Greek Islands, Cyclades Tour, 14 days
During this tour of the Greek islands you will meet the capital Athens and five very different islands: Syros, Mykonos, Naxos, Santorini and Crete. All these islands have their own atmosphere. You stay in small family hotels within walking distance of the village squares where Greek life takes place and you can enjoy eating delicious Greek cuisine.
Join our international groups with active travelers, of all ages. Most will come from Holland and Belgium, but you will find they have an excellent command of English. Your tour leader addresses the group in Dutch and English. Our skilled land crew have worked with Djoser for many years and make sure things run smoothly.
There is ample time for group exploration. Count on lots of walking. But sometimes, it is great to be able to break off and explore on your own. Your guide can make some great suggestions.
Join us for unforgettable cultural, nature and local experiences!
- Athene - Syros
- Syros - Mykonos
- Mykonos - Naxos
- Naxos - Santorini
- Santorini - Crete
Day by day
Djoser trips do not have rigid daily schedules. The travel days are set and the tour leader will have a suggested plan daily. You are welcome to join the group or explore on your own. The tour leader can make suggestions for you.
Day 1 Athens
Day 2 Athens
Athens is the largest city in Greece and with over 3 million inhabitants one of the largest in Europe. Almost 40% of Greeks live here. The city is rich in history.
Our hotel in Athens is located in the center, within walking distance of most sights. The modern center of Athens is formed by Syntagma Square and Omonia Square, which are connected by busy shopping streets.
Not far from the Omonia Greece is the Archaeological Museum.Here you will find one of the most famous collections of Greek art, from the very old Greece to the Hellenistic era. You walk from the hotel in fifteen minutes to the district of Plaka, which originated in Turkish times. Unlike modern Athens, the buildings here are still quite traditional. The walls are covered with hibiscus and bougainvillea. In many open spaces you can still find remnants of temples and market squares of Athens from antiquity. The classic highlight is of course the ascent of the Acropolis. It is a nice walk on the Pnyx, a hill covered with green pine trees.
You can also visit the National Museum with its famous sculptures.
Day 3 Athens - port of Pireus - Syros
Day 4 Syros
We board for our first crossing. Syros is 16 km. long and close to the mainland. The lively capital Ermoupolis was in the 19th century the most important port of Greece. Beautiful restored patrician houses stand on marble paved streets. From the 20th century, Pireus took over that role, but Ermoupolis still plays an important role, it is now the administrative capital of the Cyclades. On the large Miaouliplein, where the beautiful town hall is located, you will find many cozy terraces. The medieval Ano Syros grew up against Ermoupolis with its narrow streets; it is a lovely place to walk, and offers a beautiful view of the neighboring islands. The beautiful beaches are easy to reach by public transport.
Day 5 Syros- Mykonos
Day 6 Mykonos
Mykonos is 15 km. long. Apart from a lively nightlife you will find houses with brightly colored balconies, bright pink burgundy fruit and of course the traditional windmills. In Mykonos town you can wander through the luxury shopping streets or visit a museum. There is Lena's House, a 19th century middle class house with authentic furnishings. And an archaeological museum with pottery from Delos. The island of Delos is located just off the coast of Mykonos, and has a beautiful archaeological site.
Day 7 Mykonos - Naxos
Day 8 Naxos
Naxos is 32 km. long and the largest and highest island of the Cyclades. Although mountainous, it is particularly fertile and in possession of a colorful vegetation. Across the island are citrus and olive groves and a part of the island has a rocky coast with deserted bays. We spend the night at Naxos town, also called Chora. Naxos Town is a picturesque city with a castle from the Venetian period on top of the hill.
You can entertain yourself for hours here in the winding staircase streets. Near the harbor is a beautiful remnant of a Greek temple of Apollon, which has never been completed, and which is very photogenic especially at sunset. You can also visit the villages that are situated between orange and olive groves with a small motorbike or car. Or you take a look at an ouzo distillery.
You hardly encounter foreigners and you can for example spend an afternoon on the village square while enjoying a glass of wine with the local residents. You can also honor the wine Dionysos by tasting wine in a vineyard for a small fee, where local delicacies are served.
