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Crete’s capital is a city of unique historical significance, as attested to by the second-richest archaeological museum in Greece. Centuries of history blend with modern life in the city center and along the recently reconstructed seafront. The Minoan Palace of Knossos, one of Europe’s most ancient cities and the home of the mythical minotaur, sits close to the city, as does the Diktaean Cave, also known as the Cave of Zeus due to its history as one of the possible birth sites in the deity’s history when Rhea hid from the titan Kronos.

Head deeper into the island on kimkim experiences like a countryside tour with a visit to an olive farm, traditional Greek meal, and wine tasting in the village of Archanes, or day trip to the island of Chryssi and its golden sand beaches.
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Overlooking Oia
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10 Days in Greece - 6 Family-Friendly Itineraries

Greece has a multitude of wonders to attract you and your family for 10 days of adventure. It's one of the sunniest places in the world, so catch some rays as you explore the cultural capital of Athens in the company of storytellers, breathe in the healing airs of Crete on easy hikes and treasure hunts, and watch the stunning sunsets of Santorini from secret spots.

Sunset shades in Santorini
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14 Days in Greece - 6 Family-Friendly Itineraries

Two weeks gives you and your family plenty of time to traverse the nearly 1,000 miles of coastline that Greece has to offer. Whether you're going for a deep dive into the northern Greek mainland, island-hopping through the Cyclades, or getting cultural on Crete or in the Peloponnese, you'll find something that speaks to you.

The Colorful Harbor of Chania, Crete
Best Things to Do on Crete

As Greece's southernmost and largest island, Crete puts a twist on the typical Greek island ambiance. With a mix of ancient history, diverse landscapes, and some of the country's best beaches, you'll find many ways to explore the birthplace of Zeus and European civilization. Discover charming villages surrounded by olive groves, hike through scenic gorges, spend a day relaxing in the year-round warm waters, and learn more about the island's ancient civilizations.

The Parthenon of the Acropolis has no straight lines
Best Historical and Mythological Experiences in Greece

While many travelers understandably plan trips to Greece that center around the islands, beaches, and nature, there are incredible ancient sites all throughout the country that offer unforgettable trips to the past. Whether you want to wander the streets where the philosopher, Socrates, walked or enter a Temple of Apollo where a high priestess once spoke prophecies heard throughout the land, these experiences will help you better understand the cradle of Western civilization.

Heraklion Itineraries

The iconic domes of Santorini
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Crete & Santorini - 9 Days

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.

Views from Crete
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Interactive Athens and Crete for Families - 10 Days

Workshop your way around Athens and Crete for 10 days with this itinerary full of family-friendly activities for school-aged children. Paint and play in Athens amid the Parthenon and Panathenaic Stadium, then take a ferry to Crete to enjoy the beaches and botanic gardens of Chania. Your last stop is Heraklion, for hands-on experiences with history and bread-making at the hearth.

Ancient temple in Lindos
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Discover Rhodes and Crete - 8 Days

Both Rhodes and Crete dwarf most of the other Greek islands, and you'll see some of their expansive contents with this eight-day itinerary. See the medieval history and villages of Rhodes, then sample ancient palace life and wines on Crete before your return to Athens.

View of the Acropolis Hill in Athens
Discover Greek Mythology and Archeology - 12 Days

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.

Enjoy the beaches of Crete
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Interactive Athens and Crete for Families - 14 Days

This two-week itinerary gives you and your school-aged children plenty of time to get their hands on Greek cultural activities in Athens and the major cities of Crete. Start in Athens, where you can paint the Parthenon and exercise like an Olympian at the Panathenaic Stadium. You'll fly to Crete, where you'll participate in mosaic-making workshops, archaeological adventures, and botanical treasure hunts, alongside plenty of time to wander at your own pace or relax on the beach.

Little Venice in Mykonos
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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.

