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Greek Island Hopper (Family Friendly)

Style: First Class | Pace: Leisurely

Family Friendly
Take your family on a journey through the ages. Myths and legends, tales of gods and goddesses follow your jaunt from the ruins of the Parthenon and Acropolis in Athens to languid island life on the Aegean islands of Mykonos and Santorini. You’ll also embark on a volcanic adventure to uninhabited Nea Kameni to bathe in its hot springs.

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Family Friendly
Take your family on a journey through the ages. Myths and legends, tales of gods and goddesses follow your jaunt from the ruins of the Parthenon and Acropolis in Athens to languid island life on the Aegean islands of Mykonos and Santorini. You’ll also embark on a volcanic adventure to uninhabited Nea Kameni to bathe in its hot springs.

  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Tighten your toga for a magical family adventure delving into the ancient history of Athens and island-style living on the Greek isles. Take a leaf out of your history books and see ancient history come to life – the haunt of Plato, Socrates and Alexander the Great is yours to explore before meeting your fellow ‘citizens’ and Travel Director for a memorable Kick Off Party that will put the ‘oh’ into Opa!

    meal(s):Kick-off party
    hotel:Crowne Plaza/Divani Palace Acropolis
  3. Join a Local Specialist this morning to see where ancient Athenians would pay tribute to their gods and goddesses. Ascending to the Acropolis, we’ll visit the sacred Parthenon, before seeing the Panathinaiko Olympic stadium - where the first modern Olympic Games were held, the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. See the Evzone guards and their quirky march at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, before spending the rest of the day at leisure to explore the sites with your loved ones. This evening, consider a rousing ramble around the buzzing streets of Athens in search of the perfect kebab.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  4. All aboard! Prime your sea legs for an unforgettable Aegean adventure which begins this morning as we board a fast ferry to the idyllic island of Mykonos. Enjoy an orientation tour on arrival, then spend the rest of your day getting lost in its labyrinthine lanes. Share the cobblestone maze with the island’s lazy cats that watch travelers meander past white-washed houses and tumbling cerise bougainvillea. This evening we savor delicious local island flavors with new friends at a Regional Meal.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
    hotel:Pelican Bay/Kamari/San Marco
  5. Tap your inner beach bum and retire to the golden beaches of Mykonos, building sandcastles that would rival the many fortresses that dot this ancient land. Indulge in tasty seafood platters against the backdrop of Little Venice, snap a selfie in front of the imposing windmills that overlook the island’s picturesque bay or rent a pedal boat and take to its tranquil waters – the choice is yours.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  6. Dose up on Vitamin D and splash in the sparkling sea that surrounds Mykonos, which legend has it was once the site of a great battle between Zeus and the Titans. Visit the Aegean Maritime Museum for fascinating insights into the maritime history of this area or consider a trip to nearby Delos islands, believed by the ancients to be the birthplace of Artemis and Apollo. Stroll through its temples, sanctuaries and the Terrace of the Lions.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  7. Gliding through the azure waters of the Aegean, we arrive in Santorini where we’ll spend the next three days in spellbinding surroundings. Enjoy an orientation tour on arrival and gain insight into the origins of this circular archipelago which is all that remains of a spectacular volcanic explosion – the remnants of which can be seen in its picturesque caldera. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure before joining your travel companions for a feast of Greek specialties during a Regional Meal.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
    hotel:El Greco/Santorini Palace/Orizontes
  8. Set your watch to Santorini time and meander through the quaint cobbled streets of Fira and Oia, counting the blue cupolas that cling spectacularly to the Santorini cliffs. Head to one of the island’s beaches or visit a museum, before watching the sun dip into the Aegean from your magical cliff-top vantage point.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  9. Consider indulging in the delicious vintages for which Santorini is so famous during a tour of a local winery. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into life on the Caldera and embark on an included cruise in a ‘kaiki’ to the volcanic island of Nea Kameni to swim in its magical hot springs.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  10. We leave the island high life behind and board a high-speed ferry back to Athens, where we’ll spend the final night of our trip. Consider visiting the vibrant old historical neighborhood of Athens called the Plaka. Full of great restaurants and friendly locals it is the perfect area to spend your final night in Athens.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Divani Palace Acropolis/Crowne Plaza
  11. As the chapter closes on our adventure, we say farewell to our newfound friends and the treasures of Greece as we are transferred to the airport for your flight home. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
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    Please note that guests are responsible for loading their luggage on and off of the ferries.

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  • Professional Cruise Management Professional Cruise Management
  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • 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

12 meals: 9 buffet breakfasts, 3 dinners, all with tea and coffee. 

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
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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

  • Porterage

    Please note that guests are responsible for loading their luggage on and off of the ferries.

Thank you for your interest in this tour. If no dates are displaying, please call our reservations line at 1-877-622-9109 for more information

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement. As this is a family vacation, single room request must be part of a larger family group reservation.

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.

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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  • 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 24 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.

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

  • Porterage

    Please note that guests are responsible for loading their luggage on and off of the ferries.

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Reviews

Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Niko our travel director was great but I felt our extra options where not organized and did not match our original plans.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate your feedback and will be sure to share them with our Operations Team in Athens. We are glad that overall you enjoyed the expertise of Niko and the beauty of Greece.
Monday, July 9, 2018
Vacation : Overall had a great experience. I did not like the alcohol drinks purchase at the restaurants. The wine that was free at dinners tasted awful.
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Telephone customer service was good.
Vacation : Poor service by Trafalgar. We were combined with the cost saver group and were given less desirable rooms and travel director than the cost saver group. The Cost Saver guest received better service and paid much less then us. Nothing about this tour stood up to the tour we took in the past with Grand European. Will not travel with this company again.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your honest review.  Our Guest Relations team is researching this with our office in Athens and will be in touch with you as soon as we have more information.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Nichole Cook
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
Trusted Customer
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.
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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

  • Porterage

    Please note that guests are responsible for loading their luggage on and off of the ferries.

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

Dinner "Meze" Style in Psiri

Adult Price: €50.00

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)

Athens

Cape Sounion

Adult Price: €40.00

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.

Athens

Traditional Greek Taverna Meal With Entertainment

Adult Price: €55.00

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, guests are more than welcome to stay on in the taverna, to join in with the local residents! (Casual dress)

Mykonos

Mykonos Island Tour

Adult Price: €42.00

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.

Mykonos

Ancient Delos

Adult Price: €68.00

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.

Santorini

Santorini Island Tour With Visit To Akrotiri

Adult Price: €57.00

Drive to Profitis Ilias, the highest point, for stunning views of the island, before we make our way to the village of Pyrgos, to see the iconic blue domed churches and classic Cycladic architecture. We visit the prehistoric Akrotiri – a Bronze Age settlement destroyed by a huge eruption in the 17th century BC, buried under the volcanic ash, preserving the whole city. It is often referred often as “Prehistoric Pompei” Afterwards we head for the black sand beach of Perivolos, passing picturesque villages. Enjoy time at leisure on the black beach for a swim, have lunch or do both. Entrance to Aktrotiri included. Lunch not included.

Santorini

Sunset On Board

Adult Price: €75.00

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.

Santorini

Senses Of Santorini And Oia Sunset

Adult Price: €44.00

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.

Santorini

Traditional Greek Wedding Show

Adult Price: €49.00

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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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

  • Porterage

    Please note that guests are responsible for loading their luggage on and off of the ferries.

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