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Escape to Zagori
5 Places to Go in Zagori : Greece's Remote Wonderland

Tucked into a remote part of Epirus, Greece’s northwest region of Zagori is an off-the-radar slice of wild beauty and ancient tradition. Its wilderness is a great place to escape the summer crowds, and the Pindos Mountains ski resorts are a top draw in winter. Here are our highlights not to miss.

Beaches of Macedonia
Guide to Thessaloniki & Macedonia: Greece's Mountainous Mainland

There are countless reasons to add Thessaloniki (Greece's second largest city) and Macedonia (Greece’s largest province) to your travel plans. From the white sands of Halkidiki to Thessaloniki’s pulsing nightlife, the region is bursting with world-class sites. No wonder that, together, they form the country’s most popular region.

Northern & Central Greece Itineraries

The monasteries of Meteora at sunset
Map of Enchanting Northern Greece and Corfu - 9 Days
Enchanting Northern Greece and Corfu - 9 Days

Visit some of Greece's beautiful lesser-known regions on this 9-day itinerary across the northern part of the country. You'll go from the historical port city of Thessaloniki to the clifftops of Meteora to the majestic silver lake at Ioannina. Then you'll trek through the mountains of Zagori and its perfectly preserved stone villages. Finish up on the shores of Corfu, where you'll enjoy a food tour of the island and bask on the beaches where, according to legend, Odysseus once roamed.

Cape Drastis, Corfu
Map of Enchanting Northern Greece and Corfu - 8 Days
Enchanting Northern Greece and Corfu - 8 Days

Get off the beaten path with this itinerary to some of Greece's most magical landscapes. In just over a week, you'll see beautiful Byzantine architecture in Thessaloniki, visit the clifftop monasteries of Meteora, and relax by the atmospheric silver lake at Ioannina. Trek through the mountains of Zagori, stopping to appreciate its picturesque stone villages and bridges along the way. Then head to the island of Corfu to indulge in its culinary delights and follow in the footsteps of Homer's Odysseus.

The rooftops of Corfu
Map of Enchanting Northern Greece and Corfu - 11 Days
Enchanting Northern Greece and Corfu - 11 Days

Experience both the stunning mountain landscapes of northern Greece and the inviting turquoise waters of Corfu with this exciting itinerary. Start in the port city of Thessaloniki, packed with rich Byzantine history and architecture. From there, make your way to the clifftop monasteries of Meteora, the silver lake of Ioannina, and the postcard-perfect stone villages of Zagori. Finally, head to the Ionian island of Corfu, complete with colorful plazas, quaint side streets, and gorgeous beaches.

Rooftops of Thessaloniki
Map of Enchanting Northern Greece and Corfu - 14 Days
Enchanting Northern Greece and Corfu - 14 Days

Experience the lesser-known side of the country with this two-week trip across Northern Greece. You'll go from Greece's second city of Thessaloniki to living like the proverbial pasha in lakeside Ioannina, then up to the clifftop monasteries of Meteora. Continue on through the stone Zagori mountain villages to wrap up your journey on the shores of Corfu in the Ionian Sea, where you'll follow in legendary traveler Odysseus's footsteps.

A church on the shores of Corfu
Map of Enchanting Northern Greece and Corfu - 10 Days
Enchanting Northern Greece and Corfu - 10 Days

Enjoy an unforgettable journey through the varied landscapes of northern Greece with this 10-day itinerary. Explore Thessaloniki with its incredible Byzantine architecture before making your way to the clifftop monasteries of Meteora. Travel to the atmospheric silver lake at Ioannina and trek through the mountain villages of Zagori. Then head to Corfu, where you'll fill up on a culinary tour of the island and trace the footsteps of the legendary traveler, Odysseus.

Paleokastritsa Bay, Corfu
Map of Enchanting Northern Greece and Corfu - 13 Days
Enchanting Northern Greece and Corfu - 13 Days

Go off the beaten path as you traverse the beautiful landscapes of northern Greece. Beginning in Thessaloniki, you'll explore the port city's rich Byzantine history before making your way to the magnificent clifftop monasteries of Meteora. From there, travel to the silver lake of Ioannina and the picturesque mountain villages of Zagori. Top it all off with a few days on the sunny shores of Corfu, where you'll follow in the footsteps of the ancient legendary wanderer Odysseus.

Sunrise in the village of Vitsa, Zagori
Map of Enchanting Northern Greece and Corfu - 7 Days
Enchanting Northern Greece and Corfu - 7 Days

This week-long adventure will take you from the port city of Thessaloniki to the cliffs of Meteora, to the hills of Zagori and the beaches of Corfu. Along the way, you'll see some of Greece's oldest monasteries, hike to Zagori's picturesque stone villages, and follow Homer's Odyssey to Corfu's turquoise shores.

The mountains of Zagori in autumn
Map of Enchanting Northern Greece and Corfu - 12 Days
Enchanting Northern Greece and Corfu - 12 Days

See some of Greece's most mesmerizing landscapes with this itinerary across the northern part of the country. Delve into the rich history of Thessaloniki, before heading for the photogenic cliffs of Meteora, where you'll visit some of the country's oldest monasteries. Then relax lakeside in Ioannina and visit the stone villages in the mountains of Zagori. Wrap up your adventure with a few days on the Ionian island of Corfu, where you'll explore via Jeep safari, enjoy a delicious food tour, and more!

The monasteries of Meteora
Map of Enchanting Northern Greece and Corfu - 6 Days
Enchanting Northern Greece and Corfu - 6 Days

In just under a week, you'll see some of northern Greece's most unforgettable landscapes with this itinerary. From the historical port city of Thessaloniki to the beaches of Corfu, you'll be immersed in history and culture. You'll trek through the hills of Zagori to its photogenic stone villages and bridges, and visit the clifftop monasteries of Meteora. End your journey with a stop in Corfu, where you'll taste local delicacies and trace the path of Homer's Odysseus.

