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Nowhere is classical civilization more alive than in Greece. Ancient temples stand as if they were recent installations. Enjoy thousands of miles of Mediterranean coastline and hundreds of beautiful islands in one of Europe’s most popular destinations.
Visit Athens to join the millions of tourists who come each year to see some of the most famous buildings of classical antiquity. The city’s most visible landmark is the Acropolis, a complex from around 500 B.C. that stands atop a rocky bluff within the city. Examine the Parthenon, a Greek temple lined on all four sides by marble pillars. Find additional archaeological sites throughout Greece, like the ruins of Delphi at Mount Parnassus, north of Athens.
Despite the mainland’s long and beautiful coastline, the best way to enjoy the sea in Greece is to visit some of the country’s islands. Make a stop at the gorgeous seaside village of Firá on the island of Santorini. With its blue domed roofs and whitewashed houses clinging to the edge of a steep seaside cliff, Firá is one of the most picturesque villages in the world. Explore the island farther to see that it is actually the cone of an active volcano.
With 1000-foot- (300-meter-) tall cliffs surrounding it, Santorini is not a beach site. Head to the resort island of Mykonos to find one of the best beaches in Greece.
Most people associate Greece with classical civilization and the sea. However, don’t miss one of the country’s best attractions: the Meteora Monasteries. Located in the central mountains of the Greek mainland, these monasteries were built at the top of tall rock pillars to protect them from invaders. When you visit, climb the stairs carved into the pillars and look out from the high vantage points of the rocky bluffs over the rocky lands.
Fly into Greece via the Athens International Airport. Take a boat or a plane from the mainland to any of the hundreds of surrounding islands.
A: Many travellers like to use public transportation or ride-sharing services when they're staying in Athens and Thessaloniki. It's a terrific way of avoiding costly parking fees and having to navigate through bumper-to-bumper traffic. But if you're planning to head out of town and soak up the region of West Attica or elsewhere, you may want to think about booking a ride. Get your scenic road trip off to the best start by browsing our guide to Cheap Car Hire in Greece.
A: Grab your passport and get ready to begin your wonderful adventure in Greece from one of these major international terminals:
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A: Be sure to add Technological Cultural Park and Chaos Meteor Crater to your must-do list if you're stopping in Athens. Shopping Street is another favourite of locals and travellers alike.
If Thessaloniki is your next port of call, you'll also want to explore Alexander the Great Garden, Agia Theodora and Rotònta - Roman Temple.
And last but not least, Volos. Here, we'd recommend going to Tsalapatas Brickworks Museum, Theophilos Museum and Sesklo.
Wondering what to do in Greece? Booking one of our Greece package deals is a great start. After touching down at Athens International Airport, make your way to your hotel via taxi, pre-booked shuttle or public transportation.
Where to stay: Most of the important sights in Athens are within walking distance in the city center, so it makes sense to book your hotel in this area.
Once you’ve settled into your accommodation, explore Athens on foot:
Head off on a daytrip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Delphi:
Transportation: There are many organized tours to Delphi, but regular public buses also make the journey daily.
Today it’s off to Santorini. Part of the Cyclades, a long ribbon of islands stretching through the Aegean Sea, Santorini is one of the best-loved Greek Island destinations.
Where to stay: There are many excellent hotels in Santorini. Nautilus Dome has traditional-style whitewashed apartment rooms. You can start your day off with a cooked-to-order breakfast on the balcony. The exclusive, beachside Katharos Villas offers private pools and self-catering facilities
Transportation: You can get to Santorini either by flight or ferry, which there are plenty of during the peak summer months. Flights are quicker (50 minutes), but a ferry trip from Athens’ port of Piraeus (eight hours) allows you to appreciate the beauty of the Mediterranean Sea and see other islands such as Paros, Naxos and Ios as you make stops en route to your final destination. If you decide to travel by ferry, consider arranging a car hire in Athens just before you depart for the islands.
Transportation: The best way to make the most of your day in Santorini is to hire a car.
Say goodbye to Santorini to explore Mykonos Town and Paradise Beach, the heart of the nightlife.
Transportation: The first ferry from Santorini to Mykonos leaves early, but there are several other services throughout the day. Each service takes around 2.5 hours.
Go on a daytrip to the island of Delos by local ferry from Mykonos Town. Delos Archaeological Site is one of the most important sites in Greece, famed for its Terrace of Lions, where seven marble lion statues stand proudly.
Here are some options for a perfect end to your memorable Greece vacation:
Transportation: There are regular ferry crossings from Mykonos to Piraeus in Athens, and each crossing takes around 5 hours. Alternatively, a flight takes about 45 minutes.
My beautiful little cave..Excellent 5 star service, amazing views , wonderful staff so friendly and courteous. I will definitely be going back to maregio and bringing my family
Looked just like the pictures. Very quiet and relaxing location but just 10 minutes from the famous Oia. Very clean and the staff were very nice and accommodating. The breakfast was a nice touch, but if you are staying there for more than 3 days, you get tired of the same options. Hotel is right ...
It was a beautiful facility, and the staff was amazing. Our first trip to Greece and loved it. The location of the Electra Palace was just icing on the cake.
We got a room with a jacuzzi tub on the balcony and it was totally worth the extra cost! The room itself was clean and spacious. We also enjoyed the every day breakfast buffett.