Vine Stomping, Island Hopping, Hiking, & Helicopters

EXCEPTIONAL EXPERIENCES IN GREECE Enjoy exclusive access to exceptional experiences in Greece through our Virtuoso partnership.


Originally appeared in Virtuoso Best of the Best: 2014 Guide to the World’s Best Hotel Experiences.

Of the Vine

Stomp grapes with your bare feet during the trygos, or annual wine harvesting. You’ll join Greek families as they pick the vines and celebrate the season with traditional music, food and, of course, last year’s vintages. You can take part in the olive harvest and pressing, as well.

Argo Island Hopping

Choose from a selection of yachts and spend a day cruising the Argo-Saronic Islands, a stone’s throw from bustling Athens, yet seemingly worlds away. Explore the neoclassical mansions and galleries on artist-favored Hydra. Then grab a motorbike and head out in search of the perfect stretch of sand on upscale Spetses.

Incredible Hiking

Hike through Samaria Gorge, Europe’s longest and most impressive limestone gorge. Located on Crete, within the UNESCO-designated White Mountains National Park, the 10-mile-long Samaria offers dramatic scenery. Catch your breath as you trek through the Portes (Gates), only 13 feet across yet nearly 1,000 feet high.

Meteora Rise

Hop aboard a helicopter and reach new heights as you visit the monasteries of Meteora. Greek for “suspended in the air,” these awe-inspiring structures sit atop nearly inaccessible rock pinnacles; four still house monastic communities. You’ll also visit the archeological site of Delphi with its Temple of Apollo, Theater and Treasury of Athenians.