ATHENS - KYTHNOS - SIFNOS - MILOS ISLANDS
LESSER KNOWN CYCLADIC ISLANDS
LESSER KNOWN CYCLADES ISLANDS BUT STILL BEAUTIFUL
Athens No more to say about the candle of western civilization. Just come to see!
Kythnos island. Despite its proximity to Attica’s coast, Kythnos is one of the lesser-known islands in the Cyclades. The southern part is practically uninhabited, and in the north you will find Merichas (where the island harbour is located), Chora or Mesaria (the island capital), Loutra and Dryopida. Its countryside is dotted with bald hills, dry-stone walls that stretch for kilometres ahead and more than 350 snow white little chapels scattered around the island. It has more than 65 beaches (the majority ending in off-road access tracks) and picturesque villages with the narrow cobbled streets, the white-washed houses, squares, churches and windmills. The island was inhabited from the 10th century BC by the Dryopians, residents of Evia.
Sifnos island. Located in the southwest part of the Cyclades island group, Sifnos is popular for its architecture, local delicacies (cuisine), pottery and ceramic art and hiking as well as its nightlife during summer. It has 365 churches dotted all over the landscape and feels a little bit like the island that time forgot
Milos island. located on the western side of Cyclades, is a romantic destination with gorgeous beaches. Due to its volcanic landscape, the beaches of Milos vary in geological formation. Counting more than 70 beaches around the island, Milos is blessed with marvelous and pristine shores, Provatas, Tsigrado, Firiplaka, Paleochori Pachaina, Agios Ioannis, Achivadolimni and Gerontas are among the most beautiful beaches on the island, while Kleftiko and Sarakiniko with inlets, caves and the white lunar landscape rocks will blow your mind away! Worth visiting also are the small colourful houses by the sea in Klima and Fyropotamos, the so-called “sýrmata”, which the fishers used as shelter for their boats in winter and the Catacombs of Tripiti and the mystical Sulfur Mines. Last but not least, there are local tastes offering a special gastronomic experience.
Tour Code: AKySiMi_09
Duration: 10 days / 9 nights
Season: May – October
Location: Athens, Kythnos, Sifnos, Milos islands
Style: Island hopping – History – Photography, Adventure
- Athens sightseeing with Acropolis and museum.
- Kythnos island
- Sifnos island
- Milos island
- Transportation with Luxury car / minivan or bus
- Experienced En speaking driver
- Hotels 3*, 4*, 5* or traditional guesthouses (clients choice)
- Meals Breakfast (B,_,_)
- Entrance fees to archeological sites and museums
- Official En speaking local guides
- Ferry tickets to islands
- Milos highlights private tour
- Meet & Greet on the arrival at the Athens airport
- Flight ticket (Flight tickets can be included upon request)
- Accommodation overnight tax (0.5€ per day per room for guesthouses -1.5€ per day per room for 3* hotels – 3€ per day per room for 4* hotels – 4€ per day per room for 5* hotels) paid directly by the clients to hotel.
*All packages are flexible and dynamic for any changes according to any personal needs and desires upon request
Day 1: Athens arrival (_,_,_)
Arrival to Athens. Meet our staff at the airport – welcome. Transfer to your hotel. In the evening walk to Plaka, Athens old town and Monastiraki area. Enjoy a dinner at a local tavern with Gyros, souvlaki and shish kebab dishes.
Day 2: Athens Sightseeing with Acropolis and Acropolis museum. (B,_,_)
Meet your guide and start the panoramic tour (aprox.5 hrs) of the Athenian Neoclassical Center: the Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the University, the Library, and National Academy, the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Gate, the Panathenaic Stadium where is famed for holding the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, and many other monuments and sites of great interest. You will learn all there is to know about their history and background from the licensed Tour Guide. Next stop the “sacred rock”, the spectacular, unique and magnificent Acropolis – Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, Erechtheion, and finally Parthenon, any cevilized person has to visit. The tour completes the visit to Acropolis museum one of the best in the world. After a short time for lunch and shopping;drive to Delphi for overnight.
