Greece Private Tour & Lux Cyclades Sailing

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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 of your Greek travels.) A fun supplement to Athens/Peloponnese and its nearby environments is a private yacht cruise through the pristine waters of the Cyclades– picturesque Santorini, Delos, Mykonos, and Crete, all within reach!

Best Travel Time: Spring Summer Fall

Oia (and Amoudi bay) at sunrise from de sky, Santorini, Greece
Oia, Santorini

HOW MUCH WILL THIS TRIP COST?

Dependent on exact logistics and seasonality, our comprehensive private luxury tour costs are upward of

USD $5,000 – $6,000 per COUPLE per DAY.

*Inclusive of all luxury accommodations, private guide/driver, meals per itinerary, INTERNAL air flights/rail /private transfers, & all taxes/service fees.

Sample Itinerary

14-17 Days

Each private luxury tour is custom to the wishes of each client. This itinerary is a sample. Partnering with our long-established relationship with United Airlines, our sister company, TRAVNET, may provide competitive Polaris/Business Class international airfare, along with mileage points conversion.

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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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The Porch of the Caryatids, Athens
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Day 2

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

Meals: Lunch
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. Pay a special visit to the Acropolis Museum to learn about this ancient site. Hike to the top of Lycabettus for an unparalleled view before embarking on a walking tour of the trendy Kolonaki district.

Your first full day in Athens ends with a special dinner in a private 19th-century townhouse with views of the Acropolis.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Hotel Grande Bretagne

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Athens
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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 give a picture of 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

Athens Discretionary Day
Continue your exploration of Athens or enjoy the spa services and amenities at Hotel Grande Bretagne at your leisure!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Hotel Grande Bretagne

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Parthenon
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Day 6

Transfer Athens to Santorini 
Following breakfast at Hotel Grande Bretagne, you will be met in the lobby of the hotel by your private driver to be transferred to Athens International Airport to fly to Santorini. Upon arrival in Santorini, you will be transferred to Katikies Santorini, a luxurious hotel carved into the Oia cliffs with uninterrupted views of the Aegean Sea.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Katikies Santorini

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Katikies Santorini
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Day 7-8

Santorini Leisure Days
The next couple of days are up to your leisure. Enjoy your days exploring Santorini and indulging in the amenities at Katikies Santorini, including the full-service spa.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Amanzoe

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Katikies Santorini
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Day 9-13

Five-Night Cyclades Sailing

If there is any way to best explore the Greek Islands, the best way is certainly by private boat. You have the choice of vessel, from a catamaran to a yacht, or a sailboat that can fit up to 21 passengers. Your private captain/skipper will guide you through the Cyclades for five nights, and your hostess will prepare meals aboard the boat and accompany you on land to various optional stopovers.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Madicon Lagoon 450 Catamaran or Blade 6 Yacht

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Madicon Lagoon 450 Catamaran
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Day 14

Disembark Boat + Transfer to Amanzoe

Following breakfast aboard the Madicon Lagoon 450, Blade 6, or other luxury vessel of your choosing, you will be transferred from the marina to Santorini Airport, where you will depart Santorini and fly to Athens. Upon arrival in Athens, you will be transferred to Amanzoe, located on the east coast of the Peloponnese.

You have the option of stopping at various sites along the way, such as Corinth and the Archeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Amanzoe

Amanzoe
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Day 15-16

Leisure Days at Amanzoe
Amanzoe is AMAN’s only location in Greece. With the idyllic setting in the Peloponnese region near the yachting village of Porto Heli, we feel the drive from Athens is worth every minute. Set on an olive-tree covered hilltop, the 38-pavillion hotel was designed to complement the local Peloponnese setting.

The following days are yours to enjoy at the tranquil Amanzoe property, taking advantage of the full-service spa, private Beach Club, freshwater pools overlooking the Aegean Sea, and more.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Amanzoe

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Amanzoe
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Day 17

Helicopter from Amanzoe to Athens + Fly Home
Following breakfast at Amanzoe, you will head to the nearby helipad to a private flight aboard the sleek Agusta 109S helicopter to be transferred to Athens International Airport (30 minutes). Upon arrival at the Athens International Airport, you will be accompanied by a representative to the departure area for your onward flight home.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Amanzoe

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Agusta 109S Helicopter

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

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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.

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 Porto 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 a fitness center.

AMANZOE

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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 Porto 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 a fitness center.

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 not 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

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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 not 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).

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

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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.

Along the Aegean Sea sits the luxurious Katikies Santorini. The pristine white interior and the crystal clear blue waters of the Aegean make up the tranquil hues that surround you at this hotel. Katikies is carved into the Oia cliffs, formed from volcanic rock at the fringe of Oia’s great caldera. The Greek origin of the word katikies, meaning “homes,” was kept in mind, coupling immaculate and simplistic design with contemporary amenities.

Katikies is comprised of white, cottage-like suites and plenty of amenities such as three infinity pools, an onsite restaurant and champagne bar, a spa/wellness center, and two lounges overlooking the Oia cliffs.

Katikies Santorini

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Along the Aegean Sea sits the luxurious Katikies Santorini. The pristine white interior and the crystal clear blue waters of the Aegean make up the tranquil hues that surround you at this hotel. Katikies is carved into the Oia cliffs, formed from volcanic rock at the fringe of Oia’s great caldera. The Greek origin of the word katikies, meaning “homes,” was kept in mind, coupling immaculate and simplistic design with contemporary amenities.

Katikies is comprised of white, cottage-like suites and plenty of amenities such as three infinity pools, an onsite restaurant and champagne bar, a spa/wellness center, and two lounges overlooking the Oia cliffs.

Built at Belleville-sur-Vie and launched at Les Sables-d’Olonne in France, the Lagoon catamarans are developed with skilled craftsmanship and a nautical attention to detail.

As one of the 6,000 catamarans produced by this prestigious boat manufacturer, the impressive, 45-foot Madicon Lagooon 450 catamaran is a the ultimate way to sail throughout the Cyclades. The catamaran design offers a steady voyage through waters with two hulls that help stabilize the vessel even on the rockiest of waves.

The Lagoon 450 is just one of the many vessels designed and made by Lagoon-Bénéteau, based in Bordeaux. The Madicon can comfortably accommodate up to six guests in three spacious guest cabins designed with modern furnishings, including private ensuite bathrooms with walk-in showers, a full kitchen, and lounge area.

Madicon Lagoon 450 Catamaran

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Built at Belleville-sur-Vie and launched at Les Sables-d’Olonne in France, the Lagoon catamarans are developed with skilled craftsmanship and nautical attention to detail.

As one of the 6,000 catamarans produced by this prestigious boat manufacturer, the impressive, 45-foot Madicon Lagooon 450 catamaran is a the ultimate way to sail throughout the Cyclades. The catamaran design offers a steady voyage through waters with two hulls that help stabilize the vessel even on the rockiest of waves.

The Lagoon 450 is just one of the many vessels designed and made by Lagoon-Bénéteau, based in Bordeaux. The Madicon 450 charter can comfortably accommodate up to six guests in three spacious guest cabins designed with modern furnishings, including private ensuite bathrooms with walk-in showers, a full kitchen, and lounge area.

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high-quality accommodations, inclusive of safari lodges and ryokans, in-country rail/air, and all taxes/service fees.


Dependent on destination and seasonality, our comprehensive private tour costs are upward of USD 5K-6K per couple per day.

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

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