Greek Islands Fantasy

The Greek Isles are the stuff of which dreams are made. Iconic white-washed, sun-drenched buildings rising from a backdrop of a liquid sapphire Aegean Sea, warm and inviting new friends, and memories to last a lifetime await you on our Greek Islands Fantasy tour. Here is our itinerary:

Day 1: Athens, Acropolis, Evening in a Taverna

We’ll gather at the Athens airport at 12:00 noon, local time. From there we transfer to our hotel in this classic city. You’ll check-in, freshen-up, and pinch yourself, as you prepare to embark on a walking tour of epochal sites in late afternoon.

The Acropolis of Athens, perhaps one of the most famed structures in history, is a city within itself, located on a rocky outcrop overlooking Athens, the location lending itself to the name “Acropolis” which translates to “city at the highest point”. Recognized for its architectural and historic significance, this UNESCO World Heritage Site houses the remains of many ancient buildings, including the Parthenon.  Dating back to the 5th century BC, this remarkable site has seen the likes of ancient legends, philosophers, statesmen, politicians, and other colorful personalities through the ages.

Let the days events settle as you enjoy dinner at a typical Greek taverna and unwind as the locals do.

Day 2: Food Tour in Athens, Flight to Naxos, Dinner on the beach

Athenians are passionate about their food. For the average resident of Athens, food is so much more than simple sustenance. Food is a celebration, a way of life, a connection to the past, and a treasure for the future. For Greeks, food is a topic of conversation, and an art form that is appreciated daily. Today you’ll share in the proud tradition of Greek culinary culture. Each moment of our culinary tour will tantalize and transform you, sumptuous taste by sumptuous taste. Our highlights include: A walking tour of the city’s most authentic areas. Experience Athens like a local. A visit to the renown Athens Central Food Market. Discover uniquely Athenian specialty food stores. Sample and graze your way through a rich selection of local delicacies, both sweet and savory. You’re sure to be too full for lunch! Learn about the deep and abiding Greek food culture and proud gastronomy. Get the scoop from our fun and knowledgeable insider food expert in Greek cuisine.

We’ll begin our tour by visiting an authentic café where rich and robust coffee is made the traditional way, in hovoli, which is basically heated sand. As with all things food and drink in Athens, making traditional Greek coffee is elevated, and appreciated, as an art, and one of which the city is very proud.

After fortifying ourselves with this rich, aromatic delight, we will continue on our tour. As we sample and sigh over the treats that Athenians enjoy every day, we’ll gain insight into the recipes, traditions, and cooking methods passed down through the ages. Mouth Watering delicacies, both sweet and savory, will serve as our informal lunch today. Our movable feast will consist of such iconic Greek foods as olives, traditional pastries, and pies, Greek souvlaki, Loukoumades, epic Greek charcuterie, luscious cheeses, dry foods, nuts, and the ever-present Greek coffee. It is truly an unforgettable experience of tastes and unmatched epicurean discoveries.

True food artisans will allow us to glimpse into their craft as we visit them in their element. We’ll spend time perusing specialty stores known to cater to these discerning craftsmen who demand excellence in all components of their art. We’ll find out where some of these prized products are sold, and, as if the day could get any better, we’ll be treated to a stop at Athen’s vibrant central food market. Here we’ll find vendors and food growers, fishmongers, and Athenians gathered in an appreciation of fresh food and colorful culture from all around this beautiful country.

A treat for the senses, our visit to the central market will be complemented by our friendly and food-wise guide. Take home some tasty souvenirs, and memories to hold dear for a lifetime.

This afternoon we board our flight to the Island of Naxos. Once there, we’ll transfer to our accommodations and settle in to prepare for our evening candlelight dinner, on the beach. Our traditional Greek dinner will feature the fresh catch of that day.

Day 3: Discover Naxos with a local

Naxos is the largest in a group of Greek islands known as the Cyclades. Today we’ll explore the small, friendly villages of the island of Naxos, with a local guide, as we learn about the unique and special products produced here. The villages offer a visitor a picturesque view of iconic Greek life. Warm and welcoming locals, rugged landscape, and white and blue stucco buildings set against a backdrop of the Aegean Sea, as blue as a summer sky, while fishing boats troll the waters for the daily catch.

