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Savoring the Greek Coastline with Santorini & Crete

PRIVATE TOUR - 8 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 5107

Private Tour Highlights

  • Witness the splendor and timeless beauty of the Parthenon as well as its other monuments and the magnificent panoramic view of Athens.
  • Walk the local food markets of Chania to taste Cretan cheese, olives, olive oil and proceed for the cooking lesson at an authentic venue.
  • See the Pan-Athenian Stadium, the all-white marble stadium where history was made as the site of the first modern Olympic Games.
  • Visit two family estate wineries in Santorini for a unique tasting of distinctive volcanic wines guided by an experienced local guide.
  • Introduce yourself to true Greek cuisine with a cooking course and a meal made from top end ingredients at a local house.
  • Hop between the iconic Greek islands and the mainland via speed boat, taking in the gorgeous Aegean views.
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Tour Overview

Forget what you think you know of Greek food with 8-days of Savoring the Greek Coastline with Santorini & Crete, tasting quality ingredients and dishes straight from the source. With influence from the neighboring Mediterranean countries of Itlay, Turkey, Albania, and others, Greek food and Mediterranean are used interchangeably in the western hemisphere. Greek food, like Italian and Turkish food, has its own unique qualities that separate it from the blanket term of Mediterranean food that must be experienced by all foodies!

Starting in Athens, travelers will enjoy a welcoming tour through the historic must-see sites of the city including the Temple of Zeus and the iconic Parthenon overlooking the city. Once visitors have a feel for Athens, the tour continues with an introduction to Greek Cuisine. Tasting the stark flavor qualities of Greek coffee and exploring local markets will provide foodies with a tasty experience before joining in on a cooking course covering a full menu. The Athens experience is then capped off with a delicious dinner with breathtaking views of the illuminated Acropolis.

Following Athens, epicureans will continue on to the island of Santorini aboard a zippy speedboat for a Greek Food & Wine Tasting Tour. On the tour, sommeliers will enjoy a visit to two family estate wineries for a unique tasting of distinctive volcanic wines and a 3-course meal of a “Greek Meze-style” menu at a local restaurant. The next day, accompanied by an expert local guide, the tour explores the history of Santorini with a walk through the traditional villages and historic towns.

The tour comes to a delicious end on the island of Crete, visiting the local food market, tasting Cretan cheese, olives, and olive oil before and in-depth cooking lesson in the outskirts of the village of Chania.

Inclusions
Price includes domestic and regional flights within the itinerary; all hotel accommodations including daily continental or buffet breakfast and daily city tax; all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling; guided tours in English including entrance fees.
Exclusions

International airfare (unless specifically included), airport departure taxes that must be paid on-site, gratuities, meals not mentioned, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with meals, early / late check-out, room service, visa fees/services, and other personal items or services not mentioned.

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Double N/A £$5107 £$5626 N/A
Single N/A £$8501 £$9710 N/A

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

International Flight to Greece

Overnight International Flight to Athens, Greece.

Overnight International Flight to Athens, Greece.

Day
2

Welcome to Athens

Upon arrival to Athens, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
Athens is the capital of Greece. It was also at the heart of Ancient Greece, a powerful civilization and empire. It had many fine buildings and was named after Athena, the goddess of wisdom and warfare.

Drive past the neo-classical buildings of the Academy, the University, and the National Library, and on to Omonia Square before moving on to Syntagma or "Constitution Square" (the heart of central Athens). Opposite is the Parliament building where the National Guards (Evzones) in their colorful uniform skirts and pompom shoes guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

See the Pan-Athenian Stadium, the all-white marble stadium where history was made as the site of the first modern Olympic Games. Nearby, the Temple of Zeus is separated from modern Athens by the tall stone structure Hadrian's Arch. Also view the Pnyx (the meeting place for the Assembly of the ancient city of Athens), the Theseum and the Agora with the reconstructed Stoa of Attalos. Then, on to the Acropolis, at the base of which stand the ancient theatres of Dionysos, and the still used Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Opposite is Philopapos Hill offering a magnificent panoramic view of Athens. The highlight is the visit to the Acropolis.

