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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

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Acropolis

Acropolis

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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
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Santorini Volcano

Santorini Volcano

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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
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Oia

Oia

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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
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Delphi

Delphi

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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
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Acropolis Museum (Museo Akropoleos)

Acropolis Museum (Museo Akropoleos)

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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
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Temple of Olympian Zeus (Naós tou Olympíou Diós)

Temple of Olympian Zeus (Naós tou Olympíou Diós)

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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
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Meteora

Meteora

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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
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Little Venice

Little Venice

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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
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Olympic Stadium (OAKA)

Olympic Stadium (OAKA)

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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
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Red Beach

Red Beach

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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
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Palace of Knossos

Palace of Knossos

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Once the glorious capital of Minoan Crete and one of the most powerful cities in the eastern Mediterranean, ancient Knossos is a place steeped in legend. Today, it’s Crete’s largest and most important archaeological site, crowned by the hilltop Palace of Knossos—built around 2,000 BC—which reveals a fascinating history that stretches all the way back to the earliest European civilizations.More
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Plaka

Plaka

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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
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Parthenon

Parthenon

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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
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Agora of Athens

Agora of Athens

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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
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Santorini Hot Springs

Santorini Hot Springs

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Santorini’s hot springs are on the tiny, uninhabited islet of Palea Kameni. Continuous volcanic activity underground maintains the springs’ temperature between 86ºF and 95ºF (30°C and 35°C). The sulfuric, orange-tinged spring waters that bubble up into a shallow cove off the islet’s coast are said to be curative for the skin and joints.More

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Top activities in Greece

All Day Cruise -3 Islands to Agistri,Moni, Aegina with lunch and drinks included
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Delphi Day Trip from Athens

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Small-Group Santorini Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in Greece

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My Day Trip In Santorini.
ReceaVeronica_M, May 2022
Santorini Day Tour with Sunset in Oia
It was a great day trip to see various sites on the island.
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Excellent Meteora Tour
wade_g, May 2022
Full-day trip to Meteora by train from Athens in English or Spanish
2nd most popular spot to visit.
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The train ride was nice...
Marc_T, May 2022
Two Days Rail Tour to Meteora from Athens
The train ride was nice to see the countryside of Greece.
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This was a great way to...
Becky_E, May 2022
Athens Greece Full Day private tour
This was a great way to see Greece in a short period of time!
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Epic once in a lifetime tour
Kelly_H, Apr 2022
Full Day Private Tour: Essential Athens Highlights plus Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon
Hope to see you again the next time we’re in Greece.
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Great knowledgeable and comfortable service
Andre_D, Apr 2022
Peloponnese Highlights: Corinth Canal, Corinth, Mycenae, Nafplio, and Epidaurus
Taken to great locations to see ancient Greece history.
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A great one-time experience
Ryan_Z, Apr 2022
Full-day trip to Meteora by train from Athens in English or Spanish
Transportation was fine and the guide was very patient, although the English was not always the most clear
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a perfect guide for a perfect tour
Joseph_R, Apr 2022
Athens Highlights Half Day Private Tour
We hope to see him again on our next visit to Athens.
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I loved the charming town...
Karen_W, Apr 2022
Mycenae, Epidaurus, Nafplio full day private tour from Athens
It was cool to see Mycenae after visiting the National Archaeological Museum.
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Wonderful experience!
jeanelle_G, Apr 2022
Full Day Cruise to Greek Islands from Athens: Poros - Hydra - Aegina
A fantastic way to see in one day three Greek Islands and also meet a group of warm and wonderful people of Greece!
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Great trip
Kathleen_F, Apr 2022
Olympic games and swimming in Ancient Olympia Tour from Athens
Long drive but great reward to see the Olympic stadium.
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great experience
Jian_L, Mar 2022
Delphi Guided Small Group Day Tour from Athens
a good trip to see the inland landscaping of Athens.
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Christine_M, Dec 2021
Athens Airport Private Arrival Transfer
Our driver was the best and informed us of the different things to do in Greece.
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Caroline_F, Nov 2021
Full Day Santorini Highlights and Venetian Castles Small Group Tour
Santorini is a must to visit while in Greece
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This was my kind of tour. Must do
Dimi_R, May 2022
Delphi full day V.R audio guided tour with entry ticket
Our stay in the monument was enough to visit all of them and to take amazing pictures of the nature as well.
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Must see! LOTS OF STEPS! Great views!
David_H, May 2022
Meteora Day Trip by Train from Athens
The tour guide was amazing and we had plenty of time to see the Monasteries.
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A place where time stands still.
Randi_L, May 2022
Hydra, the Lordly Island of Senses
You can hike the windy roads, and discover vantage points to see the deep blue sea.
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Must do Athens private tour!
Rebecca_M, Apr 2022
Athens Greece Full Day private tour
Along the way, we got to see a good deal of the city, had an excellent lunch but most importantly learned about Greece and its incredible history and culture of today.
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Factor this trip into your itinerary
Mary_M, Apr 2022
4-Day Greece Highlights Tour: Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi and Meteora
However, this was in April so there would likely be more opportunity during the summer months when the sun sets much later.
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Best tour in Athens
Savannah_S, Apr 2022
Small-Group Greek Traditional Food Tour around Athens with Tastings
The group was intimate, and we got to see a side of the city we wouldn’t have other wise.
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