Sightseeing Tours

Helicopter Sightseeing Tour of Greece

What makes the difference?

Experience a thrill of a lifetime while flying by helicopter over beautiful destinations or natural wonders. Views of the incredible surrounding rivers, lakes and mind blowing coastal mountains or archaeological sites will leave you with a lasting memory of Greece.

Cyclades - the most famous island group in the Aegean Sea comprises some of the most beautiful islands in the world! Gorgeous sandy beaches, architecture in white and blue, traditional lifestyle, folk music, hospitable people and barren landscapes with isolated chapels turn a trip to the Cyclades into a lifetime experience.

Ask your pilot for recommendations at your destination or let us inspire you with our local guides to get the most of your trip.

Make memories for a life time

Sightseeing Helicopter Services

Any starting point is possible

Imagine having breakfast at your hotel and board your private helicopter tour in Greece at lunch time. We can pick you up from helipads of our exclusive hotel and villa partners and drop you back off after your adventure.

Sightseeing Helicopter Athens Mykonos

Fasten your seat belts

Once your pilot made sure that your are securely and comfortably seated you will take off. Experience your vacation island or the neighboring islands at the beginning of your trip to get inspired of the area surrounding you.

Sightseeing Helicopter Santorini Greece

Touch down anywhere

Before booking you can decide or get inspired by us, of what you need to see and where you might want to touch down to take a closer look or to grab some drinks. The helicopter will be waiting for you to take you back to your accommodation.

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Helicopter Sightseeing Flight

Popular destinations and routes 
for helicopter tours

This is just an inspiration of places you might want to see - we have a lot more for you to experience. Also, feel free to contact us to send you an individual quotation for your needs and destinations.


Athens from above

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Embark on an exhilarating journey through the skies with our exclusive helicopter sightseeing flight over Athens, the cradle of Western civilization and a city of unparalleled historical significance. As you take off, the sprawling urban landscape of Athens unfolds beneath you, offering a unique perspective on its ancient glory and modern vibrancy. From the majestic Acropolis, standing as a testament to Greece's rich heritage, to the striking contrast of the modern cityscape, your flight will provide breathtaking views and unforgettable memories. Witness the seamless blend of history and progress as you soar above iconic landmarks, archaeological sites, and the sparkling waters of the Saronic Gulf. With every turn, discover the beauty and mystery of Athens from a bird's eye view, making your visit an unparalleled adventure. Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will elevate your understanding and appreciation of this magnificent city.

Choose your helicopter:

Depending on the size of your passenger group you can choose between our Airbus EC120, Airbus EC135 or our beautiful VVIP Airbus AS365 Dauphin to enjoy this trip.

Have a closer look at our fleet here and find your private helicopter for your sightseeing trip.


Tour Duration:

30 Minutes Tour Routes: 

  • Heliport - Olympic Stadium - Lycabettus Hill - Athens Academy - National Library - Ancient Agora - Acropolis - Panathinaikon Stadium - Port of Piraeus - Heliport

or

  • Heliport - Lavrio - Sounio - Temple of Poseidon - Athens Riviera - Heliport


45 Minutes Tour Routes:

  • Heliport - Olympic Stadium - Lycabettus Hill - Athens Academy - National Library - Ancient Agora - Acropolis - Panathinaikon Stadium - Port of Piraeus - Aegina Island - Heliport

or

  • Heliport - Olympic Stadium - Lycabettus Hill - Athens Academy - National Library - Ancient Agora - Acropolis - Panathinaikon Stadium - Athens Riviera - Kavouri - Sounio - Temple of Poseidon - Lavrio - Heliport


60 Minutes Tour:

  • Heliport - Olympic Stadium - Lycabettus Hill - Athens Academy - National Library - Ancient Agora - Acropolis - Panathinaikon Stadium - Port of Piraeus - Athens Riviera - Kavouri - Sounio - Temple of Poseidon - Lavrio - Heliport


Take off on a spectacular helicopter tour that offers an unparalleled aerial journey through Athens and beyond, capturing the essence of Greece's historic splendor and natural beauty. From the moment you lift off from the heliport, prepare to be mesmerized by the sights that have shaped the story of one of the world's oldest cities.

Your first landmark is the majestic Olympic Stadium, a modern marvel that hosted the world during the Olympic Games, standing as a beacon of athletic prowess and international unity. As you circle above, the grandeur of this contemporary coliseum unfolds, a testament to the enduring legacy of the Olympic spirit.

Next, the helicopter sweeps towards Lycabettus Hill, the highest point in Athens, offering breathtaking views of the city stretched out below. The hill's summit, crowned with the charming Chapel of St. George, provides a picturesque scene against the urban landscape.

The journey continues over the heart of Athens, where the neoclassical elegance of the Athens Academy and the National Library stand as pillars of knowledge and culture, their architectural beauty a bridge between past and present.

Hovering above the Ancient Agora, you're transported back in time to the birthplace of democracy, where philosophers once debated and the foundations of Western civilization were laid. The Agora's ancient ruins whisper tales of a bygone era, inviting contemplation and awe.

The highlight of the tour is undoubtedly the Acropolis, a symbol of classical spirit and architectural mastery. From this vantage point, the Parthenon shines as a jewel of antiquity, its Doric columns and majestic proportions embodying the height of Athenian glory.

As the tour veers towards the Panathinaikon Stadium, you witness the original site of the modern Olympic Games, its all-marble structure a unique spectacle and a nod to Greece's sporting heritage.

Descending towards the coast, the helicopter follows the curve of the Port of Piraeus, gateway to the Aegean, before tracing the sun-kissed Athens Riviera. The journey along the coast reveals hidden coves, bustling marinas, and the luxurious expanse of Kavouri Beach.

