GI4 Greek Island Hopping Tour
Santorini, Mykonos & Delos
Guided Athens city tour; Scenic local ferries, more time on isles than on a cruise; Guided sacred isle, Delos, tour; Spectacular Santorini; Beautiful beaches of Mykonos
- DATES & PRICES
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- MAP & HOTELS
- TRIP INFORMATION
Dates & Prices
Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to the entries under the blue box below.
|Start Date||End Date||Price||More Info|
|Wed 11 Sep 2019||Thu 19 Sep 2019||$2530 USD|
|Tue 12 May 2020||Wed 20 May 2020||$2530 USD|
|Tue 26 May 2020||Wed 03 Jun 2020||$2530 USD|
|Wed 01 Jul 2020||Thu 09 Jul 2020||$2530 USD|
|Wed 09 Sep 2020||Thu 17 Sep 2020||$2530 USD|
|Wed 23 Sep 2020||Thu 01 Oct 2020||$2530 USD|
Optional Single Supplement: $548 USD (number of singles limited).
In the sun-drenched islands of Greece, it is easy to get lost in the deep azure blue of the Aegean Sea and the postcard perfect viewpoints that arrive around every corner. But if you join one of our Greek Island hopping tours, you will see a side of Greece that is multifaceted and utterly interesting.
From the ancient port town of Athens, our Greek Island hopping tours start with an introduction to a history so grand that its impact is still felt to this day. Everything from democracy to philosophy, architecture to the arts has been influenced by this great city. No place is more apparent to this historical importance than the Acropolis, and our Greek Island hopping tours start with a guided journey through buildings erected as early as the 5th century BC. Discover where the great works of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes were first performed while touring the Dionysus Theatre. From the classical age of Greece, to the Roman and Byzantine times, Athens has been the centre of it all for thousands of years.
Wandering away from the cobblestone centre, our Greek Island hopping tours will head to the port and venture aboard a Greek ferry to whisk us away to the beautiful and idyllic Greek Isles. While on the islands, our guided tours of Greece are at a relaxed pace to allow our group time to enjoy the splendours of history, gain valuable insights into Greek culture, taste the delicious cuisine from local restaurants, but also enough time to reflect on the magnificent journey and have some independent explorations.
Many of the towns we visit are as scenic as they are serene. Whitewashed buildings concealing dozens of little shrines, chapels, and churches look out onto breezy harbour fronts and sandy shorelines. Even though our Greek Island hopping tours take us far from the mainland, history and folklore has a way of weaving into these sacred islands. On the tiny island of Delos, we join our local guide for a tour of the sanctuary which was once the religious and political capital of the Cyclades for nearly 1000 years. Merchants and mariners from as far as Syria and Egypt once ventured to this tiny island, and a visit to the theatre which once held 5,500 people in one sitting allows us to imagine how populated and important this place once was.
From morning to sunset, each day on our Greek Island hopping tours offers photographers something to see. Perhaps no sunset is more picturesque than the one we will experience in Santorini. Overlooking the tiny villages that surround Santorini's caldera, the sky here turns a magnificent array of colours that leave all travellers in awe. One look and it is easy to understand how these small villages such as Oia have inspired many generations of artists.
It may be the attractive scenes of Greece that lured you in, or perhaps the sweeping legacies and culture, but it the combination of both which makes Greece so special.
Carol W. (Stamford, CT, US)
I have been travelling the world for over 20 years and I have to say that our AA tour leader was one of the best tour leaders I have encountered. We had some difficulties with the ferry strike, the metro strike and the air traffic controller strike, but she handled all of it with grace. I know she must have been terribly upset, but she did not show it - a sign of a truly great leader.
