Day 1: Athens
Pack your bags, you are off to Greece!
Day 2: Athens
Welcome to Athens! Upon arrival at Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, you will be greeted by your Hellenic Holidays transfer representative, who will drive you to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of your day exploring Athens. You might stroll the old neighborhoods of Plaka, which mingle old & new Athens or explore the vibrant neighborhoods of Monastiraki and Kolonaki.
Day 3: Athens (B)
After breakfast, your day will begin with your semi – private Athens Food Tour. Along with your English speaking licensed guide, you will visit various specialty food shops and discover another side of Athens where a kaleidoscope of colors, smells, tastes and textures await. Join us as we embark on a culinary journey and a delightful world of senses!
Day 4: Athens / Crete (B)
After breakfast, your day will begin with your private half day walking tour. Along with your English speaking licensed guide, you will visit the Acropolis and the temples of the Parthenon, the Erectheion and the Athena Nike. The tour will conclude with a visit to the Acropolis Museum. After your tour, your Hellenic Holidays transfer representative, will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the airport for your short flight to Crete. Upon arrival, you will be greeted and driven to your hotel. Chania is one of those rare cities in Greece, which is a mosaic of cultures, and history. Venetian influences as well as Jewish and Roman are evident through the various neighborhoods of Chania. Be sure to try our restaurant recommendations and sample some of Crete’s finest cuisine.
Day 5: Crete (B)
Today you will begin your culinary journey with your Food Lover’s Walk of Chania. This mouth-watering walk around Chania that combines a stroll through its known sights with visits to authentic and colorful food stores and old school eateries. You will get a glimpse into the past and living history of Chania, architecture and lifestyle as you walk the town, while exploring Crete’s flavors and aromas. You will chat with the people behind the scenes and taste local culinary delights, such as the syrupy “loukoumades”, traditional “bougatsa” pie, honey, rusks, olives, herbs & spices.
Day 6: Crete (B)
After breakfast, your journey in Crete will continue with your Cretan Villages and Countryside. Your tour will showcase organic olive oil and wine. Your journey will continue as you visit the studio of a known ceramist. Your journey will end along the foothills of the White Mountains for a delicious rustic – meal at a family – run tavern.
Day 7: Crete (B)
Your day is at leisure. You might consider a day trip to the Balos Beach lagoon for a day of relaxation. Leaving the port of Kissamos toward Gramvousa exploring the area and then arriving at Balos Beach for a day or swimming in the shallow turquoise waters of the lagoon.
Day 8: Crete / Santorini (B)
Off to Santorini! Your Hellenic Holidays transfer representative will drive you to the port of Heraklion where you embark on a 2 hour sail aboard a high speed ferry to Santorini. Santorini is most known for its breathtaking views of the red and brown layers of volcanic ash that makes its famous cliffside. You will be driven to your hotel overlooking the majestic caldera. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the romantic atmosphere of the island. Perched on a cliff with breathtaking views of the sunsets and the sea below creates the perfect setting for the next few days.
Day 9: Santorini (B,D)
After breakfast Your off to your Santorini Cooking Class. Georgia Tsara gives an introductory lecture to the cuisine of the Cycladic Islands and particularly of Santorini, as well as, to the unique local products of our island. With more than 300 days of sunshine and its rich volcanic soil, the island yields a bounty of unusual indigenous herbs and vegetables. White eggplant, capers and caper leaves, fava (small yellow peas), exquisite baby tomatoes – all grown virtually without water.
Day 10: Santorini (B)
After breakfast enjoying caldera views, your morning is at leisure. In the early afternoon, you will be driven to the port of Vlihada or Ammoudi where you will embark on the sailing trip that we have arranged. You will sail to the Red and White beaches, the Venetian Lighthouse and the Sulphur Springs. During these visits, you will have the opportunity to swim and snorkel. You will then sail to a secluded bay where while you swim or relax, a lavish steak and seafood barbecue with many appetizers and salads is being prepared for you to enjoy.
Day 11: Santorini (B)
Your last day in Santorini. You might consider visiting the famous village of Oia. In the afternoon, enjoy an exquisite tasting experience under the guidance of our experienced sommelier, and embark on a tour you will always remember. Santorini Wine Roads will allow you to comfortably experience the island’s unique wine culture in a tour carefully designed to accommodate even the most demanding oenophile. During this tour you will visit 3 wineries and be introduced to 15 different styles of wines.
Day 12: Santorini / Athens / Home
Your Hellenic Holidays transfer representative will drive you to the airport for your short flight to Athens connecting to your flight home.
Key: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
Note: The itinerary we have created above is flexible and can be tailored along with the destinations and activities offered. It represents a sample of the many alternatives that we offer.
Customize this Journey: If you would like to customize this itinerary and create a Tailor-Made Journey for you and your companions, please e-mail us or speak to your favorite travel professional.