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Greece: Athens, Mykonos and Santorini

Minimum Passengers 2
Category Guaranteed Departures
Duration 9 days / 8 nights
Available Dates
Jun, 2017 30
Jul, 2017 14,28
Aug, 2017 4,18
Sep, 2017 15,29
Oct, 2017 6,13
Nov, 2017 3,10
*Always small groups, 10 - 14 people.


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See the highlights of Greece in one week! This popular 8 night Greek Island Vacation includes Athens and 2 of the most beautiful Cycladic islands in Greece. The ancient city of Athens is today a vibrant megalopolis with nonstop nightlife, creative cuisine, and sites both ancient and modern. In the thousands of sidewalk cafés, courting teenagers, young professionals, and old men shuffling their worry beads all bask in Athens’s modern-day renaissance.
Mykonos Island is a wonderful kaleidoscope of cosmopolitan shops, rocking bars, quaint windmills, great beaches, homey taverns and hidden churches all set against a brilliant blue backdrop.
In Santorini enjoy the sensational sunsets, the fascinating excavations, the iconic black and red beaches, and the dazzling white towns.

Tour Includes:

•  Arrival and departure transfers in Athens

•  3 nights at Stratos Vassilikos Hotel or similar in Athens

•  3 night at Caldera View Bungalow Resort or similar in Santorini

•  2 nights at Olia Hotel or similar in Mykonos

•  City tour in Athens with Acropolis Museum

•  Ferry tickets Athens-Mykonos

•  Arrival and departure transfers in Mykonos

•  Ferry tickets Mykonos-Santorini

•  Arrival and departure transfers in Santorini

•  Ferry tickets Santorini-Athens

•  Breakfast Daily

•  Entrance fees to Acropolis Museum

•  English Speaking tour guide on tours

IMPORTANT NOTICE:About our Tours 
* UPGRADED HOTELS AVAILABLE (for an additional fee)
* All tours and entrance fees are included.
* All taxes are included and NO HIDDEN FEES
* International Airfare is not included, but we can book it for you at very competitive rates.
* A transfer fee may be assessed for alterations to packages, itineraries/tours and suggested arrival/departure dates.

 

* Prices are per person and based on double occupancy. All prices are expressed in US dollars. Prices for vacation packages are subject to change without notice. All travel documents are the responsibility of the passenger. A valid passport with at least 6 months validity after the date of travel is required. Travel insurance is highly recommended. 
Day 1 - Arrival in Athens

Upon your arrival in Athens, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Meals included: N/A

Overnight in Athens.

Day 2: Athens

After breakfast, start your tour of Athens. Visit the site of Acropolis and panoramic tour of the area by bus. During this route you can admire the different contrasts offered to the Athens visitors. You will discover the center of the city, Constitution Square (Syntagma), the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Parliament and neoclassical buildings, Avenue Venizelos (the Academy, the University and the National Library). On the way to the Acropolis you will see the Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and then you will see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of our time were held in 1896 (short stop). In the Acropolis you can admire the masterpieces of the golden age of Athens, the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike and finally “the harmony between spirit and matter”, the Parthenon. Then, you will visit the impressive sculptures, which adorned the temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion (with Caryatids) and of course the Parthenon.

Following the tour, return to your hotel. 

Overnight in Athens.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 3: Athens - Mykonos

Early morning transfer to the port of Athens (Piraeus) to board the ferry to the island of Mykonos. Upon your arrival on the island, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Day at leisure in Mykonos to enjoy this unique island. Mykonos island is a wonderful kaleidoscope of cosmopolitan shops, rocking bars, quaint windmills, great beaches, homey taverns and hidden churches all set against a brilliant blue backdrop. And it’s not just the water that sparkles in the sun on Mykonos, but also the marble streets and beautiful white cubist buildings that characterize the island’s architecture.
 
Overnight in Mykonos.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 4: Mykonos

Begin your morning with breakfast at your hotel.