Today, we’ll enjoy life, as the locals do. Experiencing the delectable foods by tasting and tasting again. At our first stop, we’ll enjoy a picnic of local delights including jams, honey, bread, fresh fruit, and yogurt, along with juices and the ever-present coffee (which by now you’ve come to anticipate and long-for!), help making  cheese pies, or olive pies.

The next stop finds us strolling the village streets and taking in the local sites. We’ll discover a windmill, restored to its original state, in very good condition. Naxos, and the entirety of the Cyclades, are famous for their wind. Find out how the wind has been harnessed, for many centuries, to mill wheat for the local villages.

The third village we visit will, once again, appeal to the Greek’s favorite pastime. We’ll sample 5 different varieties of Naxian cheeses, and assist in creating a Greek meal of keftedes, and tzatziki, enjoyed with salad, bread, and favorite local wine.

Next, we’re on to the village of Chalki, where we’ll sample the popular local liqueur, Citron, right from the distillery. We’ll pay a visit to the Olive Museum, where you’ll have an opportunity to shop. This is a wonderful place to purchase olive oil to take home with you.

After this very full day, you can enjoy your evening at leisure. Set your own pace as you stroll along the marina, dine in a local restaurant, or get lost among the Nations among the white alleyways, browsing the unique shops exhibiting local artisans’ wares.

Day 4: Mykonos, Walking tour, lunch in a Mykonian home

At 10:40 am we’ll board the high-speed ferry that takes us to the cosmopolitan island of Mykonos (35 minutes cruise) A magical island, located in the very heart of the Cyclades, Mykonos is a haven for world famous celebrities, who want to loll away the spectacular Grecian summer in style. The island of Mykonos takes its name from the grandson of the god Apollo, and legend has it, was built on the bodies of the giants felled by Hercules. You just know you’re in for a spectacular experience in Mykonos!

The medieval town, also known as the “chora”, meaning principle town, lends itself to history buffs, as well as glitterati. Our tour sweeps us through the traditional way of life in Mykonos, as it is experienced by, quite literally, walking through history. You’ll relive the past memories of this beautiful place, which can be quite colorful, indeed.

Our guide will accompany us, sharing local lore, and knowledge, as we navigate alleyways, and secret corners, known only to the local residents. Well enjoy some delectable pastries, and refreshments at the Gioras bakery, a traditional bakery using an underground wooden stove, as it has for centuries. This stove is still operational today, and our experience at the Gioras bakery will fortify us or our next sightseeing adventure; five windmills that stand in a row, and are a source of pride to the people of Mykonos, as well as a fascinating attraction.

We’ll cross along the narrow, winding paths which take us to the Chora and Scarpa areas of Mykonos. Little Venice is located here, a popular area for photography. And it's no wonder! The elegant homes perch precariously at the Aegean Sea very edge, whitewashed, and dazzling, in the sun, lie jewels from the sea. The charm of Little Venice is found in the easygoing air, and friendly, lovely, atmosphere.

For lunch today, we’ll dine in a stunningly beautiful local home. We will be immersed in Greek culture, cooking, and way of life as our friend, and host, shares her lovely home, regales us with stories of her life, her relatives, and draws us in as only Greek hospitality can, making us all feel a part of her family. We will enjoy an afternoon of storytelling, shared knowledge of customs, and lifestyle among the residents of this magical island, all accompanied by unlimited local wines, and an authentic Mykonian lunch.

We’ll say our farewells to our wonderful host, tucking the experience away as a special memory of Mykonos. You’ll have free time before our ferry boards at 6:40, to explore Mykonos as you wish, before returning to Naxos.

Day 5: Cheese farm in the morning, Magical dinner in the evening

Today we’ll visit a “mom and pop” cheese farm. Our hosts, the cheese makers, make cheese for the island of Naxos. Lucky us-we’ll be invited to take part in the craft of cheese making!

