Mykonos and Santorini are the islands of choice, with three nights on each to soak up the laid-back island lifestyle of two of Greece's favourite hot-spots. It's Insider moments like… slippery-smooth marble underfoot, you escape the Grecian heat to explore the shadows of the Acropolis. Leaving the mainland, the rush of the sea beneath you as you speed toward classical construction of a different kind, and the blue and white Cycladic architecture of Mykonos. Turquoise water and fine-grained sands call you away from the windmills, maze-like streets and cosy tavernas. Then to Santorini, volcanic island of epic sunsets, to taste traditional cuisine, and maybe even some local wine.

Greek Island Hopper

Land Only Group Tour

Duration : 10 DAYSCountry : GREECE
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Santorini, Greece
Mykonos, Cyclades © Greece TourismAcropolis, Athens © Greece TourismSantorini, Cyclades © Greece TourismCaldera view © Santorini Tourism Mykonos © Mykonos TourismSantorini Sunset © Santorini Tourism

Mykonos and Santorini are the islands of choice, with three nights on each to soak up the laid-back island lifestyle of two of Greece's favourite hot-spots. It's Insider moments like… slippery-smooth marble underfoot, you escape the Grecian heat to explore the shadows of the Acropolis. Leaving the mainland, the rush of the sea beneath you as you speed toward classical construction of a different kind, and the blue and white Cycladic architecture of Mykonos. Turquoise water and fine-grained sands call you away from the windmills, maze-like streets and cosy tavernas. Then to Santorini, volcanic island of epic sunsets, to taste traditional cuisine, and maybe even some local wine.

Included in the price

  • 9 nights' accommodation (4 hotels)
  • 9 buffet breakfasts
  • 3 dinners (including Welcome Reception and 2 Regional Meals)
  • All transport shown (including 2 high speed ferries and internal flights)
  • All transfers shown
  • All activities / sightseeing as mentionned 

Day 1: Athens

Welcome to Athens! Transfer to your hotel on arrival. Unwind after your journey or take time to explore this ancient city. Later, meet with your fellow travellers and your LaCity Travel Local Host for a Welcome Reception including a welcome drink and a light meal. Meal: Welcome Reception. Accommodation: Metropolitan/Divani Palace Acropolis

Day 2: Athens

Your amazing sightseeing tour with your Local Expert starts with a visit to see the Parthenon on the Acropolis, one of the most famous monuments in the world. A sacred site since Mycenaen times, Athenians worshipped their deities in temples at the Acropolis. See the Panathinaiko Olympic stadium, the Evzone guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier plus other wondrous sights including the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Arch. The rest of the day is free for you to explore on your own or shop. Meal: Buffet Breakfast. Accommodation: Metropolitan/Divani Palace Acropolis

Day 3: Athens - Mykonos

Board your ferry at the port of Piraeus for a spectacular cruise to the Cycladic Island of Mykonos, playground of the rich and famous! Transfer to your hotel with an orientation on arrival, then spend free time admiring unique windmills, narrow winding pathways and tempting boutiques. Join your fellow travellers this evening for a Regional Meal of local traditional cuisine. Afterwards, don't miss the opportunity to experience the diverse nightlife on this vibrant island! Meals: Buffet Breakfast / Regional Meal. Accommodation: Petinos/Akroyali/Porto Mykonos

Day 4 to Day 5: Mykonos

You have two glorious days to spend exploring Mykonos! The most cosmopolitan of all the Greek islands, Mykonos is also well-known for its splendid beaches. This glittering, glamorous destination features an old town that is packed with charm, where whitewashed cubic houses with blue wooden shutters and balconies line labyrinthine cobbled streets. Notable landmarks include the picturesque waterside area of Little Venice, the 18th century Church of the Paraportiani, the Archaelogical Museum and the Aegean Maritime Museum. In Greek mythology Mykonos was the site of a battle between Zeus and the Titans, and named in honour of Apollo's grandson. Don't forget to swim in the sparkling sea and enjoy cocktails at a waterfront restaurant! For sightseeing further afield, take a trip to Delos, believed by the ancients to be the birthplace of Artemis and Apollo, where you will find many interesting temples and sanctuaries. Meals: Buffet Breakfast / Buffet Breakfast. Accommodation: Petinos/Akroyali/Porto Mykonos

Day 6: Mykonos - Santorini

A short ferry ride brings you to the beautiful island of Santorini, your home for the next three days. Transfer to your hotel with an orientation on arrival and spend free time exploring, also known as Thera. Comprising of a small circular archipelago of volcanic islands in the southern Aegean Sea, Santorini is all that remains of an enormous volcanic explosion. The island's spectacular physical beauty coupled with its dynamic nightlife makes it one of Europe's most popular hotspots. Tonight, join your companions for a Regional Meal of delicious Greek cuisine. Meals: Buffet Breakfast / Regional Meal. Accommodation: El Greco/Volcano View/Orizontes