Windmill in western Rhodes
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Discover Rhodes, Crete, and Corfu - 11 Days

Take 11 days to travel through some Greek island highlights with this itinerary. You'll start with a mythology tour in Athens, then head to Rhodes (yes, like the Colossus) to take in ancient cities and sunny shores. Crete is up next, home to the former labyrinth of Minos and current lush vineyards, then the island of Corfu's contemporary estates will lead you back Athens in luxury.

Parthenon atop the Acropolis in Athens, Greece
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Family Trip to Ancient Greece - 12 Days

This family-focused trip features all that Greece has to offer, but with a kid-friendly twist. Start in the bustling capital of Athens where you'll take an interactive language class and tour the incredible Acropolis, followed by an archeological tour and beach day in Nafplio. End the trip on the island of Crete, where you'll visit beaches, enjoy guided tours of historic sites, and become archeologists and artists in a simulated excavation and a mosaic-making class.

Classic island accessorizing
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Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 12 Days

There are 158 verses to the full Greek national anthem—with 12 days here, you'll be able to learn at least a few of them.  Begin with an Acropolis tour followed by a ferry down to the Cyclades to visit the archaeological site at Delos and caldera cliffs of Santorini. Hop over to Crete to tour the Palace of Knossos and villages of Apokoronas, combining history and modernity, before you return to Athens for more day trips straight out of the legends.

The beautiful buildings of Santorini
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Discover Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 13 Days

From Athens to the islands, you'll experience some of the best Greece has to offer with this itinerary. Travel back in time in the capital, as you visit historic sites like the Acropolis and Delphi. Then make your way to the beaches of vibrant Mykonos, the sacred ruins of Delos, and the volcanic hills of Santorini. End your island hopping adventure in Crete, where you'll discover fascinating ruins and hike the stunning Samaria Gorge, before returning to Athens.

Windmills on Mykonos
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Greek Panorama: Cyclades, Crete, and the Mainland - 13 Days

Before they converted to the euro, Greece's drachma was the oldest currency in the world. See what it helped build on this 13-day itinerary, where you'll take a mythology tour of Athens, dine on a farm in Mykonos, and sail through the volcanic caldera of Santorini. You'll continue on for a trek through Crete, then sail back to Nafplio, once home to the first capital of modern Greece.

White and blue churches over Santorini's caldera
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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.

The National Academy in Athens
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Greek Panorama: Athens, the Cyclades, and Crete - 14 Days

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.

The Old City and port in Mykonos
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Discover Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 15 Days

Get the best of both Athens and the islands on this well-rounded trip to some of Greece's most classic locales. Starting in the capital, you'll get a dose of history at the Acropolis and Delphi. Then you'll sail to the famous blue-and-white islands of Mykonos and Santorini, including a day trip to the sacred island of Delos along the way. Spend a few days exploring Crete's traditional villages and historic sites before making your way back to Athens.

Exploring Athens By Night
Discover Food, Wine, and Culture in Greece - 12 Days

This tours focuses on the amazing food, wine, and culture provided by the vibrant country of Greece, highlighting bustling cities like Athens and Chania, as well as the islands of Santorini and Naxos. You'll enjoy numerous food and wine tours, allowing you to taste Greek cuisine, delicacies, pastries, and local wines and liquors, plus your own handmade dishes with a cooking class in Crete. Along the way, you'll visit an olive farm, a family-owned cheese shop, wineries, and bustling food markets, indulging your taste buds in some of the country's most beloved treats.

Site of the Roman agora in Athens
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Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 15 Days

In two weeks, you'll traverse quintessential Greek spots from the mainland to the islands. Start out by hearing the myths of the Acropolis in Athens before you visit the Cycladic hotspots of Mykonos and Santorini. Explore the architecture of Crete next before you return the mainland to top it all off with an olive oil tasting.

The Erechtheion Temple at the Acropolis, Athens
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Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 15 Days

Delve into Greece's rich history and culture with this jam-packed trip through the mainland and the islands. Beginning in Athens, you'll explore the Acropolis and the Parthenon, followed by an excursion to Delphi. Then set sail for historical sites in Mykonos, Delos, and Santorini. Discover charming Crete and walk the Minotaur's labyrinth before making your way back to the mainland. See where Helen of Troy lived at Mycenae, visit the birthplace of the Olympics, and more, before ending your trip with a magical sunset at the Temple of Poseidon.

