Flavors of the Aegean: Greek Culinary Experience

9 days from $6,030 per person*
  • Discover the ancient wonders of the Acropolis and stroll the stalls of Athens’ Varvakios Market.
  • Dine on delicious barbecue while watching the sun set on Santorini from the deck of a catamaran.
  • Discover the delights of Cycladic cuisine on food tours of Santorini and Chania.
  • Learn the secrets of Cretan cooking at a hands-on cooking class.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of luxury accommodations.
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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. ... Show More »

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. Best of all, you’ll have the chance to pick up some of the secrets of regional cooking at a hands-on cooking class before you go. Be sure to pack your appetite; you’ll need it on this trip.

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

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Athens
    Athens
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Greece - Welcome Package
    Electra Metropolis Athens (B) (Superior Room)
  • Day 2 Athens
    Athens
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Athens Orientation with Acropolis (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Private Tour - Athens by Night With Dinner (3.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Escort/Driver
    Electra Metropolis Athens (B) (Superior Room)
  • Day 3 Athens
    Athens
    • Private Tour - Flavors of Athens (4 hrs) - Guide/Sampling
    Electra Metropolis Athens (B) (Superior Room)
  • Day 4 Athens to Santorini
    Athens to Santorini
    • Private Transfer - Port - Vehicle/Driver
    • Ferry - Athens - Santorini [5 hrs] - Business Class
    • Private Transfer - Port - Vehicle/Driver
    Aressana Spa Hotel (B) (Sea View Suite Jacuzzi- Top Floor)
  • Day 5 Santorini
    Santorini
    • Shared Tour - Small Group Sunset Cruise with BBQ Dinner (7 hrs) - Coach/Driver/Boat (Lagoon 500)
    Aressana Spa Hotel (B) (Sea View Suite Jacuzzi- Top Floor)
  • Day 6 Santorini to Heraklion to Chania
    Santorini to Heraklion to Chania
    • Private Transfer - Port - Vehicle/Driver
    • Ferry - Santorini - Heraklion [1.5 hrs] - Business Class
    • Private Transfer - Heraklion - Chania [2.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Chania
    Chania
    • Private Tour - Food Lover's Walking Tour of Chania (3hrs) - Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Chania
    Chania
    • Private Tour - Taste of Crete Hands-on Cooking Lesson with Lunch (5 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 9 Chania
    Chania
    • Private Transfer - Chania - Heraklion [Airport, 2.5hrs] - Vehicle/Driver
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Day 1: Athens

Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.

A welcome package with a city map, ferry tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

Accommodation: Electra Metropolis Athens (B) (Superior Room)

The Electra Metropolis is a stylish 5 star hotel in the heart of the city. Situated near Syntagma Square, the most famous in Greece, the hotel has been welcoming guests to Athens since September 2016. The property features 216 luxurious and fully equipped suites and rooms with views of the Acropolis and the old neighborhood of Plaka. There is also an impressive atrium in the center of the hotel which is surrounded by restaurants, cafes, and a spa, while on top floor of the hotel, Roof Garden allows guests to enjoy a delicious meal while taking in spectacular views of the Parthenon. Originally designed by renowned architect Patroklos Karantinos in the mid-20th century, the building has since been transformed into one of the best hotels in Athens. An enticing example of Retro Chic style, it has made its mark on modern Athens and is now a trailblazing example of modern interior architecture and design. Importantly, the building houses its own remarkable cultural attractions - the remains of the famous Themistoclean Wall which surrounded ancient Athens can be found in the basement, while on the ground floor the 16th century Agia Dynami chapel has been incorporated into this luxury property.

Flavors of the Aegean: Greek Culinary Experience  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Athens
Athens
Flavors of the Aegean: Greek Culinary Experience  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Electra Metropolis Athens
Electra Metropolis Athens

Day 2: Athens

Athens has long been a draw – with stunning monuments dating back to Antiquity, the city is one of the world’s oldest and a fascinating place to discover. Meet your private guide for a half-day orientation tour of the city, taking in the sites and neighborhoods that have shaped the unique character of Athens over several millennia. Visit the outside of the Greek House of Parliament, a neoclassical structure overlooking the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where the traditional Changing of the Guard takes place. Pass by Syntagma Square, the Academy, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, the National Library and Iliou Melathron, the former home of the celebrated archeologist Heinrich Schliemann, noted as one of the most beautiful buildings in Athens.

After your orientation tour of the city center, drive to the base of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Acropolis and climb up a series of steps to reach this iconic sacred rock. At the top, pass through the Propylea, the stately entrance to the magnificent structures inside, and enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of the city and the entire basin of Attica before you. Explore the Parthenon, the best known and most awe-inspiring of structures of the Acropolis citadel. Visit the Erechtheion, whose temple is graced with the porch of the Caryatids. At the end of the visit, drive back to your hotel.

Meet your private guide and driver for a night out on the town in Athens. Begin with a scenic panoramic drive through the city, where the vibrant city awakens nightly for a festive evening. Archeological monuments are lit up against the night sky, with the illuminated Acropolis a stunning beacon standing guard over the city. Continue to Plaka, and stroll through the old historical neighborhood before settling in for a relaxing typical Greek dinner in a traditional tavern to the tune of folk music and dancers. At the end of the evening, return back to your hotel by private vehicle.

