- Sample gourmet delicacies on a food tour of Athens
- Explore the mainland's top sights on a 5-day road trip
- Hike to waterfalls near the original site of the Olympic Games
- Sail across Cape Sounio at sunset
- Sip wine at a local winery on the island of Santorini
- Hike and visit caves on the island of Crete
|Day 1||Arrive in Athens & Sightsee||Athens|
|Day 2||Visit the Acropolis & Go on a Food Tour||Athens|
|Day 3||Catch the Sunset Over Cape Sounio||Athens|
|Day 4||Visit Mycenae & Nafplio||Olympia|
|Day 5||Tour Olympia & Hike to Waterfalls||Galaxidi|
|Day 6||Learn About Ancient Traditions in Delphi & Amfissa||Meteora|
|Day 7||See the Monasteries of the Meteora||Kranea|
|Day 8||Explore the Pindos Mountains||Athens|
|Day 9||Catch the Ferry to Milos||Milos|
|Day 10||Boat Around Milos||Milos|
|Day 11||Relax on the Beach in Milos||Milos|
|Day 12||Take the Ferry to Santorini||Santorini|
|Day 13||Taste Wines in a Local Winery||Santorini|
|Day 14||Enjoy a Catamaran Cruise||Santorini|
|Day 15||Travel to Heraklion||Heraklion|
|Day 16||Visit the Cave of Zeus & Attend a Wine Tasting||Heraklion|
|Day 17||Explore Samaria Gorge with a Local Guide||Heraklion|
|Day 18||Depart Heraklion - End of Trip|
Day 1: Arrive in Athens & SightseeWelcome to Greece! Your private driver will be waiting at the airport to transfer you to your hotel in Athens. In the afternoon, get out for some sightseeing. Those interested in history and mythology might choose to visit the National Archaeological Museum, the Museum of the Ancient Agora, or the Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos. View fine art at Benaki Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, or the National Gallery. You could also go off the beaten path at the Museum of Cycladic Art, where you can buy truly unique souvenirs, or the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology. You'll overnight in the city.
Day 2: Visit the Acropolis & Go on a Food Tour
Day 3: Catch the Sunset Over Cape SounioToday you'll see an unforgettable sunset when you visit Cape Sounio from Athens on a private tour. After relaxing and exploring on your own in the morning, you'll be picked up in the afternoon and transferred to the cape. First, you'll visit the fifth-century Temple of Poseidon, perched on the headland. Learn all about its history, including how it was dedicated to the god of the sea, Poseidon, and served as a beacon for mariners. Later, you'll have dinner and drinks while admiring an amazing sunset over the water. Head back to Athens after dark.
Day 4: Visit Mycenae & Nafplio
Day 5: Tour Olympia & Hike to WaterfallsThis morning is devoted to Ancient Olympia, the most important athletic, religious, and political center of the ancient Greek world. Here your guide will let you into the secrets of the temples, the training area, and the original stadium where the ancient Olympic Games were held for centuries. The Archaeological Museum onsite displays world-class masterpieces and treasures, like a breathtaking statue of Hermes and the infant Dionysus sculpted by Praxiteles.
Then it’s time for an outdoor adventure and a memorable lunch. After an easy guided walk through a stunning gorge, you'll arrive at a pair of waterfalls. Your lunch will be served picnic-style, right by the river. You’ll have the chance to swim too! After leaving the waterfalls, continue to Delphi, where you will spend the night.
Day 6: Learn About Ancient Traditions in Delphi & Amfissa
Today you'll head to the regional capital of Amfissa, where Greece's last handmade bell-maker will show you how livestock bells have been forged by hand in his family for generations. Afterward, stroll through the cobbled streets of the old leather-tanning district. Here, in one of Europe's last remaining tannery workshops, you’ll see what a tanner’s working life was, almost unchanged from a century ago up to today. Enjoy lunch under the shade of the large tree in the town square, where you will taste local delicacies prepared in the village.After lunch, it’s off to Delphi, where you’ll marvel at the ruins of the Temple of Apollo and the Athenian Treasury. You’ll have plenty of time to soak up the magical scenery before visiting the Delphi Museum, home to some fine examples of ancient Greek art, including the world-famous bronze statue of the Charioteer of Delphi. Head north across the mainland towards the Meteora. A few miles before reaching your destination, you will have dinner in a traditional family-run restaurant in the foothills of Mt. Koziakas. You will spend the night in a charming family-run guest house in the pretty village of Kastraki, right under the towering rocks of the Meteora.
Day 7: See the Monasteries of the Meteora
Today's highlight is a visit to the Meteora, a stunning natural phenomenon featuring enormous sandstone columns formed millions of years ago. These remote rock skyscrapers became dwellings for Christian Orthodox monks; by the 14th century, large monastic communities were flourishing on the summits of many of these rocks. Today, six monasteries are still functioning, and you will visit two.
