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A Week in Greece: Athens, Mykonos & Santorini

9 days |  12 days with Rome extension
9 days |  12 days with Rome extension
Group size1530 travelers

4.7 out of 5 stars

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

    Cobblestone streets, arched, whitewashed facades, cobalt-colored roofs, and rustic windmills are just a few of the picturesque Greek landscapes you can expect to find on this tour. Walk through ancient history and open-air museums in the capital, Athens. Then, revel in the serenity and diversity of the Greek Islands on the isles of Mykonos and Santorini—daydreams come to life in a hundred shades of blue. Extend your trip to Rome and bask in the Eternal City’s glow for three more days of art and history, gelato in hand.

    Your tour package includes

    • 7 nights in handpicked hotels
    • 7 breakfasts
    • 3 dinners with beer or wine
    • 3 sightseeing tours
    • Expert Tour Director & local guides
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    Included highlights

    • Temple of Zeus
    • Acropolis
    • Parthenon
    • Windmills in Mykonos Town
    • Black sand beaches on Santorini
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    Day-by-day itinerary

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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

    Close your eyes and take in the smell of orange blossoms and olive trees—you’re in Greece. Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner, served with beer or wine.

    Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Athens
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Nothing can prepare you for the sheer sense of awe you’ll feel when you come face-to-face with Athens, where ancient architecture and artifacts coexist with modern life. Meet up with your dedicated local guide, who will introduce you to the highlights of this bustling capital.

    • Pass by the Panathenaic Stadium, built entirely out of marble—the only such stadium in the world. 
    • Continue to Syntagma Square, home to the neoclassical Greek Parliament building, and admire the plaza’s imposing marble steps, fountain, and lush shade trees.
    • Reflect on the Arch of Hadrian, built to honor the Roman emperor, and imagine how its Pentelic marble stones were carted more than 11 miles from Mount Pentelikon in 131 AD.
    • View the remains of the sixth-century Temple of Zeus and gaze up at its 16 ornate Corinthian columns.
    • Drive through the Plaka district, one of the oldest parts of Athens, known as “the neighborhood of the gods” due to the dozens of monuments strewn throughout the area at the foot of the Acropolis.
    • Set off on a walking tour around the ancient Acropolis—site of the Parthenon, Temple of Athena Nike, and Erechtheion. You may have seen these enduring icons of antiquity in books and film, but now you’re traipsing through the work of craftsmen who quarried and honed these marble blocks thousands of years ago.

    Enjoy a free afternoon in Plaka, a neighborhood largely unbothered by time and modernity, with distinctive red-tiled rooftops, outdoor cafes, and colorful street vendors. Prefer to taste your way through Athens? Add an excursion and remember to say kali orexi—local speak for “have a good appetite.”

    Food of Athens Walking Tour

    From $95 per person

    Mykonos2 nights
    Day 4: Ferry to Mykonos & sightseeing tour
    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We’re off to the islands! Travel by ferry to Mykonos and join your Tour Director on a walk through Mykonos Town’s narrow, labyrinthian streets bursting with cafes, galleries, and shops. Surrender to the soft, salty air on The Island of The Winds.

    • See the iconic white windmills in Mykonos Town, built as early as the 16th century and originally used to mill wheat and barley, and watch their thatched roofs dance in the sea breeze.
    • Delight in Little Venice—perched right alongside the Aegean Sea shoreline and inspired by its Italian namesake—where the colorful sun-splashed residences seem to melt into the water, their balconies hanging over the sea.
    • Pass the Church of Panagia Paraportiani, eminently photographed for its Byzantine-era, whitewashed facade and intriguing curves.

    Sit down this evening for an included dinner, served with beer or wine.

    Day 5: Free day in Mykonos
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Want to add another island to your list? Add an optional excursion to legendary Delos for a guided tour steeped in history and Greek mythology.

    Not joining the excursion? Use your free day in Mykonos to hit the cobblestones early and take your time. If visiting the island’s famous beach clubs isn’t your speed, head back to Little Venice for a stroll along the Old Harbor; hike down to Armenistis Lighthouse, one of the oldest in Greece; or get lost in Matogianni Street’s shops and galleries.

    Delos Cruise & Temple of Apollo

    From $125 per person

    Santorini2 nights
    Day 6: Ferry to Santorini
    Included meal: Breakfast

    You’ve seen the photos—now get ready to star in them yourself. Take a ferry to Santorini and enjoy a free afternoon on the island. You can admire the steep cliffs that plunge into the Aegean and the island’s iconic caldera, dotted with whitewashed buildings. You can eat your way through traditional dishes—like moussaka, a hearty eggplant dish, or tomato fritters—then use your free time to explore unique pebbly beaches and crystal clear waters.

    Looking to expand your palate? Add an excursion to a local winery for a tour and a tasting.

    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 ferry and flight schedules.

    Santorini Winery Visit & Tasting

    From $69 per person

    Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Santorini
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Your guided tour of Santorini will take you from dramatic black-sand beaches to jagged cliff-lined shores and back—a stark contrast to the island’s beloved whitewashed buildings and sprays of bright fuchsia bougainvillea vines.

