Greece Private Tour

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Why You Should Go

Because of her studies of Greek mythology/history in the 4th grade, Greece holds a very special place in Zen’s world of favorite places. The Pantheon, in the ancient district of Plaka, is the most interesting museum of Cycladic Art and is one of many excursions on our agenda which also includes: Marathon, Delphi, Corinth, and Mycenaean. (We enthusiastically recommend reading Donald Kagan’s History of the Peloponnesian War– a great preview for your Greek travels.) A fun supplement to Athens/Peloponnese and its nearby environments is a private yacht cruise though the pristine waters of the Cyclades– picturesque Santorini, Delos, Mykonos, and Crete, all within reach!

Best Travel Time: Spring Summer Fall

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Athen's Acropolis

Sample Itinerary

14 Days

Each private luxury tour is custom to the wishes of each client. This itinerary is a sample. Our Sister Company, TRAVNET, may provide assistance with mileage points conversion. Do not hesitate to call Randy to create your custom tour.

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Day 1

Fly to Athens
Through our sister company, premium air provider TRAVNET, we may assist with your international airfare, as well as with mileage points conversion.

Meals:
Accommodations:

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Knossos Palace, Crete
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Day 2

Arrive Athens
Upon arrival in Athens, you will be privately transferred to Hotel Grand Bretagne.

Meals:
Accommodations: Hotel Grande Bretagne

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Hotel Grande Bretagne
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Day 3

Athens Full Day Private Tour
Begin your day touring the UNESCO world heritage site synonymous with Athens, The Acropolis, dedicated to Athena. Hike to the top of Lycabettus for an unparalleled view before embarking on a walking tour of the trendy Kolonaki district.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Hotel Grande Bretagne

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Athen's Acropolis
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Day 4

Delphi Full Day Excursion
An early departure to Delphi ensures avoidance of midday tourist crowds. The religious center and sanctuary of Apollo, Delphi’s human- made environment of monuments, temples, and terraces gives picture to the legacy of ancient Greece. With your private guide, you will fully explore all of the monuments this UNESCO World Heritage Site has to offer.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Hotel Grande Bretagne

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Ruins of Delphi
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Day 5

Drive Athens/Mycenae/Peloponnese
You will first find yourself at the archeological sites of Mycenae and Tiryns, representing the two greatest cities of the Mycenaean civilization from 15th – 12th centuries B.C. We will plan a fun, delicious Greek picnic lunch for you as you embellish the beautiful local scenery. Your day will end at the Amanzoe, a Lynch family favorite and well-known by many of our clients and friends.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Amanzoe

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Treasury of Atreus, Mycenae
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Day 6

Hydra Full Day Excursion
A day trip to Hydra will be arranged, we feel the most picturesque Saronic Gulf Island.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Amanzoe

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Hydra, Greece
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Day 7

Peloponnese Leisure Day
Enjoy the amenities of the Amanzoe on your day of leisure!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Amanzoe

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Amanzoe
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Day 8

Drive Peloponnese/Athens + Fly Athens/Santorini
Upon arrival in Santorini, you will privately transferred to the Mystique Hotel Santorini.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Mystique Santorini or Grace Santorini

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Narrow Street on Santorini Island
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Day 9

Santorini Private Tour
If up for it, we highly recommend an excursion to Santorini’s ancient archaeological site of Akrotiri. Referred by many as the “Minoan Pompeii, Akrotiri was buried by a devastating Theran volcanic eruption in approx. 1627 B.C.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Mystique Santorini or Grace Santorini

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Santorini, Greece
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Day 10

Santorini Hiking
Following breakfast at your hotel, you will be privately transferred to the starting point of your anticipated 4 hour morning Caldera hike. We will engage a local specialist hiking guide to accompany you along the path that leads from Fira to Oia via Firostefani and Imerovigli

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Mystique Santorini or Grace Santorini

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Oia Village, Santorini
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Day 11

Speedboat Santorini/Crete
Following breakfast at your hotel, you will be met your guide and taken to the gateway point for your private speedboat to the island of Crete.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas

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Knossos Palace, Crete
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Day 12

Palace of Knossos Excursion
Today you will visit Knossos , the ancient Minoan palace and surrounding city of the island of Crete, ung of by Homer in his Odyssey: “Among their cities is the great city of Cnosus, where Minos reigned when nine years old, he that held converse with great Zeus.” Once the center of Minoan Crete, you will get glimpse of a once sophisticated society during the Bronze Age.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas

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Knossos Archaeological Site
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Day 13

Elounda
Enjoy your day of relaxation at Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas

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Crystal Blue Waters of Elounda
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Day 14

Fly Crete/Athens/Home

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations:

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Athen's Acropolis

Hotels

Although we are not big fans of 200+ room hotels, we certainly make an exception for the 5 Star 320-room Hotel Grande Bretagne. With no real peer in Athens, this completely restored luxury property is ideally located in Constitution Square, only a 20 minute walk to the Acropolis. Some of our favorite features here are the rooftop restaurant (striking views of the Acropolis + the best breakfast in Athens!), the full service spa, heated indoor/outdoor pools (a must for family travel!) and the hotel’s personal, high-touch attention to detail. Many of the suites have private balconies, with all the rooms including original local artwork and antiques. The GB is truly the crown jewel of luxury hotels in Athens.

