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Introducing Greece

Greece beckons virtually every type of traveler. From dynamic cities like Athens and Thessaloniki to quaint seaside villages on remote islands, you are certain to find something right for you. Experience the country like a local with the help of kimkim's local specialists, taking in the beauty of today and feeling the weight of past centuries.

When is the best time to visit?
Greece is incredible year-round, but since it is an internationally renowned destination, expect crowds in the premier tourist destinations from late spring through early fall and during holidays. If you have the flexibility, try and visit during the "shoulder seasons" from late April through May and late September through October. Winter is a great time to visit mainland Greece, but many islands virtually shut down during this period. Learn more

Where should I go in Greece?
Athens and Santorini are famous for a reason and shouldn't be missed. But Greece has a virtually endless list of islands and other regions that are lesser-known (and less crowded) but offer an authentic Greek experience, from Naxos to the Peloponnese. Your local specialist can help you find the perfect destinations for you. Start planning your trip

How many days do I need?
A week is barely enough to scratch the surface of the highlights of Greece, but it is enough to visit Athens and an island or two. Two weeks or more is the ideal amount of time to experience Greece's history, scenic beauty, and culture. And no matter how long you stay, you'll undoubtedly want to return for your next visit. Learn more

Getting around Greece
Ferries are a great option for convenient (and scenic) island-hopping, though it's good to note that routes and schedules can shift throughout the year. Driving is a good bet on the mainland but can be challenging on the islands. If short on time, domestic flights connect Athens to many major points of interest in Greece. Learn more

Greece Tours & Itineraries

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Little Venice in Mykonos
Map of Discover Athens, Mykonos, Santorini and Crete - 10 Days
Discover Athens, Mykonos, Santorini and Crete - 10 Days

Experience some of the greatest aspects of Greece and its islands on this itinerary. You'll start in Athens, traveling back in time with a visit to the Acropolis and other key ancient sites around the city, viewed through the lens of Greek mythology. Then head into the islands, starting with a tour of Mykonos and its neighboring mythological island of Delos. Off to Santorini next for sunsets and sightseeing, followed by the historic sites and traditional villages of Crete before you return to Athens.

Sunrise over the Parthenon
Highlights of Athens - 5 Days

A perfect fit for first-time visitors, this five-day city tour highlights both Athens' ancient history and modern culture. Visit the sleek Acropolis Museum, tour Athens' tasty food markets, and bask in the Riviera sun at the Temple of Poseidon.

Balos lagoon on Crete
Map of Laidback Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 14 Days
Laidback Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 14 Days

Need a vacation? Find your piece of paradise with the 2-week version of this laidback itinerary. Start with street food and native wine varietals in Athens, before heading to Tinos for a cultural tour. Glamorous Mykonos and Santorini are next, before continuing to Crete, where turquoise lagoons and village tours making sure you're fully blissed out before you go back to Athens.

Al fresco dining at its finest
Map of Relaxed Athens, Santorini, Naxos & Mykonos - 8 Days
Relaxed Athens, Santorini, Naxos & Mykonos - 8 Days

Escape the troubles of the world with eight days in the Cyclades. You'll arrive in Athens, then head to the islands to explore famous Mykonos and Santorini as well as lesser-known but spectacular Naxos. Enjoy your Greek vacation filled with sun, sailing, and sampling, with cooking classes and traditional dinners accompanying your days of blissful idleness.

White and blue churches over Santorini's caldera
Map of Discover Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 14 Days
Discover Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 14 Days

Delve into Greece's modern culture and ancient history with this exciting itinerary. Immerse yourself in Greek mythology in Athens and Delphi before beginning your island hopping adventure. Explore the picturesque streets and inviting waters of Mykonos and the volcanic island of Santorini, with a stop at the sacred island of Delos along the way. Then head to Crete for more fascinating archaeological sites, hiking in the mountains, and visits to traditional villages before returning to Athens.

Rooftops of Thessaloniki
Map of Enchanting Northern Greece and Corfu - 14 Days
Enchanting Northern Greece and Corfu - 14 Days

Experience the lesser-known side of the country with this two-week trip across Northern Greece. You'll go from Greece's second city of Thessaloniki to living like the proverbial pasha in lakeside Ioannina, then up to the clifftop monasteries of Meteora. Continue on through the stone Zagori mountain villages to wrap up your journey on the shores of Corfu in the Ionian Sea, where you'll follow in legendary traveler Odysseus's footsteps.

Make the Most of Your Time in Greece

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Santorini
How Many Days Should You Spend in Greece?

