A Perfect Greece Vacation Package 2019-2020: Mykonos, Santorini, & More

View of the Santorini, Greece buildings bordering the Santorini Caldera
A 9 day trip to Greece 
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Crafted for 2019-2020, enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of Athens and the Greek Islands, combining remarkable archaeological sites, magnificent beaches, white washed villages, scrumptious food and great shopping! In Athens - pay tribute to the Acropolis. In Mykonos - stroll through the whitewashed houses and the narrow alleyways and beautiful paradise beaches. In Santorini - enjoy magnificent views and white washed houses perched on the edge of the cliff overlooking the Aegean sea. We also recommend an optional island extension to Crete.

Experience Greek culinary delights while onboard a luxurious catamaran boat sailing around the island with Captain Ted, visiting the active volcano and the hot springs and ending your trip with a magnificent view of the sunset. Optional: Extend your trip to the beautiful island of Crete known for its historical sites such as Knossos Palace, its Venetian port towns, Mediterranean diet, gorgeous beaches, vineyards and Cretan hospitality.

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General Information

A woman posing for a candid picture with Santorini, Greece in the background
View of the Aegean Sea from Santorini, Greece
View of the Santorini, Greece buildings bordering the Santorini Caldera
Woman masseuse giving a woman customer a massage poolside at the Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort
Gorgeous view of Navagio beach in Greece at sunset
A romantic couple embracing each other and enjoying the view of a beautiful Greece sunset
View of Santorini, Greece and a couple of windmill villas at dawn
Group of donkeys parked along a step-road from Ammoudi to Oia, Greece
Line of colorful carriages being pulled by horses in Crete, Greece
View of many tourists visiting the old town of Chania, Crete, Greece
Three Tsoliades performing a march up steps with their rifles over their shoulders
View of the pristine waters of the Aegean Sea in Greece through a brick window
The famous blue-dome Santorini Church with the Aegean Sea in the background
View of the Santorini coastline bordering the Santorini Caldera
Luxury image of an infinity pool at a Santorini resort in Greece
Amoudi Port in Oia, Greece
The ruins of Knossos in Crete, Greece
Greece church bells in the foreground of the Aegean Sea
A luxurious pool view from a resort in Greece
A sunset poolside view in Greece
View of Mykonos, Greece with boats parked in the bay in the foreground and windmill villas in the background
Street view in Mykonos, Greece with blue and white themed architecture
The ruins of Knossos Palace in Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Coastline view of restaurant tables outside on the beach in Little Venice, Mykonos, Greece
Detailed Itinerary

Places Visited 

2 nights Athens, 3 nights Mykonos, & 3 nights Santorini.  An optional 4 nights extension to Crete is recommended.

Departure Dates 

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

Detailed Itinerary 

DAY 1 - Welcome to Athens 

Once you arrive in Athens you will be greeted at the airport and transferred to the hotel. The remainder day is free to rest.

DAY 2 - Athens Tour / Acropolis

Enjoy a tour of Athens combining many of the city's principal modern and classical sights such as Constitution Square Syntagma square, the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier and the National Library. At the Acropolis visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens, the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike and finally the beautiful Parthenon. End the tour by visiting the new Acropolis museum where all remaining treasures from the Parthenon and the Golden age of Greece are hosted! Your afternoon is free to explore the Plaka (old Athens section), Ermou Square for shopping and a taste of a Greek Souvlaki and Monastiraki flea market. 

DAY 3, 4, 5 - Mykonos 

Transfer from hotel to the airport and fly to the cosmopolitan island of Mykonos where you are transferred to your hotel. Enjoy 3 days on this Cycladic island known for its great night life, beautiful beaches of Elia, Paradise, Super Paradise, Psarou and the town’s Cycladic architecture. Walk through the narrow alleyways in Mykonos town and visit beautiful churches and the famous windmills. Take an optional cruise tour to the island of Delos the sacred island of Apollo one of the most important historical and archaeological sites in Greece. 

DAY 6, 7, 8 - Santorini 

Board the hydrofoil or ferry boat from Mykonos to Santorini. Upon arrival at the pier you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy 3 days at this scenic volcanic island with its breathtaking views and white washed houses draped along the high cliffs of Santorini's dramatic "Caldera". Take postcard pictures while walking through the villages of Oia and Fira, Firostefani and Imerovigli. Visit the red and black beaches and the numerous villages outside the Caldera such as Perissa, Perivolos and Pirgos. Visit any of the 12 volcanic wineries sampling a variety of whites and reds along with local cheeses and Santorini’s famous tomato paste. 

HIGHLIGHT: Sail on a luxurious catamaran ship with Captain Ted. A Greek/American (from New Jersey) who's been living in Santorini for a few years, now owning 3 beautiful catamaran ships and doing daily excursions to the Active Volcano & the Hot Springs. You can swim, snorkel and enjoy delicious gourmet meals on-board. Cooking classes could be arranged as well. We can offer this catamaran experience as a regular tour or a private tour! 

DAY 9 - USA 

Transfer from the hotel in Santorini to the airport for your early morning flight back to the USA. 


