Athens, Mykonos, Naxos, Santorini
Dates are customizable for private departures.
The aromas of delicious Greek cuisine will fill the air when you arrive in Athens for this wonderful 10-day food and wine tour of the Greek Islands. Two nights in the captivating city of Athens will begin your trip before traveling in luxury via private boat to the islands of Mykonos, Naxos, and Santorini. Exclusive food tours, savory tastings, and the best wines of the islands will be yours to indulge in at every destination.
Athens – Explore Plaka
Your adventure will begin when you land at Athens International Airport. A brief stay in the capital city will be the ideal way to start your trip before heading to the islands. Upon your arrival, a private transfer will lead you to your luxurious accommodation. After you have time to settle in, your guide will arrive and lead you on a tour of the Plaka area. Plaka is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Athens. This lively neighborhood is known for its custom shops and delicious restaurants.
Athens – Exclusive Food Tour
Soon after breakfast, your guide will lead you on an exclusive food tour of Athens, where you will discover some of the outstanding food of the city. During your tour, you will feel the pulsing culture of the city as you follow your guide around the winding roads of Athens. During your tour, you will stop by some of the many specialty shops around the city, where you will learn about the traditional dishes of Greek cuisine in addition to sampling it. Your guide will also lead you through the Central Market of Athens. By the end of the day, you will feel immersed in the food culture of Athens.
Mykonos – Private Tour of the Island
After breakfast, you will leave Athens in the background as you transfer to the island of Mykonos. Upon your arrival in Mykonos, you will begin to admire the charming roads of the island as you are led to your waterfront hotel. After you have had time to relax and settle in, your guide will lead you on an afternoon tour of some of the most iconic sites in Mykonos. One of the first stops of your tour will be the Kato Milli area, which is the location of the island’s ancient windmills. You will also stop at the Village of Ano Mera, the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani, and the ruins of Gyzi Castle, which date back to the 13th century. Once your tour concludes, you can enjoy your first evening in Mykonos at your own pace.
Mykonos – Private Cooking Class
After breakfast, the relaxation and amazing views will continue when you transfer to Ornos Beach for the balance of the morning. The hours will easily pass you as you enjoy the crystal water, golden sands, and shining sun. Later in the afternoon, you will immerse yourself in the fare of Mykonos with a private cooking class. During this experience, you will be led to a family-owned restaurant, where the welcoming owners will teach you the tips and tricks of traditional Greek cooking. You may feel as though you are training to become a professional chef as you chop, stir, and cook your way through the various recipes.
Naxos – Guided Tour of Naxos
After breakfast, you will transfer to your next island destination of Naxos. The boat will glide across the crystal waters, and you may delight in every minute of the luxurious ride. Upon your arrival in Naxos, you will be led to your opulent accommodation, where you will have time to relax and settle in before your guide leads you on a private tour of the island. Your guide will lead you around the winding roads of the island. One of the first areas you will visit will be the Village of Sangri before continuing to the Temple of Demeter, the Drimalia area, and lastly, a unique pottery workshop. Here, you will get to watch modern-day artisans create gorgeous handmade pottery pieces.
Naxos – Visit a Restored Olive Mill
This morning, you will begin your tour for the day, which will include an intriguing visit to one of the island’s restored olive mills and an olive oil tasting. The tradition of making olive oil has a rich history in Naxos. The mill originally dates back to the 1800s but has been beautifully restored. For years, locally grown olives were pressed into fresh olive oil, and you will surely marvel at the restored and refurbished equipment around the mill. You will be fascinated as you hear about the process of pressing olives and making oil. As you take your seat at the table, you will be presented with multiple local varieties and some fresh bread.
Santorini – Ouzo Tasting in Santorini
After breakfast this morning, you will embark on an excursion to Santorini. The island formed as a result of volcanic eruptions, and upon your arrival, a quick transfer will lead you to your luxurious accommodation. After you have checked in and had some time to relax, your guide will lead you on a tour of the island. One of the first stops on your tour will be the site of Akrotiri. This area was first settled by the Minoans thousands of years ago but was subsequently buried under volcanic ash for centuries. Your tour will then continue to the popular Villages of Fira and Oia. This evening, a local bar will provide you with a tasting of the popular Greek aperitif known as ouzo.