Accommodation: Electra Metropolis Athens (B) (Superior Room)
Flavors of the Aegean: Greek Culinary Experience  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Acropolis
Acropolis
Flavors of the Aegean: Greek Culinary Experience  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Plaka at Sunset
Plaka at Sunset

Day 3: Athens

Greece has a rich culinary tradition dating back to antiquity – a healthy and delicious Mediterranean diet influenced by the region’s bountiful harvest. Meet your private guide for a 4-hour walking tour through the streets of Athens, including the Varvakios Central market. Sample local treats that Athenians may pick up on their way to work and delicacies enjoyed during as part of their daily routines. Learn about the lengthy culinary tradition that has shaped the country, including unique cooking methods and recipes. Visit with local artisans that have perfected unique recipes and maintained family traditions for decades and explore specialized food stores that source the best quality products and ingredients from all over Greece.

A culinary tour would not be complete without a visit to Varvakios Central Market, the city’s vibrant central food market where local vendors exhibit their products from across the country. Sample iconic delicacies from Athens’ food scene and enjoy tasty morsels that can include traditional cheese pie, dried fruits and nuts, Greek coffee, souvlaki, loukoumades, olive oil, and local cheeses – snacks can be adapted to cater to a range of dietary needs with advanced notice. Learn all about the tastes that Athenians cherish and indulge in a bountiful assortment of appetizing sweet and savory treats with your food-savvy guide. At the end of the tour, return to your hotel on foot with your guide.

Accommodation: Electra Metropolis Athens (B) (Superior Room)
Flavors of the Aegean: Greek Culinary Experience  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Greek Salad
Greek Salad

Day 4: Athens - Santorini

Meet your driver for a private port transfer.

Board a high-speed ferry for a transfer from Athens to Santorini. Approximate ferry duration is 5 hours.

Meet your driver for a private port transfer.

Accommodation: Aressana Spa Hotel (B) (Sea View Suite Jacuzzi- Top Floor)

Aressana Spa Hotel in the town of Fira, provides guests with fairytale-like vacations from the moment they step through the 5 star design hotel’s entrance. Centrally located in Fira and only steps from the famous Caldera, this family-run hotel provides a peaceful base for its guests, with excellent spa facilities and a beautiful outdoor pool area. Emulating the serenity of Cyclades life coupled with the exciting buzz of Fira, Santorini, guests are welcomed like old friends with heartfelt sincerity. Santorini's many local taverns, shops and restaurants are just steps away from the hotel.

Flavors of the Aegean: Greek Culinary Experience  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Santorini
Santorini
Flavors of the Aegean: Greek Culinary Experience  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Aressana Spa Hotel
Aressana Spa Hotel

Day 5: Santorini

Santorini is a spectacular sight to behold, and a memorable experience at sunset. Experience the spectacular sunset this evening from the comfort of a small group shared cruise. Transfer to the Vlychada port and set sail around the island, starting with a visit to the famous Red Beach, a geologically unique area that was formed in a volcanic eruption. The beach is known as one the finest locations for swimming and snorkeling in Santorini, and the crystal-clear waters protect unique rock formations that are perfect for discovering.

From here, continue sailing to the stunning White Beach, primarily accessible by boat or on foot from the Red Beach. Volcanic black sand contrasts the towering white cliffs above, and the sand is dotted with white pebbles and pumice stones. Enjoy a half hour at leisure for swimming and snorkeling in the clear azure waters of this cove. Back on board, savor a delicious barbeque meal on the ship’s deck, accompanied by crisp Santorinian wine. Continue sailing back to Ammoudi port, stopping below the village of Oia to watch the sunset over the Caldera, basking the sea with brilliant hues of royal purple, red and orange. Transfer back to your hotel from Ammoudi port. This evening’s tour includes round-trip transfers, BBQ dinner, drinks, snorkeling equipment and towels.

Accommodation: Aressana Spa Hotel (B) (Sea View Suite Jacuzzi- Top Floor)
Flavors of the Aegean: Greek Culinary Experience  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Santorini Sunset
Santorini Sunset

Day 6: Santorini - Heraklion - Chania

Meet your driver for a private port transfer.

Board a high-speed ferry for a transfer from Santorini to Heraklion. Approximate transfer time is 1.5 hours.

Meet your driver for a private transfer from Heraklion to Chania. Approximate transfer time is 2.5 hours.

Accommodation: Casa Delfino

Casa Delfino is a boutique hotel, housed in a 17th century Venetian mansion which used to be the private home of the family Delfino. Remaining in the same family for six generations now, hospitality and authentic charm are an important part of the heritage. Paying homage to the history of the building, all the areas have been sensitively restored to its original splendor. The appearance of this historic structure transports guests to a rare place of refined elegance, where impeccable service, distinctive style and uncommon luxuries rule the day. Casa Delfino’s pebbled courtyard is a romantic oasis where guests can read, relax, or simply soak up the serene ambience. But step outside this enchanted setting and you can stroll to all the main attractions, museums, restaurants, chic shops, and lively bars. The hotel is located in the heart of the walled Old Venetian Town - yet a world apart.

