Who says you have to spend your family's summer vacation at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico or the Caribbean when you can take your family on a journey through the ages hopping the Greek Islands? Myths and legends, tales of gods and goddesses follow your jaunt from the ruins of the Parthenon and Acropolis in Athens to languid island life on the Aegean islands of Mykonos and Santorini. You'll also embark on a volcanic adventure to uninhabited Nea Kameni to bathe in its hot springs.
Your Greek Island Hopper vacation includes 9 nights accommodations, 12 meals, all transportation and sightseeing shown and more.
Arrive in Athens (2 Nights)
Tighten your toga for a magical family adventure delving into the ancient history of Athens and island-style living on the Greek isles. Take a leaf out of your history books and see ancient history come to life - the haunt of Plato, Socrates and Alexander the Great is yours to explore before meeting your fellow "citizens" and Travel Director for a memorable Kick Off Party that will put the "oh" in Opa! (Hotel: Crowne Plaza/Divanni Palace Acropolis)
Join a Local Specialist this morning to see where ancient Athenians would pay tribute to their gods and goddesses. Ascending to the Acropolis, you'll visit the sacred Parthenon, before seeing the Panathinaiko Olympic Stadium - where the first modern Olympic Games were held, the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Arch. See the Evzone guards and their quirky march at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, before spending the rest of the day at leisure to explore the sites with your loved ones. This evening, consider a rousing ramble around the buzzing streets of Athens in search of the perfect kebab.
Athens - Mykonos (3 Nights)
All aboard! Prime your sea legs for an unforgettable Aegean adventure which begins this morning as we board a fast ferry to the idyllic island of Mykonos. Enjoy an orientation tour on arrival, then spend the rest of your day getting lost in its labyrinthine lanes. Share the cobblestone maze with the island's lazy cats that watch travelers meander past white-washed houses and tumbling cerise bougainvillea. This evening you'll savor delicious local island flavors with new friends at a Regional Meal. (Hotel: Pelican Bay/Kamari/San Marco)
Tap your inner beach bum and retire to the golden beaches of Mykonos, building sandcastles that would rival the many fortresses that dot this ancient land. Indulge in tasty seafood platters against the backdrop of Little Venice, snap a selfie in front of the imposing windmills that overlook the island's picturesque bay or rent a pedal boat and take to its tranquil waters - the choice yours.
Dose up on Vitamin D ad splash in the sparking sea that surrounds Mykonos, which legend has it was once the site of a great battle between Zeus and the Titans. Visit the Aegean Maritime Museum for fascinating insights into the maritime history of this area or consider a trip to nearby Delos Islands, believed by the ancients to be the birthplace of Artemis and Apollo. Stroll through its temples, sanctuaries and the Terrace of the Lions.
Mykonos - Santorini (3 Nights)
Gliding through the azure waters of the aegean, we arrive in Santorini where we'll spend the next three days in spellbinding surroundings. Enjoy an orientation tour on arrival and gain insight into the origins of this circular archipelago which is all that remains of a spectacular volcanic explosion. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure before joining your traveling companions for a feast of Greek specialties during a Regional Meal. (Hotel: El Greco Hotel/Santorini Palace/Orizontes)
Set your watch to Santorini time and meander through the quaint cobbled streets of Fira and Oia, counting the blue cupolas that cling spectacularly to the Santorini cliffs. Head to one of the island's beaches or visit a museum, before watching the sun dip into the Aegean from your magical cliff-top vantage point.
Consider indulging in the delicious vintages for which Santorini is so famous during a tour of a local winery. Enjoy some insight into life on the Caldera and embark on an included cruise in a "kaiki" to the volcanic island of Nea Kameni to swim in its magical hot springs.
Santorini - Athens
Leave the island high life behind and board a high-speed ferry back to Athens, where you'll spend the final night of your journey. Consider visiting the vibrant old historical neighborhood of Athens called the Plaka. Full of great restaurants and friendly locals - its the perfect area to spend your final night in Athens. (Hotel: Crowne Plaza/Divani Palace Acropolis)
Depart Athens for Home
Ready To Visit The Greek Islands?
This incredible family vacation, perfect for those who want the warmth of the sun and beautiful beaches, combined with some history and plenty of leisure time, offers amazing value. Prices starting at just $2750 per person / double occupancy with terrific discounts for young travelers as well as 3rd and 4th travelers sharing a room. Dates available during April, May, June, July, and August. Because this family vacation experience is extremely popular, we recommend that you secure your dates with a $200.00 deposit per person as quickly as possible.
Want more information or ready to book? Contact Joanna Vas, Travel Specialist at 919-578-9028, ext. 133 or Click Here To Email her today!
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