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Experience the beautiful Greek Islands at your own pace and in the style you dream of. Ancient Kingdoms Holidays can create a unique holiday experience to suit your travel requirements.
Choose either our 7 day option (combining 2 islands) or our 10 day option (combining 3 islands).  Alternatively ask us to tailor your own island hopping itinerary if you would like to extend your stay at some of the islands.
We will arrange your ferry tickets, hotels and transfers to suit so you can relax and make the most of your holiday.
 
Greek Island Hopping
 

7 DAY:Pick any 2 islands from .. Mykonos, Santorini, Paros, Naxos
10 DAY:Pick any 3 islands from .. Mykonos, Santorini, Paros, Naxos

Departs: Daily (APR-OCT) ex Piraeus
Includes:
  • Accommodation in category of your choice (Budget to First Class)
  • Daily breakfast
  • Port transfers on islands (Arrival transfers only in Budget & Tourist classes)
  • Fast ferries & hydrofoils (Regular ferries in budget class)

(Photo: Naxos)

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8 DAY ISLAND HOPPING
Choice of ... Corfu, Kefalonia, Zakynthos  (NEW 2017)
3 nights Corfu, 2 nights Kefalonia, 2 nights Zakynthos
Departs: Daily (MAY - OCT) ex Corfu Airport
Includes:
  • Accommodation in Tourist or First Class Hotels
  • Daily breakfasts
  • Return Port / Airport transfers on islands
  • Fast ferry Kefalonia / Zakynthos

(photo: Zakynthos)
NOTE: flight Corfu/Kefalonia is extra.  Depending on travel date can be booked as a direct flight or via Athens.

 

7 DAYS ISLAND HOPPING
Choice of ... Milos, Folegandros & Santorini
(Minimum 2 nights on each island)
Departs: Daily (JUN-SEP) ex Piraeus

Includes:
  • Accommodation in Tourist or First Class Hotels
  • Daily breakfasts
  • Port transfers on islands (Arrival transfers only in tourist class)
  • Fast ferries or hydrofoils

(photo: Milos)

 

7 DAY ISLAND HOPPING
Choice of ... Serifos, Sifnos & Milos
(minimum 2 nights on each island)
Departs: Daily (JUN-OCT) ex Piraeus
Includes:
  • Accommodation in Tourist or First Class Hotels
  • Daily breakfasts
  • Port transfers on islands (Arrival transfers only in tourist class)
  • Fast ferries or hydrofoils

(Photo: Serifos)


 

7 DAY ISLAND HOPPING 
Skiathos, Skopelos & Alonissos
(minimum 2 nights on each island)
Departs: Daily (MAY - OCT) ex Athens
Includes:
  • Accommodation in Tourist Class Hotels
  • Daily breakfasts
  • Return bus transfer Athens - Agios Konstantinos
  • Return port transfer on the islands
  • Fast ferries / catamarans

(Photo: Alonissos)

 

9 DAY ISLAND HOPPING
Milos (2), Santorini (3) & Mykonos (3)
Departs: Daily (MAY-OCT) ex Athens

Includes:
  • Accommodation in Superior Tourist Class Hotels (including a Caldera view hotel in Santorini)
  • Daily breakfasts
  • All return transfers on the islands
  • Fast ferries / catamarans

(Photo: Mykonos)

 

FERRIES
Ancient Kingdoms use modern fast ferries or catamarans for Island Hopping. If you want a more economical itinerary we can include regular ferries which take longer between islands. In our Island Hopping, Aegean Splendours & Highlights of the Cyclades Holidays, regular ferries are used in Budget Class.

In all cases, booking ferry connections before you depart from New Zealand is strongly recommended.   With close links to our Greek representative, our local agents provide a friendly source of information and assistance on the islands. If any ferry connections are disrupted the next best service will be used.

FLIGHTS
Olympic Airways and Aegean Airways operate regular flights to Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, Rhodes and Paros.  Pre-booking is recommended and in peak periods essential.

WINTER ON THE GREEK ISLANDS
While Athens can be an all year destination, the best time to travel to the islands is between April & September.  Travel outside this main season can be difficult.  Not only can ferries be disrupted by unsettled weather, many hotels, restaurants and tavernas only open in April and close up again from mid October onwards.  If in doubt please ask Ancient Kingdoms for advice. Additionally from early October some hotel facilities including central air conditioning may not be operational.
         

 Greek Ferry & Hydrofoils - Journey Time    
 Route - one way    Regular Ferry#   Fast Ferry
 Piraeus (Athens) - Mykonos; Paros; Naxos
   6 hours
   3 hours
 Piraeus (Athens) - Santorini or vv
   10 hours
   4.5 hours
 Piraeus (Athens) - Heraklion or vv
   11 hours
   8 hours
 Piraeus (Athens) - Serifos; Milos or vv
   n/a    2.5 hours
 Piraeus (Athens) - Rhodes*    11 hours
   n/a
 Pireaus (Athens) - Samos
   13 hours
   n/a
 Mykonos - Santorini or v.v    n/a    2 hours
 Mykonos - Paros or Naxos or v.v    2 hours
   1 hour
 Santorini - Paros; Naxos or v.v    3.5 hours
   2 hours
 Santorini - Heraklion or vv

 n/a

 2.5 hours
 Santorini - Rhodes or vv
   5.5 hours
   n/a
 Rhodes - Marmaris (Turkey)    2 hours
   1 hour
 Samos - Kusadasi (Turkey)    1 hour
   n/a
 Agios Konstantinos - Skiathos
   N/A    2 hours
 Skiathos - Skopelos
   N/A    1 hour
 Skopelos - Alonissos
   N/A    1.5 hours
 Alonissos - Agios Konstantinos
   N/A    3.5 hours
         
Note: Fast ferries are used in all classes.  For 10 days Island Hopping: please note that the standard of accommodation in Ios is slightly lower than on other islands.
Note: Ask your travel agent about domestic flights options between Athens and the Greek Islands


Island Hopping Hotel Selections
Greek Island Hopping, Highlights of the Cyclades and Aegean Splendours packages are based on the following hotel selections.  Alternate hotels may incur a surcharge
Key:
SFC=Superior First Class; FC=First Class: ST=Superior Tourist; TC=Tourist Class; B=Budget

         
Santorini
  Mykonos   Paros
SFC: Cliffside Suites
FC: Dana Villas
ST: Daedalus
TC: Astir Thira
B: King Thira
  SFC: Petassos Beach
FC: Pelican Bay
ST: Petassos Town
TC: Venioula's Garden
B: Vanilla Hotel
 
FC: Kanales
ST: Contaratos
TC: Kalypso
B: Panorama
Naxos
      Ios

FC: Naxos Resort
ST: Naxos Magic Village
TC: Galaxy
B: Alkyoni
 
  SFC: Ios Palace
FC: Liotassi
ST: Homer's Inn
TC: Marco's Beach
B: Acteon
         
  

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