WANDERWOMAN® GREEK ISLANDS GETAWAY TOUR FALL 2024

Girlfriend getaway to the beautiful Greek Islands of Crete, Santorini and Mykonos!
Enjoy the view from our hotel on the island of Mykonos, Greece
Hiking the rim of the caldera in Santorini Greece

WanderWoman® Fall Greek Island Hopping
Getaway October 6-18, 2024

Celebrate 25 Years of WanderWoman Women-only Travel with founder Erja Lipponen!

This was the very first tour we offered in 1998, and it is our most popular WanderWoman Journey, with some travelers repeating it. Join Erja this fall, traveling to the most beautiful islands in Greece: Crete, Mykonos, and Santorini. Enjoy breathtaking sunsets, eat healthy Mediterranean cuisine, explore ancient sites, make new friends, relax, and laugh a lot! October is a beautiful time to visit Greece’s popular islands – the weather is pleasant, and most crowds have gone home.

Price: $6089.00 per person based on double occupancy for reservations received by 10 April
After this date, add $150 per person.

Email to reserve your spot on our WanderWoman® Journey to Greece!

ROOM SHARE AVAILABLE: Solo travelers opt to share a room & pay NO single supplement
Single Supplement: $1159

From on top of the Acropolis Athens, Greece

ATHENS (Athina) 2 nights: The heart of Greece

Day 1: Before heading to the beautiful Greek islands, we begin our adventure in Athens, the cultural hub of Greece.  We will stay in the heart of the PLAKA, the old city, beneath the Acropolis. Our hotel in Athens is a 5-star boutique property complete with a spa and within walking distance to points of interest, restaurants, and shops. Be sure to visit the hotel’s rooftop pool with views of the  Acropolis.  On our first evening, we will gather for a welcome reception to get acquainted with fellow travelers before our welcome dinner at one of Athens’ best restaurants. (D)

Day 2: On our first full day we will explore Athens on foot with our local guide. We will walk in the PLAKA area of Athens visiting the ACROPOLIS, the NEW ACROPOLIS MUSEUM, and the ANCIENT AGORA. Evening at leisure. Next day morning flight to CHANIA. (B, L)

Chania (Hania, Xania) 3 nights

Day 3: We begin our island hopping on Crete, in the picturesque town of Chania on the western part of the island. Our hotel is located on a quiet pedestrian street in the old Venetian port. After checking in, enjoy a locally guided walking tour of the old port and discover why Chania is considered one of Greece’s most beautiful cities. In the evening our welcome dinner of traditional Cretan cuisine will be at a charming family-owned restaurant. (B,D)

Day 4: Experience a fun hands-on journey through Crete’s culinary traditions. We’ll start with a visit to a local market before driving to a nearby village for an informal cooking class. You’ll learn the secrets of preparing healthy, delicious, Mediterranean dishes under the direction of a local cook. Those who prefer to take a less active role may choose to just relax and enjoy the atmosphere (you’ll want to bring your camera). Our fun experience culminates at the table, where together, drinking Cretan wines, we will enjoy the food we prepared and the company of new friends. (B, L)

DAY 5: On our last full day in Chania, enjoy the day at leisure. You can explore quaint shops, nearby beaches, or local museums. For those who would like to hike the SAMARIA GORGE, we have reserved our local naturalist to join us on an optional guided hiking excursion. This gorge is Europe’s second longest, “the eighth wonder of Europe.” After hiking, there will be an opportunity to swim in the refreshing waters of the Libyan Sea on the southern coast of Crete. It feels great to have the black pebbles of the beach caress your feet! This is a challenging but very rewarding hike. (B)