Approaching Sounio, the Temple of Poseidon emerges on the horizon, perched atop a cliff with the Aegean Sea as its backdrop. This ancient sanctuary, dedicated to the god of the sea, offers a moment of timeless beauty, especially at sunset when the ruins are bathed in golden light.

The final leg of the tour takes you over Lavrio, a town with ancient mining heritage, before returning to the heliport. This helicopter sightseeing tour encapsulates the essence of Athens and its surrounding beauty, from historic landmarks to breathtaking seascapes, offering memories that will last a lifetime.

Mykonos and Cyclades

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Embark on an unforgettable helicopter sightseeing tour from Mykonos, an experience that offers more than just breathtaking views—it invites you on a journey through time and beauty. Lift off from the vibrant island of Mykonos, famous for its cosmopolitan lifestyle and stunning landscapes, and set course towards the enchanting surroundings of Rineia, Delos, Paros, and Antiparos. Each island boasts its own unique story, from the ancient ruins of Delos, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to the tranquil shores of Rineia, the hidden gem of the Cyclades. As we continue, the picturesque beauty of Paros and Antiparos unfolds beneath you, showcasing pristine beaches, charming villages, and the crystal-clear waters of the Aegean Sea. This tour is not just a flight; it's an exploration of the rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural splendor that these islands have to offer. Prepare to be captivated by the unparalleled beauty of the Cyclades from a perspective only a few have the privilege to see.

Choose your helicopter:

Depending on your departure and number of persons traveling in your group you can decide between our Airbus EC120 with 4 seats plus pilot, our EC135 seating 6 passengers plus pilot or our Airbus AS365 Dauphin in VVIP configuration comfortable seating 5 passengers plus pilot.

Take a closer look at our fleet here find your private helicopter for your sightseeing trip.

Get some more inspiration about Mykonos here.

Tour Duration:

30 Minutes Tour:

  • Mykonos - Rineia - Delos - Mykonos


Ascend into the skies for a breathtaking aerial tour of Mykonos, an island renowned for its cosmopolitan allure and stunning landscapes. As you glide above this Aegean gem, prepare to be captivated by views that offer a fresh perspective on its celebrated beauty. Witness the iconic windmills standing as silent sentinels, their silhouettes a striking feature against the skyline. Drift over “Little Venice,” where buildings kiss the sea, creating a picturesque scene right out of a painting.
Marvel at the quaint charm of Mykonos town, where whitewashed houses gleam under the sun, nestled along winding narrow streets that tell tales of a rich history. The island’s beaches unfold beneath you, stretches of golden sand meeting the azure embrace of the sea, each beach a unique paradise. Among them, famous beach clubs pulse with life, drawing visitors from around the globe.
But the journey doesn’t end with Mykonos. Nearby, the ancient ruins of Delos beckon, a sacred island rich in mythological and historical significance, offering a glimpse into the past of this storied region. Not far from Delos, the serene beauty of Rineia unfolds, an island untouched by the passage of time, where the spirit of bohemia lives on. Together, these islands weave a tapestry of history, luxury, and natural beauty, seen from a vantage point like no other. Embark on this unforgettable flight and see Mykonos and its neighboring treasures from another perspective, one that will etch itself into your memory forever.



60 Minutes Tour:

  • Mykonos - Rineia - Delos - Syros - Paros - Antiparos - Mykonos


Take to the skies on an unparalleled aerial adventure that showcases the splendor of Mykonos from a unique vantage point. As you soar above this vibrant island, the iconic windmills appear like guardians of tradition against the modern backdrop. Glide over “Little Venice” with its waterfront buildings that shimmer like jewels at the water's edge. Mykonos town unfolds beneath you, a labyrinth of narrow streets framed by charming white houses, revealing the heart of the island's enchanting allure.The journey over Mykonos reveals not just the lively beach clubs and pristine sandy shores but also offers a rare glimpse of the ancient heritage on the nearby island of Delos and the secluded, bohemian paradise of Rineia. These islands combine to tell a story of civilization, leisure, and untouched natural beauty from a perspective that few ever experience.But the voyage doesn’t stop there; we venture forth to the island of Syros, the administrative heart of the Cyclades. Ermoupoli, its largest village, greets you with the elegance of neo-classical buildings, the spiritual grace of its numerous churches, and the bustling life of its beautiful harbor, offering a different facet of Cycladic charm.Next, we set our sights on Paros and Antiparos, islands that embody the quintessence of the Aegean with their whitewashed buildings and the mesmerizing blue of their waters. These islands, each with their unique charm, offer breathtaking views that promise to captivate and enchant.Embark on this aerial odyssey with us and be prepared to be amazed. The beauty of these islands, viewed from above, presents a tapestry of history, culture, and natural splendor that is sure to leave an indelible mark on your heart. Trust us, this tour is an experience you won't forget.

Santorini Island - The precious gem of the Aegean

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Helicopter Tour Santorini

Embark on a spellbinding helicopter sightseeing journey from the legendary island of Santorini, a voyage that promises not just panoramic vistas but an immersive experience into the heart of the Aegean's mesmerizing beauty. As you ascend into the azure skies, Santorini's dramatic landscapes—a testament to nature's power and artistry—spread out below. Witness the stunning contrast of white Cycladic houses perched atop rugged cliffs, their beauty amplified against the backdrop of the deep blue sea and the caldera's breathtaking expanse.This aerial adventure offers more than just a new perspective on Santorini's iconic features; it invites you to discover the island's hidden jewels and the surrounding seascape's serenity. From the ancient, preserved ruins that whisper tales of a bygone era to the vineyards that sprawl across the countryside, each bend and curve reveal the island's rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty.As the helicopter sweeps over the caldera, the vistas of volcanic islands and the sun-drenched shores promise a spectacle of nature's grandeur, offering a moment of awe and serenity. This tour is not merely a flight; it's a gateway to experiencing Santorini's enchanting allure from a vantage point reserved for the gods. Prepare for an unforgettable journey that will etch the magnificence of Santorini into your memory forever.

