Aegean Greek Island Hopper with Athens
Athens, Mykonos, Paros & Santorini plus Classical Greece optional extension
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No escort, freedom to explore at your own pace
|Departs||New York City (NYC); other gateways on request (flight schedule)|
|Highlights||Athens, Paros, Mykonos, Santorini. Optional Classical Greece Extension|
|What to Expect||This leisurely-paced, independent tour requires minimal walking and is suitable for most levels of physical fitness. This tour does not include a tour guide or escort.|
There is nothing quite like a tour of the Greek Isles—it's magical. Explore three of the best on this unique vacation package to Greece. Unlike our ever-popular Greek cruises, this "island hopper" tour gives you several days each on each island—a chance to really get to know and love them. This package is designed for the independent traveler, so you can choose to spend the days exploring the ancient secrets of the islands, or just bask on the sun-splashed Mediterranean beaches. Spend the evenings dining, dancing and enjoying the famous nightlife.
Enjoy two nights in Athens, the city that is known as the birthplace of western civilization, then sail off into the Greek world of sparkling blue waters, Mediterranean sunshine and ancient islands full of history, myth, and wonders. The first stop is beautiful Mykonos, with its white-washed houses and blue shutters studding the island, sparkling beaches and clear blue sea. Then onto Paros, a pretty and lively island full of domed churches, windmills, ancient ruins and villages. Sail on to the legendary Santorini, with spectacular views of the sunken caldera and still-active volcano, black sand beaches, fabulous shopping alongside unspoiled villages. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of Greece and the Greek Isles, all at an incredible price.
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Note: NYC departures will be from either JFK or EWR based upon availability when you make your reservation. Your flight itinerary showing which airport that you are departing from will be emailed to you in 24-48 hours.
Day 1: Depart USA. Your exciting journey to Greece begins this evening as you check in for your overnight flight.
Day 2: Athens. Arrive today in Athens, the birthplace of western civilization. You'll be met by our representative and then escorted to your hotel, centrally located near the famous Plaka (Old Town). Accommodations: Royal Olympic or similar.
Day 3: Athens. Enjoy a full day to explore Athens on your own. To make the most of your visit, our representatives will offer you some exclusive optional excursions to the city's highlights, including a half-day tour of Athens in the morning (€68 per person) and a tour of Cape Sounion in the evening (€43 per person). Breakfast provided.
Day 4: Athens, Piraeus & Mykonos. This morning, you'll be transferred to the port of Piraeus to board your ferry to the gorgeous island of Mykonos. You'll be met and transferred to your hotel. Chic crowds flock to the island's beautiful beaches by day and to the trendy restaurants and discos each night. Accommodations: Myconian Ambassador Hotel or similar. Breakfast provided.
Day 5: Mykonos. You'll have two days to independently enjoy the island of Mykonos. Stroll through the town with its labyrinth of winding alleyways and whitewashed buildings, upscale shops and cafes. Grab a seaside table and unwind, sipping ouzo and watching the sunset while listening to traditional Greek music. Breakfast provided.
Day 6: Mykonos. Continue to relax and explore the island at your own pace. You may want to visit the neighboring island of Delos, once the religious center of the Aegean and Cyclades. According to myth, on this island Latonna gave birth to Apollo, the Greek sun god, and Artemis, the huntress and goddess of marriage and fertility. Breakfast provided.
Day 7: Mykonos & Paros. This morning, you'll be transferred to the port of Piraeus to board your ferry to the island of Paros. You'll be met and transferred to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure. Paros is famous for its glowing white marble which was used by Praxiteles in sculptures such as the Venus de Milo. The island is pastoral and hilly where almost every summit seems to have a private monastery. Accommodations: Saint Andrea Resort on Oct 3, 2014 departure; Paros Agnanti Hotel or similar on all others. Breakfast provided.
Day 8: Paros. Enjoy two days at leisure to relax on the beaches, at the pool or explore the fishing villages. Night life in Paros, particularly in Naoussa, may rival even Mykonos. Breakfast provided.
Day 9: Paros. Continue to relax and explore the island at your own pace. Breakfast provided.
Day 10: Paros & Santorini. This morning, you'll be transferred to the port of Paros for your ferry to the Island of Santorini. Upon arrival at the port of Thira, you will be met and transferred to your hotel on the cliff-side of Santorini, facing the famous Caldera. The balance of the day is at leisure. This striking island is a volcanic crater immersed in the sea. The island is famous for its breathtaking and rugged landscapes, whitewashed houses, open-air cafes and glittering boutiques which cling to steep cliffs, accessible by foot, cable car or mule. Your hotel is built into the cliff with steps to reach rooms and public areas. Accommodations: Belvedere Hotel, Hotel Aressana Spa & Suites or similar. Breakfast provided.
