Santorini in Greece

These are the most beautiful places to visit on a holiday to Greece

A lifetime wouldn’t be long enough to explore the wonders of Greece, but at Black Tomato we know where to start. We understand planning a holiday to Greece can sometimes be daunting with the choice of so many wanderlust hotels, balmy beaches and 6,000 islands to explore, but we’ve been busy chatting to our Travel Experts to get the inside scoop for you. After scouring every corner of the country, we’ve created perfect routes filled with exclusive experiences, passionate guides and stunning hotels. So, these are the places you just can’t miss on a Greek getaway, where to stay and when to go.

Temple Poseidon at sunset

Watch the sunset from the Temple of Poseidon

After touching down in Athens and checking into The New Hotel, you’ll head south with your driver to Cape Sounion for a guided tour of the Temple of Poseidon. Snaking along the coast, the drive is beautiful as it is as you pass small towns, harbours, and bays, gradually creeping towards the hilltop wonder. Dating back to 444BC and one of the most iconic sites in Greece, you’ll be walked through the archaic temple with an expert guide, ready at your disposal to ask anything and everything. And at sunset, the Poseidon comes alive with the glistening Mediterranean behind – the Greeks really knew where to lay their foundations. 

Read more: You’ve seen sunset. Now it’s time for sunrise as you hike to the top of the Acropolis in Athens.

Cook up a Mediterranean storm in the kitchen on Sifnos Island

Peppered with olive groves, almond trees, and beautiful churches, Sifnos is one of the country’s lesser-known gems, but easily one of the most beautiful islands in Greece. In between fishing, speed boat trips and resting up at the island’s best-kept secret; Elies Resort, we’ll take you off to a beautiful farm for a traditional cooking class. Sifnos cuisine has revolved heavily around fresh vegetables and locally grown herbs for years, so today you’ll use just that to create savoury recipes from the kitchen of a local chef.

Read more: After dining out on delicacies, we’ll take you to a hidden trail in the mountains few know about.

When’s the best time to go to Greece?

“Anytime between May and October is great, but for me it’s got to be September. You avoid the July crowds and get to swim in the sea when it’s at its warmest.”

Alys, our Greece Travel Expert

Get a birds-eye view over the Cyclades Islands in a private helicopter

Yes admiring the beauty of Greece’s islands by foot is great, but today you’ll go one step further; stepping aboard your own private helicopter. We’ll whisk you off for a sweeping tour of the islands, looking down as the water swirls and the specks of people wind their way around hilltops. An hour may seem a little short, but once you’re high on cloud nine gazing out over the volcanic coastline it’ll feel like a lifetime. 

Read more: In Santorini, we’ll take you away for an afternoon of wine tasting with a local wine-maker.

Private boat tour around Santorini Island

Whilst staying at one of our favourite hotels in Santorini, Adronis Luxury Suites, you’ll be in perfect position to head out on a boat trip around the island. Met by your private skipper, you’ll spend the day cruising the Aegean Sea, stopping whenever and wherever you like; volcanic beaches, hidden caves and secluded bays for snorkelling. Between the swims and stop-offs, we’ll arrange for your onboard chef to serve up a delicious barbeque lunch with a bottle of bubbly. Give us the nod and we’ll grab a pair of jet skis for you to really ride the waves.

Read more: After Santorini, we’ll sail you to the hidden island of Folegandros on our island-hopping tour.

Amanzoe villa in Greece

Live like Aphrodite in the glamorous Amanzoe Hotel

Reminiscent of a Greek palace, Amanzoe is the ultimate Mediterranean retreat. It does translate to ‘peaceful life’ after all. Surrounded by olive trees and bundles of lavender; on the outside take a dip in the glistening pool, wander down to the beach club to rest up in a luxurious cabana and wander through the stunning stone-walled courtyards. Awaiting your arrival inside; marble alcoves, sumptuous king-sized beds, and exquisite spa chambers. 

Read more: Amanzoe isn’t the only luxury hotel in Greece we love. Browse all our favourite Greek hotels here.

Ready to pack your bags?

We thought you might be. From seductive Santorini to buzzing Mykonos, tell us exactly what you like and what you don’t and we’ll deliver a bespoke trip full of exclusive, wonderful experiences. Start planning with us today.