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55 Greece 3 day tour packages with 84 reviews

3 Day Island Tour: Santorini, Mykonos to Explore the Best of Cyclades Tour

  • Island Hopping
  • Sightseeing

3 Day Island Tour: Santorini, Mykonos to Explore the Best of Cyclades

Absolutely wonderful Tour Wish I could do it all again Thanks for an amazing trip of a lifetime
  • 10% deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

Discovering the Saronic gulf Tour

  • In-depth Cultural

Discovering the Saronic gulf

They go above and beyond all expectations. I cannot recommend this Family run Tour Company enough.

The Peloponnese wine roads (3 days - small group/escorted/cultural/culinary Tour

  • Food & Culinary
  • Wine tasting

The Peloponnese wine roads (3 days - small group/escorted/cultural/culinary

The quality of the tour, the variety of wineries and historical sites we visited, and the knowledge they had of the area was simply outstanding.

Peloponnese and Saronic Islands Tour

  • Mountain Hikes

Peloponnese and Saronic Islands

Highlights of the Mainland: Delphi and Meteora Tour

Highlights of the Mainland: Delphi and Meteora

The mountains are spectacular and the monasteries should not be missed.

3 Day Private Tour in Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi with Foof Tasting in Olympia Tour

  • Christmas & New Year

3 Day Private Tour in Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi with Foof Tasting in Olympia

The extra charge for the 3-star hotel was excessive considering the hotels we stayed at were far less than what we were charged.

Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia and Delphi Three Days Tour from Athens Tour

Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia and Delphi Three Days Tour from Athens

We saw heaps of ancient sites. I would recommend this tour accommodation excellent.

Prehistoric Tour of Greece - 3 days Tour

Prehistoric Tour of Greece - 3 days

The tour was well planned, fitting in archetypal Greek sites while maintaining a comfortable pace.

Three Days Classical Tour from Athens: Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi Tour

Three Days Classical Tour from Athens: Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi

The places we toured were unbelievable! The view was amazing. Breakfast was delicious!

Delphi and Meteora Three Days Tour from Athens Tour

Delphi and Meteora Three Days Tour from Athens

Offer menu choices not disgusting buffets. We noticed on part of the tour lunch was at a local eatery.

Mt. Olympus Hiking Adventure - Trekking in Greece ( 3 Days ) Tour

  • Hiking & Trekking

Mt. Olympus Hiking Adventure - Trekking in Greece ( 3 Days )

Everything was great. I liked the trek even though it was not easy.

3 Days Rail Tour From Athens To Meteora And Delphi Tour

3 Days Rail Tour From Athens To Meteora And Delphi

The tour company even went the extra mile to accommodate a request to stop at Thermopiles on our way from Meteora to Delphi.

3 Days Rail Tour From Athens To Meteora Tour

3 Days Rail Tour From Athens To Meteora

Everything was great!

Escape to Santorini, 3 Days Tour

Escape to Santorini, 3 Days

Things went well. Thank you.

Athens Short Break 3 Tour

Athens Short Break 3

Enjoyed the trip . Superb service

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The overall experience was nice with having private drivers, however a few things could have been explained a bit better. When arriving at the port, a gate assignment would have helped for the ferry. Maybe a link to the Sea Jet website? The motel in Mykonos was vary dated, with broken furniture, and light fixtures in the room. It was also a very long way from anything if you were walking. It was quite remote, and probably one I would have never considered as the port and restaurants/ shops were all 2.5 miles away.
One of the best tours I have ever done. I am of Greek heritage but they revealed places to me that were a complete unknown. As a tour company they were unbelievable in their service, generosity of time and knowledge. You cannot find a better tour operator in Greece. Their knowledge of the Pelopponese is unsurpassable. They go above and beyond all expectations. I cannot recommend this Family run Tour Company enough. I thank them from the bottom of my heart for the breathtaking experiences they provided whilst on tour with them.
What an amazing experience travelling the Peloponnese with George and Argiris. The quality of the tour, the variety of wineries and historical sites we visited, and the knowledge they had of the area was simply outstanding. And the food – let’s not forget about the food. Plentiful and delicious! I would highly recommend this tour through Epos travel - it was one of our best experiences while travelling in Greece.

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Greece Tours & Vacations

Houses and churches with blue roofs during twilight, Santorini Island, Cyclades, Greece.

Astounding archaeological sites, fresh flavors and idyllic islands – Greece has it all.

This charismatic nation continues to grace us with all the good things in life, from its rugged coastlines and postcard-worthy vistas to its  beloved culinary traditions  and fantastical myths that bring life to ancient monuments. Whether you're island hopping on a  sailing trip through the Med , searching for answers at the Oracle at Delphi or enjoying the slower pace of smaller islands like Syros or Crete, a meal in a seaside taverna is non-negotiable. Befriend a few locals, tuck into a plate of baked feta and wash it down with a cloudy glass of ouzo. We promise you'll be saying 'opa!' in no time.

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Best time to visit.

Greece generally has a mild, Mediterranean climate, with July and August being the busiest months for tourism. With warm weather and plentiful sunshine, this is a great time for visiting the islands, swimming in the sea and lazing on the beach. Summers are generally hot and dry, with daytime temperatures rising to 85°-100°F ( 30°-38°C ).

By mid-September, temperatures begin to fall and crowds thin, but it can still be hot. The weather remains generally calm and balmy well into October. If you can't get to Greece in the spring, and beaches are not your primary goal, this is a fine time to visit. By late October, ferry service and flights are cutting back and most facilities on the islands begin to close for the winter. But the cooler atmosphere makes   Athens   and the mainland all the more pleasant.

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Culture and customs

Greece’s culture is very much influenced by its ancient past. The hallmarks of Western medicine, philosophy, drama, and government can all be attributed to the mighty ancient Greek civilization – which is an incredible source of national pride. Traditional music and dance are still valued and used to commemorate celebrations throughout the year. The circle dance, for instance, dates to the Byzantine period. Even contemporary cuisine has its roots in ancient tradition.

Greeks place a high amount of value on ‘kefi’, which loosely translates to joy or passion. Life is meant to be lived to the fullest. For this reason, meals are leisurely and social gatherings are frequent, typically involving drinking, dancing and lively discussion. Common Greek customs, like smashing plates and dancing with a glass of water on your head, are considered expressions of kefi.

With more than 90% of the population being Greek Orthodox, religion plays an important part in everyday life. Religious festivals and ceremonies are commonplace, both in the mainland cities and small rural villages. Christmas and Easter are particularly important dates on the calendar, although religious celebrations are not limited to these times as there are daily, weekly and annual rites and rituals performed all throughout Greece’s mainland and islands. 

Food and drink

Greek cuisine favors simplicity and relies primarily on fresh local produce. Think vegetables, beans, nuts, and grains; grilled meats and fresh fish; parsley, garlic, dill, and mint; and punchy cheeses such as feta, kefalotyri, and halloumi. Drinks-wise, locals will savor a Greek coffee at a kafeneio (coffeehouse) or glass of anise-flavored ouzo (diluted with water) at an ouzeri – along with a couple of mezedhes (appetizers) – for hours. There’s also tsipouru (fermented distilled grape skins), raki (a tsipouru from Crete), and retsina (white wine flavored with pine resin).

Read about what to eat in Greece

Read about what to drink in Greece

Geography and environment

Sharing land borders with Albania , Bulgaria , Turkey, and Macedonia , Greece is located in Southern Europe and is surrounded by the Ionian, Mediterranean, and Aegean Seas. Consisting of the mainland peninsula and an archipelago of more than 3000 islands, Greece is typically mountainous, containing peaks, karsts, and canyons all over. Despite the mountainous topography, there is much arable land in Greece with small-scale farms successfully producing olives, peaches, melons, grapes, tomatoes, and grain for export and local use. 

Greece’s highest peak, Mount Olympus, is famed for being the dwelling place of the 12 ancient gods in Greek mythology. The islands are mostly uninhabited and are formed in small chains (called archipelagos) within the Aegean Sea. Santorini , Mykonos, and Corfu are among the more popular islands with tourists, though Crete and Evia are the largest islands. 

History and government

Early history.

The early history of Greece is among the world’s most fascinating, and like the other ancient civilizations of Egypt and Rome, Greece has many monuments still standing after centuries. The Greeks have been both the conquerors and the conquered, withstood the Plague and other natural disasters, and birthed some of the greatest literature, scientific developments, mathematical formulas, and thought movements.

Recent history

In 1821, the Greeks fought against Ottoman rule during the Greek War of Independence, which resulted in Greece being recognized as an autonomous region in 1828. This was a time of great upheaval for the Greek people, with political assassinations, battles, and plundering. After autonomy was granted, many years of change followed, with continued war and confrontation alongside intermittent periods of relative peace. The two World Wars had a profound effect on Greece, with many battles fought in Greece during the early 1940s (during the Axis occupation). Athens was liberated from this occupation in 1944 and the Greek government was restored. Greece joined the United Nations (as a founding member) in 1945 and NATO in 1952. During this time, many Greeks started moving to other parts of the world in a mass wave of widespread migration. The USA , Australia, and Europe were popular destinations in this move, which saw hundreds of thousands of Greeks immigrate to other lands. In 2004, Athens successfully hosted the Summer Olympics once again. Yet more recently, Greece has come under the shadow of the European debt crisis which has crippled the economy. Despite this, the spirit of the Greek people endures as it has for eons.

Top 10 experiences in Greece

1. hike in syros.

Cruise around the Greek Islands and stretch your legs with a hike on the island of Syros. Discover golden beaches and sparkling blue water as you traverse the spectacular landscapes of one of Greece's most underrated islands. And, after all that exploring, treat yourself to some truly authentic Greek food at restaurants serving up tasty and fresh local produce.

Uncover one of Greece's best kept secrets on our  15 day Best of Greece Tour.

2. Swim in the Aegean Sea

Cross off another thing on your Greek bucket list by swimming and snorkeling in the azure Ionian Sea. Share the water with slow-moving sea turtles and catch a glimpse of playful dolphins as you effortlessly glide over colorful coral on a marine adventure you'll remember forever. While there are perfect locations to snorkel all over Greece, the best places include Corfu, Paxos and Lefkada.

Cruise the Ionian Coast on our  8 day Greece Sailing Adventure: Kefalonia to Corfu.

3. Discover Santorini

Greek islands don't get more picturesque than Santorini. From the epic sunsets that bathe the whitewashed buildings and volcanic-sand beaches in a golden glow each night to the clifftop villages full of ancient churches, quaint cafes, and neo-classical architecture sitting on cobbled streets, this island is like something straight out of your wildest dreams.

See Santorini from land and sea on our  8 day Sail Greece: Santorini to Mykonos trip.

4. Explore Mykonos

Claiming the title of 'most famous Greek island',  Mykonos  is a party-goers dream with bars and clubs scattered throughout the island. To make your trip to this magnificent island as memorable as possible, dine on traditional Mediterranean cuisine, lay out on beaches that look as if they've been created by the Gods themselves, and dance the night away with a cocktail in hand at a club by the water.

Enjoy the island's electrifying party scene on our  8 day Athens to Santorini trip.

5. Uncover Greek history in Athens

Athens can sometimes be overlooked in favor of islands boasting pristine beaches and crystal-clear water but this ancient city is well worth a visit in its own right - especially if you're a history buff. Wander the glorious marble citadel, home to the renowned Parthenon, and take in its impressive structure and significant history as one of the most important ancient sites in the Western world.

History buffs, this one's for you: explore Athens and beyond on our  8 day Classic Greece tour .

6. Marvel at Meteora

While there are thousands of impressive rock formations scattered throughout the world, none of them quite compare to the majesty of the Meteora. Suspended more than 1,000 feet in the sky and perched atop soaring karst pinnacles, these 14th-century masterpieces are a must-visit. Home to monks for hundreds of years, this unique attraction has been recognized as a UNESCO World-Heritage listed site and remains important to the historical significance of the area today.

See these sky-high monasteries on our    8 day Mainland Greece Discovery tour.

7. Visit the ruins of Delphi

Turn your Greek adventure from a good one into a great one by visiting the sacred sanctuaries of Apollo and Athena among the mountaintop ruins of Delphi. Once considered the center of the Greek world, this UNESCO-listed site is not only incredibly beautiful with breathtaking views of the surrounding region but also offers an understanding of ancient rituals and worship undertaken by the people of Greece as early as 4,000 BC.

