Greece June 2025 Trip - Beatrice Bradley

Greece: The Bucket List Trip

Explore Athens, and the Islands of Crete and Santorini in Luxury

Trip Status: NEW!

Single Occupancy $11,880
Double Occupancy $9,942

Dates: June 6-17, 2025 / 12 days / 11 nights

Location: Athens, Crete and Santorini – Greece

Airport: Eleftherios Venizelos Athens International Airport

Accommodations: Premium 5 Star Accommodations
*Specific Hotels Are Subject to Change

Group Size: 12-14 Guests

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Don’t just tour Greece, Experience Greece!

Every Beatrice Bradley trip is crafted to maximize the experiences had during the trip.
The itineraries are specially made to allow time for engaging in conversation and having belly laughs with a new friend. We hope that the activities and experiences may allow you to come out of your comfort zone and to try new or unique things.
These trips are made to replicate a ‘friends get-away trip’. 

Overall Trip Highlights

  • Athens, Crete and Santorini – 3 iconic locations, one amazing trip.
  • Ancient Marvels: Walk through history at iconic sites like the Acropolis in Athens and the preserved ruins of Akrotiri in Santorini.
  • Authentic Experiences: Indulge in authentic Greek cuisine with private cooking class and exclusive wine tasting in the heart of Crete.
  • Luxurious Stays: Experience 5-star boutique accommodations each offering unique views and exquisite comfort.
  • Sunset Views: Capture breathtaking sunsets from the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounio and aboard a luxury catamaran along the volcanic rim of Santorini.
  • Authentic Cultural Immersion: Delve into the rich Greek culture with private guided tours, exploring traditional villages and historical landmarks.
  • Beach Bliss: Relax on the unique volcanic beaches of Santorini and the renowned pink sands of Elafonissi.

June 6-17, 2025
12 days / 11 nights

All Inclusive: 5-Star Greek Boutique Hotels

Athens, Island of Crete, and Island of Santorini

Maximum enjoyment of this vacation requires walking on cobblestone streets, uneven pathways, and climbing stairs.

Day 1: Welcome to Athens!

Arrive at Eleftherios Venizelos Athens International Airport at your convenience and be greeted with a warm welcome! We’ll facilitate group transfers to a conveniently located airport hotel, simplifying your arrival and our early departure to Crete tomorrow.

Today’s main goal: Beat jet lag before our adventure begins!

Cap off the day with a welcome dinner to meet and mingle with your fellow travelers. Afterward, enjoy some well-deserved relaxation to prepare for the exciting days ahead.

    Day Two: Arrival Transfer to Crete – Checking in & Relaxing (Flight)

    Welcome to the enchanting island of Crete! Upon landing in Chania from Athens, you’ll be swiftly transferred to The Tanneries Hotel & Spa, a sanctuary of luxury and relaxation overlooking the Cretan Sea.

    After settling into your sumptuous suite, the afternoon is yours to immerse yourself in the vibrant life of Chania. Wander through its historic streets, admire the blend of Venetian and Turkish architecture, and soak up the atmosphere that melds ancient traditions with modern Cretan life. This picturesque town offers a compelling mix of beautiful beaches, historical sites, and a lively harbor.

    What we're doing today

    • Arrival in Chania:
      • 13:30: Depart Athens via Sky Express.
      • 14:30: Arrive in Chania and transfer to The Tanneries Hotel & Spa.
    • Check-in and Relax:
      • 15:20: Check into The Tanneries Hotel & Spa, enjoy the facilities or unwind in your suite.
    • Free Afternoon in Chania:
      • 15:30: Start your exploration of Chania’s old town.
      • Discover its medieval architecture, local crafts shops, and scenic harbor.
      • Experience the unique blend of Eastern and Western influences throughout the city.
    • Evening at Leisure:
      • Dine at one of the local restaurants or enjoy the hotel amenities for dinner.