Views from Zagori
Map of Adventurous Athens, Central Greece, and Corfu - 7 Days
Adventurous Athens, Central Greece, and Corfu - 7 Days

This weeklong adventure trip takes you through some of the highlights of central Greece. Go up to Meteora's monasteries in the sky, then down into the gorges of the Pindos mountain range to explore the stone villages of Zagori. End your trip by kayaking around Corfu's petite Pontikonisi island.

Paleokastritsa Bay on Corfu
Map of Enchanting Northern Greece and Corfu - 5 Days
Enchanting Northern Greece and Corfu - 5 Days

Northern Greece has been the home of mighty civilizations, including the Macedonians, Thracians, Romans, Byzantines, Slavs and Ottoman Turks. Get a five-day glimpse into their world with this itinerary.  From the bustling streets of Thessaloniki, you'll go on to see the monasteries of Meteora as they touch the sky, then follow the footsteps of Oydsseus to the Ionian Sea.

One of the lakes in the Zagori region
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 9 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 9 Days

Spend nine days adventuring through mainland Greece, from the clifftops of Meteora to the Nafplio seaside. You'll start and end in Athens, hiking up to the monasteries, over the stone bridges of Zagori, and down past the Venetian and Ottoman architecture of Nafplio in between.

Aristotelous Square in Thessaloniki
Map of Urban Adventures and History in  Athens & Thessaloniki - 5 Days
Urban Adventures and History in Athens & Thessaloniki - 5 Days

Make the most of your five days in Greece with this quick hit tour of its two largest cities. Start in Athens with a local wine tasting before touring the most famous site of them all — the Acropolis. After spending time learning about the ancient Greeks, head to some of the city's more modern neighborhoods, where you'll spot street art and wander through the markets, stopping to sample food along the way. Next, make your way to multicultural Thessaloniki, where you'll explore its Byzantine and Ottoman history on a walking tour of the city.

A view of the White Tower in Thessaloniki
Athens & Thessaloniki: Best Itinerary Ideas

Seven to 11 days is a great length for a Greece trip with stops in Athens and Thessaloniki. If you don't mind a fast-paced journey, you can see the highlights of this route in less time—as few as 3 days. With more time, you can enjoy extra activities at each stop or a few days in another region like Crete. See more ideas for Athens and Thessaloniki itineraries below.

The atmospheric mountains of Zagori
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 16 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 16 Days

In two and a half weeks you'll go from the bustling capital to the peaceful villages of Zagori to the Venetian side streets of Nafplio with this active itinerary. Get ready to discover the Greek mainland by bicycle, kayak, and on foot, as you climb to the clifftops of Meteora, bike along the coast, and paddle in the sea below imposing castles. After all that effort, reward yourself with a sunset finale at Cape Sounion's Temple of Poseidon.

Historical Corfu town
Map of Adventurous Athens, Central Greece, and Corfu - 14 Days
Adventurous Athens, Central Greece, and Corfu - 14 Days

You'll go from the bustling capital to the serenity of traditional hillside villages to the shores of Corfu on this two-week adventure.  Explore the sights and sounds of Athens by bicycle before taking to the water to fish for your dinner in the Saronic Gulf. Next, you'll trek through the mountains of Meteora and Zagori, where you'll learn to cook a three-course Greek meal. Hop on a ferry to Corfu to end your journey with some hiking, biking, and kayaking along the beach to the fortresses of the Old Town.

The blue lagoon of Porto Timoni beach on Corfu
Map of Athens, Northern Greece, & Corfu Adventure - 12 Days
Athens, Northern Greece, & Corfu Adventure - 12 Days

Northern Greece stretches across more cultures and terrains than any other region in the country. After arriving in Athens, you'll head to Thessaloniki, with some of the best food and wine in the country. From here, you'll go hiking and river rafting on the mainland and then ferry to Corfu island for beaches, kayaking, and a Jeep safari toward ancient monasteries.

On the way to the beach in Nafplio
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 12 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 12 Days

Make the most of your 12 days in Greece with this adventurous itinerary around the mainland. You'll discover the sights and sounds of Athens by bicycle before hiking in the hills of Meteora and Zagori. Stop for a swim in the waterfalls and lakes of the northern Peloponnese, and then head for the historic coastal city of Nafplio for biking and kayaking with a view.

The curious rock formations of the Zagori landscape
Map of Adventurous Athens, Central Greece, and Corfu - 12 Days
Adventurous Athens, Central Greece, and Corfu - 12 Days

This exciting itinerary squeezes plenty of thrills into 12 days spent on the mainland and Corfu. Soak in the history of Athens as you bike through its various neighborhoods, and then head for the monasteries of Meteora and the villages of Zagori. There you'll trek through the mountains and be at one with nature. For a change of scenery, take the ferry over to Corfu, where you'll hike, bike, and kayak around its ruggedly beautiful coastline and historic Old Town.

The blue lagoon of Porto Timoni beach on Corfu
Map of Active Northern Greece & Corfu - 10 Days
Active Northern Greece & Corfu - 10 Days

Northern Greece stretches across more cultures and terrains than any other region in the country. This 10-day itinerary starts off in the second largest city, Thessaloniki—a magnetic place that breathes history and character, offering some of the best food and wine in the country. From here, you'll go hiking and river rafting on the mainland and then ferry to Corfu island for beaches, kayaking, and a Jeep safari toward ancient monasteries.

A traditional stone bridge in Zagori
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 10 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 10 Days

This 10-day active itinerary will take you from the lively streets of Athens to charming traditional villages to the shores of Nafplio. You'll tackle the mountains of Meteora, hike the hills of Zagori, and unwind with a relaxing dip in the lakes and waterfalls of the northern Peloponnese. End your adventure with a coastal bike ride and a paddle in the turquoise waters of the Aegean.

