Greek Isles with Alyssa – July 10 – 16, 2022

Please note this trip is hosted with a third party operator and all payments paid to the third party operator will follow their payment, refund and cancellation guidelines. Please see below for additional details and contact us with any questions.

Day 1 - Welcome to Mykonos!

Welcome to Mykonos, one of Greece’s famous islands. This famous Greek Island is known for it's blinding white buildings and vibrant blue accents.

Arrive at the Mykonos National Airport (JMK) or by ferry.

Once you arrive in Mykonos, you will be greeted by your driver and guide at the airport (or ferry port from Athens) and taken to your hotel where you will spend the next three days of your trip. Note: Your driver will meet you in the Arrival Hall - holding a sign bearing the name "ACANELA".  Please contact your host Alyssa if your driver is delayed. Check-in to your hotel is anytime after 2:00pm.

After settling in, enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the one of the pristine beaches or head out to explore the city’s narrow, stone pathways. At 7:00 p.m. the group will meet up for a traditional welcome dinner at one of the top local restaurants in Mykonos. Afterwards head out to enjoy the city night-life that Mykonos has to offer. When you arrive in-country you will  be provided you with the details on how to get to the restaurant from your hotel. 

Day 2 - Island Ruins & Mykonos Village! 

Wake up to the island life and enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel.

At 9:00 a.m. you will be picked up for your tour. Today we’ll explore the nearby Island of Delos, one of the most important historical, mythological, and archaeological sites in all of Greece. The island is brimming with extensive excavation sites, and we’ll see countless landmarks on a guided tour. Gaze upon the ancient ruins of once-monumental structures, such as the Terrace of the Lions, Temple of the Delians, and House of the Masks, to name a few. 

The tour will finish around approximately 2:00pm. We will return to Mykonos Village to enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, followed by a free afternoon to enjoy wandering local shops or relaxing at a local beach with a book.

Tonight you will have the opportunity to explore town and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant of your choice.

Day 3 - Cooking & Culture with Local Mykonian Family

Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel.

After enjoying breakfast, you will be picked up at 9:30 a.m. for a 10:00 a.m. cooking class. Today we’ll embark on a village tour and cooking class with a local Greek Family. Our culinary hosts will welcome us into their beautiful Mykonian home and treat us like family, in what’s bound to be a true highlight of our trip. They’ll teach us about Mykonian history and culture, share stories about their family life, and make us feel as if we’ve known them forever. We’ll learn about the true Mykonian lifestyle and taste some traditional meze snacks, such as dakos with kopanisti cheese and tomato, louza (sun dried pork fillets), full-bodied wine, and Cretan raki. Wander through fresh vegetable gardens and learn about local organic farming under the warm Greek sunshine. In the kitchen, we’ll make tzatziki and spinach pie, stuffed peppers and tomatoes, beef with orzo, and several other delectable dishes.  

For lunch we’ll gather around the table with our host family, sharing stories over our culinary creations. 

That afternoon we will return to our hotel around 4:00pm where the rest of the day and evening are yours to wander through the streets, explore the city and have dinner at your leisure.

Day 4 - Good-Bye Mykonos & Hello Santorini 

Enjoy your last delicious breakfast in Mykonos at the hotel, after which you will check out before traveling to Santorini by way of ferry.  You will be picked up from your hotel at 9:00 a.m.

Upon arrival in Santorini, one of Greece's most iconic islands, your driver will greet you at the port of arrival. Revel in the breathtaking scenery of this charming paradise as we head towards our luxurious hotel, located near the city of Fira. 

After settling into your new hotel, you will have a free afternoon to spend as you choose. Relax at the hotel, explore the village and find a nice place to enjoy lunch as you experience the beauty of the glistening, white buildings accented with vibrant shade of blue set into steep cliffs overlooking the sapphire Aegean Sea.

Dinner is at 7:00 p.m. and tonight we’ll dine on a delicious 5-course meal with great company and unforgettable views. This experience is just the beginning—it’ll spark your curiosity of Santorini’s flavors and culture, giving you the perfect introduction to the island’s magic. 

Day 5 - Santorini Your Way

Wake up to a mouth-watering breakfast and enjoy a free morning exploring the local markets, eateries, and artisan stalls in one of the most picturesque places in Europe. If you wish to give back during your trip, a local volunteer project will be an option for you to join in on as a way to show your gratitude to this beautiful community. If you want to take advantage of some free time, then another option to consider is taking a visit the coastal village of Oia, known for its naval maritime museum and cave houses built into the town’s stunning cliffs.   

For lunch venture out to one of the many delicious restaurants on the island! There are endless possibilities for a savory adventure—ask your guide for recommendations!

The evening is free to spend as you wish! Catch a breathtaking sense while enjoying dinner, relax on the beach, divulge in more of the island's history or choose to join us for an add on optional catamaran dinner cruise for an extra adventure!

The catamaran dinner cruise will take you sailing among the Caldera Lagoon where you will bypass the hidden little bays reachable only on board of such sailing means! You’ll enjoy swimming in the Hot Springs next to the major crater surrounded by the pure beauty of Santorini by sea! Enjoy unlimited beverages along with appetizers and dinner cooked by a chef on board. Snorkeling equipment, life jackets, blankets and towels are provided as well. 

