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Mykonos, Santorini and Crete Luxury Island Hopping

From £3926 pp

Crete, Greece, Mykonos

12 Nights / 13 Days

Private Tour (2-8)*

Mykonos, Santorini and Crete Luxury Island Hopping

From £3926 pp

What You'll Do

The ultimate luxury island-hopping adventure in the Cyclades and Crete, discover the local, authentic side to these islands on cooking classes in family homes, hikes that get you off the tourist trail, and wine tours with views to die for. From volcanos to ancient ruins, beautiful old town streets to rugged trails, discover these iconic Greek islands from a unique perspective.
* per person from price based on 4 people, travelling in June.

According to mythology, Mykonos was formed from the petrified bodies of giants killed by Hercules. It might be famous for its thriving nightlife, but a little further off the beaten track and you can find the quiet, authentic Greek lifestyle and culture.

Whilst on Mykonos you’ll embark on a tour to the nearby island of Delos to drink in some of the best-preserved Ancient Greek ruins in the world and learn all about classic Greek history and culture, and enjoy a walking tour of Mykonos that helps you escape the crowds, and experience a little authentic local life.

Santorini, known since ancient times as Thira, is one of the most famous islands in the world. The fact that you can sit in front of a caldera, enjoy local dishes, a drink or a coffee while gazing at the remarkable beauty of an active volcano is something that doesn’t come easily in many parts of the world!

The “island” is actually a group of islands consisting of Thira, Thirassia, Aspronissi, Palea and Nea Kameni in the southernmost part of the Cyclades. Whilst here, you’ll relax on a wine tour that’ll introduce you to exquisite regional wines produced in ancient vineyards, and swim in hot springs after a sailing tour to an active volcano.

Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands, the 88th largest island in the world and the fifth-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. It’s a great destination for walking and has a culture and cuisine all of its own, which you’ll discover on epic hiking adventures and local lunches, and cooking classes with locals where you will learn to master Cretan classics.

By the time you leave the Greek islands, you’ll have done more than simply visit, you’ll have experienced the authentic culture and got under the skin of each destination, creating great travel experiences on a Greek island hopping adventure that will live long in the memory.

*Whilst most transfers, activities and all accommodation are private, some activities will occur in small groups and some ferry transfers will be public.

Experience
Highlights

Enjoy luxury boutique accommodation

Sail to volcanos and dip in hot springs off the coast of Santorini

Discover Ancient Greek ruins on the magical isle of Delos

Master Cretan cuisine on a cooking class with a local

Your Local Host:

Eleni Moraiti

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Experience Itinerary

Arrival Day

Arrive into Mykonos airport and meet your driver who will take you directly to your hotel so that you can relax, refresh, and get ready for your Greek island adventure!

Depending on what time you arrive and how tired you are, take the opportunity to explore the local area and seek out some places to eat and drink, or simply relax in your hotel and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

 

 

Accommodation

Harmony Boutique Hotel or similar

The first Luxury Boutique Hotel in Mykonos 
by the sea, on the old port of Mykonos, the hotel is a typical example of local folk architecture – whitewashed cube-like houses, pure lines and rambling alleys – which has inspired dozens of architects around the world.

Opening the window, you are faced with a beautiful town and architecture, bustling with life and offering everything from shopping and eating out to nightlife that caters for every taste.

swimming pool in mykonos

Meals

Breakfast

Ancient Delos Tour

The visit to the ancient Delos island starts with your driver picking you up in the morning from your hotel and transferring you to the old port of Mykonos. Here, you will meet your tour guide to start your voyage.

In approximately 30-40 minutes you’ll arrive at the legendary island and at this point, you disembark for a 2 hour 15 minute visit on this beautiful ‘UNESCO world heritage’ landmark.

Once on the island your tour guide will take you through the entire ancient city with its market places, the public squares, the Temple of Apollo, the sanctuary of Artemis, the old city & the amphitheatre, and take a walk down the celebrated Lion Street.

You will also visit the museum of Delos and admire the Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman Sculptures, and a collection of vessels from all the periods. Research on the ancient stones found on the grounds indicate that Delos has been inhabited since the 3rd millennium BC.

At the end of your tour, before you board the boat to return back to Mykonos you have some free time to take photos on the site before departing at 13:30.

You will then be transferred at Mykonian Spiti for your traditional lunch. During your time there you will experience the traditional Greek way of life, the culture, and the Greek art of cooking.

Your host will wholeheartedly invite you into their beautiful Mykonian home for a charming and intimate afternoon that will turn this visit to the “Island of the Winds” into a highlight of your trip.

After you finish with your lunch you will be transferred to your hotel.

Accommodation

Harmony Boutique Hotel or similar

aerial view of a swimming pool at a hotel in mykonos

Meals

Breakfast, lunch

Walking Tour of Mykonos Town

Today you will enjoy a wonderful walk through the unknown alleys and the secret corners of Mykonos town throughout which your guide will accompany you and share their knowledge and stories.

