9 Day Greek Sojourn: Athens, Santorini and Crete

12/08/2019 through 12/20/2020
07/20/2018 through 12/31/2020
Kensington Tours

9 Day Greek Sojourn: Athens, Santorini and Crete
Fascinating history, gorgeous landscapes, and some of the world’s most enviable cuisine and wine? Greece is spoiled with sensory delights. Now you can be, too, on this food-centric trip that pairs the flavors of ancient Athens with the unique tastes of Santorini and Crete.

First, get to know the ancient Greek capital via a private half-day tour that introduces you to the city’s modern downtown landmarks and the timeless wonders of the Acropolis, including the Propylaea, the Erechtheion, and the grand Parthenon. Later, see the fantastic city by night on a private evening tour of the illuminated landmarks that ends in Plaka where you’ll be treated to a folk-dancing performance over a traditional Greek dinner. But this is a culinary tour, and we couldn’t let you leave Athens without taking a deep dive into the city’s fascinating food scene. With a private guide, you’ll wander the stalls of the famous Varvakios Market, sampling local treats and unique flavors while learning about the culinary traditions that shaped the Mediterranean diet since the dawn of time.

Next, bid antío to the mainland and board a high-speed ferry bound for Santorini, the most southerly Cycladic island. While beautiful from literally any angle, Santorini is at its best when viewed from the sea, particularly at sunset over a delicious barbecue dinner. You’ll do just that here, swimming and snorkeling at the island’s famous Red and White beaches before watching the sun slip below the horizon from the deck of a catamaran. Amazingly, the food here is just as impeccable as the view; later, spend a full day sampling Santorini’s produce, cheeses, and wines on a guided tour of the island’s best restaurants and wineries before sitting down to a mouthwatering three-course meze dinner.

Chania, your last stop, is no stranger to visitors. Governed by Minoans, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, and Ottomans at various points throughout its long history, the former capital of Crete possesses a unique character distinguished by warm welcomes and flavorful food. You’ll discover it first-hand on a private food-focused walking tour of the old town, sampling all sorts of culinary delights along the way from loukoumades (a fried-dough dessert), bougatsa (custard-filled pastries), and a galaxy of dishes flavored with local herbs and spices. Be sure to pack your appetite; you’ll need it on this trip.

Please note: This tour is only available from May through October.

Kensington Tours creates private trips from the world’s finest ingredients. Tailor-made with care by your personal Destination Expert, your personalized trip is always a one-of-a-kind experience made just for you. Expert local guidance and 24/7 service come standard.

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Day 1 Athens To Welcome
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Day 2 Athens
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Day 3 Athens
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Day 4 Athens To Santorini
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Day 5 Santorini
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Day 6 Santorini To Heraklion To Chania
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Day 7 Chania
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Day 8 Chania
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Day 9 Chania
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