Whether you only have time for a long weekend in Athens, a couple of weeks of island-hopping in the south, or (lucky you!) a good few weeks to explore the country from north to...

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How Many Days Should You Spend in Athens?

No matter how long you plan to spend in Greece, it’s likely your trip will begin and end in Athens. A destination in its own right, Athens attracts travelers for its...

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How Many Days Should You Spend on Mykonos?

Tiny Mykonos can be crisscrossed by car in about 25 minutes, but that doesn’t mean you should skimp on your time here. Long known as Greece’s party island, Mykonos actually has...

Greece Travel Essentials

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Greece
Best Time of Year to Visit Greece

Greece has a Mediterranean climate with four seasons and a long, dry summer. There's never a bad time to visit the country, but depending on how hot you like it, the most...

Greece
8 Best Places to Visit in Greece

In Greece, the highlights are many. From pinnacles topped with ancient monasteries to the buzzing capital of Athens, paradise islands to ruins once considered the center of the...

Greece
Top 10 Activities in Greece

Whether you’re interested in seeing classical ruins and centuries-old monasteries, scrambling through gorges filled with wildflowers, sailing on the Ionian Sea, or getting...

Getting Off the Beaten Path in Greece
Getting Off the Beaten Path in Greece

When traveling to Greece, most tourists stay on the popular track: Athens, Mykonos, Santorini. But with thousands of years of history, and as many islands, Greece is full of...

Greece Travel Advice

Read our detailed insights to make sure you have the best trip
How to Visit Athens Like a Local
How to Visit Athens Like a Local

You’ve visited the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and the Ancient Agora—now it’s time to experience Athens like a local. We’ve made it easy by selecting the best places and local...

Greece Destination Guides

A rock formation frames the sea on Corfu, Greece
Ultimate Guide to Island Hopping in Greece

Cyclades, Saronic, Dodecanese, Sporades: to plan an island-hopping trip around Greece, you'll need some background on each of the island groups. Read on to learn what to expect,...

Naoussa village on Paros
Ultimate Guide to the Cyclades Islands

Though Greece has more than 1,000 islands to its name, the Cyclades are some of the best-known and most popular of the set. Encircling the former sacred site at Delos in the...

Greece Experiences

Unique things to do in Greece
Cycle by the sea
Naxos Beaches and Villages Bike Tour

Naxos is the largest of Greece's Cyclades islands, known for its hillside villages, ancient ruins, and long beaches. One of the best ways to explore this Aegean gem is on a...

the famous columns of the Temple of Olympian Zeus
Acropolis and Ancient Greek Mythology Tour

This guided mythology walking tour reveals much insight into the legends that are such an integral part of Greece's history. It begins at the famed columns of the Temple of...

A favorite in all seasons
Olive Grove and Olive Oil Experience

Like many other countries in the Mediterranean, Greece has been producing olive oil for centuries. It's a rich culinary tradition that makes for a tasty and enlightening tour....

Red Beach, Santorini
Santorini Catamaran Cruise

Fira is a large village and the capital of Santorini. It's also home to Vlychada Port, which is the starting point of a semi-private catamaran cruise around the island. The...

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Sail the Greek Cyclades
Map of City to Sea: Athens & Greek Cyclades - 10 days
City to Sea: Athens & Greek Cyclades - 10 days

This 10-day itinerary offers a quintessential Greek experience, including time in the historic capital, and lazy days sailing around the islands of the Cyclades group. With a charter yacht, you'll cruise to islands large and small, including places where you'll feel as though you've stepped back in time, and others with vibrant dining and shopping scenes. With a mixture of down time and sightseeing activities, you'll feel physically refreshed and mentally stimulated by this luxurious and unforgettable trip.

The Island of Poros and Peloponnese Mountains
Greek Odyssey: Athens, Saronic Islands, & the Peloponnese - 10 Days

Explore Greece's ancient wonders on this adventurous 10-day tour. Starting in the vibrant capital of Athens, you'll spend a day discovering the mysteries of Delphi before setting sail across the Saronic Gulf, mooring at the spectacular islands of Aegina, Poros, and Moni. Back on land, set off on a self-guided exploration of the Peloponnesian Peninsula, visiting the Bronze Age ruins of Mycenae, the fairytale carved village of Monemvasia, and the Byzantine mountain monasteries of Mystros.

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How Many Days Should You Spend in the Peloponnese?

This less-visited Greek peninsula offers a wealth of historic treasures, so it’s worth taking an entire week to explore if you can. But with only a day or two, you can explore the birthplace of the Olympic Games and Ancient Sparta, taste regional culinary delights, and visit a timeline of castles from the medieval to the Byzantine eras. Rent a car to explore the region from end-to-end on your own time, and don’t worry about bad weather thwarting a tight schedule: the Peloponnese is predictably pleasant throughout the year.

