GREECE | Essential Greece
8 DAYS | 7 NIGHTS
2 PAX MINIMUM
Today’s visitors to Greece have the opportunity to trace the “fingerprints” of Greek history from the Paleolithic Era to the Roman Period in the hundreds of archaeological sites, as well as in the archaeological museums and collections that are scattered throughout the country.
Arrival and departure transfers in Athens
3 nights in Athens at 4 Star, Titania Hotel or similar
2 nights in Mykonos at 4 Star, Ilio Maris Hotel or similar
2 nights in Santorini at 4 Star, El Greco Hotel or similar
Half-day Athens Sightseeing Tour with Acropolis Museum
Entrance fees to Acropolis and Acropolis Museum
Light Snack at the Traditional Mykonian Farm
Wooden boat tour to Volcano, Hot Springs & Thirassia
Ferry tickets from Athens-Mykonos (Deck seats)
Arrival and departure transfer in Mykonos
Fast ferry tickets from Mykonos-Santorini (Silver class)
Arrival and departure transfer in Santorini
Ferry tickets from Santorini-Athens (Deck seats)
English Speaking tour guide on tours
Hotel taxes: 3.00€ for 4-star hotels and 4.00€ for 5-star hotels per room per night. This tax must be paid by the guests directly to the hotel before the end of the stay
Lunch in Thirassia during the cruise in Santorini
Entrance fees to the Volcano in Santorini (2.50€ per person)
Any optional excursions
Optional tours or visits
Tips for guides, drivers, and specialist guides
Anything that is not specified as included
5-Star Hotel Upgrade
Upgrade prices are available under “Rates/Available Dates.”
|Athens||NJV Athens Plaza or similar|
|Mykonos||Royal Myconian or similar|
|Santorini||Astro Palace Hotel or similar|
Fast Ferry Upgrades
Upgrade to fast ferries throughout program, based on economy class: Piraeus – Mykonos + Santorini – Piraeus
$99.00 per person
Upgrade to fast ferries throughout program, based on business class: Piraeus – Mykonos + Mykonos – Santorini + Santorini – Piraeus
$155.00 per person
Duration: 8 days & 7 nights
Travel Style: Guaranteed Departure
Minimum Passengers: 2
Based on double occupancy
Type of Service: Shared
Small group experience | All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
VISA Requirements: No
A visa is not required for travelers with a valid US passport.
Physical Rating: 2 – Average
Some tours may include light hiking, stairs, and rough off-road adventures.
Service Level: Standard
Tourist class accommodations and mix of public and private transports and tours, select meals included.
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. On Day 1 of the tour, you will be advised of any amendments.
DAY 1 | ARRIVAL- ATHENS
Upon your arrival in Athens, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the evening is at your own leisure.
| Overnight in Athens
DAY 2 | ATHENS
Following breakfast, depart from your hotel for a half-day Athens sightseeing and Acropolis Museum tour.
From the Acropolis to Omonia Square, you’ll see all the famous sites of ancient and modern Athens on this comprehensive morning tour. Offering a perfect overview of the modern city will help you get your bearings if this is your first visit to Athens. Depart for a photo stop at Panathinaiko Stadium where the first Olympic Games took place in 1896. It is the only stadium built out of white marble. Proceed, passing by Zappeion and Temple of Olympian Zeus. You will then pass the Athens Trilogy which includes the University of Athens, the Academy of Athens, and the National Library. Continue passing by National Garden, Hadrian’s Arc, St. Paul’s Church, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown soldier, Schliemann’s House (Numismatic Museum), Catholic Cathedral, Old Parliament, Constitution Square, Russian Orthodox Church, and finally Acropolis (visit Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, Parthenon, Erechtheion with its Porch of Maidens). Continue the expert-guided tour with a pleasant short walk, passing by Herodion and Dionysos Theater in order to visit the Acropolis Museum. Avoid and skip the lines of the new museum. Main attractions such as votives, artifacts of everyday life, statues from archaic period, Caryatids, and of course the Parthenon hall with the metopes, the pediments and the frieze will impress you.
Afterward, you will return to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day on your own.
|Overnight in Athens
DAY 3 | ATHENS – MYKONOS
Early morning transfer to the port of Athens to board the ferry to the island of Mykonos.
Upon your arrival on the island, you will be met and transferred to your selected hotel. A 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.
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
DAY 4 | MYKONOS
Breakfast at your hotel.
