Experience some of the greatest aspects of Greece and its islands with this itinerary. You'll start in Athens, traveling back in time with visits to the Acropolis and the archaeological site at Delphi. Head into the islands next, starting with a tour of Mykonos and its neighboring mythological island of Delos. Then it's off to Santorini for sunsets and a caldera cruise, followed by the historic sites and traditional villages of Crete before you return to Athens.
Upon arrival in the area of Delphi, enjoy a moderate hike to the Corycean Grotto, dedicated to the god Pan. Then, 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
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.
Start your grand tour with a guided trip to the Acropolis in Athens. Then, cruise to Mykonos and Santorini for some island luxuriating, trek Crete's beautiful Samaria Gorge, and top it off with the Peloponnesian peninsula and a trip to a working olive grove, one connection between history and present.
Spend ten days in the city once won by the goddess Athena for a gift of an olive tree. Vibrant Athens is one of the world's oldest cities, continuously inhabited for more than 7,000 years. Once home to Plato and Aristotle, Greece's capital now houses plenty of dynamic neighborhoods waiting for you to explore their history, food, scenery, and more.
Spend a week discovering the playful side of Greek history with this seven-day family itinerary. Whether you're touring bustling Athens, consulting the oracle at Delphi, or biking through the streets of Nafplio, you'll be accompanied by expert guides who can tell you stories of Greek history to keep all your participants engaged.