Greece Travel Maps

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7 Days in Greece - 7 Unique Itineraries
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Greece
Travel specialist Dimitris Zografos
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Dimitris Zografos

I have organised my first adventure ski trip in mount Parnassos for my classmates at the age of 14. One year later, I was lucky enough to surf in Oahu Hawaii. Since then I have never stopped...

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Travel specialist Rebecca Skevaki
active 4 hours ago

Rebecca Skevaki

Hi! My name is Rebecca Skevaki a Greek/Australian, travel and food and wine passionate. I got the travel bug at my first taste of traveling at just the age of 4 when my family sailed from Greece on...

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Travel specialist Chris Gravas
active 6 hours ago

Chris Gravas

My approach in travelling is wrapped around two basic ideas: 1) Having a great experience and moments to remember 2) Get the best value for every dime spent. My challenge, commitment and personal...

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Travel specialist Harris Bitsounis
active 1 hour ago

Harris Bitsounis

Traveling is a #never-ending_experience! I come from the cultural hub of Athens with its UNESCO sacred rock of Acropolis and breathtaking Santorini with its spectacular Caldera views. What I...

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Trip Reviews for Greece

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim
Doug

Our Spartan adventure · Greece - Oct 31 - Nov 14, 2019

Traveler: Doug A. - Local specialist: Harris Bitsounis

I don't know where to start , but wow! Harris knocked it out of the park. We have done trips with zero planning, and done trips where we tried to book all the things ourselves but this trip was nearly perfect. Harris and his group in Greece know what they are doing. They matched us with the right tour guides and hotels, planned transfers and connections perfectly. Our tour in Delphi with Penny was so informative, her ability to weave all the layers of information together was exceptional. ... read more

I don't know where to start , but wow! Harris knocked it out of the park. We have done trips with zero planning, and done trips where we tried to book all the things ourselves but this trip was nearly perfect. Harris and his group in Greece know what they are doing. They matched us with the right tour guides and hotels, planned transfers and connections perfectly. Our tour in Delphi with Penny was so informative, her ability to weave all the layers of information together was exceptional. Our Naxos food tour with Katarina was just as nice, local recipes supplied and additional places to visit for us was perfect. Thanos guided us around Santorini with a tour of the other side of the island, it was such a pleasant day, very interesting and the connections with our group to make sure we felt a connection to the island was nice. Popi was our guide on another tour of Santorini and we got to see the cave houses and a whole different perspective from her. This was not just a vacation tour but a personally selected vacation that fit our group. The interaction with Harris, questions asked and ideas that he had all made sense. The security of having local contacts and agents that have actually searched out the best local talent, from drivers to guides and hotels is worth the extra money spent. Book the trip! Thanks again, we will be back for more soon.
Doug and Dixie

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Harris Bitsounis, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Doug,

Thank you very much for your time to write this review and of course I cannot thank you enough for your kind words. The whole team is more than happy that you enjoyed your time in our country and and we appreciate the positive feedback for our partners as they were part of a great experience for you.

Looking forward to work again together in the future so we can plan your next trip to Greece!

I wish you the best!

King regards,
Harris

David

Normally I handle all of the details... · Greece - Oct 31 - Nov 14, 2019

Traveler: David C. - Local specialist: Harris Bitsounis

Normally I handle all of the details for my trips. This time, however, I wanted to join friends who were already using Kimkim. WOW! I could not be happier!

Harris impressed me over and over from transportation and hotel choices to tours and guides. It quickly became obvious he knew what he was doing. In fact, you could tell Harris had hand-picked every part of the experience based on what we were interested in doing.

Our first hotel experience in Mystras was spectacular and fit... read more

Normally I handle all of the details for my trips. This time, however, I wanted to join friends who were already using Kimkim. WOW! I could not be happier!

Harris impressed me over and over from transportation and hotel choices to tours and guides. It quickly became obvious he knew what he was doing. In fact, you could tell Harris had hand-picked every part of the experience based on what we were interested in doing.

Our first hotel experience in Mystras was spectacular and fit perfectly for our time in Sparta. Not only was the hotel quality, but each morning at breakfast Joanna taught us more about Greek foods and especially Greek coffee.

Our guide in Delphi, Penny, was amazing! We benefited from her being born and raised there, and her knowledge of history was exactly what we wanted as we toured the "Center of the World."