Heraklion (Iraklio) 1 night

DAY 6:  We will depart Chania and drive along the scenic northern coast of Crete to Heraklion (2.5 hours), the modern capital of the island. Heraklion will be our base for touring the fantastic KNOSSOS palace of the legendary King Minos.  The Minoans were Europe’s first civilization, which was a goddess-worshipping culture. Enjoy a privately guided tour of this fascinating palace complex, which dates back to the 2nd millennium BC. Next, we will visit the HERAKLION MUSEUM where finds from the site are displayed, including beautiful frescoes and intricate jewelry.  Our 5-star hotel is located downtown within walking distance of restaurants and points of interest. (B, L)

Santorini (Thira, Fira) 3 nights

Day 7: From Heraklion, we will travel by ferry (2 hrs) to the island of Santorini. This beautiful island is believed by some scholars to be Plato’s lost Atlantis. Archaeological evidence indicates that a highly advanced civilization flourished here over 3500 years ago. Our introduction to the island begins with a privately guided tour visiting the Akrotiri Archaeological site where you can walk along streets once walked by the ancient inhabitants of Strongili (as the island was once known). Also, our island tour includes the Prehistory Museum housing beautiful artifacts from this ancient culture, which at its peak suddenly disappeared. No visit to Santorini is complete without sampling the local wines; lunch this day will be at one of Santorini’s famous wineries. Our small luxury hotel is perched on the caldera’s edge and each traveler will have a private room   Your breakfasts will be served on your private balcony overlooking the Aegean Sea.  (B, L)

Day 8: A day to relax or partake in an optional hike along the most scenic path on Santorini. The trail takes us along the caldera’s rim to the northernmost point of the island, the charming village of Oia. For those preferring not to hike, a transfer to Oia will be arranged. There will be time to stop for lunch, explore artisans’ shops, and meander the village’s scenic alleyways. (B)

Day 9: For a different perspective of this unique island, we’ll spend the day on a private cruise excursion in the caldera (a geologic term for a crater created by a volcanic eruption). Our knowledgeable crew will tell us about Santorini’s fascinating geologic past. As we sail we will go by the small uninhabited Nea Kameni (the new burnt island) formed after the destruction of “Atlantis” and the white and red beaches.  There will be opportunities to swim in a volcanic hot spring or sit back and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. Along our course, we’ll anchor and enjoy a delicious lunch prepared for us on board (B, L)

Mykonos (Myconos) 3 nights

Day 10: Travel by ferry (2.5 hrs) to the island of Mykonos. This beautiful island is perhaps best known as a jet-setter destination with world-famous beaches and white-washed cubic buildings with colorful doors adorned with bougainvillea. But Mykonos has a great deal more to offer. We will explore the charming main town of Mykonos (Hora) on an evening orientation walk, which will reveal a Mykonos most don’t hear about. Our hotel is situated near the harbor just a short walk from the maze-like streets of Mykonos Town with its restaurants, shops, and little museums. (B)

Day 11: Travel by boat to the nearby island of Delos, which is a short trip (40 minutes) away. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most significant archaeological sites in all of Greece. The island of Delos was famous already in the time of the Odyssey, and between 900-100 BC it was a major cult center and pilgrimage site. According to some ancient myths, it is the birthplace of the goddess Artemis and her twin brother the god Apollo; associated with the moon and sun respectively. Interestingly, modern scientists have identified Delos as the second brightest place on earth (Hawaii being the brightest). Today this small Aegean Island is an open-air museum and a “MUST SEE” for anyone interested in the mythology, history, or archaeology of Greece. (B)

Day 12: A day to unwind. Consider visiting the beach where the movie Shirley Valentine was filmed, relaxing poolside at our hotel, or exploring some of the island’s hidden treasures. In the evening, our group will gather for a special farewell dinner at one of Mykonos’ finest gourmet restaurants. (B, D)

Day 13: After breakfast transfer to the airport for an early morning flight to Athens.  (B)

Historic Plaka district Athens, Greece
Greece Cooking Lessons
Hike the SAmaria George on the island of Crete
Ancient Jewelry from Knossos archaeological site ion Crete
Santorini hotel pool sunset view
Santorini, the most beautiful Greek island
Explore the village of Oia after hiking the caldera in Santorini Greece
Charming alley-like streets of Mykonos, Greece
Temple of Isis on the island of Delos, Greece
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GETTING TO GREECE

The group’s meeting place is Athens Airport in Greece, with a group transfer to our hotel.  Although airfare to Athens is NOT included, we will gladly help you arrange your flight. We can also assist you with any pre- or post-tour arrangements in Greece and beyond. Arriving in Athens a night before the tour start date is recommended for those traveling a long distance.

