Itinerary Highlights
    • Discover the ancient relics and contemporary charms of Athens in the company of a clued-up local guide
    • Savour the delights of slow travel as you sail under the night sky across the Aegean
    • Spend five days exploring Patmos, an authentic and exclusive island with a rental car
    • While away days on postcard-perfect beaches and marvel at tropical flora in Koumaro Forest

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On this ten-day itinerary, prepare for ancient architecture, trendy neighbourhoods, authentic taverns, delectable seafood and aquamarine waters; it’s all about sampling the heavenly hallmarks of Greece’s city and sea. The first chapter of this journey takes place against the backdrop of Athens, one of the world’s most eclectic and storied metropolises. A clued-up local guide will be on hand to guide you through the tremendous tales woven into the walls of the city. You’ll then have one further day to delve deeper into the historic and cultural delights of the Greek capital before sailing overnight across the Aegean. Your next destination is Patmos, a tranquil island that reminds us that some of the most beautiful things come in tiny packages.
Everything here is delightfully authentic, from its waterfront taverns and seafood gastronomy to its white-washed houses and rolling Mediterranean hills. There is also history and culture aplenty thanks to the ancient presence of St John the Theologian – make sure to marvel at the enchanting courtyards and frescoes found inside the castle and monastery dedicated to this storied apostle with a local historian-guide. The rest of the island is graced by beautiful beaches, rolling countryside, quaint towns, lively ports, protected wetlands and rare forests, all of which can be easily explored over five days from the comfort of your spacious hire car.


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Rise and shine, today marks the beginning of your enviable Greek getaway. Head to the airport, whizz through security and head to the airport lounge for some nibbles and refreshments as you await departure. A breezy three-and-a-half hour flight lands you in the Greek capital, where a private driver will be waiting to escort you to the first hotel of your trip: a splendid property nestled in the heart of the upmarket Kolonaki district. Settle in for two nights and spend the rest of today savoring your new surroundings. We recommend turning to your destination-specific Dossier of our favorite eateries in the area. Enjoy a cocktail or glass of bubbly and soak in the Athenian hustle and bustle as you celebrate the first night of your holiday.



Today is your only full day in Athens, so wake up bright and early. Your guide for the day is an enthusiastic local, who will be on hand to assist, guide and educate you as you stroll through one of the world’s most storied metropolises. The walk is relaxed and based around you, so you can be totally spontaneous. History buffs will surely delight at the wealth of monuments and ancient vestiges that formed the base of human society; while culture enthusiasts may opt to get lost in a maze of characterful bookstores, designer boutiques and independent art galleries. Looming large over the whole city is the Parthenon, an intact temple in the centre of the Acropolis that displays the might of Ancient Greece and pays homage to the stereotypical Athenian landscape. Beyond this, sites like the Athens National Garden remind us that Athens has gracefully stepped into the 21st century.



Spend today savouring your final taste of Athens before sailing to the idyllic island of Patmos later this evening. We recommend delving deeper into the more contemporary side of Greece with visits to neighbourhoods such as Kypseli, Exarcheia or Pangrati. These cultural enclaves boast a host of diverse markets, multi-era architecture and bustling sports stadiums. Make sure to take a glance into the Panathenaic Stadium to soak in the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games, revived in 1896. You could also take a trip to the statue of Pericles, a magnificent representation of the fierce fight for democracy and political and cultural power in the fifth century BC. This evening, a private driver will collect you and transfer you to Piraeus, where you’ll board a night ferry to Patmos.



Wake up to a different view this morning as you pull into the port of Patmos. A private driver will be waiting here to greet and guide you to your home for the next five nights: a traditional waterfront property south of Grikos. The surrounding area is serene and secluded. Traditional taverns dishing out tasty local fare line the pebbly bay, beyond which lie the crystal-clear waters of the Aegean. After checking into your hotel, spend the rest of your first day and evening settling into the rhythm of island life. You could head out and get to grips with your rental car (which you’ll have at your disposal for the next four days), or you could simply kick back and enjoy the luxurious facilities at your hotel, which include a spa and pool.

DAYS 5 to 8


Patmos is far from a clubber's paradise; it’s a haven of peace and tranquillity where tourists and locals alike enjoy life at a slower pace. Enjoy the string of pristine coastline that stretches either side of you, hike into the nearby hills for views across the azure Aegean and swim or sail in the crystal-clear waters of Grikos Bay. Further afield beaches worth making a trip to include Lampi and its multicolored pebbles to the north, Livadi Geranou to the northeast and Psili Ammos to the south. Ornithologists can delight in the collection of swans and herons that take refuge in the protected wetlands around Grikos, while botanists can marvel at the wealth of flora found in Koumaro Forest, one of only three surviving Arbutus forests in Greece. As for the gastronomes, xynomyzithra and kalathoto cheeses alongside some stuffed zucchini flowers make for an exquisite aperitif. Beyond its vast natural beauty, Patmos is also celebrated as a treasure chest of historic and religious relics, which you can easily discover with your hire car. The UNESCO-listed Cave of the Apocalypse is the star of the show. This half-chapel, half-cave construction is said to have been the location where the apostle St John the Theologian experienced the visions that would later become immortalised in the Bible’s Book of Revelation (or Apocalypse). There is also the castle and monastery of the same apostle, which stands tall over the charming medieval streets of Patmos. Head here with a local historian-guide to learn all about the centuries-old tales. The architecture of the enclosure, with its intimate courtyards and dazzling frescoes, is quite the sight. And finally, when you’re ready for some hustle, bustle and hedonistic fun, head to the lovely port and town of Skala for some wining and dining.



Spend your final day on Patmos relishing the sweet taste of island life or visiting any sites you might have missed. Later this afternoon, a private driver will collect you from your hotel and whisk you back to the port, where you’ll board the overnight ferry back to Athens.

DAY 10


Depending on your scheduled flight, you may have some time to continue soaking in the cultural delights of Athens at your own pace. When the time comes to head to the airport, a private driver will collect you and drop you off at the terminal. After whizzing back through security, escape the crowds and enjoy some downtime in the airport lounge. Flight time back to the UK is just under four hours, enough time to relax, reminisce and organise your photos before touching down.

A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The cost for this trip starts from £3,100 to £4,200 per person.

The final cost of the trip depends on the way we tailor it especially for you. The final cost varies according to several factors, which include the level of service, length of trip and advance booking time. The exact price will be provided on your personalised quote.

The average starting price for this trip is £3,800 per person.
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