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Island Hopping in Greece

Aside from its stunning mainland, Greece is made up of 6,000 islands spread across the Aegean and Ionian Seas. Some are rugged and speckled with the ruins of ancient civilisations, others are covered in hilltop villages and fringed with sandy beaches. Whether you're looking for buzzing nightlife, history, or relaxation in a seaside resort, island hopping in Greece is the ideal way to spend a holiday. 

Sovereign has a collection of luxury hotels on Greece's most popular islands, including Crete, Kos, Corfu and Santorini. Talk to one of our Trusted Advisers who have tested our resorts and can provide detailed advice about island-hopping holidays in Greece. Let us tailor your dream getaway, complete with private hotel transfers. 

Combine any Greek Islands for your perfect hopping holiday!

At Sovereign, we give you complete flexibility to choose your perfect island hopping holiday. Call one of our Trusted Advisers with your wish list and tailor-make your ideal itinerary. From a relaxing two stop getaway to a fully loaded tour of the islands, we’ll build whatever you want.

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Mykonos, Santorini & Crete

At a glance
  • Discover three classically Greek islands
  • Sip cocktails in Little Venice, Mykonos
  • Unwind on the sandy beaches of Crete
  • Watch Santorini’s famous sunset
9 days from £1849 per person
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Best destinations for island hopping in Greece

You'll find Corfu in the Ionian island group on the west coast of mainland Greece. This lush island enjoys a slightly cooler climate, with mountains and green hills at its centre, a UNESCO old town and dozens of beaches. Ikos Dassia in Dassia Bay is a stunning new resort with a luxury spa, kids' clubs, and an private white sand beach.
Island hop from Corfu to Zakynthos, also known as Zante, for a quieter break. Visit the island's famous shipwrecks and sea caves, snorkel alongside turtles and spend all day relaxing on a long golden beach. The Lesante Luxury Hotel and Spa is set in tranquil Tsilivi village near the beach and has suites with balconies or terraces, some of which offer guests outdoor Jacuzzis. There are also two restaurants, a spa and fitness centre. 


Crete lies halfway between Africa and mainland Europe so is a favourite with visitors for its year-round high temperatures. It's also Greece's largest island and is full of traditional whitewashed villages and olive groves, as well as gorges and canyons, vibrant cities and seaside resorts with picture-perfect beaches. As the birthplace of the ancient Minoans, there's plenty of history in Crete too, including the Palace of Knossos. 
A range of fantastic resorts are spread all over Crete, including the Daios Cove Luxury Resort and Villas, which is located on peaceful Vathi beach near Aghios Nikolaos and has a Greek taverna, saltwater infinity pool and luxury spa.


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Continue island hopping in Greece from fun-loving Mykonos to beautiful Santorini to experience dramatic multi-coloured cliffs and beaches, pretty hilltop villages and Minoan ruins. The Sun Rocks Hotel is an ideal couples' retreat, with a cliffside pool and romantic restaurant perched above the Aegean Sea where guests can enjoy spectacular sunset views. Grace Santorini is another hillside retreat offering contemporary suites, a sea view infinity pool, cocktail bar and complimentary yoga and pilates. 
Mykonos is part of the Cyclades island group, one of 24 inhabited islands and over 200 total islets. The island is known as a celebrity retreat and the main town is renowned for its nightlife, boasting world-class DJs and clubs. Beach resorts include The Grace Mykonos, a boutique hotel north of Mykonos Town, set above a sandy beach with sea views, a pool and restaurant. 
Dodecanese Islands - Rhodes and Kos
Floating in the southeast Aegean Sea, this chain of 12 main islands are easy to hop between and explore. Visit medieval castles and archaeological sites, stroll through ancient cities and soak up the sun in a secluded cove. Rhodes is the largest Dodecanese island, known for its walled, Byzantine Old Town, followed by Kos and its lively nightlife. 

Island hopping with the ferry

If you want to experience the real authentic Greek island hopping, why not try getting around on the Ferry. Our Trusted Advisers will be happy to book any arrangements for you.

We've put together some information on how easy it really can be to make the most of the easy Ferry transfer around the Greek islands.

Route Duration Frequency
Crete to Santorini 1 hr 45 mins. 2 to 3 sailings daily
Crete to Mykonos 4 hrs 30 mins 1 to 2 sailings daily
Santorini to Mykonos 2 hrs 20 mins 7 sailings daily
Santorini to Crete 1 hr 45 mins. 2 to 3 sailings daily
Mykonos to Crete 4 hrs 30 mins 1 to 2 sailings daily
Mykonos to Athens 2 hrs 55 mins 1 sailing daily
Rhodes to Kos 2 hrs 30 mins 2 hrs 30 mins
Kos to Bodrum (Turkey) 45 mins 1 sailing daily
Athens to Mykonos 2 hrs 55 mins 1 sailing daily

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Try the two most iconic Greek islands Mykonos and Santorini. With beautiful towns scattered with boutique shops and the authentic Greek feeling, these islands will not disappoint!

Mykonos & Santorini

At a glance
  • Explore Mykonos Town's boutique-lined lanes
  • Photograph whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches
  • Sample volcanic wine on Santorini
  • Watch sunset from a clifftop village
11 days from £2869 per person
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01293 762400 Or Make an Enquiry

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With over 6,000 paradisical islands, Greece is the ideal country for island hopping. Discover old towns with sparkling nightlife and hilltop villages, sweeping sandy beaches and rugged coves, ancient ruins and azure seas.

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