The musky scent of oregano and sage carried on the breeze. The faint jangle of goat bells. Peach nectar trickling down salty skin. The distant throb of an outboard engine, slipping over the horizon. These are the flavours, smells and sounds of Greece, a land of plenty, simplicity, and infinite variety. You’ll love the sun-drenched islands, including the whitewashed dwellings of Mykonos, the historic ruins in Athens, the sun-soaked cafes on Crete, and the famous view on Santorini. Each of the Greek Islands is its own, distinct world, with its own passionate followers.
• Sail on a private cruise; enjoy the Volcano, the impressive cliff settlements and dive in the deep blue waters.
• Enjoy a private wine tour and discover the rich wine heritage and unique wine varieties Santorini has to offer.
• Enjoy the amazing sunset views from one of the cliff settlements overlooking the Caldera.
• Visit the famous archaeological site of Akrotiri and learn about this remarkable ancient settlement.
• Hike on the Caldera cliffs from Fira to Oia.
• Taste the local produce and delicacies and have a deliciously enjoyable cooking class with a renowned local chef.
BEST TIME TO GO
Outside the busy summer peaks, during spring (April to June) and early autumn (Sept and October). Temperature is warm but not stifling, and you’ll find that destinations are open but are relatively quiet.
A short break – a day in Athens and a few days on an easy-to-reach island – will give you a taste of Greece, but count a minimum of a week or 14 days if you want to embrace slow travel, delve deep, and relax as well.
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hotels we love in Santorini
Nothing but the best. Browse the hotels below to see our handpicked hotels that may feature in your bespoke Greece itinerary.
Canaves Oia Suites invites guests seeking luxury accommodation in Oia Santorini to relish in the elegance of a most cherished holiday retreat. Freshly renovated luxury suites offering the ultimate in modern facilities and stunning views to the Caldera and the Aegean Sea, with spacious living areas and private plunge pools. Visit the hotel website.
CANAVES SUNDAY SUITES
Perched on a privileged location in the centre of the sophisticated Oia, one of the most beautiful areas of Santorini, Sunday Suites is a complex of 8 luxurious suites inviting you to discover what comfort and luxury really is about. Enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the Caldera, the volcano and the Aegean Sea. View hotel website.
The Tsitouras Collection, art and hospitality are graciously combined in the unique backdrop of a dramatic landscape, offering unparalleled luxury. Enjoy its five individually-designed suites that overlook one of the most spectacular views in the Mediterranean. Visit the hotel website.
An ode to Santorini’s soul – Carved into the rugged Caldera cliffs, Mystique, a Luxury Collection Hotel, overlooks the turquoise expanse of the Aegean Sea that encircles the island of Santorini. A favored destination for honeymoons and romantic escapes, Mystique emanates a carefree spirit. Visit the hotel website.
The Katikies luxury hotel in Oia Santorini is renowned for its warm atmosphere and sense of romance uniquely combined in an exceptional setting. The awe inspiring view to the caldera and the azure sea from all luxury suites, the sublime sunsets and pink bougainvilleas provide the magnificent backdrop for this luxury hotel. Visit the hotel website.
Grace Santorini is an exclusive boutique hotel in Santorini, Greece, perched above the world-famous Caldera with breathtaking views and sumptuous sunsets. The pride of this romantic escape is The Villa – a 400 sq m double suite offering the ultimate luxury on Santorini island with the perfect view of Greece’s Aegean Sea amid privacy and tranquility. Ideal for couples or small groups, it has its own private spa and kitchen, a huge private pool and separate sunbathing areas. Visit the hotel website.
Canaves Oia Santorini, Greece
Looking to extend your trip?
After a week (or two!) island hopping in Greece, we’ll whisk you to ancient Athens, before moving to your next destination: Istanbul. Here you’ll soak up Turkish culture and the Byzantine wonders of Istanbul with our expert local guides. And for a fairy-tale finish, your adventure ends in Cappadocia as you explore this magical, historic pocket of central Turkey. Please get in touch today, to find out more.