Little Venice in Mykonos
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Discover Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 16 Days

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.

Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes
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Discover Rhodes, Crete, and Corfu - 16 Days

The Colossus of Rhodes may be lost to the ages, but many of the rest of the island's historic wonders remain standing and ready to be explored on this 16-day itinerary. After a mythology tour in Athens, you'll venture out to explore Rhodes's beaches, castles, and villages. Head to Crete next to see the Minoan Palace of Knossos along with local agricultural traditions, then top off your trip in Corfu with both modern mansions and Homeric islets before you return to Athens.

The bells of Santorini
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Greek Panorama: Cyclades, Crete, and the Mainland - 16 Days

See the highlights of Greece from the Acropolis to the Temple of Zeus and the islands in between. Start in Athens with a mythology tour, ferry to the Cyclades to tour the countryside of Mykonos, and cruise the caldera on Santorini. Head to Crete next to take in the natural beauty of the Samaria Gorge and the wonders of Knossos and Chania, visiting the temples at Delphi and Epidaurus before you depart.

The theater at Delphi
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Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 16 Days

This itinerary offers a chance to experience the rich history and mythology of ancient Greece from up close. Start in Athens with a tour of the Acropolis and the Parthenon, followed by an island-hopping adventure to historical sites in Mykonos, Delos, and Santorini. In Crete, you'll explore the Palace of Knossos and the Minotaur's labyrinth before returning to the mainland. Next, you'll learn about the Eleusinian Mysteries, visit the home of Helen of Troy at Mycenae, and see the best-preserved ancient Greek theater at Epidaurus. End your journey with a spectacular sunset at the Temple of Poseidon.

Waterfront and lighthouse of Chania old town in Crete
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Best of Greece: Athens to Crete - 10 Days

Over 10 days you will discover Greece's best islands, learn about ancient Greek mythologies, watch the sunset over Santorini during a cruise, and much more. The trip will start with two days and a city tour in Athens before heading to Greece's most famous archeological site, Delphi, and then to Meteora which is home to spectacular clifftop monasteries. We then head to the islands, starting with a few days in Santorini before taking a ferry to Crete where you'll learn about the local history and culture of Chania during a village tour.

Streets of Santorini
Map of Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 17 Days
Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 17 Days

Explore Greece from the top down, starting up on the Athenian Acropolis. After a mythology tour of the city, head to the Cyclades to see Mykonian farms, archaeological sites, and the famed Santorini caldera. Spend four days on Crete and return to the mainland to learn the ancient myths of Delphi, Meteora, and the Peloponnesian peninsula.

Mandraki port in Rhodes
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Discover Rhodes and Crete - 9 Days

Immerse yourself in two of Greece's largest islands with this nine-day itinerary. After a quick jaunt through Athens, you'll start with Rhodes, once home to the Colossus and now hosting a meandering medieval town along with beaches, castles, and petite villages to explore. Then head to Crete to see the labyrinth where the Minotaur once roamed and sample two keystone Greek products with wine and olive oil trips.

The Odeon of Herodes Atticus beneath the Acropolis, Athens
Map of Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 17 Days
Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 17 Days

Delve into the history and mythology of the ancient Greeks with this exciting itinerary. Starting and ending in Athens, you'll explore the wonders of the capital and Delphi before heading to the islands. In the Cyclades, you'll make a quick stop in Mykonos, and discover fascinating archaeological sites at Delos and Santorini. Then make your way to Crete, where you'll visit the Palace at Knossos and tackle the Minotaur's labyrinth. Return to the mainland to learn about the Eleusinian Mysteries, see where Helen of Troy lived as described in The Iliad, and visit the birthplace of the Olympics.