Day 7 to Day 8: Santorini

Santorini offers a wealth of exciting things to do, or you might like to simply spend your time relaxing in the sun! Wander down winding cobbled streets full of whitewashed houses, admire breathtaking views across the caldera and stunning sunsets. For sightseeing, visit the Folklore Museum, the Naval Museum or discover Cycladic architecture. Santorini makes some of the Greek islands' best wines so perhaps take a tour of a winery and taste some for yourself. Consider a ride in a caique to the volcanic island of Nea Kamini to swim in the hot springs. Embrace the magic of Santorini! Meals: Buffet Breakfast / Buffet Breakfast. Accommodation: El Greco/Volcano View/Orizontes

Day 9: Santorini - Athens

Take the short flight back to Athens this morning. On arrival, transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of the day relaxing or shopping for souvenirs. This evening you might like to celebrate with your travelling companions at a dinner to mark the end of a memorable holiday. Meal: Buffet Breakfast. Accommodation: Metropolitan/Divani Palace Acropolis

Day 10: Athens

Say good bye to Greece and your newfound friends as you are transfered to the airport for the flight home. Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Athens

Athens

Take a trip back to the beginnings of western civilisation and democracy with a visit to Athens, capital of Greece. From the stunning monuments of antiquity to first-class restaurants and shopping, Athens is a dream Greek holiday destination.
Acropolis archaeological site, Athens

Acropolis archaeological site, Athens

The greatest and finest sanctuary of ancient Athens, dedicated primarily to its patron, the goddess Athena, dominates the centre of the modern city from the rocky crag known as the Acropolis. The most celebrated myths of ancient Athens, its greatest religious festivals, earliest cults and several decisive events in the city's history are all connected to this sacred precinct. The monuments of the Acropolis stand in harmony with their natural setting. These unique masterpieces of ancient architecture combine different orders and styles of Classical art in a most innovative manner and have influenced art and culture for many centuries. The Acropolis of the fifth century BC is the most accurate reflection of the splendour, power and wealth of Athens at its greatest peak, the golden age of Perikles.
Mykonos

Mykonos

One of the most famous destinations worldwide and a favourite holiday spot of the jet set, Mykonos, is extremely beautiful and well known for its bare hills, the amazing sandy beaches, the white country chapels and the Cycladic architecture.
Santorini

Santorini

If you’ve ever admired photographs of Greece that show clusters of square whitewashed houses and blue domed churches clinging to steep cliffs, overlooking an azure sea, they’re most likely taken on the Greek Island of Santorini. This rocky outcrop in the Aegean Sea, formed by an ancient volcanic eruption is one of the most iconic and popular destinations on a Greek Island cruise.
LaCity Travel - Traveller Tips for Greece   

VISAS: Greece, as a member of the Schengen States, does not require Australians citizens travelling to Spain as tourists to obtain a visa prior to arrival. On arrival from a non-Schengen state Australian citizens will be issued with a short period visa, or the common ‘Schengen Visa’, which permits a maximum stay of 90 days over a six month period within the Schengen State area (that is, 90 days over six months in the entire Schengen State area, and not in each individual Schengen state).  

MONEY: 1 AUD = 0.65 € (20/02/2014). Payment using recognised international credit cards is also commonly available in Spanish shops. They usually have signs indicating this option at the entrance to the establishment. When you make a payment you should show your passport or ID card. Traveller's cheques, accompanied by a passport, are also accepted in many hotels, restaurants and shops.  

ELECTRICITY: The electric current used in Greece is 220 volts AC, alternating at 50 cycles. (Some larger hotels have 110-volt low-wattage outlets for electric shavers, but they aren't good for hair dryers and most other appliances.) Electrical outlets require Continental-type plugs with two round prongs.  

CLIMATE / WEATHER: Greece has a Mediterranean climate with plenty of sunshine, mild temperatures and a limited amount of rainfall. Due to the country's geographical position, its rugged relief and its distribution between the mainland and the sea, there is great variation in Greece's climate. In summer, the dry hot days are cooled by seasonal winds called the meltemi, while mountainous regions have generally lower temperatures. The winters are mild in lowland areas, with a minimum amount of snow and ice, yet, mountains are usually snow-covered. Moreover, a common phenomenon is the occurrence of different climactic conditions during the same season (for instance, mild heat in coastal areas and cool temperatures in mountainous regions).  

TIME DIFFERENCE: (GMT+02:00) Athens, Bucharest, Istanbul  

BEST TIME TO VISIT GREECE: Greece generally has a mild, Mediterranean climate, with July and August being the busiest months for tourism. With warm weather and plentiful sunshine, this is a great time for visiting the islands, swimming in the sea and lazing on the beach. Summers are generally hot and dry, with daytime temperatures rising to 30°-38°C (85°-100°F). Days are usually cooled by prevailing north winds, especially on the islands. By mid-September, temperatures begin to fall and crowds thin, but it can still be hot. The weather remains generally calm and balmy well into October. If you can't get to Greece in the spring, and beaches are not your primary goal, this is a fine time to visit. By late October, ferry service and flights are cutting back and most facilities on the islands begin to close for the winter. But the cooler atmosphere makes Athens and the mainland all the more pleasant.  

LANGUAGE: Greek is the national language, but English is widely spoken.  

