- OVERVIEW & HIGHLIGHTS
D1 / Athens / Arrival in Athens / Afternoon Food Tour
D2 / Athens / Acropolis Guided Tour / Arrival in Crete
D3 / Chania / The real Cretan Cooking Experience
D4 / Chania/ 7 Villages Tour / Arrival in Heraklion
D5 / Santorini / Day at Leisure
D6 / Santorini / Cooking Class and Wine Tasting
D7 / Santorini / Caldera Sunset Cruise
D8 / Santorini / Departure
Taste a lot of local delicacies in Athens
Enjoy a real Cretan Cooking Experience at a local home
Dive into the local life of Cretan people
Cooking Experience & volcanic wine tasting in Santorini
Unique sunset cruise around the volcano
Local Experiences to see the daily life of Cretan people
Arrival in Athens / Afternoon Private Food Tour
Athens Airport to Hotel:
Upon arrival, your driver will be awaiting for you at the airport with a sign with your name on it. You will be transferred to your hotel.
Afternoon Private Food Tour:
During this private afternoon food tour you will not only explore the streets of Athens but you will also get to taste appetizing treats that locals enjoy as part of their daily routine. You will gain insights into the development of our cooking methods, recipes and culinary traditions.
You will be visiting dedicated artisans that have perfected their recipes over the decades, as well as specialty food stores sourcing the best products from all over Greece. A culinary tour would not be complete without a tasting of the local spirits, beers, and wine all with their accompanying food pairings.
Enjoy the beauty of Athens by night and get a taste of the city’s vibrant nightlife. Learn all about the tastes that Athenians cherish and indulge in a bountiful assortment of appetizing sweet and savory treats with your specialized food-wise “Insider” Guide.
Athens / Acropolis / Chania
Acropolis Guided Tour:
The Acropolis is a MUST-SEE for anyone visiting Athens. It is the landmark that stands out in the city and the monument that portrays the great ancient Greek civilization that flourished in this land thousands of years ago.
Enjoy a 2-hour private guided tour of the Acropolis with a state-licensed guide, who will share with you stories of the past and interesting information about the Parthenon and the other buildings.
Step back in time and reflect on the splendor, power and wealth of this capital city, and admire from up-close the unique architectural and artistic masterpieces of timeless Greece.
Private Transfer Athens Hotel to Airport
Domestic Flight to Chania
Private Transfer – Chania Airport to Hotel:
Upon Arrival, your driver will be awaiting you with a sign with your name on it.
You will be transferred to your hotel.
After arriving in Chania, you could head to Chania Old Town to enjoy free time at leisure:
Walk through the stone paths and the narrow streets of the Old Town and discover the hidden spots of the Venetian Harbor. You will enjoy a leisure stroll in the puzzled alleys where the Venetians, the Ottomans and the old Cretans used to live and occupied.
Enjoy this incredible flower-decorated neighborhoods, meet the locals and of course, eat like locals! The unique Cretan Gastronomy is something you would not wanna miss!
OR you could enjoy some Beach time at leisure:
Famous for the untouchable isolated beaches as well as the easy-accessible fine sandy beach, Crete is an ideal destination for the ones seeking for a laid-back beach vacation! Today, you will enjoy some leisure beach time on a beautiful beach just in front of your hotel!
Chania / The Real Cretan Cooking Experience
Cooking Lesson in Chania – The Real Cretan Cooking Experience:
Follow us to the extraordinary journey through the Cretan flavors and taste the real Cretan way of life. Up in the high peaks of the White Mountains, you will prepare some traditional and extremely tasty home-made dishes. Using only healthy organic Cretan ingredients like extra-virgin olive oil, fresh vegetables picked from the garden, dairy products and the most aromatic herbs.
You will have the chance to walk around our vegetable gardens to see, feel, smell, touch and taste the pure products of Mother Earth. Your host will also reveal the secrets of local herbs, how the Cretan olive oil affects the people’s health and useful tips about the local products you will use. You will prepare a traditional Cretan recipe with your own hands, learn how Cretans cook.
After the magnificent cooking experience you will taste delicious Cretan wine paired with local cheese. The view of the mountain is breathtaking right out of our window. Enjoying the extraordinary wine you will feel just like it’s heaven on earth! Later, after the tasting you will prepare some appetizers like “Ntakos” and “Tzatziki” and of course, the popular Cretan Cheese-pies “Kalitsouni”. You will definitely love the bread-making as well. In the meanwhile, the meal will be ready. You will taste your own dishes, paired with fruity local wine and taste some traditional jar desserts at the end. The healthy Mediterranean diet and the famous Cretan cuisine have already been revealed in front of your eyes.
Chania / 7 Villages Tour / Heraklion
The 7 Villages of Apokoronas Tour:
This is a tour of the unique area of Apokoronas, the East province of Chania Region. Heading to Apokoronas one of the first villages is Armenoi. You will enjoy a coup of Greek coffee next to the nature and water springs of the village. Following a route through the nature and traditional Cretan villages like Stylos, Tsivaras and Kalives you will arrive in Gavalochori village and visit the folklore museum of Apokoronas. The 7 rooms of it, will reveal everything about history, handcrafts and the everyday life of the people.