Odeon theater on the Acropolis
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Greek Panorama: Athens, Cyclades, and Crete - 18 Days

Eighteen days isn't much compared to millennia of history, but it's still enough time for you to hit the high points of Greece with this itinerary. You'll start off with a mythology tour of Athens before heading to the islands to visit the sacred island of Delos, sip wine on the edge of Santorini's caldera, and take in the architecture of Crete. Then go back to Athens as the sun sets over the Temple of Poseidon.

Temple of Poseidon at sunset
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Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 18 Days

Immerse yourself in the mythology and history of ancient Greece with this comprehensive itinerary. You'll begin in Athens, where you'll explore the Acropolis and its Parthenon before setting sail for the Cyclades. Discover fascinating archaeological sites on sacred Delos, ancient Naxos, and Santorini. From there continue to Crete for a chance to walk the Minotaur's labyrinth at Knossos. Back on the mainland, learn about the Eleusinian Mysteries, visit Helen of Troy's home at Mycenae, and see the ancient birthplace of the Olympics before a sunset sendoff at the Temple of Poseidon.

The Temple of Apollo, Delphi
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Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades and Crete - 10 Days

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.  

Old Town streets in Rhodes
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Discover Rhodes and Crete - 10 Days

Let this 10-day itinerary take you through some of Greece's most interesting island artifacts. You'll hear the myths of the Acropolis, hike the ancient castles and villages of Rhodes, then finish up with both the culinary and Classical history of Crete before you depart.

Temple of Athena, Delphi
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Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 19 Days

Perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about ancient Greece, this itinerary will take you to some of the major sites both on the mainland and the islands. Begin in Athens, where you'll visit the Parthenon at the Acropolis and learn to cook like the ancient Greeks. Then set sail for the Cyclades, where you'll discover fascinating archaeological sites and get a taste of the islands' modern culture. Make your way to Crete for a trip to the Palace of Knossos and the Minotaur's labyrinth before returning to the mainland to see the birthplace of the Olympics, the Temple of Poseidon, and more. 

Mykonos table views
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Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 19 Days

Travel almost the entire length of Greece on this fun itinerary. You'll start with the myths of Athens, then travel to the modern nightlife mixed with traditional farms of Mykonos and Santorini. The ferry to Crete will take you back to the Palace of Knossos and era of stone villages, then return to Athens to use the city and neighboring Nafplio as your base for expeditions to even more ancient monuments.

Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens
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Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 20 Days

Take a deep dive into the history, culture, and beauty of Greece with this itinerary. Starting and ending in Athens, you'll begin by exploring the Acropolis and the Parthenon, followed by stops in Mykonos, the sacred island of Delos, and ancient Naxos. You'll also visit prehistoric Akrotiri on Santorini and Crete's Palace of Knossos on your tour of the islands. Then return to the mainland to see the birthplace of the Olympics and the Temple of Poseidon on the Athenian Riviera.

Bay of Nafplio and the Bourtzi Castle at sunset
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Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 20 Days

Go from the city to the sea and back on this comprehensive itinerary. You'll start with the Acropolis and a sunset tour of the Temple of Poseidon before venturing down to Mykonos and Santorini for farm dinners and wine tasting. Next, head to Crete's charming cities and rugged Samaria Gorge before you return to the mainland, where you'll wrap up your journey among the monuments of Nafplio.

Terrace of Lions on Delos
Map of Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 21 Days
Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 21 Days

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.

The turquoise waters and rocky shores of Crete
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Discover Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 11 Days

If you're looking for a classic Greek vacation that hits all the cultural highlights, this exciting itinerary is for you! You'll explore everything from the ancient ruins of Athens to the beaches of Mykonos and the magnificent hills of Santorini. Immerse yourself in authentic village life in Crete and visit the Minotaur's palace before you return to Athens for a culinary sendoff.

Domed church in Mykonos
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Greek Panorama: Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 21 Days

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.

The Parthenon, Athens
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Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades and Crete - 11 Days

This history-inspired itinerary through the mainland and islands is perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about ancient Greek mythology and culture. Begin your journey in and around Athens, where you'll tour the Acropolis and visit the oracle at Delphi. Then take to the water and explore fascinating historical sites on Delos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete. Return to the mainland for one last day of historical adventures and charming Greek towns before you head home.

