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Greek Island Wanderer

Greece - Trip code GW Discovery
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Days 14
Deposit From CHF 216
Price from CHF 2161
Flights not included
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Why book this trip?

Our island hopping trip begins in Greece's capital, Athens, before exploring the gleaming waterfront harbours, rocky coves and long sandy beaches of the Cyclades. Visit the islands of Syros, Paros, Santorini and Naxos by ferry.

  • Santorini - Discover its stunning volcanic scenery and whitewashed churches with their iconic blue-domed roofs
  • Syros - Capital of the Cyclades Islands; take coastal walks and sample cuisine in authentic seafront tavernas
  • Paros - Chance to walk along an ancient Byzantine road and go snorkelling from Golden Beach.
  • 2023 - This trip becomes 14 days, ending in Santorini and includes more activities in Naxos
  • Included meals

    Breakfast: 13

  • Trip staff

    Explore Tour Leader

    Driver(s)

  • Transport

    Bus

    Ferry

    Taxi

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    Accommodation

    13 nights comfortable hotel

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    Trip pace:

    Moderate

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    Group Size:

    12 - 18

Itinerary

Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

Day 1 - Join trip in Athens

Arrive in Athens. The city is a heady mix of ancient and modern, having been the capital of Greece for less than 200 years, but with a history dating back over 3,000 years. Located on the Plain of Attica, an area of amazingly varied scenery, from high mountains covered by pine forests to a stunningly beautiful coastline.

For those arriving on time our Leader plans to meet you in the hotel reception at 7.30pm and for those that wish, there is the chance to go out for dinner. Due to a number of flights arriving into Athens later in the evening, our welcome meeting will take place on the morning of day two. There are no other activities planned today, so you are free to arrive in Athens at any time. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you will need to arrive into Athens International Airport (ATH), which is about one hours' drive, depending on traffic.

If your flight arrives earlier in the day, perhaps you might choose to visit one of the cafes in the colourful Psyrri district, which offer traditional Greek cuisine of scrumptious aubergines, tomatoes and cheese washed down with ouzo or raki. There are traditional rustic tavernas in the well-known Plaka area at the foot of the Acropolis.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: None

Day 2 - Walking tour of Athens; chance to visit the Acropolis

After our Leader does an initial welcome meeting, we will head out on a tour of the Greek capital. We use the Athens metro to get to our first destination Syntagma Square, home to the grand Hellenic parliament building since 1934. On the hour, the mesmerising changing of the guard ceremony takes place adjacent to the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

After the hustle and bustle of Syntagma Square, we take a walk through the tranquil National Gardens directly behind the Greek parliament. Covering 16 hectares, the gardens were planted between 1838 and 1840 and offer a respite from the busy streets of the city with tree-lined avenues and over 519 species of plants.

We exit the gardens at Hadrian's Arch and walk to the Plaka district, one of the oldest neighbourhoods of Athens and the markets around Monastirak. The streets are full of atmospheric tavernas with their tables spilling out onto the narrow cobbled streets and small traders selling all kind of specialties. You will notice the contrast between the modern capital - the well-heeled inhabitants of Kolonaki on the one hand and the animated Plaka old quarter on the other. It's a very picturesque area, an ideal spot to break for lunch with a wide choice of eating spots offering traditional Greek fare including Tiropita, Kolokithopita or Spanakopita a delicious spinach and feta filled snack.

In the afternoon, we head for a guided tour of the Acropolis, deservedly one the wonders of the ancient world. Climbing up from Plaka to the Acropolis we pass through the Anafiotika district, where the architecture is more in keeping with Santorini than the Greek capital. We have a guided tour of the site including the Temple of Athena Nike, Pericles and the Parthenon tower and the monument most venerated by the ancient Athenians themselves - the Erechtheion.

Making our way back to our hotel late afternoon, the evening is free to further explore this great city; our tour leader can make recommendations for eating out tonight.