Day 11: Santorini. You will have two days to enjoy the island of Santorini on your own. Visit the bustling town of Fira, or even the smaller villages of Firostefani, Imerovigli and Oia. Breakfast provided.
Day 12: Santorini. Enjoy more time to relax and explore the island. You may decide to take an optional boat cruise to Nea Kameni and visit the still active volcano. Enjoy the spectacular views as the sun sets behind the Caldera. Breakfast provided.
Day 13: Santorini & Athens. Today, transfer to the airport to board your flight back to Athens. Upon arrival, collect your luggage and check into your airport hotel conveniently located just a short walk from the arrival & departure terminals. Accommodations: Sofitel Athens Airport or similar. Breakfast provided.
Day 14: Athens/USA. This morning, return to the international departure terminal for check-in. Bid farewell to Greece as you board your flight back home. Your exciting journey comes to an end as you arrive in the USA later today. Breakfast provided.
Classical Greece Optional Extension
Why not take advantage of your already-included international airfare and visit the classical cities of Corinth, Mycenae, Olympia, and Delphi? Your extension includes superior hotels, most meals and guided touring of the most fascinating sites, including entrance fees to places visited.
Day 13: Santorini & Athens. Today, transfer to the airport of Thira to board your flight back to Athens. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel for overnight. Accommodations: Royal Olympic or similar. Breakfast provided.
Day 14: Athens, Mycenae & Olympia. Board your touring coach and begin a tour of the classical cities of Greece. Drive across the Corinth Canal, which connects the Ionian Sea with the Aegean, to the Peloponnesian Peninsula, where 4,000 years of history are more fully and comprehensibly illustrated than anywhere else in Europe. Here you will visit the famous theater of Epidaurus, the best preserved in Greece, which reached the height of its fame in the 5th & 4th centuries B.C. The acoustics are so perfect that even from the last of the 55 tiers, every word can be heard. Continue to the ruins of ancient Mycenae, which according to the poets was founded by Perseus and built with the aid of the mythological Cyclops. Drive on to Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games, for dinner and overnight. Accommodations: Hotel Amalia Olympia or similar. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 15: Olympia, Nafpaktos & Delphi. This morning, tour the archaeological site and museum at Olympia, where the Olympic Games were conceived as a tribute to Hercules, son of Zeus. These games were the most important international event in the Hellenic world from 776 B.C. to 393 A.D. and continue today, with the lighting of the Olympic flame that is carried by runners throughout the world. Visit the Sanctuary of the Olympian Zeus and the Museum. This afternoon, drive via Patras to Rion, Antirion and picturesque Nafpaktos where, according to mythology, Hercules slew the Erymanthine boar. Stop to admire the view and the lovely circular Venetian harbor. Continue to Delphi for dinner and overnight. Accommodations: Hotel Amalia Delphi or similar. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 16: Delphi & Kalambaka. After breakfast, explore the ancient site of Delphi, located on the slopes of the breathtaking Mount Parnassus. See the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios, the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the museum, which contains masterpieces of ancient Greek sculpture including the famous bronze Charioteer. The site has been sacred since at least the Bronze Age. According to legend, the shrine was originally guarded by the she-dragon Pytho. She was killed by Apollo who then took over the oracle. In antiquity, Delphi was regarded as the center of the world. Later, depart for the small town of Kalambaka, built at the foot of the majestic gray rocks, at the point where the river Pinios leaves the Pindos Mountain. Accommodations: Hotel Amalia Kalambaka or similar. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 17: Meteora & Athens. This morning, visit the spectacular Meteora monasteries, perched upon the summits of some precipitous and isolated rocky pinnacles, which rise above the almost flat valley of the Pinios River, 9 km beyond Kalambaka. The monastic history of Meteora goes back to the 11th century AD, when the monks constructed inaccessible eagle's nests in the crannies of these rocks and today, four are still occupied. Later this afternoon, return to Athens, passing by Thermopylae, famous battleground from the Persian wars. Arrive in Athens and check in at your hotel. Accommodations: Royal Olympic or similar. Breakfast provided.
Day 18: Athens/USA. Today you'll be escorted to the airport and bid farewell to Athens as you board your flight back home. Your exciting journey comes to an end as you arrive in the USA later today. Breakfast provided.
I think Friendly Planet did an excellent job overall. We had a wonderful honeymoon trip and your service was a very good value. We thoroughly enjoyed the two optional boat trips we took: one in Paros and one in Santorini.
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