Discover Greece's hidden secrets on a ten-day trip to Athens, Porto Heli and Santorini
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Really get under the skin of beautiful and fascinating Greece on a 10-day discovery of both its iconic sights and most secluded spots.
Start in the vibrant capital, home to that magnificent Acropolis that watches proudly over the thriving modern city. You’ll also get to uncover the quieter side of Athens as you wind your way through the streets of the wonderfully atmospheric Plaka, Thissio and Monastiraki neighbourhoods.
You’ll then head to the impossibly beautiful island of Santorini, famous for its whitewashed houses, glittering sea and spectacular sunsets. Feel the warmth of the red, black and golden sand between your toes and enjoy getting lost in the twisted maze of streets. Blue domes and bright bougainvillea add a splash of colour to the sea of white houses that tumble down the cliffs to the aquamarine sea. You’ll also take a private boat cruise to the island of Folegandros, a quiet and pretty island that boasts secluded bays and lookout points that offer panoramic views across the Aegean.
A private helicopter will then bring you to Porto Heli, where you’ll spend four nights at the luxurious Amanzoe property. Surrounded by olive groves and overlooking the ocean, Amanzoe is a true paradise from where you’ll explore the ancient site Nafplio, and Nemea where you’ll taste some of the regions’s famous wine. Your trip ends with a private cruise to Spetses and Hydra before a helicopter transfer brings you back to Athens.
Example Trip Itinerary
Meet and greet at Athens airport
Private transfer to your hotel in Athens
Accommodation in Athens
- 79 rooms and suites
- Rooftop lounge
Located moments from Constitution Square and within walking distance to the city’s main attractions, the NEW Hotel provides one of Athens’ most modern lodgings with playfully cutting edge design in a place otherwise synonymous for antiquity. There are 79 rooms and suites, all of which feature their own art installation and surrealist custom furniture, as well as comprehensive soundproofing, fine beds and blackout blinds. The Penthouse Suite is particularly noteworthy for its fine views to the Acropolis. The rest of the hotel is strewn with bold design features and art, some made with remnants of the original hotel that once occupied the 50s modernist building, with the restaurant perhaps the most striking space. Open from breakfast until midnight, it serves new takes on Mediterranean cuisine, and oven-fresh bread and pastries from the bakery. There’s also a fabulous rooftop lounge, a bar and wellness area with a gym and spa.
- 320 rooms and suites
- Winter Garden Restaurant
- Rooftop pool and bar
- Spa and fitness centre
- Indoor pool
Looking out across the Acropolis, Syntagama Square and Lycabettus Hill, the Hotel Grande Bretagne has some of the best views in the city. The hotel was built in 1874 and is full of old-world charm. Each of its 320 rooms and suites are beautifully styled, with antique furnishings, chandeliers and traditional tiled floors. With such spectacular views, you’ll want to head up to the rooftop pool and bar. Seeing the Acropolis illuminated at night is a truly spectacular sight so make sure you try one of their signature cocktails and enjoy the sparkling lights of the city. There’s also plenty to draw you inside, including the bright and airy Winter Garden Lounge, an extension of the hotel’s beautiful lobby. The cellar is filled with over 3,000 bottles of wine and it’s well worth enjoying a drink at Alexander’s Bar which features an original 19th-centuty tapestry depicting Alexander the Great entering Gaugamela. For when you need to relax and unwind, make a beeline for the spa and fitness centre, complete with indoor pool.
- 102 rooms and suites
In a fine location in the centre of Athens, the 1930s King George Hotel is an updated classic. There are 102 spacious rooms and suites, topped of on the ninth floor with the sprawling Penthouse and its incredible private rooftop pool with views out over the city to the Acropolis. This vista can also be enjoyed from the Tudor Hall Restaurant, a grand venue which serves authentic Greek seasonal dishes with a modern twist. As well as the ancient wonders of Acropolis, other famous sites and sights within walking distance include the Agora, Plaka district and Thissio neighbourhood, as well as many upmarket boutiques, world-renowned museums, and the city’s vibrant business district.
