Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 86
OUR FAVORITE PLACES
One of Europe's classic destinations is back in the spotlight.
Raise a glass of ouzo to Greece: The country is Virtuoso's hottest destination for summer travel, based on traveler data
comparing this year's travel reservations to last year's. "Greece has history, culture, and beaches - not to mention the
food and wine," says Eirini Demetelin, a Virtuoso advisor from Québec. "It's a great holiday for families, friends, couples,
and solo travelers, and is an ideal spot in spring, summer, and fall."
See Athens and the islands.
If you go all the way to Greece, don't skip the cradle of Western
civilization: Demetelin suggests two nights in Athens, time for the
requisite Acropolis and Parthenon visits, plus dinner at the Hotel
Grande Bretagne's GB Roof Garden. Then head southeast to Mykonos
and Santorini, the twin stars of many Greek Isles fantasies - and home
to some of the country's best hotels and restaurants. Cox & Kings'
ten-day trip covers this itinerary, plus three days in Crete. Departures: Any day through 2018; from $7,995 per person.
Post up in your own villa.
Settling down is the best way to soak up the Greek Isles. "Yacht
charters and villa vacations are hot these days," Demetelin says.
There are more than 200 inhabited Greek islands, and your advisor
can help you choose the best one for your travel style, such as Naxos
for amazing beaches or Lefkada for inspiring culture. Advisors can
work with Hellenic Tours, one of Virtuoso's on-site tour connections
in Greece, to secure a villa rental. Villa company Oneﬁnestay added
Mykonos to its portfolio this year, including Super Paradise One, a
whitewashed, ﬁve-bedroom beauty with an inﬁnity pool overlooking
Super Paradise Beach. Super Paradise One villa from $1,292 (sevennight minimum stay), including a $100 grocery credit.
From left: Santorini's hilltop Oia village and
Onefinestay's Super Paradise One villa.
ORDER THIS: One of Demetelin's favorite Greek specialties is melitzanosalata, a traditional eggplant dip. Try some at To Psaraki on
Santorini, where it's made with the island's sweet white eggplant.
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