    Where we are staying

    3 Nights

    The Tanneries Hotel & Spa – 5 star Hotel
    19 Vivilaki, Chania, 731 33, Chania, Greece

     

    Day Three: Chania: A Leisurely Morning & Authentic Cretan Culinary Adventure

    Begin your morning with a delightful breakfast featuring local Cretan delicacies, then venture into the heart of Chania, a town rich in Venetian and Turkish architecture. Lose yourself with friends in its narrow, cobblestoned streets, wander through vibrant markets, and discover unique, locally-made items like handmade jewelry and artisanal olive oils. This morning is a perfect blend of relaxation, discovery, and shared experiences. We will be doing all of this together! 

    Afternoon to Evening – Culinary Journey in the Cretan Countryside:

    We will embark on a culinary journey through the traditions and flavors of Crete. We head to a family-owned cottage in the White Mountains to celebrate the Cretan way of life as you prepare traditional dishes like Dakos, Tzatziki, and Kalitsounia with organic ingredients.  Here, you’ll step into a world where the Cretan way of life is not just preserved; it’s celebrated. 

    The evening culminates in a feast under the stars. Sit at a long table with your new friends, savoring the dishes you’ve helped create, complemented by a selection of fine Cretan wines. The panoramic view of the sea, framed by the rugged mountains, makes the perfect backdrop as you dine.

    What we're doing today

    Morning: Leisurely Exploration in Chania

    • Start with a breakfast of local Cretan delicacies at The Tanneries Hotel & Spa.
    • Stroll through Chania’s old town, admiring the blend of Venetian and Turkish architecture.
    • Browse vibrant markets for unique, locally-made items like handmade jewelry and artisanal olive oils.
    • Enjoy a Greek coffee at a seaside café, taking in the bustling morning atmosphere.
    • Walk around the picturesque old Venetian harbor.
    • Visit historic churches and explore museums to absorb Chania’s rich history.

    Afternoon to Evening: Culinary Journey in the Cretan Countryside

    • Depart for a family-owned cottage in the White Mountains for a culinary adventure.
    • Don aprons and prepare traditional Cretan dishes such as Dakos, Tzatziki, and Kalitsounia with organic ingredients.
    • Learn about the history and traditions behind each dish you create.
    • Tour the family’s themed rooms displaying artifacts from Cretan history.
    • Dine under the stars, enjoying a feast of your creations paired with fine Cretan wines amidst breathtaking views of the sea and mountains.

    Day Four: A Private Retreat to Elafonissi – The Pink Beach

    Escape to a realm where the azure waves of the Cretan and Libyan Seas kiss sun-bleached sands, creating the magical beach of Elafonissi—a place where the boundaries between land and water blur in breathtaking beauty.

    On Day Four, your journey unfolds as a private tailored tour, ensuring each moment is as unique as the shifting sands of this Cretan paradise. From the moment you step into the luxury of your chauffeured vehicle, the day promises a blend of relaxation, exploration, and indulgence.

    Guided by a knowledgeable local insider, you’ll discover hidden gems along the way, from the majestic vistas of Topolia Gorge to the sacred whispers of the Agia Sofia cavern.

    We will enjoy a beach picnic weather and time permitting. This day is tailored to our pace and preferences, ensuring a personal encounter with one of Crete’s most stunning landscapes.

    What we're doing today

    Itinerary (8 hr tour duration)

    • Start the day with a private pick-up in a chauffeured VIP vehicle
    • Scenic Stops: Make stops at breathtaking locations such as Topolia Gorge and enjoy the scenic drive through West Crete’s golden landscapes.
    • Explore Elafonissi: Spend quality time at Elafonissi Beach, where you can relax on the pink-tinged sands or explore the shallow waters leading to the island.
    • Local Flavors: Discover local family-owned taverns off the beaten path, indulging in authentic Cretan cuisine that tantalizes your taste buds.
    • Spiritual Visit: Visit the cavernous temple of Agia Sofia, absorbing the serene energy of this sacred site.
    • Picnic: (weather and time permitting) end our day with a curated picnic at a secluded cove, enjoying local snacks and Cretan wine as the sun sets over the sea.
    • Relaxing Return: Enjoy a tranquil drive back, with the sunset casting sparkling reflections over the water, creating a perfect end to an extraordinary day.

    Fun Facts Agia Sofia cave or Wisdom of God is situated just under 50 km from the center of Chania on the way to Elafonisi and at an altitude of 400 m. There are 150 steps leading up to the cave which counts approximately 100m wide and 100m deep. The cave contains many rows of massive stalactites and stalagmites.

