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As a former competitive swimmer, it’s not surprising that I have an affinity for the Greek Islands. I love creating unique itineraries which combine food, wine, culture and really immersive experiences which I’m passionate about.

Natalie

Greece Specialist

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  • from $4,215 PP
  • 10 Nights
  • Private
  • May - Sep
  • Easy
  • 11hrs from NYC/ 4hrs from London

Overview

For those who are looking for the more authentic side of the Greek islands, that avoids the very well-beaten path, this 10-night journey brings you to three enchanting islands where it’s easy to avoid the masses. You’ll enjoy stunning scenery, including idyllic beaches framed by brilliant turquoise water, lots of mouthwatering cuisine, rich history, and opportunities for a variety of outdoor adventures. Start by flying to Crete, the largest and southernmost island, where you’ll discover Rethymno through the eyes of a local with multiple tastings included. Explore the renowned Knossos Palace, Europe’s oldest settlement before catching the ferry to Naxos, home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country and a fabulous farm- and sea-to-table food scene. Milos, the “Island of Colors,” is next, with an unforgettable boat tour included. Athens is your final stop, complete with a tour of the highlights like the Parthenon that’s overlooked the city since the 5th century BC.

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At a Glance

Papafragkas Cave
  • Arrival in Athens, flight to Crete
  • Rethymno Like a Local Private Experience
  • Day of leisure with optional tours
  • Ferry to Naxos
  • Private Half-Day Naxos Island Tour
  • Ferry to Milos
  • Semi-Private Full-Day Polyegos & Kleftiko Boat Tour
  • Private Half-Day Tour of Milos
  • Ferry to Athens
  • Private Highlights of Athens Tour
 

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 Crete Arrival

Rethymnon, Greece

Welcome to Greece! You’ll begin your 10-night trip by flying into Athens International Airport. From there, catch a flight to Crete. Upon arrival, you’ll be met by your driver for a private transfer to your hotel about an hour’s drive in Rethymno. After a long day of travel, you might want to take advantage of the facilities to rest and relax. There are two outdoor pools, a beautiful white marble hammam, and a luxurious spa that makes it easy to de-stress. If you’d prefer to stretch your legs, the Archaeological Museum of Rethymno is just five minutes away on foot.

  • Peferred Hotel Rimondi Hotels Rethymnon

Day 2 Crete

Rethymnon Old Town, Crete

Get to know Rethymno on a more in-depth basis with your private local guide. Start by sightseeing with intriguing commentary while exploring the highlights. The second part reveals the city through the eyes of a local, following the five essential steps in a Cretan’s daily life. Taste fresh-baked bread and other baked goods in a traditional bakery, then visit a small grocery store where your guide will point out the Cretan vegetables and fruits. Walk through the public fish market and visit a shop that specializes in dairy products to sample Cretan cheeses, finishing at a traditional pastry workshop for a baklava tasting.

  • Peferred Hotel Rimondi Hotels Rethymnon

Day 3 Crete

Crete Knossos

Enjoy a day of leisure, whether you prefer to relax or take advantage of an optional excursion, including a tour of the over 4,000-year-old Palace of Knossos, Europe’s oldest city and the most important archaeological site in Crete with a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion included that helps bring ancient history to life. Or enjoy a day trip to one of the famously stunning beaches like Balos or Elafonisi, both rare stretches with pink sands contrasted by clear aquamarine waters. With Crete home to multiple wineries producing tasty Cretan wines, a wine-tasting tour is yet another appealing option.

  • Preferred Hotel Rimondi Hotels Rethymnon

Day 4 Naxos

Naxos APollo Temple

This morning you’ll be met by our driver upon checkout for a private transfer to the Heraklion harbor as it’s time to catch the ferry to Naxos. During the approximately four-hour sailing, enjoy relaxing with views of the endless blue that surrounds you. After disembarking, you’ll be met with another driver for transfer to your boutique hotel that faces the long, sandy crescent of Agios Georgios beach just 10 minutes on foot from the harbor. The afternoon is free to explore, or you might simply enjoy time on the beach followed by a delicious meal with tables right on the sand.

  • Preferred Hotel Nissaki Beach Hotel

Day 5 Naxos

Apeiranthos, Naxos

A four-hour tour of the island not only provides the opportunity to enjoy its spectacular scenery but a sampling of its renowned cuisine. You’ll visit three of the most charming villages, including the mountain village of Filoti in the highlands, the marble village of Apeiranthos, and Chalki. Enjoy Greek and Naxian dishes, primarily based on local recipes handed down through generations in Filoti followed by a light lunch in Apeiranthos where its famous marble was used to pave the streets and construct the medieval architecture. The finale is a tasting of famous citron liqueur at a traditional distillery that produces it in Chalki.

  • Preferred Hotel Nissaki Beach Hotel

Day 6 Milos

Milos, Greece

It’s time to say farewell to Naxos, taking a private transfer back to the port where your ferry awaits. You’ll be heading to Milos, the “Island of Colors” famous as the island where the Venus de Milo was discovered and Sarakiniko beach with its lunar-like landscape stunningly contrasted against the sea ranging in hues from pale and sapphire blue to emerald. Upon arrival, another driver brings you to your hotel just a short walk from the center of Pollonia. After checking in, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, perhaps a swim in the sea view infinity pool followed by dinner in the village.

