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Welcome to Greece

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

Top 10 attractions in Greece

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Myrtos Beach (Paralía Mirtos)

Myrtos Beach (Paralía Mirtos)

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A regular on lists of the world’s best beaches, Myrtos Beach (Paralía Mirtos) is a 0.5-mile (700-meter) expanse of gleaming white sand curving between two high promontories on Cephalonia’s north coast. While the stunning color comes from rounded pebbles and coarse sand, not fine powder, the view from the blue Ionian Sea is spectacular.More
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Santorini Volcano

Santorini Volcano

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

Acropolis

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

Palace of Knossos

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

White Tower (Lefkos Pyrgos)

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The White Tower (Lefkós Pýrgos) is one of the best-loved buildings in Thessaloniki, a dumpy cylinder topped with turrets that sits at the southern end of the seafront promenade of Nikis Avenue. Thought to have been built on the top of Byzantine remains during the reign of Suleiman I the Magnificent in the mid 15th century, the six-story tower is 40 m (131 ft) high and 23 m (75.5 ft) in diameter, with sturdy stone walls dotted with tiny arrow slits. Originally it formed part of the city’s fortifications and was used by Thessaloniki’s Turkish invaders as a place of public execution. Since then the tower served as a communications center in World War I and later as a meteorological laboratory. Three more towers and a defense wall were knocked down after the fire of 1917, and its current use is as a visitor center with an exhibition detailing the turbulent history of the city. A viewing platform at the top of the tower looks out over the sea in one direction and the rooftops of Thessaloniki to the other.One of the most popular evening pastimes for Thessaloniki locals is the waterside stroll up Nikis Avenue, starting at the old port and winding up in front of the White Tower.More
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Blue Caves

Blue Caves

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The bright turquoise waters of the Greek Islands have inspired many a postcard, but perhaps no spot is more idyllic than Blue Caves of Zakynthos. Visit these sea grottoes, carved by thousands of years of erosion, to bask in the glow of the cobalt-blue water that creates a magical reflection on the caves' pale stone walls.More
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Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach)

Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach)

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With white sand and marble cliffs, Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach)makes a striking setting for swimming and sunbathing. Set on sun-soaked Zakynthos island off the coast of Greece, Navagio Beach is a popular day trip destination. The beach’s centerpiece is a long-abandoned freighter—the remains of a smuggler’s shipwreck—that still languishes on the sands.More
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Mycenae

Mycenae

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Squeezed between two hills on the arid plains of the northeastern Peloponnese, fortified Mycenae was the major settlement in the powerful Mycenaean civilization that held political and cultural sway over the Eastern Mediterranean from the 15th to the 12th century BC. The Bronze Age city is regarded as the home of the legendary Agamemnon and is UNESCO World Heritage-listed for its profound cultural influence upon later Greek civilizations.Covering around 32 hectares and at its peak with a population of around 30,000, the ruins at Mycenae were excavated in 1874 by Heinrich Schliemann, who also worked at Troy. Highlights include the Lion Gate, the main entrance into the citadel carved with figures of mythical lions; the Treasury of Atreus – also known as the Tomb of Agamemnon; the scant remains of the Royal Palace; and the Cyclopean Walls, whose massive stone blocks are all that remain of the original fortifications. The true showstoppers, however, are the grave circles, believed to be the burial sites of Mycenaean royalty thanks to the numerous precious gold, silver, bronze and ivory artifacts excavated around the tombs, including a gold funerary mask Schliemann believed to be the mask of Agamemnon. Many antiquities discovered at Mycenae are now on show at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens but the smart, white museum next to the citadel still has three halls stuffed with pottery, burial urns, clay figurines, fragments of fresco and a replica of the death mask of Agamemnon. A model of the ancient site can be found just outside the museum.More
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Hosios Loukas Monastery (Moni Osios Loukas)

Hosios Loukas Monastery (Moni Osios Loukas)

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One of a trio of ancient Greek monasteries listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list, Hosios Loukas Monastery (Moni Osios Loukas) is exquisite example of a Byzantine-era monastery, now preserved as a museum. Founded in the early 10th-century by the hermit monk Luke Stiris, whose tomb is still housed on the premises, the complex comprises two beautifully conserved churches located in a suitably dramatic setting on the tree-lined slopes of Mount Helicon.First up is the Katholikón of Ósios Loukás, the larger of the two churches and renowned for its elaborate 11th-century interiors, a masterpiece of colored marble, vivid frescoes and extraordinary mosaics, including icons by 16th-century painter Michael Damaskinos. The neighboring Chapel of Theotókos is Greece’s only remaining 10th-century church and is most impressive from outside, with its classical Byzantine structure and elaborate brickwork.More
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Old Venetian Harbor

Old Venetian Harbor

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Chania’s spectacular Venetian Harbour is a symbol of the town’s rich and varied history, built between 1320 and 1356 when it was first under control of the Republic of Venice. Made of butter-colored stone and with its walls stretching for just under a mile (1.5 km), it provided sheltered waters and safe anchorage and was originally a thriving trading port with berthing room for up to 40 galleys. A breakwater was constructed to the north of the harbor to protect the ships from storm damage, and on this St Nicholas Chapel and bastion were built. During Venetian times condemned criminals were executed on this spot. The Firkas Fortress (now the Maritime Museum of Crete) at the entrance to the harbor was built with the dual purpose of safeguarding Chania from invasion and housing Venetian troops.However the most striking of the edifices along the Venetian Harbour is the lighthouse (no public access), which dates from around 1570 and looms majestically skywards at the harbor entrance to this day. It is Chania’s most-photographed monument and was restored to its original splendor in the 1840s; the lighthouse is magical when illuminated at night.Today, the Venetian Harbour offers mooring for local fishing boats and pleasure craft; in summer it is a romantic spot to stroll and then enjoy eating and drinking in the many harbor-side restaurants, tavernas and ouzo shops. Even in winter, it’s usually warm enough to sit outside in a café while sipping coffee and enjoying the Cretan sun.More