Today, you will have the chance to discover the authentic side of Mykonos. After your pick up from your hotel, we will depart in the morning starting from the old port of Mykonos to enjoy the tour around the island from a different point of view, full of traditional images and experiences. Our first stop will be the picturesque small port of St. Ioannis, an area which was named after a small church dedicated to Saint Ioannis and one of great historical significance. We will visit the church, along with the Saint’s cell where the annual fair in his name is also being held. The small port in front of us is the starting point of the local fishing boats which are protected here from the island’s strong north winds. Right afterward, we will depart towards the Mykonos’ airport, where we will have a panoramic view of the airport’s runway and perhaps we are lucky enough to catch a plane taking off or landing. Leaving the airport behind us, we will be headed towards Ano Mera Village. Along the way, we will pass through one of the island’s most typical agricultural and stock raising areas, where we will observe small local cultivated fields and even some domestic animals in local family-owned farms. After capturing all these images of the Mykonian countryside and its lifestyle, we will reach the farm of the Mykonian Spiti, where we will be guided by our escort and always under the directions of the farm’s superintendent. Whoever wishes may also use the farm’s tools and get involved with the farming work and tasks in co-operation with the superintendent. Take this opportunity to get closer to the domestic animals and the farm’s traditional organic cultivation. A light snack lunch will be offered to all visitors, consisting of local products from the traditional farm itself. Next, we will head towards the Ano Mera village’s colorful square, where one of the island’s two monasteries is located (“Panagia Tourliani“) and we will be guided through its chambers. You can also take a glimpse at the nearby open-air market with vegetables and other local products. As we continue our tour, we will be passing by some of the most distant beaches of Mykonos, named Kalo Livadi, Kalafati, and Aghia Anna.
Our next destination will be the abandoned establishment of the now inoperative mines of Mykonos. Until some years ago, useful lignite was extracted here from the soil to be used in various ways. Up next, we will reach the beautiful narrow streets of Mau, at the end of which the Mykonos dam is located, constructed to meet the needs of the island in the water. Then, we will proceed to a very well-known site where almost all the island’s visitors have made a stop, in order to capture a panoramic Mykonos Town photo shoot.
Following the picture taking, we will drive you back to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
|Overnight in Mykonos
DAY 5 | MYKONOS – SANTORINI
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 selected hotel. A day at leisure in Santorini to enjoy this unique island. Santorini island is a wonderful place with a magnificent view and cosmopolitan shops, rocking bars, homey taverns and hidden churches all set against a brilliant blue backdrop.
| Overnight in Santorini
DAY 6 | SANTORINI
Following breakfast at your hotel, come along on a sailing guided tour of the Caldera Lagoon and reach the top of the volcano on foot. You will have the opportunity to swim in the Hot Springs and sail until the Island of Thirassia. After the tour, you will be returned to your hotel.
|Overnight in Santorini
DAY 7 | SANTORINI – ATHENS
After breakfast, at the indicated time, you will be transferred to the port for your ferry to Athens.
Upon arrival in Athens, you will be transferred to your hotel.
|Overnight in Athens
DAY 8 | DEPART – ATHENS
After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the international airport for your flight home.
Moderate: Titania Hotel
The classically designed Titania is conveniently nestled in the historic and commercial center of Athens. It has soundproof rooms with free WiFi access, and also includes a fitness room and an award-winning rooftop restaurant with panoramic city views.
All guest rooms are luxuriously furnished, and equipped with self-regulated climate control units and outlets for computer and fax modems. A satellite TV and a mini-bar are available.
Guests can start their day with an American breakfast served daily at the hotel’s rooftop Olive Garden Restaurant, where they can also enjoy Greek and Mediterranean dishes along with a stunning panorama of the Acropolis, the Lycabettus and the city beyond. La Brasserie Café Restaurant proposes light Mediterranean dishes for lunch or dinner.
The Acropolis, the University and the Academy of Athens, the National library, and the Greek Parliament are within easy walking distance of the front door. Café and bars surround the hotel. Titania is 24 mi from the Eleftherios Venizelos Airport. The hotel is 15 minutes walk from Syntagma.
Premium: NJV Athens Plaza
With a prestigious location in Syntagma Square and stunning Acropolis views, this 5-star downtown Athens hotel features a trendy restaurant and spacious guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows.
The NJV Athens Plaza Classic rooms are spacious and elegantly decorated. Many guest rooms face Syntagma Square, the Acropolis and Stadiou Street. All of the rooms are soundproofed and feature free WiFi.
