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The luxe way to explore Mykonos and Santorini

What comes to your mind when you think of Santorini and Mykonos? For me, it’s fresh orange juice (ice-cold) in the morning. Cute cliffside villas, painted in pretty pastels. Oh, and don’t forget the Aegean Sea, which is somehow the bluest thing EVER. There are so many reasons to visit these stunning Greek isles – but why go with Contiki? 

For a start, Mykonos and Santorini Island Escape is an upgraded experience in our books. So, you’ll not only be getting a good taste of luxury (think 4* hotels with insta-worthy sea views). But there’ll also be more time to appreciate these beautiful islands at your own pace. I’ll just put it out there – Mykonos and Santorini are extremely sought-after during high season, but don’t let that stop you. We’ve scouted out perfect accommodation, excursions and restaurants in the area for your trip! 

Swim, hike, sail, and socialise. After all, you’ll be travelling with an awesome group of 18-35 year olds. Over 9 perfect days, you’ll island-hop by ferry & take local tours with your Contiki group, so they’ll be plenty of time to swap phone numbers. But first. Check out some of the coolest experiences you can enjoy on-trip.

There’ll be nightlife & good vibes in Mykonos…

Mykonos is going to be lit. Travellers with Contiki stay in superior-class rooms at the Paradise Beach Resort, a whitewashed villa with sun-beds and sea views. But don’t spend all your time in the hotel, because there’s an optional evening tour that I think you will just love! 

When dusk falls, Mykonos lights up. We’ll head to Paraportiani, a stunning old church on a cliff, offering panoramic views of the city by night. Accompanying us is a local guide who knows the most beautiful spots in Mykonos (and the best clubs…) So, get your notepad and pen out if you want to save money on shots later! 

Yes, after the evening tour there will be plenty of things to do, trust me. Paint parties, pub crawls, and more than a few yells of yamas (cheers in Greek) over ice cold drinks! We’ll hit up Katerina’s and The Scandinavia Bar in the town centre, plus anywhere else you fancy going.

P.S – Bagging the best-value hotels on these Greek islands takes careful planning, months or even a year in advance. With Contiki however, your ‘superior’ stays are all pre-planned, for WAY less hassle. Spend more time getting your glow on and having a good time!

Image source: Natalie Sym

A spectacular Santorini volcano cruise

Santorini is famed for its pretty pastel houses, but don’t forget the island volcano with it’s incredible caldera when you visit. Thousands of years ago, there was a violent volcanic eruption that swept the island (known then as Thera), giving the mountains their unique shape. The Volcano of Santorini is dormant now, thankfully – meaning we are free to explore without fear of lava! 

We’ll head off in the morning to catch the best views, swimming in warm geothermal springs and hiking through huge craters. Look out for the pumice and limestone quarry on the way, not to mention Pyrgos, one of the most photographed areas in Santorini. Your Instagram can thank me later!

And an authentic Greek feast in Athens

After 8 days of swimming, island-hopping and exploring, we’ll enjoy dinner & farewell drinks in the famous Plaka district of Athens. This is one of the most popular areas in Athens, where you’ll find the Acropolis, countless souvenir shops, and the whitewashed walls of Mitropolis cathedral. But this dinner has got to be special, so let’s dodge the crowds. 

Guided by our Trip Manager, we’ll head to an old local taverna in one of the leafier corners of Plaka for our traditional Athens affair. Think: mezze, vine leaves, fresh bread, olives, seafood… plus plenty of Greek beer to wash it down with!

What else can I expect on-trip?

The Greek islands are all fabulous, but maybe Santorini and Mykonos are the trendiest at the moment. Our travellers asked if we would put a longer trip just visiting these iconic islands, so that’s what we did! Oh, and upgraded it too, so you can spend longer in these iconic islands and Athens at the right pace over 9 days. 

As a reminder, you can find the main benefits of the trip below.

  • Island-hop by ferry and get to all the big landmarks by shuttle coach – it’s all included in the price.
  • Stay in 3/4* hotels on the Islands, with the best sea views! It’s our highest standard of accommodation for your stay in Greece.
  • Indulge yourself with three nights on each island of Mykonos and Santorini, vs other shorter experiences. More time to explore, play, recover, repeat! 

So, what are you waiting for? Save your spot with Contiki on our Mykonos & Santorini Island Escape today! 

Image source: James Ting

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