The Greek Isles (2012)

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  • FLIGHT 1 Night

  • Day 1

    Overnight flight

    Overnight flight
    Board your overnight flight, bound for Europe.
  • ATHENS 2 NIGHTS

  • Day 2

    Arrive in Athens

    Walking tour of Athens

    Arrive in Athens
    Welcome to Athens, capital of Greece. Athens was named after Athena, Ancient Greece’s number one goddess. Today it's a cool mix of ancient sites and modern urban life. Its outdoor café culture and pedestrian-friendly streets make it a great walking city. After clearing customs, you’ll meet your full-time tour director and the rest of your group.

    Walking tour of Athens
    Your tour director will take you to some of the can't-miss sights of Athens. Walk through the always-busy Plaka district at the base of the Acropolis. This is a big hangout for visitors and locals, and a good place to meet up. You’ll also get to see Hadrian’s Arch and the Temple of Olympian Zeus—construction on this temple began in 515 B.C.
  • Day 3

    Sightseeing tour of Athens (local guide)

    Optional Saronic Islands cruise (extra cost)

    Welcome dinner

    Sightseeing tour of Athens (local guide)
    Go back in time on a sightseeing tour with a local guide. See the Temple of Athena Nike, which once housed a gold statue of Athena. Pass the stadium where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896. The highlight of the tour is a walk up to the top of the Acropolis, where you’ll get to see the legendary Parthenon up close.

    Optional Saronic Islands cruise ($90 pre-booked)
    Head out for a day of island-hopping in the beautiful blue Saronic Gulf. Spend time on Aegina, Poros, and Hydra—these three picturesque islands are popular getaway spots for Athenians, who come for the beautiful beaches, ancient ruins, and amazing seaside landscapes.

    Welcome dinner
    Get to know the other travelers in your group over tonight's included dinner.
  • MYKONOS 2 NIGHTS

  • Day 4

    Ferry to Mykonos

    Free time on Mykonos (night)

    Ferry to Mykonos
    Begin your 6-day Greek Island hop and head to cosmopolitan Mykonos. Mykonos is known for its beaches and its nightlife. Though you’ll pay a little more for your fun here than you will on the other islands, the awesome scenery and lively bar and club scene are all worth it.

    Free time on Mykonos (night)
    Top 5 nightlife suggestions:
    1. Little Venice – This is the best area to go bar hopping—many places have verandas overlooking the water.
    2. Katerina’s – Famous for its piña coladas, this Little Venice bar has amazing views of the sunset over the sea.
    3. Cavo Paradiso – Famous DJs spin at this Paradise Beach spot in the summer months.
    4. Anemo Theatre – From July to September, this outdoor venue features concerts and other performances.
    5. Caprice – This is the first club to open in the spring and the last to close in the fall.
  • Day 5

    Free day on Mykonos

    Free day on Mykonos
    Top 5 free-time suggestions:
    1. Paradise Beach – This is the most famous of the beaches, with all the seaside activities to earn the reputation.
    2. Lena's House – Step inside a re-created home of a middle class 19th-century Mykonos family.
    3. Little Venice – Check out this unique area of houses built hanging over the sea.
    4. Museum of Folklore – Housed in a 19th-century sea captain's home, this museum displays a cool collection of crafts and furniture.
    5. Delos – Just off the coast of Mykonos, the entire island is an archaeological site.
  • SANTORINI 2 NIGHTS

  • Day 6

    Ferry to Santorini

    Free time on Santorini (night)

    Ferry to Santorini
    Head to the island of Santorini, also known as Thira. The scenery of Santorini is absolutely amazing. The crescent-shaped island is actually the caldera of an ancient volcano, and some say it’s the site of Atlantis.

