Spotlight on Greece & Greek Island Hopping Plus | 2024

Spotlight on Greece & Greek Island Hopping Plus | 2024

47 Views
14 Days From

$4061

$3103

Spotlight on Greece & Greek Island Hopping Plus | 2024

14 Days Starting and ending in Athens

Visiting: Athens, Corinth Canal, Archaeological site of Mycenae, Nafplion, Olympia, Delphi, Mykonos, Paros, Fira, Chora

Tour operator:

Contiki

Tour code:

SGGIA19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

0 - 29

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

18-35

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Small Group

From:
$4061
$3103 Operator discount: -$812 Exclusive Tourhub Members Discount: -$146 -24%

NB: Prices correct on 20-May-2024 but subject to change.

See local operators tour description
- Sign In

This tour is no longer available, please see similar tours below or send an enquiry

Tour Overview

Do you go geek for all things Greek? Nuts for an island paradise (or 4)? This trip combines 4 days of mainland exploring with 8 days of island hopping. From ancient architecture to the awesome Aegean. Home of the Olympic games to brilliant drinking games as you experience the local island nightlife. Throw in some sunbathing, volcano spotting, canal admiration, feta, olives and you’re onto some pretty Godly indeed.

Highlights

  • Athens: See Athens’ old town with its winding flower-filled streets and array of tavernas to stop off for a beer and some olives

  • Corinth Canal: The world’s deepest canal is an epic sight

  • Nafplio: Climb up the ancient Acronafplia and take in that salty sea air and epic views

  • Archaeological Site of Mycenae: Stroll around the ancient city of Mycenae with an expert

  • Archaeological Site of Olympia: See the official birthplace of the Olympic Games

  • Delphi: Explore one of Greece’s most important historical sites

  • Santorini: Enjoy a day trip to Fira and walk through Santorini’s iconic white houses and blue domes

Itinerary

Expand All

Day 1 : Start Athens

Location: Athens

Accommodation: Arion Hotel (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Arion Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: None

Welcome to Athens, Greek adventurers! The clock starts now on uncovering this ancient country and all its quirks. We're calling it now, that this trip is THE ancient history lovers dream. Settle in to your hotel before catching up with the crew and get right into the Greek way of life.

Day 2 : Athens To Olympia

Location: Athens, Corinth Canal, Archaeological site of Mycenae, Nafplion, Olympia

Accommodation: Amalia Hotel Olympia (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Amalia Hotel Olympia (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Not a second of today will go to waste. Europe’s oldest city will unfold itself this morning as we take to the Parthenon and the Acropolis with the knowledge of a local, then explore the first modern Olympic Stadium from the 1896 Games. That's some really old Olympic vibes right there.


Rugged mountains, cypress trees and citrus groves will pepper our pretty tour from Athens to Corinth, where we will stop to get a look at a man-made canal that squeezes ships through its tight cliffs in what seems like an impossible feat.


What was once a military hotspot is now a jaw-dropping archaeological site amidst the mountain ranges of Greece. Our Trip Manager will uncover the 4,000 year history of Mycenae and Agamemnon’s Palace in a tale of heroics, myths and curses.


We make a short stop at the cute coastal town of Nafplio i.e the first capital of Greece. Let's grab some lunch (gyros, anyone?) and take a stroll through the ancient city. Next up - the wispy mountains of Arcadia to Olympia. Save some room on your camera roll for this one...


And so the historical uncoverings continue as we land in Olympia, the place where the Olympic Games were birthed, and what is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 3 : Olympia To Delphi

Location: Olympia, Delphi

Accommodation: Amalia Hotel Delphi (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Amalia Hotel Delphi (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Fun fact: the first Olympic Games was held in 776BC, let's just let that number sink in for a moment...Wow. Today our Local Guide will show us all the important sites of those games, giving you the chance to sit in the 45,000 seat stadium where it actually first took place. If that's not a spine-tingling moment, we don't know what is. We'll wrap it up at the Temple of Hera (Queen of the Greek Gods), and place where the Olympic flame is lit every four years. We'll also visit the ruins of Zeus' temple before we head off on our journey, where you'll be sure to feel the vibes of one of the most well known Greek gods.


The sacred lands of Delphi will be ours this afternoon, again allowing us the chance to uncover world history right here in Greece. Despite being a place of monumental importance, it happens to have a cute little bar scene, and is a great place to sample the national drink of ouzo.

Day 4 : Delphi To Athens

Location: Delphi, Athens

Accommodation: A conveniently located hotel

Accommodation Name: A conveniently located hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Through the limestone columns of the Sanctuary of Apollo, we continue tapping into what was once the center of the universe for Ancient Greeks. The remains of this Doric style building stands tall with it's remaining 6 (out of an original 15) pillars, and is the perfect spot to absorb the last bit of beauty that is the slopes of Mt. Parnassus before we jump on the trail back to Athens.
You have a night to make Athens yours before ‘hopping’ out to marvelous Mykonos on the morrow.