Step back in time on our  16 day Premium Greece in Depth tour.

8. Taste your way through Thessaloniki

This lively port city is the perfect combination of a thriving cultural scene, pulsing nightlife, delicious traditional cuisine, and storied historic sites, including the White Tower (which is a former prison and torture chamber) and the Arch of Galerius (part of Emperor Galerius's complex palace during his rule in 297-311 AD).

Explore the gastronomic capital of Greece on our  8 day Mainland Greece Discovery trip.

9. Get a classic Greek experience on Crete

Between Europe's oldest city, Heraklion, the rugged shores, forests and gorges, and the quaint and sleepy fishing villages, a visit to Crete will give you the quintessential Greek experience. As one of the sunniest places in Greece (and possibly Europe), Crete is perfect for hiking, swimming and enjoying an outdoor meal at a local taverna.

Explore this sun-kissed island on our  7 day Highlights of Crete tour.

10. Sail around Greece

You know those moments in life when you wonder, is this even real? On a sailing trip in Greece’s Cyclades Islands, that happens a lot. Learn more about our sailing tour in Greece .

From public markets and designer boutiques to European chain stores, Greece has every aspect of retail cornered.

If you are in the market for traditional Greek handicrafts, consider supporting the local economy by purchasing goods in the region that produces them. This includes silver from Ioannina; ceramics from Sifnos and Skopelos; and embroidery and lace from Crete, the Ionian Islands, Rhodes, and Skiros.

Shopping hours vary throughout Greece. Stores in large cities and tourist areas are typically open from 9 am to 9 pm, while shops in other areas close around 2 or 3 pm and reopen between 6 and 9 pm three days a week (Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday). Most stores are closed on Sundays.

Things to buy in Greece

1. Komboloi (Worry Beads)

These stress-relieving resin beads are meant to be turned through your fingers as you muse over life. With roots deep in ancient Greek cultural tradition, they make a great souvenir for friends wanting a slice of authentic Greece.

2. Botanical Skincare

Greece is home to many brands of premium, organic skincare. Stock up on luxurious olive oil soap or enriching yogurt-based moisturizers before you head home.

Travel safely and ward off evil by attaching a Mati (an ‘Evil Eye’) to your backpack. They’re cheap, available almost everywhere in Greece, and are a great reminder of your travels in the Aegean.

Whether you prefer gold, silver, amber resin or colorful beads, Greece has a huge variety of jewelry on offer. Prices are typically lower than in many other parts of the world, so it’s likely you’ll be able to snap up a few bargains.

Festivals and events

The Greeks have been partying since the dawn of Western civilization. Take Epicurus – he dedicated his life to seeking out pleasure, creating a philosophy now known as Epicureanism. As you travel through Greece you’ll encounter religious celebrations – Greek Orthodox is the main player here – that span the nation, as well as smaller celebrations that are regional affairs or isolated to particular islands. Expect food, drink, dancing and music, and plenty of throwbacks to the ancient Greeks. The only Greek tragedy is that you can’t fit every festival in.

Read more about festivals in Greece

Public holidays that may impact travel include:

Clean Monday

Greek Independence Day

Orthodox Easter

Orthodox Holy Spirit Monday

Dormition of the Holy Virgin

Synaxis of the Mother of God

Please note that the dates of  Greece's public holidays  may vary.

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Greece travel faqs, do i need a covid-19 vaccine to join an intrepid trip.

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travelers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travelers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

When is the best time to visit Greece?

Greece is best experienced outside of winter for most travelers. The best time of year depends on what kind of holiday you’re after – whether you’re more interested in soaking up the island sun or ancient history.

Is it safe to visit Greece?

Greece has historically been a very safe place to visit though petty crime, like pickpocketing, can be an issue in well-touristed areas. Travelers should remain alert when visiting crowded places and keep an eye on their belongings.

Do you need a visa for Greece?

Greece is a member of the Schengen Convention, which means that if you travel to an EU member country or countries, like Greece, for a total of less than 90 days, a visa is not required. Citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the US, the UK and other member countries of the EU and Schengen area are included under this arrangement. Other countries do require a visa to visit Greece.

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Check the Essential Trip Information section of the itinerary for more information.

Is tipping customary in Greece?

There is not a strong tradition of tipping in Greece, particularly among the locals, but it’s become expected that tourists leave small tips while traveling through the country.

What is the internet access like in Greece?

You’ll be able to find wi-fi at most hotels, cafes, bars and restaurants throughout the well-touristed areas of Greece. Alternatively, you can pick up a local SIM card with a data package for continued access.

Can I use my cell phone in Greece?

If you wish to use your cell phone while in Greece and you are not from an EU country, you’ll need to pick up a local SIM card or activate global roaming before you leave home.

What are the toilets like in Greece?

Flushable, Western-style toilets are the norm in Greece. You may need to pay a small fee to use public toilets in some areas. Keep in mind that the Greek plumbing system isn’t the greatest and you may be asked to put toilet paper in the trash rather than flushing it.

Can I drink the water in Greece?

Drinking the water in Athens and Thessaloniki is safe unless otherwise marked. On the islands, however, the water may not be suitable to drink.

For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.

Are credit cards widely accepted in Greece?

Credit cards are widely accepted in  Greece , particularly in the tourist areas. It’s actually a legal requirement, as a response to the financial crisis, that working Greek citizens aged below 65 have a credit card so most hotels, shops, cafes and restaurants should offer the option of paying by credit card.

It’s still worth having some euros on hand, if only to tip the bartender at your favorite island bar and guarantee quick service all evening.

What is ATM access like in Greece?

ATMs can be easily found in cities and towns across Greece, including on the Greek Islands.

What is the weather like in Greece?

Greece’s coast and islands enjoy a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and windy, rainy winters, while the inland regions have a more continental climate with cold winters and hot summers. In the northern mountains, close to the Bulgarian border, the winters are cold with heavy snowfall , while the summers are relatively mild.

Is Greece safe for LGBTQIA+ travellers?

Greece is one of the most popular LGBTQIA+ holiday destinations in the world, with a long history of same-sex relationships dating back to Sappho, the Greek poet, whose home island of Lesvos has become a pilgrimage site for lesbians. Though same-sex marriage is not legal, marriages performed in the EU have been recognized since 2018 and discrimination against sexual orientation or gender identity is banned by law.

For more detailed and up-to-date advice, we recommend visiting  Equaldex  or  ILGA  before you travel.

If you are traveling solo on an Intrepid group tour, you will share accommodation with a passenger of the same gender as per your passport information. If you don’t identify with the gender assigned on your passport, please let us know at the time of booking and we’ll arrange the rooming configuration accordingly. A single supplement is available on some tours for travelers who do not wish to share a room.

Is Greece accessible for travelers with disabilities?

Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. We’re always happy to talk to travelers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and, where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

Though access to sights and hotels has improved in Athens over recent years, Greece is a difficult destination for travelers with disabilities. It’s a hilly, rocky place covered in cobblestones, particularly on the islands, and the economic situation has meant that there are minimal public funds to improve the situation.

If you do live with a visual, hearing, or other impairment, let your booking agent or group leader know early on so they’re aware and suitable arrangements can be made. As a general rule, knowing some common words in the local language, carrying a written itinerary with you, and taking to the streets in a group, rather than solo, can help make your travel experience the best it can be.

What should I wear in Greece?

What to pack for Greece will depend on where you're going and what time of year you decide to visit. Comfortable walking shoes are essential all year round, as is a jumper in case a cool wind blows.

If you visit in summer, you’ll need light, breathable clothing, sunglasses, a hat, swimwear and sandals.

If you’re heading to the mountains on the mainland, it’s best to be prepared for everything as the weather can change quickly.

What are some common phrases to learn before traveling to Greece?

Greek is a very difficult language to learn. However, it's easy enough to master a couple of common words such as 'hello' (yah-soo) and 'please' (para-kah-LOE). Not only will this help you communicate with the locals, but it'll allow you to form a deeper connection to the places you're visiting and the people you meet along the way. 

How many islands are there in Greece?

There are roughly 6,000 islands and islets in Greece, of which only about 200 are populated. Each island offers spectacular views of the surrounding seas, golden beaches to lie out on, and ancient old towns full of fascinating sites.

How will I travel around Greece?

Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.

Depending on which trip you're on while in Greece, you may find yourself traveling by:

Live like a local resident by hopping on a local bus. Cheap, efficient and fast, it’s a great way to get around Greece’s busy cities.

Some of Greece’s most postcard-worthy scenery is best viewed from the water. Take in awesome views of quaint fishing villages, gorgeous   beaches  and the turquoise Aegean Sea as you hop between Greece’s famed islands aboard a ferry.

How do I stay safe and healthy while traveling?

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Absolutely. All passengers traveling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

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What is it like traveling on a small group tour?

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or you’re about to embark on your first trip, traveling can be as intimidating as it is exciting. That's the beauty of a small group tour. From handling the logistics and organizing amazing cultural activities to local leaders who know each destination like the back of their hand (like which street has the best markets and where to get the most authentic food), traveling on a small group tour with Intrepid will give you unforgettable travel experiences without the hassle that comes with exploring a new place. Plus, you'll have ready-made friends to share the journey with. All you have to do is turn up with a healthy sense of adventure and we’ll take care of the rest.

Does my trip to Greece support The Intrepid Foundation? 

Yes, all Intrepid trips support the Intrepid Foundation. In fact, we make a donation on behalf of every traveler. Trips to Greece directly support our foundation partner, Amurtel . 

Amurtel provides a safe space for refugee and migrant women and children in Greece. Donations from our trips help Amurtel provide displaced women and children with crucial education, emotional support and antenatal and postnatal care programs run by qualified midwives and expert consultants.

Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

Does my Intrepid trip include airfare?

While our Intrepid trips include many modes of transport, from tuk-tuks to overland vehicles, bullet trains and feluccas, airfare to and from your home country is not included in your tour package.

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Fit for the gods

From the coasts of the Mediterranean to the top of Mount Olympus, Greece is a place grand enough for mythical gods and friendly enough for travelers alike. Uncover its ancient ruins and relics and take in an iconic landscape of whitewashed homes. This is only the beginning of the endless wonders you’ll find when you first set foot on Greek soil.

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This is the most spectacular destination in the Mediterranean and holds the most prehistoric settlement in the region. The ancient town of Akrotiri was once destroyed and consequently preserved by a volcanic eruption around 1450 B.C. The excavation site of this city is known as the “Minoan Pompeii.” But perhaps the island’s greatest draws are its vineyards, whitewashed chapels, volcanic cliffs, and famous wines of Santorini.

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Known as the “whitewashed jewel of the Cyclades islands” or the “Island of the Winds,” it is said that the island was formed from the petrified bodies of giants killed by Hercules. It also gets its name from the grandson of Apollo - “Mykonos.” In the island’s capital town you will find the church, town hall, castle, the Archaeological, Folklore, and Maritime Museums, and a shopper’s paradise – Matoyianni Street.

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Athens is the capital city of Greece and the historical capital of Europe. It is home to many celebrated ancient monuments including the imposing Acropolis, the ruins of the Temple of Zeus, the Royal Palace, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Olympic Stadium, and Hadrian’s Gate – the symbolic entrance to the city. It also has the charming Plaka neighborhood which has been without interruption since antiquity.

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One of the most well-known tourist destinations in Greece, Olympia is located in the western Peloponnese, known as the “Valley of the Gods.” Surrounded by beautiful scenery from the Arcadian Mountains, it is home of the first Olympic Games that were held in 776 B.C. You can walk through the ruins of the ancient Olympic stadium, witness amazing sculptures at the museum, or even attend one of the many festivals held throughout the year.

Destination Must-Do's

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Meteora Monastery:

Over 600 years ago Byzantine monks chose to build their monastic community atop limestone rock “towers” that extend nearly 900 feet into the air, making them virtually inaccessible. It is one of the greatest monuments in the world, and is the most important monastic center in Greece. You can climb these rocks and travel the paths hidden behind the massive rocks.

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Delphi ruins:

Delphi was regarded as the center of the world and had the most famous oracle of ancient Greece. The site includes two sanctuaries dedicated to Apollo and Athena, and other buildings that were mostly intended for sports. The earliest finds in Delphi date back to 4000 B.C. from the Korykeion Andron, a cave where the first rituals took place. The ruins are filled with an enormous amount of history and beauty.

