Greece Island Hopping Vacation Packages
Freedom to explore at your own pace; unescorted
|Highlights||Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Heraklion. Optional Classical Greece Extension|
|What to Expect||This leisurely-paced, independent tour requires minimal walking and is suitable for most levels of physical fitness. This tour does not include a tour guide or escort.|
Come with us to experience the magic of the Mediterranean on this amazing Greek Isles tour. Explore three of the best Greek Islands on this unique new vacation package. Unlike our ever-popular Greek cruises, this "island hopper" tour gives you several days to explore each island—a chance to really get to know and love them. This package is designed for the independent traveler, so you can choose to spend the days exploring the ancient secrets of the islands, or just bask on the sun-splashed Mediterranean beaches. Spend the evenings dining, dancing and enjoying the famous nightlife.
Visit beautiful Mykonos, with its white-washed houses and blue shutters studding the island, sparkling beaches and clear blue sea. Then sail to Santorini, with spectacular views of the sunken caldera and still-active volcano, black sand beaches, fabulous shopping alongside unspoiled villages. Next, you're off to Crete, the largest Greek island, where the ancient Minoan civilization flourished, and you can glimpse the remains of King Minos' Palace of Knossos. Top it off with two nights in ancient Athens, the city where past meets present, known as the birthplace of western civilization. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the Greek Isles, all at an incredible price.
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Flights & Departure Cities
Note: NYC departures will be from either JFK or EWR based upon availability when you make your reservation. Your flight itinerary showing which airport that you are departing from will be emailed to you in 24-48 hours.
Transfers: Transfers for this package are provided on a group basis only. For passengers deviating in any way from the group program, transfers are not provided. Individual, private transfers can be arranged at a supplement in price. Taxis and other forms of transportation are also available and may cost less than private transfers. If you wish to arrange private transfers, please request this service at the time of reservation.
Day 1: Depart USA. Your exciting journey to Greece begins this evening as you check in for your overnight flight.
Day 2: Athens. Arrive today in Athens, the birthplace of western civilization. You'll be met by our representative and then escorted to your hotel, centrally located near the famous Plaka (Old Town).
Day 3: Athens. Enjoy a full day to explore Athens on your own. To make the most of your visit, our representatives will offer you some exclusive optional excursions to the city's highlights, including a half-day tour of Athens in the morning (€68) and a tour of Cape Sounion in the evening (€43). Breakfast provided.
Day 4: Athens & Mykonos. This morning, you'll be transferred to the port of Piraeus for your ferry to the gorgeous island of Mykonos. You'll be met and transferred to your hotel. The balance of the day is yours at leisure. Chic crowds flock to the island's beautiful beaches by day and to the trendy restaurants and discos each night. Breakfast provided.
Day 5: Mykonos. You'll have two days to independently enjoy the island of Mykonos. Stroll through the town with its labyrinth of winding alleyways and whitewashed buildings, upscale shops and cafes. Grab a seaside table and unwind, sipping ouzo and watching the sunset while listening to traditional Greek music.
While on Mykonos, you may want to visit the small island of Delos, once the religious center of the Aegean and Cyclades. According to myth, on this island Latonna gave birth to Apollo, the Greek sun god, and Artemis, the huntress and goddess of marriage and fertility. Breakfast provided.
Day 6: Mykonos. Another day to relax and explore Mykonos. Breakfast provided.
Day 7: Mykonos & Santorini. This morning, you'll be transferred to the port of Mykonos for your ferry to the Island of Santorini. Upon arrival at the port of Thira, you will be met and transferred to your hotel on the cliff-side of Santorini, facing the famous Caldera. The balance of the day is yours at leisure. This striking island is a volcanic crater immersed in the sea. The island is famous for its breathtaking and rugged landscapes, whitewashed houses, open-air cafes and glittering boutiques which cling to steep cliffs, accessible by foot, cable car or mule. Your hotel is built into the cliff, with steps to reach rooms, public areas and swimming pool. Accommodations: Belvedere Hotel, Hotel Aressana Spa & Suites or similar. Breakfast provided.
Day 8: Santorini. You will have two days to independently enjoy the island of Santorini. Visit the bustling town of Fira, or even the smaller villages of Firostefani, Imerovigli and Oia. While you're in Santorini, you may decide to take an optional boat cruise to Nea Kameni and visit the still active volcano. Enjoy the spectacular views as the sun sets behind the Caldera. Breakfast provided.
Day 9: Santorini. Another day to relax and explore Santorini. Breakfast provided.
Day 10: Santorini & Heraklion, Crete. Today, transfer to the port of Thira and board your ferry to Heraklion, Crete. Arrive in Heraklion, where you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. The balance of the day is yours at leisure.
Crete is home to the ruins of Knossos, the ceremonial and political center of the Minoan civilization, just five kilometers from Heraklion city center. The palace at Knossos was an intricate collection of over 1000 interlocking rooms, used as a religious and administrative center, as well as workshops for artisans and food processing. The ruins have been extensively excavated, and some, colorfully painted and restored. Breakfast provided.
Day 11: Heraklion. Enjoy two full days at leisure on the island of Crete. In Heraklion, the open air market is a must-see, where a boisterous crowd of local residents buys and sells everything from goats and sheep to huge cauldrons of fresh yogurt. Other points of interest here include the Archaeological Museum, one of the finest in Greece, housing exquisite findings from Knossos and other Minoan ruins, numerous Venetian fortresses, fountains and loggias scattered throughout the city and the Historical Museum of Crete, with its Byzantine and folklore collections. Breakfast provided.
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