FOOD / DRINK: LaCity Travel believes that one of the best ways to experience a country is by eating! Whether you're sampling street food, savouring a cheap eat or indulging in a banquet, there are endless options to choose from wherever you are in the world. Visitors to Greece will be spoilt with the very best of fresh produce and ancient cooking traditions.  

HISTORY: The early history of Greece is among the world’s most fascinating, and like the other ancient civilisations of Egypt and Rome, Greece has many monuments still standing after centuries. The Greeks have been both the conquerors and the conquered, withstood the Plague and other natural disasters, and birthed some of the greatest literature, scientific developments, mathematical formulas and thought movements. In 1821, the Greeks fought against Ottoman rule during the Greek War of Independence, which resulted in Greece being recognised as an autonomous region in 1828. This was a time of great upheaval for the Greek people, with political assassinations, battles and plundering. After autonomy was granted, many years of change followed, with continued war and confrontation alongside intermittent periods of relative peace. The two World Wars had a profound effect on Greece, with many battles fought in Greece during the early 1940s (during the Axis occupation). Athens was liberated from this occupation in 1944 and the Greek government was restored. Greece joined the United Nations (as a founding member) in 1945 and NATO in 1952. During this time, many Greeks started moving to other parts of the world in a mass wave of widespread migration. The USA, Australia and Europe were popular destinations in this move, which saw hundreds of thousands of Greeks immigrate to other lands. In 2004, Athens successfully hosted the Summer Olympics once again. Yet more recently, Greece has come under the shadow of the European debt crisis which has crippled the economy. Despite this, the spirit of the Greek people endures as it has for eons.  

SHOPPING: From public markets and designer boutiques to European chain stores, Greece has every aspect of retail cornered. In Greece, shop for pottery, lace, rugs, wines, embroidery, gold jewelry with Greek designs, and silver jewelry with precious stones. In Crete, look for handbags and harps. In Rhodes, ceramic tiles.  

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
New Years Day: 1st of January
Epiphany: 6th of January. Sea water is consecrated in the area of Piraeus. The priests throw the Cross into the sea and young men dive to catch it.
Ash Monday: 41 days before Easter. It is the day people begin the Lent. On Ash Monday Greeks fly kites, eat meatless food and celebrate Koulouma. Athenians gather on Philopappou Hill.
Independence Day & Celebration of Evaggelismos: 25th of March. Military parade.
Easter: From Holy Friday until Easter Monday.
Epitaph (Bier of Christ): During the procession of the Epitaph the streets of every city or village in the country are full of people. It is a religious procession where everybody holds lit candles in their hands and sings hymns.

Night of the Resurrection: It is celebrated in midnight before Easter Sunday with fireworks and candles.
Easter Sunday: On Easter Sunday Greeks eat barbecue lamb. The celebrations include singing and dancing all day long.
Labor Day: 1st of May. Flower feasts all around Athens.
Pentecost: It is celebrated 50 days after Easter.
Assumption of the Virgin Mary: 15th of August.
28th of October: National Celebration. Military parade.
Christmas: 25th-26th of December.  

HEALTH: There are no specific health risks associated with Greece, but visitors who plan to walk through forested areas are advised to consider vaccination against tick-borne encephalitis. Travellers to Central Macedonia in the summer months should bring mosquito repellent to prevent exposure to West Nile Virus, as there was an outbreak in August of 2010. Medical facilities in Greece vary: those in major cities are excellent but many of the islands are some distance from a decent hospital. For this reason, it is best to take along any prescription medication you may require. Food and water are safe, but those visiting for short periods should consider sticking to bottled water.  

SAFETY / SECURITY: There is a safety risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks and visitors are urged to be vigilant in public places, including tourist sites. Recent austerity strikes have been widespread and can bring the country to a halt - transport networks particularly suffer during strikes. Thus far, strikes in Greece have inconvenienced travellers without turning violent; however, tourists are advised to stay away from political gatherings as there have been clashes between police and protesters. Greece is otherwise considered a safe destination, but the height of the tourist season does usually see an increase in petty theft cases, particularly in crowded areas. Visitors are advised not to carry valuables on them and to make use of hotel safes for valuables. Do not display conspicuous wealth and make sure your valuable possessions are not easily accessible to pick-pockets. Violent crime is infrequent, but there have been incidents on some Greek islands and lone visitors are advised not to accept lifts from strangers.  

EMERGENCY 
In case of emergency call:

Ambulance Service: 166
SOS Doctors : 1016
Duty Hospitals and Clinics: 1434
Pharmacies: 1434
Open Line for alcohol drug Addiction: 210 3617089
Poisoning First Aid: 210 7793777
Police: 100  

TIPPING: Restaurants include a 15% service charge, and additional tipping is always welcome, but not required.  

TRAVEL INSURANCE: All passengers must have comprehensive travel insurance. You can complete this with LaCity Travel if you wish. Check your Travel Insurance Policy for an Emergency number and details of services to be provided, Carry these details with you.  

Australian Embassy in Greece
Level 6, Thon Building,
Cnr Kifisias & Alexandras Ave,
Ambelokipi, Athens
Telephone: 210 870 4000
Fax: 210 870 4111
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