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The Greek Islands

13 days
It’s nearly impossible to get a true taste of Greek culture without sampling its flavorful isles. Experience the relaxed lifestyle and vibrant locals that color all the islands, discovering the character and history unique to each locale. Absorb Hellenic heritage in ancient Athens before soaking in Crete’s legendary landscapes. Cruise the Aegean to the volcanic shores of Santorini and anchor on the beaches of lively Mykonos.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 11 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Athens today.

Athens 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Athens

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Greece! Meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner tonight.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Athens

Included meals: Breakfast

A local guide introduces you to the highlights of this bustling ancient capital, home to the world’s first democracy. 

• Tour the ancient Acropolis, site of the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena Nike

• Visit the 6th-century Temple of Zeus

• View the classically inspired Old Royal Palace, home of the Greek Parliament

• Pass through Syntagma Square to see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Enjoy a free afternoon in Athens or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Cape Sounion $35*pp Details

Journey to the southern tip of the Attic Peninsula to take in the sights of the Poseidon Coast, including sandy beaches, natural and manmade harbors and, of course, the Aegean Sea itself. High above the sparkling shoreline, the Temple of Poseidon dominates the landscape. Of the original structure, 16 elegant Doric pillars remain. Afterward, decide how you'd like to spend your free time. Take a moment to look out from the lofty cliffside vantage point, where you can see five Aegean islands on a clear day. You may also choose to enjoy a coffee, stop in the souvenir shop or stroll through the area. Please note: This excursion involves some walking on uneven terrain.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $45)

Crete 2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Sightseeing tour of Heraklion

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning fly to Heraklion on the island of Crete, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour. 

• Visit the ruins of Knossos, where King Minos imprisoned the Minotaur in a labyrinth, according to the myth

• Explore the Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Day 5: Free day in Crete

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Crete or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Chania $99*pp Details

Travel to historic Chania, where a local guide introduces you to the city’s Old Town. You’ll visit Chania’s cathedral before a walk through the Venetian quarter, where you’ll reach Etz Hayyim, the only synagogue on the island of Crete and a symbol of the city’s ages-old Jewish community. Spend some time strolling through the indoor market, perhaps sampling local herbs, olive oil and cheeses. Your guided tour ends at the port where you’ll visit an ancient Turkish Ottoman mosque. Lunch is included on this excursion, as well as free time to get to know this beautiful city at your own pace.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Santorini 3 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Transfer to Santorini

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Take a ferry to Santorini, an island of stunning volcanic landscapes.

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Santorini

Included meals: Breakfast

Take in the local sights on a guided tour of Santorini, a volcanic isle known for its black-sand beaches, cliff-lined shores and stunning whitewashed architecture.

• Visit the prehistoric settlements unearthed at the Akrotiri excavations

• Ride to the top of Profitis Ilias Mountain for panoramic views of the whole island 

• Stop in the small, picturesque village of Pyrgos

Optional Excursion - Santorini Caldera Cruise & Dinner $95*pp Details

Cruise through Santorini’s awe-inspiring caldera and around the volcanic island of Nea Kamenim for views of the picture-perfect cliffside village of Oía (pronounced “EE-ah”). Situated on the western end of the island, Oía was once a maritime center and stately captains’ houses still sit on its high ridges. Take in the scenery and the sunset (on clear days) as you enjoy a buffet-style dinner of home-cooked Greek specialties on board the boat. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs only from May through mid-October. It is also dependent upon weather conditions. A welcome drink, glass of wine and water are included.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $105)

Day 8: Free day in Santorini

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Santorini or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Greek Wine Tasting & Lunch $45*pp Details

Santorini was once a volcano, and the island's nutrient-rich soil nurtures some outstanding vineyards. On this excursion, you'll enjoy a tour through a local winery followed by a wine tasting and an included lunch overlooking the Aegean.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $55)

Mykonos 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Transfer to Mykonos

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel by ferry to Mykonos this morning and spend the rest of the day as you wish.

Day 10: Free day in Mykonos

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Mykonos or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Delos $79*pp Details

Journey by boat to the island of Delos, rich with mythological history and once one of Greece's most sacred spots. Your guided tour of the island's ancient city will transport you to the time when this was an important center for trade in silk, spices and slaves. You can explore the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Sacred Cave, the Lion Terrace and the House of Dionysus, where you'll find a breathtaking mosaic of the god of wine.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $89)

Athens 2 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Transfer to Athens

Included meals: Breakfast

Board a ferry for your return trip to Athens and enjoy free time to continue your explorations of the ancient city on your own.