Day 5 : Athens To Mykonos

Location: Athens, Mykonos

Accommodation: Paradise Beach (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Paradise Beach (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

With no time to waste, we'll start our island hopping adventures today with our first destination: Mykonos.
Let's do this! Two nights on the island of Mykonos, how did we get so lucky? Even the boat ride across the Aegean will have you awe struck and in love. Tonight, you'll have the option to join an exploration of Mykonos by night on a locally guided walking tour of the town's cobbled streets.

Day 6 : Mykonos

Location: Mykonos

Accommodation: Paradise Beach (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Paradise Beach (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Get ready for a day full of viewing coastal windmills, stuffing your face with olives, feta, and tzatziki. We'll stroll down storybook streets dotted with those gorgeous blue domes and we'll pick up some evil eye ornaments along the way to keep the bad vibes away. And this is all before you've even taken a dip in the ocean! Doesn't get much better than this... The day is yours to soak up the sunshine and play in the sea.

Day 7 : Mykonos To Paros

Location: Mykonos, Paros

Accommodation: Asterias (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Siroco's Rooms & Studios (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning we're on to our next Greek island, Paros. Let's spare a thought for all those travelers who only get to visit just one Greek Island, and then remember how lucky we are.
Beaches, naturally sculpted swimming coves, a Byzantine church and traditional villages: we must be in Paros. You're free to get into the sun and sea vibes. Those who feel like exploring can sign up for an optional trip to an Organic Farm run where you'll sample their delicious produce and then head to one of the prettiest villages in the Cyclades - Naoussa.

Day 8 : Paros

Location: Paros

Accommodation: Asterias (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Siroco's Rooms & Studios (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Another day, another Greek Island delight. Hold tight - today we're off for a Paros sailing adventure. Tonight, we'll tuck into an included dinner at a local restaurant, before heading out to sample the local (and legendary) nightlife.

Day 9 : Paros To Santorini

Location: Paros, Fira

Accommodation: Hotel Nikos (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Hotel Nikos (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Paros, it's been magical – but today we're taking to the seas again, this time in search of Greece's most insta-famous island: Santorini.
Santorini, we have arrived! Tonight you'll have the chance to join us on a cruise and take in the iconic Fira.

Day 10 : Santorini

Location: Fira

Accommodation: Hotel Nikos (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Hotel Nikos (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Rise and shine, Greek Island travelers! The island of Santorini won't explore itself. Today is your day to take a swim at Perissa Beach, eat the local specialty of fried tomato balls known as domatokeftedes, or roam and explore. You can even opt to take a trip to incredible Oia followed by a winery visit.

Day 11 : Santorini To Ios

Location: Fira, Chora

Accommodation: Far Out Beach Resort (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Far Out Beach Resort (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

A bit more rugged and remote than Santorini and Mykonos, Ios will prove a nice change of scenery for our final Island night. And thankfully, there will be no change in the good vibes or the time spent ocean side. We'll join together for an included dinner tonight, with another free evening on the cards afterwards.

Day 12 : Ios

Location: Chora

Accommodation: Far Out Beach Resort (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Far Out Beach Resort (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Our final Island day, and your last chance to soak up the Greek sun and frolic in the sand without a care in the world. Now is your chance to get some adrenaline in with a speedboat safari, or take a leisurely stroll around the pretty village of Ios Chora and enjoy some stuffed zucchini flowers or baked feta drizzled with olive oil at a local cafe. It's a free evening tonight, so you're going to need the fuel if you want to hit the party scene of Hora until the break of dawn.

Day 13 : Ios To Athens

Location: Chora, Athens

Accommodation: Dorian Inn (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Dorian Inn (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

While choking back the tears and waving a sad goodbye to the dreamy islands of Greece, try to think positive thoughts: we have a boat ride to enjoy this morning, as well as one more night together in the city of Athens.
Ready for one more dose of Athens and one last chance to hang out together? We'll soak up the last rays of the Mediterranean sun this afternoon before an optional farewell dinner together.

Day 14 : End Athens

Location: Athens

Meals Included: Breakfast

And just like that, it's time for the goodbyes. As sad as they are, at least you have the memories. And another 300 Contiki trips to jump aboard! Make the most of your last free breakfast before you kick on to your next port of call.

What's Included

  • Expert Guides

    Enjoy the expertise of local guides at key historical sites for an in-depth exploration of Greece's rich history.

  • Accommodations

    Stay in a variety of hotels, all chosen for their comfort and location to ensure a restful and immersive experience.

