Style : Group tour
The Greek Islands tour

The Greek Islands

Travel Style: Array Mixed
Physical Level: All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
11 days
From: $ 2,254 $ 205 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Hike to the top of Athens’ ancient and famous Acropolis
  • Cruise the azure seas of the Aegean
  • Catch some rays at world-famous island beaches
  • Enjoy epic, world-class nightlife in Santorini and Mykonos
  • Snap a photo of the whitewashed buildings of the Cycladic Islands
  • Flood your Instagram with unreal vistas and Santorini sunsets 

Short Description

Pack the sunscreen; the islands of Mykonos, Santorini and Paros average 300 days of pure sunshine each year. We’ll do the planning; you can enjoy a world of sandy beaches, blue skies, buzzing nightlife and the birthplace of civilization as we know it.

Style Group tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport
Start City Athens
End City Athens

Destinations

Greece

Attractions & Cities Visited

Acropolis Athens Mykonos Santorini

Activities & Interests

Culture Historic sightseeing History Nature

Age Requirement

18-28

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Itinerary

Day 1: Overnight Flight to Athens

Meals: Dinner

Board your overnight flight to Athens, the cradle of Western Civilization and home to some of the greatest monuments of the ancient world. Your ultimate adventure is about to begin...

Day 2: Arrival in Athens

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Welcome to Athens! 2,500 years ago, it was one of the most important cities in the world; its art, politics, architecture, and literature have reverberated down through the ages. Today, Athens is a vibrant metropolis, and a perfect jumping-off point for your journey through the Greek Islands.

Today's Highlights:

Meet an EF representative at the airport

Transfer to your accommodation and check in

Receive the latest schedule from your Tour Director

Meet the other travelers as they arrive

Get acquainted with Athens on a brief city walk

Welcome Mixer

At the Welcome Mixer, you’ll meet your new friends over drinks and light appetizers. Afterwards, you’re free to take the party elsewhere!

Day 3: Explore Athens

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

An expert guide will take you up the Acropolis and to many of Athens’ top sites on this memorable walking tour.

Today's Highlights:

Feel the glory of ancient Athens on a guided tour of the Acropolis, including the Parthenon

Enjoy stunning views of Athens from the top of the Acropolis

See the famed Kore statues in the Acropolis museum

The rest of the day is yours to explore! Your Tour Director will have suggestions, but here are some College Break favorites:

Fill Up: Sample ouzo, the local aperitif, at an authentic Greek taverna.

Get Your History Fix: The National Archaeological Museum is revered for its extensive collection of classical antiquities.

Day 4: Travel To Santorini

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Escape the hustle and bustle of Athens and immerse in island life, Mediterranean style. After a short, 30-minute flight to Santorini, you’ll enjoy endless sunshine, whitewashed buildings and volcanic beaches.

Today's Highlights:

Board your 30-minute flight to Santorini

Arrive and check in to your accommodation

Join your Tour Director for a group activity or explore the island on your own

Free Time Suggestions

Fira Way: Check out the cliffside bars, which overlook the Caldera and are a great vantage point for sunset.

Beach Time: Visit one of Santorini’s top beaches for an evening swim—there are dozens to choose from.

Day 5: Explore Santorini

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Continue to explore Santorini’s volcanic landscape. You have one more day in this island paradise; head out for an optional wine tasting at sunset, or do your own thing.

Today's Highlights:

Join your Tour Director for a hand-picked a group activity or plot your own adventure; you’re free to customize your day however you’d like!

Excursion:

Cliffside Wine Tasting & Village Tour (extra cost)

Leave mid-afternoon for Profitis Elias, the highest point of Santorini, for views of the beautiful beachscape and caldera. Then, go off the beaten path and explore the small, winding streets and terraces of traditional Greek villages before a wine tasting at Santorini’s vineyard—the rich soil makes the island a great place to grow wine. Finally, head to Oia, one of the best places to take in the sunset.

Free Time Suggestions

The Found City of Atlantis: The Akrotiri Ruins are a Minoan Bronze Age settlement buried in volcanic dust, this site predates Pompeii and is considered by many to be the famed lost city of Atlantis.

The Thira of Everything: This Greek and Roman archaeological site is perched high atop the cliffs on the southeast part of the island.

Museum On: The Archaeological Museum of Thera and the Museum of Prehistoric Thera are great options.

Day 6: Set Sail For Paros

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Set sail for Paros in the heart of the Cyclades Islands. With over 75 miles of golden sand beaches, Paros is one of the true delights of the Greek Islands. This is where locals go to vacation.

