Athens, Mykonos & Santorini (2025 Departures)

Athens, Mykonos & Santorini (2025 Departures)

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Athens, Mykonos & Santorini (2025 Departures)

7 Days Starting and ending in Athens

Visiting: Athens, Mykonos, Santorini

Tour operator:

Expat Explore Travel

Tour code:

EBG2L25

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

10 - 51

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

10-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:

English

Activities:

Sightseeing

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Tour Overview

Combine a Greek island adventure with fascinating ancient history! Discover incredible ancient sites on an Athens tour. Spend an evening in Athens and visit the Acropolis, the Parthenon, Hadrian’s Arch and much more. Then it’s time to relax under the Greek sun! Head from Athens to Mykonos to explore stunning beaches and picturesque villages home to historic windmills and churches. After two days, travel from Mykonos to Santorini. Savour Santorini’s famous whitewashed towns, panoramic sunsets and stunning coastline! It’s the ultimate Grecian holiday!
This tour forms the second half of our full-length Best of Greece tour - consider that tour to combine the highlights of mainland Greece with Santorini and Mykonos. You can also join this tour in Athens at the end of the Balkan Explorer tour.

Highlights

  • Explore the historic capital city of Athens

  • Enjoy two nights on the beautiful Mykonos island

  • Spend three nights experiencing the magic of Santorini

  • Travel by ferry and domestic flight included

Itinerary

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Day 1: Start Of Tour In Athens

Location: Athens

Meals Included: Lunch

Today, the journey begins in Athens! After arriving, meet up with your Expat Explore tour leader at the hotel for check-in this morning. The capital of Greece is rich with culture, history and lively locals! Look forward to seeing even more in an included city tour today. Marvel at the must-see attractions like the Academy, National Library, Greek parliament, Panathinaikos marble stadium, Hadrian’s Arch, and the temple of Olympian Zeus. Finally, choose to join today’s optional excursion for a guided exploration of the Acropolis site before returning to the hotel. Due to popularity, this optional excursion must be booked prior to the start of the tour - contact us to book now!

City tour of Athens: Take a driving tour of the city which will include stops at The Academy, the National Library, the Greek parliament and the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Panathinaikos marble stadium where the first modern Olympics took place, Hadrian's Arch and the temple of Olympian Zeus.

Day 2: Athens - Mykonos

Location: Mykonos

Meals Included: Breakfast

Transfer to the port to catch the local ferry to Mykonos today. Upon arrival in Mykonos, settle in at your hotel room before embarking on an orientation tour of Mykonos Chora with your tour leader to discover the top sights of the island! Then, enjoy some free time to explore on your own. This evening, choose to join your tour leader and group in Mykonos Chora to find the perfect dinner spot! Please note that this evening’s dinner is not included. Then, enjoy the rest of the evening as you wish. There are some fun local bars in the area that are perfect for sundowners!

Mykonos Island: Enjoy two nights to explore and relax on one of Greece’s most famous islands. Renowned for its pristine beaches, iconic windmills and vibrant nightlife, Mykonos is a must-visit Greek travel destination! Spend these two days as you wish or join one of our exciting optional excursions.

Day 3: Mykonos: Free Day

Location: Mykonos

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy the day at leisure to bathe in the sun on local beaches, discover the vibrant town of Mykonos or unwind at the hotel. Alternatively, choose to embark on today’s South Coast Boat trip optional excursion! The excursion includes a visit to the Aegean Sea on a traditional Greek Kaiki boat, stops for swimming and snorkelling, visits to picturesque beaches and delicious local food for lunch. Welcome to Greek island life! Choose to return with the coach or stay at Ornos beach and make your way back later. This evening, make the most of the final night in Mykonos by choosing to have dinner at the hotel, at a local taverna, or anywhere else you choose!

Day 4: Mykonos - Santorini

Location: Santorini

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, transfer to the port to catch the local ferry to Santorini after breakfast. Marvel at the stunning island views and picturesque ports from the ferry. Santorini offers impressive cliffs, beautiful beaches, iconic white-and-blue buildings, winding walkways and striking views to explore. Visitors soon discover why it lands on countless travellers’ bucket lists all over the world! Arrive in Santorini and transfer to the hotel before departing for Fira Town and embarking on an orientation tour. This evening is free to spend as you wish!

Santorini Island: Take the local ferry from Mykonos to Santorini where you will enjoy the next three nights. Experience two full free days on this picturesque island. Take these two days to relax, explore at your leisure or join one of the unforgettable optional excursions on offer.

Day 5: Santorini: Free Day

Location: Santorini

Meals Included: Breakfast

Discover this gorgeous island at leisure with free time to explore today. Why not join the highly recommended Santorini Highlights optional? It’s the ultimate journey through the island! Visit the red and black sand beaches of Santorini, traverse an ancient Greek village and stop at a local winery for a Greek wine tasting. Behold a majestic sunset with the group - Oia is famous for it! Alternatively, choose to enjoy a leisurely day exploring the local villages, beaches and must-see sights. Don’t miss out on tasting some of the dishes Santorini is known for!

