Greece is famous for its architecture, some of it standing for thousands of years. These structures were built for both survival and decoration, but few people throughout history assumed their buildings would be considered ‘picturesque’ and ‘quaint’ to future generations. In the Cyclades, white-and-blue painted houses that dot the cliff sides are common, and Santorini is no exception. Continue reading
DAY 2, ‘TOUR THE VINEYARDS AND DINE WITH A VIEW’
Set out for a full wine tour of Santorini’s impressive vineyards, accompanied by a wine connoisseur who will expose the best cuvees and prize-winning varieties of wine on the island. After a relaxing break at by the pool or a cocktail at the Alta Mare Café, join the entertaining Greek cooking lessons on the premises, offered by one of Greece’s most talented and engaging chefs. Finish off the meal with one of Andronis’ prized desserts for a delightful finale.
DAY 3, ‘TRAVEL TO A DISTANT PAST AND GO GREEK FOR DINNER’
Take a tour of Santorini’s rich history by visiting the Archaeological Museum of Fira, accompanied by a certified guide who will unveil the many mysteries of this ancient island and its successive civilizations over several millennia. Walk through the alleyways of Fira with its fine boutiques and shopping choices, then relax in a café by the cliffs of the town with an alternative view of the caldera. Later in the evening sample the best of Mediterranean cuisine at one of Fira’s finest Greek restaurants and revel in the real island atmosphere.
DAY 4, ‘HIKE YOUR WAY TO HEAVENLY PLACES’
Start your day with a three-hour leisurely nature hike over the volcanic landscape through the hills and paths of Santorini, making your way from picturesque Oia through Firostefani, Imerovigli and on to Fira. For a special experience dinner drive or hike down the winding cobblestone steps to the little port of Ammoudi near Oia for an excellent seafood meal, complete with local wine or ouzo.
DAY 5, ‘DISCOVER LOCAL CULTURE AND SET SAIL FOR THE SUNSET’
Explore Oia’s cultural side with visits to the Nautical Museum, traditional weaving mill, original bookshops and fascinating art galleries, as well as the authentic windmill by the town’s original bakery. Take a semi-private or exclusive sunset cruise around the most interesting parts of the island and enjoy a sumptuous barbecue meal aboard, watching the sun dip into the Aegean Sea.