Traveling to Santorini with a Learjet 35 has been my most amazing experience so far. Thanks to Air Business International I can now cross off – flying with a private jet from my bucket list. Santorini has also been on my bucket list of places to see, so when I was invited to fly to Santorini for a day, I couldn’t believe my luck. The whole experience was priceless and words are too little to describe the actual experience.
We departed from the General Aviation Facility which is a designated private jet area, situated in the north end of the Athens El. Venizelos Airport. Here, queues don’t exists instead a private waiting area with leather sofas and a small bar area. Forget the check-in hassle; this is a different world where everything is seamless. We were met by our captain and the ground handling agent and were transferred with a private mini van to our Learjet.
As I got comfortable in the white leather backseat and buckled up with the shiny, gold-plated seatbelt buckles I was ready to experience flying in style! Take off was so smooth and although it was windy in Athens the night before, the sky was perfectly clear making the flight as pleasant as one could possibly ask for. Landing was equally excellent and only 30 minutes later we had arrived at our destination, Santorini. A whole private bus pulled up in front of the jet to take us to arrivals area, VIP treatment all the way.
Santorini was like a dream. Picture perfect as they say. No wonder it has the reputation of being one of the most beautiful islands in the world, where millions of tourists and honeymooners gather from all the corners of the world to witness the magic sunsets, the whitewashed houses, cobbled streets and the endless Aegean blue.
After a morning coffee at Fira, where we soaked in the mesmerising view, we headed towards the famous Oia. A glimpse of what the island has to offer and the picturesque surroundings of Oia, made me want to come back here, soon, real soon in order to explore the island in greater depth and to get a little more personal.
After spending a few hours in Oia, our next stop was to visit one of my favourite hotels on the island, Santorini Grace located in Imerovigli. After a relaxing coffee break and stunning views we returned to Fira where we enjoyed a delicious dinner with friends who were on the island that weekend.
We went to Argo Restaurant in Fira, which is set on different levels and offers captivating views of the Santorini Caldera. The menu focuses on seafood with a touch of Mediterranean flavours. Constantinos, who is the owner of Argo had selected the menu that he wanted us to try, and it was absolutely delicious. I will be sharing the dining experience in a separate post.
After a day full of wonderful memories, it was time to fly back to Athens. The evening flight was an experience of it’s own. For those who are interested in flying private, keep your eyes on the empty leg options, where you can actually get better deals on chartering a private jet or a helicopter.