Our Passion For Greece 8 Day Private Tour
Athens- (fly to) Santorini- (ferry to Crete) Crete – (fly to) Athens Riviera
Passion For Greece
This extraordinary journey indulges your passion for Greece or perhaps spark a new one. It begins in the ancient capital, experiencing the top sights on a fascinating tour. Fly off to Santorini to experience a legendary sunset on a cruise around the island, experience the delicious wines or paddle through the sapphire sea on a kayak tour or hike from Fira to Oia.
You’ll visit Crete as you walk through gorgeous scenery to marvel at the Palace of Knossos. It culminates along the Athens Riviera, relaxing and swimming on beautiful beaches before an optional grand finale: watching the sun go down from Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon.
At a Glance
|Flight to Athens - Afternoon at Leisure||Athens|
|Private Tour to the Acropolis & Acropolis Museum||Athens|
|Flight to Santorini - Afternoon at Leisure||Santorini|
|Santorini Winery Experience or Sailing Trip||Santorini|
|Sail to Crete - Afternoon at Leisure||Crete|
|Knossos & the Archaeological Museum or Culinary Experience||Crete|
|Flight to Athens Riviera - Optional Sunset Tour, Cape Sounion||Athens|
|Return Flight from Athens|
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Day by Day Itinerary
Fly into Athens International Airport where you’ll be met for transfer to your hotel in the capital city, a place that’s been continuously inhabited for more than 3,000 years with its cultural achievements in the 5 century BC considered to lay the foundations for western civilization. Drop off your bags and enjoy a little exploring on your own, or relax in your room, getting refreshed for the exciting journey ahead.
You’ll find lots of fabulous outdoor cafes for enjoying the sunshine, people watching and delicious eats along with a wide range of shopping opportunities to keep you busy, from boutiques and markets with handmade items to high-end retailers selling designer brands.
Prepare for a private tour to the Acropolis & Museum where you’ll learn more about the history of Greece, and the world, while visiting places you’ve probably only seen on-screen and in the history books. The Acropolis truly is one of the wonders of the ancient world and must be on your bucket-list.
Discover the ancient heart of the city with an insider, taking in spectacular views and iconic archaeological landmarks, retracing the steps of ancient philosophers while learning about their history for an experience that truly feels like a walk back through centuries of time.
Experience the maximum number of attractions in the shortest time possible – you might head to Plaka to relax at one of the outdoor cafes, taking in the scene, In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with a view of the Parthenon or a wine tasting at a downtown wine bar.
Transfer back to Athens airport for your flight to legendary Santorini where you’ll get to lay your eyes on one of the world’s most coveted island destinations. Once you’ve checked into your hotel, you’ll embark on some leisure time where you can make a start, exploring the wonders of this jewel of an island, whilst taking in spectacular black sand beaches among the unique volcanic landscape.
Why not go swimming and snorkeling in those crystal-clear cobalt waters, as well as indulging in fresh mouthwatering delicacies in an atmospheric taverna. The locals will cook up the catch of the day, and you’ll able to enjoy the feast and an unforgettable sunset.
Today you’ll explore some of the most some of the most lush vineyards in Greece. The roads of Santorini lead to many vineyards and wineries and you will sample the unique and wonderful flavors of the island’s volcanic wines and learn more about how they’re produced. The dry, mineral-rich volcanic soil has been cultivated by winemakers for millennia, leading to the creation of indigenous grape varieties that are wholly unique to Santorini, molded by the landscape.
Alternatively, experience Santorini’s famously dazzling sunsets on a catamaran cruise. Sail alongside the caldera cliffs, taking in sights like the red and white beaches, stopping to enjoy refreshing dips in the warm springs of the volcanic crater and exploring the magnificent underwater world by snorkeling and swimming through the crystal-clear Aegean Sea.
After checking out of your hotel, head to Santorini’s port to hop on the ferry to Crete. After checking into your hotel in Heraklion (also known as Iraklion), the capital and largest city, you’ll have the day to spend at your leisure.
It’s a good place to just wander around, exploring streets that reveal magnificent evidence of its long historic past, like Venetian mansions that stand tall next to Turkish fountains and Byzantine churches, mixed with a variety of cafes, restaurants and bars. For the best sunset view, head to the Venetian harbor and walk to the end of the fortress.
Embark on a historic adventure that will take you back to Heraklion in 1669 during one of the world’s longest sieges. On our lprivate tour of Knossos and Archaeological Museum, you will visit the ancient Palace of Knossos, learning about the Minoan civilization and Europe’s oldest city with a professional archaeologist.
Alternatively, discover the art of making mouthwatering Cretan cuisine with this tour that begins by collecting wild herbs before visiting a traditional home in a small village to join a cooking workshop. You’ll put on an apron help prepare pesto, salads and appetizers using fresh herbs and veggies from the garden before sitting down to a traditional Cretan lunch.
After checking out of your hotel, fly back to the capital city and head to the Athens Riviera. Just 10 miles south of Athens, it’s a whole new world with sandy beaches and calm, clear water for swimming – the perfect way to relax and refresh before it’s time to say goodbye to beautiful Greece.
If you’re up for more, join the optional transfer to Cape Sounion to watch a sunset. Home to the nearly 200-foot-high ancient Greek temple of Poseidon which overlooks the sea, watching the sun dip below the brilliant blue waters here is surreal. You’ll have the option to enjoy a meal afterward at a fine dining restaurant in the Vouliagmeni area too.
By now, Greece has surely stolen your heart, if it hadn’t already but this morning, your grand tour has come to an end.
You’ll be met at your hotel for the transfer to Athens International Airport for your return flight home or your onward journey elsewhere.
- Private transfers in luxury vehicles throughout your journey with us
- 2 Nights in Athens in a luxury hotel with breakfast
- Acropolis and Acropolis Museum private tour in Athens
- One-way flight from Athens to Santorini including check in luggage and seats
- 2 Nights in Santorini in a luxury hotel with breakfast
- Winery Experience or Sailing Tour in Santorini
- Pre-booked high-speed ferry to Crete
- 2 Nights in Crete in a luxury hotel with breakfast
- Knossos & the Archaeological Museum or Culinary Experience in Crete
- One-way flight from Crete to Athens including check in luggage and seats
- 1 Night in Athens Riviera in a luxury hotel with breakfast
- 24/7 concierge service throughout your trip
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