Greece with Sean MacDonald
Sept 23 - Oct 1, 2024 | One Exclusive DepartureBook Now
Heart & Soul of Greece
Hidden beaches, local cuisine, the best sunsets — the ultimate celebration of Greece
Sept 23 - Oct 1, 2024
One Exclusive Departure with Chef Sean MacDonald
9 Days, 8 Nights
The best of Athens, Crete & Santorini
Your meal this evening is Cretan barbecue, the kind that local shepherds have been preparing for millennia. You step onto a stone terrace and breathe in the salt-tinged air—along with a heady mix of savory oregano, spring wildflowers—as the last rays of sun ignite the Aegean. This is island living as you’ll only find here in Greece, packed with ancient ruins, stunning mountain ranges, and most of all, the food—a sumptuous collision of organic tradition and experimental dishes you won’t find anywhere. You raise a glass of crisp white wine made from grapes grown just a few steps away, and toast your journey: This is the Greece you’ve been dreaming of—from the bustling hive of Athens to the hidden beaches of Santorini—all peppered, of course, with the best cuisine the Mediterranean has to offer.
Joining us on this unforgettable journey is none other than chef Sean MacDonald. Heralded as one of the brightest young stars in the culinary world, Sean rose through the ranks quickly: an executive chef by age 22, a San Pellegrino ‘Best Young Chef of Canada’ at age 25; and now, at 32, ranked as the 65th best pizza chef in the world at Bar Monette, his tapas and pizza hotspot in Santa Monica. His culinary expertise transcends mere cooking; he is an all-around artist and innovator, constantly pushing the boundaries of taste and technique. His personal favorite cuisine is Greek and he can not wait to be back in Greece with you.
This is a trip for the curious and joyful, a celebration of good company and delicious food. From bustling markets to traditional coffee shops, family-run wineries to rooftop restaurants, we’ll experience philoxenia, the Greek concept of hospitality that literally means “love of the stranger,” everywhere we go. Join us for an unforgettable week of culture and cuisine, and the warm hospitality that is at the heart of Greece.
Iconic ancient ruins, rich culinary traditions, and world-class wines
The inspiring beauty of Greece, from Athens to the islands of Crete and Santorini
Incredible Greek wines and the freshest ingredients, alongside expert connoisseurs
With Greece, with Sean, and with a joyful group of passionate travelers
3 Reasons to Travel with Sean MacDonald
From receiving the prestigious San Pellegrino 'Young Chef Award for Canada' to earning a well-deserved spot on The Best Chef Awards List 2018, Sean's ascension to the LA culinary circle has been both fast and furious, including being named one of 16 rising talents in North America by The Art of Plating.
The Art of Plating
Not only does Sean magically blend flavors, his plating is a masterpiece in its own right. As an artist, he considers food his medium and loves playing with precise patterns, contrasting colors, and negative space on the plate.
His Pup Hazelnut
The only family member who may be more popular than Sean himself? His puppy, a TikTok famous chocolate lab named Hazelnut who, thanks to Sean, enjoys beautifully plated meals of bone marrow, cantaloupe, or lobster bisque.
North of the Border
Born and raised in Calgary Canada, Sean has represented his country on the global culinary stage incredibly well: he was the only Canadian on The Best Chef awards list, represented Canada in the San Pellegrino Young Chef World championships, and his restaurant, Bar Monette, was named one of the best new restaurants in LA.
Located in chic, elegant Kolonaki just a stone’s throw from the Old Royal Palace and National Garden, this airy, art-filled hotel is a quiet sanctuary from which to explore bustling Athens. No evening would be complete without a poolside cocktail at the rooftop bar, where sweeping views of the glimmering Acropolis allow guests to enjoy their own private sound and light show.
Tucked within a secluded cove, this hotel seamlessly integrates with its environment, allowing guests to rejuvenate amidst the sights and sounds of the coastal landscape. With ocean views from every nook, the Mediterranean Sea serves as the perfect backdrop to delectable meals and award-winning cocktails.
Nestled on the edges of picturesque Oia, this hotel is a modern-day marvel named after the mythical home of the God Pan. The homage to classic Santorini architecture is surrounded by a symphony of blues throughout the day, and painted by fiery hues come sunset. A collection of private suites, each a testament to luxury, immersed in an aura of divine tranquility, it is the perfect home in Santorini.
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Reserve your spot today with a $1,500 per-person deposit plus room supplements (if relevant). Full payment is due 180 days prior to your trip departure date. We’ll email you a reminder. If your trip departs in less than 180 days, we’ll collect full payment either 30 days from when we receive your deposit, or 60 days prior to your trip departure date, whichever is sooner. For details read our Deposit FAQs
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What does the price include?
Eight nights of four- and five-star boutique accommodations; most meals; internal flights from Athens to Crete, and from Santorini to Athens; ferry from Crete to Santorini; private travel for all day trips and excursions; departure airport transfer; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; exclusive VIP access and tastings; entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners; local beverages with meals.
What is not included?
International roundtrip airfare to Greece; travel insurance; transportation to the trip’s starting point; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverages not included in itinerary; gratuity for Modern Adventure trip leader.
Where does the trip start and end?
Our adventure begins at the MGallery Hotel in Athens, Greece. The closest international airport is Athens’ Elefthérios Venizélos Airport (ATH). We recommend arriving one day early in Athens to ensure you’re at our starting point on time. Our adventure ends in Athens as well. We’ll provide a complimentary transfer to the Athens (ATH) airport.
What travel documents are required?
US citizens are not required to have a visa for stays in Greece of under 90 days. Your passport must be valid for three months beyond your planned departure date, though we recommend that your passport be valid for 6 calendar months beyond your planned departure date from Greece.
Not a US citizen? Please check with the Greek Embassy or Consulate for information and requirements.
Do I need to pay a supplement for a single room?
Yes, for solo travelers there is a $1,700 single-supplement fee—paid at the time of booking—to secure a private room. These spots are highly limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Who is going on this trip?
Our adventures typically have between 10 and 18 guests, plus our Modern Adventure team. Our experiences are fun and inclusive and you can expect to be joined by a diverse group in terms of age, background and interests—including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. This adventure is for travelers age 18 and above.
Who is leading this trip?
This trip is led by an expert Modern Adventure trip leader. They’re an experienced travel guide, a representative of Modern Adventure and your go-to person for questions or concerns on the trip. We’ll be joined throughout our adventure by local, expert guides who are deeply knowledgeable with respect to local cultures, customs and history and are passionate about sharing that with us.
Do I need travel insurance?
We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement for your trip costs; if your trip plans change for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to get medical help, emergency transport, and for theft, loss or damage of items while traveling. For best coverage, always insure the full trip cost within two weeks of your initial trip deposit and note that most ‘Cancel For Any Reason’ policies must be purchased on the date of your initial deposit.
What is the cancellation policy?
If you cancel on or May 26, 2024 there is a $500 cancelation fee. If you cancel on or after May 27, 2024, there is 50% cancellation fee; after July 25, 2024, there is a 100% cancellation fee. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy in cases of family/medical emergency or cases of the trip being canceled (see our Terms and Conditions for full details).