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Escape to Sporades Islands: Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos (8 days/7 Nights)

“Sporades” in Greek means “those scattered” (compare with “sporadic”). From Classical Antiquity the name has referred to the Aegean Island groups outside the central archipelago of the Cyclades.

Skopelos island, enjoyed international acclaim when Hollywood producers chose it to shoot the famous movie “Mamma Mia!”, establishing it as a holiday destination for travellers coming from around the world. Crystal clear waters next to golden coasts; traditional architecture; rugged natural landscapes and pure island atmosphere are what Skopelos adds to. As the island’s land is mostly covered by a pine forest, the colour green will cast a spell over you. It is part of the Sporades Island group, and it has three ports: Skopelos, Agnontas and Glossa. Its ancient Greek name was Peparithos, son of Dionysus and Ariadne, who is believed to have been the island’s first inhabitant, while its name today was given in Ptolemaios texts in the 2nd c. AD. Skopelos’ strongest card is its jaw dropping beaches with pine trees touching its turquoise waters as well as its fascinating local cuisine.

Skiathos island, the most cosmopolitan island in the Northern Sporades, is truly a paradise on earth, with lush pine forests and crystal-clear azure waters. The island is picturesque, unspoilt, and blessed with more than 60 beautifully crystal-clear waters and beaches. The most famous is Koukounaries, which is considered as the third most beautiful beach in the Mediterranean. When you add in its bustling nightlife, it is only natural that the island attracts thousands of young visitors every year!

Alonissos island, is an island ideal for those who want to unwind and enjoy leisure walks surrounded by pine forests, olive groves and orchards. Blessed with rugged natural landscapes, and surrounded by small islands scattered around the archipelagos, Alonnisos is the most remote of the Northern Sporades Island group.

 

DAY 1: ARRIVAL DAY – ATHENS
Upon arrival at the Athens International Airport, welcome from our English-speaking assistant and transfer  to your hotel In Athens. Check in at your hotel and the rest of the day at your leisure to enjoy as you wish.

DAY 2: ATHENS CITY TOUR
Half-day tour in the city of Athens with visits to the Archaeological sites of the Acropolis (Parthenon) and the New Acropolis Museum.
Breakfast at the hotel and at the indicative time you will be picked up for the Athens sightseeing guided tour. The Athens Half-day tour begins with a panoramic tour of Syntagma Square (Greek Parliament & the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier), The National Garden, Hadrian’s Arch, St. Paul’s Church, the Catholic Cathedral and Schliemann House.  We will pass through the Athens Trilogy Highlights, which includes the University & the Academy of Athens, The National Library. Our licensed guide will introduce you the old and new history of Athens as passing by these magnificent buildings. We continue for a photo stop at the Panathenaic Stadium, also known as Kallimarmaro Stadium, where the first Olympic Games were held in 1896.  We continue and pass by Zappeion and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Ending the panoramic visit we will continue our tour to the Archaeological site of the Acropolis (Sacred Rock), a UNESCO world heritage monument and visit Propylae as well as the small temple of Athena Nike. Our tour will be completed with visits to the unforgettable Parthenon and the Erechthion. Finally, we will have a pleasant short walk and pass through Herodion (Herodus Atticus and the Dionysos Theater and visit the New Acropolis Museum one of the most interesting Museums globally. Duration of the city tour in total approx. 5 hours. After the tour return to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

DAY 3: ATHENS – SKIATHOS
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the Athens International airport to take the flight with destination Skiathos. Arrival at Skiathos and transfer to the selected hotel and overnight.  Rest of the day at your leisure.

DAY 4: SKIATHOS – OPTIONAL VISIT TO MUSEUM – HOUSE OF THE POET AND FAMOUS WRITER A. PAPADIAMANTIS
Breakfast at the hotel, and we suggest an optional visit to the house museum of famous Greek writer, Alexander Papadiamantis, where the poet and novelist Alexandros Papadiamantis (1851-1911) grew up and died. The modest two-story house, now a museum for the Papadiamantis, is a walk from the harbor in the town of Skiathos and was built in 1860 by his father, a priest. Some interesting memorabilia belonging to the writer are on display, such as Papadiamantis’ bed, chest, and ink bottle, and you can enter the room where he spent the last months of his life. In this room there are also some important examples of traditional Skiathos pottery. Alternatively, we suggest optionally visiting the famous and beautiful Koukounaries or Lalaria beach, to enjoy the clear water, the sea, and the sun! Return to the hotel and overnight.

DAY 5: SKIATHOS – SKOPELOS
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the Skiathos port for embarkation at ferry with destination Skopelos. Upon arrival at the island of Skopelos transfer to the selected hotel and overnight. Rest of the day  at hotel and overnight.

