Greece 2020 Travel Highlights
Greece has reopened to European, Australian, Canadian and other visitors. While there are some restrictions, such as a negative PCR test for some nationalities, now is a great time to explore the mainland and islands. Greece may have reopened but tourists are thin on the ground. And you can enjoy some incredible deals for high-end luxury travel.
Combining a selection of highlights and focusing on safe travel experiences, this ten-day itinerary is an example of what you can do in Greece. It’s a relaxed travel program, featuring beaches, sailing, history and great food. All it needs is an intrepid traveler wanting to explore.
Day 1 - History in Athens
Athens History Tour
If Greece were the cradle of civilization, then Athens is its epicenter. In the company of one of the city’s best guides, walk through archeological sites built by great emperors. Imagine the past come to life. Unravel the captivating Greek mythology as you visit temples dedicated to the omnipotent gods and goddesses.Stroll across the Acropolis. This crown jewel is perched atop a rocky hill, watching over the sprawling city throughout the ages. Spend time in the Acropolis Museum to view an extensive collection dating back to antiquity. This is the quintessence of Athens, cloaked in millennia-old resplendence, and you will delve deep into its layered history.
Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel, Athens Riviera
The Athens Riviera exudes a glamor that has captured the imagination of the world. Spend some time at this iconic seaside sanctuary that is just a stone’s throw away from historic Athens. The focus on seamless indoor and outdoor living presents plenty of opportunities to embrace the surrounding nature. Light and space abound, the hotel’s emphasis on clean lines and modern aesthetics easily brings out a sense of comfort. You will find a home away from home here. Use this exquisite hideaway as a base for you to travel around the region, or stay in your suite for pure unwinding that is guaranteed to rejuvenate all your senses.
Day 2 - Exclusive Mainland Highlights & Beach Leisure
Temple Of Poseidon Day Trip
Travel out of Athens on an exciting day trip to Cape Sounion. Admire the scenery along the coastal road of Attica, the Riviera of Athens creating spaces to sunbathe and swim. Be awe-struck by blue-green water, fine sand beaches, and glamorous marinas.Take a turn towards Sounion. Here the majestic Doric Temple of Poseidon stands at the top of a cliff, overlooking an ethereal vista. This timeless spot has been immortalized in Homer’s Odyssey.Stay till sunset to witness a divine splendor, then go for dinner at a seaside restaurant nearby.
Day 3 - Sailing
Saronic Islands Yacht Cruise
The Saronic islands of Hydra, Poros, and Aegina are sun-soaked getaways, filled with pristine beaches and rustic villages.For a day of relaxation and culture, begin at quaint Hydra. Be enchanted by the donkeys that replace cars. Relish in an unspoiled atmosphere along with cinematic waterfront views. Then sail towards Poros, fabled as a luxuriant destination. Pull up in your yacht, shop for souvenirs and local specialties, and go swimming in the emerald waters.Call it a day at Aegina. Fall in love with the island’s rich history, wander amongst neoclassical buildings, and stroll a bustling promenade that outlines the edge of the sea.
Days 4 & 5 - Meteora
Meteora Heli Flight & Tour From Athens
Soar around the strange landscapes of Meteora. Rock formations baffle your imagination and from the air you can glimpse the monasteries, precariously hovering in the air. You will fly to Meteora by helicopter from Athens. Meteora is an archaeological site and has a no-fly zone, so you can’t fly directly over the monasteries. However, you can savour the landscape before discovering the landmark monasteries and rock formations. The tour can be tailored to your interests and wishes, whether you want the best panoramic points for photos, or to visit one of the harder to reach monasteries.
Meteora Hiking Tour
The best way to explore Meteora is like the pilgrims did, a thousand years ago. To truly appreciate this land of monasteries and strange rocks, is to walk the land. A local guide will tailor the route to your fitness and interests. Visit the hidden monastery of Ypapanti, hike up and head inside Varlaam or Great Meteoron monasteries. Uncover places only accessible on foot and wander a forest that’s far from the crowds. This is a journey back in time, upon hidden trails, in the footsteps of monks who came here some 1500 years ago.
Meteora Food & Wine Tour
Wander through the town of Kalambaka. Inhale fresh scents at the market. Marvel at fruit spilling over the stalls. Sample delicacies in Kalambaka then explore Meteora’s rural villages. You’ll try soutzouki, organic fruit, various fermented and unfermented fruit juices, then mushrooms at the Natural History Museum. Visit a wine estate for a tutored tasting with the cellar master, followed by cheese tasting, then lots of Greek yoghurt with local honey. Now pies, three varieties of pies as you continue to discover the wealth of Meteora gastronomy.
Days 6 to 8 - Private Yacht Charter
Greece Private Yacht Charter
Charter your own yacht and sail anywhere you want in Greece.Cruise through the islands, laying anchor in Santorini, Mykonos, or anywhere along the coast. Sail along the mainland and jump out to explore archaeological sites. Spend three days cruising. Or spend two weeks discovering the best of Greece from your yacht. A small team are on board, cooking, cleaning, sailing, and keeping you very comfortable and private as you sail along. A Greek travel designer can show you a huge fleet of yachts to choose from, with something for different budgets, group sizes, and luxury levels.
Days 9 & 10 - Santorini
Santorini Island Tour
Look forward to a day of unhurried exploration, as you comb through alluring Santorini. Begin from the highest point of the island, and slowly make your way to a local farm for a delectable food tasting. Cross over to the other side of the island to visit a picturesque lighthouse, before taking a swim at the exquisite Black Beach. Get lost in a village tucked away in a medieval fortress, a place far more authentic than the island’s tourist centres. End your day of fun at the postcard-worthy Pyrgos. Here you will see the iconic whitewashed stone houses stacked upon the cliff, dyed orange by the enchanting sunset.
Santorini Sunset Catamaran Cruise
Explore Santorini on a catamaran. Find out why this island is named one of the most romantic places on Earth. Sail by the uninhabited island of Aspronisi, born from a massive eruption. Snorkel near the otherworldly Red Beach, then enjoy a barbecue onboard your private vessel. Drift into the heart of the caldera, brushing past a volcano. Stop at the renowned White Beach for a swim and a photoshoot, if you like. As evening draws to a close, glide under the picturesque village of Oia. Watch as the world comes to a halt, bewitched by an incredible sunset.
Canaves Oia Epitome, Santorini
Find your oasis at the prestigious island-getaway of Canaves Oia Epitome. Besides the fishing village of Oia in Santorini, an immaculately whitewashed Cycladic resort welcomes you. This award-winning resort strikes a nice balance between rustic earthiness and modern luxury. Indulge in a sun-drenched escape from your stonewalled villa. Spend time at your private pool terrace surrounded by phenomenal views. Sit down to a sophisticated Mediterranean cuisine refined by an authentic Greek touch.Canaves Oia Epitome is the perfect base to acquaint yourself with Santorini. It is your gateway to savor the finest things in life. And it offers you an uninterrupted, tourist-free view of perhaps the most famous sunset on earth.