For those wishing to see more of Athens, it is well worth visiting the highly acclaimed Acropolis museum to see the layers of history painstakingly excavated right beneath your feet. It is now possible to see the ruins of the ancient Athenian neighbourhood that stood on this very site millennium ago, following a comprehensive refurbishment of the museum in 2019.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 3 - Ferry to Syros island; afternoon coastal walk

This morning we drive from our hotel to Piraeus harbour where we board the ferry to Syros (which departs at around 7.30am and takes just under four hours). On the ferry we have reserved seating, so we are assured of a seat, but you're also free to take in the fresh airs and views from the deck. We disembark at Ermoupouli Harbour and drive to our hotel in Galissas. Syros is the capital of the Cyclades and covers an area of about 56 square kilometres.

This afternoon we will drive along the coast to Kini where we'll have the opportunity to purchase a picnic lunch or dine in a local tavernas. From here we'll take an easy coastal walk back to Galissas (covers approximately 4.7kms with 100m ascent and 100m descent and taking around two hours). This peaceful walk takes us through typical Mediterranean scenery with cypress and olive groves and great sea views.

If you don't wish to join the walk then this afternoon is free for you to relax on the long beach near our hotel; with shallow waters it's an ideal spot for swimming. Alternatively you can explore the tranquil village of Galissas, which is set around a small harbour in a scenic agricultural area.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 4 - Free day; chance to take a coastal walk and tour of the island

Today is free for you to relax in Galissas or to explore more of the island. This morning you may like to join a coastal walk with our tour Leader. Taking a public bus the short drive to Azolimnos where the walk begins. The walk takes around one and half hours to Vari (covering approximately 4kms). This walk gives you an excellent taste of the island's scenery. Once you arrive in Vari you can enjoy a swim, relax on the beach and have lunch in a nearby tavern before taking the public bus back to Galissas.

This afternoon you may choose to join a bus tour of the island to see more of the fantastic surroundings. The island produces loukoumi, the Greek sweet that is similar to Turkish Delight and you'll have the chance on this excursion to visit a small factory and to purchase this local speciality. As part of our tour we'll take a walk to Ano Syros, which oozes medieval charm. Its long history can be seen its many cultural landmarks including its old castle gates that lead into the old town area. The town is built onto a hill with its tiered white and sand coloured buildings rising up to the Capuchin Church at the very top.

Tonight there is the opportunity to join your Leader for dinner in the islands capital, Ermoupolis.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 5 - Free day on Syros; catch the evening ferry to Paros

There is the opportunity to go on a further coastal walk this morning or to relax in Galissas. You may choose to walk from Posidonia to take in the great views from the lighthouse or to walk from Vari to Khroussa or from Agathopes to Mega Gialos. All are great options that allow you to see more of the islands scenery.

Later this afternoon we drive to Ermoupoli, where you can store your main luggage on the bus. You'll have free time to discover the island's capital and to have dinner before we board the ferry this evening to Paros. There is only one ferry between the islands that departs at around 9pm and the journey is approximately one and half hours, on the shorter ferry crossings there is no reserved seating. On arrival we'll transfer to our hotel in Drios and we'll arrive at our hotel at around midnight.

Paros is one of the most attractive of all the Cycladic Islands. Its capital is Paroikia, on the west coast. Dominating the interior is Mount Profitis Ilias (770 metres) on the slopes of which are the famous marble quarries.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 6 - Chance to walk along the Byzantine road and sample homemade ice cream

Paros was the birthplace of the poet Archilochus, the inventor of Iambic verse. Among the many places of interest are the marble quarries, the picturesque fishing villages and a Venetian fortress. Especially interesting is the church, Ekatontapiliani Church of 100 Doors, about which a legend says that when the 100th door is discovered the Greeks will take back Constantinople (Istanbul).

Today, you may choose to take a walk along one of the well preserved Byzantine roads that cross the island. This is an easy walk that takes around two hours. We'll use the public bus to reach the trailhead at the traditional mountain village of Lefkes. This is a very popular walk and the path is lined with wild herbs such as thyme, sage and oregano, so it's a sweet scented experience too. We'll finish our walk at Prodromos where there will be the chance to stop at a local cafe to enjoy homemade ice cream and baklava. Here in the side streets you'll usually find the locals playing a game chess or backgammon. From here we'll take the bus back to Drios or there may be the opportunity to stop in Piso Livadi for lunch or a further walk along the coast.

