Greek Island Explorer July 11-20, 2023
$200 Deposit/Person to Book -- $2925/person + airfare + travel insurance
$200 Deposit to Book
Final Payment May 7, 2023
Easily split into $150 monthly payments if deposit is paid in October 2021 with a final payment of $25.
$2925 price based on double occupancy.
$200 deposit is non-refundable
DAY 1: 11 July 2023
Arrive Athens (2 Nights)
Let it sink in - the fact that you're standing in what was once the centre of the western world, where the likes of Socrates, Aristotle, and Plato offered their wisdom and insights which have stood the test of time. Your launch pad to a Greek island adventure begins in the capital, where you'll be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. There's plenty of time to relax on the islands, so lace up your walking shoes and discover the city your way. Later, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a glimpse into what lies ahead.
DAY 2: 12 July 2023
Athens Sightseeing and Free Time
The Acropolis looms large over Athens and today you'll get up close and personal with this ancient citadel. Your Local Specialist reveals its extraordinary history that spans thousands of years as you view the archaeological remains of temples, theatres and the mighty Parthenon, considered the most important building to survive from Classical Greece. You'll view the Panathinaiko Olympic Stadium, the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Arch, stopping in Syntagma Square to admire the curiously clad Evzone guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The rest of the day is yours to explore Athens on your terms, but with ancient history on your mind you may wish to embark on an Optional Experience to see the 5th-century BC Temple of Poseidon at Sounion. This evening, if the sizzle of street food hasn't already captured your attention, you may wish to join your fellow travellers for an optional traditional dinner at a favourite city taverna.
DAY 3: 13 July 2023
Athens – Santorini (3 Nights)
Don't resist the urge to slow it all down as you leave the busy cityscape behind and catch a high-speed ferry to Santorini. The spectacular volcanic eruption in 1646 BC had quite the magic touch on its dramatic landscape. After checking in and an orientation tour, you'll have some time on your own, followed by dinner at your hotel.
Hotel(s): Kamari Beach
DAY 4: 14 July 2023
Santorini Free Time
Don't waste a second of your time lazing on the sun-soaked beaches of Santorini when you can ascend to its highest point for stunning views instead. This Optional Experience will reveal the iconic landscapes of the Cyclades you've only seen in photographs - the gleaming white-washed buildings, cerulean blue domes and tumbling cerise bougainvillea. An alternative Optional Experience could see you board a caïque fishing boat to the volcano instead, soaking in its warm thermal waters and healing mud against the backdrop of Santorini's enchanting cliff-top villages. This evening, there's no better place to bid farewell to another beautiful island day than in Oia.
After an optional afternoon wine tasting paired with local meze, you'll stroll through its marble streets to our favourite sunset spot to capture the Instagram shot of the trip.
DAY 5: 15 July 2023
Santorini Free Time
Indulge in another full day to explore Santorini your way. You could choose one of several Optional Experiences to fill the day or stroll through Fira's narrow streets shopping for last-minute souvenirs, clothing and jewellery. Incredible views of the Caldera are never far as you explore the island's ancient paths, villages and beaches on your own. Why not make the most of your final evening in Santorini, sampling the local culinary delights with uninterrupted views of the Aegean Sea? There's always time for one last ouzo.
DAY 6: 16 July 2023
Santorini – Mykonos (3 Nights)
Bound for the island playground of Mykonos. All that stands between you and the sunkissed shores of the Cyclades is a short highspeed ferry ride. After transferring to your hotel and a short orientation tour, Mykonos is yours for the taking so don't hold back and seek out your favourite island spots for the rest of your stay. White-washed houses line the narrow streets and life is rather idyllic behind the colourful wooden shutters that shield the locals from the warm Mediterranean sun. Dinner tonight is included and you'll need no excuse to stay out late, indulging in the island's renowned nightlife.
DAY 7: 17 July 2023
Mykonos Free Time
Snap your fingers and you'll be on the other side of the island. Well, almost. You could choose to spend your day exploring tiny Mykonos your way or join your fellow travellers for an optional Island Tour driving through arid landscapes to some of its most celebrated beaches. Before you dip your toes into the water, you'll visit Ano Mera village whose 16th-century monastery is dedicated to the protectress of Mykonos. Then continue to the beautiful Blue Flag beach of Kalafatis to enjoy a cruise on a traditional caïque fishing boat, where the cocktails are cold, and the party never ends.
DAY 8: 18 July 2023
Mykonos Free Time
Grab your front-row seat to the goings-on in Mykonos's old port as you sit perched on one of the brightly painted wooden balconies characteristic of Little Venice. There's time today to wander through the shopping streets of Chora village and see the 16th century windmills of Kato Mili that look out over the bay. For history lovers, there's no better way to spend your day than joining an optional visit to nearby Delos, the legendary birthplace of Apollo and his twin sister Artemis. On this captivating exploration of what was once the most important site in ancient Greece, you'll see many artefacts that have been collected in the ruins of this sacred site. After a day of sightseeing, you'll want to make the most of your final evening in this island playground. Seek out a taverna with beautiful views of the sunset and toast to another day in paradise with new friends.
DAY 9: 19 July 2023
Mykonos – Athens (1 Night)
Leaving island life behind, it's time to return to Athens for a final exhilarating encounter with the vibrant Greek capital. Transfer to your Athens hotel, then spend the evening in the narrow lanes of Plaka following your nose past its 19th-century façades to find the best souvlaki in town. A lively evening lies ahead if you've yet to have your fill of good times with good friends. Keep your toes tapping to the street music that fills the air and find a taverna with your name on it.
