ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel
With breathtaking views of the fabled Acropolis, regal Syntagma Square and the Parliament, lush Lycabettus Hill or the original Olympic Stadium, our multi-awarded 5-star Hotel Grande Bretagne offers an unrivaled perspective of Athens’ mythical history. Located right in the heart of the city since 1874, our multi-awarded landmark luxury hotel is within walking distance of exclusive shopping areas, museums and the business district.
With meticulous attention to detail, the 320 rooms and suites marry charming old-world elegance with state-of-the-art facilities, whereas the 58 suites enjoy additional benefits including personalized Butler Service. Visit the picturesque GB Roof Garden Restaurant for the finest Mediterranean cuisine or the Winter Garden for an afternoon tea and do not miss the GB Spa for a signature massage, beauty treatment or an indulgent respite in the thermal Suite.
Perched on top of the Athens Utopia hotel, Manouka is one of the best rooftop restaurants in Athens. This gourmet hotspot boasts a spectacular 360° unobscured panorama of the city, including the magnificent Parthenon, from its huge terrace.
Here you’ll find delicious dishes delivered with a spectacular presentation that wouldn’t look out of place in an art gallery. The majority of the menu is filled with classic international dishes with an innovative twist, such as spaghetti bolognese with hoisin sauce and a surf ‘n’ turf burger. While the food is beyond stunning, most people visit for the staggering selection of wines.
With hundreds of bottles sourced locally and from around the world, you’re guaranteed to find something that your palate falls in love with. If you’re a little lost, there’s a superb sommelier who is more than happy to help.
Your day starts by exploring the Acropolis hill, home to the architectural marvels of the Golden Age of Athens, which include the Erechtheion with its iconic Caryatides – statues of maidens dedicated to the goddess Athena and god Poseidon. Your tour continues to the awe-inspiring temple of Athena Nike and the imposing Propylaea. Atop the Acropolis hill, you’ll be treated to an unobstructed view of the Parthenon, an enduring monument that evokes a profound sense of order. From this vantage point, take in the breathtaking sight of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Theater of Dionysus, and the Areopagus (Mars Hill).
The journey leads to the historic Panathenaic Stadium, the very site where the inaugural modern Olympic Games were celebrated in 1896. Witness the Evzones partake in the majestic and picturesque Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Presidential Palace (also known as your hotel location).
Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to marvel at the remarkable contrasts that make Athens such a captivating city.
Exploration continues with a visit to Athens’ cultural triumvirate, comprising the National Library of Greece, the Athens University, and the Academy. Pay your respects at the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, and then proceed to the House of Parliament and Constitution Square (Syntagma Square). Atop Lycabettus hill, revel in a spectacular panorama of the city.
In the heart of modern Athens, make a stop at Hermou Street and the historic Plaka district, renowned for its charming Old Town and vibrant Flea Market. Here, savor traditional Greek delicacies and culinary delights. Take your time to indulge in a delightful shopping stroll, accompanied by newfound friends.
Time permitting, explore further treasures of Athens, such as the Temple of Hephaestus, Kerameikos, the Greek and Roman Agora (home to the Tower of the Winds), and the historic site of Socrates’ Prison. Alternatively, you may opt to visit the New Acropolis Museum or the National Archaeological Museum, one of the world’s premier cultural institutions.
By the conclusion of this immersive experience, you will leave with a deep sense of kinship with Greek culture and history.
Meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel as you head to the Athenian Riviera, the scenic coastal road, that offers amazing views of the Saronic Gulf. You’ll pass through the most splendid suburbs of Athens including Palaio Faliron, Glyfada, Varkiza, and Vouliagmeni, all the way to Cape Sounion, where you can tour the temple of Poseidon, dedicated to the mythological god of the sea, and see the sun dips below the horizon and several islands in the distance.
During a clear day, you will have a great chance to foresee as many as seven of the nearby islands.
Afterward, you’ll experience a great taste of Athens as you dine on seafood caught by local fishermen.
Athens is a fabulous welcome to Greece.
Step into a world of unparalleled luxury and embark on an opulent superyacht tour that promises an extraordinary experience, navigating the stunning Greek Islands aboard the magnificent vessel known as D&D. This maritime haven redefines the art of travel, seamlessly blending lavish accommodations, top-tier amenities, and an enchanting narrative of exploration set against the backdrop of azure waters and the timeless allure of ancient landscapes.
