Silver of the Aegean: Milos and Laurion
- 10-days study trip to Athens, the Ancient mining sites at Lavrion and the volcanic island of Milos -
Tour code: MIL_MIN
Duration: 10 days / 9 nights
Dates:5-14 Jul 13
15-24 Sep 13
Price (p.p.): 1235 € ?
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On this tour Tobias Schorr shows you the old sulfur and iron & manganese mines and the most important archaeological sites. There are also some possibilities to find minerals (baryte, sulfur, calcedon, quartz, etc.) and many impressive volcanic structures attract not only geologists and photographers. Because Milos has got the most beautiful beaches, there is always a possibility to swim in the clear sea.
Ancient mining, Athens temples & Milos volcano
Day 1: Arrival to Athens
Pickup from the airport by our tour guide
Acc.: : hotel*** in downtown Athens (D: dinner)
Day 2: Sightseeing of Athens & Acropolis & new museum
Round tour in Athens center with ancient Acropolis and its new museum
Acc.: : hotel in Athens center
Day 3: Ancient mining in Lavrio
A tour to Europe´s ancient mining center Lavrio
Acc.: : hotel in the center of Athens (L)
Day 4: Transfer to Milos
Sailing by ferry boat to Milos island
Acc.: : hotel in Adamantas (D)
Day 5: Ancient Milos & fisherhouses at Klima
Walk to Plaka, the main town of Milos, visit the archeological museum, hike down to the fishing villagge of Klima
Acc.: : as before (Milos) (B)
Day 6: Mining museum, sulphur mine and active fumaroles
4x4 jeep excursion to various interesting sites, e.g. an oldsulphur mine and the active fumaroles of Kalamos inside the Tsingrado volcano complex
Acc.: : hotel in Adamas (B, L)
Day 7: Profitis Ilias mountain
Today we will visit the top of mount Prophitis Ilias (748m), starting near the chapel of Agia Marina. On our way we will have georgeous views onto the whole island and the bay, a former (submarine) crater. Mount Prophitis Ilias is geologically one of the most interesting places on Milos, where we can discover many altered rocks bearing rich quartz cystals, agate and even gold. After this mountain we drive by 4x4 through an wild landscape of former geysirs. There will be spots to discover opale and agate. Later we will arrive at the former manganese minig area of Vani. In the summer time we will be able to do bathing at beautyful bay.
Acc.: : as before (B, L, D)
Day 8: Vistit of the prehistoric town of Phylakopi and walking tour around the northern coast of Milos
Phylakopi is one of the most important prehistoric sites of Greece. We will see the preshistoric fortification and some ruins. Later we will walk along beautyful beaches to the famous bays of Mytikas and Sarakiniko. On the way we may discover a hidden chapel and even fossils.
Acc.: : as before (B, D)
Day 9: Spectacular boat trip around Milos and to Kimolos Island
Today is a very relaxed day to fully enjoy Milos' legendary beauty: on a boat, we sail around Milos' bizarre and phantastic coastlines,- likely to become an unforgettable excursion! Be sure to have plenty of film/stroage media with you, since you will be using it ALL! Swimming breaks in particularly beautiful spots are included.
In detail: we start at the cape Vani and follow the coastline anticlockwise until the famous "Kleftiko" cliffs, made of imposing white pumice layers. In former times, fishermen and pirates were used the bizarre coast to hiding their boats in that area.
Acc.: : as before (B, L)
Day 10: Return to Athens - end of tour
Our tour ends today with transfer to the airport and the short fly back to Athens. If there are not enough tickets for the small airplane, we will sail back to Piraeus by ferry boat. In this case we will inform you in time to stay one day longer in Athens to catch your flight. Alternatively, you could stay a bit longer on Milos or go to another island ... depending on time, there are many options.
Acc.: : none (B)
Depends on your arrival at Athens aiport. It is possible to get earlier to Athens and to stay one or more nights there for sightseeing. A hotel room in Athens is about 50-70 € per person in a double room. Also after the tour a longer stay is possible or even a combination with other tour programs, like Santorini.
Nice small hotel near Adamas