Day 3: Athens – Kythnos island (B,_,_)
Morning transfer to Lavrio port and take the boat to Kythnos, a wild natural landscape, exotic beaches and traditional villages. . Transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon walk around in the charming Cycladic village of Chora (Mesaria), the capital of the island, an enchanting collection of small white houses, cobbled streets, and whitewashed terraces dotted with several small churches and windmill and have dinner at a small tavern on the main cobblestone street of the capital.
Day 4: Kythnos Island . (B,_,_)
Free day at leisure to visit Kolona (3km west of Chora), a majestic location with the extensive sandy beaches on both sides. You can visit also Loutra with the hot springs, known for their therapeutic properties since ancient times, where you can have a free spa and Dryopida inhabited from the 10th century BC. Don’t miss the chance to visit the Katafiki Cave, one of the largest in the country, with rich stalactite and stalagmite formation.
Day 5: Kythnos to Sifnos island (B,_,_)
Morning transfer to port and embark on regular ferry to Sifnos island. Upon arrival transfer to hotel. Rest of the day free to
Stroll around the narrow streets of Apollonia, the capital of Sifnos, and taste the yummy local recipes, such as capper salad, chickpea soup, and mastelo at its small restaurants and taverns.When the night falls, set out to discover fancy lounge bars and the hottest nightclubs in the island, and dance the night away!
Day 6: Sifnos island (B,_,_)
Free day at leisure. You can swim at the cosmopolitan Platis Gialos or at the sandy Vathi beach. Few kilometers away from the Chora lies the traditional village of Artemonas, famous for its neoclassical mansions, its outstanding panoramic view of the island and the fresh homemade cookies and hot loukoumades (a sweet sprinkled with honey).Visit Kastro the open-air museum, built where the ancient capital of Sifnos. The village still stands with its medieval structure. A must seen is The Chrisopigi Monastery, built on the edge of a rocky hill over viewing the Aegean sea.
Day 7: Sifnos to Milos island (B,_,_)
Transfer to Kamares port and get the ferry to Milos island. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day free to explore the Venus island.
Day 8: Milos island (B,_,_)
Explore Milos the highlight of this trip. Papafragas Cave which once served as a hidden cove to pirates. Next is Sarakiniko beach with turquoise water and white coast formed by vegetation-free volcanic rocks. Drive along the coast to reach the classic Cycladic village of Plaka. Strolling along the narrow-cobbled alleys lined with white-stoned houses on the top of large rocks may be an excellent experience. Take a 30-minute visit to Catacombs (1nd to 5th c. A.D.) followed by the ancient marble theater via the site where Venus de Milo discovered in 1820. The tour will end at the colorful seaside village of Klima, where you can see a long strip of multi-colored traditional fisherman’s houses, known as “Syrma” lying along Milos Bay. After the interesting sightseeing, it is time to indulge in a cool swim and drink in the crystal waters of Paleochori or Provatas beach. There is free time for swimming and sunbathing.
Day 9: Milos by Boat (B,_,_)
Relax day. Take the boat tour around Milos to fantastic beaches accessible only by boat including the amazing beach of Gerakas and Kleftiko. No visit to the island is complete without a boat trip to the magnificent Kleftiko, the pireate hideout in the Mediavel days and a great complex of sea caves. Also you can visit Sykia cave, the biggest and most charming one, which can only be explored by small tour boats from Adamantas. In the evening go to Plaka the capital of Milos, for distinguished view of the sunset from the venetian castle-fort and have dinner at a local tavern with local specialities watermelon pies, cream cheese pies and bonbons with white pumpkin
Day 10: Departure (B,_,_)
All nice things have an end, but at least you can take with you amazing memories and photos. Transfer to airport and catch the flight to Athens and the connecting one back home.
NOTE: You can extend this trip with a couple of days stay in Santorini or Paros islands.