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Greek Olive Farm:

Olives and olive oil are staples of the Mediterranean diet, and Greece is a major grower and producer of olive products. A visit to a Greek olive farm can provide a taste of Greek culture and serve as a window into everyday life in the country. Tours, tastings, meals, and cooking classes hosted at olive farms are all wonderful options on the table when venturing into Greece’s countryside.

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Travel back in time with a visit to Athens’s old city – the Plaka. The hilly cobblestone streets are lined with historic buildings housing small shops, sidewalk cafes and family-owned restaurants making this neighborhood Athens’ crowned jewel. The neighborhood comes alive at night. The alleyways fill with music and dancing and locals and visitors alike dine on their favorite traditional dishes.

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Getting around is easier than you would expect. Greeks can speak English enough to assist travelers, and street signs are in both Greek and English.

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Much of your trip may focus on the ancient past yet I suggest you also take time to explore the vibrant traditions that still live in today’s Greek culture.

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Greece is a welcoming destination year-round. Consider visiting October through May to beat the summer bustle, and with Greece’s 250+ days of sunshine in an average year, don’t forget your sunglasses.

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Discover the best Greece tours, from Athens to Delphi, Meteora, Mycenae but also tours in the Greek islands! A tour in Greece and the Greek islands are hands down an ideal way to discover the magic of the country. The majority of our guided and private Greece tours are organized from Athens , Santorini , Mykonos , Corfu , Crete and more. You can join a tour in most Greek cities and Greek islands! Greek tours include visits to important monuments, hidden spots & beaches, archaeological sites, tourist attractions, and interesting museums. Some of our guided tours in Greece take place in modern, fully equipped air-conditioned buses and others are boat tours from the Greek islands (Santorini, Mykonos and more)! Popular Greek island tours are the tours to Santorini volcano, to the Blue Caves and the Shipwreck Beach in Zakynthos, as well as to the sacred island of Delos (in Mykonos). These boat tours give visitors the chance not only to enjoy a fun day under the sun but also to introduce themselves to the Greek history.

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Have a look at the guided bus and boat tours that we suggest from Athens and in various Greek islands and mainland destinations. The most popular Greece tours take place in tourist developed places like Athens , Santorini , Mykonos , Milos , Zakynthos , Corfu and more. You can also discover some available workshops in Greece (Cooking, Photography and Pottery). Read also: Greek island tours | 10 best boat tours in Greece .

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Tours in Athens and from Athens to ancient sites

Note: Do not miss our best-seller tours in Ahens with 10% discount for early bookings. Athens is the best place to discover by tour. Especially the bus sightseeing tour is very popular, as it includes guided visits to the most important monuments in the Greek capital, including the Acropolis, the Kallimarmaro Stadium, the Temple of Zeus, the Arch of Hadrian and many more. Some tours also include visits to famous museums, such as the New Acropolis Museum. From Athens, there are also half-day tours, like the tour to Cape Sounion , and many day tours to important archaeological sites. Discover the multi-days package tours from Athens to: Meteora | Delphi | Olympia | Mycenae | Epidaurus and more.

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Tours in Santorini

Taking a tour in Santorini is the easiest way to see the island, especially if you are coming for a day or two. The usual day bus around Santorini includes visit to the Minoan site of Akrotiri, a traditional winery, picturesque villages, lovely beaches and ends with watching the marvelous sunset from Oia. Very popular is also the boat excursions to Santorini volcano , departing frequently from the old port of Fira. Some volcano tours continue to Thirassia island and arrive in Oia at sunset time.

Mykonos tours

Tours in Mykonos

Although Mykonos is the island of relaxation and fun, there is an interesting historical tour departing from there: the boat excursion to Delos , the sacred island of Apollo, that is an open archaeological site today. Also, why don't you try something special on your holidays, like a day yacht cruise in Mykonos , to a close uninhabited island with fabulous water to swim? As Mykonos is located in the center of Cyclades, many day tours to other Greek islands can take place.

Milos Tours

Tours in Milos

Explore the island of Milos easily in a bus or boat tour. The most important tour in Milos is the boat trip to Kleftiko , an amazing region in the southern side of the island with sea caves and underwater passages. If you enjoy snorkeling, there is even a snorkeling tour to Kleftiko for a very fun day in the sea. A very interesting tour in Milos is the day bus tour that gives the chance to see impressive geological spots, such as Sarakiniko and Papafragas, the fishing village of Klima, the Catacombs and nice beaches.

Zakynthos tours

Tours in Zakynthos

Taking the boat trip around Zakynthos will let you discover the amazing coastline with the Blue Caves, the famous Shipwreck Beach, the impressive Caves of Keri, the small bays on the western side and protected islands where the caretta-caretta sea turtles go to lay their eggs, such as Marathonisi islet. Very convenient is also the Zakynthos bus tour to see picturesque villages, interesting sights and monasteries around the island of Zakynthos.

Thessaloniki tours

Tours in and from Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is a very beautiful destination, that enchants each and every visitor. A vibrant place, with lovely people and the only co-capital city in the world! What is more, Thessaloniki is surrounded by amazing places of high historical significance. So, it really worths going on a tour and explore everything!

Corfu Tours

Tours in Corfu

During your holidays in Corfu, do not miss the chance to take the cruise to Paxi and Antipaxos , so that you swim in extremely crystal waters and see the breathtaking Blue Caves. Paxi is a great place for a day trip from Corfu, combining green nature and crystal waters. Very nice is also the boat tour to Parga and Paxi, to combine a beautiful mainland town with a fabulous small island. In Parga, you can visit the Venetian castle above the town and swim in fabulous coasts.

Kefalonia Tours

Tours in Kefalonia

Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands and the 6th largest island in Greece. It has a large history and is a paradise for nature lovers with its impressive beaches,underground cave and lake, the tomb of Odysseus, the fishing village Fiscardo, the Robola wine and many more attractions. Do not miss the chance to join a tour and discover this magnificent island.

Rhodes tours

Tours in Rhodes

As Rhodes is among the most developed islands in Greece, tours are many and include both bus tours around the island or boat trips to interesting places. Very popular is the boat trip to Simi, a wonderful island only one hour from the port of Mandraki in Rhodes Town. This tour also includes a stop at the historical Monastery of Panormitis in Simi. Frequent bus tours also depart from Rhodes Town or popular tourist places and make the round trip of the island.

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Tours in Heraklion (Crete)

The region of Heraklion has many interesting historical monuments and sights to explore on a tour, including the Minoan sites of Knossos, Phaestos, Matala and more. Heraklion is also a good base to explore many Greek islands. Combine your holidays in Crete with other Greek destinations, such as Santorini. Take the boat excursion from Heraklion to Santorini and explore this stunning island in one day. You will have the chance to visit the famous caldera villages, swim in the black beach and visit the still active volcano of Santorini.

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Tours in Paros

As Paros is a developed island located in the centre of the Cyclades, there are many tours departing from there. Very popular is the boat trip to Delos and Mykonos , combing an open historical place with a cosmopolitan island. There are also tours to other islands of Cyclades, such as Antiparos, Naxos, Amorgos, Koufonisia and Santorini, which give visitors the chance to visit close islands for a day. Boat tours in Paros depart from the ports of Parikia, Naoussa or Piso Livadi.

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Tours in Naxos

Many nice tours depart from Naxos and let you discover lovely islands in the Cyclades. Very popular is the boat tour to Koufonisia , two small islands with secluded style, fabulous beaches and the perfect atmosphere for true relaxation. As Naxos is located in the center of Cyclades, it gives visitors the chance to make day trips to other beautiful Greek islands, like Paros, Mykonos, Amorgos and Santorini.

Rethymno tours

Tours in Rethymno (Crete)

The region surrounding Rethymno has many old monasteries, ancient sites, traditional villages and beaches, giving visitors the chance to discover all these sights on a tour. Very interesting sights are the historical monasteries of Preveli and Arkadi. Some tours from Rethymno go to the Minoan Palace of Knossos or the Venetian town of Chania. Very popular is also the boat trip from Rethymno to Santorini , the most impressive island of Greece with the stunning caldera and the still active volcano.

Chania Tours

Tours in Chania (Crete)

Discover the wonderful town of Chania quickly and easily with a walking tour : see the old part of the town, the Venetian port and nice places in short distance from the city centre, like the Tombs of Venizelos, the port of Souda and the fishing port of Nea Chora. Many tours also depart from Chania Town and go to the southern side of Crete, to visit Samaria Gorge, Elafonissi Beach and Paleochora. Very popular is also the boat trip to Balos Lagoon and Gramvoussa.

Chios tours

Tours in Chios

As Chios is located very close to the Turkish coasts and there are daily ferries to the port of Cesme in Turkey, it is very frequent to take a tour to Cesme and Izmir . Cesme is a popular beach resort, while Izmir is among the largest and most beautiful towns of Turkey. Some bus tours in Chios also make the round trip of the island, visiting Medieval villages like Olympi and Pyrgi, interesting monasteries like Nea Moni and Agia Markella, and also Byzantine Castles like Anavatos and Vrontados.

Karpathos tours

Tours in Karpathos

Discover the most secret places to swim in Karpathos in a private boat excursion to secluded Karpathos beaches . This tour can be arranged exclusively for you and your company. Ask the captain for suggestions on virgin beaches to swim or ask him to take you to any wonderful beach you wish on the island. Bus tours also make the round trip of the island and allow visitors to explore traditional villages, like Olympos, Menetes and Othos.

Lefkada tours

Tours in Lefkada

Most boat tours in Lefkada depart from the port of Nydri. Very popular is the tour to Kefalonia and Ithaca , that includes a visit to Porto Katsiki, the most amazing beach in Lefkada, a stop in the cosmopolitan Fiscardo, a visit to Papanicolis Cave and more. A nice boat tour from Lefkada also allows visitors to explore tiny Greek islands with a handful of permanent inhabitants, like Kastos and Kalamos.

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Tours in Samos

Due to its close distance to the Turkish coasts, a very frequent tour in Samos is the boat excursion to Kusadasi , a cosmopolitan beach resort in Turkey. The tour continues with a bus visit to Ephesus, this ancient town famous for the amazing Temple of Artemis and the Library of Celsus. Nice bus tours in Samos allow visits to ancient sites, old monasteries, wineries and traditional villages around the island. Due to the green nature of Samos, visitors can also go on hiking tour.

Halkidiki tours

Tours from Halkidiki

Halkidiki is a very popular destination, not only among the Greeks, but also among people from all around the world. Amazing beaches, impressive natural surroundings and sightseeings that really worths visiting. Go on a tour and enjoy the journey!

Tours in Astypalea

Tours in Astypalea

Astypalea is an island that is yet to be discovered. Take a boat trip to the most beautiful and secluded beaches of the Aegean Sea. Waiting to be discovered and only accessible by boat, numerous beaches and many islets give you the change to swim in the crystal blue waters and relax under the Greek sun.

Tours in Amorgos

Tours in Amorgos

Amorgos is one of the most beautiful Aegean islands, with its wild range of mountains it is a unique place for walking and hiking tours, as well as marvelous beaches. Visit virgin paths on the mountains and get in touch with nature, taste the local products and enjoy yourself in this amazing island.

Tours in Lemnos

Tours in Lemnos

Lemnos is one of the Eastern Aegean islands, and boasts unique ecosystems, from rugged landscapes, cascading waterfalls, sea caves and spectacular beaches. Also in the middle of the island it is home to a sandy desert, making the island the unique place to go hiking and exploring its unique natural beauty.

Skiathos tours

Tours in Skiathos

As this is one of the most popular islands in Greece, tours in Skiathos are many and daily. Apart from the bus tours that depart from the main town and include sightseeing and swimming around the island, Skiathos tours also include many boat trips. Not to miss is the boat trip to the exotic beach of Lalaria and the Medieval Castle, on the northern side of the island. Nice and relaxing is also a yacht cruise to Skopelos , a neighboring island with much greenery and fantastic water.

Apart from day tours, there are also multi-day tours from Athens and Thessaloniki. The multi-day tours include visits to archaeological sites, beautiful beaches, and picturesque villages around the Greek mainland. These Greece tours packages are occasionally half or full board and include accommodation in luxurious hotels and transfers by modern buses.

If group tours aren’t your cup of tea, you can book private tours in Greece . By booking a private tour, you'll have a less strict schedule and more freedom to organize your trip. The transfers in these private tours are arranged by taxi or small van for large groups.

