The birthplace of the Olympics and democracy, Greece is a country with an extraordinarily grand history that’s been kept alive through the preservation of ancient architecture and cultural sites. The capital city of Athens is home to many such marvels, including the Pantheon temple on the Acropolis and the historic Plaka district. Other regions of the country, however, feature their own dazzling sights and landmarks, which include renowned Mediterranean beaches alongside forested, mountainous topography such as the famous Mount Olympus, mythological home to the ancient Greek gods. Greece is also known for its spectacular Mediterranean cuisine that’s as distinctive and colourful as the coastline itself. But whichever sense you hope to please, the many islands and attractions of Greece will surely have something to excite you.
Greek Island Hopping
16 days/14 nights
You start and end in Athens, with free time to explore the ancient city
You’ll board a ferry to Paros and spend four nights in the island named best island in Europe to visit last year by Travel + Leisure for its low-key vibe, beaches and ancient monuments
Next you’ll ferry to Naxos, for four nights on the largest island in the Cyclades
Ferry to Santorini, where you’ll spend your final four nights on the island known for its multicoloured cliffs and white-washed buildings
With no set schedule apart from your ferries and flights, this trip allows you to explore the islands at your leisure
Roundtrip flights to Greece
14 nights’ accommodations with daily breakfast (two in Athens, four in Naxos, four in Paros and four in Santorini);
High-speed ferry service between islands
Airport, hotel and port transfers
Depart April 15, 29; Sept. 29; Oct. 2, 6, 13, 15 for the following per-person prices:
Toronto or Montreal … $2879
Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and Halifax … $3079
ISLAND HOPPING IN THE CYCLADES
13 DAYS / 12 NIGHTS
ATHENS, MYKONOS, PAROS, SANTORINI
12 nights accommodation in double occupancy with breakfast daily. Athens & New Museum city tour. Unassisted transfers (only arrival transfer on Day 1 is assisted). Boat tickets: Athens-Mykonos (Ferry), Mykonos-Paros (Hydrofoil), Paros-Santorini (Ferry), Santorini-Athens (Hydrofoil).
Land Only – per person rates
April or October $2699
May, June, September $3099
July, August $3549
SAILING MYKONOS TO MYKONOS
If we’re describing what a true perfect circle looks like, there’s no need to look much further than the Cyclades, or “Circular Islands.” Go where the weather (and your skipper) takes you, whether that’s exploring ruins, stopping by a microbrewery for a taste, or relaxing on golden sands. See the famous windmills of Mykonos and sail through Santorini’s caldera, all while enjoying the view from aboard your yacht along the way.
Explore the hills of Folegandros and city of Hora
Discover Santorini your way with hiking or vineyard tours
Relax on the famous Magganari Beach
Get up close to the blue-roofed buildings of Ios
Experience the nightlife on Mykonos
9 nights aboard a 15m (52 ft) sailing yacht. Fully licensed skipper. Snorkelling equipment.
Group size is 8.
May 18, 22, 28 $2049
June 1, 17, 27, Sept 25 $2149
July 7, 17, 27, August 6, 26, Sept 5, 15 $2259