2020 Covid-19 Road Trip Day 3 Wyoming USA August 25 – September 5, 2020 Lincoln, Nebraska to Saratoga, Wyoming Day 3: Arrival
There are a few countries where you will feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Greece is a country where history comes alive and where is a collection of historic sites span four millennia. A land of legends, of gods and goddesses and where Myths meet history in fascinating temples and ancient ruins, sunny days at the beach and delicious Greek food and wine.
Not to mention it’s charming islands that blend traditions with local influence, a touch of chic, romance, adventure, and the most incredible sunsets. The most famous of the islands, Santorini and Mykonos are glamorous and effortlessly chic with their cubic houses nestled into the cliffs, whitewashed windmills and blue and red church domes.
But beware the lesser-known islands offer Greece without the crowds and on some islands without cars. Go where donkeys are the main transportation and will take you anywhere. Party the night away or uncover untouched charm. Island hop aboard fast-ferries, relax on the bright white sands of beautiful beaches and splash in the brilliant blue water. Enjoy your dinner on your own Catamaran.
GREECE HAS IT ALL
Athens is an endlessly intriguing city with sites such as the Acropolis and Panathenaic Stadium offering a glimpse into the ancient world. Combine this with world-class restaurants and a thriving cultural scene and you’ve got the perfect city break. There are also lots of nooks and crannies to explore and quiet corners for an authentic Greek meal or glass of wine.
Explore the mighty Acropolis in Athens
Discover Homeric palaces, Greek amphitheaters and ruined Byzantine cities in Peloponnese
While away romantic days in Santorini
Party in glamorous Mykonos, or uncover the untouched charm of Folegandros
Day 1-2 Athens
Athens, the capital of Greece is one of the world’s oldest cities spanning over 3400 years and one of the liveliest European capitals. It is a fascinating city where modern meets the ancient world. Athens is the birthplace of democracy and the heart of the Ancient Greek civilization. Named after the goddess of wisdom, war and civilization Athena is the patron of the city. Her shrine, the Parthenon, sits on top of a hill in the center of the city.
Here is where the past comes to life. Often referred to as the cradle of Western civilization, you will marvel at the city sites like the Acropolis and Panathenaic Stadium. Athens is a city filled with a thriving cultural scene, with intrigue and beauty and a vibrant nightlife. It has world-class restaurants and, traditional neighborhoods. Athens is ready to serve you a Greek meal and a glass of wine
Hotel Grande Bretagne: Deluxe Acropolis Guestroom with unrivaled views across Athens’ most historic vista. 5 Star Eternal Elegance and ultimate luxury, breathtaking views of the fabled Acropolis, regal Syntagma Square, and the Parliament, lush Lycabettus Hill or the original Olympic Stadium, located right in the heart of the city since 1874, the multi-awarded landmark hotel is within walking distance of exclusive shopping areas, museums and the business district.
Head to the Athenian Riviera along the scenic coastal road and be amazed by the views of the Saronic Gulf as you pass through the suburbs of Athens like Palaio Faliron, Glyfada, Varkiza and Vouliagmeni on your way to Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon.
After, enjoy a fabulous seaside dinner in a local fish tavern.
With your private guide and archaeologist you will visit the Acropolis, Temple of Parthenon, Temple of the Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Agora,Propylea, the Temple of Athena Nike, Temple of Erechtheion, the Caryatides, Herodeion Theater, Theater of Dionysus, Mars Hill and take a picturesque walk along the Dionyssious Areopagitou St to the New Acropolis Museum.
Watch the changing of the guard ceremony at the Greek Parliament Building before taking in panoramic city views from atop Lycabettus Hill.
Next drive through modern Athens and stop off at Hermou Street, the old city Plaka (and Flea Market) for a traditional Greek lunch, delicacies, and drinks.
After lunch, make a stop at the New Acropolis Museum, one of the world’s best museums.
