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A Week in Greece: Athens, Mykonos & Santorini

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Watch the setting sun from the hilltops of Greece’s most famous islands.

Cobblestone streets, arched white facades, ocean-blue roofs, and larger-than-life windmills are just a few of the picturesque Greek landscapes you can expect to find on this tour. Experience ancient history and open-air museums in the capital of Athens. Then, the quintessential, beautiful Greek islands you’ve been dreaming of come to life on the isles of Mykonos and Santorini.

Your tour package includes
  • 7 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 3 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
Included highlights
  • Acropolis
  • Parthenon
  • Temple of Zeus
  • Windmills in Mykonos Town
  • Black-sand beaches in Santorini
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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Athens today.

Athens2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Athens
Included meal: Welcome dinner

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

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Athens
Included meal: Breakfast

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

  • Pass by the Olympic Stadium, Syntagma Square, and the Arch of Hadrian
  • View the sixth-century Temple of Zeus
  • See the classically inspired Old Royal Palace, home of the Hellenic Parliament, and drive through the Plaka district
  • Set off on a walking tour around the ancient Acropolis, site of the Parthenon, Temple of Athena Nike, and Erechtheion

Enjoy a free afternoon in Athens or add an excursion.

Greek Cooking Class & Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Mykonos2 nights
Day 4: Ferry to Mykonos & sightseeing tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel by ferry to Mykonos and join your Tour Director on a walk through Mykonos Town.

  • See the iconic windmills in Mykonos Town, built as early as the 16th century
  • View Little Venice, the charming neighborhood right along the Aegean Sea
  • Pass the Church of Panagia Paraportiani and admire its unique architecture

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 5: Free day in Mykonos
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Mykonos or add an excursion.

Delos
Excursion (additional cost)
Santorini2 nights
Day 6: Ferry to Santorini
Included meal: Breakfast

Take a ferry to Santorini and enjoy a free afternoon on the island or add an excursion.

Please note: For an additional cost, you can book a visit to the village of Oia through your Tour Director. The visit will either take place on the evening of day 6 or the morning of day 8 depending on the ferry and flight schedules.

Santorini Winery Visit & Tasting
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Santorini
Included meal: 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 that were unearthed during the archaeological excavations at Akrotiri
  • Ride to the top of Mount Profitis Ilias for panoramic views of the whole island
  • Stop in the small, picturesque village of Pyrgos

Spend a free afternoon in Santorini or add an excursion.

Santorini Caldera Cruise & Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Athens1 night
Day 8: Flight to Athens
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

This afternoon, fly to Athens and celebrate your trip with your group at a farewell dinner tonight.

Flight Home
Day 9: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

Extension to Rome

Have your sights on more art, history, and street life? Rome is sure to deliver. Only in the Italian capital can you sip cappuccino in front of the Pantheon and have an audience with the pope all in one morning. After a flight, admire the highlights during guided sightseeing.

Rome3 nights
Day 9: Flight to Rome
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly to Rome, Italy and enjoy a free evening in the Italian capital or add an excursion.

Dinner with Tenors
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Rome
Included meal: Breakfast

Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans on a guided tour of the Eternal City.

  • Soak up over 2,000 years of history in Imperial Rome, viewing the Arch of Constantine and the Arch of Titus
  • Enter the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire
  • Stop at the ruins of the Forum, once the setting of parades, elections, and trials
  • Pass by Palatine Hill to see Circus Maximus, the stadium where ancient Romans raced chariots, and the Baths of Caracalla

Enjoy free time in Rome or add an excursion.

Ancient Rome: St. Paul’s Basilica & the Catacombs
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 11: Free day in Rome
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Rome or add an excursion.

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Iconic Sights: Vatican City
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Amazing Trip Ever
by 2nd time traveler 

Greece was amazing, I had the time of my life with my friend to celebrate my 50th Birthday.

Excellent Trip!
by 4th time traveler 

What a wonderful and beautiful trip! The people, the food, the accommodations, the itinerary were ALL great! Again, Go Ahead has put together a perfect trip to include Athens on the mainland and the islands of Mykonos and Santorini. I love how I can just experience the trip without the hassle of pla...

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Natural Beauty Wonderful Experience
by 8th time traveler 

I love history and ancient ruins. Greece was on my list of place I wanted to visit since I learned about the Parthenon at the Acropolis. To my pure delight, we could see the Parthenon in the distance from our hotel in Athens. Our visit to the Acropolis made me giddy with joy. The trip from Athens ...

Magical, Educational, and Heart Warming
by 2nd time traveler 

Our week in Greece was truly amazing. From the mind-blowing food and wine to the wonderful hotels to the awe-inspiring sites and local tours, everything blew away my expectations. Every bite we took, every piece of history we saw, every personal interaction we had was perfect. The best part of the ...

Greece Must Do
by 2nd time traveler 

Overall a great guide a great series of events planned. Wine and Sail cruise a must. Food we found on our own was excellent. Food served by the tour excellent with the exception of one restaurant the Nautilus. Night life was what we made of it. I would do it all over again and have already signed w...

Hotels, flights & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

Wyndham Hotel

This modern hotel is located in the Karaiskaki Square neighborhood. Guests enjoy a restaurant, a rooftop bar, and an outdoor pool. Nearby, you’ll find...

San Antonio Summerland

This seaside hotel is located in Mykonos Town. Guests enjoy individually controlled air conditioning, free Wi-Fi. Nearby, you'll find the windmills, M...

Kalisti Hotel & Suites

This beautiful hotel is located in the heart of Fira, the capital of Santorini. Guests enjoy a pool, outdoor bar, and stylish accommodations. Nearby, ...

Best Western Hotel Royal Santina

This modern hotel is located in near Termini station. Guests enjoy free WiFi, a minibar, and laundry center. Nearby, you'll find Museo Nazionale Roman...

Flights

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  • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
  • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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Rome, Italy
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FAQ
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Passport & visa requirements
  • This tour visits Greece (and Italy on the tour extension). In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for at least 1.5 hours daily across uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with steep hills and stairs.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of ferries.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in and depart from Athens (or Rome on the tour extension). When you first arrive, a representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • Ferry rides between Athens and Mykonos and Mykonos and Santorini, as well as a flight from Santorini to Athens, are included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes a flight from Athens to Rome.)
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
Health
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • Please note that codeine (commonly found in headache medications) is banned in Greece, and you may face prosecution if you bring it into the country.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine
  • Greece’s warm climate ensures a constant supply of fresh, high-quality fruits and vegetables. Salads served with aromatic olive oil, feta cheese, and oregano are plentiful. Simple grilled fish and meat are integral to Greek cuisine, as well as squid and octopus. Don’t miss the spinach and cheese pies, called spanakopita.
  • On the tour extension, Roman food is typically freshly prepared and varies depending on the season. Must-try bites include cacio e pepe (a simple dish of pasta, cheese, and pepper) and supplí (a fried rice ball similar to Sicily’s arancini).
  • For more authentic meals on the tour extension, try local trattorias, small restaurants set away from the main piazzas. A typical Italian meal includes wines and the occasional beer, followed by a few sips of after-dinner drinks like grappa or limoncello.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • Greece operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, E, or F plugs with two small, round pins.
  • Italy (on the tour extension) operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, F, or L plugs with two or three small, round pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • Greece is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and seven hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • Italy (on the tour extension) is one hour ahead of GMT and six hours ahead of ET.
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 7pm in Greece (and 6pm in Italy on the tour extension).
Currency
  • You will use the euro on this tour.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
Tipping
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.
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