Athens, Paros and Santorini

9 days

This eight night journey through Greece seamlessly blends the ancient wonders of Athens with the serene beauty of the islands. Begin by exploring Athens' historic treasures, including a private Acropolis tour and a full-day wine excursion to Nemea.

Travel to Paros to discover its pristine beaches and hidden gems aboard a private catamaran. Continue to the iconic island of Santorini for breathtaking caldera views on a sunset cruise, scenic coastal hikes and an exclusive wine tour.

This adventure promises a perfect mix of cultural immersion and leisurely island life, offering an unforgettable exploration of Greece’s most extraordinary destinations.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the Acropolis with a private guided tour, uncovering the history and architecture of Athens' most iconic ancient site

  • Each booking includes 24/7 support along with the SmoothRed Travel app

  • Indulge in a full-day wine tour in Nemea, tasting exceptional Greek wines and learning about the region’s rich viticulture

  • Sail around Paros on a private catamaran, discovering hidden beaches, the stunning "Blue Lagoon," and ancient sites only accessible by boat

  • Experience a sunset caldera cruise in Santorini, enjoying breathtaking views of the island’s dramatic cliffs and the serene Aegean Sea

  • Hike the scenic coastline of Santorini with a private guide, taking in panoramic vistas and exploring the charming town of Fira

  • Delight in a private wine tour on Santorini, sampling the island's finest wines and visiting picturesque vineyards and historic towns

from $6,227 per person

This is a guide price based on 2 people travelling together and sharing a room.
From £3480pp based on small group tours.

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Trip details

Day 1

Welcome to Athens

Upon arrival in Athens, you’ll be met by your private driver for a seamless transfer to your luxury hotel. Take some time to settle in and unwind. As evening falls, step out to explore the vibrant streets of Athens, like the historic Plaka neighbourhood. Marvel at the Acropolis, beautifully illuminated at night, and enjoy a leisurely dinner at a local taverna, indulging in authentic cuisine at Abibayio followed by a glass of white at Chelona, one of our favourite Greek wine bars.

Day 2

Full-Day Wine Tour to Nemea

Today, embark on a full-day wine tour to the renowned region of Nemea, often referred to as the “Greek Napa Valley.” Delight in the rich flavours and aromas of the area’s exceptional wines, particularly the famous Agiorgitiko, as you visit prestigious vineyards and meet passionate winemakers. Stroll through picturesque vineyards, learn about ancient winemaking traditions and sip on exquisite wine tastings paired with a four-course Greek dinner, finished with local pastries and coffee. This immersive experience will deepen your appreciation for Greek viticulture and will almost definitely show you a few new favourite bottles.

Day 3

Explore Athens on a Half-Day Acropolis Tour

After a delicious breakfast, set out on a half-day tour of the iconic Acropolis, Athens’ most significant ancient landmark. Skip the lines and dive straight into history with your expert guide, who will bring the stories of ancient Greece to life. Wander through the majestic ruins, including the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion, all while enjoying breathtaking views over the city. This tour provides a deep insight into the ancient world’s cultural and architectural achievements.


Day 4

Travel to Paros

Start your day with a hearty Greek breakfast at your hotel before your private transfer whisks you away to Piraeus Port. Here, you’ll board a ferry bound for the idyllic island of Paros. As you sail through the sparkling Aegean Sea, anticipate the adventures that await you. Upon arrival at Paros Port, a private transfer will escort you to your charming hotel. 

Day 5

Discover Paros on a Private Catamaran

Today, set sail on a half-day adventure aboard a privately-owned catamaran yacht, the Bavaria Nautitech Open 40 ft. This exclusive, half-day tour promises an unforgettable exploration of Paros’ stunning beaches and the hidden gems of Antiparos. Swim in nature’s finest pools, discover the mesmerising “Blue Lagoon” at Panteronisi, explore the mysterious caves of Antiparos and visit the ancient Temple at Despotiko. With multiple stops for swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing, this cruise will be a highlight of your Paros stay.

Day 6

Journey to Santorini and Sunset Caldera Cruise

After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to Paros as you head to the iconic island of Santorini. Your private transfer will take you to the port, where you’ll board a ferry to this legendary destination. Upon arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel. In the evening, experience the magic of a Sunset Caldera Cruise. 


Sail along the breathtaking caldera, witnessing Santorini’s dramatic cliffs bathed in the golden hues of sunset. The cruise offers a front-row seat to the dramatic cliffs and whitewashed buildings of Santorini, all glowing in the golden hues of the setting sun. 

Enjoy a glass of local wine as you revel in the unparalleled beauty of this volcanic island. Santorini’s volcanic soil gives its wines a unique minerality, with Assyrtiko being a standout white variety known for its crisp acidity and complex flavours.

Day 7

Coastal Hike to Fira

Lace up your hiking boots for an invigorating day exploring Santorini’s scenic coastline with a private guide. This guided hike will take you along stunning trails from your hotel to the bustling town of Fira. Along the way, marvel at panoramic views of the caldera, charming villages and the azure sea. 

Your knowledgeable guide will share fascinating insights into Santorini’s rich history, from its formation after the massive Minoan eruption to its development through various historical periods. You’ll learn about the island’s unique geology, including the volcanic explosions that have shaped its current form.

Day 8

Full-Day Private Wine Tour in Santorini

Indulge in a full-day private wine tour, exploring Santorini’s celebrated wineries and vineyards. Sample some of the island’s finest wines, including the renowned Assyrtiko, as you visit both modern and traditional wineries. 

Learn about Santorini’s unique volcanic soil and its impact on viticulture, and enjoy guided tastings paired with local gourmet delights. This tour also includes visits to charming towns and scenic spots, offering a comprehensive taste of Santorini’s wine culture and picturesque landscape. 

Stop for photos at the Blue Domed “Three Bells of Fira” white and blue church, capture sweeping views of Santorini at the island’s highest point “Mt. Prophet Elias”, past Pyrgos village and enjoy a local lunch served alongside wine-tastings, at one of the wineries.

Day 9

Departure from Santorini

As your Greek adventure comes to an end, enjoy one last morning dip in your hotel’s pool, soaking up the serene ambiance. After a leisurely breakfast, your private transfer will take you to the airport for your departure. Carry with you the unforgettable memories of your journey through Greece, from the ancient marvels of Athens to the sun-kissed islands of Paros and Santorini.

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This sample itinerary is intended to give you a flavour of what we can do.

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