A view of Corfu town
Map of Adventurous Athens, Central Greece, and Corfu - 10 Days
Adventurous Athens, Central Greece, and Corfu - 10 Days

Get ready for an action-packed adventure with this 10-day itinerary. You'll go from biking the streets of Athens to trekking in the mountains of Zagori to paddling around the Old Town of Corfu. In between, you'll visit historic clifftop monasteries at Meteora, learn to cook a traditional three-course meal, and hike along stunning island beaches.

The meadows and mountains of Zagori
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 17 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 17 Days

This 17-day adventure will take you from the sights and sounds of Athens to the clifftops of Meteora to the tranquil villages of Zagori and the crystal waters of the Peloponnese. Along the way, you'll hike, bike, and paddle your way around mainland Greece's stunning landscapes. End your journey with a trip to coastal Nafplio and a sunset finale at Sounion.

Beautiful Corfu
Map of Adventurous Athens, Central Greece, and Corfu - 8 Days
Adventurous Athens, Central Greece, and Corfu - 8 Days

Spend eight days trekking through the northern Greek mountains and exploring the beaches of Corfu with this itinerary. In just over a week, you'll go from the bustling capital to the historic monasteries atop the cliffs of Meteora to the hillside villages of Zagori and the rugged shores of Corfu. You'll have plenty of time to enjoy your natural surroundings along the way!

The rock formations of Meteora
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 15 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 15 Days

Spend just over two weeks discovering Greece's stunning mainland, from the clifftop monasteries of Meteora to the tranquil waters of the Peloponnese to the historical shores of Nafplio. You'll explore Athens by bike before hiking the hills and rafting the rivers of Zagori. Finish your journey with a kayaking excursion beneath imposing castles and an unforgettable sunset finale.

Paleokastritsa, Corfu
Map of Adventurous Athens, Central Greece, and Corfu - 15 Days
Adventurous Athens, Central Greece, and Corfu - 15 Days

In just over two weeks, you'll see some of Greece's most striking locales by hike, bike, raft, and more. First, immerse yourself in ancient mythology and see Athens on two wheels. Then learn to fish like the locals before heading for the clifftop monasteries of Meteora. From there, you'll hike through the hilly villages of atmospheric Zagori and see its famous stone bridges from your raft on the Voidomatis River. Finally, head to Corfu for more hiking, biking, and a sea kayaking excursion along its rugged coastline.

Thessaloniki's promenade and White Tower
Map of Urban Adventures and History in Athens & Thessaloniki - 8 Days
Urban Adventures and History in Athens & Thessaloniki - 8 Days

In just over a week, you'll still have plenty of time to explore the history, culture, and cuisine of Greece's two biggest cities. Learn about ancient mythology at the Acropolis and indulge your taste buds on a street food tour of Athens. In walkable Thessaloniki, you'll visit impressive monuments and see the mesmerizing archaeological site of Pella just outside the city. End your journey back in the capital, where you'll cook a traditional Greek meal as you gaze out over the Athenian skyline.

Meteora's clifftop monasteries
Map of Adventurous Athens, Central Greece, and Corfu - 13 Days
Adventurous Athens, Central Greece, and Corfu - 13 Days

Spend 13 days hiking, biking, and paddling around some of Greece's most stunning locations with this whirlwind itinerary. Discover Athens by bicycle and go fishing for your supper before heading to the clifftop monasteries of Meteora. Trek through the hilly villages of atmospheric Zagori and learn to cook a traditional meal. Finally, sail to Corfu to explore its rocky coastline, gorgeous beaches, and picturesque Old Town. 

Vikos Gorge in the hills of Zagori
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 13 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 13 Days

Hike, bike, and paddle your way around the Greek mainland with this 13-day itinerary. Begin in Athens, where you'll see all the sights from two wheels. Then stretch your legs with hikes in the mountains of Meteora and Zagori. Take a refreshing dip in the lakes of the Peloponnese before heading for the coast for a sea kayaking excursion. Finally, reward your hard work with a sunset at the Temple of Poseidon.

Sunset at the Temple of Poseidon, Sounion
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 18 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 18 Days

Get ready to see mainland Greece by foot, bike, kayak and more on this 18-day adventure. First, you'll explore the capital on two wheels and immerse yourself in the street art scene. Then learn the traditional Greek way of fishing before tackling the mountains of Meteora. Head to the hilly villages of Zagori, where you'll explore by raft. Next, make your way to to the turquoise waters of the Peloponnese for a swim under a waterfall and a dip in mountain lakes. Finally, travel to coastal Nafplio for a sea kayaking excursion around its famous castle, and more!

Angelokastro Fortress on Corfu
Map of Adventurous Athens, Central Greece and Corfu - 16 Days
Adventurous Athens, Central Greece and Corfu - 16 Days

Spend 16 days exploring both central and coastal Greece after a few days in the country's dynamic capital. Start in Athens with a sail around the Saronic Gulf in search of your dinner before you spend two days amid the cliffs of Meteora.  From there you'll hike, cook, and raft your way through the mountainside Zagori villages, then hop a ferry to Corfu to bike, jeep, and kayak past the island's forts, monasteries, and stony coastline.

View of Thessaloniki
Map of Urban Adventures and History in  Athens & Thessaloniki - 6 Days
Urban Adventures and History in Athens & Thessaloniki - 6 Days

Spend six days seeing the sights of Athens and Thessaloniki with this exciting itinerary. Begin in the capital, where you'll be welcomed with a local wine tasting, followed by a jaunt around the Acropolis. You'll tour the city's young, vibrant neighborhoods and markets, and learn to cook a traditional meal as you look out at the Athenian skyline. Then fly north to Greece's second city, where you can appreciate its fascinating architecture on a walking tour of all the hot spots.