Santorini – Wine Tour and Tasting
This morning, you will have some free time for a bit of self-guided exploration after breakfast. With stunning views, delicious food, and delightful shops all around you, you will have another wonderful morning in Greece. After lunch, you will embark on a private wine tour that will allow you to indulge in the exquisite wines of Santorini. During your tour, you will visit three of the island’s premier wineries. At each location, your guide and professional sommelier will lead you around the rows of grapes and cellars so that you can discover the secret to making the perfect blend. After your tour concludes, you will have a private tasting with your guide.
Santorini – Dinner Cruise
This morning after breakfast, you will embark on your tour for the day, which will feature an excursion to the nearby island of Nea Kameni and a luxurious dinner cruise. Nea Kameni is a remarkable destination because it is located in the center of Santorini’s caldera, which also formed from the area’s many volcanic eruptions. Upon your arrival to this fascinating destination, your guide will lead you on a tour of the island. One of your first stops will be Nea Kameni’s impressive volcano. This incredible experience may even become an instant lifelong memory. After traversing its caldera, you will transfer to Nea Kameni’s revered hot springs. Here, you will enjoy free time to bask in the water. The volcanic terrain has caused the springs to form, and your dip will be relaxing and memorable. Once your tour of the island concludes, you will return to a private boat, where you will indulge in a dinner feast on the way back to Santorini.
Santorini – Departure
On this final morning, you will enjoy one more stroll around the charming roads of Santorini. Soon after, you will return to your hotel, where your private transfer will lead you back to Athens International Airport for your return flight.
- Explore the custom shops and delicious restaurants in Plaka, which is one of the oldest parts of Athens
- Enjoy the cuisine of Athens during an exclusive food tour, which will have you sampling Greek fare
- Witness the symbolic windmills of Mykonos in the Kato Milli area
- Prepare traditional Greek dishes with professional chefs and indulge in your creations for dinner during an exclusive cooking class
- Visit a pottery workshop, where you will see artisans create beautiful handmade pieces
- Tour a restored olive mill in Naxos and taste locally made olive oil during a private visit
- Experience the stunning views in Oia and taste a traditional Greek aperitif in Santorini
- Discover the premier wines of Santorini, which are appreciated around the world
- Climb the crater of a volcano and indulge in a sumptuous dinner cruise during a private excursion to the island of Nea Kameni
During this immersive 10-day trip to the Greek Islands, you will discover the amazing cuisine of Greece. Your wonderful journey will begin when you land at Athens International Airport, and the next two nights in Greece’s capital will allow you to discover the history and cuisine of the city. During your first afternoon, you will explore Plaka, which is one of the oldest areas of the city. The following day, your exploration into the incredible realm of food in Greece will begin when you embark on a private food tour of Athens.
On the morning of day three, you will leave the sights of Athens in the background and set out on the Aegean Sea for your first island destination of Mykonos. Soon, you will enjoy a tour of the island with your local guide. From the symbolic windmills to the historic village of Ano Mera, you will discover all that Mykonos has to offer. The next day, you can relax and unwind in luxury at one of Mykonos’ gorgeous beaches before partaking in a private cooking class at a family-owned restaurant. On the morning of day five, you will continue your journey across the sea to the next beautiful destination of Naxos. The next two nights on the island will allow you to discover its intriguing villages and attractions. You will also tour one of the island’s restored olive mills and taste locally made olive oil.
After breakfast on day seven, you will cruise to your final island destination of Santorini. The final three nights of your trip will be spent on this island, and you will explore all it has to offer. A guided tour on the first afternoon will take you to the well-known villages of Fira and Oia. The next day will allow you to discover the renowned wines of Santorini during a tour of three of the island’s premier wineries. An exciting excursion to the nearby island of Nea Kameni will be in store on day nine. On the way back to Santorini, you will indulge in a mouthwatering dinner cruise, and this delicious feast will be a great way to end your vacation. The next morning, private transfers will lead you back to Athens International Airport for the return flight.
$2,595 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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