  • Meals

    Several meals are included, offering a taste of the local cuisine and an authentic dining experience.

  • Transportation

    All transportation during the tour is provided, including boat rides for island hopping adventures.

  • Sightseeing Tours

    Participate in sightseeing tours of Athens, archaeological sites, and the beautiful Greek islands.

  • Beach Visits

    Enjoy leisure time on some of Greece's most famous beaches, soaking up the sun and the sea.

What's Not Included

  • International Flights

    International flights to and from the start and end points are not included.

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included but is highly recommended for all participants.

  • Some Meals

    Not all meals are covered, providing you the opportunity to explore local cuisines on your own.

  • Optional Activities

    Any optional activities mentioned in the itinerary, such as certain excursions or entertainment, are not included.

  • Personal Expenses

    Personal expenses such as souvenirs, laundry, and other personal needs are not included.

  • Tips and Gratuities

    Tips and gratuities for guides and drivers are not included and are at your discretion.

Check out our Q&As

  • What kind of transportation will be used?

    All transportation during the tour is provided, including boat rides for island hopping adventures.

  • What's included in the tour package?

    The tour package includes expert guides at key historical sites, accommodations in various hotels, several meals offering a taste of local cuisine, all transportation during the tour including boat rides for island hopping, sightseeing tours of Athens, archaeological sites, and the Greek islands, as well as beach visits.

  • What type of accommodations can we expect?

    You can expect to stay in a variety of hotels, all chosen for their comfort and location to ensure a restful and immersive experience.

  • Are there any exclusions I should be aware of?

    Exclusions include international flights to and from the start and end points, travel insurance, some meals to allow you to explore local cuisines on your own, any optional activities mentioned in the itinerary, personal expenses such as souvenirs, laundry, and other personal needs, as well as tips and gratuities for guides and drivers.

  • What meals are included?

    Several meals are included in the tour, offering a taste of the local cuisine and an authentic dining experience.

  • What are some highlights of the tour?

    Highlights of the tour include seeing Athens’ old town, the Corinth Canal, climbing up the ancient Acronafplia in Nafplio, exploring the Archaeological Site of Mycenae and Olympia, visiting Delphi, and enjoying a day trip to Fira in Santorini.

  • What countries will we visit on the Spotlight on Greece & Greek Island Hopping Plus tour?

    The tour visits Greece.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    In 1961, a guy called John Anderson founded Contiki in New Zealand. Whilst later bought by The Travel Corporation, the tour company had already been using the name ‘Contiki’ since its inception.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Contiki trips are designed & operated exclusively for those aged 18-35 years. Your travelling companions will be like-minded adventurers within that age range. The age range is adhered to strictly.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® is our commitment to protect people, wildlife and the incredible planet we all share. Powered by The TreadRight Foundation, a non-profit organisation and Contiki’s guiding hand when it comes to making travel matter.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    All documentation will be sent via email around 21 days prior to your trip departure. You can also access information on your trip by signing up to My Contiki via the top right icon of the homepage.

Reviews of this operator

Trusted Customer  

Northern Choice plus Kaikoura

16-Jan-2023

The trip ran so smoothly and was well organised! The extra add ons were amazing and all the services were spot on. Food places were reasonable. I'm definitely booking my next contiki trip again soon!

Feefo Trusted Reviews
Sophie  

Exceptional customer service

14-Jan-2023

Contiki were exceptional in providing customer service. They provided me with lots of information and were quick in responding to all my questions. I found that they were super helpful.

Feefo Trusted Reviews
Trusted Customer  

First time traveling with Contiki. Highly recommend! You’ll have a blast

17-Jan-2023

First time traveling internationally since Covid and glad I spent the trip with Contiki. The travel, lodging, meals, activities everything was planned effortlessly. Going to Greece in may with contiki. Highly recommend

Feefo Trusted Reviews
Trusted Customer  

Amazing trip. Made great friends and memories. Can’t wait for my next trip

15-Jan-2023

I had 24 people on my contiki and I think it was the perfect number, we all got to know each other well and got along great. Our tour guide was fun and knowledgeable, the hotels were nice and in great locations.