Ruins at Delos
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Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 11 Days

Hit all the high points of Greece on this 11-day itinerary. After a warm welcome and Acropolis tour in Athens, ship out to the islands to see the archaeological site at Delos, saunter through the streets of Santorini, visit the villages of Crete, and more before you end with a sunset over Cape Sounion.

One of the main shopping streets in Nafplio
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Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 22 Days

This itinerary starts with the myths of the Acropolis as you look out over the Athenian skyline. Then, on to Santorini and Mykonos, where you'll visit the birthplace of Apollo and one of the ancient world's biggest trading ports at Delos. Finish with Crete and a return to the mainland to visit the monasteries of Meteora and ancient Delphi.

The Erechtheion Temple at the Acropolis, Athens
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Discover Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 12 Days

Experience the history, culture, and flavors of Greece on this jam-packed tour of Athens and the islands. You'll learn about ancient Greek mythology on visits to the Acropolis and Delphi, followed by an island-hopping adventure to stylish Mykonos, historic Delos, and romantic Santorini. Go trekking in Crete and explore fascinating ruins before making your way back to Athens.

Corfu from the water
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Discover Rhodes, Crete, and Corfu - 12 Days

Explore three islands on a single trip with this 12-day itinerary. From the beaches and medieval old town of Rhodes to Crete's Palace of Knossos and agricultural fields to Corfu's contemporary cuisine and architecture, you'll make the full circuit of some of the most interesting isles that Greece has to offer.

The Minoan Palace of Knossos, Crete
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Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades and Crete - 12 Days

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. 

Sunrise over the peninsula of Nafplio
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Greek Panorama: Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 23 Days

Whether you're on a morning bike ride through Athens, setting sail to the Cyclades, or trekking through Crete, this 23-day itinerary covers plenty of ground across the entire country of Greece. From Athens to the islands and back to Peloponnese, you'll experience much of the fun, food, and history Greece has to offer.

Port at Hydra
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Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 24 Days

Get a full picture of Greece's offerings with this expansive itinerary. Start off with five days in Athens, then head to the islands to see the two stars of the Cyclades, Santorini and Mykonos. Down to Crete next for both trekking and village tours before you head back to Athens to explore more sites of the mainland both in the city and in neighboring Nafplio.

Old Venetian Palace on Corfu
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Discover Rhodes, Crete, and Corfu - 13 Days

Whether you're strolling, eating, or both, you'll get a full taste of Greek culture and history on this 13-day itinerary. After a mythology tour in Athens, go down to the island of Rhodes to get lost in its medieval old town. Follow that with a trip to Crete for more history and interactive olive grove and vineyard experiences, then tours through Corfu's food and architectural scenes before you return to Athens.

The Parthenon, Athens
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Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades and Crete - 13 Days

Travel back in time to some of the most famous historical landmarks of Greece's mainland and islands with this itinerary. Begin your exploration of ancient Greek mythology and culture at the Acropolis in Athens. Consult the oracle at Delphi before sailing to the sacred island of Delos, beautiful Mykonos, and the lost city of Akrotiri on Santorini. Walk the Minotaur's labyrinth in Crete before returning to the mainland to learn about the Eleusinian Mysteries and Helen of Troy's home at Mycenae. Top off your trip with an unforgettable sunset sendoff at the Temple of Poseidon.

Elafonissi's famous pink sand beach
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History, Culture, and Islands: Athens, Crete, & the Cyclades - 13 Days

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 13-day 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. Stroll through the local markets, visit the botanical gardens, and savor a Cretan feast. 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, before returning to Athens for one last Greek meal before your flight home.

The Minoan Palace at Knossos
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Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 25 Days

You'll have plenty of time to see some of Greece's standout regions with this 25-day itinerary. Start with day and evening experiences of the myths and modern neighborhoods of Athens and the surrounding region before you head to the islands, with farm dinners in Mykonos, catamaran cruises in Santorini, and the landscapes of Crete all on the agenda. Then it's back to the mainland to experience some of the stars of Greek history, culture, and scenery.

