8-day wine tour Greece: Athens, Santorini, and Crete

8-day wine tour Greece: Athens, Santorini, and Crete

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Most important features

  • 8 DAYS – 7 NIGHTS
  • Countries visited: Greece

 

Short introduction

During this beautiful 8-day wine trip to Greece, you discover the Greek capital Athens, and two of the most beautiful islands of the country, namely Santorini as the absolute highlight and Crete. All 3 wine regions visited are unique in Greece and totally different from each other. In addition to the wonderful wines that you will taste during this wine trip to Greece, you will also see a number of cultural highlights such as Knossos, Akrotiri, Oia and beautiful Chania. This wine trip to Greece is therefore highly recommended!

 

Highlights

  • 8 wine tastings
  • 3 totally different wine regions of Greece
  • 3 native grape varieties (white Moskofiliero & Assyrtiko, red Agiorgitiko)
  • 8 wineries
  • Breathtaking landscapes
  • Modern and traditional winemaking methods
  • Welcome drink in a rooftop bar in Athens with a view of the Acropolis
  • Prominent cultural sights
  • Akrotiri
  • Santorini and Oia
  • Specialized wine restaurants

Program

DAY 1 – FLIGHT TO ATHENS, GREECE (D)

Today you take your flight to Athens, Greece. Upon arrival, transfer to Faliro, one of the nicest areas of Athens by the sea with a promenade to relax. You are expected in one of the nicest rooftop bars in town for a glass of wine as a welcome drink. Then you pay a short visit to the new culture museum with the new opera and national library. After this you will get a tour of some of the most important sights of Athens, one of the oldest cities in the world. At the end of the day you check-in at your hotel and you can relax. This is followed by a dinner in a wine restaurant with delicious Greek meals and matching Greek wines.

Overnight.

 

DAY 2: ATHENS (O, L, D)

After breakfast at the hotel, set off for a cultural and culinary walk through the historic center of Athens. You discover neighborhoods such as Plaka and Monastiraki. During this culinary and cultural walk you will taste the traditional “koulouri” and “bougatsa” in an Athenian bakery, “Greek coffee” in a cafe in Plaka, “pasteli” etc.

Around noon, head for a traditional meze for lunch near the bustling central market of Athens. You get a typical lunch with of course matching wines. After lunch, you leave for Mesogaia and Attika. During this afternoon you will visit the only organic climatic winery in Greece and wine tasting.

After returning to Athens, you have some free time. After this you are expected for dinner in a wine restaurant.

Overnight.

 

DAY 3: ATHENS – SANTORINI (B, L, D)

Today you leave, after breakfast at the hotel, towards the beautiful island, known for its white houses and blue church domes and fantastic sunsets, Santorini. After an early transfer to the port of Piraeus near Athens, you take the hydrofoil to Santorini where you will arrive around noon.

Upon arrival, you will be offered a lunch in a traditional village and you will visit one of the few wineries on this special island. The program includes a wine tasting and some time to discover the vineyard.

Dinner in a wine restaurant and overnight stay.

 

DAY 4: SANTORINI (B, L, D)

After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit the village of Oia, a beautiful village with only white houses built against the steep walls of an old volcano. Discover the cute little streets and see the beautiful sea views. Towards the end of the morning you will visit the second winery of your stay in Santorini and discover the wines that are made during a wine tasting.

After visiting the first winery of the day, you visit another winery for a wine tasting where lunch is also served.

At the end of the afternoon, you go back to your hotel and you have some free time. Dinner in a wine restaurant.

Overnight.

 

DAY 5: SANTORINI – CRETE (B, D)

After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit the archaeological site of Akrotiri, also known as Pompei of Greece because of an earlier, sudden, volcanic eruption that made this place disappear for centuries. Around noon you visit a winery for a wine tasting.

Mid-afternoon, you will receive a transfer to the port of Santorini and you will depart by hydrofoil to Heraklion, Crete where you will arrive in the early evening. Upon arrival, your transfer will be arranged to your hotel.

Dinner in a wine restaurant and overnight in Heraklion.

 

DAY 6: CRETE (O, L, D)

After breakfast at your hotel, you visit and you get a tour of the archaeological site of Knossos. Around noon you will visit a winery near Heraklion where you will be offered a wonderful lunch with wine package.

Halfway through the afternoon you visit the second winery of this day. This winery makes its wine in a biodynamic way. Here you will be offered a visit and wine tasting. At the end of the visit you will be brought back to the hotel and you will have some free time.

Dinner in a wine restaurant and overnight in Heraklion.

 

DAY 7: CRETE (O, L, D)

After breakfast you head to the east of Crete to visit a winery and its delicious wines.

You then travel to Chania where you will be offered lunch. Visit in the afternoon and take a nice walk through the historic center. At the end of the afternoon, you will travel back to Heraklion.

Dinner with wine arrangement.

Overnight.

 

DAY 8: DEPARTURE (B)

After breakfast at your hotel, and depending on the departure time of your flight, you will receive a transfer to Heraklion airport for your flight back home this morning … or an extension of your trip to one of the other beautiful wine regions and islands of Greece such as Kos or Rhodes.

Included / Excluded

What’s included / not included in this wine tour ?

Included

  • Flee
  • Glass of wine as a welcome drink in a rooftop bar
  • Accommodation in a double room
  • Transfer airport – hotel – airport
  • Transport and activities as described in the program
  • Meals according to program (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = Dinner)
  • 24/7 local assistance

 

Excluded

  • Single room surcharge
  • Optional activities
  • Other meals, half or full board on request
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks unless otherwise stated
  • Cancellation and travel insurance (we can arrange this for you if desired)
  • Tourist taxes
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Everything that is not further mentioned in Included or optional

 

Request a quote for this wine tour and we can determine together with you what will and what will not be included. The choice is yours.

All flights and hotels are always based on availability up to the moment of definitive booking. The booking is recorded when the deposit has been received on our account.

Prices can always change without prior notice due to seasonality and availability.

Other information

Other important information during your wine tour

  • All flights (international and domestic), hotels and rental cars are always subject to availability until the time of final booking. The final booking will be made upon receipt of the deposit on our bank account.
  • The prices mentioned are prices “from” and are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. Prices are subject to change and are always subject to change without notice and / or proof until the booking confirmation is signed. The reasons, which are not exhaustive, may be seasonality and availability.
  • Prices are per person and based on two people traveling together sharing a double / twin room.
  • A (part of the) program or route can always change due to external factors such as traffic obstacles, weather, safety, etc. No compensation can be requested for this.
  • The tour can be personalized depending on the interests of the customer. A surcharge may apply for this.
  • Other room types are available with supplements and based on availability.
  • All hotel ratings are according to local standards. The selected hotels and other accommodations according to our strictest conditions and selection criteria selected on hygiene and basic facilities. They offer you all the necessary comfort you would expect in a hotel including private bathroom, etc.

Furthermore

The itinerary is indicative and subject to minor changes depending on supplier availability. Availability cannot be guaranteed until we receive a confirmed booking along with the deposit (or full payment if the travel dates are less than 45 days). If some visits are not available, we will endeavor to find suitable alternatives of a comparable figure; depending on the available price, this may be subject to a surcharge or a discount.

If you want to go on a wine trip, there may be several formalities to be completed before entering the country where you want to go on a wine trip. For the European Union, an identity card is sufficient for almost all Member States. For countries outside Europe, in many cases you need to have a passport that is valid for at least 3 or 6 months after return and whether or not a visa. We can advise you on this but are in no way responsible for the obligations arising from booking this trip. For the latest information and obligations in the field of consular affairs and more, it is best to turn to the nearest embassy.

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