Ancient history and endless sunsets

Nestled between the Aegean and Ionian seas, Greece’s ancient ruins, fascinating history and scenic beaches 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, lively Ios and the archaeological treasures of Naxos.

Highlights

  • Tour the Acropolis of Athens with an Insider Expert

  • Visit the Temple of Apollo on Naxos Island

  • Explore the secluded beaches of Ios

  • Hike the rim of the Santorini caldera

  • Watch the world-famous Oia sunsets

Itinerary for Greece

Day 1: Athens

Kalimera! Welcome to Greece. After meeting your Local Leader and fellow travelers at a welcome meeting, the evening is yours to personalize. Perhaps head out for some gyros with your new adventure companions or stroll the world-famous neighborhood of Plaka.

  • Arrival transfers are not included, but are available for purchase. Or, taxis are readily available outside the airport that can take you to our hotel.
  • Our hotel in Athens: Hermes Hotel

Day 2: Athens

Today visit one of the most recognizable sights in Athens: the Acropolis. Our Insider Expert leads the way through these magnificent ruins as we learn more about ancient Greek civilization and culture. The remainder of the day will be unscripted, so you can make your own discoveries. In the evening, head to a local taverna and try some of the typical Greek delicacies — a local meze accompanied by ouzo and wine. (b, d)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Dinner tonight will be a large sampling of a variety of local dishes at a local restaurant
  • Our hotel in Athens: Hermes Hotel

Day 3: Athens > Naxos

Cruising the glistening blue waters of Greece, we’ll ferry toward Naxos; the largest and most fertile of the Cyclades islands, Byzantine churches and medieval towers dot the landscape here. Look for jewelry with the famous Naxos Eye — 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)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Our hotel in Naxos: Hotel Princess of Naxos

Day 4: Naxos

Today, we’ll traverse inland and walk from the mining town of Apiranthos, up to the island’s second-highest peak. Later, we’ll follow old mule paths down to the picturesque villages of Moni and further to Halki. And, we’ll visit the local distillery which produces Kitron, a liqueur made from local citrus trees. The afternoon is yours to relax and soak in the stunning scenery. (b)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Our hotel in Naxos: Hotel Princess of Naxos

Day 5: Naxos > Ios

Welcome to the island of Ios, where legend has it that the poet Homer is buried. The island is said to have 365 churches and chapels, one for each day of the year. Wander through the narrow lanes and beautiful whitewashed houses. Later, join your Local Leader for a trek to the ruins of Skarkos, a prehistoric settlement estimated to date back to the Bronze Age. (b)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Our hotel in Ios: Ios Palace Hotel & Spa

Day 6: Ios

Enjoy a day entirely unscripted on the island celebrated for its spirited atmosphere. Perhaps head to the most popular beach, Mylopotas, or take a walk along paths to small and remote beaches. Feeling energetic? Visit the church of Panagia Gremiotissa — perched high on the island with sweeping vistas — and take in the palm trees and windmills. (b)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Our hotel in Ios: Ios Palace Hotel & Spa

Day 7: Ios > Santorini

Our last stop on our Greek adventure is the southern island of Santorini. Renowned for its spectacular natural beauty, Santorini has become synonymous with the iconic image of the Greek islands: blue-domed buildings clinging to the cliff face with sparkling water in the background. Here, there are so many options to help craft the story of your adventure. Discover the hilltop ruins of Ancient Thira and its fascinating Prehistoric Museum, or check out the range of restaurants and shops in the island’s capital, Thira. Maybe one of Santorini’s volcanic beaches is calling you, or an island winery beckons. Either way, be sure to try some of the region’s delicious food, grown from the nutrient-filled volcanic soil which makes the ingredients burst with flavor. (b)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Our hotel in Santorini: Santorini Palace Hotel

Day 8: Santorini

In 1500 B.C., a volcanic eruption sank the center of Santorini, forming one of the most significant geological formations on the planet — the awe-inspiring caldera. Today, it’s your choice! Take an
excursion along the crater rim, starting in Thira town and walking through quaint villages on the way to Oia. Or, if you prefer a different perspective, spend the day on a boat sailing the caldera. On the last evening of our adventure, rub shoulders with friendly locals in neighborhood pubs and cafés, as the blazing Santorini sun dips into the sea. (b)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Our hotel in Santorini: Santorini Palace Hotel

Day 9: Santorini

Our Grecian adventure ends today. (b)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Ask your Club Adventures representative about adding extra nights in Santorini to your adventure!
  • Departure transfer is not included, but available for purchase.

Things to know before traveling to Greece

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

Add-ons available before and after your trip to see the most of Greece

Pre-Night Add-ons

Pre-night accommodation is on request only for this product. Please ask a Club Adventures representative for more details.


Post-Night Add-ons

Post-night accommodation is on request only for this product. Please ask a Club Adventures representative for more details.


Optional Tours

We’ve already included everything you need to see! While there are no optional tours on this tour, your Local Leader can always point you in the right direction for you to write your own adventure.

9 days, from $2,399 USD