The Parliament gourmet restaurant specializes in Mediterranean cuisine, and enjoys a view to Stadiou Street. The Plaza Lounges offer an excellent variety of coffees and desserts. In the intimate wood-paneled surroundings of the Explorer’s Lounge, guests can enjoy the atmosphere of old Athenian clubs, while sipping cocktails and tasting snacks. A breakfast and happy-hour drinks are available.
Business guests will find 3 conference rooms with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and a 24-hour business center with high-speed Internet access.
The Athens Plaza is only 150 feet from Syntagma Metro Station and a short walk to the Benaki Museum. At about 5 minutes on foot from NJV Athens Plaza, the elegant neighborhood of Kolonaki allures with its haute couture boutiques, gourmet restaurants and trendy cafes.
Moderate: Ilio Maris Hotel
With magnificent views over the sea and the famous windmills of Mykonos Town, Ilio Maris features elegant guestrooms with Wi-Fi and 32’’ TV and quick access to the beaches by bus.
Guests can take a dip at the Ilio Maris swimming pool and enjoy the lovely sunset view over the Aegean Sea. Cocktails are available at the pool bar and plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas are provided.
The elegantly refurbished guest rooms at Ilio Maris have spacious balconies or terraces, most with sea views.
At the 24-hour reception desk guests can always find tourist information and tickets for trips to Delos. Private cruises, car and bike rental, as well as transfer service can be arranged on request.
Ilio Maris is located on the border of Mykonos Town, close to the taxi and bus terminals, allowing easy access to the cosmopolitan town, as well as to the beautiful sandy beaches Paradise, Paranga, Psarou and Platis Yialos. Free private parking is possible on site.
Premium: Royal Myconian
Overlooking its private sandy beach, the luxurious Royal Myconian – Leading Hotels of the World boasts elegant rooms with spectacular views of the Aegean and extensive spa facilities.
Guests enjoy immediate access to the gold sandy Elia Beach. Towels, refreshments, comfortable sun beds and parasols are also available.
The elegant guest rooms at the Royal Myconian have seating areas, LCD TVs and DVD/CD players, while rooms and suites with private pools or hot tub are also available. Maid service is provided twice each day.
A rich buffet breakfast is served each morning at Elia Restaurant. Ambrosia a la carte restaurant proposes fine Mediterranean flavours and offers breathtaking views of the pools and the sea. Refreshing cocktails are served at the 3 on-site bars dotted around the pools.
Moderate: El Greco Hotel
Offering an adults-only spa center, El Greco is conveniently located minutes from the center of Fira. It features 5 outdoor pools, 1 indoor pool, a children’s pool and 2 open-air tubs with hydromassage facilities. Conference facilities are also available.
Each air-conditioned room reflects the traditional Cycladic style and features a mini fridge, satellite TV and balcony or terrace.
Guests can start their day with an American buffet breakfast, while Greek and local dishes can be enjoyed for lunch or dinner at La Pergola restaurant. Coffee, refreshing beverages and cocktails are served at the poolside bar.
The 24-hour reception can arrange excursions and boat trips, car rentals and currency exchange services. Free WiFi is available throughout.
Santorini’s beautiful sandy beaches are within easy reach from the hotel, Monolithos at 4.3 mi, Kamari at 7.5 mi and Perissa at 8.7 mi away.
Premium: Astro Palace Hotel
Astro Palace Hotel & Suites is in an idyllic location, only a short walk from Fira and the caldera. It offers a spa center, a swimming pool and rooms with unobstructed Aegean Sea views.
The elegant, air-conditioned rooms combine contemporary design with traditional architecture. They are furnished with a satellite LCD TV and minibar, while some also have a whirlpool bathtub or private pool. Each room also has large balcony or patio overlooking the Aegean and free Wi-Fi.
Guests can use the well-equipped gym, the hot tub and the sauna or relax at the lounge chairs by the swimming pool. Cassiopeia Spa’ provides a wide selection of massages, facial and body treatments.
Pleiades restaurant serves a variety of menus all day and guests can combine their meal with a wine tasting experience, while they are enjoying stunning views of Aegean Sea. Refreshments and snacks are provided at the pool bar.
The hotel is just 3 miles from Santorini Airport and 5 miles from Santorini port. Laptops and i-pads are available upon request and free private parking is available near the premises.
Some useful info about our tours (land packages).
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
Price are based on double occupancy
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.
Travel insurance is highly recommended.