May 9-15, 2023
Athens, Santorini, and Mykonis
Greece is located in south-eastern Europe, on the southern end of the Balkan Peninsula. It lies at the meeting point of three continents – Europe, Asia and Africa. Greece is bordered by Bulgaria and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Albania to the northwest, and Turkeyto the northeast.
The country consists of three main geographic regions. These are the peninsular mainland, the largest area, the Peloponnese peninsula that is separated from the mainland by the canal of the Corinth Isthmus and thirdly, the more than 2000 islands scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Seas of which approximately 170 are inhabited; some of the better-known islands on a Greece vacation are Crete, Rhodes, Mykonos and Corfu.
-Half Day Athens City Tour
-Visit Panathenaic Stadium
-Visit House of Parliament
-Sunset Catamaran Cruise
-JEK Staff Onsite
The itinerary is tentative and subject to change.
May 9 DEPART USA
Leave United States for Greece
May 10 ARRIVE ATHENS
On arrival at Athens airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Accommodation: Athens Marriott Hotel, superior room – 2 nights
Athens, the enchanting capital of Greece, has always been a birthplace for civilization. It is the city where democracy was born and which was once the centre of the ancient World. Today, on a Greece vacation, it is the political, social, cultural, financial and commercial centre of Greece.
The sun shines in Athens all year round and it has one of the best climates in Europe with mild winters and hot summers. Athens and the surrounding area have some of the most important archaeological monuments in the country on Greek vacations. Who hasn’t heard of the Acropolis, the most important site in the city and one of the most recognizable monuments in the world.
On top of the Acropolis is the Parthenon, the most important and characteristic monument of the ancient Greek civilization which still remains its international symbol. It was dedicated to Athena Parthenos (the Virgin), the patron goddess of Athens and was built between 447 and 438 B.C. The Parthenon is a Doric temple and a true symbol of ancient Greek culture. Syntagma is the square in front of the Parliament, formerly the King's Palace, and is considered the main square of Athens. The square is a central point to access all the major attractions of Athens, particularly 'Museum Mile' along Vassilissis Sophias Avenue Here most of Athens’ museums are located including the Benaki Museum, Museum of Cycladic Art and the Byzantine Museum. At the bottom part of Syntagma Square is Ermou Street, the main shopping district of Athens.
The Plaka is a self-contained area. It is the old historical neighbourhood of Athens, clustered around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis and incorporates a labyrinth of streets and neoclassical architecture. It is known as the "Neighbourhood of the Gods" due to its proximity to the Acropolis and its many archaeological sites. It is also the site of many open air restaurants. Monastiraki, literally meaning little monastery, is a flea market neighbourhood in the old town and is one of the principal shopping districts of Athens. The area is home to clothing boutiques, souvenir shops, and speciality stores, and is a major tourist attraction on trips to Greece for bargain shopping.
May 11 ATHENS CITY TOUR (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will have a half day Athens city tour.
Private sightseeing tour with a local guide including a visit to the Acropolis archaeological site, and Lycabettus Hill to view Athens. This tour gives you the opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Your expert guide will take you to see the center of the city, the Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament, the Monument of the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University and the National Library. On the way to the Acropolis you will make a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium where the first modern Olympic Games were help in 1896, you will see the temple of Olympian Zeus and the Hadrian’s Arch. At the Acropolis, you will visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erectheion and finally “the harmony between material and sprit”, the monument that “puts order in the mind”, the Parthenon. Free time in afternoon and dinner on their own.
May 12 MYKONOS (B)
After breakfast at the hotel you will be transferred to Athens port for a high speed ferry to Mykonos in economy class. On arrival in Mykonos you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Accommodation: San Marko Hotel, classic room – 1 night
Mykonos belongs to the Cyclades group of islands. Although it has acquired a reputation as a fun place to spend time in, there is much more to Mykonos than its nightlife and excellent beaches on a Greece vacation. The main town of Mykonos, also known as Chora, is very picturesque with its maze of narrow streets and harbour area. The streets are full of shops, boutiques, art galleries, cafes, bars and restaurants. As you stroll through the narrow streets, you will pass by whitewashed houses with colourful doors and window frames, bougainvillea trees in bloom and hidden churches. On the lively waterfront where the ships dock, there are fleets of fishing vessels bobbing up and down.
