Those lucky Europeans with scads of vacation time (five weeks or more for some) flock to Mykonos, Paros and Eos begging Venus for some loving, Apollo for some sun and bartenders for another shot. But after the summer sun sets and the tourists have all gone back to work, Greece and its many islands stay exactly where they are. Lucky for you, some of the hotel, air and travel package rates don't go away, they just go down. This fall and winter, you can take advantage on some great travel deals to the land of Athens, Hercules, the Parthenon, and free-flowing Ouzo.
Homeric Tours (tel. 800/223-5570; www.homerictours.com) offers a fall and winter special to Mykonos that drops to a base-price of $1,149 for a Friday departure in November if you pay cash; the non-cash price is $1,184. At this price, the seven-night package includes round-trip air out of New York, seven-nights' accommodations at the San Marco Hotel in Mykonos, daily breakfast, transportation from Athens to Mykonos and back, airport transfers, hotel taxes and service charges. The San Marco is a typical Greek Island hotel made of white-washed stone walls located up in the hills slightly away but overlooking the beach and the Aegean Sea. The two-floor hotel has 86 rooms, a pool with a seaview, a full-service spa, restaurant and coffee shop, all on premises. Mykonos' beaches are not sandy, but full of small, smooth, flat rocks that the ancients used for tools. Today, about 15,000 residents live on the island -- numbers swell inordinately in the summer, but this trip is timed for the abating of the crowds. Prices for this trip are per person based on double-occupancy with airport taxes, security fees and fuel charges coming to approximately $300 extra person when traveling to and from Greece. For trips departing September 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30th, 2005, this trip costs $1,449 if you pay in cash or $1,493 if you pay by credit card. For trips departing October 7, 14, 21, or the 28, the trip will run you $1,349 or $1,389 with other forms of payment.
Other Homeric Tours include an end of the summer nine-day/seven-night Athens and islands special that includes your round-trip airfare, accommodations and a cruise starting from $1,849 for August 19 or 26 and September 2, 2005 departures. Your accommodations include two nights in an Athens hotel, four nights in Mykonos at the same San Marco Hotel, and three days and three nights on a cruise to other islands across the Aegean Sea. You also find your breakfasts in Athens and Mykonos as well as all meals and entertainment on the cruise boat rolled into the base-price. As usual, prices are per person based on double occupancy with hotel and service taxes included but air and security fees additional.
For a good look at mainland Greece with an in-depth tour of Athens, Picasso Tours (tel. 800/995-7997; www.picassotours.com) is offering an Athens and inland "Classical Tour of Greece." The 10-day/eight-night trip covers Athens and many inland sites such as Olympia, Delphi and Mycenae, home to ancient temples and important historical locations. Costing approximately $2,379 for departures between September 1 to October 28, 2005, this trip includes round-trip airfare from New York, eight nights' accommodations, airport transfers, daily breakfast, one lunch and three cultural multi-course meals. This trip is good for Tuesday departures. If you want to leave on Thursday or Friday, expect to pay $80 extra.
From Athens to the islands, from air-inclusive to land-only package deals, Go-Today (tel. 800/227-3235; www.go-today.com) has some Greece deals worth surveying. An 11-night, three-island special with air and all accommodations included departs from September 1 to October 31, 2005 and starts from $2,009 out of New York. (Other U.S. gateways are available at additional cost.) The booking deadline is July 14. This trip visits Mykonos, Paros and Santorini, three of Greece's most popular and beautiful islands. The trip includes airfare, three nights in Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini, and two nights in Paros. Also included are ferry service and a return flight from Santorini to Athens. Again, hotel service charges and tax are included; air and security taxes are not.
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