Days 1 - 4
Dominating the Attica region of Greece, the country’s capital, Athens, is one of the oldest cities in the world. For centuries, the astonishing Greek temples and monuments of Athens have continued to intrigue and amaze visitors from around the world. This icon of western civilization seamlessly combines ancient history with modern architecture and a surprisingly lively atmosphere. This is particularly apparent in areas at the foot of the Acropolis, Anafiotika, Plaka, Monastiraki and Thissio where visitors will find numerous extraordinary Neoclassical buildings, trendy and traditional cafes and shops, and narrow winding streets with historical treasures at every turn. Once you have had a culture fix, try some mouth-watering Greek cuisine at one of the city’s fine local restaurants before indulging in the insatiable nightlife at the chic cocktail bars and waterfront dance clubs.
Days 4 - 6
The old port city of Chania is located on the northwest coast of the beautiful island of Crete, guarding the entrance to Greece’s spectacular Chania Peninsular. Known as the ‘Venetian Harbour’, as well as by the names Hania and Chania, this magnificent city boasts a charming quarter filled with labyrinthine lanes, Turkish architecture, and beautifully restored townhouses. Discover archaeological sites, and explore the charming old cobbled streets. Visitors can also enjoy a stroll along the Venetian harbour, sip on a cocktail at one of the many cafes lining the promenade, and sample some of Crete’s best cuisine. Don’t miss a visit to the striking Venetian Lighthouse, as well as the wonderful Naval Museum, where you can see incredible displays from the Bronze Age until present including war relics, paintings, models of ships and nautical instruments.
Days 6 - 10
Set on the northeastern coast of the magnificent Greek island of Crete, in the Lasithi area, the village of Plaka overlooks the stunning blue waters of the Korfos Lagoon. This laidback fishing village is primarily undiscovered and keeps a relatively low profile, however, its quiet charm draws visitors looking for some peace and relaxation. The town is home to two charming pebble beaches: Agia Marina Beach, in front of a luxury hotel, and the beautiful Plaka Beach, with wonderfully calm waters. The village offers exceptional views of the magnificent Kalydon Island, where the famous fortress of Spinalonga stands. Visitors can enjoy a leisurely boat ride to the island, and discover several traditional taverns and picturesque old houses in the centuries-old village centre. A short distance away is Elounda port with additional restaurants and the underwater archeological site of Olous, which can be visited by swimmers and snorkelers. Farther down the coast is Agios Nikolaos, a lively town boasting a small lagoon fringed by a boardwalk, beaches, and many more restaurants.
Days 10 - 13
Nicknamed the ‘Balcony to the Aegean’, Imerovigli is a captivating village on the northern coast of Santorini, set 3.5 kilometres from the island’s capital, Fira. This ancient settlement offers inspiring views of the volcano, caldera, and, at one time, approaching pirates. With its whitewashed structures topped by bright blue domes, cave house settlements, and network of walking paths, the town offers the quintessential Greek experience. Take the Ekklesia Theoskepasti hiking trail past the thirteenth-century ruins of the Skaros Venetian Fortress, or wander between the enthralling historic churches and cathedrals that dot the town (Ai-Stratis and the Monastery of Saint Nikolaos are particular highlights). An array of guided tours, trips out on the water, and top-notch shops, luxury spas, and highly-acclaimed restaurants complete the package.