On trips to Greece, one of the most scenic parts of Mykonos is Alefkantra or “Little Venice”, an 18th Century district, dominated by mansions with colourful balconies and stylish windows. Little Venice is known for its picturesque medieval houses which literally hang over the edge of the sea. The sunset here is renowned and it is a good time to sit and drink your favourite beverage while watching the sun go down. Relax at a waterfront café and admire the view of the quaint windmills standing imposingly on the hillside above, set against a luminous blue backdrop. These windmills are a trademark of Mykonos. They are dotted around the island but most of them can be found around the town. They were originally built by the Venetians in the 16th century to mill flour.
If you are looking for the most lively and active beaches on a Greece vacation, then head to Paradise Beach and Super Paradise Beach where you will find more active lifestyle attractions. If you want to get away from everything, go to Ano Mera, a small typical Greek village in the centre of the island which has a monastery and a few tavernas.
May 13 SANTORINI (B)
After breakfast at the hotel you will be transferred to the Mykonos port for your high speed ferry to Santorini in economy class. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel for overnight 2 nights.
Accommodation: Santorini Palace hotel – 2 nights
Santorini is part of the Cyclades group of islands. It is an island, on a Greece vacation that you might imagine as archetypal Greek Island with its white-washed houses and churches and blue sky. This very beautiful island was formed from a huge volcanic eruption which created a large lagoon in the middle of the island. It is consequently surrounded by steep cliffs on three sides. It still has an active volcano, the only one in the world whose crater is in the sea. The last big eruption occurred 3,600 years ago. Santorini has a reputation as being a romantic island with its crystal-clear waters perched on the rim of a volcano in the middle of the sea - add to this its amazing sunsets.
The capital is Fira, a town of proverbial white-washed houses which lies on top of a series of high cliffs. It is where you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the island and an amazing view of the volcano on trips to Greece. It is in Fira, on travel to Greece, that you can sit at a café, bar or restaurant and enjoy wonderful views of the harbour where the cruise ships call in. The Santorini Archaeological Museum inFira has exhibits from Roman times to the 5th Century AD. For more dramatic views, take the cable from the town to the top of the cliff.
Akrotiri is an ancient city dating back to the Minoan civilization (2700–1420 BC) which was rediscovered only 50 years ago when it was found under the volcanic ash from an earthquake in the 1600’s BC. You can view three-storey buildings that survived plus roads, drainage systems and pottery. Like the Roman ruins of Pompeii, it is remarkably well-preserved. Excavated artifacts are shown in the Museum of Prehistoric Thera in Fira.
Oia is a very pretty village, again situated high on a top of a cliff overlooking the sea, with cave houses and restaurants built into the cliff edge. This is a place for white- washed blue domed churches and charming, traditional Cycladic houses. Impressive houses in the town are "cliff houses" built in the niches carved into the caldera keeping them warm in winter and cool in summer. There are several small art galleries including the Art Gallery Oia. The town also has numerous restored churches. One of the most popular attractions in the town is to watch the sun set. This is a special event every evening as the sunset lights up the houses.
Santorini is also known for its wine production which comes from its many vineyards scattered around the island. The most popular is the sweet and strong Vinsanto, a dessert wine.
May 14 SANTORINI (BD)
Breakfast at the hotel and the day is at leisure. Later you will be transferred for your cruise.