The hotel in Athens was perfectly situated at the foot of the Acropolis with breathtaking views of the Parthenon. It was also within walking distance for everything we wanted to do in Athens. If I were to change anything about our time in Athens, it would be to add one more day so we could see even more.

Our time on Naxos was an opportunity to slow down the pace of the trip, and settle into Greek island life. They have a saying on the Islands - "Siga, Siga" - "slowly, slowly". The family run Adriani Hotel was a great way to begin that process. The roof top deck provided a beautiful view of the city, and the breakfasts prepared by Adriani, the hotel namesake and family matriarch, were delicious!

Our food tour on Naxos with Katerina was tasty. Born and raised on Naxos, she used her culinary education and knowledge to provide insight into it's history and the local delicacies. She even made recommendations for a drive around the island with places to see and food to taste.

When we arrived in Santorini, we were met by Papi who gave us a wonderful tour that included an an amazing winery overlooking the caldera and a walk through some of the older cities at night. It was breathtaking!

The next day we met Thanos for our walking tour of the Caldera. Thanos is a teacher, with a passionate love for the outdoors, history, and people. As we walked through the old cities around the Caldera, Thanos shared about their history, pointed out local flowers and trees (which my wife loved), and helped us understand the culture of Greece on the islands. Our time with Thanos included a private tour of a multi-generational winery which produced a wine that was internationally noted as possibly one of the best in the world. If you go to Santorini, you MUST tour with Thanos.

I have traveled and/or lived in 30 countries around the world. My experience in Greece would definitely fall in the top three places. Thanks Harris for making this experience amazing, we are not disappointed!

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Harris Bitsounis, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear David,

Thank you very much for your kind words and I am really happy that you enjoyed your trip to our country. Also the whole team is more than happy that you had an incredible trip and you left with the best memories. Of course I would be happy to work again with you in the future and organize an other trip for you any time!

Wish you happy and safe travels!

King regards,
Harris

Two weeks in Greece....Athens, Crete, Santorini and Naxos · Greece - Oct 25 - Nov 7, 2019

Traveler: David B. - Local specialist: Chris Gravas

This was our first experience with kimkim and our first trip to Greece. We used kimkim for this trip because it was a ‘last minute’ decision to go and simply didn’t have the time to do all the planning ourselves. Overall, it was an excellent experience. Not only was it a big timesaver for planning, the level of service throughout was excellent, incorporating activities into the trip that we would otherwise probably would not have included. Chris from Travel12 in Athens worked with us on... read more

This was our first experience with kimkim and our first trip to Greece. We used kimkim for this trip because it was a ‘last minute’ decision to go and simply didn’t have the time to do all the planning ourselves. Overall, it was an excellent experience. Not only was it a big timesaver for planning, the level of service throughout was excellent, incorporating activities into the trip that we would otherwise probably would not have included. Chris from Travel12 in Athens worked with us on the itinerary, offering recommendations and demonstrating a real interest in finding activities aligned to our interests in hiking, sightseeing and gaining an appreciation for local culture and history. Maria, our guide for the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum in Athens was outstanding. She was very knowledgeable and provided real insight into Greek mythology and history. A highlight of our trip was hiking the Samaria Gorge on Crete. Travel12 made the arrangements for a privately guided hike with Linda. She was clearly an expert on the 16k Samaria Gorge with over 120 hikes to her credit. She guided us at a pace that suited our abilities as well as objectives for sightseeing and photography. An absolutely awesome experience! Overall, we were thrilled with the local support from Chris and his team, who were very responsive and communicated regularly to make sure the trip was unfolding according to plan. We would recommend kimkim and Chris and the Travel12 team for Greece without hesitation.

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Chris Gravas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear David,
I cannot thank you enough for your kind words and for your overall review.

It has been a pleasure, for myself and the team in Travel12, to guide you through the planning process as well as supporting you during your holiday in our beautiful country. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your time here and really appreciate your positive feedback regarding our partners and local guides, for whom we always receive comments that solidify their professionalism and love for what they do.... read more

Dear David,
I cannot thank you enough for your kind words and for your overall review.

It has been a pleasure, for myself and the team in Travel12, to guide you through the planning process as well as supporting you during your holiday in our beautiful country. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your time here and really appreciate your positive feedback regarding our partners and local guides, for whom we always receive comments that solidify their professionalism and love for what they do.

It is love too, that surrounds and defines what we do here in Travel12. Love for travelling, love for our job, love for Greece.
We are truly thankful to have had you here in Greece and we are looking forward to having you visit us again!

Sincerely,
Chris Gravas