Greece·September 27 - October 4 2024

Glamorous Greek Islands

Naxos and Paros: the Gateway to the Greek Islands

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Overview

When you think of Greece, you imagine whitewashed houses and a turquoise blue sea, right? That's exactly what awaits you on our trip to the glamorous islands of Naxos and Paros. These islands are gems that the well-traveled adore, but unlike Santorini and Mykonos, they’re not overrun with tourists. Picture yourself basking in the serene beauty of these islands, enjoying the authentic Greek experience without the crowds. It’s a dream come true! We’ll kick off our adventure in Athens, the birthplace of democracy. Imagine standing before the ancient site of the Acropolis, then exploring the modern Acropolis Museum. You’ll wander through the narrow streets of Plaka, hunting for unique souvenirs and savoring delicious Greek cuisine. The culinary adventure in Athens is just the beginning before we head to the Greek Islands, where even more magic awaits. Our first stop is Naxos, a laid-back island with long, inviting beaches and a charming main village. Next, we’ll head to Paros, known for its vibrant nightlife and world-class shopping. Both islands boast some of the best beaches in all of Greece. Late September or early October is the perfect time to swim in the warm Aegean Sea. Trust me, this trip blends history, relaxation, and adventure in the most enchanting way possible. Ready to pack your bags?

Highlights

Private Acropolis tour and museum

Private Acropolis tour and museum

Central Athens walking food tour

Central Athens walking food tour

Luxury boat day off Paros

Luxury boat day off Paros

Wine tasting at a local winery

Wine tasting at a local winery

Afternoon at the spa

Afternoon at the spa

Itinerary

Here's a day-by-day itinerary of the trip.

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Athens

Day 1: September 27, 2024

Fly into Athens Airport (ATH) and let your adventure begin. After clearing customs and collecting your luggage, take a taxi to the elegant Electra Metropolis in Athens. Taxis are abundant at the airport, but for a more personalized touch, we can arrange a private car and driver for you.

Take some time to rest, relax, and settle in. We'll meet in the lobby around 5 pm for a welcome drink before setting off on our walking food tour. Together, we'll savor an array of Greek delicacies you’ve never heard of, many of which you won’t find back home.

Rest will come easily tonight, wrapped in the warmth of a perfect first day in Greece.

Included

Walking food tour

Welcome drink

Not Included

Airport Transfer

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Athens

Day 2: September 28, 2024

Start your day with a delightful breakfast at your hotel, preparing yourself for an enchanting morning at Athens' majestic Acropolis. Wander through ancient pathways, marvel at the Parthenon's timeless grandeur, and immerse yourself in the rich history of this iconic citadel overlooking the city.

Following your visit to the Acropolis, meander through Athens' picturesque streets towards Ergon House for a lunch infused with fresh, local flavors and Mediterranean delights. 

Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure, delving deeper into Athens' cultural treasures. Explore the charming alleys of Plaka, discover hidden gems like the Ancient Agora, or simply relax at a local café, soaking in the city's vibrant atmosphere and genuine hospitality.

In the evening, reconvene in the hotel lobby for a leisurely stroll to Kuzina. Indulge in a memorable dinner experience on the rooftop, where innovative Greek cuisine meets breathtaking views of Athens' lively nightlife.

Included

All meals

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Naxos

Day 3: September 29, 2024

After a delightful breakfast at your hotel, begin an exciting journey to Naxos, the first jewel in your island-hopping adventure. Arrive at the airport and be whisked away to Nissiki Beach Hotel where azure waters and pristine sands await your arrival, promising relaxation and rejuvenation.

Start your exploration of Naxos with a guided walk through its charming heart, Naxos Town. Stroll through narrow cobblestone streets lined with whitewashed buildings adorned with vibrant bougainvillea. Discover ancient Venetian castles, Byzantine churches, and quaint artisan shops offering local crafts and delicacies. The town's rich history and warm hospitality will leave you enchanted.

As the day gently transitions to evening, savor a memorable dining experience at Duokato, a cherished family-owned restaurant. Delight in traditional Greek dishes crafted with locally sourced ingredients, accompanied by regional wines that perfectly complement the flavors. 