This comprehensive visit will reveal to you the splendor and timeless beauty of the Parthenon as well as its other monuments including the Propylaea, the Temple of Wingless victory, and the Erectheum.

The tour then ends with a visit to the New Acropolis Museum which holds more than 4,000 ancient works, including some of the best surviving classical sculptures that once adorned the Acropolis. The new facility, 21,000 square meters (226,000 square feet) of glass and concrete, was designed by the New York-based architect Bernard Tschumi. The new Acropolis Museum is one of the largest in Europe and houses the archaeological findings related to the Acropolis hill and the Parthenon.
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Day
3

Athens Gourmet Food Tour

Today, you will be introduced to Greek cuisine. You will stop for a Greek coffee or herbal tea and visit the central food market. Then, proceed with a cooking course (3-hours) covering a full menu (appetizers, main course, dessert). Finally, you will enjoy a meal made from top end ingredients at a local house.

Tonight, you will enjoy a delicious dinner at Kuzina located on the pedestrian street of Adrianou (approx. 10-minute walk from your hotel). Kuzina has a wonderful terrace with exceptional views to the enlightened Parthenon and Attalos arcade. Experience a Mediterranean cuisine with a modern touch.
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Day
4

Athens - Santorini

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to Piraeus pier to board a speed boat to Santorini. Arrival at Santorini and transferred to your hotel.

Santorini is one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea. It was devastated by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century BC, forever shaping its rugged landscape. Santorini is instantly recognizable for its whitewashed, cube-shaped buildings adorned with blue accents, steep cliffs and tangerine sunsets that light up the sky and sea.

This afternoon, you will visit two family estate wineries for a unique tasting of distinctive volcanic wines guided by an experienced local guide. You will learn about the unique viticulture and the indigenous grape varietals with a wine tasting of the award-winning wines in 10 different styles. Enjoy a 3-course meal of a prix fixe "Greek Meze-style" menu at a fine local restaurant.
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Day
5

Santorini Discovery Tour

This morning, you will be accompanied by an expert local guide starting with a scenic tour around the countryside of Santorini. You will also visit Akrotiri pre-historic town and learn about the advanced ancient civilization and walk through the traditional villages to know more about their local culture. Have a unique photographic moment on the marble streets of Oia and stroll on the black beach. Then, you will visit a family owned wine estate for wine tasting & light meal.

This morning, you will be accompanied by an expert local guide starting with a scenic tour around the countryside of Santorini. You will also visit Akrotiri pre-historic town and learn about the advanced ancient civilization and walk through the traditional villages to know more about their local culture. Have a unique photographic moment on the marble streets of Oia and stroll on the black beach. Then, you will visit a family owned wine estate for wine tasting & light meal.

Day
6

Santorini - Heraklion - Chania

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to Santorini pier to board a speed boat to Heraklion. Upon arrival to Heraklion, you will be transferred to your hotel in Chania.

Chania is a city on the northwest coast of the Greek island of Crete. It's known for its 14th-century Venetian harbor, narrow streets and waterfront restaurants. At the harbor entrance is a 16th-century lighthouse with Venetian, Egyptian and Ottoman influences. It is a picturesque town worth getting to know, where you'll almost certainly stay longer than you intended, enjoying tasty food, the wonderful harbor, old buildings and many more. Chania is also one of the two places you are most likely to see on arriving in Crete.
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Day
7

Morning Cooking Tour and Chania City Walking Tour

This morning, you will visit the local food market, taste Cretan cheese, olives, olive oil and proceed for the cooking lesson in the outskirts of Chania at an authentic venue.

This afternoon, enjoy a private city tour by visiting Chania’s highlights which includes the Venetian Fortifications, the Synagogue, the Turkish Quarters and many more.

