Greek Islands: Off the Beaten Track
At a glance
Venture off the beaten track and discover the magic of the Greek islands, away from the hustle and bustle of the most popular tourist spots. Your adventure will begin with a visit to the historic Acropolis in the ancient city of Athens, and a tour of the fascinating New Acropolis Museum, before you head off to Milos where your island adventure truly begins.
Set in the Aegean Sea, Milos is all about its stunning beaches and rustic houses. You will get to spend the day exploring the island’s coast and waters on a full-day private sailing tour, with time for swimming, snorkelling and visiting a sea cave. Next up is a ferry ride across to Folegandros where you will enjoy another day of cruising, this time between the interesting rock formations and past beautiful beaches and more sea caves. This private tour will give you the chance to learn all about the island and the vibrant life in its waters. Duck beneath the surface with a spot of snorkelling or scuba diving.
The final stop on this discovery of the Greek islands will be Santorini – a charming island dotted with quaint villages. Make the most of this idyllic location on a sunset cruise with even more opportunities for taking in the sea life off the coast. The cruise also includes a visit to the hot springs and offers breathtaking views of the volcano.
Example Trip Itinerary
Private transfer to your hotel in Athens
Accommodation in Athens
- 320 rooms and suites
- Winter Garden Restaurant
- Rooftop pool and bar
- Spa and fitness centre
- Indoor pool
Looking out across the Acropolis, Syntagama Square and Lycabettus Hill, the Hotel Grande Bretagne has some of the best views in the city. The hotel was built in 1874 and is full of old-world charm. Each of its 320 rooms and suites are beautifully styled, with antique furnishings, chandeliers and traditional tiled floors. With such spectacular views, you’ll want to head up to the rooftop pool and bar. Seeing the Acropolis illuminated at night is a truly spectacular sight so make sure you try one of their signature cocktails and enjoy the sparkling lights of the city. There’s also plenty to draw you inside, including the bright and airy Winter Garden Lounge, an extension of the hotel’s beautiful lobby. The cellar is filled with over 3,000 bottles of wine and it’s well worth enjoying a drink at Alexander’s Bar which features an original 19th-centuty tapestry depicting Alexander the Great entering Gaugamela. For when you need to relax and unwind, make a beeline for the spa and fitness centre, complete with indoor pool.
- 102 rooms and suites
In a fine location in the centre of Athens, the 1930s King George Hotel is an updated classic. There are 102 spacious rooms and suites, topped of on the ninth floor with the sprawling Penthouse and its incredible private rooftop pool with views out over the city to the Acropolis. This vista can also be enjoyed from the Tudor Hall Restaurant, a grand venue which serves authentic Greek seasonal dishes with a modern twist. As well as the ancient wonders of Acropolis, other famous sites and sights within walking distance include the Agora, Plaka district and Thissio neighbourhood, as well as many upmarket boutiques, world-renowned museums, and the city’s vibrant business district.
There are few places where the past comes to life in quite the same way as in Athens. Often referred to as the cradle of Western civilisation, it’s a city bursting at the seams with culture, intrigue, and beauty. It’s not just a place for history buffs, however, it’s also one of the liveliest European capitals. A thriving café culture ensures you’re not left waning in between all the sightseeing and you’ll never have to venture far to enjoy the vibrant nightlife.
Put the best of science, art and philosophy together in one creation and you have the definitive monument of human civilisation - the Acropolis. The Acropolis, and the Parthenon in particular, is the most characteristic monument of the ancient Greeks and it continues to stand as a symbol of democracy, Western civilisation and European unity. You'll also visit the New Acropolis Museum, which is housed in a state-of-the-art building designed by Swiss-born architect Bernard Tschumi.
Private transfer to Athens airport
Flight from Athens to Milos
Private transfer to your hotel in Milos
Accommodation in Milos
- 15 rooms and suites
- Outdoor Jacuzzi
- Mini gym
Located in the scenic village of Pollonia on the picture-perfect island of Milos, the Melian Boutique Hotel and Spa is a luxury hideaway that allows guests to enjoy the pristine beaches and sparkling waters that Greece is so famous for. The hotel consists of 15 rooms and suites, each beautifully decorated with traditional handmade furniture, unique artwork and a crisp white colour scheme. All come with sea views and many feature Jacuzzies on their private terrace. The sea beckons with its inviting waters and as evening draws in, guests can enjoy a cocktail on the terrace while watching the sun sink behind the horizon. There is also an outdoor Jacuzzi, a spa offering a range of holistic and beauty treatments, and a mini gym. The menu at the Melian restaurant is inspired by the sea and makes use of the abundance of fresh seafood on its doorstep. Choose to dine on the terrace overlooking the coastline or in the privacy of your room. The island of Milos is ripe for exploring and the hotel can organise boat trips and sea kayaking excursions to help you discover its hidden nooks and crannies.
The island of Milos sits in the middle of the Aegean Sea. The southwestern-most of the Cyclades, it encapsulates the beautiful beaches, rustic white-washed houses, cyan waters, great food and rich history of its neighbours, without the crowds of Santorini or Mykonos.
