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Athens and the Greek Isles 1 - Overview
May 20 - 30, 2025 

May 20 - 30, 2025
11 Days / 10 Nights
This tour starts and ends in Athens

$6,460 per person/double occupancy
$1,980 optional single supplement
$420 additional day / per room (includes airport transfer)
Includes all fees and taxes

This tour may be combined with 
Portugal's Silver Coast 1 tour (May 9 - 18, 2025) or Classic Tuscany tour (May 12 - 20, 2025) before or Turkey at the Crossroads of Cultures after (May 31 - June 9, 2025) 


  • 2 nights in an upscale, modern hotel in Athens; 3 nights in a cliffside hotel in Fira on the Santorini Island; 1 night in a boutique hotel in Heraklion, overlooking the Venetian fortress and the sea; 4 nights in a resort hotel in Chania on the island of Crete
  • Individual airport transfers on arrival and group transfer on departure
  • Delicious a la carte meals: 10 breakfasts, 7 dinners, 5 lunches, including drinks - traditional Mediterranean or vegetarian menu
  • All transportation in Greece: comfortable private bus and three domestic flights between Athens and the islands
  • Private, professional guides at all sites and an experienced Tour Director
  • All restaurants', drivers’ and guides' gratuities
  • Sightseeing admissions, tours and cultural activities as per itinerary
Additional/optional costs may include: optional single room supplement, early hotel check-in, optional travel insurance, meals not included in the itinerary, optional Tour Director gratuities, telephone charges, laundry charges, minibar and similar personal expenses. 
The tour cost does not include airfare to and from the tour’s location.
  • Lit up Parthenon atop the Acropolis Hill viewed from your Athens hotel
  • Hadrian's Gate, the Temple of Poseidon, the Agora, the Dionysus Theatre
  • Lively Plaka with colorful tavernas and shops selling local crafts
  • White, black and red beaches of Santorini
  • Sailing the Aegean on a private catamaran and Santorini sunsets
  • The Profitis Ilias Monastery with a 360 degree view of the mythical Atlantis
  • Minoan Palace in Knossos
  • Venetian harbor in Chania
  • Olive Oil tasting at Crete's Agia Triada Monastery
  • Learning to cook Mediterranean Greek cuisine
  • Sampling Greek wines
  • The soft, sugary sand of Cretan beaches
  • Shopping for treasures in artisans' shops in the narrow streets of Chania

I so enjoyed this Greece experience. It was a dream come true for me as this was a retirement gift to myself. All the women on the group were fun to hang out with and begin new friendships. We really had a great group. The resorts we stayed at on Santorini and Crete were exceptional and beautiful, I immediately fell in love with the views of the Mediterranean sea. I felt so pampered. Enjoyed visiting some of the towns, ancient ruins and we had great tour guides wherever we went. The catamaran sailing trip and the Greek cooking class were my favorite activities. As an art history major being able to see all the ancient ruins was incredible. I am not a big shopper on trips so less shopping time allowed and more time to enjoy the resorts would have been preferable. I am recommending this trip to everyone I know. Thanks. Please post this on your site to encourage more women to do this trip
- Pam from Arizona (Greece 1 2024)

The trip to Greece was an amazing immersion in the history, culture and daily life of the country.  The trip was a combination of key historical must-sees as well as relaxing unique experiences such as a cooking class and a private catamaran. My opinion of the tour can be quoted.  Thanks for a great trip.  I know all the effort that goes into crafting and making these trips happen.  You are all very much appreciated. - Anne from New Jersey (Greece 3 2023)

Excellent experience from start to finish!  Hotels and food were simply terrific. Enjoyed everything and saw all the key sights!  Highly recommend!! - Karyl from Florida (Greece 3 2023)

I have enjoyed every tour that I have been on. I also like the fact that you take feedback seriously and adjust tours when possible. This is a well-run tour business. - Cheryl from Massachusetts (Greece 2023)

Being in Greece was an overwhelming experience. The views were incredibly beautiful and the people were very kind. We got a real sense of Greek culture and history. - Genie from Virginia

I was so impressed with the trip itinerary: the restaurants were great as were the hotels. The group of women made the trip- so welcoming and I feel any of them could be a friend. The tour had everything I was looking for: seeing the ancient historical sites as well as the natural beauty of Santorini and Crete. - Judy from Pennsylvania