Once back in Drios you can relax on the Golden Beach or you may like to join a cooking lesson of traditional Greek cuisine in the Hotel Anezina.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 7 - Free day with the option to go on a caique boat cruise

Today is free to further explore Drios at your own pace. There is the opportunity to explore the islands coast from a different perspective by joining a full day boat trip aboard a traditional Greek caique. During the boat cruise there will be the opportunity to go swimming in the clear blue waters and also to have a barbecue lunch cooked by the crew.

Alternatively, there is the option to discover the marine life of the area with local oceanographers who run diving and snorkelling trips from the Golden Beach. The snorkelling activities are suitable for beginners.

Perhaps you'd prefer to take a local bus to nearby Naoussa or Parikia. Naoussa is a coastal, white village that's buildings practically glimmer in the sunshine. The area is famous for its wine and jam made in the surrounding vineyards which you can try in the village cafes. The Old Port area is the perfect spot to sample the cuisine and a glass of wine in a traditional tavernas by the harbour.

It's in Parikia where you can visit the Church of 100 Doors and other historical places found here including the Byzantine site of Panagia Ekatontapyliani, an old Venetian fortress on the hilltop above the town, an 8th century BC waterfront cemetery and the Paros Archaeological Museum.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 8 - Ferry to Naxos, afternoon orientation tour of the old town.

This morning we drive to Parikia to catch the ferry to the island of Naxos. Our ferry normally departs just after midday, so we'll have a little time to look around Parikia before we board the boat. The ferry crossing takes around one hour and there is no reserved seating on this short journey.

The island of Naxos is the largest and some would argue the most beautiful of the Cyclades. The god Dionysus is believed to have lived on the island and taught the inhabitants to cultivate wine, which still has an excellent reputation today.

At the entrance to the harbour sits the grand Portara stone that has greeted visitors for over 2500 years. The town itself is a mix of whitewashed houses and medieval Venetian mansions, with the fortified 'kastro' or castle occupying a prominent position overlooking the bay. Our luggage will be taken directly to our hotel, meanwhile our tour leader will make recommendations for lunch in town after which we will be shown around the network of alleyways and courtyards, as well as the kastro before returning to our hotel later in the afternoon.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 9 - Naxos. Full day tour of the island including the picturesque villages of Halki and Moni and a gentle walk in the mountains

Today we have a full day trip to explore the islands' interior. Heading inland we leave the beaches of the west coast into the Tragea region, a vast highland valley dotted with olive trees, citrus plantations and dotted with sleepy villages.

We make a number of stops this morning including Bazeos tower, a Venetian monastery built in the 17th century and Halki (also known as Chalkio), which has a number of fine Byzantine era churches. Once the capital of Naxos, Halki has had somewhat of a renaissance with several new tavernas and shops opening to cater for the tourist trade and a delightful town square where we stop for a morning coffee.

Continuing further inland, we reach Moni. Just before the village, there is a sixth century monastery with some excellent frescoes. The village itself outstanding views of the surrounding mountains and a good choice of tavernas, there is an excellent viewpoint at Stavros Keramotis just outside of Moni where it is possible to admire 360 views accross the whole island. Depending on timings, we will break for lunch in Moni or Kinidaros, the starting point for our afternoon walk to Eggares.

After lunch we set off for an easy walk of around two hours and covers approximately seven kilometres. This walk is different to many of the others we have taken whilst in the Cyclades as it takes us inland. Kinidaros is located close to the mountainous centre of the island and is nestled into the rocky hillside that is surrounded by olive, plane and oak tress and the island's marble is quarried nearby. Eggares is a small farming village surrounded by fields and fertile farmland. There a number of pretty churches and also two restored olive presses, and whilst in Eggares you can visit the Olive Press Museum to learn about the process.

For those who prefer not to walk there is the option to travel by bus to Eggares and catch up with the group after their walk. We return to Naxos late afternoon.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 10 - Free day in Naxos with the option to visit Delos and Mykonos by boat

Over the years, Naxos Islands interior is home to fertile and well-watered valleys and there are many places of interest on the island. Besides wine, the island also exports olive oil, corn, fruits of many kinds and marble which is comparable in quality to that of Paros. The town has plenty of character and in the Kastro, just above the town centre, is an area of pretty houses from a bygone era that are Venetian in style and marked with coats of arms.

