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Food & Wine: A Taste of Greece

11 days |  15 days with Santorini & Athens extension
11 days |  15 days with Santorini & Athens extension
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ancient ruins at the acropolis in athens
green grapes collected for wine in crete with a man and vineyard in the background
a street vendor selling nuts from his cart on a sunny day
table set for a traditional greek meal overlooking a harbor with boats
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Up-and-coming wines and Mediterranean meals—the perfect pairing.

See how historic traditions and modern-day culture have swirled together to create Greece’s current food and wine scene. Start in Thessaloniki, the country’s culinary hub, before making your way down to Athens to explore some of the nation’s ancient wonders. Then, continue on to Crete where the area’s flavorful cuisine comes to life inside the local markets. From mainland wine regions to island vineyards, you’ll experience the wonders of Greek wine while indulging in locally sourced, fresh foods on this small group Food & Wine Tour.

Your tour package includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 2 wine tastings
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Included highlights

  • Thessaloniki
  • Epanomi wine tasting
  • Acropolis
  • Palace of Knossos
  • Iraklio wine tasting
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Thessaloniki today.

Thessaloniki3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Thessaloniki
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Greece! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner tonight.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Thessaloniki & wine tasting
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Wine tasting

Set out on a guided tour to get to know Thessaloniki, the second-largest city of the former Byzantine empire and a modern-day hub for Greek culture.

  • View the Rotunda, which was built for Roman Emperor Galerius in the 4th century
  • Pass by the Hagios Demetrios and Hagia Sophia churches
  • See the Roman-style city walls that were constructed during the early 3rd century
  • Walk along the seaside promenade to view the White Tower of Thessaloniki, one of the city’s central landmarks
  • Stop to try some local olives
  • Visit the Ladadika district and enjoy free time to explore at your leisure

This afternoon, head south to the Epanomi wine region and visit the Ktima Gerovassiliou winery.

  • Follow a guide on a short walk through the vineyard to see Malagousia and Assyrtiko grapes that are used to create the winery’s signature red and white Epanomi wines
  • Tour the production area
  • Explore the on-site museum to see well-preserved artifacts that are essential to the history of Greek winemaking including bottles, barrels, and corkscrews
  • Sample some of the wines during a tasting
Day 4: Free day in Thessaloniki
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Thessaloniki or add an excursion

Ruins of Vergina & Naoussa Wine Tavern Lunch

From $135 per person

Athens2 nights
Day 5: Athens via Volos
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Travel from Thessaloniki to the seaside city of Volos. Located on the Pelion Peninsula, this area is known for its culinary scene. During an included lunch, you’ll try mezedes, or small plates, and tsipouro, an anise-flavored brandy.

After, continue on to Athens and spend a free evening in the city or add an excursion.

Michelin-Starred Dinner in Athens

From $155 per person

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Athens
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

A local guide introduces you to the ancient highlights and traditional flavors of this bustling capital, home to the world's first democracy.

  • Set off on a guided walking tour of the Plaka District and the markets of Monastiraki neighborhood
  • Stop to sample a variety of cheeses and loukoumades, a type of sweet fried dough
  • See the Parthenon, Temple of Athena Nike, and Erechtheion on a walking tour of the Acropolis

Enjoy free time in Athens or add an excursion.

Mount Lycabettus Dinner

From $99 per person

Heraklion1 night
Day 7: Flight to Crete & sightseeing tour of Heraklion
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner, Tasting, Liquor tasting

Today, fly to Crete and take a guided sightseeing tour of Heraklion, the largest city on the island.

  • Enter the city’s Old Market to sample traditional cheeses from villages around Crete
  • Visit the ruins of Knossos, where King Minos imprisoned the Minotaur in a labyrinth, according to the myth

Tonight, sample some of Greece’s most well-known liquors including Ouzo, Metaxa, and Raki. Then, enjoy an included dinner of Cretan specialties and regional wine.

Chania2 nights
Day 8: Chania via Iraklio wine country
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tasting, Wine tasting

Travel through the Iraklio wine country on your way to Chania today, and make several stops along the way.

  • Pay a visit to the village of Archanes and step inside a workshop where local women prepare traditional baked goods and preserves
  • Sample some of their homemade jams and baked goods
  • Tour a Cretan vineyard and enjoy an included lunch and wine tasting featuring varietals produced from Kotsifali, Mandilaria, and Malvasia grapes

Then, continue on to Chania where you'll take a guided tour.

