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Welcome to Greece

Greece never fails to enchant, with its miles of azure coast, well-preserved ancient ruins, and fresh Mediterranean cuisine. The capital of Athens is an ideal starting point—there, guides on walking, bike, Segway, and bus tours lead travelers through the Parthenon, Acropolis, and other buildings of historical and archeological interest, offering insight into both past and present. Combine your tour with a traditional Greek dinner in a classic Plaka taverna, or take a food and wine tour. From Athens, a short day trip north takes visitors to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Delphi, with its Temple of Apollo and other ruins, once central to the ancient world. Experience the clear-blue Aegean Sea on one of the Greek islands, such as Crete, Hydra, or Rhodes. Skip the hassles of arranging transportation, food, and docking points, and book a boat tour to the romantic island of Santorini, famous for its sunsets, wineries, and black-sand beaches. Mykonos, with its contrasting white beaches and legendary party scene, is another unmissable island; hiking, scuba diving, or cruise tours offer a different perspective on its beauty. The more relaxed Syros, which can be part of an island-hopping adventure, is an authentic paradise, where the Greeks themselves go to enjoy the architecture and local restaurants of Ermoupolis. You can book shorter sailboat tours of the Mediterranean from multiple points, and sunset tours are your best bet for postcard-worthy vistas.

Top 15 attractions in Greece


An archaeological wonder, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the world's most instantly recognizable landmarks, the Acropolis is the star attraction of ancient Athens. Dramatically perched on a jagged clifftop—the so-called sacred rock of Athens—the ruins overlook the modern city and date back to as early as 510 BC.More

Santorini Volcano

The “Santorini volcano” may refer to two different peaks: the first, Thira, exploded around 1600 BC and ended the thriving Minoan civilization and may have spawned the legend of Atlantis. Millennia of eruptions formed the second “Santorini volcano”—the island of Nea Kameni, drawing visitors eager to hike to the rim of its active crater.More


Perched on the steep edge of the caldera, looking out over the glittering Mediterranean, Oia (pronounced “ee-yuh”) is famed for its dreamy sunsets. Oia is also one of the most picturesque villages in Santorini, with its striking white buildings, blue-domed churches, and atmospheric cave houses burrowing into the volcanic rock.More

Acropolis Museum (Museo Akropoleos)

An Athenian landmark and feat of contemporary architecture, the Acropolis Museum sits at the base of the Acropolis, with the ruins of an ancient settlement visible through its floor. The collection runs from pre-classical times to the Roman era, but fifth-century BC treasures are the focus, especially the Parthenon Frieze sculptures.More

Temple of Olympian Zeus (Naós tou Olympíou Diós)

Athenian rulers began construction of the Temple of Olympian Zeus (Naós tou Olympíou Diós) in the sixth century BC. By the time Roman Emperor Hadrian completed it 600 years later, it was the largest temple in Greece, and its statue of Zeus—king of the gods of Mt. Olympus—was one of the largest in the world. The temple began to fall into ruin shortly after it was finished; today only 15 of its original 104 columns still stand and much of its marble has been recycled or stolen for other temples. Nonetheless, what remains is a truly impressive sight to see.More


Delphi, with its remarkably preserved ruins dotted along the southern slopes of Mount Parnassus, is one of Greece’s most famous archaeological site. Dating back to the seventh century BC, the ancient city of Delphi is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to sites such as the Sacred Way, Stoa of the Athenians, polygonal wall, monument of Platea, and Temple of Apollo.More


The towering vertical cliffs of Meteora have provided a protected place to pursue spiritual contemplation for centuries. The first hermit monks lived up in caves, but eventually 24 Byzantine monasteries were built (six function today) atop the imposing rock. Part natural wonder, part manmade marvel, the dramatic site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular attraction in Greece.More

Olympic Stadium (OAKA)

Originally built in the 1980s for the European Athletics Championships, the Olympic Stadium (officially the Olympic Athletic Center of Athens “Spiros Louis” or OAKA) was remodeled by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava for the 2004 Olympics. The largest stadium in Greece, with 70,000 seats, the Olympic Stadium hosts events and concerts by major international acts such as U2 and Lady Gaga.More

Red Beach

Santorini’s Red Beach is not your average white-sand beauty. Rather, it’s a narrow, pebbly stretch hemmed in by high scarlet cliffs and scattered with large volcanic rocks. Together with the sapphire blue waters of the Aegean Sea, these volcanic features create a striking natural color palette that draws photographers to its shores.More

Little Venice

Situated in Chora Mykonos (aka Mykonos Town), the waterfront quarter of Little Venice is one of the island’s top sunset-viewing spots. Rows of whitewashed old fishermen’s houses—now occupied by bars, shops, and restaurants—back onto the seafront, their brightly painted red and blue balconies jutting out over the water.More


The star of Athens postcards and arguably the most impressive of all the city’s ancient ruins, the Parthenon stands proud atop the sacred rock of Acropolis, high above the modern city.Built between 447 and 432 BC, the temple was dedicated to Greek goddess Athena and originally housed her cult image, a giant ivory and gold-plated statue by Fidias. The restored temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a striking reminder of the glory of Ancient Greece with its grand marble façade, classic Doric columns, and elaborate sculptural friezes. The site also serves as a fascinating chronicle of Athens’ history.More


