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Athens & Cyclades Islands Escape

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Athens
Mykonos
Santorini
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Experience the rich history and culture of Greece. Discover the ancient Acropolis of Athens and the atmosphere of the capital's vibrant neighborhoods. Go island-hopping to discover the paradise beaches of Mykonos and the sublime sunsets of Santorini, the most sought-after Greek islands.

1st Day: UK/Ireland - Athens

Ready to dive into the wonders of one of the greatest civilisations of all time and walk in the footsteps of the greats, from Socrates to Aristotle? Head to your departure airport, ready for a flight to Athens *, the Greek capital. Touch down in Athens and transfer to the hotel, in the heart of the city where you can soak up the hustle and bustle of the mega-metropolis. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure, exploring the vibrant Athenian neighbourhoods and sampling delicious Greek cuisine. Overnight stay in Athens.

* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Athens

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day getting to know Athens at your leisure. For a deeper dive into the sights and history of the capital, we recommend an optional guided Athens city tour which includes entrance to the legendary Acropolis and the fascinating Acropolis Museum.* Be sure to soak up the lively atmosphere of the city come nightfall and dine on delicious Greek cuisine. Alternatively, spend the afternoon on an optional excursion to Cape Sounion.** Overnight stay in Athens.

Optional Athens Guided Sightseeing & Acropolis Tour: Begin in Constitution Square and continue past the Parliament building, guarded by Evzones. Pass by the Presidential Residence before visiting the incredible Acropolis and Hadrian's Arch. Be awe-struck by the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Panathenaic Stadium, carved from marble and famous as the site of the first modern Olympics in 1896. Finish the tour with an eye-opening visit to the Acropolis Museum, home to the most impressive treasures unearthed from the Acropolis and ancient Athens. Entrance fee must be paid at the destination (approx. 30 euros per person).

** Optional Excursion to Cape Sounion: Set off for Cape Sounion to see the amazing Temple of Poseidon, the ruins of which date back to the Golden Age of Athens. Overlooking the sea, the silhouette of this ancient temple is one of the most picturesque sights in Greece. Entrance fee to be paid at the destination (approx. 10 euros per person).

3rd Day: Athens - Mykonos

Enjoy breakfast*, before setting off for Piraeus Port to catch a ferry to Mykonos. Journey across the Aegean Sea to the Cyclades Island group before finally arriving in Mykonos. One of the most popular Greek islands, Mykonos combines picture-perfect beaches, charming towns and vibrant nightlife. A hedonistic paradise, Mykonos is instantly recognisable by its windmills and renowned for its unforgettable sunsets. Transfer to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day exploring or relaxing at your leisure. Overnight stay in Mykonos. 

Please note: You may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast this morning due to the early departure time of the ferry to Mykonos.

4th Day: Mykonos

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend a laid-back day at your leisure in stylish Mykonos. Explore the cobbled streets of Mykonos Town, watch the boats come and go from Little Venice or simply lounge on one of the island's idyllic beaches. Alternatively, we recommend an optional excursion to Delos Island.* However you spend your day, the island is sure to captivate you with its natural beauty and charming local culture. Overnight stay in Mykonos. 

Optional Delos Island Excursion: From Mykonos Town, catch a short ferry to Delos Island. Delos is filled with enchanting archaeological sites and the island is believed to have been the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, two of the most revered Greek gods. Entrance fee to be paid at the destination (approx. 12 euros per person).

5th Day: Mykonos

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure on Mykonos. The island is well-known for its beautiful beaches. We recommend visiting the beaches of Agios Ioannis, one of the most spectacular beaches on the island or Elia Beach, home to the longest stretch of sand on the island. Overnight stay in Mykonos.

6th Day: Mykonos - Santorini

Enjoy your breakfast, before setting off to Mykonos Port to catch a ferry to Santorini. One of Greece's most loved islands, Santorini is known for its blue-roofed houses and soul-stirring sunsets. Arrive in Santorini and transfer to the hotel. The evening is at your leisure to explore the town and dine in style as you watch the sun slowly set over the Aegean Sea. Overnight stay in Santorini.

7th Day: Santorini

Breakfast at the hotel. Day at your own leisure on the splendid island of Santorini. Crescent-shaped Santorini, a precious gem of the Aegean, is actually a group of islands consisting of Thíra, Thirassiá, Asproníssi, Palea and Nea Kaméni in the southernmost part of Cyclades. Known for its pretty white and blue houses, paradises beaches and lively nightlife, Santorini is the perfect place for a laid-back escape. We recommend an optional island tour to discover the island's captivating sights.* Overnight stay in Santorini.

Optional Santorini Island Tour: Discover the sights of Santorini including its charming towns of Oia and Fira and its most spectacular historic sights and natural wonders. Entrance fee to be paid at the destination (approx. 12 euros per person).

8th Day: Santorini - UK/Ireland

Breakfast at the hotel.* After an unforgettable journey through Greece's ancient sites and idyllic islands, it's time to bring your trip to a close. At the indicated time, transfer to Santorini airport for a flight back to the UK/Ireland. Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your trip.

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

8 days trip including flights*

8 days and 7 nights in destination

1

LON - ATH

Athens

2

Athens

3

Mykonos

4

Mykonos

5

Mykonos

6

Santorini

7

Santorini

8

JTR - LON

* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.

The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.

Accommodation: 7 Nights

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Optional

Athens Guided Sightseeing & Acropolis Tour

Discover the sights of both modern and ancient Athens including Consitution Square, the Athens Acropolis, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Panathenaic Stadium and the Acropolis Museum. Entrance fees (approx. 30 euros per person) be paid at destination.
Suggested activity for day 2
Optional

Afternoon excursion to Cape Sounion

Set off for Cape Sounion to see the amazing Temple of Poseidon. Overlooking the sea, the silhouette of this ancient temple is one of the most picturesque sights in Greece. Approx. 10 euros per person entrance fee to be paid at destination.
Suggested activity for day 2
Optional

Half-Day Excursion to Delos Island by Boat

From Mykonos Town, catch a short ferry to Delos Island. Delos is filled with enchanting archaeological sites and the island is believed to have been the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Approx. 12 euros per person entrance fee to be paid at destination.
Suggested activity for day 4
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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. 
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  • Departures from main US airports.
  • International flights: US - Athens, Santorini - US.
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation in Charm category hotels.
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  • 7 breakfasts.
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles.
  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Ferry transfers: Piraeus - Mykonos - Santorini. *
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Not included

Drinks, entrance fees,* city taxes and tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

* Please consult the itinerary for details of the entrance fee costs.

A number of Greek cities impose an accommodation tax, which must be paid directly to the hotel (Aprox. 3-4€ per room per night).

* In case of adverse conditions, there may be changes to the ferry timings.

Please keep in mind that the ferry ride from Piraeus (Athens) to Mykonos takes approximately 7 hours, and from Mykonos to Santorini takes approximately 4 hours.

  • Entry requirements
    Valid passport.
  • Visa
    No visa is required.
  • Currency
    Euro.
  • Language
    Greek.
  • Electricity
    230 V. 50 Hz. Adapter not required.
  • Health
    There are no mandatory vaccinations for travellers from EU countries.
  • Time zone
    UTC + 02:00.
  • Tourist Office website
    www.visitgreece.gr

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

 

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