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The Greek Islands: Mykonos, Santorini & Crete

14 days |  16 days with Athens extension
Group size1530 travelers
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Take in the rich culture and history of Greece’s storied islands.

It’s nearly impossible to get a true taste of Greek culture without sampling its flavorful isles. Experience the relaxed lifestyle and meet friendly locals as you discover the character and history unique to each island. Absorb Hellenic heritage in ancient Athens before anchoring on the beaches of lively Mykonos. Cruise on the Aegean to the volcanic shores of Santorini and soak in Crete’s legendary landscapes.

Your tour package includes

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

  • Acropolis
  • Parthenon
  • Windmills in Mykonos Town
  • Akrotiri excavations
  • Village of Pyrgos
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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.

Athens3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Athens
Included meal: 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.

Day 4: Free day in Athens
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Athens or add an excursion.

Mykonos3 nights
Day 5: 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 6: Free day in Mykonos
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Mykonos or add an excursion.

Day 7: Free day in Mykonos
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Mykonos or add an excursion.

Santorini3 nights
Day 8: Ferry to Santorini
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Take a ferry to Santorini, then enjoy free time to discover the island’s volcanic black-sand beaches, cliff-lined shores, and stunning whitewashed architecture.

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Santorini
Included meal: Breakfast

Today, take in the local sights on a guided tour of Santorini.

  • 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

Enjoy a free evening in Santorini or add an excursion.

Day 10: Free day in Santorini
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Santorini 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 10 or the morning of day 11 depending on the ferry schedule.

Crete2 nights
Day 11: Ferry to Crete
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Take a ferry to Crete, the largest of the Greek islands, this afternoon.

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 12: Free day in Crete
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Crete or add an excursion.

Athens1 night
Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Heraklion & transfer to Athens
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a guided tour of Heraklion this morning.

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

Then, fly to Athens and celebrate your trip with your group at a farewell dinner.

Flight Home
Day 14: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to continue exploring Athens.

Extension to Athens
All those ancient myths? Continue your trip to Athens, and you’ll practically walk right into ‘em. Ask your Tour Director for their best tips in this unforgettable Greek capital, then go ahead and discover the city your way.
Athens2 nights
Day 14: Free day in Athens
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Athens or add an excursion.

Athens Home-Hosted Dinner

From $85 per person

Day 15: Free day in Athens
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Athens or add an excursion.

Tonight, gather with your fellow travelers to enjoy a farewell drink.

Corinth Canal, Epidaurus & Mycenae

From $115 per person

Flight Home
Day 16: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Reviews

Overall rating 4.7 out of 5
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    Greece 2021
    07/16/21 by 1st-time traveler Cindy

    We had a fabulous time! Our guide Gloria was spectacular. She took care of us like family. Everything was very smooth! I already signed up for a longer tour in Italy with EF!

    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 08/31/21

    Dear Cindy, We are so glad to hear you had a fabul...

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    08/08/21 by 1st-time traveler Patty
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    08/08/21 by 2nd-time traveler Joyce

    Very beautiful. Enjoyed the scenery, and learning about Delphi, and Delos. It was also nice to visit Cape Sonion and the Acropolis. We had a good amount of time in each place, I almost wished though, we were offered some more morning or afternoons off so we would be able to get more beach time, or...

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    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 08/30/21

    Hi Joyce, thank you for traveling with us! We are ...

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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.

    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.
    Saint George Lycabettus Hotel
    Saint George Lycabettus Hotel

    This boutique hotel is located in the Kolonaki neighborhood in central Athens. Guests enjoy a screening room, rooftop pool, and spa. Nearby, you’ll fi...

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    San Antonio Summerland
    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...

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    Aegean Plaza Hotel
    Aegean Plaza Hotel

    Welcome to one of the most prestigious hotels in Kamari, Aegean Plaza Hotel located just 30 meters from the black sandy beach, close to a marvelous co...

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    Hotel Galaxy Iraklio
    Hotel Galaxy Iraklio

    Respectful of its successful history and privileged position in the pantheon of the country’s most important tourist contributors, the Galaxy Hotel Ir...

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    Flights

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    • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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    Local weather

    Athens, Greece
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    Heraklion Airport Terminal, Greece
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    Mykonos, Greece
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