Greek Island Explorer - 2015

4 out of 5 stars

10 days

from US$1850 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Oct 2015.
"Service is above excellent"
Lynette , Jul 2014

Tour Athens to see the mighty Acropolis, Hadrian's Arch and Temple of Zeus, before hopping to the stunning Greek islands of Mykonos with its pretty port, white-washed houses and unique windmills, and Santorini with its volcanic beaches, cliff top restaurants and narrow, cobblestone streets.

Trip type:
CostSaver
Trip code:
CGIH

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE ATHENS (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to Athens! You are met on arrival and taken to your hotel. After check-in spend the rest of the day relaxing or exploring the city. Later, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Meeting.

    Hotel

    Metropolitan/Zafolia/Athinais

  • 2.

    ATHENS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your Local Specialist takes you on a morning sightseeing tour of Athens starting with a visit to the ancient Acropolis and the Parthenon, which is considered to be the most important building to survive from Classical Greece. Afterwards, view the Panathinaiko Olympic stadium, the Evzone guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and a host of other famous sites including the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Arch. Spend the rest of the day as you choose. This evening, savour local Greek specialities at one of the city's excellent restaurants.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 3.

    ATHENS – MYKONOS (3 NIGHTS)

    Transfer to Piraeus and board the Aegean ferry. Your first stop is Mykonos, popular with the rich and famous. Transfer to your hotel where you will be given an orientation tour and useful information. Spend the rest of the day exploring this magical island. Houses, shops, churches, restaurants and windmills are immaculately whitewashed, with splashes of sky blue and jade green bringing colour to door frames and window shutters, many of which are overhung with dazzling pink and purple blossoms. Dinner is included tonight. Afterwards you might like to experience the island's vibrant nightlife.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Rhenia/Vienoula's Garden/Vanilla

  • 4-5

    MYKONOS - FREE TIME

    You have two days to experience the delights of Mykonos. Around 9,000 people inhabit this rugged mass of granite. One of the most cosmopolitan islands in Greece, Mykonos is known for its beaches and diverse nightlife but manages to retain a strong indigenous identity despite its popularity. If you want to see the quieter side of the island, explore narrow winding alleys full of tempting boutiques in the labyrinth of the old town. Wander round Little Venice on the east side of the harbour or consider a sightseeing experience to the nearby sacred island of Delos, a charming island and the birthplace of Artemis and Apollo. Visit the Archaeological Museum or Aegean Maritime Museum displaying ancient and nautical artifacts relating to the island's seafaring heritage. Enjoy cocktails at a waterfront restaurant and don't miss the opportunity to take a refreshing swim in the sparkling sea.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Buffet Breakfast

  • 6.

    MYKONOS – SANTORINI (3 NIGHTS)

    Your holiday continues with a ferry ride south across the Aegean to the beautiful island of Santorini, your home for the next three nights. You are met at the port and transferred to your hotel where you will be given an orientation tour and useful information. After check-in, explore Santorini, also known as Thira, which is comprised of a small circular archipelago of volcanic islands and is all that remains after one of the world's largest volcanic eruptions. This created a caldera whose multi-coloured walls are spectacular and it's the islands physical beauty that, along with a dynamic nightlife, makes it one of Europe's most desirable destinations. This evening join your fellow travellers for an included dinner.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Aegean Plaza/Santo Miramare/Melina

  • 7-8

    SANTORINI – FREE TIME

    There are plenty of things to do in Santorini and you have two full days to enjoy this picturesque island. Relax in cliff-top restaurants and laze on sun-soaked beaches. Consider a cruise to explore the volcano and swim in the hot springs. Visit the island's museums or take a tour of a traditional winery and sample the grape variety unique to Santorini. And don't miss the sunsets for which the island is justifiably famous. They are spectacular from anywhere on the caldera but particularly from Oia on the northern tip of the island, which offers an uninterrupted view of the sun as it sinks below the horizon. Santorini has an abundance of dining establishments to suit all tastes where you can dine on a full range of international cuisine, including Greek specialities.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Buffet Breakfast

  • 9.

    SANTORINI – ATHENS

    Today take the high-speed ferry back to Athens for the final night of your trip. On arrival at the port of Piraeus, you are transferred to your Athens hotel. There is time this afternoon for you to do some last minute sightseeing, shop for souvenirs or simply relax and reflect on your amazing journey. This evening you might like to join your travelling companions for a celebration dinner – there are plenty of restaurants, tavernas and open air cafés in the colourful Plaka area with street musicians playing traditional Greek music.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Metropolitan/Zafolia/Athinais

  • 10.

