Best Of Mediterranean Food & Wine: Florence, Tuscany, Athens, and Crete,
Embark on a 10-day Mediterranean culinary adventure through Florence, Tuscany, Athens, and Crete, indulging in the finest food and wine experiences while immersing yourself in the rich cultures of Greece and Italy.
Do you love Mediterranean cuisine? Have you always wanted to walk through a working olive grove in Crete? Have you dreamed of trying real Italian pasta at the place where it all began? Have you wanted to sip some original Chianti and experience the place where it’s actually made?
Well, now your dreams can come true because we’re offering the ultimate 10-day culinary tour of Greece and Italy that lets you taste the best of Mediterranean food and wine while you discover the local culture behind your favorite flavors.
Bongiorno (good day), and Benvenuti (or welcome) to Italy!
Upon your arrival at Florence Airport, we will pick you up and transport you to your hotel in the city. Spend your first night in Italy as you like, and prepare for an exciting trip full of excellent adventures in the days ahead.
The next morning, we will send you on an epic tour of the city that will include the city’s (and perhaps the world’s) two best art museums.
At the Uffizi Gallery, be amazed by Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic Annunciation and Adoration of the Magi, along with Michaelangelo’s The Holy Family and many more amazing works of art.
If that’s not enough art for you to admire, fear not, because we will also secure your admission into the Accademia Gallery, where you can take in the majesty of Michaelangelo’s original David sculpture and many more Renaissance-era works of art.
In addition to the museums, this Florence in a Day tour will take you to local landmarks like the iconic Duomo Cathedral and the leather market.
On day 3, you will take a special tour of the city that includes additional Florence landmarks, such as the Piazza Della Signoria and the Ponte Vecchio bridge, as well as locations that are often overlooked by visitors, such as the Medicis’ grand Pitti Palace and the magnificent Basilica di Santo Spirito.
If this doesn’t sound enticing enough, take note that this tour will also be a stop at a traditional gelateria to enjoy some authentic Florentine gelato!
Siena and San Gimignano
The following day, you will have to bid arrivederci (or goodbye) to Florence, but you will have two more days to explore more of Tuscany!
We will provide a private transfer from Florence to your new hotel in the Tuscan countryside. Once you check in at your hotel, you can spend the evening as you please.
For your final full day in Italy, we have an extra special day trip planned for you! We will handle all your transportation so you can kick back and enjoy Chianti, the region where Chianti wine is made!
In addition, you will explore the lovely towns of Siena and San Gimignano, and you can spend one more day basking in the glory of the Tuscan sun before you settle in for the night in Florence.
On day 6, we will pick you up at your hotel in Tuscany and then take you back to Florence Airport. This will conclude the Italian leg of your trip, but you still have plenty more to see and do in Greece!
Once you arrive in Athens, we will transport you to your next hotel in the heart of the city. Feel free to take it easy and rest up for the night because you’ll have an action-packed day ahead of you!
The next day, we will take you on a fantastic evening tour of Athens’ most mesmerizing landmark: the Acropolis!
On this private tour of the Acropolis and the new Acropolis Museum, you will discover the truth behind the legends of the Athena Nike, the battle between Athena and Poseidon, the healing powers of Asclepius, and this very location being “the birthplace of Western civilization.”
At the Acropolis Museum, you will find many more incredible artifacts that will provide more insight into real life in ancient Greece.
On the eighth day, you will depart Athens, and we will take you to the airport, so you can fly to the gorgeous island of Crete. We will then transport you to your hotel on the island. From there, we will leave it up to you to decide how to spend the evening.
The following morning, we will send you off on an incredible tour of 7 nearby traditional Cretan villages. On this tour, you will experience everything from the calming river of Vreses to the hidden church of St. Antony in the village of Emprosneros.
You will also get to visit a local, family-run raki distillery where you can learn all about this unique Cretan spirit, and you will taste plenty more local delicacies throughout the tour, from Greek coffee in Armenoi to a full Cretan lunch in Fres!
For your final full day in Greece, you will do a fantastic cooking class at a private kitchen high in the White Mountains above the town of Chania.
You will see for yourself how the freshest local ingredients make the most delectable dishes and meals, as you will be cooking with hand-picked vegetables from the garden and locally sourced olive oil, dairy, and meats.
You will try your hand at traditional Cretan dishes like dakos, and kaltsounia, plus you will be enjoying authentic Cretan wines and cheeses.
As much as we would love for you to stay and play with us some more, it’s time to bid farewell to Italy and to this incredible vacation.
We will conclude your trip with a private car transfer and ensure you arrive at the airport with ample time to catch your flight(s) back home. Hopefully, we will see you again soon!
These are our top accommodation options for this trip. We only feature particular hand-picked hotels, which our team has carefully inspected. These hotels have received great feedback from our previous guests.
Domes Zeen Elounda is a luxury resort that will introduce you to a world of comfort, luxury, and stunning facilities!
Domes Zeen Chania is a 5-star hotel that offers its guests warm hospitality and a list of luxurious amenities!
Elia Ermou is a 4-star hotel on the most commercial street of Athens with first-class services, amenities, and facilities.
Ergon House Athens is a luxury foodie hotel that will make your stay in the historic city a deliciously rich experience.
Indulge in the timeless charm of Florence while experiencing impeccable luxury at its finest by staying at Hotel Cerretani Firenze!
Luxuriate in upscale amenities and personalized experiences set in the magical island of Santorini in Ikies Boutique Hotel.
Take in the whimsical, volcanic landscape of Santorini while enjoying the most luxurious accommodation experience in Perivolas Hotel.
Experience the epitome of luxury and relaxation at San Firenze Suites & Spa for an unforgettable stay in the heart of Florence's historic charm.
Santorini Princess Boutique Spa Hotel offers a unique luxury stay with the peace and tranquility of the enchanting Santorinian Caldera, along with the glorious island's sunsets.
Revel in luxury and sophistication while visiting the striking island of Santorini by staying at the Vasilicos boutique hotel.
- Boutique 4-5* accommodation
- All private tours with excellent licensed guides, as described in the itinerary
- All private transfers with luxury vehicles and professional drivers
- All domestic and international flights/trains/ferries
- Skip the line entrance fees on all sites
- All taxes and VAT
- All personal expenses
- Meals, unless specified in the itinerary
- Personal travel insurance
- Intercontinental flights