TOURS

The tour price includes privately guided sightseeing tours and activities with our official Greek tourist board guides and local experts: Athens walking tour including the Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, and Plaka, Chania’s Historic Venetian Port District, Cretan Cooking Lesson, Knossos Archaeological Site and the Heraklion Museum, Santorini Island Tour including the Prehistory Museum & Akrotiri Archaeological Site, Walking tour of the Medieval town of Pyrgos, Hike along the rim of the caldera in Santorini, Wine Tasting at a local winery Santorini, Caldera Boat Excursion, Delos Island tour (we’ll join a larger group).  All admission fees and transfers to the above sites are included. Optional activities, which can be arranged locally, include scuba diving, boat excursions, hiking, spa treatments, etc. You can choose activities to fill every day or relax and enjoy the beaches and the local atmosphere. This WanderWoman® tour is escorted by Erja Lipponen, owner & founder of Eurynome Journeys, who will attend to details to ensure a hassle-free vacation. Erja has traveled to Greece numerous times over the past 39 years, leading groups and traveling alone. She looks forward to sharing some of her favorite places in Greece with you and discovering new favorites. On ” leisure days,” Erja will be available to arrange activities, recommend restaurants, and lead optional hikes/walks. On days when dinner is not included, a meeting time will be set for those wishing to join Erja and enjoy dinner together. Visit our “About Us” page to learn more about our small group tours and Erja.

HOTELS

For this tour, we have selected unique hotels ranging from historic, intimate, small properties with dramatic views to sophisticated 5-star city hotels. We avoid the typical group tour-oriented hotels and stay at smaller quaint hotels and inns with local ambiance when possible. Most hotels are within walking distance of restaurants, shops, and points of interest – allowing you to explore right out the door! The hotels are Greek-style. The rooms vary slightly, but all rooms have private baths, direct-dial telephones, and TVs. Some of the hotels do not have elevators and may require climbing stairs.

PRICE: $6089.00

Price is based on double occupancy for reservations received by 10 April 2024. After this date, add $150 per person.
Single supplement for private room: $1159
Room share available.

The price includes 12 nights at 5-star and unique boutique hotels in Greece and domestic transportation in Greece, including two ferries, minibusses, taxis, and two domestic Greek flights. The tour price includes breakfast daily, four healthy Mediterranean-style lunches and three dinners with local wine, and tips for drivers  (drinks and alcoholic beverages are not included unless noted above).

Upgrade rooms available at some properties: Rates upon request.

RESERVATIONS

Call or email Eurynome Journeys to reserve your space for an application form and terms and conditions. We will hold your space for up to two weeks when a $1000 deposit per person is due. Add $125 to the deposit for an additional night in Athens. Within 90 days of departure, payment in full is due. Travel insurance should be purchased within 14 days of your first payment.

NOTE: All tour participants must be fully vaccinated (the final dose must be at least 14 days before their travel date) against COVID-19 with an FDA-authorized vaccine. Proof of vaccination is required.   The CDC recommends postponing international travel until fully vaccinated.

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NOTE: This is an active vacation involving walking and climbing stairs and thus requires a certain degree of physical fitness. This tour is NOT suitable for those with limited mobility.  All group activities are NON-SMOKING.

Transportation on the island of Santorini
Hiking the rim of the caldera in Santorini Greece
Enjoy the view from our hotel on the island of Mykonos, Greece
Visit Knossos archaeological site on Crete

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