Immerse yourself in ancient Greek mythology and history with this trip to the mainland and islands. Your journey begins in Athens, where you'll explore the Acropolis and consult the oracle on an excursion to Delphi. Then head for the Cyclades, where you'll stop at Delos, Mykonos, and Santorini, before traveling to Crete. There, you'll visit the Minoan Palace of Knossos and try your luck at its famous labyrinth. Make your way back to the mainland for more historical curiosities before returning to the modern era.
Start with a visit to Akrotiri, a Cycladic Bronze Age city destroyed by a volcanic eruption. Luckily, the volcanic ash that covered the metropolis for thousands of years preserved it.
Next, tour two of the island's museums. You can view stunning frescoes from Akrotiri on display in the Museum of Prehistoric Thera, along with other ancient artifacts from island excavations. The nearby Archaeological Museum of Thera hosts interesting exhibits and an exceptional display of ancient artifacts, including sculptures, inscriptions, and ceramics.
Lastly, tour the ruins of Ancient Thera, inhabited from the 9th century BCE until 726 CE when a volcanic eruption covered it in a thick layer of dust. As a strategic location, the site sits atop a mountain, offering incredible views of the sea and its black beach below. Thera's namesake comes from the mythical ruler of Santorini, so you'll also learn a bit about Greek mythology.
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Enjoy some of the most beautiful islands in the Cyclades on this trip, starting on the mainland with mythology tours of the Acropolis, stargazing at constellations, and walks through the Temple of Delphi. Make your way to Tinos, the hidden gem of the Aegean, where you'll enjoy visits to marble villages, an afternoon on the beach, and an art workshop, followed by the glitz of Mykonos and the ancient ruins of Delos. End your trip with historical sites in Naxos, plus gorgeous views, beaches, and a wine tasting in Santorini.
Visit some of Greece's most important sites on this archeology and mythology tour, starting in the buzzy capital of Athens, atop the famous Acropolis Hill, and at the Temples of Delphi. Then head to the islands, stopping in Crete to explore Heraklion, Chania, and the Arkadi Monastery, followed by Mykonos and Santorini for prehistoric ruins. End your trip on the island of Delos where you'll walk the Terrace of Lions, then head back to Athens for one final day visiting the Temple of Poseidon and chasing the sunset along the Athenian Riviera.
Get acquainted with some Greek highlights both large and small on this 15-day itinerary. Start off in Athens atop the Acropolis and wheeling through the city streets. Then sail down to the Cyclades, starting with sun, sailing, and snacking on Naxos and following it up with exploration of both the history and landscape of Santorini before you return to Athens.