There are few places where the past comes to life in quite the same was as in Athens. Often referred to as the cradle of Western civilisation, it’s a city bursting at the seams with culture, intrigue, and beauty. It’s not just a place for history buffs, however, it’s also one of the liveliest European capitals. A thriving café culture ensures you’re not left waning in between all the sightseeing and you’ll never have to venture far to enjoy the vibrant nightlife.
Put the best of science, art and philosophy together in one creation and you have the definitive monument of human civilisation - the Acropolis. The Acropolis, and the Parthenon in particular, is the most characteristic monument of the ancient Greeks and it continues to stand as a symbol of democracy, Western civilisation and European unity. During the walk you will also get to see the Hephaisteion temple, Hadrian’s Library, the Roman Agora and the New Acropolis Museum, which is housed in a state-of-the-art building designed by Swiss-born architect Bernard Tschumi.
In the foothills of the Acropolis is Plaka, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Athens. It is extremely picturesque and noted for its authentic character and traditional layout. The most beautiful part of Plaka is the settlement of Anafiotika with pretty Cycladic houses leading up to the Acropolis. Close by is Thissio, a wonderful neighbourhood that looks out towards the Acropolis, and where there are plenty of cafes from which to sip a coffee and drink in the views.
Monastiraki is also part of the heart of Athens and famous for its flea market. These historic neighborhoods are full of traditional and Neoclassical buildings, Byzantine churches, boutiques, cafes, bars and taverns.
Private transfer to Athens airport
Flight to Santorini
Private transfer to your hotel in Santorini
Accommodation in Santorini
- 26 rooms
- Swimming pools
Set into the cliffs in Santorini, Canaves Oia Suites and Spa is an elegant luxurious retreat. Décor in the 26 spacious suites is sophisticated and minimalist, playing off the iconic architecture of the region. Modern touches make for a comfortable stay, while views out over the caldera and the Aegean Sea and private pools allow for ultimate relaxation. The white buildings and the fresh blues of the sea and pools make for a tranquil place to unwind. Freshen up in a luxurious rain shower, laze on a private veranda, take a dip in a private infinity pool, or enjoy a meal in an open-air dining area. Whether you’re looking for a delicious breakfast to start the day, or a romantic meal under the night sky, Petra Restaurant serves an array of authentic Greek and Mediterranean dishes. Enjoy fresh fish at the poolside, while sipping on a refreshing cocktail. The Canaves Oi Spa menu offers a selection of signature treatments to make your stay truly relaxing. The space was once a 17th century wine cave and hasn’t lost any of its charm, the perfect place to treat yourself.
- 22 rooms
- Restaurant and bar
- Champagne lounge
- In-room spa treatments
After a day of exploring the island, sit back and enjoy a spectacular sunset while sipping a refreshing cocktail at Grace Santorini. The boutique hotel’s refurbished rooms and suites are stylishly modern, with a focus on elegance. Contemporary design and traditional artworks and pieces of furniture make each of the 22 rooms unique and inviting. The bathrooms are large and luxurious. Make yourself at home in a sea view suite, or drink in the views of the caldera from The Villa. For a touch more privacy, opt for a suite with fragments of volcanic rock arranged across the windows, creating something of a “one-way” effect. Whether you’re on honeymoon, or simply on holiday, Grace Santorini is the perfect place from which to experience what the village of Imerovigli has to offer. Discover Mediterranean fusion at the Santoro restaurant where the menu is inspired by the flavours and produce of the Cycladic islands. Or enjoy evening drinks under the stars at the pool bar. The new Champagne and Cocktail Lounge has an extensive list of bubbly to choose from as well as exciting cocktails paired with dishes by the chef. Treat yourself to an in-room spa treatment, or make use of the hotel’s boutique gym.
