Welcome to Greek Islands

Satisfy Your Appetite

On the islands, you'll often be fed like long-lost family from traditional dishes heaped with pride. Island hopping is a culinary adventure and a tour of regional cuisine. Each island's local cheese is unique, and its wild greens and honey distinct. Head to a harbour to watch the daily catch tumble from the fishermen's nets, and look for people collecting wild produce on the hillsides. On many islands, you'll encounter the Italian legacy of pasta with a Greek slant, like rich sauces with mussels steamed in ouzo. On others, the Ottoman past surfaces in spiced sweets and pastries.

Get Active

The islands sit like floating magnets for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. Wander along cobbled Byzantine footpaths, hike into volcanoes, kayak with dolphins, watch for sea turtles and cycle through lush forests. The Greek islands are also an excellent place to try new pursuits, with some of the world’s top kitesurfing, diving and rock climbing locations. With wide, open skies and a vast and varied landscape that begs to be conquered, it's easy to understand how so many myths of gods and giants originated here.

Time Travel

Surround yourself with the ancient ruins of Delos or wander through the reconstructed Minoan palace of Knossos and you can almost sense the ancient Greeks moving alongside you. The spellbinding city of Akrotiri, dug out from beneath the ash of Santorini's massive volcanic eruption, and the medieval walled city of Rhodes let you step through a window into times past. Beyond these celebrated sites are the quieter ruins scattered on nearly every island, filled with mystery and often overgrown with wildflowers – from the enormous marble statues of Naxos to the colourful 2nd-century mosaics on Kos. Greek ruins are as impressive as they are numerous.

Experience Island Life

Sink your toes deep into the sand and listen to the warm Aegean lap the shore like you have nowhere else to be. This is island life. Soak up the majestic beauty of Santorini or indulge in the pulsing nightlife of Mykonos. Wander through lush wildflowers in spring or laze on isolated sandy coves in summer. Become acquainted with the melancholy throb of rembetika (blues songs) and the tang of homemade tzatziki. The days melt from one to the next, filled with miles of aquamarine coastline blessed with some of Europe’s cleanest beaches. Many travellers simply settle down and never go home.

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$173.50 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Santorini Caldera Cruise Including Greek Lunch and Drinks

Choose from a daytime or sunset cruise, then begin with a pickup from your Santorini hotel. Hop inside an air-conditioned minivan and relax on the journey to the cruise departure point. On arrival, be greeted by your professional skipper before settling into a comfortable spot aboard a deluxe catamaran. Take in views of the caldera and the cascade of sugar cube buildings as your boat slips away from shore and out onto the open waters of the Aegean Sea. Relax on deck and soak up the sun and island sights. If you’re feeling thirsty, make for the onboard bar to refresh with complimentary sodas, Greek wine and beer. After around 30 minutes, stop near the Red Beach. Here, enjoy free time to swim, snorkel, or simply relax in the sun on board the catamaran. Back on board, dry off with a provided towel as you glide along the coast to southern Santorini’s beautiful beaches. Stop at the White or Mesa-Pigadia Beach, where you’ll have the opportunity to swim in the crystalline waters. Should you wish, pull on a provided snorkel set and flippers, and set off in search of vibrant life below sea level. Lastly anchor near the warm springs by Santorini’s famous volcanos: Nea and Palea Kameni islands. Optionally submerge yourself in the warm sulfurous waters of the volcanic craters for a relaxing and reviving bath. The naturally formed volcanic crater is said to have medicinal powers against skin and bone diseases. When the time comes, enjoy a tantalizing barbeque lunch or dinner (depending on cruise option selected) on board your catamaran, freshly cooked while traveling at sea. Sink your teeth into a selection of light fried Greek fish fillet, grilled chicken fillets, Greek salad, Greek pasta with tomato sauce , bread and Greek spreads and appetizers. Approximately 30 minutes later, start for your return journey. If you’ve opted for the sunset cruise, watch in awe as the sun slips from the sky and ribbons of red, orange and pink spread out around the horizon. Your tour concludes with a drop-off back at your hotel. Please note: the stop at the Red and/or White Beach may be changed to a different beach, depending on your experienced catamaran skipper’s judgement of weather and sea conditions on the day of your cruise. In every swimming stop opportunity, the catamaran boat anchors near the beaches in deep waters as the vessel is not able to dock on the actual beaches in shallow waters.

$127.23 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Santorini Wine Tasting, Vineyard Small-Group Tour

