Crete, Paros & Santorini Island Hopping Trip
Hit three hotspots in one on this holiday that features some of the most iconic and beautiful sights in all of Greece. Travel to Crete, a seductive mosaic of contrasts with pink-sand beaches and lofty mountains along with fascinating ancient ruins and a buzzing nightlife.
Visit Paros, “the quintessential Greek island” with ancient ruins and diverse landscapes, including powdery sand beaches popular for watersports.
Finally, journey to the “bucket-list” island of Santorini with its breathtaking caldera views, white-and-blue village topped cliffs, wine tasting and some of the world’s most magical sunsets.
- Private luxury transfers throughout the trip
- 3 Nights in Crete in a 5 star hotel with breakfast
- Pre-booked sea-transfer from Crete to Santorini
- 2 Nights in Paros in a 5 star hotel with breakfast
- 2 nights in Santorini in a 4 star hotel with breakfast
- 24/7 Concierge service throughout your trip
- UK flights can be arranged at a supplement from a variety of UK airports
- Price per person based on low season departures. Prices may be higher during peak Summer months.
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Crete is the largest of the Greek islands. It would be easy to spend weeks on Crete and never get bored! This enchanting isle offers a little bit of everything, making it an ideal choice for first-time visitors to Greece. There are beautiful beaches for soaking up the sunshine and swimming, soaring mountains, dramatic caves, Minoan ruins, charming villages and so much more. It also offers plenty in the way of amenities, including a wide range of restaurants, shops, accommodation options, and lively nightlife.
Crete truly has something for everyone. In fact, some say it’s more like a small country than a Greek island. There are four bustling cities on its northern coast, great for shopping, dining, exploring museums and galleries, and people watching. At its center is a mix of rugged mountains for hiking and climbing, while the southern coast offers more tranquility, ideal for sunbathing in seclusion. The island not only boasts especially diverse and often stunning terrain, filled with natural beauty and unique treasures, it also has a rich history that ties into the country’s mythology, as the reported birthplace of Zeus, the ruler of all the gods, and the god of the sky. There are historical sites around nearly every corner, and the island is even home to Europe’s oldest city: Knossos.
Located between the North African and Mediterranean climate zones, Crete has a warm, dry climate, and while it’s hot in the summer, the heat is moderated with cool sea breezes. The warmer months of the year are ideal for refreshing swims in the crystal-clear waters that surround it as well as dips in hotel pools. Fuel your activities with the flavorful local cuisine, renowned for the quality and freshness of its ingredients, the use of wild herbs and greens. The simple Cretan cooking techniques produce a distinguishable taste that leaves most wanting more. The island has its own signature cheeses that are often seen on plates here usually produced from goat’s or sheep’s milk.
Experiences in Crete
The Secrets of Cretan Cooking
Delve into the local life starting with a tour of an olive oil factory to learn about the olive oil making process. Journey to an authentic Cretan mountain village where a local shepherd will bring you to meet the herd and learn to milk a goat. Next, go into the kitchen to learn the secrets of Cretan cooking and then eat the lunch you helped to make.
Day Trip to Spinalonga
This jam-packed tour covers many Crete musts. You’ll travel with a local guide to visit historic sites like monasteries, Agios Nikolaus City, Krasi village with the island’s oldest Platanus tree and Spinalonga Island, a mid-16th-century fortress, and from 1903 to 1957, Europe’s last leper colony. See lovely churches in traditional Mochos village, and if there’s still time, walk along beautiful Palm Bay in the fishing village of Sisi.
Tour to Knossos Palace & Wine tasting
This VIP tour will take you back in time with your own private guide. Get skip-the-line access while visiting the world-renowned ancient Palace of Knossos, Crete’s largest Bronze Age archaeological site, and the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, which displays many of the palace’s treasures. Afterward, enjoy wine tasting at an award-winning winery followed by a tour through the streets of Heraklion, sampling traditional local bites.
Heraklion Food Tour
Enjoy a personalized walking tour of Heraklion with a private guide, taking advantage of a local’s insider knowledge. Perhaps delve into its rich history, exploring the Church of St. Mark Lion Square and the Venetian Walls, or check out the food scene, visiting the local food markets. No matter what your desires, sampling the local kerasma, a pastry with cheese or cinnamon, is a must.
The second-largest, and one of the most beautiful islands in the Cyclades, Paros is centrally located near Syros, Signos, Ios and Naxos. It boasts a wide range of beaches providing something for just about everyone, from busy beaches for mingling to stretches popular for windsurfing and tranquil, remote sands for quiet contemplation. A watersports paradise, just some of the other popular activities here include diving, kitesurfing, kayaking, waterskiing and jet skiing. The island’s unspoiled landscapes are crisscrossed with scenic trails for hiking, while its many charming towns are filled with cobbled streets ideal for strolling.