Sights and Soul does a great job of giving a wonderful experience of a country. It's great meeting other women and having a small group experience. I've recommended you to many people and one of my travel companions has also signed up with one of her friends for another tour of yours. - Barbara from Texas

This was my 2nd trip with Sights and Soul. I enjoyed both tours very much. I knew few ladies on my Costa Rica tour but didn’t know any on the Greece Tour. And yet I found everyone very warm, welcoming, friendly and helpful which made the trip very enjoyable. - Usha from Illinois

The first night in Athens, we had dinner at once of the most scenic restaurants I have ever experienced.  We were 14 women, plus the new-to-me leader, Anne, on an outdoor terrace looking directly at a dramatically lit Parthenon and a full moon. It was beyond any picture, any dream.  The group just clicked, like women can do, and even Anne said that she could tell already we were a great group.  And we were from that night on.  Oh, and the food was fabulous, too! - Wendy from North Carolina

This tour surpassed my expectations. The women who choose to travel with an all women’s group are independent, adventurous women with varied life experiences. I didn’t realize that traveling with women would enhance my enjoyment of a trip the way it did. - Pat from Texas

I’ve loved every S&S tour I’ve been on.  The tour directors have all been great. The guides are the absolute best, knowledgeable and approachable.  The hotels are always very nice. Everything is carefully planned, thought out and makes traveling with you all a breeze. - Mary from North Carolina

Couldn’t wait for another opportunity to travel with this group and so glad Greece was open. Also, all of our local guides were wonderful.  Very professional and knowledgeable. This is one of the best tour companies I’ve ever toured with!!  Well organized, great tour directors, great to meet such interesting and fun women, great sights and places with great soul. – Jane from Texas

Hard to choose the best experience – catamaran around Santorini, touring the villages in Santorini (great guide!) cooking class, and the food! Excellent itinerary with a taste of everything… Culture, history, spectacular scenery, beautiful beaches and (of course) the food! The pace was just right – lots of activities and enough time to relax and catch your breath. – Donna from Pennsylvania

I thoroughly enjoyed my second trip with Sights and Soul. I think the tour guides do an outstanding job. I also think everything is planned just right. The accommodations and restaurant choices were great too. I loved the cooking class with lunch at the Manousakis Winery and the sailing trip in Santorini. – Karen from Florida

I have a fond memory of the Greece tour in general. I enjoyed it a lot. I know many years from now, Greece tour will still come down as one of the best experiences I had. I enjoyed every bit of it. The time in Santorini was absolutely fabulous. I enjoyed seeing the Parthenon, the museum, the boat trip, the Volcano View Hotel, the sunset, the villages, Minoa Palace Resort, the cooking, the foods, the shopping and so many more. – Janifer from Minnesota

All of the “hard stuff” (transfers, dinner reservations) was taken care of & all I had to do was enjoy myself. The catamaran trip was great. This was a fabulous trip – included a lot of the history of Greece as well as significant opportunities to enjoy today’s Greece. – Patricia from North Carolina

The catamaran trip in Santorini was definitely the best experience of the trip, closely followed by the cooking class at the winery and the beach at Elafonisi for a tie. I thought the tour was wonderful. First, I never traveled with just women and either I was very lucky on my first tour or maybe it’s always like this, but I felt as though we had a very congenial group of women on this tour. I felt very comfortable with all my tour mates right from the start. I liked this tour and picked it because it checked off my box for Knossos which id’ wanted to visit for a long time, but also, it had a nice agenda of history, culture, and just fun days like the catamaran and the beach – what tour ever says, “Hey, we’re not doing anything today but going to the beach and having fun.”?  Not many that I know of. The pace was really good; there were enough optional things to do if you wanted to or you could just stay at the hotel and sit at the pools. The hotels on this trip were out of this world, especially at Santorini and Chania. Santorini had the million dollar view and I could not get enough of it. I must have taken 100 of the same photo off my balcony just because of that. I will say too that all the hotel staff, from the luggage guys, to the front desk, to the restaurant staff was all top notch – friendly & helpful to boot. The hotel at Chania had everything: beach, pool, good restaurant. They were really organized at check-in and I got plenty of help to get laundry done. It was exceptional. – Leslie from Virginia

Each day was wonderful! Greece was beautiful and the tour was phenomenal – great tour director, wonderful food and the hotels were breathtaking – Sights and Soul is the way to travel! – Sheli from Pennsylvania

