islands, loved the people, loved everything about the whole trip. The only thing I'd change is that I'd like for it to never end!