    A small church is found in the cave that according to tradition, an icon of Wisdom of God was brought from a temple in Constantinople by Cretan fighters and was placed in the cave where the church stands now.

    Between two huge stalagmites, there is a mark of a horseshoe. Tradition says that is the mark left from Saint Demetrius’ horse when it leaped from the church of Saint Demetrius across the mountain.

    Day Five: A Timeless Journey to Knossos and the Vineyards of Crete 

    On Day Five, as you check out from The Tanneries Hotel & Spa, a new chapter begins in your Grecian adventure.

    Embark on a luxurious and enlightening journey through the ancient marvels and wine-drenched landscapes of Crete. Travel in the comfort of a chauffeured vehicle to the legendary Knossos Palace, where myths of Minotaurs echo through the halls of time. With specialized guides at your side, explore the labyrinthine ruins and exquisite frescoes, connecting deeply with the splendors of Minoan civilization. The journey continues through the heart of Crete’s wine country, where sun-kissed vineyards and age-old olive groves meet. Here, you’ll indulge in tastings of award-winning vintages, each sip revealing the rich terroir of this storied land. Conclude your day in the vibrant city of Heraklion, where the culture of the past meets the culinary delights of the present in an array of local eateries and lively café culture.

    What we're doing today

    Itinerary (10 hr tour duration)

    • Morning Departure: Check out from The Tanneries Hotel & Spa and embark on your journey with a personal pick-up in a luxury vehicle.
    • Knossos Palace: Dive into the ancient world at the Palace of Knossos with a guided tour by a history-archaeology expert.
    • Wine Routes Exploration: Traverse the Minoan wine routes of Central Crete, visiting boutique vineyards for tastings of exquisite Cretan wines.
    • Heraklion Archaeological Museum: Deepen your understanding of Crete’s history with a personalized tour of the Heraklion Archaeological Museum by an art-historian guide.
    • City Stroll in Heraklion: Explore the fortified city of Heraklion, enjoying its rich history and thriving local cuisine.
    • Culinary Delights: Discover and dine at exclusive local eateries, tasting the authentic flavors of Crete.

    Where we are staying

    1 Night

    Galaxy Hotel Heraklion
    75 Leoforos Dimokratias, Iraklio, 713 06, Iraklio, Greece

    Day Six: Arrival to Santorini & Exploration

    Day Six marks a new chapter in your Greek adventure as you transition from the historic city of Heraklion to the enchanting island of Santorini.

    After checking out of the Galaxy Hotel, your journey begins with a swift and comfortable private transfer to Heraklion Port, where you’ll board a high-speed ferry to Santorini.

    Upon arrival, dive into a private Cultural Highlights Tour, expertly guided through Santorini’s most iconic sights. From the serene heights of the Prophet Elias Monastery to the picturesque streets of Oia and the volcanic sands of the Black Beach, your day is filled with breathtaking views and cultural immersion.

    Enjoy a lunch that captures the essence of Cretan cuisine and conclude your tour with a visit to the Art Space Winery for an unforgettable wine tasting experience. As the day winds down, check into the luxurious Santorini Princess Presidential Suites, where stunning Caldera views and exquisite comforts await.

    What we're doing today

    • Morning Check-out and Transfer: Check out from Galaxy Hotel and take a private transfer to Heraklion Port.
    • Ferry to Santorini: Board the high-speed ferry for a 1 hour 50-minute journey to Santorini.
    • Cultural Highlights Tour: Begin a 5-hour guided tour upon arrival, exploring:
      • Prophet Elias Monastery: Enjoy panoramic views from the island’s highest point.
      • Pyrgos Town – Castle: Visit the best-preserved medieval settlement in Santorini.
      • Blue Domes in Firostefani: Capture iconic photographs against the backdrop of the Aegean Sea.
      • Oia Village: Experience the unique architecture and stunning views of this famous village.
      • Black Sand Beach: Relax at the dark volcanic sands of Perivolos or Kamari.
      • Lunch: Savor local dishes at a selected restaurant (cost not included).
      • Art Space Winery: Conclude with a wine tasting session at a unique art gallery winery.
    • Check-in at Santorini Princess Presidential Suites: Settle into your luxurious villa with private pool and panoramic Caldera views.
    • Evening at Leisure: Enjoy the privacy and amenities of your suite, perhaps with a dinner served right in your villa.

