A Cultured Escape to Greece with WSJ+

We’re working with WSJ+ to create entirely customizable and private trips for you, their members. Our Travel Experts are here to make your trip entirely your own. Private, customizable, and totally flexible. This is what we do. This month, we’re introducing a new highlight itinerary to Greece that you can embark on today. Take it ‘as is’ or customize it to your heart’s content.

Over the millennia, Greece has lured many a curious traveler to its shores. And on this ten-night sojourn, we’ve prepared plenty to satisfy that curiosity. There’s history to tempt, with the ancient world making an indelible impression over private tours of the Acropolis and Parthenon. But there’s also ample opportunity to unwind, whether that’s amid the slow-paced sophistication of Spetses or on board a private sailing charter in the Peloponnese. There’s art on Hydra and cuisine in the vineyards of Nemea. In short, there’s a little bit of everything.

To add extra magic to your time away, WSJ+ members will enjoy a complimentary sunset tour of the Temple of Poseidon. Dating back to 444BC, this hillside temple is the epitome of Greek architectural elegance and as the sun begins to set on the Mediterranean Sea, there’s no better time to visit.

Exclusive to WSJ+ members

This trip has been designed exclusively for WSJ+ members, drawing on our travel experts’ in-depth knowledge of Greece. The experience, however, is yours and yours alone, with all of our trips private and customisable. What you’ll find below, therefore, is simply a suggestion. Our Travel Experts will work with you to devise an itinerary based on your inquiry, budget, group size, and desires. Typically, this will include everything from the experiences you do (and the guides that will take you there) to the hotels you’ll bed down in and the trains, planes and automobiles that will take you in between. We can also help with international flights, if you like.

WSJ+ members will receive:

  • Immersive experiences tailored to your interests. This could include anything from yacht charters for the day to privately guided tours of UNESCO-listed ancient wonders.
  • Exclusive benefits to elevate your experience.
  • Stays in Greece’s most luxurious hotels.
  • Access to expert guides throughout.
  • Up-to-date COVID travel advice – including arrangements for any required PCR testing whilst traveling.
  • Unrivalled expertise in planning your trip to Greece.

Make this itinerary yours

Like what you see? Contact us today to find out more about our exclusive itineraries. But remember: each and every Black Tomato trip is tailored exactly to who you are and what you want to do so tell us about yourself and we’ll create something that’s entirely you.

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What to do

Touchdown in Greece and spend your first few nights in ancient Athens. Here, we’ll set you up with a private guide for a tour of the city. Starting at the top, you’ll explore the sacred rock of the Acropolis as you go between the colonnades of the iconic Parthenon and Erechtheum temple before continuing down into the vibrant Plaka district, lined with street eats and local wares. For a lasting impression of Athens, we’ll then arrange a sunset visit to the Temple of Poseidon for your last evening. Exclusive to WSJ+ members, make your way up the hillside from Cape Sounion, arriving just in time to see the sun dip down into the Mediterranean and set the white marble columns ablaze.

Across the water in Spetses, the trip slows to island pace. Take some time to yourselves here, we recommend strolling down to charming Dapia, a tiny port town replete with neoclassical houses, stylish boutiques and an authentic Greek vibe. Tomorrow, we’ll pick you up by boat for a private tour of neighboring Hydra. A hotbed for the arts, we’ll introduce you to local personalities and little-known haunts. But there’s also the option for some hiking in the mountains if you’re feeling more adventurous. A plunge into the Mediterranean offers the perfect accompaniment.

Your trip finishes up in Nafplio on the Peloponnese peninsula where you’ll have UNESCO World Heritage on your doorstep in the form of Olympia, Mycenae and Corinth. Get to know your surroundings by climbing the 999 steps up to the Palamidi Fortress with its far-reaching views across the Bay of Argolis. Tomorrow, you’ll explore further as we arrange a private day charter along the ancient coastline. An opportunity to relax, you’ll swim and sail in secluded bays before dropping anchor for a gourmet lunch. Before you leave, there’s time left to visit Nemea. Made famous as the scene of Hercules first labours, it is now better known for its winemaking. We’ll take you to two local vineyards to taste unique varieties of wine as you meet the producers and learn all about winemaking in Greece.

Where to stay

Throughout your trip, you’ll stay in the best hotels Greece has to offer. In Athens, we’ll set you up in the heart of the city at the design-led New Hotel. Here, you’ll need not stroll too far from the terrace to catch a glimpse of some of Athens’s most iconic sights. In Spetses, you’ll then settle in with the island’s most sophisticated stay at The Grand Poseidonion. A favorite of high society over its 100 year history, you’ll find it perfectly located in the heart of the old town with sea views and a timeless elegance.

Finally, there’s time for rest and relaxation at Nafplia Palace Hotel & Villas with its spacious accommodations and tempting infinity pools. Set up on the hillside, you’ll have enviable views across the Bay of Argolis however when it comes time to explore further, there’s also a handy lift that will whisk you straight down to sea level.

Anything else?

This experience is yours and yours alone, so feel free to customize it however you wish. Over our years exploring Greece, we’ve built up a handy network of contacts and exclusive experiences and can help take your experience to the next level. In Athens, might we suggest returning to the Acropolis once everyone else has gone home for the day? With the doors of the Acropolis Museum closed to the public, we can offer special after-hours access for a truly private tour. Discover ancient artefacts, with the rare opportunity to handle some of them, as you experience this ancient citadel all to yourself. You’ll then sit down to a private dinner with views of the Acropolis and nobody else in sight.

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