Day 6: Santorini: Free Day

Location: Santorini

Meals Included: Breakfast

Another day at leisure for you to explore this unique island in the Cyclades! Why not make it an adventure-filled day with the Caldera Islands optional? This excursion explores the islands dotted around the caldera and includes visits to Thirassia Island and Amoudi Bay, not forgetting the chance to visit a volcano and swim in hot springs! Finish the day at beautiful Oia village for another chance to watch the sunset in an epic location. After a week of Greek adventures, find a local spot to enjoy the final night of the tour this evening.

Day 7: Santorini - End Of Tour In Athens

Location: Athens

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today, catch an early transfer to the Santorini airport for a local flight back to Athens. Upon arrival back in Athens, it’s time for the tour to conclude. Remember to exchange contact details with your new travel friends before departing from Athens this afternoon. Expat Explore hopes to see you on the road again soon!

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    6 nights in 2, 3 & 4* hotel accommodation in twin rooms with private bathrooms
    Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room (subject to availability)

  • Transport

    Modern air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and toilet onboard
    Public ferry between Athens, Mykonos and Santorini
    Any public transport used as part of the tour days (excludes free days)
    Internal flight from Santorini to Athens

  • Meals

    6 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch*Vegetarian options available for all meals on request

  • Experiences

    Embark on an Athens city tour
    Experience the beautiful island of Mykonos with a 2-night stay
    Enjoy 3 days to relax and explore Santorini

What's Not Included

International flights
Travel to the start point and from the endpoint is not included. We recommend using Skyscanner to find the best deals on international flights.


Travel insurance
For a relatively small price, travel insurance provides you with the peace of mind so that you can enjoy your tour without any worries. 


All passengers travelling on an Expat Explore tour are required to have valid travel insurance cover and you are responsible for arranging your own insurance. Click here for more information.

Mode of Transport


  • Modern air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and toilet onboard

  • Public ferry between Athens, Mykonos and Santorini

  • Any public transport used as part of the tour days (excludes free days)

  • Internal flight from Santorini to Athens

Accommodation


  • 6 nights in 2, 3 & 4* hotel accommodation in twin rooms with private bathrooms

  • Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room (subject to availability)

Traveller Comfort - *COACH* tours

We welcome all travellers on our tours but we would like to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible. In light of this, please ensure that you are happy with the below information and level of fitness required.


Expat Explore tries to be as accommodating as possible, however, our tours are unfortunately not designed for people travelling with wheelchairs or severe mobility issues.


Our tours are fast paced because they are designed for you to see the most a destination has to offer. We also want to ensure that you explore as much as possible, which may require long periods without stops on the coach as we drive to a new destination.


We offer walking tours in most cities (up to 3 hours), and a wheelchair is not always a practical option as there are often cobbled streets and stairs on these tours.


For travellers in wheelchairs, you will only be able to store your wheelchair under the coach with the other luggage. Thus, on the long drives between cities you will not necessarily have access to your wheelchair if we make a quick bathroom stop along the way. Please note that travelling with a wheelchair could prove difficult as our coaches don't have wheelchair lifts, as such you will need to be able to board and alight the coach on your own.


With regards to our accommodation, not all hotels have lifts and this means potentially having to carry bags up and down stairs.


For more information regarding traveller fitness please see our Terms and Conditions.

Check out our Q&As

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    If you are travelling alone there is no compulsory charge - you will share a twin room with another passenger of the same gender. There is an optional single supplement/private room upgrade available for single travellers who wish to have a private room. This can be added at the time of booking or by contacting our team.

  • Children on tour?

    Our tours are not suitable for young children which is why we have a minimum age limit of 10 years old. However, at the discretion of Expat Explore we may consider younger children on certain tours if they meet certain criteria and a request is received in writing via email. Minors (between 10 and 18 years of age) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who accepts full responsibility for them. Unaccompanied minors will not be accepted on tour. Expat Explore reserves the right to decline any booking at our discretion. Any minor (between 10 and 18 years of age) is priced the same as an adult.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    The health and safety of our travellers and employees are our top priority. Which means, when you travel with us, our enhanced hygiene protocols will ensure you do so in a safe and responsible way - ask for details of current policies.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 2005

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    At Expat Explore we value responsible travel and are committed to exploring the world consciously and kindly. We are proud to make responsible travel possible with a number of our sustainable travel practices!

  • Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    Relate is a South African based not-for-profit organisation that Expat Explore supports. The group aims to help those less fortunate create better lives for themselves through a variety of fundraising initiatives. On our South Africa tours, each passenger will receive an Expat Explore branded Relate bracelet. We donate the cost of these bracelets to our chosen Relate charity: the Nelson Mandela Sc

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Disappointed  

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    Up to 45 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

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