Day 7: Chania

Meet your private guide for a walking tour of Chania, focusing on the delectable culinary tradition of this Cretan city. Connect with the city's essence walking through the old Jewish and Turkish quarters, forming an identity carved out by warm, outgoing people and delicious food. Stroll through Chania's historical district, visiting authentic and colorful local food shops and eateries. Glimpse into the living history of Chania, taking in the architecture and laid-back lifestyle as you meander through the town, exploring Crete's unique flavors and aromas. Chat with the people behind the scenes, and taste the local culinary delights, such as the syrupy favorite "loukoumades", a traditional "bougatsa" pie, honey, rusks, olives, herbs and spices. Stroll at a leisurely pace - today is suitable for most fitness levels and palates.

Accommodation: Casa Delfino
Flavors of the Aegean: Greek Culinary Experience  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Chania Harbor
Chania Harbor
Flavors of the Aegean: Greek Culinary Experience  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Casa Delfino Hotel
Casa Delfino Hotel

Day 8: Chania

For food lovers and cooking enthusiasts, nothing captures the essence of a country better than a hands-on cooking lesson. Meet your private guide and driver this morning and set off on a delicious journey through Crete's culinary traditions. An insight into regional cuisine, a key element of the island's culture, this creative activity highlights the simple, seasonal foods of Crete. In a friendly and informal setting, start your day off with a visit to a lively local market where you'll sample local cheese and olives, followed by a hands-on cooking instruction with lunch at a quaint 17th-century farmhouse surrounded by organic gardens, just a short drive from Chania. The farmhouse has been selected for its character and ambiance, which makes for a perfect backdrop. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, guests will learn how to prepare a number of traditional Cretan dishes under the skillful direction of a local cook. If you prefer a less active role in the cooking class, you can also relax and appreciate the comforting atmosphere of the farmhouse. End the class with a delicious lunch accompanied with local Cretan wine and enjoy the company of your host.

Accommodation: Casa Delfino
Flavors of the Aegean: Greek Culinary Experience  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Cretan Dakos
Cretan Dakos

Day 9: Chania

Sit back and relax on a private transfer from Chania to Heraklion Airport. Approximate transfer time is 2.5 hours.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
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  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Electra Metropolis Athens (B) (Superior Room): Athens

The Electra Metropolis is a stylish 5 star hotel in the heart of the city. Situated near Syntagma Square, the most famous in Greece, the hotel has been welcoming guests to Athens since September 2016. The property features 216 luxurious and fully equipped suites and rooms with views of the Acropolis and the old neighborhood of Plaka. There is also an impressive atrium in the center of the hotel which is surrounded by restaurants, cafes, and a spa, while on top floor of the hotel, Roof Garden allows guests to enjoy a delicious meal while taking in spectacular views of the Parthenon. Originally designed by renowned architect Patroklos Karantinos in the mid-20th century, the building has since been transformed into one of the best hotels in Athens. An enticing example of Retro Chic style, it has made its mark on modern Athens and is now a trailblazing example of modern interior architecture and design. Importantly, the building houses its own remarkable cultural attractions - the remains of the famous Themistoclean Wall which surrounded ancient Athens can be found in the basement, while on the ground floor the 16th century Agia Dynami chapel has been incorporated into this luxury property.

Aressana Spa Hotel (B) (Sea View Suite Jacuzzi- Top Floor): Santorini

Aressana Spa Hotel in the town of Fira, provides guests with fairytale-like vacations from the moment they step through the 5 star design hotel’s entrance. Centrally located in Fira and only steps from the famous Caldera, this family-run hotel provides a peaceful base for its guests, with excellent spa facilities and a beautiful outdoor pool area. Emulating the serenity of Cyclades life coupled with the exciting buzz of Fira, Santorini, guests are welcomed like old friends with heartfelt sincerity. Santorini's many local taverns, shops and restaurants are just steps away from the hotel.

Casa Delfino: Chania

Casa Delfino is a boutique hotel, housed in a 17th century Venetian mansion which used to be the private home of the family Delfino. Remaining in the same family for six generations now, hospitality and authentic charm are an important part of the heritage. Paying homage to the history of the building, all the areas have been sensitively restored to its original splendor. The appearance of this historic structure transports guests to a rare place of refined elegance, where impeccable service, distinctive style and uncommon luxuries rule the day. Casa Delfino’s pebbled courtyard is a romantic oasis where guests can read, relax, or simply soak up the serene ambience. But step outside this enchanted setting and you can stroll to all the main attractions, museums, restaurants, chic shops, and lively bars. The hotel is located in the heart of the walled Old Venetian Town - yet a world apart.

Flavors of the Aegean: Greek Culinary Experience  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Casa Delfino Hotel
Casa Delfino Hotel
Flavors of the Aegean: Greek Culinary Experience  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Casa Delfino Terrace
Casa Delfino Terrace

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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