Greece should be on every traveller's wish list. Considered the birthplace of Western civilization, it has history at every turn – sun-bleached temples, statue-stuffed museums and time worn towns, where one day melts into the next. The miles of aquamarine coastline, endless skies and island studded seas, bathed in blistering light, are not only pleasing on the eye, but a magnet for anyone who appreciates the great outdoors. Then there’s the Greeks themselves, despite the recent ups and downs, they remain warm hearted and hospitable, rich in culture, welcoming you to their festivals and feasts; rest assured, the one constant in Greece, is that you will go home well fed!
This journey should top every traveller’s wish list. Explore the sun-kissed temples and time-worn towns of the mainland and visit two of the most romantic islands on earth, where relaxing on the beach or in local cafes is the order of the day.
This popular journey covers a multitude of noteworthy ancient sites, majestic monuments and mystical monasteries.
From the Schönbrunn Palace to the mighty Parthenon in Athens, learn the stories of an area steeped in history.
Greece has a history dating back millennia and there are plenty of antiquities to prove it. The Palace of Knossos on Crete is said to have held the Minotaur monster and relics from Homeric times can be found at Mycenae. Moving forward to the age of Classical Greece, witness the beautiful setting of Apollo’s shrine at Delphi or Poseidon’s dramatic temple at Sounion. If you love sports, you’ll be fascinated by Olympia, where the first Olympic Games were held in 776 BC. In the Middle Ages, hermits founded monasteries atop narrow outcrops of rock, which you can still visit today. Amid the caffeine-fuelled streets of Athens you’ll find a modern city full of ancient treasures, the crowning Parthenon, standing as an ever-present reminder. If all that overloads the senses, you can always stretch out at the beach, where your biggest dilemma is whether to go for a cool drink or a refreshing dip in the cobalt waters.
THE EVZONE GUARD
The changing of the Evzone Guard in Syntagma Square is the best free show in Athens. A Mecca for fans of colourful costumes, pom-poms and unusual marching. If you’re hungry, the volcanic island of Santorini is spectacular. Dine in the cliff-top capital, facing west, while the sun sets behind the submerged caldera - magic!