Greece III Island Hopping Singles Vacation

May 31st - June 13th, 2021

13 days, 12 nights - $3,650

2-nights Athens; 3-nights Crete; 3-nights Mykonos; 4-nights Santorini

Includes air from LAX (excluding departure tax - see below); double occupancy hotel, domestic air, ferry, Acropolis tour and daily breakfast

Greece has announced that it will be opening up on May 14th so we've pushed our dates back.

This is a repeat of our last Greece trip which is a land-based island hopping trip with flights and a ferry between the islands.

We'll land in Athens on a Wednesday evening. Once we check in to our hotel we'll take a walk to the famous Plaka where you can enjoy you will enjoy strolling, shopping and eating. The next morning we'll enjoy a tour of the Acropolis, home of the Parthanon (included in your package). The rest of the day will be at your leisure.

On Friday morning well fly over to the island of Crete. Crete is the birthplace of the first European civilization, the Minoan, which flourished between 3000 BC and 1200 BC. Even today, the majestic palaces of Knossos, Phaestus, Malia, Zakros, Tylissos, Arhanes, Monastiraki, Galatas, Kydonia and the luxurious mansions at Agia Triada, Zominthos, Amnisos, Makrigialos, Vathipetro and Nerokouros reflect the splendor of the Minoan civilization through architectural, pottery, jewelry and painting masterpieces. We will organize optional tours to some of the key places including Knossos. Click here to read more about the tours on this trip.

We will be staying in Chania (see arrow on map) which is in and of itself a work of art and known as the Veniceof Crete. Much of the old town district of Chania was developed around its harbor, which was built by the Venetians during the 14th century. Its lighthouse still proudly overlooks the Mediterranean. Here you’ll find several cinemas and historical attractions like the Archaeological Museum, a collection of Minoan and Roman artifacts that’s housed in the former Monastery of Saint Francis. Wandering around the Old Town’s maze-like alleys with the beautiful Venetian mansions, the fountains and the elaborate churches will help you discover well-preserved historical monuments. It is one of the most beautiful and picturesque cities in Greece and for food lovers, it's a paradise! Cosmopolitan nightclubs and stylish bar-restaurants, small atmospheric bars and picturesque cafés where you can enjoy a drink, or maybe a cocktail, or just a good cup of coffee. Some are hidden among the alleys of the Old City in historic buildings or courtyards, others are on the waterfront overlooking the sea. Chania has it all. Cafés, bars, clubs, a live Greek and international music scene, including a number of jazz bars, all invite you to experience the city’s nightlife to the fullest. Our hotel is perfectly situated with wonderful sea views (early signups will get sea view rooms - limited supply!). Click here for more information on Chania.

After our 3-nights on Crete we'll be ready for the next stop - Mykonos for the next 3 nights. We will be flying over via Athens. This island is not only picturesque with its white buildings and blue trim, the narrow meandering streets with cutes hops and restaurants and famous windmills, its also THE place for nightlife with many Europeans who come here.  Well have an optional tour set up that will take us on a 45 minute boat ride to the island of Delos, which is an entire city of ruins h no current inhabitants. Its also fun to rent a scooter or car and tour Mykonos and spend the day at one of the most beautiful, as well as hip and happening beaches in the Mediterranean. We will also offer an optional horseback ride which is incredible with your ride on a secluded beach. You don't have to plan too much on this island as the old town is just a short walk from our hotel and makes for a nice, relaxing way to spend some time strolling and taking photos. Our hotel is beautiful with amazing views of the sea. Once again, early sign ups will be rewarded with the better view rooms. Many of our past Greece travelers have told me that Mykonos was their favorite island. Less glitzy than Santorini and maybe a bit more down to earth. There are lots of beautiful beaches. It's great to rent a car, quad or scooter to explore.

After our 3-nights on Mykonos it will be time for our last and most anticipated stop, the island of Santorini. We'll be taking a ferry which is smooth and only about a 2-hour trip. There is not a more magical island in the world  You will absolutely fall in love with it.  We will have optional tours set up including an all day tour by bus and then boat visiting the caldera via a nice wooden boat and even swimming to a natural hot springs!  This is another island where it's great to rent a car, quad or scooter and explore on your own. There is the beautiful red sand beach and lots of interesting churches. There is also some great wine tasting here.

We depart Santorini on Sunday morning back to Athens and fly back that same day. It's great air wth Luthansa. This is the ideal introduction to the jewels of the Aegean

Cost: Just $3,650 with air (deduct $340 with your own air and you will not pay us the departure tax). This is a terrific group savings for this trip and you will love our hotels. 