Vikos Gorge in the hills of Zagori
Map of Adventurous Athens, Central Greece, and Corfu - 11 Days
Adventurous Athens, Central Greece, and Corfu - 11 Days

Make the most of your trip with this adventurous itinerary around the mainland and Corfu. First, see Athens from a different perspective on a bike tour of its neighborhoods. Then head north to the monasteries atop the cliffs of Meteora. Hike through the mountainside villages of Zagori, and learn to cook a traditional three-course meal before hopping the ferry to beautiful Corfu for some hiking, biking, and kayaking around the island.

The historic red roofs of Nafpaktos
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 11 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 11 Days

Go from the bustling metropolis of Athens to the tranquil hills of Zagori to the beaches of Nafplio on this 11-day adventure. Along the way, you'll climb to the clifftop monasteries of Meteora, swim in the refreshing waters of the northern Peloponnese, and tackle sea waves on a kayaking excursion with a view.

The shores of Nafplio
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 19 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 19 Days

You'll explore Athens and Greece's stunning countryside with this 19-day adventurous itinerary around the mainland. Bike your way around the capital and learn to fish like the locals before hiking to the clifftop monasteries of Meteora. Then make your way to the picturesque villages of Zagori, where you'll tackle the rapids of the Voidomatis River. Spend some time swimming under waterfalls before heading to Nafplio on the coast, where you'll kayak around a castle and learn how to make cheese the Greek way.

Aerial view over Nafplio
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 14 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 14 Days

You'll tackle clifftop monasteries, river rapids, and the southern coastline on this two-week adventure. Start in Athens, where you'll explore the sights by bicycle. Then make your way to the curious rock formations of Meteora and the picturesque mountain villages of Zagori. After an excursion to the waterfall pools and alpine lakes of the Peloponnese, head to Nafplio for more hiking, biking, and a sea kayaking trip with stunning views.

Paleokastritsa Bay, Corfu
Map of Adventurous Athens, Central Greece, and Corfu - 9 Days
Adventurous Athens, Central Greece, and Corfu - 9 Days

Immerse yourself in the unbelievable beauty of the Greek mainland and Corfu on this 9-day adventure trip. Bike through the ancient and modern neighborhoods of Athens, hike to the picturesque mountain villages of Zagori, and explore the rocky coastline of Corfu by kayak. You'll also discover the clifftop monasteries of Meteora and trek along Corfu's stunning beaches.

A cityscape of Athens
Map of Urban Adventures and History in  Athens & Thessaloniki - 9 Days
Urban Adventures and History in Athens & Thessaloniki - 9 Days

Whether you thrive on the buzz of the city, or just want to take a deeper look at Athens and Thessaloniki, this 9-day itinerary won't disappoint. In addition to getting to know the lively neighborhoods of the capital, you'll learn about ancient mythology at the Acropolis, and enjoy a delicious street food tour of its markets and coffee houses. Thessaloniki offers a more laid-back atmosphere — perfect for exploring its dramatic architecture and multicultural history on foot. Return to Athens for a farewell cooking class with a glorious view of the city.

Sunset over Meteora
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 20 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 20 Days

Delve into Greece's culture and history with this 20-day adventure around the mainland. Discover Athens by bicycle, and learn about classical mythology and modern art along the way, before hiking in the mountains of Meteora and the villages of Zagori. Tackle some rapids and take a dip in the turquoise waters of the Peloponnese. Then head to Nafplio, where more hiking, biking, and some cheese-making await!

View of Thessaloniki from Ano Poli
Map of Urban Adventures and History in Athens & Thessaloniki - 12 Days
Urban Adventures and History in Athens & Thessaloniki - 12 Days

The thrills of buzzing Athens and Thessaloniki await on this 12-day adventure based in Greece's two largest cities. Begin and end in the capital, where you'll frequent the markets and coffee houses in between trips to the Acropolis and the sacred site of Delphi. Travel north to Greece's second city for some fascinating Byzantine and Ottoman history and architecture, and a stroll around beautiful the beautiful Ano Poli neighborhood. Back in Athens, spend your last day learning to prepare a traditional meal at a cooking class with a view.

Skopelos harbor
Map of Central Greece, Skopelos & Corfu Exploration - 15 Days
Central Greece, Skopelos & Corfu Exploration - 15 Days

This 15-day course will take you mainly through Greece's central latitudes, covering a wide swath of terrains to give you a full picture of your surroundings. You'll start by saying hi to Athens, then travel through the hills to the port city of Volos. Set sail for Skopelos island to see where Mamma Mia was filmed, ascend back to the mountains of the mainland to visit the sky-high monasteries of Meteora and stone Zagori villages, and finish it off with one more island by exploring the coasts of Corfu.

 Urban Adventures and History in Athens & Thessaloniki - 15 Days
Map of  Urban Adventures and History in Athens & Thessaloniki - 15 Days
Urban Adventures and History in Athens & Thessaloniki - 15 Days

Spend just over two weeks soaking up the flavors and history of Greece's two largest cities and nearby highlights with this itinerary. Visit the vibrant neighborhoods of Athens, and indulge in the capital's gastronomic delights on a food tour of its markets. Then head north to Thessaloniki, where you'll visit Byzantine and Ottoman-era sites, and wander the cobbled streets of the historical Ano Poli for magnificent views over the city. Return to Athens for a winery trip and sunset at Cape Sounion. Along the way, you'll stop at important archaeological sites at Delphi, Pella, and Philippi.

