- There are two secret islands of the Cyclades just before you get to Athens which are ignored by the crowds and blessed by the gods.
- This is where you can explore untouched coves, sit on terraces with your morning coffee and marvel at the purple sunsets
- Included on the itinerary is a yoga session in the great outdoors, and a private trip to the hills of the capital
- Our additional services include access to our local Concierge.
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Your tripYour centrally-located hotel in Athens is urban and modern, In Sifnos, just a few dozen yards from the beach, there are sea views from all the windows. In Serifos, we are a little higher up, and the view is all the more spectacular. Each stop has its own atmosphere, but everywhere you go comfort is guaranteed. Guaranteed by the quality of the facilities and the hospitable service. The self-catering facilities in the Cyclades offers you freedom. You'll have a private car to get around in, so you'll be able to take the tour at your own pace and stop off as you please. We have set two outings on the itinerary that really immerse you in the area. One is a relaxed outing to Athens with a local guide. The other is in a boat, to discover the secret little spots of the Sifnos coast. If there are any issues or if you're after suggestions of things to do, you can contact our local Concierge.
Flight to Athens - Serifos
On arrival in Athens, travel to the port of Piraeus for the crossing to Serifos. Pick up the car and spend three nights in Sympotama to the east of the island. The hotel, with its alternating white and stone walls, is situated on an ochre hill above Chora. Inside, the apartments are pleasant and have good facilities. You can have a really good swim in the huge swimming pool There's a splendid view of the harbour from the terrace. The restaurant offers everything from octopus and burgers to fennel pie and risotto, and in the evening, a soft breeze flows between the tables.
The villages stretch out like a string of white along the water's edge and through the hillside. One of the main landmarks in Serifos is a marble watchtower from the Hellenistic period. The village charms with its windmill and the remains of its Venetian castle. Much like Panagia, where the old church is decorated with 13th-century frescoes. Here lies the authentic soul of the Cyclades, still protected from mass tourism.
Things to see and do - make the most of the abundant beaches, discover the archaeological excavations on display at the Chora Museum, enjoy the beautiful scenery along the coastline and visit the Taxiarchis monastery, built in 1572.
Serifos - Folegandros
Take your transfer to the port and cross over to Folegandros. Pick up the hire car and spend three nights in a hotel with typical Cycladic architecture. The rooms sit above the Karavostassi harbour and overlook the sea. The buildings, which are pristine white with pretty stone walls, are surrounded by small flower gardens and a beautiful swimming pool. The interior is spotless as well, with its sleek style and understated luxury against a backdrop of the sea.
Folegandros is made up of three villages across twelve square miles bobbing in the Aegean Sea. This small island near Santorini is a true oasis of authentic Greece. Chora, Karavostasis and Ano Meria live peacefully at the pace of the mules trotting along the cobblestones. Some beaches, like Aghali beach, can be reached by a car while others, such as Livadaki beach, are the end of trails accessible only on foot.
The itinerary includes a yoga session at the hotel. The session is suitable for all levels and focuses on breathing, mindfulness, listening and meditation, in a unique natural setting amongst the vineyards.
Folegandros - Athens
Cross to the port of Piraeus then take a transfer to central Athens. Overnight in the historic Psiri district. The modern interior style dominates while some terraces overlook the Acropolis. The rooms are comfortable, with beautiful bedding made of Egyptian cotton and satin. The local restaurant serves delicious Greco-Mediterranean cuisine. The neighbourhood provides a good selection for travellers to enjoy, including cute shops, small restaurants and cosy bars. Monastiraki Square, home to the Tzistaraki Mosque, is a five-minute walk away.
The itinerary includes a private visit to the hills of Athens. At the foot of the Acropolis lies Plaka, one of Europe's oldest districts, where the city's entire history seems to unfold before your very eyes. The opulent archaeological sites can be found alongside Byzantine churches and neoclassical buildings. The journey of discovery begins near the Benaki Museum, which is nestled in a maze of alleyways and squares connected by steps. The locals and tourists come together to share in this relaxed atmosphere. The tour continues to the small village of Anafiotika, which is similar to the villages dotted around the Cyclades archipelago, with its winding alleyways and lime-washed houses. Originally built by Anafi emigrants in the 19th century, Anafiotika retains an old-fashioned charm that makes it fell like you are entering a timeless universe. This is original way to explore the city, and ends with a picnic on Filopapou Hill from where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city.
Athens - Return Flight
Private transfer to the airport and catch your flight home.
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WITH A FEW EXTRA DAYS - MILOS
Where does the Venus de Milo come from? From Milos, of course. The marble goddess symbolises the mineral wonders that the island owes to its volcanic nature. Erosion has done the work of an artist in creating beautiful, natural rock formations. You can also visit beautiful villages like Plaka and Pollonia. Above all, you can make the most of the seventy beaches there, where you can relax and try out the water sports.
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