The Big Fat Greek Adventure has you covered for fun in the sun on the islands and the best historical sights on the mainland!
Can’t decide between the turquoise waters, beach parties and lazy days of Greek Island Hopping, or the mythical and cultural magic of a Greek adventure through the ancient cities? Well, problem solved! The Big Fat Greek Adventure has you covered for fun in the sun with an island hopping experience filled with beach parties, bar crawls, delicious restaurants and crystal-clear swim stops. Then prepare to see the best historical sights on the mainland, from the cliff top monasteries of Meteora to the sacred Temple of Apollo. Get ready for chilled days in the sun, refreshing swims, wild nights and mind-blowing sights. Let’s go!
We spend 12 days exploring Greece. We visit Athens, Mykonos, Paros, Santorini, Ios, Kalambaka.
What Is Included...
Your legendary Busabout crew
11 nights’ accommodation
11 breakfasts and 1 dinner
All ferry transport between the Greek Islands
Transfers to and from ports
Guided orientations of each island
History, mythology and cultural talks
Exclusive discounts for bars, restaurants, watersports, clothing and jewellery stores
Bar crawls on Mykonos and Ios
Private coach service from Athens to Kalambaka via Delphi, and return to Athens
Tour of Delphi with a local guide
Site and museum entrance at Delphi
Tour of Meteora with a local guide
Entrance to 2 monasteries at Meteora
Local city tax included in Kalambaka
Scenic hike from Meteora
- Watch the beautiful sunset in Santorini
- Explore Delphi, the heart of the ancient Greek world
- Take in the breath-taking cliff-top monasteries of Meteora
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions in place globally, we will not be running any trips in 2021. Get more information on why this decision was made or see below for similar trips being run by our sister brands, Contiki and CostSaver.
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12 Day Itinerary
Big Fat Greek Adventure - Hopper to Odyssey 12 day full itinerary breakdown and route map
Our adventure begins this afternoon in Athens, the capital of Greece. Meet with your brilliant Busabout guide and get acquainted with your fantastic fellow passengers. This afternoon you’re free to explore this vibrant, historic city (often referred to by scholars as the cradle of Western civilisation). Why not head to the sprawling Acropolis perched high above the city, home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites? Try basking in the wonders of the Parthenon and Temple of Hephaestus or visit the temple of the Goddess Athena, the symbol of Ancient Greece and the birthplace of democracy. We meet this evening for welcome drinks and cap off the day with an optional dinner at a local taverna.
Athens to Mykonos
We’ll start the day bright and early with a transfer to Piraeus Port. Along the way we’ll pass the islands of Syros and Tinos, making good time for an early afternoon arrival into the stunning Aegean gem of Mykonos. After checking in, head out and get tanning on the beach, or grab a delicious lunch at one of the beachfront cafes. This evening we meet for drinks and laughs at Paradise Beach, where your Busabout wristband gets you 2 for 1 cocktails! Later, your fantastic guide will take you on an orientation walk of the town, culminating in a sunset vantage over the famous windmills. Tonight, join us on a bar crawl to experience some of this amazing island’s unforgettable nightlife. - Breakfast included
Today’s your chance to buckle down and discover the heart of Mykonos. Wander its gorgeous, white-painted streets, explore the local establishments, and delve into its rich history. Head to Paradise Beach and enjoy a relaxing day soaking up the sun on the pristine sands, cocktail in one hand, mystery novel in the other. Teleios (that means perfect)! However you choose to spend your day, you’re bound to have a phenomenal time in this paradisiac island. Tonight, we crank the party up to 11 at Paradise Beach, where Busabout passengers get discounted drinks. You can choose to keep the party going for an unforgettable night at one of the local, world renowned, super clubs. - Breakfast included
Mykonos to Paros
The sea beckons once more and our voyage demands to be continued, so we wave goodbye to Mykonos and set sail for the picturesque island of Paros. We’ll be arriving in time for a delicious local lunch, after which you’re free to enjoy the rest of the afternoon! Take in the island’s many beautiful sights and relax by the beach at this model Mediterranean town, or head out for some well-earned retail therapy. This evening, enjoy an orientation walk of Parikia town, which includes a stop at the famous Church of 100 Doors. Tonight, we offer an optional authentic Greek experience consisting of traditional food, dancing and (everyone’s favourite!) plate smashing. Finish off this perfect day with a night soaking up the vibrant atmosphere of Parikia town after dark. - Breakfast included
