Ultimate Grecian Getaway

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Travel Style: Array Relaxed
Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
14 days
From: $ 3,240 $ 231 / day
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  • Athens Sightseeing Tour (with Acropolis)

Short Description

Your vacation in Greece will begin with two nights in Athens, where you’ll enjoy ideally located accommodations in the heart of the city. Your included sightseeing tour will take you to famous sites such as the Acropolis and its new museum, the site of the first modern Olympic Games, the Parthenon and much more!

From there you’ll travel via ferry to Mykonos, the beloved island paradise known for its picturesque sandy beaches, bright blue skies, whitewashed Cycladic architecture and exciting nightlife!

And after 3 nights on the beloved island of the international “Jet-Setters,” you’ll once again be transported via high-speed ferry to the island of Naxos - the biggest and greenest island in Cyclades, with impressively high mountains, fertile valleys, lush green gorges, stunning seascapes and traditional villages perched high on mountain tops, where the inhabitants still wear their traditional dress and live off the fruits of the land!

Naxos is also an island of beautiful old churches, monasteries and Venetian castles coexisting harmoniously with the familiar Cycladic cubic houses. From Naxos, you’ll once again be transported via high-speed ferry to Paros. Located at the heart of the Cyclades, Paros is known for its unrivaled natural beauty, beaches of crystal clear waters, unique Byzantine footpaths connecting traditional villages and breathtaking landscapes.

Your final island destination will be Crete - the largest island in Greece, where visitors can explore glorious beaches, impressive mountainscapes, and vast valleys with olive groves and vineyards, while admiring the remnants of brilliant civilizations. Not sure which island getaway to choose? Check out our guide to the Greek islands!

Style Self-guided 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 Greece

Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to Athens!

Upon arrival at Athens International Airport, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure; explore Plaka, the oldest district of Athens, located under the Acropolis, and the only district where visitors may see the Greek capital as it was 100 years ago. Or, enjoy shopping on the renowned Ermou, Kolonaki, and Voukourestiou streets.

Day 2 Athens

After breakfast, depart for your Athens sightseeing tour! You'll end your tour at the ancient Acropolis, where you can explore the remnants of the civilization of Ancient Greece.

Spend the rest of your day at leisure; consider heading back to Syntagma Square in the evening for a bite of traditional Greek food, the square comes alive with lights and energy come nightfall.

Day 3 Athens - Mykonos

After an early morning breakfast you’ll be transferred to the port of Athens for the ferry to Mykonos. Upon arrival, you'll be transferred to your hotel. Unwind at your accommodation then head out to town to discover this cosmopolitan island!

Celebrate your first night in Mykonos by heading to "Little Venice" for a drink or two while enjoying spectacular sunset views.

Day 4 Mykonos

The entire day is yours to spend as you wish! Unwind at one of Mykonos' breathtaking beaches, then do some sightseeing and visit the postcard-worthy Paraportiani church.

In the evening, consider going to Manto Mavrogeneous square in the main town, here you'll find a bustling nightlife and streets lined with taverns. 

Day 5 Mykonos

Spend another day enjoying the splendors of the island. Stroll through the streets while surrounded by beautiful whitewashed houses, take a photo of the iconic windmills, and enjoy the leisurely pace of life on this popular Greek island.

Day 6 Mykonos - Naxos

After breakfast, enjoy a transfer to the Mykonos Port for your next ferry ride to the cozy island of Naxos. Spend the day soaking in the Mediterranean sun and enjoying the splendors of the island.

For dinner, indulge in some locally-produced cheeses; don't leave the island without trying the famous potatoes, known for their smooth consistency and tinge of sweetness!

Day 7 Naxos

Today you have a full free day to enjoy Naxos. Head to the beautiful village of Chora, also the island's capital. Walk through the streets lined with Cycladic architecture, relax on one of the picturesque beaches, or visit the Archaeological Museum of Naxos!

As the evening beckons, take a walk through the Old Town as the bars and restaurants put on their charming evening attire. Or, you can enjoy a relaxing stroll near the old port, and indulge in a freshly-caught meal. 

Day 8 Naxos - Paros

After breakfast, you'll be transferred to the Naxos port, for another high-speed ferry ride over to Paros. Unwind at your hotel, then begin exploring this picturesque island.

Day 9 Paros

Spend the entire day enjoying the splendors of the island. Take a dip into the crystal clear waters of Paros' beaches, or head to the island's capital village of Parikiá, where you'll find whitewashed houses, remnants of the Byzantine past, and even a 13th-century Venetian castle!

Day 10 Paros - Crete

After breakfast, enjoy another transfer to the port. It's time for your ferry to Crete, Greece's largest island!

In Crete you'll find a wide variety of terrains waiting to be explored, from the picturesque white mountain ranges to the breathtaking fine-sand beaches.

