WANDERWOMAN® ISLAND HOPPING IN GREECE!
Celebrating 25 Years of
Simply Island Hopping in Greece!
May 26- June 9, 2024: Email us to reserve your spot
Early Booking Price: $5539.00* 15 days/14 nights
Single Supplement: $899
* based on double occupancy for reservations received by
20 November 2023
Consider our Fall Greek Island Hopping Getaway.
SOLO TRAVELERS– Opt to share a room and pay NO Single Supplement!
Athens Crete Santorini Tinos
Visit the birthplace of goddesses (and gods, too), whitewashed villages hanging on volcanic cliffsides, world-famous beaches, seaside tavernas with views of breathtaking sunsets, and archaeological sites galore!
Small Group (max 12) Greek Islands Travel for Women
ATHENS: 2 nights
Athens is the cultural center of Greece. We’ll stay at a beautiful 5* boutique hotel in the heart of the PLAKA, the old city, beneath the Acropolis and within walking distance to restaurants and shops. Enjoy the rooftop pool with a magnificent view of the Acropolis! On our first evening, we will have a welcome reception with an opportunity for everyone to get acquainted before heading out for a special welcome dinner. The next day, explore the “must-see” sights of Athens on a privately guided walking tour, including the ACROPOLIS, ACROPOLIS MUSEUM, and the Plaka with its numerous monuments. Next day flight to Chania, Crete.
CHANIA (Hania, Xania): 3 nights
Chania is a picturesque old Venetian port city. We’ll stay at a small, historic, pension-style hotel on a pedestrian street in the old port. After checking in, enjoy a walking tour of the town and discover why Chania is considered one of Greece’s most beautiful cities. Enjoy a delicious, healthy, traditional Cretan welcome dinner at a small local restaurant. Learn Greek dancing! You’ll have an opportunity for an optional hike in one of Crete’s GORGES, swim in the Libyan Sea, or explore Chania’s charms. Other optional activities that can be arranged locally include a cooking class and boat excursions. Minibus transfer to Archanes village near Heraklion (2.5 hrs)
ARCHANES (Heraklion, Iraklion, Iraklio): 2 nights
We will stay in a village within a short distance from Heraklion, Crete’s modern-day, bustling capital city. Over the next two days, enjoy private tours with our local Cretan guide. First, we will tour the fantastic KNOSSOS, a palace complex associated with the legendary King Minos, built by Europe’s first civilization, a goddess-worshipping culture. After touring, we’ll have a special dinner at a country house in a nearby village. Next day, we’ll tour the beautifully displayed artifacts of the HERAKLION MUSEUM, which re-opened in May 2014. Our accommodations are traditional-styled for an authentic taste of local culture. Each is a small apartment, some with kitchenettes, facing a central courtyard and within walking distance to tavernas, shops, and points of interest. Next morning, travel by ferry to Santorini (2 hrs).
SANTORINI (Thera, Fira, Thira): 3 nights
This is perhaps the most spectacular of all the islands in Greece. Stay in a luxury, unique hotel perched on the edge of the volcanic cliff of the CALDERA. For a little extra pampering, each traveler will have a private room, and breakfast will be served on your private balcony overlooking the sea. We begin our tour of Santorini by minibus with a private guide, visiting the PREHISTORIC MUSEUM, AKROTIRI ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE, a short walking tour of the medieval village of Pyrgos, and a wine tasting at one of the island’s finest, small wineries. On our second day, hike along the caldera (optional) to the quaint village of Oia at the island’s northern tip, known for its sunsets (no need to stay for sunset since our hotel has spectacular views). On our final full day in Santorini, we will cruise by private catamaran in the caldera for a different perspective of this island, believed by some scholars to be Plato’s lost Atlantis. Following day travel by ferry to Mykonos (2.5 hrs) and then to Tinos (30 min).
TINOS: 4 nights
This quaint island offers small villages perched on hillsides, beaches, hikes, and delicious cuisine, and the main town has a charming old quarter. However, Tinos is still virtually untouched by mass tourism. You’ll see no big cruise ships taxiing in thousands of day trippers and no big bus tour groups queuing to get into sites as on the better-known islands. Yet there are numerous fabulous restaurants, lovely accommodations, beautiful natural scenery, and even some excellent wineries. On our first full day, we start our exploration of the island with a half-day minibus tour with our local guide, visiting villages, learning about local crafts, and sampling Tinian wines and local specialties. Our traditional-style hotel has a pool and spa, is a 20-minute walk from town, and is only 5 minutes from a small beach with restaurants. Although undiscovered by the hordes, Tinos is a short ferry ride from the glamorous island of Mykonos. Thus, an optional excursion to Mykonos or a post-tour extension can be easily arranged. We’ll gather for a farewell dinner at one of Tinos’ fine restaurants on our last evening. Our tour concludes with a morning ferry to Rafina port and a transfer to Athens International Airport in time for evening flights home. Optional nights near the airport or a Mykonos extension can be arranged.
Mykonos 2-night or 3-night Add-on: For those wishing to experience Mykonos, we can arrange a ferry transfer to Mykonos, port pick up to the hotel, 2 or 3 nights accommodations at family-run, Myconian-style hotel with a spa and pool, or at a more basic property, both on the edge of Mykonos town within a few minutes walk to points of interest. Ends with a transfer to the airport and a flight to Athens International Airport in time for early afternoon flights home. Pricing is available upon request.
