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Off-Season Island Exploring

10 Days / 9 Nights

Athens, Corfu, Athens, Santorini

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Have you always dreamt of a trip to Greece, but the excessive heat and crowds made you skeptical? If so, why not visit Greece in the off-season? This 10-day itinerary starts in Athens, where you'll be able to explore the city's vast history and fascinating dining scene without the hordes of tourists the summer brings. You'll continue your trip to Corfu with its Italianate squares and elegant architecture before heading to the indisputable queen of the Greek Islands, Santorini. The latter is at its best in the off-season as you can make the most of its gorgeous sunsets and scenic hikes then.

One of our team members in Greece will be available to you leading up to and during your trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, with its information on the best this country has to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon request, we will provide you with an eSIM with data that you can use to reach your local JayWay contact (whom you will meet in person) throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3- to 5-star accommodation options, including boutique hotels and charming B&Bs. With our firsthand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambiance.

Route for Athens, Corfu, Athens, Santorini tour

3 Nights in Athens

3 Nights in Athens

4 days in Athens
4 days in Athens

3 Nights in Athens

Although it's hard to not keep craning your head to take in the spectacle of the Acropolis at the center of town (especially when it's lit up at night), there's more to Athens than its dense concentration of ancient ruins. Athens is a center for contemporary art, with modern galleries sitting beside museums stuffed with art dating back millennia. This combination of the old and new is especially clear at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, a spectacular open-air theater that has hosted concerts and plays for nearly 2,000 years. The city's culture is also reflected in its diverse food and drink, which combines traditional Greek favorites with influences from across the Mediterranean, and the world, as fitting Athens' deep history as a humming harbor hub. While Athens' variety is enough to keep you busy, from the hidden back alleys of the center, to the city's showy coast, the city works well as a base for day trips, whether down the coast, or to the Peloponnese. Head to oracular Delphi, or hunt for where Lord Byron's carved his name into the monumental Temple of Poseidon at the tip of Cape Sounion.

Although it's hard to not keep craning your head to take in the spectacle of the Acropolis at the center of town (especially when it's lit up at night), there's more to Athens than its dense concentration of ancient ruins. Athens is a center for contemporary art, with modern galleries sitting beside museums stuffed with art dating back millennia. This combination of the old and new is especially clear at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, a spectacular open-air theater that has hosted concerts and plays for nearly 2,000 years. The city's culture is also reflected in its diverse food and drink, which combines traditional Greek favorites with influences from across the Mediterranean, and the world, as fitting Athens' deep history as a humming harbor hub. While Athens' variety is enough to keep you busy, from the hidden back alleys of the center, to the city's showy coast, the city works well as a base for day trips, whether down the coast, or to the Peloponnese. Head to oracular Delphi, or hunt for where Lord Byron's carved his name into the monumental Temple of Poseidon at the tip of Cape Sounion.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Athens

Upon your arrival in Athens, a driver will meet you and drive you to your centrally located accommodation. The drive takes about 45 minutes, depending on traffic.

Our representative will then meet with you to answer any questions you have and to get you settled for the rest of your trip.

Love at First Sight

Suggestion to explore on your own

Taking advantage of the opportunity for views of the Acropolis shining in the night, Athens has plenty of rooftop venues, which have become popular hubs for nightlife among locals. One of our favorite rooftop bars is POINT a - the only bar that provides views of both the Acropolis and the modern elegant lines of the Acropolis Museum, lit beautifully at night. POINT a has a relaxed vibe and Greek cuisine with a twist. It’s perfect for couples and even families or groups of friends. If you happen to stay around the Monastiraki District, you should definitely visit A for Athens, a popular venue among locals. Hytra and GB Roof Garden are full-on luxury restaurants and bars that perfectly provide romantic evenings. We guarantee that if you spend your first night dining at one of those places, you will quickly fall in love with the mind-blowing views and lively city.

