Having exported chaos, drama, tragedy and democracy before most nations were staying up late enough to want souvlaki, Greece boasts an unrivaled legacy. But don't expect a trip to Greece to be a sober study of the ancient world - the Greek propensity for partying dates back to Dionysus.
What to do in Athens? The choices are legion. Beyond Athens there's the blindingly bright islands, ancient fragments abound - the belly button of the cosmos at Delphi, fallen columns galore on the sacred island of Delos, frescoed Minoan palaces on Crete and even, quite possibly, the remnants of Atlantis at Santorini. Greece is an amazing country, and tackling its many charms - beach, food, nightlife, ruins, museums - can take the better part of a happy lifetime.