GETTING TO GREECE
The group will meet at the Athens airport in Greece at noon for a transfer to our hotel in Athens. Although airfare is NOT included, we will happily help with your flight arrangements. Also, we can help you with any pre- or post-tour arrangements in Greece and beyond. If you will be traveling from a long distance away, such as the west coast of the US or Canada, or from Australia or New Zealand, arriving a day or two early is recommended.
The tour price includes private tours by our expert official Greek tourist board guides of the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum, the Plaka area, a walking tour of Chania, Knossos archaeological site, the Heraklion Museum, Akrotiri Archaeological site, Santorini Island tour, and Tinos Island tour. Also, your tour leader will lead a hike along the caldera on Santorini. Other tours are optional and can be prearranged by the tour director. Optional activities include a Greek cooking class (€150), scuba diving, boat excursions, etc. We have reserved an amazing local naturalist for the optional Crete Gorge hike (€215). This itinerary offers flexibility, so you can choose activities to fill every day or relax and enjoy the beaches and the local atmosphere. Even if you decide not to partake in additional tours, your WanderWoman tour director will provide insights into Greek history and culture. Prices for optional activities may vary.
The tour is escorted by Erja Lipponen, founder/owner of Eurynome Journeys, who will attend to details to ensure you have a hassle-free vacation. Erja has traveled to Greece numerous times over the past 38 years, both leading groups and as a solo traveler. 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 all days, a meeting time will be set for those wishing to get together for dinner. Visit our “About Us” page to learn more about our small group tours and Erja.
Erja has selected smaller quaint hotels and inns with local ambiance rather than typical “package tour ” hotels wherever possible. Each hotel is within walking distance of restaurants, shops, and points of interest – allowing you to explore right out the door! Our hotel in Santorini is located on the caldera, a short distance from town, and has a complimentary shuttle service into town. The accommodations range from a 5-star boutique hotel in the heart of the historic center of Athens to a charming pensione-style property in the scenic old port of Chania in Crete. Each room is different, but all the rooms have private baths, and most have direct-dial telephones and TVs. Some hotels do not have elevators (but lots of stairs), so be prepared to carry what you pack. Backpack-style or small-wheeled suitcases are recommended since the segments from Heraklion to Santorini (2.5 hours) and from Santorini to Mykonos (2.5 hours) and to Tinos (1/2 hr) will be traveled by ferry and will will be lugging our luggage on board.
EARLY BOOKING PRICE: $5539 applies to reservations received by 20 Nov 2023
Single supplement: $899 (Solo travelers–Opt to have a roommate and save single supplement)
In Santorini, everyone will have a private room unless wishing to share a king-sized bed at a discount of $400 per person)
Celebrating 25 Years since WanderWoman Tours was founded in 1998!
Returning traveler discount: As a thank you to our loyal travelers who have joined our various WanderWoman® adventures, we are offering a $25 credit per trip taken with WanderWoman® Tours that can be applied toward any 2024 WanderWoman® trip. So, if you have been on six trips, that would be a $150 credit toward another trip.
Travelers new to WanderWoman® Tours can earn a $25 credit on each trip taken in 2023 and 2024 toward travel in 2025.
Additional nights in Athens and Mykonos: Upon request
We have a limited number of upgraded rooms with Acropolis views at a supplemental cost of $175 per night.
Upgrades and suites where available: price upon request.
Price includes 15 days / 14 nights accommodations; domestic transportation in Greece including flights from Athens to Chania, ferry from Crete to Santorini and from Santorini Tinos, minibus transfers, and taxis; locally guided private sightseeing tours and entrance fees as per the itinerary; and services of tour director for the duration of the trip. Also included are 14 breakfasts, 5 lunches including a wine tasting, 5 dinners with local wine, and a welcome reception.
To reserve your space, call 207.236.0110 or email Eurynome Journeys 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. Within 95 days of departure, payment in full is due. NOTE: Our tours tend to fill quickly, so to avoid disappointment, please reserve your space well in advance.
Optional activities such as Greek cooking classes, additional sightseeing tours, hikes, and boat excursions can be arranged for you by the tour director. A list of optional activities will be provided.
We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance. For a free quote from Travel Guard click here. 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. Travelers must provide proof of being fully vaccinated. The CDC recommends postponing International travel until fully vaccinated.
Read about the Wall Frescos of Thera
The discovery of the wall-paintings of Akrotiri , Thera, in the excavations (1967-1974) of Professor Spyridon Marinatos is of outstanding importance for our knowledge of the early Aegean world. It ranks alongside Schliemann’s opening of the Shaft Graves of Mycenae in 1876 and Evan’s uncovering of the Palace of Knossos with its collections of inscribed tablets in 1900.
The THERA FOUNDATION, a non-profit organization that was created in 1969, by Mr. Peter M. Nomikos, maintains an exhibit of these beautiful frescos. The foundation’s purpose is to promote the study of archaeology, geology, art history and other cultural events as they pertain to Greece and Santorini in the context of the Mediterranean. The many of the frescos can now be seen in the Prehistory Museum in Thira town.
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