Included

Flight

Airport Transfers

Guided Walking Tour

Breakfast - Dinner

Not Included

Lunch

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Naxos

Day 4: September 30, 2024

Today promises to be an unforgettable experience!

Following a delightful breakfast, we'll indulge in pure relaxation at a nearby spa, where everyone will enjoy the Luxurious Cycladic Islands Treatment. Unwind in the jacuzzi, experience the soothing thermal hammam, and rejuvenate with a brief yet revitalizing massage.

After a relaxing morning, we'll head out to a charming village for a cooking class. We'll spend time on the farm, wondering the fields and collecting ingredients for our open fire dinner.  We'll learn about wine on Naxos, while watching the sunset.


Included

All meals

Spa treatment

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Paros

Day 5: October 1, 2024

After breakfast, we'll pack up and head to the port to catch the ferry to Paros. Enjoy the scenic ride over the Aegean Sea to this charming island.

Upon arrival, we'll drive to Cove Paros Hotel, our cozy retreat amidst peaceful surroundings. Later, we'll meet our guide, a local photographer with decades of experience, for an engaging stroll through Naoussa town. Learn to capture great shots with your phone against the backdrop of Naoussa's quaint streets and traditional architecture.

Take some time to explore and shop in Naoussa before dinner at Archipelagos, a popular spot known for its authentic Greek cuisine and beautiful harbor views. Enjoy fresh seafood and local specialties paired with Greek wines, reflecting on a day enriched with exploration and photography on the picturesque island of Paros.

Included

Ferry

All Meals

Airport Transfers

Guided Walking Tour

Antiparos

Paros

Day 6: October 2, 2024

After a satisfying breakfast, embark on a luxurious cruise aboard a private boat for a full day at sea. Glide over the sparkling waters surrounding Paros, enjoying the refreshing sea breeze and panoramic views of the Cyclades islands.

Cruise along the coast of Paros, stopping to swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Blue Lagoon, a tranquil oasis with turquoise hues and secluded coves perfect for a dip. Continue your voyage to the sea caves of Antiparos, where the azure waters meet majestic rock formations, creating an enchanting backdrop for exploration.

For lunch, enjoy a delightful traditional Greek BBQ served on a picturesque beach. Indulge in grilled seafood, local meats, and vibrant salads, embracing the flavors of the Mediterranean.

As the day winds down, return to shore and prepare for a memorable final evening together at Daverona, a celebrated restaurant known for its exquisite Greek cuisine and elegant ambiance. Enjoy an evening of fine dining, sharing stories of the trip's adventures 

Included

Breakfast - Lunch

Boat Excursion

Not Included

Dinner

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Antiparos

Day 7: October 3, 2024

After a relaxed breakfast, we'll drive to the heart of Paros, reaching the traditional town of Lefkes. With our knowledgeable guide, explore its charming streets lined with whitewashed houses and vibrant bougainvillea. Our walk concludes at a peaceful small church with stunning views of the island's hills and coastline.

Next, enjoy a hearty lunch at a local tavern in Lefkes featuring authentic Greek dishes. Later, we'll head back to Naoussa for an afternoon at Moraitis Winery. Moraitis is the oldest working winery in Paros and is located just down the street from our hotel. Experience a guided wine tasting session paired with artisanal cheeses in the serene vineyard setting.

As the day winds down, return to shore and prepare for a memorable final evening together at Daverona, a celebrated restaurant known for its exquisite Greek cuisine and elegant ambiance. Enjoy an evening of fine dining, sharing stories of the trip's adventures 

Included

All meals

Wine tasting

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Paros and Athens

Day 8: October 4, 2024

Enjoy an early breakfast before we journey to the airport for our flight back to Athens. 

Consider opting for an afternoon flight or extending your stay in Athens to soak up more of the city's charm. While our time in Greece may be drawing to a close, the memories and stories you'll take home with you are sure to last a lifetime. 

Please note that the transfer will be leaving the hotel at 9:00 am for the 11:35 flight back to Athens. There is also an earlier flight at 9:30 am; if you prefer this option, we can arrange a private transfer for you back to the airport at an additional cost. 

