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Greek Island Hopper (Premium)

12 Days from $4,075 per person

Style: Premium | Pace: Leisurely

A sun worshipper's paradise, you've made it to Greece. Delve into the unique history of this ancient country as you make your way around its beautiful islands via land and sea. Capture the beauty of Santorini's Cycladic houses, the warmth of Mykonos' locals and the legendary charm of Athens' ancient relics. Topped off with a selection of scrumptious Greek delicacies along the way, this bright trip is one to be savored.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

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A sun worshipper's paradise, you've made it to Greece. Delve into the unique history of this ancient country as you make your way around its beautiful islands via land and sea. Capture the beauty of Santorini's Cycladic houses, the warmth of Mykonos' locals and the legendary charm of Athens' ancient relics. Topped off with a selection of scrumptious Greek delicacies along the way, this bright trip is one to be savored.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. Welcome to Athens, one of the ancient capitals of the world. On arrival, a host will meet you at the airport and take you to your centrally located hotel. Once here, there will be time to settle in and relax before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers at 7 pm for a Welcome Dinner. 

    meal(s):Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Center
  2. Your Local Expert will show you the incredible sights of Athens including the Acropolis and the Parthenon. The Acropolis of Athens and its monuments are universal symbols of Athens' classical spirit and civilization. They form the greatest architectural and artistic complex bequeathed by Greek Antiquity to the world. In the evening, head back to your deluxe hotel for a relaxed evening before you head to Santorini in the morning. 

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Center
  3. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before transferring to the port for the ferry to Santorini. Famed for the scattered white Cycladic houses that rest upon its cliffs, Santorini is a dreamy getaway. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and take time to relax. Why not take a dip in its pool or head down to the hotel's private beach? In the evening join your fellow travelers for a cooling cocktail whilst viewing the famous spectacular caldera as the sun sets over the Aegean Sea.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:The Majestic Hotel/Splendour Resort
  4. Today you'll delve into the geological history of Santorini. In the morning a local geology expert will divulge secrets about this volcanic island and the caldera, revealing the details of its formation. The rest of the day is yours at leisure. Why not head for a swim at Ammoudi Bay, to the Santorini Wine Museum or ask your Travel Director for some restaurant recommendations?

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:The Majestic Hotel/Splendour Resort
  5. With a day at leisure, perhaps take the opportunity to visit the site of Akrotiri; an ancient city covered by the volcano ash and uncovered in 1967. From Akrotiri, you will continue to a local winery where you will enjoy an afternoon tasting the best regional flavors. If shopping is more your thing, spend your time walking the white-walled alleyways browsing the many shops and taking in the breath-taking views of the caldera.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:The Majestic Hotel/Splendour Resort
  6. Enjoy a full day exploring the island at leisure. Perhaps sit back and relax at the hotel's private beach and pool or ask your Travel Director for restaurant recommendations. Santorini is famous for its local delicacies including seafood and sweeter goods, such as baklava, a dish made up of layers of filo, nuts and syrup or honey.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:The Majestic Hotel/Splendour Resort
  7. After your breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the port for the ferry sailing to Mykonos. Upon arrival, you'll be taken to the picturesque Rhenia Hotel, your home for the next few nights. Explore the town of Mykonos with a Local Expert and discover the maze of pretty alleyways of stunning Cycladic houses that make up the island. Later, make a welcoming stop to taste a selection of local delicacies and learn the secrets of Mykonian Cuisine.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Rhenia Hotel/Porto Mykonos
  8. Today you'll have free time to explore. Perhaps take a transfer to the picturesque town of Mykonos in the afternoon, where you'll take an interesting tour of the port area including the famous windmills, the Matoyinnia Alleys and of course little Venice. Your Local Expert will brief you on the history and the local customs of Mykonos. In the evening perhaps test your culinary skills with a cooking class before enjoying a scrumptious meal.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Rhenia Hotel/Porto Mykonos
  9. Enjoy free time in Mykonos. Why not visit Delos, a small island off the coast of Mykonos? The island is an archaeological site that houses iconic ruins, including Doric temples, markets, an amphitheater and mosaics. The mythological birthplace of Apollo, it is one of the most unique sights worldwide, with ongoing excavations and a beautiful small museum.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Rhenia Hotel/Porto Mykonos
  10. Meet a Greek captain on a wonderful cruise to the stunning, world-famous south coast beaches of Mykonos, where you can sit back and relax as you enjoy the weather and coastal views.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Rhenia Hotel/Porto Mykonos
  11. After breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred to the port of Mykonos to board the ship to Piraeus in Athens. Once here you will be met at the port and transferred to your Athens hotel. There is time in the afternoon for you to do some last-minute sightseeing, souvenir shopping or just relax at your hotel. Enjoy your last night with your fellow travelers at a Celebration dinner to toast your experiences.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Center
  12. The Greek island hopping trip ends today, but the fond memories remain! After your breakfast at the hotel transfer to the airport for your flight home.

    meal(s):Breakfast
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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 $2,040 per person

Triple Room Discount $350 per person

Roommate matching is not available on this trip.

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Always included in your GET vacation

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

Included Quality Dining

11 Breakfasts, 1 Full Dinner, 2 Dinners with Wine, all served with tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences

  • Santorini: Hear about the volcanic history of the island through the knowledge of an expert geologist.
  • Mykonos: Meet a local Greek captain who will take you down to the beautiful south beaches of Mykonos and tell you more about life on the island.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Athens: Ascend the Acropolis with a Local Expert to admire the Parthenon, built in 5th century B.C. Steps away you'll see the Temple of Athena Nike, also known as the Temple of the Wingless Victory, and the six stone-carved caryatids that make up the Porch of the Maidens on the Erechtheion.
  • Mykonos: Enjoy the ferry ride from Santorini to Mykonos with beautiful views of the Mediterranean Ocean.
  • Mykonos: Explore Mykonos Town with a Local Expert and wander the beautiful blue and white streets.
  • Athens: Soak in the last views of paradise as you ride the ferry back to Athens.
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    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.

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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 traveling to Greece.

  • The currency in Greece is the Euro (€) . While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive on your trip, you can use your debit and credit card to pay in most places and will usually 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 paired 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.

  • Tipping at restaurants is less common than in the U.S. It is appropriate, although not required, to leave an extra euro or two 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.

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