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Island Cruising & Santorini

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8 nights accommodation
5 nights in Hotel, 3 nights in Cruise ship
You'll be cruising the Aegean for 3 nights, sleeping tucked up in a ship's cabin. Another 5 nights will be spent living it up in hotels in either twin or triple-share accommodation.
15 included Meals
8 Breakfast, 3 Dinner, 4 Lunch
Wake up each day to a filling continental breakfast, and we'll also include 4 lunches and 3 dinners. Think fresh platters salads crumbled with feta and lamb that melts in your mouth.
Team
Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides
A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.
Transport
All transport included during the trip
Included in your trip is transport across Europe on our fleet of comfy, state of the art coaches. They're kitted out with all the necessities: USB charge points, WiFi, Air Con and a rocking sound system. You bring the other essentials, like tunes, friendships and stories from the night before.
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Travel with other 18-35 year olds from around the world
Our trips are exclusively 18-35. This means you'll be travelling with people just like you, from all over the world- laughter and friendships always guaranteed.
Experiences
4 included, 6 optional that you can add
Prepare to be whisked around to the best bits of Greece and Turkey. Test out your bartering skills at local markets in Kusadasi, explore the classical Greek site of Ephesus, wander round the vibrant streets of coastal city Heraklion and ogle the incredible volcanic islands that surround Santorini. And to keep things cool in the heat, you'll be treated to silver drinks package on cruise.
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It's a strange few that aren't lured by the call of the Greek Islands. Uncover history, culture & tradition in the arms of idyllic oceans, unfathomable sunsets and plenty of island party spots. 3-nights cruising the Aegean Sea complete with a stop off in Turkey for a poke around Kusadasi's Grand Bazaar.
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Athens
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1 night
Mykonos
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Kusadasi
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1 night
Patmos
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1 night
Rhodes
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Crete
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Santorini
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DAY 1 - Arrive Athens
Athens

Here we are in Athens, a map of islands and days of Greek bliss ahead of us. Ah, we're a lucky bunch. Speaking of lucky, go check-in to our lush hotel and start exploring the city. Tonight the crew joins up to share enthusiasm for the travel life and to start plotting the week, with a chance to dine over a traditional Athens affair for those feeling up for it. This traditional Athens style, in the city's old Town, the Plaka. Cute cobbled streets, strolling through ancient ruins, this is a serious throwback in time. Feast on delicacies, do some dancing, my big fat Greek wedding style. Couldn't be a better way to get to know the group. 

FREE TIME ADD-ONS
A Traditional Athens Affair
EUR 46.00
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Zafolia Hotel (or similar)
DAY 2 - Athens to Mykonos
Athens

Alright sailors it's time to hit the sea! We'll board a Greek ship and head straight for the crisp white isle of Mykonos. 

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Visit Mykonos town & see the traditional Cycladic-style houses
Mykonos

Jetsetters and backpackers alike are drawn to this pristine, has-it-all island. Drift off under a beach cabana, snack on olives & tzatziki in a cute cafe, or stroll the white-washed lanes of the Old Town. Tonight you could head out for a few drinks in Little Venice, this quintisential waterside spot is famous the world over, so why not tick that off your list. Back on the boat we'll sleep knowing that you'll be waking up in Turkey.  

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DAY 3 - Cruising to Patmos via Kusadasi
Mykonos

   

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See the Monastery of St. John on Patmos
Visit Kusadasi's local bazaar
Tour of Ephesus
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Religious Visit to St. John’s Monastery – Grotto of Apocalypse
EUR 67.00
Kusadasi

Rise and shine globe trotters, our captain has kindly escorted us to Turkey! Here in the port town of Kusadasi you can rummage for treasures in the local bazaar and take a trip to Ephesus, the holiday hangout of Mark Antony and Cleopatra where our Local Guide will turn back the clock. Simply incredible, this ancient Roman town is packed full of ruins, and stories galore. Keep an eye out for the two story library, (yes, the ancient people were ahead of the times even way back when).

