Athens, Mykonos and Santorini

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Athens, Mykonos and Santorini

To go to Greece is to visit a nation at the very heart of the foundations of our current world. A rich country, whether in terms of history, culture or places to discover. Moreover, there are between 1,200 and 6,000 islands (depending on how you define them). Among the latter, Mykonos or Santorini, known to be two of the most pleasant islands in Greece, especially for their sumptuous landscapes, beaches and hiking trails. Places that we invite you to discover, for a few days, for an unforgettable trip.

This itinerary can be adjusted to your personnel needs and preferences.

Highlights

  • Independent tour
  • Explore the Acropolis in Athens
  • Discover Mykonos town and Little Venice
  • Check out Santorini’s dramatic views and Oia’s famous sunset
  • Hang out in Greek picturesque villages
  • Walk along beautiful beaches
  • Swim in the stunning blue waters
  • Sample regional wines and fresh seafood

Included

Flights

All Transfers

All Ferries

Accommodation

All Breakfasts

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Half Day Acropolis tour and its Museum

Travel Information

Coded: GRE1

Journey intensity

Price

11 days

Departure from Montreal to Athens

Arrival in Athens, welcome and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day free.

Take advantage of this day to discover the city and its surroundings at your leisure. In particular, go to the district of Plaka, also known as “The Quarter of the Gods”, a lively area a few hundred meters from the Acropolis. If you have time, visit Monastiraki, the second liveliest district of the capital.

Later head to the Museum of Cycladic Art which focuses on two types of art in particular: works from the classical period and those from the Bronze Age (third millennium). After your visit, stop at one of the many taverns of Athens. Finish the day with a short walk to the top of Mount Lycabettus, 277 meters high, from where you will have a splendid view of the capital.

Main attractions to discover: Plaka, Monastiraki and Museum of Cycladic Art

Overnight in Athens 

Your third day begins with a half-day tour of the city during which you will discover some important sights of Athens such as the Panathenaic Stadium, the Academy of Athens, the temple of Olympian Zeus and of course the Acropolis as well as its museum, inaugurated in 2009. These important sites make for an informative and interesting tour which will immerse you in the heart of ancient Greece.

Rest of the day free.

You can choose between visiting a museum such as the Benaki Museum with its many collections (Islamic art, Greek history, archives and architecture) or discovering other aspects of local life such as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, located next to Syntagma Square, where there is a changing of the guards every hour. Conclude your day by strolling through the closed market where the smells, flavors and sounds will entice you.

Discovering Athens and Greece is more than just sightseeing; tasting Greek cuisine is an integral part of enjoying a fresh and colorful Mediterranean diet. Typical dishes include Horitaki (Greek salad), Spanakopita (puff pastry filled with Feta and spinach) and dolmadakia (stuffed vine leaves). To try the many local flavors, head to Ama Lachei Stis Nefelis for Kritharioti (a local version of risotto) or Apaki (a pork-based meal). Don’t forget to wash it all down with Raki, a typical alcoholic beverage, the best of which you can find at the Aster!

Main attractions to discover: the Panathenaic Stadium, the Academy of Athens, the temple of Olympian Zeus, the Acropolis, Acropolis Museum and Greek culinary culture.

Meal: Breakfast
Overnight in Athens

Transfer to the port and ferry to Mykonos. Welcome and transfer to your hotel. The rest of your day free.

Mykonos is well known for its beaches, its festive atmosphere, its architecture and its typical colors, all of which will look amazing in your photos! Matoyianni Street with its many shops is one of the best-known places to soak up the pleasant ambiance and energy of Mykonos. In the evening discover the beauty of Little Venice, another well-known area of the island.

Main attractions to discover: Mykonos and its lovely neighborhoods, Matoyianni Street, Little Venice

Meal: Breakfast
Overnight in Mykonos 

Free day to discover the island.

Head to Delos, a UNESCO World Heritage site 30 minutes from Mykonos where, according to historians, the Greek gods Artemis and Apollo were born. Continue toward Rhenia and enjoy the marvelous blue-green colored sea. Take a swim in the crystal clear waters, sunbathe on the fine sandy beach or stroll around the golden beach.

Main attractions to discover: Delos, Rhenia, Mykonos beautiful beaches, snorkeling

Meal: Breakfast
Overnight in Mykonos 

Free day to discover the island.

Spend your last day on the island learning more about the history of Mykonos by visiting the Folklore Museum. In the afternoon we recommend relaxing on Ornos beach until evening falls, when we suggest you go to the Paraportiani Complex. Here you will find ancient ruins of religious buildings and a breathtaking view of the sunset worthy of many photos to share with loved ones.

