Day 1: Depart the U.S. for AthensDepart the U.S. for Athens
Day 2: Athens (Saturday)Yassou! You will be privately transferred to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Stroll through the Plaka area where buildings have been restored to their original splendor and enjoy lunch at one of the tavernas.
Day 3: Athens (Sunday)Morning tour of Athens including the Acropolis and its Museum. Afternoon of leisure to visit the National Archaeological Museum or take a "metro" ride in the beautiful subway of Athens.
Day 4: Athens / Chania, Crete (Monday)You will be privately transferred to Athens Airport for your flight to Chania, Crete. Upon arrival, pick up your rental car and drive to your hotel. Balance of day at leisure to enjoy the quaint port town of Chania.
Day 5: Crete (Tuesday)Today, the goddess Demeter's influence is again present as you enjoy the Tastes of Crete, a hands-on journey through Crete's culinary traditions. Set in an 18th century farmhouse surrounded by organic gardens, you will learn to prepare a number of Cretan dishes directed by a local cook. Enjoy the fruits of your labor along with Cretan wines and cheese-tasting.
Day 6: Crete (Wednesday)A free day in Crete. Explore quaint Chania or one of the other nearby towns, trek the Samaria Gorge or enjoy a day at one of the nearby pristine beaches.
Day 7: Crete / Santorini (Thursday)Drive to Heraklion pier in the early morning. Your car will be returned at the pier. Board your hydrofoil to Santorini where you will be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Caldera in Santorini, the diamond of Greece!
Day 8: Santorini (Friday)Day at leisure to explore Santorini, thought to be the lost continent of Atlantis. Take a sunset dinner cruise to see the famous Santorini sunset.
Day 9: Santorini (Saturday)Dionysus is the Greek god of wine! Santorini wines are among the finest in Greece, and today you will sample the wines of three local wineries.
Day 10: Santorini / Athens (Sunday)You will be transferred to Santorini Airport for your return flight to Athens to connect with your transatlantic flight.
Two nights at a selected Athens hotel including tax, service fees and breakfast
Three nights at a selected Crete hotel
Three nights at a selected Santorini hotel including service fees, taxes and breakfast
Daily breakfast, hotel service fees and taxes
Sunset dinner cruise in Santorini
Tour & tastings at three wineries in Santorini
Cooking class and lunch with wine in Santorini
Car rental in Crete
Cooking class and lunch with wine in Crete
Hydrofoil/ferry from Crete to Santorini
Athens city tour including the Acropolis and its new Museum
Flights from Athens to Crete and Santorini to Athens
Athens private taxi transfers
Round-trip transfers in Santorini
24-Hour Emergency Number
OPTIONAL: Transatlantic contracted air fare available from USA gateways.
Option:Five-Day Peloponnese Extension Discover the wealth of history and first-class wineries the mainland has to offer. Imagine a day visiting Olympia, the site of the first Olympic Games, topped off with a visit to the Mercouri Winery. Visit their vineyards and olive groves and sample their award-winning Reds and Sauvignon Blancs. Or visit the picturesque town of Nauplion. Nearby is the wine-making town of Nemea, famous in ancient times as the place where Hercules slew the Lion of Nemea. Today, the red wines are locally referred to as “Hercules’ Blood.” Self-drive itineraries are available. Please inquire.