Romantic Greece Getaways: Athens, Santorini & Crete

The classic white and blue architecture of Greece with an ocean view
A 10 day trip to Greece 
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Let the sweetness of any holiday become a romantic getaway that drips like honey on this custom tailored vacation that takes you through the pure opulence of Greece. From the immaculate sunsets along the cliffs of Santorini to the Venetian marinas of Western Crete, ancient ruins to refreshing beaches, delight in the beauty of the Mediterranean where passionate myths were made and ardent loves were created, where you can sit back, relax, and enjoy. 

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View of the stone ruins and rocky terrain of Kastri Island in Greece
The town of Plaka, Greece with Acropolis Hill standing high in the background
Colorful architecture of Santorini, Greece
Line of colorful carriages being pulled by horses in Crete, Greece
The ruins of Knossos Palace in Heraklion, Crete, Greece
The Arkadi Monastery with the sun shinning in the background | Crete, Greece
The Parthenon temple with a group of people in the foreground admiring its beauty | Athens, Greece
Foliage growth on the white and blue architecture in Santorini, Greece with the Aegean Sea in the background
The ruins of Knossos Palace in Heraklion, Crete, Greece
The blue-dome Santorini Church with the rest of Santorini in the background at sunrise
Upward view of the marble pillars of Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, Greece
An outside restaurant dining area with a view of Acropolis Hill in Athens, Greece
Gorgeous view of Megas Potamos River flowing into Palm Beach in Preveli, Crete, Greece
Santorini church bell tower with view of the Aegean Sea in the background
Sailboat sailing around the Lighthouse of Chania in Crete, Greece
The town of Plaka, Greece with Acropolis Hill standing high in the background
Caryatid pillars on the Erechtheion Temple in Acropolis, Greece at midday
An empty Herodion Theater in Athens, Greece
Detailed Itinerary

Places Visited 

Athens, Santorini, Crete

Departure Dates 

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1: Enchanting Athens

Welcome to the enchanting city of Athens, capital of Greece. You will be met at the airport and taken by private transfer to your hotel within the center of the city. The lovely aroma of creamy olive oil wraps around the streets. You can see the pristine pillars of the ancient city rising above you on Acropolis Hill. Enjoy a stroll along the Plaka, one of the oldest inhabited streets in Athens, where the polished cobblestones give a charming air to the neighborhood at the foothill of the Parthenon. Antiquated mansions line the pathways. The scent of traditional Greek recipes drift from the variety of restaurants, from roasted souvlaki to honeyed baklava. When the sun starts to set you can watch the Acropolis glow like the moon beneath the night sky.

What’s Included: transfer, accommodation

Day 2: Ruins and Volcanoes

Morning brings a comfortable shine over the city where today you will step out of your hotel and venture into the history of Athens. The streets are flush with contemporary and ancient archives, from the ground beneath your feet to strewn pillars rising over the cityscape. At the top of the Acropolis you will walk along marbled floors, the smooth and cool stone paving the entire plateau. The large pillars of the Propylaea are a reminder of the prosperity of the city and the prestige of the gods. Step through the entryway and find the famous Parthenon waiting on the other side. The temple was constructed to look perfect from all angles, as the entire city of Athens would look up in awe. That inspiring feeling as not changed over thousands of years. The pillars continue to give the temple an angle of perfection from every which way; the pediments are carved with myths of Athena, from her birth to her battle for Athens against Poseidon.

The marble of the Acropolis shimmers in the morning light as you descend the hill and proceed by private transfer to airport. The plane soars through the air along the sensational waters of the Mediterranean, touching down on the island of Santorini. By the mid-afternoon you will be sitting along the celebrated cliffs of Santorini where the homes are whitewashed and blue roofed, the sapphire water sits comfortably within the caldera, highlighting the volcano’s peak and the surrounding islands. Your view is picture perfect, giving you the romantic light, the lovely sea, and the luxuries in which to enjoy it.

What’s Included: breakfast, transfer, accommodation, tour

Day 3: Indulgent Luxuries

Morning washes over the island giving a pink hue to the whitewashed homes along the cliffs. Enjoy the delights of breakfast within your room or by the pool where the trickling water of the infinity pool is a soothing sound to wake to. The day is yours to do as you wish, whether basking in the sun watching the sparkling blue sea stretch into the distance, or exploring the charming villages along the caldera. There is a trail that leads from the capital, Fira, to the quintessential village of Oia on the northwest tip of the island. The path hugs the cliff side offering the best views of the island just for you. The breeze brushes through your hair. You can hear the water splash against the rocks below. In the distant curve of the island is the glistening village of Oia coming slowly closer. The scent of the sea rises from below and mixes with the arid mountainside. The tip of the volcano juts from the water. When you reach the marbled streets of Oia you can indulge in what feels like a private view of the caldera, where the afternoon sun lingers in the sky, and the perfume of fresh pastries fills the balcony.