Hotel Grande Bretagne (RL)

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Although we are not big fans of 200+ room hotels, we certainly make an exception for the 5 Star 320-room Hotel Grande Bretagne. With no real peer in Athens, this completely restored luxury property is ideally located in Constitution Square, only a 20 minute walk to the Acropolis. Some of our favorite features here are the rooftop restaurant (striking views of the Acropolis + the best breakfast in Athens!), the full service spa, heated indoor/outdoor pools (a must for family travel!) and the hotel’s personal, high-touch attention to detail. Many of the suites have private balconies, with all the rooms including original local artwork and antiques. The GB is truly the crown jewel of luxury hotels in Athens.

A Lynch family favorite and well-known by many of our clients and friends, Singapore-based AMAN represents the pinnacle of world-class luxury hotel/resort hospitality. While Peninsula, Four Seasons, and Mandarin may rule the 5-Star deluxe hotel category, AMAN alone occupies the elite level; small remarkably high-touch, singular, and personal.

Set on an olive-tree covered hilltop complex of 38 pavilions, Amanzoe is AMAN’s only Greece property and we feel worth the trek from Athens. Then minutes from the quaint yachting village of Porti Heli, the three families we sent here in 204 were enthusiastic in their praise of this high-touch idyllic place. Similar to other AMAN resorts, the service here is singular and personal, with striking clean architecture, as the Amanzoe is designed to complement the Peloponnese local culture and setting. Each suite contains soaring windows, bedrooms that open onto patios and plunge pools and ultra-modern bathrooms (think huge showers!) Another added treat at the Amanzoe is its private, full service Beach Club (10 min away by shuttle), including a restaurant/bar and two impressive freshwater pools overlooking the Mediterranean. Great food, spa, and fitness center. Though you are only here two nights, please note you will take a short ferry ride to the islands of Hydra and Spetses. Welcome to the world of AMAN!

Amanzoe/Peloponnese (RL)

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A Lynch family favorite and well-known by many of our clients and friends, Singapore-based AMAN represents the pinnacle of world-class luxury hotel/resort hospitality. While Peninsula, Four Seasons, and Mandarin may rule the 5-Star deluxe hotel category, AMAN alone occupies the elite level; small remarkably high-touch, singular, and personal.

Set on an olive-tree covered hilltop complex of 38 pavilions, Amanzoe is AMAN’s only Greece property and we feel worth the trek from Athens. Then minutes from the quaint yachting village of Porti Heli, the three families we sent here in 204 were enthusiastic in their praise of this high-touch idyllic place. Similar to other AMAN resorts, the service here is singular and personal, with striking clean architecture, as the Amanzoe is designed to complement the Peloponnese local culture and setting. Each suite contains soaring windows, bedrooms that open onto patios and plunge pools and ultra-modern bathrooms (think huge showers!) Another added treat at the Amanzoe is its private, full service Beach Club (10 min away by shuttle), including a restaurant/bar and two impressive freshwater pools overlooking the Mediterranean. Great food, spa, and fitness center. Though you are only here two nights, please note you will take a short ferry ride to the islands of Hydra and Spetses. Welcome to the world of AMAN!

The 5-Star 35 suite/villa Mystique is perhaps our favorite luxury property in Santorini, our favorite island of the Cyclades. Luckily, based on your late-May stay here, you should miss the huge influx of tourists visiting the island Jun-Aug. The Mystique’s vertically-accented design ensures amazing views of the blue waters of the Aegean Sea from all suites’ private balconies (great views even from the bathrooms!). The hotel’s white-washed walls and floors blend nicely with the color/tones of the many picturesque villages of Santorini. Ringed by 1,000 ft. cliffs, it is certainly no hyperbole to say that the unobstructed views from all public areas of the Mystique are jaw-dropping (!) Due to the vertical design alongside the cliffs, the hotel’s cobblestone walkways, include many challenging stairs; attention to your feet and careful walking is respectfully recommended. Other big pluses here: great dining (though expensive), nice Asian spa, curvaceous infinity edged pool, and a 150 year-old wine cave. You should enjoy the quaint village of Oia, which is a short walk from the hotel, as well as the nearby Baxedes Beach (note: no sandy white beaches here, only volcanic black/red sand).

