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.
Upon arrival in the area of Delphi, enjoy a moderate hike to the Corycean Grotto, dedicated to the god Pan. Accompanied by your expert guide, walk down an ancient footpath (once used by worshippers of Pan) that passes through olive groves and takes you to Delphi. Enjoy views of the Corinthian Gulf and the Peloponnese Mountains. The surrounding landscape will help you understand why Delphi stood as the cultural and religious center of the Hellenic world for centuries.
Rest your feet and enjoy a snack before heading to the ancient archaeological site of Delphi. Here, you'll follow your guide through the sprawling property, stopping at all the must-see sites. Visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo, and the expansive, open-air theater. Your guide will share historical information about these monuments built in the 4th century BCE. You'll also visit the Polygonal Wall, built in the 6th century BCE to support the terrace where the Temple of Apollo stands.
Next, head to the museum, where your guide will reveal various artifacts, including the bronze Charioteer of Delphi, the haunting Sphinx of Naxos, and what might be the very first recorded notation of a melody. You'll also visit the old town and try to meet the last bellmaker in Greece! If he's in his small workshop, you can watch how he creates the livestock bells used by local villagers.
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Itineraries with Day Trip from Athens: Delphi & Corycean Grotto Hike
Dive headfirst into history with this tour of some of ancient Greece's most important sites. Go from Athens and the Acropolis to the oracle at Delphi to the islands of Delos, Santorini, and Crete. Along the way, you'll see fascinating archaeological ruins and visit some of Greece's most beautiful locales. Wrap up your trip back on the mainland with a stop at Helen of Troy's home at Mycenae before returning to the modern era.
Long dominated by the omnipresent Parthenon, Athens mingles its classical past with a budding art scene and bustling markets. You'll spend seven days exploring this city's many cultural treasures and cool neighborhoods—along with day trips to archaeological sites in nearby Eleusis, Epidaurus, and Delphi. See why the epicenter of antiquity and philosophy is well worth a trip today.
Travel through the rich mythology and history of Classical Greece from the mainland to the islands and back. You'll start and end in Athens, beginning by taking in the city from above from the Acropolis and its famous Parthenon. Then down into the islands, with stops at the sacred site of Delos off of Mykonos, prehistoric Akrotiri in Santorini, and the Palace of Knossos on Crete. Return to the mainland to see the Cyclopean walls of Mycenae, stroll the stadium grounds at Olympia, and more before your return to the modern era.
Hit three major Greek hotspots on this ten-day tour. Start with a full day in Athens and a day trip to the amazing ruins of Delphi before hopping a ferry to glamorous Mykonos. Here you'll explore beaches, boardwalks, and nightlife under the island's famous windmills. End the trip with Santorini's white-topped cliffs and caldera views, complete with island cruising, wine tasting, and stunning sunsets to spare.
Athens was made for strolling, as you'll find out in this itinerary. The neighborhoods of Monastiraki, Syntagma, Plaka, and Makrygianni hide petite pedestrian streets and neoclassical homes overflowing with floral balconies. You'll see street art with an artist, be schooled by a chef, and take a sunset visit to the Temple of Poseidon. Step back into history with day trips to Delphi and Mycenae before departing.
Blend education and relaxation with this itinerary for the whole family. You'll explore the streets and archaeological sites of Athens with interactive tours and hands-on experiences. Then, head to coastal Nafplio for some shore time and a glimpse into Greek agriculture that can be enjoyed by travelers of any age.
On this two-week adventure around the Greek mainland and islands, you'll do everything from hiking to biking to kayaking as you explore the country's beauty and culture. You'll learn to fish the traditional way in the Aegean, go trekking through the lunar landscape of Volax on Tinos, and bike your way around the beaches of Naxos. Soak up some history along the way at Delphi, Chania, and Nafplio.
Three weeks gives you enough time to take in Greece from all angles. Survey the city of Athens from atop the Acropolis before you move to Mykonos and Santorini for farm dinners and caldera cruises. Crete awaits next, full of stone villages to explore, before you return to the mainland to travel back in time to famous spots like Delphi, Meteora, and Mycenae.
Experience the culture, scenery, and romance of Crete—Greece's largest island— captivating Athens, and the most "classic" Greek island group, the Cyclades, with this itinerary. After exploring the enticing Greek capital, you'll use the coastal city of Chania, with its medieval architecture, elegant mansions, sculpted fountains, and postcard-perfect Venetian port as your base of exploration. Then, head for Santorini to experience the highlights of this famous island and wrap up your adventure in lesser-known Naxos, the quintessential Cycladic island.