Work on a nice, glowing tan as you learn about the roots of Western civilization on the Mediterranean island in this ancient southeastern European nation.
Nowhere is classical civilization more alive than in Greece where ancient temples stand as if they were recent installations. Enjoy miles of Mediterranean coastline and hundreds of beautiful islands in one of Europe’s most popular destinations!
Millions of tourists visit Athens each year to see some of the most famous classical antique buildings . The city’s most visible landmark is the Acropolis, a complex from around 500 B.C. that stands atop a rocky bluff within the city. You can also check out the Parthenon, a Greek temple lined on all four sides by marble pillars. There are many more archaeological sites throughout Greece to visit and learn about.
Despite the mainland’s long and beautiful coastline, the best way to enjoy the sea in Greece is to visit some of the country’s stunning islands. The gorgeous seaside village of Firá on the island of Santorini is a sight not to miss. With its blue domed roofs and whitewashed houses clinging to the edge of a steep seaside cliff, Firá is one of the most picturesque villages in the world. Explore the island farther to see that it is actually the cone of an active volcano.
Santorini, which is the supermodel of the Greek islands! A head-turner whose face is instantly recognizable around the world with its multicolored cliffs resting on the indigo Aegean sea.
You can also head to the resort island of Mykonos to find one of the best beaches in Greece. One of the top destinations in Greece, this island is famous for the vivid nightlife and the gorgeous beaches.
Crete is the largest island in Greece, and the fifth largest one in the Mediterranean Sea. Here, you can admire the remnants of brilliant civilizations, explore glorious beaches, impressive mountainscapes, fertile valleys and steep gorges, and become part of the island’s rich gastronomic culture. Crete is filled with beauty and treasures that you will probably need a lifetime to uncover!
Most people associate Greece with classical civilization and the sea. However, don’t miss one of the country’s best attractions: the Meteora Monasteries. Located in the central mountains of the Greek mainland, these monasteries were built at the top of tall rock pillars to protect them from invaders. When you visit, climb the stairs carved into the pillars and look out from the high vantage points of the rocky bluffs over the rocky lands.
Fly into Greece via the Athens International Airport. From there, you can take a boat or a plane from the mainland to any of the hundreds of surrounding islands, which is another fun part of the experience as a whole!