Syros & Paros Islands
After enjoying some time in Athens, we board the ferry and sail to Syros - capital of the Cycladic group of islands and our first port of call. Each evening, as the moonlight shimmers on the water, the islanders descend from their old quarters by a staircase of narrow streets to crowd the outdoor cafes and tavernas. Paros, dominated by the peak of Prophitas Ilias (750m), is famous for its antique quarries of white marble. The beaches are great fun for beach hikers and swimmers, and seafront tavernas are a traditional gathering place. Stalactite caves delve deep into the off-shore island of Antiparos.
Santorini & 'Lost Atlantis'
Sailing via tiny Ios, we make landfall at the volcanic island of Santorini (ancient Thira). Its spectacular crater, today a moonscape of craggy peaks, is all that remains of the legendary island home of the Atlanteans. A savage cataclysm around 1600 BC let loose a tidal wave that destroyed the whole civilisation. We'll walk to the ghostly town of Oia, which clings to the caldera rim, and also walk up to the archaeological site of the ancient mountain-top capital at Thira.
The largest and arguably the most beautiful Cycladic island, Naxos is a great spot for local excursions. We'll explore its mountainous interior and hidden villages, perhaps making a walk to the top of Mount Zeus. There'll be time to wander the port, relax, and of course sample the local Naxos white wines and its much celebrated local delicacies.
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