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Itinerary 1 – Cyclades Islands – Your 9 night island hopping itinerary
Santorini – Naxos – Mykonos
Arrival day: Chill at the hotel, explore the local area, for dinner try Fistikies, it’s got an extensive children’s menu and even a little play area.
Day 1 – After a hotel breakfast head to Kamari beach famous hidden coves and snorkeling spots – the kids will love the black sand!
If you want Seafood it has to be the restaurant Alismari for dinner, or Juicy Burger is a very filling option!
Day 2 – A morning and lunch in Oia. There is a pedestrianised walk through the village so had no problems navigating with a buggy. Go before it gets too hot, and cool off in the afternoon with a dip in the hotel pool. As the day cools head to Ancient Thera, and explore the ruins before sunset. It’s a 10 minute taxi ride. Or an hour’s walk.
Day 3 – Grab an early ferry to get to Naxos for lunch!
Ferry to Naxos (120 mins – daily)
Naxos – 3 nights – Ampalos Inn, Naxos, Bed & Breakfast
Arrival day: Leave your gear at the hotel and head out to the nearby promenade for some lunch by the beach. Colosseo Pizzeria Grill or Del Mar Cafe, have views out over the sand and the crystal blue waters. Grab some supplies on the way back to the hotel and have a sundowner picnic in the hotel’s gardens.
Day 1 – After the hearty hotel’s American breakfast you’ll be fuelled for the day so time to hike! There are two reasons to hike Mount Zas…to stand on the highest point in the Cyclades and to summit the mountain where Zeus was born and raised. Pack a picnic and enjoy the view.
You won’t need to walk far for dinner this evening, family-owned Greek traditional restaurant O Barbounis is ideal to wind down.
Day 2 – Explore Chora or Naxos City, a must-see is The Portara, also called the Temple of Apollo, is Naxos’ most famous landmark. Chilling out by the pool will be in order to prepare for another travelling day.
Ferry to Mykonos (45 mins – daily)
Mykonos – 3 nights – Vienoula’s Garden Hotel, Bed & Breakfast
Arrival day – You’ll see the trademark Mykonos windmills as you enter the ferry terminal, so get your camera at the ready! If you can spend the day in Old Town. Sit down to lunch at Funky Kitchen, the open kitchen of this contemporary restaurant brings forth beautifully presented dishes marrying Mediterranean flavours with French techniques. Explore the winding streets before grabbing a cab to the hotel.
Day 1 – Chill by the pool in the morning before a slap up lunch in Mykonos Old Town and escape the heat of the day with a Mosaic workshop. A family guide artist will reveal all secrets for a piece of Art from Mykonos during the Private Mosaic Workshop.
Day 2 – Ready for a day at the beach but long for peace and quiet? Agio Sostis is perfect for a day trip. The quaint village by the beach has a few shops and restaurants, and you can expect to find a more authentic feel here. For a sit down lunch in the shade, Harbour House is a seaside restaurant decorated with a huge grape pergola, with amazing local recipes.
For your final night of Greek adventure head for dinner in Little Venice, just 1.5km from your hotel. Expect sensational food, sunsets and a fantastic view of the iconic windmills.
Prices from £1099pp for departures in Summer 2021 from London Gatwick. All ferries and private car transfers between the ferry port and your hotel included. Available from mid May to the end of October.
Itinerary 2 – Cyclades Islands – Your 9 night island hopping itinerary
Crete– Paros– Santorini – Your 9 night island hopping itinerary
Crete – 3 nights – Agapi Beach Resort – Self Catering
Arrival day: Featuring three pools and child-friendly facilities, guests can enjoy a welcoming atmosphere at the Agapi Beach, so make the most of it!
Day 1 – A day’s horse riding in Heraklion Crete with hotel transfer & lunch. Explore scenic horseback ride through stunning mountain landscape and views of Giouchtas, mythical resting place of Zeus. You’ll need a chilled evening after all this, so enjoy an evening meal at the international restaurant of the hotel.
Day 2 – Experience the town of Heraklion in a different way on a 3-hour walking tour with your private licensed guide. Stop for lunch at Parasties, it has a great interior, and the food is varied and tasty.
Day 3 – An early start on the ferry to Paros (5 hours – daily)
Paros – 3 nights – Eri Hotel, Paros – Self Catering
Arrival day: After a day of travelling, chill by the pool and explore the local area. Dinner should be served with the magnificent cocktails at the Little Green Rocket.
Day 1 – Paros is paradise for beach lovers. There is a list of over 35 beaches on the island so you should definitely spend a day on one. Aliki is a 20 minute drive and it’s turquoise dreamy waters are breathtaking, and shallow for meters and meters into the ocean.
Day 2 – Take a leisurely day trip to the small island of Antiparos. The Hollywood elite have holiday homes here, including Tom Hanks! Despite the jet-set attention, Antiparos still seemed to maintain a traditional, calm and off-the-beaten-track vibe. Mira Restaurant with it’s harbour views and amazing food is the perfect ending to your stay in Paros.
Day 3 – Ferry to Santorini (3 hours – daily)
Santorini – 3 nights – AquaBlue Hotel – Bed & Breakfast
Arrival day: Chill at the hotel, explore the local area, for dinner try God’s Garden, it’s got an extensive children’s menu and very family friendly.
Day 1 – After a hotel breakfast head to Perissa beach famous for the black sand which the kids will love!
A casual dinner at Tranquilo on the edge of the beach this Vegetarian restaurant is highly rated and serves until late, so stay as long as you like.
Day 2 – A morning and lunch in Oia. There is a pedestrianised walk through the village so had no problems navigating with a buggy. Avoid the cruise crowds in the afternoon with an explore of the Castle of Oia. The sunset here is magnificent, and if you can cope with the crowds stick around, it will be worth it! Melitini serve Greek tapas, just outside the main throng of the the tourist area. Ideal for lunch and dinner.
Day 3 – Chill by the pool before you head home.
Prices from £1219pp for departures in Summer 2021 from London Gatwick. All ferries and private car transfers between the ferry port and your hotel included. Available from mid May to the end of October.