One of the roads up to Zagori
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 21 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 21 Days

Clamber over the corners of mainland Greece on this three-week itinerary. You'll start by experiencing the Classical myths and modern street art of Athens. Then make your way out of the capital and up to the sky-high Meteora monasteries and Zagori mountain villages, where you'll learn to cook like a local. Hop in the waters of the Peloponnese before you end your trip in seaside Nafplio, home to biking, kayaking, and the chance to channel your inner Pan as a shepherd for a day.

Monastery of Panayia Pantanassa at Mystras
Map of Mainland Greece Road Trip - 7 Days
Mainland Greece Road Trip - 7 Days

Take a week to drive through the mythological territory of mainland Greece with this itinerary. Your seven days will start and end in Athens, covering the historical sites and sprawling castles of the Peloponnese along the way.

Stop for a snack on Skopelos
Map of Central Greece & Skopelos Exploration - 10 Days
Central Greece & Skopelos Exploration - 10 Days

Sandwich a scenic island between dramatic mountain views with this 10-day itinerary. After beginning atop the Acropolis and exploring Mount Pilio, you'll set sail for Skopelos island, home to coastal forests and beaches so picturesque they were the setting for Mamma Mia. Dance your way back to the mainland to climb up to the monasteries of Meteora and Zagori mountain villages before you return to Athens to watch the sun set over the Temple of Poseidon.

View of the sea from inside Thessaloniki's White Tower
Map of Urban Adventures and History in  Athens & Thessaloniki - 7 Days
Urban Adventures and History in Athens & Thessaloniki - 7 Days

This week-long itinerary offers plenty of opportunities to explore the ancient and modern sides of Athens and Thessaloniki. In the capital, you'll learn about mythology straight from the source, and wander through the markets on a street food tour. Enjoy the laidback seafront vibes and multicultural food scene of Thessaloniki, and visit its dramatic monuments on a walking tour of the city. Back in Athens, take in one last view of the Acropolis as you cook a traditional meal with a professional chef.

A view from the Acropolis
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Urban Adventures and History in Athens & Thessaloniki - 10 Days

You'll visit Greece's two most important metropolises with this 10-day itinerary. Athens is unsurprisingly packed with rich historical sites, but you'll also explore its more modern neighborhoods and get to know its markets and coffee houses. In Thessaloniki, you'll visit Byzantine churches, Ottoman towers, and even a castle before heading back to the capital for a cooking class overlooking the Acropolis.

The Venetian port of Old Town, Chania
Map of Discover Athens, Thessaloniki & Crete - 7 Days
Discover Athens, Thessaloniki & Crete - 7 Days

Make the most of your week in Greece with this tour of two of its most fascinating cities and its largest island, Crete. Learn about the ancient Greeks at the Acropolis and discover some of Athens' more modern neighborhoods on a private tour. Discover coastal Thessaloniki and rich Byzantine and Ottoman history. Wander the narrow lanes and harbor promenade of Chania's colorful Old Town on Crete, soaking in the sunshine and lovely views.

A view of the Acropolis
Map of Urban Adventures and History in Athens & Thessaloniki - 13 Days
Urban Adventures and History in Athens & Thessaloniki - 13 Days

Enjoy all city life has to offer with this trip to Athens and Thessaloniki. Spend the first few days getting to know the capital's vibrant neighborhoods and flavors. Then switch gears and explore Greece's second city, Thessaloniki, where you'll find a fascinating blend of cultures, a storied past, and an excellent food scene. Although you'll get a taste of Greek city life, you'll also venture out to archaeological sites at Delphi and Pella for another dose of history along the way.

Cape Amarandos on Skopelos
Map of Central Greece, Skopelos & Corfu Exploration - 14 Days
Central Greece, Skopelos & Corfu Exploration - 14 Days

Make your way across the middle of Greece with this two-week itinerary. Over the span of 14 days, you'll go from up on Mount Pelion, once believed to be the home of the centaurs, down to Skopelos island and then back up to the clifftop monasteries of Meteora and Zagori mountain villages. Go back out to sea with a trip to Corfu before you return to Athens.

The ruins of Hadrian's Library, Athens
Map of  Urban Adventures and History in Athens & Thessaloniki - 14 Days
Urban Adventures and History in Athens & Thessaloniki - 14 Days

Get ready to explore the best corners of Athens and Thessaloniki and their surrounding regions with this two-week itinerary. Start your adventure in the capital, where you'll immerse yourself in its rich history, mythology, and of course, food! Take part in a bicycle excursion, photo safari, and a jaunt through the markets of Athens before heading north to Thessaloniki. There, you'll wander the cobbled streets of Ano Poli and learn about the city's unique patchwork of cultural influences. Finish your journey back in Athens with a cooking class and an unforgettable sunset farewell.

Statue of Leonidas at Thermopylae
Map of Central Greece, Skopelos & Corfu Exploration - 11 Days
Central Greece, Skopelos & Corfu Exploration - 11 Days

Spend 11 days traversing the hills and valleys of Greece's central latitudes with this itinerary. You'll start in Athens before heading up to the peak of Mount Pelion and Thermopylae, once home to the famous Spartan warriors, then down across the sea to Skopelos island. Climb back up to the monasteries of Meteora and stone Zagori villages, and descend once more to the island of Corfu to conclude your journey in the same island spot as Homer's hero Odysseus.

Thessaloniki's Church of St. Paul the Apostle
Map of Urban Adventures and History in Athens & Thessaloniki - 11 Days
Urban Adventures and History in Athens & Thessaloniki - 11 Days

This 11-day trip to Greece's two largest cities will immerse you in their history and flavors as you explore their vibrant neighborhoods. In Athens, you'll learn about ancient mythology at the Acropolis and taste local delicacies on a food tour of the city's markets. The university city of Thessaloniki offers a different kind of vibe, with its melting pot of cultures and dramatic architecture. Along the way, you'll visit important archaeological sites at Delphi and Pella.