  • Step inside the Chania Cathedral Trimartiri and Etz Hayyim, the only synagogue on the island and a symbol of the city’s ages-old Jewish community
  • Pass the Mosque Yiali Tzami as you walk along the old Venetian harbor
  • See the famous Egyptian lighthouse
Day 9: Cretan cooking class
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today, head to a local cooking school where you’ll prepare regional dishes alongside a professional chef. Then, enjoy drinking Greek wine and eating the foods you cooked for lunch.

Later, enjoy a free evening in Chania or add an excursion.

Crete Olive Oil Tasting & Dinner

From $99 per person

Athens1 night
Day 10: Flight to Athens
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Fly to Athens this morning. Tonight, gather with your group to celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner.

Flight Home
Day 11: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to explore Santorini and Athens.

Extension to Santorini & Athens
Want another dose of Greece’s ancient history and laid-back lifestyle? Take a ferry to Santorini to see it all alongside a local expert. Then, fly to Athens and let the myth-filled streets call you back.
Santorini3 nights
Day 11: Ferry to Santorini
Included meal: Breakfast

Take a ferry to Santorini, then enjoy free time to discover the island’s charming culture and awe-inspiring landscapes.

Please note: For an additional cost, you can book a visit to the village of Oia through your Tour Director. The visit will either take place on the evening of day 11 or the morning of day 13.

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Santorini
Included meal: Breakfast

Take in the local sights on a guided tour of Santorini, a volcanic isle known for its black-sand beaches, cliff-lined shores, and stunning whitewashed architecture.

  • Visit the prehistoric settlements that were unearthed during the archaeological excavations at Akrotiri
  • Ride to the top of Mount Profitis Ilias for panoramic views of the whole island
  • Stop in the small, picturesque village of Pyrgos

Spend a free afternoon and evening in Santorini or add an excursion.

Santorini Wine Tasting & Dinner

From $89 per person

Day 13: Free day in Santorini
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Santorini or add an excursion.

Santorini Caldera Cruise & Dinner

From $149 per person

Athens1 night
Day 14: Flight to Athens
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly back to Athens today. Sip a farewell drink with your fellow travelers as you celebrate your trip.

Flight Home
Day 15: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Overall rating 4.9 out of 5

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Can now check Greece off my bucket list!
    10/4/23 by 2nd-time traveler Karla

    Well, I finally made it to Greece! It only took me 58 years to get there! This tour was magical. The locations were great, though would have rather been in the Excelsior Hotel across from our hotel in Thessaloniki. But location was terrific for close proximity to restaurants and shopping. Athens - ...

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent
    9/17/23 by 1st-time traveler Gail Reina

    Our tour guide was amazing and way above expectations. The restaurants and outings were extraordinary. The accommodations were comfortable and well located. An incredible life experience!!

    5 out of 5 stars

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    9/6/23 by 1st-time traveler Dawn

    I can't explain the anxiety I had planning this trip. Not because of anything they did but what they DID DO. Single female traveling alone is scary but I did it with their help. From planning excursions, dinner recommendations, shopping experiences and the people....Our tour guide Eva, bus driver C...

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

    Hotels

    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    City Hotel Thessaloniki
    City Hotel Thessaloniki

    This stylish hotel is located in the city center of Thessaloniki. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, a fitness center, and a restaurant. Nearby, you’ll find Tsi...

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    Airotel Stratos Vassilikos
    Airotel Stratos Vassilikos

    This stylish hotel is located downtown Athens near the Megaro Mousikis metro station. Guests enjoy an on-site restaurant, fitness center, and hammam s...

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    Galaxy Hotel
    Galaxy Hotel

    This sleek hotel is located a short walk from the Old Town. Guests enjoy a fitness center, pool, and restaurant. Nearby, you’ll find the Heraklion Arc...

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    Kydon Hotel
    Kydon Hotel

    This comfortable hotel is centrally located in Chania. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, a restaurant, and a bar. Nearby, you’ll find the Agora, or covered mar...

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    MAR n MAR Santorini Hotel & Suites
    MAR n MAR Santorini Hotel & Suites

    This sophisticated hotel is located in the Kamari Village on Santorini island. Guests enjoy the outdoor pool, views of the Aegean Sea, and spa lounge....

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