Today you may like to join a full day boat trip to Delos and Mykonos islands. We depart first to Delos, which takes approximately one and half hours. Delos is an entire island covered with ancient ruins and amongst the highlights are the Temple of Apollo, Terrace of Lions, 3rd century BC theatre, ancient town and Mount Kynthos (113 metres). Following time here to explore we take the boat on to Mykonos (takes around 30 minutes). This island is frequented by the rich and famous. Whilst here you can explore its winding streets with its boutique and exclusive shops and another highlight are of course the windmills, which are one of the most photographed places in the Cyclades. We then return to Naxos by boat (takes around one and a half hours).

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 11 - Ferry to Santorini; opportunity to go wine tasting

This morning we'll transfer the short distance from our hotel to the port and board the ferry to the island of Santorini.

Santorini (or Thira, as the island is also known) is the most southerly of the Cycladic Islands. It's one of the most picturesque areas in the Aegean and the familiar images of whitewashed churches with blue-domed roofs adorn this beautiful landscape. It's also an area of particular interest to those keen on the Lost Atlantis legend. Formerly a huge volcano, its centre disappeared in an enormous explosion in around 1450 BC and this area now forms a lagoon where some believe that the city of Atlantis now resides having been destroyed by the eruption and swept into the waters. Record show that the eruption did overwhelmed the Minoan settlements at Akrotiri as well as those on Crete.

This evening you can choose to join a local wine tasting at the Avanti Estate in Messaria or another winery in the area. The island is best known for its delicious white wines. After the wine tasting you might like to go with your leader to Fira for dinner, before taking a local bus back to our hotel later this evening.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 12 - Santorini Island. Caldera walk to Oia; free afternoon to visit the Museum of Ancient Thira

This morning you have the opportunity to go on a coastal walk from our hotel to Fira and on to Oia. This is a moderate walk takes approximately four hours and covers eight kilometres. The path goes along the lip of a caldera and provides great views along the way out to sea and of the surrounding countryside. Halfway through the walk there's the option to stop at a coffee shop for refreshments. The village of Oia is built along a rocky stretch of coastline and is one of the most photogenic places on Santorini. It has a long seafaring culture and there are two types of houses here - cave houses that are dug into the volcanic rock in the cliff side and the captain houses above ground where the upper class ship owners once lived. Many of the churches here are also dedicated to sailors.

After exploring Oia you can take a local bus back to Fira and then walk the short distance to our hotel (around 20mins). Whilst in Fira this afternoon you may like to visit the Museum of Ancient Thira, which explains the islands ancient heritage, or the Pre-historic Museum of Thera.

From the halfway point of the walk it is possible to take a public bus back to Fira or to Oia to enjoy more free time in either place. Oia has a host of taverns and cafes; it is well worth spending time here after our walk and getting the bus back to hotel later in the day, it's also a great place to witness a magnificent Santorini sunset.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 13 - Santorini Island. Free day with the chance to join a volcano excursion by boat

Today is free for you to enjoy relaxing or exploring the island or you may like to join a cruise to an active volcano. During the boat trip to the volcano, for those who wish, there is the opportunity to take the dramatic path to the peak and to stand in the centre of the Caldera. The climb takes around one hour per way and the ascent is steep in places. There'll also be the chance to enjoy a swim in the sea to warm springs.

The last stop on the cruise is the tiny island of Thirassia. You'll have a couple of hours to relax in the bay here with views of the volcano out to sea. There is time for lunch here or to climb up through the hillside village and walk around the surrounding vineyards.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 14 - Trip ends in Santorini

The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Santorini.

There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Santorini at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you need to depart from Santorini Airport (JTR), which is about fifteen minutes drive, depending on traffic.

