Athens & Cyclades Islands
This itinerary offers a wonderful combination of history, adventure and relaxation. You will have time explore Athens, soaking up the atmosphere of the pretty Plaka district and stepping in the footsteps of the ancient Greeks atop the Acropolis. You then head to the Cyclades Islands, with time on both Naxos and Amorgos (with an optional extension to Santorini if you like!). Here there’s plenty of time to relax, but you can also explore by boat, on foot, with two pedals, and by sea-kayak. The itinerary can be tailored to ensure that there is just the right blend of adventure and relaxation for your family.
Visit the Parthenon & Acropolis
Delicious food tour in Athens
Climb Mt Zas, birthplace of Zeus
Boat trip to remote Naxos beaches
Hiking, cycling and cookery
Relax on pretty Amorgos Island
Sea kayaking in Aegiali Bay
12 days from £1,800 pp
Plus international flights starting at £200
A 12-day summer itinerary for a family of four will start from around £7,200 including hotels, car hire and activities. If you want to upgrade to nicer accommodation, prices will start from £10,000. Prices outside the summer will be considerably lower.
As a general guideline, the price for a two-week summer itinerary for a family of four will usually start from around £9,000. This will include accommodation in mid-range hotels, transfers, ferries or car-hire (where applicable) and a number of activities. If you want to upgrade your accommodation or include a wider range of activities, prices will start from around £12,000 for a family of four but can easily increase far beyond this if you want some of the more luxurious hotels.
Prices outside July and August can be considerably lower.
If you have a specific budget in mind, please mention this at the time of your enquiry so that we can tailor our itinerary and hotel suggestions accordingly.
A short break trip of a week will usually cost from £4,500 for a family of four, excluding flights.
All prices exclude international flights, which start from £200pp during school holidays. Flight prices at other times can be extremely cheap, sometimes as low as £50pp.
Many of the main flight routes to Greece from the UK are operated by budget or charter airlines that operate flexible pricing policies. Generally the earlier you book, the better. Most will operate for the summer season but may stop over the winter.
There are no age limits on any of our holidays. We will tailor the itinerary to the ages of your children and can accommodate everyone.
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All you need to do is let us know a few key details about you and your family and we will do the rest. We will produce an itinerary that we think will suit you but you can review this as many times as you need to until we get it just right.
Athens & Cyclades Islands day-by-day itinerary
Welcome to Greece! When you arrive at the airport in Athens you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2, Athens
Today you will have a morning guided walking tour of Athens. You will start at the Acropolis, the most famous and impressive of Athens’ ruins. This dramatic citadel is perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the city and contains a number of remarkably preserved ancient structures, including the Parthenon. After time to explore, your guide will take you down off the hill into the maze of narrow streets that comprise Plaka village. This is the oldest part of Athens and a delightful place to wander with big bushes of pink bougainvillea spilling out over pavement cafes and souvenir shops. Continue on foot, weaving through the alleyways and taking in all of the most important Greek and Roman sites.
You can either have a free afternoon to further explore by yourselves or we can include a food tour. Greece’s cuisine is world-renowned and you will have the opportunity to sample some of the country’s most iconic dishes as well as less well-known delicacies. These may include little pastry parcels filled with feta, tasty skewers of marinated chicken doused in olive oil and gooey baklava, oozing sweetness.
Day 3 Athens – Naxos
This morning you will be transferred to the dock for the fast ferry to Naxos (3 hours). On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.
Naxos is the largest island of the Cyclades and combines gorgeous beaches, pretty mountain villages, ancient ruins and beautiful rolling countryside of gentle hills covered in olive groves. The main town on the island is also called Naxos and is clustered around a medieval hilltop Venetian castle. There are meandering alleyways lined with whitewashed houses and quaint little squares with ancient churches. Throughout there are stunning views out over the sea.
The afternoon is free to relax on the beach or explore town depending on where you are staying.
Day 4, Naxos
Naxos is perhaps the greenest island in the Cyclades and at its centre is the peak of Mt Zas, standing at an impressive 1,004m. Today you will enjoy a guided hike up the mountain. It takes its name from the Greek God Zeus who is said to have spent his childhood here. The climb takes you along ancient paved paths through a beautiful and fertile landscape. The views from the top over the Aegean and the surrounding islands are breath-taking.
You will take a different route down the mountain, ending in the small village of Filoti where you can enjoy a delicious lunch at a local taverna on the square.
Day 5, Naxos
A wonderful day today as you head out to explore the remote southern bays and coves of Naxos by boat. You will stop at a secluded beach to swim in the beautifully clear waters and snorkel into a cave. Here you will find brightly coloured coral, plenty of fish and spiny sea urchins. Weather permitting, you will be able to continue to the nearby islands of either Iraklia or Koufonisia for lunch. Sail back to Naxos as the sun sets before returning to your hotel.