Santorini: Sunset Catamaran with BBQ Dinner Cruise – not private
This afternoon you will be transferred from your hotel in Santorini to Vlihada Marina (in the south of the island) to join the catamaran cruise. The first stop will be at the red beach for swimming, which is arguably one of the most famous and beautiful beaches of Santorini. It is located only some steps away from the ancient site of Akrotiri. The small size of the beach creates a much crowded atmosphere and there are many days where most of the visitors choose not to make it all the way down to the beach and instead admire this unique landscape of red and black volcanic rocks from the headland. Your next stop will be at the white beach for swimming and snorkeling. Snorkeling is ideal for those who would like to explore and get a feel of the underwater world of Santorini. Your evening continues while you sail along Akrotiri and Aspronissi, and reach the hot springs. Here you can swim and enjoy a mud bath. Your cruise this evening includes dinner, which will be served on board. The tour ends at Amoudi Bay, where a mini bus will be waiting to take you back to your hotel. (Approx. 5 hours)
May 15 DEPART (B)
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport for your early flight from Santorini to Athens (included in the cost).
-All transfers and transportation (Any individuals travelling outside the group arrangement must organize own transportation
-2 nights accommodation at Athens Marriott hotel in double superior room on B/B basis
-1 night accommodation at San Marko hotel in Mykonos in double classic room on B/B basis
-2 nights accommodation at Santorini Palace hotel in double room on B/B basis
-Private transfer Athens airport – hotel – day 1
-Half day city tour with private coach, English speaking guide and entrance fee to Acropolis site – day 2
-Private transfer hotel – Athens port – day 3
-Private transfer Mykonos port – hotel – day 3
-Private transfer Hotel – Mykonos port – day 4
-Private transfer Santorini port – hotel – day 4
-Private transfer hotel – Santorini airport – day 6
-Sunset Cruise with BBQ dinner on board / shared – transfers to/from cruise port included
-High speed ferry Athens port – Mykonos / economy class
-High speed ferry Mykonos - Santorini / economy class
-Air ticket Santorini – Athens / economy class – price subject to change
-Meals as per above itinerary
-JEK Staff Onsite
The Athens Marriott hotel is located on the bustling artery of Syngrou Avenue, within walking distance to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre and Athenian Riviera. Designed to perfection, our rooms and suites, are outfitted with contemporary décor and plush bedding, spa inspired bathrooms and modern workspaces.
Indulge in Mediterranean flavors at the Made in Athens restaurant and surround yourself with impeccable views and outstanding design at the e&o Athens rooftop while relaxing with a cocktail
With its classic, timeless value, the cosmopolitan island of Mykonos needs no introduction. A mere picture is enough: the one of waves crashing below the balconies of Little Venice, or of the old windmills which stand proudly on the small hill just outside the town. Within easy reach, the greatest open air museum of Europe and a designated UNESCO World Cultural Heritage monument, ancient Delos integrates with the cultural profile of Mykonos island. All of this is at your doorstep at San Marco Luxury Beach Hotel & Villas in Houlakia Bay.
Santorini Palace is the very first resort in Santorini Island, only a few meters away from the cliff of the Caldera and the panoramic view of the volcano. The hotel offers a combination of beautiful Cycladic architecture, open spaces, resort facilities and proximity to interesting sites.
SINGLE: $2890 per person | DOUBLE: $2328 per person
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WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
Travel Insurance - This is an additional cost and is highly recommended to protect your investment if you need to cancel, need medical coverage.
Gratuities For Driver and Tour Guide
Additional excursions or activities offered by tour guide
Meals except where notedBeverage during meals
Gratuities for Tour Guide (suggested $5-$15 per day)
Gratuities for Driver (suggested $5-10 per day)
Gratuities for Waiters/Waitress (suggested $2 per person)
Changes in government / local taxes
Early check-in & late check out of rooms (standard check-in time is 3pm and check out at 10am)
Visa / Passport handling fees
All Covid19 tests and its related expenses
Missing a vacation is bad enough… losing the money you paid for your vacation is even worse. Travel insurance is therefore highly recommended.