 
Choose your helicopter:

You have the choice to take your helicopter tour to Santorini with our Airbus EC120 (2 passengers plus pilot), Airbus EC135 (6 passengers plus pilot) or Airbus AS365 Dauphin in VVIP configuration (5 passengers plus pilot). Depending on your trips duration and number of passengers.

Take a closer look at our fleet here to find the perfect match.

See and learn what you can expect in Santorini by reading more here.

Tour Duration:

30 Minutes:

  • Santorini - Megalochori - Nea Kameni - Thirasia - Oia - Santorini


Dive into the heart of Santorini's breathtaking beauty with this comprehensive helicopter tour, designed to showcase the island's most iconic and cherished sights. Begin your aerial journey with a flight over the enchanting village of Megalochori, renowned for its historic vineyards that stretch across the landscape, telling tales of a rich winemaking heritage. As you glide above, witness the patchwork of vineyards that have produced some of the most distinctive wines in the world.

Your adventure continues as you soar towards Santorini's stunning coastline, where the island's famous colorful beaches unfold beneath you. The vibrant hues of red, black, and white sand contrast strikingly against the crystal-clear waters of the Aegean, creating a mesmerizing palette of natural beauty.

Next, the helicopter takes you over Nea Kameni, offering a rare perspective of the active volcano that forms the heart of Santorini's caldera. Marvel at the raw power of nature, with the volcano's rugged landscape set against the backdrop of the expansive caldera—a sight that has captivated visitors for centuries.

The journey then leads to Thirasia, a gem of ancient Stroggili, where the kaleidoscope of colorful houses adorns the landscape, echoing a time when Thirasia and Santorini were one. The quaint charm of Thirasia, with its picturesque houses and serene atmosphere, offers a glimpse into the Cycladic life of yesteryear.

As the tour approaches its climax, prepare to be enchanted by Oia, the jewel in Santorini's crown. This village is a masterpiece of Cycladic architecture, with its narrow, winding streets, blue-domed churches, and sun-drenched verandas offering breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea. Oia's unparalleled beauty, especially at sunset, makes it a must-see destination on your aerial tour.

This helicopter tour is more than just a ride; it's a comprehensive exploration of Santorini's majestic beauty, historical richness, and cultural charm. If you desire to immerse yourself fully in the essence of Santorini and ensure you don't miss any of its wonders, this tour stands as the quintessential choice. Experience the magic of Santorini from the skies, and take home memories that will last a lifetime.

60 Minutes:

  • Santorini - Megalochori - Nea Kameni - Thirasia - Oia - Ios or Folegandros - Santorini


Launch into an unforgettable journey that grants you the opportunity to explore the iconic sights of Santorini, along with the option to marvel at the beauty of either Ios or Folegandros! This journey begins with an ascent over the traditional village of Megalochori, where the rich tapestry of vineyards tells a story of ancient winemaking traditions. As you fly over these historic vineyards, the landscape transforms into a vista of Santorini's vibrant, colorful beaches, each one a natural masterpiece.

The tour then takes you over the awe-inspiring sight of Nea Kameni, the heart of Santorini's volcanic caldera. Here, the breathtaking views of the simmering volcano and the panoramic caldera are sights you won't soon forget. Following this, glide towards Thirasia, an island fragment of what was once ancient Stroggili, adorned with vividly colored houses that dot the landscape, adding to the charm of the Cyclades.

As you approach Oia, Santorini's jewel, be captivated by the iconic image of blue-domed churches, narrow cobblestone paths, and sunlit verandas offering unparalleled views of the Aegean Sea. Oia's beauty is emblematic of the island's timeless elegance and is a highlight of this aerial voyage.

The adventure continues as you choose your next destination: the sandy shores of Ios or the dramatic rocky landscapes of Folegandros. If Ios is your choice, prepare to be enchanted by its golden beaches and lively atmosphere, a stark contrast to the serene beauty of Santorini. Alternatively, opting for Folegandros offers a journey over rugged terrains and cliffs that plunge into the azure sea, showcasing the island's raw, untouched beauty.

This tour is an invitation to witness the splendor of the Cyclades from the skies, offering a unique perspective on these islands' natural wonders and cultural treasures. Whether you're drawn to the sandy havens of Ios or the dramatic vistas of Folegandros, this helicopter tour is the perfect way to experience the diverse beauty of the Aegean. Choose your adventure and create memories that will last a lifetime.



Tinos Island - The Aegean Muse

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Helicopter transfer to Tinos

Time to spread your wings with a special muse, the Aegean island of Tinos. Carpets of golden sands lace the coasts and spring waters create oases between its rugged mountainsides. The locals work with such zeal to honour their little paradise that every village is a masterpiece, with a genuinely warm welcome awaiting you in each.
From the flora and fauna, the people have created a rich gastronomy. From their marble they have carved out a legacy of statues and a distinctive architectural style, crowned by the glorious Church of The Holy Virgin. The land was adorned with decorative dovecots, churches, temples, colorful bell towers, wind and watermills as a token of generous appreciation to the seeds of inspiration this blessed island offers so genuinely.

Choose your helicopter:

Depending on the size of your passenger group you can choose between our Airbus EC120, Airbus EC135 or our beautiful VVIP Airbus AS365 Dauphin to enjoy this trip.

Have a closer look at our fleet here and find your private helicopter to Tinos.

Read some more inspiration about Tinos here.

