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Who doesn’t dream of visiting the Greek islands? We make lists of our favourites and plan holidays of idyllic island hopping. There’s just something about the combination of whitewashed houses, multihued fishing boats in tiny ports, hills smelling of thyme, and the legends and ancient history that is irresistible. And that’s not even mentioning the party scene!
There are nearly 2000 islands, some very popular and some still amazingly little-visited by tourists. Travel tip: a package that includes ferry rides and accommodation on the islands of your choice will take the hassle and uncertainty out of your island hopping!
The Cyclades group, which include Mykonos and Santorini, are justifiably popular, and Crete, the largest island, is especially rich in history. If you are looking for islands with fewer tourists why not sail towards Turkey and the islands of Chios and Samos. If you’re not a party animal, Ios may not be for you but Tinos could be perfect.
What better way to see the treasures of the Greek islands than on a moped with the sun on your face and wind in your hair.
Take part in this traditional style dancing.
Around Easter the Greeks spring to life and paint their houses white and doors blue. This is a big celebration marking the new season. Make sure you stay in a little whitewashed village for a truly Greek experience.
Stop at a waterfront Taverna for a refreshing beer and calamari fresh from the sea. Watch the fishermen land their catches on the wharf.
Many New Zealand soldiers who fought during World War II are buried here.
Take a car journey over the white mountains where our ancestors trekked to the south coast before they departed for Egypt. The scenery is stunning and the area thought-provoking.
We recommend you stay in Athens the night before your island hopping excursion starts as ferries
usually leave early in the morning.
To avoid hassles, all island hopping passes include the transfer from your Athens hotel to Piraeus
Port. This is essential as the port area is huge with many Greek ferries and cruise ships all departing
from one of the three harbours, so it is very easy to get lost going alone.
We have a choice of 12 island hopping passes with pre-selected islands and a set amount of nights.
Hotels are confirmed at time of booking, however arrival and departure transfers on the individual
islands are optional extras. These are recommended, as on some islands, public transport and taxis
are hard to find especially in the peak season.
Most passes include the use of a standard ferry; however to reduce travelling time between some of
the islands, you can upgrade to a hydrofoil or a flight at an extra cost.
FlexiPasses are perfect for the independent traveller and are based on the total number of nights
regardless of the island visited. You choose how many nights you want on each island and the price
remains the same.
Hotels for FlexiPasses are not confirmed till the last minute and these passes also include return
transfers on each island.
Definitely the favourites amongst the Greek islands and our top selling island hopping pass, both Mykonos and Santorini are ‘must-sees’. Mykonos is chic, sleek and hedonistic and yet offers beautiful traditional Greece. Whitewashed buildings, blue doors, windmills and chapels, cosmopolitan lifestyle, waterfront tavernas and spectacular nightlife. The sunset on Santorini is often said to be the most beautiful in the world.
If you are keen to see as much as possible and
would like to visit several Greek islands but have
limited time at your disposal, then a cruise could
be the perfect option for you to consider. Your
ship moves during the night allowing you to wake
up in a new and exciting destination every day.
A selection of optional shore excursions are
included for those who wish to explore while
in port. We’ve created several packages and
feature here a few of the favourites. These all
combine Athens with different cruise itineraries
throughout the Greek islands and parts of the
Explore Athens and cruise to some of the most popular Greek islands including a glimpse of Turkey. Here you’ll visit the picturesque port of Kusadasi with opportunities for shopping and an optional tour to Ephesus.
Day 1-2: Athens / Day 3: Athens – Cruising – Mykonos / Day 4: Cruising – Samos or Kusadasi – Patmos / Day 5: Cruising – Rhodes / Day 6: Cruising – Heraklion – Santorini / Day 7: Cruising – Athens
An ideal option for exploring two capital cities as well as some of the best known Greek islands in a short space of time. Enjoy the facilities onboard your cruise whilst absorbing a magical atmosphere when in port.
Day 1-2: Athens / Day 3: Athens – Cruising / Day 4: Cruising – Mykonos / Day 5: Cruising – Mykonos – Milos / Day 6: Cruising – Milos – Santorini / Day 7: Santorini – Cruising / Day 8: Cruising – Crete / Day 9: Cruising – Samos or Kusadasi / Day 10: Cruising – Athens
Perfect for those wanting to spend more time on the islands. After sightseeing in Athens, stay on stunning Mykonos and then cruise to a few selected islands before finishing off with a relaxing stay on Santorini.
Day 1-2: Athens / Day 3: Athens – Mykonos / Day 4: Mykonos / Day 5: Mykonos / Day 6: Mykonos – Cruising / Day 7: Cruising – Kusadasi – Patmos / Day 8: Cruising – Rhodes / Day 9: Cruising – Heraklion – Santorini / Day 10-11: Santorini
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