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11 days from £6499 pp Including Int'l flight
The ultimate luxury island-hopping adventure in the Cyclades and Crete, discover the local, authentic side to these islands on cooking classes in family homes, hikes that get you off the tourist trail, and wine tours with views to die for. From volcanos to ancient ruins, beautiful old town streets to rugged trails, discover these iconic Greek islands from a unique perspective.
Day 01 : Departure London Heathrow and Arrival Mykonos airport
Day 02 : Ancient Delos Tour
Day 03 : Arrive in Santorini
Day 04 : Wine Tour
Day 05 : Volcano and Hot Springs Cruise
Day 06 : Free Day
Day 07 : Santorini to Crete
Day 08 : Hiking Adventure with a Local Lunch
Day 09 : Traditional Cooking Class
Day 10 : Free Day
Day 11 : Departure Day
Depart London Heathrow and arrive into Mykonos airport and meet your driver who will take you directly to your hotel so that you can relax, refresh, and get ready for your Greek island adventure!
Depending on what time you arrive and how tired you are, take the opportunity to explore the local area and seek out some places to eat and drink, or simply relax in your hotel and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
The visit to the ancient Delos island starts with your driver picking you up in the morning from your hotel and transferring you to the old port of Mykonos. Here, you will meet your tour guide to start your voyage.
In approximately 30-40 minutes you’ll arrive at the legendary island and at this point, you disembark for a 2 hour 15 minute visit on this beautiful ‘UNESCO world heritage’ landmark.
Once on the island your tour guide will take you through the entire ancient city with its market places, the public squares, the Temple of Apollo, the sanctuary of Artemis, the old city & the amphitheatre, and take a walk down the celebrated Lion Street.
You will also visit the museum of Delos and admire the Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman Sculptures, and a collection of vessels from all the periods. Research on the ancient stones found on the grounds indicate that Delos has been inhabited since the 3rd millennium BC.
At the end of your tour, before you board the boat to return back to Mykonos you have some free time to take photos on the site before departing at 13:30.
You will then be transferred at Mykonian Spiti for your traditional lunch. During your time there you will experience the traditional Greek way of life, the culture, and the Greek art of cooking.
Your host will wholeheartedly invite you into their beautiful Mykonian home for a charming and intimate afternoon that will turn this visit to the “Island of the Winds” into a highlight of your trip.
After you finish with your lunch you will be transferred to your hotel.
Today after breakfast get ready for you morning transfer from your hotel to Mykonos Port and travel to Santorini Island.Once you arrive in Santorini, you’ll be taken from Santorini port to your hotel to relax.
Get picked up from your hotel to start your wine tour experience, where you will taste the award-winning volcanic wines of Santorini as you visit the most distinctive island wineries in the area.
On this intimate group wine tour of the Santorini countryside, learn about the ancient vineyard of Santorini, the history of the island through the centuries and how the volcanic soils influence its wine-making.
Visit 3 traditional wineries and taste a selection of 12 different varieties served with local cheese and snacks before the return transfer to your hotel.
After breakfast, you’ll be taken from your hotel to Athinios port to begin with your tour.
You’ll experience a 5 hours guided tour sailing from Caldera to reach the top of the volcano (€5 entrance fees), where you will then be able to swim into the hot springs and sail to visit the island of Thirassia.
Experience the stunning view of the Caldera cliffs during your sail, and onboard you’ll be able to admire the view of Oia, before you return to port Athinios where you will be taken back to your hotel.
Today, feel free to explore Santorini at your own pace. Go and seek out more great places to eat and drink, find yourself a beautiful beach, or simply relax by the pool in your hotel – the day is yours to spend how you’d like!
Your guide will be happy to recommend any places to go, things to do, or spots to eat at, so that you can make the most of Santorini while you explore independently.
Transfer from your hotel to Santorini port, before catching the ferry for your transfer to Crete. Once you’ve arrived in Crete, transfer from Heraklio port to your hotel at Rethymno.Relax, refresh and maybe take a wander around the local area, tomorrow is a big day of exploration!
Your hiking adventure will start approximately 2 km from Spili village, at a location near the foothill of Kedros and at an altitude of 450m. There is a fountain there where travelers can have a sip of water before they begin their walk up and along the hill.
Follow a path that is fringed with wild olive trees, holm oak trees, hollies, and a wide variety of plant and wildlife. Pass by beehives where you can see how the locals breed their bees and collect honey, and at the end of this path, reach the dirt road that heads toward Kissos village.
Continue along this path, admiring more wildlife before entering Vatolakus woods, an area of approx. 600 acres created in 1985 by the Forest Department of Rethymno.
It is a wonderful forest with a variety of flora with trees such as Pine, Cypress, Akakies and wildlife. The path here is quite steep and ends on the road to the plateau.
Cross the gorge of Kissos and the imposing rock of “Red Detis”, where many wild birds gather such falcon, hawks and vultures. There you’ll find a natural “clock” visible, where locals can tell the time by looking at it from above.
Follow the road across “Gious Kampos”, located in the northwestern part of Mount Kentros between Spili, Kissos and Gerakari village, with good road access from all three villages. At an altitude of about 800m, it is considered a paradise for botanists and is visited by many to study the rich flora, especially the many orchid species.
Head back towards Kissos village, and on a small detour visit the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, an important religious pilgrimage of Rethymnon.
End your adventure at the historic village of Kissos, one of the highest villages in the Rethymno prefecture. After your hiking adventure is over, it is only logical that you will have built up an appetite. Head towards Vatos Village (10 minutes drive) and to Cretan Spiti, where the owner will create a unique family atmosphere.
Your hostess will share some stories about Cretan culture and history and make you feel more as if you are visiting close relatives or friends, rather than strangers you have just met.
Lunch will be served with dishes made with authentic Cretan ingredients such as olive oil, vegetables, cheese, meat, wine… and of course all the ingredients are fresh and local. The experience will come to an end at approx. 16:00hrs.
After breakfast, you’ll be taken from your hotel to Cretan Spiti at Vatos Village, where an expert will teach you about Cretan culture and history, share stories about her family’s life and make you feel just as if you are visiting close relatives or friends!
In the kitchen you will be shown how to make tzatziki, traditional gemista (with stuffed tomatos, zucchini, peppers) cheese pie, lamb with stamnagathi (a local herb), and spoon sweet with yogurt. Your host will guide you through the whole process, giving the opportunity to everyone to master their cooking skills. Afterwards you’ll enjoy a lunch of all the delicious food you have prepared.
This experience is also about family, conversation, food and culture and becoming a member of a family that you didn’t even know you had!
With your adventure coming to a close, feel free to explore Crete at your own pace. Go and seek out more great places to eat and drink, find yourself a beautiful beach, or simply relax by the pool in your hotel – the day is yours to spend how you’d like!
Your guide will be happy to recommend any places to go, things to do, or spots to eat at, so that you can make the most of Mykonos while you explore independently.
On your final day, take your departure transfer from your hotel at Rethymno to Heraklion airport, Crete, or your ferry back to Mykonos in order to catch your flight. Details to be confirmed on booking.
We hope you have had a wonderful time exploring the Cyclades and Crete, and leave with memories of not just beautiful beaches and sunsets, but of the warmth and hospitality shown by your Greek hosts.
Mykonos: Harmony Boutique Hotel or similar
Santorini: Santorini Secret Suites or similar
Crete: Rimondi Luxury Boutique Hotel or similar
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