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Greek Classics, Spectacular Sunsets and Authentic Cuisine

This sample 8-day itinerary provides an idea of Greece's diversity, from the ancient capital of Athens, to the unmatched beauty of Santorini, and the quiet, traditional island of Naxos.

The services we provide as part of our comprehensive packages include accommodations, private door-to-door long distance transfers, city tours and day trips. In addition to the tours included, we can arrange a number of excursions based on your own interests. All of our tours are custom, and this is just a sample meant to give an idea for what our trips are like, and the opportunities our destinations provide.
One of our team in the region will be available to you during and leading up to the trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, with its information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon arrival, we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to contact our employee (who you will meet in person) throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 2-5 star accommodation options, including boutique hotels, charming B&Bs, and spacious apartments. With our firsthand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambience.
Route for Athens, Naxos, Santorini tour

2 Nights in Athens

2 Nights in Athens

3 days in Athens

2 Nights in Athens

Although it's hard to not keep craning your head to take in the spectacle of the Acropolis at the center of town (especially when it's lit up at night), there's more to Athens than its dense concentration of ancient ruins. Athens is a center for contemporary art, with modern galleries sitting beside museums stuffed with art dating back millennia. This combination of the old and new is especially clear at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, a spectacular open-air theater that has hosted concerts and plays for nearly 2,000 years. The city's culture is also reflected in its diverse food and drink, which combines traditional Greek favorites with influences from across the Mediterranean, and the world, as fitting Athens' deep history as a humming harbor hub. While Athens' variety is enough to keep you busy, from the hidden back alleys of the center, to the city's showy coast, the city works well as a base for day trips, whether down the coast, or to the Peloponnese. Head to oracular Delphi, or hunt for where Lord Byron's carved his name into the monumental Temple of Poseidon at the tip of Cape Sounion.

Although it's hard to not keep craning your head to take in the spectacle of the Acropolis at the center of town (especially when it's lit up at night), there's more to Athens than its dense concentration of ancient ruins. Athens is a center for contemporary art, with modern galleries sitting beside museums stuffed with art dating back millennia. This combination of the old and new is especially clear at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, a spectacular open-air theater that has hosted concerts and plays for nearly 2,000 years. The city's culture is also reflected in its diverse food and drink, which combines traditional Greek favorites with influences from across the Mediterranean, and the world, as fitting Athens' deep history as a humming harbor hub. While Athens' variety is enough to keep you busy, from the hidden back alleys of the center, to the city's showy coast, the city works well as a base for day trips, whether down the coast, or to the Peloponnese. Head to oracular Delphi, or hunt for where Lord Byron's carved his name into the monumental Temple of Poseidon at the tip of Cape Sounion.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Athens

Upon your arrival in Athens, a driver will meet you and drive you to your centrally located accommodations. The drive takes about 45 minutes, depending on traffic.

Our representative will then meet with you to answer any questions you have and to get you settled for the rest of your trip.

Love at First Sight

Suggestion to explore on your own

Taking advantage of the opportunity for views of the Acropolis shining in the night, Athens has plenty of rooftop venues, which have become popular hubs for nightlife among locals. One of our favorite rooftop bars is POINT a - the only bar that provides views of both the Acropolis and the modern elegant lines of the Acropolis Museum, lit beautifully at night. POINT a has a relaxed vibe and Greek cuisine with a twist. It’s perfect for couples and even families or groups of friends. If you happen to stay around the Monastiraki District, you should definitely visit A for Athens, a popular venue among locals. Hytra and GB Roof Garden are full-on luxury restaurants and bars that perfectly provide romantic evenings. We guarantee that if you spend your first night dining at one of those places, you will quickly fall in love with the mind-blowing views and lively city.

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Athens

Best of Athens in a Day Private Walking and Driving Tour

Best of Athens in a Day Private Walking and Driving Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Only in Athens for a short time? Don’t worry, you can still get through 2,500 years of culture and history in just seven hours! Enjoy a scenic, see-it-all tour around the vibrant city and embark on a journey throughout ancient and modern Athens. Discover the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum, and others city highlights with a fun and knowledgeable guide in the comfort of your own private vehicle!


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 7 hours

Day 3

Day 3 - Traveling to Naxos by Ferry

Naxos awaits you today! A driver will pick you up from from your accommodations and take you to the port of Piraeus, where you'll catch your ferry to Naxos.

