There are few places in southeastern Europe with as rich a history and culture as Greece. History buffs and those who enjoy sightseeing will find a huge number of landmarks and artifacts from the Parthenon to the Temple of Hephaestus. The country also has its own unique cuisine that’s world renowned, and it’s surrounded by an abundance of natural beauty. Turquoise seas, towering formations, and gorgeous beaches draw millions of visitors to Greece each year. When it comes to lavish excursions, it’s hard to beat the variety that you’ll find there. Here are five incredible luxury adventures that you can have in Greece.
1. See the Storied Lands of Greece
Greece is so full of historic sights that it would be difficult to see them all on one trip, unless you took an extended vacation. One luxury tour from Delfinia Group takes guests island hopping to the country’s most famed regions, including Corinth, Mystras, Olympia, and Mycenae. Those looking to get outdoors and relish Greece’s pleasant weather will have the chance to explore locations such as Simos Beach and Romanos Beach, as well as dive with some of the best instructors in the country. Dolphins, monk seals, Loggerhead Turtles, and other magnificent sea life can be spotted during the tour’s outdoor treks and excursions.
Not only does the tour include private guided access to cultural sites, but nature excursions, trips to some of Greece’s most scenic beaches, and reservations at the best authentic Greek restaurants in the area. In addition, a stay at a luxury resort in Athens is included. The price for this nine day, eight night tour starts at $4,830 per person.
2. Sail on a Private Yacht
Many who visit Greece do so to experience the country’s wealth of opportunities to enjoy water sports. Sailing and diving are popular, as is yachting. Mykonos is among the top destinations in Greece to charter a private yacht, and one of the best tours is packed with amenities and lavish details. Up to ten guests get to board the luxurious Princess 56, which has beautiful cabins, several entertainment areas, and the look of a resort on the water.
Those who charter this yacht cruise get a choice of two routes, one that covers the ancient ruins around Mykonos, and another that hits the region’s fabulous beaches. This particular cruise is popular for visitors to Greece who are celebrating special occasions, anniversaries, and milestone birthdays, as the Princess 56 was built for entertaining in style. It’s the ideal way to party without the hassle of huge crowds, and there’s a number of upgrades available to make each tour even more special. Those honeymooning in Greece also frequently book this luxury yacht tour because of its private, intimate setting. A personal skipper and crew, gourmet snacks, and tasty drinks are included with this day cruise for the price of $2,890.
3. Have a Gourmet Tour
One of the best parts of visiting Greece is all of the richly flavored, wonderful food. It’s not only delicious, but healthy and incredibly fresh. There are many cooking and gourmet tours available to visitors and residents of the country, and one of the most outstanding offerings fully immerses its guests in the culture and eats that make Greece so special. The Glorious Greek Cooking adventure — run by award winning chef Diane Kochilas and her husband Vasilis Stenos — teaches traditional cooking styles and recipes, as well as information about Greek wines and ingredients.
Guests get to visit traditional beekeepers, explore 150 year old vineyards, and take foraging walks and hikes filled with fascinating and insightful information. For three to four hours each day, the couple hosts honey, wine, olive oil, and cheese tastings, technique sessions, and takes students to some of Greece’s culinary gems off the beaten path. Classes also take trips to Therma’s mineral springs and village feasts held by locals. The price for this tour starts at $3,250 and includes a stay at a first class hotel.
4. Experience the Peloponnese
This eight day tour aims to take guests back in time to ancient Greece and the birthplace of democracy, the Peloponnese. From the site of the first Olympic Games to the Promenade, this is the luxury package to book if you’re enamored with the country’s history and eager to see it first hand. During the walking tours, guests see ancient and modern day villages right alongside expert guides. The are also architecture tours to see some of Greece’s most well known monuments and landmarks — seeing these historic places in photos is one thing, but the feeling of being right next to them is something else entirely.
In addition to treks to local food spots, galleries, museums, and religious sites, guests on this tour will be taken to several beaches for some fun in Greece’s sunny weather. A stay in a luxury beach resort and private transport is also included during the eight day trip. The price for this once in a lifetime tour package starts at $3,995.
5. Relax in Paradise
Some come to Greece for the food, others to play, and still others want to simply relax in luxury and do little else during their stay. For those who desire the latter, the Saint John Hotel Villas and Spa in Mykonos is the perfect place to go. In addition to rooms decorated with a sophisticated flair, this resort has an indoor pool, spa, outdoor infinity pool, tennis and sports courts, and its own private beach. The rooms at Saint John Mykonos have spacious jetted tubs, flat screen televisions, minibars, and every comfort one could want.
The most opulent accomodation there is the five bedroom executive villa. This show stopping retreat takes luxury to a new level and comes complete with its own gardens, private pool, and excellent sea views. The exquisite decor is enough to warrant this villa’s price tag, but it has so much more to offer than looks and supreme comfort. Guests interested in this luxury villa can rent it for $2,999 per night.