Tour Duration:

We suggest a 20 minutes sightseeing tour. Depending on your departure place the flight time may be longer.

To give you a rough idea of the transfer times:

Helicopter transfer Mykonos to Tinos will take approx. 7 minutes
Helicopter transfer Santorini to Tinos will take approx. 30 minutes
Helicopter transfer Athens to Tinos will take approx. 30 minutes

Paros Island - A festival of senses

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Helicopter Transfer to Paros

Simplicity and beauty shine brightly on this beautiful island. Looking around at the hills and villages, we feel as if a great modern artist outlined them, with slopes and inclines illustrating the poetic design. Paros radiates the light of the sun and reflects the beauty of the deep blue sea.

The archaeological sites of Paros are of great interest to both casual visitors and those who "examine" history through ancient texts and archaeological finds. We encourage you to visit the monuments and travel back through thousands of years of island history.

Choose your helicopter:

Depending on your departure and number of persons traveling in your group you can decide between our Airbus EC120 with 4 seats plus pilot, our EC135 seating 6 passengers plus pilot or our Airbus AS365 Dauphin in VVIP configuration comfortable seating 5 passengers plus pilot.

Take a closer look at our fleet here and decide which helicopter will transfer you to Paros.

Get some more inspiration about Paros here.

Tour Duration:

Ideally we suggest a duration of 30 minutes sightseeing flight. It depends from where you depart how long the total flight will be - the ferry time will be added to your trips duration.

To give you a rough idea of the transfer times:

Helicopter transfer Mykonos to Paros will take approx. 15 minutes
Helicopter transfer Santorini to Paros will take approx. 20 minutes
Helicopter transfer Athens to Paros will take approx. 40 minutes

Naxos Island - A spot of white in the turquoise waters

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Helicopter Ride to Naxos

The island of Naxos is a unique blend of ancient ruins and beach culture. The largest of the Cycladic Islands, Naxos is the childhood home of none other than Zeus, king of the gods. Upon arrival in Naxos, hike over a causeway to Palatia, where the Portara, a stone gateway to an ancient temple that no longer exists, stands alone, the symbol of the island. At sunset, the views of the island, and the sea beyond, are breathtaking.

Choose your helicopter:

You can take a helicopter private transfer from all destination to Naxos, the only thing you will need to decide, is the helicopter that should bring you there. You will have the choice between our Airbus EC120 seating up to 4 passengers plus pilot, our Airbus EC135 seating up to 6 passengers plus pilot or our Airbus AS365 Dauphin in VVIP configuration comfortable seating 5 passengers plus pilot.

Check out our fleet here and decide for your helicopter tour to Naxos Island.

Get inspired from Naxos by reading more here.

Tour Duration:

We usually suggest a tour of 30 minutes to see everything around Naxos. However, you can decide to make it longer or shorter. Your transfer flight to Naxos will be added to the trips duration.

To give you a rough idea of the transfer times:

Helicopter transfer Mykonos to Naxos will take approx. 10 minutes
Helicopter transfer Santorini to Naxos will take approx. 20 minutes
Helicopter transfer Athens to Naxos will take approx. 45 minutes

REQUEST YOUR QUOTATION

Tell us what you would like to experience in Greece and charter you private helicopter tour to see all of it. We make your travel plans flexible and joyful.

Popular destinations for helicopter day trips

This is just an inspiration of day trips you might want to see - we have a lot more for you to experience. Also, feel free to contact us to send you an individual quotation for your needs and destinations.


Day trips from Athens

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Athens - Mykonos - Athens

Mykonos, a gem in the Mediterranean, is celebrated for its stunning beaches, eclectic mix of entertainment, and its iconic nightlife. While vacationing in Athens, seize the opportunity to venture to Mykonos. This excursion allows you to immerse yourself in the island's vibrant atmosphere for a few hours, with the convenience of returning to Athens in just 40 to 50 minutes by flight. This island offers an unforgettable escape, blending scenic beauty with a pulsating social scene.

Athens - Meteora - Athens

Meteora, set in the heart of Greece, is a majestic UNESCO World Heritage Site (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/455), famed for its surreal landscape of towering rock formations. A journey to Meteora transcends a simple visit to a stunning location; it's an immersive experience into a realm where nature and spirituality converge. Although a car ride from Athens to Meteora takes about 4 hours, there's an option to shorten this journey significantly. Thanks to Helistar, you can reach Meteora from Athens in just an hour, offering ample time to explore this awe-inspiring site before making a convenient return. This is an exceptional opportunity to witness a natural wonder that is not only visually spectacular but also steeped in history.

Athens - Ancient Olympia - Athens

The historic site of Ancient Olympia, nestled in the western Peloponnese, is recognized as the cradle of the Olympic Games. With a history dating back to 4,000 B.C., and becoming a pilgrimage site by the 9th century B.C., Olympia is a cornerstone of Greek heritage. Here, visitors can walk the hallowed grounds where the Olympic Games were conceived, and stand at the very spot where the Olympic flame is lit to this day. Helistar provides a fast, reliable, and secure air transfer from Athens, enabling you to explore this significant archaeological site. Discovering Ancient Olympia offers a profound connection to the ancient world, where the ideals of athleticism, competition, and honor first took root.

Each of these day trips from Athens opens a window to the diverse landscapes and rich historical tapestry of Greece, offering unique experiences that range from the serene beauty of Mykonos to the spiritual grandeur of Meteora, and the historical significance of Ancient Olympia.

To enrich your Greek vacation further, consider reaching out to Helistar to inquire about additional day trips from Athens. Each destination offers a unique opportunity to explore the diversity and beauty of the Greek islands, ensuring your holiday is filled with memorable experiences and breathtaking sights.

