WANDERWOMAN® ISLAND HOPPING IN GREECE!
Simply Island Hopping in Greece
Since 1998…Celebrating 25 Years!
SOLO TRAVELERS– Opt to share a room and pay NO Single Supplement!
Athens Santorini Mykonos Crete Delos
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 Greek Islands Travel for Women
ATHENS: 2 nights
Athens is the cultural center of Greece. We’ll be staying at a beautiful 5* boutique hotel in the heart of the PLAKA, the old city, beneath the Acropolis and walking distance to restaurants and shops. Enjoy the roof-top pool with magnificent view of the Acropolis! On our first evening we will have a welcome reception with an opportunity for everyone to get acquainted and to sample some traditional Greek “mezedes,” before heading out for a special welcome dinner. On the next day explore the “must see” sights of Athens on privately guided walking tour including the ACROPOLIS, ACROPOLIS MUSEUM , Ancient Agora, the Plaka, and the Metro with its treasures. Flight to Chania, Crete.
CHANIA (Hania, Xania): 3 nights
Chania is a picturesque old Venetian port city. We’ll be staying in the old port in a small historic pension-style hotel on a pedestrian street. After checking in, enjoy a walking tour of town and discover why Chania is considered to be 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 to hike in the SAMARIA GORGE, “the eighth wonder of Europe” or explore Chania’s charms and beaches. Optional activities that can be arranged locally include a cooking class and boat excursions. Minibus transfer to Heraklion.
ARCHANES (Herakleion, Iraklion, Iraklio): 2 nights
We will stay in a village a short distance for Heraklion, the modern day capital city of Crete. We will tour fantastic KNOSSOS, a palace complex associated with the legendary King Minos, built by Europe’s first civilization, a goddess worshipping culture. Enjoy a privately guided tour of the archaeological site and the beautifully displayed artifacts of the HERAKLION MUSEUM, which re-opened in May 2014. Our accommodations are at a traditional styled inn in the village of Archanes. Ferry to Santorini.
SANTORINI (Thera, Fira, Thira): 3 nights
This is perhaps the most beautiful island in all of Greece. Stay in a luxury hotel perched on the edge of a volcanic cliff of the CALDERA. Your breakfast will be served on your private balcony overlooking the sea. Enjoy a privately guided minibus tour of the island, including the PREHISTORIC MUSEUM, AKROTIRI ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE, the medieval village of Pyrgos and a wine tasting at one of the islands finest small winery. On our second day, hike along the caldera (optional) to the quaint village of Oia at island’s the northern tip. There will be time to explore the island’s black sand beaches or take an optional boat excursion. Ferry to Mykonos.
MYKONOS (Myconos): 3 nights
This charming island attracts visitors from all over the world. There will be plenty of time to meander through Mykonos’ maze-like streets, to visit its world famous BEACHES, or relax by the hotel pool. Travel by ferry to the ancient sacred island of DELOS, birthplace of Artemis and Apollo, today an open air museum. We will be staying at an upscale Myconian-style property with beautiful views of the harbor town of Mykonos within walking distance to restaurants, shops, museums, and with easy access to beaches. On our last evening we’ll gather for a farewell dinner at one of Mykonos’ premier restaurants. Our tour concludes with a morning flight to Athens Airport.
NEW- Island Hopping Extension Option: Travel by ferry to the neighboring island of Tinos for 3 nights. This quant island offers small villages perched on hillsides, beaches, hikes, delicious cuisine, and the main town as a charming old quarter. We will tour the island by minibus with our local guide, have a wine tasting, and an optional hike. Our traditional hotel has a pool and spa, and is within walking distance to town and a beach. Extension Includes ferry from Mykonos, transfer to and from our hotel, three nights accommodation, guided Island tour, wine tasting, one dinner, breakfast daily, return ferry to Athens.
GETTING TO GREECE
The group will meet at the Athens airport in Greece at 12 noon for transfer to our hotel in Athens. Although airfare is NOT included we will gladly help with making 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 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 Ancient Agora, the Plaka area, a walking tour of Chania, Knossos archaeological site, the Heraklion Museum, Akrotiri Archaeological site and Santorini Island tour. We will join a larger group for a guided tour of the Island of Delos. Also your tour leader will lead a hike along the caldera on Santorini and an orientation walk in Mykonos. Other tours are optional and can be prearranged for you by the tour director. Optional activities include Greek cooking class (€135), scuba diving, boat excursions, etc. For the optional Samaria Gorge hike we have reserved an amazing local naturalist to join us (€115-145). This itinerary offers flexibility so that you can choose activities to fill everyday or you can just relax and enjoy the beaches and the local atmosphere. Even if you choose 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 assure you a hassle-free vacation. Erja has traveled to Greece numerous times over the past 36 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 days that are “at leisure,” 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 about Erja.
Wherever possible, Erja has selected smaller quaint hotels and inns with local ambiance, rather than typical “package tour ” hotels. Each hotel is within walking distance to restaurants, shops, and points of interest – givng you freedom to explore right out the door! Our hotel in Santorini is located on the caldera a short distance from town and has complimentary shuttle service into town. The accommodations range for 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, direct dial telephones, and TVs. Some of the hotels do not have elevators (but have 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 (2.75 hours) will be traveled by ferry. In Athens and Heraklion the group will stay at larger hotels that have been chosen for their locations and amenities (roof-top pools, etc).
EARLY BOOKING PRICE: $TBA
Single supplement: $TBA(Solo travelers–Opt to have a roommate and save single supplement)
We may be able to arrange for a triple room if three are traveling together.
Additional nights in Athens: can be arranged
We have a limited number of upgrade rooms with Acropolis views for at supplemental cost.
Upgrades and suites where available: price upon request.
Price includes: 13 days / 12 nights accommodations; domestic transportation in Greece including flights from Athens to Chania and from Mykonos to Athens, ferry from Crete to Santorini and from Santorini to Mykonos, minibus transfers, and taxis; locally guided private sightseeing tours and entrance fees as per the itinerary; and services of tour director for duration of trip. Also included are 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches including a wine tasting, 3 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 at which time a $900 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 sight-seeing 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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