Ingenious Greece

Ingenious Greece

ATHENS – NEMEA – CRETE – SANTORINI
SEPTEMBER 16 – 26, 2022

Get ready for a food and wine lover’s paradise on our curated insider journey throughout Greece. Join Ingenious Travel founder Maria Stefanopoulos as she shares the recipes for Mediterranean living and once-in-a-lifetime exclusive experiences like a VIP tour of the Acropolis Museum after hours and a private cellar tasting at one of Greece’s leading wine estates. Εach destination features unique and hand-picked excursions led by local experts to give you an unparalleled experience.

✔ 10 nights in luxury boutique hotels in Athens, Crete, and Santorini

✔ All ground transportation and domestic flights

✔ VIP after-hours Private Tour of Acropolis Museum, and Acropolis visit at Sunset

✔ Private Cellar Tasting of 7 varieties at Nemea’s leading ktima and wine producer

✔ 3-Course Cretan Cooking Class at an 18th Century Oil Mill

✔ to a 3,000 year old olive oil tree, organic olive oil factory, and wine tasting paired
with meze at a local taverna

✔ Private tour of Santorini’s most picturesque villages and wine tasting experience

✔ Stunning private sunset cruise and authentic dinner aboard a catamaran in Santorini

We’ll begin in Athens, the cradle of civilization and bustling heart of Greece which has now become a vibrant creative haven for new artists, chefs, and thinkers. Ancient and modern collide as you gaze upon illuminated ruins from millennia past as you sip on crafted cocktails and nosh on Greek fusion cuisine from a rooftop restaurant. Enjoy cozy cafes and lovely shops just steps from the hotel, as well as views to the Acropolis and access to the ancient neighborhoods of Monistiraki and Plaka.

After getting settled in upon arrival, we will gather for a welcome dinner at one of our favorite rooftops with divine views of the illuminated Acropolis to kick off our incredible journey. The next morning is yours to explore the beautiful neighborhoods and rich culture of Athens. We will provide a curated list of sites, restaurants, and shops to visit at your leisure. Prepare yourself for an incomparable evening of
ancient wonders, beginning with a sunset tour of the Acropolis ancient site, and culminating to an after-hours, completely private tour of the world-renowned Acropolis Museum. Your group will have exclusive use of the entire museum and all its exhibits, with your licensed private guide to share all of its unique secrets. The following day takes you to Nemea, the Napa Valley of Greece and home of some of Greece’s award-winning “ktimata”, or wine estates. We’re taking you to a private cellar and tasting at our favorite one.

Continuing on our cultural odyssey, our group will jet set to Chania, recently named by Conde Nast Traveler as one of Europe’s Top 10 Destinations. This unique city in Western Crete reflects the merging of Greek, Ottoman, and Venetian cultures. Here, you’ll walk the cobbled paths and stay at a 17 th century mansion, formerly the summer residence of Italian nobility. The following morning, an excursion to a nearby town rich in local tradition will take us back in time to an 18 th century olive oil mill, now a beautiful setting for a 3-course Cretan gastronomy course led by gracious local hosts. You’ll have some downtime to enjoy old town Chania’s historic charm, shops, and incredibly unique cuisine. On our final day in Crete, we’ll visit a 3,000 year old olive tree and learn past and present methods of the organic extra virgin olive oil production of the island while nestled in groves between picturesque
villages. Complete the adventure with a wine tasting paired with delectable “meze” platters.

We complete our journey in stunning Santorini, the renowned Cycladic gem, but away from the crowds in an elegant boutique hotel tucked away on a peaceful path in Firostefani. The hotel is the perfect perch for sunset toasts as you take in endless caldera views. We’ll enjoy a local welcome dinner together as we take in the amazing caldera views. The following afternoon, we’ll embark on an exceptional wine experience to three of Santorini’s top wineries, escorted by a certified sommelier who will join us at each estate. As we sample the local varieties learn the secrets of grape cultivation on the
island, we’ll nibble on Greek dakos, fava with octopus, moussaka, and sweet cheese donuts with ice cream. And for our grand finale, our group will embark on a private catamaran experience around the beautiful island with spectacular views of the cliffs, beaches, and volcano as we sail into the Santorini sunset.

Trip Price: $4,899 per person based on double occupancy