Book your daytime or sunset tour and start your experience with a hotel pickup. Your destinations depend on your chosen tour.Daytime Tour (available April 1 to November 15):Travel by air-conditioned minibus to the first of the three traditional wineries and, on route, learn from your guide about wine production on Santorini and the varietals that you may try during the day.Producing some of the most distinctive wine in the Mediterranean, the island owes its success largely to aspa, a unique blend of volcanic soil that lends its wines a rich minerality and light flavor. Grapes are grown in baskets close to the ground, allowing much-needed moisture from the island’s minimal rainfall to be retained effectively.At each winery, enjoy a cellar tour with your guide to see how the winemaking process unfolds, from harvesting to maturing the wine. Plus, walk around a volcanic vineyard to see the grapes first-hand, and sample glasses of Santorini wine galore – up to 12 glasses in total.Try popular varietals such as assyrtiko and vinsanto, and enjoy local delicacies such as cheese and local snacks.Sunset Tour (available May 15 to September 30): After visiting Estate Argyros or Boutari Winery, continue with a tasting at the old family winery of Gavalas and from there to the renowned Venetsanos Winery in time for Santorini’s legendary sunset. Head to the open-air terrace and enjoy a plate of local cheeses to complement your wines against a stunning backdrop of the caldera and Aegean, just as the sun sets over the sea. Plus, enjoy a delicious sweet surprise here before finishing your trip with a hotel drop-off.  *Please note that Sunset tour lasts 4 hours approx. and Daytime tour 4,5 hours approx. *

$57.83 Cultural & Theme Tours

Santorini Private Customized Half- or Full-Day Tour

With a customized itinerary that is tailored to suit your needs and interests, spend your chosen five or eight hours on Santorini visiting the cultural, historical and natural landmarks that interest you the most. During your tour, speak with your private driver-guide about the types of things you would like to see, so that the logistics can be arranged.On the day of your tour, meet your driver-guide at your Santorini hotel, and then set off in a premium, air-conditioned vehicle. Transport is included, but all meals and entrance fees are at your own expense.During your custom tour, perhaps visit some of the island’s must-see attractions like the archaeological site of Akrotiri, or stretch out on the black and red sand beaches before watching the sunset at Oia village. Alternatively, ask your guide to take you to the places often missed by visitors.See the Itinerary for a sample tour. The activities and attractions mentioned are provided as examples only, and can be tailored to your interests and timeframes on the day by your private driver-guide.

$57.83 Walking & Biking Tours

Plaka, Anafiotika, Hills of Athens Walking Tour with Picnic

Meet your expert guide near Athens’ Benaki Museum and set off a leisurely paced stroll through the streets of Plaka – the city’s Old Town. Sprawled over the side of Athens' Acropolis, this historical neighborhood comprises a maze of cobbled streets lined with Neoclassical architecture, Byzantine churches and busy independent shops.On the northernmost streets of Plaka is the area known as Anafiotika -- an idyllic cluster of whitewashed houses that are reminiscent of buildings in the Greek islands. Admire Anafiotika’s pretty Cycladic architecture, built by 19th-century workers who emigrated here from Anafi Island. It’s thought the workers were homesick for their native island life, so painted the buildings bright white to remind them of Anafi.While hearing tales of the area and its history from your guide, walk over to the Rock of Ares (Aereopagus) – just slightly further up the slopes of the Acropolis on Mars Hill. The colossal rock marks the spot that was once the supreme court of ancient Athens, and bygone kings are buried in tombs surrounding it. Continue to Philopappou Hill, passing Socrates’ Prison where the Classical Greek philosopher Socrates was imprisoned and sentenced to death on controversial charges. After a quick look at the fascinating landmark, stop at the peak of Philopappou Hill to enjoy breathtaking views over Athens’ bustling metropolis. Sit down with a glass of white wine and help yourself to a picnic of various Greek delicacies.After relaxing at this panoramic vantage point, head back into town with your guide, following the pretty UNESCO World Heritage-listed walkways down the hill. Pass the famous Philopappos Monument and then finish your tour back at the start point, near Benaki Museum.

$57.83 Day Trips & Excursions

Santorini Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Monastery of Profitis Ilias, Moni Profitou Iliou, Santorini, Cyclades, South AegeanChurchDuration: 10 minutesStop At: Perissa Black Sand Beach, Perissa, Santorini, Cyclades, South AegeanBeachDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Akrotiri Archaeological Site, Akrotiri, Santorini, Cyclades, South AegeanArchaeological SiteDuration: 1 hourStop At: Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, Vothonas, Santorini, Cyclades, South AegeanWine MuseumDuration: 1 hourStop At: Oia's Main Street, Santorini, Cyclades, South AegeanFree timeDuration: 1 hour

$121.45 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Santorini Sunset Catamaran Cruise with BBQ

Our catamaran starts from the Ammoudi port of Oia or the Athinios port at 2:15pm. There is a round trip transfer from your hotel provided by our mini buses. We will start by sailing close to the Caldera cliffs and Volcano, the first stop will be for 30 minutes at the Hot Springs for swimming and to enjoy a mud bath. Next, we sail close to Aspronisi, and Akrotiri to see the lighthouse and the Indian Face rock. Our second stop will be for 60 minutes at the White beach for swimming and snorkeling. You will then enjoy delicious barbecue freshly prepared on board which includes Greek specialties such as pork suvlaki, Greek salad, tzatziki and ntolmadakia all accompanied with free wine, water and soft drinks. Set off to our final stop where we will be for 30 minutes, at the Red beach for swimming and snorkeling. We then sail inside the Caldera and close to Thirassia Island before heading back to the ports of Amoudi or Athinios. Barbecue meal menu: • Barbeque (3 choices): pork suvlaki, chicken filet or vegetarian option • Greek Salad, bread, tzatziki, Italian pasta, ntolmadakia, • Fruits with honey and cinnamon as dessert

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