Crete - Santorini , 9 day trip

Unwind in the beautiful scenery, meet its authentic people, become fascinated with mythology, history and local stories that span in the millenia.
A journey through traditions and true hospitality.

Fall in love with delicious local food, with Cretan ‘tsikoudia’, discover the Cretan wines. In Santorini, we will focus on its wines, the volcanic soil of their vineyards and taste some internationally acclaimed wines.

Day 1.  Chania
Arrive at Chania International Airport on a morning flight from Athens.  Meet representative and transfer by private bus to our hotel near the port. Meet fellow travelers.  After a welcome drink, we will start a walking tour with our local guide in the old part of the town and unfold the layers of its rich history.  Welcome dinner in traditional fish restaurant with local specialties.  Overnight with breakfast at hotel near the old port or similar in the old town.

Day 2. Chania
Early morning departure with private bus towards the Olive groves in the west side of Chania, near Kolimbari, where some of the best olive oils are produced.  Lunch and olive oil tasting. ‘Tsikoudia’ story and tasting.  Afternoon free. Overnight with breakfast at Hotel Porto Veneziano or similar in the old town.

Day 3. Chania-Rethymno
Early morning departure with private bus towards Rethymnon.  Stop at traditional village Gavalochori for cooking demonstration and lunch.  Arrive in Rethymno late afternoon.  Swimming opportunity in the clear blue waters.  Overnight with breakfast at a hotel in the old part of the town.

Day 4. Rethymno -Heraklion
Visit traditional phyllo work shop and local bakery to see how the famous Cretan rusks are made. Depart for lunch in traditional village. Continue to Heraklion for group dinner and overnight.

Day 5. Heraklion
Early morning departure on foot with our local guide to visit the Heraklion Archaeological museum and marvel at the minoan treasures.  Continue with private bus to visit 2 wineries and have lunch.  Return to Heraklion for overnight.

Day 6. Heraklion
Day dedicated to wineries as the plain of Heraklion is the wine country of Crete! We will visit 3 wineries and enjoy a delightful lunch.  Return early afternoon to Heraklion for some free time.  Overnight with breakfast at Heraklion.

Day 7. Heraklion -Santorini
Early morning departure with fast ferry to the island of Santorini.  Arrive by mid day, settle in our hotel and have lunch.  Visit 2 wineries and enjoy the sunset with magnificent views from the caldera, while enjoying your wine! Overnight with breakfast at centrally located hotel in Santorini.

Day 8. Santorini
Day for exploring the notable wineries of the island.  We will visit 3-4 wineries and have lunch overlooking the vineyards.  Free afternoon on our last day in Santorini.  Overnight with breakfast at centrally located hotel.

The tour ends here.

Some of the participants might want to extend their stay in the island of Santorini or some might want to return to Athens.  Please indicate if you wish to return or stay on the island, making your own arrangements.

7 reasons to join the Crete -Santorini tour

  • Experience: Cook your lunch outdoors
  • Learn: The hisotry of a great island, the southern most border of Europe
  • Get involved: Gather ‘chorta’, herbs, fruit, vegetables
  • Indulge: Swim in clear blue waters
  • Treat yourself: Have a ‘bougatsa’ with a Greek coffee at a traditional ‘kafeneio’
  • Let go: Sit at the edge of the caldera in Santorini and take in the wild beauty of the volcanic rim
  • Give in: Dance with the locals even if the steps don’t make sense!
Crete & Santorini 9 day trip map, Tourism - Itineraries - Margo Wine Routes


2,950 euros per person
for min 10 participants sharing a twin room

2,610 euros per person
for min 15 participants sharing a twin room

Single supplement: 320 euros

– Eight (8) overnights in Crete and Santorini in 3 and 4 star hotels sharing a twin room
– Daily breakfast
– Bus transportation with modern, air conditioned bus with professional driver incl. all his expenses
– Certified local English speaking guide with wine knowledge incl. all expenses
– Nine (9) group meals
– Transfers from airport, to/from port with private bus
– Ticket for High speed ferry Heraklion-Santorini
– All winery tastings
– Local taxes


Not Included:
– Airfare to Crete and from Santorini
– Hotel taxes
– All meals/services not mentioned
– Extra travelers insurance
– Gratuities to driver and guide (optional- suggested 3-4e per person per day for each)
– All personal expenses and shopping

Local grape varietes we will taste in this trip: Vidiano, Liatiko, Dafni, (Crete). Assyrtiko, Mavrotragano, Vinsanto (Santorini)

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