The day is at leisure for you to enjoy this beautiful island. Mykonos is a wonderful kaleidoscope of cosmopolitan shops, rocking bars, quaint windmills, great beaches, homey taverns, and hidden churches all set against a brilliant blue backdrop. It's not just the water that sparkles in the sun of Mykonos, but also the marble streets and beautiful white cubist buildings that characterize the island's architecture. 

Overnight in Mykonos.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 5: Mykonos - Santorini

Begin your morning with breakfast at your hotel.

At the indicated time, you will be transferred to the port to board the ferry to Santorini. Upon arrival in Santorini, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The evening is free to enjoy the breathtaking view of the caldera. Santorini is the most spectacular of the isles in the Cyclades. With its brilliant flooded caldera, high cliffs and charming villages, it is the Greek Isle of everyone’s dreams.

Overnight in Santorini.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 6-7: Santorini

Begin your morning with breakfast at the hotel.

Spend the day at leisure to enjoy the sun, the unforgettable view, and the most romantic sunset in the world.

Santorini is the essence of a Greek island, where sea meets weather-beaten rock and colors are bold and elemental. Blue-domed chapels stand on hilltops; houses are simple white cubes, sunsets flamboyant orange. The half-moon island, with its rearing cliffs and dramatic outlooks, is all that remains of a huge volcanic explosion. Inland, fertile soils provide a softer landscape of slivery olive trees, fields of tomatoes, and neatly pegged vineyards that produce sweet amber-colored wine.

Overnight in Santorini.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 8: Santorini - Athens

Begin your last morning in the aw-inspiring Santorini with breakfast at your hotel. At an indicated time, you will be transferred to the port to get on a ferry for your return to Athens. Upon arrival, our representative will transfer you to your hotel in Athens.

Overnight in Athens

Meals : Breakfast
Day 9: Departure

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. 

Depending on departure time, you will be transferred to the airport at the appropriate time.

Meals : Breakfast

Visas

All citizens (even infants) of the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand need only a valid passport to enter Greece for stays of up to 90 days. Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of your stay.

Currency & Exchange

Greece uses the euro. Under the euro system, there are eight coins: 1 and 2 euros, plus 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 euro cents. Euros are pronounced "evros" in Greek; cents are known as "lepta." All coins have the euro value on one side; the other side has each country's unique national symbol. Greece's images range from triremes to a depiction of the mythological Europa being abducted by Zeus transformed as a bull. Bills (banknotes) come in seven denominations: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500 euros. Bills are the same for all EU countries.

Off Syntagma Square in Athens, the National Bank of Greece, Alpha Bank, and Pireos Bank have automated machines that change your foreign currency into euros. When you shop, remember that it's always easier to bargain on prices when paying in cash instead of by credit card.

If you do use an exchange service, good options are American Express and Eurochange. Watch daily fluctuations and shop around.

Tipping

At Restaurants: It is customary to tip maximum 5–10 percent depending on the amount of the bill (10 percent for an inexpensive bill, and 5 percent for a more expensive meal).

Our suggestions for daily tipping are the following:

Drivers: $ 2.00 to $ 5.00

Tour Guide: $ 10.00 to $ 20.00

House Keepers: $ 2.00

Porters: $ 1.00 per luggage

Health

Greece's strong summer sun and low humidity can lead to sunburn or sunstroke if you're not careful. A hat, a light-color long-sleeve shirt, and long pants or a sarong are advised for spending a day at the beach or visiting archaeological sites. Sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen are necessities, and be sure to drink plenty of water. Most beaches present few dangers, but keep a lookout for the occasional jellyfish and, on rocky coves, sea urchins. Should you step on one, don't break off the embedded spines, which may lead to infection, but instead remove them with heated olive oil and a needle. Food is seldom a problem, but the liberal amounts of olive oil used in Greek cooking may be indigestible for some. Tap water in Greece is fine in most urban areas, and bottled spring water is readily available. Avoid drinking tap water in many rural areas.