Day 12: Free day in Athens

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Athens or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Delphi $89*pp Details

Journey to the slopes of Mount Parnassus and the town of Delphi, home of the mystical oracle. Embark on a guided tour featuring the Temple of Apollo, where, according to legend, the god Apollo once communicated with mortals. Greece’s ancient military leaders customarily left gifts here in hopes of good fortune in battle. After an included lunch, visit the Delphi Museum. Take time to explore the collection on your own, which includes a huge bronze charioteer among its ancient treasures. Please note: This excursion involves some walking on uneven terrain and hills.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $99)

Day 13: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to explore Istanbul.

Add Istanbul $449 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

The cultural and economic capital of Turkey, Istanbul straddles Europe and Asia—both figuratively and geographically. Once known as Constantinople, this former capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires has long been a bustling and cosmopolitan crossroads. Experience the intersection of East and West at the Byzantine-built Hagia Sophia, the Ottoman-era Blue Mosque and the exotic Topkapi Palace.

Istanbul 3 nights Hotel info

Day 13: Transfer to Istanbul

Included meals: Breakfast

Transfer to Athens airport for your flight to Istanbul, the city at the crossroads of East and West.

Day 14: Sightseeing tour of Istanbul

Included meals: Breakfast

A local guide leads a tour of the city’s fascinating sights.

• Discover the ancient Hippodrome, which served as the public center of Byzantium for over a thousand years

• Enter the breathtaking Blue Mosque, built by Sultan Ahmet and decorated with exquisite blue Iznik tiles

• See the Topkapi Palace, once the residence of the Ottoman sultans

• Visit Hagia Sophia, the pride of Christendom until the city fell to the Turks in 1453

Enjoy a free evening in Istanbul or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Whirling Dervishes: Sufi Mystics $49*pp Details

The Whirling Dervishes are devoted adherents of Sufism, a mystical interpretation of Islam. For centuries, they've been known for their sema, the spinning dance that inspired their colorful nickname. The sema is full of symbolism, and you'll gain an appreciation for this distinctive communion with the divine at tonight's performance.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $59)

Day 15: Free day in Istanbul

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Istanbul or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Bosphorus Straits Cruise $55*pp Details

Cruise through the Bosphorus Straits, looking out on decadent Ottoman palaces and imposing medieval castles as you journey through the narrow waterway that separates Europe from Asia. On your way, you’ll stop to visit the famous Egyptian bazaar, known as the Spice Market. After returning from your cruise, sit down to a lunch of Turkish specialties. Please note: This excursion is weather dependent. In some cases, dinner will be offered instead of lunch.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $65)

Day 16: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 11 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Athens today.

Athens 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Athens

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Greece! Meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner tonight.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Athens

Included meals: Breakfast

A local guide introduces you to the highlights of this bustling ancient capital, home to the world’s first democracy. 

• Tour the ancient Acropolis, site of the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena Nike

• Visit the 6th-century Temple of Zeus

• View the classically inspired Old Royal Palace, home of the Greek Parliament

• Pass through Syntagma Square to see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Enjoy a free afternoon in Athens or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Cape Sounion $35*pp Details

Journey to the southern tip of the Attic Peninsula to take in the sights of the Poseidon Coast, including sandy beaches, natural and manmade harbors and, of course, the Aegean Sea itself. High above the sparkling shoreline, the Temple of Poseidon dominates the landscape. Of the original structure, 16 elegant Doric pillars remain. Afterward, decide how you'd like to spend your free time. Take a moment to look out from the lofty cliffside vantage point, where you can see five Aegean islands on a clear day. You may also choose to enjoy a coffee, stop in the souvenir shop or stroll through the area. Please note: This excursion involves some walking on uneven terrain.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $45)

Day 4: Free day in Athens

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Athens or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Delphi $89*pp Details

Journey to the slopes of Mount Parnassus and the town of Delphi, home of the mystical oracle. Embark on a guided tour featuring the Temple of Apollo, where, according to legend, the god Apollo once communicated with mortals. Greece’s ancient military leaders customarily left gifts here in hopes of good fortune in battle. After an included lunch, visit the Delphi Museum. Take time to explore the collection on your own, which includes a huge bronze charioteer among its ancient treasures. Please note: This excursion involves some walking on uneven terrain and hills.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $99)

Crete 2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Heraklion

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning fly to Heraklion on the island of Crete, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour. 