Dallas D. (Vancouver, BC, CA)
The excursions were excellent this was our third time to Greece and have enjoyed it all. Wouldn't change a thing. Excellent all of the local guides are very knowledgeable. Excellent transportation as always. Excellent cross section of foods, loved it all. We had an absolute all round fantastic, patient, knowledgeable tour leader. She was helpful and caring with everyone she comes in contact with. A real gem. Adventures Abroad have always been the best way to travel with as they only have small groups and all the staff, tour leaders are really great to deal with. We keep travelling with them, wouldn't do it any other way.
Deb D. (Houston, TX, US)
Loved the extra small group setting - made the trip very intimate. Accommodations were good - food was fabulous. I think she has a good knowledge of Greek current affairs as well as history and the areas we visited. If Erin couldn t answer a question, she found the answer! And she took notes to continue to improve her knowledge.
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
Hotel Divani Palace Acropolis
Divani Palace Acropolis enjoys a priceless location right by the world-famous Acropolis, the perfect place to savour Athens fascinating history. ... beautiful hotel offers elegant rooms and suites, an outdoor pool with bar, and delicious dining including our summer Roof Garden restaurant with enchanting views of the ancient heritage. Top-notch meeting rooms and romantic banquet rooms make our hotel ideal for business meetings or a truly memorable event.
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Hotel Petinos, built and painted in traditional Cycladic architecture and colours, offers its guests a warm, cozy, hospitable environment. The ... was renovated in January 2006. All rooms and common use areas are air conditioned. The hotel also provides a TV room, a large courtyard garden, bar and restaurant facilities and a swimming pool nearby. There is a mini market just across the street.
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Santorini Palace is an A' Class Hotel in Fira, the island's capitol. It is within walking distance from the breathtaking ... fine restaurants, and the main shopping center. With a total of 106 impeccably furnished rooms and suites, fully air-conditioned, an outdoor 300 sq meters swimming pool, a deluxe restaurant, main bar and pool bar.
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Breakfast and dinner (mostly local restaurants) daily. All sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers arriving/departing on tour dates.
International airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international air taxes (if applicable), and excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs and shopping.
Seasonality and Weather
This tour is offered in spring, summer, and fall, the most popular being spring and fall when temperatures are milder, crowds thinner, and airfares lower. Spring is popular for green landscapes and wildflowers; beachgoers prefer fall sea temperatures. The region has a Mediterranean climate with early springs, long hot and dry summers, and autumns that are bright and warm into mid-October. Showers are possible in spring, rare in summer, and possible in late fall.
Transport and Travel Conditions
This is not a cruise! We travel between islands via local ferries, which can range from hydrofoils to large vehicle carrying vessels. Greek ferry schedules tend to change without notice; some itinerary adjustments may be necessary at the discretion of your Tour Leader.
Land transport (city & island tours, port transfers) by private air-conditioned motor coach, 24-36 seats depending on group size (see 'group size'); some local buses and taxis.
Porter service is rarely available on the islands (see 'inclusions'); you MUST be independent with your luggage, especially getting on / off ferries.
This trip is typical of most of our European tours, which are ambitious and involve full days of travel and sightseeing. While we don't have any actual strenuous activity (ie hiking) built into the program, you will do a lot of walking on this trip. These walks will mostly be in the form of walking tours of towns and cities and short walks to dinner. Being Europe, and a hilly/mountainous area, cobbles, uneven surfaces, and slopes/stairs are common. If you are accustomed to typical "bus tours," which rely heavily on vehicular transport for all sightseeing activities, you should be aware that this tour is considerably more active.
Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.
Well-located, air-conditioned, mid-range hotels (3-4 star) throughout. Island hotels are smaller properties (3-4 story) that will likely not have elevators. All hotels have en suite bath, though most have shower only.
A special note about Santorini, which is primarily a luxury tourism destination and, while we can confidently promise our visit will be fulfilling and rewarding, one's hotel expectations must be in line with our overall purpose, which is sightseeing and cultural experience and not focused on the "hotel experience" per se. Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than twins.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, driver (s), local step-on local guides in various locales.
Maximum 18 plus Tour Leader
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