This morning, you will visit the local food market, taste Cretan cheese, olives, olive oil and proceed for the cooking lesson in the outskirts of Chania at an authentic venue.

This afternoon, enjoy a private city tour by visiting Chania’s highlights which includes the Venetian Fortifications, the Synagogue, the Turkish Quarters and many more.

Day
8

Chania - Athens - Home

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to Chania airport for your flight to Athens. Upon arrival to Athens, connect with your flight home.

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to Chania airport for your flight to Athens. Upon arrival to Athens, connect with your flight home.

Athens, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Heraklion, Greece

Chania, Greece

Places You'll See

  • Athens

    Serving as the capital of Greece today, the ancient city was once the heart of the ancient Greece Empire and the birthplace of western civilization. Today, the city is still largely dominated by classical Greek landmarks dating as far back as the 5th century BC. This includes the hilltop citadel of Acropolis that hosts ancient buildings and temples such as the Parthenon, devoted to the goddess of wisdom and patron of the city, Athena.  Aside from the fascinating historic landmarks, visitors will also enjoy the local cafes, museums and the nearby beaches of Attica.

  • Santorini

    Located in the Cyclades Islands in the Aegean Sea, the volcanic island of Santorini is one of the most sought out destinations of the Greek islands. Visitors flock to the ‘grammable’ cliffside cities of Oia, Fira, and Pyrgos and others to take in the iconic seaside views with charming, whitewashed buildings, Cycladic churches, and windmills. Honeymooners will enjoy the romantic atmosphere while lounging on the colorful sand beaches, some clothing optional. From beach lounging and enjoying sunset drinks, to hiking the island for views of the volcano and ancient ruins, Santorini has much to offer.

  • Crete

    The largest island in Greece, Crete provides visitors with an array of opportunities along its varied landscapes with remnants of brilliant civilizations throughout its history. Though Crete is famed for its brilliantly idyllic beaches, visitors will also enjoy many land experiences including hiking to discover Roman and Turkish ruins, touring the local olive farms and vineyards, and dining on some of the most delicious seafood.

Hotel Options

4 Star Properties

Athens : Herodion Hotel

Santorini : El Greco Resort & Spa

Chania : Casa Delfino Suites

Testimonials

Holly H.

Traveled November, 2012

Everything went smoothly

Everything went smoothly. We were very pleased with Cecil, our guide in Rio, and India, our guide in Iguazu. Also in Iguazu, the driver, Aloisio(?), was a delightful guy. The day trip to Petropolis was very pleasant. We had a truly outstanding meal, one of the best in Brazil (and we ate at DOM in Sao Paulo and other top restaurants there), at the Leopoldina in the lovely Solar do Imperio Hotel. The best thing about the Porto Bay, by far, was the Copacabana location and the roof deck with spectacular views. Otherwise, the rooms were very plain and the Internet was costly and the connection was quite poor. We liked the Santa Teresa neighborhood and the hotel was great. Unfortunately, there were a couple of holidays and some closings of good spots with the best views. We can recommend a little seafood place near the hotel, Sobre Natural.Iguazu was stunning. Das Cataratas a super place. We liked being able to walk to the Falls just outside the hotel. The day trek and zodiac on the river was a fun adventure. Happy to answer any questions happy to recommend our itinerary and Yampu.

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Winnie T

Traveled October 2019

Awesome Trip

The itinerary to South Africa was super and the arrangement was trouble free. Everything happened on time. The stay in the Safaris was awesome. Thanks to Karolina Guilcapi who made our trip so pleasant.

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R

Traveled May, 2014

Everything you arranged was perfect to the last detail

Everything you arranged was perfect to the last detail. The hotels were all nice. My favorite was probably Remota, in Puerto Natales, Chile. Their food was excellent, tour guides and drivers are all professionals. I learned a lot.

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