Love at First Sight

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Athens

Athens Highlights Mythology Small Group Tour

Athens Highlights Mythology Small Group Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Discover the myths behind the greatest landmarks in Athens. Learn about Greek gods and heroes, and discover what really hides behind ancient myths. At the same time visit the best landmarks and sites in Athens, such as the Acropolis (Parthenon, theater of Dionysus, temple of Athena Nike, temple of Erechtheion, and the sanctuary of Asclepius), Olympian Zeus’ temple, the Ancient Agora, and the temple of Hephaestus.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

An Archeologist's Paradise

Suggestion to explore on your own

If you are interested in what life was like in ancient Greece, you've arrived at the right place. Athens offers some wonderful museums you definitely shouldn't miss. The Acropolis Museum, located in an award-winning building, is an absolute must-see. It displays and protects priceless artifacts and provides an opportunity to enjoy a panoramic view of the Acropolis and city itself. Housed in a beautiful neoclassical building, the National Archeological Museum is the city's largest museum. If you want to experience the panorama of ancient Greek culture to its fullest, save at least two days to wander through its fascinating collections. An exhibition of archeological findings can be also found at the airport's main building.

An Archeologist's Paradise

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Athens

Sounio Half-Day Private Tour

Sounio Half-Day Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Are you thinking of escaping the bustle of Athens for a few hours? Let us take you on an unforgettable trip to Cape Sounio! Get ready to feel the unique vibe the Temple of the God Poseidon gives off while enjoying a magnificent multi-hued sunset and a panoramic view of the sea. To further enhance your experience, you will also stop and enjoy the healing properties of a natural spa in Vouliagmeni lake along your way to Sounio. This tour will leave you with delightful images engraved in your memory!


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 5 hours

Athens by Night Food and Wine Tasting Small Group Tour

Athens by Night Food and Wine Tasting Small Group Tour

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

As the sun sets, embark on a truly decadent foray into Greek gastronomy and viticulture. This immersive food tour includes two authentic eateries, followed by a wine tasting, in which an expert sommelier takes you through five different varieties, plus ouzo.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 4 hours

Day 4

Day 4 - Traveling to Corfu by Airplane

From Athens to Corfu the best option will be to take a flight on one of the low cost airlines. On your day of departure, a driver will pick you up at your accommodation and take you to the airport for your flight.

Corfu by Air
We also offer the following excursions in Athens

Acropolis for Families Private Tour
Moderate2 hours
Ancient Corinth Tour & Nemea Wine-Tasting Private Tour
Moderate9 hours
Athens Highlights Mythology Private Tour
Moderate4 hours
Athens Markets and Chronicles Small Group Tour
Light4 hours

3 Nights in Corfu

3 Nights in Corfu

4 days in Corfu
4 days in Corfu

3 Nights in Corfu

The jewel of the Ionian Sea, Corfu exudes a sense of elegance, nostalgia and aristocratic grandeur. Its charming old town, with its noble architecture, sophisticated ambience, and impeccable sea views, has a prime spot on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Corfu’s multicultural history is a juxtaposition of conquests by the Venetians, French, and British. Their stories are reflected in the island’s eclectic, neoclassical, and Art Nouveau architecture. Corfu's historical center is protected by two Venetian Fortresses: the Old Fortress which played a crucial role in Corfu’s history protecting the island from many sieges, and the hilltop New Fortress, with its vaulted passageways, underground galleries, and astonishing views of the Old Town. Discover the island’s unique history by visiting a few of its grand palaces, like the Achilleion Palace, built by Empress Elizabeth ("Sisi") of Austria in 1892, with its luscious gardens and impressive collection of marble statues. Corfu's countryside is dotted with pretty villages, expansive olive groves, vineyards, and herbal gardens. The coastline is a dream world of its own, with crystalline azure waters and secret coves only accessible by boat.

The jewel of the Ionian Sea, Corfu exudes a sense of elegance, nostalgia and aristocratic grandeur. Its charming old town, with its noble architecture, sophisticated ambience, and impeccable sea views, has a prime spot on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Corfu’s multicultural history is a juxtaposition of conquests by the Venetians, French, and British. Their stories are reflected in the island’s eclectic, neoclassical, and Art Nouveau architecture. Corfu's historical center is protected by two Venetian Fortresses: the Old Fortress which played a crucial role in Corfu’s history protecting the island from many sieges, and the hilltop New Fortress, with its vaulted passageways, underground galleries, and astonishing views of the Old Town. Discover the island’s unique history by visiting a few of its grand palaces, like the Achilleion Palace, built by Empress Elizabeth ("Sisi") of Austria in 1892, with its luscious gardens and impressive collection of marble statues. Corfu's countryside is dotted with pretty villages, expansive olive groves, vineyards, and herbal gardens. The coastline is a dream world of its own, with crystalline azure waters and secret coves only accessible by boat.

