Published May/Jun 2005

A couple does some fast-paced “jet-setting” off the island of Mykonos, where Contiki offers young travelers a resort.

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Where the young and the restless play.

nce the playground of gods and goddesses, Greece remains a popular destination among young travelers. With the appeal of its ancient history, gorgeous landscape, island beaches and infamous nightlife, the young and the restless can't help but flock to this beautiful country every summer.

Many choose to island-hop by ferry while others stay on the mainland to explore cities like Athens and Olympia. For those in search of sun, sand and fun mixed in with a true Greek experience, a tour package is a convenient and affordable option. Though many tour companies are aimed at families and older travelers, Contiki Holidays is a travel company that specializes in trips exclusively for 18- to 35-year-olds. They offer several tour packages throughout Greece, including their very own resort on Greece's Mykonos Island.

For example, Contiki offers a new nine-day Mykonos Resort and Island Cruising package that combines a three-night stay at the Contiki Mykonos Island Resort, three nights on a cruise of the Eastern Mediterranean, and sightseeing in Athens. At the Mykonos resort, guests can relax poolside, dance the night away at the on-site nightclub “Blue,” or enjoy water sports such as windsurfing, snorkeling, or scuba diving. Cruising takes travelers to Turkey’s port of Kusadasi, continuing on to the Greek isles of Santorini, Patmos and Crete. Or choose from other exciting itineraries such as the 14-day Greek Island Hopping and 11-day Spotlight on Greece, to discover cities such as Olympia, Delphi, and Athens.

In addition to the resort on Mykonos, Contiki also offers more than 100 different trips throughout the world including Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Canada and the United States. The company travels to popular destinations like Hawaii, Italy, Spain, and Sydney and also offers not-so-typical trips such as Russia and Scandinavia, Egypt, or Morocco. Contiki's hassle-free packages include accommodations, sightseeing, transportation, tour manager, and most meals–all for about $100 per day.

Contiki's vacation packages are perfect for college students and young professionals looking to travel the world and meet new people. The itineraries are packed with optional activities such as whitewater rafting, parasailing, and hot air ballooning to add to the experience.

For more information or to make reservations, contact your AAA Travel office.

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