"George", I said to my friend and travel agent George Gerassimides of Fantasy Travel in Athens. "Can you create a package for the economy-minded traveler which will be as cheap as they can ever hope to find on a cut-rate-fly-by-night-discount-travel site, but which will provide the same level of service as the more expensive packages? If they are in a C-catagory hotel I want it to be the best
C-catagory hotel like the Attalos or the Adonis and not off in some forbidden corner of Athens like on those discount travel sites. I want them to
have transfers from the airport to their Athens hotels and I want them to be met at the ferry by the hotel representatives on the islands and taken back to the ferry when they leave. In other words I want them to not have a thing to worry about, with everything working like clockwork at a cost that someone would pay if they were staying in cheap hotels and pensions and using public transportation and getting lost and frustrated. Can you do it?"
And as George often replies "Of course. And I will also include ferry boat tickets and a full day tour of Delphi or a Cruise to the Saronic Islands, and daily breakfast."
Here is what he came up with:
Athens-Mykonos-Santorini: 9 Nights/10 Days from 777 euros per person
And check out these as well:
Mainland Package 8 Days /7 Nights in Athens, Delphi, Olympia and Meteora from 744 euros per person
Island Hopping: 10 Days / 9 Nights in Paros and Naxos from: 652 € per person
New Economical Packages:
Fantasy Travel has put together a number of packages that offer quality accommodation for economical prices. Most packages that seem too good to be true are actually not as good as they seem, often using hotels that are in areas you really don't want to stay in, to keep the price down. But Fantasy's economy packages feature hotels in and around the Plaka in Athens and are all good quality hotels. I recommend their Santorini 5-Star from 295 € per person (in double room) for 3 nights in the 5-star Volcano View, with transfers and breakfast though this is only for specific dates because it is such a low price. But their Athens/Mykonos/Santorini Budget Program is available anytime, even
peak season, though they do run out of rooms if you wait til the last minute. For these and more visit Fantasy Travel's Special Offers Page
Far from the Maddening Crowd:
In response to the travelers who worry about demonstrations in Athens, at my request Fantasy Travel has put together several programs including a 10-Day Athens-Mykonos-Santorini package which includes a tour of Athens and all transfers and ferry tickets. The packages start at 790 euros per person. What makes them unique is for the Athens part of the trip you will be staying by the beach in Glyfada and Faliron, just 20 minutes from downtown by taxi or 30 minutes by bus or coastal tram. See Far From the Maddening Crowd