Food & Wine: A Taste of Greece with Linda Piccolo

with Santorini & Athens extension
Apr 13-23, 2019 / 11 DAYS

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 co…

Your package includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 2 wine tastings
  • 1 cooking class
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 4 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach

Included highlights

Thessaloniki's ancient Byzantine landmarks, wine tasting in Epanomi, Acropolis, Palace of Knossos, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, wine tasting in Ir…

Tour pace

On this guided tour, you'll walk for about 1.5 hours daily across uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with steep hills and …

Itinerary

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Overnight Flight / 1 NIGHT

Apr 13: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Thessaloniki today.

Thessaloniki / 3 NIGHTS

Apr 14: Arrival in Thessaloniki

Included meals: Dinner

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

Apr 15: Sightseeing tour of Thessaloniki & wine tasting

Included meals: Breakfast, 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 Arch of Galerius and Rotunda, which were 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  • 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

Apr 16: Free day in Thessaloniki

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Thessaloniki or add an excursion

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Ruins of Vergina & Naoussa Wine Tavern Lunch
8 hours
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Located in between the modern day villages of Palatitsia and Vergina lies the UNESCO World Heritage Archaeological Site of Aigai. With your local guide leading the way, you’ll learn about and explore the ruins of the first capital of the Macedonian Kingdom. A site of both cultural and political importance, Aigai was where Alexander the Great was declared the king of the Macedonian Empire. After your tour, enjoy free time to visit the Museum of Royal Tombs of Aigai where Philip II, father of Alexander the Great, is buried. Then, pass through the eastern slopes of the Vermio Mountains to visit the Naoussa wine region. Widely regarded as one of Greece’s top area’s for viticulture, you’ll visit a wine tavern and enjoy a lunch of Macedonian specialties paired with wines produced in the Naoussa region.8 hours and departs in the morning with lunchSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Athens / 2 NIGHTS

Apr 17: 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 a lunch, you’ll try mezedes, or small plates, and tsipouro, an anise-flavored brandy.  After, continue on to Athens.

Apr 18: Sightseeing tour of Athens

Included meals: Breakfast

A local guide introduces you to the highlights of this bustling ancient capital, home to the world’s first democracy. • Pass by the Olympic Stadium, Syntagma Square, and the Arch of Hadrian • View the sixth-century Temple of Zeus • See the classically inspired Old Royal Palace, home of the Hellenic Parliament, and drive through the Plaka district • Set off on a walking tour around the ancient Acropolis, site of the Parthenon, Temple of Athena Nike, and Erechtheion Enjoy a free afternoon in Athens or add an excursion.

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Cape Sounion
4.5 hours
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Journey to the southern tip of the Attic Peninsula to take in the sights of the Poseidon Coast, including sandy beaches, natural and manmade harbors, and, of course, the Aegean Sea itself. High above the sparkling shoreline, the Temple of Poseidon dominates the landscape. Of the original structure, 16 elegant Doric pillars remain. Afterward, decide how you'd like to spend your free time. Take a moment to look out from the lofty cliffside vantage point, where you can see five Aegean islands on a clear day. You may also choose to enjoy a coffee, stop in the souvenir shop, or stroll through the area. Please note: This excursion involves some walking on uneven terrain.4.5 hours and departure time variesSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Heraklion / 1 NIGHT

Apr 19: Flight to Crete & sightseeing tour of Heraklion

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, fly to Crete and take a guided sightseeing tour of Heraklion, the largest city on the island. • Visit the ruins of Knossos, where King Minos imprisoned the Minotaur in a labyrinth, according to the myth • Step inside the Heraklion Archaeological Museum 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.

Chania / 2 NIGHTS

Apr 20: Chania via Iraklio wine country

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Wine tasting

Make your way to Chania by traveling through the Iraklio wine country, stopping to tour a Cretan vineyard. You’ll enjoy a lunch and tasting featuring a variety of the wines produced from Kotsifali, Mandilaria, and Malvasia grapes. Then, visit the city of Rethymno before continuing on to Chania. Spend a free evening in Chania or add an excursion.

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Crete Olive Oil Tasting & Dinner
4.5 hours
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Head to a local olive oil farm outside of Chania where you’ll enjoy an olive oil and wine tasting. Dip into the extra-virgin olive oil with a side of fresh-baked bread, then try five different wine varietes served with a dish of Cretan delicacies. End your night of food, wine, and fun with a dinner overlooking the stunning vineyard and olive groves.4.5 hours and departs in the evening with dinnerSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Apr 21: Sightseeing tour of Chania & cooking class

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to historic Chania, where a local guide introduces you to the city’s Old Town.  • Step inside the Chania Cathedral Trimartiti and Etz Hayyim, the only synagogue on the island and a symbol of the city’s ages-old Jewish community • Walk through the city’s indoor market, stopping to try local herbs, cheese, and olive oil  • Pass the Mosque Yiali Tzami as you walk along the old Venetian harbor • See the famous Egyptian lighthouse This evening, 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.

Athens / 1 NIGHT

Apr 22: Flight to Athens

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

Apr 23: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

Extension / Starting from $799 pp

Santorini & Athens / 3 NIGHTS

Some call Santorini the lost city of Atlantis. Most just call it paradise. Discover a volcanic island of black-sand beaches, sprawling vineyards and cliff-lined shores famed for its Mediterranean sunsets and world-class white wine. During your stay, you’ll soak up Santorini’s stunning seascapes on a guided tour and uncover its rich history on a visit to the museum of Akrotiri, a Minoan colony buried in volcanic ash 3,600 years ago.

Apr 23: Ferry to Santorini

Included meals: Breakfast

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

Apr 24: Sightseeing tour of Santorini

Included meals: 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.

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Santorini Wine Tasting & Dinner
4 hours
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Santorini’s volcanic landscape and nutrient-rich soil nurture a wealth of outstanding vineyards. On this excursion, you’ll tour a local winery and learn about how the grape vines are trained to grow close to the ground to protect themselves from the strong ocean winds. Then, sit down for a dinner and tasting featuring some of their signature varietals including Assyrtiko and Vin Santo.4 hours and departs in the evening with dinnerSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Apr 25: Free day in Santorini

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Santorini or add an excursion.

Apr 26: Flight to Athens

Included meals: Breakfast

Fly back to Athens today and enjoy a free evening or add and excursion.

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Athens Home-Hosted Dinner
3 hours
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Join a local at their home in Athens to enjoy traditional dishes and dine like a true Grecian. During this dinner, you’ll receive an authentic understanding of your host’s day-to-day life while learning about Greek culture and traditions from a new perspective.3 hours and departs in the evening with dinnerSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 20 days before your tour departs.

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