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Days 6-8
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Santorini is one of the world's loveliest islands thanks to sweeping vistas, seaside cliffs, and Cycladic cubist architecture—not to mention those famous sunsets. Santorini's location makes it unique: it cradles the sunken caldera of a volcano (some think it's the site of Atlantis). Rent a moped, soak up the sunsets, and don't miss the island's museums and archaeological sights.
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  • Natural Beauty
  • Art and Culture

Experiences

  • Hike to the top of a cliff (or follow a winding road on your moped) to see the flooded caldera, surrounded by cliffs rising 1,000 feet above the Aegean. Time your visit to take in the spectacular sunset.
  • Ia is the most photographed town in the Aegean, thanks to its cascade of cubical white houses that spill down a cliff toward the sea. Hike along the cliffside walkway to take in the panorama.
  • Visit the site of ancient Akrotiri, which gives Santorini the nickname the Greek Pompeii. The town was destroyed by a volcanic eruption but preserved under layers of lava.

Festivals

  • On July 20, during the celebration of St. Elias, a traditional pea-and-onion soup is served, followed by sweet desserts and folk dancing.

Side Trips

  • Chill out on the black-sand beach of Kamari; deck chairs and umbrellas are available for rent.

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