Greek Island Hopper
10 days from $2,050 (was $2,735)
- Island hop from one beautiful island to another through the Cyclades archipelago
- Spend time in ancient Athens and get to see world-famous sites including the Acropolis
- Hike along Paradise Beach and party through the night on beautiful Mykonos
- Enjoy the water activities in Paros and take an optional boat trip to see the area's top spots
- Climb the King George Volcano in Santorini and bathe in the hot natural springs
- Travel with a group of likeminded people and become lifelong friends
Mere mention of a Greek Island holiday is enough to conjure up an image of endless beaches with strikingly blue sea glinting under perpetual sunshine. The real thing offers the traveller this and so much more! Starting with the ancient wonders of Athens, join us as we travel between the Mediterranean paradises of Santorini, Paros and Mykonos, each with its own enticing beaches, charming towns and timeless villages for you to explore!
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Day 1: Arrival
Fly into Greece today and touchdown in the Ancient city of Athens. At 5pm, you'll meet the rest of your group and your friendly guide before heading out this evening. We'll make our way into the Old Town streets around Plaka and Monastiraki and get to know each other over a few drinks.
Day 2: Athens
Kick things off this morning with a city orientation starting in Syntagma Square, then head over to the world-famous Acropolis for views over the Parthenon. Afterwards, you'll have the opportunity to go on a trip to Cape Sounion, a fantastic lookout across the Aegean Sea from the Temple of Poseidon. Tonight we'll all head out to a local taverna to enjoy some proper Greek food and music.
Day 3: Athens to Mykonos
Leaving Athens this morning, we'll board a boat to the party isle of Mykonos – a wonderfully eclectic mish-mash of old and new with a night scene to rival Ibiza. We'll take a walk around the main streets to get our bearings before spending the afternoon however we like. In the evening, pull on your dancing shoes and hit the local clubs for some awesome DJ sets.
Day 4: Mykonos
You'll have the option of going on a trip to Delos Island this morning. Famous for being the birthplace of Apollo, the island is home to plenty of incredible ancient ruins and religious sites. Back on Mykonos, head to Paradise Beach for a hike along the sands followed by some well-earned sun worshipping. If you've got any energy left tonight, why not go back to your favourite dance spot?
Day 5: Mykonos to Paros
Back on the ferry today, we'll make the journey over to Paros. On our arrival, we'll head into the heart of Parikia – the island's capital – to take a walking tour of the immediate vicinity. In the afternoon, why not head to the beach and work up an appetite with some sailing, snorkelling, or windsurfing? Or simply lay back in the sunshine and enjoy a bit of peace and quiet.
Day 6: Paros
You'll have the entire day to yourself today, so decide whether you fancy spending your time lazing on the beach, or if you'd rather go adventuring. If you choose the latter, there is an optional boat tour that'll take you around the island's coast to see the church of Ekatontapiliani, Naoussa fishing village, and the famous Kolymbithres beach for lunch and a swim.
Day 7: Paros to Santorini
Today we'll make our way even further south to Santorini. You'll get to glimpse this beautiful island before stepping off the boat and getting to explore Fira, Santorini's capital. Enjoy a local walking tour and find your feet in yet another beautiful Greek town before taking an optional trip over to Oia, a car-free oasis, for incredible sunset views.
Day 8: Santorini
You'll have the chance to go on an awesome optional trip to Santorini's King George Volcano today. Sail to get to the foot of the volcano before climbing to the huge active crater. Take a soak in the natural hot springs afterwards, or slather healing mud over your skin and relax in your astounding surroundings.
Day 9: Santorini to Athens
Back in Athens today, we'll have a final dose of ancient architecture and local mythology before heading out into the city tonight for a last group boogie before going our separate ways tomorrow.
Day 10: Farewell
Today marks the end of our Greek adventure, and with nothing planned on the itinerary other than breakfast, you're free to head off whenever you like.
Please note activities and itineraries are subject to change.
- 9 nights' accommodation
- 9 breakfasts, 2 dinners
- Transport between route destinations as per itinerary
- Local guide
- Welcome dinner in Athens
- Walking tour of Athens
- Walking tour of Mykonos
- Paradise Beach hike in Mykonos
- Walking tour of Parikia
- Walking tour of Fira
- Farewell dinner in Santorini
- 24/7 Emergency Support
- Airport transfers
- Travel insurance
- Some meals
- Optional activities
You'll be staying in basic, clean and comfortable hotels for the duration of your Greek Island Hopper trip. All of which will be located in an ideal area for the activities on the itinerary and will be of a three and four-star quality rating. You'll be sharing an en-suite room with up to three others from your group of the same sex. Let us know if you're travelling with friends and we'll make sure you're in the same room. If you're travelling as a couple and would like to upgrade to a double room, or are travelling alone and would prefer your own room, this can be arranged for an additional cost. Please talk to one of our travel advisors for more information.
During your stay, you will be provided with nine breakfasts and two evening meals. Breakfast will be available at your accommodation and will consist of typical continental breakfast food, from cereals and yoghurts, fruit, pastries, bread, cold meats and cheese, with tea, coffee, and fruit juice. Meals out on day two and day eight will be in local restaurants, where you'll have a choice of delicious local dishes. Please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements or food allergies at time of booking.
You will need to arrange your flight to arrive at Athens International Airport (ATH) on the first day of your itinerary. Please make sure you arrive at your accommodation before 5pm on the programmes start date to make it to the welcome meeting. Your tour finishes in Athens on day 10 of the itinerary, you can depart at any time.
To arrange your flights, contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037 or email them at [email protected] They will be able to search for the best flight offers to your chosen destinations, so you can plan and organise your trip in one place. Just make sure you give them your full name, as stated in your passport, along with your chosen departure dates, return dates, and any other details you want to include.
It is important that once you have booked your flights you add these details to your online account or alternatively you can contact us with your departure date, the flight number and arrival time at your destination.
The minimum age for this trip is 18 years, the maximum age is 39 years.
Depending on your nationality, you might require a visa to enter Greece. In this case it is your responsibility to obtain a visa prior to travel. Please note if you are a British passport holder you do not currently need a visa to visit Greece. Please visit the embassy website for further clarification.
Do I Have To Have Travel Insurance?
Yes – no two ways about it! You'll need to make sure you have sufficient cover for the activities you're planning on taking part in during your trip as well as general travel concerns. One of our travel advisors will be more than happy to help set up travel insurance for you – our policies have been specifically designed for gap year travellers, and are among some of the most competitive on the market. Give us a call for more information.
I'm Planning To Travel On My Own, Will I Be Okay?
Of course! Most of our travellers will be doing the trip solo, so you’re not alone. And, with an organised group programme like this, you’ll have the benefit of making likeminded friends to share the experience with.
How Many People Will Be In My Group?
The group size on this trip will vary but the maximum number is 40.
Are Airport Transfers Included?
Airport transfers aren't included on this trip, so you'll need to make your own way to your accommodation once you arrive in Athens. Once you're booked onto the trip, we'll make sure you have all the details you'll need to get you from the airport to your accommodation.
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.