    • Visit the archaeological excavations at Akrotiri, a settlement buried in volcanic ash, where richly pigmented Bronze Age frescoes and other Minoan artifacts survived a devastating volcano eruption in the 16th Century BCE.
    • Ride to the top of Mount Profitis Ilias panoramic views of Santorini, neighboring island chains, and the blue waters kissing the horizon.
    • Stop in small, picturesque Pyrgos, where you’ll weave through the steep streets of this slightly off-the-beaten-path village.

    Spend a free afternoon poking around authentic shops and sampling the local wine, or join the optional excursion and hop on a catamaran for a steal-your-breath-away cruise starring the village of Oia.

    Santorini Caldera Cruise & Dinner

    From $149 per person

    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 tonight’s farewell dinner, served with beer or wine. Kali antamosi—or “until we meet again.”

    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 the Eternal City—Rome—where you’ll traipse across timeworn paths as the city’s monuments keep enduring watch. And if you have the chance to cap off a week of Greek food with a few days of pasta and gnocchi, seize it!

    Extension to Rome
    Rome wasn’t built in a day and, if you ask us, it wasn’t meant to be enjoyed in a day, either. Whether you play time traveler while hopping between historic sites or live out your best take on Roman Holiday, it’s in your hands, and we’re here to help. Ask your Tour Director for their favorite ways to savor the city—like their secret spot for pasta carbonara—and get going.
    Rome3 nights
    Day 9: Flight to Rome
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Fly to the Italian capital today. When you arrive, you can—and may we say, you should—choose to treat yourself to a culinary-themed walking tour of the lively, historic Trastevere neighborhood and its countless trattorias. To unwind on your own, spend your free time this evening following in the footsteps of the ancient Romans to the Colosseum—the monumental amphitheater—and the evocative ruins of the Forum, once the pulsating heart of Roman life. Listen for bygone echoes of parades and gripping trials as you explore the remnants of this age-old marketplace.

    Food of Rome: Walking Tour of Trastevere

    From $135 per person

    Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Rome
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Meet a local guide for a morning walk through central Rome, visiting the Eternal City’s bewitching squares and fountains. 

    • Start at the Spanish Steps to view the Fontana della Barcaccia, a sculptural fountain in the shape of a sunken ship overflowing with water, commemorating the flooding of the Tiber River in 1598.  
    • Continue to the iconic Trevi Fountain, built in the 18th century to celebrate water and the god Oceanus, dripping with Baroque glamor, statues, and intricate carvings. 
    • Pause for a gelato break—pistachio? Chocolate? Better get both—and continue to the Pantheon to enter the best preserved ancient Roman temple dating to the second century. Feast your eyes on its perfect symmetry and engineering brilliance.  
    • Finish at the sumptuous Piazza Navona, site of Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers. We especially love it illuminated after nightfall if you’d like to return.  

    Later, you won’t want to skip the guided tour of St. Paul’s Basilica—one of Rome’s four major papal basilicas. You can also choose to spend your free afternoon in Rome exploring on your own. Be sure to ask your Tour Guide for recommendations.  

    Please note: On some departures, the Rome sightseeing tour and the Ancient Rome: St. Paul’s Basilica & the Catacombs excursion may take place on day 11 and the Iconic Sights: Vatican City excursion may take place on day 10. Entrance to the Pantheon may not be possible on certain days, your tour will explore the Pantheon’s exterior instead.

    Ancient Rome: St. Paul’s Basilica & the Catacombs

    From $89 per person

    Day 11: Free day in Rome
    Included meal: Breakfast

    It’s your final full day in Rome. Whether you want to take it easy over a morning cappuccino or take in the beauty of the Galleria Borghese, use your free day at your leisure. You can descend into the eerie underground chambers adorned with bones and skeletal remains in a unique display of artistic macabre at the Capuchin Crypt—also known as the Bone Chapel—or, add an excursion to the sacred walls of Vatican City, where the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, and countless masterpieces await.

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

    Please note: On some departures, the Iconic Sights: Vatican City excursion may take place on day 10 and the Rome sightseeing tour and the Ancient Rome: St. Paul’s Basilica & the Catacombs excursion may take place on day 11.

    Iconic Sights: Vatican City

    From $125 per person

    Flight Home
    Day 12: Departure
    Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

    Transfer to the airport for your flight home. If you’ve left your heart on Santorini—or on Mykonos or in Athens or Rome—we know the feeling.

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      Had the best Tour Director, Aspasia! She is extremely knowledgeable about history, culture, events, customs and protocol. Just amazing! She is patient and thoughtful. She became ill and under the weather. But she kept it low keyed! She didn’t want us to worry. She wanted us to enjoy ourselves! We ...

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      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.


      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 Grand Athens
      Wyndham Grand Athens

      This elegant hotel is located in the Metaxourgeio neighborhood of Athens. Guests enjoy panoramic views of the Acropolis, a fitness center, and a rooft...

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      Pelican Bay Art Hotel
      Pelican Bay Art Hotel

      This stylish hotel is located in Mykonos’ Platis Yialos area. Guests enjoy the outdoor pool, beautiful views, and their room’s balcony or terrace. Nea...

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      Kalisti Hotel & Suites
      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, ...

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      Hotel Massimo D'Azeglio
      Hotel Massimo D'Azeglio

      This historic hotel is located in central Rome. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar and lounge, and fitness area. Nearby, you’ll find the train station, Te...

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