As you step on board the yacht, the very essence of opulence greets you. This superyacht is not merely a mode of transport; it’s a floating sanctuary meticulously crafted to elevate your journey to unparalleled heights. From the moment you set sail, the luxurious accommodations on the yacht unveil themselves, offering a haven of comfort and sophistication that transcends the ordinary. Each cabin is a testament to the commitment to excellence, ensuring that your stay is nothing short of extraordinary.
The amenities aboard are nothing short of exceptional, promising a seamless blend of comfort and extravagance. From the expansive decks that invite you to bask in the Mediterranean sun to the state-of-the-art entertainment systems that redefine leisure on the high seas, every detail has been carefully curated to indulge your senses.
As the superyacht gracefully charts its course through the Greek Islands, the azure waters become a canvas for your maritime exploration. The yacht becomes a vessel not just of transportation but of discovery, where every island visited unveils a chapter of history and beauty. The timeless allure of ancient ruins and charming coastal villages becomes an integral part of the narrative, creating memories that linger long after the journey concludes.
This is more than a superyacht; it’s a floating symphony of luxury, a testament to the art of maritime travel. A voyage aboard her is an odyssey where every detail is an ode to excellence, every moment a celebration of the extraordinary. Join us as we redefine luxury on the open seas and invite you to experience the Greek Islands in a way that transcends imagination. Your opulent journey awaits aboard a luxury superyacht, where the ordinary is left behind, and the extraordinary becomes the norm.
Commence your Greece luxury yacht charter adventure with a departure from Athens, embarking on a journey to Kithnos Island, followed by a visit to Syros.
After receiving a comprehensive safety briefing from the experienced crew, your departure from Athens will take you to the pristine Kolona Bay on Kithnos Island, offering opportunities for swimming and engaging in exciting water sports. You’ll savor the entire day here, relishing a delectable lunch served on board your charter yacht. As the day unfolds, you’ll make your way to Ermoupoli on Syros Island, where you will be treated to a delightful dinner and spend the night. Syros Island captivates with its graceful allure and distinct charm. The island’s spellbinding beauty is a result of its diverse landscapes, ranging from lush plains to rugged mountains. The island’s capital, Ermoupolis, often referred to as the “Queen of the Cyclades,” is a sight to behold, characterized by its impressive neoclassical architecture.
1:00 pm – Lunch onboard
3:00 pm – Arrive Kythnos
One of the quieter Cycladic islands, Kythnos has an easy going vibe alongside unique landscapes and sweet villages. Whilst the Cyclades are renowned for their beaches, few have them like Kythnos does. Kolona Beach is perched on a geologically unique isthmus, the beach distinct in that you are surrounded on all sides by the glittering Aegean Sea. Whilst close to Athens, Kythnos usually flies under the radar, so is a delightful spot to anchor up, relax and enjoy the Greek way of life without the hustle and bustle of bigger islands and the ensuing crowds.
Exploring Kythnos’ unique beaches is a must, with Kolona Beach perfect for relaxation and Lefkes Beach perfect for spear-fishing and snorkelling. Kythnos is also home to the impressive and unexplored Katafyki cave, a geological treasure that is home to pre-historic stalactites and stalagmites, and served as a refuge during the years of the pirates and the Frank and Turkish occupation.
8:00 pm – Dinner Onboard
ACCOMMODATIONS: Elounda Bay Palace
Elounda Bay Palace Hotel is set amongst the historic cultural and naturally varied beauty of northeastern Crete, in Elounda. Its tranquil setting at the edge of Mirabello Bay, a truly blissful place to call home, is surrounded by 20 acres of lush gardens. This award-winning luxury resort combines Crete’s charms, unique hospitality and renowned levels of personalized service that guarantees unparallel holiday rich in leisure and easily found relaxation.
Chenot Spa – Spa treatments on own
Learning to listen to your biological rhythm is the first step to a universal harmony
We have a holistic vision of the body that supports the view of how important it is to invest in both our daily physical and mental health, in order to obtain the optimal health in any age, with an active, complete and satisfying social life.
We live in an environment that is continuously changing that may be hostile to our lives. The environmental pollution, consumption of processed and non-organic food, lack of physical activity, stress, and above all, the unhealthy habits and lifestyle, all combined, force the body and the mind to constantly battle to adapt to these environmental conditions. As a result, the body accumulates “toxins” with time, and gradually reduced functions and increased body damage settle in.
