Aegean Greek Island Hopper with Athens

Athens, Mykonos, Paros & Santorini plus Classical Greece optional extension

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14 days from $3899 $3299
per person, double occupancy, including airfare*
Book by May 19, 2015 to save up to $400!
Coupon code EuropeSale15 entitles you to $200 OFF per person on this tour package (all departures) for reservations by May 5, 2015!**

Overview

Style Independent/Self-Guided
No tour escort; explore at your own pace
Price Includes
  • Round trip flights from New York via scheduled carriers, including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees, with other gateways available on request
  • 12 nights Deluxe and Superior First Class hotel accommodations
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • All transfers
  • Ferries between Athens, Paros, Mykonos and Santorini
  • Flight from Santorini to Athens
Departures July – September 2015
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.

Aegean Greek Island Hopper tour itinerary 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.

Dates, Prices & Options

Departure Dates & Prices

Early Booking Discount: Book by 11:59 p.m. ET on May 19 to save up to $400 per person!
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
Depart Return Price Book by
May 19
Coupon
Discount**
After
Coupon
Fri May 15 2015 Thu May 28 2015 $2999       Closed
Fri May 29 2015 Thu Jun 11 2015 $3899 $3499     Closed
Fri Jul 17 2015 Thu Jul 30 2015 $4499 $4099 –$200 $3899 Available
Fri Sep 4 2015 Thu Sep 17 2015 $3899 $3499 –$200 $3299 Available
Fri Oct 2 2015 Thu Oct 15 2015 $3299 $2899     Closed

Please see price details below.*

Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers. Contact us about prices and availability.

Options & Extensions

Aegean Greek Island Hopper with Athens
Rooming Selection
Double occupancy included
Single Room Supplement
May 15, May 29, Oct 2 +$1399
Sep 4 +$1799
Jul 17 +$1949
Classical Greece Extension
Classical Greece Extension
Jul 17 unavailable
All other departures +$775
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement
May 15, May 29, Jul 17 +$250
All other departures +$225

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
New York City (NYC) included

This package includes round-trip flights from the cities listed above. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.

Coming from somewhere else? Ask us about availability and prices for flights from other cities. Additional charges for flights from other cities are due within 24 hours of your reservation.

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.

How to Make a Reservation

To make a reservation, simply select an available departure date and reserve online using our secure booking system. Or call us one of our travel specialists at 800-555-5765, Mon–Fri 9:30–6:00 Eastern time. But first, check out our Things to Know section.

We only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card or PayPal account. This deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package, and is generally non-refundable (details). The balance is due 75 days prior to departure (or within 72 hours, if you're booking less than 75 days prior to departure), and can be paid by credit card, PayPal, check or money order.

Deposit
Standard Deposit $1700

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA. Your exciting journey to Greece begins this evening as you check in for your overnight flight.

Parthenon, Athens 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.

Delos ruins 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.

Church of 100 doors, Parikia, Paros 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.

Blue Churches, Oia, Santorini Island 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.

Nea Kameni volcano, Santorini 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.

Corinth Canal 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.

Epidarus, Oluympia, Greece 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.

Delphi ruins 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.

Monastery, Meteora 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.

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We loved it all! Greece was amazing and we fell in love with the people, the islands and Athens, the food, the hotel and the tours! I am so thankful for this trip, as it was a trip of a lifetime and opened my eyes to whole broader sense of the world and its people. It has whetted mine and my husband’s appetite for more trips abroad. Since we are so pleased with Friendly Planet, we of course would go through them if possible, and would surely recommend their services to our friends and family.

Cahterine Felty

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