Today's Highlights:

Depart Santorini in the morning

Arrive in Paros and check in to your accommodation

Join your Tour Director for a hand-picked a group activity, or plot your own adventure; you’re free to customize your day any way you’d like!

Free Time Suggestions

Sunset: Enjoy a legendary Paros sunset anywhere on the western coast of the island.

Naoussa Nightlife: When the sun sets, everyone on the island heads from the beaches to the bars; Naoussa is where it begins and ends.

Day 7: Explore Paros

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Keep exploring the best of Paros. Recharge, relax and spend the days under the blue skies on one of the island’s best beaches. Bring a bottle of wine, a book and your personal playlist—you’re in a beach paradise.

Today's Highlights:

Free day! Your Tour Director may coordinate a group activity, but you’re welcome to experience Paros as you’d like.

Free Time Suggestions

Chill Out: Try a quiet meal or drink inland at the village of Lefkes, a serene and rustic village in the hills above the beaches.

Go Back in Time: Stroll Parikia’s narrow, pebble-lined streets and the Frankish Castle built from the masonry originally used on an ancient temple.

Day 8: Travel To Mykonos

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Head out from Paros to Mykonos on an inter-Aegean ferry. Mykonos has a reputation for dazzling seascapes, sandy beaches and the best nightlife in the Mediterranean. Get ready—you’ve got two big nights here.

Today's Highlights:

Board your ferry to Mykonos

Arrive and check in to your accommodation

Acquaint yourself with the area with a brief walk with your Tour Director

Join your Tour Director for a group activity or plan an adventure of your own

Free Time Suggestions

Sun of a Beach: The late afternoon is a great time to beach it—a little breeze kicks up and the temperature dips just enough to make it feel great.

Go to Church: Mykonos’ most famous church, the rock-like Panagia Paraportiani, is usually locked, but the fabulously photogenic whitewashed exterior is a spiritual experience in itself.

Turn Up: The nightlife options are endless.

Day 9: Cruise Mykonos

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

The coasts of Mykonos are a top attraction, where you can rent a beach chair and buy drinks from nearby tavernas. Enjoy this last day of Mykonos’ glitz and glamour.

Today's Highlights:

Take the morning to rest and recover as you please

Board your (included) afternoon cruise around the island

Relax on isolated beaches, swim in the crystal clear water, take in the beautiful ocean and harbor views and enjoy a traditional BBQ Greek lunch

Free Time Suggestions

Party in Paradise: During the day, Paradise beach is a beautiful, activity-focused hotspot. At night, the whole area becomes one big party.

Super Paradise: Considered one of Greece’s most beautiful beaches, it’s also a party beach like it’s neighbor, Paradise.

Day 10: Return to Athens

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

It’s back on to the azure waters of the Aegean, this time returning to Athens via ferry. You’ve got one last chance to bask in the city that gave us democracy, epic poetry, tragedy, history writing, philosophy and much more.

Today's Highlights:

Board your ferry to Athens

Join your Tour Director for a group activity or plan an adventure of your own

Return the streets of Athens to explore the city one more time

Enjoy a farewell dinner with your group

Free Time Suggestions

Dig It: The National Archaeology Museum is considered one of the greatest museums in the world.

Follow the Light: Flood-lit like a beacon towering over the city, Mount Lycabettus offers a spectacular view of the city.

Farewell Dinner

Share some last laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) at an included farewell dinner with the group.

Day 11: Fly Home

Meals: Breakfast

It's time to say your goodbyes. Head to the airport for your flight back home. 

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Price Per Day: $ 205 per day
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  • Deposit Price: $ 150

76 EF College Break (EF Ultimate Break) Travel Reviews & Ratings

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3.1 out of 5 (100+ reviews)
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The Greek Islands

DO NOT BOOK WITH THIS COMPANY

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They canceled both of my trips from 2020 and now the one I rescheduled with their voucher for 2021 due to the pandemic which is fine. What is not fine is that they refuse to give full refunds back. The crazy part is that I even purchased travel protection and they could truly care less. THIS COMPANY DOES NOT CARE ABOUT YOU, THEY ARE MONEY HUNGRY AND YOU WOULD BE SAFER PLANNING A NICE TRIP ON YOUR OWN. I trusted them to plan my first vacation out of the country, do not make the same mistake I did.
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DO NOT TRAVEL WITH EF ULTIMATE BREAK

