Island hop through Greece on this 5-day, independent getaway, including accommodations and round-trip transportation. See the Itinerary section below for more information.
Day 1 and 2:
Ready, set, island-hop! And without having to sweat the details. After hotel pickup in Crete, relax on the drive to the Heraklion port. If you’re early, the port – the third busiest in Greece – has a café to fill the time. Take the high speed catamaran to the island of Santorini, famous for its sun-bleached cliff-side villages. There is a lot of free time during this tour, so options are numerous. After being driven to your comfortable 3- or 4-star hotel (depending on option selected; all rooms have en suite bathrooms), head down to the beach to swim in the ocean or just lounge around on the peaceful sandy beaches.
Or visit one of the many towns on the island. Oia is particularly great for fans of beautiful sunsets. Fira, set on a caldera cliff, is the capital and commercial center of the island and is crammed with shops and boutiques. Jewelry made right on the island is a common souvenir, for those who want to take something home. Descend the 600 steps to the old port where there are plenty of restaurants and cafés. Kamari is a cosmopolitan beach resort area with an attractive stone promenade along the shoreline. And Imerovigli, thanks to its high position, offers great views of the sea, the volcano and the rest of the island.
Day 3, 4 and 5:
After two nights on Santorini (breakfast at your hotel each day is included on both islands), enjoy the transfer to the Athinios port and board the high speed catamaran for Mykonos. Once again you’ll be driven to your hotel. Start with a visit to the famous windmills, which are an icon of the island. Then check out one of the many museums on the island, covering the island’s archaeology, maritime history and folklore. Mykonos, one of the most cosmopolitan islands of Greece, has a great restaurant and nightlife scene. Wander the narrow streets flanked with cafés. Or go on a journey 4 miles (7 km) from Mykonos Town to see the famous 62-foot-tall (19-m) Armenistis Lighthouse, which was built 1891.
Stay two nights on Mykonos, plenty of time to explore the island. Then you’ll be driven to the New Port in Troulos for the high speed catamaran ride back to Crete, ending with transfer back to your hotel.