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Ultimate Greek Islands

17 Days  •  7 Cities //@ts-ignore//@ts-ignore32

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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
  • 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 Mixer with appetizers & drinks
  • Daily breakfast & three-course Farewell Dinner
  • Metro pass in Athens
  • Entrance to select attractions

Accommodations

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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Flights

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.

Itinerary

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 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.

At the Welcome Mixer, you’ll meet your new friends over drinks and light appetizers. 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)

Often hailed as the oldest European city ever, Knossos is a must-see for history buffs, art lovers, and human beings in general. Tour the partially-reconstructed and fully-incredible palace of Knossos, peeping the vibrant frescoes that have stood for thousands of years. Then it’s off to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, one of Greece’s most staggering collections of ancient statues, jewelry, murals, and an excellent excuse to furrow your brow and look deep in thought at history’s masterpieces.


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(extra cost)

Quaint villages, wine, and a breathtaking sunset—it doesn’t get more Greek than this (unless you add in some feta cheese and olive oil). A local guide will take you from village to village, to explore, shop, and take in stunning views of the beachscapes and caldera. Make a stop at the highest point in Santorini, Profitis Elias, and then it’s on to the wine tasting. Sample a variety of local wines at a cliffside winery before hopping on the bus to Oia. When you picture Santorini, chances are you're picturing the views from the village of Oia. It's a must-see for every visitor, and you get a direct ride there to drink in the best sunset in Greece. Don't forget to snap that perfect picture for your fans (AKA Instagram followers).


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

Day 8: Enjoy a Free Day in Santorini

Continue to explore Santorini’s volcanic landscape. You have one more day in this island paradise.


Today's Highlights:


  • Join your Tour Director for a hand-picked a group activity or plot your own adventure; you’re free to customize your day however you’d like!

Free Time Suggestions
The Found City of Atlantis: The Akrotiri Ruins are a Minoan Bronze Age settlement buried in volcanic dust; this site predates Pompeii and is considered by many to be the famed lost city of Atlantis.
The Thira of Everything: This Greek and Roman archaeological site is perched high atop the cliffs on the southeast part of the island.
Museum On: The Archaeological Museum of Thera and the Museum of Prehistoric Thera are great options.

Day 9: Explore Santorini

Continue to explore Santorini’s volcanic landscape. You have one more day in this island paradise.


Today's Highlights:


  • Join your Tour Director for a hand-picked a group activity or plot your own adventure; you’re free to customize your day however you’d like!

Free Time Suggestions
The Found City of Atlantis: The Akrotiri Ruins are a Minoan Bronze Age settlement buried in volcanic dust; this site predates Pompeii and is considered by many to be the famed lost city of Atlantis.
The Thira of Everything: This Greek and Roman archaeological site is perched high atop the cliffs on the southeast part of the island.
Museum On: The Archaeological Museum of Thera and the Museum of Prehistoric Thera are great options.

Day 10: Set Sail for Ios

Next stop, Ios! Known for all-day parties, fine-sand beaches and nightlife that stretches into early morning, this is the place to party, relax, repeat.


Today's Highlights:


  • Board your ferry to Ios.
  • Arrive and check in to your accommodation.
  • Join your Tour Director for a hand-picked group activity or plot your own adventure in Ios; you’re free to customize your day however you’d like!

Free Time Suggestions
Beach It: Head to Mylopotas for a day of sunbathing, or try any of the various watersport activities like windsurfing or snorkeling.
Take a Hike: Head into the hilly villages of Ios and catch a glimpse of the iconic windmills.

Day 11: Explore Ios + Optional Speedboat & Shipwreck Snorkel

Save your strength for one last day of sun-drenched fun on Ios. Ios was the original Ibiza and is still one of the nightlife epicenters of the Mediterranean.


Today's Highlights:


  • Free day! Your Tour Director may coordinate a group activity, but you’re welcome to experience Ios as you’d like.

Free Time Suggestions
Chill in Chora: This white-washed village is inaccessible to cars. Explore its narrow streets and staircases.
Take a Hike: Head into the hilly villages of Ios and catch a glimpse of the iconic windmills.
Homage to Homer: Check out the place where locals believe Homer was buried outside of Plakotos.

Ios Shipwrecks, Snorkeling & Hidden Beaches(extra cost)

This day is certain to be an epic aquatic adventure worthy of the Greek God of the Oceans himself. Hop on your sea horse (aka speed boat)—and then grab a snorkel and hop off to swim amongst a shipwreck, exploring the eerie vessel at your leisure. Then keep the adventurousness going with a voyage into secret caves in the coast of Ios. Round the day out with some relaxing time on our favorite isolated beaches and hidden lagoons for sun tanning, splashing, and eating an included light lunch. Mermaid tested, Poseidon approved.


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

Day 12: Set Sail for Paros

Set sail for Paros in the heart of the Cyclades Islands. With over 75 miles of golden sand beaches, Paros is one of the true delights of the Greek Islands. This is where locals go to vacation.


Today's Highlights:


  • Depart Ios in the morning.
  • Arrive in Paros and check in to your accommodation.
  • Today is yours to customize as you'd like, or join your Tour Director for a hand-picked activity in Paros.

