Greece Luxury Vacations

The Cyclades off the beaten track

LUXURY TOURS CYCLADES ISLANDS

Your Greece luxury vacation begins in Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization. There, visit ancient highlights such as the Acropolis, the Museum of the Acropolis, and the ancient Agora. Next, your private tour continues with a fast ferry ride to Sifnos, one of the hidden gems of the Cyclades Islands. Spend the following days exploring sandy beaches, hidden coves, and an extensive system of hiking trails. Participate in a cooking demonstration to learn about the island’s traditional dishes, and visit the island’s picturesque – and historic – villages. From Sifnos, a convenient private helicopter transfer takes you to the final destination of your luxury tour of the Cyclades Islands: the picturesque island of Santorini. Witness dramatic sunsets, enjoy awe-inspiring hikes, and experience a boating day around the caldera, stopping at Akrotiri lighthouse and Thirasia Island, to name just a few of the possible adventures.

A Taste of Blue Parallel's Insider Access

  • VIP services in Athens airport
  • Private sailing excursion with expert crew in Santorini
  • Cooking class with an acclaimed Santorini chef
  • A surprise musical performance in a spectacular natural setting
  • Private helicopter services

The Discovery

  • Athens
  • Cyclades Islands
  • Sifnos
  • Santorini

The Adventure

  • Hiking
  • Sailing
  • Yachting
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming

DURATION

8 days

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PRIVATE TOUR CYCLADES ISLANDS

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Note: This private tour to Greece and the Cyclades Islands is an example, as all of our luxury journeys are custom-made.

Note: This private tour to Greece and the Cyclades Islands is an example, as all of our luxury journeys are custom-made.

Athens (2 nights)

Your private tour of Greece begins in Athens, one of the world’s oldest cities. Your private transfer takes you to your hotel in downtown Athens with views of the Acropolis. Once a powerful city-state and a center for the arts, learning, and philosophy, Athens was home to Plato’s Academy and Aristotle’s Lyceum and is often referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy. Its Classical Era heritage is still evident, represented by ancient monuments and works of art dotted throughout the city, the most famous being the Parthenon.

After you settle into your luxury hotel, visit the innovative Acropolis Museum with your expert guide. The museum’s glass design is equal in size and shape to the Parthenon. It also rotates the Marble sculptures and findings precisely as they were at the Parthenon centuries ago. After your immersion into the rich history of the Acropolis, dine at a nearby restaurant with breathtaking views of the Acropolis.

The next day, visit the Acropolis itself, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most important ancient site in the Western world. Later, explore the Plaka neighborhood built on top of the residential areas of the ancient town of Athens and finish at the Ancient Agora and Roman Forums, all walking distance from your hotel. Enjoy lunch at a traditional tavern before heading back to your hotel to spend some time at leisure. Later in the evening, dine at a gourmet restaurant in town.

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Sifnos, Cyclades Islands (2 nights)

A private transfer takes you to the port of Piraeus for your fast ferry ride to Sifnos, a dreamlike island known for its beautiful secluded beaches and coves, along with its rich culinary tradition. After settling into your accommodations, visit Kastro, a picturesque, car-free village with over 3,000 years of history, for a walking tour through the ancient streets with your expert guide. Before returning to your hotel, stop for a cocktail and seafood canape on the terrace of a local cafe, enjoying impressive views over the surrounding sea and mountains.

The following morning, head to a nearby farm where you will have the chance to wander the fields and harvest fresh ingredients that will later be used to prepare a delicious lunch. Finally, in the afternoon, take a private boating excursion to Polyaigos. On this uninhabited island, you will enjoy swimming in the crystal-clear cerulean water while soaking up the bright Mediterranean sun.

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Santorini (3 nights)

Depart Sifnos with a convenient private helicopter transfer to Santorini. Upon arrival on the island, located in the southernmost point of the Cyclades Islands, your personal host will greet you before your private transfer to your hotel with breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea. After you settle in, enjoy a gentle hike to Skaros Rock, an iconic spot to watch Santorini’s spectacular sunsets. In the evening, head down to the tiny port of Ammoudi with excellent taverns located right on the water that serve freshly caught fish.

The following day, explore Santorini’s caldera on a private sailing excursion. Depart from the Vlihada port located in the southern part of the island and sail to the famous red beach for swimming and snorkeling. Continue along the coast stopping at the white beach and the Akrotiri lighthouse. Later, pick up sail through the caldera lake to Thirasia Island, where you will hike to a spectacular lookout point for the best view of Santorini. In the late afternoon, head to the picturesque town of Pyrgos and sip on cocktails as you listen to classical music at Franco’s Bar, followed by dinner at Selene.

On your third day, your expert guide will accompany you to explore the archaeological site of Akrotiri. A volcanic eruption destroyed this Minoan Bronze Age settlement around 1,500 BC. Following the tour, enjoy a private wine tasting before stopping at the forgotten village of Emporio. In the late afternoon, take a private transfer to Oia for your 2-hour hike along the caldera’s cliffs. Stop along the way at a quaint church to take in panoramic views while listening to live folkloric Greek music playing just for your party. Finally, arrive at your hotel in time to watch the sunset in the privacy of your hotel room’s terrace.

On the last day of your private Greece tour, return to Athens by domestic flight to catch your international flight home.

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Map showing route, destinations, and transportation of luxury vacation in Cyclades Islands, Greece
DESTINATIONS TRAVEL TIME
ATHENS SIFNOS 2 hrs 30 min
SIFNOS SANTORINI 30 min
SANTORINI ATHENS 45 min

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PRICE REFERENCE

Recommended stay 7-10 days
Price reference
(8 days, private party of 2)
Starting at $18,000 per passenger
Price reference
(8 days, private party of 4)
Starting at $13,000 per passenger
Price reference
(8 days, private party of 6)
Starting at $12,000 per passenger

Note: Prices will vary based on the specifics of your itinerary and the number of passengers in your party

What is included in your luxury Greece tour:

  • Luxury accommodations at
    • Hotel Grande Bretagne (Athens)
    • Verina Terra Hotel (Sifnos)
    • Grace Hotel (Santorini)
  • Internal flights
  • Private helicopter from Sifnos to Santorini
  • Services of Blue Parallel hosts and private specialized guides throughout the journey
  • All special events, private guided tours, private excursions, private outdoor activities, entrance fees
  • A Blue Parallel team composed of a personal travel expert, private hosts in each destination, and a “behind the scenes” logistical expert who monitors every step of your luxury tour. The team is on call 24-hours a day during a trip
  • All internal transportation
  • Some meals
  • A Blue Parallel customized travel kit that you will receive prior to departure

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View of Santorini's blue domed white buildings, the Aegean sea, and rocky cliffs

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