Put real life on hold and drift into something a little more serene on the waters of the Aegean. There's no shortage of possibilities as we float from island to island, basking in the Mykonos sun, snapping bougainvillea in Santorini and witnessing history in a Turkish port town along the way.Please note that although our Contiki trips are for 18-35 years olds only, the Cruise section of this trip will be spent on a cruise ship that is open to all ages, and is not exclusive to 18-35s.
Landing in to the ancient metropolis of Athens, we’ll settle in to our fancy hotel digs and join forces to get the low down on how the next 11 days will run. After, why not kick start your Greek food safari with dinner in the rustic Plaka district, getting excited for tomorrow’s possibilities and the tantalizing call of the Aegean.
We have the first part of the day to run riot in the city of Athens. Climb around the massive Theatre of Dionysus, sift through treasures at the Monastiraki Flea Market or visit Brettos, one of the oldest distillery’s in Greece.
In the afternoon it is time to hit the water and cruise to Mykonos. What can you expect here? Think windmills, day clubs, sunshine and perfect clear waters and you’re on the right track…
Today is a game of choose your own adventure. Whether you want to fly high and fancy at a beach club like Hippie Fish or Buddha Bar, or keep things easy with a stroll through Little Venice and a spot of snorkelling, this day will prove as beautiful as the bougainvillea doused houses.
This morning we’ll wake up and hit the seas, letting the salt air and sunshine work their magic on our Mykonos induced sore heads.
MiIos will greet us with a rugged back drop and buckets of island charm. Dive straight in to the swing of things with the many watersports on offer, or keep it low key with a fresh seafood dinner at a local café. After dark is when Milos really reveals herself, and we’ll stick around to catch the best of it.
Just in time for breakfast, we’ll drop anchor at the island some may refer to as ‘heaven on earth’. Iconic dome churches, lines of boutique stores, and cliffs that drop towards the azure crystal ocean – ladies and gentlemen, enjoy your time in Santorini.
Rise and Shine, the island of Santorini will not explore itself. Take a swim at Perissa Beach, eat the local speciality of fried tomato balls known as domatokeftedes, and roam the streets of Fira. It's finally your turn to make your friends jealous with outrageous Instagram snaps.
Later, we head to the seas again towards Heraklion the capital of Crete - the largest of the Greek Islands.
Today we’ll be nesting on the big boy of Crete, having docked in the harbour of Heraklion. If you’ve had enough of cocktails and beach umbrellas (although unlikely), this port offers museums, history, and the pretty Georgiadis Park, so plenty of ways to mix it up a bit.
Never ones to miss an opportunity to visit a new country, today we’ll make a trip to our Turkish neighbours of the east. Why not hunt for one-of-a-kind souvenirs at Kusadasi’s bazaar of treasures, or take a tour to Ephesus if you’re feeling nostalgic. We have all day here to enjoy Turkey, so make the most of it.
Back in the capital we’ll say our sad farewells, already dreaming wistfully of life on the islands. Start mapping out a trip to Croatia, we’ve got a sailing trip that’s the perfect reunion tour.
Our last bout at sea takes place this morning as we sail back to Athens, docking up at around 9am. We’ll have tonight to carry on kicking it in Athens, with the moonlight cinema and streets of Plaka up for grabs.
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Trip Name: Idyllic Aegean
Duration: 9 Days
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