Day 8: Explore the Pindos MountainsToday, the last day of the road trip, takes you to the Pindos Mountains, the most scenic mountain range of central Greece. You will explore the little-known Forest of the White River, a group of small mountain villages hidden in the depths of a massive forest. Visit a beautiful (but rarely visited by tourists) monastery with thirteen domes, then see the spot where three rivers meet. You can go for a swim in these turquoise waters before continuing your drive through the gorge. Your last stop will be at an impressive stone bridge. Have a late lunch before heading back to Athens on the National Highway.
Day 9: Catch the Ferry to MilosEnjoy the ferry ride to Milos. The island has more than 70 beautiful beaches and is also home to a dormant volcano. Milos is associated with one of the most famous works of art in the world — the Venus de Milo statue now on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris — because the sculpture was discovered here. There's still plenty of history to explore here, including the historic catacombs and amphitheater.
Day 10: Boat Around Milos
Day 11: Relax on the Beach in Milos
Relax on Milos today. There's no shortage of beaches to choose from! The island’s villages are lovely, too, including the stately Plaka (the island’s capital), the harbor village of Adamantas, beautiful Hivadolimni, and Emporios with its small lagoon. Whitewashed Chora is home to quaint churches, such as Panagia Korfiatissa. Adamantas, built like an amphitheatre overlooking the Aegean Sea, is the second largest natural harbor natural in Greece and is famous for its nightlife. You might also opt to visit Apollonia on the northwestern tip of the island.
Day 12: Take the Ferry to Santorini
Catch a ferry to Santorini. On arrival, you'll take in the island's central caldera — the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in history — rising above you. The island's volcanic history has led to the formation of some of the most unique beaches in the Greek islands, along with the dramatic cliff views on the island's caldera side. Spend your day relaxing at the beach or strolling on one of Santorini’s scenic walking routes.
Visit Prophet Elias Monastery, the highest spot on the island. Walk around Megalochori, one of the most picturesque villages on the island. You could also go on a walking tour of the village of Emporio. Take a break for lunch before heading to Red Beach, one of the most scenic and interesting beaches on Santorini. In the afternoon, you'll have the chance to sample wines at a local winery nearby. At sunset, catch the views of the Blue Dome Church at Firostefani and the spectacular landscape below. For dinner, sample the island's signature cherry tomatoes and white eggplant, typically served as side dishes with fresh seafood.
Day 13: Taste Wines in a Local Winery
Explore the southeastern part of the island today, starting with a visit to the village of Kamari. Stop into Panagia Episkopi, the oldest Byzantine church on the island. Relax on the beach after lunch, then head to Canava Ouzo for a guided tasting of locally produced spirits, including ouzo. Another option is to visit Avantis Winery to taste wines and explore the viticulture tradition of Santorini. You'll also be able to tour the tomato factory in Vlychada. The tomato is one of the most famous and traditional products of Santorini, and you'll learn about its cultivation and the culinary traditions associated with it during a visit to a nearby farm.
Day 14: Enjoy a Catamaran CruiseA catamaran cruise is a wonderful way to spend part of your last day on the island. Start the tour on picturesque Ammoudi Bay, then sail to nearby hot springs for a refreshing dip. Continue cruising past a historic lighthouse before stopping at the Red Beach for swimming and snorkeling. Then you'll sail to the White Beach, enjoying a traditional Greek barbecue on the boat.
Day 15: Travel to HeraklionBid farewell to Santorini and get ready for another fascinating island — Crete! Take the ferry to the port of Heraklion. In the afternoon, you'll visit Heraklion's Archaeological Museum, with one of the largest collections of Minoan artifacts in the world. This is an excellent crash course to prepare you for the site you'll visit tomorrow — the 3500-year-old Palace of Knossos, a sprawling maze of royal chambers, grand staircases, storerooms, and workshops. This evocative Bronze Age site is believed to be Europe's oldest city. Have a relaxing meal in a beachfront restaurant before tomorrow's excursion.
Day 16: Visit the Cave of Zeus & Attend a Wine TastingThe day starts with a guided tour of the Palace at Knossos. Next, you will journey to the mountainous East Crete and the Dikti Mountains with your guide. You will visit ancient Cretan villages, engage with locals, and take in views of the region's stunning landscapes. Break for coffee under an ancient tree in the traditional village of Krasi before touring the Cave of Zeus. On the trip back, you will visit a family-owned traditional ceramic workshop and a Byzantine monastery. Finish the day with a meal in an authentic Cretan tavern.
Day 17: Explore Samaria Gorge with a Local GuideHike through the majestic Samaria Gorge today with a private guide. The gorge is home to around 450 species of plant and animal life; it's also a UNESCO-protected Biosphere Reserve. You will pass through Cretan forests of pine, cypress, and ancient holly trees, natural water springs, and abandoned villages and churches. You will crisscross a river multiple times — sometimes over wooden bridges, sometimes hopping from rock to rock – but it’s not a difficult hike. Just don’t expect to navigate these trails as effortlessly as the gorge’s native residents, the Cretan ‘kri-kri’ mountain goats! Head back to Heraklion for one last Greek-style dinner before the trip ends.
Day 18: Depart Heraklion - End of TripThe trip comes to an end today. You'll head to the airport to catch a flight out. Safe travels!
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