Even the flight to this European paradise is reasonable; Round trip tickets from New York City to Athens start as low as $550. Once you’re there, you’ve got an overwhelming number of gorgeous islands to explore. There are so many Greek islands that they’ve been divided into clusters. The best island “cluster” to hit in terms of price are the Cyclades, which start close to the mainland and spread throughout the Mediterranean. Check out Kythnos for a dose of “real” Greece with cobblestone streets, laid-back tavernas, traditional architecture, and dozens of beaches. Kea offers a less-developed vibe with ancient ruins and relaxing shorelines. Kimolos is a must visit for the iconic rock formations and secluded coves that have made Greece famous. Accommodations on these islands start at under $50/night. Local food like Gyros go for $5 a wrap and local wines are a lot less than western prices.
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