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Summer Greek Islands Hopper! 8 islands + Athens and Sofia in one trip from Vienna returning to Bratislava for €219!

EU | 7 Aug 2019, 20:00 | Jacob

Always dreamt about trip around Greek Islands? We might have just the right trip for you! Visit Mykonos, Paros, Antiparos, Naxos, Ios, Santorini, Folegandros, Milos, Athens and Sofia in one trip departing Vienna returning to Bratislava for only €219!

Mykonos is the great glamour island of Greece and flaunts its sizzling St-Tropez-meets-Ibiza style and party-hard reputation. The high-season mix of hedonistic holidaymakers, cruise-ship crowds, buff gay men and posturing fashionistas throngs Mykonos Town (aka Hora), a gorgeous whitewashed Cycladic maze, delighting in its cubist charms and its chichi cafe-bar-boutique scene.

Successively occupied by Cretans, Minoans, Ionians, Arcadians, Macedonians, Romans, Byzantians and others, who’ve all made their mark on this large, hilly and fertile island, Paros has been tagged as primarily a ferry hub in recent times. Yet Paros’ bustling capital with its ancient remains, the resort town of Naoussa and sweet rural villages are all the more charming for their relative lack of crowds, and there’s plenty to do, with good walks, plus excellent windsurfing, kite-surfing and diving.

Antiparos lies dreamily offshore from Paros. As soon as your ferry docks, there’s a distinct slowing down in the pace of things. The main village and port (also called Antiparos) are relaxed. There’s a touristy gloss around the waterfront and main street, but the village runs deep inland to quiet squares and alleyways that give way suddenly to open fields.

The largest of the Cyclades, Naxos packs a lot of bang for its buck. Its main town of Hora has a gorgeous waterfront and a web of steep cobbled alleys below its hilltop kastro and fortified Venetian mansions – testament to three centuries of Venetian rule. You needn’t travel far, though, to find isolated beaches, atmospheric mountain villages, ancient sites and marble quarries.

Ios’ image has long been linked to holiday sun, sea and sex, with a reputation for nonstop, booze-fuelled partying. It’s partly true: there’s no denying that from June to August, the island is the much-loved stomping ground of youth and hedonism. But it’s so much more – if you want it to be – and the partying doesn’t infiltrate every village or beach.

Santorini may well have conquered a corner of your imagination before you’ve even set eyes on it. With multicoloured cliffs soaring over 300m from a sea-drowned caldera, it rests in the middle of the indigo Aegean, looking like a giant slab of layered cake. The island will take your breath away with its snow-drift of white Cycladic houses lining the cliff tops and, in places, spilling like icy cornices down the terraced rock. When the sun sets, the reflection on the buildings and the glow of the orange and red in the cliffs can be truly spectacular.

Folegandros lies on the southern edge of the Cyclades, with the Sea of Crete sweeping away to its south. The island has a quiet beauty, amplified by the clifftop Hora, one of the most appealing villages in the Cyclades.

Volcanic Milos arches around a central caldera and is ringed with dramatic coastal landscapes of colourful and surreal rock formations. The island’s most celebrated export, the Venus de Milo, is far away in the Louvre, but dozens of beaches (the most of any Cycladic island) and a series of picturesque villages contribute to its current, compelling, attractions.

To find out more about Greek islands go to Lonely Planet online shop >> and take a look at Destination Fly4free: Greek Islands >>

With equal measures of grunge and grace, Athens is a heady mix of ancient history and contemporary cool.
The magnificent Acropolis, visible from almost every part of the city, is the hub around which Athens still revolves. This temple city, built in the 5th century BC, serves as a daily reminder to Greeks of their heritage and the city’s many transformations. All over the urban basin, rooftops and balconies angle toward the landmark, a block of milky marble atop a steep-sided hill. Pull up your own chair, settle in and allow time to appreciate the Acropolis’ many moods, as the light shifts and the clouds cast their shifting shadows..

Bulgaria’s pleasingly laid-back capital is often overlooked by visitors heading to the coast or the ski resorts, but they’re missing something special. Sofia is no grand metropolis, but it’s a modern, youthful city, with a scattering of onion-domed churches, Ottoman mosques and stubborn Red Army monuments that lend an eclectic, exotic feel. Excavation work carried out during construction of the metro unveiled a treasure trove of Roman ruins from nearly 2000 years ago, when the city was called ‘Serdica’. Away from the buildings and boulevards, vast parks and manicured gardens offer a welcome respite, and the ski slopes and hiking trails of mighty Mt Vitosha are just a short bus ride from the centre. Home to many of Bulgaria’s finest museums, galleries, restaurants and clubs, Sofia may persuade you to stick around and explore further.

Travel dates:
August 5-12, 5-19 2019

Routing and sample dates:
Vienna – Mykonos (flight) Aug 24, Aug 28
Mykonos – Paros (ferry) flexible- daily service
Paros – Antiparos – Paros (ferry) flexible- daily service
Paros – Naxos (ferry) flexible- daily service
Naxos – Ios (ferry) flexible- daily service
Ios – Santorini (ferry) flexible- daily service
Santorini – Folegandros (ferry) flexible- daily service
Folegandros – Milos (ferry) flexible- daily service
Milos – Piraeus- Athens (ferry) flexible- daily service
Athens – Sofia (flight) Sep 12, Sep 15
Sofia – Bratislava (flight) Sep 16

How to book:
Follow the links below and adjust travel dates.

Baggage during the flight:
One small cabin bag per passenger.

Sample reservations:
Vienna – Mykonos >>>

Mykonos – Paros >>>

Paros – Antiparos – Paros (book on site – €1.30 each way) >>>/strong>

Paros – Naxos >>>

Naxos – Ios >>>

Ios – Santorini >>>

Santorini – Folegandros >>>

Folegandros – Milos >>>

Milos – Piraeus >>>

Athens – Sofia >>>

Sofia – Bratislava >>>

Accommodation:
In Santorini you can stay at the well-rated apartment 3* Hotel Porto Perissa with good reviews. This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Located in Perissa, Hotel Porto Perissa is just 50 m from the famous black-sand beach and features air-conditioned rooms. It has a swimming pool and a children’s swimming pool.

Car Rentals:
Book cheap car rentals HERE and don’t forget about Car hire excess insurance offered by Icarehireinsurance.com >>

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