In our company, we recognise this all, and the bad impact that it imposes to life, particularly when one carries on living in the same way, doing very little to change.
We adopt a multidisciplinary therapeutic approach to our method of work, known as the Chenot Method. We have designed personalised powerful and effective treatments, therapies and products with the intention to detoxify the body and the mind, improve the vitality, the spirit and the wellbeing whilst promoting the beauty and aesthetics in the years to live through a strong, healthy body and mind.
With over forty years of experience we have developed a unique Method of treatments.
We strongly believe that our fully integrated approach, our powerful treatments combined with our guests’ positive attitude towards life and their will power to a healthier lifestyle, will ultimately support them to obtain the optimal health and beauty in any age.
The Chenot Spa Crete is a wellness centre in which the hotel guests can choose wellbeing and vitality programmes, beauty treatments, fitness and wellness facilities to help them relax, restore and rejuvenate during their period of stay all according to the principles of Biontology.
The Chenot Spa is made up of the following departments:
Private Tour Knossos, Archaeological Museum & Old Town of Heraklion with Licensed Guide & Lunch
With your licensed guide you will delve into the island’s colorful past and travel back 4,000 years at the Palace of Knossos, and learn of ancient civilizations at the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion.
Private Sailing in the Elounda Gulf
Discovering East Crete, with Mountain Villages and a Zeus Cave
Menu: To share: salad, Greek mousaka, rabbit, lamp in the oven, vegetables in the oven- briam (traditional Greek recipe), aubergine salad
ACCOMMODATIONS: Domes Zeen Chania, a Luxury Collection Resort
At Domes Zeen we emphasize community, sustainability, and slow living in an elegant setting. Nestled in a protected cove, a short drive from the Town of Chania, and offering spectacular views of the town and the sea, Domes Zeen is a destination in itself. We create the ultimate sensation of togetherness right in the heart of your Cretan sanctuary. Immerse yourself in a gourmet dining experience surrounded by the splendor of nature. Retreat to your private villa for restful moments on your private terrace or balcony before falling asleep under the stars to the silence of nature. This is your Domes Zeen experience, designed to awaken all senses.
Embark on a Journey Through Chania Old Town: Where Culture Meets Cuisine
Explore the rich tapestry of culture and culinary delights that await you in the heart of Chania Old Town. This experience is designed to immerse you in the cultural and gastronomic soul of this historic gem, where the past and present seamlessly intertwine.
This journey through Chania Old Town promises not only a feast for the senses but also a profound understanding of the cultural and culinary threads that have woven this historic tapestry.
Enjoy the Traditional Flavours of Crete
Dive into the heart of Crete, a land celebrated for its culinary heritage and rich traditions. This unique experience offers a glimpse into the island’s culinary soul, where traditional flavors and local treasures take center stage.
This expedition through the Traditional Flavours of Crete offers a truly immersive experience, allowing you to not only taste but also deeply connect with the island’s culinary treasures and cultural heritage.
Discover the Wonders of Crete: Elafonisi Beach, Chrisoskalitissa Monastery, and Mountain Cuisine
Prepare for an enchanting journey that unveils the wonders of Crete, taking you to the southwest of the island. This immersive experience combines natural beauty, cultural heritage, and culinary delights to create lasting memories.
The Wonders of Crete experience encapsulates the island’s diverse and captivating facets, from the serene beauty of Elafonisi Beach to the storied halls of Chrisoskalitissa Monastery and the authentic flavors of Cretan mountain cuisine.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Grecotel Corfu Imperial Beach Luxe Resort
It is our lives. La Bella Vita, our feelings Fellini.
Grecotel Corfu Imperial is probably Greece’s most impressively located hotel, perched above the olive groves at the end of panoramic Peninsula Kommeno. A world of seaside olive trees, marble & palms, beach coves, fine dining and a lovely promenade. It is a room with a view or a palazzo over the water. It doesn’t get any better in Corfu.
ACTIVITES in CORFU, GREECE
Sailing Adventure to Paxos and Antipaxos Islands
Discover the very best of the Ionian in miniature
Take a boat trip to gorgeous little Paxos and Antipaxos islands from neighbouring Corfu and discover one of the undisputed hidden gems of the Ionian Sea with exotic beaches and irresistible bays
It’s as if the Ionian Islands took everything that makes them unique – the impossible shades of blue and lush greenery – and created perfection in miniature when it comes to two of its smallest isles.
