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Greek Island Explorer

10 Days 1 Country 3 Cities

This CostSaver trip takes in Athens, the Acropolis and Hadrian's Arch, plus the islands of Mykonos and Santorini.

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      • Shared Rooming: Room Share is not available on this trip.
      • Itinerary: Occasionally the itinerary may be altered due to sailing conditions on the Aegean Sea, ferry schedules, religious holidays or any other unforeseen circumstances.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
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      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
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      About this trip

      Start your Aegean adventure in ancient Athens before settling into laid-back island life on vibrant Mykonos and Santorini's dramatic volcanic landscape, where you will have days to explore their secret coves, tiny cobbled streets and seaside cafés.


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      Trip code: CGIH

      9 Nights

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      11 Meals
      • 9 buffet breakfasts

      • 2 three course dinners

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

      Mykonos, Greece
        • Athens
          Sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes a visit to the magnificent Acropolis and the Temple of Zeus. View Hadrian's Arch

        • Mykonos
          Orientation of the port and Mykonos town includes a walk along the narrow cobbled streets. Your Travel Director will provide information on beaches and sightseeing opportunities

        • Santorini
          Orientation of the town of Fira with a walk to enjoy the views over the caldera. Your Travel Director will provide information on beaches and sightseeing opportunities


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 9 buffet breakfasts

        • 2 three course dinners


      What's Included

      Unbeatable Features

        • Daily breakfast

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach

        • High-speed ferries from Piraeus to Mykonos, Mykonos to Santorini and Santorini to Piraeus, subject to availability and weather conditions

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Variety of Optional Experiences

        • An expert Travel Director and separate driver

        • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes

        • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply. Please refer to the price panel


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

      Greek Island Explorer

      Your Itinerary

      1. Arrive Athens (2 Nights)

      Welcome to Athens. You are met on arrival and taken to your hotel. After check-in spend the rest of the day relaxing or exploring the city. Later join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Meeting.

      Hotel
      Zafolia/Titania/President

      2. Athens Sightseeing and Free Time

      Your Local Specialist takes you on a morning sightseeing tour of Athens starting with a visit to the ancient Acropolis and the Parthenon, which is considered to be the most important building to survive from Classical Greece. View the Panathinaiko Olympic stadium, the Evzone guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and a host of other famous sites including the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Arch. Spend the rest of the day as you choose. This evening savour local Greek specialities at one of the city's excellent restaurants.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Cape Sounion

      Take a relaxing trip down to the southernmost tip of Mainland Greece to see the fifth century B.C Temple of Poseidon at Sounion. See if you can spot where Byron carved his initials on one of the temple’s sixteen columns. Marvel at the sheer rugged beauty of the coastline and the ancient temple perched above a 197-foot drop down to the Aegean Sea below. Stand above the site of the world’s first lighthouse, overlooking an area steeped in classical Greek history, ever since the tragic King Aegeas threw himself from the rocky precipice into the sea below, thereby giving his name to the Aegean Sea.

      Adult Price: €40.00

      Traditional Greek Taverna Meal With Entertainment

      This is an evening excursion to a taverna in the centre of Athens. Enjoy excellent traditional Greek food in a lively atmosphere while being entertained by dances and music from all parts of the country. Wine, beer and soft drinks are also included. Although the venue does have an official ending time, guests are more than welcome to stay on in the taverna, to join in with the local residents! (Casual dress)

      Adult Price: €55.00

      National Archaeological Museum

      Visit the National Archaeological Museum of Athens with our local specialist to view some of the most important exhibits; see the first “computer” known to man that was discovered south of Greece and is known as the “Antikythira mechanism”, marvel at the gold burial mask of Agammemnon, or the frescoes from the lost city of “Akrotiri” in Santorini! Enjoy free time to visit more exhibits and perhaps have a coffee in the museums beautiful main courtyard.