Day trips from Mykonos

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Mykonos - Santorini -Mykonos

Santorini, or Thera, is not only a beacon for travelers in Greece but also a renowned destination across Europe. The island is a treasure trove of attractions tailored to satisfy every taste. Experience the world-famous sunset in Oia, delve into ancient civilizations at the Museum of Prehistoric Thera in Fira, explore the historic site of Prehistoric Thera in Akrotiri, marvel at Fira's breathtaking caldera, visit Panagia Maltesa in Imerovigli, or venture up to Nea Kameni to stand at the edge of an active volcano’s crater. With Helistar, a swift 40-minute journey from Mykonos allows for an immersive day in Santorini, filled with discovery and return in time for your next adventure.

Mykonos - Koufonisia - Mykonos

Koufonisia, comprising Upper and Lower Koufonissi and separated by a mere 200-meter strait, are part of the enchanting Small East Cyclades. This archipelago also encompasses Keros island and several smaller islets, making up a total area of 26 square kilometers with a modest population of about 370 inhabitants. Koufonisia is celebrated for hosting some of Greece's most pristine beaches. Now, Helistar offers an exclusive chance to journey from Mykonos to Koufonisia in just 20 minutes by helicopter. This service provides a unique opportunity to explore these idyllic islands, ensuring a timely return to Mykonos after a day of sun, sea, and sand.

Mykonos - Patmos - Mykonos

Patmos is an island steeped in religious significance, home to the revered Cave of the Apocalypse and the monasteries of St. John the Theologian and Patmos, where age-old religious rites are observed. Beyond its spiritual heritage, Patmos offers a harmonious blend of breathtaking natural landscapes and a serene tourism atmosphere. The island's geography boasts numerous capes, bays, and islets, surrounded by crystal-clear waters. With Helistar, you can take advantage of a quick 35-minute flight from Mykonos to Patmos, making it possible to explore the island's sacred and scenic beauty and return in time for your evening engagements in Mykonos.

Each of these journeys from Mykonos presents a unique adventure, from the volcanic allure of Santorini and the untouched beaches of Koufonisia to the spiritual and natural serenity of Patmos, enhancing your Aegean experience with memories that will last a lifetime.

To enrich your Greek vacation further, consider reaching out to Helistar to inquire about additional day trips from Mykonos. Each destination offers a unique opportunity to explore the diversity and beauty of the Greek islands, ensuring your holiday is filled with memorable experiences and breathtaking sights.

Day trips from Santorini

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Helicopter Tour Santorini

Dive into the heart of the Aegean Sea with these beautifully crafted day excursions from Santorini, each offering a distinct taste of the Greek islands' unparalleled charm, history, and natural beauty.


Santorini - Mykonos - Santorini

Mykonos, a jewel of the Mediterranean, is famed for its picturesque beaches, a wide array of entertainment options, and its vibrant nightlife. When in Santorini, don't miss the opportunity to experience Mykonos. This day trip allows you to soak in the unique atmosphere of Mykonos for a few hours, with the convenience of a swift return to Santorini in just 35 minutes. It's the perfect way to add another layer of excitement to your Greek holiday.

Santorini - Folegandros - Santorini

Over the past two decades, Folegandros has emerged as a beacon of tranquil beauty amidst the Cyclades, experiencing gentle touristic development that has preserved its serene atmosphere. The island's unique geography offers panoramic views of the Aegean Sea's azure expanse from virtually every vantage point. A brief journey from Santorini, approximately 20 minutes, transports you to Folegandros, where you can immerse yourself in its peaceful embrace before returning to the bustling beauty of Santorini.

Santorini - Koufonisia - Santorini

Despite its modest size, Koufonisia is renowned for harboring some of Greece’s most stunning beaches. The island's economy thrives on fishing, lending it the authentic charm of a traditional fishing village. Visitors are greeted by the iconic white windmill upon arrival, while the island's almost sandy beaches paint a picture of idyllic beauty. With travel times around 30 minutes from Santorini, exploring Koufonisia has never been more accessible, offering a tranquil retreat before heading back to Santorini.

To enrich your Greek vacation further, consider reaching out to Helistar to inquire about additional day trips from Santorini. Each destination offers a unique opportunity to explore the diversity and beauty of the Greek islands, ensuring your holiday is filled with memorable experiences and breathtaking sights.



REQUEST YOUR QUOTATION

Tell us what you would like to experience in Greece and charter you private helicopter tour to see all of it. We make your travel plans flexible and joyful.

Popular destinations for pilgrimage tourism

This is just an inspiration of pilgrimage places you might want to see - we have a lot more for you to experience. Also, feel free to contact us to send you an individual quotation for your needs and destinations.


Agion Oros / Mount Athos

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Helicopter Ride to Naxos

Agion Oros, or Mount Athos, stands as a beacon of Byzantine and post-Byzantine art and culture, boasting an unparalleled collection of treasures that make it the richest Greek region in terms of quality and quantity of religious artworks. This revered peninsula is home to an astounding array of monumental paintings, portable icons, illuminated manuscripts, exquisite miniatures, embroideries, woodwork, ceramics, and both functional and decorative ecclesiastical objects. These artifacts collectively testify to the rich cultural heritage that has flourished on Mount Athos over centuries.

Beyond its artistic and religious artifacts, Mount Athos's cultural heritage is also deeply intertwined with its extraordinary natural surroundings. The landscape of Mount Athos, characterized by its unique and untouched environment, adds another layer of significance, offering "religious tourists" and pilgrims alike a holistic spiritual and sensory experience unlike any other.

Mount Athos enjoys a unique political status, being a self-governed part of the Greek state under a series of international treaties and declarations that date back to the early 20th century. This special autonomy was recognized in a series of international treaties, reflecting its historical significance and the continuity of its religious and cultural traditions.

