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Greece is guaranteed to please the hedonist as much as the history buff. Against a backdrop of the blue Aegean, waterside tavernas serving fresh-grilled fish, and ancient, sun-bleached ruins defying the ravages of time make Greece a classic destination; offering just the right combination of sun, sea, and sights. Athens is the hub, but the Greek islands are the jewels.
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Travel Style Travel StyleRelaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.
Trip Type Trip TypeGroup Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself. Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour. River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages. Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury. Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service. Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide. Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay. Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.
Lodging Level Lodging LevelCamping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges. Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
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Physical Level Physical LevelVery Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip. Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.
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It was a good mix of structured, guided daily tours and free time when on the Greek islands. Loved the locations of our hotels on Mykonos and Santorini. Both locations were on the beach and away from the really crowded craziness of the main towns yet still easy enough to access if we wanted to. The location in Athens was a little out of the way from the main centre especially the Plaka and we felt like we lost a night in Athens due to that location and the timing of being dropped off after the 2 day tour to Meteora. Otherwise, all transfers were on time and went according to schedule. Our guide was there to meet us on the first day and provided us with contact information in case we had questions and a detailed itinerary. He was easily accessible and made us feel like we were well taken care of. Overall, great vacation and I would recommend it to my friends.
The tour guide spoke clearly and mentioned a lot of interesting things. I loved the scenery and the way we could see it. The tour actually made me want to stay longer on vacation in Greece and I would if I could.
I also have to say this, our driver was absolutely excellent.
Here is a May 2019 review. I would not recommend this tour to anyone. Our group of 10 emailed the company post-tour explaining our dissatisfaction with the whole week, and they are taking absolutely no ownership of any issues. We asked for reimbursement/compensation. It was declined. Please don’t make the mistake of thinking that because the reviews are conflicting, that they have pulled their socks up and improved recently. The more reviews I read, the more I notice many reviews are suspiciously vague and too positive. I suspect those reviews might be fake.
My main issues are with the safety and cleanliness of the boat. There are absolutely no safety briefings as you board the ship and a lot of my group did not know where the life jackets were. This became relevant when we had awful weather that was throwing the boat around as if it was nothing, breaking the anchor/chain. The crew were telling us that it was quite normal to have rough seas but if that is the case, it makes sense to prepare the group for the possibility. We had to sail for 8 hours in the night and we all had no idea what to expect or do. Things were smashing, broken glass everywhere, you could not stand or even sit without being thrown out of your seat. Communication from the crew was poor especially that night and would not have happened without our insistence.
The boat stinks. I absolutely refuse to believe that sailing boats normally smell like this. Vomit from seasickness and other human waste fermenting presumably in a septic tank is not something I had ever smelt before and hope never to smell again. This smell comes up through all the drains so it’s inescapable. The toilets were flushing with brown pooey water. Often you would find someone else’s poo in your toilet having made its way around all the pipes of the ship. It's horrifying. Oh, also I had a ‘functioning’ toilet. Half the ship did not so some of the group were literally holding in their poo until they got to land, so as not to make a big unflushable pile and make the smell worse. I didn’t know this until our final night on the boat. Many people bring the smell up when they review this tour and Sail In Greece state ‘no issues were reported by our staff’ every time. But based on what I saw, I doubt the crew are doing a daily updated check in with head office. For example: no toilet paper is allowed to go down the toilet, which is fair, but we were told the bins would be changed each day. My bin was changed once in 7 days. I doubt that if they give that few fucks about the cleanliness of the cabin bathrooms that they are doing daily quality assurance and reporting back on it. Oh and my ‘freshly made’ bed had a top blanket which had some crusty white stuff on it.
Things described on the itinerary are not likely to happen. Our itinerary described free ouzo, a night of unlimited cocktails, a private boat party with DJ. When we enquired about this, our tour guide had absolutely no idea. Because Niko was such a lovely guy I am reluctant to throw him under the bus but he is employed by the company and he should also be familiar with what has been quoted on the itinerary. Sail in Greece replied to our email saying "at no point did we say drinks are provided" but it absolutely read like that, otherwise we would not have expected it. For 10 separate people to interpret a statement the same way, you've used misleading words.
Sail In Greece have this disclaimer: ‘the itinerary is subject to change at the captains discretion or due to unforeseen circumstances’ but I think they use this to cover themselves to change things on a whim, things that are completely within their control. We are reasonable enough to understand that the weather can be unpredictable. But we lost two full days of activities and time on the islands due to a administration problems with them needing to get a new captain? It's frustrating beyond belief to be ready waiting to go and the crew can't tell you what is happening. And being stuck on the boat literally all day.
