This active island-hopping itinerary visits two gems in the Aegean Sea—both world-famous for different reasons. You'll start in Crete, largest of the Greek islands and home of ancient Minoan palaces and striking landscapes like canyons, gorges, mountains, and beautiful beaches. You'll then ferry over to the smaller volcanic island of Santorini and have three days to explore its whitewashed cliff-side villages with hiking, swimming, sea kayaking, and, of course, romantic sunsets.
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Greece is warm and welcoming, and getting to know locals in the country's many bakeries and plazas will be a highlight of your trip. Here are more favorite cultural experiences on the mainland and the stunning Aegean and Ionian islands.
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 world, here are the country's essential places to visit.
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 south, it’s impossible to feel like you've been in Greece for too long.
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, where to go, and how to start planning your adventure.
Of course you'll go to Athens. Chances are you'll see Santorini. But what about Greece's lesser-known treasures — places travelers often miss? From medieval villages to beachfront camping, here are a few fresh ideas for your Greek adventure.
Forget about booking traditional hotel rooms during your vacation in Greece. Your holiday will be even more memorable if you spend your nights inside a castle, cave, or within the stone walls of a historic seaside windmill. Here are five suggestions for the country's best one-of-a-kind lodging options.
Ancient cultures and modern day life meet on this four-day exploration of Greece's capital city. Immerse yourself in the history of the Golden Age with a visit to the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Stroll the historic cobblestone streets of Athens' many neighborhoods, learn about the ancient rites of the Eleusinian Mysteries, and relax by the sea on the Athens Riviera.
If you love sunny days, turquoise waters, and relaxing beaches, this tour's for you! Sweep from coastal town to coastal town as you travel by yacht from Corfu to Syvota, Paxos, and more. Explore ancient ruins, sun yourself on Ionian beaches, and fall in love with everything Greece has to offer.
Sailing the Greek islands for a week sounds amazing for good reason. Board a catamaran with an experienced crew to hop from island to stunning island in the Cyclades. Along the way, explore the best of Mykonos and watch the sunset from Santorini, see ancient ruins, and swim in the azure Aegean waters before bedding down in your boat each night.
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 pleasant temperatures are in spring (March to May) and fall (mid-September to November). But no matter the time of year, there's always a reason to go.
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 involved in a little bit of everything, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Greece.
Cruise around the Aegean Sea and discover Greece's southern Dodecanese Islands on this 4-day sailing adventure. You'll island hop from Rhodes to quiet Symi and on to Tilos, before dropping anchor off the coast of uninhabited Alimia. Explore the historic isles, swim in the turquoise waters, and sleep under the stars.
Spend six days exploring the culture, nature, and history of Crete through a culinary lens as you eat and drink your way through olive groves, wineries, gastronomically significant villages, and farms where the night's meal was grown just an arm's length away.
A perfect fit for first-timer visitors, this four-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.
Discover Greece's hidden treasures on this action-packed small-group excursion! Hike above the treeline on the tallest mountains in the Peloponnese. Paddle the azure waters of Mani Peninsula. Scale the heights of ancient Sparta's Mount Taygetus. And swim at the stunningly beautiful southernmost point of mainland Europe.
Visit the world-renowned sea sports paradise of Paros and Naxos islands for 8 days of oceanside hikes, windsurfing, and stand-up paddleboarding. And when you're not taking on all the active adventures the islands have to offer? Explore the unique local architecture, delectable cuisine, cosmopolitan nightlife, and impressive archaeological sites.