Flight itinerary - TBA
Flight schedule is subjected to change
A valid U.S. passport is required to travel abroad and must be valid 6 months beyond travel dates. For this tour, your passport should not expire before Nov 15, 2023.
All prices are based on the exchange rate in effect at the time of price quotation. In the event the US dollar devalues, JEK Travels LLC reserves the right to increase prices accordingly. Your final invoice will reflect increases resulting from currency devaluation.
When making your reservations, you can choose to pay in full or make monthly payments.
If you choose monthly payments, you will receive monthly invoices when your payment is due.
Full travel documents will be be sent via emailed 45 days in advance.
The group flight will leave US on May 9, 2023 and arrive in Athens on May 10, 2023. Check-in into the hotel is May 10.. If you are purchasing your own flight make note of these dates and plan your flight and airport transfers accordingly.
Full travel documents will be be sent via emailed 45 days in advance.
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Your initial deposit is due at the time of booking, and your future payments will be charged according to the schedule you see on your invoice. Automatic billing is available at no charge, you will need to select the box for automatic billing.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING COVID-19 AND IMPACT ON TRAVEL
Please be advised that you are considering, or intending to proceed with, international travel at a time when COVID-19 is a known global risk. Any person choosing to proceed with travel with that in mind, does assume and accept responsibility accordingly for the risks, potential loss and limitations that may apply.
JEK Travels LLC, advises that COVID-19, and the health and security measures around COVID may impact parts of your trip and may affect the operation of some travel services. Any country you travelling to, from or via, and the airline(s) you are travelling on, may all have strict requirements to limit the spread of COVID-19.
These requirements may include, but are not limited to:
-Wearing of masks at airports, while on an aircraft, and when out in public.
-Compulsory requirements to have adequate health & travel insurance coverage.
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-Changing restrictions on sightseeing, due to closures or other public health concerns.
-Limitation/restrictions on travel to your destination by your country of residence/citizenship.
-Possible compulsory quarantine on return to your country of residence/citizenship.
NOTE! For ALL TRAVELERS flying to (including returning to) the USA - Effective Dec 2021, until further notice
All passengers over 2 years must present a negative COVID-19 viral test result, or proof of recovery from COVID in the past 90 days, to the airline prior to boarding USA bound flights, or boarding will be denied. This is regardless of vaccination status. Currently, the test must be taken no more than 1 day before the flight to the USA. These requirements may change at any time. Passengers may still have to complete any mandated quarantine requirements, if applicable. Locating and accessing COVID testing sites in destination, and paying the costs for COVID tests are the full responsibility of the traveler. These costs can be up to $300, as a guideline.
COVID-19 is causing constant & ongoing changes in the application of the above types of measures. The way a country, government, airline or airport chooses to deal with the threat of COVID is constantly changing.
It is your responsibility to keep yourself and members of your traveling party (travel companions) informed of, and meet, all requirements in relation to your trip and any COVID based restrictions, and we suggest these are constantly monitored until your trip is complete, as they can change at any time even while travelling overseas.
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JEK Travels LLC, is not liable for any loss due to failure to read and understand this information, as the considerations included in this document may be critical to your upcoming trip. JEK Travels LLC, regular booking conditions and policies also apply.
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Payments made to JEK Travels are non refundable.This is because JEK Travels has contractual agreements with hotels, airlines and other vendors that will not allow us to obtain any refunds. This way we can keep our package prices low and allow you to make monthly payments on your vacation.
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Missing a vacation is bad enough. Losing the money you paid for your vacation is even worse; therefore, we recommend Travel Insurance that helps provide coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Delay, Loss of Baggage, Medical Care, plus more. We have travel insurance vendors that we work. View the insurance vendors here .
Seat assignments are at the discretion of the airline. Seats for this group trip are located in economy class section. If you require a certain seat, we recommend booking the land only package
Prices are subject to change without notice. Please make your reservations today at this low price to be get locked in
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