Take in the sites and scenes of Greece’s most loved destinations. Observe ancient monuments and archaeological marvels in Athens before heading to Santorini for sunsets, volcanic sights and swoon-worthy photo opportunities. Add on a relaxing stay in Crete for a sublime finale.
Being one of the oldest named cities in the world, Athens has shared its history with Olympians, mythical gods and formidable empires. Today the city wears its history on its sleeve alongside its modern and chic ambiance. Spend days delving in to the Acropolis, Parthenon and other historical monuments before an evening spent admiring them from a trendy rooftop bar, cocktail in hand.
Prepare for your jaw to drop in complete awe. Santorini is an island of beauty, from its white washed villages, cascading down cliff-sides, to its out-of-this-world sunsets, ready to transfix the most worldly traveller. From Athens, Santorini can be reached by domestic flight or by scenic ferry. Spend days winding through the cobbled streets of Oia and Fira exploring boutique shops, beautiful blue domed churches and spectacular sea views.
In just 2.5 hours by ferry, you can reach Greece’s largest island, Crete. Known as the birthplace of Minoan civilization and home to ancient Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians and Turks, the island is brimming with history. As well as its history, Crete is known for its laid-back charm, stunning beaches and supremely luxurious resorts, making it an excellent place to relax and explore before heading home. Spend languid days poolside, with cocktails delivered to your lounger, before relaxed evenings in local tavernas and authentic restaurants. Read our post for the best places to see in Crete.
Transfer times – 8 hours ferry from Athens to Santorini or 50 minutes by flight. Santorini to Crete is a 2.5 hour scenic ferry journey.