Feefo Trusted Reviews
Tanner Stokes  

My amazing trip to Africa

13-Jan-2023

Sherif was an excellent tour guide. He was extremely knowledgeable about every single small detail at each site that we visited. In addition to his great service, he has a glowing spirit that made me feel like I had family with me the entire trip. Anything that I was concerned about, he always had an answer and was there to help. I truly enjoyed my experience and will purchase a tour with him in the future

Feefo Trusted Reviews

1 Dates & Availability

tourhub Discount Available - Sign In

Instant Booking Available

Monday - Sunday

Jun 24, 2024 - Jul 07, 2024
$4802 $3669

Operator discount: -$960

Exclusive Tourhub Members Discount: -$173

Instant Booking Available

Saturday - Friday

Jul 06, 2024 - Jul 19, 2024
$4802 $3669

Operator discount: -$960

Exclusive Tourhub Members Discount: -$173

Instant Booking Available

Monday - Sunday

Jul 22, 2024 - Aug 04, 2024
$4802 $3898

Operator discount: -$720

Exclusive Tourhub Members Discount: -$184

Instant Booking Available

Monday - Sunday

Aug 05, 2024 - Aug 18, 2024
$4802 $3669

Operator discount: -$960

Exclusive Tourhub Members Discount: -$173

Instant Booking Available

Saturday - Friday

Aug 17, 2024 - Aug 30, 2024
$4802 $3669

Operator discount: -$960

Exclusive Tourhub Members Discount: -$173

Instant Booking Available

Monday - Sunday

Sep 02, 2024 - Sep 15, 2024
$4242 $3241

Operator discount: -$848

Exclusive Tourhub Members Discount: -$153

Instant Booking Available

Tuesday - Monday

Apr 22, 2025 - May 05, 2025
$4061 $3103

Operator discount: -$812

Exclusive Tourhub Members Discount: -$146

Highlights of Greece with Island Hopping | 2025
Instant Booking Available

Monday - Sunday

Apr 28, 2025 - May 11, 2025
$4061 $3103

Operator discount: -$812

Exclusive Tourhub Members Discount: -$146

Highlights of Greece with Island Hopping | 2025
Instant Booking Available

Monday - Sunday

May 12, 2025 - May 25, 2025
$4251 $3248

Operator discount: -$850

Exclusive Tourhub Members Discount: -$153

Highlights of Greece with Island Hopping | 2025
Instant Booking Available

Monday - Sunday

Jun 09, 2025 - Jun 22, 2025
$4251 $3248

Operator discount: -$850

Exclusive Tourhub Members Discount: -$153

Highlights of Greece with Island Hopping | 2025
Instant Booking Available

Monday - Sunday

Jun 23, 2025 - Jul 06, 2025
$4869 $3720

Operator discount: -$974

Exclusive Tourhub Members Discount: -$175

Highlights of Greece with Island Hopping | 2025
Instant Booking Available

Saturday - Friday

Jul 05, 2025 - Jul 18, 2025
$4869 $3720

Operator discount: -$974

Exclusive Tourhub Members Discount: -$175

Highlights of Greece with Island Hopping | 2025
Instant Booking Available

Monday - Sunday

Jul 21, 2025 - Aug 03, 2025
$4869 $3720

Operator discount: -$974

Exclusive Tourhub Members Discount: -$175

Highlights of Greece with Island Hopping | 2025
Instant Booking Available

Monday - Sunday

Aug 04, 2025 - Aug 17, 2025
$4869 $3720

Operator discount: -$974

Exclusive Tourhub Members Discount: -$175

Highlights of Greece with Island Hopping | 2025
Instant Booking Available

Saturday - Friday

Aug 16, 2025 - Aug 29, 2025
$4869 $3720

Operator discount: -$974

Exclusive Tourhub Members Discount: -$175

Highlights of Greece with Island Hopping | 2025
Instant Booking Available

Monday - Sunday

Sep 01, 2025 - Sep 14, 2025
$4299 $3284

Operator discount: -$860

Exclusive Tourhub Members Discount: -$155

Highlights of Greece with Island Hopping | 2025

Book with Confidence

  • Transfer as credit to Future Tours

    Contiki allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform contiki, 60 days before departure.

  • Low Deposit

    Contiki requires a minimum deposit of 200 USD per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of contiki charges.

    Up to 61 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 25% of booking price.

    At 21 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 7 days before tour starts: Forfeit 75% of booking price.

    At 1 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

Why book with tourhub?

Safe & Secure

Your money is protected in an external trust until you travel.

pts logo

100% Guaranteed Refunds if your trip is cancelled.


The safest way to make overseas, multi-currency payments.

Guaranteed Best Value

Industry leading discounts, we won't be beaten on price.


No cancellation or amendment fees from tourhub.

(Operator terms may apply)

Expert Knowledge

Reliable & unbiased advice from travel experts.


Direct contact with the tour operator via our messaging service.


Inspiration & advice from a community of 6000+ real travellers, influencers & content creators.

Trusted Service

Official partners & licensed agents of 1000+ tour operators worldwide.


Don't just take our word for it...

"Tourhub: Friendliness, Professionalism & Integrity I would happily give tourhub a 6* review if I could..."

Similar Tours

Travel Guru Features

Our Reviews