Highlights of Greece: Food & Wine Tour with Queen's University Alumni

with Santorini & Athens extension
Sep 20-30, 2020 / 11 DAYS

Up-and-coming wines and Mediterranean meals—the perfect pairing.

See how historic traditions and modern-day culture have swirled together to create Greece’s current food and wine scene. Start in Thessaloniki, the co…

Your package includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 4 lunches
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 5 wine tastings & 1 cooking class
  • Guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach
  • 2 on-tour flights

Included highlights

Thessaloniki’s ancient Byzantine landmarks, wine tasting in Epanomi, Acropolis, Palace of Knossos, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, wine tasting in Ir…

Tour pace

On this guided tour, you’ll walk for about 1.5 hours daily across uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with steep hills and …

Itinerary

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Overnight Flight / 1 NIGHT

Sep 20: Travel day

Included meals: Breakfast

Board your overnight flight to Thessaloniki today.

Thessaloniki / 3 NIGHTS

Sep 21: Arrival in Thessaloniki

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Greece! Gather with your fellow travellers at a welcome dinner tonight.

Sep 22: Sightseeing tour of Thessaloniki & wine tasting

Included meals: Breakfast

Set out on a guided tour to get to know Thessaloniki, the second-largest city of the former Byzantine empire and a modern-day hub for Greek culture.

• View the Arch of Galerius and Rotunda, which were built for Roman Emperor Galerius in the 4th century

• Pass by the Hagios Demetrios and Hagia Sophia churches

• See the Roman-style city walls that were constructed during the early 3rd century

• Walk along the seaside promenade to view the White Tower of Thessaloniki

• Visit the Ladadika district and enjoy free time to explore at your leisure Later, head to the Epanomi wine region and visit the Ktima Gerovassiliou winery.

• Follow a guide on a short walk through the vineyard to see Malagousia and Assyrtiko grapes that are used to create the winery’s signature red and white Epanomi wines

• Tour the production area

• Explore the on-site museum to see well-preserved artifacts that are essential to the history of Greek winemaking including bottles, barrels, and corkscrews

• Sample some of the wines during a tasting

Sep 23: Archaeological Site of Aigai & Naoussa wine region

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Tour the Archaeological Site of Aigai and enjoy a wine tasting in the Naoussa region.

• Join a local guide to tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Archaeological Site of Aigai

• Learn about and explore the ruins of the first capital of the Macedonian Kingdom, where Alexander the Great was declared the king of the Macedonian Empire

• Visit the Museum of Royal Tombs of Aigai where Philip II, father of Alexander the Great, is buried

Pass through the eastern slopes of the Vermio Mountains to visit the Naoussa wine region, widely regarded as one of Greece’s top areas for viticulture.

• Visit a wine tavern and enjoy a lunch of Macedonian specialties

• Sample wines produced in the Naoussa region

Athens / 2 NIGHTS

Sep 24: Athens via Volos

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel from Thessaloniki to the seaside city of Volos. Located on the Pelion Peninsula, this area is known for its culinary scene. During an included lunch, you’ll try mezedes, or small plates, and tsipouro, an anise-flavoured brandy.

After, continue on to Athens.

Sep 25: Sightseeing tour of Athens & Cape Sounion

Included meals: Breakfast

A local guide introduces you to the highlights of this bustling ancient capital, home  to the world’s first democracy.

• Pass by the Olympic Stadium, Syntagma Square, and the Arch of Hadrian

• View the sixth-century Temple of Zeus

• See the classically inspired Old Royal Palace, home of the Hellenic Parliament,  and drive through the Plaka district

• Set off on a walking tour around the ancient Acropolis, site of the Parthenon, Temple of Athena Nike, and Erechtheion

This afternoon, journey to the southern tip of the Attic Peninsula to take in the sights of the Poseidon Coast.

• See the Temple of Poseidon, which sits high above the sparkling shoreline

• Look out from the lofty cliffside vantage point, where you can see five Aegean  islands on a clear day

• Spend free time enjoying a coffee, stopping in a souvenir shop, or strolling through the area

Please note: This afternoon’s activities involve some walking on uneven terrain.

Heraklion / 1 NIGHT

Sep 26: Flight to Crete & sightseeing tour of Heraklion

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, fly to Crete and take a guided sightseeing tour of Heraklion, the largest city  on the island.

• Visit the ruins of Knossos, where King Minos imprisoned the Minotaur in a labyrinth, according to the myth

• Step inside the Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Tonight, sample some of Greece’s most well-known liquors including Ouzo, Metaxa, and Raki. Then, enjoy an included dinner of Cretan specialties and regional wine.

Chania / 2 NIGHTS

Sep 27: Chania via Iraklio wine country & sightseeing tour

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Travel through the Iraklio wine country on your way to Chania today, and make several stops along the way.

• Pay a visit to the village of Archanes and step inside a workshop where local women prepare traditional baked goods and preserves

• Tour a Cretan vineyard and enjoy a lunch and tasting featuring a variety of the wines produced from Kotsifali, Mandilaria, and Malvasia grapes

Then, continue on to Chania where you’ll take a guided tour.

• Step inside the Chania Cathedral Trimartiti and Etz Hayyim, the only synagogue  on the island and a symbol of the city’s ages-old Jewish community

• Walk through the city’s indoor market, stopping to try herbs, cheese, and olive oil

• Pass the Mosque Yiali Tzami as you walk along the old Venetian harbour

• See the famous Egyptian lighthouse

Sep 28: Cretan cooking class & olive oil tasting

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, head to a local cooking school where you’ll prepare regional dishes alongside  a professional chef. Then, enjoy drinking Greek wine and eating the foods you cooked for lunch.

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• End your night of food, wine, and fun with a dinner overlooking the stunning vineyard and olive groves

Athens / 1 NIGHT

Sep 29: Flight to Athens

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Fly to Athens this morning. Tonight, gather with your group to celebrate your trip  at a farewell dinner.

Sep 30: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to explore Santorini and Athens.

Extension / Starting from $1099 pp

Santorini & Athens / 4 NIGHTS

Add 4 nights in Santorini & Athens

Sep 30: Ferry to Santorini

Included meals: Breakfast

Take a ferry to Santorini, then enjoy free time to discover the island’s charming culture and awe-inspiring landscapes.

Oct 01: Sightseeing tour of Santorini

Included meals: Breakfast

Take in the local sights on a guided tour of Santorini, a volcanic isle known for its black-sand beaches, cliff-lined shores, and stunning whitewashed architecture.

• Visit the prehistoric settlements that were unearthed during the archaeological excavations at Akrotiri

• Ride to the top of Mount Profitis Ilias for panoramic views of the whole island

• Stop in the small, picturesque village of Pyrgos

Spend a free afternoon and evening in Santorini or add an excursion.

Oct 02: Free day in Santorini

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Santorini or add an excursion.

Oct 03: Flight to Athens

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Fly back to Athens.

This evening, make your way to Botrini’s, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Athens, for the incredible opportunity to enjoy some of the city’s best gourmet food prepared by world-class chef Ettore Botrini.

• Admire the restaurant’s contemporary space, which boasts stark-white walls, a glass-walled kitchen, and an open terrace

• Relax in this elegant setting while enjoying a six-course tasting menu paired with local wine

• Meet the expert restaurant staff who will provide an explanation for each dish so that you can learn more about Botrini’s approach to his culinary creations

Oct 04: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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