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With sights like Athens ’ Acropolis and Parthenon, there is no doubt that Greece has some of the most impressive historical landmark sightseeing tours in all of Europe . The country also offers some spectacular sailing tours, particularly off the coasts of Crete and Santorini . Visitors also can’t miss the country’s delicious food and drink - from the potent Ouzo to the delectable cheeses. Check out our best tours to Greece below.

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Best Of Greece - 10 Days Tour

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Best Of Greece & Greek Islands Hopping Tour

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Sail Greece: Santorini To Mykonos Tour

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Sail Greece: Mykonos To Santorini Tour

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A holiday in Greece includes visit to ancient ruins, white sandy beaches and taste of delicious Mediterranean cuisine.

With ancient ruins, white sandy beaches and delicious Mediterranean cuisine, Greece is a tourist hotspot for history buffs, vacationers and foodies alike. The mainland cities of Athens and Delphi are well-known for their ancient temples and other landmarks, while the islands of Santorini, Mykonos and Rhodes are frequented by honeymooners, partiers, and even celebrities. With a country so diverse, it’s hard to know where to start - and you’ll likely never want to leave.

Tour Highlights

  • Reflect on Greece’s vast history as you wander around the ruins of the Acropolis of Athens.
  • Find peace and harmony at the mountain-top monasteries of Metéora.
  • Swim in the turquoise waters of the Blue Caves in Zakynthos.
  • Discover the ruins of Rhodes, including the Colossus and the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights.
  • Dig your toes into the volcanic red sand at Santorini’s Red Beach.
  • Set sail in the Mediterranean Sea and go island hopping.

Travel Tips

  • July and August are very hot months in Greece, so be sure to bring sunscreen, light clothing, and plenty of water. Avoid these months if you can’t stand the heat, or if you dislike crowds and high prices.
  • Greeks are extremely friendly and can be very open and affectionate. Public displays of affection (PDAs) are common and try not to be offended if a local asks you personal questions.
  • Get ready to eat like a god or goddess. Greece is known for its cuisine, mostly made up of grilled meat and veggies. Cheese is also a huge part of Greek culture. Don’t miss souvlaki, gyro and saganaki.
  • Don’t worry if you get caught up in exploring, as restaurants are generally open late. In fact, restaurants may be empty if you arrive before 9 pm as dinner time for the locals can be as late as 10 pm.
  • Punctuality is not necessarily a value in Greece. Service can be slow and transportation delayed - so sit back, relax and embrace the Greek way of life.

Greece has seasonal weather so please do check up on the best time to visit Greece before planning your tour. And if you’re still hunting for more things to do and places to explore in Greece, do check out our Greece Travel Guide for more information.

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A 3 day all inclusive cruise to Greece & Turkey with Celestyal Cruises.

Our magical Iconic Aegean cruise delivers a packed schedule and takes you to no fewer than six enchanting destinations in the romantic Aegean Sea. Embark on a fascinating journey as you glide through emerald waters to unravel the mystery of history, take in breathtaking landscapes and discover iconic landmarks. This remarkable short greek island cruise invites you to experience the Mediterranean lifestyle, sample authentic Greek cuisine and visit iconic locations.

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11 things I wish I knew before visiting Greece

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As the travel industry reopens following COVID-19 shutdowns, TPG suggests that you talk to your doctor, follow health officials' guidance and research local travel restrictions before booking that next trip. We will be here to help you prepare, whether it is next month or next year.

When it comes to deciding where to go next, Greece is a usually a slam dunk. Whether it's a beachy island getaway you're after or an Athens (or perhaps Thessaloniki) city break that blends sightseeing by day with ouzo gulping by night, the mythic Mediterranean country ticks all the right boxes for classic holidays but wait -- there's more. Lots more.

Landing in Athens is the easy bit, but once you're on terra firma you'll find yourself immersed in both an epic history and some rather iconic landscapes, too. How you navigate this richness is largely up to you, but the more you know before you go, the more capably you can decode all those big fat Greek travel mysteries. Keep the following things in mind to help you steer clear of the cliches and make the most out of your experiences in Greece.

1. Don't just make the Acropolis in Athens your priority

Making the Acropolis the focus of a jaunt to Athens is like making a trip to Paris about visiting the Eiffel Tower -- so don't do it. Instead, do like the Athenians do and drink in views of the sacred rock from any number of rooftop bars and restaurants in the vicinity, or better yet wake up to a view of it from your hotel room . And the best views of Athens as a whole are actually from the top of Mount Lycavittos anyway (take the funicular in the Kolonaki neighborhood to the top).

Dodge the tourist crowds marching up to the Parthenon and instead inspect the arguably more evocative ruins at the foot of the Acropolis in the ancient agora area. I'd also suggest skipping the Acropolis Museum and diverting your cultural hours to the National Archaeological Museum across town. It's a bit fusty but still the best museum in Greece. Essential smaller museums include the Benaki Museum and Museum of Cycladic Art, both of which blend ancient artifacts with excellent contemporary exhibitions. If you fancy a Picasso or Van Gogh fix, the brand-new Goulandris museum is a must.

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2. Don't just feast on gyro

I've seen this over and over (and over) again: tourists who enjoy a hearty international-style buffet breakfast at their hotel and then opt for a gyro or souvlaki platter for lunch and then again for dinner. Don't get me wrong, authentic Greek gyros are pretty scrumptious and at about three euros each are fiscally attractive dining options too. But Greek gastronomy is more diverse than that and experiencing at least some of it can be a highlight of your trip.

To savor a Greek breakfast staple you'll almost never find at a hotel buffet, try strapatsada, a delectable dish made with eggs (usually scrambled), feta cheese, fresh tomato sauce and a dash of olive oil. One of the best is served at the restaurant of the Acropolis Museum (you don't have to pay for museum admission to eat at the restaurant). For the best seafood, shun the touristy tavernas around the Plaka and head instead to Piraeus, where the seafood is generally cheaper, fresher and comes with sea views, too. Vegan restaurants are also taking off, particularly in Athens.

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3. Find your nearest laiki

The spirit of ancient Greece lives on in the weekly laiki, or outdoor fruit and vegetable market that takes place rain or shine throughout the year on Fridays. A visit to a laiki is a great way to get an eyeful and taste of nature's bounty for which Greece is justly famous for. Every neighborhood in Athens has its own laiki and some are bigger and better than others. One of the best is in Pagrati, on Archimidous Street right behind the Panathenaic Stadium (the world's only stadium built entirely of marble). Besides organic produce you'll find plenty of traditional comestibles like extra-virgin olive oil, halva and honey for sale.

4. Greece isn't just for the summer months

One of the greatest Greek myths is that the many islands are strictly for summertime escapes, but that's far from the case. True, many islands rock their Greek summer vibes best in the peak months of July and August (the months that also pull the most crowds), but swimming season heats up as early as May and in many places doesn't wind down until November. Little islands near Athens like Hydra and Spetses are worth visiting even in winter and big islands like Crete have plenty of cultural attractions and historic sites to keep you busy throughout the year.

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5. Don't take a three-island day cruise

When you are in the Piraeus port you'll see many advertisements for three-island cruises that promise you a mini-odyssey to a trio of islands close to Athens. Generally these are Aegina, Hydra and Poros. Focus on one island instead. Packing three islands into a single day trip is something that Greeks themselves would never do, it diminishes both the quantity and quality of your time. If you are really into ancient ruins, spend time on Aegina. For dramatic scenery, Hydra's the spot. Among all the islands within an easy ferry journey from Athens/Piraeus, Poros easily qualifies as the quiet charmer where you could linger for hours over Greek coffees and delightful harbor views.

6. Greek islands aren't just for hitting the beach

Greece has some 6,000 islands, of which about 227 are inhabited. That represents a lot of geographical diversity. Some islands have gorgeous beaches -- think Mykonos, Kefalonia and Corfu -- while others have a mix of decent beaches and landscapes that offer up the possibility of more varied activities. Kalymnos is the place for rock climbing and bouldering, Paros is ideal for windsurfing and kite surfing, Sifnos and Tinos (and to a certain extent Santorini) are much favored by foodies and so forth. The shoulder season, April to June and also October, is often ideal for these beyond-the-beach pursuits.

7.  Skipping Santorini is not a sin

Two essential Santorini travel facts: the first is that yes, it's a geologically unique island and the second is that yes, you should probably also skip it. How dare I? Well, due to far too many cruise ships disgorging way too many people onto such a small place, the wisp of an island has degenerated into a sort of hyper-sanitized Selfie Island and really, how much fun is that? The views over the volcanic caldera are cool as are the Minoan ruins at Akrotiri but the beaches aren't great and the good hotels and restaurants tend to be overpriced.

So check it out if you must but make sure you avoid the months of June, July, August and now all of September too. Other Aegean islands beckon with their own brand of gorgeousness, whether that be breezy Andros, volcanic Milos and myriad others.

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8. You should visit Greece during Easter

Greeks celebrate Easter with a fervor most Europeans reserve for Christmas -- and the enthusiasm has a distinctly noncommercial flavor at that. The Greek Orthodox Church still holds sway over many aspects of contemporary Greek life and Easter week is when some of the more celebratory aspects really kick in, with all manner of feasts and public processions that begin on Palm Sunday and vary from location to location but that are particularly colorful on islands like Corfu.

9. Think of Crete as a separate country

Because in many respects it is. Starting with size: Crete is 160 miles from one end to the other and is the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. That means it's difficult to see it all in a single take, nor should you try. The landscapes are stunningly varied and unlike the more stereotypical Greek island getaways the Cretan economy is not wholly dependent on tourism: historic cities like Heraklion and Chania also have a youthful vibrancy that's hard to resist.

There are numerous nonstop flights from Crete's two major airports in Heraklion and Chania in the peak summer season and year-round connections from Athens. From Athens/Piraeus there are also daily ferry departures, they typically leave around 9 p.m. and arrive in Crete at 6 a.m. While these ferries resemble small cruise ships with plenty of seating options (including cabins), a flight on Aegean will you get from Athens to Crete in just about an hour.

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10. Remember the mainland

Greece is more than Athens and the islands. The region of which Athens is a part, Attica, is home to some of the most important sites in antiquity from Marathon to Cape Sounio and the Temple of Poseidon. South and east of the Greek capital, the Peloponnese offers a dramatically chiseled coastline and plenty of historical gems too, like the city of Nafplion -- the first capital of Greece -- and the remarkable fortress isle of Monemvasia. The northern city of Thessaloniki, named after Alexander the Great's half-sister, is worth a detour for its history, museums and excellent restaurants.

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11. You needn't spend a fortune to have a blast in Mykonos

Stick around Greece for any length of time and you're bound to hear Greeks bemoan how Mykonos has become an enclave affordable only for the likes of Arab princes and their consorts (who may or may not include Lindsay Lohan). While there is some truth to that, don't let it put you off a visit because the cosmopolitan Mykonos vibe is something you won't find anywhere else. The small Cycladic island has some of the best beaches, restaurants, hotels and nightclubs in the Mediterranean. July and August are the months to avoid, but if you can manage to hit Mykonos in June or September, you'll probably have a great time and without necessarily breaking the bank.

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Bottom line

Greece is a country with attractions that are so iconic everybody thinks they already know the place and to varying degrees maybe they do, but not unlike Madonna, there is a lot more to her than meets the eye. It's when you avoid insisting on the cliches -- you probably don't need a whole day to snap selfies at the Acropolis or an overpriced seafood lunch in the touristy center of Mykonos town -- that the colors of Greece really begin to reveal themselves. And if you can avoid those peak crowded months of July (especially the second half) and August you'll very likely have a better holiday experience in Greece overall.

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Have 1 day in Athens, Greece? You’d be surprised how much ground you can cover in a short time! In this post, I’ll take you through how you can maximize your time in Athens, Greece. Athens is a city full of history, great food, and beautiful views! Now let’s get into how to spend 1 day in Athens, Greece, the perfect start to your Greece itinerary .

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Summary of 1 day in Athens

  • Morning: Visit the Acropolis, stroll the neighborhoods of Anafiotika and Psyri
  • Afternoon: Lunch at Efcharis restaurant , People watch at Monastiraki, Visit the historical sites like the Roman Agora and Hadrian’s Library
  • Evening: Watch the sunset at one of the many rooftop bars like A for Athens, Stroll through Plaka, Have dinner in Plaka at LIONDI

Is 1 Day Enough in Athens, Greece?