    Where we are staying

    3 Nights

    Santorini Princess Presidential Suites
    Eparchiaki Odos Akrotiriou, Santorini, 847 00, Santorini, Greece

    Day Seven: Discovering Ancient Akrotiri and Relaxing by the Sea

    On the seventh day of your Greek getaway, prepare for a historical deep dive followed by tranquil relaxation on the picturesque shores of Santorini. Begin with a private guided tour of the ancient city of Akrotiri, a Minoan Bronze Age settlement marvelously preserved under volcanic ash from a cataclysmic eruption in the 17th century BC. Led by an officially licensed guide, you’ll explore this archaeological wonder, gaining insights into one of the most significant prehistoric settlements of the Aegean. After your historical exploration, unwind with cocktails on a beautiful Santorini beach, where the serene sounds of the waves and a refreshing fruit salad await to complete your perfect day.

    What we're doing today

    • Morning Departure: Start with a private hotel transfer to the Akrotiri archaeological site.
    • Akrotiri Guided Tour: Explore the well-preserved remains of this ancient city with an expert guide, learning about its history and significance.
    • Travel to the Beach: After delving into ancient history, relax as you’re transported to one of Santorini’s charming beaches.
    • Cocktails and Relaxation: Enjoy cocktails and a fresh fruit salad at a beachside bar, soaking in the sun and sea views.
    • Return to Hotel: Conclude your day with a comfortable ride back to your accommodation in Santorini.

    Day Eight: Santorini Caldera Private Sunset Cruise

    Your eighth day in Santorini starts leisurely, giving you the morning to soak in the serene island vibes at your own pace. Enjoy breakfast with a view at your villa, explore local shops, or simply relax by the pool before embarking on an enchanting sunset cruise across the Santorini caldera. Aboard a luxurious Lagoon catamaran, you’ll experience the epitome of elegance and comfort. As you sail the crystal-clear Aegean waters, indulge in a BBQ dinner and open bar, capturing the stunning contrasts of Santorini’s cliffside villages against the deep blue sea.

    Swim and snorkel at iconic locations like the Red Beach and the White Beach, and soak in volcanic mineral springs. As the sun dips below the horizon, witness the spectacular colors of sunset from the best vantage point on the island.

    What we're doing today

    • Free Morning: Spend your morning at leisure, enjoying the amenities of your villa or exploring nearby attractions.
    • Afternoon Pickup: Be picked up from your hotel in the early afternoon for a drive to Vlychada port.
    • Luxury Catamaran Cruise: Board the catamaran to start your private cruise, including stops at:
      • Red Beach: Swim and snorkel in the inviting waters.
      • White Beach: Continue your aquatic adventure or simply relax on the boat.
      • Hot Springs: Experience the warm sulfuric waters near the volcano.
    • Sailing Landmarks: Sail past Indian Rock, Akrotiri, the Ancient Lighthouse, and Aspronisi.
    • Sunset BBQ Dinner: Enjoy a delicious Greek dinner prepared on board, along with unlimited drinks as you watch the sunset.
    • Evening Return: Conclude your cruise at Amoudi port and return to your hotel via minibus.

    Day Nine: Departure from Santorini and Arrival in Athens with an Sunset Tour at Cape Sounio

    On the ninth day of your Greek adventure, bid farewell to the mesmerizing island of Santorini as you prepare for the historic and cultural richness of Athens.

    Start your day by checking out of the Santorini Princess Presidential Suites and enjoying a smooth private transfer to the airport. After a brief flight to Athens, settle into your luxurious accommodations at Oniro City, located in the chic Kolonaki district.

    In the evening, embark on a private guided sunset tour to Cape Sounio, one of Greece’s most picturesque locales. Here, you’ll witness the stunning interplay of colors as the sun sets behind the ancient Temple of Poseidon, framed by the endless blue of the Aegean Sea.

