Get the best of urban life, ancient ruins, and island leisure with this package from Gate 1 Travel (tel. 800/682-3333; www.gate1travel.com), which combines Athens and two of Greece's most popular islands, Santorini and Mykonos, for a 10-day trip.
Athens puts you close to historical sites, including the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Mykonos and Santorini are intensely popular during the summer, making this spring departure a nice option. The cliffs of Santorini stun even the most jaded traveler, while the sunsets seem especially vibrant near Oia, at the island's northern tip. On party-heavy Mykonos, there are quieter spots to be found; you can literally get lost for the afternoon in the maze-like streets of Old Town.
Trip Type: Independent, air-inclusive
What the Quoted Price Gets You: Airfare from New York to Athens, eight nights' hotel (three each in Athens and in Mykonos; two in Santorini), ferries between Athens and the islands, breakfast daily, and airline fuel surcharges.
What Else You'll Have to Pay: U.S. and foreign government airport taxes and fees up to $350, depending on the package.
When: The price reflects the April 25 and May 9 departures. Other dates are available throughout May, June, September and October.
Book By: As soon as possible for best availability.
Other Details: Expect to pay more if you travel during the height of the summer tourist season (starting in June, the price jumps to $1,699). A half-day Athens sightseeing tour (add $59) or a daytrip to the island of Delos (add $75) are other options.
All prices are per person and, if lodging is a component of the package, based upon two people traveling together (unless otherwise noted). The prices listed are general starting rates; see "What Else You'll Have to Pay" for details about associated taxes and fees. Base-prices, taxes and fees can vary based on point of departure and time of travel. Trip add-ons like sightseeing tours and meal plans may also increase the price. Check with the tour operator for additional gateways and any single supplements, which is the extra cost that a solo traveler would pay to book the deal.