DAY 10: 20 July 2023
Your journey through Athens and the Greek islands reveals why ancient Greece was the chosen land for gods and goddesses, philosophers, poets and famous personalities. As you prepare for your return journey and long after you return home, you'll remember the generous spirit, postcard-perfect scenery and legacy of the ancients that are among the many gifts that Greece has given you. Say farewell to your new friends at the end of your holiday and take your transfer to the airport for your return flight home. Conditions apply.
- Athens Sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes a visit to the magnificent Acropolis and the Temple of Zeus. View the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Arch
- Mykonos Orientation of the port and Mykonos town includes a walk along the narrow cobbled streets. Your Travel Director will provide information on beaches and sightseeing opportunities
- Santorini Orientation of the town of Fira with a walk to enjoy the views over the caldera. Your Travel Director will provide information on beaches and sightseeing opportunities
- 9 Breakfasts
- 2 Three-course dinners
First class travel Highlights
- Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
- Luxury air-conditioned coach
- High-speed ferries from Piraeus to Santorini, Santorini to Mykonos and Mykonos to Piraeus, subject to availability and weather conditions
- Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
- Variety of Optional Experiences (at additional cost)
- City orientation tours
- An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
- All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
- Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply.
What's Not Included
No early check in/late checkout included.
International, domestic and internal airfares.
Travel insurance, visas and items of a personal nature.
Gratuities to Travel Director, Coach Drivers and local Experts.
visit – In-depth sightseeing with a Local Specialist or your Travel Director, includes fast track entry (where applicable).
view – A brief stop to take in the sight and capture photos.
see – See the sight while driving by on the coach.
Terms and Conditions
A valid Passport that expires more than 6 months after returning to the US is required.
What's Not Included On The Trip
- Excess baggage
- Lunches and meals other than specified
- Expenses of personal nature and incidentals at the hotels
- Transportation, sightseeing and admissions other than specified
- Tips and gratuities ($5, or Euro equivalent, per person per day, suggested for Travel Director, $3 for the Coach Driver and $2 for Local Experts)
- This list is illustrative and not a complete list of every item not included.
- Costsaver's Travel Protection Plan is not included and can be purchased for an additional charge, please inquire for details
Final Payment – Required 60 days prior to the group's departure date. Final payment due dates are based on trip type or region. See contract or brochure for details.
Payment – Costsaver accepts payments made in the form of checks, money orders, American Express, MasterCard, Visa or Discover Card. Your payment is not deemed made until Costsaver receives it.
Airport Transfers – If air is booked with Costsaver, for groups of 13 or more, one group transfer will be provided as long as the group arrives and departs on the start and end dates of the tour on the same flight. If air is booked with Costsaver, but group has less than 13, guests can take the complimentary transfers as long as they meet the scheduled arrival and departure times. If requested, additional airport transfers (group or private) can be provided at a supplementary cost.
Costsaver is not responsible for the cost of any other travel arrangement not purchased directly from us affected due to the cancellation or rescheduling of any vacation departure. For any included or purchased transfers with Costsaver, flight information is required and must be provided by final payment. If this information is not received, your documents will not include the necessary vouchers.
Travel documents - will be sent to you approximately 35 days prior to tour start date (providing full payment has been received). If your group is leaving earlier, please ask your Groups Specialist to request your travel documents in good time. If travel documents are required the next day or earlier than 35 days prior to departure an additional fee based on the actual shipping cost will apply. If documents need to be sent to an international address, an additional fee based on the actual shipping cost will apply.
Costsaver must receive all cancellations and revisions in writing.
Individual cancellations:– Over 60 days prior to departure will forfeit per person deposit. See brochure for details– 60– 1 day(s) prior to departure cancellation penalties will mirror the penalties listed in the Costsaver brochures and sometimes vary based on destination and itinerary.– If additional services have been added to the booking (i.e. extra hotel nights, meals, group transfers, sightseeing additions) additional penalties may apply.
Pre- and post-trip accommodations cancelled between 14 days and the day of departure may incur penalties up to 100% of the accommodations cost.
Group packages that include airline tickets are subject to penalties in accordance with the airline's own terms and conditions applicable to the airfare.
These penalties are in addition to any land penalties incurred.
Individual purchase of Travel Protection Plan is non-refundable and may affect the amount and type of penalty and/or refund if individual cancels within penalty period.
Every endeavor is made to ensure all services are included as per your quote request, however it is your responsibility to check all inclusions in the attached itinerary as any items not specified will incur supplemental charges.
Trip Prices – Prices are per person in US Dollars.
Single and Triple Room Request – Costsaver reserves the right to limit the number of single and triple (if available) rooms per group.
Hotel Accommodations – All accommodations are subject to availability and subject to change
Travel insurance - Travel insurance must be purchased within 14 days of deposit for full coverage and can only be purchased up until final payment. Cancellations for all non-covered reasons will be compensated in the form of a Costsaver travel voucher for use on a future vacation, less the cost of insurance. Cancellations for all covered reasons will receive a cash refund which is paid by the insurance company. Detailed Insurance coverage & policy can be found at www.costsavertour.com/en-us/know-beforeyou-go or contact Aon Affinity at 866.580.4869.
Please read your insurance policy carefully.
Change Fee – Upon confirmation of arrangements, any voluntary change in any component of the itinerary may result in a $50 per person fee (airline penalties and fees, if applicable, will be additional).
Additional terms and conditions per Costsaver's standard booking conditions may apply—refer toappropriate brochure.