    What we're doing today

    • Morning Checkout: Check out from Santorini Princess Presidential Suites and take a private transfer to Santorini Airport.
    • Flight to Athens: Board your flight to Athens, enjoying a quick and comfortable journey.
    • Arrival and Hotel Check-in: Arrive in Athens and transfer to Oniro City Hotel, where you can relax and refresh in your stylish room.
    • Cape Sounio Sunset Tour:
      • Afternoon Departure: Depart from your hotel in the late afternoon for Cape Sounio.
      • Visit Poseidon’s Temple: Explore the ancient ruins and enjoy breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea.
      • Sunset Viewing: Experience one of the most beautiful sunsets, with the sun dipping below the horizon right beside the Temple of Poseidon.
    • Return to Athens: After the tour, return to your hotel for a restful night.

    Where we are staying

    3 Nights

    Oniro City Athens – 5 Star Hotel
    56 Omirou, Athina, 106 72, Athina, Greece

    Day Ten: Exploring the Historic Heart of Athens: Iconic Acropolis and Evening Wine Pairing

    Day Ten of your Greek journey immerses you in the timeless beauty of ancient Athens. Start your day with a private transfer from Oniro City to the iconic Acropolis. Here, a four-hour guided tour awaits, offering a profound connection to the cradle of Western civilization.

    Walk the paths trodden by philosophers like Socrates and admire the majestic Parthenon, a symbol of classical spirit and democracy.

    Our exploration extends to the Acropolis Museum, where ancient artifacts tell tales of a bygone era.

    Later, indulge in a culinary delight with a private Greek food and wine pairing session, a perfect blend of gastronomy and culture, showcasing the finest local flavors and wines.

    What we're doing today

    • Morning Transfer to the Acropolis: Depart from Oniro City Hotel for a quick transfer to the Acropolis.
    • Private Guided Tour of the Acropolis and Museum:
      • Acropolis Visit: Explore the Parthenon and other significant sites with a state-licensed guide.
      • Acropolis Museum: Continue to the museum to view its extensive collection of ancient artifacts.
      • Coffee Break: Enjoy a refreshing stop for coffee or traditional Greek refreshments.
    • Transfer to Wine Bar: After the museum, a short transfer takes you to a local wine bar.
    • Greek Food & Wine Pairing Session:
      • Executive Pairing: Experience an executive session pairing five of the best Greek wines with exquisite local dishes.
      • Duration: Spend about two hours savoring the flavors and learning about the 6,500-year-old wine tradition of Greece.
    • Afternoon Return to Hotel: Conclude your cultural and culinary adventure with a transfer back to your hotel in Athens.

    Day Eleven: Athens – Cradle of Western Civilization Tour and Elegant Farewell Dinner

    On your eleventh day in Athens, delve deeper into the historical and cultural heart of the city with a private guided walking tour through its most celebrated landmarks.

    Starting with a transfer from Oniro City Hotel to the iconic Panathenaic Stadium, you will traverse the longest pedestrian archaeological park in Europe, uncovering the layers of Athens’ ancient and modern heritage.

    Your expert local guide will lead you through the lively streets and hidden alleys, uncovering secrets of the city’s past and present. Conclude your day with a refined dining experience at Dionysos Zonar’s, an elegant restaurant set against the stunning backdrop of the Acropolis, offering a perfect blend of classic Greek cuisine and sophisticated ambiance.

    What we're doing today

    • Morning Transfer to Kallimarmaron: Start with a private transfer from your hotel to the Panathenaic Stadium.
    • Private Guided Walking Tour:
      • Highlights Include:
        • The Panathenaic Stadium (Kallimarmaron)
        • The Zappeion and the National Gardens
        • The Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Arch of Hadrian
        • Monastiraki District and the Flea Market
        • Syntagma Square with the Greek Parliament and the Changing of the Presidential Guard
        • The charming Anafiotika neighborhood, part of historic Plaka
        • The Athens Metropolitan Cathedral
      • Coffee Break Included: Enjoy a refreshing stop during your tour.
    • Afternoon Transfer Back to Hotel: Conclude your tour with a transfer back to Oniro City Hotel for some rest.
    • Evening Dinner at Dionysos Zonar’s:
      • Location and Ambiance: Dine under the shadow of the Acropolis in one of Athens’ most sophisticated settings.
      • Culinary Experience: Savor a menu that combines traditional Greek flavors with modern culinary techniques, perfectly paired with exquisite wines.
      • Duration: Enjoy a two-hour dinner, immersing yourself in the flavors and views of Athens.