In greener, wetter areas, mosquitoes may be a problem. In addition to wearing insect repellent, you can burn coils ("spee-rahl") or buy plug-in devices that burn medicated tabs ("pah-steel-ya"). Hotels usually provide these. Citronella candles are usually an effective and more natural way to keep insects away. The only poisonous snakes in Greece are the adder and the sand viper, which are brown or red, with dark zigzags. The adder has a V or X behind its head, and the sand viper sports a small horn on its nose. When hiking, wear high tops and hiking socks and don't put your feet or hands in crevices without looking first. If bitten, try to slow the spread of the venom until a doctor comes. Lie still with the affected limb lower than the rest of your body. Apply a tourniquet, releasing it every few minutes, and cut the wound a bit in case the venom can bleed out. Do NOT suck on the bite. Whereas snakes like to lie in the sun, the scorpion (rare) likes cool, wet places, in woodpiles and under stones. Apply Benadryl or Phenergan to minor stings, but if you have nausea or fever, see a doctor at once.

Water

Tap water is drinkable and safe in much of Greece but not always in small villages and on some of the islands. Always ask locally if the water is safe and, if in doubt, drink boiled or bought water. Even when water is safe, the substances and bacteria in it may be different from those you are used to and can cause vomiting or diarrhea. Bottled water is widely available.

Electricity

The electrical current in Greece is 220 volts, 50 cycles AC. Wall outlets take Continental-type plugs with two round oversize prongs. If your appliances are dual-voltage, you'll need only an adapter; if not, you'll also need a step-down converter/transformer (United States and Canada).

Consider making a small investment in a universal adapter, which has several types of plugs in one lightweight, compact unit. Most laptops and mobile phone chargers are dual voltage (i.e., they operate equally well on 110 and 220 volts) so require only an adapter. These days the same is true of small appliances such as hair dryers. Always check labels and manufacturer instructions to be sure. Don't use 110-volt outlets marked "for shavers only" for high-wattage appliances such as hair dryers.

Pack lightly

 Do not take much luggage with you because the trip might be long. Getting on and off planes or ferries will be very tiring if you have to drag your over-packed suitcase. Moreover, the paths in the islands are paved and it will difficult to carry many things. After all, you will not need but a couple of swimming suits, some light summer clothes and a couple of flat shoes or comfortable sneakers for walking. Also have a light sweater for some chilly evenings because the wind blows often in the islands. 

Stratos Vassilikos Hotel
Make your way to your room for privacy and serenity. Comfort, quiet and whatever more you may require for uninterrupted work and relaxation is here. Executive rooms are around 23 to 28 squared meters and features free wireless Internet, magnetic security lock, air-condition, electronic safe deposit, tea & coffee facilities, mini bar, trouser press, hair dryer, wake up call service, laundry service, room service. The specific room type is absolutely accessible to handicapped persons.
 
Olia Hotel
Located merely 1200 meters from the attractive Mykonos town, the Olia is a fine choice for a comfortable stay, exceptional service and a laissez-faire ambience. Traditional in style, the rooms are well furnished and provide all the necessary amenities.
 
You will be 5-10 minutes’ walk from sandy/shingle San Stefanos Beach and the centre of San Stefanos with mini- market, some taverns and low-key nightlife. Alternatively, Mykonos Town is only 5 minutes away on the local bus or 5 minutes away on the SEA bus with regular service or 15 minutes walk.
Caldera View Bungalow Resort
Caldera View Bungalow Resort is between the traditional settlements Megalochori-Akrotiri in a quiet setting, 200 feet from the cliffs of Caldera. Caldera View Resort features one of the biggest swimming pools on the island, with hydro-massage and waterfall.
 
Caldera View Resort is built in the Cycladic style with colors that reflect Santorini's environment and the Aegean Sea.

Athens

Mykonos

Santorini