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Greek Island Hopper

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Tour Pace: Leisurely
Mykonos
Tour Style: First Class
11 Days from $2,850 per person

Circled by the deep blue Aegean sea, life is sweet on the Cyclades islands of Mykonos and Santorini where you will have days for an At Leisure encounter with their secret coves, tiny cobbled streets and weather-beaten characters in cafés over a glass or two of ouzo. Explore the ancient sites of Athens, the dramatic volcanic landscape of Santorini and Mykonos' party paradise.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Ease into a simpler way of life – the intoxicatingly slow pace of the charming Cycladic islands the ultimate departure from reality, but not before your enjoy a passionate encounter with Athens after being transferred to your hotel. Complimentary transfers will be available for guests who have provided Grand European with their flight details. Join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception including a welcome drink and light meal to kick off your At Leisure discovery of the capital and the enchanting islands of Mykonos and Santorini.

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    hotel:Divani Palace Acropolis/Crowne Plaza
  3. Embark on a journey to antiquity with your Local Specialist who will take you to the Acropolis, a sacred site since Mycenaen times. Imagine Athenians ascending the hilltop shrine to worship Athena at the Parthenon, see the Panathinaiko Olympic stadium, the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Arch. Admire the pom-pom march of the Evzone guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, then spend the rest of the day at leisure soaking up the verve of this vibrant city.
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  4. We depart Athens and cruise to Mykonos - its characteristic hillside windmills overlook the beautiful bay and stand as an enduring greeting to all who arrive. Enjoy an orientation before spending the rest of your day getting lost amidst the island's beguiling cobblestone lanes lined with white-washed cottages and tumbling cerise bougainvillea. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a Regional Meal to indulge in a feast of local flavors. Take to the playground of the rich and famous this evening and perhaps experience the island's vibrant nightlife.
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    hotel:Pelican Bay/Kamari/San Marco
  5. Set your watch to island time and enjoy two glorious days soaking up the laid-back vibe of Mykonos. Spend your day relaxing on its beautiful beaches, sip champagne in the picturesque Little Venice waterside or visit some of its historical treasures, including the 17th century Church of the Paraportiani, the Archaeological Museum and the Aegean Maritime Museum.
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  6. Kick back and enjoy another idyllic day in beautiful surrounds. Indulge in local seafood flavors, enjoy a leisurely swim in the calm waters of the Aegean or consider a trip to see the mythical sanctuary of Delos, believed by the ancients to be the birthplace of Artemis and Apollo.
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  7. We take a short ferry transfer to Santorini where we'll spend the next three days exploring the island's dramatic beauty. Stroll through the volcanic island's quaint clifftop towns – blue-domed white-washed façades cling dramatically to the multi-colored cliffs providing a spectacular backdrop for exquisite sunsets. Join your companions this evening for a memorable Regional Meal of delicious Greek cuisine.
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    hotel:El Greco/Santorini Palace/Orizontes
  8. View the magnificent caldera, see the island's ancient ruins or ramble through the winding cobbled streets of Fira and Oia - today is yours to enjoy a leisurely exploration of this beautiful island on your terms. Indulge in a day of sunbathing and relaxation on one of its many beaches or shop up a storm at its quaint boutique stores.
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  9. Toast to the spellbinding beauty of Santorini at a local winery and learn about the art of wine making in the region, or consider a ride in a kaiki (sailing boat) to the volcanic island of Nea Kameni to swim in its glorious hot springs - another full day at leisure to relax and soak up the island atmosphere.
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  10. We return to Athens this morning, taking a short flight to the capital. After being transferred to your hotel, you have a day at leisure for some last-minute souvenir shopping or sightseeing.
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    hotel:Divani Palace Acropolis/Crowne Plaza
  11. Say a fond farewell to Greece and your newfound friends as you are transferred to the airport for the flight home.
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $1,000 p.p.

Triple Room Discount: from $360 p.p.

Shared Rooming: Room Share is not available on this trip.

Airport transfers: Complimentary transfers will be available for guests who have provided their flight details and are staying in an Athens hotel.

Internal flight: The above prices include internal air fare from Santorini to Athens and are accurate as of July 2017. For up to date pricing please visit our website. One piece of hold luggage restricted to 23kg/50lbs.

Itinerary: Occasionally the itinerary may be altered due to sailing conditions on the Aegean Sea, ferry schedules, religious vacations or unforeseen circumstances.

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  • Professional Cruise Management Professional Cruise Management
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  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips

Meal Summary

9 nights, 9 buffet breakfasts, 3 dinners, On-trip transport, .

Included Highlights

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Athens

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Athens
  • Orientation of Mykonos, Santorini
  • Visit the Acropolis in Athens
  • View the Parthenon, Hadrian's Arch, the 1896 Olympic Stadium in Athens

Reviews

Sunday, October 22, 2017
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Our Tour Director was unbelievable— one of the reasons we loved the trip so much. Highly disappointed no one ever told us we’d be going with Trafalgar instead of Grand European Tours. I understand they are sister companies, but it felt very dishonest when we found out the day of arrival. The trip itself was beautifully orchestrated. We were not a fan of the hotel accommodations in Athens. They did not compare to the caliber of hotels we stayed in on the islands. That was a big complaint from the whole group.
Vacation : It was a lot of money, but I felt like I got VIP service everywhere. The hotel in Athens was less than easy on the eyes. I was glad most of the trip was spent in other hotels.
Friday, October 6, 2017
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : The Athens experience was lacking. Hotel had great public spaces but the room was not even satisfactory (dirty carpet, smelled of smoke despite their insistence that it didn't), plus it was in a "dead" part of the city. The Mykonos and Santorini experiences were excellent, including hotels and their locations. In our early 70's, we were the oldest on the tour, and found some aspects physically challenging (Climbing hill to Santorini hotel, doing own porterage on ferries).
Vacation : Good value, except for Athens, but would prefer you charge a bit more so we needn't take care of tips for local experts.
  • U.S. citizens traveling to Greece must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Greece.