• Visit Knossos, where King Minos imprisoned the Minotaur in a labyrinth, according to the myth

• Explore the Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Day 6: Free day in Crete

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Crete or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Chania $99*pp Details

Travel to historic Chania, where a local guide introduces you to the city’s Old Town. You’ll visit Chania’s cathedral before a walk through the Venetian quarter, where you’ll reach Etz Hayyim, the only synagogue on the island of Crete and a symbol of the city’s ages-old Jewish community. Spend some time strolling through the indoor market, perhaps sampling local herbs, olive oil and cheeses. Your guided tour ends at the port where you’ll visit an ancient Turkish Ottoman mosque. Lunch is included on this excursion, as well as free time to get to know this beautiful city at your own pace.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Santorini 3 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Transfer to Santorini

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Take a ferry to Santorini, an island of stunning volcanic landscapes.

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Santorini

Included meals: Breakfast

Take in the local sights on a guided tour of Santorini, a volcanic isle known for its black-sand beaches, cliff-lined shores and stunning whitewashed architecture.

• Visit the prehistoric settlements unearthed at the Akrotiri excavations

• Ride to the top of Profitis Ilias Mountain for panoramic views of the whole island 

• Stop in the small, picturesque village of Pyrgos 

Enjoy a free evening in Santorini or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Santorini Caldera Cruise & Dinner $95*pp Details

Cruise through Santorini’s awe-inspiring caldera and around the volcanic island of Nea Kamenim for views of the picture-perfect cliffside village of Oía (pronounced “EE-ah”). Situated on the western end of the island, Oía was once a maritime center and stately captains’ houses still sit on its high ridges. Take in the scenery and the sunset (on clear days) as you enjoy a buffet-style dinner of home-cooked Greek specialties on board the boat. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs only from May through mid-October. It is also dependent upon weather conditions. A welcome drink, glass of wine and water are included.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $105)

Day 9: Free day in Santorini

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Santorini or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Greek Wine Tasting & Lunch $45*pp Details

Santorini was once a volcano, and the island's nutrient-rich soil nurtures some outstanding vineyards. On this excursion, you'll enjoy a tour through a local winery followed by a wine tasting and an included lunch overlooking the Aegean.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $55)

Mykonos 2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Transfer to Mykonos

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel by ferry to Mykonos this morning and spend the rest of the day as you wish.

Day 11: Free day in Mykonos

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Mykonos or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Delos $79*pp Details

Journey by boat to the island of Delos, rich with mythological history and once one of Greece's most sacred spots. Your guided tour of the island's ancient city will transport you to the time when this was an important center for trade in silk, spices and slaves. You can explore the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Sacred Cave, the Lion Terrace and the House of Dionysus, where you'll find a breathtaking mosaic of the god of wine.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $89)

Athens 1 night Hotel info

Day 12: Transfer to Athens

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Board a ferry for your return trip to Athens, where you’ll have free time to continue your explorations of the ancient city on your own. 

Tonight, say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner in Athens.

Day 13: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to explore Istanbul.

Add Istanbul $449 pp

The cultural and economic capital of Turkey, Istanbul straddles Europe and Asia—both figuratively and geographically. Once known as Constantinople, this former capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires has long been a bustling and cosmopolitan crossroads. Experience the intersection of East and West at the Byzantine-built Hagia Sophia, the Ottoman-era Blue Mosque and the exotic Topkapi Palace.

Istanbul 3 nights Hotel info

Day 13: Transfer to Istanbul

Included meals: Breakfast

Transfer to Athens airport for your flight to Istanbul, the city at the crossroads of East and West.

Day 14: Sightseeing tour of Istanbul

Included meals: Breakfast

A local guide leads a tour of the city’s fascinating sights.