    Free time on Santorini (night)
    Top 5 nightlife suggestions:
    1. Kamari – This town's beachfront is packed with clubs and cafés, so take your pick.
    2. Yellow Donkey Disco – A young crowd dominates this popular club in Kamari.
    3. Kirathira Bar – Mellow jazz and a cool atmosphere.
    4. Murphy’s Club – This club in Fira is open all year; a favorite spot for dancing.
    5. Tropical Bar – The balcony at this place looks out on the volcano caldera from 250 meters above the sea.
  • Day 7

    Free day on Santorini

    Free day on Santorini
    Top 5 free-time suggestions:
    1. Archaeological Museum – Check out this collection of locally-discovered artifacts, including figurines, vases and more.
    2. Ancient Thira – These amazing ancient ruins are atop a high cliff overlooking two beaches.
    3. Oia – Explore this scenic village at the westernmost tip of the island; a great place to watch the sun set over the water.
    4. Pyrgos – This is one of the oldest and most traditional villages on the island.
    5. Swimming – The long beach at Kamari is a very good option for hanging out by the sea.
  • IOS 2 NIGHTS

  • Day 8

    Ferry to Ios

    Free time on Ios (night)

    Ferry to Ios
    Head to the smaller island of Ios, known as the island of good times. It has a youthful feel, and most people come for the nightlife. Of course, during the day, it’s easy to catch up on sleep on any number of relaxing beaches.

    Free time on Ios (night)
    Top 5 nightlife suggestions:
    1. Mylopotas – Come to bar-hopping heaven on this long stretch along the beach.
    2. Scorpion – Located in Mylopotas, this is supposedly the largest club in the Cyclades Island chain.
    3. Ios Club – On the port, this is a good spot to have a drink and listen to classical or jazz music.
    4. Dubliner – In the main square of Ios Town, this is a friendly watering hole, popular with Irish tourists.
    5. Amadeus Bar – This small bar has great music.
  • Day 9

    Free day on Ios

    Farewell drink

    Free day on Ios
    Top 4 free-time suggestions:
    1. Ios Town – Walk around this little village in the classic Cycladic style (whitewash, cubes and colorful doors and shutters).
    2. Mylopotas – Water sports, sunning, and swimming abound at this lively sandy beach.
    3. Koumbara – About a 30-minute walk from the port of Ios, this is a quieter, more mellow beach.
    4. Plakotos – Up on a mountain on the north side of the island, this is the supposed spot of Homer's grave.

    Farewell drink
    Share some memories of the trip and have plenty of laughs over drinks with the group.
  • ATHENS 1 Night

  • Day 10

    Return to Athens

    Free time in Athens (night)

    Return to Athens
    Head back to the mainland for the final night of your trip.

    Free time in Athens (night)
    Top 5 nightlife suggestions:
    1. Psirri District – This up-and-coming neighborhood is packed full of outdoor café bars.
    2. Thiseion District – Located under the Acropolis, this is a central area with a thriving nightlife.
    3. Akrotiri – A nice sea breeze keeps you cool on the dance floor in this open-air club.
    4. Dora Stratou Dance Theatre – See more than 75 performers in a traditional folk dancing show.
    5. Gagarin 205 Live Music Space – Catch the biggest international music acts here, as well as local groups and DJs during the week.

    For more ideas and details, see our Lonely Planet city guide for Athens.
  • FLIGHT 1 DAY

  • Day 11

    Fly home

    Fly home
    It's time to say your goodbyes. Head to the airport for your flight back home.
Build your trip

Washington DC (BWI, IAD, DCA)
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Hotels
  • Travel between cities
  • Ferries between islands
  • Welcome dinner
  • Breakfast daily
  • Farewell drink
  • Full-time tour director
  • Walking tours
  • Sightseeing tours
  • Entrance to select attractions
  • Saronic Islands Cruise
    Head out for a day of island-hopping in the beautiful blue Saronic Gulf. Spend time on Aegina, Poros, and Hydra—these three picturesque islands are popular getaway spots for Athenians, who are drawn by the beautiful beaches, ancient ruins, and amazing seaside landscapes.
SIGHTS YOU'LL SEE:

Acropolis

CITY GUIDES

Athens