One of the best tours ever! The hotels and tour director were fabulous as was the scenery and food – excellent. First class all the way! Greece is one place everyone who travels should go – great experience. Thank you! – Kathleen from Illinois

The best experience was sitting on the terrace at the Mountain View Hotel in Santorini watching the sunset with a glass of wine in tow. I enjoyed everything on this trip – the food, hotels, cooking class, the wine and local guides and landscapes and the lovely group of women. It’s always a special treat to travel with like-minded women. Anyone wishing to experience “paradise”, Greece is the country to visit with tour guide Anne Thompson. – Bettye from Maryland

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a week. Thank you all for a wonderful experience! I met a great group of like-minded, intelligent, and diverse women; and, I cannot say enough about the fantastic job Anne did. I will not hesitate to travel again with Sights and Soul. - Toni from Virginia

Each day in Greece was spectacular. The accommodations, tours, food and transportation was all above expectations. Thank you for the experience! – Jan from Tennessee

It lived up to everything I’d heard about Greece! The women were great and I made good friends. – Jennifer Gaver, GA

An overall wonderful experience! I loved travelling with a small group of ladies and experiencing the beauty and charm of the Greek Islands! I loved this tour! There were lots of varied activities – sightseeing, museums, archaeological sites, wine tastings, cooking class, catamaran cruise, hiking a volcano – so you were never bored, great restaurants too! Anne, our tour director was wonderful! – Kathleen from Georgia  

I had the best time, and it was wonderful to travel with this small group of women – beautiful memories and so much fun! – Gayle from New South Wales, Australia

Wonderful people, wonderful leader, wonderful from start to finish! The tour more than met every expectation. Over the top! – Susan from Massachusetts

This tour was outstanding! The women were all friendly and fun to be with.  We had a good time together.  It was a wonderful trip! – Linda from Massachusetts

I thought this tour was great. I firmly believe you get what you pay for and this was worth every penny. From when I first sighed up until after the tour, attention to details was great and really appreciated.  Meals and hotels were outstanding.  Wonderful experience. Ready to do another tour! – Barbara from Georgia

Another well planned tour with just the right amount of free time. Even the rain held off until we were having dinner! Great tour! – Peggy from California

Sights and Soul provides an amazing complement of excellent itinerary, knowlegable guides, beautiful scenery and fabulous hotels and dining experiences! Terrific value! – Marcia from Tennessee

To share Greece, Santorini and Crete with like-minded women makes for a great and fun-filled journey. If you’re a single traveler, don’t hesitate, you’ll only be single at the beginning of the first dinner, after that you’ll travel with friends for the adventure; and maybe your next tour as well. – Sue from Kansas

Greece was a wonderful adventure: from the history of Athens to the beauty of Santorini or Crete. Our local guides were very knowledgeable, and Becky is the best! The tour was a great balance of History and Leisure. – Kathy from Washington

I thought the overall tour was a great experience – one of my favorites. Our tour leader was, as always, wonderful. We visited sights that were worthwhile and that I wanted to see. The hotels were very  ice: elegant and comfortable. The local guides were good + spoke good English. We had plenty of free time to lie on the beach or shop. Great trip! – Kathy from Ohio

This was my first group tour and I loved it. The other women were all great and I loved not having to worry about any of the logistics. I especially liked being met at the airport and being taken to the hotel. Very nice blend of culture, activities and free time. I enjoyed myself very much. Thank you. – Karen from New Hampshire

It was my first time travelling with a small, women-only tour, and so happy I did. I have done larger, mixed groups before, and came home stressed and the tour was a blur. This trip was different. I came home feeling relaxed and with memories of newfound friends. Excellent trip! – Cheryl from Washington

Overall, the tour was very enjoyable. S+S gave me the courage to travel solo, and have a good time in the process. – Connie from New York

This is my 3rd tour with Sights and Soul, and I have loved each one of them. This was a great tour, met some lovely women. Choice of restaurants was excellent. I am always talking to my women friends and people I meet about what an excellent tour company Sights and Soul is. – Susan from Florida

This is a very well organized, exciting, fun tour of Greece. We had the perfect amount of time in each city and great restaurants for our meals. The guides were all very informative and funny. Becky was amazing. Her calm, patience and full experience of Greece made it an outstanding event. Every detail was terrific and on mark. – Cherrielynn from Hawaii

