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Essential Greece: Athens, Mykonos & Santorini tour

Essential Greece: Athens, Mykonos & Santorini

Great Value Vacations
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
9 days
From: $ 2,422 $ 269 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit the Acropolis, the most important ancient site in the Western world, and be amazed at what remains after all these centuries!
  • Sit back and relax on the high-speed ferries to Mykonos and Santorini.
  • Taste Greece's rich history by sampling some of the local delicacies: souvlaki, spanakopita, and moussaka.
  • In the mood to party? Get a taste of Mykonos’ glamorous nightlife at one of the countless top-rated clubs.
  • Admire the sublime sunsets over Santorini’s half-moon-shaped bay in the center of the caldera.

Short Description

Explore the world's ancient capital of Athens and spend time visiting its many famous historical sites, then embark on an adventure of turquoise waters and whitewashed homes. Set sail to two of Greece's most famous islands - Mykonos and Santorini! Chill out on beaches, dine on freshly caught seafood, and observe jaw-dropping sunsets over the horizon.

Trip Type N/A
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Athens
End City Greece

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare to Athens (ATH)
  • All airport, ferry port, and hotel transfers
  • 2 nights in Athens at the Hotel Athens Electra or similar
  • Athens sightseeing tour with Acropolis Site & Museum entrance
  • High-speed ferry from Athens (Piraeus) to Mykonos - apx. 2 hours, 40 minutes
  • 2 nights in Mykonos at the Hotel Kamari or similar
  • High-speed ferry from Mykonos to Santorini - apx. 2 hours
  • 3 nights in Santorini at the El Greco Resort & Spa or similar
  • One-way, economy-class flight from Santorini to Athens
  • 1 night in Athens at the Hotel Athens Electra or similar
  • Breakfast daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Athens!

Accommodation: Electra Hotel Athens; Amalia Hotel Athens; Titania; Royal Olympic Hotel; The Athenian Callirhoe Exclusive Hotel; Athens Avenue Hotel; Athenaeum Palace & Luxury Suites; Athens Marriott; Hotel Divani Caravel

Arrive in the ancient city of Athens and enjoy a comfortable transfer to your luxurious hotel. At this point, your driver will provide you with all of your needed documentation and tickets for your trip.

After settling into your hotel, spend the rest of the day getting to know Athens on your own. Explore Plaka, the oldest district of Athens, located just under the famous Acropolis. Then, weave in and out of local shops on the bustling Ermou, Kolonaki, and Voukourestiou streets.

Transfer to Athens hotel

Day 2: Athens

Enjoy an energizing breakfast, then embark on your included Athens Sightseeing Tour, including the amazing Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum! Join your expert guide to the center of the city, then see the Panathenaic Stadium, the Temple of Athena Nike, the world-famous Parthenon, and much more.

Athens Sightseeing Tour (with Acropolis)

Discover the secrets of Athens, including its famous Acropolis on your sightseeing tour! Your expert guide will take you to see the center of the city, the Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier and the National Library.

On your way to the Acropolis you will see the Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and will make a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Modern Olympic Games were held in 1896.

On the Acropolis visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally the famous Parthenon.

Your first taste of Athens would not be complete without a visit to the Acropolis Museum, a modern architectural building where, at last, the statues have found their home. Here, you can admire the wonders and architectural masterpieces of the classical era.

Day 3: Athens – Mykonos

Accommodation: Hotel Kamari; Pelican Bay Art Hotel; Hotel San Antonio Summerland Mykonos; San Marco Hotel Mykonos; Leto Hotel; Hotel Petinos; Porto Mykonos Hotel

Recharge with an early morning breakfast, then set sail to picturesque Mykonos! Enjoy a scenic ferry ride across the bright blue sea, then enjoy a convenient transfer to your next hotel.

The rest of the day is yours! Relax on the island's beautiful beaches, or stroll through postcard-worthy whitewashed Cycladic architecture. Treat yourself to a delicious dinner of moussaka, pastitsio, or souvlaki!

Transfer to Athens ferry port

Ferry to Mykonos!

High-speed ferry from Athens (Piraeus) to Mykonos

Transfer to Mykonos hotel

Day 4: Mykonos

Soak up the spirit of Mykonos and enjoy a day at leisure on this breathtaking island. Wander through its whitewashed cubic houses, windmills, and chapels. Weave in and out of quaint shops, browse through interesting galleries, and unwind at charming cafes.

Explore the town's winding narrow streets, and be sure to visit Paraportiani, one of the many churches on the Island. Enjoy a drink at Little Venice, then discover the island's incredible nightlife.

Day 5: Mykonos – Santorini

Accommodation: El Greco Resort & Spa; Dana Villas & Suites Hotel; Majestic; Orizontes Hotel & Villas; Splendour Resort; Aegean Plaza Hotel Santorini; Aqua Blue Hotel; Santo Miramare Resort; Suites of the Gods; Hotel Daedalus Santorini; Santorini Palace

After breakfast, hop on the ferry and wave goodbye to Mykonos as you float on to Santorini. Upon arrival in the stunning island of Santorini, enjoy a transfer to your hotel, then settle in and relax.

Spend the afternoon admiring the spectacular Caldera, created by the eruption of the island's volcano in ancient times. Take a walk into Fira and explore the island's vibrant capital.

A Tip For Your Trip: Santorini is an island of steep hills. Pack a pair of comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk!

Transfer to Mykonos port

Ferry to Santorini!

Transfer to Santorini hotel

Day 6: Santorini

Wake up and get ready to explore this magical island! After breakfast, take a walk through the traditional village of Oia, the most photographed place in Greece! Be sure to come back to Oia later in the day, as it's famous for its unbeatable sunsets. Small white houses tier its hillside, interspersed by splashes of deep fuchsia, cobalt blue, oyster pink, and rich ocher.

It's a nightly tradition for residents and visitors to gather at the end of the village to watch the spectacular sunset. Chances are, you'll want to come back every night until you return home.

Day 7: Santorini

Spend another day at leisure! You may want to visit the Prehistoric Museum in Fira, which hosts artifacts from the sites of Akrotiri and Ancient Thira, including famous wall paintings.

After a culture-packed morning, discover the colorful beaches that skirt the island, originally created by volcanic eruption. Treat yourself to fresh, local Mediterranean cuisine at one of the many cafes overlooking the Caldera as you feast your eyes on breathtaking views.

Day 8: Santorini – Athens

Accommodation: Electra Hotel Athens; Amalia Hotel Athens; Titania; Royal Olympic Hotel; The Athenian Callirhoe Exclusive Hotel; Athens Avenue Hotel; Athenaeum Palace & Luxury Suites; Athens Marriott; Hotel Divani Caravel

Say "see ya" to Santorini and enjoy a quick flight back to Athens. Upon arrival, relax in your airport hotel and enjoy your last night in Greece. Indulge in some authentic baklava and rest easy with peace of mind, knowing you're just steps from the airport.

Transfer to Santorini airport (JTR)

Fly to Athens!

Transfer to Athens airport

Day 9: Depart Greece

Squeeze all your souvenirs into your luggage, then make your way to the airport and board your plane. Spend your relaxing flight home scrolling through priceless photos and dreaming about your next adventure.

Transfer to Athens airport (ATH)

Fly home!

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