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Cycladic Treasures

> DAY 1: Athens

Arrival in Greece, the land of the mythical Gods and ancient civilization. At Athens International Airport you will be welcomed by your private driver and taken to your five-star hotel. Enjoy your afternoon and evening exploring the vibrant culture and nightlife of Modern Athens. Ask your Leisure Travel Consultant for their favorite Athens restaurants, cafes and entertainment.

> DAY 2: Athens - Half Day Athens Walking Tour

After breakfast, your licensed guide will meet you at your hotel lobby. Begin your tour at the new Acropolis Museum where nearly 4,000 artifacts are on display providing a remarkable insight into the everyday life of the ancient Greeks. Then visit the Acropolis itself where you will discover the ancient temples of Erechtheion, Athena Nike and finally, the magnificent Parthenon. Head over to the Philopappos Hill to view an imposing Roman period funeral monument and enjoy the sweeping views over Athens and Piraeus. On your descent, you will stop off at Pnyx Hill, once the meeting place for the democratic assembly. Enter historical Plaka close to the 5th century BC Thission Temple, and stroll past the Ancient Agora, best-known for its notable monuments such as the Stoa of Attalus, Hadrian's Library, and the fascinating Tower of the Winds. The route back then leads up over the Areopagus, or Hill of Mars, best-known for the speech delivered there in 54 AD by the apostle Paul regarding the identity of the "unknown god." Finally, pass the Odeon Herodes Atticus, an ancient theater which is still used as a summer venue for open-air concerts and theatrical performances before continuing to the Parliament Building in Syntagma Square where you will watch the ceremonial changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

> DAY 3:  Athens, Milos

After breakfast, meet your private transfer to the Athens airport for your flight to Milos. Upon arrival in Milos, you will be greeted at the airport by your driver and taken to your luxury hotel. Enjoy your afternoon and evening at your leisure taking in the diversity of spectacular landscapes and the beautiful white sandy beaches. Enjoy dinner at one of the numerous restaurants while sipping wine from one of the local wineries. Ask your Leisure Travel Consultants for their favorite restaurants in Milos.

> DAY 4: Milos – Semi-Private Sailing Cruise round Milos

Explore the island at your leisure or enjoy an optional Semi-Private Sailing Cruise. The cruise begins from Adamas port sailing across the blue Aegean sea and past the traditional fishing villages of Skinopi, Klima, Areti and Fourkovouni. The cruise provides ample photo opportunities of the brightly-painted houses called "Sirmata" dotted along the coastline. You will visit Arkoudes, a formation of lava rocks shaped like a bear and sail towards the impressive cape Vani, arriving at the natural bay of Kalogries shortly afterwards. The bay is an ideal location for diving off the yacht and snorkelling. You can also enjoy refreshments while here. Next, head to Kleftiko, admiring the dramatic rocky landscape formed by the volcanic lava eruptions on the west coastline. At around noon, enjoy visiting a pirate hideaway, where you can swim and savour refreshing local fruits onboard. The fascinating cruise will then continue to the cave of Sikia, where you will be able to relax on the beach, swim or participate in underwater sports. Weather permitting, you will have a delicious grilled seafood barbeque on board the yacht or the beach before departing to enjoy ice cream whilst sailing home to arrive at Adamas port at 8pm.

> DAY 5: Milos

Enjoy your day at leisure. Ask your Leisure Travel Consultant for their personal tips of favorite activities and excursions while in Milos.

> DAY 6: Milos, Ios

After breakfast, meet your transfer in the hotel lobby and drive to the port of Milos to board the ferry to Ios. Upon arrival in Ios, you will be greeted at the port by your private driver and taken to your luxury hotel. Enjoy the evening at your leisure exploring the small cove of Tzamaria and the locality. Ask your Leisure Travel Consultant for their favorite activities in Ios.

> DAY 7: Ios

Enjoy the day at your leisure. The main picturesque Cycladic town of Ios, which is built amphitheatrically, has a labyrinth of narrow stone-paved streets winding through the array of souvenir stores, restaurants and cafes, mini markets and cafes.

> DAY 8: Ios

Enjoy the day at your leisure at one of the sandy beaches of Ios or exploring the deep history and culture the island offers. There are a number of sandy beaches where you can also find a range of watersports to participate in, including scuba diving, windsurfing and Jet Ski. Major beaches are Manganari, Kalamos and Theodoti. Situated at the highest spot of the village is the small church of Panaghia Gremiotissa and the ruins of a Venetian castle affording panoramic views in every direction. The cheese factory and organic farm are also worth a visit. Ask your Leisure Travel Consultant for their personal favorites.

> DAY 9: Ios, Santorini

After breakfast, meet your transfer in the hotel lobby and go to the port to board your ferry to Santorini. Upon arrival in Santorini, you will be greeted by your driver and transferred to your luxury hotel. Enjoy the evening at your leisure at one of the numerous restaurants. Ask your Leisure Travel Consultant for their favorite restaurants in Santorini.

> DAY 10: Santorini - Wine & Food Tour

Santorini remains the home of a small, but flourishing, wine industry and what better way to discover these Aegean varietals than visiting the island's wineries which produce fine wines of distinct character, including both dry whites and the delicious Vinsanto wines renowned for their extraordinary taste. Your private tour begins with a scenic excursion round Santorini, where you will enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and the picturesque white washed villages along your route. You will stop off at three long-established family wineries, where you will be given a fascinating glimpse into the production of Santorini wine starting with the selection and variety of the grapes and ending with bottling the finished wine. One of the highlights of this food and wine tour will be to see a special and unique technique of vine pruning developed on the island called "Kouloura", a wreath or basket used in the process, which is shaped like a traditional Greek sesame Seed bread ring. Finally, you will visit a traditional Greek restaurant, where you will enjoy an appetizing lunch or dinner.

> DAY 11: Santorini

Enjoy the island at your leisure. Visit the famous red, black and white sandy beaches, and enjoy a wine tasting experience, have a cooking lesson, explore picturesque villages or go hiking along the caldera. Ask your Leisure Travel Consultant for their personal tips of favorite activities, beaches and excursions while in Santorini.

> DAY 12: Departure

After breakfast meet your private driver in the hotel lobby for the drive to Santorini airport where you will board your flight to Athens International Airport. Flights will be scheduled to meet your flight home.

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