In the early evening, we board a ferry to the nearby island of Paros (45 minutes cruise), where we’ll stroll the old

town of Parikia. Typical of the region, Parikia is a flower-filled village, of warm and welcoming

locals. Parikia picturesque vistas, winding streets, and bustling activity make for excellent

“photo-op”.

Naoussa is our next stop, a charming fishing village filled with glimpses of typical Greek Island

life. Our dinner experience is, once again, like something out of a movie, with a stunning

backdrop of this beautiful port. After dinner we’ll board a ferry for our trip back to Naxos.

Day 6: Cooking class

This morning we will take part in a cooking class which takes place in a lovely local village, as picturesque and iconic as you can imagine. The village is right out of a movie-realistic and the experience of a lifetime.

Our most gracious host will gently guide us, and instruct us, in the true style of creating such luscious Greek dishes as eggplant stuffed with tomato and onions slowly caramelized, topped with local cheese, fresh local beef cooked in a tomato sauce with just a touch of cinnamon and allspice, pita and tzatziki, naxian-style Greek salad, and the traditional favorite, spanakopita. All of our mouthwatering foods will be paired with local wines. A memory-making adventure in taste and treasured conversation. Like family!

We would suggest you take part in Naxos’ delightful local scene. Enjoy a relaxed dinner in one

of the outstanding restaurants along the picturesque marina. Or, if you choose, dine in a tavern

with local music. There’s also a jazz bar where you can enjoy a taste of true Naxos nightlife

Day 7: Moving to Santorini

The morning is yours to spend in a local cafe, or you may want to indulge in some shopping before we say goodbye to this wonderful Greek island. In a few short hours, we will board our afternoon high speed ferry to the storied island of Santorini. (1.5 hour cruise)

This gorgeous island features a rugged landscape, courtesy of a 16th century volcanic eruption.  The homes, and buildings of Santorini’s two principal towns, villages really, Fira, and Oia feature the iconic cubiform and white-washed architecture, nestled amidst the natural formations created by the volcano.

Upon arrival in Santorini port, we will whisk away to a local winery that boasts some pretty spectacular views. The wine produced here is a treat and we will all enjoy a delightful wine tasting.

Next we Will check into our hotel accommodations and freshen up. The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy. Stroll the maze of streets and choose from the many restaurants and bars in which to while away, people watch, and experience the vibrant town of Fira.

Day 8: Santorini Highlights

Today is a full day of the highlights of spectacular Santorini!

We’ll begin our day early, so we beat the crowds. At 8:45 a.m. we’ll head to the magical village of Oia, a true island fantasy. We’ll begin making our way to the northernmost part of Santorini, where this beautiful town is located.

When you imagine the Greek Islands, it’s likely the image you picture is very much like what you will see in this idyllic village. A photographer’s paradise, Oia has long been the favored home of sea captains, and sailors, as well as visitors seeking the iconic charm of authentic Greece.

Together we’ll roam the narrow, cobbled marble, streets of this rich village. We’ll marvel at the stunning architecture of the homes belonging to sea captains, the dignitaries of this stunning island. Have your phones set to photo, or your camera at the ready, as we explore the picturesque corners of the cosmopolitan village that is Oia. Feel free to take as many pictures as you like. Our personal tour guide will allow plenty of time for photography, exploring the unique shops along the way, or enjoying a snack, or refreshment together as we delight in our time is gorgeous Oia. Memories of time spent in this treasured jewel of the Greek islands will forever stay tucked in your heart, so take time to fill up your senses with the beauty of Oia.

Keep your cameras at the ready as we next make our way to Imerovigli, another photographer’s dream. Our guide will take us to the very heart of Imerovigli as they explain the different buildings’ architecture. These cathedrals, homes, hotels, and chapels are perched on the steep cliffs of the caldera.

The caldera cliff offers a vista unlike any other. You’ll be awestruck by the stunning, colorful cliff formations, and the whitewashed buildings, blue-domed chapel, and incredible architecture you see before you. The chapel, it’s image so epically Greek, is a favored site of young (and not-so-young) couples in love. Many proposals, as well as weddings, take place beneath the bright blue dome. You’ll easily smile as the sheer serenity and sense of peace of this beautiful landscape finds its way into your heart forever!

