Luxury Greece Highlights
A twelve day luxury discovery of Athens, Santorini and Crete
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- Luxury accommodation throughout
- Private tours with expert local guides
- Private transfers and domestic flights
- Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
Explore some of our favourite regions of Greece on this luxury 12-day trip to glorious Athens, sparkling Santorini and the historic island of Crete.
Begin with three nights in the cradle of western democracy, the Greek capital of Athens. With your private guide, visit the incredible Acropolis, home to the iconic Parthenon, as well as the winding old streets of Plaka. You’ll also venture out of the city to see the incredible mountainside ruins of Delphi.
Next up is the beautiful island of Crete, where you’ll stay in both Chania and near the village of Plaka on the north east coast. Take to the water on a private sailing trip through the Gulf of Chania and visit the impressive sight of Knossos, once the capital of Minoan Crete. Whilst staying at the Blue Palace near Plaka, you’ll have time to simply relax and enjoy your hotel and its surroundings.
From Crete, you’ll fly out to the glamorous isle of Santorini, the remains of a vast volcanic caldera whose sheer sides are covered with white and blue villages all looking out across the sparkling Aegean Sea. See the famous sunset from Oia, wander the labyrinthine of alleyways, taste award-winning wine at a traditional winery, and cruise the bays and beaches aboard your own private yacht.
Example Trip Itinerary
Meet and greet at Athens airport
Private transfer to your hotel in Athens
Accommodation in Athens
- 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.
- 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.
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. You'll also visit 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.
The town of Delphi, a little over two hours from Athens, was the site of the 4th century BC Temple of Apollo. The temple's high priestess, also known as the Pythia, were the most important and authoritative oracles in Greece, and the most powerful women of the classical world. According to mythology, it is here that the two eagles sent out by Zeus from the ends of the universe to find the navel of the world met. The sanctuary of Delphi, set within a most spectacular landscape, was for many centuries the cultural and religious centre and symbol of unity for the Hellenic world. The ruins of Delphi also contain the remains of Temple of Athena Pronaia, a stadium and a theatre, all surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery, making for an incredibly evocative sight.
Private transfer to Athens airport
Flight from Athens to Chania
Private transfer to your hotel in Chania
Accommodation in Chania
- 24 rooms and suites
- Rooftop garden with hot tub
Housed in 17th century Venetian mansion which has stayed in the same family for six generations, the Casa Delfino commands an enviable position looking down to Chania’s old harbour. Sensitively restored and embellished with contrasting modern features, this boutique hotel has 24 individual rooms and suites, all with en suite marble bathrooms. Start your day with a breakfast of homemade bread and local produce in the courtyard before venturing out to explore Chania’s main attractions, all within walking distance. Return to watch the sunset from the roof garden, perhaps with a treatment in the spa before heading back out for dinner.
- Nine rooms and suites
- Bicycle hire
The Domus Renier Boutique Hotel has an enviable position on the sweeping waterfront of Chania’s Venetian harbour, the building itself the former home to the Reniers, one of Venice’s leading noble families. There are just nine rooms and suites, each a unique blend of period features and modern comforts. Most enjoy views of the harbour and Egyptian Lighthouse while a couple have jacuzzis. You couldn’t be better placed to explore Chania’s old town, either on foot or on the Renier’s bicycles. You can also take boat cruises out to Crete’s hidden beaches or (between October and March) learn the secrets of Cretan cuisine on cooking lessons and market tours with the restaurant’s wonderful chef.
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.
Visit some of the most important sites in Chania, including the Venetian fortifications, the Arsenals, the Greek Orthodox Cathedral, the Roman Catholic cathedral, and the old Jewish and Turkish quarters behind the inner harbour. You'll also get the chance to explore hidden places off the beaten track, which perfectly capture Chania's unique atmosphere.
Meet your captain and walk the short distance to the marina where your vessel will be waiting for your sail through the Gulf of Chania exploring secluded beaches and islets and plunging in the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea. A light lunch will be served on board.
A short distance south of the modern port town of Heraklion, Knossos was the capital of Minoan Crete. It is the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete and, with the first settlement dating back to 7000 BC, contender for Europe's oldest city. The 4000-year-old palaces are grander, more complex, and more flamboyant than any of of their contemporaries. Seat of the legendary king Minos, it is the birthplace of thrilling stories, such as the myths of the Labyrinth with its Minotaur and of Daedalus and Icarus. Continue with a visit to The Heraklion Archaeological Museum which houses the most important collection of Minoan antiquities in the world.
You'll also discover the charming town of Rethymno, a place which dates back to the Minoan period. It's beautiful old town and harbour is almost entirely the work of the Venetian Republic from the 16th century and is one of the best preserved on the island, as is 'Fortezza' citadel. The Ottomans also left their mark during their three centuries here, as did the Byzantines.
Accommodation in Plaka
- 251 rooms, suites and villas
- Five restaurants
- Private beach and beach club
- State-of-the-art spa
- Diving and Water Sports Center
- Kids club
- Fitness centre
A short walk from the authentic fishing village of Plaka on Crete’s north east coast, Blue Palace is a large luxury resort with everything you could hope for on a relaxing Grecian break by the sea. A collection of 251 rooms, suites and villas sprawl down the hillside to the private pebble beach, enjoying views out to the historic island of Spinalonga. These range from rooms with balconies to those with private pools, two-roomed set ups ideal for families, and a collection of secluded villas. There are five dining options, including a traditional Greek taverna for relaxed local fair, a smarter Asian restaurant and a steak house, linked by their chefs’ sourcing of the best regional produce. A collection of bars make the most of the views and the Isola Beach Club is a hip setting day and night. The spa has 24 treatment rooms, state of the art facilities and a plethora of treatments available, while the Diving and Water Sports Centre is your hub for activities such as scuba lessons, snorkelling and wake boarding. Cruises aboard the motor yacht or traditional wooden caique are another great way to spend time at sea and young ones are kept more than entertained at the kids club.
The village of Plaka is located in Mirabello bay, opposite the island of Spinalonga on Crete's north east coast. A number of restaurants have sprung up over the last few years making it a lovely place to come and enjoy great food and the relaxed atmosphere of a Cretan fishing village.
Private transfer to Heraklion Port
Ferry to Santorini
Private transfer to your hotel in Santorini
Accommodation in Santorini
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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
This private cruise, which lasts about five hours, combines swimming and snorkeling, dinner on board and sailing across the sea while the sun is setting.
During your tour you will have the opportunity to visit the hot springs, sail past the volcano and admire the beautiful coastline and beaches, while swimming at various locations at your leisure. As the sun is setting you will make your way back towards the port and enjoy the dreamy view.
Private transfer to Santorini airport
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