Included

Breakfast

Flight to Athens

Group Airport Transfer

You'll Be Staying Here

Electra Metropolis

Electra Metropolis

The centrally located Electra Metropolis is applauded by many for its easy access to shopping, restaurants, and attractions. 

Nissaki Beach Hotel

Nissaki Beach Hotel

Situated on the beach in Naxos, Nissaki Beach Hotel will be our home away from home while we are in Naxos.  

Cove Paros Hotel

Cove Paros Hotel

Achieving the ideal fusion of style and comfort, the Cave Paros is a boutique hotel characterized by clean architectural lines, earthy materials, and meticulous attention to detail, all basking under the warmth of the Aegean sun. 

Hosts

Stacia Nassos Whitney

Stacia Nassos Whitney

Because of her Greek background, Stacia is in her happy place the minute she steps off the plane in Greece. She loves exploring ancient and modern sites and wandering in local markets looking for unique items to decorate her home. Olive oil and spices are some of Stacia’s favorite gifts to take home to friends and family. When not in Greece, Stacia enjoys hiking in her hometown of Denver and the mountains beyond.

Price

Private Room

Private Room

Everyone gets their own fabulous room!

FROM$8,455

Shared Room

Shared Room

Share a room with a friend or family member

FROM$7,255

Add Ons

Sea View Room Upgrade

Sea View Room Upgrade

Upgrade your room in Naxos to a sea view room

PRICE$250.00

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Arrive One Day Early

Arrive One Day Early

Includes one night with Breakfast at the Electra Hotel

PRICE$460.00

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Jewels of the Cyclades

Naxos and Paros

Naxos and Paros stand out as quintessential Greek island destinations. Naxos boasts sandy beaches, ancient ruins like the Portara gate, and a charming old town adorned with Cycladic architecture and quaint churches. Meanwhile, Paros offers a tranquil escape with its picturesque white-washed villages, vibrant bougainvillea, and secluded chapels. These islands invite you to indulge in local cuisine, explore historical treasures, and immerse yourself in their rich cultural heritage amidst stunning Aegean landscapes.

Naxos and Paros

What's Included

What's Included

Lodging at unique hotels

Spa treatment in Naxos

All entry fee and tickets listed in the itinerary

All transportation during the trip (except where indicated)

All meals (except where indicated) including beer or wine with dinner

In country flights

Expert guides, guided tours, and trip leaders

Wine tastings listed in the itinerary

Luxury Boat Cruise

Cooking classo

Roundtrip airfare to Athens.

All personal souvenir purchases

Travel and Medical Insurance (required)

Additional wine, beer, or spirits beyond what is offered at meals.

Reviews

"Just returned from a fabulous trip to Greece! What a wonderful experience that I couldn't have created on my own. Very authentic and the right mix of culture, food and wine tastings, adventures and fun! The other travelers were delightful and Doni and Beth were very accommodating and knowledgeable. Highly recommend! The friendships you'll develop will be priceless!!!!"

Marsha K, Jun 2021 on Trip Advisor

"It's been almost two weeks since returning from my trip to Greece with Girls Guide to Paris & Beyond and I am still processing the experiences and reflecting on the wonderful women I met. This was, without a doubt, the best led group trip I have been on! Our days were thoughtfully planned and filled with culture, food/wine, and fun! [...] I highly recommend travelling with Girls Guide to Paris & Beyond! I am already planning my next trip!"

Jenn R, Jun 2021 on Trip Advisor

FAQs

The trip officially starts on the afternoon of September 27th, but if you are traveling across an ocean to get to Athens, consider arriving a day early so you have time to relax and adjust to the local time zone. If you do decide to arrive early, please let us know and we will take care of booking your room for you and make sure that you are kept in the same room until the trip starts.

About 6-8 weeks before the trip starts, we'll organize a Zoom video call to discuss all the details of the trip and give you a packing list. Here is a great website that we love that will help you with packing and travel trips.

Highs of 72 degrees and lows of 69, late September and early October on these two islands is idyllic and still warm enough to swim. Athens temperatures are virtually the same however at times it can get a bit chilly at night so bring a light jacket or sweater.

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Glamorous Greek Islands

Greece· September 27 - October 4 2024· 7 nights

FROM$8,455/pp