Parthenon, Athens

Greek Island Hopper

The ancient capital of Athens, then stays on two of the magical Greek Isles: glamorous Mykonos & spectacular Santorini

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11 days from $2399 $2099
per person, double occupancy, including airfare
based on Apr. 10, 2017 departure*
Book by Oct. 18, 2016 to save up to $300!

Overview

Style Independent PackageThese un-escorted packages have no set schedule or guides, so you have the freedom and flexibility to explore on your own from your centrally-located hotel. More of these packages
Freedom to explore at your own pace; unescorted
Departures Scheduled Dates; select from 8 open departures, April – October 2017
Price Includes
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Round trip flights from New York via scheduled carriers, including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees, with other gateways available on request
  • 9 nights Deluxe and Superior First Class hotel accommodations
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • All transfers
  • Ferries between Athens, Mykonos and Santorini
  • Flight from Santorini to Athens
Highlights Athens, Mykonos & Santorini. Optional Classical Greece Extension
Departs New York City (NYC); other gateways on request (flight schedule)
Themes Family Friendly
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.
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Greek Island Hopper tour itinerary There is nothing quite like the magical Greek Isles. Explore two of the best on this unique vacation package to Greece. Unlike our ever-popular Greek cruises, when you travel to Greece on our "island hopper" getaway, you’ll spend several days 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 Greek islands, or just bask on the sun-splashed Mediterranean beaches. Spend the evenings dining, dancing and enjoying the famous nightlife.

After two nights in Athens, the birthplace of western civilization, 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. 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

Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
Depart Return Price Book by
Oct 18
Mon Sep 12 2016 Thu Sep 22 2016 $2899   Departed
Mon Oct 3 2016 Thu Oct 13 2016 $2499   Closed
Mon Apr 10 2017 Thu Apr 20 2017 $2399 $2099 Available
Mon May 15 2017 Thu May 25 2017 $2599 $2299 Available
Mon May 29 2017 Thu Jun 8 2017 $3099 $2799 Available
Mon Jun 12 2017 Thu Jun 22 2017 $3399 $3099 Available
Mon Jul 10 2017 Thu Jul 20 2017 $3399 $3099 Available
Mon Aug 14 2017 Thu Aug 24 2017 $3599 $3299 Available
Mon Sep 4 2017 Thu Sep 14 2017 $3499 $3199 Available
Mon Sep 25 2017 Thu Oct 5 2017 $3099 $2799 Available

Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates. Contact us about prices and availability.

Options & Extensions

Greek Island Hopper
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement
May 15, May 29, Sep 25 +$1149
Sep 12 +$1299
Jun 12, Jul 10 +$1449
Sep 4 +$1599
Aug 14 +$1649
All other departures +$999
Classical Greece Extension
Classical Greece Extension
Apr 10, May 15, May 29, Jun 12, Jul 10, Aug 14, Sep 4, Sep 25 +$849
Oct 3 unavailable
All other departures +$900
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement
Apr 10, May 15, May 29, Jun 12, Jul 10, Aug 14, Sep 4, Sep 25 +$249
All other departures +$300

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 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
Deposit $1700

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA

  • Check in for your overnight flight to Greece

Day 2: Athens

Accommodations: 2 nights Royal Olympic Hotel or similar, Athens.

  • Arrive in Athens, where you'll be met and escorted to your hotel
  • Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure

Acropolis framed by temple of Zeus, AthensFull Day Itinerary: Arrive today in Athens. You'll be met by our representative and then escorted to your hotel, centrally located near Constitution Square and the famous Plaka (Old Town). Athens, the birthplace of western civilization, once hailed as the Paris of the Mediterranean, is now a bustling modern city, a colorful tapestry of eastern and western influences, full of outdoor cafes, pedestrian streets, parks and gardens, street bazaars, dilapidated mansions and ancient ruins.

Day 3: Athens

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Full day at leisure to explore Athens, or select optional excursions

Full Day Itinerary: Enjoy a full day to explore Athens on your own. To make the most of your visit, our representative will offer you some exclusive optional excursions to see the city's highlights.

Acropolis, AthensOptional Excursion: Athens, €72 (purchased locally). The striking contrast between breathtaking monuments of a glorious past and modern elegant structures is what you will enjoy during your tour of Athens. Visit the Acropolis, the crowning beauty and glory of Ancient Athens, with its many monuments atop its rocky base, including the awesome Parthenon, the Propylea, the temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion, with its Porch of Maidens.

Drive to the Roman Temple of Olympic Zeus, the Panathinaikon Stadium (site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896), and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament House on Constitution Square. See views of government buildings and elegant structures of the 19th century. Drive along Panepistimiou Avenue and view the Catholic Cathedral, the Academy, the University, and the National Library. Conclude your tour with a visit to the new Acropolis Museum, a marvel of architecture with a full exhibition of the glory of Ancient Athens.

