Gorgeous Greece has all you need for a vacation- sun kissed beaches, awesome views, history & culture... The country’s capital Athens is home to key landmarks of Western civilization such as the Temple of Olympian Zeus and 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites - the Acropolis and the Daphni Monastery. The Parthenon is the outstanding monument of the Acropolis and depicts the glory of Ancient Greece.
Athens is home to numerous museums such as the National Archaeological Museum which has the world's biggest collection of ancient Greek antiquities, the Acropolis Museum, the Benaki Museum, the Museum of Cycladic Art, and the Byzantine and Christian Museum
The easiest way to explore over 100 sights & monuments in and around Athens, is on an Open Bus Tour, which you can hop on right at the Piraeus cruise terminals.
Consider staying in the heart of Athens near Syntagma Square, which is a hub for public transport & hosts holiday events. The Parliament Building along its side provides a colorful photo opportunity, at the daily "Changing of the Guard". Next to the Greek parliament and behind the Temple of Olympian Zeus, The National Garden is a quiet place with inviting trails. It's a free attraction- ideal for relaxing and cool off..
Try a scenic half-day coach trip to Cape Sounion to see the remains of the clifftop Temple of Poseidon, one of Athens' most famous monuments.
For a fun excursion, the innovative ‘This is My Athens’ 2-hour walking tour with a local volunteer will show you a side of Athens that you wouldn’t otherwise see. For example, where the locals go to jog or how to enjoy the views from the back of the Panathenaic Stadium, which are better than the ones inside! Your guide would explain how this ancient stadium is converted into a modern venue & draws lovers of classical architecture as well as sports fans now.
I strongly recommend a pleasant drive out of Athens to spend a few days in Tsagarada, a traditional village in the mountains with lush forests and pristine beaches. Here you could see olives being harvested, enjoy authentic delicacies & historical architecture as well as natural beauty.
A trip to Greece must include the renowned Greek isles- Corfu, Santorini & Mykonos are among the popular ones! 24x7cruise offers new ‘Greek isles and Turkey’ Norwegian cruise itineraries which take you to the best Greek isles.
Corfu town is historic with Byzantine churches, the ruins of Venetian fortresses and Greek temples. Places that you must visit are the dramatic Cape Drastis cliffs, Porto Timoni -the island’s best beach and the Canal D’Amour where you can give yourself a mineral mud spa!
The Santorini islands still house an active volcano, probably the only one in the world whose crater is in the sea! These islands are a culinary paradise & also boast exceptional wines produced from local grapes grown in the volcanic soil.
Mykonos offers secluded beaches where you can parasail, jet-ski, windsurf & as well as vibrant nightlife. Mykonos Town is picturesque with a maze of tiny streets, whitewashed houses and churches, high-end boutiques, art galleries, cafes, stylish bars and restaurants clustered around its harbour.