Read More Day 6, Naxos Day 7, Naxos Guided tour of Naxos Island In the afternoon, wander around the picturesque streets of Apiranthos, visit a beautiful ancient Byzantine church and round of your trip to a local distillery to sample the local raki and kafenio dessert. Cycling tour of Naxos (If you prefer, there are more challenging routes through the mountains). Naxos village hike and cookery course The tavern in Galini is renowned for its exceptional home-cooked food. You will accompany the larger-than-life chef into the garden to select organic ingredients before learning to cook some local delicacies….. then sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labours! Day 8, Naxos – Amorgos Day 9, Amorgos Day 10, Amorgos Snorkelling or Diving Alternatively, you can head out by boat armed with snorkel, mask and flippers and enjoy what you can see from the surface. Sea Kayaking Hiking along Amorgos ‘spine’ Day 11, Amorgos – Athens Day 12, Athens
Today you have a full free day to relax and enjoy the beach.
A full-day excursion today, but you can pick which appeals to your family.
Accompanied by a guide and driver you will explore the island in detail. Your first stop is the ancient temple of Demetra, dating back more than 2,500 years and constructed of beautiful white Naxos marble. From here you will continue on to the remote fishing village of Apollonas which is home to the giant ‘Kouros’ statue which was half carved before being abandoned for reasons that remain unknown. You will stop for lunch in a family run taverna near Lyonas beach where you can also relax and have a swim.
Naxos is home to wonderfully varied scenery, the beaches giving way to rolling hills and mountains. Your cycling route (which can be tailored to suit the family) will take you along the coast and onto the Alyko Peninsula. This is a beautiful protected area of sand dunes backed by juniper forest and wild herb bushes. You will be able to stop along the way at a lovely beach for a swim.
Your day starts with a transfer to the quaint village of Kinidaros. After exploring the village you will take a track that zig-zags downhill onto a riverside path. This leads you through the lush valley and past ruined watermills. Butterflies and birds flit across the river banks, which are lined with wildflowers, herbs, oleander and oak trees. You will pass through fragrant orange groves and visit a traditional olive mill before finishing in the village of Galini.
Today you will take the ferry to Amorgos (2hrs), one of the prettiest of the Cyclades and renowned for its beautiful beaches and crystal-clear waters. In fact, the water here is so clear that it was chosen by Luc Besson as the setting for his film ‘The Big Blue’.
You have a free day to relax and enjoy the beautiful views and beach.
Today we will include a full-day excursion. Again you can choose which most appeals to your family.
The waters off the coast of Amorgos are some of the clearest in the Aegean, with incredible visibility. The underwater world is full of caverns of coral, sponges, starfish, scorpion fish and sea anemones. Those who are interested can try diving, with options for complete beginnings to enjoy a taster session through to more challenging dives for those with the appropriate certification.
Aegiali bay is the prettiest in Amorgos and you will spend the day exploring by sea kayak. Discover peaceful coves and stop to swim off beautiful beaches. You will carry snorkelling equipment with you so that you can experience the wonderfully clear waters and get a glimpse of the underwater world.
You will spend the day hiking along the spine of the island. Your route starts at an impossibly picturesque village, complete with bright bushes of bougainvillea, windmills and narrow alleyways. Your guide will take you from here along a trail to the Monastery of Hozoviotissa, built into the cliff face and with spectacular views over the sea. As you continue along the route, you will pass medieval ruins and deserted villages before ending up on the beach for a refreshing swim.
This morning you will take the ferry back to Athens, arriving at around 3pm. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for a final night.
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.
Day 6, Naxos
Day 7, Naxos
Guided tour of Naxos Island
In the afternoon, wander around the picturesque streets of Apiranthos, visit a beautiful ancient Byzantine church and round of your trip to a local distillery to sample the local raki and kafenio dessert.
Cycling tour of Naxos
(If you prefer, there are more challenging routes through the mountains).
Naxos village hike and cookery course
The tavern in Galini is renowned for its exceptional home-cooked food. You will accompany the larger-than-life chef into the garden to select organic ingredients before learning to cook some local delicacies….. then sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labours!
Day 8, Naxos – Amorgos
Day 9, Amorgos
Day 10, Amorgos
Snorkelling or Diving
Alternatively, you can head out by boat armed with snorkel, mask and flippers and enjoy what you can see from the surface.
Hiking along Amorgos ‘spine’
Day 11, Amorgos – Athens
Day 12, Athens
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