Day 4

Day 4 - Arrival in Corfu

Upon arrival at the airport, our driver will pick you up and take you to your accommodation.

For Your Eyes Only

Suggestion to explore on your own

After your arrival in Corfu, we recommend heading to one of the main town's must-sees: Palaio Frourio, a 15th century Venetian fortress. Separated from the town by a moat, the fortress boasts two small peaks, or korypha, that are the source of Corfu's name. While the fort tends to draw visitors for its history, some come for its breathtaking views, or because it was one of the settings for the Bond film, "For Your Eyes Only."

For Your Eyes Only

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Corfu

Best of Corfu Half-Day Private Driving Tour

Best of Corfu Half-Day Private Driving Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Engage in this half-day Corfu highlights tour and explore the most important attractions of the island from the comfort of your private luxury vehicle. Ideal for those visiting the Homeric island of the Phaeacians for the first time, immerse into the beauty and history of the jewel of the Ionian Sea. From imperial palaces to tiny picturesque islands and of course, the Italianate beauty of the magnificent town of Corfu, it is certain that this tour will captivate your senses and create a memorable experience for you, your family and friends.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 4 hours 30 minutes

Artemis' Sanctuary

Suggestion to explore on your own

Just outside of Corfu lies the remains of the Temple of Artemis, an early Doric temple built around 580 BC at the ancient city of Korkyra. Partially excavated by a vacationing Kaiser Wilhelm II on the eve of WWI, this was one of the first buildings to include all the elements of Doric architecture. The pediment that once crowned it, depicting Perseus killing the Medusa, can now be admired in the town of Corfu's National Archaeological Museum.

Artemis' Sanctuary

Day 6

Day 6 - Your Second Full Day in Corfu

Mingle with Locals in Picturesque Villages

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

Corfu is stuffed with humble hamlets, so don't spend all your time on the beach! If you're interested in history, or just want to immerse yourself in the island's traditional culture, head to Old Perithia. As the name implies, this is Corfu's oldest village, although most of its traditional homes have been abandoned. Located at the base of Mt. Pantokrator, this village is located in a secure location, with views of the sea, but invisible from the coast. Corfu's second largest town, picturesque Lefkimmi boasts astonishing architecture, with tall Venetian-style houses, quiet squares, hidden churches, and a canal linking the town to the sea.

Mingle with Locals in Picturesque Villages
Corfu Food Walking Private Tour

Unusual Flavor Combinations

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Corfu's cosmopolitan past is reflected in its cuisine, which blends Greek and Venetian flavors. One popular local dish is pastitsada, a traditional veal casserole. We recommend seeking out sofrito, another veal-based dish, which is made with vinegar, parsley, and garlic, as well as bourdeto, a spicy fish stew. For something more unique, try some of the island's exclusive spoon sweets and kumquat liqueur! Another unique taste, is traditional "loukoumades", which are little bite-sized fluffy sweet honey balls (the Greek version of donuts).


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 3 hours

Day 7

Day 7 - Traveling to Santorini by Airplane, via Athens

Today a driver will pick you up from your accommodations and take you straight to Corfu's airport, with plenty of time to catch your flight to Athens, where you'll take another short fligth to Santorini.

Athens by Air
We also offer the following excursions in Corfu

Admire the Most Iconic Sights of Corfu in a Day Private Tour
Easy7 hours 30 minutes
Cape Drastis and Loggas Cliffs Private Hiking Tour
Moderate3-4 hours
Corfu Old Town and Olive Oil Tasting Half-Day Private Tour
Easy4 hours 30 minutes
Corfu in a Day Private Tour
Light7 hours

Day Stop in Athens

Day Stop in Athens

1 days in Athens
1 days in Athens

Day Stop in Athens

Although it's hard to not keep craning your head to take in the spectacle of the Acropolis at the center of town (especially when it's lit up at night), there's more to Athens than its dense concentration of ancient ruins. Athens is a center for contemporary art, with modern galleries sitting beside museums stuffed with art dating back millennia. This combination of the old and new is especially clear at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, a spectacular open-air theater that has hosted concerts and plays for nearly 2,000 years. The city's culture is also reflected in its diverse food and drink, which combines traditional Greek favorites with influences from across the Mediterranean, and the world, as fitting Athens' deep history as a humming harbor hub. While Athens' variety is enough to keep you busy, from the hidden back alleys of the center, to the city's showy coast, the city works well as a base for day trips, whether down the coast, or to the Peloponnese. Head to oracular Delphi, or hunt for where Lord Byron's carved his name into the monumental Temple of Poseidon at the tip of Cape Sounion.

