Athens, the Greek Isles, and Istanbul
Mykonos / Santorini edition
The mystery of Istanbul… the treasures of Athens… the romance of the Greek isles. What’s better than a journey with a cherished companion to one of these prized destination? Why, an interlude that includes all three, of course…
This is a trip tailored to make the most of that special company and unique occasion, be it an anniversary, a honeymoon, or a singular chance to be alone and away. We have selected superior and deluxe hotels notable for their charm, atmosphere, and, of course, fine service. You’ll be free to linger late in bed with breakfast brought to your room, stroll the romantic old Plaka district of Athens or frequent a seaside café in Santorini, entirely at your leisure.
Your schedule is your own, without planned group activities or tours, though you’re free to select these at your whim and fancy, with our assistance. Of course, Travel in Style will see to all the details, from arrival to conveyance to the Isles to settling you into your fine accommodations, leaving you to do nothing but relax and enjoy – in your own style. Add Crete and compare with the 14-day version.
DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN ATHENS – Daily (May – Sep)
Private transfers in Athens, private air-conditioned vehicle, private chauffeur. Our Athens-based personnel meets you at the international airport, assists you with the formalities, and sees you to your charming and comfortable hotel. Check in, relax, then take a stroll through the lively streets. Browse for treasures and curios, savour a coffee or aperitif at a terrace café, or enjoy a fine meal in the old Plaka district.
DAY 2 – ATHENS (BL)
Private Tour – Private Guide – Private Air conditioned Chauffeured Vehicle. Enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors of the Greek capital, including Syntagma Square, and the towering Acropolis. Lunch is included at a local restaurant. Remainder of the day at leisure.
DAY 3 – ATHENS, MYKONOS (B)
Relax, and revisit a favorite café or shop today. Then we’ll call for you and see you to the airport for your flight over the blue Aegean to Mykonos, Isle of Windmills.
DAYS 4 – MYKONOS (B)
You’ll spend days on Mykonos – enough to whet your appetite for your return! Day at leisure.
DAYS 5 – MYKONOS (B)
Whether to stay in your lovely deluxe hotel and enjoy the beach, the service, and the amenities, or to venture out to explore some of the 350 whitewashed churches and chapels, dramatic cliffs, coves, and villages… that is the question! No doubt, you’ll mix a bit of both; and with windmills to photograph and fishermen to watch along the sea, your days will be filled.
DAY 6 – MYKONOS, SANTORINI (B)
Spend another relaxing morning. Reserve some time to stroll the cobbled lanes of Mykonos, to sip an ouzo or retsina at a waterside café, to discover a beach or two, or to pick up a loaf of fresh bread and cheese and olives for a picnic on a hillside as you look out to sailboats at sea. We’ll rendezvous in time to take you to your fast ferry/hydrofoil for Santorini, where you’ll find a room waiting in a four-star beach hotel.
DAY 7 – SANTORINI (B)
Enjoy breakfast at your lovely hotel and linger for as long as you wish. When you venture out, explore the cliff top town of Thira with its winding paths leading from view to spectacular view. Day at leisure.
DAY 8 – SANTORINI (B)
Take a boat across to the dormant volcano, and ascend through a crater-pocked moonscape to the crater. Or savour a soak in hot sulphur springs. Arrange a winery visit, or an outing to Akrotiri, reputedly the site of fabled Atlantis.
DAY 9 – SANTORINI, ISTANBUL (B)
After a leisurely breakfast, we’ll pick you up and escort you to board a flight for Athens, and onward travel to Istanbul. Our personnel will be on hand to greet you upon arrival and see you to your Ottoman mansion-style boutique hotel in the Turkish capital.
DAY 10 – ISTANBUL- Private Tour (BL)
Private air-conditioned vehicle, private chauffeur, private guide: Today we tour the Blue Mosque, Aya Sophia, and Topkapi Palace, with its Ottoman treasures. Lunch is included at a charming local restaurant, in the afternoon we will enjoy a guided walking tour of the Grand Bazaar offers endless bargains in its 5000 stands, kiosks, and shops. Soak up the atmosphere of a traditional coffee house, complete with bubbling water pipes. And if we still have time, take a cruise on the Bosphorus.
Smooth Tricks of a Turkish Ice Cream Parlor. Video by Tom Henry.
DAY 11 – DEPARTURE From Istanbul (B)
Do your last-minute shopping this morning, or just linger deliciously in bed, like Turkish royalty. Then we’ll call for you and see you to the airport to begin your journey home. Bon Voyage! This tour operates daily from Apr through Oct.
Rates are per person in USD $
|Based on 4-star properties such as Stanley in Athens, Pelican in Mykonos, Volcano View in Santorini|
|Double occupancy:||$ 3420|
|Single occupancy:||$ 4616|
|Based on 5-star properties such as: Divani Palace in Athens, Royal Mykonian in Mykonos, Chromata in Santorini|
|Double occupancy:||$ 3940|
|Single occupancy:||$ 4876|
|Based on the Heritage Hotel Category for Athens: Grand Bretagne (Deluxe Room), King George, Mykonos Grand Hotel (Sea View-Superior Room with Jacuzzi), Dana Villas or Chromata (Superior Room) in Santorini, Four Seasons (standard room) or Ciragan Palace Kempinski in Istanbul:|
|Double occupancy:||$ 5190|
|Single occupancy:||$ 6036|
(calculated for the the whole stay)
|Junior Suite:||USD $250 per person|
|Deluxe Suite||USD $635 per person|
|Grand Suite||USD $1096 per person|
|Myconos: Royal Myconian or Myconian Imperial|
|Suite:||USD $410 per person|
|Suite||USD $525 per person|
|Honeymoon Suite||USD $577 per person|
|Chromata Suite (with pool)||USD $684 per person|
|Master Suite||USD $954 per person|
- Air transportation from Athens to Mykonos, from Santorini to Athens, and from Athens to Istanbul.
- Transportation between airport and hotel in Athens, Istanbul, Mykonos, and Santorini Ferry/hydrofoil between Mykonos and Santorini.
- Accommodations with breakfast (B):
- In 4 or 5 stars based on your choice, as indicated,or at comparable properties, according to availability:
- For deluxe 5 stars:
- Athens: Divani Palace.
- Mykonos: Royal Myconian on Elia Beach (deluxe)
- Santorini: Chromata, Nikos Villas or Dana Villas.
- Sample hotel in Istanbul, based on your choice:
- Ottoman-style boutique hotels, such as Arena or Armada, providing intimacy and fine service.
- Or the Inter.Continental hotel, Conrad, Hilton or similar
- Four Seasons or the Ciragan Palace Kempinski
- International air transportation from / to your home country.
- Optional excursions, such as city tours, sailing, cruising
- Any meal not specifically mentioned, beverages, and personal expenses
- Gratuities for local personnel
- Travel insurance
- Airport taxes