It was an absolute shitshow and if you read all that I am glad because it probably means you were quite seriously considering this trip. Don’t book with Sail In Greece.
"Itinerary" and "inclusions" are completely irrelevant. We were promised a DJ, unlimited cocktails, free shots of ouzo, beach parties, boat parties. They did not deliver on ANY of these promises. The biggest joke was the "unlimited cocktails" which they explained on the boat meant we could bring unlimited alcohol on the boat (that we purchase ourselves).
Our first captain who brought his feral dog on board (who pooped on the deck and bit the guests) was kicked off after 2 days and replaced with another captain. The two captains needed an entire day to figure out the transition and left us on the boat with ZERO communication about what was happening.
We all got off the boat a day early after the Captain snapped an anchor and we floated seemingly aimlessly in the water while everything came crashing down from the walls/shelves as the boat rocked violently from side to side. The crew were running around frantically, crockery and glass was smashed everywhere, we all thought the boat was going to sink and we hadn't been briefed on any safety procedures and had no clue where the life jackets were.
This YOLO cruise was absolute chaos, Sail in Greece refused to acknowledge our complaints and have really shown themselves to be total scam artists.
DO NOT TRAVEL WITH EF ULTIMATE BREAK. They do not value returning customers, they will not help you if your trip goes awry. I am really disappointed in this agency and how they handled my request for a partial refund for my trip due to things I missed because of their negligence. I just went on the Greek island getaway tour with them and spent $3000 to not get to visit the Parthenon and the acropolis when that was one of the most important things I was looking forward to. I tried to plan it on my own around the itinerary but was reassured we would visit it and we didn’t. Their customer service is awful and they don’t care whether you’ve been a customer for years. The whole trip was a disaster and they do not show any empathy for you. If you want to visit Greece you are better off planning it yourself. Don’t book with them.
Greece is guaranteed to please the hedonist as much as the history buff. Life for visitors is centered around the blue Aegean lapping golden beaches, waterside tavernas serving fresh-grilled fish, bouzouki beats playing late into the night, and ancient, sun-bleached ruins defying the ravages of time. Athens -- where the Parthenon reigns over the city -- is the hub, but the Greek islands are the jewels.
Crete, Santorini, Rhodes, Mykonos, Corfu and dozens of lesser-known isles are among the world's most beautiful, thanks to the splendors of nature and architecture. Greece tour packages visit these as well as the many spectacular mainland sights.
Whether your tour takes you biking around the mainland or to some of the storied islands, you'll find that Greece offers just the right combination of sun, sea, sights and the celebration of life.
5 Best Cities in Greece (Besides Athens)
Most of us have heard of Athens, and know about the many beautiful islands that dot the country’s coast, but if you want a little more flavor to your Greek vacation, consider visiting some of the other best cities has to offer:
1. Agios Nikoloas
This city, found on the island of Thessaloniki, is a cultural melting pot with a gorgeous old town that you will never get tired of exploring. It will also satisfy your urban cravings with its impressive modern art scene and vibrant nightlife.
Oia, Santorini. This is the city you always see photographed when you do a quick Google search of “Greece.” There are more things to Oia (pronounced “ee-ah”) than just scenic vistas; take a visit to the Oi Castle, and visit its world-class Greek craft stores for the perfect souvenir.
This is the city you always see photographed when you do a quick Google search of “Greece.” There are more things to Oia (pronounced “ee-ah”) than just scenic vistas; take a visit to the Oi Castle, and visit its world-class Greek craft stores for the perfect souvenir.
This city is the perfect stop on any foodie’s bucket list. Its streets are lined with word class restaurants and an animated bars. When you’re ready for a bit more cultural exploration, check out the city’s old fortress, Casa Parlante (a 19th century nobleman’s home turned museum), Spianada Square, walk the old town, and try to see at least some of the island’s 39 churches!
This town is a UNESCO listed heritage site, walled in by an impressive, medieval fortification system including watchtowers and gates. Inside, pedestrians will be able to explore without a worry, as no cars are allowed inside.
Rethymno is heaven for shoppers, its cobblestone streets crowded with stores and boutique selling everything from high-end clothing and jewelry, to pottery, to food. For those interested in culture, Rethymno has a great folk museum.
No matter what you are doing in the town, though, you can be sure you’ll be surrounded by some of the best preserved historic architecture.
Island Hopping in Greece
The first thing to note when traveling to Greece is when to visit. August and July are usually when it’s most crowded. June and September have slightly fewer crowds but maintains its nice, sunny weather.
