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  • Fanari Villas Hotel in Oia, Santorini

    A Stay at the Luxurious Fanari Villas Hotel in Oia, Santorini

    A guest favorite, the Fanari Villas Hotel is a luxury accommodation located in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece-tours/" target="_blank">Oia Santorini</a>, nestled in a picturesque hamlet situated on the cliffs above the beautiful Caldera, with an enchanting view of the endless <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/tag/greece/" target="_blank">Aegean Sea</a> and the region&#39;s famous <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/traveling-greece-greek-isles/" target="_blank">volcanic island of Thirassia.</a> Believed to be the last link to the lost city of Atlantis, this ancient place has always had a sense of magic and mystique. With cliffs rising thousands of feet above the bright blue waters, contrasted with the dazzling white houses and azure roofs, Greece is a place weaved of dreams. No better place to take in the mesmerizing views, fresh Mediterranean food, historical masterpieces, and captivating sunsets than from the <a href="https://fanarivillas.gr/" target="_blank">Fanari Villas Hotel. </a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vy8J&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zYzL" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>The traditionally Grecian-styled building with Cycladic features provides guests with a genuine &#39;taste&#39; of Santorini. Shades of white and green details work to compliment the natural setting of Oia. Curves rooftops, arches, charming verandas, and terraces are far and plenty and offer guests the perfect sea and sunset view. Stone-paved paths weave throughout the complex and potted plants line the walkways, with bougainvillea climbing the wish washed walls. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vy8J&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zYzQ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>The host of suite options range from junior suites to honeymoon suites and horizon suites, but all the rooms are distinguished by their charming traditional Santorinian style, with arches, curves, and cool whitewashed walls that contrast spectacularly with the deep blue waters and bright blue sky just outside each window. The suite balconies are the stars of the show and you&#39;ll find it hard to move from the sunbeds overlooking the sea.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vy8J&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zYzV" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>A spectacular pool hidden in a white-washed cave and detailed with stone opens up to a sunny cliffside deck, made complete with wooden pergolas and lounge chairs. A cave sauna, jacuzzi and private massage area in the confines of the cool cave add an element of relaxation, tranquility and romance to the secluded spot. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vy8J&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zYza" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>For dining and entertainment pleasures, head to the on-site gourmet restaurant where meals, snacks and beverages are served all day. Take advantage of the option to be served on your private veranda or arrange a romantic set dinner with the help of the hotel. The restaurant serves only fresh and local cuisine complimented with the personal culinary touch of the team of local Greek chefs. An extensive wine list offers wide selections of Santorini wines as well as selections from the region of Europe. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vy8J&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zYzf" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Classical antiquity and modern luxury blend into an odyssey beyond anything you dreamed it would be. Spectacular islands in vivid blue seas, the finest historical sites, white beaches beyond compare, and time with locals who welcome you with wide-open arms make for a spectacular visit to this romantic and sublime destination. On the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys Culture + Walking tour of the Greek Isles</a>, you&#39;ll meet phyllo bakers, olive growers, archeologists and villagers⁠—the contemporary Greeks who live amid some of the loveliest scenery and finest historical treatures on earth. Head home with a deep and very personal feel for this wonderful culture and the islands that have cradled it for millennia. For a chance to stay at the breathtaking <a href="https://www.fanarivillas.gr/" target="_blank">Fanari Villas Hotel</a> while exploring the Greek Isles, take a look at our upcoming Greece tours!

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  • Coastal View of Santorini, Greece