DAY 9, 10, 11, 12 - CRETE 

Crete is the largest island of Greece. A rich blend of mythology, archaeology and history, combined with the unparalleled beauty of the landscape, the people, and its traditions, make Crete one of the most seductive hideaways for today’s travelers. The remains of Minoan palaces such as Knossos Palace, Byzantine churches, the birthplace of God Zeus, Venetian buildings, beautiful beaches and the famous Mediterranean diet are a wonderful treat for you to explore the beautiful island of Crete. (See below for more details on Crete itinerary.) 

Suggested Hotels 


4*s – Hera Hotel - Conveniently located right at the foot of the Acropolis hill, the new Acropolis Museum and next to the interconnected archeological sites. Hera Hotel offers a unique opportunity to the visitor to enjoy an excellent stay at the hotel, right into the heart of the old Athens and to traverse through ancient times by strolling through the historic center of the city.

5*s – Electra Palace is located in Plaka, in the heart of the old town of Athens, only a few minutes away from the Acropolis and the Parthenon (the temple dedicated to Athena, patron goddess of Athens), the new Museum of Acropolis, the representative ancient theatre of Dionysus, Herodion Theatre (hosting significant artistic events every summer) and from a number of important sights of the city. The hotel’s location is particularly privileged compared to other hotels in Athens for another reason: As it is located inside the commercial and business district, one can have a walk for shopping, coffee or entertainment, any time of the day.


4*s - Deliades Mykonos hotel is situated at the edge of Ornos Bay, up in a small hill, overlooking the bay with a breathtaking view of Ornos Mykonos beach from all rooms and is one of the best Mykonos hotels. www.deliades.com/

5*s – Mykonos Grand – This luxurious resort is located on the beach of Ayios Yiannis, (where the movie Shirley Valentine was filmed), just 4,2 km from Mykonos Town with the shopping areas, the world known night life and restaurants. This hotel is also member of the Small Luxury Hotel of the World. www.mykonosgrand.gr/ 


4*s - Dana Villas are located on the Santorini beautiful cliffside, just a five miute walk from the main square of the capital of Fira town. The villas are constructed in a traditional style of architecture. www.danavillas.net/

5*s – Kirini Hotel Nestled in the village of Oia Santorini, lies Kirini Suites & Spa, a unique atmosphere’s hotel amongst luxury hotels in Santoirni. The mesmerizing view of the Caldera Volcanic islands, gives this Santorini luxury hotel, an out of this world vibe. A member of Relais & Chateaux, the luxurious resort Kirini in Oia Santorini combines the Cycladic architecture tradition with luxurious living nand the serene scenery of the Aegean.


 Day 9, 10, 11, 12 – SANTORINI – HERAKLION CRETE 

From Santorini board the hydrofoil to the island of Crete and spend extra nights. A minimum of 4 nights is recommended. The nights are split - 1 Night in Heraklion and 3 nights in either Western Crete or Eastern Crete. A car rental is the best way to explore the island. 

Day 10

Heraklion to either Western Crete or Eastern Crete 

In the morning of Day 10 pickup your car rental and drive to nearby archaeological site of Knossos. Knossos Palace is one of the major must-see archaeological sites in Greece, presenting visitors with a rare glimpse into the Minoan civilization. It was known as the Labyrinth in Mythology. From there continue to either Western Crete or Eastern Crete.

Western Crete Chania Town/Harbour - Chania is an old Venetian town, one which will enchant almost everyone with its web of side-streets, crumbling masonry and magnificent harbor. Samaria Gorge - Take a 16km or 10 mile hike through the longest and most impressive of Europe’s limestone gorges-- also a magnificent example of Crete’s many gorges-- from the White Mountains down to the Libyan sea. At the base of the gorge, you can enjoy a refreshing swim as well as lunch at one of the local tavernas. Rethymnon Town/Harbour - Another Venetian town about 1 ½ hours from Chania. This harbor town has an old aristocratic appearance with its buildings dating from the 16th century that feature arched doorways, stone staircases, Byzantine and Hellenic-Roman remains, and of course a beautiful Venetian harbor with narrow streets filled with tavernas and shops. 

Eastern Crete Elounda

Elounda is the most famous cosmopolitan location not only in the island of Crete but also in the entire Aegean Sea much acclaimed for its outstanding establishments in a magnificent natural environment. Elounda is a famous resort place for royalty to celebrities, as it offers complete privacy and anonymity in exclusively luxurious rooms and suites. The lagoon of Elounda is shaped between the coast and a small peninsula of 7-8 km length that serves as a breakwater.During the summer, boats leave the harbor every hour, transporting visitors to the small isle of Spinaloga giving the chance to the passengers to stroll in a deserted leper colony with its Venetian Fortress. Elounda is a dream location for a luxurious relaxing holiday. 

DAY 13 – FLY FROM Crete via Athens back to the USA 

Hotels recommended in Crete:

Heraklion (4*s only) 
Lato Hotel
Galaxy Hotel

Western Crete:
4*s – Veneto
5*s – Avli

Eastern Crete (5*s only)∂

Extension includes:

  • Hydrofoil from Crete – Santorini
  • Car Rental
  • Hotels including breakfast/taxes
  • Domestic Air

Starting Price 

This trip is customizable for your private travel.

What's Included 

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all guided tours and activities (dependent on season)
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.