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DO NOT TRAVEL WITH EF ULTIMATE BREAK. They do not value returning customers, they will not help you if your trip goes awry. I am really disappointed in this agency and how they handled my request for a partial refund for my trip due to things I missed because of their negligence. I just went on the Greek island getaway tour with them and spent $3000 to not get to visit the Parthenon and the acropolis when that was one of the most important things I was looking forward to. I tried to plan it on my own around the itinerary but was reassured we would visit it and we didn’t. Their customer service is awful and they don’t care whether you’ve been a customer for years. The whole trip was a disaster and they do not show any empathy for you. If you want to visit Greece you are better off planning it yourself. Don’t book with them.
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Best trip of my life!

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11 days of pure bliss. Hands down the best trip of my life. Went with friends from college but left with 40 new friends and one incredible Greek tour director. Best bang for your buck out there. All accommodations and travel included in the price. Highly recommend for 20 and 30 year olds if you like the beach, boats, and drinking!
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I had a horrendous experience with EF

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I had a horrendous experience with EF, and would discourage anyone from booking a tour with them! I was scheduled to go on an African safari in February 2023. Because I am a US citizen, a Visa is required to go on the tour. When using the link provided by EF to secure my Visa, the website said the application needed completed by December 22, 2022. One step in the application process was to input the address of the first place you would be staying during your trip. This information was not available in my trip portal, and customer service told me this information would not be available until January 16, well after when the application was due. After numerous unanswered emails and multiple lengthy, unhelpful calls, EF told me if I couldn't get the Visa it would be my own problem and they wouldn't give me my money back, even though they refused to give me the information I needed to get said Visa. The final resolution was my canceling my trip and losing half of my money along with the trip insurance. This was frustrating, heartbreaking, and overall a terrible experience!
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DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY!!

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The only positive thing about this entire trip was our tour guide who was knowledgeable and kind despite all the horrible things that happened during the trip.

To start, EF puts you on the worst flights imaginable. My first flight (out of 3) was cancelled the night before I was supposed to leave and EF refused to help me. I spent 8 hours on hold with the airline to get booked on another flight. I made it to my second flight and was denied boarding for no reason (at the fault of the airline). I called the 24/7 EF emergency line and they said they could only help me during business hours from Mon - Fri between 8am - 5pm ET. I later learned they helped someone else on my trip over the weekend, which was outside their "business hours." The emergency line is useless and the people who answer the phone are incompetent. I was stranded in another country for 24 hours with no assistance from EF and still had not made it to my destination. They refused to help me with the airlines, booking a hotel for the night or meals. When I finally made it to my destination, I had missed 2 days of the trip.

The hotels on the trip are the worst I've stayed at in my entire life. They are dirty and in extremely inconvenient locations. The restaurants we were taken to were not great - I could have found better on my own and you're stuck in a bus with 40 other people for the majority of the trip. We spent more time on a bus than actually touring the cities.

On my trip home, I barely made my connecting flight and was lucky because I would've been stranded AGAIN in a foreign country. Others on my trip dealt with lost luggage, more cancelled flights, being stranded or left on their own to figure it out. I understand a lot of these issues were airline related, but it's also because EF puts you on the cheapest possible flights, which means you get the worst service and no one cares about you. It's truly remarkable how little EF cares about their trip attendees.

Once I arrived home, I called EF to talk about my experience and to discuss reimbursement for the two days I missed. I also purchased the travel insurance. I was told to file a claim and that "they rarely decline claims." The girl I spoke with said she'd talk to her supervisor and get back to me. I followed up three times and haven't heard from her in 5 months. She completely ghosted me. I filed a claim and followed up with them multiple times as well and just today, again 5 months later, received an email saying my claim was denied.

This company has the WORST customer service I've ever experienced and they DO NOT care about you or your safety during their trips. They want your money and that is all. I spent an additional $1,000 on a hotel and food while I was stranded because the city I was in was completely sold out on hotel rooms - money I will never see again in addition to what I spent on the trip itself. Even if you are a poor college student, you deserve a way better experience than this company provides.

DO NOT USE THEM!!
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DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY!!

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Guide5.0
Activities2.0
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Transportation1.0
Meals1.0
The only positive thing about this entire trip was our tour guide who was knowledgeable and kind despite all the horrible things that happened during the trip.