Day 9 Naxos - Santorini
Day 10 Santorini
From the green Naxos we sail in about 3 hours by ferry to the 18 km. long volcanic island of Santorini. Ships enter the flooded crater on their way to the port of Skala Thiras. The island is formed from the remains of a volcano, which had an enormous eruption in ancient times. High above the harbor on the semi-circular crater rim lies the city of Thira. From the harbor to the city it is a steep climb along a winding path. You can now up a cable car, but you can also rent a donkey to get up! From our hotel you walk in half an hour to the center or the mountains.
It is possible to take a boat trip to the island of Nea Kameni, the remnant of the imploded volcano, which is now slowly emerging again. Careful not to burn your feet to the hot black lava.
You can also visit the excavations of the old harbor town of Akrotiri , which was built during the volcanic eruption of 1500 BC. under the pumice is buried. Akrotiri was part of the cultural and trade network of the Minoan civilization.
The island also has several villages with narrow streets, traditional houses and chapels. At the end of the afternoon you sit down in a taverna and enjoy the beautiful sunset with a glass of Ouzo or Retsina.
Day 11 Santorini - Crete
Day 12 Crete
Day 13 Crete
Day 14 Crete
We continue our journey to the most versatile and southernmost Greek island, Crete, which is 260 km long. The ferry to Heraklion takes two hours. Then we drive to Chania, which lies to the west of Heraklion. Chania is a lively city with a beautiful old center and a Venetian harbor. You can walk around, shop (as the Greeks like to do in the area) or visit one of the local museums.
Crete is known for its lively beach resorts and the many authentic villages that you discover when you rent a car and drive into the interior for a day. You can also visit Heraklion which houses the second most important national archaeological museum of Greece. There is also a nice challenge for hiking enthusiasts. In suitable weather conditions you can take the 16 kilometer walk through the Samaria gorge or take a shorter walk through the Imbros gorge. Of course you can also relax on the beach.
Dates and prices
Conditions "Guaranteed leave"
Tour Guide (Speaks Dutch and English)
Transport by bus with air conditioning
Overnight stays in family hotels with breakfast
Ferries by ferry Piraeus - Syros, Syros- Mykonos, Mykonos- Naxos, Naxos - Santorini and Santorini - Crete
Exploratory city walk in Athens by the tour guide
Meals other than breakfasts
LAND FROM $2225
Accommodations & Meals
The character of the hotels differs per place, the bathroom is generally simple. In Athens we stay in a modern hotel within walking distance of the center. On the islands we usually stay in a family hotel within a short or short drive from the harbor. Breakfast is included in the fare. The Greeks use a continental breakfast, usually consisting of baguette, butter, jam, ham and cheese, and coffee or tea.
Athens Golden City Hotel
Crete Hotel Irene
Single rooms are not available on this trip. Single travelers will be matched with a traveler of the same sex. If we cannot match you, there will be no additional charge for the single accommodation.
Hotel Extension Nights
If you wish to add on a night at the beginning or end of your trip, please let us know on your booking form, or prior to booking. You will find room costs in the cost summary (Dates & Prices page).
In the fare breakfast is included, so you can pick a restaurant for lunch and for evening meals. The Greeks serve a simple breakfast, usually consisting of bread, butter, jam, ham and cheese. In addition, tea or coffee are served at breakfast.
Greece is justly famous for its extremely varied cuisine. Besides roasted meats and stews with meat and vegetables (such as mousaka) there is a huge choice of fish caught in Greek waters. Greece is famous for its fine wines and ouzo, the aniseed-flavored aperitif.
Flights & Transportation
We provide the land program only. You will meet other participants who will be arriving from Amsterdam.
** Please schedule your flights to arrive at the same time or prior to the participants arriving from Europe (their schedule below).
ARRIVAL: ATHENS -- 8:35 PM with Transavia
(You can check into the hotel earlier that day)
DEPARTURE: CRETE - 9:45 PM
(There are two airports in Crete. Please check with us before booking your flight out to confirm which airport will be closest to our hotel)
On this trip we travel from Athens to the port of Pireus and on the islands from the port to the hotels (if not within walking distance) with a transfer bus. Between the islands we use ferries, the way to travel from island to island in Greece. You can enjoy sun and sea on almost all ferries. The crossings last approximately between 1½ and 5 hours.