Patmos

Out of Kusadasi we drift on towards the rugged island of Patmos, quaint, known for it's seafood, we'll tell you straight up that the octopus is some of the best you'll ever try. Explore this holy hotspot with an optional excursion to Patmos’ UNESCO World Heritage sites of the 11th century Monastery of the Apocalypse and the Grotto of St. John. A must when you're in the area, dating back to 1088 as a protection from pirates! St John's Grotto is up next where part of the bible was written by St John himself. Nothing like a bit of history to keep things interesting. Back on the boat, a sundowner is calling, and maybe some of the ship nightlife before we wake up in Rhodes. 

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DAY 4 - Patmos to Rhodes
Patmos

Today we take to the mixed bag of Rhodes, influenced by its edging on Europe, Africa and Asia. Shop up a storm of leather, silver, olive oil and honey or uncover Acropolis of Lindos & the walls of Rhode’s medieval town centre on an optional tour with a Local Guide. If sand, swims and sunshine are calling you then Elli Beach might be calling your name, so grab a sunbed and get horizonal and people watch.  Beaches, local wine & fresh seafood - your life is complete. 

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See the fortified town of Rhodes
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Rhodes & Lindos – Medieval Tour – Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights
Euro 74.00
Rhodes
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DAY 5 - Cruising to Santorini via Crete
Rhodes
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Visit Heraklion town
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Minoan Palace of Knossos – 1st European Civilization
Euro 74.00
Crete

Some may say we've saved the best 'til last, with Crete and Santorini marking our final full day. Crete is the biggest of the Greek Islands & home to the 4000 year old mythical Minoan Palace. Catch some sleep or explore it all morning with the option of exploring the Place of Knossos. As a quick 101, it's the home to the legend of the Minotaur, a half man half bull which lived in a labyrinth and was slayed by Theseus. A great way to look into days gone by, and we're talking 2000BC. With this fast and furious morning ticked, we head off to our next paradise found.

Santorini

Get a belt handy - you're going to need to strap that jaw up off the floor as the island of Santorini slowly becomes a reality. Those iconic blue–domed, whitewashed churches are enough to bring a tear to the eye. The good news is we have 3 nights to soak this place up, and we'll check into our hotel and start doing just that. The bad news is we won't spend the rest of our lives here.  But first, the lanes of Fira are calling our names, and we are READY! 

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DAY 6 - Santorini
Santorini

Pinch yourself if you need reminding: this is real life. You are still island hopping around Greece and today, you are still Santorini side. If you exhausted all your explorations yesterday then hit the beach, sip cocktails, frolic in the ocean or hit the shops, stopping for Greek ice coffees, saganaki cheese, tzaiki dips and seafood plucked fresh from the ocean. Those iconic blue–domed, whitewashed churches are enough to bring a tear to the eye. Set on a caldera, or old volcano, Santorini is literally towering over the landscape. And the best way to get the sheer scale of it all is by boat, and lucky for you sweet traveller, we give you the chance to do just that! Or you could choose to amp up what is already sure to be an incredible night with an optional excursion to sunset in Oia. One of the world's greatest sunsets, we will settle in with some wine and nibbles after strolling the iconic island lanes dotted with shops and travellers all here for this memorable moment. Make sure your phone is on full charge, as an Instagram upload is a must tonight. 

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Sunset in Oia
EUR 28.00
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Standard 3-4 Star Hotel
DAY 7 - Santorini
Santorini

Nothing like taking an island tour to get aquainted like a local. First up, we have a Free Time Add On to hop around the island like a boss. Visit a cute church on the top of the island for some of the best views of the island and caldera. Next on our ticklist of faves is Perissa, the volcanic black sand beach that the island is known for the world over. You're sure to be thirsty at this point, so don't worry, we've got you sorted with a winery visit and tasting. De-lish. Back in town, you can explore the lanes, stop for ice cream or a drink overlooking the caldera and pondering just how good life really is. Tonight we take to the lanes of Fira to find a place for dinner and rubbing shoulders with the locals. Yamas (that's cheers incase you were wondering)!

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS
See the spectacular volcanic islands surrounding Santorini
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Santorini Highlights & Volcano Cruise
EUR 50.00
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Standard 3-4 Star Hotel
DAY 8 - Santorini to Athens
Santorini

It's our last full day on trip - best hit up a big city we know and love and cause a little harmless havoc. Goodbye Santorini you sun soaked beauty, we're off to Athens. 

