Greek Island and Hopper

Greece & Eastern Mediterranean

Regional Journey

Greek Island Hopper (Summer 2019)

Duration: 12 days Visiting: Greece

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  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Highlights
  • Optional experiences
  • Accommodation
  • Dates & prices

Explore the most iconic of the Greek islands.

  1. Day 1

    Welcome to Athens.

    Welcome to Athens, one of the ancient capitals of the world. On arrival an Insight host will meet you at the airport and take you to your centrally located hotel. Once here there will be time to settle in and relax before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers at 19:00 for a Welcome Dinner.

  2. Day 2

    Athens Sightseeing:

    Your Local Expert will show you the incredible sights of Athens including the Acropolis and the Parthenon. The Acropolis of Athens and its monuments are universal symbols of Athens’ classical spirit and civilization. They form the greatest architectural and artistic complex bequeathed by Greek Antiquity to the world. In the evening, head back to your deluxe hotel for a relaxed evening before you head to Santorini in the morning.

  3. Day 3

    Depart for Santorini.

    Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before transferring to the port for the ferry to Santorini. Famed for the scattered white Cycladic houses that rest upon its cliffs, Santorini is a dreamy getaway. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and take time to relax. Why not take a dip in its pool or head down to the hotel’s private beach? In the evening join your fellow travellers for a cooling cocktail whilst viewing the famous spectacular caldera as the sun sets over the Aegean Sea.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    Santorini.

    Today you’ll delve into the geological history of Santorini. In the morning a local geology expert will divulge secrets about this volcanic island and the caldera, revealing the details of its formation. The rest of the day is yours at leisure. Why not head for a swim at Ammoudi Bay, to the Santorini Wine Museum or ask your Travel Director for some restaurant recommendations?

  5. Day 5 - Relaxed Start

    Santorini.

    With a day at leisure, why not take the opportunity to visit the site of Akrotiri; an ancient city covered by the volcano ash and uncovered in 1967. From Akrotiri you will continue to a local winery where you will enjoy an afternoon tasting the best regional flavours. If shopping is more your thing, spend your time walking the white walled alleyways browsing the many shops and taking in the breath-taking views of the caldera.

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    Santorini.

    Enjoy a full day exploring the island at leisure. Perhaps sit back and relax at the hotel’s private beach and pool or ask your Travel Director for restaurant recommendations. Santorini is famous for its local delicacies including seafood and sweeter goods, such as baklava, a dish made up of layers of filo, nuts and syrup or honey.

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    Mykonos.

    After your breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the port for the ferry sailing to Mykonos. Upon arrival you'll be taken to the picturesque Rhenia Hotel, your home for the next few nights. Explore the town of Mykonos with a Local Expert and discover the maze of pretty alleyways of stunning Cycladic houses that make up the island. Later, make a welcoming stop to taste a selection of local delicacies and learn the secrets of Mykonian Cuisine.

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    Mykonos:

    Today you’ll have free time to explore. Perhaps take a transfer to the picturesque town of Mykonos in the afternoon, where you’ll take an interesting tour of the port area including the famous windmills, the Matoyinnia Alleys and of course little Venice. Your Local Expert will brief you on the history and the local customs of Mykonos. In the evening perhaps test your culinary skills with a cooking class before enjoying a scrumptious meal.

  9. Day 9 - Relaxed Start

    Mykonos.

    Enjoy free time in Mykonos. Why not visit Delos, a small island off the coast of Mykonos? The island is an archaeological site that houses iconic ruins, including Doric temples, markets, an amphitheatre and mosaics. The mythological birthplace of Apollo, it is one of the most unique sights worldwide, with ongoing excavations and a beautiful small museum.

  10. Day 10 - Relaxed Start

    Mykonos.

    Meet a Greek captain on a wonderful cruise to the stunning, world-famous south coast beaches of Mykonos, where you can sit back and relax as you enjoy the weather and coastal views.

  11. Day 11

    Depart Mykonos.

    After breakfast at your hotel you will be transferred to the port of Mykonos to board the ship to Piraeus in Athens. Once here you will be met at the port and transferred to your Athens hotel. There is time in the afternoon for you to do some last-minute sightseeing, souvenir shopping or just relax at your hotel. Enjoy your last night with your fellow travellers at a Celebration dinner to toast your experiences.

  12. Day 12

    Farewell Athens.