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Athens is not a small city, but many of its main tourist attractions are relatively close to each other in the central area, making it possible to visit many of them in just one day. The Acropolis, the Ancient Agora, the Roman Agora, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus are all within walking distance of each other in the historic center. The Plaka neighborhood, Monastiraki Square, and Syntagma Square are also moments away.

As you can see, one day in Athens will give you the opportunity to see the main attractions, but ideally, you would want more time to truly explore the city. If you have a day or two extra, you can uncover Athen’s hidden gems, and appreciate its history, culture, and cuisine.

Regardless, if you only have 24 hours in Athens, this guide will help you prioritize the must-see sights and places to visit during a short time.

How to Get There

To get to Athens, you can fly into the Athens Airport. Then, you can take the metro system to easily get into the heart of Athens, Monastiraki. Athens is also serviced by ferry and you can easily get here from neighboring Greek Islands.

How to Get Around

Once in Athens, you can pretty much walk to most of the tourist attractions on foot which is really great. They are all pretty much clustered together. Aside from spots like National Archaeological Museum and the Panathenaic Stadium. To get to these, you can also take the metro or the bus. The public transportation is great and easy to use.

What to do when visiting Athens in 1 Day

These are the best things to do in one day while visiting Athens from a cruise ship or island hopping adventure!

8:00 am – Start your morning at the Acropolis of Athens

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At the top of everyone’s list when visiting Athens is the Acropolis and for a good reason. The Acropolis of Athens is recognized as one of the best landmarks in Europe and even the world. Afterall, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Perched atop a rocky outcrop overlooking the city, these ruins date back to the 5th century BC. Because it’s such a popular attraction, expect TONS of crowds. The best time to visit would be right at opening at 8 am or one hour before closing time when the tourists start to dwindle.

At its center, the Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena, commands attention with its Doric columns and intricate sculptures, showcasing the pinnacle of Classical Greek architecture.

Surrounding structures include the Erechtheion, with its famous Caryatids, and the Temple of Athena Nike.

As you walk up to the Acropolis, there’s a hill across the way for even more views of Athens. It’s called Philopappos Hill and you can find the exact location here . It’s a popular spot to watch the sunset too.

10 am Visit the hidden neighborhood of Anafiotika

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I first visited Anafiotika in 2017 when a local took me. It was seriously off-the-radar and a hidden gem. Still, many people don’t know this neighborhood. However, when I went again in May 2024, many more people were strolling through here in the morning. In this neighborhood, you’ll find picturesque winding streets and colorful buildings. Just be mindful when taking photos that people live here and be really respectful. If you go up to the top near the church, you’ll find breathtaking views of Athens too.

11:30 Have a wander through the Psyri neighborhood

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Psyri is a lively neighborhood located in the heart of Athens, known for its eclectic atmosphere, artistic nature, and bustling nightlife. Once an industrial area, Psiri has undergone a transformation in recent years, and now is one of the trendiest and most popular neighborhoods in the city.

You’ll find narrow cobblestone streets, colorful street art, and charming neoclassical buildings adorned with graffiti and murals. The area is a hub for creativity and culture, with numerous art galleries, theaters, and cultural centers showcasing the work of local artists and performers. Plus there are many hidden gems to be discovered here such as vintage boutiques, artisan workshops, and traditional tavernas serving authentic Greek cuisine.

In the evening, Psyri comes alive with lively cafes, hip bars, and live music venues.

12 am Try Souvlaki for lunch

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For lunch, make a quick stop for Souvlaki. You’ll find it all over Athens so it shouldn’t be a tough mission. This will save you time so you can continue exploring Athens in one day. I stopped by Efcharis restaurant and it was really good. Klepsydra is also a nice choice and located very near to Anafiotika in case you want to go there after your visit.

1 pm People watch at Monastiraki

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Monastiraki is possibly the busiest square in Athens and is located in the very heart of the city. Here you are moments away from all the historical landmarks. There is also a bustling flea market you can shop for antiques, souvenirs, clothing, jewelry, and more. The area gets its name from the Monastiraki Square, which is dominated by the Pantanassa Church and surrounded by cafes, restaurants, and shops. Monastiraki is also known for its nightlife, with many bars, cafes, and tavernas.

1:30 pm – See the Historical Sites

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Start your walk through the historical sites in Athens at the Roman Agora. You can admire most of it from outside even.

Next stop is Hadrian’s Library and then off to the Tower of the Winds, a cool octagonal tower that used to be all about telling time and weather back in the day. Another attraction is the Gate of Athena Archegetis, which is an arch dedicated to the goddess of wisdom.

The best thing to do is buy a combo ticket so you can visit all the sites for an inclusive fee of $39. You can buy the combo tickets ahead online . it will grant you access to the Acropolis, Ancient Agora, Roman Agora, Temple of Zeus, Aristotle’s School, Hadrian’s Library, and Kerameikos Ancient Cemetery. Buying the combo ticket, gives you a savings of up to 50%.

4 pm Relax at a Cafe

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You might be tired from all the exploring! Time to find a quaint cafe to relax at. I stumbled upon Artfix Athens which is hidden around a corner in the heart of Athens. I wanted to go in and saved it and then the weather turned from perfect to raining suddenly so I made my way into this cafe and was happy I did. I got a freddo cappuccino!

They have many different rooms to choose from and an outdoor space upstairs looking out to the streets.

7:30 pm – Watch the Sunset at a Rooftop Bar

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There are many rooftop bars in Athens with views of the stunning city. A few of them are all clustered together too. I visited A for Athens. Here you need a reservation if you want the prime outdoor spot with the view. So be sure to reserve ahead to avoid disappointment. Other rooftop bars include Niche Hotel Athens, 360 Cocktail Bar, or MS Roof Garden. 

9 pm – Have Dinner in Plaka

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On your way to Plaka for dinner check out some of the shops and cute streets. I bought a coin pouch with the evil eye on it for only €1 and love it! You’ll likely hit the famous street Ermou Street in Plaka during your stroll.

I decided to try LIONDI Traditional Greek Restaurant for dinner and it was delicious. I tried the Moussaka which is a Greek specialty made of eggplant and ground beef in a casserole. I saw people ordering souvlaki dishes which looked absolutely amazing too. LIONDI is located on Makrigianni Street and there are many other restaurant choices lined on this street.

Where to Stay in Athens if you only have 1 day

If you only have 24 hours in Athens, it’s best to stay in an area that is centrally located so you can easily reach the city’s main attractions.

The Plaka neighborhood and the area around Syntagma Square are great choices for a short stay. Plaka is super close to the Acropolis and has many restaurants and shops.

Syntagma Square is the central square of Athens and serves as a transportation hub with its metro station and bus stops. Staying in this area provides easy access to public transportation, allowing you to quickly reach attractions like the National Archaeological Museum, the Benaki Museum, and the upscale shopping district of Kolonaki. Plus, Syntagma Square is within walking distance of Plaka and the Acropolis, making it a convenient location for a short visit to Athens.

I personally stayed in the Thiseos area at La Divina Hotel . It was also walkable to pretty much everything I wanted to see in a short stay. The hotel was a 5 minutes walk from Monastiraki and a 15 minute walk to the Acropolis and other main attractions.

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Hopefully, this post helps you better plan your 24 hours in Athens!

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Gay Greece Uncovered: Top Destinations And Tips For Queer Travelers! 🇬🇷

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Gay Greece Uncovered: Top Destinations And Tips For Queer Travelers! 🇬🇷

Queer travel expert Jack Kenworthy turns 250+ city adventures into your guide for safe, vibrant, and inclusively fabulous global journeys.

Ah, Greece – a nation of endless blue, rich history, and a tapestry threaded with diversity! The allure of Greece extends far beyond its ancient ruins, sun-kissed islands, and delicious cuisine; it has quietly emerged as a haven for LGBTQ+ travelers seeking both the serene and the sizzling.

At the heart of this beautiful nation lies a tale of resilience and queer celebration. As you journey through the annals of Gay Greece, it becomes evident that while the nation has had its struggles, the progressiveness of recent years has painted a brighter, more accepting horizon.

Political strides have played a key role in shaping this vibrant panorama. While Greece’s journey towards LGBTQ+ rights began in earnest only in the late 20th century, it has made significant strides in a relatively short span. Civil partnerships were recognized in 2015, and while same-sex marriage remains on the wish list, the legal framework has evolved to protect and represent the queer community.

Gay Greece’s landscape today is a blend of the traditional and the modern, mirroring its political shift – from the ancient walls of Athens , whispering tales of bygone queer legends, to the pulsating heart of Mykonos , which beats in rhythm with the world’s most electric LGBTQ+ nightlife.

And oh, the nightlife! No account of Gay Greece would be complete without a deep dive into its nightlife, which is nothing short of legendary. From Thessaloniki ‘s avant-garde bars to Mykonos’s world-famous beach parties, Greece offers a nocturnal journey that rivals global hotspots. The vibes are intoxicating, the beats are invigorating, and the crowd? Well, let’s just say it’s a delightful mélange of the world’s queer best!

However, it’s the lived experiences of its queer citizens that truly shine a light on what makes Greece so special. Engage in heartwarming conversations over a cup of Greek coffee, and you’ll hear tales of resilience, love, acceptance, and a zest for life.

Amidst the quaint alleyways of Santorini or the bustling streets of Athens, the stories of Gay Greece unfold – tales of coming out, finding love, building communities, and celebrating every hue of the rainbow.

So, fellow wanderers, pack your bags and let Gay Greece enchant you. Whether you’re seeking solace by the Aegean Sea, dance under the Grecian moon, or connections that last a lifetime, Greece promises an experience that’s as diverse and vibrant as the rainbow flag itself.

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History Of LGBT Rights In Greece

LGBT rights in Greece have come a long way since the country gained its independence from the Ottoman Empire. For example, the penal code of 1834 stipulated that sodomy was punishable with at least one year of imprisonment and police surveillance. However, significant progress has been made over time. Male homosexual practices were decriminalized in 1951, and the Greek Parliament extended civil unions to same-sex couples in a historic vote. Though not yet full marriage equality, it’s an essential step toward equal rights.

It’s worth noting that the situation regarding LGBT rights may vary for locals and tourists. Greece is generally known as a welcoming and hospitable destination, with many locales, especially tourist hotspots, being LGBT-friendly. Nevertheless, it’s crucial for international travelers to stay vigilant and aware of changing circumstances.

To help protect yourself, it’s wise to be cautious in public displays of affection, particularly outside of cosmopolitan centers. Situations can change rapidly, and information might become outdated, so always seek current advice before traveling. It’s essential to connect with local advocacy groups like the Lesbian and Gay Community of Greece (OLKE) that can provide the most recent updates on the human rights situation affecting LGBT people in Greece.

Finally, though we’re excited about the progress made in Greece’s LGBT rights, always remember to stay vigilant regarding potential bad actors and stay informed with local support from advocacy groups.

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The LGBT Legal Situation In Greece

Over the past few decades, LGBT rights in Greece have significantly evolved, making it one of the most liberal countries in Southern Europe. Laws protecting these rights mainly include civil unions for same-sex couples, legal recognition of gender changes without the requirement for surgery, and anti-discrimination laws in employment based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

While Greece has made considerable progress in terms of LGBT rights, it is important to differentiate between the experiences of local people and tourists. Local individuals may face more challenges related to discrimination and social acceptance than tourists visiting the country, who may enjoy a relaxed and accepting atmosphere, especially in popular tourist destinations.

As situations can change rapidly, and there may always be bad actors in every country, it is advisable to remain vigilant and seek current advice before traveling. Make sure to stay informed and be aware of any potential issues that could be faced during your visit. Should you need any assistance or guidance, some of the relevant LGBT advocacy groups in Greece include the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Colour Youth , and OLKE (Greek LGBT Community).

In summary, it is crucial for both locals and tourists to stay informed and up-to-date on the latest developments regarding LGBT rights and conditions in Greece. Remember that situations can change fast, and information may become outdated. Always seek current advice from reliable sources to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

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The LGBT Social Situation In Greece

Greece has made significant progress regarding LGBT rights, with same-sex unions being legally recognized since 2015 and public opinion generally regarded as culturally liberal. The country has also been taking steps to further LGBTQ rights, evidenced by the banning of conversion therapy for minors and a national strategy for LGBTQI+ equality.

However, it is important to note that challenges still exist for LGBTQ individuals residing in Greece. Discrimination has become less common, but it is still a concern. For tourists, Greece remains an open and welcoming destination, but being vigilant and aware of local attitudes is always advisable.