The next thing on your itinerary is transportation. The larger and more popular islands can be accessed by plane. But, a ferry ticket is just as easy and much more affordable.
The Cyclades are the easiest islands to reach from Greece’s mainland. Daily ferry trips are offered from Piraeus, Rafina, and Lavrio. Santorini and Mykonos are the Cyclades more popular islands. But Paros, Milos, and Naxos all have an understated beauty and have far fewer crowds.
The Dodecanese consists of numerous isles, twenty-six of which are inhabited. Rhodes and Kos are the most popular islands within the Dodecanese. The Dodecanese are great for those who want a quieter and more culturally immersive experience of Greece.
The Ionian Islands are mainly located on the Ionian Sea. Geographically, they are much greener than the other clusters of islands. This unique terrain provides picturesque beaches and countrysides.
Navagio Beach, Myrtos Beach and Porto Katsiki Beach are the most talked about beaches. The Ionian Islands are ideal for nature lovers who enjoy active excursions like hiking, snorkeling, and camping.
This is the island where the iconic photos you’re probably familiar with are taken. The cliff-side city of Oia (pronounced ee-ah) is simply bursting with windmills, white and blue churches, cliff-side restaurants, and impeccable shopping. The Santorini islands are formed by the submerged caldera so many of the beaches on the island are blackened from the lava in the water.
Reminiscent of Ko Samui in Thailand, Mykonos has a vibrant party atmosphere with lots of day beach clubs and a robust nightlife. But you don’t have to be into this scene to enjoy Mykonos -- there are countless restaurants and shops all opened late. The narrow streets are great for strolling through day or night.
An off-the-beaten-path island with a small, country feel. Fishermen are along the waterfront on their boats, many with family restaurants where they bring their day’s catch for the freshest dishes. There is a beautiful windmill bar on the island which is great for star-gazing.
This is one of the least traveled to islands. You don’t have to go far to find delicious restaurants mixed in with abundant small shops and boutiques. Winding through the small alley streets, you can make your way to ancient ruins and the famous Castle of Naxos.
The Ancient Greeks founded democracy, created theater, the key principles of modern architecture, philosophy, trial by jury, instituted a mythology still taught to every generation, standardized medicine, and generally provided the foundation to all of Western Civilization.
As a result, we have a couple things to thank them for -- and there is no better way to do this than to visit the many Ancient archaeological sites that stand to this day in Greece. Here are some of the best archaeological sites in Greece:
1. The Acropolis.
This UNESCO world heritage site is a worldwide symbol for the contributions of Ancient Greece to modernity. Some of its most notable features include the theatre of Herod Atticus, the Parthenon, the Temple of Nike Athena, and the Pinacotheca.
2. The Parthenon.
Perhaps the most iconic symbol of Greece, this temple sits in the heart of Athens. Originally dedicated to the goddess Athena, it housed various statues. This massive building, one of the most impressive architectural feats of its time, is truly awe inspiring to see in person.
3. Monolithos Castle in Rhodes.
Climbing the tall rock that the castle sits on will not only give you a peek at the two 15th century chapels inside of Monolithos, but gorgeous views of the entire island. One interesting feature of the Monolithos castle is that it was built on the foundations of an even older castle, which is easily seen at the spot.
This late Bronze Age city was once one of the epicenters of Greek civilization, and remains remarkably intact.
5. Acropolis of Rhodes.
Made up of the ruins of multiple temples, a small odeion, and other buildings, a guided tour of this spot can offer deep insight into Ancient Grecian life. The surrounding natural sights make the trip particularly enjoyable.
6. Temple of Apollo, Delphi.
Although perhaps not so physically impressive, this spot is overwhelmed with spiritual and historical significance. The home of the Oracle of Delphi, this site plays a role in dozens of ancient myths and modern stories.
Facts about Greece
The official name of Greece is the Hellenic Republic.
The saying “taking the bull by its horns” comes from the Greek myth of Hercules saving Crete from a raging bull by seizing its horns
80% of Greece is mountainous.
Continuously inhabited for over 7,000 years, Athens is one of the oldest cities in Europe. It is also the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, the Olympic Games, political science, Western literature, historiography, major mathematical principles, and Western theories of tragedy and comedy.
Greece has more archaeological museums than any other country in the world.
Greece’s currency, the drachma, was 2,650 years old and Europe’s oldest currency. The drachma was replaced with the Euro in 2002.
Make sure to try Greece's national dish: moussaka.
Voting is required by law for every citizen who is 18 or older.
Greek people wave with a closed hand as it is considered rude to show your palm of your hand in public.
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