- 39 rooms
- Restaurants and bars
- Swimming pool
This sophisticated retreat offers elegance, luxury and exquisite views. Whether you opt for a stylish suite or private villa, Mystique is the ideal place to soak up the beauty of Santorini and recharge your body and mind. The cliff-side resort’s 39 airy rooms look out over the water towards the Aegean Caldera and volcano. Décor is island-inspired with gentle hues and soft textures. Wood and stone accents in the cave-styled rooms make for a natural, understated and calming atmosphere. Private Jacuzzis, fitness rooms and spacious terraces offer guests a comfortable haven. Follow a cobblestone pathway to the plunge pool, or laze in the refreshing infinity pool and admire the view as you sip on a cocktail. Dining is an important part of your stay at Mystique, whether you’re more partial to traditional dishes or fusion flavours. Charisma Restaurant specialises in regional flavours and local ingredients, while Asea Lounge Restaurant’s menu features sushi and Japanese specialities. For a lighter bite, take a poolside table at Aura Bar, or sample the resort’s extensive wine collection at the Secret Wine Cave. The natural focus that runs through Mystique is also incorporated into the design and treatments at the Asian Spa Resort. The focus is on synchronising the body, mind and spirit with nature in a tranquil environment.
- 45 rooms
- Restaurant and bar
- Swimming pool
- Private beach
- Fitness centre
Escape to the charming retreat Vedema, in the medieval village of Megalohori. What started out as a 400-year old wine cellar and a century-old mansion has been transformed into a luxurious getaway for travellers looking to experience all Santorini has to offer in extreme comfort. The 45 rooms are spacious and offer views out over the garden, vineyards, village or Aegean sea. Some suites include terraces, pools and outdoor Jacuzzis, so that guests can enjoy both the luxury of their rooms and the outdoors in privacy. Follow a sunken pathway to Alati Restaurant which is housed in the old winery cave. The menu features fish and seafood as well as traditional Greek flavours. Or, for a taste of the region’s wines, dine on Mediterranean dishes at the romantic Canava Wine Bar. Make the most of the views as you enjoy a modern Greek breakfast at the Pergola Pool restaurant, or savour a cocktail or two at Black Rose down on the resort’s private black sand beach. Embark on a sensory journey at the Asian Spa where there is a wide range of holistic healing and pampering treatments to choose from. And make use of the fitness centre where there are personal trainers on hand to make sure your exercise regime isn’t overlooked while you’re on holiday.
Floating in the southern Aegean Sea is a little slice of Greek heaven. A huge volcanic eruption 3,500 years ago left a caldera which turned the then- circular Santorini into a crescent shaped island, one that has been charming visitors since they first arrived.
Santorini is the largest island of a small archipelago, wrapping its arms protectively around the islands of Palea, Nea and Thirasia. Sheer cliffs hundreds of metres high shield coves and beaches made up of red, white and black sand, while pretty villages of limewashed cubic houses creep up the sides, nestled into every nook and cranny.
Discover the beautiful island of Santorini on a tour that takes you to some of the most scenic and lesser known spots. Of course the island is famous for a reason, so you'll also get to see iconic landmarks such as its red and white beaches. You will enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the caldera and the southern shores while having the opportunity to get in touch with the local people who work the harsh volcanic land and still preserve the traditional way of life on the island.
Wander through the narrow, labyrinthine alleyways of the medieval village of Emporeio and discover one of the last standing Venetian castles at Akrotiri. You'll then visit one of the island's traditional wineries for a taste of the award-wining Vinsanto wines.
Board your private boat and depart from the port of Amoudi, close to Oia. Folegandros is a small island that, though fashionable, remains a pristine piece of real Greece. During your cruise you will have ample opportunity to swim in the emerald waters, snorkel in the caves and visit the best beaches which are only accessible by boat. While on the island, you'll visit Chora, a town built on the edge of a 200m-high cliff. Wander through its cobbled streets and climb the Panagia rock for panoramic views across the Aegean.
In the afternoon you will return to Santorini, and before disembarking, enjoy the fiery sunset with a glass of crisp wine.