Built around the ruins of the ancient agora, Plaka is among the oldest residential areas in Athens and was considered the Turkish quarter during Ottoman rule. Much of it burned down during a fire in 1884, exposing many ancient sites below the neighborhood, and archaeological research has been carried out in the area ever since.More

Academy of Athens (Akadimía Athinón)

One of a trio of Neoclassical buildings known as the Athenian Trilogy, the 19th-century Academy of Athens (Akadimía Athinón was founded during the post-independence re-flowering of Greek culture and is home to the national institutes for sciences, philosophy, fine arts, and humanities—following a tradition first established by Plato.More

Agora of Athens

The Agora was the political and social heart of the ancient city of Athens, and the ruins of this civic center and marketplace are among the most important archaeological sites in today’s capital. Explore this cradle of Greek democracy, including the Temple of Hephaestus and Stoa of Attalos.More

Old Venetian Harbor

Venice ruled Crete for more than 400 years and built Chania’s scenic port during the 14th century. Today, the Old Venetian Harbor is the beating heart of Chania Old Town, with restaurants, bars, and stores nestled beside landmarks from the Venetian Lighthouse to the Firkas Fortress, Grand Arsenal, and Hassan Pasha Mosque.More

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Best of Athens Half Day Private Tour

Best of Athens Half Day Private Tour

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Delphi English Day Trip from Athens

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My trip to Meteora
Shontel_A, Nov 2022
Meteora Day Trip by Train from Athens
This was my first trip to Greece and I’m so glad I got the opportunity to visit such a spectacular and awe inspiring site.
Beautiful Morning tour of Cape Sounio!
Paige_D, Nov 2022
Cape Sounio, Temple of Poseidon, Athenian Riviera Private Tour from Athens
The drive out to the Temple of Poseidon is a great way to see the beautiful coast and beaches of Greece.
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Andrew_M, Nov 2022
Ioannina and Dodoni Sanctuary, one day private tour from Corfu
You get to see two underrated legendary locations in Northwest Greece together in one day that only Pachis Travels offers from Corfu.
Satorini @ his Best
Jason_I, Oct 2022
Full Day Santorini Highlights and Venetian Castles Small Group Tour
The Ventizia castles are all good the went to all the major historical placess in Satorini & Gregori out tourguide are very informative about Satorini history and events I’ll recommend this tour to anyone that is interested to visit this gorgeous island of greece & look for Gregory as your tour guide.
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ROBERT_B, Oct 2022
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Marina was an excellent guide with many history lessons in easy to understand English.
Excellent Guide and Tour. Come Hungry!
Leslie_B, Oct 2022
The ultimate food tasting tour of Athens Greece-small group
The tour was excellent and you really get to see the city.
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Viviana_O, Oct 2022
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Great experience must do if u go to Greece it was a beautiful time and got to see a lot of different areas
Wonderful view from Temple Poseidon
Kimberly_E, Oct 2022
Athens: Sunset Trip to Cape Sounio and Temple of Poseidon
This tour was a lovely way to see an archeological site with the Aegean Sea as the view.
Would love to engage this driver again.
Jeffrey_Y, Oct 2022
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Very friendly English speaking driver.
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Oksana_G, Oct 2022
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Good English translator.
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Michael_M, Oct 2022
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Even though the weather was rainy , our driver made the most of our requests to see things on our list and was very accommodating .
#1 Rhodes
Ann_E, Oct 2022
We got to visit Mike’s village, too.
Worth every cent
Peter_L, Oct 2022
Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Small-Group Tour from Athens
We had a great time, the trip to and from is roughly 1 1/2 hours but we got to spend a little more than an hour at a beach just below the temple and after got to see the temple for 45mins inuding the sunset over the Aegean.
Nia_B, Oct 2022
Athens Airport Private Departure Transfer
I would definitely, use Viator for transportation and even other activities in the future.
Driver was the best!
Karen_R, Oct 2022
Athens Greece Full Day private tour
His English was easy to understand, and his knowledge of each site we visited was amazing.
If you love history, this tour is for you.
Danna_P, Sep 2022
Half Day Athens Private Tailor-Made City Tour (Skip the line of Acropolis)
They were accommodating to what we wanted to see and do, and made recommendations for things to do and see around the city after the tour.
Great trip, but best if you're already interested in the history/mythology of Delphi.
Lucy_L, Sep 2022
Delphi English Day Trip from Athens
I would recommend this mostly if you're looking for a good way to see Greece outside of Athens.
Transportation to the Airport
Lisa_G, Sep 2022
Private Transfer from Athens City to Athens Airport
As with other transportation we booked in Greece the car was immaculate and the driver spoke very good English.
Night Electric Bike around Acropolis
Odilia_P, Sep 2022
Electric Bike Tour of Athens by Night
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Joshua_B, Sep 2022
Half-Day Delos Tour from Mykonos
So much to see and just enough excavated to imagine what it once looked like.
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