Free Time Suggestions
Sunset: Enjoy a legendary Paros sunset anywhere on the western coast of the island.
Naoussa Nightlife: When the sun sets, everyone on the island heads from the beaches to the bars; Naoussa is where it begins and ends.

Day 13: Free Day in Paros

Keep exploring the best of Paros. Recharge, relax and spend the days under the blue skies on one of the island’s best beaches. Bring a bottle of wine, a book and your personal playlist—you’re in a beach paradise.


Today's Highlights:


  • Free day! Your Tour Director may coordinate a group activity, but you’re welcome to experience Paros as you’d like.

Free Time Suggestions
Chill Out: Try a quiet meal or drink inland at the village of Lefkes, a serene and rustic village in the hills above the beaches.
Back in Time: Stroll Parikia’s narrow, pebble-lined streets and the Frankish Castle built from the masonry originally used on an ancient temple.

Day 14: Travel to Mykonos

Head out from Paros to Mykonos on an inter-Aegean ferry. Mykonos has a reputation for dazzling seascapes, sandy beaches and the best nightlife in the Mediterranean. Get ready—you’ve got two big nights here.


Today's Highlights:


  • Board your ferry to Mykonos.
  • Arrive and check in to your accommodation.
  • Acquaint yourself with the area with a brief walk with your Tour Director.
  • Join your Tour Director for a group activity or plan an adventure of your own.

Free Time Suggestions
Sun of a Beach: The late afternoon is a great time to beach it—a little breeze kicks up and the temperature dips just enough to make it feel great.
Turn Up: The nightlife options are endless.

Day 15: Beach Cruise + Free Day in Mykonos

The coasts of Mykonos are a top attraction, where you can rent a beach chair and buy drinks from nearby tavernas. Enjoy this last day of Mykonos’ glitz and glamour.


Today's Highlights:


  • Free day! Your Tour Director may organize an optional group activity, but you are welcome to enjoy Mykonos your own way.

Free Time Suggestions
Party in Paradise: During the day, Paradise beach is a beautiful, activity-focused hotspot. At night, the whole area becomes one big party.
Super Paradise: Considered one of Greece’s most beautiful beaches, it’s also a party beach like it’s neighbor, Paradise... just more Super.
Go to Church: Mykonos’ most famous church, the rock-like Panagia Paraportiani, is usually locked, but the fabulously photogenic whitewashed exterior is a spiritual experience in itself.

Day 16: Return to Athens

It’s back on to the azure waters of the Aegean, this time returning to Athens via ferry. You’ve got one last chance to bask in the city that gave us democracy, epic poetry, tragedy, history writing, philosophy and much more.


Today's Highlights:


  • Board your ferry to Athens.
  • Join your Tour Director for a group activity or plan an adventure of your own.
  • Return to the streets of Athens to hit any of the sights you may have missed or head back to your favorites.
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner with your group.

Free Time Suggestions
Dig It: The National Archaeology Museum is considered one of the greatest museums in the world.
Follow the Light: Flood-lit like a beacon towering over the city, Mount Lycabettus offers a spectacular view of the city.

Day 17: Fly Home

Antio, filoi!
Translation: Goodbye, friends. Your next destination awaits—home. Before you head to the airport, enjoy your last few moments together. Take one more group photo. Grab that final drink. (Fine, maybe a couple of drinks.) But this isn’t goodbye. It’s, “See you later.” The only question is, where?


–OR–


EXTEND YOUR TRIP 2 WAYS


1. Double the fun
A lot of our trips line up back to back! Give us a call—we can help you add another and save big while you're at it.


2. Go ahead or stay behind
Extending your trip is easy! During checkout, you'll have the option to fly to (or from) the gateway of your choice for an additional fee. We'll adjust your flights accordingly, but you'll be responsible to take care of your transportation, hotels, and other logistics outside of tour.


Note: Depending on your desired gateways, additional fees may apply.

Come with us to Turkey on our expertly crafted adventure in Istanbul.

Istanbul Extension(extra cost)

Don’t want the fun to stop? It doesn’t have to, with this 5-day adventure to Istanbul. Travel to this cosmopolitan crossroads—where Europe meets Asia, the Middle East meets the Mediterranean, and your face meets all the döner kebabs you can imagine. Join other Ultimate Break groups in the storied Turkish city for an exploration of all it has to offer—and then some. Go inside the world-famous Hagia Sophia, under the city into ancient caverns, and say yes to the full-sultan treatment that you deserve.


Looking for more information? See the full Istanbul extension itinerary here.


Note: This Trip Extension to Istanbul is available for purchase on select dates only. You will join other EF Ultimate Break travelers whose trips end in Athens at the same time as yours. We’ll update your flight info in your account if your flight itinerary changes as a result of purchasing the Trip Extension. Rooming upgrades come at an additional cost and are subject to availability. Trip Extension to Istanbul is subject to EF Ultimate Break Terms & Conditions. Please contact EF Ultimate Break Customer Service with any questions or concerns.


Please note: This extension must be booked at least 31 days prior to tour departure.

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Date: May 28, 2020
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