      Adult Price: €36.00

      Dinner "Meze" Style in Psiri

      Enjoy a lovely dining experience at a wonderful restaurant located in the lively area of Psiri. Dining is “meze style”, giving you the opportunity to taste many Greek cuisine dishes, which are served in the centre of the table. Also enjoy the local free-flowing wine! (Casual dress)

      Adult Price: €50.00

      3. Athens – Mykonos (3 Nights)

      Transfer to Piraeus and board the Aegean ferry. Your first stop is Mykonos, popular with the rich and famous. Transfer to your hotel where you will be given an orientation tour and useful information. Spend the rest of the day exploring this magical island. Houses, shops, churches, restaurants and windmills are immaculately whitewashed, with splashes of sky blue and jade green bringing colour to door frames and window shutters, many of which are overhung with dazzling pink and purple blossoms. Dinner is included tonight. Afterwards you might like to experience the island's vibrant nightlife.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Dinner
      Hotel
      Alkistis/Kamari/Vienoulas Garden

      4. Mykonos Free Time

      Experience the delights of Mykonos, around 9,000 people inhabit this rugged mass of granite. One of the most cosmopolitan islands in Greece, Mykonos is known for its beaches and diverse nightlife but manages to retain a strong indigenous identity despite its popularity. If you want to see the quieter side of the island, explore narrow winding alleys full of tempting boutiques in the labyrinth of the old town.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Ancient Delos

      We take a boat ride to Delos, once a Sacred Island, the legendary birthplace of God Apollo and his twin sister Artemis. Today Delos is one of the most important archaeological sites of the eastern Mediterranean. We see amongst others, the remains of the Temple of Apollo, the sanctuary of Artemis, the old city and the theatre and then walk down the celebrated Lion Street. In the museum of Delos one can admire Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman Sculptures, a collection of vessels from all periods as well as small items of everyday use. Transfers to/from port and entrance included.

      Adult Price: €60.00

      Mykonos Island Tour

      We explore the island, visiting some of the most beautiful beaches and viewing the landscape of inland Mykonos. Visiting “Ano Mera” and its famous Monastery, and Kalafatis beach, to perhaps enjoy a swim in the beautiful Aegean Sea.

      Adult Price: €37.00

      South Coast Cruise

      Enjoy a full day trip on a Greek “caique” boat, and cruise the southern coast of Mykonos. Start your day with a drive through the island of and arrive at Kalafatis beach to board your boat. Relax, enjoy the Aegean Sun, swim in the crystal clear waters and see the beautiful quiet beaches of this Cycladic island. Transfer back to the hotel in the late afternoon.

      Adult Price: €60.00

      5. Mykonos Free Time

      Today is free for you to wander round Little Venice on the east side of the harbour or consider a sightseeing experience to the nearby sacred island of Delos, a charming island and the birthplace of Artemis and Apollo. Visit the Archaeological Museum or Aegean Maritime Museum displaying ancient and nautical artifacts relating to the island's seafaring heritage. Enjoy cocktails at a waterfront restaurant and don't miss the opportunity to take a refreshing swim in the sparkling sea.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast

      6. Mykonos – Santorini (3 Nights)

      Your holiday continues with a ferry ride south across the Aegean to the beautiful island of Santorini, your home for the next three nights. You are met at the port and transferred to your hotel where you will be given an orientation tour and useful information. After check-in, explore Santorini, also known as Thira, which is comprised of a small circular archipelago of volcanic islands and is all that remains after one of the world's largest volcanic eruptions. This created a caldera whose multi-coloured walls are spectacular and it's the islands physical beauty that, along with a dynamic nightlife, makes it one of Europe's most desirable destinations. This evening join your fellow travellers for an included dinner.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Dinner
      Hotel
      Melina/Rose Bay/Kamari

      7. Santorini Free Time

      There are plenty of things to do in Santorini and you have two full days to enjoy this picturesque island. Relax in cliff-top restaurants and laze on sun-soaked beaches. Consider a cruise to explore the volcano and swim in the hot springs. Visit the island's museums or take a tour of a traditional winery and sample the grape variety unique to Santorini.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Santorini Island Tour With Visit To Akrotiri

      Drive to Profitis Ilias, the highest point, for stunning views of the island, before we make our way to the village of Pyrgos, to see the iconic blue domed churches and classic Cycladic architecture. We visit the prehistoric Akrotiri – a Bronze Age settlement destroyed by a huge eruption in the 17th century BC, buried under the volcanic ash, preserving the whole city. It is often referred often as “Prehistoric Pompei” Afterwards we head for the black sand beach of Perivolos, passing picturesque villages. Enjoy time at leisure on the black beach for a swim, have lunch or do both. Entrance to Aktrotiri included. Lunch not included.