 

Day 6 - Santorini Sites & Sips

Enjoy a delicious breakfast before embarking on a guided tour. At 11:00 a.m. you will be picked up from your hotel, and we’ll embark on a guided tour of traditional Greek villages, learning about centuries of rich history, while sampling the flavors of local cuisine. We’ll journey through Santorini’s Venetian past, marveling at breathtaking views, historic castle remains, and the serene, abandoned villages that feels frozen in time. Have free time to enjoy a traditional lunch in the village or at the beach before the next adventure. 

In the afternoon, set off on a guided volcanic wine tasting expedition, sampling traditional Santorini wines—the nectar of the Gods. This island holds some of Europe’s oldest vineyards, with a history spanning over 4,500 years. Here, traditional crop cultivation has been preserved throughout the centuries, enriching the superb nature of the local wines. The fertile volcanic soil, combined with the experience and knowledge of professional winemakers, results in exceptionally high quality. We’ll learn why many consider Santorini’s wine among the best in Greece, from the unique pruning to the overall wine production process.

At 7:00 p.m, dine on a delicious meal at a local restaurant near the hotel.  Learn about the diversity of cuisine and savor the delicious flavors as warm sunlight kisses your shoulders and fresh ocean air tickles your nose. After dinner spend your last evening strolling through the city and taking in a beautiful Santorini sunset!

Day 7 - Good-Bye Greece...Till We Meet Again!

After one last enchanting breakfast, it is time to say goodbye to the beauty of Santorini before catching your connecting flight back to Athens for your homeward bound  international flight home.

Departure Airport: Santorini International Airport (JTR)

Inclusions:
- Double occupancy in boutique accommodations; single room occupancy available as an add-on at booking
- In-country transportation and entrance fees to all included activities
- Local guides, chefs and experts for the included excursion and activities 
- Ferry rides between islands
- Guided historical and archaeological tour of Delos Island 
- Mykonian cooking class hosted in the home of a local family
- Experience Santorini's flavors and culture with a 5 course dinner and breathtaking views
- Volcanic wine tasting expedition 
- Guided tour of traditional Greek Villages of Santorini
- 6 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners

Exclusions:
- International Flights: Arrive in Mykonos and depart from Santorini
- Airport transfers outside of designated times
- Alcohol, additional beverages and meals as noted above
- Optional add-on catamaran dinner cruise includes unlimited beverages,appetizers, dinner, snorkeling equipment, life jackets, blankets and towels. There is an additional cost of $100 per person to include this activity.
- Any other additional excursions and activities not included above
- Visas & Traveler's Insurance 
- Medical expenses, immunizations and any required Covid-19 testing

Meals: After booking you will be invited to complete a questionnaire. If you have any food allergies or sensitivities, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate any dietary restrictions but cannot make any guarantees.

Trip Confirmation: This trip is confirmed. Shortly after you register, you will receive an email and a link to be added a private Facebook group just for trip guests. In this group further trip details will be provided. Please let Lindsey know if you do not have or use Facebook (see contact information below).

Cost: $2,280 per person for double occupancy; single occupancy add-on available at time of booking. You also have the option to add-on a catamaran dinner cruise at $100 per person at booking.

Payment: A deposit of $250 is due at the time of booking to secure your spot. The trip balance must be paid inf all 60 days prior to departure. Payment plans can be arranged with our trip partner, Acanela; please contact us for further details. Please note trip deposits are non-refundable but may be applied to another trip hosted with our trip partner only. Payments made to our trip partner, Acanela, are non-transferrable and cannot be applied to Women Who Explore hosted trips. See cancellation policy below for additional details. 

Our Trip Partner's Cancellation Policy: If you cancel your trip booking before the final payment is made, you can choose to transfer your deposit to an alternative Women Who Explore trip hosted with our trip partner, Acanela, or you may hold what you have paid as a credit towards a future trip with Acanela taken within 12 months from the date of cancellation. If you have paid in full and cancel at least 45 days prior to departure, you will receive a refund at 50% of the trip cost and the remaining 50% will be held as credit towards a future trip taken within 12 months from the date of cancellation. If you have paid in full and cancel at 30 days or less prior to departure, a 50% cancellation fee will be charged and  the remaining 50% will be held as credit towards a future trip taken within 12 months from the date of cancellation with our trip partner Acanela. Any payments made to Acanela are non-transferrable and cannot be applied to Women Who Explore hosted trips. 

Questions? Please reach out to Lindsey Egan at lindseyegan@womenwhoexplore.com

*Images may not reflect the exact places being visited during this trip itinerary. 
248
Days
:
 
09
Hours
:
 
21
Minutes
:
 
17
Seconds

You missed out!

Left to book your spot!







Meet Your Trip Leader - Oregon Ambassador - Alyssa 

Alyssa is a born and raised Oregonian who loves to get out and explore all the beauty the Pacific Northwest has to offer. She works as a special education teacher and tries to travel as much as possible during summer vacation. Year round she tries to get out to hike, snowshoe, and paddle as much as possible. Hiking in to a waterfall is one of her favorite activities. Alyssa has loved finding a community within Women Who Explore and enjoys finding ways to bring women together to connect, adventure, and relax.