We also offer the following excursions in Athens

Acropolis for Families Private Tour
Moderate2 hours
Ancient Corinth and Nemea Private Day Trip
Moderate8 hours
Athenian Food Small Group Tour
Light3 hours 30 minutes
Athens Highlights Evening Small Group Tour with Meze Dinner
Light4 hours

3 Nights in Naxos

3 Nights in Naxos

4 days in Naxos

3 Nights in Naxos

The largest island in the Cyclades, Naxos frequently appears lists of the most authentic Greek islands and for good reason, as it is large enough to not rely solely on tourism. Gracefully lying in the heart of the Aegean, this dazzling Greek jewel is an ideal destination for those who wish to indulge in life's simple pleasures, great food, and gorgeous sandy beaches. What visitors love most about Naxos is the genuine rural charm found in the island’s picturesque mountainous villages, which dot the rugged landscape. Naxos has been the source of quality marble for centuries, and its ancient marble quarries, and their products, are some of the island's many highlights. Naxian marble was used to create the extraordinary sculptures that can be admired on the island of Delos and the archaeological site of Delphi. At sunset, enjoy a leisurely walk along the harbor of Chora (Naxos' old town) towards the island's most imposing landmark: the Portara. This massive marble doorway dates back to 530 B.C. and was built to honor the god of light, Apollo, although it was never fully completed. The myths and legends surrounding the island of Naxos are worth the trip alone. After sunset, head to one of the local tavernas found inside the fortified walls of the Venetian castle, the Kastro.

The largest island in the Cyclades, Naxos frequently appears lists of the most authentic Greek islands and for good reason, as it is large enough to not rely solely on tourism. Gracefully lying in the heart of the Aegean, this dazzling Greek jewel is an ideal destination for those who wish to indulge in life's simple pleasures, great food, and gorgeous sandy beaches. What visitors love most about Naxos is the genuine rural charm found in the island’s picturesque mountainous villages, which dot the rugged landscape. Naxos has been the source of quality marble for centuries, and its ancient marble quarries, and their products, are some of the island's many highlights. Naxian marble was used to create the extraordinary sculptures that can be admired on the island of Delos and the archaeological site of Delphi. At sunset, enjoy a leisurely walk along the harbor of Chora (Naxos' old town) towards the island's most imposing landmark: the Portara. This massive marble doorway dates back to 530 B.C. and was built to honor the god of light, Apollo, although it was never fully completed. The myths and legends surrounding the island of Naxos are worth the trip alone. After sunset, head to one of the local tavernas found inside the fortified walls of the Venetian castle, the Kastro.

Day 3

Day 3 - Arrival in Naxos

Upon arriving at the port, you'll be taken to your accommodations in Naxos.

Portara, the Great Door of Naxos

Suggestion to explore on your own

Portara is the symbol of the island. If you come to Naxos by ferry, it's is one of the first things you see as you approach the island. This marvelous, massive marble door frame is what’s left of a portal to an Ionic temple devoted to Apollo, started in the 6th century BC but never finished. It's located on a small promontory overlooking the island of Delos, the mythological birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. A memorable location, we find it especially photogenic at sunset, so we recommend visiting after your first dinner on the island.

Day 4

Day 4 - Your First Full Day in Naxos

Private Naxos Organic Cooking Class

Private Naxos Organic Cooking Class

Included in your vacation package price.

Learn to cook traditional Greek dishes with fresh, organic ingredients at a local home in the village of Kaloxylos. Your friends and family will be impressed when you get home! You'll walk around the village in the company of your guide, and experience village life, gaining further insights into traditions by visiting the island's folklore museum. Prepare to taste incredible homemade recipes passed down through generations, straight to your stomach!


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 4 hours

Day 5

Day 5 - Your Second Full Day in Naxos

Delos and Mykonos Group Cruise

Delos and Mykonos Group Cruise

Included in your vacation package price.

Explore two of the most famous Cycladic islands, Delos and Mykonos, by sailboat. Cruise from Naxos on the azure Aegean to Delos, where you can visit its UNESCO-listed archeological site and enjoy some free time. You'll continue on to Mykonos, where you can taste traditional Greek dishes and discover the must-see sights of its eponymous Mykonos, such as the "Little Venice" district.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 10 hours

Day 6

Day 6 - Traveling to Santorini by Ferry

Today you'll take a ferry to Santorini, a journey that takes about 1.5-2 hours.

