Island-hop in Greece
Indulge your high school fascination with Greek Mythology on a trip to the ancient city of Athens.Your five-day trip with AFC Holidays will begin here and first take you through the ancient ruins of the 3,000 year old city. Marvel at the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first-ever Olympic Games were held. You’ll also visit the monumental Acropolis. This first day will take you to The National Garden, Hadrian’s Arc and the New Museum, too. Old Parliament and Constitution Square are also on the agenda. Athens offers a great chance to sample some of the country’s delightful cuisine. Stop off at Spondi (www.spondi.gr), near the Panathenaic Stadium, to enjoy two Michelin-starred Greek classics.
Day two will be the start of your three days of island-hopping. Your first stop will be the magical Mykonos. Visit the island’s traditional, white-washed villages, bask in its laid-back vibe on the white sandy beaches by day and revel in its buzzing St-Tropez-meets-Ibiza nightlife scene later on. Paradise Beach is one of the most famous spots and home to the ever-popular Cavo Paradiso (www.cavoparadiso.gr). It’s a top spot for a party, or for more chilled vibes, try Caprice (www.capriceofmykonos.com), set in Little Venice, one of Mykonos Town’s most picturesque spots.
Day three will take you to the Turkish territory of Kusadasi and Patmos, both filled with ancient monuments that you can take an optional tour to explore. Day four will take you to Greece’s largest island, Crete, where you’ll get to bathe on the stunning beaches, wander through the Cretan countryside and explore the history of the island’s ancient civilisation. After Crete, you stop off in the legendary Santorini, famous for its multi-coloured cliffs, stunning panoramas, romantic sunsets and volcanic sand beaches. Take it all in before your cruise leaves to take you back to Athens for your flight home. Prices include flights, hotel stay, cruise, airport transfers, four breakfasts, three lunches and three dinners. A real bargain, if you ask us.
From Dhs5,699 per person (including flights). Ongoing. Five hours, five minutes to Athens. AFC Holidays, www.afcholidays.com.