What’s Included: breakfast, accommodation

Day 4: Ardent Atlantis

Another perfect breakfast with a panorama of the Mediterranean is a grand way to start a day that is at your leisure. Explore Fira or enjoy a day wine tasting among the plethora of Santorini vineyards. You could also explore Akrotiri, the ancient city that is believed to be the location of the Lost City of Atlantis. The ruins have survived the test of time, covered in ash from a massive eruption over three thousand years ago. Stroll through the streets of the preserved site where ceramic vases continue to line the paths, some filled with traces of oil and fish. The reverence is hard to ignore, as you are able to understand the everyday life of the people within the ancient city of Akrotiri. Frescos continue to decorate homes, such as two boys boxing, or a boy back from fishing, their skin tan against the dark background where the colors continue to shine. One can see the unusually large dimensions of a three-story structure thought to be a public building. The persistence of the city is inspiring and the beauty of its remains against the backdrop of the Mediterranean is magnificent.

What’s Included: breakfast, accommodation

Day 5: Coming to the Caldera

The calm morning beckons to you with promises of splendor. After your luxurious breakfast you will have a semi-private transfer to the marina where you will sail through the fabulous caldera that you have been watching for days. The view of the crescent shape of the island from within the caldera is as sensational as the view of the caldera from the island. The cool breeze brings with it the mist of the sea. The colors shift from turquoise to sapphire and back again, marvelous tricks of the sunlight. Disembark on the shore of the volcano and walk to its peak. Steam streams from small cracks in the rock face. Sit within the hot springs where the steam releases into the water, creating a comfortable and secluded area to bask in. The water turns from turquoise to royal blue, giving a dark but vibrant shade to the sea. The sun begins to drift across the sky and you arrive back on the cliffs of Santorini waiting for dusk.

What’s Included: breakfast, accommodation, tour

Day 6: The Lavishness of the Water

Enjoy the panorama of the horizon one last time at breakfast before you make your way to the port and board the hydrofoil set for Crete. The crescent island drifts into the distance and disappears beyond the horizon. Sailing along the Mediterranean brings the Venetian castle of Heraklion into view. The strong stones stand proud in front of the city on guard for centuries overlooking the sea. Upon your arrival in the capital of Crete you will pick up your car and check-in to your beautiful accommodation. Look out to the water and you can see the castle’s guard continuing against the crash of the sea against the rocks.

What’s Included: breakfast, accommodation, transfer, car rental

Day 7: Freedom of the Island

The day is yours to find the treasures of Crete at your leisure, whether exploring the splendid beaches or the Samaria Gorge; the largest of the Greek Isles is at your whim and pleasure. The city of Chania in Western Crete is said to be one of the true jewels of the island. The colorful buildings wrap around the harbor like a mini Venice. The water is crystal clear, where you can see minnows swimming and the rocky ocean floor magnified by the sunlight. The edge of the city is adorned with the walls of a fortress that once watched over Chania protecting it from pirates and invaders. Across from the fortress stands the lighthouse that continues to offer guidance to fisherman and boats in the evening darkness. Stroll along the narrow paths of the winding, maze-like streets. The sky is barely visible beneath the sprawling bougainvillea and closely pressed buildings. Part of the romance of Chania is the seclusion of getting lost along the paths. Tiny restaurants fill the lanes with tables and the lovely scent of roasted meats cooked in a clay pot. When the sun starts to set the city lights up along the water’s edge glistening in the reflection of the Mediterranean.

What’s Included: breakfast, accommodation, car rental

Day 8: A Lovely Labyrinth

Just outside the center of Heraklion are the ruins of Knossos Minoan Palace. The ancient site is said to be the location of the notorious Minotaur whose story, at its core, is a heartfelt tale of love by Ariadne for Theseus. The decadence of the palace may no longer be in tact but the grandeur is no less present still. The large stones and precision that exists within the palace remains are extraordinary, including the colors once used on the frescos, and since refurbished. The Great Propylaea continues its tradition of greeting guests at the entrance of the palace in proud fashion with murals that represent the servants serving wine to visitors. The queen’s bath is adorned with dolphins sweeping across the walls. The sensation of the palace is in its very existence, where romantics can find beauty in the walls, the pillars, the colors, and the legend of the Minotaur.  

What’s Included: breakfast, accommodation, car rental

Day 9: Small Towns and Grand Waters

Your final day in Crete gives you the freedom to explore the island as you desire. Agios Nikolaos is a village along the eastern shores of the island that manages to blend the splendor of art, the beauty of leisure, and the serene balance of a seemingly sleepy yet bustling town. The small-town feel of Agios Nikolaos gives you an immediate connection to its charm. The buildings look over the lake and port, Kitroplatia beach and the marina. The lake is a deep lush blue connected to the sea by a narrow inlet. Cafes and restaurants surround the water and fill the air with a mixture of coffee, honey, melted cheese, and crepes. Stroll through the quaint streets or along the shore, either way you can be rest assured that your day in Crete is brimming with the majesty of the Mediterranean.

What’s Included: breakfast, accommodation, car rental

Day 10: The Taste of Honey

Today you will fly over the Mediterranean and once again arrive in Athens. You will settle into the sensational luxury of the Sofitel Athens Airport Hotel where fresh macaroons wait to greet you in your room. Enjoy a quick trip into Athens for the evening where a bright light sparkles over the Acropolis in the night making it shine like the moon. Stroll along the Plaka or enjoy a meal on the patio of Kalamaki, where the feta is divine, the ouzo is herbaceous, and every bite of food will have you wanting more. The sweetness of Greece isn’t just in its honey, but has been shared through its history, its islands, and your spectacular holiday.  

What’s Included: breakfast, transfer

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Starting Price 

This trip is customizable for your private travel.

What's Included 

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all guided tours and activities (dependent on season)
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip
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.