View from the archaeological ruins at Mycenae
Map of Mainland Greece Road Trip - 8 Days
Mainland Greece Road Trip - 8 Days

In just over a week, this itinerary will take you from the Acropolis in Athens to the Byzantine ruins of Mystras to the hills of Delphi. Along the way, you'll visit important archaeological sites, stroll the pretty streets of towns brimming with history and culture, and enjoy unforgettable views.

Chania, Crete
Map of Discover Athens, Thessaloniki & Crete - 8 Days
Discover Athens, Thessaloniki & Crete - 8 Days

Get a healthy dose of history and culture on this 8-day tour of Greece's biggest cities and the island of Crete. Begin with a few days in the capital, where you'll visit the Acropolis and explore Athens' more modern neighborhoods and markets. Next, you'll head to Thessaloniki where you'll find a castle and beautiful Byzantine churches among its many gems. Finally, set out for Crete to stroll around the picturesque Old Town of Chania before making your way back to Athens for a farewell dinner with an unforgettable view.

The charming promenade of Chania, Crete
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Discover Athens, Thessaloniki & Crete - 15 Days

Discover the cultural and historical highlights that Greece's cities and islands have to offer with this cosmopolitan tour of Athens, Thessaloniki, and Crete. Spend the first few days exploring the history and flavors of the capital on foot and by bicycle. In Greece's second city, immerse yourself in Thessaloniki's rich Byzantine and Ottoman history, and visit fascinating archaeological sites. Next, hop over to Crete for a trip to the Venetian city of Chania and an excursion to the Minotaur's labyrinth before making your way back to Athens.

Church in Athens old town
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Central Greece, Skopelos & Corfu Exploration - 12 Days

Take 12 days to cover Grece's central latitudes with this bustling itinerary. Start up on the Acropolis, then down to the clear waters of Skopelos island. Head back inland to the clifftop monasteries and mountain villages of Meteora and Zagori, then out seaward once more to walk the street food stalls of Corfu before you return to Athens.

Thessaloniki and the Church of St. Paul
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Discover Athens, Thessaloniki & Crete - 12 Days

This 12-day cosmopolitan itinerary will take you through the streets of the capital, the coastal metropolis of Thessaloniki, and the Cretan city of Chania and beyond. Explore neighborhoods both old and new in Athens and find its most photogenic corners. Then head north to Thessaloniki, where you'll enjoy a walking tour of its fascinating historical sites. Finally, travel over to Crete to wander around Venetian Chania and visit the Palace of Knossos, before returning to the capital for a cooking class with a view.

View from Palamidi Castle, Nafplio
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Mainland Greece Road Trip - 9 Days

Visit fascinating archaeological sites and enjoy the beauty of the Greek countryside with this 9-day itinerary. Starting in Athens, you'll learn about ancient mythology at the Acropolis before heading for the historic seaside town of Nafplio. Go wine tasting in Nemea, discover the Byzantine ruins of Mystras, consult the oracle at Delphi and more on this road trip adventure.

Coast of Skopelos near Neo Klima
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Central Greece & Skopelos Exploration - 5 Days

If you're looking out for a place to go, dance your way through this five-day Greek itinerary featuring the island filming location of Mamma Mia. After landing in Athens, head down to the slopes of Mount Pelion and then out to Skopelos island where Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried worked on the 2008 film before you return to Athens.

The colorful streets of Chania's Old Town
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Discover Athens, Thessaloniki & Crete - 9 Days

You'll see the ancient sites of Athens, discover the coastal Byzantine city of Thessaloniki, and stroll around the Venetian streets of Chania with this 9-day itinerary. Along the way, you'll go wine tasting, commune with the oracle at Delphi, and bask on the beaches of Crete. End your journey back in the capital, where you'll enjoy a farewell dinner with a view.

Monastery of the Holy Trinity in Meteora
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Central Greece & Skopelos Exploration - 9 Days

Whether you're taking in the seaside from the coastal forests of Skopelos or gazing down from the clifftop monasteries of Meteora, this nine-day itinerary has panoramic views to spare. Start atop the Acropolis and site of a famous Spartan battle at Thermopylae, then ship out to the island of Skopelos for three days of beaches and cinematic perspectives with a Mamma Mia location tour. Return to the mainland with a trip up to Meteora before you return to Athens.

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.

A view of the Acropolis from Plaka
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Discover Athens, Thessaloniki & Crete - 13 Days

Immerse yourself in Greek history and culture with this trip to the cities of Athens and Thessaloniki and the island of Crete. You'll explore neighborhoods both ancient and modern in the capital, and engage with Greek mythology at the Acropolis and at Delphi. Wander the streets of Greece's coastal second city on a walking tour of Thessaloniki, and stop in Pella to see the birthplace of Alexander the Great before hopping the ferry to the island of Crete. There, you'll discover the Old Town of Chania and tackle the Minotaur's labyrinth at Knossos.

Skopelos town harbor
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Central Greece, Skopelos & Corfu Exploration - 13 Days

There's no resisting this 13-day Greek itinerary across the middle of Greece. Whether you're in the springs of Thermopylae, beaches of Skopelos island where Mamma Mia was filmed, inland mountains filled with stone constructions, or mansions of Corfu, you'll never want to let your trip go. 

A traditional village at Mani, Greece
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Mainland Greece Road Trip - 14 Days

Take in the sights and flavors of the countryside on this two-week road trip around mainland Greece. Starting in Athens, you'll explore the Acropolis and sample local delicacies before making your way to the Peloponnese. Here you'll encounter traditional villages, ancient castles, beautiful Byzantine architecture, and fascinating archaeological sites. Go wine tasting in Nemea, consult the oracle at Delphi, and see the birthplace of the Olympics along the way.