Welcome to the traditional village of Paros. Paros sits in the heart of the Aegean sea and belongs to the Cyclades, the most popular Greek island group.
Combining modern with traditional elements in the most unique way, Paros is a mix of traditional Cycladic architecture, vivid nightlife, magical Paros beaches, enchanting rural villages, and historical monuments.
Lilly Residence – Boutique Suites Adults Only: Diamond Suite with Heated Private Plunge Pool & Sea View, a 4 Star luxury adults-only stylish boutique hotel located next to the beach and within 5 minutes walking to the vibrant Naousa.
A Private Dinner Cruise on a traditional wooden boat. Swim at the Blue Lagoon while the sun sets and then enjoy traditional greek seafood “meze” in a unique location along with local wine and music.
Made famous by its stunning sunsets, volcanic sand beaches and dramatic views from Oia town, Santorini is the supermodel in the Cyclades group of the Greek islands. A head-turner whose face is instantly recognizable around the world. You’ll be amazed by the multicolored cliffs that soar out of a sea-drowned caldera, topped by drifts of whitewashed buildings. Check Santorini off your bucket list.
A Legendary Luxury Hotel, Katikies in Oia Santorini is renowned for its unparalleled services, warm atmosphere and sense of romance uniquely combined in an exceptional setting and natural environment. The awe-inspiring view to the caldera and the azure sea from all luxury suites, the sublime Santorini sunsets, and perfectly manicured pink bougainvillea provide the magnificent backdrop for this perennially gleaming, glistening white luxury hotel that spills down the cliffs of the magical Caldera.
Amazing Sunsets is what Santorini is all about. Starting from Ammoudi Bay you will head to the neighboring- and once a part of Santorini- island of Thirassia. Here you can swim in the crystal-clear waters and admire the views of the Santorini Caldera.
The next stop is Sulfur Springs for a dive at the volcanic waters and then to the Lighthouse of Akrotiri. With views of Red Beach enjoy your barbeque dinner prepared by your crew. While you wait you can enjoy another dive and use the snorkeling gear to discover the underwater thrills.
After dinner, you will sail to the Old Port of Fira and following the caldera coastline to the hidden church of Eftapedes, the bay of Armeni with the sun setting behind you. It’s an amazing sunset! Your day has come to an end with photos and memories to last a lifetime.
Some of the stops will include “Firostefani” – The famous church with the blue dome. Imerovigli, the church of Prophet Elias, with a wonderful panoramic view along with the monastery of Prophet Elias the only place you can have a bird’s eye view of the entire island (360°). Fira, the beautiful capital of Santorini with narrow streets leading to picturesque neighborhoods that reveal the beauty of the town will give you the chance to take many fairytale-like photographs. Fira is full of shops, relaxing cafes and exciting museums.
Perivolos is one of the famous volcanic beaches of Santorini. It is in the southeastern part of the island, with black sand, deep clean waters, fully organized beach bars, and taverns right on the seafront. Lunch in a seaside village and a stop in one of the finest wineries of the island, where you taste some of the famous local wine.
Milos another Greek island in the Aegean Sea and just north of the Sea of Crete it is the southwesternmost island in the Cyclades group. Milos is a picturesque volcanic island with stunning beaches, charming villages, and rich history. Known as the Island of Colors, Milos is well-loved for its crystal blue water, colorful rock formations, and the syrmata, brightly painted shelters for fishing boats. It was here that the world-famous Venus de Milo statue was discovered.
Milos Breeze Boutique Hotel: Exclusive Room with Private Pool & Panoramic Sea View
Located in the picturesque fishing village of Pollonia, this 4-star luxury hotel blends traditional architecture with touches of authentic luxury. At the Milos Breeze, you will live the experience.
This evening you will travel to the most important highlights of Milos while taking in another incredible sunset. The first stop on your journey is the famous Sarakiniko Beach with white volcanic rocks sculpted by time. Take a swim in the crystal-clear waters or enjoy a walk.