• Discover the ancient Hippodrome, which served as the public center of Byzantium for over a thousand years

• Enter the breathtaking Blue Mosque, built by Sultan Ahmet and decorated with exquisite blue Iznik tiles

• See the Topkapi Palace, once the residence of the Ottoman sultans

• Visit Hagia Sophia, the pride of Christendom until the city fell to the Turks in 1453

Enjoy a free evening in Istanbul or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Whirling Dervishes: Sufi Mystics $49*pp Details

The Whirling Dervishes are devoted adherents of Sufism, a mystical interpretation of Islam. For centuries, they've been known for their sema, the spinning dance that inspired their colorful nickname. The sema is full of symbolism, and you'll gain an appreciation for this distinctive communion with the divine at tonight's performance.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $59)

Day 15: Free day in Istanbul

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Istanbul or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Bosphorus Straits Cruise $55*pp Details

Cruise through the Bosphorus Straits, looking out on decadent Ottoman palaces and imposing medieval castles as you journey through the narrow waterway that separates Europe from Asia. On your way, you’ll stop to visit the famous Egyptian bazaar, known as the Spice Market. After returning from your cruise, sit down to a lunch of Turkish specialties. Please note: This excursion is weather dependent. In some cases, dinner will be offered instead of lunch.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $65)

Day 16: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

How's the weather?

  • Athens, Greece
  • Crete, Greece
  • Santorini, Greece
  • Mykonos, Greece
  • Istanbul, Turkey
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & visa

In order to enter Greece (as well as Turkey on the tour extension), U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. A visa is also required for U.S. and Canadian passport holders to enter Turkey on the tour extension. Effective in 2014, U.S. and Canadian passport holders must obtain an electronic visa through the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs website prior to arrival in Turkey. The cost of a visa for entry into Turkey is $20 USD for U.S. citizens and $60 USD for Canadian citizens (payment is subject to change without notice). If you’re not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements. 

Baggage allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage. 

Baggage handling

Please note that porter service cannot be guaranteed on the ferry from Crete to Santorini and Santorini to Mykonos. Please be prepared to handle your own baggage. 

Clothing & packing tips

Due to the temperate climate, light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights is essential for your tour. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes are recommended for sightseeing. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any eventuality—a lightweight sports jacket and emergency rainwear are advised. If you plan to visit an especially elegant restaurant or attend the opera or theater, you will probably feel more comfortable in something more formal. Also, remember that it is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (entrance may be denied on this basis). 

Health

There are no major health risks when traveling to Greece. During the summer months, take proper care for sun exposure. Also, codeine (commonly found in headache medications) is banned in Greece, and you may face prosecution if you bring it into the country. While no vaccinations are required for entry into Turkey (on extension), it is always advisable to check with your doctor or health-care provider for the latest updates and overseas travel recommendations. 

Cuisine

One of the pleasures of traveling is the variety of local cuisine. Greece’s climate ensures a constant supply of high-quality fresh fruits and vegetables. Salads are excellent here, served with olive oil and topped with feta cheese and oregano. Grilled fish and meat are also a staple. Barbecued lamb, squid, octopus, spinach and cheese pies, baked eggplant and zucchini are other delicious dishes. Turkish food is fresh and very carefully prepared. Sourdough bread with sheep’s cheese and olives, as well as jam or honey, is typically eaten for breakfast. A midday meal or dinner often starts with a meze, which is a plate of varied appetizers, such as cheese pastry rolls, pickled vegetables and potato fritters. Turkish coffee is extremely strong and thick. 

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in and depart from Athens. A flight from Athens to Heraklion is included. Ferry from Crete to Santorini, a ferry to Mykonos, and a ferry from Mykonos to Athens are also included. All other included transportation is by private motor coach.

Despite the famed hustle and bustle of Athens, the city’s main attractions are easily accessed on foot. If you do need to use public transportation, however, there’s a brand-new metro system that was conveniently completed in time for the 2004 Olympics. It’s now one of Europe’s best.

Currency

The euro (in Greece) and the Turkish lira are the currencies you will be using on your tour. We advise that you take a combination of ATM/bank cards and credit cards, as needed. For Turkey, we recommend dollar bills in small denominations. Exchange small amounts of Turkish lira at one time in order to compensate for rising inflation. ATMs can also be found in Turkey, most connected to the Cirrus and Plus international networks. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

How's the weather?

