Ultimate Greek Islands | EF Ultimate Break
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Ultimate Greek Islands

17 Days  •  7 Cities 35

From $3909 with flightsPayments as low as $278

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Why Go?

Catapult yourself back to the dawn of Western Civilization. Visit Athens and Crete, the catalysts of mythology and history as we know it. Then, dive headfirst into five of Greece’s most beautiful island havens. Swim, sunbathe, boat and experience the best of Greece on this 17 day island paradise.

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What are the top highlights?

  • Hike to the top of Athens’ ancient and famous Acropolis
  • Go off the beaten path in Crete
  • Cruise the azure seas of the Aegean
  • Catch some rays at world-famous island beaches
  • Enjoy epic, world-class nightlife in Ios and Mykonos
  • Cruise around Santorini aboard a private yacht
  • Snap a photo of the whitewashed buildings of the Cycladic Islands
  • Flood your Instagram with unreal vistas and Santorini sunsets

Your trip includes

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers
  • Multilingual Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motorcoach
  • Ferry transfer between islands
  • 15 nights in hand-picked accommodations, including one night aboard a ferry
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Daily breakfast & three-course Farewell Dinner
  • Metro pass in Athens
  • Entrance to select attractions


You’ll stay at accommodations hand-picked by our team of local experts, in rooms only for EF Ultimate Break travelers. Each property is located in a safe, convenient area. You’ll receive your exact accommodations 30 days before your trip departs.

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Admit it, booking flights is the worst. Here's why you should let us do it for you:

  • Flight costs are included in your monthly payment plan, so you can pay over time
  • Airport transfers are included, so we’ll be waiting, sign in hand
  • Flights are booked with major airlines
  • 24/7 support no matter what time zone you’re in
  • One checked bag included on most flights
  • Option to make changes to your trip up to 99 days before departure

Booking with a friend? Let us know and we’ll do our best to make sure you’re on the same flight. Still want to book your own flights? That’s cool, simply select ‘No flights included’ instead of your departure city in the ‘Flights from’ dropdown.


Day 1: Overnight Flight

Board your overnight flight to Athens, the cradle of Western Civilization and one of the oldest cities in the world. Pro tip: if you’re looking to earn some bonus points with the locals upon arrival, make sure you refer to Greece by its real name: Hellas.

Day 2: Arrive in Athens & Welcome Dinner

Welcome to Athens! 2,500 years ago, it was one of the most important cities in the world; its art, politics, architecture, and literature have reverberated down through the ages. Today, Athens is a vibrant metropolis, and a perfect jumping-off point for your journey through the Greek Islands.

Today's Highlights:

  • Meet an EF representative at the airport.
  • Transfer to your accommodation and check in.
  • Receive the latest schedule from your Tour Director.
  • Meet other travelers as they arrive.
  • Get acquainted with Athens on a brief city walk.

In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner of local cuisine with fellow travelers at an authentic local spot. Afterwards, you’re free to take the party elsewhere!

Day 3: Explore Athens

An expert guide will take you up the Acropolis and to many of Athens’ top sites and local spots, like the Plaka neighborhood, on this memorable walking tour.

Today's Highlights:

  • Feel the glory of ancient Athens on a guided tour of the Acropolis, including the Parthenon.
  • Enjoy stunning views of Athens from the top of the Acropolis.

After you’ve taken in the sites of ancient Athens, head to Piraeus Port to board your overnight ferry bound for Chania, Crete.

Day 4: Explore Seaside Chania

Chania is one of Crete’s most picturesque coastal cities, with a maze of narrow streets and family-owned shops. Take today to explore the area on your own.

Today's Highlights:

  • Spend the day in Old Port on your own.
  • Admire the unique architecture of Chania, a mix of Venetian and Turkish styles.
  • Learn about Chania’s role in history and its Minoan, Ottoman, Venetian, Byzantine and Greek influences.

In the evening, head back to the harbor for dinner along the water and a night out on the town. Many of Chania’s tavernas feature live music.

Free Time Suggestions
Get Crafty: Visit Tabakaria, the leather district, for well-priced, handmade leather goods
Beachy Keen: Lounge at the beach, enjoying the soft sand and sparkling water (round-trip transportation included).

Day 5: Beach Day on Falassarna

Join your Tour Director and head to Falassarna, a mile-long golden sand beach outside of Chania, or take a free day to explore.

Today's Highlights:

  • Drive to Falassarna, complete with amazing ocean and mountain vistas.
  • Rent an umbrella, grab a fruity drink and relax in style.

Return to Chania in the evening for one last night before heading to Heraklion.

Day 6: Travel to Heraklion + Optional Knossos & Heraklion Archaeological Museum Tour

Enjoy a scenic drive through olive groves and mountainous terrain from Chania to Heraklion. The Old Town is known for its massive stone fortifications, astounding Venetian and Turkish fountains and urban sophistication.

Today's Highlights:

  • Board your private coach en route to modern, urban Heraklion, capital of Crete.
  • Arrive and check in to your accommodation.
  • Get to know the area with your Tour Director.

Free Time Suggestions
That's Bull: Visit the Palace of Knossos, the setting of the myth of the Minotaur, just three miles outside of Heraklion
Eat Up: Heraklion is home to one of Greece’s most thriving cafe and restaurant scenes
Stock Up: The best shopping in the Greek Islands is in Heraklion’s Old Port

Knossos and Heraklion Archaeological Museum(extra cost)

Likely the oldest European city ever, Knossos is a must-see for history buffs, art lovers, and humans in general. Tour the ruins and frescoes of the palace of Knossos, then it’s off to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

Day 7: Set Sail for Santorini

Hop aboard a short ferry ride bound for Santorini, the famous Cycladic Island adorned with white and blue buildings, volcanic landscapes, vineyards and picture-perfect sunsets that require no filter.

Today's Highlights:

  • Depart Heraklion and board your ferry to Santorini.
  • Arrive and check in to your accommodation.
  • Join the group for an optional wine tasting activity.

Free Time Suggestions
Fira Way: Check out the cliffside bars, which overlook the Caldera and are a great vantage point for sunset.
Beach Time: Visit one of Santorini’s top beaches for an evening swim—there are dozens to choose from.

Cliffside Wine Tasting & Village Tour(e