H: Included Highlights
F: Free Time Option
Check out our sample itinerary below - based on 9 days, the minimum amount of time to get round. You have the option to extend the number of nights you spend in the islands for as long as you like (in multiples of 2) within the season's departure dates and can change your dates up to 15 days before you travel.
Day 1: Athens to Mykonos
The first day of the best 9 days of your life! In the morning meet your Guide and fellow travellers at AthenStyle Hostel. We will catch a transfer bus (included) out to the ferry port where we will hop on our first ferry over to the stunning island of Mykonos, famous for gorgeous Cycladic architecture, stunning sun-kissed beaches and an awesome party scene. The afternoon sees us chilling out at Paradise Beach, our recommended accommodation for the island and home to some of the best partying around. Grab a cocktail and your beach towel and spend the afternoon working on your tan before we head out tonight to Mykonos town for a walking tour of all this amazing island has to offer – famous windmills, white washed cobbled streets, fab shopping and super friendly locals. After the tour try some local cuisine with an optional dinner at a local restaurant before we hit up some of the best bars and clubs in town and get to know our trip mates over a few drinks and some serious tunes, the perfect end to our first day on tour.
F: Watch the sunset behind white stone windmills
F: Dance to fantastic DJs in Mykonos
Day 2: Mykonos
Today is yours to explore all this island paradise has to offer. Take an optional half day trip out to Delos, the birth place of Apollo and Artemis and a sacred ancient centre of Greek culture, for a taste of the historical side of the islands. If sun, sea and sex on the beach (the cocktail) is more your thing, laze the day away sunbathing at Paradise Beach or explore some of the other beautiful secluded beaches nearby. Shopaholics can head to the winding streets of Mykonos town for some retail therapy, whilst the water babies amongst you can spend the day frolicking in the waves – pure bliss!
The party kicks off in the early afternoon at Paradise Beach, so chuck on your sarong and hit the table tops, as pumping beats and fab cocktails make for the best party this side of sunset. Head in to town tonight or stay at the beach with your trip mates, then head up to the onsite club or up to club Cavo Paradiso, where pools, podiums and the world's best DJs keep the party going way past sunrise.
F: Half-day trip to ancient Delos from Mykonos
Day 3: Mykonos to Paros
Next up Paros, a beautifully chilled out island and the perfect place to kick back and relax in true Greek islander style. This afternoon there’s free time when you can head off on horseback with our optional excursions, then this evening we’ll explore with an orientation walk. Tonight you can sample delicious Greek cuisine at a local restaurant, before letting loose your inner kefi (the spirit of joy, passion and high spirits) with a local tradition – plate smashing! Plates smashed and kefi released, it’s time to head out in to the night to try some local bars, and get to know the spirit of Paros after dark…
F: Smash plates and dance (it’s a Greek thing!)
F: Horse ride along the beaches
Day 4: Paros
Today you have the option to get on-board the best day trip EVER and take to the high seas! A full day boat cruise, we’ll visit Paros’s most spectacular swim stops and splash, snorkel and sunbathe the day away. Wine, soft drinks and delicious beach barbeque included, this day trip has deservedly become legend amongst Greek island adventurers. Try char-grilled octopus washed down with Ouzo (in true Greek style) and then dig in to souvlaki, tzatiki, Greek salad and fresh bread with a bit more wine, more swimming, and more tunes. As the light begins to fade we return to shore in the early evening ready for a hot shower and an evening at leisure on our final night in Paros. If boat trips aren’t your thing there are loads of other optional extras available today, including scuba diving and horse riding, and your guide can advise on all the things to see and do to make the most of your time in Paros.
F: Antiparos boat trip with swimming, BBQ lunch including ouzo and wine
Day 5: Paros to Santorini
From the turquoise caldera at the centre of the island (a souvenir from a massive volcanic eruption over three and a half thousand years ago) to whitewashed, blue-domed churches, cloudless blue skies and red and black sand beaches, Santorini is a feast for the senses. Arguably the most beautiful island of the Cyclades, with great food, amazing wines and some very decent nightlife, Santorini is a firm favourite amongst Busabouters. This evening after arrival we’ll go on an orientation walk to show you why. Tonight there’s an optional sunset dinner overlooking the lagoon and volcano, then it’s on to a few bars to celebrate our first night in Santorini in top Grecian style.
F: Explore Santorini’s black and red sand beaches
Day 6: Santorini
Free time today and with so much to see and do there’s an optional Sun-tour-ini (get it?) bus trip showing you the top highlights of this awesome island. Check out the stunning views of the island, taste local wines, cheese and olives at the Santo winery, visit historic Akrotiri, the beautiful red and black beaches before returning to Fira Town. As part of the bus tour tonight we head for a sunset picnic in Oia, the most beautiful village with the most famous view point on the island – probably the romance capital of Greece and home to some of the most spectacular sunsets in the world…
F: ‘Sun-tour-ini tour’
F: Explore the main sites of the island, topped off by watching the world famous sunset in Oia
Day 7: Santorini to Ios
Ios - party capital of the Greek islands and in a world all its own… Our recommended accommodation, Far Out Beach Club, is the most happening resort on the island and whether it’s pool, beach or bar you’re after you won’t be disappointed. Cocktails, water sports and relaxing on the golden sands this afternoon, then tonight there’s an optional meal and a few drinks before we head in to Ios town; its tiny winding streets hide an amazing array of clubs and bars so be prepared for the bar crawl to end all bar crawls!
F: Party until dawn
Day 8: Ios
The sun will be shining and the head might be thumping, but for a no fail guaranteed hangover cure head down to the beach this morning and get in to some water sports - tried and tested, it works! Chill out to some top tunes by the pool, walk the sun dappled streets of Ios town or head out and explore some of Ios’ white sandy beaches and secret hidden coves. Get back in the saddle tonight with a cocktail or two, grab dinner at the campsite barbeque or head into town for a meal before our final night in Ios, finishing in bar-hopping style with the chance to check out the clubs again, just in case we missed one!
F: Water sports and scuba diving
Day 9: Ios to Athens
Today our tour comes to an end as we leave Ios for Athens.
Please note: Your arrival time back into Athens is not finalised until two weeks before your departure. You will get back into Athens anywhere from noon on the last day or early the following morning. Please be advised ferries can be delayed due to weather conditions and therefore it is advised that you do not organise to leave Athens until the day after your trip finishes.
F: Water sports and scuba diving