The “quintessential Greek island” as Paros is often referred to, its diverse and impressive landscapes include everything from serene valleys and rolling hills dotted with ancient monasteries and lovely little churches to endless powdery sand beaches framed by crystal-clear aquamarine waters. There are medieval ruins and monuments, postcard-perfect whitewashed towns and no shortage of enticing bars and cafes. Some say this island is like Mykonos as it was two decades ago, with all the atmosphere without the crowds or high prices, which is why those in the know tend to return again and again.
Experiences in Paros
A fun and interactive way to learn the top secrets of the Greek cuisine by a local chef. Prepare your meal based on fresh vegetables, herbs and locally produced ingredients, and learn about the Greek culture around food and the importance of cooking and eating together. Enjoy your wine or beer while waiting for your food to get ready.
Day trip to Koufonisia
Discover the secluded beaches of Koufonisia islands, swim in crystal clear blue waters, spend the day under the sun enjoying the stunning coastline and the islands that are just a breath away from Paros. SUP and go pro equipment will be available during your trip.
Day trip to Antiparos
The picture perfect little island of Antiparos is without a doubt one of the most beautiful islands in Cyclades. Located just 7 miles from Paros, Antiparos is a must when visiting Paros. A day trip on a catamaran or yacht is the best way to see Antiparos, as you will have the opportunity to discover its famous and most secluded beaches with turquoise waters of unique beauty.
Walk in the picturesque alleys of Parikia, through the old market and the castle of the Franks located on the hill of Aghios
Konstantinos. Visit the church of Panagia Ekatontapyliani, one of the most important Christian churches in Greece. Take a
short break to taste traditional Greek coffee and then start a trip to Naoussa and enjoy the picturesque alleys before heading to the amazing villages.
Santorini oozes romance, one of the reasons it’s so popular for honeymoons and all sorts of romantic escapes, though it’s on or near the top of just about every travelers’ bucket list. Stepping off the ferry you might think that you’ve stepped into a dream, with the endless whitewashed buildings adorned with blue doors and shutters, creating a breathtaking palette that reflects the sea and the sky, built into rugged cliffs that slope down to the glistening waters below. It’s all about jaw-dropping views, which can be found just about everywhere on this crescent-shaped outcrop.
On the island’s northern tip at Oia, churches, hotels, and homes spill down rock walls, creating one of the planet’s most stunning backdrops, though the scenery at sea level is just as impressive. While Santorini may not have many white sand beaches for lounging on, it does boast some of the most unique stretches on the planet, like Red Beach, where the cliffs with their fiery-red hue are turned into crimson sand at the bottom and framed by dazzling cerulean water. Of course, Santorini is well known for its black sand beaches like Perivolos and Perissa and Perivolos, but it also offers several beaches with white sand as well. Wine enthusiasts can take advantage of fine local wine which is especially high quality due to the land’s volcanic elements. It flows almost as freely as the hot springs near the volcano, with vineyards and wineries dotted across the island, including Boutari Winery, established back in 1879.
Experiences in Santorini
E bike Tours
Explore the hidden island of Thirassia just 1 nautical mile away from Santorini. Get on your electric bike on this fun half-day tour that will bring you to some of the island’s most impressive spots to see the sunset away from the crowds and a spectacular view to Santorini! Let your bike do all the work for you as you discover hidden treasures most tourists don’t get to see, ride alongside the caldera, and enjoy a guided tour on one of the most secluded destinations in Cyclades.
Santorini Wine Tasting
Wine enthusiasts can enjoy the highlights of Santorini as well as the opportunity to sample the island’s fine wine on this small group tour. You’ll get to visit the breathtaking village of Oia, Pyrgos and Megalochori, soak up the views from Prophet Elias Monastery and enjoy a wine tasting featuring local varietals at a picturesque winery that overlooks the dramatic caldera.
Catamaran day cruise
Sailing around Santorini provides a stunning perspective of one of the world’s most unique and beautiful islands. This tour will bring you along its shores a luxury catamaran, with a stop to soak in natural hot springs and a visit both the White and Red beaches for a swim. While you have fun, the crew will prepare a BBQ feast that will be enjoyed with local white wine and cocktails.
Cooking Class & Wine
A favorite among food enthusiasts, enjoy a unique cooking experience in a traditional cave house on Santorini. You’ll be immersed into the local culinary traditions as you learn how to prepare traditional dishes with hands-on-instruction from your guide. Afterwards, enjoy the meal you helped to make paired with wine, Greek coffee and dessert on a beautiful terrace. You’ll even get to take home some recipes.
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