Another port, another chance to engross ourselves in new sights, sounds and people. Feel free to join us for our optional Paros Boat Trip (often described as nefarious). Relax with an ice-cold beverage as we prepare a delicious BBQ feast and sail around the islands of Paros and Antiparos. Snorkelling gear is provided for the numerous swim stops should you want to explore the underwater realm of the Aegean Sea. Maybe we’re biased, but we truly feel this trip is not to be missed! Tonight, head out for a delicious dinner. Your guide will be more than happy to provide recommendations if necessary. Later, join us for cocktails and karaoke. Sing the night away with your fellow passengers in vibrant, beautiful Paros. - Breakfast included
Paros to Santorini
Enjoy your last few hours in Paros whilst you can because we’ll soon be making waves on our trip to spectacular Santorini, where we’ll arrive in the afternoon. Head out and soak up the scenic views of the surrounding archipelago on the famous volcanic sands of Santorini’s Black Beach. This evening’s yours to savour, so feel free to head down to the beach for some drinks and dancing in one of the many fantastic local restaurants and bars. - Breakfast included
Time for your free day to explore spectacular Santorini! If you’re overwhelmed with all the goodies on offer, don’t forget you can always speak to your fantastic Busabout guide for insights into all of the unforgettable sights on this island of mythic beauty. Jump aboard our optional Sun-Tour-Ini to learn about the fascinating local legends on your way to the stunning cliffside town of Oia, Black Beach, Red Beach and the Capital Fira. Tonight, it’s time to tick off that bucket list by exploring some of the highlights of the island by night. We head to the beautiful Capital of Fira; an Instagrammer’s paradise. Enjoy a delicious local dinner with the famed Santorini sunset as your gorgeous backdrop. After, get stuck into a big Busabout night out with included welcome shots and revelry! - Breakfast included
Santorini to Ios
We depart in the morning for our penultimate destination: the truly stunning island of Ios. After a quick jaunt across the Aegean, we’ll arrive this afternoon in the final resting place of Homer (not Simpson). Get checked in, grab some lunch, and hit the beach where you can enjoy discounted water sports such as tubing, scuba diving, kayaking, or a free stand up paddle boarding taster––all thanks to your ever-trusty Busabout wristband! This evening we offer an optional raucous bar crawl to all of the best local watering holes. - Breakfast included
Ios is entirely yours today, so enjoy this Aegean paradise at your leisure. Soothe the remnants of last night’s revels with a refreshing dip at Mylopotas Beach and partake in some of the optional aquatic activities on offer. Explore the vacant village of Ios by day or head out into the surrounding hills for a short hike, where you’ll discover the beautiful hidden cove; the perfect spot for a picturesque dip. Tonight, we’ll blow the roof off this island as we head out into town for another epic pub crawl. New bars, new memories, same levels of Ios high jinks! - Breakfast included
Ios to Athens
As the sun rises over immaculate Ios it marks the end of our brief affair with the gleaming Greek isles. We check out and depart this morning, making waves on our long voyage back to the cultural hub of Greece, Athens. Along the way, we’ll share a sea shanty or two and reminisce of the adventures had on the islands. Back firmly on the mainland we have the evening to explore the local hangouts of this buzzing capital city! - Breakfast included
Athens to Delphi to Kalambaka
Up and at ‘em, it’s time to board the coach and head to our first site. Around mid-morning we’ll arrive at the heart of the ancient Greek world, Delphi! With our included local guide, we’ll pass the Castalian springs and marvel at the Temple of Pronea. Head into the museum to further bring to life your ancient surroundings––entrance is included! You’ll then have some time to grab lunch before we hop back on the coach and journey further north to Kalambaka. Along the way your guide will tell more tales of crazy mythology, legacy and the battles of ancient Greece. This evening we’ll arrive in Kalambaka just in time to head out for an included dinner with your new Busabout buddies at a local taverna. Cheers to an epic first day of exploring. Enjoy the anticipation of tomorrow’s spectacle once the sun rises over the magical landscape. Yamas! - Breakfast and dinner included
Kalambaka to Athens
Rise and shine, we have another exciting day of adventure ahead. Fill up on breakfast before we meet our local guide and board the coach, as we head for the magical cliff-top monasteries of Meteora! Our local guide will tell us the myths and history about this unique and enchanting landscape, as we visit two of the most important monasteries perched high on top of incredible rocky formations, famous for their Byzantine frescoes and spectacular views. We’ll make the most of the spectacular surroundings by finishing with an hour-long guided scenic hike (bring appropriate footwear!), descending from Meteora back to Kalambaka. After working up an appetite you’ll have some free time for a well-deserved lunch in Kalambaka, before we drive south to our next stop in Thermopylae. Here, the statue of Leonidas stands to commemorate the heroic defence of the Spartans against the Persians. Then it’s time to return to Athens and say our farewells. We hope you’ve had an amazing time! - Breakfast included