DAY 6: SKOPELOS – OPTIONAL “MAMA MIA” TOUR (regular y SIC, shared not private)
Breakfast at the hotel, and we suggest you an optional tour to see the famous locations on the island where the movie “Mama Mia” has been filmed. We leave Skopelos town around 08:30 and pass through Stafylos, the historic cape with a stunning beach, and Agnontas, a small   leeward bay used as a subsidiary port. Then we find Panormos, a small waterside settlement with numerous taverns, and see the famous beaches of Miliaand Kastani from the road above, and, also, the coastal village Neo Klima, where the green of the pine trees meets the blue from sea.
We continue to Palaio Klima, the village that, in the early 1980s, was gradually abandoned by its residents to build the Neo Klima. Palaio Klima has old stone houses built in an amphitheater shape and overlooking the Aegean Sea. We will visit Glossa, a traditional village built on the top of a hill, with picturesque cobblestone streets and alleys, where the magnificent view truly captivates the visitor. At approximately 10:00 we arrive at the magnificent chapel of Agios Ioannis, which was one of the locations used to film the hit musical film “Mamma Mia”.
As soon as we leave Agios Ioannis chapel, we will visit the beautiful Perivoliou beach, where we stay for about 3 hours, so you can enjoy swimming. On the way back, we will make a brief stop at one of the island’s oil presses, where we can see how Skopelos virgin olive oil is produced. At aprox.15:00 we will leave for the city of Skopelos. (Breakfast). Return to the hotel and overnight.

DAY 7: SKOPELOS – OPTIONAL “ALONISSOS MINI CRUISE” CLOSE TO AQUATIC PARK (regular y SIC, shared not private)
Breakfast at the hotel  and we suggest you take as optional an exciting trip that you should not miss!!!
We depart at 10:30 from the port of Skopelos, 30 minutes later we arrive at Patitiri, the port of Alonissos, with a wide variety of shops and restaurants. We will stay there for almost 2 hours.  It is worth walking through the narrow streets of the village between the stone houses where you can enjoy the stunning view of the sea and the small neighboring islands. We return to the boat and set off towards “Leftos or Lefkos Gialos”, a lovely beach for swimming and we will stay there for about 1 and a half hour and then set off towards the stunning and picturesque port ofSteni Vala for lunch or a swim. Our tour guide will inform you about the history of the island, as well as the history of the neighboring islands. In the afternoon, around 18:00, we return to Skopelos. We can assure you that you will have enjoyed one of the most exciting trips close and around the National Marine Park of Alonissos where the unique monachus monachus live.

DAY 8: SKOPELOS – SKIATHOS (DEPARTURE DAY FROM SPORADES)
Breakfast at the hotel, and transfer to the port of Skopelos to take the ferry with destination to Skiathos. Arrival at the Skiathos port and transfer to the
A. Papadiamantis Airport to take your flight with destination Athens. Arrival in Athens International Airport & at the appropriate time will take your flight back home.

The trip includes:

    • 2 nights of accommodation in Athens at selected hotel (3*, or 4*, or 5*)
    • 2 nights of accommodation in Skiathos at selected hotel (3*, or 4*, or 5*)
    • 3 nights of accommodation in Skopelos at selected hotel (3*, or 4*, or 5*)
    • Half day tour of Athens City which includes Acropolis site (sacred rock) and the Acropolis New Museum.

Services on regular and shared basis with guide

    • All transfers mentioned in the itinerary above, in Athens, Skiathos, Skopelos
    • Ferry tickets to Skiathos-Skopelos-Skiathos (aller – retour)
    • Daily breakfast
    • Taxes except accommodation tax to be paid from the guest directly to the hotel.

 

The trip does NOT include:

    • International flights
    • Domestic flights
    • Tours or Cruises or other optional services mentioned in the itinerary.

 

Additional supplements for optional tours upon request.

    • Extra beverages & meals, personal expenses, tips
    • Accommodation tax to be paid from the guest directly to the hotel.
    • Anything that not mentioned to above in the itinerary

 

IMPORTANT NOTES:

– In case transfers are made between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., a nightly charge will apply.

– Accommodation tax, Hotels have an accommodation tax, paid directly to the hotel by guests (not included in our previous offer). We would like to inform you that, according to Government law, from 01/01/2018 guests must pay an “accommodation tax” directly to the hotel, per night, per room. This tax goes directly to the state and the hotel and/or travel agents have no interference. Should such regulation come into force in 2018, hotel guests will be required to pay the accommodation tax directly to the hotel and it is not included in any of our offers.

– In the event of an increase in VAT or other taxes, including entry fees, rates are subject to change without notice. Rates may change during special periods such as Christmas, New Year, Easter, International Congresses, Conventions and Fairs.

PROGRAM VALID from 01/05/2024 – 31/10/2024

Rates upon request.

*All our trips are suitable for individual travelers or groups and adjustable according to your specific needs*

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Package name : Escape to Sporades Islands: Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos (8 days/7 Nights)

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Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

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