The region's history is marked by resilience in the face of adversity, including the challenges of the 20th century such as the Nazi occupation during World War II. Remarkably, Mount Athos maintained its peace and autonomy during these turbulent times, largely due to its designation as under the personal protection of Adolf Hitler, who was referred to as the "High Protector of the Holy Mountain." This period of history highlights the complex interplay between politics, religion, and historical legacy at Mount Athos.

Following the war, Mount Athos continued to solidify its autonomous status through the "Constitutional Charter" of the Holy Mountain, ratified by the Greek Parliament. This autonomy traces back to a chrysobull issued by Byzantine Emperor Ioannis Tzimisces in 972, further affirmed by Emperor Alexios I Komnenos in 1095, establishing Mount Athos as a self-ruled monastic state—a status that has been preserved to this day.

Under the Greek constitution, Mount Athos is recognized as a self-governed entity within the Greek state, with its sovereignty intact. It comprises 20 main monasteries forming the Holy Community, with Karyes serving as the capital and administrative center, overseen by a governor representing the Greek state. The unique status of Mount Athos was also acknowledged upon Greece's admission to the European Union, ensuring the preservation of its ancient privileges and self-governance.

Mount Athos, or the Monastic State of Agion Oros, thus represents a unique blend of spiritual, cultural, and natural heritage, protected under a unique administrative status that has allowed it to maintain its religious traditions and cultural legacy through centuries of change and challenges.

Amorgos

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Perched high on the cliffs of Amorgos, the Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa presents itself as an architectural marvel, a testament to the ingenuity and faith of its creators. This monastery, a beacon of spiritual and architectural significance, is nestled on the rugged slopes of Profitis Ilias, soaring 300 meters above sea level and located south of Amorgos' capital, Chora.

The sight of Panagia Hozoviotissa, with its stark white facade set against the dramatic backdrop of the Aegean cliffs, inspires a deep sense of awe in all who gaze upon it. Visitors often find themselves pondering the remarkable feat of engineering and devotion required to construct such an edifice in such a challenging location. Its inclusion in the visually stunning film “Big Blue” underscores the monastery's breathtaking panoramic views of the Aegean Sea, which, combined with its serene atmosphere, make it a place of unparalleled peace and beauty.

The monastery's surroundings are equally captivating, with several pristine beaches dotting the coastline. Aegiali, in particular, boasts a long sandy beach that extends from the edge of the quaint fishing village of Ormos. For those willing to explore a bit further, the beaches of “Levroso,” “Psili Ammos,” and “Hohlakas” are just a 15-minute walk from the port and are accessible by small boats that operate on a regular schedule, offering a delightful escape into the island's natural beauty.

The adventure continues to the small, uninhabited island of Nikouria, where visitors will find two enchanting sandy beaches. These secluded spots are accessible by small boats that ferry swimmers from the bay of “Agios Pavlos,” offering a unique opportunity to bask in the island's serene environment, away from the hustle and bustle.

Amorgos, with its rich history, stunning landscapes, and the majestic Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa, invites travelers to delve deeper into its mysteries and marvels. For more detailed information about Amorgos and its numerous attractions, interested visitors can explore further through the provided link: http://www.amorgos.com/en/. This island not only offers a journey through breathtaking scenery but also an exploration of spiritual depth and architectural wonder that resonates with all who visit.



Astypalaia

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The Church of Panagia Portaitissa, nestled in the Chora of Astypalaia under the protective shadow of the castle, stands as a beacon of beauty and devotion, its snow-white facade and elegant belfry symbolizing the spiritual heart of the island. Recognized widely as one of the most picturesque churches in the Dodecanese, its foundation by Saint Anthimos in approximately 750 AD marks a significant chapter in the island's religious heritage. The church's icon screen, adorned with fine layers of gold, showcases the exquisite craftsmanship and reverence that characterize the Orthodox Christian tradition. This screen is said to echo the design of the icon from Moni Iviron on Mount Athos, with a special connection to the wood placed over the icon, suggesting a deep spiritual lineage.

Adjacent to the church lies a modest yet profound ecclesiastical collection, housing ancient icons that narrate the island's devout history and the Orthodox faith's enduring presence. This collection serves not only as a repository of religious art but also as a testament to the community's dedication to preserving its sacred heritage.

Astypalaia's most vibrant and significant religious celebration occurs here in the first two weeks of August, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The festivities commence on the night of August 14th within the church's precincts, drawing a vast assembly of faithful, locals, and visitors alike, alongside numerous vendors. This event is not just a religious observance but a cultural spectacle that embodies the spirit of Astypalaia, fostering a sense of community and shared joy among participants.

The Church of Panagia Portaitissa, with its architectural grace and the fervor of its annual celebration, truly encapsulates the essence of Astypalaia's religious and cultural identity. It stands as a testament to the island's rich history, its enduring faith, and the beauty that emerges when both are woven together seamlessly.

For those intrigued by the spiritual and historical depths of Astypalaia, additional insights and information can be explored at http://www.astypalaia.com/. This platform offers a gateway to the myriad facets of Astypalaia's charm, from its sacred sites to the natural beauty and communal traditions that make the island a unique gem in the Dodecanese.

Folegandros

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The Chora of Folegandros is a picturesque settlement adorned with numerous sacred edifices, each embodying a rich tapestry of religious and artistic heritage. Among these, Agia Ekaterini, Theoskepasti, Agios Antonios, Agios Nikolaos (the cathedral), Pantanassa, and Agia Eleousa stand out not only for their spiritual significance but also for their artistic splendor. These churches are renowned for their exquisite iconostases and the remarkable post-Byzantine icons, which are masterpieces of the Cretan School of painting, reflecting a deep religious devotion and exceptional artistic skill.