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Trip information

Climate and country information

Greece

Climate

Greece has such a vast geographical difference between the mainland and the islands, and travel is possible at all times of year but the climate can vary depending on when you go. During late spring or early autumn, in the months of April-May or September-October, temperatures are warm and pleasant, usually hovering around 25 degrees. Rainfall is low, but can be erratic during these months. Cooler evenings take the heat off the day. If you have booked a walking holiday, wild flowers bloom during the spring, adding colour to the hiking trails. Summers are hot and dry, with plenty of sunshine and little rain. Temperatures can go north of 35 degrees in July and August. On the islands, restaurants and bars may be busy with cruise ship passengers. While this period definitely gives you a ‘summer holiday’ feeling, those wishing to explore Greece’s ancient sites may find the heat challenging. When travelling in winter, from late November to early March, the villages will be very quiet. Temperatures in Athens at this time are around 10-15 degrees, while the nights will be colder. Hotels in northern Greece in particular are well adapted to deal with cold winters, having proper heating and warm fires to retreat to after a day of exploring. This makes it a good destination for travel between November-March.

Time difference to GMT

+2

Plugs

2 Pin Round

Religion

Orthodox

Language

Greek

Budgeting and packing

Optional activities

The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations. Please note: These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.



A selection of optional activities are listed below to help you budget for your trip, please note that some of the walks and boat trips will be weather dependent, trips departing in the early season (in particular in April) are more likely to be effected.

Athens:

On day two you may choose to visit the Acropolis and the entrance fee is €20.00. Combination ticket for the Acropolis and six other historical sites is €30.00. The Acropolis Museum entrance fee €10.00.

Other visits you may choose to make on Day 2:

National Archaeological Museum, entrance €10.00.

Funicular railway to Likavitos €7.00 one way €10.00 return.

Olympic Stadium, entrance €5.00.

Trams and all public transport- 24 hour ticket costs €4.50.

Galissas, Syros:

Tour of the island, €25.00 (minimum of eight passengers). If there are fewer than 8 passengers then a minimum payment of €160.00 needs to be split between those people who wish to participate.

Drios, Paros:

Full day caique boat tour with included barbecue lunch, €65.00 plus an additional €12.00 for the return transfers to and from the hotel. Minimum participation of four passengers is required.

Naxos Town, Naxos:

Akrotiri ancient site, entrance fee €12.00 or €6.00 with photographic ID, if you're over the age of 65.

Full day boat trip to Delos and Mykonos €60.00.

Karterados, Santorini :

Volcano boat trip including stops at the warm springs and Thirassia Island. Price including transfers, dinner and sunset on board), €85.00 plus €5.00 entrance fee to the volcano. This boat trip starts at 2.15pm and returns after sunset.

Alternative a Volcano boat trip that starts at 11am and returns at 6pm (excludes meals and transfers) is €45.00 plus €5.00 entrance fee to the volcano. Food is available to purchase during the boat trip and transfers can be done by public transport (local bus or taxi).

Local buses and taxis are used for the majority of the optional island walks and so you should allow €25.00 to €30.00 for this.

Clothing

July and August are the hottest months though the islands are freshened by cooling sea breezes, and so lightweight cotton clothing is ideal. Earlier or later in the season it's best to be prepared for drops in temperature and the odd shower, so we recommend wearing layers and taking a lightweight raincoat and an umbrella. A warm sweater will also help to fend off the unexpected chilling wind that on occasion races across the open deck of the ferries between the islands.

Women wearing trousers or shorts are not permitted to enter monasteries, so please bring a skirt and ensure your shoulders are covered should you wish to visit any.

Footwear

Lightweight walking boots (especially for volcanoes as flip flops melt) or stout shoes with good ankle support for island walks and sandals or trainers for relaxing.

Luggage

20kg

Luggage: On tour

One main piece of luggage and a day pack. You will have to carry your own luggage on and off ferries. Not many of the hotels used have lifts, and porters are not always available so don't overload yourself.

Equipment

We recommend taking a water bottle, sunhat, sunglasses, torch (in case of emergencies), sun cream and insect repellent with you. You may also find walking poles useful for our included and optional walks, as the terrain can be uneven underfoot. You should also bring swimwear and a towel.

In Greece sink plugs aren't always provided in hotel rooms, so we would suggest bringing your own.

Tipping

Explore leader
Tipping isn't compulsory, and we work hard to ensure that our leaders all receive a fair wage. You may however, want to recognise a leader that has done a great job or really added to your trip by giving them a tip. We're often asked about the recommended amount. It is a tricky one, and down to personal preference, but we would recommend £15 to £20 per person per week as a guideline.

