With over 250 inhabited islands with distinct Geography, History & Culture, choosing which to visit is not always easy but some general info can help narrow things down.
For those short of time, choose islands near Athens of the Argo-Saronic Gulf group of Hydra, Spetses, Poros, and Aegina, or the nearer Cycladic Islands of Andros & Tinos which have fast ferry connections. Islands with airports such as Crete, Rhodes, Santorini, Zante or Skiathos may also help provide the best use of your time.
For those with more time the choices open up for hopping between Islands in the same group a good option, with the main considerations as follows.
The Sporades Islands, Skopolos, Skiathos & Alonisos with its marine park are the most green of the Islands and have a wealth of timeless picturesque fishing villages literally out of the pages of a movie (location of Mama Mia). They are also one of the world’s most beautiful sailing locations with calm seas, idyllic isolated beaches only accessible by boat & windless harbours to anchor. In general, these are less touristy but still well connected by ferries.
In the South Aegean lie the rocky & most visited Cyclades, rich in Historical sites and including the highly popular Santorini & Mykonos; whilst to the south of these is Crete, large enough to provide lots of variety for longer stays. Lastly, closer to Turkey are the Dodecanese group including Rhodes with its very impressive Castles & Ancient Cities, and on the West coast of Greece, the Ionioan Islands with Kefalonia a favourite for families.
Your available time may influence your choice so our one or two Day Tours from Athens to nearby Islands such as Andros with its beautiful main town, or toe Aegina with its impressive Temple of Aphaia a made with you in mind.
However for those with more days to spare who want the first time highlights then our tours to Santorini & Mykonos with all transfers and luxury Hotels in the best locations will provide everything & more and like all our Packages are personalised & tailorable from top to bottom.
For those who have been there & done that & perhaps want something that takes advantage of the rich History in Greece with less crowds, then a perfect option is our Peloponnese Tour rom Athens which not only visits a wealth of UNESCO & other sites, but end in the unspoiled Islands of Spetses & Hydra without roads or cars.
Alternatively, a nice combination for island hopping is One of the main Cycladic group like Santorini or Paros followed by some days on Crete which has lots to see & do & suitable for any style. For family gatherings we have quiet villas, Local excursions for Knossos for example for History lovers, or idyllic Beach retreats. These are some of our most personalised & tailored Packages. Whatever your need just get in touch !
If you are looking for something more than the History, Local sites & Beaches then we also have some great suggestions.
Most simply, ask us for any cultural options you need to add onto an existing trip such as so a cruise of the Caldera in Santorini, a food & wine experience on Mykonos, or a local ‘highlights-tour of the island for example.
More extensively, we can organise a Hiking or multi-activity Holiday on the unspoiled Islands of Andros & Tinos with unique renovated mansion houses or small friendly boutique Hotels with a pool. Ideal for families & small groups of all activity levels.
Sailing options can not be overlooked and for private skippered packages we have low prices for private groups. Take a look at our flagship tour for example which visits Skiathos, Skopolos of Mama-Mia fame, along with the Marine park of Alonisos with its underwater Archaeological Museum. Sailing in the area over one or two weeks with a mix of car-inaccessible beaches, swimming, enjoying the local food & villages of these islands is a unique experience.
Whatever your needs just let us know !
Make the most of your time with a combination of mainland sites & Islands. A great tip is to spend some time sightseeing the amazing UNESCO sites & landscapes on the mainland before a more relaxed period of Island life. Especially for families & small groups, this will give a great balance as well as having something to please everyone.
Sometimes less is more! For Families & groups with senior travellers, be aware that the more places & Islands you visit, the more time you will spend travelling & less sightseeing or relaxing.
Whilst our Greek Islands Tours & Holiday Packages can incorporate the big names of Santorini & Mykonos, spare some time to look at the hidden gems of the smaller islands like Andros, Tinos, Kea & Aegina. Each of which have good connections & are unique in History, Geography & local Culture.