Its landscape is sublime, with over 70 beaches including some of the most stunning in Greece, often dramatic coastline dotted with idyllic fishing villages and volcanic interior. The famous Ancient Greek Aphrodite of Milos, better known as the Venus de Milo which now stands as a centrepiece in Paris’ Louvre, was found here in 1820, and the rest of the island has thousands of years of history to discover.
Spend a day exploring the stunning coastline and waters around Milos on a full day private sailing tour. Spot traditional fishing villages, swim off of idyllic beaches, venture into the famous Skykia sea cave and snorkel along the coves and cliff faces of Kleftiko, with a delicious lunch on board.
Private transfer to Milos port
Ferry from Milos to Folegandros
Private transfer to your hotel in Folegandros
Accommodation in Folegandros
- 44 rooms
- Swimming pool
- Fitness centre
- Tennis court
Contemporary design and Cycladic architecture combine at this elegantly luxurious hotel on the island of Folegandros. Close to Chora and just a short walk form the pebbled beach of Karavostasis, Anemi is comprised of 12 two-storey buildings which look out over the Aegean sea and Folegandros port. The 44 stylish rooms reflect the best of Greek simplicity and elegance. Pops of colour punctuate the pristine white decor. With fish fresh from the Aegean sea, Lure Seafood Restaurant offers guests a gastronimical feast. The menu is designed around the catch of the day and combined traditional flavour with modern cuisine. Keep to your fitness regime in the fitness centre, hit the tennis court or schedule a yoga session.
Folegandros, despite becoming more popular in recent years, remains a wonderfully untouched island. There are three villages Karavostasi (the port), Chora and Ano Meria, as well as a number of hidden beaches and historic relics and rustic terraced farms on almost every sun-bathed slope. The pace of life here is traditionally laid back, perhaps best enjoyed in the evenings with a glass of wine and some wonderful food in one of Chora's three linked squares.
Embark on your private boat for a day of exploring the amazing rock formations, the beautiful beaches and the breathtaking caves. During the tour visit various places of the island of incomparable beauty that can only be reached by boat or hiking. You will learn about the island, its history, its interesting geology, as well as its underwater life. You can navigate on the surface using mask and snorkel, go underwater with scuba diving or just swim in crystal blue waters.
Private transfer to your hotel in Santorini
Accommodation in Santorini
- 26 rooms
- Swimming pools
Set into the cliffs in Santorini, Canaves Oia Suites and Spa is an elegant luxurious retreat. Décor in the 26 spacious suites is sophisticated and minimalist, playing off the iconic architecture of the region. Modern touches make for a comfortable stay, while views out over the caldera and the Aegean Sea and private pools allow for ultimate relaxation. The white buildings and the fresh blues of the sea and pools make for a tranquil place to unwind. Freshen up in a luxurious rain shower, laze on a private veranda, take a dip in a private infinity pool, or enjoy a meal in an open-air dining area. Whether you’re looking for a delicious breakfast to start the day, or a romantic meal under the night sky, Petra Restaurant serves an array of authentic Greek and Mediterranean dishes. Enjoy fresh fish at the poolside, while sipping on a refreshing cocktail. The Canaves Oi Spa menu offers a selection of signature treatments to make your stay truly relaxing. The space was once a 17th century wine cave and hasn’t lost any of its charm, the perfect place to treat yourself.
- 22 rooms
- Restaurant and bar
- Champagne lounge
- In-room spa treatments
After a day of exploring the island, sit back and enjoy a spectacular sunset while sipping a refreshing cocktail at Grace Santorini. The boutique hotel’s refurbished rooms and suites are stylishly modern, with a focus on elegance. Contemporary design and traditional artworks and pieces of furniture make each of the 22 rooms unique and inviting. The bathrooms are large and luxurious. Make yourself at home in a sea view suite, or drink in the views of the caldera from The Villa. For a touch more privacy, opt for a suite with fragments of volcanic rock arranged across the windows, creating something of a “one-way” effect. Whether you’re on honeymoon, or simply on holiday, Grace Santorini is the perfect place from which to experience what the village of Imerovigli has to offer. Discover Mediterranean fusion at the Santoro restaurant where the menu is inspired by the flavours and produce of the Cycladic islands. Or enjoy evening drinks under the stars at the pool bar. The new Champagne and Cocktail Lounge has an extensive list of bubbly to choose from as well as exciting cocktails paired with dishes by the chef. Treat yourself to an in-room spa treatment, or make use of the hotel’s boutique gym.
Floating in the southern Aegean Sea is a little slice of Greek heaven. A huge volcanic eruption 3,500 years ago left a caldera which turned the then- circular Santorini into a crescent shaped island, one that has been charming visitors since they first arrived.
Santorini is the largest island of a small archipelago, wrapping its arms protectively around the islands of Palea, Nea and Thirasia. Sheer cliffs hundreds of metres high shield coves and beaches made up of red, white and black sand, while pretty villages of limewashed cubic houses creep up the sides, nestled into every nook and cranny.
This cruise, which lasts about five hours, combines swimming and snorkeling, dinner on board and cruising across the sea while the sun is setting.
During your tour you will have the opportunity to visit the hot springs, sail past the volcano and admire the beautiful coastline and beaches, while swimming at various locations at your leisure. As the sun is setting you will make your way back towards the port and enjoy the dreamy view.
Private transfer to Santorini airport
Flight from Santorini to Athens
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