A short visit to Mandrakia Beach, a scenic fisherman’s village with 2 little docks that host Milos typical “Syrmata”, colorful – underground buildings – spaces where fishermen kept their boats and then off to Klima Beach, the colorful traditional village of KLIMA with the colorful “SYRMATA” beside the light green of the sea.
Off to Plaka Castle (Venetian Castle of Milos), the capital of the island. Take a walk around the narrow streets of the village with numerous little shops, ending at Marmara, the yard of the church of Panagia Korfiatissa where you will enjoy the majestic view from the most amazing spot on the island and the amazing view of the sunset in the endless blue of a chapel. You’re in Milos. Enjoy a cocktail or a romantic dinner. It’s the perfect ending to your amazing journey through Greece.
2-Days in Mykonos – Add $,2,420 PP
Mykonos, the rock star of the Cycladic Islands in Greece is one of the most famous of the Greek islands located in the Cyclades made famous for its great nightlife. Mykonos has a stretch of sand for every mood and taste. Massive dance clubs attract world-renowned DJs and typically stay open well past dawn. It’s time to get your summer on as the island is also known for its beach bars that blare thumping music. It is the Mykonos chic lifestyle, but it is so much more.
Mykonos offers amazing beaches, beautiful nature, picturesque villages and of course delicious Greek food. Take a walk-through narrow marble street and you can admire whitewashed houses with colorful door and window frames, bougainvillea trees in purple bloom and hidden churches. Wander around the pedestrian shopping streets of the Hóra, always colorful and busy. The most glamorous of all is Matoyánni Street, lined with brand name stores, charming cafés, and stylish restaurants. Soak up the atmosphere along the lively waterfront and admire a fleet of fishing boats casting colorful reflections in the azure waters. The island is a paradise for water sport enthusiasts! Mykonos, known as the “Island of the Winds” attracts surfers and sailors from all over the world! Mykonos has something for everyone.
Bill and Coo Coast Suite: Deluxe Coast Suite with Outdoor Jacuzzi
Live the Bill and Coo lifestyle in this 5-star luxurious hotel on Agios Ioannis beach, 5 kilometers south from Mykonos town. Here, guests can enjoy the exclusivity and privacy associated with boutique beach hotels and the amenities and access of a larger Mykonos hotel.
This tour takes you through Mykonos Town also known as Chora and the maze of streets and alleys. Famous as a cosmopolitan island due to the lifestyle and a variety of visitors from all around the world, Mykonos’ traditional way of life is dearly reflected within its city limits. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime to experience first-hand the true beauty of the Mykonian town, by walking you through its history and re-living some of its memories. End it by shopping in the town with your own concierge.
Scorpios where sybaritic hedonism rules supreme. This Mykonos’ island beach club scene offers the ideal combination: beach fun in the sun, laidback lounging, explosive cocktails, starlit dancing, and good food along with fine wines. Overlooking the rugged wild of a nature sanctuary hugged by the azure of the Aegean Sea, Scorpios Beach Club Mykonos is a dreamy boho-luxe slice of paradise with an in-tune-with-nature ambiance. The daybed-dotted beaches (one private and the public on Paraga beach), plenty of other shaded lounge areas, a cool & airy stone clubhouse and a restaurant overseen by the Greek chef Athinagoras Kostakos.
Scorpios Mykonos is one of the most good-looking and best beach clubs in the world. Whether you want to people watch for an hour, listen to Mykonos’ top deejays spinning under the Mediterranean sun or simply dream away a lazy afternoon on a private beach cabana, one thing’s for sure: Scorpios Beach Club Mykonos won’t disappoint. Order something from the healthy yet tasty menu, toast your happiness as the sun goes down and enjoy island life at its best!
Day 2 of my Road Trip to Wyoming! What a great experience. We traveled from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Lincoln, Nebraska, and found the most luxurious boutique hotel and had drinks at one of the most famous Olympic figure skaters of all time!!