Although it's hard to not keep craning your head to take in the spectacle of the Acropolis at the center of town (especially when it's lit up at night), there's more to Athens than its dense concentration of ancient ruins. Athens is a center for contemporary art, with modern galleries sitting beside museums stuffed with art dating back millennia. This combination of the old and new is especially clear at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, a spectacular open-air theater that has hosted concerts and plays for nearly 2,000 years. The city's culture is also reflected in its diverse food and drink, which combines traditional Greek favorites with influences from across the Mediterranean, and the world, as fitting Athens' deep history as a humming harbor hub. While Athens' variety is enough to keep you busy, from the hidden back alleys of the center, to the city's showy coast, the city works well as a base for day trips, whether down the coast, or to the Peloponnese. Head to oracular Delphi, or hunt for where Lord Byron's carved his name into the monumental Temple of Poseidon at the tip of Cape Sounion.

Day 7 - Day Stop in Athens

Day 7 - Day Stop in Athens

From Athens to Santorini the best option will be to take a flight on one of the low cost airlines.

Santorini by Air

3 Nights in Santorini

3 Nights in Santorini

4 days in Santorini
4 days in Santorini

3 Nights in Santorini

“Intelligent adults come here and turn into infants,” Craig Walzer, owner of the Atlantis Bookstore. Santorini is every traveler's dream. The whitewashed houses and blue domed churches perched atop of soaring cliffs, the narrow cobblestone streets and unsurpassed views of crystal-clear blue waters -- these all greet you as you step foot on this fairytale land. Intertwining myth and reality, Santorini is every bit as beautiful as the countless postcards, magazine covers, and Instagram photos claim. The village of Oia is world-famous for its sunset, where thousands of spectators line up every evening to witness the magic as the sun bids farewell to the sky and the canvas lights up in fierce hues. Fortunately, the sunset can be enjoyed from much of the rest of this crescent-shaped island. Santorini is also home to Akrotiri, the Greek take on Pompeii. Inhabited since Neolithic times, this city was built up by the Minoans, a seafaring civilization that predated the ancient Greeks, only to be destroyed in the catastrophic eruption that shaped Santorini, which forms part of a massive volcanic caldera. Covered in ashes for millennia, Akrotiri is still being uncovered. We suggest visiting the neighboring center of the caldera, where you can enjoy hot springs, visit the volcanic crater, and enjoy stunning views of Santorini itself. Santorini’s unique ecology, climate and volcanic ash soil paved the way for a flourishing wine industry. Its indigenous varietals will make your stay even more enjoyable.

“Intelligent adults come here and turn into infants,” Craig Walzer, owner of the Atlantis Bookstore. Santorini is every traveler's dream. The whitewashed houses and blue domed churches perched atop of soaring cliffs, the narrow cobblestone streets and unsurpassed views of crystal-clear blue waters -- these all greet you as you step foot on this fairytale land. Intertwining myth and reality, Santorini is every bit as beautiful as the countless postcards, magazine covers, and Instagram photos claim. The village of Oia is world-famous for its sunset, where thousands of spectators line up every evening to witness the magic as the sun bids farewell to the sky and the canvas lights up in fierce hues. Fortunately, the sunset can be enjoyed from much of the rest of this crescent-shaped island. Santorini is also home to Akrotiri, the Greek take on Pompeii. Inhabited since Neolithic times, this city was built up by the Minoans, a seafaring civilization that predated the ancient Greeks, only to be destroyed in the catastrophic eruption that shaped Santorini, which forms part of a massive volcanic caldera. Covered in ashes for millennia, Akrotiri is still being uncovered. We suggest visiting the neighboring center of the caldera, where you can enjoy hot springs, visit the volcanic crater, and enjoy stunning views of Santorini itself. Santorini’s unique ecology, climate and volcanic ash soil paved the way for a flourishing wine industry. Its indigenous varietals will make your stay even more enjoyable.