The tour was very relaxing with the right amount of history balanced with other activities: sailing, wineries and cooking. The extended beach day was great, as well. A lot of fun – I would definitely recommend it. The Volcano View Hotel is awesome! – Barbara from Alberta

I am spreading the word about this trip – I really enjoyed it! Looking forward to traveling with S+S again. Like the small group concept, especially that our group was fantastic. – Janice from Hawaii

Thank you for a wonderful, magical experience. Every day was filled with excitement, good food and wonderful new friendships that I now treasure. Becky was a wonderful guide and hopefully I will be able to travel again with Sights and Soul again. – Rhoda from Florida

I loved the Greece tour, sights, fellow travelers, excellent food + tour leader. – Vicki from Delaware

The trip was a balanced blend of touring antiquities and fun activities, such as cookingclass,visiting wineries and a catamaran sail. We also had adequate free time. Our local guides were extremely knowledgeabe and Becky was wonderful. Her expertise and patience kept tour running smoothly. – Nancy from Virginia

I experienced a taste of Greece with awell organized, worry-free tour. Travel was comfortable, food was fantastic and the fellow travellers were great freinds by the end. I would recommend this trip 100%! – Mary from Maine

So many wonderful memories to keep reliving. Every place was special  and this was because of the thoroughness in which you plan and organize a tour, communication with us and your choice in regional guides and having experienced Sights and Soul tour directors. Becky is an amazing tour director and I am very pleased to have been on this adventure with her. Your company's success is definitely apparent by your returning tour members. I am looking forward to the next tour I have reserved. All the best to you both and the whole Sights and Soul team. – Jane Anne from Washington

You've certainly put together a wonderful tour of Greece!  I loved the variety of activities; some history/culture, adventure, exploration, relaxation and all-around spoiling.  The private catamaran tour was delightful and the food magnificent!  Becky is an amazing tour leader!  Sweet, warm, informative, and amazingly organized!  Each and every meal, accommodation, mode of transportation and connection was done seamlessly.  She is truly a gem! – Rita from Michigan

You have a wonderful program and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Greece. New friends and new places. Thank you to all for making this a lifetime memory! – Mary from Maine

Thank you for the never ending and caring way you do business. Your tours are the greatest. And a special note goes out to Becky for her efficient and pleasant way of handling a variety of personalities and concern. You are blessed to have her as part of your company. I can't wait to share my photos and travel experiences with my family and friends. I know they will be jealous. – Linda from Illinois

Thanks to Sights and Soul I definitely caught a travel bug. The Greece tour was fantastic. It was my second Sights and Soul tour (I did Eastern Europe last year), and Greece has always been a dream destination of mine, so my expectations were very, very high - and it still exceeded them by a lot. It will be hard to top! And Becky was fantastic – she was calm, organized, and professional, but she was also nice and really fun to hang out with. By the end of the tour, I felt like she was a friend I’d want to travel with again. – Andrea from Ohio

I have nothing but great things to say about this tour: from food, hotels and the varieties of experiences, this trip was spectacular. Clearly Sights and Soul Travels does their homework. Becky, the tour leader was the epitome of patience. No questions was ever asked too often. She gave clear directions, was always there for every traveler. – Joan from New York

Greece was a blissful experience! My mom and I had a blast. Your company provided us with a wealth of historical information, fine dining and beautiful scenic views from our hotel rooms. Our tour guide, Becky, was compassionate, resourceful, and a wonderful hostess! – Tabbitha from Louisiana

I want to thank you, Becky and everyone at Sights and Soul Travels for making our Greek tour such a memorable experience.  I already miss all of the other women that I got to know on the trip and will never forget all of the exciting excursions, tours, boat rides, meals and shopping expeditions we packed into 10 short days.  I look forward to traveling again with Sights and Soul Travels in the near future! – Judy from Maryland

I loved every minute of it and will not hesitate to go again with you. Greece was one of the prettiest places I've ever seen. Great shopping, great sites. Great bunch of ladies - laughed a lot. – Nat from Maine

Loved it, loved it, loved it! The trip to Greece was an amazing trip of a lifetime! I hope to take more trips with Sights and Soul Travels in the future. Becky was an awesome tour leader! – Pam from Virginia