Local crew
Although voluntary, tipping is a recognised part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. Accordingly, you should allow approximately £20 of local currency for tipping.

In order to make things easier for you, the Explore Leader may organise a group's tips kitty and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the trip.

Greece

Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Dinner price
£12.00 - 16.00
Beer price
£3.5
Water price
£0.9
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Euro
Recommended Currency For Exchange
GBP Sterling or US Dollars, cash.
Where To Exchange
We recommend that you change any currency into Euros prior to arrival. Bureau de Change are generally only found in major cities and large airports
ATM Availability
Cash can be drawn from ATMs from all types of cards in most areas in Greece, including the islands.
Credit Card Acceptance
In major restaurants.
Travellers Cheques
Banking hours may make exchanging Travellers Cheques more difficult.
Transport, Accommodation & Meals

Transport Information

Bus, Ferry, Taxi

Essential Information

Government Travel Safety Advice

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK citizens, check the latest Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advice.

Please refer to our COVID-19 entry requirements page for any country-specific conditions of entry. Whilst we strive to update this on a regular basis we recommend you also check the FCDO website for the latest advice on entry requirements in this fast-evolving situation. Information can change at any time.
 

Under 18 immigration guidance

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

Visa and Passport Information

Greece: Visas are not required by UK, Australian, New Zealand, US and Canadian citizens. Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.




If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may be able to apply through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.
 

Booking conditions

Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.
 

Minimum age restrictions

For our group tours, the minimum age is 16. The minimum age on Family trips varies between 7 and 11 - please check the 'Family information' section of the trip page for more information. 


Your safety and enjoyment on tour

We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable holiday, so we ask you to confirm when booking this trip that you are fit and able to fully participate in all elements of the itinerary. If you have any concerns about your fitness or ability to complete any of the activities, please get in touch with our Customer Relations team at cr@explore.co.uk as soon as possible. Our tour leaders are trained and experienced in managing differing abilities within a group, but if they have concerns about a group member’s ability to safely participate in any element of the itinerary or believe someone’s presence could affect the safety or enjoyment of the holiday for others, in accordance with our Booking Conditions our tour leaders have the authority to ask an individual to miss an activity or activities. This decision would never be taken lightly, but on the rare occasions our tour leaders ask someone to sit out part of the tour, refunds will not be offered and individuals may be liable for additional costs incurred. 

Transfers

Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

Booking a land only package with Explore

Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The complimentary transfers will be arranged from the Explore designated airport or train station to your trips joining point, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both.

The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Polar, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  

For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. The cost of many of our Polar Voyages will exceed the capped amount covered by standard insurance premiums and you will be required to pay an additional premium to cover the full value of your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

Flight information

Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


Flight Information

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

  

Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

Ability to swim

An ability to swim is essential for your safe enjoyment of the water based activities on this trip. If you wish to participate in these activities then we insist that you are able to swim.

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Vaccinations

Nothing compulsory but we recommend protection against tetanus and polio. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

Additional Information

Why book this trip

This island hopping trip is ideal for first time visitors to the Cyclades. Travelling by ferry and making use of the local buses is a great way to get around and allows us more flexibility. You have plenty of free time on each of the islands in order to give you the opportunity to do as much or as little as you like and our Explore Leader will happily make recommendations for how best to spend your free time and accompany you on a variety of walks. Walking is a great way to see the changing landscapes and discovering the characterful towns and villages.

Dates, prices and booking

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Sun 23 Apr 2023 - Sat 6 May 2023 Guaranteed departure
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Sun 30 Apr 2023 - Sat 13 May 2023 Guaranteed departure
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Sun 14 May 2023 - Sat 27 May 2023 Guaranteed departure
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Sun 28 May 2023 - Sat 10 Jun 2023 Guaranteed departure
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Sun 11 Jun 2023 - Sat 24 Jun 2023 Guaranteed departure
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Sun 18 Jun 2023 - Sat 1 Jul 2023 Guaranteed departure
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Sun 23 Jul 2023 - Sat 5 Aug 2023 Guaranteed departure
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Sun 3 Sep 2023 - Sat 16 Sep 2023 Guaranteed departure
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Sun 10 Sep 2023 - Sat 23 Sep 2023 Guaranteed departure
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