Mystique Hotel Santorini (RL)

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The 5-Star 35 suite/villa Mystique is perhaps our favorite luxury property in Santorini, our favorite island of the Cyclades. Luckily, based on your late-May stay here, you should miss the huge influx of tourists visiting the island Jun-Aug. The Mystique’s vertically-accented design ensures amazing views of the blue waters of the Aegean Sea from all suites’ private balconies (great views even from the bathrooms!). The hotel’s white-washed walls and floors blend nicely with the color/tones of the many picturesque villages of Santorini. Ringed by 1,000 ft. cliffs, it is certainly no hyperbole to say that the unobstructed views from all public areas of the Mystique are jaw-dropping (!) Due to the vertical design alongside the cliffs, the hotel’s cobblestone walkways, include many challenging stairs; attention to your feet and careful walking is respectfully recommended. Other big pluses here: great dining (though expensive), nice Asian spa, curvaceous infinity edged pool, and a 150 year-old wine cave. You should enjoy the quaint village of Oia, which is a short walk from the hotel, as well as the nearby Baxedes Beach (note: no sandy white beaches here, only volcanic black/red sand).

With a picturesque setting on Crete’s Mirabello Bay, the 244-room luxury Elounda Beach Hotel is considered by most locals as the highest quality resort hotel in Crete. All rooms/suites/villas with furnished terraces, are situated directly on the water’s edge. Although the luxury sea view rooms (redundant!) are stylishly designed, one stays here for the overall relaxing setting, including a very nice outdoor saltwater pool, golf course, nice garden/walking paths, and secluded white sandy beaches (finally!). The Elounda’s holistic Espace Vitalite Chenot spa is quite noteworthy with plentiful and varied spa treatments. The hotel includes a total seven restaurants, including an extensive wine selection. Two couples that we booked here last Sept. enjoyed (and were quite amused) by the “Bar on the Sea” (The Veghera Bar). Please note dining costs here are certainly not inexpensive.

Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas (RL)

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With a picturesque setting on Crete’s Mirabello Bay, the 244-room luxury Elounda Beach Hotel is considered by most locals as the highest quality resort hotel in Crete. All rooms/suites/villas with furnished terraces, are situated directly on the water’s edge. Although the luxury sea view rooms (redundant!) are stylishly designed, one stays here for the overall relaxing setting, including a very nice outdoor saltwater pool, golf course, nice garden/walking paths, and secluded white sandy beaches (finally!). The Elounda’s holistic Espace Vitalite Chenot spa is quite noteworthy with plentiful and varied spa treatments. The hotel includes a total seven restaurants, including an extensive wine selection. Two couples that we booked here last Sept. enjoyed (and were quite amused) by the “Bar on the Sea” (The Veghera Bar). Please note dining costs here are certainly not inexpensive.

The 21-room 5-Star Grace Santorini offers a more modern/minimalistic contemporary aesthetic. Based on the past few years clients’ feedback, we feel the luxury Mystique and Grace Hotels to be the highest quality properties in Santorini. Rest assured the 2-bedroom villa here is truly spectacular; total 400 sq. m. (4,305 sq. ft.!) with its own private spa treatment room with steam bath and Jacuzzi. The villa’s double-level seating area and sundecks overlook your heated pool and outdoor fireplace. The hotel’s amenities include a striking infinity pool, a small gym and spa, and a noteworthy Greek restaurant (seafood specialty). The 2-bedroom villa even has an open-planned kitchen (fully equipped and pre-stocked), with a private chef available upon request.

Grace Santorini (RL)

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The 21-room 5-Star Grace Santorini offers a more modern/minimalistic contemporary aesthetic. Based on the past few years clients’ feedback, we feel the luxury Mystique and Grace Hotels to be the highest quality properties in Santorini. Rest assured the 2-bedroom villa here is truly spectacular; total 400 sq. m. (4,305 sq. ft.!) with its own private spa treatment room with steam bath and Jacuzzi. The villa’s double-level seating area and sundecks overlook your heated pool and outdoor fireplace. The hotel’s amenities include a striking infinity pool, a small gym and spa, and a noteworthy Greek restaurant (seafood specialty). The 2-bedroom villa even has an open-planned kitchen (fully equipped and pre-stocked), with a private chef available upon request.

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Overview

Population
11.4 Million
Language
Greek
Currency
Euro
Temperature
Highs: Mid 90’s
Lows: Low 40’s
Area
377.864 SQ KM
145.894 SQ MILES
Capital
Athens

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