Experience an unmatched blend of ancient history and modern wonders in Greece, savoring the relaxed pace of island living and the lively bustle of Athens alike, and enjoying the rich variety of Mediterranean cuisine.
Day 1 - ARRIVE ATHENS, GREECE
Arrive in Athens and transfer to your hotel. Gather this evening
for a welcome briefing followed by dinner.
Day 2 - ATHENS
Visit the Acropolis and the Parthenon, two great icons of the
ancient world. At the Acropolis Museum, marvel at artifacts
Athenians used in everyday life, as well as finds from the slopes
of the Acropolis. This afternoon, explore Athens’ wonders at your
Day 3 - OROPOS
Depart your hotel for the ancient town of Oropos, where you
meet a local family in their home for an exclusive hands-on
culinary experience. After lunch, stroll the charming village
streets, and peruse its boutiques and shops.
Day 6 - CRETE
This morning, fly to the island of Crete for three days of
exploration and discovery. Visit the Heraklion Archaeological
Museum, known for the best collection of Minoan art in the
world. Continue to the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on
Crete and visit its Minoan palace. Later, check in to your seaside
accommodations in Agios Nikolaos, a coastal town that blends
bustling city life with local art and a leisurely attitude. The next
day, visit the island of Spinalonga, a protective outpost for the
Cretan mainland built in 1579. Join its custodians on the first
boat of the morning, and witness them opening the fortress for
the day. Wander the streets of this former community and then
explore the picturesque streets of historic Plaka, filled with flower
shops, taverns and charming boutiques. Cap off your day with a
visit to a local organic olive oil producer, where you learn about
this Greek staple. Discover eastern Crete the following day with
a visit to an organic cosmetics producer, where you learn about
how these traditional products are made. Next, visit the village
of Kritsa, renowned for its traditional weaving.
Day 7 - SANTORINI
Voyage to Santorini by high-speed catamaran. Continue to
Akrotiri, a Minoan Bronze Age settlement preserved in volcanic
ash from the Theran eruption in 1627 BC. The settlement
has been suggested as a possible inspiration for Plato’s story
of Atlantis. Travel north to Fira to visit the Archaeological
Museum, home to the island’s finest collection of artifacts from
the fourth and fifth century.
Day 8 - SANTORINI
Set out on a private yacht for a cruise around the southern coast
of Santorini. Bask in the beauty of the stunning white and red
beaches with time to soak up the sun or swim in the crystal
waters. Savor an appetizing barbecue lunch prepared by the
expert crew just for you. Return to your hotel with the remainder
of the evening at your leisure.
Day 9 - Athens
Fly to Athens and visit the Temple of Poseidon, travelling along the shores of Cape Sounion. Take in the gorgeous vistas over
the Aegean Sea as you imagine life for the ancient Greeks who
constructed the imposing temple. Travel to your waterfront
resort, where you settle in and enjoy some time at leisure. This
evening, gather for a special farewell dinner at an authentic
working farm for a meal featuring seasonal, locally grown
Day 10 - DEPART ATHENS
Transfer to Athens airport and board your onward flight.