Poseidon Temple, Cape SounionOptional Excursion: Cape Sounion, €49 (purchased locally). Drive along the coastal road past countless coves and the beautiful beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, and Varkiza to Cape Sounion. Dominated by the spectacular Temple of Poseidon, the sanctuary at Sounion is one of the most important archeological sites in Attica. Although evidence suggests that the site dates back to the prehistoric period, the sanctuary is first mentioned in Homer's Odyssey, as the place where Menelaos stopped during his return from Troy to bury his helmsman, Phrontes Onetorides. Learn about the rich history of this area as you take in stunning views of the Aegean on this fascinating optional excursion.

Day 4: Athens & Mykonos

Accommodations: 3 nights Mykonian Ambassador Hotel & Thalasso Spa Center or similar, Mykonos. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer via high speed ferry to Mykonos
  • Remainder of the day at leisure to explore Mykonos

"Little Venice," MykonosFull Day Itinerary: This morning, you'll be transferred to the port of Piraeus to board your ferry to the gorgeous island of Mykonos, where chic crowds flock to the beautiful beaches by day and to the trendy restaurants and discos each night. You'll be met and transferred to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure.

Day 5: Mykonos

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Full day at leisure to enjoy Mykonos

Mykonos harborFull Day Itinerary: 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.

While on Mykonos, you may want to visit the nearby 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.

Day 6: Mykonos

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Another full day to explore Mykonos at your own pace

Day 7: Mykonos & Santorini

Accommodations: 3 nights El Greco, Aressana Hotel or similar, Santorini on departures through Oct 3, 2016; Belvedere Hotel, El Greco, or similar, Santorini on departures from Apr 10, 2017 onward. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer via high speed ferry to Santorini
  • Balance of the day to explore Santorini at leisure

Blue Churches, Oia, SantoriniFull Day Itinerary: This morning, you'll be transferred to the port of Mykonos 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.

Day 8: Santorini

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Full day at leisure to enjoy Santorini

Windmills in OiaFull Day Itinerary: 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. Or take an optional boat cruise to Nea Kameni and visit the still active volcano. Wherever you go, enjoy the spectacular views as the sun sets behind the caldera.

Day 9: Santorini

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Another full day to explore Santorini at your own pace

Day 10: Santorini & Athens

Accommodations: 1 night Sofitel Athens Airport or similar. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Fly from Santorini back to Athens
  • Transfer to your airport hotel outside Athens

Full Day Itinerary: Today, transfer to the airport on Santorini 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.

Day 11: Athens/USA

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • This morning, bid farewell to Greece as you board your flight home
  • Arrive in the USA later today

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 10: Santorini & Athens

Accommodations: 1 night Royal Olympic Hotel or similar, Athens. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Fly from Santorini back to Athens
  • Upon arrival, you'll be escorted to your centrally located hotel

Day 11: Athens, Mycenae & Olympia

Accommodations: 1 night Hotel Amalia Olympia or similar. Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Drive across the Corinth Canal to Olympia
  • Visit the famous theatre of Epidaurus
  • Evening at leisure in Olympia

Corinth CanalFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast this morning, 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.

Theater at EpidaurusHere you'll 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 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.

Day 12: Olympia, Nafpaktos & Delphi

Accommodations: 1 night Hotel Amalia Delphi or similar. Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Morning tour of the archeological site and museum at Olympia
  • Afternoon drive via Patras to Rion, Antirion and picturesque Nafpaktos
  • Evening at leisure in Delphi

Palestra, OlympiaFull Day Itinerary: This morning you'll tour the archeological 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.

Nafpaktos, Greece © GNTO & F. DesilasThis afternoon, you'll drive via Patras to Rion, Antirion and picturesque Nafpaktos, where according to mythology, Hercules slew the Erymanthine boar, and where you'll view the lovely circular Venetian harbor. Continue our drive to Delphi for dinner and overnight.

Day 13: Delphi & Kalambaka

Accommodations: 1 night Hotel Amalia Kalambaka or similar. Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Morning tour of Delphi
  • Evening at leisure in Kalambaka

DelphiFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast you'll explore the ancient site of Delphi, located on the slopes of the breathtaking Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty. Here lie 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 had 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, you'll 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.

Day 14: Meteora & Athens

Accommodations: 1 night Royal Olympic Hotel or similar, Athens. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Morning tour of Meteora monasteries
  • Afternoon drive back to Athens via Thermopylae
  • Evening at leisure in Athens

Monastery, MeteoraFull Day Itinerary: This morning you'll 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 A.D., when the monks constructed inaccessible eagle's nests in the crannies of these rocks and today, four are still occupied.

Later this afternoon you'll drive back to Athens, via Thermopylae, famous battleground from the Persian wars. Arrive in Athens and check into your hotel.

Day 15: Athens/USA

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Bid farewell to Greece as you're escorted to the airport to board your flight home
  • Arrive in the USA later today

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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.

Howard Kendall

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