- Santorini Extension
Post-trip, 4 Days
Discover the idyllic landscapes and archaeological treasures of Santorini, the jewel of the Aegean Sea. Explore the ruins of ancient Akrotiri, an important Minoan Bronze Age settlement once buried under volcanic ash, and examine treasures excavated from the site at the Museum of Prehistoric Thira. Explore the winding alleyways of picturesque whitewashed villages; learn the secrets of Greek cuisine during a private cooking lesson; stroll along stunning beaches of red and black sand; and much more.
Fly from Athens to Santorini, a crescent-shaped archipelago created from the remnants of a collapsed volcanic caldera. Settle into our elegant hotel, located in the quaint village of Imerovigli, then head to a local restaurant for a private cooking class. Learn about the time-honored traditions of Greek cuisine, and whip up delicious Greek classics for lunch, using organic local ingredients. Spend the remainder of the evening at leisure, exploring the winding cliffside lanes of Imerovigli or taking in a breathtaking sunset from one of the hotel's scenic terraces.
Wake up to spectacular views of the Aegean. After breakfast, set out on a walking tour of Fira, Santorini’s charming capital city. Visit the Museum of Prehistoric Thira—home to many archaeological treasures excavated from local sites—then explore the well-preserved ruins of Akrotiri with a guide. One of the most important prehistoric settlements in the area, Akrotiri was buried in volcanic ash some 3,600 years ago and rediscovered in 1967. Discover the multi-storied buildings, frescos, and drainage systems of this Minoan Bronze Age site; then venture to the Red Beach, where soaring red cliffs meet the sapphire blue waters of the sea. Stop for lunch at a trendy black-sand beach, and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
This morning, head to the monastery of Prophet Elias, built in the early 18th century at the highest point of Santorini island. Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, then explore the romantic hillside village of Pyrgos. Later, visit a winery in Oia for a private tasting, followed by a guided stroll through town. Perched on rugged cliffs above Santorini’s caldera, this postcard-perfect village is one of the most photographed places in Greece, famed for its whitewashed buildings and blue-domed churches. Cap off the day with dinner at a local restaurant.
After breakfast, fly back to Athens and connect with your flight home.