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 Museum, marveling at artifacts Athenians
used in everyday life, as well as finds from the slopes of the
Acropolis. Next, stroll the Plaka, filled with flower shops,
taverns and charming boutiques. Enjoy lunch at leisure. In
the evening, explore the Acropolis, one of the greatest icons of the ancient world, followed by dinner.
Day 3 - Oropos
Depart 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
In the morning, fly to the island of Crete for three days
of exploration and discovery. Check in to your seaside
accommodations in Agios Nikolaos, a coastal town that
blends bustling city life with local art and a leisurely attitude.
This evening, embark on a private cruise to the island of
Spinalonga, a protective outpost for the Cretan mainland built
in 1579, where you wander the streets of this former fortress
community. The island also acted as a leper colony from 1903
to 1957. The next morning, visit the Palace of Knossos, Crete's
most famous historic attraction, then enjoy lunch at a winery.
Afterward, explore the Heraklion Archaeological Museum,
known for the best collection of Minoan art in the world.
Discover eastern Crete the following day with a visit to the
Byzantine church of Panagia Kera, a 13th-century structure
with impressive fresco decorations. Next, explore the village
of Kritsa, renowned for its traditional weaving, and visit an
organic cosmetics producer and olive oil maker.
Day 7 - Santorini
Voyage to Santorini by high-speed catamaran. Travel north
to Fira to enjoy lunch. Check in to your hotel, then continue
to Akrotiri, a Minoan Bronze Age settlement preserved in
volcanic ash from the ancient eruption of Thera. The settlement
has been suggested as a possible inspiration for Plato's story
of Atlantis. Explore the beautiful village of Oia, and enjoy
dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 8 - Santorini
Start your day with the Fira Archaeological Museum, home
to the island's finest collection of artifacts from the fourth and
fifth centuries. Then, join your Resident Tour Director on an
exploration of the life and sites of Santorini before enjoying time
at leisure at your resort.
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 produce.
Day 10 - Depart Athens
Transfer to Athens Airport and board your onward flight.