  • Athens, Greece
  • Crete, Greece
  • Santorini, Greece
  • Mykonos, Greece
  • Istanbul, Turkey
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & visa

In order to enter Greece (as well as Turkey on the tour extension), U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. A visa is also required for U.S. and Canadian passport holders to enter Turkey on the tour extension. Effective in 2014, U.S. and Canadian passport holders must obtain an electronic visa through the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs website prior to arrival in Turkey. The cost of a visa for entry into Turkey is $20 USD for U.S. citizens and $60 USD for Canadian citizens (payment is subject to change without notice). If you’re not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements. 

Baggage allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage. 

Baggage handling

Please note that porter service cannot be guaranteed on the ferry from Crete to Santorini and Santorini to Mykonos. Please be prepared to handle your own baggage. 

Clothing & packing tips

Due to the temperate climate, light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights is essential for your tour. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes are recommended for sightseeing. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any eventuality—a lightweight sports jacket and emergency rainwear are advised. If you plan to visit an especially elegant restaurant or attend the opera or theater, you will probably feel more comfortable in something more formal. Also, remember that it is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (entrance may be denied on this basis). 

Health

There are no major health risks when traveling to Greece. During the summer months, take proper care for sun exposure. Also, codeine (commonly found in headache medications) is banned in Greece, and you may face prosecution if you bring it into the country. While no vaccinations are required for entry into Turkey (on extension), it is always advisable to check with your doctor or health-care provider for the latest updates and overseas travel recommendations. 

Cuisine

One of the pleasures of traveling is the variety of local cuisine. Greece’s climate ensures a constant supply of high-quality fresh fruits and vegetables. Salads are excellent here, served with olive oil and topped with feta cheese and oregano. Grilled fish and meat are also a staple. Barbecued lamb, squid, octopus, spinach and cheese pies, baked eggplant and zucchini are other delicious dishes. Turkish food is fresh and very carefully prepared. Sourdough bread with sheep’s cheese and olives, as well as jam or honey, is typically eaten for breakfast. A midday meal or dinner often starts with a meze, which is a plate of varied appetizers, such as cheese pastry rolls, pickled vegetables and potato fritters. Turkish coffee is extremely strong and thick. 

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in and depart from Athens (or Istanbul on the tour extension). A flight from Athens to Heraklion is included. Ferry from Crete to Santorini, a ferry to Mykonos, and a ferry from Mykonos to Athens are also included. All other included transportation is by private motor coach.

Despite the famed hustle and bustle of Athens, the city’s main attractions are easily accessed on foot. If you do need to use public transportation, however, there’s a brand-new metro system that was conveniently completed in time for the 2004 Olympics. It’s now one of Europe’s best.

Currency

The euro (in Greece) and the Turkish lira are the currencies you will be using on your tour. We advise that you take a combination of ATM/bank cards and credit cards, as needed. For Turkey, we recommend dollar bills in small denominations. Exchange small amounts of Turkish lira at one time in order to compensate for rising inflation. ATMs can also be found in Turkey, most connected to the Cirrus and Plus international networks. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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Tour Value: 3 / 5

My Greek Trip

The tour of Greece was a wonderful experience! I saw almost everything that I had hoped to see. The ruins were spectacular and the views were unbelievable! Santorini was by far my favorite stop! I hope to return for another visit! The Greek people were charming and friendly. They were anxious to make our visit a wonderful experience! Our bus drivers were very good and nice. I felt very safe in their capable hands while climbing those steep, windy roads! However, one of my biggest diappointments was the scheduling of our trip from Mykonos to Athens. It was a wasted day. I had hopes of visiting the museums in Athens when we returned. Our departure was scheduled late and then delayed. We were without a room for much of the day. Most of our day was spent sitting in the hot hotel lobby. The transportation promised to take us form the hotel to the city was not provided. (This was a promise due to a last-minute hotel switch!) The "last minute" changes of several of our hotels was totally unacceptable! The substitutes were not as nice as the original hotels. The late changes came as quite a surprise prior to our departure. Also, itineraries were hard for family members to follow in case of emergencies. As a result of a change, the hotel in Mykonos was unacceptable. I felt as though I were at camp! The beds were small twin size beds that were low to the ground and hard as a rock! The only redeeming factor of this hotel was it's close proximity to the beach. We were there for two days which made it worse. The food was very good and I enjoyed the restaurants we were treated to. However, as an appreciation gesture and apology for changes of our hotels, we were to be "treated" to a wine-tasting. This was quite unusual, since there was no wine! We did have a snack and Ouzo. This was a real "let-down" for those who chose to attend. The company could have spent a little more money on us and soothed some ruffled feathers! Our tour guide did a great job organizing the trip. We were informed and kept on schedule. Overall, I will look back on my trip with fondness. I got to go with a group of lovely ladies and fellow travelers to a place where I had always hoped to go. Go head Tours was definately a step-up from EF Tours with better hotels and food. I would travel with them again, but know that there would be surprise hotel changes just before I left. This would be my chief complaint! Thanks for a nice trip!