To stay informed and ensure safety, consider connecting with local LGBT advocacy groups such as the Hellenic Association for Sexual Health (HAS) and Colour Youth . These organizations work towards promoting LGBTQI+ rights in Greece and providing support to community members.

Although Greece has made substantial advancements in terms of LGBTQ rights, it is crucial to remember that the situation may change, and information can quickly become outdated. Always strive to seek current advice before traveling to any destination. By doing so, you can enjoy a safe and exciting experience while staying informed about the social situation regarding LGBTQ rights in Greece .

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Trans Rights In Greece

Greece has made progress in recognizing and protecting the rights of the LGBTQ+ community, including transgender individuals. However, there is still work to be done to ensure equal rights and protection for all.

Transgender persons in Greece currently face limited legal protection against discrimination. Although “sexual orientation” is recognized as a prohibited discrimination ground, the legislation does not differentiate “sex” from “gender,” leaving transsexual and transgender individuals unprotected from discrimination based on gender identity or expression.

Regardless of these challenges, steps have been taken to improve the situation for transgender individuals in Greece. In recent years, the government has introduced groundbreaking legislation such as civil unions for same-sex couples. Additionally, Greece banned so-called conversion therapy for minors, aiming to protect individuals from harmful practices suppressing their sexual orientation or gender identity. It’s essential to be aware that the situation can change rapidly, and it’s always crucial to stay informed about current developments.

For travelers visiting Greece, it’s important to be aware of the local LGBTQ+ rights landscape and exercise caution where necessary. While many locals and tourists alike may experience a welcoming environment, bad actors exist in every country, and remaining vigilant is essential. Before traveling, seek advice and information from reliable sources to ensure your safety and well-being during your stay.

LGBT advocacy groups, such as the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) and the Hellenic Association of LGBTQ+ People (Colour Youth), can be helpful resources for staying informed about current events and the state of LGBTQ+ rights in Greece. With continued progress and increased awareness, we can hope that the exciting developments in LGBTQ+ rights in Greece will continue to advance and bring about positive change for all community members.

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The Future For The Queer Community In Greece

The future of LGBT rights in Greece is looking promising as the Greek government has been actively working towards increasing inclusivity and tolerance. The Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, has implemented various measures, such as appointing a committee to draft a national strategy for improving LGBTQ rights.

LGBT rights in Greece have historically lagged behind many other European countries, but this recently renewed focus on promoting equality for all is an exciting development. The local LGBTQ community and tourists alike stand to benefit from these legislative changes and ongoing initiatives.

When visiting Greece, whether as a local or a tourist, it is vital to stay informed of the current situation and seek updated advice on LGBTQ rights. The advancement of these rights may come with some resistance, and situations can change rapidly. So, remaining cautious and vigilant is paramount when navigating the social landscape in Greece, even as significant progress is being made.

In case of any issues or concerns, relying on LGBT advocacy groups like Colour Youth and Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung can provide much-needed support. Their work in raising awareness and promoting LGBTQ rights is crucial in Greece’s journey towards broader acceptance.

While the future of LGBTQ rights in Greece showcases an optimistic outlook, it is essential to bear in mind that situations can change, and some individuals may still harbor intolerant views. Therefore, always exercise caution, stay informed, and engage with reputable resources to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

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Protect Yourself While Travelling In Gay Greece

It’s essential for both locals and tourists to be aware of the current situation of LGBT rights in Greece, as well as the necessary steps to protect themselves. Greece has made significant progress in recent years, legalizing equal-age consent in 2015 and allowing LGBT individuals to serve openly in the military. However, some societal prejudice remains, which is why the government has enacted strict anti-LGBT discrimination laws.

As a tourist or expat, be sure to stay updated on the latest information regarding LGBT rights in Greece, as situations can change rapidly, and you want to ensure that your actions remain within the legal and societal norms of the country. Local advocacy groups, such as the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, are valuable sources of current information on LGBT rights.

Make sure to remain vigilant and be aware of your surroundings. While many places in Greece can be quite welcoming and accepting, it is important to exercise caution and be sensitive to the local culture. Connecting with other members of the LGBT community or joining online forums can provide valuable insight and advice about navigating the social landscape in Greece.

In the event that you experience any discrimination or prejudice, it is crucial to know where to turn for help. Citing relevant anti-LGBT discrimination laws can help you advocate for yourself. Additionally, there are several Greek LGBT advocacy groups that provide support and assistance. Reach out to these organizations for guidance and advice if necessary.

Remember that while Greece has made great strides in recent years, advancing LGBTQ rights within the country, it is essential to stay informed and be prepared. Enjoy the natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture of Greece while prioritizing your safety and well-being.

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Best Gay Destinations in Greece

Embarking on a Grecian odyssey tailored for the LGBTQ+ community? Look no further, intrepid travelers! Greece, with its juxtaposition of ancient grandeur and contemporary charm, has evolved into a welcoming tapestry for queer explorers worldwide. As one dives into the best gay destinations in Greece , it’s impossible to resist the allure of azure waters, golden sands, and lively streets echoing centuries of tales and modern-day pride.

Now, in our homage to the breathtaking locales of Gay Greece , we’ve curated a list of cities that shimmer like jewels in the Mediterranean sun. And to truly celebrate the unique charm of each without descending into the murky waters of hierarchy, we’re presenting them in alphabetical order. In the world of wanderlust, every destination holds its own magic, and in Gay Greece, every city sings its own captivating song.

Gay Athens Greece Travel Guide

If you’re seeking a destination that blends the allure of time-etched history with the vivacious pulse of modern queer culture, look no further than the heart of Greece!

Gay Athens dazzles with its intoxicating combination of grand archaeological wonders, a pulsating Gazi nightlife scene, and those oh-so-stylish Greek Adonises; it’s a city that invites you to dance beneath its ancient skyline while celebrating love in every hue.

gay Corfu Greece travel guide

Let the captivating tale of Corfu whisk you away! Channeling the passionate embrace of Sea God Poseidon and his beloved Nymph Korkira, Corfu emerges as the crown jewel of the Ionian Sea – an island where every cove and corner breathes romance and where the LGBTQ+ spirit dances as vibrantly as the waves.

Dive deep, queer wanderers, and let Corfu’s siren call serenade your soul.

Gay Mykonos Greece Travel Guide

GAY MYKONOS

Darlings, if you’re seeking a hedonistic haven where glamour meets sun-kissed extravagance, look no further than Gay Mykonos!

With its legacy of luminous icons like Jackie O and Grace Kelly, this Aegean gem has blossomed into an unparalleled queer utopia, boasting sunlit beaches, celestial soirees, and a vibe so fabulous, it makes every gay heart beat a little faster.

Gay Rhodes Greece Travel Guide

Drenched in history and kissed by sunlit shores, Rhodes emerges as a shimmering jewel in the Aegean Sea, effortlessly blending the majesty of the ancient world with the allure of the Mediterranean.

While Gay Rhodes navigates its own evolving journey toward inclusivity, the island beckons queer travelers with the promise of medieval enchantment, azure dreamscape coastlines, and a fervent hope for a more vibrant and accepting tomorrow.

Gay Santorini Greece Travel Guide

GAY SANTORINI

A destination that marries natural beauty with a pulsating queer heartbeat look no further than Santorini! This gem, with its cascading villages set against cerulean seas, not only flaunts Instagram-worthy vistas but is also infused with philoxenia, welcoming LGBTQ+ travelers to indulge in luxe nightlife, hidden culinary delights, and the tranquil embrace of secluded beaches.

While Santorini might be a hushed whisper compared to the loud declaration of Mykonos, its genuine charm, blossoming gay community, and enchanting atmosphere make it an unmissable stop on the queer traveler’s Grecian itinerary.

Gay Thessaloniki Greece Travel Guide

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Honey, pack your bags, and let’s sashay our way to the electrifying undercurrents of Gay Thessaloniki! This coastal jewel, bursting with artsy vibes, sultry film festivals, and a Pride that would make Dionysus himself blush, offers a fresh, fabulous spin to Greece’s queer scene — less mainstream than Mykonos yet pulsating with an authenticity that beckons both seasoned globe-trotters and discreet wanderers.

With its thriving lesbian community, saucy saunas for the gents, and those dreamy beaches in Halkidiki awaiting your post-festival unwind, Thessaloniki promises more than just a vacation; it’s a revelation!

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Both Croatia and Greece offer diverse landscapes, encompassing ancient ruins, historical sites, picturesque islands, and stunning coastlines. Croatia boasts historic cities such as Dubrovnik and Split , along with natural beauty in Plitvice Lakes National Park , while Greece showcases iconic sites like Athens and the enchanting islands of Santorini and Mykonos .

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  • Upon your arrival at Zagreb airport, our designated transfer personnel will be waiting for you with a sign bearing your name to escort you to your hotel.
  • The remainder of the day is yours to explore the surroundings at your own pace or unwind at your accommodation.
  • Start exploring the city from Ban Jelacic Square. Visit Dolac Market perched above the north side of the square and continue to see Zagreb Cathedral .
  • Walk up to St. Mark's Church in the Upper Town to marvel at its picturesque tiled roof and historic significance.
  • Climb the Lotrsaak Tower for panoramic views and experience the firing of the cannon at noon.
  • Visit the Museum of Broken Relationships to explore its poignant exhibits symbolizing human relationships.
  • Reach Plitvice Lakes National Park after 2-hr of driving. Plitvice Lakes National Park is famous for its interconnected crystal-clear lakes, majestic waterfalls, lush greenery, and diverse flora and fauna.
  • The park offers boat rides on the lakes and a train that connects the upper and lower lakes. These rides are included in the entrance fee and provide an alternative way to explore the park.
  • Continue driving to Split after visiting the National Park.
  • Set sail briskly across the Adriatic Sea to the remarkable Blue Cave , renowned for its stunning aquamarine light. Explore the enchanting atmosphere of the cave before continuing on a sightseeing tour of the charming seaside village of Komiza.
  • Refresh yourself with a swim at Stiniva Cove and Budikovac Island , surrounded by natural beauty.
  • Conclude your journey with some leisure time in the serene coastal town of Hvar , before returning to your starting point, filled with unforgettable memories from this adventure.
  • Visit Diocletian's Palace with a professional tour guide. Pause to admire the open colonnades in the palace's central Peristyle square .
  • Proceed to the magnificent Saint Domnius Cathedral , believed to be the oldest Catholic cathedral still in use in its original form worldwide.
  • Learn about the tale of Gregory of Nin from his statue in Dardin Park. Walk along the Riva promenade to enjoy the picturesque vistas of Marjan Hill and the Adriatic Sea.
  • Hit the road and enjoy the scenic drive to the beautiful city of Dubrovnik.
  • After crossing the border, drive along coastal roads winding around multiple stunning bays.
  • Later, hop out of the van to explore Perast . Admire Gothic and baroque architecture before sailing to the Church of Our Lady of the Rocks (own cost).
  • Head to Kotor's UNESCO-listed walled city for a leisurely stroll, stopping by the Cathedral of St. Tryphon .
  • Finally, visit Budva , a seaside city with stunning views, beaches, and charming alleys inside fortified walls. Enjoy one last delight—a ferry crossing along the Bay of Kotor before returning hotel.
  • Go to Dubrovnik Old Town, which is the filming location of Game of Thrones . During this walking tour, the guide will show you the highlights of Dubrovnik Old Town and you will learn about the city's history and culture.
  • Skip the tourist traps and discover a taste of authentic Dubrovnik's food and drink spots. Visit four traditional restaurants for a taste of regional specialties, including seafood, pastries, and wine.
  • Say goodbye to Croatia and fly to Greece. Your driver will escort you to the airport. A representative will wait for you at Athens airport.
  • Today's agenda includes a visit to the House of Parliament known for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the grand Changing of the Guards ceremony .
  • Our exploration continues with the Olympian Zeus Temple , honoring Zeus, the Father of the Olympian Gods.
  • Next, we'll head to the Panathenaic Stadium , linked to the goddess Athena through the Panathenaic Games.
  • Then, the tour proceeds to Athens' iconic Acropolis , featuring structures like the Parthenon and Erechtheion.
  • Lastly, we'll conclude at the Acropolis Museum to appreciate key monuments in Greek history.
  • Board the fast ferry to Mykonos in the morning. After a 2-hour journey on the sea, you will arrive at Mykonos, where we will transfer you to your hotel.
  • This afternoon and evening are free for you to explore the winding streets of Mykonos Town, relax on the beaches, or party at beach clubs.
  • You'll have a full day to yourself . Explore the pristine beaches like Paradise Beach, Super Paradise Beach, and Elia Beach for a day of sun and sea. Dive into watersports like windsurfing, jet skiing, and paddleboarding at the beaches. Discover the picturesque alleys, charming boutiques, and vibrant nightlife in Mykonos Town (Chora).
  • Board the ferry from Mykonos to Santorini. Upon arrival at the pier, you will be transferred to your hotel.
  • The rest of the day is open to your choice of sightseeing: enjoy the unique caldera views or take a walk to see Fira town with its beautiful whitewashed houses, narrow streets, and open-air cafés that hang on cliffs.
  • Embark on a picturesque journey around the island, stopping at the famous Red Beach and the crystal-clear turquoise waters of the White Beach for swimming and snorkeling.
  • Delight in a scrumptious Greek barbecue and Santorinian wine onboard.
  • Witness the breathtaking sunset casting fiery hues over the Caldera as you sail below the captivating village of Oia .
  • Enjoy your last time in Greece. We'll provide a transfer to one of the Santorini airports for your flight to Athens for your connecting flight to your next destination.

