This is your chance to explore two Greek islands in depth, and in consummate style. It all begins in Mykonos, where a luxury hotel stay and a guided tour of the ancient wonders of Delos will see you take in two very different sides of this bohemian gem. It’s then on to Santorini for more five-star indulgence, coupled with the chance to take in the island’s volcanic wonders, showcased in crater-rim hikes and hot spring soaks. You’ll also have plenty of free time to take in some of the island’s other highlights, from mountain villages to world-famous sunset views.
Start you trip in style with included chauffeur transfers and airport lounge access before your flight to Mykonos. On arrival, you’ll be met by a driver and transferred to your hotel – the wonderfully stylish Katikies Mykonos. With gorgeous sea views, a sumptuous spa and a pair of infinity pools, it’s a delightfully sophisticated base for exploring the island’s historic sights and bohemian charms.
Spend a today in the company of an expert guide on a small-group tour, hopping across the sea in a traditional Caique to take in the sights of nearby Delos. As the mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most important archaeological site in Greece. Your guide will help you uncover the secrets of these sprawling ruins, bringing them to life as the spectacular city that was once one of the most important in the ancient world. At the end of the day’s tour, you’ll return to your hotel, perhaps heading to the upper pool bar for a sunset cocktail. The next day is free for you to explore the island at your own pace.
A morning transfer will see you to the port where you’ll catch the ferry to Santorini. Home to glorious sunsets, emblematic whitewashed towns and spectacular volcanic scenery, this is Greece at its iconic best. On arrival, you’ll be met for a private transfer to the Katikies Mykonos’s sister hotel – Katikies Santorini. Built into the steep hillside, you’ll be treated to glorious views of Oia’s whitewashed jumble, as well as the iconic caldera which stands, part-submerged, amid the azure waters of the Aegean Sea.
Today you’ll join a local guide who’ll take you on a small-group tour through the history of volcanic Santorini. It all begins with a transfer to the port where you’ll take a traditional caique boat for the short trip to Nea Kameni – the volcano of Santorini. Take the chance to climb to the crater rim of this still-active yet dormant volcano, pausing to admire the remarkable views before continuing on to the small islet of Palea Kameni, formed through the centuries by a series of volcanic eruptions. Famed for its healing hot springs, you’ll have time for a soak in the mineral-rich waters.
Your afternoon is then given over to exploring the quiet island of Thirassia, all prettily painted houses and gorgeous, uncrowded beaches, and Oia with its labyrinthine lanes framed by Venetian houses, windmills and small cave homes. It’s the perfect spot to take in one of Santorini’s famed sunsets before returning to your hotel.
Enjoy a full day relaxing and exploring Santorini at your own pace. Perhaps take a stroll through the streets of Fira, the island’s charming capital, with its winding streets, vibrant bards and restaurants, and magnificent sea views. Head to medieval Pyrgos with its traditional tavernas and vineyard surrounds, or simply take the chance to relax, either at the beach or by your hotel’s infinity pool. If you’re after ideas and inspiration, our specialists will be on hand to help you plan.
After a final delicious breakfast, an included transfer will see you to the airport for your flight home.
"There really is nowhere quite like the Greek Islands, and this luxury twin-centre holiday takes in two of my absolute favourites. From the bohemian vibes of Mykonos, where we've included a guided trip to the ruins of Delos, to the volcanoes and sunsets of Santorini, it's the ideal way to experience the country's unique blend of ancient history and spectacular natural world."
May / early Jun / Oct from: £3,225 pp
Jun / Jul / Aug / Sep from: £4,125 pp
* Entrance fees to the Volcanic park are paid locally