Panoramic view of Athens
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Discover Athens, Thessaloniki & Crete - 14 Days

Spend two weeks exploring the Greek cities of Athens and Thessaloniki and the island of Crete with this comprehensive itinerary. Start and end in the capital, where you'll tour its neighborhoods on foot and on two wheels, discover its most photogenic spots, indulge in Athenian cuisine, and learn about ancient mythology straight from the source. In Thessaloniki, you'll discover a rich history spanning several eras and visit archaeological sites on a walking tour. Then head to Crete, where you'll roam the quaint Venetian lanes of Chania's Old Town and tour the ruins of the Palace of Knossos.

View from the ruins of Mystras
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Mainland Greece Road Trip - 10 Days

Get ready for gorgeous views and a healthy dose of history on this 10-day tour of Athens and the Peloponnese. You'll learn about ancient Greek mythology at the Acropolis, visit the home of Helen of Troy, and see where the Olympics were born. Along the way, you'll sample wines at the vineyards of Nemea, explore the Byzantine castle of Mystras, and consult the oracle at Delphi.

The Church of St. Paul, Thessaloniki
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Discover Athens, Thessaloniki & Crete - 10 Days

This 10-day exploration of Greece's cities and the island of Crete is the perfect introduction to the country's culture and history. You'll begin in Athens with a private tour of its famous attractions and lesser known secrets. After a stop at the sacred site of Delphi, you'll head north to Thessaloniki, where you'll explore its Byzantine and Ottoman past. Next, hop down to Crete to visit Chania's Old Town and walk the Minotaur's labyrinth at Knossos, before ending your trip back in the capital with a cooking class overlooking the Acropolis.

Byzantine church and the ruins of Mystras
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Mainland Greece Road Trip - 15 Days

Travel from Athens to the vineyards, castles, and archaeological sites throughout the Peloponnese with this itinerary. After exploring the Acropolis and the local delicacies of the capital, head to the countryside, where you'll discover Byzantine castles and monasteries, ancient palaces, and sip on wine worthy of Dionysus. You'll see where the Olympics were born and where Helen of Troy lived, and consult the oracle at Delphi along the way.

The ancient theater of Epidaurus
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Mainland Greece Road Trip - 16 Days

On this 16-day road trip of Athens and the Peloponnese, you'll see historical sites, sample local flavors, and discover beautiful castles and monasteries. Spend a few days in the capital learning about the Acropolis and enjoying culinary delights of the modern era. Then make your way west for wine tasting in Nemea, stops at several archaeological ruins, and visits to charming villages before ending your journey back in Athens.

The ruins of the castle at Mystras
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Mainland Greece Road Trip - 11 Days

Get an in-depth look at the Greek countryside on this 11-day road trip around the Peloponnese. Begin in Athens, where you'll learn about ancient mythology at the Acropolis. Then head west to the wineries of Nemea and the ruins of Mycenae, Pylos, Mystras, and more. Top it all off with a visit to the oracle at Delphi before ending your tour back in the capital.

House in Skopelos town
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Central Greece & Skopelos Exploration - 6 Days

Take a chance on this six-day Greek itinerary and get to know the  country better. You'll start by going from Athens to seaside Volos and Mount Pelion, then sail to Skopelos island where Mamma Mia was filmed for three days of beaches and a location tour before you fly, like the pretty birds, back to your home.

View of Thessaloniki from Ano Poli
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Discover Athens, Thessaloniki & Crete - 11 Days

Learn about the history and culture of Greece with this 11-day journey to its two largest cities and the island of Crete. In Athens, you'll indulge in a wine tasting, and get a sense of the capital's ancient heritage and modern thrills on a private tour of its neighborhoods. After a visit to the sacred mountain site of Delphi, continue on to Thessaloniki to see its fascinating Byzantine and Ottoman architecture. From there, head to Crete to explore the Old Town of Chania and to walk the Minotaur's labyrinth.

Byzantine church rooftop in Mystras
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Mainland Greece Road Trip - 17 Days

Take a drive through the scenery and history of mainland Greece with this 17-day itinerary.  Begin in Athens, then make your way through the seaside towns, vineyards, scenic castles, and historic sites of the Peloponnese.

The view from Navarino Castle overlooking Pylos Bay
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Mainland Greece Road Trip - 12 Days

Immerse yourself in history and culture on this 12-day trip encompassing Athens and the Greek countryside. Learn about Greek mythology straight from the source at the Acropolis before heading west to the Peloponnese. Go wine tasting at the vineyards of Nemea, visit Byzantine castles, and stroll the streets of traditional villages. See where Helen of Troy lived and where the Olympics were born, and consult the oracle at Delphi before ending your road trip back in the capital.

The vineyards of Nemea
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Mainland Greece Road Trip - 13 Days

In just under two weeks, you'll see traditional villages, fascinating historical sites, and beautiful views on this road trip around the Greek countryside. Begin in Athens, where you'll delve into ancient mythology and enjoy a culinary tour before setting out for the Peloponnese. As you make your way around the hilly landscape, you'll go wine tasting, visit castles, stroll the streets of old fishing villages, and see some of Greece's most famous ancient sites.

Sunset over Panormos Bay in Skopelos
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Central Greece & Skopelos Exploration - 7 Days

Spend a week going from the myths of the Acropolis to the songs of ABBA with this seven-day itinerary. You'll hear the stories of the Greek gods and goddesses in Athens and famous Spartan battles at Thermopylae, then sail to Skopelos for a more contemporary story with a Mamma Mia filming locations tour.

Sunset over a monastery in Meteora
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Best of Greece: Mainland, Santorini & Crete - 14 Days

Travel for two weeks across a wide span of Greece's top attractions, from the clifftops of Meteora to the Cretan seaside. You'll start by winding your way through the many columns of mainland historic attractions like ancient Delphi and Olympia. Go out to sea to Santorini for a taste of the Cyclades, then end your trip in Crete's second-largest city.