Perched on a hillside opposite “Paraporti,” the majestic abbey of Panagia dominates the landscape, offering breathtaking vistas of both land and sea. This imposing, snow-white church is the heart of Folegandros's religious life, especially during the grand festivities that take place in the first two weeks of August, drawing both locals and visitors into a vibrant celebration of faith and community.

Getting There:

Folegandros is conveniently located on the Piraeus – Milos – Santorini ferry route, making it an easily accessible destination for travelers eager to explore its charms. The island is also well-connected by frequent ferry and hydrofoil services to Paros, Mykonos, Ios, and the neighboring Sikinos. For those coming from afar, flying to Santorini and then catching a ferry is a practical option. However, it's important to note that ferry schedules are typically published close to departure dates, and while online ticketing is available, planning far in advance may not always be possible.

Inland Transportation:

The island's transportation network is primarily served by buses, which provide reliable access to the port and the scenic, albeit unpaved, roads leading to various beaches. For those looking to explore at their own pace, car and motorcycle rentals are available in Chora. Additionally, to reach the more secluded beaches, small fishing boats set sail daily from the port of Karavostasis, offering an authentic and enjoyable way to navigate Folegandros's stunning coastal landscapes.


For those intrigued by the unique blend of natural beauty, rich religious heritage, and vibrant local culture that Folegandros offers, more detailed information can be found by visiting: http://www.folegandros.com/island.asp. This enchanting island promises an unforgettable journey through its quaint villages, sacred sites, and breathtaking vistas, making it a must-visit destination for travelers seeking a deeper connection with the Aegean's timeless allure.



Paros

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The narrative surrounding Paros's colonization by Paros of Parrhasia with Arcadians is a classic example of the rich tapestry of myths and legends that characterize Greek historical tradition. Such etymological tales, while not factual, offer insight into how ancient peoples understood their origins and connected themselves to the broader Hellenic world. The island of Paros, known by various names throughout its history—including Plateia (or Pactia), Demetrias, Strongyli (reflecting its round shape), Hyria, Hyleessa, Minoa, and Cabarnis—boasts a storied past that mirrors the complexities of Greek antiquity.

The turning point in Paros's history came when it welcomed a colony of Ionians from Athens, marking the beginning of a period of significant prosperity. This era saw Paros extending its influence beyond its shores, establishing colonies as far afield as Thasos and Parium on the Hellespont. Notably, the poet Archilochus, a native of Paros, participated in the founding of the Thasos colony during the 15th or 18th Olympiad, underscoring the island's cultural as well as economic influence.

Even more ambitiously, in collaboration with Dionysius of Syracuse, the Parians founded a colony on the Illyrian island of Pharos (modern-day Hvar) around 385 BC, demonstrating the island's reach and ambition during the classical period.

However, Paros's history is also marked by conflict, particularly its involvement in the Greco-Persian Wars. Initially siding with the Persians, Paros sent a trireme to Marathon in support of the invaders—a decision that later saw the island besieged by an Athenian fleet led by Miltiades. Despite the Athenians' demand for a hefty fine of 100 talents and a prolonged siege of 26 days, Paros mounted a vigorous defense and ultimately forced the Athenians to retreat, albeit after suffering considerable devastation.

The legacy of these tumultuous times is palpable in the archaeological and historical sites that dot the island. For instance, the temple of Demeter Thesmophoros in Paros, where Miltiades sustained a fatal wound, has been identified through inscriptions, offering tangible links to these ancient narratives.

In the realm of spiritual and architectural heritage, Paros shines with the Panagia Ekatontapilianii in Parikia, a monument of immense historical and religious significance. According to tradition, Saint Helena, the mother of Saint Constantine, visited Paros on her journey to Jerusalem in search of the True Cross. It is here that she encountered a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary's Assumption, believed by some scholars to be the chapel of Saint Nicolas, further enriching the island's storied religious landscape.

Paros, with its blend of mythic heritage, historical significance, and spiritual landmarks, continues to captivate visitors and scholars alike. For more detailed exploration of Paros's rich history and cultural offerings, interested individuals are encouraged to visit: http://www.parosweb.com/, where the legacy of this enchanting island is meticulously documented and celebrated.

Patmos

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Patmos, often revered as the "Island of the Apocalypse," holds a pivotal place in Christian history and tradition. It is here that St. John the Theologian is believed to have penned the Book of Revelation, as well as his Gospel, amidst the serene and spiritually charged atmosphere of the island. This profound connection to biblical prophecy and Christian heritage has made Patmos a revered site for pilgrims from around the world.

The island is structured around its main communities: Chora, the capital city that radiates with a historical and spiritual aura; Skala, serving as the island's bustling commercial port; and the quaint settlements of Grikou and Kampos, each with its own unique charm and character. These communities are deeply rooted in the Eastern Orthodox tradition, contributing to the island's rich tapestry of religious life.

In recognition of its significant cultural and spiritual heritage, in 1999, UNESCO declared Patmos's historic center, Chora, along with the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse, as World Heritage Sites. The monastery, established by Saint Christodulos, stands as a monument to faith and devotion, offering insight into the Byzantine monastic tradition and its enduring legacy on the island.

The biblical significance of Patmos is underscored in the Book of Revelation, where John narrates his vision of the end times, a revelation believed to have been bestowed upon him by Jesus Christ himself. This sacred text introduces John while he was exiled on Patmos, leading early Christian tradition to associate him with John the Apostle. While modern scholarship may debate his exact identity, the spiritual importance of Patmos as a site of revelation and inspiration remains undisputed.