Our next stop is the village of Firostefani, which lies just north of Fira. It’s considered to be the crown of Fira. Prepare yourself to be thoroughly enraptured by the sheer beauty of Fora’s crown. The enchantment of the deep blue sea lagoon set in the rugged landscape of Firostefani is absolutely breathtaking., The blue-domed church, which is often pictured in photos and postcards of Santorini, is a must-see. The million-dollar views are spectacular. Prophet Ilias Mountain is regarded as the core of the island of Santorini. Life on this island essentially began around this solid rock mountain. One of the summits holds Prophet Elias Greek Christian Orthodox Monastery. The monastery is dedicated to the self-disciplined, austere and ascetic Old Testament Prophet Elijah.

Established in the 18th century, the monastery was instrumental in the Greek Revolution, by offering fleet. A portion of the monastery is open to visitors, and the views from the highest point on the island are truly breathtaking.

Emporio is the largest village on Santorini, with plenty to offer any guest who ventures here. Among the sites you’ll enjoy in Emporio are the ruins of fortresses which date back to the Byzantine era, and historic windmills. Some of the windmills of Emporio have been painstakingly restored into gorgeous homes.

Megalochori is yet another gift of this bountiful island that will delight your senses. The views! Can you ever get tired of looking at such stunning vistas, iconic buildings, and sheer beauty? Santorini’s Megalochori will, once again, take your breath away. Some claim this to be the favorite of Santorini’s villages as it is stunning in beauty, yet away from the more touristy parts of the island.

Upon the end of the tour and return to the hotel Spend some free time on your own after the tour but get ready for a fun and memorable night ahead!  

At 9 p.m. tonight we will attend a Greek Wedding! This is an interactive musical theatre production where guests will sing, dance, and even…break some plates! Opa! 

Day 9: Departure 

After so many memories, new friends, and such a beautiful experience, we are now at the end of the tour.

You may opt to spend more time (or forever?!) in this enchanting Santorini, making your own plans, or you can depart today. Either way, there are many flights to Athens, as you choose. In Athens you will catch your flight home.

Accommodations: See photos

You will be staying in all suites hotels. In Naxos you'll stay in a new all-suites & Spa family owned hotel,  which is located only 100 ft from the beach and surrounded by restaurants, cafés and shops.

The tour is limited to 10-12 guests.

The Tour includes:

8 nights Accommodations (1 Athens, 5 Naxos, 2 Santorini)

Round trip group transfer from/to Athens airport to the hotel.

Guided tour of the Acropolis.

Group (Afternoon) flight from Athens to Naxos. (Limited)

Transfer from Naxos airport to the hotel.

Transfer from the hotel in Naxos to the port.

Transportation during day trips

Ferries tickets. 

Hands - on Cooking class

Breakfasts

3 Dinners

3 Lunches

Food tour Athens (informal lunch)

Food tour in Naxos (informal lunch)

Cheese farm visit (Informal lunch)

Wine tasting

Sightseeing in Naxos, Mykonos, Paros, santorini.

English speaking guides.

The tour does not include

International flights

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Group Dates 2020

May 10 - May 18

Oct 1 - Oct 9 - Sold out

Oct 8 - Oct 16

Price per person in a double room: $3650.00 

Single supplement: $800.00.

                                 

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Terms and conditions of this Tour:

A deposit of $500.00 per person is required at time of booking to guarantee the space on the tour. 
Balance of the full amount is due 90 days prior the first day of the tour.

The order of the itinerary may change according to ferry schedule and other factors that are beyond our control. 

Cancellation

  Your deposit is refundable within the first 30 days of your deposit, so long as you have booked more than 180 days before the start date of the tour. If you book within 180 days of the start date of the tour, your deposit is immediately non-refundable. 90 days or less before the start date of the tour, the tour is non - refundable unless we are able to rebook another participant for the date/tour you are booked on.

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