Private luxury tours in Greece

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Luxury Greece Tours

Highlights of Greece
(12 days)
Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Crete

A Week in Greece
(7 days)
Athens, Mykonos, Santorini

Greece: City & Sea
(8 days)
Athens, Santorini

Exclusive Greece
(10 days)
Athens, Santorini, Porto Heli

Classical Greece
(7 days)
Athens & Delphi, Kalambaka & Meteora, Thessaloniki

Best of Crete
(9 days)
Chania, Elounda

Family Tour of Greece
(9 days)
Athens, Santorini, Crete

Introduction to Athens & Crete
(10 days)
Athens & Delphi, Chania, Elounda

Romantic Greece
(9 days)
Athens, Mykonos, Santorini

Essence of Greece
(13 days)
Athens & Delphi, Rhodes, Santorini, Crete

 

Multi-country Tours

Highlights of Greece & Turkey
(15 days)
Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Istanbul, Ephesus, Cappadocia

Culinary Tour of Greece and Turkey
(10 days)
Athens, Crete, Istanbul

Introduction to Athens & Crete

(10 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Athens & Delphi, Crete (Chania & Elounda)

This private luxury tour is ideal for anyone fascinated by ancient civilizations.

Begin in Athens, the capital of Greece and a showcase of ancient civilization. During private touring with your expert guide, visit the city’s top sights such as the breathtaking Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of ancient ruins (including the Parthenon), and the wonderful Acropolis Museum. Also explore the Agora, local markets, and the charming, taverna-lined Plaka neighborhood. Depending on your interests, other options include riding the funicular up Mount Lycabettus or visiting specialty museums such as the Benaki Museum, Museum of Cycladic Art, National Museum of Contemporary Art and Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. If desired, take an excursion along the beautiful coast to Cape Sounion to watch the sunset at the ancient Temple of Poseidon. There will also be time to enjoy the city’s excellent restaurants and lively neighborhoods.

One day, if desired, enjoy a full-day private excursion to Delphi, the spectacular ruins of an ancient religious complex that the ancient Greeks believed to be the center of the world. Set on the steep slopes of Mount Parnassus, the archaeological zone overlooks a deep gorge and is one of the most impressive ancient sites in Greece.

Continue to Crete and the historic seaside town of Chania. During private touring, explore cobblestone backstreets and see the interesting mix of architecture that reflects the island’s Venetian and Turkish occupations, such as the Venetian Harbor, Venetian lighthouse, minarets and the Mosque of the Janissaries. Also get a sense of the local lifestyle at the covered market, and take an excursion to the Aptera archaeological site in the hills outside the city. Other touring options in Chania include visiting local churches, the synagogue and various museums. One day, take a private excursion into the rolling hills to an olive estate for a private tour and olive oil tasting. Also visit a winery to sample some of Crete’s best wines.

Continue to eastern Crete and the resort town of Elounda. En route, if desired, stop in Rethymnon, a seaside town with an old Venetian quarter. Continue to the monumental Palace of Knossos, a sprawling archaeological site that was the center of the great Minoan civilization until around 1400 B.C. and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, which has an impressive and extensive collection of Minoan artifacts. During private touring around Elounda, visit the village of Kritsa to see Byzantine frescoes and browse for local crafts, explore the ruins of the Doric city of Lato perched in the beautiful hills, and take a boat to Spinalonga, an atmospheric island with a ruined fort and a fascinating history. There will also be time to relax at your luxurious seaside resort and enjoy the shops and restaurants in the charming nearby beach town.

Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can arrange additional activities such as a cooking class focused on Cretan recipes, a tour of a local olive oil estate, a tour of the Minoan Palace of Malia or Palace of Knossos, hiking in the hills, or a visit to Lassithi to see the cave where the Greek god Zeus was born.

This tour can easily be extended to include a stay at the exclusive Amanzoe resort—one of Greece’s most deluxe properties—or in nearby Turkey or elsewhere in Europe.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Athens

VIP airport assistance. Private transfer to hotel for 3 nights.

Day 2 Athens
Full-day private city tour with option to visit Temple of Poseidon
Day 3 Athens & Delphi
Full-day private excursion to Delphi
Day 4 Athens – Crete (Chania)
Private transfer to airport for flight to Crete. Private transfer to resort for 3 nights. Afternoon tour of Chania
Day 5 Chania

Full-day private tour of Chania and environs, including Aptera archaeological site

Day 6 Chania

Full-day private excursion to an olive estate and winery for tours and tastings

Day 7 Chania – Elounda

Private transfer to Elounda for 3 nights, with touring of Palace of Knossos en route

Day 8 Elounda

Full-day private excursion to local villages and ruins

Day 9 Elounda

Half-day private excursion or cooking class

Day 10 Crete – Athens

Private airport transfer for flight to Athens


Hotels
Athens:

Hotel Grande Bretagne

Chania: Casa Delfino Hotel & Spa, Domes Noruz Chania or Minoa Palace Resort & Spa
Elounda: Blue Palace Resort & Spa

Cost
$12,345 Per person (based on four travelers/two rooms)
$14,670 Per person (based on two travelers/double occupancy)