To sign up, click the "sign up now" link at the bottom. The deposit is $200.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: (your own room): $850

INCLUDES:

  • Round trip international air from LAX (other gateways are always an option but may cost slightly more)
  • 12-nights accommodations (double occ.)
  • All ground transportation
  • Air from Athens to Crete
  • Air from Crete to Mykonos
  • Ferry from Mykonos to Santorini
  • Air from Santorini to Athens
  • Tour in Athens
  • Daily Breakfast

 DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Departure taxes or any fuel surcharge (running $548 at the time of this posting but subject to change)
  • Optional tours

Click here to see photos from our last trip to Greece

Our Group Air:
FROM LA:
Flight:Turkish Airlines 10 Departure: Los Angeles 31MAY630P Arrival:ISTANBUL AIRPORT 01JUN//540P
Flight: Turkish Airlines 1843 Departure:ISTANBUL AIRPORT 01JUN/720P Arrival:Athens 01JUN/855P
Flight: Turkish Airlines 1846 Departure:Athens 13JUN/1015A Arrival:ISTANBUL AIRPORT 13JUN/1145A
Flight: Turkish Airlines 9 Departure:ISTANBUL AIRPORT 13JUN/110P Arrival:Los Angeles 13JUN/450P

OUR HOTELS:

ATHENS - NJV PLAZA HOTEL

Website - Tripadvisor - 5-star!

Stay at the luxurious NJV Athens Plaza, conveniently located in the heart of Athens in the historic Syntagma Square, and very close to the world-famous Acropolis. With almost 40 years of rich history, the 5-star NJV Athens Plaza welcomes guests from across the globe to experience hospitality excellence at its finest.

Dedicated to providing an unparalleled level of service, the NJV Athens Plaza Hotel features contemporary rooms and suites, with unique view to the Acropolis, pedestrian & classy Voukourestiou as well as Stadiou streets. As a luxury hotel in Athens, our hotel is ideal for those who choose to be close to major tourist attractions, archaeological sites, shopping districts and museums such as the Acropolis Museum.

 

 

 

 

CRETE - PORTO VENEZIANO
Website - Tripadvisor review - #7 of 112 hotels in Chania! 3-star

Porto Veneziano Hotel is in a fantastic location on the waterfront of Chania's Old Venetian harbor. With environmentally friendly cooling systems throughout, it offers panoramic views and accommodations in a minimal navy design.

Just 950 feet from the center of Chania, Porto Veneziano is an ideal base for your stay in this historic town. With geothermal air conditioning, the modern guest rooms are furnished with private balconies, allowing you to admire views of the harbor, the Old Town or the White Mountains of Crete.

The hotel has free Wi-Fi throughout and operates a smoke-free environment on all communal areas, guest rooms and suites.

 

 

 

 

MYKONOS - PORTO MYKONOS
Website - Tripadvisor review - 4-star

Porto Mykonos boasts the most ideal location in Mykonos town overlooking the vivid pace of the Port and the sparkling colors of the sea. Nestled in one of the most romantic landscapes in Greece this seaside retreat offers the most magical Mykonos town view with flickering lights illuminating the windmills and the historic center. The minimalist rooms and suites feature a combination of authentic Cycladic and modern elements. This hotel in Mykonos town epitomizes the beauty of simplicity in itself.

Porto Mykonos Hotel in Mykonos Town
Nuzzled in the vibrant town of Mykonos in Greece, Porto Mykonos Hotel entices its guests with its serene location and the enchanting panoramic views over the azure waters of the Aegean. Porto Mykonos Hotel offers easy access to the vivacious town, an a la carte restaurant, a lounge bar, a fresh water swimming pool with a pool bar and outstanding views.

Sunset View Hotel
The Porto Mykonos is a traditional and authentic hotel ideally situated a stone’s throw away from Mykonos town, Greece. The hotel’s sea view pool offers magnificent views for sunbathers and, after sunset, it is lit with sparkling lights from town that evidence the active nightlife at the short distance. A hotel in Mykonos town designed to ensure the ultimate intimacy. The rooms of this sunset view hotel open out onto private terraces allowing guests to enjoy the sunset hues reflecting over the Aegean and the most picturesque Mykonos town view.

SANTORINI - SANTORINI PALACE HOTEL
Website - Tripadvisor review - #43 of 84 hotels in Fira! 4-star

The 4-star Santorini Palace is in the center of Fira, Santorini’s capital, walking distance from the breathtaking Caldera and restaurants. It features a free-form pool and a fitness center with a hot tub and sauna.

All air-conditioned rooms open to a balcony overlooking the well-tended garden or the Aegean Sea. Facilities include a satellite TV and minibar. Each private bathroom is fitted with a bathtub and hairdryer.

Guests at Santorini Palace can start their day with a buffet breakfast. The restaurant served international dishes during dinner times. Refreshing drinks and light meals are prepared at the snack bar by the pool.

Santorini Palace is the very first resort in Santorini, only a few meters away from the cliff of the Caldera and the panoramic view of the volcano. The hotel offers a combination of beautiful Cycladic architecture, open spaces, resort facilities and proximity to interesting sites.

Guests may take full advantage of the resort facilities, the peaceful Hotel Spa atmosphere, keep up with their fitness in the fully equipped gym, relax by the pool, enjoy a walk on the Caldera’s promenade or even experience Fira cosmopolitan nightlife.

Santorini Palace hotel is ideal for combining leisure and business, couples or family vacation, due to the mixture of its facilities.

 

 

 

 

 

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