 

Dear Carolyn, We are so pleased to learn that you had a wonderful experience in Greece! The islands certainly have a lot to offer, and we are so glad that you found the sites spectacular and the people charming. We do apologize for the last minute change in hotels that you experienced in Mykonos, and that our gesture of good will fell short of your expectations. Here at Go Ahead, we understand that accommodation on tour can have a big effect on our travelers’ impression of their trip. We are sorry that your experience with the hotel change may have colored your experience, and we are working diligently to ensure that this does not affect future travelers. We take feedback such as this very seriously, and rely on it to continue to improve our tours and our business. Thank you very much for your review, and we hope to welcome you onto another Go Ahead tour in the future!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 14, 2015

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/19/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great Director

This was a very enjoyable trip, with a good group of travelers and an excellent Tour Director. Michael was passionate and knowledgeable and worked hard to make the trip a success. Whatever issues there might have been were not as a result of his leadership and he worked overtime to correct anything that seemed to concern the group.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/12/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Beaches, excavations and more!

This tour is spectacular because it combines two of my favorite things: the beach & ancient excavations. We went to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world (on Santorini & Mykonos). And we also visited some of the coolest historical sites that I had been dreaming about and finally get to cross off of my bucket list. We went to the Parthenon & the Palace at Knossos which are awesome in their own right. We also did the optionals to Delos & Delphi (these are a must) which were just mind-blowing! I could write down any number of great adjectives to describe these places but they would pale in comparison to what these sites deserve. Take this tour and see the sites that Homer, Sophocles, Euripides, etc., wrote about! Also, I must say that our tour director, Rob, made this tour great! Rob's enchanting storytelling of ancient Greek mythological stories was the best! This tour is worth every penny and I highly recommend it!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/12/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Two Awesome Tour Guides

Rob (in Greece) and Cem (in Turkey) were both incredible tour guides. Both had depths of information and could answer almost every question a member asked them. They also both went out of their way to assist the travelers with unique requirements which was over and above what I have previously seen on tours. We'd definitely look forward to traveling with them again.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/9/2015

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: HI

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Greek Island Tour

The overall trip was very good and we had a great time so I would recommend it to others. they only thing I would like to see different was more days in the islands and less days in Athens

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/5/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: LA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great tour, bad accomodation

The tour director in Greece, Emmy, was wonderful. She was organized, gave us great information. kept us on time and was always in control. The tours that we did on each island and in Athens were given by excellent tour guides and were very educational as well as interesting. As for the hotels, when they were put on the itinerary, I requested rooms on an upper floor with a tub where possible. We were given rooms in each case on a lower floor without a tub. We brought along a new tour couple who were assigned our rooms it seemed. It was like a slap in the face each time we checked in. We managed to change twice to acceptable rooms, but had to fight for it. Wasn't the experience we hoped for. The hotel in Santorini was on a beautiful beach with a great restaurant and a great view (once we got ourselves moved to the higher level), Unfortunately, the room were on the top of a hill that we had to walk up and down every day and the hotel phone service was out of commission in the rooms so you couldn't even make simple requests or get answers to simple questions without walking up and down the hill. I would recommend this tour to people with the understanding to not expect a lot in the way of hotels.