Postage stamp-sized it might be, but Antipaxos (or Antipaxi) makes a huge impression on day-trippers from Paxos or Corfu. Its beaches routinely feature in international best-of lists, and its romantic bays are the kind you instantly want to frame and hang on the wall of your living room. There are 150 houses on Antipaxos, but only two are inhabited during the winter months. And exploring the island on foot couldn’t be easier, with a path running down the centre that takes only an hour to cover.
Inside this vast and verdant estate, where vine and olive cultivation has existed for more than 400 years, a simple and adaptable space has been created to showcase the elements of traditional Corfiot architecture. The estate was acquired by the ancestors of today’s owners in 1600 when they emigrated from Venice to Corfu.
Today, a quarter of the total expanse (of approx. 74.000 sqm) is given over to newly-planted vineyards and olive groves. The rest has been preserved as pristine Mediterranean forest. Corfu has been a wine producing island since antiquity (references can be found in Homer’s Odyssey). Meanwhile, the cultivation of olive trees became widespread during the Venetian occupation of Corfu, between 1386 and 1797, when olive oil was an important commodity. Not so much as food but as a lighting source.
Let’s begin our flavourful adventure with a special welcome refreshment (choose from a herbal tea such as lemon verbena, lavender and lemon or a chilled red wine with citrus fruits). Next, the owner of the vineyard and restaurant will share the family history of this marvellous property, with an introduction to the vineyard, and a wrap-up of the processes behind traditional olive and wine making.
Enlighten yourself at the exhibit of pre-industrial equipment, used for the production of wine and olive oil, before getting acquainted with the estate’s old Corfiot grape varieties: Red “skopelitiko” and white “kakotrigis” – that are spun into delicious wines by traditional methods and aged in oak barrels.
Next it’s time to lay the groundwork for an understanding of the famous Corfiot cuisine and the Corfiot culinary culture. We’ll drive the lessons home by tasting some local home-made products such as tsipouro and/or wine, and many others depending on the season of your visit. Now, you’re ready to cook delicious authentic recipes using your newfound knowledge, along with the freshest seasonal ingredients.
Finally, you’ll sit down to enjoy a 5-course meal comprised of over 15 different authentic local dishes (cooked and prepared by you, with some help from the owner), and accompanied by their own wines. The menu varies according to the availability of ingredients and your preferences.
Discover the enchanting traditional villages of South Corfu, each with its unique cultural charm and character. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of diverse cultures that make up this picturesque region.
This experience promises not only to tantalize your taste buds but also to provide a deep and meaningful connection with the culture and culinary heritage of South Corfu.
A Culture Trip in Corfu Town
When approaching Corfu by ferry from the mainland, the first thing to snag all eyes is the Old Fortress. This masterpiece of architectural art offers an incredible first impression of this beloved Ionian Island. Your destination angel for the day will share fascinating stories about this Corfiot emblem and its cultural highlights, such as the British-built chapel of Saint George, the stately Public Library, the British military hospital and the Music Department of the Ionian University (find out which of these local landmarks is rumoured to be haunted!).
Did you know that the Museum of the Corfu Philharmonic Society honours the composer of the Greek national anthem? Whenever you visit Corfu, there is a chance you’ll encounter one of the many Corfiot brass bands marching through the Old Town in a local celebration. As part of your visit to the museum, you will have the chance to meet and chat with one of the musicians of the Philharmonic Society.
Next, we will introduce you to the hidden gems and colourful legends of Corfu’s Old Town. Learn the special local name for those distinctive slim passages. Your destination angel will walk you through all the most important sites such as the Saint Spyridon Church, Kremastis Square, Mpizi’sKantouni, while sharing historical accounts about the dark side of Corfu Town during the Medieval and Venetian eras. What were the notorious Sagrado and why were they so feared by the Venetians LOCALS?
Next, we will strike a sweet note by sampling a traditional Greek dessert, “Galaktompoureko”, at renowned dairy shop, Periklis Alexis, which once dispatched their delicious products by plane every fortnight to Jackie Kennedy. Your cultural odyssey will conclude with a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Corfu where you will browse ancient relics unearthed from several excavated sites across Corfu, dating from Prehistoric to Hellenistic times. Lay your eyes on the arresting Gorgona-Medusa pediment from the temple of Artemis, dating from 585 BC, as your destination angel brings to life this and other riveting tales from the museum.