Mediterranean Magic: Savoring the Best of Food & Wine Together
Immerse yourself in the heart of the Mediterranean, a place where the harmonious marriage of exquisite food and exceptional wines creates an unparalleled symphony of flavors.
DestinationsFlorence, Tuscany, Athens & Crete
Preferred Travel MonthsSpring/Autumn
About this trip
This 11-day trip through the Mediterranean is a magical exploration of some of the most iconic regions in Italy and Greece. Starting in the beautiful city of Florence, you will be treated to a culinary journey through Tuscany’s rolling hills and charming towns. From there, head to Athens, where ancient history comes alive, as you discover the vibrant food scene and experience Greek hospitality at its best. Uncover the stunning island of Crete, where you will indulge in traditional Cretan cuisine and enjoy the stunning coastal views.
Map & Itinerary
Day to Day
- Day 1: Arrival in Florence
- Day 2: Florence Full-day Tour
- Day 3: Evening Tour of Florence: Renaissance and Gelato
- Day 4: Car transfer or train to Tuscany
- Day 5: Siena and San Gimignano Tour with Dinner from Florence
- Day 6: Car transfer to Florence, flight to Athens
- Day 7: Athens Mythology Tour
- Day 8: Flight to Crete
- Day 9: From Chania: Day-Trip to 7 Traditional Cretan Villages with lunch
- Day 10: Authentic Cretan Cooking Class in Chania
- Day 11: Departure
DAY 1-3: Florence
Upon your arrival in Florence, your driver will be waiting to take you to your hotel, where you will be able to check in and get settled before heading out and exploring this beautiful city.
On day two, enjoy a full-day tour of all the best of Florence. Discover the iconic landmarks that define the city and the hidden gems that make it truly extraordinary.
Marvel at Michelangelo’s masterpiece, ‘David,’ immerse yourself in the masterpieces of da Vinci, Raphael, and Botticelli at the Uffizi Gallery, and admire the magnificent exterior of the cathedral, complete with its breathtaking dome.
In the evening, get lost in the enchanting streets of Florence and discover the iconic trattorias, gelaterias, and artisan shops that give the city its charm.
End your day with a relaxing stroll along the Arno River and witness the stunning sunset over the Ponte Vecchio.
For your last day in Florence, spend the morning like a local, sipping coffee in a quaint Florentine café, eating fresh pastries, and people-watching.
Take a leisurely walk through the Boboli Gardens or climb to the top of Piazzale Michelangelo for stunning views of the city.
In the evening, embark on a delightful walking tour in Florence to uncover the delectable world of gelato.
Indulge in tastings at some of the city’s finest gelaterias. Along the way, explore hidden gems such as the Oltrarno neighborhood and the Medici’s Pitti Palace.
The tour culminates near the magnificent Duomo, where you’ll discover the artistry of Brunelleschi, Giotto, and Ghiberti.
After the tour, enjoy your final meal in Florence at one of the city’s beloved restaurants, indulging in traditional Tuscan cuisine and fine wines.
DAY 4-5 : Tuscany
In the morning, get ready to explore the stunning Tuscan countryside.
Your private car will take you to the train station to climb aboard a scenic train ride through the charming hills of Tuscany.
Upon arrival, your driver will be waiting to take you to your accommodation. Check-in and freshen up before an afternoon of being swept away by the beauty of the region.
Visit charming hilltop towns, indulge in wine tastings at local vineyards, and enjoy a traditional Tuscan-style dinner overlooking the rolling hills.
On your second day in Tuscany, we will whisk you away to some of Tuscany’s brightest gems.
Visit the historic city of Siena and discover its fascinating secrets.
Marvel at the medieval skyscrapers in San Gimignano and take in the breathtaking views.
Enjoy a traditional Tuscan meal with expert wine pairings at a Chianti winery.
In the evening, relax at your accommodation and take in the peaceful surroundings.
Enjoy a glass of local wine or take a stroll through the picturesque landscape.
DAY 6-7: Athens
It’s time to pack your bags as your transfer is waiting to take you to the airport for your flight to Athens, Greece.
Upon arrival in Athens, you will be escorted to your hotel, where you can check in and relax after your travels.
Once you’re rejuvenated, explore the fascinating city of Athens and discover its rich history and culture.
Stroll through the bustling streets of Plaka and end the day with a traditional Greek meze dinner while sipping a glass of wine at a local taverna.
On your second day in Athens, have a majestic journey through time on your private mythology tour of the Acropolis and the new Acropolis Museum.
With an exceptional archaeologist as your guide, delve into Athens’s ancient history and resplendent architecture, where captivating narratives of Greek mythology come alive.
As the day goes on, the city reveals its amazing wonders. From fascinating museums to mind-blowing archaeological sites, immerse yourself in the true essence of Greece.
In the evening, wander the streets and alleyways of the Monastiraki neighborhood, where you can find unique souvenirs and gifts.
And when the sun sets, head up to the mystical Areopagus hill for stunning views of the Acropolis illuminated at night.
DAY 8-10: Crete
In the morning, bid farewell to Athens as you embark on a flight to the largest Greek island, Crete. Upon arrival, enjoy a private transfer to your accommodation.
After getting settled in, spend the afternoon at your leisure.
Take in the Grecian sun while discovering some of the islands’ hidden gems, or simply relax on the stunning beaches.
Stroll along the Venetian harbor, visit historic landmarks like the Firkas Fortress, and indulge in some delicious Cretan cuisine.
On your second day in Chania, take a day trip to explore 7 traditional Crete villages.
Begin with Greek coffee in Armenoi village. Visit Stylos, Tsivaras, and Kalives, enjoying mountainous views along the way.
Discover Cretan culture at the folklore museum in Gavalochori.
Explore the theatre and hidden church in Vrises and Emprosneros.
Sample local cheeses at a family-run fromagerie and enjoy Cretan delicacies at a local bakery.
Have a traditional Cretan lunch in Fres village and experience the local way of life.
After the tour, spend the evening exploring the charming streets of Chania.
Watch the skies change as the sun sets and indulge in some shopping at the local markets.
End your day with a delicious dinner featuring fresh seafood and traditional Greek dishes.
Enjoy a leisurely morning of sipping coffee at quaint cafes and stroll along the picturesque streets for your last day in Crete.
In the afternoon, discover the beauty and cuisine of Crete by joining us in Chania for a cooking lesson using fresh, organic ingredients from the Cretan land.
Learn to make popular Cretan dishes like gemista and enjoy delightful Cretan wine and local cheeses.
Experience the flavors of Crete while enjoying the stunning view of the Cretan mountains.
After the cooking lesson, pour a glass of Cretan wine to savor with your homemade meal and toast to an unforgettable trip.
DAY 11: Depature
Enjoy a final Greek breakfast in the morning before your driver picks you up to take you to the airport for your flight home.
With the magic of the Mediterranean fresh in your memory, you can depart with a heart full of memories and a taste for the Italian and Greek cultures and cuisines.
- Boutique 4-5* accommodation
- All private tours with excellent licensed guides, as described in the itinerary
- All private transfers with professional drivers and luxury vehicles
- All domestic and international flights/trains/ferries
- Skip the line entrance fees at all sites
- All taxes and VAT
- Meals, unless mentioned in the itinerary
- Personal travel insurance
- Personal expenses