Cycladic Explorer

11 nights / 13 days
athens • ios • paros • santorini
Delve into Greece’s history, culture and incredible food and drink over 13 wonderful days with stops in Athens, Santorini, Ios and Paros.

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Explore the Cyclades on this 13-day journey through Athens, Santorini, Ios and Paros. Visit Athens, Greece's capital city, filled with history, art and culture, then head to the beautiful island of Santorini before travelling to Ios, with its vibrant nightlife and Paros, with quiet villages and quaint charm.

Visit iconic Greek islands and experience the history, charm and sunny skies of this incredible region. Your flights, accommodations, land and ferry transfers are included, and you'll have ample time to explore the islands at your own pace.

Sample 2020 Prices from various gateways*:
$2499 (txs incl)/pp (Comfort)/from Toronto
$2768 (txs incl)/pp (Comfort)/from St. John's
$2695 (txs incl)/pp (Comfort)/from Calgary
$2916 (txs incl)/pp (Comfort) from Vancouver
*Prices are in CAD funds, per person, based on double occupancy with round-trip flight in Economy Class
Prices are always subject to change, please request an updated quote price

Out & About - Suggested Itinerary

The day-to-day locations are already set and hotel accommodations will already be booked, but what you do during the day in each location is completely up to you. We've gathered our top picks for suggested itineraries, places to visit, things to do and even great spots for tasty treats. Explore to your heart's content and take our suggestions - or don't! No one decides what your travel days look like but you. Just make sure to get to the hotel on time!

Day 1        Depart Canada
Fly to Athens.

Day 2        Welcome to Athens
Arrive in Athens, transfer and check into your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure getting to know Athens.

Day 3        Athens: At leisure
The day is yours to explore Athens.

Out & About Suggestions
The vibrant capital of Greece has plenty to see and do, from admiring historic landmarks to sipping ouzo on a trendy rooftop terrace. Athens is home to countless restaurants and cafés, great shopping on Ermou and Kolonaki streets, and fascinating history. Travel back to ancient times at the Acropolis ($), or stroll through the narrow streets of the Plaka neighbourhood and check out the tavernas, open late.
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 4        Athens - Santorini
After breakfast, transfer to the port for your fast ferry to Santorini, then transfer to your hotel. Head out and explore Santorini at your leisure.
Meal(s): Breakfast

Days 5 & 6        Santorini: At leisure
Take the next two days to explore this magnificent island at your own pace. Lose yourself on volcanic Santorini and take in the island's romance and charm.

Out & About Suggestions
Volcanic Santorini will charm you from the moment you arrive, with its unique caldera and beautiful colourful beaches. Visit the Museum of Prehistoric Thera in Fira ($), which hosts artifacts from the sites of Akrotiri and Ancient Thira. Oia is known as the most photographed spot in Greece and is renowned for its unbelievable sunsets.
Meal(s): 2 breakfasts

Day 7        Santorini - Ios 
Transfer to the port and travel via hydrofoil to Ios. Transfer to your hotel and check in, then enjoy free time on Ios.
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 8        Ios: At leisure

Hit the beach, discover Ios' quiet side, or if you like, find the best party spots.

Out & About Suggestions

Explore Ios' secluded beaches and traditional villages, visit the Tomb of Homer ($), check out the souvenirs and sample fresh seafood. In the evening, hit up Ios' varied clubs and dance the night away, or simply relax at a sidewalk bar with a glass of wine and flavourful Greek feta cheese.
Meal(s):  2 breakfasts

Day 9        Ios - Paros 
Transfer to the port and head to Paros via hydrofoil, then transfer to your hotel.
Meal(s):  Breakfast

Days 10 & 11        Paros: At leisure
Enjoy free time on enchanting Paros.

Out & About Suggestions
Paros is the perfect balance of culture, charming villages and incredible natural beauty. Parikia Town, the island's capital, features charming walkways, quaint shops and tavernas. Head over to Naoussa, an old port town with a Venetian castle. Kolymbithres is one of the island's most popular beaches, and Santa Maria is a great spot for water sports and windsurfing.
Meal(s):  2 breakfasts

Day 12        Paros - Athens  
Transfer to the Paros port for your fast ferry to Athens. Transfer to your hotel and check in for the night.
Meal(s):  Breakfast

Day 13        Athens - Return to Canada
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and board your flight home.
Meal(s): Breakfast

HOTEL CHOICES (or similar)
OPTION 1 - Comfort
Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a Standard Room at all hotels during the trip.

  • Athens: Best Western Candia Hotel 3-star (or similar) (2 nights)
  • Santorini: Star Hotel Santorini 3-star (or similar) (3 nights)
  • Ios: FarOut Beach Club 3-star (or similar) (2 nights)
  • Paros: Pandrossos Hotel 3-star (or similar) (3 nights)
  • Athens: Best Western Candia Hotel 3-star (or similar) (1 night)

OPTION 2 - Superior

  • Athens: Athenaeum Grand Hotel 4-star (or similar) (2 nights)
  • Santorini: Rose Bay Hotel 4-star (or similar) (3 nights)
  • Ios: Liostasi Hotel & Suites 4-star (or similar) (2 nights)
  • Paros: Saint Andrea Seaside Resort 4-star (or similar) (3 nights)
  • Athens: Athenaeum Grand 4-star (or similar) (1 night)

OPTION 3 - Premium

  • Athens: Electra Metropolis 5-star (or similar) (2nights)
  • Santorini: Aqua Blue Hotel 4-star (or similar) (3 nights)
  • Ios: Ios Palace Hotel & Spa 4-star (or similar) (2 nights)
  • Paros: Archipelagos Resort & Villas 5-star (or similar) (3 nights)
  • Athens: Electra Metropolis 5-star (or similar) (1 night)

Bed size(s): 2 twin beds or 1 double bed
Room occupancy: max. 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.


  • Round-trip flights to Athens (if flight/hotel package option is chosen)
  • 11 nights of accommodation
  • 11 breakfasts
  • Airport and port transfers in Athens, Santorini, Ios and Paros
  • Fast ferry Athens to Santorini; Paros to Athens; Hydrofoil Santorini to Ios; Ios to Paros
  • Porterage
  • Earn Aeroplan® Miles


  • Meals other than those detailed
  • Baggage handling/porterage
  • Gratuities
  • Optional tours
  • Fees for visa if required

• Travellers should always cover their shoulders and legs when visiting some religious sites.
• In Europe, hotel rooms are generally smaller than in North America. There are rarely two double beds in a room. Triple rooms usually feature one double bed and one single bed or three single beds or one double bed and one foldaway bed or two single beds and one foldaway bed.
• Some types of sports equipment, including golf bags, etc., are not accepted in the rooms. They have to be kept in a specific area, which is usually locked.
• All hotels provide towels; some do not offer face cloths.
• In most European countries the voltage is 220V.


We are Greece experts, having travelled to the Greek Islands and the mainland of Greece numerous times, we can give you first-hand experience what distances are covered in Greece, what to watch for, and how to get value for your money.

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