  • The currency in Greece is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in Greece, you can use your debit and credit card to pay in most places and will likely find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Greece. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine.  Mediterranean food is simple, delicious, and centered on a variety of fresh seafood, produce, cheeses and baked goods. Try Greek salad prepared with tomatoes, feta, olive oil and herbs as well as other popular dishes including grilled lamb, octopus, eggplant and spanakopita.  Olives, cheese and flatbread make a tasty snack with a glass of chilled white wine.   

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At bars and restaurants, tipping is less common or generous as in the U.S. When dining out, it’s appropriate, although not required, to leave an extra euro for good service.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions. 

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Athens

Cape Sounion

Adult Price: € 40

Take a relaxing trip down to the southernmost tip of Mainland Greece to see the fifth century B.C Temple of Poseidon at Sounion. See if you can spot where Byron carved his initials on one of the temple’s sixteen columns. Marvel at the sheer rugged beauty of the coastline and the ancient temple perched above a 197-foot drop down to the Aegean Sea below. Stand above the site of the world’s first lighthouse, overlooking an area steeped in classical Greek history, ever since the tragic King Aegeas threw himself from the rocky precipice into the sea below, thereby giving his name to the Aegean Sea.

National Archaeological Museum

Adult Price: € 36

Visit the National Archaeological Museum of Athens with our local specialist to view some of the most important exhibits; see the first “computer” known to man that was discovered south of Greece and is known as the “Antikythira mechanism”, marvel at the gold burial mask of Agammemnon, or the frescoes from the lost city of “Akrotiri” in Santorini! Enjoy free time to visit more exhibits and perhaps have a coffee in the museums beautiful main courtyard.

Dinner "Meze" Style in Psiri

Adult Price: € 50

Enjoy a lovely dining experience at a wonderful restaurant located in the lively area of Psiri. Dining is “meze style”, giving you the opportunity to taste many Greek cuisine dishes, which are served in the centre of the table. Also enjoy the local free-flowing wine! (Casual dress)

Dinner "Meze" Style In Psiri With Acropolis Illuminations

Adult Price: € 59

Enjoy a lovely dining experience at a wonderful restaurant located in the lively area of Psiri. Dining is “meze style”, giving you the opportunity to taste many Greek cuisine dishes, which are served in the centre of the table. Also enjoy the local free-flowing wine! (Casual dress)

Traditional Greek Taverna Meal With Entertainment

Adult Price: € 55

This is an evening excursion to a taverna in the centre of Athens. Enjoy excellent traditional Greek food in a lively atmosphere while being entertained by dances and music from all parts of the country. Wine, beer and soft drinks are also included. Although the venue does have an official ending time, clients are more than welcome to stay on in the taverna, to join in with the local residents! (Casual dress)

Mykonos

Ancient Delos

Adult Price: € 60

"We take a boat ride to Delos, once a Sacred Island, the legendary birthplace of God Apollo and his twin sister Artemis. Today Delos is one of the most important archaeological sites of the eastern Mediterranean. We see amongst others, the remains of the Temple of Apollo, the sanctuary of Artemis, the old city and the theatre and then walk down the celebrated Lion Street. In the museum of Delos one can admire Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman Sculptures, a collection of vessels from all periods as well as small items of everyday use. Transfers to/from port and entrance included."

Mykonos Island Tour

Adult Price: € 37

We explore the island, visiting some of the most beautiful beaches and viewing the landscape of inland Mykonos. Visiting “Ano Mera” and its famous Monastery, and Kalafatis beach, to perhaps enjoy a swim in the beautiful Aegean Sea.

Santorini

Sunset On Board

Adult Price: € 70

This afternoon we board our large wooden “caique” and set off to the Volcano. Choose to climb up to the top of the volcano and experience a dormant volcano, or perhaps stay on board, relax and enjoy the amazing view. Afterwards, swim in the hot springs and enjoy the natural spa like feeling of the thermal waters and its warm mud full of healing properties. A casual dinner with wine on board, with music, marvel at the sunset and the breathtaking village of Oia high above on the Cliffside.

Senses Of Santorini And Oia Sunset

Adult Price: € 40

We drive to Baxedes to visit our acclaimed local winery. We enjoy a variety of local “meze” (Greek hors d’oeurves) which will enchant your taste buds; sample the locally produced wines, walk in the vineyards, see the “kalathies” vines and the unique way that locals have grown grapes for centuries. Take a short drive to the spectacular village of Oia. Walk through the marble streets with time at leisure in the village for magnificent photos. Stroll to our chosen spot to marvel at the sunset, perhaps enjoy local delicacies at a local restaurants of your choice. Oia will delight your senses! Wine tasting and light snack included.Dinner not included.

Traditional Greek Wedding Show

Adult Price: € 45

This evening you are invited to take part as a guest in a traditional Greek wedding. A life changing ceremony, a group celebration. Be part of the story. Meet the family. Eat, drink, dance, and break plates. The custom is traditional. The experience is not! This Greek Wedding Show is not only a Greek Night, but an unforgettable interactive musical experience!

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