This was my first all-girls small tour, having done several trips in the past 6 years with large tour operators with 35 or 40 travelers. Sights and Soul did not miss a beat on their Greek Isle Tour: hotels were awesome, food was beyond my expectations, nice balance of historic sights and museums, and then the cherry on top of the sundae for me was two-fold - the day on the yacht and the cooking class. All good things must come to an end, but this is surely one trip that I wished could have gone one, and on, and on! – Marie from North Carolina

I LOVED the Greece trip, meeting the ladies & Becky was such a wonderful guide!  Looking forward to traveling with you again... – Kate from Texas

Thank you for putting together such a wonderful tour of Greece. The activities, restaurants and hotels were wonderful and I feel like I really learned the history and culture of Greece. It was the trip of a lifetime for me and I will always have fond memories of my time there. And I'm already saving for another trip! – Lindsey from Minnesota

I have so many good memories of our great trip to Greece, a great deal of which was due to your gift of arranging events and creating an environment that is both relaxing and stimulating. I'll look forward to future trips! – Kate from Ontario

It was first time traveling overseas for me, and was a bit nervous, but after meeting everyone and seeing how well planned everything was + the quality of accommodations and meals, I was just thrilled and enjoyed everything. – Cynthia from Arizona

  • Accommodations in upscale, boutique hotels
  • Staying on the island of Santorini for 4 days
  • Upscale restaurants and a la carte dining
  • Knowledgeable and passionate private guides
  • Exclusive experiences, not available to larger groups
  • Sailing around Santorini on a private yacht
  • Private cooking class on an ancient Cretan estate
  • A small group of maximum 16 women
  • Knowledgeable and experienced Tour Director
  • Inclusion of domestic flights in the tour price
  • No forced shopping

Tour Director: Anne Thompson

Lapped by the azure Ionian and Aegean seas, Greece is considered the cradle of Western civilization. From art to science and democracy to philosophy, the accomplishments of the ancient Greeks have shaped the foundations of Western civilizations. Meanwhile, both the Greek mainland and its 6,000 islands enchant with their unique beauty, archaeological treasures and the glittering aquamarine seas that surround them. During the Athens and the Greek Isles Tour, we will embark on an exclusive voyage of discovery, follow the ancient epic tales and encounter history where it was made, while getting immersed in the flavors, colors and traditions of Greece.

In Athens, we will discover treasures of the Acropolis, including the masterpiece of Periclean Athens: the Parthenon; then we'll explore the ancient Agora and the New Acropolis Museum with a private guide who will bring those iconic monuments to life.

In Santorini, we'll sail around the island on a private catamaran, explore the crescent of the island surviving after the Late Bronze era volcanic explosions, the picturesque vineyards and traditional villages, enjoy the spectacular sunsets, visit the Profitis Ilias Monastery and maybe even ride a donkey.

In Crete, the legendary birthplace of Zeus, we will bask in the history, ambiance and beauty of the island, as we visit the Minoan Palace in Knossos, the Venetian designed town of Chania, the historic Agia Tiriada Monastery, then take a Mediterranean cooking class. We'll admire ancient temples and lively villages, but we'll also have time to relax on the beach, swim and enjoy the Greek Isles which are defined by the sapphire waters and the remains of the richest Mediterranean cultures that intersected and influenced each other here.

  • We'll spend 2 nights in a boutique hotel in Athens, 3 nights in cliff-hugging villas on the Island of Santorini, 1 night at a Venetian harborside hotel in Heraklion and 4 nights at an exclusive resort on the beautiful Island of Crete. Transfer between the islands will be by air.
  • While in Athens, we will delve into the complexities of ancient Greek history and culture with private, in-depth tours of the Acropolis, the Parthenon and the Agora. We'll meander through the ancient alleyways of Plaka, as we soak up the relaxed, festive atmosphere and sample delicious Greek specialties in lively tavernas.
  • While in Santorini, we will visit the ancient villages of Fira and Oia, explore the Profitis Ilias Monastery, sail around the island in a private catamaran and see one of the island's unusual wineries. There will also be time to relax on the island's dramatic beaches, watch the spectacular sunsets and shopping for local treasures.
  • We will spend several days on the Island of Crete, exploring the monuments of the ancient Minoan civilization, enjoying the elegant ambiance of the Venetian town of Chania, visiting the olive oil producing Monastery of Agia Triada and learning to cook Cretan dishes, to dance the Syrtaki (Zorba's dance) and festive Greek entertainment.
  • Throughout the tour we will dine in carefully selected gourmet restaurants and sample many delicious Greek wines and the amazing local specialties.

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