Greece with Travis Swikard
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Heart & Soul of Greece
Hidden beaches, local cuisine, the best sunsets — the ultimate celebration of Greece
October 13 - 20, 2023
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8 Days, 7 Nights
The best of Athens, Crete & Santorini
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You emerge from the Aegean’s sapphire blue waters onto a secluded beach framed by rugged mountains, the breeze perfumed with citrus and herbs. Lunch — the sizzle of fresh-caught fish on a charcoal grill — is another stunningly delicious meal in one of the world’s most beautiful places. This is the Greece you’ve been dreaming of, a place where ancient ruins, bustling food markets, breathtaking landscapes and millennia of art and culture combine in the best fever dream you’ve ever had. You’ve met winemakers in Crete and watched the sunset over Santorini. Now, toes in sand, it’s time for another perfectly refreshing dip in the sea, letting the sun and sea serve as your guide. You’ve never felt more alive.
With us on this unforgettable adventure is Travis Swikard, the mastermind behind San Diego’s Callie. The name Callie is derived from the Greek “kallos” meaning the “most beautiful” and Travis has been obsessed with the beauty of Mediterranean cuisine culture since his tenure at Boulud Sud in New York City. His love for the entire coastline — from Spain to the Middle East — shines through in every beautiful dish he creates. With Travis at our side, we’ll immerse ourselves in Greek culture and cuisine, from the freshest seafood to the unique vegetables and grape varietals that only grow here — and some of the finest cuisine the Mediterranean has to offer.
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 Travis, and with a joyful group of passionate travelers
3 Reasons to Travel with Travis Swikard
For someone with deep, intensive training in fine dining — he shadowed Gavin Kaysen and served as a right-hand to Daniel Boulud early in his career — Travis is delightfully laid back. As the executive chef of his own restaurant, he'll still run dishes to guests, forage his own ingredients, and collaborate with local farmers and fishers for a completely regional menu.
The Most Beautiful Food
His restaurant Callie — which translates to “the most beautiful” in Greek — is an homage to the time Travis fell for the flavors of Greece. His cuisine du soleil is going to be the perfect match for this Modern Adventure.
The Dude Abides
Travis is a SoCal dude through and through, and his first solo restaurant is a testament to that. Yet don't let his whimsical touches — or that velvet painting of Jeff Bridges! — fool you. He graduated from the New England Culinary Institute, and cooked at England’s Auberge du Lac and at Michelin-starred spots across NYC.
Travis is the shining example of a local boy who made it big, but never forgot his roots. He could have easily set up shop in some of the biggest culinary capitals of the world, but he returned to San Diego to show everyone what his hometown offers: an embarrassing amount of riches from the soil to the sea right outside his restaurant’s doors.
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.
Minos Beach Art HotelCrete
With its necklace of low-slung bungalows and villas stretching along over a mile of coastline, this serene hotel is half fishing village, half modern art museum. Its open-air sculpture garden is a veritable who’s who of contemporary Greek art, and its two waterfront restaurants make abundant use of the local herbs, fruits and vegetables that only grow on Crete.
This dreamy, five-star island oasis is a contemporary refuge in the heart of Santorini. The suite-only property has graceful stone walls and winding paths surround the village-like grounds. Design-forward rooms feature local antique furnishings. Sweeping views, clifftop pools and easy access to Santorini's largest town ensures that the Katikies will capture our island hearts.
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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?
Seven 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. Just bring a valid US passport. For citizens of other countries, 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 June 15, 2023 there is a $500 cancelation fee. If you cancel on or after June 16, 2023, there is 50% cancellation fee; after August 14, 2023, 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).