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Greek Island Hopper

The ancient capital of Athens, then 2 of the magical Greek Isles: Mykonos & Santorini; travel independently with flights, hotel & ferry included. Optional Classical Greece extension.

Overview

from$3149Tour + Flights from$2649Tour Only 11days
price per person, double occupancy,* based on Sep 21, 2020 departure from NYC
$400 Instant Savings. Expires Jan 2, 2020.*   All prices reflect savings.
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 May – October 2020
Activity Level Easy
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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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.

Package includes

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Round trip flights from New York (JFK) or Newark (EWR) via scheduled carriers, including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees, with other gateways available on request
  • 9 nights in Deluxe and Superior First Class hotels
  • 9 buffet breakfasts
  • Athens City Tour
  • All transfers
  • Ferries between Athens, Mykonos and Santorini
  • Flight from Santorini to Athens

Optional add-ons

  • Cape Sounion Tour
  • Classical Greece Extension

Why you'll love it

  • Enjoy the highlights of ancient Athens, including the Acropolis and its many monuments, the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Panathinaikon Stadium, the Parliament House on Constitution Square and more.
  • Hop aboard a high-speed ferry to Mykonos and discover the beautiful beaches, upscale shops, and tasty restaurants.
  • Visit Delos, the nearby island where legend says Apollo and Artemis were born.
  • Explore Santorini and enjoy the breathtaking views of the rugged cliffs, pearly-white homes, and charming cafes.
  • Use your free time to explore the villages of Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli and Oia.
  • Join an optional boat cruise to Nea Kameni to see the still-active volcano on the island.

Dates & Prices

Departure Dates & Prices

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Departures & Prices, with flights
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If you want a few extra days to explore on your own, we may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers, for an additional charge. Ask us about prices and availability when you reserve. More information Want to extend your trip?

Options & Fees

Greek Island Hopper
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement
Jun 15, 2020 +$1999
Sep 7, 2020 +$2299
Jul 20, 2020 +$2399
All other departures +$1599
Optional Excursions
Cape Sounion +$55
Classical Greece Extension
Classical Greece Extension
Jul 20, 2020 unavailable
All other departures +$899
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement +$299

So that we can offer you the best deals, our packages are, like most hotels and cruises, priced based on double occupancy rooms or cabins. We charge solo travelers an extra fee to cover the extra costs of single occupancy rooms or cabins. (Consider: if you booked a $200/night hotel room solo, you would pay the $200 yourself; but if a couple booked the same room, each one would pay only $100.) But you only pay extra for the rooms or cabins, nothing else, including meals, sightseeing, tips, etc. Why are single rooms more?

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
New York City (NYC)1 included

1. 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.

This package includes round-trip flights from the city listed above.

Want to fly from another city? We can arrange flights from most major cities. Ask us for a quote for flights from your preferred city when you reserve, and we'll get back to you with the price and availability within 3 business days. Of course, you can also book your own flights. More information

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA

  • Check in for your overnight flight to Greece

Day 2 Athens

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

Royal Olympic or similar

Full Day Itinerary
Athens

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

  • Enjoy a half day of sightseeing in Athens
  • Spend the afternoon exploring the city independently, or join an option excursion

Royal Olympic or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Acropolis, Athens

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.

This afternoon, explore Athens on your own or join an optional excursion.

Optional Excursion: Cape Sounion, +$55
Poseidon Temple, Cape Sounion

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 archaeological 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

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

Royal Myconian Resort & Thalasso Spa Center or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
"Little Venice," Mykonos

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

  • Full day at leisure to enjoy Mykonos

Royal Myconian Resort & Thalasso Spa Center or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Mykonos harbor

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

  • Another full day to explore Mykonos at your own pace

Royal Myconian Resort & Thalasso Spa Center or similar Breakfast

Day 7 Mykonos & Santorini

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

El Greco Resort Hotel or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Blue Churches, Oia, Santorini

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

  • Full day at leisure to enjoy Santorini

El Greco Resort Hotel or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Windmills in Oia

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

  • Another full day to explore Santorini at your own pace

El Greco Resort Hotel or similar Breakfast

Day 10 Santorini & Athens

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

Sofitel Athens Airport or similar Breakfast

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

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

Breakfast

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

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

Royal Olympic or similar Breakfast

Day 11 Athens, Mycenae & Olympia

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

Amalia Hotel Olympia or similar Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Corinth Canal

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.

Here 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

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

Amalia Hotel Delphi or similar Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Palestra, Olympia

This morning you'll 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, 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

  • Morning tour of Delphi
  • Evening at leisure in Kalambaka

Amalia Hotel Kalambaka or similar Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Delphi

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

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

Royal Olympic or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Monastery, Meteora

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, 5.5 miles 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

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

Breakfast

Hotels

Amalia Hotel Delphi

Amalia Hotel Delphi
First Class

Superbly located on a mountain slope at the foot of Mount Parnassus, the Amalia Hotel Delphi enjoys a breathtaking view of the green valley below stretching all the way down to the sea and the picturesque ports of Itea and Galaxidi. The Amalia Hotel is also conveniently located near the museum and archaeological sites of Delphi, considered by the ancient Greeks to be the center of the world.

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Amalia Hotel Kalambaka

Amalia Hotel Kalambaka
First Class

Located on a 14-acre property just a few minutes away from the town of Kalambaka, the Amalia Hotel Kalambaka boasts extensive gardens and beautiful views of the Meteora Rocks. 

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Royal Olympic

Royal Olympic
Deluxe

The family run hotel is located directly opposite the Temple of Zeus and the National Garden, overlooking the Acropolis and a short walk to the new Acropolis Museum.

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