Embark on a trip through the gorgeous Aegean to the Cyclades Islands. Discover remote ruins, indulge in a little island-hopping, lounge on fabulous beaches and delight in the outstanding scenery. This journey from the remarkable ancient capital of Athens to the spectacular natural wonders of Santorini is simply a wonderful Greek adventure.
We will be visiting Greece in August of 2012. The cost of this 8 day trip is $1525, based on double occupancy. Should you be interested in our single rate, be sure to request that rate and information when you email to reserve your spot. A $250 deposit is required to hold your spot, and it must be in no later than 60 days before departure. To make your reservation or ask any questions about this trip, please contact [email protected]. Additionally, ask about our group discounts and rates for the trip as well assistance on airfare deals, etc.
- Acropolis Pass for 5 sites, Athens – EUR12.00
- National Archaeological Museum, Athens – EUR4.00
- Day trip to the Saronic Islands, Athens – EUR20.00
- Day trip to Delphi, Athens – EUR25.00
- Numismatic Museum, Athens – EUR3.00
- Sightseeing Bus No. 400, Athens – EUR5.00
- Ano Syros walk
- Archaeological sites/ruins, Syros – EUR5.00
- Bicycle rental, Syros – EUR8.00
- Scooter rental, Syros – EUR12.00
- Day trip to the island of Delos
- House of Lena, Mykonos – EUR2.00
- Aegean Maritime Museum, Mykonos – EUR4.00
- Paradise Beach Diving, Mykonos – EUR60.00
- Archaeological sites/ruins, Mykonos – EUR7.00
- Bicycle rental, Mykonos – EUR10.00
- Scooter rental, Mykonos – EUR15.00
- Watersports Activities, Mykonos – EUR10.00
- Excursion to Oia for sunset
- Hop-on-hop off bus day pass, Santorini – EUR11.00
- Museum of Prehistoric Thira, Santorini – EUR3.00
- Scooter rental, Santorini – EUR20.00
- Volcano and hot springs (half-day trip), Santorini – EUR18.00
- ZMSE Single supplement (ZMSE)
To avoid disappointment we have outlined (where applicable) some important information on some of the major museums and attractions in Europe. Some of our groups have experienced long lines of up to four hours to visit some of the major sights, while some sights are so popular they are booked out completely months in advance, making it impossible for you or your leader to arrange a visit while you are on the trip. Please note that many museums and attractions in Europe are closed on Mondays or Tuesdays. We recommend you carefully consider which sites and museums you are going to want to visit and that you do some research and make your reservations in advance where possible. If applicable we’ve given you information in the day-to-day itinerary which outlines which day of the trip is a suitable time to make your reservations, as well as any other information that may help with planning your visit.
Ferry strikes, bad weather and the general unpredictable nature of Greek public transport means you need to be prepared for possible delays and itinerary changes.
A taxi to the harbour costs around EUR12, while a taxi to the airport is approximately EUR10.
Hotel reception may be able to organise a shuttle service, this cannot be guaranteed though.To return to Athens:
There are regular flights from Santorini Airport to Athens (depending on the season, between 3 and 7 flights daily). Flight takes approximately 1 hour.
Also, there are regular ferry services from Santorini Harbour with several stops en route back to Piraeus (Athens). Depending on the speed of the boat (4 to 7 hours) and the service class, the trip costs between EUR35 and EUR75 per person. If you intend to use ferry transport, please book ahead. One of the many companies is www.bluestarferries.gr Departure transfers are not included in the price of this trip.
Australia: Not required
Belgium: Not required
Canada: Not required
Germany: Not required
Ireland: Not required
Netherlands: Not required
New Zealand: Not required
South Africa: Yes – in advance
Switzerland: Not required
UK: Not required
USA: Not required
It’s important that your bags can be locked, as on local transport it may be necessary to store your luggage separately (and unattended) from the group. The smaller your bag the better for you and other passengers, for when it comes to travelling on local buses and trains it’s often only the smaller bags that will fit into the storage areas. If your bag does not fit in these areas then often the only place to put it is on your bed or seat. To ensure maximum comfort, try to pack small and light.Where Intrepid covers the cost of luggage storage for included day trips, we allow for one bag/backpack only, so it’s advisable that you travel lightly and keep luggage to a limit of one item (plus your day pack). Extra luggage storage will be at your own expense.
Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion ends up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments. Although it can be difficult to avoid bottled water when travelling, please consider water purification techniques such as iodine or micropur and use the water dispensers which are provided at some of our accommodation.
Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.
Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware!
While travelling in this part of the world there is the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.