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Greek Island Hopping

Gems of the Cyclades

Book from € 999.-
GROUP SIZE: 6-24 | 10 DAYS

Greek Island Hopping

Welcome

This new tour to the Cyclades offers exactly what you would expect from Greece. Get to know Greek antiquity, discover vibrant Athens, experience island life on different islands and take your rest on beautiful beaches. This trip is a true "island hopping" tour where you visit three Greek islands; Andros, Tinos and Syros and even have the option of visiting a fourth island; Mykonos.

Travel documents

Travelling with the correct travel documentation is your own responsibility. Please ensure your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond the finish date of your trip.

A visa is generally not required in order to enter Greece but please check in good time before your trip commences as this information is always subject to change. You can check this information through a site such as this one.

Accommodation and transport

Transport
During our trip we use our own bus a few times. However, the travel distances are minimal. We also use a boat several times for crossings between the various islands. Transfers to and from the airport are included.

There are no "mandatory" walks on this trip. There are, however, opportunities for a group walk (organised by your tour leader)in different locations.

Accommodation
During this trip you will stay in different hotels, rooms will have their own bathroom and it is based on bed and breakfast.

Participants who book individually will share a room with another participant. We of course keep in mind to pair you with someone of the same sex. It is possible, where available, to request a single room for a supplement.

In cases where we have a large group, participants may be split between two different hotels. The accommodations in the Cyclades are not always large enough to accommodate bigger groups in the same hotel.

Guidance

Our tours are led by trained, local English speaking tour leaders. We know that our travellers appreciate being accompanied by these local tour leaders who, compared to their counterparts (living outside of the destination) have more detailed knowledge of their country. He/she knows the area well, can provide background information and ensure that the trip goes smoothly. He/she knows what to do if something were to go wrong, but is not a "walking encyclopedia". Therefore we would like to refer you to study a good travel guide (book) in advance of travel.

Your tour leader understandably expects a tip at the end, if she/he has completed the job well. Shoestring pay the tour guides a wage which is higher than that of most adventurous travel companies. Our guideline for tipping is between € 1, - and € 2, - per passenger per day (the equivalent thereof).

Difficulty

This journey is classified as Category A

The difficulty of our trips varies greatly. Added to this is the fact that travel difficulty is a very personal perception. To give an impression of the difficulty of a particular journey, we have developed a classification system.

Category A: Light travel for everyone to do. Short distances, good hotels, travel at a slow pace.
Category B: For everyone to do as well. Sometimes long distances. Good hotels and camping facilities, sometimes an adventurous overnight experience, travel at a normal pace.
Category C: Good to do for anyone who prepares themselves well and is flexible. There are tougher parts of the journey, such as longer distances or walking tours. Several nights can be spent in basic accommodation.
Category D:
A relatively difficult journey, travelling long distances, often primitive accommodation or tents, and challenging walking tours.

This Greek island hopping tour is classed as category A. The travel distances are short, you have plenty of individual freedom and time to get enough rest. The hotels are of good quality.

Sustainability

We know that travelling to remote corners of this planet has its effects. At Shoestring we really try to make an effort to keep our impact to a minimum. We try to avoid the use of plastic water bottles on our treks through Nepal and we do not dump our litter during our trips through Africa. All of our staff have been trained to take special care to ensure we make as little impact on the environment as possible. 

Furthermore we support a lot of local projects which are mostly related to clean drinking water or making sure that children get vaccinated against illnesses such as tuberculosis. On most tours you will be able to visit some of the projects we support through our local agents. Find out more about the different projects Shoestring are involved with, how you can make a difference and our environmental policies here

Insurance

Travel insurance, including medical repatriation insurance, is mandatory. It is not included with our packages and it is your responsibility to purchase suitable travel insurance. Make sure that it covers all the activities that you are likely to undertake, such as rafting and trekking. Many ‘free’ insurances that come with banking packages, credit cards etc, are quite often inadequate to cover you on our tours, so make sure you check the policy before you travel. You should enter your travel insurance details via your my.shoestring account and you are required to give a copy of your insurance policy to your tour leader upon arrival. Without proper insurance like this, you will not be allowed to join the tour as we will not be able to respond adequately in case of an emergency if you do not have the right insurance.

Address

Shoestring International
Entrada 223
1114 AA Amsterdam-Duivendrecht, The Netherlands.
www.shoestring.com                    

You can call us on number +31 20 6850203 or +44 (0)1306 744797 and email us at [email protected]           

Opening hours Monday to Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM (Local times in Netherlands).