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Top activities in Greece

Delphi Day Trip from Athens

Delphi Day Trip from Athens

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Santorini Luxury Sailing Catamaran Cruise with BBQ, Drinks and Transfer
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All Day Cruise -3 Islands to Agistri,Moni, Aegina with lunch and drinks included

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Sunset Sailing Catamaran Cruise in Santorini with BBQ and Drinks
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The Authentic Rhenia-Delos Cruise

The Authentic Rhenia-Delos Cruise

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Mykonos: Combo Sailing Yacht Cruise to Rhenia and Guided Tour of Delos
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Athens Highlights: a Mythological Tour
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Dinner in the Sky Athens

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Meteora Day Trip by Train from Athens
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Recent reviews from experiences in Greece

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miguelangel_h, Jul 2021
Zakynthos: early morning Shipwreck,Blue Caves and view point small group
The best tourist guide I've ever had in my life, he speaks English better than I live in the United States, haha, he took us to places that weren't on the tour, we bought some great things from him and the tour was wonderful, very beautiful places Greece is extremely beautiful.
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A great way to see Athens
NatalieP, Jul 2021
Electric Bike Tour of Athens by Night
This was my last night in Greece and I decided it would be nice to see the sights in lights and it did not disappoint.
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Learned so much in a day
Jennifer_P, Jul 2021
Delphi Private Full Day Tour from Athens
Delphi was beautiful and we are so glad we were able to see it.
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Beautiful views!
Raul_H, Jun 2021
Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Small-Group Tour from Athens
Unfortunately we were unable to see the Temple up close due to an unscheduled photo shoot for Dior models.
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OUT OF THIS WORLD EXPERIENCE
Eyituoyo_E, Jun 2021
Santorini Sunset Luxury Sailing Catamaran Cruise with BBQ, drinks, transfer
It almost brough tears to our eyes to see God's wonderful creation.
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A day with George in Peloponnese
Mircea_T, Jun 2021
Ancient Corinth, Epidaurus, Nafplio private day trip (Sedan, 1-4 passengers)
Our guide, George , was very kind, full of knowledge about the history of Greece, spoke English very well.
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Excellent tour!
Sean_F, Jun 2021
Best of Athens City Segway Tour
Got to see all of the sites related to the acropolis and everything else worth seeing in the city.
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Amazing tour!!!!
Cari_B, May 2021
Hop on Hop Off Nafplio city tour
we chose after Athens to visit Nafplion and with this open top bus tour we had the opportunity to have a complete view of the city with a descent audio guide commentary.
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Above & Beyond
Eaton_T, Jul 2021
Horse Riding to Black Sandy Beach
This was my initial experience upon landing in Greece and one of my most anticipated activities.
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Jam Packed!
Eaton_T, Jul 2021
Santorini Classic Highlights Tour
The view is GORGEOUS and you'll be glad you get to see what I've seen.
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A must-tour to book while in Greece
Maria, Jul 2021
2-Day Delphi and Meteora Tour from Athens
I was in Athens and in Mykonos for 2 weeks this summer; and this trip has been the most interesting and the best value for money of all the tours/ activities I booked through Viator.
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Highly recommended!
Aries_G, Jul 2021
Athens Airport - Half Day Tour in Athens - Athens Airport
Before heading out, he asked if we had particular preferences on sites we wanted to see and what route we wanted to take (highway vs scenic) going to the city proper.
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Highlight of our trip to Greece!
Erika_F, Jul 2021
Athens Full Day Private Tour
I loved that we could customize our tour and be able to spend more or less time at each stop because there was just so much to see and we never felt rushed.
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Excellent 4 day history tour: an in-depth review
Ash_T, Jul 2021
4-Day Classical Greece Tour: Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora
Since it was a hot summer, on outdoor sites she would move us from tree shade to tree shade while talking about the place.
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If you love ancient military history, this is the tour for you!
Professor_Bill, Jul 2021
Marathon, Thermopylae, Plataea, Salamis: Historical Private Tour (max 11 hours)
To be able to walk the battlefields of Marathon, Thermopylae, and Platae, and to see Salamis straight, where the naval battle that possibly saved Western Culture took place, was beyond surreal!
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Fantastic tour! Best way to see essential Athens in a day.
Ty_J, Jul 2021
Athens Highlights & Sounio Temple of Poseidon Full Day Private Tour
After the acropolis we went to Sounio to see the temple of Poseidon which is a bit of a drive but it’s along the coast with beautiful scenery.
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Food Walking Tour in Athens
Karine, Jul 2021
Private Gourmet Food Walking Tour in Athens
She followed up with us via email with a recap of our tour as well as amazing suggestions of places to visit.
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Memorable Corfu
pritpal_n, Jun 2021
Paxos Antipaxos Blue Caves Day Tour from Corfu
Hostess Maria was so knowledgeable and personally would come round from time to time to see if all was okay.
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AMAZING Tour! A must visit!
Mayra_H, Jun 2021
Athens Meteora Monasteries Day Trip by Rail
I got to see so much and Cristos even took me to some off the tour spots.
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Brian_D, May 2021
Acropolis & Acropolis Museum Pre-booked e-Tickets & Audio Tours on your phone
If you are vaccinated and have always wanted to see Greece, now is the time to go.
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