Be seduced by whitewashed buildings set against a clear blue sky as you enjoy the best in Greek wine and discover ancient archaeology.
As the oldest wine-making nation in Europe, the Greeks have their roots firmly based in the past, at times glorious and at other times sad. Ancient techniques such as sun-drying the grapes to make divine sweet wines and occasionally adding pine resin to wine can still be found here. A new generation of wine-makers is exploring the 300 or so Greek grape varieties and the ‘terroirs’ that produced the wines that held the world in awe. Crete has been a wine island since the time of the Minoans, with the fame of its wines peaking around the time of the Venetians. Nowadays, dynamic companies are making modern wines from traditional and ‘international’ grape varieties. Santorini is famous for potent, intense and very dry white wines made from Assyrtiko, and the fi ner examples from top producers can age for at least a decade. Ancient Assyrtiko vines cling precariously to the slopes of the dormant volcano.
Immerse yourself in the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete in the form of Knossos. Explore the picture-perfect town of Oia and the modern city of Heraklion, with its wonderful archaeological museum covering a chronological span of over 5,500 years – from the Neolithic period through to Roman times.
Aegean cuisine is simple. In Crete, specialities include kakavia (fish soup flavoured with lemon, wild onions and herbs) and kalitsounia (savoury stuffed pastries). There is an abundance of wild greens – horta – which are picked fresh from the Cretan hills, and cheese drizzled with honey is a long-standing favourite at breakfast.
- Local transport
- Meals - as per the itinerary
- Wine Guide
- Professional tour manager