Accommodation in Porto Heli
- 38 pavilion with private pools
- Four to nine-bedroom private villas
- Private beach club
Sat atop a hill surrounded by undulating olive groves, Amanzoe is a 21st-century neoclassical temple with incredible panoramic views over Argolis and down to bustling Porto Heli below. There are 38 pavilions dotted along the hillside, each private and elegantly luxurious, opening onto terraces with private plunge pools and views of the surrounding land or sea. Each pavilion is accessed via a stone-walled courtyard, leading to a living area and king-size bed in a marble alcove. For friends and family groups, there are a collection of spacious four to nine-bedroom villas with their own chef and host. Colonnades lead to serene garden courtyards, a vast pool and an amphitheatre, as well as the restaurant where you’ll find simple, contemporary Greek and Mediterranean dishes that emphasise locally sourced fresh ingredients delivered daily. The Amanzoe’s expansive spa combines diet, gymnastics, exercise, massage and sea bathing with modern natural products and treatments. A gym is also available, and studios host yoga and Pilates sessions Just ten minutes away, and easily accessed by complimentary transfers, the Amanzoe’s private beach club is set beside the azure Agean, with four swimming pools, small spa, casual eatery and overnight cabanas providing all the comforts of the pavilions. Sunbathe on the terrace, swim in the sea or discover the bay by kayak, paddle-board or snorkel. You can also charter a boat from the Aman fleet to sail to nearby islands, such as Spetses aor Hydra, or venture to off-shore diving spots. Porto Heli’s tavernas and countless ancient ruins, from the Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus to Byzantine monasteries, are also all within easy reach.
Sat atop a hill surrounded by undulating olive groves, Amanzoe is a 21st-century neoclassical temple with incredible panoramic views over Argolis and down to bustling Porto Heli below. Colonnades lead to serene garden courtyards, a vast pool and an amphitheatre, as well as the restaurant where you’ll find simple, contemporary Greek and Mediterranean dishes. Just ten minutes away, and easily accessed by complimentary transfers, the Amanzoe’s private beach club is set beside the azure Agean, with four swimming pools, small spa, casual eatery and overnight cabanas providing all the comforts of the pavilions. Sunbathe on the terrace, swim in the sea or discover the bay by kayak, paddle-board or snorkel. You can also charter a boat from the Aman fleet to sail to nearby islands, such as Spetses aor Hydra, or venture to off-shore diving spots. Porto Heli’s tavernas and countless ancient ruins, from the Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus to Byzantine monasteries, are also all within easy reach.
Nafplio is one of the most historic cities of the region, full of spectacular monuments and sights that have stories that span from ancient to medieval times. It also hosted the first Greek parliament after the Greek War of Independence. Enjoy a tour around the city which preserves fascinating, timeless relics from three different historical phases, with elements of neoclassical, Venetian and Turkish styles found in the architecture of the buildings. The archeological museum, Agios Spiridonas Church, is another highlight, the walls of which are still scarred by the bullet marks that killed Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first Governor of the newly liberated country in 1828.
There are impregnable fortresses of the Byzantine era overlooking this quaint town and the harbour waterfront is the place to enjoy the fiery Mediterranean sunset or enjoy a coffee while you watch the world go by.
Nemea is an ancient site in the north eastern part of the Peloponnese. It was here that in Greek mythology, Heracles overcame the Nemean Lion, whose fur was said to be impenetrable by the weapons of humans. It was also the site for the Nemean Games, one of the four Panhellenic Games of Ancient Greece.
The region was first put on the map for its winemaking by Homer, who called it Ampeloessa, meaning 'full of vines'. Today the indigenous Greek Agiorgitiko grape is used to produce wines famous for their deep red colour with violet and blue hues, complex aroma and long, velvety palate.
Explore the pristine waters of the Argo-Saronic Gulf aboard a private yacht. If you fancy starting the day with a swim, then make Hinitsa Bay your first stop, before sailing to Spetses. This island retains much of the grandeur and old-world elegance of its heyday as an important shipbuilding and maritime trading centre. The picturesque old harbour and Dápia are the trademarks of the town of and if you have time, you can take a trip around the island in horse-drawn carriages to admire the grand mansions the line the cobbled streets.
Your next stop will be Hydra. Its population was tiny in ancient times and except for brief mentions in works by Herodotus and Pausanias, this is little or no record in ancient history of Hydra. That's not to say this isn't a very special place, and as you approach the port, you'll be welcomed to this magnificent little town by the statue of Andreas Miaoulis, a local war hero. Spanning from the port and up towards the hills, you can see beautiful old mansions as far as the eye can see. There is no motor transport allowed anywhere on the island with donkeys and water taxis the only means of getting around.
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