It will begin in the morning, after you have been collected from your pick-up location at the well-known location of the Archaeological museum and the Remezzo restaurant (where the entrance of the old town is), close to the old port.

As you walk down the coastal paved road, you will pass Manto Square, where the famous monument of Manto Mavrogenous stands, a Greek heroine of the Greek War of Independence.

Right after you will head down the famous Matogianni area, where you will find clothing and footwear shops of famous fashion brands and attractions such as the 3 wells, the home of Manto Mavrogenous’ mother, and the Maritime Museum.

From there you will continue your walk, passing the traditional “Gioras bakery”, with an underground and old wooden stove, still operational today. Here you will be treated to a traditional baked snack and refreshment (optional) before you head towards five in row windmills, which still stand proudly as a local attraction after they ceased operating.

Crossing the narrow winding paths, wander through the castle of the Chora and the Scarpa area where ‘Little Venice’ is located, famous for its picturesque medieval two-story houses (you will have 15 minutes free time here).

Admire the elaborate church of “Panagia Paraportiani”, one of the most famous architectural structures in Greece, and get to see the Folklore Museum. Finally, head back to your starting point and pass by the famous Agios Nikolaos church at the old port.

Accommodation

Harmony Boutique Hotel or similar

sea view room in a hotel in mykonos

Meals

Breakfast

Free Day

Today, feel free to explore Mykonos at your own pace. Go and seek out more great places to eat and drink, find yourself a beautiful beach, or simply relax by the pool in your hotel – the day is yours to spend how you’d like!

Your guide will be happy to recommend any places to go, things to do, or spots to eat at, so that you can make the most of Mykonos while you explore independently.

 

Accommodation

Harmony Boutique Hotel or similar

hotel bathroom in mykonos

Meals

Breakfast

Mykonos to Santorini

Today, take a morning transfer from your hotel to Mykonos port and travel to Santorini island.

Transfer from Santorini port to your hotel to relax, and get ready to explore this beautiful little group of islands.

 

 

Accommodation

Santorini Secret Suites or similar

For a 5 star Santorini hotel with private pool, immerse yourself into the beauty of one of the world’s most unique islands while experiencing the exclusivity and tranquility that Santorini Secret Suites & Spa generously provide.

The beautiful suites and villas stay true to traditional Cycladic island architecture, invigorating your senses by incorporating a contemporary twist with splashes of bright colours within the stylish decor.

double room in a suite in santorini

Meals

Breakfast

Santorini Wine Tour

Get picked up from your hotel to start your wine tour experience, where you will taste the award-winning volcanic wines of Santorini as you visit the most distinctive island wineries in the area.

On this intimate group wine tour of the Santorini countryside, learn about the ancient vineyard of Santorini, the history of the island through the centuries and how the volcanic soils influence its wine-making.

Visit 3 traditional wineries and taste a selection of 12 different varieties served with local cheese and snacks before the return transfer to your hotel.

Accommodation

Santorini Secret Suites or similar

view from a suite in greece

Meals

Breakfast

Volcano and Hot Springs Cruise

Transfer from your hotel to Athinios port to begin with your 5-hour guided tour, where you’ll sail in the spectacular Caldera to reach the top of the volcano (5€ entrance fees).

Swim into the hot springs and sail to visit the island of Thirassia, admiring the Caldera cliffs along the entire route. Stay on board to drink in the view of Oia and return to port Athinios to transfer you again at your hotel.

 

Accommodation

Santorini Secret Suites or similar

suite interior in greece

Meals

Breakfast

Free Day

Today, feel free to explore Santorini at your own pace. Go and seek out more great places to eat and drink, find yourself a beautiful beach, or simply relax by the pool in your hotel – the day is yours to spend how you’d like!

Your guide will be happy to recommend any places to go, things to do, or spots to eat at, so that you can make the most of Santorini while you explore independently.

 

Accommodation

Santorini Secret Suites or similar

sunset views from a hotel in santorini

Meals

Breakfast

Santorini to Crete

Transfer from your hotel to Santorini port, before catching the ferry for your transfer to Crete. Once you’ve arrived in Crete, transfer from Heraklio port to your hotel at Rethymno.

Relax, refresh and maybe take a wander around the local area, tomorrow is a big day of exploration!

 

 

Accommodation

Rimondi Luxury Boutique Hotel or similar

The pinnacle of elegance & cosmopolitanism right in the vibrant heart of the Venetian quarter of Rethymno, destined for eclectic travelers.

Stay within absolute serenity formulated by two distinct buildings, magnificent, tranquil yards, and romantic-styled swimming pools. The epitome of hospitality and service characterizes the 20 sophisticated rooms and maisonettes and the 13 luxurious suites, all boasting impeccable facilities.

hotel bedrooms in crete

Hiking Adventure with a Local Lunch

Your hiking adventure will start approximately 2 km from Spili village, at a location near the foothill of Kedros and at an altitude of 450m. There is a fountain there where travelers can have a sip of water before they begin their walk up and along the hill.

