Although there’s enough to see in Athens to keep you busy for years, look beyond the Acropolis to see what else Greece has to offer, whether you are an ancient history enthusiast, a sailor or a beach bunny.
Greece’s Historic Sites
Overnight tours available from Athens include two days at Delphi to study the ruins of the Temple of Apollo or 48 hours discovering the Orthodox monasteries perched on their rocks at Meteora. But multi-day guided tours are the best way to scratch below the surface of Greece’s classical remains. Epidaurus, Olympia and Delphi together form the most important triumvirate of archaeological sites in ancient Greece. A three-day multi-stop tour, accompanied by informed guides, takes in the temples, theaters, stadia and museums at these extraordinary ruins as well as the engineering marvel of the Corinth Canal.
For an in-depth insight into ancient Greek civilization, take a seven-day grand tour of all the mainland’s major sites, incorporating Olympia, Delphi and Meteora before venturing further north to oft-ignored Thessaloniki, Lefkadia and Pella, which was once the capital city of Alexander the Great’s empire.
Island Hopping in Greece
If boats and beaches are more up your street, there are 3,000 plus Greek islands to choose from in the Aegean Sea and hydrofoils and ferries ply the waters from Piraeus harbor in Athens. Get a taste of life on the ocean wave with a seven-night cruise around the Cyclades Islands aboard a motor yacht. The itinerary includes Poros, party-central Mykonos, Santorini for world-beating sunsets over its famous caldera, Syros to admire the Neo-classical architecture of Ermoupoli and smaller, near-deserted islands. There’s also plenty of free time for swimming, snorkeling and snoozing in the sun.
For a shorter break, take two days out of Athens to sun yourself on Mykonos’s Paradise Beach by day and dance in the clubs by night; and if it’s pure escapism you’re after, four days on the beaches of laid-back little Spetses, with all the free time in the world, lets weary travelers relax in to the sleepy island vibe.