In Greece, the euro is the currency.
ATMS: widely available.
We recommend that you keep € 250, in cash on you.
Credit cards: are accepted in many places.
As a guideline for costs not included in the fare, such as meals, entrance fees, optional excursions and personal expenses budget a minimum of $250 per person per week Prices in major cities are comparable with home. In smaller towns, costs are slightly lower.
The entrance fees to museums and major attractions are between € 5, - and € 15, -. With an international student or a senior citizens' card the entry fee is often free or reduced. It is customary to tip for services rendered. For the group's convenience a tip jar is established at the beginning of the trip, from which the (joint) tips are paid out to drivers, guides, hotel staff, etc.
At the beginning of the trip the tour leader will organize a tip pot from which drivers, hotel staff and others are tipped. The tour leader will disperse these tips along the way. This does not include a tip for your tour leader.
Tipping your tour leader is appreciated and the amount up to you.
Out of Pocket Expenses
You will need to budget for expenses such as entry fees, tips, meals that are not mentioned as included, personal expenses. We have provided the estimated amount in a costs summary (See Dates & Prices page)
Driver's license if you plan to rent a scooter or a car.
Health Issues & Insurance
There are not vaccinations required for Greece . However, this does not mean that the sanitary conditions are the same as in the United States. Especially in the summer it can be very hot. Be careful what you eat. Stay hydrated. Drinking tap water is not advisable everywhere. But bottled water is readily available for sale.
Djoser travelers are active, enthusiastic travelers of all ages. Join an international group with travelers from the Netherlands, Belgium and North America, who will be the minority group on these trips. Most of our trips range from a minimum of eight participants to a maximum of 20 or 22. You will find couple and singles on our trips. Feel free to call us if you wish to know the demographic make-up of a particular trips (number of singles and age range).
Minimum group size: 10
Maximum group size: 22
What to expect when traveling with an international group - Djoser, Inc. (the United States office) has been a Greece tour operator for over 15 years. Djoser, B.V. (the Netherlands office) has been a Greece tour operator for over 25 years. So together we bring vast experience. Most of our trips are arranged in cooperation with Djoser, B.V. in the Netherlands. Because they cater to the voracious travel appetites of the Dutch, we can offer a vast number of programs around the world with hard-to-find itineraries, with numerous departure dates.
On our Greece group tour, you will travel with an international group, with most participants from Holland and Belgium. The international make-up of our groups is the attraction for many regular Djoser travelers and adds another cultural element to the trip. Typically, there are only one to five North Americans per group. You will find that almost all of your fellow travelers have an excellent command of English and most are very willing to socialize. It’s a great idea to extend an invitation to a few travel mates for coffee or a drink early in the trip. They will appreciate your effort and this is a great way to break the ice. It will be easier for them to test out their English skills in a quiet, one-on-one setting. Group members tend to warm up to one another in a day or two. As with every tour group, compatibility has most to do with individual personalities.
Our groups consist of experienced and hearty travelers. We attract travelers of all ages and we enjoy the mix! You will find our participants welcome opportunities for independent explorations in addition to group activities. No matter their age, Djoser travelers expect, and are up to lots of walking, hiking, biking, or whatever comes our way. The Dutch and Belgian travelers will fly as a group from Amsterdam. You will meet the group and tour leader at the hotel where you will begin the land program with the group.
Tour Leaders & Support Staff
This journey is guided by an experienced Dutch tour guide who speaks Dutch and English. .Our tour guides are responsible for the organizational and technical aspects of the trip. Their extensive travel experience and expertise adds value to the trip. Careful and comprehensive training lays the groundwork for our tour leaders.
On the islands, you will have plenty of time for independent explorations.
Climate & Geography
Greece has a stable Mediterranean climate with a pleasantly warm spring from March to June and hot, dry summers from June to October. In general, it is warmer on the islands than on the mainland.
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