      Adult Price: €52.00

      Senses Of Santorini And Oia Sunset

      We drive to Baxedes to visit our acclaimed local winery. We enjoy a variety of local “meze” (Greek hors d’oeurves) which will enchant your taste buds; sample the locally produced wines, walk in the vineyards, see the “kalathies” vines and the unique way that locals have grown grapes for centuries. Take a short drive to the spectacular village of Oia. Walk through the marble streets with time at leisure in the village for magnificent photos. Stroll to our chosen spot to marvel at the sunset, perhaps enjoy local delicacies at a local restaurants of your choice. Oia will delight your senses! Wine tasting and light snack included. Dinner not included.

      Adult Price: €40.00

      Sunset On Board

      This afternoon we board our large wooden “caique” and set off to the Volcano. Choose to climb up to the top of the volcano and experience a dormant volcano, or perhaps stay on board, relax and enjoy the amazing view. Afterwards, swim in the hot springs and enjoy the natural spa like feeling of the thermal waters and its warm mud full of healing properties. A casual dinner with wine on board, with music, marvel at the sunset and the breathtaking village of Oia high above on the Cliffside.

      Adult Price: €70.00

      Traditional Greek Wedding Show

      This evening you are invited to take part as a guest in a traditional Greek wedding. A life changing ceremony, a group celebration. Be part of the story. Meet the family. Eat, drink, dance, and break plates. The custom is traditional. The experience is not! This Greek Wedding Show is not only a Greek Night, but an unforgettable interactive musical experience!

      Adult Price: €45.00

      8. Santorini Free Time

      Enjoy another full free day on this picturesque island. Santorini has an abundance of dining establishments to suit all tastes where you can dine on a full range of international cuisine, including Greek specialities. And don't miss the sunsets for which the island is justifiably famous. They are spectacular from anywhere on the caldera but particularly from Oia on the northern tip of the island, which offers an uninterrupted view of the sun as it sinks below the horizon.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast

      9. Santorini – Athens

      Today take the high-speed ferry back to Athens for the final night of your trip. On arrival at the port of Piraeus, you are transferred to your Athens hotel. Enjoy some last minute sightseeing, shop for souvenirs or simply relax and reflect on your amazing journey. This evening you might like to join your travelling companions for a celebration dinner - there are plenty of restaurants, tavernas and open air cafés in the colourful Plaka area with street musicians playing traditional Greek music.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Hotel
      Zafolia/Titania/President

      10. Depart Athens

      This morning, after breakfast, it is time to bid farewell to Greece and your new found friends at the end of your wonderful Greek Island holiday. Transfers are available to the airport for your return flight home. Conditions apply.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast

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      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

      Athens, Greece
        • Athens
          Sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes a visit to the magnificent Acropolis and the Temple of Zeus. View Hadrian's Arch

        • Mykonos
          Orientation of the port and Mykonos town includes a walk along the narrow cobbled streets. Your Travel Director will provide information on beaches and sightseeing opportunities

        • Santorini
          Orientation of the town of Fira with a walk to enjoy the views over the caldera. Your Travel Director will provide information on beaches and sightseeing opportunities


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 9 buffet breakfasts

        • 2 three course dinners


      What's Included

      Unbeatable Features

        • Daily breakfast

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach

        • High-speed ferries from Piraeus to Mykonos, Mykonos to Santorini and Santorini to Piraeus, subject to availability and weather conditions

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Variety of Optional Experiences

        • An expert Travel Director and separate driver

        • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes

        • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply. Please refer to the price panel


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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        Service rating : The easy style holiday not confided to a bus for hours on end was much better. The only thing that would make the trip better would be to have the choice of ferry or plane trip to and from the islands and Athens. We got rough weather in the trip to Mykonos and it was not good. I

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        Service rating : Everything was well organizedProduct : The experience was amazing

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        Service rating : The tour was well planned and enjoyable.Product : We visited the main sites and we did not have to wait long in line. I also liked the fact that they gave us options and we had enough free time to enjoy the city.

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        Service rating : Having done two prior tours with Trafalgar I was worried the "cost saver" title was going to result in a lower standard tour. How wrong that was! The tour was fantastic from start to finish and never once felt like you were deprived of anything at all. Highly

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