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The harbour at Hydra

H ydra was the cool Greek island to visit when its rival Mykonos was still best known for Petros the pelican. This was partly because of its proximity to Athens; even before the Second World War, Henry Miller, Lawrence Durrell and Patrick Leigh Fermor were coming to stay in the villa of Greece’s great modern artist Nikos Chatzikyriakos-Gikas. The rest of the world caught on when the young Sophia Loren starred in Boy on a Dolphin in 1957. The Australian writers Charmian Clift and George Johnston, Leonard Cohen and Joan Collins all bought houses, adding to its arty, laid-back vibe.

There’s only one sprawling settlement, Hydra Town, with an outlandishly picturesque amphitheatre of stone mansions built in the 18th and 19th centuries by the merchant captains who financed and fought in the Greek War of Independence. Artists, bohemians and the yachting set love it, as do visitors on a day trip from Athens. Along the waterfront and up and down the stairs you’ll find traditional and glamorous bars and restaurants and a lively night scene, but what you may end up liking most of all is its wonderful peace and quiet, thanks to the lack of cars, broken only by the clip-clopping of the thousand donkeys who transport the goods.

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Have a wander, up and down the town. Some of the biggest mansions are now museums, including the Historical Archive Museum, with artefacts, documents and paintings relating to the island’s history, especially to its leading role in the 1821-29 War of Independence. The mansions of the two wealthiest merchants, the Koundouriotis brothers, are now Hydra’s Art Museum and the Lazaros Koundouriotis Historical Mansion, home to 18th-century furnishings, costumes, weapons and embroideries. Walk up to the cannon-equipped bastions for gorgeous views over the Aegean Sea, then swim off the rocks below at Spilia.

Twenty minutes east is Mandraki, the old port, with the island’s only sandy beach. Stop on the way to see what’s happening at Deste, the Hydra branch of the Geneva-based Foundation for Contemporary Art, which is housed in the former slaughterhouse. West of Hydra Town you can dive off the rocks at Hydronetta and sit on the bench erected by the islanders for Leonard Cohen’s 80th birthday, although as he died before that day it became his memorial. Two kilometres west (walk or take a water taxi) you’ll find pebbly Kamini beach and Vlychos beach, both of which are well suited to families.

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There’s a wide range of accommodation on Hydra, whether you’re looking for a chic boutique hotel in a historic mansion, a room in a little guesthouse or a quiet hotel close to one of the beaches on either side of Hydra Town, at Mandraki or Vlychos (both of which are served by regular water taxis). Don’t expect anything like the big resort hotels that exist on other Greek islands; the Four Seasons, with its private sandy beach at Plakes Vlychou, is as close as they come, but like other hotels on Hydra it is relatively diminutive.

Into your history? Try Hydra Town’s eight-room Orloff Boutique Hotel, built by the Russian count sent by Catherine the Great in 1796 to help the Greeks fight for independence. Book well in advance to bag a room anywhere on Hydra during the important Greek Easter celebrations, or during the island’s biggest party, the Miaoulia Festival, which starts in the second week of June and carries on until the end of the month.

Food and drink

Hydra imports most of its food from the nearby mainland, although local fishermen supply a good portion of the fresh fish in the restaurants, notably squid, served grilled, the island’s speciality. Perched on the rocks overlooking the port, Omilos (formerly Lagoudera) is the island’s most celebrated gourmet haven, where Jackie Onassis, Bridget Bardot and the Rolling Stones dined, danced and debauched in the 1970s. Along the port there’s a clutch of tavernas and cafés offering front-row seats to all the hustle and bustle — including the Pirate Bar, in business since 1976, open until late and scene of fabled parties over the years.

Further up in the backstreets you’ll find little tavernas where the locals get away from the scrum. The beautiful Sunset restaurant along the path to Kamini delivers the promised spectacle, with sophisticated dining; another landmark on the food and drink scene is Castello, in an 18th-century tower with spectacular views, its own beach and very fashionable Mediterranean restaurant. Most close in the winter, except for a handful of family-run tavernas such as Ostria, specialising in tasty mezedes; the owner is a fisherman. No matter where you go on the island of Hydra, expect to meet friendly cats waiting for a handout.

Take a water taxi to the quiet pebble beaches on the southwest coast. Agios Nikolaos and Bisti are both backed by pinewoods and offer great snorkelling. There are numerous paths into Hydra’s interior (but not a lot of shade). The rewards are gorgeous views over the Saronic Gulf. Start early in the morning to make the two-hour walk up 588m to Profitis Ilias monastery near the top of Mount Eros, Hydra’s highest point. The monastery can also be reached via several short or long-distance guided rides offered by Harriet’s Hydra Horses.

It’s easy to make day cruises to the nearby Saronic Islands — Aegina, the island of pistachios, with the best-preserved ancient temple on a Greek island, or pretty Poros on the “Greek Grand Canal”, or salty little Spetses, home of Bouboulina, the heroic female admiral of the War of Independence, and where John Fowles set The Magus. There are frequent boat links to Metochi, which is 45 minutes from ancient Troezen and an hour’s drive from Epidaurus, site of the world’s best-preserved ancient theatre and the famous summer theatre festival.

Know before you go

The currency is the euro, and you’ll need quite a few of them if you’re spending time living it up in Hydra’s cocktail bars.

From Piraeus, the port of Athens, only hydrofoils (“Flying Dolphins”) or catamarans (“Flying Cats”) go to Hydra, taking about 90 minutes; be sure to book your tickets well in advance. Motorists can also get to Hydra by passenger ferry or sea taxi from the Peloponnesian ports of Metochi (where there’s a useful free car park to leave the car) or Hermioni.

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Tourist Visa in Greece: A Simple Guide

Ah, Greece—the land of epic myths , feta cheese, and islands that look like they’ve been lifted straight from Instagram. Greece is your tourist destination now? Don’t Worry! We’ve got you covered!

But before you hop on a plane to chase the sunset in Santorini, there’s a slightly less romantic yet crucial hurdle: the tourist visa. Stick around as we unravel the Gordian Knot of Greek tourist visas.

Let’s dive in!

What Is A Tourist Visa To Greece?

A tourist visa to Greece is a type of short – term visa that allows the holder to travel to Greece for tourism purposes such as sightseeing, visiting family, attending cultural events, or engaging in recreational activities.

Who Needs A Greece Tourist Visa?

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Citizens of some countries require a Greek visa to enter Greece. The European Union has a waiver program for citizens of certain countries which allow them to enter Greece or other countries and stay up – to 90 days .

Citizens of the UK, US, Canada and Australia among others are typically eligible for the visa waiver program . However, citizens of some countries need to obtain a visa to enter Greece regardless of the duration of their stay.

It is recommended to check in with your Greek embassy or consulate for most up – to date information concerning the visa.

What Are The Requirements For A Greece Tourist Visa?

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The requirements for getting a Greece tourist visa may differ based on your nationality and the embassy or consulate in your country of residence.

However, the following are the general requirements that you need to fulfill to get a Greece tourist visa:

Completed Visa Application Form

You need to submit a completed and signed Greece tourist visa application form.

Valid Passport

Your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond your departure date from Greece and should have at least two blank pages for stamps .

Passport-Size Photos

You need to provide two recent passport-sized photographs (photographs older than six months are not acceptable).

Travel Itinerary

You need to provide a confirmed round-trip flight ticket or itinerary that shows your entry and exit dates from Greece. (itinerary: schedule)

Hotel Reservation

You need to provide a confirmed hotel reservation or any other proof of accommodation during your stay in Greece.

Financial Means

You need to provide proof of sufficient funds to cover your expenses in Greece, such as bank statements showing sufficient funds, credit card statements , or a letter from your employer confirming your salary .

Travel Medical Insurance

You need to provide proof of travel medical insurance that has coverage for medical and repatriation costs of at least €30,000.

Additional Documents

Depending on your circumstances , you may also need to provide additional documents such as a letter of invitation from a sponsor or a business entity in Greece, a visa reference number , etc.

In any circumstances keep in check with your embassy or consulate as you may have to provide more additional documents. These are the general requirements, the requirement of additional documents depend upon the applicant’s circumstances .

How To Obtain A Greece Tourist Visa?

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Here are some steps that will help you in obtaining your Greek visa:

1. Determine Whether r A Visa Is Required

You need to check if you need a visa to enter Greece by visiting the official website of the Greek embassy or consulate in your country.

2. Gather The Required Document

This includes a completed visa application form, a valid passport, proof of travel arrangements, proof of sufficient funds to cover your stay and any other supporting documents required by the Greek Embassy or Consulate in your country.

3. Schedule An Appointment

You need to schedule an appointment with the Greek embassy or consulate in your country to submit your visa application.

4. Submit Your Application

You need to submit your application at the Greek embassy or consulate on the scheduled date and time . Remember to bring all the required documents along with you.

5. Pay The Visa Fee

You need to pay the visa fee at the time of submitting the application. The fee may vary based on your nationality and the length of your stay .

6. Wait For Your Visa To Be Processed

After submitting your application, it will take approximately 15 – 20 working days to process your Greece tourist visa application . 

7. Collect Your Visa

You need to collect your visa from the Greek Embassy or Consulate where you submitted your application. Make sure to collect your visa before your travel dates .

You must keep in mind that the visa application process and requirements may vary slightly based on the country you are applying from, so it’s recommended to keep in check with your nearest Greek embassy or consulate.

How Many Types Of Greece Tourist Visa Are There?

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There is only one type of Greece tourist visa , which is a Schengen Tourist Visa. It allows you to visit Greece and other member countries of the Schengen Area for tourism purposes .

Schengen Tourist Visa

A Schengen tourist visa allows the holder to travel to all member countries of the Schengen Area including Greece. 

The Schengen Area comprises 26 European countries that have abolished internal borders and allow free movement of the people of the region. If you are planning to travel to Greece you can apply for a Schengen visa.

The Schengen Tourist Visa is valid for a maximum of 90 days within a 180 -day period. If you plan to visit Greece for longer than 90 days, you may need to apply for a different type of visa, such as a long – stay visa or a residence permit .

The Schengen Tourist Visa can be applied for at the Greek embassy or consulate in your home country or the country where you legally reside . You will need to provide the necessary documents and meet the eligibility requirements to obtain the visa.

Specific requirements for Greece:

  • Proof of hotel reservations or other accommodation bookings in Greece
  • Proof of financial means covering the entire stay in Greece
  • Invitation if visiting family or friends in Greece
  • A certificate of termination of work or study (if applicable)
  • No-objection certificate from the employer (if applicable)

Once the application is processed and approved , you will be granted a Schengen Greece tourist visa which allows you to stay in Greece and other Schengen Area countries within the validity of the visa.

Where To Apply For a Greece Tourist Visa?

If you are a non – European citizen and need to obtain a Greece tourist visa, you should apply at the Greek embassy or consulate in your country of residence or nationality . 

The visa application process typically involves filling out an online application, booking an appointment at the relevant embassy or consulate , and gathering the necessary documents. 

