Mountainous Northern Greece and volcanic Santorini offer the gourmand many pleasures. In Northern Greece, wine lovers will enjoy the full-bodied, age-worthy red wines of Naoussa that have been compared to fine Barolos and pair well with the region’s unique, hearty cuisine – with its Turkish and Balkan influences and ingredients as varied as mushrooms, tomatoes, fruits, cheeses, and game. Guests will also revel in the region’s great natural beauty of mountains, lakes, and waterfalls and relive the days of great rulers as you visit the Royal Tombs of Vergina (a UNESCO World Heritage site).
From Northern Greece, guests may choose to continue their tour and transfer to the breathtaking island of Santorini, home to the noble Assyrtiko varietal that produces bone-dry mineral whites that pair well with seafood and world famous dessert wines. Guests will enjoy private tastings with renowned winemakers, cooking lessons with celebrated chefs, and delicious dinners featuring island specialties such as fava pureé, white eggplant, and tomato fritters. There will also be time to visit Akrotiri (a Bronze Age settlement), take in the stunning caldera views, and watch the world’s most famous sunset before returning to Athens where the tour ends.