Fifty years ago the way to explore Greek history and the islands was by ferry, with a back-pack, sleeping on the beaches, staying where you wanted for as long as you wanted. It was a carefree if very sandy way to travel. Then we had island-hopping cruises where your ship docked at a harbour somewhere, you rushed and rushed around for an hour or two, then rushed back to head-off for the next place.
HYBRID ISLAND-HOPPING WITH ALL CREATURE COMFORTS
Of course, you can still cruise. But we recommend a hybrid way to island hop. One that gives you time to soak up the character and experience the culture and history of our beautiful islands, We particularly recommend this 10-day tour which visits 4 amazing places.
IT ALL STARTS IN ATHENS…
OK, so Athens isn’t an island – it’s even better, it’s a legend! Home and hearth to ever Greek and everything Hellenic it is a city that never sleeps and a place you’ll never tire of. We spend three nights here. The day you arrive we transfer you to your hotel and the evening is at leisure to acclimatise. On Day 2 we give you a guided morning tour that climaxes at The Acropolis and The Parthenon. This evening explore the restaurants and bars as you choose.
…NEXT WE HOP OFF TO MYKONOS…
The following morning we catch the hydrofoil to Mykonos – playground of hedonists from around the globe. We spend three nights here so make sure you enjoy the beaches and nightlife but don’t miss hopping over to the tiny island of Delos for half-a-day, it’s one of the most important ancient sites in Greece. Also check out the optional local cookery and wine courses at Mykonian Spiti, a farmstead up in the hills.
…THEN IT’S SANTORINI…
On Day 6 it’s another hydrofoil trip, heading to the southernmost island of the Cyclades, Santorini. We have the best part of three days and three nights here. There is time to chill out on the black sand volcanic beaches, but we’ll offer you an optional tour of the island and show you Akrotiri – the Greek equivalent of Pompeii (only better!). We also recommend the optional wine tasting tour as the white wines here, grown on volcanic soil, are world renowned.
PRICES FROM €1,375 TO €2,068 PER PERSON IN TWIN ROOM
Prices vary seasonally but we can particularly recommend the low-season in September and October when this part of the Aegean has very pleasant temperatures, warm waters and excellent value prices. Single room supplements apply.
Prices include 4 star B&B hotel accommodation, all transfers, and a half-day city tour of Athens (on a shared basis). Hotel tax (€3.00 pppn) must be settled directly with the hotel.
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