Santorini Vacation Packages

Q. How do I book a vacation package to Santorini?

Answer: You don’t.

You can get better deals and have a more interesting vacation by booking your flight and hotel separately.

You get the dates you truly want, the flights that work best for you, the hotel with the best reviews. With packages it’s all about compromise. Agents have blocks of reservations for certain flights and certain hotels. Their goal is to squeeze you into one of those blocks. I’m not suggesting this can never workout. It can.

But Santorini is such a unique treasure this is one trip you don’t want to have a cookie-cutter experience.

  • Flights to Santorini: Kayak.com – Great site and very easy to use. (If you want a direct flight to Santorini from Europe – without going through Athens – then you’ll likely have to book a cheap budget airline like Ryan Air or Easy Jet.)
  • Hotels in Santorini: Booking.com – Easy to use website and great rates.
  • Ferries to Santorini: GTP.gr – Booking ferries more than a few days in advance is rarely necessary (so you can wait to buy most ferry tickets until after you arrive – when it’s super simple). But if you need to search for ferry schedules then this is the site to use.
  • If you’re traveling during high seasons (July and August) and want to book ferry tickets in advance then use the individual websites of the ferry company your using (that way there are no added fees) – Blue Star, Hellenic Seaways, Seajets.

And that’s it. It’s pretty easy.

But if you still want the names of respected travel agents that offer vacation packages to Santorini here are two of the best: Dolphin Hellas and Fantasy Travel.

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4 Questions and Comments

  1. How Much Time Between Flights in Athens

    Hey Dave! This site is amazing – I’ve booked our entire trip using information you’ve provided. I have a question about flights from Mykonos to Athens. We are leaving Mykonos in the morning and I’m trying to coordinate time for departing flight back to the US…not sure how much time I should allow between flights. Will we need to collect our luggage and check in again for the flight home? Thanks much!

    Deb

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Yes, you’ll have to collect your bags and check in again. There are no guarantees but I would want 2.5 hours at least in Athens. Flights from the islands can often be late. Bumping that up to 4 hours would not be silly.

  2. Itinerary for 10 Days in Greece

    Dave
    Beautiful website. My wife has always wanted to go to the Greek Isles. We’ve tentatively booked to arrive into Athens on May 5, 2017 and depart out of Athens in May 14. Can you recommend an itinerary? Maybe two nights per island but very flexible. We mostly walk and are in good shape. Thanks
    David

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Firstly, I would save any time you spend in Athens until the end (that way you have a safety buffer if any ferries or flights are canceled/delayed so that you don’t miss your flight home). With that in mind, assuming you don’t arrive in Athens too late, I would get the next plane to Santorini. Spend 3 nights there (you need at least 2 full days for Santorini). Then Blue Star ferry to Naxos (2 nights), Paros (2 nights), Mykonos (1 or 2 nights), Athens (1 night or just fly from Mykonos, or go straight to the airport from the ferry if you don’t want to explore Athens). The Blue Star ferries are the best for avoiding seasickness. No need to buy ferry tickets in advance for any of these routes. Just buy them on the islands as soon as you arrive.

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