On this 4-night independent tour from Athens, you’ll visit three of the most picturesque and entertaining islands in Greece: Syros, Mykonos and Santorini. With all of your ferry cruise transportation between the islands, as well as your hotel overnights, arranged for you, it’s up to you how to spend your free time. Perhaps relax on the beach, explore the islands on foot, take in the lively nightlife or snap plenty of photos of the charming whitewashed architecture. Choose from 3- or 5-star hotel accommodation on Syros and Mykonos (one night each), as well as Santorini (two nights).
- 5-day Greek island tour including accommodation in Syros, Mykonos and Santorini
- Cruise by ferry around the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea
- Relax with free time on each island to do as little or as much as you like
- Lounge on the sandy beaches with sheltered coves in Syros, and embrace the jet-set nightlife in Mykonos
- Explore Santorini’s pretty lanes with typical whitewashed Greek island houses
- Enjoy overnight stays in Syros and Mykonos, followed by two nights in Santorini
What You Can Expect
Escape the urban metropolis of Athens to get to know three marvelous Greek islands: Syros, Mykonos and Santorini. Your complete itinerary will arrive before you leave Athens, and it will include all of your specific sailing times as well as your hotel details for your 4-night trip. This independent tour is ideal for travelers who like to choose how they spend their time in a new destination; your activities, lunches and dinners are at your expense. It is a fully independent trip; this is not a group tour.
The capital of the Cyclades Islands in the Aegean Sea is Syros, location of your first overnight stay. Popular among vacationing Greeks, this island doesn’t see as many foreign tourists as Mykonos, your second overnight stay, which is known for its lively nightlife and upscale restaurants. End your trip to the Greek Islands with two nights in swanky Santorini, full of romantic spots and famous for striking sunsets. Here you’ll want to have your camera ready for those quintessential scenes of whitewashed houses and bright blue domes, as well as rocky cliffs rising from the island’s volcanic bay.
Day 1: Athens – Syros
Your four-night adventure in the Greek Islands begins at Athens’ Piraeus Port, where you’ll board your ferry bound for Syros, about a four-hour ride to the east. Enjoy views of the blue sea and laze in the sunshine on the ferry’s deck until you dock at the busy port of Syros. Check into your hotel and then spend the rest of the late afternoon and evening strolling around the small town of Ermoupolis, filled with Neoclassical architecture, or walk to one of the island’s sandy beaches, such as Delfini Beach or Aetou Bay.
Overnight: 3-star Hotel Ploes or 5-star Hotel Bratsera in Syros
Day 2: Syros – Mykonos (B)
Breakfast is included at your hotel, so fuel up before heading out to explore a bit more of Syros at your own pace. Your itinerary will include the time for your next boat cruise, this time to Mykonos. Here, you’ll again check into your 3- or 5-star hotel, and then have the evening to do as your please, whether that’s taking in a gorgeous sunset in a peaceful spot or hightailing it into town to take part in some of the island’s famous nighttime revelry.
Overnight: 3-star Vencia Boutique Hotel or 5-star Rocabella Mykonos Art Hotel
Day 3: Mykonos – Santorini (B)
Your day is all yours to spend however you like after you enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Perhaps you danced the night away and would prefer a low-key morning sunbathing on Paradise Beach. Or, if you prefer, walk into town to admire the busy squares and do some souvenir shopping. Board your ferry at the pre-arranged time for your ride by water to Santorini. Check into your hotel, which will be your home base for the next two nights. Your evening is at your leisure.
Overnight: 3-star Blue Diamond Bay Hotel or 5-star Aressana Spa Hotel in Santorini
Day 4: Santorini (B)
You have the entire day and night to explore Santorini independently after enjoying breakfast at your hotel. Soak up the beautiful scenery of the island, including the bright whitewashed island houses and rocky hillsides, and sample local cuisine (and ouzo!) at local restaurants (at your expense).
Overnight: 3-star Blue Diamond Bay Hotel or 5-star Aressana Spa Hotel in Santorini
Day 5: Santorini – Athens (B)
You’ll end your four-night trip to the Greek Islands with a final breakfast at your hotel, followed by free time to take in the sights or purchase those island souvenirs. Make your way to the port at your scheduled time to board your ferry back to Piraeus Port in Athens, where your trip ends.
The ferries were amazing (specially the blue star ferries), the hotels were great. It was a little difficult for me to find the hotels at mykonos and santorini, and they weren't very recognized. But awesone experience, and great organization
This holiday was great! It was exactly what we wanted with ferries and booked hotels and the rest of the time to explore on your own. All hotels good. Beautiful views from Syros and Mykonos hotels. Couldn't fault the service at Santorini hotel...staff were exceptionally helpful. Most beautiful scenery and it was a very relaxing holiday.
This is a great way to see few of Greek Islands. This is not a guided tour. You are on your own. But it's easy to navigate through the island. You will need to pay for transportation from port to hotels in Mykonos and Santorini. That was only down side. I wish I had extra day on Mykonos. Hotels were good and staff were friendly and helpful. Boat rides are fun way to see islands from different angle. Only down side was boat ride from Santorini to Pireas. It was long 8 - 9 hours... I would not mind flying back from Santorini to Athens. These islands are beautiful and they are very unique. Must see at least once in your life time.
This is one of the best place I have visited in Europe. The Greek Islands do not disappoint! The food is very good and for those are into Hiking... The hike from Fira to Oia is a must!
The best part about this package is you don't have to plan much when traveling to a new country. This tour does not include transportation to and from ports so be prepared to pay for a bus or taxi. I chose the three star option and I was fairly satisfied with my hotels. My only complaint deals with hotel Adamostos in Santorini. The hotel is far from most sites (Oia and Fira). It was also dirty. My sheets had dirt on them and the bottom of the shower curtain had mold on it. To make matters worse the owners (father and daughter) accused me of not paying the bus driver enough money. I was scammed my way out of 10 additional euros! I felt taken advantage of as a young woman. It was a horrible ending to this otherwise amazing trip! If I had to do it all again I would probably choose the 5 star option.
A great way of explore a few Greek Islands. The 3 star hotels are fine for the purpose.
Make sure to arrive in Athens the day before and collect all the Ferry tickets at the Port, and book a hotel close to Pireaus (Port). Consider to book a flight back from Santorini to Athens, since the 8 hours Ferry trip is no good.
Everything was great except the hotel in Santorini. It was so disappointed when they gave us a closet room for three people. After some discussion they supposedly upgraded us but we were not very happy. The hotel has no free Wi-Fi and the electricity turns off when you leave the room so you come back to a very hot room. The hotel was Mathias Village. Don't stay there.....
This tour was enjoyable, although the hotel in Mykonos, Alkistis was a bit far from the main centre but they offered a courier service.
The hotel stay was good in Syros and Mykonos but the hotel is Santorini was the worst hotel I have ever stayed . I do not recommend this place to any one .
The overall trip was well organized by Viator's local tour operators.
Some parts were good however I paid for upgrade to 5 star hotel and the ones in Syros and Mykanos were excellent and worth the upgrade, however the one in Santorini was only a 3 star at best and in very poor location with little or no Air Conditioning. We ended up having to take the mattress off the bed and sleep outside on the patio. Very disappointing. I would suggest just booking on your own. The package added no value that I could tell.