  • Peferred Hotel Milos Breeze

Day 7 Milos

Polyaigos

A full-day small group boat tour with up to just 10 other guests will fill your day and likely be one of the highlights of your time in Greece. You’ll discover some of the most magnificent, secluded beaches around Milos while sailing and enjoy a memorable swim stop in the striking blue waters that surround the uninhabited island of Polyaigos. Afterward, return to Milos, cruising along the coast while making stops that reveal some of the most jaw-dropping landscapes from time to time in the crystalline waters before making the return. Water, lunch, refreshments, and snorkel gear are all included.

  • Preferred Hotel Milos Breeze

Day 8 Milos

The chalk rock formations of Sarakiniko, Milos island, Cyclades, Greece

Spend part of the day relaxing and savoring the scenery with a half-day reserved for a tour around the island revealing many highlights while your local driver/guide tells you all about its history and culture. Visit the Papafragkas sea cave with its little beach hidden inside. Once used as a pirate hideout it opens to a narrow, long fjord with crystal-clear blue waters for swimming. Enjoy time on famous Sarakiniko Beach too with its moon-like landscape making it look as if it was created for a sci-fi film, see the site where the Venus de Milo statue was found, the colorful village of Klima, and more.

  • Preferred Hotel Milos Breeze

Day 9 Athens

Athens, Greece

Leaving the islands today, your driver will bring you to the harbor to catch a ferry that will take you to the port of Piraeus near Athens. Enjoy the views along the way and upon arrival, along driver will provide a private transfer to your hotel in the city center, just a 10-minute walk from popular Monastiraki Square. After checking in, you’ll have the rest of the day to relax or explore, with many shops and eateries just steps from your door. Your hotel has its own trendy restaurant right on-site if you prefer to rest and save your energy for tomorrow’s tour.

  • Preferred Hotel Blend Hotel Athens

Day 10 Athens

Acropolis Hill, Parthenon, Athens, Greece. Odeon Herodes Atticus.

One of the best ways to experience the heart of ancient Athens is on a private guided tour and today you’ll enjoy a four-hour excursion that includes Acropolis hill topped by the iconic Parthenon that’s stood the test of time, overlooking the city since the 5th century BC. There are many other monuments from the period, including the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erectheion, and Propylaea. Hear the stories behind them before continuing your tour with a stroll through one of the oldest neighborhoods, the Plaka district. Located in the shadow of the Acropolis, it hosts many of its own historical attractions like the Roman Agora.

  • Preferred Hotel Blend Hotel Athens

Day 11 Athens Departure

Colourful houses in Athens

With your Authentic Greece tour coming to an end today, you might want to rise early to savor some of your last moments in the capital city that birthed western civilization. When it’s time to check out, you’ll be met by our driver who will provide a private transfer to Athens International Airport to catch your flight home or head out on further travels. Should you wish to extend your journey we’ll be happy to help, otherwise, we look forward to hosting you again on another unforgettable adventure.

Customize This Trip

All of the itineraries we create are fully customized and can be tailored to your exact preferences. If you would like to extend your stay in any of the destinations or add/remove any experiences, simply mention this to our travel specialists. 

    • Balos Beach Crete

      Want to extend your trip?

      If you are looking to extend your stay in greece or equally visit another European destination on your trip, then please speak to our travel experts as we can create you a bespoke itinerary to suit your needs.

    Preferred Hotels

    Rimondi Boutique Hotel

    Rimondi Boutique Hotels, Rethymnon

    This boutique hotel is made up of two complexes, the Palazzo Collection and the Estate Collection. Each one has its own pool and is partially housed in a mansion dating to the Venetian period and renovated with Renaissance-style touches. There are lavish features throughout the property along with an impressive list of luxurious amenities.

    Nissaki Beach Hotel

    Nissaki Beach Hotel, Naxos

    This family-run hotel is the quintessential Greek island hotel in typical Cycladic style complete with minimalist interiors, lots of glistening white and stunning Aegean Sea views. Luxurious throughout, it has just 24 rooms for an intimate feel, facing the long sandy crescent of popular Agios Georgios beach only a 10-minute walk to the harbor.

    Milos Breeze Hotel

    Milos Breeze, Milos

    The romantic Milos Breeze is an adult-only boutique hotel that sits on a cliff boasting panoramic views of the Aegean Sea. It offers minimalist Cycladic-style accommodation with modern conveniences and sea views. Every room and suite has its own private balcony or terrace along with ultra-luxe bathrooms, robes, slippers, and high-end bath products.

    Blend Hotel

    Blend Hotel Athens, Athens

    A beautiful hotel in the heart of Athens, Blend Hotel is about a 15-minute walk from the Acropolis and less than a quarter of a mile from Monastiraki Square. A trendy boutique property housed in a 19th century building, the focus here is on exceptional, personalized service with just
    two dozen rooms, including options with spectacular views of the Acropolis.

    What's Included

    • Private transfers throughout the trip as noted on itinerary
    • Flight to Heraklion, Crete
    • Ferry transfers to Naxos, Milos, and Athens
    • 10 nights in hand-selected 4- and 5-star hotels on a B&B basis
    • Private guided tours in Crete, Naxos, Milos, and Athens
    • Small group boat tour in Milos
    • Tastings during Rethymno sightseeing tour in Crete
    • 24/7 support provided throughout your trip by our friendly, professional staff
    • Full financial trip protection is included

    What's Not Included

    • Return flights to Greece
    • Optional tours
    • Gratuities for local guides
    • We strongly advise all guests purchase comprehensive travel insurance
    • Visas if required

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