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How to get the most out of 10 days in the Greek Islands

Published May 18th, 2017

Experience the famous Greek Islands parties, while you spend your day touring across Athens, Mykonos, Paros and Santorini.

Take the stress out of hopping around with a pre-planned tour. Two of the biggest bonuses here (besides the discount) is that you get a local tour leader and all of your island ferry and hotel transfers on the trip are sorted for you. Too easy! Check out our latest tour deals here or talk to a consultant who can find the best trip for you on 131 669.

Here’s how you will fit in three islands and the heart of ancient Greece into 10 jam-packed days…

Days 1-2 Athens

Welcome to Athens, one of the most ancient cities in the world. The tour hotel is located nice and close to all the sights of Athens so in the evening you get to meet up with your fellow passengers and trip leader before a big day tomorrow.

But first, there’s a trip briefing and it’s time to get a taste of the Athens nightlife. After breakfast, it’s time to hit the pavement for a walking tour. You’ll get to see all the major sites including the vibrant Plaka area and its markets, the world famous Acropolis, Parthenon and Syntagma Square. Then there’s the changing of the guards too. Free time in the afternoon allows you to wander around before joining the locals for traditional Greek dancing and local cuisine.


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Days 3-4 Mykonos

Day 3 is an early start as you take a private transfer to the port of Piraeus to catch the ferry to Mykonos. Upon arriving at Mykonos, the most cosmopolitan of the Greek Cycladic Islands you’ll have the afternoon to explore. There is plenty to do from shopping to eating or just sitting back and relaxing. In the evening you’ll watch the famous sunset over the windmills in the area known as 'Little Venice' before getting stuck into the famous nightlife.

The next day is yours to enjoy at your own pace so why not kick back and relax on one of the many superb beaches or check out the complex of churches known as Kastro. There is an optional half day excursion to the nearby island of Delos, the traditional birthplace of the sun god Apollo.


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Days 5-6 Paros

The next ferry ride sees you hoping over to Paros where the hotel is just a short walk from the beach. A walking tour around the harbour and through the narrow streets of the town gets you orientated before you’re free to explore the island on our own in the afternoon.

One of the lesser known islands of the Cyclades, Paros exudes a laid-back charm that is hard to beat. Relax on the beach and top up the tan, visit the church of Ekatontapiliani, or visit Naoussa, Kolimbithres and the important sights on the island. Or perhaps take a short bus ride to the pretty village of Lefkes to enjoy the magnificent views.


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Days 7-9 Santorini

Arguably saving the best for last, you’ll catch the ferry past a bunch of little islands before arriving at Santorini, with its incredible volcanic caldera. The hotel has amazing views over the plain to the sea. In the afternoon there’s a tour visiting some of the interesting sights of the island, finishing with a sunset at Oia. With the sun reflecting off the white houses it’ll surely be one of your most memorable Insty moments.

The next day is a free day on the island. You can discover the capital Thira, Kamenes, Ancient Thira, or take a boat trip to the volcanic crater and swim in the warm sea. Alternatively, relax by the pool and await the next sunset when you end the last day of the island hop with dinner overlooking the caldera. The final day on the island is again free for you to explore before departing in the afternoon for Athens, arriving late evening, and transfer to the hotel in downtown Athens.


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Day 10 Time to say goodbye

The Greek odyssey ends here after breakfast as you bid farewell to new found friends.