Athens

On arrival in Athens, tick off any last sightseeing you missed in this time capsule of a city tonight. 

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DAY 9 - Depart Athens
Athens
One last chance for exploring on the Athens Sightseeing Tour option this morning. We will drive around the city to see old temples, the first modern Olympic Stadium and of course the gem in Athens crown, the Acropolis. With more than 3000 years of history, this place is #throwback central and the best place for learning about the birthplace of democracy. Then it's hugs, tears, and a final batch of reminiscing. It's astounding how close a group can get in just 9 short days. Nothing says bonding quite like the good life. The Croatia Island Hopper is probably the only way to really ease the pain of this goodbye. #NOREGRETS
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Athens Sightseeing Tour
EUR 55.00
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Danielle Timpano
Traveled Sep 2018
I felt the price was slightly high for a short trip. While I didn't not know about the cruise ship before my trip, I did enjoy that aspect of it. I wish the drink package was optional and not included in price, as I didn't use it at all and only drank water. I also wish that more tours were included in the price.
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Stacey Leitch
Traveled Aug 2018
Best way to see the islands! + 3 nights on a cruise ship itself was different to a normal contiki and made the experience really cool, exciting and different. Would def do this contiki again and recommend to anyone I just loved it so much :)
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Anonymous
Traveled Aug 2018
Great place to visit......
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Mitchell Davison
Traveled Aug 2018
Knowledge of the country was excellent. Tour manager was amazing
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Elizabeth Smith
Traveled Jul 2018
Best way to see the Greek Islands
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Ryan Sweeney
Traveled Jul 2018
Dimmos was the man! 10/10, would do again.
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Natasha
Traveled Jul 2018
Loved being on a Cruise ship! Food and Drink all included on the 3 day cruise. You get to see so many amazing places!
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Brooke Moriearty
Traveled Jun 2018
This was amazing all the things we got to see in 9 days. The cruise ship was so fun and the included drinks package was so nice to not have to worry about paying for things. I loved the whole experience on the cruise because there was always something to do. The stop in Turkey was something different and a such a cool experience. It definitely was worth it stay a few extra days in Santorini. GO ON ALL THE FREE TIME ADD-ONS! They are so fun and worth the money instead of trying to plan it yourself. Many of them include drinks too!
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Benjamin Leib
Traveled Jun 2018
Contiki Nina was amazing!
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Anonymous
Traveled Jun 2018
Cruise ship was dumb. Excursions could have been more exciting & interesting.
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Saaga Falaniko
Traveled Jun 2018
Loved it saw what i wanted to see
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James Pitman
Traveled Sep 2017
Great tour guide, great tour!
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Daniel Zandona
Traveled Sep 2017
Loved it but was under the impression it was our own private boat. but all good i still had heaps of fun
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Haley Jones
Traveled Sep 2017
Some of the cruise ship excursions were expensive, but all worth it.
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Emily Martin
Traveled Aug 2017
First off, we did not realize that the majority of our time would be spent on a cruise ship with hundreds of other people on board. We feel that Contiki should have stated this fact clearly up front because when we found out, we were severely disappointed and it was too late to ask for a refund as our flights were already booked. Our guide was nice enough. For the money we paid for this trip though it wasn't worth it. The only "meals" included in the hefty price tag were ****** cruise ship food. All other food/drinks were extra. As were ALL of the excursions, except for one. Terrible value. We feel cheated. Really we'd like some kind of credit....
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Samantha Sullivan
Traveled Jul 2017
Great trip manager, she was so lovely and made the trip amazing
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Anonymous
Traveled Jun 2017
I don't necessarily think this is Contiki's fault, but some of the optionals weren't available to us (ie. last dinner in athen's, the tour of the acropolis was offered AFTER the close of the tour but not made super clear when booking the trip online) and some were just so so. But still, I would do this trip 500 times over again!
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Gretchen Heringhaus
Traveled Jun 2017
Excellent trip for the price. Great excursions.
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Brady Mcneil
Traveled Jun 2017
Best trip ever!! Loved our TM & met so many cool people
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Emily B.
Traveled Jun 2017
Great value for th price!
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