Join us on this multi-day trip and let us show you around Athens and the less-known yet enchanting islands of the Cyclades: Syros, Tinos and Naxos!
14-Day trip to the Cyclades: Athens, Syros, Tinos & Naxos
Have you ever wondered what it is like on other islands of the Cyclades apart from Santorini and Mykonos? Why not find out for yourselves on this trip to the unexplored islands of the Aegean Sea? Uncover the sheer beauty and authenticity of Greece by visiting the city of Athens and the islands of Syros, Tinos and Naxos. Pack your suitcases and get ready for a trip of a lifetime!
Gia sas (‘Hello’ in Greek)! Arrive in Athens at your convenience and let our driver warmly welcome you. Once he takes you to your hotel in central Athens, check-in and prepare for your first day in the capital city of Greece. Wander around the historic city center and discover some of its highlights by yourselves. As the sun sets, enjoy your evening at a local tavern and taste delicious Greek dishes - our way to welcome you to our beloved country!
The next morning, experience the best of Athens in an impressive, see-it-all tour around the historical city that will give you insight into its past and present! Follow your expert local guide and explore the sacred Acropolis hill and the modern Acropolis Museum. After having a break for lunch, continue your tour by visiting the lively Monastiraki square, the famous Syntagma Square, and many more in the comfort of your private vehicle!
It’s time to move on and go traveling to the unexplored islands of the Cyclades! On the third day, arrive in Piraeus port with your personal driver and catch the ferry to the first island; Syros, the island where Greek tradition and western influence blend in a harmonious way. Get transferred to your hotel in Ermoupoli and spend your free day exploring the ‘city of Hermes’, the capital city of the island, and the Cyclades group, too.
On day 4, a half-day tour of Syros’ highlights awaits you! Visit the majestic cathedral of St. Nicolas; marvel the Apollon Theater, also known as ‘La Piccola Scala’; walk through the monumental Town Hall that rises in the middle of Miaoulis Square, the historic square of Syros; admire the authentic icon of The Dormition Of The Virgin Mary painted by El Greco (Dominikos Theotokopoulos) at the church of Assumption and enjoy the breathtaking view from the old town of Ano Syros.
The following day, the choice is yours. Either take the day for yourselves or opt for a cooking class in the professional kitchen of a guesthouse in Ermoupoli, a 19th-century neoclassical mansion. With the help of a passionate cook and food lover, engage in hands-on experience and learn cooking techniques and secrets of the Greek cuisine. After you prepare five traditional dishes, enjoy a Greek feast, and savor the meal in the shaded courtyard of the guesthouse.
The next morning, reach the port of Syros by your private vehicle and take the ferry to Tinos, the next destination of your trip. Once you get to Tinos port, let us drive you to your hotel where you can relax for the rest of the day.
For day 7, a tour in land of Tinos and its beautiful villages is due; a tour that combines amazing natural scenery and tradition! Through this activity you will get the chance to visit the picturesque village of Falatados; the granite mountain of Exomvourgo, which is the site of a ruined Venetian fortress and town; the village of Volax with its unique surrounding of big round rocks that give the whole landscape a lunar appearance; and the village of Tripotamos, one of the oldest ones which features traditional architecture, stoned arches, and narrow alleys.
Next day will be free for you to get familiar with the island and its beauties. Tinos island is the most important Orthodox centre of worship in Greece. So, while strolling around the town of Tinos, don’t forget to visit and admire the imposing church of Panagia Megalochari (the Blessed Virgin Mary), the most significant religious monument where thousands of worshipers come every year.
On Day 9, embark on a tour of your choice; a wine tasting experience or a walking tour of Tinos Old Town! On the former tour, you will walk with your local guide between granite boulders to reach a vineyard located in the village of Gardari. Once you reach the vineyard, you will taste the famous wine and local delicacies in the courtyard in front of a restored old farmhouse. During the latter, your local guide will show you around the unknown side of the town and its well-kept secrets. You will discover cobblestone paths, traditional houses, old mansions and the old road with the shops.
Rise and shine early in the morning and continue your exploration by taking the ferry from Tinos to Naxos, the biggest and greenest island of the Cyclades. Get transferred to your hotel in the seaside village of Agios Prokopios where you will have the rest of the day free for exploration.
On the eleventh day, get to know the island with the company of our expert local tour guide and experience Naxos like a local! Visit locations off the beaten track and dive into the island's vast history, local tradition, and food culture! On this tour, you will get the opportunity to admire the magnificent ancient temple of Demeter, visit a local pottery workshop, discover the fresh flavor of Kitron liqueur and get to know how it is made in a traditional distillery, and taste extra virgin olive oil at the Museum of Olive Press.
On day 12, take the day off and explore Naxos’ beauties on your own. Make your way to one of the many beautiful beaches, such as Agios Georgios or Plaka beach, or to the pretty Chora of Naxos.
The penultimate day, you can opt for a full-day cruise around Naxos discovering some of the most beautiful sceneries the island can offer. Have several stops for swimming or snorkeling in the cooling waters and visit hidden coves and jewel-like beaches only accessible by boat. While onboard, enjoy your lunch made out of local, fresh ingredients and try some locally produced wine or taste Greek spirits such as raki. Can’t think of a better way to end your trip!
On your last day, let us drive you to the airport of Naxos early enough to catch your flight back home. Full of memories and experiences, it’s time to bid this amazing 14-day trip goodbye! Until next time!
- Visiting Athens’ most significant archeological and cultural sites, such as the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum
- Exploring the less-known islands of the Cyclades
- Tasting the world-renowned flavors of Greek cuisine
- Meeting with the locals who will give you insight into the local culture and will make feel right at home
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COCO-Mat Athens BC is a 5-star hotel located in Athens where comfort meets luxury and idyllic views of the Acropolis.
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.
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Nissaki Beach Hotel combines modern amenities and luxury with hospitality and tradition to offer the most premium accommodation option in Naxos Town.
Aeolis Tinos Suites is a boutique hotel in Tinos offering magnificent rooms & suites with private pool and views to the spectacular Aegean Sea.
Living Theros Luxury Suites is where the ultimate luxury getaway meets comfort, style, nature & the pinnacle of personalized service on the unique island of Tinos.
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 private tours as described in the itinerary
- All private transfers with luxury A/C vehicles
- Services of excellent licensed guides
- Ferry tickets from Piraeus, Athens to Syros, from Syros to Tinos & from Tinos to Naxos
- 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.
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