    The Greek island hopping trip ends today, but the fond memories remain! After your breakfast at the hotel transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Highlights

 

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

  • Santorini: Hear about the volcanic history of the island through the knowledge of an Expert Geologist.
  • Mykonos: Meet a local Greek Captain who will take you down to the beautiful south beaches of the island.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Athens: Ascend the Acropolis with a Local Expert to admire the Parthenon, built in 5th century B.C. Steps away you'll see the Temple of Athena Nike, also known as the Temple of the Wingless Victory, and the six stone-carved caryatids that make up the Porch of the Maidens on the Erechtheion.
  • Mykonos: Enjoy the ferry ride from Santorini to Mykonos with beautiful views of the Mediterranean Ocean.
  • Mykonos: Explore Mykonos Town with a Local Expert and wander the beautiful blue and white streets.
  • Athens: Soak in the last views of paradise as you ride the ferry back to Athens.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • Santorini: What better way to start your island adventure than to sip on a cocktail as you take in one of the world's most beautiful sunsets.
  • Mykonos: Learn about traditional Mykonian cuisine as you taste some of the local delicacies.

STAY IN STYLE

  • Athens: Situated on the banks of the ancient Ilissos river, this high-tech luxury hotel pays tribute to Greece’s fascinating ancient past, with the river itself once being mentioned in Plato’s writings. While here, you’ll be inspired to delve further into Greece’s history without losing all the benefits of the 21st century and the hotel’s sophisticated amenities.
  • Athens: Situated in the centre of Athens, the Divani Caravel Hotel is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, offering elegant rooms, sumptuous suites, and a variety of restaurants and bars. For the health conscious there is a rooftop health club, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Head to the hotel’s upper floors for breathtaking views of the Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill.
  • Santorini: Minimalistic luxury is the mantra at the Splendour Resort, Santorini. With sweeping views over the Aegan Sea, the hotel lets the scenery do the talking, while still including all the modern luxuries you’ll need for your stay. It offers a private beach and pool for those that want to make the most of Greece’s glorious weather.
  • Santorini: Located at the entrance to Fira, the capital of Santorini, this lavish hotel is a fashionable getaway for those after breathtaking views, relaxation and rejuvenation. The hotel holds two restaurants, bars, fresh water swimming pools and a beauty spa, so you’re able to unwind in style after a day exploring.
  • Mykonos: Positioned in Tourlos Bay, just 2 km from cosmopolitan Mykonos town, this modern hotel overlooks the Aegean Sea and the ancient island of Delos, the mythological birthplace of Apollo. It offers luxury accommodation, bars and a private pool, making it an idyllic place to relax and rejuvenate.

INCLUDED INSIGHT SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations.

Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are subject to change.

Accommodation

 

Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Center, Athens.

Santorini (Contemporary/Resort) - Greece

An elegant hotel fantastic access to the key highlights of Athens. A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, offers luxury and style in the heart of the historical city of Athens.
Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre is located in the central Athens suburb of Ilissia, named after the hidden historic river that still flows below the main road. Your traditional, yet comfortable room offers all modern amenities to ensure you stay, whether short or long, is most enjoyable.

The Majestic Hotel/Splendour Resort, Santorini.

Santorini (Contemporary/Resort) - Greece

Situated over the dramatic Santorini cliffs, The Majestic Hotel features soundproofed rooms with private balcony enjoying views of the Aegean Sea or the volcano. All rooms have marble bathrooms with spa bath.
Ideally located in Santorini's quite area of Firostefani, the Splendour Resort is perfectly positioned away from the bustling main town, ensuring maximum relaxation and peace. However, the town centre can be easily reached in just a few minutes by car, or abut a 20 minute walk. All rooms feature contemporary, elegant design to make your stay most comfortable and showcase sea views. The resorts facilities feature a private beach area, swimming pool with bar, sun terrace, garden and complimentary WiFi throughout.

Rhenia Hotel/Porto Mykonos.

Mykonos (Traditional) - Greece

An exclusive traditional hotel in Mykonos with breath-taking sea views. Comprising the traditional architectural elements with comfort facilities and simple but modern design throughout the property, this hotel represents Mykonos’ accommodation and hospitality at its best.
The Porto Mykonos is set in the perfect location - overlooking Mykonos' Old Port, away from the busy main town which can still be easily accessed with a 10 minute walk. The pool and sundeck showcase incredible views over the Agean, while all rooms offer views of either the sea or the garden and are comfortably furnished to make you feel right at home. What could be more ideal for your relaxing stay on this beautiful island?

Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre, Athens.

Athens (Traditional) - Greece

An elegant hotel fantastic access to the key highlights of Athens. A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, offers luxury and style in the heart of the historical city of Athens.
Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre is located in the central Athens suburb of Ilissia, named after the hidden historic river that still flows below the main road. Your traditional, yet comfortable room offers all modern amenities to ensure you stay, whether short or long, is most enjoyable.

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