    6 Must-See Places in the Greek Isles

    The <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank">Islands of Greece</a> are a bucket list destination for most, and it&#39;s easy to see why. Crystal clear waters, iconic history, mouthwatering food, friendly locals, and stunning white villages that cling to cliffs overlooking the sea—you can&#39;t go wrong. So, grab your sunscreen and sense of adventure, we&#39;re sharing six must-see places in the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank">Greek Isles</a> you cannot miss!  <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank"><b>HERAKLION, CRETE</b></a><br>The town of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank">Heraklion </a>is not only amazing in itself but centrally located. Here, you can walk paths through valleys covered in vineyards and olive groves, stopping for a taste. From <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank">Heraklion</a>, you&#39;re also very close to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank">Knossos</a>, where legend says King Minos imprisoned the Minotaur in the labyrinth. And after a hearty day, you should settle into one of Heraklion&#39;s landmark hotels, GDM Megaron Heraklion.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank"><img alt="Knossos, Crete, Greece" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ejf4&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9h2" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank"><b>OIA, SANTORINI</b></a><br>Santorini couldn’t be more different from Crete. Farmers venture out from their white villages to work their terraced wheat and barley fields with donkeys. You’ll move through a landscape that sweeps down to the sea. The Fanari Villas are a must, with their pinch-yourself views of the Aegean. The classic-white-washed building sits right on the edge of the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank">Santorini’s </a>caldera with ringside seats for sunset.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank"><img alt="Santorini Coastline at Sunset, Greece" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ejf4&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9gT" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank"><b>NAXOS</b></a><br>While most visitors to Naxos make it a day trip, we recommend staying overnight! Relax in the incredible Naxos Island Hotel and enjoy the opportunity to get off the beaten path for a personal guided countryside walk near the white-washed village of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank">Kourounohori</a>. There, you’ll find an ancient marble quarry with a fascinating sight: the unfinished statue of a kouros.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank"><img alt="Naxos Island View, Greece" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ejf4&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9gd" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank"><b>MYKONOS</b></a><br>Perhaps the most iconic spot in the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank">Greek Isles</a>. Explore the popular beach town and relax at cafes alongside the azure water and visit the town&#39;s shops, all while admiring the incredibly picturesque village. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank"><img alt="Iconic Windmills of Mykonos, Greece" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ejf4&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9gi" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank"><b>DELOS</b></a><br>Nearby <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank">Mykonos</a>, the island of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank">Delos</a> is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where Greek mythology believes is the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. It is one of the most important archeological sites in the entire Mediterranean and you&#39;ll get an opportunity to see Doric temples, an amphitheater, the iconic Lions of Delos and even houses bedecked with mosaics. Your day here will give you a memorable glimpse into ancient Greek life.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank"><img alt="Archaeological Site on Delos Island, Greece" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ejf4&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9gn" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece-tours/" target="_blank"><b>ATHENS</b></a><br>Spend a day admiring and learning about the incredible history of Athens. You&#39;ll take a guided visit to the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece-tours/" target="_blank">Acropolis </a>and learn about its significance in ancient Greece. Later in the day take a leisurely walk to Filopappos Hill where Theseus battled the Amazons. Here you can relax while admiring the incredibly view of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece-tours/" target="_blank">Athens and the Acropolis</a>.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Acropolis in Athens, Greece" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ejf4&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9gx" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>If you&#39;d like to do all these activities, plus a little more, without the hassle of logistics—join a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys culture and walking trip to The Greek Isles</a>. You&#39;ll have the trip of a lifetime!

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    Captivating Crete

    <h2>Blue Sea and Ancient Ruins Inspire and Charm</h2>   <p>We could easily pause for more than a week to admire the sapphire Aegean Sea and pristine beaches on the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank" title="Greece adventure tour">gorgeous island of Crete</a>. It’s worth the effort to tear oneself away from this picture-perfect experience to explore the many other attractions on this historically and environmentally captivating island. Rolling olive groves, vineyards, and orchards, rocky cliffs, colorful harbors, and winding walking paths all wait to be discovered.<br><br><img alt="Crete" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mC&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002re0" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p>In addition to stunning scenery, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank" title="Crete guided vacation">Crete contains the most ancient of ancient architecture, created by Europe’s first urban culture</a>. Located in the coastal prefecture of Rethymnon, the archaeological site of Eleutherna contains the remnants of what was once a thriving community—about three millenniums ago. Scientists estimate that people lived in the hillside city as early as 970 B.C. It thrived during the Roman and Early Byzantine Age, its inhabitants occupied with trade, agriculture, and shipping. A wall enclosed the city—parts of which survive today—and a tower protected the sole entrance. Eleutherna also contained a temple, a sanctuary, and a Roman bathhouse.</p> <p>Eleutherna had such a rivalry with Knossos that the two cities battled in 222 B.C. Apparently, Eleutherna faced a pretty powerful competitor.</p> <p>Knossos, the grand capital of Minoan Crete, is home to the most flamboyant, complex, and colossal palace known. According to Greek mythology, it’s also the setting for the Minotaur (half man, half bull). Legend has it that the Minotaur was imprisoned in a labyrinth underneath the king’s palace before Theseus killed him.</p> <p>Knossos saw its first settlers way back in 7000 B.C. but the palace wasn’t built until around 1700 B.C. Once excavation started in 1878, and continued from 1900 to 1930, we finally got a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank" title="vacation in Greece">glimpse of the immense palace’s courtyards, private apartments, baths, and colorful frescos</a>, which date back to 1700 B.C.<br><br><img alt="Knossos" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mC&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002re5" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p>Spanning about 150,000 square feet—the size of two football fields—The Palace of Knossos is a remarkable testament to the Minoan civilization. Mythology indicates that architect Dedalos designed the palace to be so vast and complex that anyone who entered would not be able to find his way out.</p> <p><b>Unlocking Knossos</b><br><br>Fortunately, our local guides make sure that we safely exit Knossos when it’s time. Armed with intimate knowledge of the palace, our guides give a concise tour of the more than 1,300 rooms, paintings, and other elements of the palace. We arrive after lunch in Eleutherna and a visit to the town of Margarites, which ensures us a peaceful visit in the late afternoon sun.</p> <p>In contrast to its former rival, we get to see Eleutherna in the cool morning light. We won’t have to discover Eleutherna on our own, however. A <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank" title="Greece adventure tour">senior archaeologist gives us a private tour </a>of the most recent excavations on the site. The digs are some of the most important archaeological finds of recent decades and not yet open to the public. But they are open to us!</p> <p>This is just a taste of what’s in store when we <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank" title="Greek Isles">tour the Greek Isles</a>. The colorful villages, ancient ruins, and fresh cuisine, not to mention a friendly, family oriented community that welcomes visitors, will leave a deep impression.</p>

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