To start, EF puts you on the worst flights imaginable. My first flight (out of 3) was cancelled the night before I was supposed to leave and EF refused to help me. I spent 8 hours on hold with the airline to get booked on another flight. I made it to my second flight and was denied boarding for no reason (at the fault of the airline). I called the 24/7 EF emergency line and they said they could only help me during business hours from Mon - Fri between 8am - 5pm ET. I later learned they helped someone else on my trip over the weekend, which was outside their "business hours." The emergency line is useless and the people who answer the phone are incompetent. I was stranded in another country for 24 hours with no assistance from EF and still had not made it to my destination. They refused to help me with the airlines, booking a hotel for the night or meals. When I finally made it to my destination, I had missed 2 days of the trip.

The hotels on the trip are the worst I've stayed at in my entire life. They are dirty and in extremely inconvenient locations. The restaurants we were taken to were not great - I could have found better on my own and you're stuck in a bus with 40 other people for the majority of the trip. We spent more time on a bus than actually touring the cities.

On my trip home, I barely made my connecting flight and was lucky because I would've been stranded AGAIN in a foreign country. Others on my trip dealt with lost luggage, more cancelled flights, being stranded or left on their own to figure it out. I understand a lot of these issues were airline related, but it's also because EF puts you on the cheapest possible flights, which means you get the worst service and no one cares about you. It's truly remarkable how little EF cares about their trip attendees.

Once I arrived home, I called EF to talk about my experience and to discuss reimbursement for the two days I missed. I had also purchased the travel insurance. I was told to file a claim and that "they rarely decline claims." The girl I spoke with said she'd talk to her supervisor and get back to me. I followed up three times and haven't heard from her in 5 months. She completely ghosted me. I filed a claim and followed up with them multiple times as well and just today, again 5 months later, received an email saying my claim was denied.

This company has the WORST customer service I've ever experienced and they DO NOT care about you or your safety during their trips. They want your money and that is all. I spent an additional $1,000 on a hotel and food while I was stranded because the city I was in was completely sold out on hotel rooms - money I will never see again in addition to what I spent on the trip itself. Even if you are a poor college student, you deserve a way better experience than this company provides.

DO NOT USE THEM!!
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Optional Activities

Extend Your Trip 2 Ways

Add on another trip

A lot of our trips line up back to back! Give us a call and we can help you add on another trip.

Stay ahead or stay behind

Extending your trip for a few extra days before or after tour is really easy. You can add anywhere between one and 90 days. It's simple to do, and all of your choices and prices are readily visible during the checkout process. We'll book your flights per your specifications; you'll handle the hotels, local activities and ground transportation during the extra portion of your stay.

Flight & Transport Inclusions

Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport

Group Size

Standard Group - 25 + people

Cancellation policy

You have 48 hours to cancel and receive a full refund. You can also switch trips up to 99 days before you leave.

The full amount paid upon enrollment is refundable if you cancel in writing within 48 hours of booking the tour. After 48 hours, the deposit is non-refundable and the following standard cancellation fees apply.

If you are booking 30 days or less prior to the scheduled departure date for your trip, you are required to pay in full at the time of booking and standard cancellation fees then apply; you are not eligible for the 48 hour risk-free period.

Based on the date EF receives written notification of your cancellation, you will be refunded for monies paid minus the cancellation fee and any non-refundable fees. (See refund and non-refundable Fee description above for more details.) In addition to notifying us of your cancellation in writing, we also recommend you call so that we can best review your options.

Days Prior to Departure and Cancellation Fee

30 days or less is all monies paid

30-60 days will be $2000

61-99 will be $1000

100-364 days is  $450

365+ days will be $150

Age Notes :

Min. Age: 18

Max Age: 28

Additional Information

  • Stress Free Travel
  • Full-time Tour Director
  • Round-trip flights
  • Handpicked Lodging
  • Guided Sightseeing
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Transportation Between Cities

Trip ID#:

TheGreEfc

What's excluded

  • Rooming upgrades
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Protection
  • Beverages, lunch, and dinner (except where specified in the itinerary)
  • Transportation to free-time activities
  • Customary gratuities (for your Tour Director, bus drivers and local guides)
  • Porterage
  • Any applicable baggage-handling fees imposed by the airlines
  • Expenses caused by airline rescheduling, cancellations or delays caused by the airlines, bad weather or events beyond EF’s control (see Flight Information section for details)
  • Passport, visa and reciprocity fees
  • Fees associated with Special Travel Arrangements (See Special Travel Arrangements section)

Meals Included

9 Breakfasts and 9 Dinners

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