Day 11 Crete

Today you have a full free day to enjoy Crete. Explore the renowned archaeological site of Knossos, one of the most important and best known palaces of Minoan civilization. Explorers beware: its history is connected with the myth of the Labyrinth and imprisoned Minotaur!

You can also discover the secrets of Ancient Greece at the Archaeological Museum or explore remnants of its Byzantine and Venetian past - from Turkish bathhouses to Renaissance mansions! 

Day 12 Crete

Enjoy another day at leisure in Crete. Why not spend the day at the island's famous pink beach? Or perhaps make a visit to the island of Spinalonga, as it is the most popular archaeological site in Crete after Knossos.

Don't forget to take advantage of Crete's famous culinary culture - almost every village has their own specialty cheese!

Day 13 Crete - Athens

Enjoy your breakfast, then be transferred to Heraklion Airport for your flight to Athens. Upon arrival in Athens, make your way to your airport hotel, for your last night in Greece.

Tonight, indulge in a meal sampling all of the flavors of the country! Snack on cheese from feta to manouri, devour gyros, taste locally-pressed olive oil, and of course, wash it all down with a shot of Greece's famous ouzo. 

Day 14 Depart Greece

In accordance with your departure flight, make your way from your airport hotel to the airport.

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Honestly this is one of the first times I ever buy a package deal like this one and I was very impressed with how professional and well timed everything was. They had all of our paperwork and tickets ready, I can’t even think of one time where anything went wrong or was wrong, very nice people I will definitely buy another trip soon!
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I love discounted and the reservation was quickly.

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Too many flight changes, so that was a nightmire. Lost luggage, wrong seats. Couldn't upgrade hotels.
So was adequate, but took away from the enjoyment
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We had an amazing time in Iceland. The excursions with our package were very good. We had one small issue and customer service worked it out. Very happy
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This company seems like the right choice based on price. BEWARE! DO NOT USE! They are not helpful prior to trip. They mislead you when you speak with customer service. We took a trip to Ireland and were told by customer service that the hotel was in Sligo and Cork after asking prior to our trip. When we arrived, the hotels were both over one hour out in very small towns. This is one hour to the city we were told we were going to by customer service and one hour back.

The rental car we got prior to trip with our package, we paid to upgrade to a larger car. Then we paid extra to have an automatic car. When we arrived, we were told that we could have paid much less by just doing it onsite at Dublin airport. The car rental was in shock for how much Great Value charged us for the car rental.

You can save a lot of money if you book this Ireland trip on your own. And save many headaches. The kicker to all of this is when I got home and tried to speak with customer service. The lady told me she could not do anything to help me. I must instead email a supervisor. I did have email communication with GVV and they were quite snappy and rude. They refused to help me in any way. I asked them to change their wording so that the next customer would not be misled like we were. I would NEVER recommend nor use this company. There are too many reputable tour groups out there.

Please don't waste your money on a company that does not care about you.

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In response to the reply that GVV gave to my negative review.

It is pleasing to see how quickly you can reply to a negative review. If only you were so quick to respond to my queries prior to my trip.

To begin, my review is public. However, it is NOT OK to include my name when replying to a review when the name was not included by me in my review of you.

Next, when responding to my review you must be truthful. For you to say: "We are not surprised to receive this review as we did not agree to your request for a cash refund in exchange for you not posting a negative review." is false. In my initial phone call to customer service I was told to tell you what I wanted. Since you never asked, in my email communication toy I stated "I will be happy to complete your survey with my negative concerns and complete multiple reviews on your company if you choose to not correct this grand misleading mistake. I do not want to receive a discount for a future trip. I believe some money back to me is fair due to the amount of gas money and time I lost for travel due to the poor locations of the hotels."

I did not say I was disappointed with the hotels in Cork and Sligo. I said I was angered that I was misled by customer service prior to my trip when they did not inform me the distance to the cities on the tour. I asked if they were centrally located and was told that they were. Again, when I arrived, I discovered that they were over two hours round trip, without traffic. My initial communication to you was to inform that this was misleading. Your company seemed to be defensive of my comments from the start.

I called customer service before the trip because you switched my hotel in Dublin. My original hotel was one 45 minutes away from the city. You switched me to a hotel that was in Dublin after finding the original hotel was unable to host us. The new hotel in the city was centrally located. Great news. But the closest parking garage was 3/4 mile away. Perhaps you could suggest a hotel in the future that has closer parking so that when your flight is at 7am one does not need to walk the streets of Dublin at 5am.

My complaint to you is the absolute disdain and lack of concern that you have for customers after the trip. Even after my trip was booked I was unsuccessful at receiving any positive support.

I do not want this communication to continue. You are trying to prove your point as I am mine. But keep in mind, you should not use the name of the consumer if they did not disclose first themselves. Please check
in house legal for affirmation. Also, please be accurate and truthful when disclosing your side.

Just as you had to get the last word to our email thread by sarcastically stating "dully noted".

Your lack of professionalism speaks volumes. Perhaps this is why you get so many complaints and low stars on your reviews.
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