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    Traditional village of Oia
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    The beautiful Cyclades
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    Magical Mykonos
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    Pretty Paros

A Taste of the Greek Islands

Greece and her islands

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Go island hopping in Greece

Join this fascinating Greek island-hopping cruise, where modern and ancient history combine. Enjoy breathtaking scenery and discover 5,000 years of history and culture, all while staying at three small, friendly and traditional Greek hotels on Santorini, Paros and Naxos.

Real value for money, good accommodation, great excursions, travel arrangements worked well, and our tour guide was excellent. Would recommend the optional excursions.​

Glynis, Warwick

Including...

Hands shakingIncluded travel insurance

Bed14 nights in hotels

Dinner plate24 meals: 14 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) and 9 dinners (D)

PersonSaga tour manager

Plus...

  • Return flights and transfers
  • Welcome drink reception
  • Porterage at all hotels and on all ferry crossings

MapIncluded excursions and visits

  • Santorini island tour
  • Visit the picturesque village of Oia
  • Museum of Prehistoric Thira
  • A visit to Parikia
  • Tour Naxos old town
  • Scenic inter-island ferry crossings

HeadphonesUse of audio headsets on guided tours

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Day 1 UK to Santorini

Kamari beach, Santorini

Fly to Santorini and spend three nights at the friendly locally rated 3-star Makarios Hotel (3Q), in the resort of Kamari.

The modern hotel offers traditional Greek hospitality and is a short walk from the beach and local shops. Facilities include a breakfast room, lounge/bar, outdoor pool and Jacuzzi. Standard rooms have a balcony and views of either the village or garden. Room amenities include air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, satellite television, fridge, hairdryer, telephone and a safe.

Look forward to dinner tonight in a local taverna. D


Day 2 Santorini

Oia, Santorini

Spend today at leisure or join an optional excursion that will take you to visit the villages of Santorini as well as a local winery. B, D

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Day 3 Santorini

Oia

A 3/4 day included excursion shows you the magnificent Santorini landscape whose deep lagoon and unusual cliffs were the result of a volcanic eruption around 1500 BC.

Visit one of the most photographed villages in Greece, Oia, where whitewashed houses and bright-blue domed churches cling to the steep hillside.

Dinner tonight is at a local taverna. B. D

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Day 4 Santorini to Paros

Paros

Travel by ferry to Paros (three hours and 15 minutes), for a four-night stay at the locally rated 4-star Hotel Narges (3Q), near the centre of Aliki, a typically unspoilt Greek fishing village.

The family-run hotel has a bar, terrace, small restaurant and swimming pool. The 60 guest rooms are simply furnished with verandas, air-conditioning, television, telephone and a fridge. B


Day 5 Paros

Paros

Enjoy free time in Paros or take an optional excursion to see the whitewashed houses, windmills and chapels of Mykonos. You can also explore the historic ruins of neighbouring Delos. B


Day 6 Paros

Paros

An included half-day tour reveals Parikia, the capital of Paros.

Visit the Byzantine Panagial Ekatondapylianí that dates back to 326AD before heading north to the traditional fishing village of Náoussa. B


Day 7 Paros

Paros

Spend today at leisure or perhaps venture on your own to Antiparos, where time and life seems to have stood still. B


Day 8 Paros to Naxos

Naxos

Take the ferry to Naxos (one hour), and stay three-nights, half board, at the locally rated 4-star Naxos Palace Hotel (2Q+), 4km from Naxos and 2km form the small village of Stelida.

The village-style complex enjoys a secluded location and facilities include a restaurant, bar, snack bar, two swimming pools, a gymnasium, sauna, Jacuzzi and gardens. All 77 bedrooms are air-conditioned and have a balcony, shower, satellite television, telephone, minibar, hairdryer and safety deposit box. B, D


Day 9 Naxos

Naxos

Enjoy an included half-day tour of Naxos Town. B, D


Day 10 Naxos

Naxos

Spend your day at leisure or perhaps explore Naxos’ old town and its charming harbour. An optional excursion highlights the island’s traditional produce of oranges and olives. B, D


Day 11 Naxos to Santorini

Santorini

Make the return ferry journey to Santorini (two hours and 30 minutes). Spend the rest of the day at leisure and stay a further four nights at the Makarios Hotel (3Q). Enjoy dinner in a local taverna this evening. B, D


Day 12 Santorini

Santorini

Spend today at leisure or join an optional excursion to the ruins of the Bronze age settlement of Akrotiri. Dinner is included at a local taverna this evening. B, D


Day 13 Santorini

Santorini

You can relax today or you may prefer to join an optional excursion to survey the remnants of the volcano that shaped the island of Santorini. Enjoy dinner in a local taverna this evening. B, D


Day 14 Santorini

Santorini

Enjoy your last day here at leisure, and your final dinner at a local taverna. B, D


Day 15 Santorini to the UK

Travel to the airport for your return flight back to the UK. B


Santorini Villages and Wine

For your introduction to Santorini you'll travel by coach for a number of visits, each approximately 10 minutes' drive apart.