Day 7

Day 7 - Arrival in Santorini

Upon arrival to Santorini airport, a driver will meet you and take you to your accommodation.

Blindingly White

Suggestion to explore on your own

Santorini's characteristic yposkafa houses, dug straight into volcanic rock and resembling caves on the inside, are one of the island's most romantic features. The history behind this architecture is a bit less charming, however. Due to harsh winter winds, the need for protection from raids, and the high costs of living above a cliff, many poor ended up burrowing along the caldera's cliffs. The houses are generally white, both to cool homes otherwise basking in the sun, and due to a law from the 1930s that once required citizens to use whitewash to fight the epidemics that once ravaged Santorini and its neighbors. Explore this unique architecture by visiting the Folklore Museum of Santorini, followed by a walk through Fira or Oia.

Blindingly White

Day 8

Day 8 - Your First Full Day in Santorini

Best of Santorini Private Tour

Best of Santorini Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

This private tour of Santorini shows you around the best of the island in a day. Visit Santorini's must-see sites and landmarks while nibbling on local delicacies and sipping on Greek wine along the way. Discover the most photogenic parts of the island and create memories to last a lifetime.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 5 hours

Caldera Private Hike

Scenic Hikes from Shore to Springs

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

Consider hiking along our recommended 6.5-mile trail from Fira to Oia, passing through charming towns like Firostefani and Imerovigli. For a more challenging route, start from Pyrgos, traverse Santorini's highest point to ancient Thira, or opt for a boat tour from the Old Port to Nea Kameni's volcano, featuring a moderately challenging hike with stunning views. Don't miss the opportunity to relax in Palia Kameni's thermal hot springs before returning to Fira.


Activity Level : Strenuous
Duration : 4 hours 30 minutes

Day 9

Day 9 - Your Second Full Day in Santorini

Catamaran Premium Small Group Cruise

Catamaran Premium Small Group Cruise

Included in your vacation package price.

Santorini’s volcanic landscape is best explored from the water, so set sail on this top-rated catamaran cruise, which will bring you to the island’s best beaches, viewpoints, and even directly inside the caldera, with a small group of fellow travelers. Along the way, you'll soak in natural hot springs, swim and snorkel off the Red Beach, and take in views of nearby Cyclades islands. An open bar and buffet lunch served right onboard keep you refreshed and energized throughout the voyage.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 5 hours

A Hidden Gem

Suggestion to explore on your own

Pyrgos, the best-preserved medieval settlement on the island, is a tiny village loaded with small wonders. It is located on elevated hill in the center of the island. For visitors looking for an authentic local village, this is the place. You can spend a lazy afternoon basking in the warm sun in an outdoor cafe, or a romantic evening wandering through the streets. Regardless of the season, the busiest time is noon, when people gather for ouzo or the island's beers, accompanied by excellent local meze. Join the locals at one of their tavernas!

A Hidden Gem

Day 10

Day 10 - Departure Day

Today a driver will pick you up from your accommodation and take you straight to Santorini's airport.

We also offer the following excursions in Santorini

Anydro Small Group Tour
Light5 hours 30 minutes
Flying Dress Photo Shoot
Light1 hour
Highlights Small Group Tour
Light5 hours 30 minutes
Mini Caldera Private Hike
Light3 hours

What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Athens

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Athens Airport Transfer
Athens Highlights Mythology Small Group Tour
Sounio Half-Day Private Tour
Athens Airport Transfer
Athens - Corfu Flight

Corfu

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Best of Corfu Half-Day Private Driving Tour
Corfu Airport Transfer
Corfu - Athens Flight

Athens

Athens - Santorini Flight

Santorini

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Santorini Fira Airport Transfer
Best of Santorini Private Tour
Catamaran Premium Small Group Cruise
Santorini Fira Airport Transfer

package excludes:


  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website
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A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language

We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.

A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation

Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.

A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions

We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.

Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day

Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.

On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road

Your tour manager is at your service throughout your journey. We'll provide a local SIM so you can stay connected.

Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out

Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.
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