Spend your Fall or Spring Break island hopping in Greece. See the Acropolis up close, visit the Olympic stadium and stroll the markets of Plaka in Athens. Stop by beautiful Santorini for the world’s most astonishing sunset over white and blue-domed houses and get swept up in the island nightlife. Finish the week on the island of Mykonos, where you can kayak, ATV and dance the night away at a beach club.
Travel from Florence to Ancona by bus and board the ferry for our crossing to Greece. The overnight crossing on board the ferry (actually more of a cruise ship) is the perfect opportunity to meet your fellow travlers, and enjoy some of the excellent amenities on board. Including restaurants, bars and stores.
We arrive on the Greek mainland at Patras and travel by bus to Athens, and check into our accommodation. After settling in, your trip leaders will take you on a short walking tour to get aquainted with the city center. We will meet up at night to go to an optional welcome dinner at a traditional Greek restaurant in Plaka. The welcome dinner is a great chance to learn about Greek food and includes: various Greek appetizers, a choice of entree, and wine. After dinner head out to enjoy Athens’ rich night life. Your Bus2alps trip leader can give you suggestions on the best places.
We will depart for the included walking tour of Athens after breakfast. This walking tour is a great way to get acquainted with one of the oldest and most fascinating cities in the Western World. You will see the Greek National Parliament, the 1896 Olympic Stadium, the Temple of Zeus, the Acropolis museum, and of course, the Acropolis. Your International Student ID will get you reduced entry to all the sites on the walking tour. In order to receive a reduced entry, your ID must be an international ID from your study abroad program. The walking tour ends at Monastiraki Square. Here you can have a sit down lunch or grab a cheap gyro from a traditional Greek Gyro stand. The afternoon is free to have custom sandals made, shop at the flea market and souvenir shops, visit the museums, or grab a traditional Greek Coffee.
Monday Morning we depart our accommodation by private bus transfer for the port of Athens to board the ferry for Santorini. Santorini is the postcard Greek Island with the iconic white and blue buildings clinging to the cliffside.Upon arrival, we will be transported to our accommodation located in the Fira city center. The afternoon is free to explore one of Greece’s most photographed cities. After a beautiful sunset view, there will be an optional group dinner at a local Greek Taverna followed by drinks.
Today we will have an optional tour around the island of Santorini. We will visit the red rock beach, the black sand beach and another incredible lookout spot. If your prefer to do your own thing, You are also free to explore the beauty of Santorini on your own.In the evening, there will be an optional transportation to the town of Oia to watch the incredible and famous sunset over Santorini’s white and blue houses.
Wednesday is your free day to explore Santorini with your friends. Shop the local stores of Fira, explore the little villages of Santorini by ATV or book an optional Sunset Catamaran tour of the island. Enjoy your last day soaking in all that Santorini has to offer.
After breakfast, we will take a ferry to our last stop, the famous island of Mykonos. Known for its picturesque windmils, pristine beaches and beach clubs. Once we arrive you will have time to check into the accommodation and freshen up; the night is yours to enjoy an evening of seaside dinner and dancing.
In the morning join us for an optional ATV tour to explore the island and make stops to some secluded beaches and soak up the last of the Greek sun, but save some energy to hit up one of the world famous beachside clubs or bars.
Today is a day of travel. We will depart by ferry to the mainland begin our journey back to Italy. This is a perfect time to catch up on all the homework you put off over the last week.
Sunday afternoon we arrive in Ancona and board our private bus to return to Florence.
Athens Welcome Dinner
Santorini Island Tour & Wine Tasting
Mykonos Sunset Catamaran Tour