Patmos invites pilgrims and visitors to explore the Cave of the Apocalypse, where St. John is said to have received his divine vision. The island is dotted with monasteries dedicated to the saint, each serving as a beacon of faith and a testament to the island's profound spiritual heritage.

For those seeking to immerse themselves in the rich religious and historical tapestry of Patmos, further information can be explored at http://www.patmos-island.com/. Here, visitors can plan their pilgrimage or visit, discovering the unique blend of tranquility, spirituality, and natural beauty that Patmos offers, making it a timeless sanctuary for contemplation, worship, and exploration.

Sifnos

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The extensive network of churches and monasteries on Sifnos is a vibrant testament to the island's rich religious heritage, deeply intertwined with its history, architectural traditions, and the fabric of its community life. The remarkable density of these sacred sites, unparalleled in the Cyclades in relation to the island's size, underscores the profound spiritual and social significance these structures hold. The saying that Sifnos hosts "over 360 churches, one for every day of the year," reflects not just a numerical abundance but also the integral role of faith in the daily life of its inhabitants.

These sacred edifices, many of which have been recognized as historical monuments, stand as guardians of Sifnos's spiritual and architectural legacy. They range from grand monasteries perched on hilltops to humble chapels nestled in secluded valleys, each bearing unique stories and architectural marvels. The dedication of ecclesiastical committees and management groups, often bolstered by voluntary contributions, ensures the preservation of these sites. Their efforts maintain the spiritual sanctuaries and their surroundings, ensuring that they continue to be places of worship and pilgrimage, as well as focal points for the community.

Sifnos's ancient prosperity, derived from its once-thriving gold and silver mines, is a well-documented facet of its history. The Siphnian Treasury at Delphi, constructed in the 6th century BC, stands as a monument to this era, showcasing the island's wealth and the importance it placed on offerings to the divine. The decline of the mines, whether due to exhaustion or flooding, marked a pivotal shift in Sifnos's economic and social landscape. Yet, it is the island's cultural and spiritual wealth, blossoming over the last two centuries, that has become its most enduring legacy.

In recent times, Sifnos has leveraged its rich historical and religious heritage to foster a vibrant cultural scene. The island is renowned for its festivals and religious celebrations, which blend religious observance with social festivity, drawing both locals and visitors into a shared experience of Sifnian life. These events often center around the churches and monasteries, highlighting their ongoing relevance in the community's social and spiritual life.

Moreover, the architectural diversity of Sifnos's religious buildings provides invaluable insights into the evolution of Cycladic architectural styles. From Byzantine influences to the distinct vernacular architecture of the Cyclades, these structures embody a range of stylistic and construction techniques that reflect the island's historical and cultural interactions over millennia.

For those seeking to explore the depth of Sifnos's religious and cultural landscape, more detailed information can be accessed through the island's official portal: http://www.sifnos.gr/. This treasure trove of spiritual heritage, set against the backdrop of Sifnos's stunning natural beauty and warm community life, makes the island a unique destination for travelers in search of depth, meaning, and connection.

In essence, Sifnos is not just an island with a high number of churches and monasteries; it is a living museum of religious faith, architectural beauty, and a testament to the enduring spirit of its people. Its sacred sites serve not only as places of worship but also as beacons of cultural identity, offering insights into the soul of Sifnos and inviting visitors to partake in its rich, spiritual tapestry.

Tinos

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The Church of Panagia Megalochari in Tinos, nestled within the Cyclades, stands not just as a beacon of faith for the island but as a revered guardian over all of Greece. The name 'Megalochari', meaning "full of grace", aptly describes the Virgin Mary, to whom the church is devoted, particularly celebrating the Annunciation. This site has transcended its religious roots to become the foremost pilgrimage destination in Greece, drawing devotees and tourists alike to experience its spiritual magnificence and historical significance.

Tinos itself is an island of dramatic contrasts and natural beauty, offering a tapestry of landscapes that captivate the soul. The northern shores boast the serene beaches of Panormos and Kolimbithra, where the Aegean's crystal waters embrace sandy coves. Meanwhile, the southern coastline presents a different allure with destinations such as Kionia, Agios Ioannis O Portos, and Agios Sostis, each offering unique seaside experiences.

The island's topography is equally varied inland, with Tsiknias Mountain marking the highest point at 750 meters. Nestled beneath its peak is the charming village of Livada, a hidden gem amidst the rugged terrain. Contrasting the typical rounded forms of the Cycladic landscape, Exobourgo Mountain cuts a more rugged figure, reminiscent of Alpine vistas, with its jagged profile standing distinct against the skyline.

The plain of Falatados, lying between Tsiknias and Exobourgo, offers a rare flatland amidst the island's mountainous terrain, sitting at an elevation of approximately 300 meters. This fertile expanse once considered for an airport development, remains untouched, preserving the tranquility that local residents of Falatados and Steni cherish, amidst concerns that such a project would disrupt the serene life here. The project, now stalled by the Meltemi winds and local opposition, leaves the plain as an unspoiled canvas of Tinos's natural beauty.

Equally striking is the landscape around Volax, where an almost surreal scene unfolds with enormous boulders dotting the area, some as large as buildings. The village of Volax sits at the heart of this remarkable setting, offering a unique vista that captivates visitors. To the west, the mountains cradling Pyrgos are renowned for harboring some of Greece's most exquisite green marble, adding yet another layer to Tinos's rich mosaic of natural wonders.

For those drawn to the allure of Tinos, whether it be for spiritual fulfillment at the Church of Panagia Megalochari, the enchanting landscapes, or the island's cultural tapestry, more detailed insights can be found at: http://www.tinos-tinos.com/. Tinos invites explorers to traverse its diverse terrains, from sacred sites to mountainous marvels and serene shores, each corner of the island offering a unique story and an unforgettable experience.

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