Mykonos
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Greek Islands & Ancient History: Mykonos, Delphi, Meteora, & More - 15 Days

Greece is a country littered with ancient history and awash with stunning views. On this 15-day tour you'll experience it all, from the buzzing capital to the cliff-side monasteries at Meteora and the famous site of Delphi. After a good dose of culture and history, board your charter yacht for a multi-day sailing tour of the Cyclades group of islands. There you'll discover a slower pace of life, sparkling beaches, and traditional towns, as well as some of those ubiquitous ancient archeological sites.

Mount Pelion Railway
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Central Greece & Skopelos Exploration - 8 Days

Take an eight-day expedition across Greece's center with this itinerary. You'll start at the top of the Acropolis, then ascend even higher up to Mount Pelion and its traditional narrow railway. Go seaward to Skopelos island to take in three days of sun and cinematic trivia with a Mamma Mia tour before you return to the mainland to watch the sun set over Athens.

View of Oia on the island of Santorini
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Explore Athens, Meteora, Delphi, & the Cyclades - 11 Days

Hit several major hotspots on this 11-day tour of some of Greece's most beautiful and iconic sites. You'll start in Athens, with a full day to experience the Acropolis and buzzing neighborhoods before visiting the monasteries of Meteora suspended in the sky and the amazing ruins of Delphi. Next, hop a ferry to glamorous Mykonos. Here you'll explore beaches, boardwalks, and nightlife under the eyes of the island's famous windmills. End the trip in Santorini with its classic white-topped cliffs and caldera views, complete with island cruising, wine tasting, and stunning sunsets to spare.

Approaching the Lion Gate at Mycenae
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Historic Peloponnese and Zakynthos - 11 Days

Some of the most dramatic feats of athleticism of the ancient world took place at Olympia, but you won't need to train quite at that level to take on this 11-day itinerary. After hearing the myths of the Acropolis, your tour will take you to seaside Nafplio, historic Mycenae, and the former stadium grounds at Olympia. Then head to the island of Zakynthos for four nights on the seashore before you return to Athens.

Ancient ruins in Athens
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Best of Greece: Athens & Cyclades Sailing - 13 Days

Greece is known for its ancient history and stunning islands, and you'll spend ample time experiencing both on this 13-day tour. From Athens, with its layers of history, to Meteora and Delphi, culture and history enthusiasts will love the first part of the tour. Then, take the energy level down a few notches and board a private yacht at Mykonos. Spend the remainder of the trip sailing around the beautiful Cyclades Islands, in the Aegean Sea. 

Walk any number of streets for a view of the Acropolis
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Best of Athens & Ancient Greece - 12 Days

Long dominated by the omnipresent Parthenon, Athens mingles its classical past with a budding art scene and bustling markets. You'll spend twelve days exploring this city's many cultural treasures and cool neighborhoods—along with day trips to archaeological sites in nearby Eleusis, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia and Delphi. See why the epicenter of antiquity and philosophy is well worth a trip today.

Bourtzi Castle in Nafplio Bay
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Historic Peloponnese and Zakynthos - 12 Days

In the Odyssey, King Nestor receives Odysseus's son, who comes seeking word of his missing father. Join the long list of storied guests to Nestor's palace and others with this 12-day itinerary. Go from the Acropolis through historic sites at Nafplio, Mycenae, Pylos, and Olympia before sailing to the island of Zakynthos to explore its villages and vineyards, then return to watch the sun set over the Athenian Riviera.

Bay of Laganas on Zakynthos
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Historic Peloponnese and Zakynthos - 13 Days

Take 13 days to meet some of the stars of Greek history with this itinerary that will take you through the tales of the Peloponnese. After an Acropolis mythology tour in Athens, you'll go through Mycenae, once home to Helen of Troy; the vineyards of Nemea believed to have come from the vines of Dionysus; Nestor's palace in Pylos; and the sanctuary at Olympia. Then sail to Zakynthos to end your trip on its shores, topped off by paying tribute at the Temple of Poseidon in Athens before you depart.

Monemvasia fortress on the Aegean
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Historic Peloponnese and Zakynthos - 14 Days

Take two weeks to cross the stories of the Peloponnesian peninsula with this 14-day itinerary.  Start with the classics on the Acropolis, then make your way down through to the site of the kingdom of Mycenae, ancient vines of Nemea, and stadium at Olympia. Top it off with four days of shipwrecks and sea turtles on the island of Zakynthos before you return to Athens and thank Poseidon for your journey.

Evening in Mykonos
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Essential Greece: Athens & Greek Cyclades Sailing Adventure - 14 Days

With two full weeks in Greece you can see many of its unmissable sights, and experience many of its greatest attractions. An ancient country littered with historic ruins, with a stunning view around every corner, on this tour you'll combine sightseeing with relaxing and sailing around on a charter yacht. Start in the buzzing capital, Athens, then move on to the cliff-side monasteries at Meteora and the famous site of Delphi. After a dose of culture and history, head to Mykonos to board your charter yacht for a multi-day sailing tour of the Cyclades islands. Enjoy the famous Aegean winds, sparkling beaches, and a slower pace of life.

Off the coast of Zakynthos
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Historic Peloponnese and Zakynthos - 15 Days

Travel across both the Peloponnesian peninsula and Greek history with this 15-day itinerary. After a brief start in Athens, you'll go down to the sea to visit Nafplio and neighboring mythical Mycenae, then over to the castles of Mystras and Monemvasia. Set sail for the quintessential Greek island of Zakynthos to end your journey on its turquoise shores before you return to Athens for one final temple sunset.