Leaving Gavalochori, driving towards Vrises village you will enjoy the view of the river and the square. The village of Emprosneros is following to see the theatre “Mikis Thodorakis and the hidden church of St. Antony, built on the rock. The experience of Cretan cheese-making process follows.. You visit a cheese factory and taste the local “Graviera” “Mizithra” or “Anthotiros” cheese varieties. You will also taste some olive oil on warm bread, cookies and Cretan biscuits in the local bakery.
After that you will enjoy lunch in a traditional “kafeneio” in Fres village, speaking with the locals and learning many things about the countryside way of life. You will have the chance to see the pure beauty and feel the real Crete around you. Apokoronas is one of the most historical places in Crete because of its people. Apokoronas is waiting to reveal his secrets a whole place is ready to be explored by you!
After you tour, your driver will drive you to Heraklion where you will spend one overnight there before catching your fast boat to Santorini the next morning
Santorini / At Leisure
High Speed Ferry, Herakleion to Santorini:
Ferry tickets will be delivered to your hotel.
Fare always issued at economy class unless otherwise specified.
Private Transfer, Santorini Port to Hotel:
Upon arrival at the port, your driver will be awaiting you with a sign with your name on it.
He will deliver you to your hotel.
Santorini Free Day At Leisure:
The island’s beauty has been waxed lyrical over the years, fully earning the epithet “kalliste” (the most beautiful). The main island is split further into picturesque villages masterly painted in dazzling blue and white hues, outlining the holiday resort’s multi-faceted personality and its extraordinary variety of landscapes.
The scent of wine grapes and vineyards stretching lazily down Santorini’s unrefined hills; the unique taste of tomatoes grown solely on volcanic soil and the soaring temperature of the island; the subtle sand or the smoothness of white pebbles and turquoise waters of some of Europe’s most suggestive beaches; the upbeat sound of the buzzing nightlife; the spectacle of the sun setting behind the village of Oia and the caldera to finally plunge into the skyline.
Santorini gratifies all 5 senses, treating the traveler to enchanting views and thousands of colors.
Santorini / Cooking Class and Wine Tasting OR Eat & Walk Food Tour
Option A: Santorini Cooking & Wine Tasting Experience:
A blend of Santorini’s best tastes and flavors with a “touch” of your effort to cook authentic Santorinian recipes are the main ingredients of the experience that is the Cooking & Tasting Experience Tour.
The tour includes the a visit to a winery and a hands-on cooking lesson, by local experts, along with information about the local wines and finally, the pleasure of enjoying your gastronomic creations. What will you take with you? Experience the joy of cooking traditional Santorinian dishes, savor the memory of an exquisite gastronomic experience with the delicious tastes of the island, and take home a booklet with all the recipes you cooked. This tour is perfect for foodies, honeymooners, cooking class aficionados, or food and wine lovers.
Option B: Eat & Walk Tailor-made Santorini Food Tour:
Our fun local food expert will meet you at a starting point in Firostefani and lead you through the traditional towns of Firostefani and Fira, following a pebbled downhill footpath right on the edge of world famous Santorini caldera. Start your day with a traditional Greek coffee, follow your guide through the historical alleyways and hidden paths of Fira with several stops for samplings of local treats, including an olive oil tasting and a quick bite of souvlaki – the ultimate Greek street food.
During the tour, you will have the opportunity to taste Santorini & Greek food, street food, samples of local beer, wine and raki, Cycladic cheeses & cold cuts, olive oil tasting, delicacies from bakery and traditional sweets. Of course, a lunch at a caldera view restaurant combined with some local wine is a ‘must’!
Santorini / Caldera Sunset Cruise
Enjoy your morning at leisure to explore all these white-washed towns built on the caldera
Afternoon – Caldera sunset cruise:
Starting from the port of Vlychada port, the cruise passes by Red and White Beach, with a stop at Black Mountain. It will then pass by the Lighthouse South of the Caldera and the Hot Springs at the Volcano. The next stop in Thirassia where lunch will be served. You will then sail towards the port of Ammoudi for a spectacular view of Oia. The return route will offer beautiful Fira views and sunset views before entering the port of Vlychada.
Santorini / Departure
Enjoy your last morning at leisure in Santorini
Without mentioning dazzling panoramas, the mesmerizing sea or vibrant villages, Santorini’s culinary tradition would be something worth experiencing on its own.
Try the island’s peculiar white-eggplants with mozzarella, or sample the unique “Tomatokeftedes”, tomato fritters made of Santorini’s own produce, and accompany it beautifully with a glass of Vinsanto – Santorini is in all aspects a work of art, and its souvenirs and local produce doubtlessly reflect the island’s beautiful facets. Oia and above all Fira are the island’s major shopping destinations, places of unrivalled charm where traditional shops line up neatly down narrow streets.
A worthy shopping experience is all about local produce. The diversity of products makes it hard to choose from the numerous delicacies grown on the island’s volcanic soil. Fava, the Greek version of split peas, is particularly unique in Santorini and it is used to make a down-to-earth, yet scrumptious, puree. The island’s grapes make a heavenly wine that is exported worldwide and can be bought in any of the local wineries. Last but not least comes Santorini’s trademark tomato, the locals’ pride and a must try for food aficionados – wonderfully appetizing and juicy.
Enjoy your last morning at leisure in Santorini
In the afternoon, you will have to say goodbye to the beautiful Greece. Your driver will pick you up and transfer you to Santorini Airport where you will take the domestic flight to Athens International Airport.