updated 3/2/2009 11:22:37 AM ET 2009-03-02T16:22:37

The deal
Celebrate spring in the Cyclades with these affordable vacation packages to the legendary islands of Santorini and Mykonos. Not only will you beat the summer crowds with these pre-season vacations, you’ll also enjoy mild temperatures in the 60s and 70s ideal for exploring white-roofed cliffside villages, glittering black-and-red-sand beaches, and some of the world’s most picturesque ports and fishing marinas.

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4-night vacations on Santorini from $987
Perched cliffside overlooking the Aegean, Astra Apartments features 28 traditional island-style suites and rooms with balconies or terraces, offering stunning views of Santorini’s 3,600-year-old caldera. Let the front desk arrange guided sailing excursions, or rent a bike to explore the narrow cobbled streets of the nearby village of Imerovigil. At the resort, you find a day spa, Jacuzzi and a romantic open-air restaurant serving classic Greek and Mediterranean cuisine.

Stay for three nights or longer during April (excluding the Greek Easter holiday from April 18 through 20) and receive a fourth night free with the resort’s Savor Spring at Astra Package. Starting at just $987, the offer includes a traditional Greek breakfast, a bottle of Santorini wine upon arrival, champagne toasts, taxes and more along with your stay. You’ll save 25 percent off rack rates with this package, and enjoy a total savings of more than $330.

6-night package in Athens, Mykonos and Santorini from $1,159
This six-night air-inclusive package provides a budget-friendly opportunity to unwind in the romantic Cyclades, and also get a taste of the glory of ancient Greece with time in Athens. Spend a few days in the capital city exploring the Parthenon and the renowned National Archeological Museum.

Next, head to Mykonos for a trendy beach and nightlife scene second to none. Round out your trip with two nights on beautiful Santorini, one of the world’s most picturesque volcanic islands. Starting at just $1159, the offer includes round-trip flight from the US, ferry transportation, breakfast, your choice of hotels.

The dollars
Based on double occupancy. Taxes and fees are additional unless otherwise noted.

The catch
These gorgeous islands are popular for travel, so remember to book well in advance.

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