Follow a path that is fringed with wild olive trees, holm oak trees, hollies, and a wide variety of plant and wildlife. Pass by beehives where you can see how the locals breed their bees and collect honey, and at the end of this path, reach the dirt road that heads toward Kissos village.

Continue along this path, admiring more wildlife before entering Vatolakus woods, an area of approx. 600 acres created in 1985 by the Forest Department of Rethymno.

It is a wonderful forest with a variety of flora with trees such as Pine, Cypress, Akakies and wildlife. The path here is quite steep and ends on the road to the plateau.

Cross the gorge of Kissos and the imposing rock of “Red Detis”, where many wild birds gather such falcon, hawks and vultures. There you’ll find a natural “clock” visible, where locals can tell the time by looking at it from above.

Follow the road across “Gious Kampos”, located in the northwestern part of Mount Kentros between Spili, Kissos and Gerakari village, with good road access from all three villages. At an altitude of about 800m, it is considered a paradise for botanists and is visited by many to study the rich flora, especially the many orchid species.

Head back towards Kissos village, and on a small detour visit the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, an important religious pilgrimage of Rethymnon.

End your adventure at the historic village of Kissos, one of the highest villages in the Rethymno prefecture. After your hiking adventure is over, it is only logical that you will have built up an appetite. Head towards Vatos Village (10 minutes drive) and to Cretan Spiti, where the owner will create a unique family atmosphere.

Your hostess will share some stories about Cretan culture and history and make you feel more as if you are visiting close relatives or friends, rather than strangers you have just met.

Lunch will be served with dishes made with authentic Cretan ingredients such as olive oil, vegetables, cheese, meat, wine… and of course all the ingredients are fresh and local. The experience will come to an end at approx. 16:00hrs.

Accommodation

Rimondi Luxury Boutique Hotel or similar

swimming pool in a hotel in crete

Meals

Breakfast, lunch

Cooking Class with a Local

Transfer from your hotel to Cretan Spiti at Vatos Village, where your hostess will welcome you into their home for a truly authentic, local experience during which you’ll learn everything about Cretan culture, history and cuisine.

Onto the kitchen, where where you will make tzatziki, traditional gemista (with stuffed tomatos, zucchini, peppers) cheese pie, lamb with stamnagathi (a local herb), and spoon sweet with yogurt.

Everything in our Cretan Spiti’s traditional menu. Your hostess will guide you through the whole cooking procedure, giving you the opportunity to master a little typical Cretan cuisine.

There will be a small intermission between the preparation of the food and the eating, where you can relax and get to know the rest of your fellow chefs.

The essence is that this is much more than learning to cook a fabulous Greek meal. It is also about family, conversation, food, culture and becoming a member of a family that perhaps you didn’t even know you had.

It is quality time in the home of someone close to you, finding yourself in their kitchen helping to cook, enjoying the experience of meeting new people and becoming a part of the family for a short time.

Accommodation

Rimondi Luxury Boutique Hotel or similar

breakfast at a hotel in crete

Meals

Breakfast, lunch

Free Day

With your adventure coming to a close,feel free to explore Mykonos at your own pace. Go and seek out more great places to eat and drink, find yourself a beautiful beach, or simply relax by the pool in your hotel – the day is yours to spend how you’d like!

Your guide will be happy to recommend any places to go, things to do, or spots to eat at, so that you can make the most of Mykonos while you explore independently.

 

Accommodation

Rimondi Luxury Boutique Hotel or similar

double room in a hotel in crete

Departure Day

On your final day, take your departure transfer from your hotel at Rethymno to Heraklio airport of Crete in order to catch your flight.

We hope you have had a wonderful time exploring the Cyclades and Crete, and have had an experience you don’t feel you could have had if you had simply travelled yourself.

We hope you have got under the skin of the Greek islands, and leave with memories of not just beautiful beaches and sunsets, but of the warmth and hospitality shown by your Greek hosts.

Location Information

Your Greek island adventure begins when you get picked up from Mykonos airport by your driver, and taken straight to your first hotel to relax.

From there, you’ll explore Mykonos, before ferrying to Santorini and spending a few days there, finally taking the ferry to Crete, and then back to Mykonos airport at the end of the trip.

  • 4 nights accommodation at Harmony Boutique Hotel or similar in Mykonos on BB basis
  • 4 nights accommodation at Secret Suites & Spa hotel or similar in Santorini on BB basis
  • 4 nights accommodation at Rimondi Boutique or similar in Rethymno - Crete on BB basis
  • Airport and port private transfers to/from the hotel
  • Roundtrip transfers for the tours
  • Ferry tickets Mykonos-Santorini, Santorini-Crete
  • Walking tour of Mykonos
  • Half day wine tour in Santorini
  • Volcano and hot springs sailing tour
  • Hiking adventure in Crete
  • Traditional cooking class