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Due to a large number of Greek islands, many visitors actually choose to visit 2 or 3 islands in one holiday. This way they can see more Greek destinations in one summer break. The close distance and the frequent ferry routes make things easier. Here are the most popular Greek island hopping tours to get ideas for your next visit.
# Santorini and Mykonos: the top among Greek island tours
As Santorini and Mykonos are the top Greek destinations, this is the most popular holiday combination in the country. In summer, there are also daily ferry connections between these two islands of Cyclades and also with Athens. This island hopping is among the most popular Greek island tours for honeymooners and first-time visitors to Greece. As Santorini is also a frequent wedding destination, many couples stay there for honeymoon and also visit close islands, including the cosmopolitan island of Mykonos.
# Kefalonia and Zakynthos
These two Ionian islands are a popular couple of islands in Greece. Both islands receive direct flights from European airports starting from April until October, including many low-cost air companies. Also in summer, there is a daily ferry connection from Pessada port in Kefalonia to Agios Nikolaos Schinari port in Zakynthos, making access to the other island fairly easy and quick (90 min trip). Both Kefalonia and Zakynthos are large in size and offer many places to explore, from breathtaking beaches to historical monuments.
# Rhodes and Kos
Among the most popular Greek island tours is hopping from Rhodes to Kos. Both islands of Dodecanese receive charter and direct flights from foreign airports in summer, making it easy to access from abroad. The ferry connection between these two islands is also daily. Large in size, with many beaches and historical monuments, Rhodes and Kos are great destinations for families with kids, couples and nightlife seekers.
# Paros and Naxos
Paros and Naxos are two small islands in the center of the Cyclades that keep a lower profile in tourism than Santorini and Mykonos. They offer great chances for more quiet holidays. Paros is particularly famous for its nightlife and the authentic Cycladic architecture, while Naxos is more suitable for families and people seeking for a quiet vacation. Both islands have crystal water and are ideal for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Combining Paros with Naxos is among the closest Greek island tours as both islands are about 3-5 hours by ferry from Athens and 40 min by ferry from each other.
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