From the freshest olives and produce to the finest local wines and ouzo – experience an authentic taste of what Greece has to offer

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Itinerary highlights

  • Seek out some of the oldest bakeries in Athens
  • Learn the secrets behind the production of honey and ouzo in Nafplio
  • Taste local delicacies with a food tour around Chania
  • Partake in a Cretan cooking class in a 17th-century farmhouse
  • Experience wine tasting in Santorini and an idyllic sunset cruise

What's included

  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Private transfers
  • Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
  • An expert local guide

At a glance

The best way to truly experience a country is through its cuisine – so get ready to sample and sip your way around this beautiful destination with this carefully curated tour. Centred around Greece’s most-loved dishes, this culinary adventure kicks off in the capital, Athens, with its enticing café culture. Pursue fresh pastries from some of the oldest bakeries in the city and popular delicacies from local food markets.

Nafplio, a seaport town, is next on the list, and it’s here that you can venture to the nearby olive groves, learn about the traditional honey production and visit a local ouzo distillery to taste the dry anise-flavoured aperitif.

You’ll continue to Chania, on the coast of Crete, where you’ll be led around the 14th-century harbour and the atmospheric streets, seeking out culinary highlights and partaking in a Cretan cooking class.

Santorini, an idyllic island in the Aegean Sea, is your final stop on the journey of Greek gastronomy. During the three days, you’ll enjoy meze dishes, visit family-owned wineries and conclude your getaway, with a private sunset yacht cruise.

 

Example trip itinerary

Days 1-3

Athens

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Meet and greet at Athens airport

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Athens

Accommodation in Athens

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Two nights in Athens Two nights in Athens

There are few places where the past comes to life in quite the same way 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.

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'A taste of Athens' food tour 'A taste of Athens' food tour

Tuck into a tasty slice of modern Greek culture as you visit speciality food stores and markets. You'll get to taste some of the finest olive oil, cheese and honey that the area has to offer. Nibble on delicacies like pastourma and locally cured meats. Stroll through the heart of Athens and visit pastry shops and pop into one of the oldest traditional bakeries in the city. You'll also find yourself surrounded by the colours and aromas of spices, the secret behind Greek cuisine. Your journey will take you through the bustling alleys of fish, meat and vegetable market Vavakios, the "belly of Athens". Finally, you'll have the chance to sample authentic Greek souvlaki and loukoumades with honey.

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Nafplio

Days 3-5

Nafplio

Accommodation in Nafplio

Two nights in Nafplio Two nights in Nafplio

Nafplio is one of the most historic cities of the region, full of spectacular monuments and sights that have stories that span from the ancient times to the medieval. Venture into the countryside for beautiful views of the ocean and mountains.

Ouzo and honey tour Ouzo and honey tour

Today, you'll discover some of the secrets of beekeeping and ouzo. Venture into the enchanting world of Greek ouzo and tsipouro, as you visit a local distillery where you'll learn about the history and characteristics of the drinks. Then take a walk through olive and orange groves before visiting a traditional honey production unit where a beekeeper will show you how the hives are maintained and harvested.

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Athens airport

Flight

Flight from Athens to Chania

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Chania

Days 5-7

Chania

Accommodation in Chania

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Exuding a Venetian charm, Chania is the second largest city in Crete. Scenic monasteries, traditional houses and elegant mansions are part of what make the old part of town so special.

Food lovers' walking tour of Chania Food lovers' walking tour of Chania

This tour connects you with the city’s essence of delicious food and warm, outgoing people. Join your knowledgeable guide on a mouth-watering walk around Chania’s historic district that combines a stroll through its most important sites and visits to authentic and colourful food shops and eateries. You'll get a glimpse into the past and living history of Chania, its architecture and lifestyle as you walk the town while exploring Crete’s flavours and aromas. Speak with the people behind the scenes and taste local culinary delights, such as the syrupy ‘loukoumades’, traditional ‘bougatsa’ pie, honey, rusks, olives, herbs and spices.

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Cretan cooking class Cretan cooking class

Together with your guide, you'll be transferred to the outskirts of Chania town for a hands-on cooking experience where you'll discover all there is to know about the rich and indigenous Cretan culinary heritage.

Friendly and informal, this experience features a visit to the lively local market, with a tasting of local cheese and olives, followed by hands-on instruction and lunch at a 17th-century farmhouse surrounded by organic gardens - a location chosen for its character and ambience. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, you'll discover how to prepare a number of traditional Cretan dishes under the directions of a local cook. Those who prefer to take a less active role may choose to just relax and appreciate the atmosphere.

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Heraklion Port

Transfer

Ferry to Santorini

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Santorini

Days 7-10

Santorini

Accommodation in Santorini

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Three nights in Santorini Three nights in Santorini

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.

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Santorini food and wine experience Santorini food and wine experience

Be introduced to the best of Santorini's gastronomy on this tour exploring the island's food and wine culture. Enjoy a delicious three-course meze menu of traditional dishes with recipes that stretch back generations and visit two family-owned wineries.

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Private Santorini sunset yacht cruise Private Santorini sunset yacht cruise

This private cruise, which lasts about five hours, combines swimming and snorkelling along with dinner on board while sailing across the sea as the sun sets.

During your tour, you'll have the opportunity to visit the hot springs, sail past the volcano and admire the beautiful coastline and beaches, and swimming at various locations at your leisure. As the sun is setting, you'll make your way back towards the port and enjoy the dreamy view.

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Santorini airport

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