Here are the general steps to follow when applying for a Greece tourist visa:

  • Check the visa requirements and eligibility criteria on the Greek embassy or consulate. website.
  • Complete the online visa application form and print it out.
  • Gather the required documents , such as a valid passport , passport-size photo, travel itinerary , travel insurance , and any additional documents required by the embassy or consulate.
  • Book an appointment with the embassy or consulate for visa application submission and attend the appointment.
  • Pay the visa application fee .
  • Wait for the visa processing time to be completed and for the embassy or consulate to make a decision on your visa application. 

It is advisable to submit your visa application well in advance of your planned trip to Greece, as the processing time can take several weeks, especially during peak travel season.

How Long Does It Take To Get A Tourist Visa For Greece?

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The Greece tourist visa processing time can vary depending on several factors, such as the volume of applications, the status of your visa application , and the embassy or consulate’s workload .

The processing time can take between 10 to 15 working days , although it may take more time in some cases.

It is recommended to apply at least four weeks prior to your intended travel date to avoid any problems with the processing time, especially during peak travel seasons . 

However, you should also note that visa processing time may vary from one embassy or consulate to another. Therefore , it is important to check with your Greek embassy or consulate in your country or region for specific up-to-date information on visa processing times.

How Long Can I Stay In Greece With A Tourist Visa?

The duration of stay allowed on a Greece tourist visa depends on the visa type and the decision of the Greek embassy or consulate. A typical tourist visa allows a maximum stay of 90 days within a 180 -day period. 

However, it is important to note that the duration of stay granted by the embassy or consulate is at their discretion . It is also important to respect the duration of stay indicated on the visa, as overstaying can lead to legal consequences and even a ban on entering the Schengen area.

Can A Greece Tourist Visa Be Extended?

A Greece tourist visa may be extended in certain circumstances, but only in exceptional cases, such as force majeure or for humanitarian reasons. 

If you wish to extend your stay in Greece , you must apply for an extension before your visa expires . You’ll need to visit the Hellenic Police Aliens Bureau in person and submit an application along with supporting documents:

  • Flight bookings
  • Financial evidence to prove your ability to support yourself
  • In case of a medical emergency , a medical letter from a medical institution explaining why you cannot leave Greece.

It is important to note that an extension is not guaranteed, and overstaying the duration allowed on your visa can lead to legal consequences and even a ban on entering the Schengen area .

Therefore, it is always advisable to plan your trip carefully and apply for the appropriate visa to avoid complications and keep in touch with your embassy or consulate.

What Are Greece Tourist Visa Fees?

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The Greece tourist visa fee may vary depending on various factors such as the nationality of the applicant, the type of visa applied for, and the duration of the stay. Below are the visa fees for some common visa types:

It is important to note that the visa fee is non – refundable , even if the visa application is rejected or withdrawn . Additionally, there may be additional fees for other services , such as courier fees or visa application center fees that are not included in the visa fee.

You should always be in check with your Greek embassy or consulate to confirm the visa fee for your specific circumstances.

Congratulations, you’ve just earned a PhD in Greek tourist visas —or at least the internet equivalent. Now, you’re all set to trade in these web pages for ancient ruins and breathtaking beaches.

Grab your passport, pack your bags, and let Greece work its magic.

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I live in Greece – here are seven holiday destinations the locals want to keep secret

The country enjoyed a record year for tourism in 2023, but these are the destinations little-known among international visitors.

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Greece has become one of Europe’s most popular destinations . According to the Bank of Greece, 32.7 million travellers visited the country last year, up by 17 per cent on 2022.

Many flock to the Acropolis, Santorini’s volcanic caldera and Mykonos beach bars. But there is so much to see beyond these hotspots.

With 8,498 miles of coastline – more than any other Mediterranean country – around 6,000 islands, and many fascinating cities and mountain villages, it is not hard to get off the beaten track.

From Piraeus’s revamped port to Santorini’s lesser-visited neighbour, here are the quieter parts of Greece beloved by its residents…

Piraeus, Mainland

A view of Piraeus from The Alex hotel (Photo: Supplied)

A 20-minute tram ride from the Acropolis , Piraeus port – Athens’s erstwhile grungy ferry hub – has had a makeover in the past decade. Once lined with seedy tavernas and moped repair shops, the revamped streets of this portside city now provide a weekend retreat for locals.

People come here to relax in chic venues near the marina, enjoy brine-fresh seafood in low-key tavernas clustered around Mikrolimano fishing harbour and wander the city’s cobbled streets seeking out Paleo Wine Store , Rodeo art gallery and other high-ceilinged venues housed in a string of repurposed tobacco warehouses.

Where to stay With bird’s-eye views over the lively Mikrolimano fishing port from the hilltop enclave of Kastella, The Alex has spacious, light-filled suites, and a rooftop restaurant serving inventive dishes. B&B doubles from €106 (£91) a night, santikoscollection.com/thealex.

A culinary highlight Such is the pull of the new Piraeus, even Lefteris Lazarou – the first Greek chef to be awarded a Michelin star – has moved his Michelin-starred restaurant Varoulko here from Athens. Brine-fresh seafood stars at this rustic-style taverna overlooking Mikrolimano, where dishes range from grilled cuttlefish with pine nuts and feta mousse to ouzo-anointed red mullet served with a smear of garlic jam.

How to get there The green Metro line from Omonia and Monastiraki and the blue line from Syntagma, all in the heart of Athens, whizz you here in 20 minutes.

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Sifnos, cyclades.

A fisherman, mending his nets on the quayside of Kamares Harbour, Sifnos (Photo: James Strachan/Getty Images)

The opposite of its glitzy neighbour Mykonos , this Cyclades island seems to be stuck in a time warp with little to disturb its peace. Go for the sandy beaches, lofty monasteries and whitewashed villages surrounded by wild-thyme-scented hillsides. Artemonas’s tangle of bougainvillea-shaded alleys are home to a string of traditional kafeneions, where punch-packing white spirit tsipouro is served up with chunks of grilled octopus swimming in vinegar, platters of wild greens drizzled with lemon juice and other meze snacks.

Where to stay A hop away from clifftop capital Apollonia, and within easy reach of the island’s best beaches, Sigma Residences’ vast contemporary art-lined suites hewn from local stone centre on an infinity pool with panoramic seaviews. B&B doubles from €128 (£110), sigmaresidences.com .

A culinary highlight Sifnos was the birthplace of Nicholas Tselementes , who wrote Greece’s first cookbook, in 1910 – it remains the cooking bible of every Greek household, and Greeks flock here for chickpea stew revithia, melopita ricotta and honey pie, best tried at Narlis Farm.

How to get there Fast ferries take around four hours from Piraeus . Or fly to Milos, which is an hour away by ferry.

Rethymnon, Crete

Aerial view of the old Venetian harbour and lighthouse at dawn, Rethymno, Crete island, Greece

With its cobbled streets, shopping lanes, Venetian harbour and 16th-century hilltop Fortezza, Crete’s lesser-visited third city is like a miniature version of Chania .

Whether shopping for leather goods, herbs and spices in streets radiating out from the crumbled arch of Guora Gate, strolling out at sunset to admire the Egyptian lighthouse or relaxing in Rakadikos, where meze are served alongside tumblers of raki, there is much to recommend this under-the-radar city.

Where to stay Fronting one of Rethymnon’s loveliest stretches of golden sand beach, Anemos Luxury Grand Resort is a family-friendly spa haven with several pools, half a dozen restaurants and a kids’ club. B&B doubles from €145 (£124) a night, anemosresort.com/en-gb .

A culinary highlight Giorgos Hatziparaskos, who is in his nineties, is Rethymnon’s last traditional phyllo pastry master. Watch him make baklava and other handmade treats at his workshop on Vernardou Street.

How to get there Rethymnon is 60 minutes’ drive from Chania airport.

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Alonissos, sporades.

Amazing beach of Chrisi Milia in Alonnisos island, Sporades, Greece.

Alonissos bathes in the brilliant blue waters of its 2,200 sq km National Marine Park. It is the largest of its kind in Europe and home to rare Mediterranean monk seals and several rare seabirds, including Eleonora’s Falcon.

Divers also flock to this wild thyme-scented island to explore Greece’s “Parthenon of Shipwrecks” , a thrilling underwater park containing the remains of vessels that sank off this notoriously dangerous coastline in the 5th century BC.

Where to stay Hotels are rare here, but Marpunta Resort stands like a fortified village on a hill overlooking a sheltered cove where monk seals love to laze. B&B doubles from €113 (£97) a night, santikoscollection.com/marpunta .

A culinary highlight Order crisp wild green pies and milky caramel-drizzled dessert kazan dipi at Haiyati , a cliff-edge café with spectacular views in the capital, Hora.

How to get there Alonissos is a two-hour ferry-hop from the archipelago’s main airport in Skiathos , and a 30-minute boat ride from Mamma Mia! island Skopelos.

Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia

Orthodox church of Saint Pavlo at Thessaloniki, Greece

As you’d expect from Greece’s first Unesco city of gastronomy , sumptuous food is a major attraction in this less-touristed conurbation in northern Greece. With its storied past as part of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires and more recent history, when Greeks settled here after the Greek-Turkish war of 1922, food specialities in the country’s second city abound.

Apart from great grub, this atmospheric port community has excellent museums, including the MOMus–Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art – and edgy galleries such as the Kalfayan, which showcases the work of Greek and Balkan artists. A tangle of shopping lanes behind main streets Tsimiski and Mitropoleos sells everything from hand-made jewellery to chic Greek designer wear.

Where to stay Tucked away in a tiny lane behind Thessaloniki’s harbour promenade, and within easy reach of the city’s shops and tavernas, Thess Residences’ sleek and gleaming serviced apartments are the perfect base for exploring. B&B doubles from €90 (£77), thessresidences.com .

A culinary highlight Sample local gourmet treats such as custard-packed pastry trigona and spicy sausage soutzoukakia on a walking tour with Discover Greece .

How to get there Direct flights are available from several UK airports.

Lefkada, Ionian islands

Porto Katsiki on Lefkada (Photo: taniaphotography/Getty Images)

One of the few Greek islands that can be reached without taking a ferry, lush Lefkada is linked to the Greek mainland via a swing bridge. This Ionian isle where poet Sappho leapt to her death, according to legend, has remained surprisingly less trodden, despite having some of the archipelago’s finest beaches.

Apart from the sugar-white sands of Porto Katsiki and the pristine waters of Egremni, Lefkada’s other lures include the kafenions and monasteries of its main town, Chora (Lefkada town), and a string of traditional mountain villages.

Where to stay An hour’s drive from Lefkada town in the low-key seaside resort of Vasilikis, eight-suite Sappho Boutique Hotel centres on a glass-sided infinity pool with wraparound views of the sea glittering like a blue satin sheet far below. B&B doubles from €147 (£126) a night, sapphoboutiquesuites.com .

A culinary highlight Lefkada is renowned throughout Greece for its homemade pies. Try wild greens- and rice-stuffed rizopita, creamy pumpkin pie briami and more at family-owned bakery Pites tis Mamas .

How to get there Lefkada is 30 minutes by car from Preveza airport.

The Mani Peninsula, Mainland

The beautiful village Limeni on the south Mani coast, Peloponnese, Greece, with shining, turquoise sea during summer time

Right up until the 70s, when a road was finally carved inch by inch through the massive Taygetus mountains , the Mani was one of Greece’s remotest regions.

Renowned for its pyrgospita tower houses, where locals would hide up for months and throw cannon balls at each other during endless feuds, these days this wild and lovely region is far more peaceful, and Greeks flock here for the pristine beaches and magnificent mountain scenery .

For a thrilling road trip, hire a car and follow winding roads to the cypress-studded seaside resort of Kardamyli, where writer and war hero Patrick Leigh Fermor once lived.

From here, the narrow road lopes on from Aeropolis to Vathia, via a string of ancient villages studded with the fortress-like stone towers known as pyrgospita. These were built by locals as fortresses in which they hid out during vendettas with their neighbours.

Where to stay In the town of Areospolis, the historical capital of Mani, is the Areos Polis Boutique Hotel. While its 24 spacious rooms are decked out in the region’s traditionally earthy colours, the mod cons are all as modern as you’d hope, and there’s a delightful swimming pool to boot. Rooms from from €138 (£119), areospolis.gr .

A culinary highlight This is the region with the greatest number of protected designations of origin (PDO) products in Greece. Must-tries include thumb-sized Kalamata olives, the salty white cheese sfela and the award-winning olive oil.

How to get there The region is served by Kalamata airport, which is one hour and 40 minutes’ drive from Aeropoli, the gateway to the Mani.

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