Ancient columns on Delos
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Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades and Crete - 14 Days

Get up close and personal with ancient Greece on this two-week trip. Begin at the Acropolis and its famous Parthenon before ferrying to the beautiful Cycladic Islands. Archeological stops include the sacred site of Delos, prehistoric Akrotiri, and the Palace of Knossos on Crete. End your trip on the mainland with visits to mythical Mycenae, the original Olympic stadium, and more.

Elafonissi's famous pink sand beach
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Authentic Greece: Athens, Crete, and the Cyclades - 14 Days

Experience the romance of Crete, captivating Athens, and the classic Cyclades with the 14-day version of this adventurous itinerary. You'll use coastal Chania as your initial base for exploration, where you'll take in the medieval architecture, elegant mansions, sculpted fountains, and postcard-perfect Venetian port. Spend a few nights in a traditional village before wrapping up your journey with Santorini and lesser-known Naxos, the quintessential Cycladic island.

Paleokastritsa bay on Corfu
Map of Discover Rhodes, Crete, and Corfu - 14 Days
Discover Rhodes, Crete, and Corfu - 14 Days

Odysseus's journey lasted 10 years as he tried to get home after the Trojan War. Your two-week journey will take a little less time but hopefully feel equally legendary with this itinerary. After a mythology tour in Athens, you'll head to the island of Rhodes to explore in its medieval old town. Proceed to Crete to wander the Palace of Knossos, once home to labyrinth of the Minotaur, then sail to some of the very places Odysseus set foot from Corfu before you return to Athens.

The old port of Chania, built by Venetians in the 14th century
Map of Historical and Island Adventures: Athens, Crete, and the Cyclades - 14 Days
Historical and Island Adventures: Athens, Crete, and the Cyclades - 14 Days

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.

View from Lindos in Rhodes
Map of Discover Rhodes, Crete, and Corfu - 15 Days
Discover Rhodes, Crete, and Corfu - 15 Days

These three Greek islands will give you a hands-on experience of Classical history and beyond. After a mythology tour in Athens, you'll travel to Rhodes for winding medieval old town streets and fortresses, Crete's Palace of Knossos and some refreshment from ancient vines, and the same spots on Corfu visited in Homer's famous epic poetry. Just make sure you don't actually touch the museum cases without permission.

The harbor of Chania on Crete
Map of Experience Local Greece: Athens, Crete, & the Cycladic Islands - 15 Days
Experience Local Greece: Athens, Crete, & the Cycladic Islands - 15 Days

Get to know Crete, Athens, and the Cycladic Islands on the 15-day version of this experiential tour. After visiting the capital city, head to Chania as your base for exploration on Crete, where you'll take in the medieval architecture and postcard-perfect Venetian port. Spend time hiking, eating, and more in a traditional village before wrapping up your journey with Santorini wine-tasting and a horseback ride on lesser-known Naxos.

Elafonissi's famous pink sand beach
Map of Authentic Greek Adventure: Athens to the Cyclades - 16 Days
Authentic Greek Adventure: Athens to the Cyclades - 16 Days

Get to know Crete, Athens, and the Cycladic Islands on the 16-day version of this experiential tour. After visiting the capital city, head to Chania as your base for exploration on Crete, where you'll take in the medieval architecture and postcard-perfect Venetian port. Spend time hiking, eating, and more in a traditional village before wrapping up your journey with Santorini wine-tasting and a horseback ride on lesser-known Naxos.

Agios Prokopios Beach in Naxos
Culture & Adventure in Crete, Santorini, Naxos, the Peloponnese & Meteora - 21 Days

Spend 21 days in Greece with this unique itinerary that balances history, relaxation, and culture. Start in Crete, Greece's largest island with the oldest civilization. Explore the Venetian town of Chania and the massive Samaria gorge, and Crete's capital — Heraklion. Catch a ferry to Naxos where you'll learn how to cook Greek food and relax on an idyllic beach. Finish your trip in laid-back Santorini for an immersion into Greek winemaking.