Greece: Island Discovery

Ancient history and endless sunsets


Nestled between the waters of the Aegean and Ionian seas, Greece’s captivating history and scenic beauty make it a perfect pathway to personal discovery. Beginning in the capital of Athens, we’ll journey out to the magnificent islands — exploring crescent-shaped Santorini, the beaches of Syros, and the archaeological treasures of Naxos.

from

$2,399

per person

GROUP SIZE

16 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL

3
Get a Quote or call 1-844-205-6226
Trip code: 9GREECEDIS

Details

  • Countries Visited: Greece
  • Accommodation: Hotel (8 nights)
  • Single Supplement: Starting at $600
  • Transportation: Air conditioned vehicle throughout, Ferry
  • Airport Transfers: Arrival and Departure Transfers available for purchase
  • Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner
  • Passengers: Maximum 16, Average 12

HOTELS:

  • Hermes Hotel, Athens
  • Diogenis Hotel, Syros
  • Hotel Princess of Naxos, Naxos
  • Pelican Hotel, Santorini

Hotels are subject to change

Itinerary

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Day 1: Athens

Kalimera! Welcome to Greece. Meet your Local Leader and fellow travelers at a welcome meeting.

Day 2: Athens

Today visit one of the most recognizable sights in Athens: the Acropolis. Our Insider Expert leads the way as we learn more about ancient Greek civilization and culture. The remainder of the day is unscripted. (b, d)

Day 3: Athens > Syros

Cruising the glistening blue waters of Greece, we ferry toward Syros — a hidden gem of the Islands where Greek tradition and western influence exist harmoniously. (b)

Day 4: Syros

We wander this morning through the fortress-like town of Ana Syros — with its cathedral dedicated to Saint George and amazing views of the Aegean Sea. Meander up the stairs to the top of the hill — passing through narrow streets with traditional whitewashed houses — before reaching breathtaking views of the island. (b)

Day 5: Syros > Naxos

We ferry this morning toward Naxos, the largest and most fertile of the Cyclades islands. Look for the famous Naxos Eye jewelry — a stone that was created by the combination of sea and sun and is now a symbol of the island. Embark on a walk with your Local Leader and visit the Temple of Apollo, known as Portara or Palatia. (b)

Day 6: Naxos

Today we journey inland and discover the beautiful mountain villages of Naxos. Stop in Chalkio for a walk through the village taking in the Byzantine architecture.  Visit the local distillery which produces Kitron, a liqueur made from local citrus trees. Then it’s on to the village of Apiranthos to meet some locals and enjoy time unscripted. (b)

Day 7: Naxos > Santorini

Our last stop is the island of Santorini, known for iconic blue-domed buildings clinging to its cliff face. Here, you can choose your own adventure: discover the hilltop ruins of Ancient Thera and its prehistoric museum or check out the restaurants and shops in the island’s capital, Thera. (b)

Day 8: Santorini

In 1500 B.C., a volcanic eruption sank the center of Santorini, forming the awe-inspiring caldera. Today, take an excursion along the crater rim or spend the day on a boat sailing the caldera. This evening dine with friendly locals in neighborhood pubs and cafés. (b)

Day 9: Santorini

Our Grecian adventure ends today. (b)

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Private Group Options

Adventure is better together. With private groups as small as 6, enjoy the freedom and flexibility of an exclusive departure, just for your crew! Rest assured you'll get the best of small group travel in a big way, plus the security and peace of mind of traveling with a brand backed by AAA.

Things to know before traveling to Greece

Currency

The official currency of Greece is the Euro (EUR).

Arrival

As this trip spends little time in Athens you may want to consider arriving a day or two early.

Cuisine

Vegetarians might find the menu selection less varied than they would see at home. Vegetarianism is not as common in this region and generally the choices are basic, involving vegetables, soups, salads, bread, cheese, fruit, yoghurt, eggs etc. Vegans and those on gluten-free diets may find this region very challenging and may need to supplement meals with their own supplies from supermarkets and markets. Wherever possible we will cater for dietary needs for any included meals, but there may be times when those with special requirements may need to provide their own.

Weather

Summer temperatures in Greece can reach up to 100°F, which can be uncomfortable for those not used to the heat. On the other hand, early in the season (April) many businesses may still be closed and the weather is unpredictable, however you may have some of the major sights of the Greek islands almost to yourself. Please consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.

Terrain

Please be aware that some of the Greek Islands are very hilly and mountainous, which means lots & lots of steps are an inherent feature of the landscape. You will have to be able to easily lift your luggage and carry it up and down stairs and inclines. Also, stone streets become very slippery when wet. Some people may find Greece's topography very demanding.

Public Ferries

The main means of transportation on this trip is by public ferry. These ferries are large car ferries that transport hundreds of people, along with cars and trucks. There are no reserved seats and passengers are free to walk around the ferry freely. Luggage is stored in a designated area on the car deck and is not accessible while the ferry is moving.

It's important that your bags can be locked, as on local transport it may be necessary that your luggage gets stowed separately (and unattended). The smaller your bag the better for you and other passengers. To ensure maximum comfort, try to pack small and light.

Visas

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it’s important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarize yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ask your travel agent or Club Adventures team member for insurance options at time of booking.

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Greece: Island Discovery

9 days

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Unscripted experiences, insider access and authentic local flavors


Our team of travel specialists and local contacts have curated some of the best, most exclusive and authentic experiences, restaurants and accommodations in Greece to truly immerse yourself in a way that wouldn't be possible in larger groups or just on your own.

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