You'll start with a stroll in the lovely 17th-century village of Megalochori with its typical architecture and picturesque alleyways.

Your next destination provides an insight into the island’s unique wine production at one of its premier wineries where you will also taste some varieties of wine.

You’ll continue to the village of Pyrgos where you can explore the small streets, lined with whitewashed houses and enjoy views of the hilltop Venetian castle.

You then continue to a local taverna to see the sunset (weather permitting) and enjoy a typical meal of the region.

Half day
An aerial view of the Greek village of Pyrgos
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  • Optional on 14 nights itinerary

Mykonos and Delos

It's an early start for this fabulous trip to the small island of Delos, the mythological birthplace of the twins Apollo and Artemis. You'll be transferred to the port and then catch the ferry to Delos, one of Greece's most famous archaeological sites. Its treasures are so magnificent that the whole island has been declared a national museum!

You'll enjoy a guided tour and can see the remains of Ancient Delos, a glorious mass of statues, temples, mosaics and ruins, with some pieces dating from as early as the 7th-century BC.

You'll leave the island shortly after 1pm and can enjoy a half hour boat trip to the picturesque island of Mykonos. Its celebrated 16th-century windmills, built by the Venetians, can be seen from all over the island.

Your boat leaves Mykonos at 5pm and you'll return to Paros and be taken back to your hotel.

Please note: This excursion won't be running during the months of May and June due to the boats being refurbished and might not be available towards the end of the season when the boat service closes down.

Full day
Mykonos
Mykonos Mikonos South Aegean Greece Europe Archaeological Museum of Delos Delos
  • Optional on 14 nights itinerary

Paros and Antiparos

Enjoy a scenic drive around the southern part of Paros, passing the coastal villages of Drios and Pisso Livardi before heading inland to the mountain village of Lefkas. Here you can enjoy a short walk through the village followed by a little free time, long enough to pause for coffee.

Continue to Punta, passing ancient marble mines en route, for a ten-minute ferry crossing to the neighbouring island of Antiparos. Arrive in the main town of same name which you’ll be free to explore independently. Perhaps visit the area around the ruined Venetian castle – it was built in the 15th century to help protect the town from pirates!

Full day
The scenic island of Paros
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  • Optional on 14 nights itinerary

Naxos island tour

On this excursion you'll visit an olive press in Damalas to learn about the process and will also have the opportunity to visit a pottery shop. Your journey will continue to Chalki where you'll see a traditional citrus distillery!

Full day
A medieval olive press
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  • Optional on 14 nights itinerary

Akrotiri

During the early Bronze Age the settlement of Akrotiri was founded and gradually grew over the centuries to become one of the main ports in the Ancient Aegean.

The town was abandoned over 3,000 years ago then buried under tons of ash from the catastrophic Minoan eruption – a fate that Pompeii would share a millennium later.

Since excavations of this three-hectare site began in 1967, thirty buildings have been uncovered along with a number of well-preserved and richly detailed frescoes.

Half day
The excavated Akrotiri settlement
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  • Optional on 14 nights itinerary

Caldera Cruise

The present-day shape of the island is a result of the mighty Minoan eruption. Transfer to Athinios Port and sail to the old port of Santorini, before heading off to the lagoon at Néa Kaméni, the current centre of volcanic activity, where steam and sulphur dioxide are given off.

Continue on to Pálea Kaméni where you can enjoy a swim or perhaps visit the area of the volcano. You'll be taken back by boat and transferred to your hotel.

Half day
The volcanic landscape and blue waters of Néa Kaméni, Greece
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  • Optional on 14 nights itinerary

Hotel Makarios, Kamari

The 3-star Hotel Makarios (3Q) is a modern hotel offering traditional Greek hospitality. Set in a peaceful area of the seaside resort of Kamari, the hotel is half a mile walk from the beach and local shops.

Hotel Narges, Paros

The 4-star Hotel Narges (3Q) is a family-run hotel that offers a traditional Greek welcome and friendly service. The hotel is a 50-yard walk from the heart of Aliki, a small and unspoilt Greek fishing village with tavernas and traditional bars.

Naxos Palace Hotel, Naxos

The 4-star Naxos Palace Hotel (2Q+) is a village-style complex offering modern comforts. This friendly hotel enjoys a secluded location near Stelida.

A Taste of the Greek Islands

Greece and her islands