A Greek Classic
A Greek Classic
As far as adventure travel goes, the Greeks have always done it right. This is a sampler of some of the best Greece has to offer.
from $15,675 per person | 12 Days/11 Nights
A Greek Classic
ATHENS | AMANZOE | MYKONOS
As far as adventure travel goes, Greece is the origin of it all. From the dawn of recorded history, we’ve been influenced by a lot of cultures, but the Greeks—well, the Greeks did it right.
They put a premium on epic adventure and had a passion for telling their stories. How could they not? With such an amazing homeland—sea to peak—they knew how to get out there and explore in the wild. They gave us Homer’s Odyssey, Achilles and his kin, the Olympics, and on and on…and now it’s your turn.
Explore the ancient wonders of Athens before exploring the vast, wild, and wind-swept, mountainous land known as the Peloponnese. The Greeks’ unspoiled patchwork of dizzying mountains, deep gorges, green valleys, and wildflower meadows provide an abundance of active adventures. Each vista provides an amazing array of landscapes to satisfy your soul, from the hills, citrus groves, vineyards, steep steps, and winding alleys to the handsome churches and overgrown abandoned houses. Every day in this ancient region is a step back in time. After active and invigorating days, switch off and be spoiled in sweet, stylish base camps for the night.
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KING GEORGE HOTEL
You'll spend the first three days of your trip exploring the historic and staggering city of Athens. Imagine a place where the best of science, art, and philosophy combine. This is Athens, and it's a definitive monument to human civilization. With modern restaurants, world-class chefs, and enough cultural events to make your head spin, you'll find your time more than filled. Visit the Parthenon on the Athenian Acropolis, a standing symbol of democracy and Greek civilization. Admire the Hephaisteion Temple, Hadrian’s Library, the Roman Agora, and the new Acropolis Museum, housed in a state-of-the-art building designed by Swiss-born architect Bernard Tschumi. On your final day, enjoy a hands-on private cooking lesson at the Klimataria Tavern. You'll whip up four starters and a main course—a meal fit for a king! Dive into your creation to a background of live music.
During this part of the trip, you'll stay at the King George in the heart of the city. Dating back to 1930, the hotel has hosted not only legendary personalities but also some of Athens’ most astonishing events. With panoramic views over the illuminated city of Athens and the milestone of Acropolis, the King George will transcend your wildest imagination.
East Coast of the Peloponnese
Next, you'll journey to the scenic town of Porto Heli, situated on the east coast of the Peloponnese and across from the cosmopolitan island of Spetses. Surrounded by a glittering blue sea, this area is the birthplace of legends and civilization, blessed by a history that embraces the Spartans and Romans, the Byzantines and Venetians, all drawn here over the millennia because of the region’s beauty, wealth, and strategic location. Olives, pine trees, and colorful flowers cover the hills and stretch across the gorgeous coastline featuring endless turquoise bays. Your home base will be the regal Amanzoe, an Aman resort so beautiful you might have a hard time leaving for each day's adventure.
Adventuring Through Porto Heli
Tear yourself from the comfort of the Aman on your first morning here for a worthwhile journey on two wheels. You'll be exploring the historic city of Nafplio by bike. Cycle just under 10 miles past these ancient memories and cypress, olive, and orange trees; views of the sea beyond and rolling hills under your wheels. Ditch the bike for a short hike to a monastery, and if you've worked up a sweat, stop by a beautiful quiet beach afterward for a swim.
Chartering a private yacht for a cruise in the Saronic Gulf is the perfect follow-up to a day on land. The itinerary today is completely up to you, but the first stop could be a swim in Hinitsa Bay or Xilokeriza Beach followed by fishing off Spetses Island. Here you'll see the picturesque harbor of Dápia, the island's beating heart. Journey around the island in a horse-drawn carriage to admire the sights at the perfect pace. Hike island trails, visit museums, or browse the cobbled streets on this non-motorized island to truly soak it all in.
Take your seventh day of rest at Amanzoe. After a private consultation with a spa professional, you'll take your pick from an extensive selection of treatments including scrubs, wraps, herbal lotions, pedicures, facials and massages. Looking for more of an active recovery? Private spaces to practice meditation and yoga are available for your use. Take this time to reflect on your Grecian journey thus-far and anticipate what is still ahead.
Get to Know Mykonos
Mykonos is probably the most famous between the Greek islands, and for good reason. Its giant whitewashed windmills and chapels, divine sandy beaches, unique Cycladic architectural style, cosmopolitan nightlife, endless entertainment opportunities, yummy local delicacies, and countless gastronomic restaurants are the stuff of dreams. Kick off your journey here with a walk to the famous windmills, camera in hand. This is one the most photographed places in the world! Continue to "Little Venice" where you can order a refreshing sundowner at Caprice Bar as the sun dives below the aqua horizon-line. After dusk, head east to the lively Matogianni Street, perhaps the most well-known area of Mykonos.
The next day, go beach-hopping by private boat. These are the famous beaches you've seen in postcards and on Instagram—incredible clear turquoise waters teeming with tropical fish bordered by white-sand beaches and miles of empty coastline to explore. Ditch the tourists by going with a private captain who knows the prettiest harbors, quietest beaches, and best areas for snorkeling. You get to decide the agenda; if all you really want to do is to relax on a shady cockpit or hammock, to sunbathe, to read a book, or swim and snorkel, that is up to you. The captain will recommend the best itinerary, taking into consideration the weather conditions to ensure you have a comfortable, safe, and completely out-of-this-world cruise.
Mykonos Beach Time
The grand finale of your trip is one steeped in relaxation and tranquility. You'll continue to explore the Mykonos region and its world-famous beaches, determining your itinerary day-by-day to maximize your time on the coast while based out of the Santa Maria. Visit the beaches on the south shore of the island to find the best sand, view, and climate (here they are protected from the Meltemi, the local Cycladic wind). Want more adventure? Head to the beaches on the northern coast, where there is less development and a more rugged landscape. For those of you who are hungry to pick up the adrenaline a notch, Mykonos offers a variety of water sports. From snorkeling to water skiing, tubing to parasailing, you'll be sore all over and grinning from ear to ear at the end of each day.
After a final breakfast at the Santa Maria, you will be transferred to the airport to head home. Depending on your flight information, we will suggest the best plan for what to do on your last day.
Why Go on This Trip
Experience the best of Athens with visits to the Parthenon, Hephaisteion Temple, Hadrian’s Library, the Roman Agora, and the new Acropolis Museum
Stay at the King George in the bustling heart of the city with views right from your room
Journey on to the Peloponnese to the town of Porto Heli to explore by bike and kick back in the beautiful Amanzoe
Cruise the Argosaronic Gulf to Spetses Island by privately chartered yacht
Relax and build your own itinerary in Mykonos, the Island of the Winds—a paradise for watersports
Swim, snorkel, fish, sea kayak, and otherwise Mykonos
For even more adrenaline-fueled beach days, go whitewater rafting and sea kayaking
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