    Day Twelve: Farewell Friends

    Check out of the hotel after breakfast and transfer to the airport as early as 8 AM

     

    Flight Details

    Airport Pick Up is included when arriving at the designated airport within the specified pick up window.

    Arrival Airport: Eleftherios Venizelos Athens International Airport
    Arrival Date: June 6, 2025
    Pick Up Times: At your leisure

    Departure Airport: Eleftherios Venizelos Athens International Airport
    Departure Date:  June 17, 2025
    Drop off Times: Must Depart after 10 AM 

    Day by Day summary of Transfers

    Day One: Arrival in Athens TBD Accommodations

    Day Two: Group Flight Athens to Crete check into The Tanneries Hotel & Spa in Chania (Check in 3 nights)

    Day Three: Crete – The Tanneries Hotel & Spa in Chania 

    Day Four:Crete – The Tanneries Hotel & Spa in Chania 

    Day Five: Crete – Galaxy Hotel Heraklion (Check in 1 night)

    Day Six: Crete to Santorini – High Speed Ferry – Staying Santorini Princess Presidential Suites (Check in 3 nights)

    Day Seven: Santorini – Santorini Princess Presidential Suites

    Day Eight: Santorini – Santorini Princess Presidential Suites

    Day Nine: Group Flight Santorini to Athens – Oniro City Athens (Check in 3 Nights)

    Day Ten: Athens – Oniro City Athens

    Day Eleven: Athens – Oniro City Athens 

    Day Twelve: Departure from Athens – Check Out.

    Pricing

    Experience All-Inclusive Travel with Beatrice Bradley

    At Beatrice Bradley, we pride ourselves on delivering exceptional, all-inclusive travel experiences with absolutely no hidden fees. From the moment you step off the plane to the moment we bid you farewell, every detail is taken care of. Our goal is to provide a completely hassle-free experience, allowing you to focus solely on enjoying your journey and creating lasting friendships.

    Here’s What Our All-Inclusive Experience Includes:
    • This trip includes 2 Domestic Flights and 1 high speed ferry transfer
    • Airport Group Transfers: Seamless airport pickups and drop-offs by our friendly hosts, ensuring a smooth start and end to your adventure.
    • Dedicated BB Hostess: Travel with peace of mind knowing a dedicated Beatrice Bradley hostess will be with you throughout the trip, ensuring every aspect of your journey is unforgettable.
    • Full Dining: Enjoy 2-3 daily meals carefully selected to reflect the local cuisine, inclusive of all tips. Whether it’s a quick breakfast or a sumptuous dinner, we’ve got it all covered.
    • Unique Accommodations: Stay in boutique hotels or unique properties that are handpicked for their charm and comfort, providing an authentic and intimate experience.
    • Curated Activities: We find the BEST of the best tours. Making the absolute most out of our time.
    • Included Gratuities: Tips for tour guides and transportation are all taken care of. We ensure that those who make your trip special are rewarded, without you needing to worry about the details.
    • Transportation: All transportation during the experience.
    • You won’t see “Free Days” on our itineraries: Our trips are made for a balanced experience. We carve out time to bond, laugh, shop and explore but we will never just send you out on your own and say “good luck” we do everything together or smaller group breakouts.

    With Beatrice Bradley, every detail is meticulously planned to ensure you have a memorable and carefree travel experience. Join us and discover the joy of true hassle-free travel!

    Flexible pay-as-you-go payment plan

    How it Works:

    Step 1 Choose Payment Plan (available with credit card and ACH payment options)
    Step 2 Your $500 Deposit will be processed within 2 business days
    Step 3 When you are ready to make a payment, click the “Review and Pay” button on your invoice
    Step 4 Once clicked, in the top left of the invoice, next to the amount, you will see “Edit Amount.” Here you will be able to enter the amount you would like to pay
    Step 5 Full amount needs to be paid by 90 days prior to the trip. *If there is a remaining balance at 90 days prior to the trip then an automatic payment for the remaining amount will be charged.