 

Charles, Thank you very much for taking the time to complete your online review, and providing this valuable information. We were so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your Tour Director, Emmy. We are very proud of our passionate and knowledgeable Tour Directors and the experience they are able to provide our travelers. Here at Go Ahead, we understand that hotel selection and room assignment can have a big impact on our travelers’ experience abroad, and we were sorry to hear that your expectations in this area were not met. We do our best to accommodate all of our travelers’ requests, but unfortunately we cannot always guarantee that certain amenities or rooms will be available. We were also disappointed to hear that your room was not equipped with a working telephone and that you had to walk up and down a hill for everything you needed. These conditions are certainly not up to our high Go Ahead standards, and we will work with our operations team to ensure that future tour groups are met with a higher level of quality. Thank you again for your feedback, and we look forward to welcoming you onto another Go Ahead Tour in the future!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 22, 2015

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/16/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: ID

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Loved this tour!

I chose this tour for the Islands portion and was not disappointed- they were fabulous! Tour director Roberto was super knowledgeable and easy to work with. I saw enough of Athens in the one day spent there (I had other travel planned in Europe so left the tour before it returned to Athens at the end). Highly recommend the optionals to Cape Sounion (such a pretty drive!) Chania (another pretty drive plus loved the town), Santorini sunset cruise, and Delos. Hotel in Athens was OK, on Crete and Mykonos they were excellent, and due to an unfortunate last minute issue, only fair on Santorini. Hotel Leto on Mykonos was a favorite, right on the port just a few minutes walk from all the restaurants and shops. Beautiful sunset views right from the room! Tips: if you arrive early to Athens after overnight flight, email hotel before and ask for a room to be ready for early checkin. Also, hotels in Europe generally do not provide washcloths- bring your own, like a microfiber one. Lots of hotel changes on this itinerary so you might want to bring 3 or 4 and just leave them behind rather than pack a wet cloth to the next destination. Someone else in our group brought disposable ones which was brilliant. There was a quite a bit of walking, often on steep cobblestone paths, so be prepared.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/15/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AR

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director

How appropriate....and true. Roberto was/is the best! The tour was lots of fun. I do hope you all will establish a place for us to share photos. Thanks

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 5/8/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Best Tour Director

We had Michael as our director and he was AWESOME! There were about 30 of us and Michael did a great job keeping us on track with our schedule. This trip is definitely not for those with mobility issues. Everywhere we went there were hills or steps. The hotel in Mykonos was right on the water. A great beach front. Fun music down a few doors and many restaurants along the beach to choose from. Directly across the street from our hotel in Santorini was the iconic picture of the church top with bells and the ocean and islands as a back drop. You wouldn't know it was there if Michael hadn't told us. Also there is a cliff walk which is also across the street and great to do. You can stop along the way to eat or have a drink. At the end of the walk is great shopping. The people of Greece were all so nice and welcoming. If you like to take pictures, you will love going to Oia in Santorini. Some really good shopping on this trip.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/24/2015

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: GA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour, Best Tour Director

I have been on several GA tours but this is the best thus far, and made so in no small way by our tour director Irene who tried to meet all the travelers needs, and was an abundant source of fact and legend. I fell inuring my wrist and she made sure I got what I needed to be comfortable. The tour was filled with beautiful and historic excursions . The Islands are truly one of the world most beautiful, especially Santorina, with its crater edge views , black beaches, unique wines from grapes which grow on the ground. All excavations visited are most interesting to anyone interested in ancient history. The food was the best encountered in my previous trips to France, Spain, or Italy,,which is saying a lot. The salad ingredients were always fresh and tasty. All the hotels had a good breakfast except the Mykonos Palace which was otherwise wonderful being on the beach. The Agean Plaza Hotel on Santorini was also a beautiful hotel. I recommend all the excursions. Irene, our tour director, also arranged a sunset visit to Oia Village on Mykonos which was wonderful. I would suggest anyone considering this tour be prepared to do a lot of walking on very uneven paths. Also , when you leave Athens you will be allowed only one suitcase which caused several travelers to have to repack and leave their second suitcase at the hotel in Athens. A further suggestion for anyone considering this trip, try to dovetail it with the other Greek tour which takes you around mainland Greece. This would allow you to see all the beauties of Greece and save the airfare should you take only one tour and later decide to take the second. Of course , this is not a bad idea for any of the GA tours. Another worthwhile tip is do not wait unit your flight itinerary is posted but begin discussing your flights early with the GA customer service agents as they will work to get you the easiest flight option. I could go on about my satisfaction with this tour and the Go Ahead team , but in a word "Excellent". I look forward to my next Go Ahead trip but fear it may be anticlimatic after this Greek Island Tour.

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