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Greek Island Hopper tour

Greek Island Hopper

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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: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
12 days
From: $ 2,816 $ 235 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Discover the remnants of ancient Greece as you make your way through the city of Athens.
  • Dip your toes in sands of all sorts of different colors, from Santorini's red sand beach to Crete's pink sand beach.
  • Experience the famous sunsets of Oia, Santorini's most picturesque town.
  • Indulge in the famous cheeses of Crete - almost every Cretan village has its own signature cheese!
  • Enjoy serene views of the Mediterranean as you make your way from island to island by ferry boat.

Short Description

Ancient cities, the world's most romantic islands, historic ruins, and everything in between! Explore the cities and islands of Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete on this 11-night adventure.

Trip Type N/A
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 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 Electra or similar
  • Athens sightseeing tour with Acropolis Site & Museum entrance
  • High-speed ferry from Athens (Piraeus) to Mykonos
  • 2 nights in Mykonos at the Hotel Kamari or similar
  • High-speed ferry from Mykonos to Santorini
  • 3 nights in Santorini at the Hotel El Greco, or similar
  • High-speed ferry from Santorini to Crete (Heraklion)
  • 3 nights in Crete at Hotel Aquila Atlantis or similar
  • One-way, economy class flight from Crete to Athens
  • 1 night in Athens at the Hotel Electra, or similar

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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

Upon arrival at the Athens airport, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure!

Start your adventure in Greece off by exploring Plaka, the oldest district of Athens, located under the Acropolis. This is the only district where visitors may see the Greek capital as it was 100 years ago!

Transfer to Athens hotel

Day 2: Athens

After breakfast, depart for your Athens sightseeing tour! You'll end your tour at the ancient Acropolis, where you can explore the remnants of the civilization of Ancient Greece.

Spend the rest of your day at leisure; consider heading back to Syntagma Square in the evening for a bite of traditional Greek food, the square comes alive with lights and energy come nightfall.

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

After an early morning breakfast you’ll be transferred to the port of Athens for the ferry to Mykonos. Delight in the picturesque sandy beaches, bright blue skies and, whitewashed Cycladic architecture of this beautiful island!

Celebrate your first night in Mykonos by heading to "Little Venice" for a drink or two while enjoying spectacular sunset views.

Transfer to Athens ferry port

Ferry to Mykonos!

High-speed ferry from Athens (Piraeus) to Mykonos

Transfer to Mykonos hotel

Day 4: Mykonos

The entire day is yours to spend as you wish! Unwind at one of Mykonos' breathtaking beaches, then do some sightseeing and visit the postcard-worthy Paraportiani church.

In the evening, consider experiencing Mykonos' famous nightlife! Head to the main square for a sip alongside the locals, or dance until dawn at one of the many clubs.

Day 5: Mykonos – Santorini

Accommodation: Santorini Palace; 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

Enjoy breakfast and a free morning, before being transferred to the port of Mykonos for your ferry to Santorini. Upon arrival, unwind at your hotel and begin discovering this volcanic island!

Take a stroll to the coast, where you can admire the spectacular Caldera with white-washed houses perched on the edge, created by the eruption of the island’s volcano in the ancient times.

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 ferry port

Ferry to Santorini!

High-speed ferry from Mykonos to Santorini

Transfer to Santorini hotel

Day 6: Santorini

Today, spend your day in the traditional village of Oia, the most photographed place in Greece. Small white houses tier the hillside, interspersed by splashes of rich okra, deep fuchsia, cobalt blue, oyster pink and earthy red - making Oia a magical place.

Be sure to stick around Oia's world-famous sunset; it’s a nightly tradition for residents and visitors to gather at the end of the village to watch the sunset as the skies come alive with colors in hues from pinks to blues.

Day 7: Santorini

Spend another day enjoying the splendors of stunning Santorini. Discover ancient artifacts at the Prehistoric Museum in Fira or unwind at one of the island's many breathtaking beaches, whose colorful sands are the result of volcanic eruption.

Don't leave the island without sampling the famous wines of Santorini, the island's unique climate and volcanic soil blend beautifully to enhance the flavors of the grape.

Day 8: Santorini – Crete

Accommodation: Hotel Galaxy; Aquila Atlantis Hotel

After breakfast, enjoy another transfer to the port. It's time for your ferry to Crete, where you'll find a wide variety of terrains waiting to be explored - from the picturesque white mountain ranges to the breathtaking beaches covered in fine sand.

Celebrate your first night in Greece's largest island by sampling the cheeses it is known for - almost every Cretan village has its own signature cheese!

Transfer to Santorini ferry port

Ferry to Crete!

High-speed ferry from Santorini to Crete (Heraklion)

Transfer to Crete hotel

Day 9: Crete

Discover the secrets of an ancient civilization today at the archaeological site of Knossos, one of the most important and best known palaces of Minoan civilization. Explorers beware: its history is connected with the myth of the Labyrinth and imprisoned Minotaur!

You can also discover the secrets of Ancient Greece at the Archaeological Museum or explore remnants of its Byzantine and Venetian past - from Turkish bathhouses to Renaissance mansions!

Day 10: Crete

Spend another day exploring Greece's largest island today. Continue your discovery of ancient civilizations with a visit to Spinalonga, the most popular archaeological site after Knossos.

Or, unwind at one of Crete's many beaches - stop by the pink sand beach for a postcard-worthy vacation photo!

Day 11: Crete – Athens

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

After breakfast, you'll be transferred to Heraklion airport for your flight to Athens. Upon arrival in Athens, transfer to your hotel for check-in.

For your last night in Greece, indulge in a meal sampling all of the flavors of the country! Dip freshly-baked pita bread into olive oil produced from local groves, snack on cheese from feta to manouri, and wash it all down with a shot of Greece's famous ouzo.

Transfer to Crete airport (HER)

Fly to Athens!

Day 12: Depart Greece

At the appropriate time, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Transfer to Athens airport (ATH)

Fly home!

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