Reed Travel Features
SKIATHOS -- Tourlite International offers vacation packages to
the Northern Sporades Islands in its new program, The Greek Isles
as You Like Them.
This is one of five island groups -- Cyclades, Dodecanese,
Ionian Saronic and Crete are the others -- featured, with 15
islands packaged for three-night stays and additional nights
available on each island.
"We sell more island vacations than cruises," said Valerie
Athans, Tourlite's vice president, "and we decided this year to
expand our program to offer not only the widest range of island
choices but to give travelers a chance to create their own
"Unlike a cruise, which gives a four-hour island sampling, we
designed a planner that gives travelers at least four days to get
caught up in each island's attractions and lifestyle."
Athans expects the program to be a one-stop source of
information for agents booking island vacations. She said she feels
agents and clients will be "pleasantly surprised" how reasonably
priced island vacations can be.
She also said that the 15 islands were selected for their scenic
beauty, historical interest, comfortable accommodations and ease in
traveling from one to another.
Each program will start with a basic two-night Athens package,
and one or more islands are added from there; a minimum stay of
three nights is required on each island.
On all island packages, air and sea transportation is
additional, and prices are indicated in the brochure for those
In the Sporades, for example, Tourlite offers two nights in
Athens with three-night packages to Skiathos, Skopelos and Skyros
that include hotel transfers, three nights' accommodations at a
choice of three- to five-star hotels, breakfasts, hotel service and
In Skiathos, using the five-star Hotel Skiathos Princess, the
per person, double, cost is $179 during May and October, $269 June
l to July 10 and September and $319 from mid-July through
At the four-star Hotel Atrium, the cost range is $149 to $249,
and at the three-star Plaza, it is $109 to $159.
On Skopelos, the five-star Alikistis Hotel package is priced
from $149 to $259 per person; at the four-star Adrina Beach Hotel,
the range is $119 to $219; at the three-star Prince Stafylos the
lead price is $139 and the highest season cost is $249.
Staying on Skyros at the four-star Skyros Palace, the price from
June through September for the package is $159 per person, with the
exception of July 20 to Aug. 30, when the cost is $199.
The Cyclades Islands choices are Mykonos, Santorini, Paros and
In Santorini, to cite one, there is a choice of four four-star
hotels, with package prices per person (depending on season) of:
$219 to $319 at the El Greco hotel near Fira town; $209 to $339 at
the Santorini Palace Hotel in the Firostefami area, $239 to $329 at
the Tzekos Villas in the town of Fira, $239 to $319 at the Nomikos
Villas, where studios and apartments are built into the mountain
just outside Fira.
Island packages are offered on Rhodes, Kos and Symi in the
Dodecanese Island group; on Hydra and Spetses in the Saronics, and
on Corfu and Cephalonia in the Ionian Islands.
Crete offers five hotel choices, including three five-star
properties: Creta Maris by the sea in Hersonissos, the Porto
Elounda Mare Hotel and the Elounda Mare (five-star superior), both
at Elounda Bay near Agios Nikolaos.
To book, call (800) 272-7600.