In ancient times, Tinos was called "Ofiousa" or "Hydrousa", due to the large amount of snakes and the abundance of running water all around the island. During the island tour, you will visit the famous dovecotes, where the local people breed pigeons mainly for their tasty meat and their dropping, which constitutes a first quality fertilizer. The dovecotes are built in the countryside at well-chosen locations near cultivated areas and water, on the slopes of mountains and ravine. They are massive, stone-built edifices and date back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Other stops in your tour will be the monastery of Kechrovouni and the traditional village of Volax, built in a height of 284 m. The village is known for the massive rocks found around it, thought by the villagers to be meteorites. The tour will continue to the traditional village of Pyrgos, famous for its marble works of art decorating each and every corner of it. Besides, Tinos is widely known for its fine white and green marble and is the motherland of many famous Greek artists, such as Jannoulis Chalepas and Nikiforos Lytras.
Transfer to the port of Tinos, where you will take the ferry to Paros. After your arrival in Parikia, the capital of the island, you can visit the church of Panagia Ekatontapyliani, also known as the Church of 100 Doors. The church complex contains a main chapel surrounded by two more chapels and a baptistery dating back to the early Christian times. The tour continues with a walk in the old part of the city. During your walk you will be able to visit also the Frankish Castle, which is located at the highest point of Parikia and guarantees an amazing view from its surrounding areas.
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Enjoy the magical journey while sailing the blue waters of the Aegean sea and, on arrival in Santorini, the stunning view of the island with its unique scenery. The first stop by bus from the harbor is at Oia and finally the attractive town of Fira. Climbing up to the top of the cliff, there is a wonderful view. Santorini is completely different from all the other Cycladic islands with uniquelly wild scenery which brings out feelings and emotions not experienced in other places. The beautiful town of Fira, the attractive settlement of Oia and the black sandy beaches, streching as far as the eye can see, will make your trip unforgettable.
Antiparos island tour with an original kaiki boat (duration about 6.5 hours). Lunch included. Around the beautiful coastline of Antiparos you can enjoy a wonderful day. The boat is leaving from Pounta and will take you to Pantalonisia, where you will have your first swimming stop. The water is crystal blue and looks like a natural swimming pool. On the beautiful beach of Faneromeni there will be a barbeque organized for you while enjoying the sun and the sea. You will be amazed from the pureness and beauty this small island offers you. Afterwards, you will head towards Mastichari cave, where you will make a photo stop. From the cave you will turn back to Pounta, where the bus is waiting for you to take you back to Parikia. A perfect farewell day for you to remember the time you spent in Cyclades.
Your relaxing tour in Cyclades under the Greek sun ends with your arrival at the port of Paros. At about 15:30 p.m. you will arrive by ferry in Piraeus and the bus will take you from there to the amazing Cape Sounion. Cape Sounion is only 45 miles (70 km) away from Athens and thus the perfect destination for a sunny, lazy afternoon. The Temple of Poseidon, whose half of the Doric columns are still standing, is perched on a rocky hilltop overlooking the sea and offers an absolutely breathtaking, panoramic view of the Aegean sea. Hotel accommodation for 2 nights.
Return with the ferry to the port of Piraeus and transfer to the centre of Athens for a walking tour in the heart of Greek daily life. The tour begins inside the Syntagma metro station (subway), where you will shortly see the archaeological exhibits which came to light during the construction of the metro. The tour will continue to the House of the Greek Parliament with the monument of the Unknown Soldier and the changing of the guards with the traditional Greek uniforms.
Afterwards, you will head to the National Gardens and the Zappeion Hall, in front of which tower the surviving columns of the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch.
The walking tour will get better and better as you enter the famous Plaka and Monastiraki with the numerous cafés and souvenir shops. By walking through the narrow streets and near their neoclassical buildings, it will be like travelling back in time.
During your walk you can also visit the city part of Kolonaki, whose streets host some of the most famous and expensive brands, such as Prada, Louis Vuitton and Ralph Lauren. Another excellent option for shopping is a visit in Attica Department Store, one of the most beautiful malls in Europe.