    DEPART ATHENS

    This morning, after breakfast, it is time to bid farewell to Greece and your new found friends at the end of your wonderful Greek Island holiday. Transfers are available to the airport for your return flight home. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Athens

    Sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes a visit to the magnificent Acropolis and the Temple of Zeus. View Hadrian's Arch
  • Mykonos

    Orientation of the port and Mykonos town includes a walk along the narrow cobbled streets. Your Travel Director will provide information on beaches and sightseeing opportunities
  • Santorini

    Orientation of the town of Fira with a walk to enjoy the views over the caldera. Your Travel Director will provide information on beaches and sightseeing opportunities

Dining

  • 9 buffet breakfasts

  • 2 three course dinners

Travel Highlights

  • High-speed ferries from Piraeus to Mykonos, Mykonos to Santorini and Santorini to Piraeus, subject to availability and weather conditions
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries
  • Hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Athens

  • Traditional Taverna Meal, Music And Dancing

    Adult Price: €54.00 Take an evening trip to a lively taverna in the centre of Athens where you’ll enjoy traditional Greek food, a choice of drinks and traditional music and dancing. Although there is an official ending time, guests are welcome to stay on later with the local residents.
  • Dinner "Meze" Style In Psiri With Acropolis Illuminations

    Adult Price: €52.00 You’ll enjoy an evening stroll around the Acropolis on the finest pedestrian street in Athens centre and a memorable dinner in a restaurant in lively Psiri, which is within walking distance of the historic Plaka area. Dining is meze style, giving you the opportunity to taste many delicious modern Greek dishes.
  • New Acropolis Museum Tour

    Adult Price: €34.00 Take a trip to the New Acropolis Museum – an essential visit for new visitors to the city, and the best way to complete the archaeological tour to the Acropolis of Athens. Its unique design has incorporated the excavations which are visible under stunning glass floors.
  • Cape Sounion Day Trip

    Adult Price: €37.00 We’ll journey to the southernmost tip of mainland Greece to see the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion. Marvel at the rugged coastline and the ancient temple and visit the site of the world’s first lighthouse. The Aegean Sea is named after King Aegeas who threw himself from the rocky precipice into the sea below.

Mykonos

  • Mykonos Island Discovery

    Adult Price: €35.00 You’ll explore the labyrinth of winding streets and see the beautiful, white washed architecture and blue domed churches of Mykonos. You’ll also discover the old port and the famous windmills, view the landscape of inland Mykonos and relax on Kalafatis beach, where you’ll have time for a dip in the turquoise waters of the Aegean.
  • Ancient Delos Revealed

    Adult Price: €40.00 Delos, the legendary birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, is one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe. During this trip you’ll visit the Temple of Apollo, the sanctuary of Artemis, the old city, the theatre and walk down the celebrated Lion Street. You’ll also view ancient sculptures at Delos museum.
  • Mykonos Beach And South Coast Cruise

    Adult Price: €64.00 Enjoy a full day cruise along the southern coast of Mykonos. You’ll see the uninhabited island of Dragonissi and visit the quiet beach of Frangias where you can enjoy a swim and light snack. At Kalafatis beach there will be time for a relaxed lunch in a traditional seaside tavern before finishing at Paradise beach.

Santorini

  • Volcano And Sunset Cruise

    Adult Price: €65.00 Get a chance to climb up to the top of an active volcano with our Local Specialist, or stay on board, relax and enjoy the amazing view. You’ll also be able to swim in the hot springs, followed by a casual sunset dinner and drinks accompanied by live music. Hot spring water may stain light-coloured swimwear. Volcano entrance of€2.00 per person is not included.
  • Impressions of Santorini

    Adult Price: €53.00 Visit the museum of Akrotiri and marvel at the frescoes, art and prehistoric pieces. Your Local Specialist will take you through the museum and show you the amazing archaeological site at the Cape of Akrotiri. You’ll also enjoy free time for lunch in Castelli village or in a traditional Thiran cave house. Lunch not included.
  • Santorini's Secret Spots

    Adult Price: €44.00 Drive through the Thiran countryside and arrive at the highest peak of the island with a panoramic view. In Exo Gonia you’ll enjoy a guided tour through more untouched areas of Santorini. You'll also visit the underground cave winery dating back to 1830, taste local wines, and sample a Greek aperitif, tsikoudia.
  • Santorini Island Exploration With Visit To Akrotiri

    Adult Price: €45.00 Enjoy incredible views at Profitis Ilias and admire the blue-domed churches of Pyrgos. You’ll visit Megalochori ghost village and explore Perivolos black sand beach. Here you’ll swim and eat lunch, before visiting the red sand beach. Finish your day off with a slow drive back to your hotel after.Lunch not included.
  • Senses Of Santorini Cuisine And Oia Sunset

    Adult Price: €38.00 Travel to the Baxedes region of Santorini to visit an acclaimed winery, enjoy local meze and sample the wines. You’ll walk through the kalathies vines and see the unique way grapes are grown here. In Oia, your Travel Director will take you through the marble streets and you'll also have free time. Dinner not included.
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