The cuisine here is similar to that of the mainland. Enjoy the Kopanisti, known as the Greek Roquefort, as well as the Kremidopita, a typical regional onion pie. Allow yourself to be seduced by Mostra (barley rusk with a tablespoon of Kopanisti cheese topped with a ripe diced tomato) and sausages with black-eyed peas. The Kikis Tavern and the Fokos Tavern are the best bets for these typical dishes. The Hippie Fish is also very popular especially for its fresh products.

Main attractions to discover: Folklore Museum, Mykonos’ Sunset, Paraportiani Complex, the nightlife of Mykonos

Meal: Breakfast
Overnight in Mykonos

Transfer to the port and ferry to Santorini. Welcome and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day free.

Santorini is an island known for its romantic atmosphere. Between gorgeous sunsets, views of the Caldera and its blue and white buildings, Santorini has made a name for itself among tourists in search of a perfect location. The island, rich in history, is comprised of several small villages such as Fira/Tira, Imerovigli, Oia, Pyrgos, Firostefani, Kamari, Akrotiri, Pyrgos, Emborio and Perissa for you to discover.

Start your stay by visiting Tira, the local capital with the most restaurants, cafes and shops as well as a view of the two volcanic islands of Palaia Kameni and Nea Kameni. Don’t miss Akrotiri, a site of archeological excavations of an ancient Cycladic civilization with Minoan influences.

Main attractions to discover: Tira, Palaia Kameni and Nea Kameni, Akrotiri

Meal: Breakfast
Overnight in Santorini 

Free day to discover the island.

Discover Oia by hiking for a few hours and discovering more of Santorini’s land and sea on the way. For many this walk is an eye-opening experience of the island. It is widely known that Oia hosts one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. Head down to the bottom of the village to admire the Bay of Amoudi.

Main attractions to discover: Oia’s sunset, Ammoudi Bay

Meal: Breakfast
Overnight in Santorini 

Free day to discover the island.

On day three, discover the archeological site of ancient Thera, a city founded in the 9th century BC. Here you will find ruins of old temples, a theatre and a gymnasium. Continue on to Tirassia, a small, quiet island facing Oia and accessible by boat. Departures take place from Amoudi Bay.

Santorini boasts many restaurants and cafes. Among them, check out Nikolas Oinomagiremata, a family-run business offering local dishes made with fresh produce such as Greek fava or tomato fritters. Also recommended, try Vokan on the Rocks to savour excellent Greek tapas, salads and delicious brunches.

Main attractions to discover: ancient Thera, Tirassia island

Meal: Breakfast
Overnight in Santorini

Transfer to the port and ferry to Athens. Welcome and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day free.

This is your chance to return to the capital and discover the national garden, a veritable green oasis a few meters from Syntagma Square. You can also visit the Cycladic district of Anafiotika, or the authentic and unusual Anargyroi Church. For lovers of the genre, street art is very visible in Athens, particularly in the districts of Exarchia and Psiri, something else to discover in the Greek capital.

Meal: Breakfast
Overnight in Athens 

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Montreal.

Meal: Breakfast 

DATES

Daily departures from May to October 2022

INCLUSIONS

This trip includes:

  • Round trip flights Montreal Athens

  • High speed economy class ferries Athens/Mykonos/Santorini/Athens

  • All transfers between airport/ports and hotels

  • 9 nights in double occupancy in a standard room, hotels according to the chosen category

  • 9 breakfasts

  • Half day Athens city tour with Acropolis and its museum

  • Airport taxes

This trip does not include:

  • Any activities, tours or entrance fees to monuments

  • Items of personal nature such as mini-bar, safety-box, wi-fi etc.

  • Tips and baggage handling at airports/ports & hotels

  • Greek Tourist tax

  • All types of travel or personal insurance

  • PCR tests

  • Anything not stated explicitly in the inclusions

  • Contribution to the Compensation Fund for Customers of Travel Agents: 3.50$ per 1000$

Featured Hotels

Package in standard hotels (or similar)

AthensHermes 3*
Mykonos Petasos Town 3*
SantoriniSanto Miramare 4*

Package in superior hotels (or similar)

AthensAmalia 4* (classic room)
Mykonos Pelican Bay Art 4*
Santorini

Belvedere Suites 4*         (superior room)

Premium category package (or similar)

AthensElectra Palace 5* (classic room)
Mykonos Semeli 5*                          (superior sea view room)
SantoriniSecret Legend Suites 5*(Fable suite with Outdoor Hot Tub)

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