We also offer the following excursions in Naxos

All the Marble Private Tour
Moderate8 hours
Cheese and Wine Trails Private Half-Day Tour
Light5 hours 30 minutes
Cheese, Wine, and Sightseeing Private Tour
Light9 hours
Group Day Cruise
Easy8 hours

2 Nights in Santorini

2 Nights in Santorini

3 days in Santorini

2 Nights in Santorini

“Intelligent adults come here and turn into infants,” Craig Walzer, owner of the Atlantis Bookstore. Santorini is every traveler's dream. The whitewashed houses and blue domed churches perched atop of soaring cliffs, the narrow cobblestone streets and unsurpassed views of crystal-clear blue waters -- these all greet you as you step foot on this fairytale land. Intertwining myth and reality, Santorini is every bit as beautiful as the countless postcards, magazine covers, and Instagram photos claim. The village of Oia is world-famous for its sunset, where thousands of spectators line up every evening to witness the magic as the sun bids farewell to the sky and the canvas lights up in fierce hues. Fortunately, the sunset can be enjoyed from much of the rest of this crescent-shaped island. Santorini is also home to Akrotiri, the Greek take on Pompeii. Inhabited since Neolithic times, this city was built up by the Minoans, a seafaring civilization that predated the ancient Greeks, only to be destroyed in the catastrophic eruption that shaped Santorini, which forms part of a massive volcanic caldera. Covered in ashes for millennia, Akrotiri is still being uncovered. We suggest visiting the neighboring center of the caldera, where you can enjoy hot springs, visit the volcanic crater, and enjoy stunning views of Santorini itself. Santorini’s unique ecology, climate and volcanic ash soil paved the way for a flourishing wine industry. Its indigenous varietals will make your stay even more enjoyable.

“Intelligent adults come here and turn into infants,” Craig Walzer, owner of the Atlantis Bookstore. Santorini is every traveler's dream. The whitewashed houses and blue domed churches perched atop of soaring cliffs, the narrow cobblestone streets and unsurpassed views of crystal-clear blue waters -- these all greet you as you step foot on this fairytale land. Intertwining myth and reality, Santorini is every bit as beautiful as the countless postcards, magazine covers, and Instagram photos claim. The village of Oia is world-famous for its sunset, where thousands of spectators line up every evening to witness the magic as the sun bids farewell to the sky and the canvas lights up in fierce hues. Fortunately, the sunset can be enjoyed from much of the rest of this crescent-shaped island. Santorini is also home to Akrotiri, the Greek take on Pompeii. Inhabited since Neolithic times, this city was built up by the Minoans, a seafaring civilization that predated the ancient Greeks, only to be destroyed in the catastrophic eruption that shaped Santorini, which forms part of a massive volcanic caldera. Covered in ashes for millennia, Akrotiri is still being uncovered. We suggest visiting the neighboring center of the caldera, where you can enjoy hot springs, visit the volcanic crater, and enjoy stunning views of Santorini itself. Santorini’s unique ecology, climate and volcanic ash soil paved the way for a flourishing wine industry. Its indigenous varietals will make your stay even more enjoyable.

Day 6

Day 6 - Arrival in Santorini

Upon arrival to Santorini's port, you'll be taken to your hotel in either Fira or Oia.

Santorini Sunset Small Group Food Adventure

Group Santorini Sunset Food Adventure

Included in your vacation package price.

See Santorini at its tastiest, glitziest best with a local guide by your side! On this food-focused sunset adventure, you’ll spend the evening enjoying some of the best local dishes and drinks the island has to offer while walking along the beautiful Santorini caldera. Learn about the culinary culture, admire some of the island's best sights, and visit a mix of famous spots, historic haunts, and hidden gems as you eat and sip your way through Santorini.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4 hours

Day 7

Day 7 - Your First Full Day in Santorini

Oia’s Hidden Treasures Private Tour

Get to know Oia, Santorini's most picturesque village

Included in your vacation package price.

For many, Oia IS Santorini. Today you'll take a scenic private tour of Oia’s secret spots, and the beauty of the surrounding villages. Discover blue domed whitewashed churches, walk through a picturesque village sculpted into the banks of a ravine, and tour a wine estate while enjoying a wine tasting session of high-quality volcanic wines.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4 hours

Day 8

Day 8 - Departure Day

Today a driver will pick you up from your accommodations and take you straight to Santorini's airport.

We also offer the following excursions in Santorini

Caldera Private Hike
Strenuous4 hours 30 minutes
Catamaran Premium Small Group Cruise
Easy5 hours
Private Fira Culture Tour
Light3 hours 30 minutes
Santorini Private Tour
Light6 hours

What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Athens

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Athens Airport Transfer
Best of Athens in a Day Private Walking and Driving Tour
Pireus Port Transfer
Athens (Piraeus) - Naxos Ferry

Naxos

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Naxos Port Transfer
Private Naxos Organic Cooking Class
Delos and Mykonos Group Cruise
Naxos Port Transfer
Naxos - Santorini Ferry

Santorini

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Santorini Port Transfer
Group Santorini Sunset Food Adventure
Oia’s Hidden Treasures Private Tour
Santorini Airport Transfer
The package excludes:

  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website

Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language
We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.
A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation
Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.
A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions
We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.
Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day
Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.
On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road
Our local staff are at your service throughout your journey via the local prepaid cellphone which we provide.
Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out
Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.

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