Top 15 Destinations on a Greek Vacation

The top 15 listed below are in Alphabetical order by mainland and island destinations.

Mainland Greece

1. Athens

Athens is one of the world’s oldest cities, the earliest humans date back over 9, 000 and recorded history started 3,400 years ago. Known as the birthplace of democracy, Athens has much to see. The Parthenon is a 5th century BC temple dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena whom the Athenians believed to be their protector. No visit to Greece is complete without visiting the impressive site, which dominates the skyline of the city. It is an enduring symbol of ancient Greece and Athenian democracy. The National Archaeological Museum houses some of the most important artifacts from a variety of archaeological locations around Greece from prehistory to late antiquity. It is considered one of the great museums of the world and contains the richest collection of artifacts from Greek antiquity worldwide.

Tours to Athens:

Athens Short Tour GR 207
3 Day Tour to Mycenae, Olympia and Delphi GR103
Grand Tour of Greece Tour GR104
The Classical Sites of Greece Tour GR105
Northern Greece: The Land of Alexander Tour GR109
Classical Greece Cruise BD901
Greek Island Mini Cruise BD902

2. Delphi

Location: 185 kms WNW from Athens, 2 hours and 15 minutes by road

A fascinating archaeological site in the valley of Phocis. Delphi was the site of the Delphic oracle, the most important oracle in the classical Greek world. Delphi was revered throughout Greek antiquity as the site of the omphalos stone, the center of the earth and the universe. It has a beautiful temple dedicated to the Greek God Apollo.

Tours to Delphi:

Antiquity to Byzantium BD904
3 Day Tour to Mycenae, Olympia and Delphi GR103
Grand Tour of Greece Tour GR104
The Classical Sites of Greece Tour GR105
Northern Greece: The Land of Alexander Tour GR109

3. Epidaurus

Location: 126 kms SW from Athens, 1 hour and 40 minutes by road

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Epidaurus is famed for its almost perfectly preserved, 14,000-seat amphitheater with its legendary acoustics built in the 4th century BC. According to Greek mythology Epidaurus was also the birthplace of Apollo’s son, Asclepius, who was the god of healing. As a result it became one of the most important centers of healing in the ancient world and by the 4th century BC, people traveled great distances to seek medical and mystical cures at the Asclepius sanctuary. The archaeological site of Epidaurus also includes a sanctuary of Egyptian gods, a sports stadium, Odeon and bath complex.

Tours to Epidaurus:

3 Day Tour to Mycenae, Olympia and Delphi – GR103
Grand Tour of Greece – Tour GR104
The Classical Sites of Greece – Tour GR105
Antiquity to Byzantium BD904
Northern Greece: The Land of Alexander – Tour GR109

4. Kalambaka  – Meteora Monasteries

Location: 593 kms north of Athens, 45 minutes by plane, 5 hours by road

A rare geological phenomenon, a quirk of nature as it were, created these looming rocks which thrust skywards from the plain of Thessaly. Their summits, totally isolated from the rest of the world, were a refuge for many hermits from as early as the 11th century. Three centuries later the first monasteries were established. Most of the monasteries were built or renovated in the 16th century. Presently six are in use and are filled with ecclesiastical treasures, wonderful wall paintings, rich libraries with precious manuscripts, and exquisite icons. The area is also great for hikers and rock-climbers.

Tours to Kalambaka/ Meteora:

Grand Tour of Greece – Tour GR104
The Classical Sites of Greece – Tour GR105
Northern Greece: The Land of Alexander – Tour GR109

5. Mycenae

Location:120 kms WSW from Athens, 1 hour and 30 minutes by road

Mycenae is an imposing site filled with rich legend and history. It was once a mighty kingdom of Ancient Greece and its ruler, Agamemnon was considered one of the greatest. It was here that Agamemnon’s brother’s wife, Helen, was abducted by the Trojan prince Paris and the famous Trojan War had its origins. Today one can see tombs, an acropolis, a citadel and the famous lion gate.

Tours to Mycenae:

The Classical Sites of Greece – Tour GR105
3 Day Tour to Mycenae, Olympia and Delphi – GR103
Grand Tour of Greece – Tour GR104
Northern Greece: The Land of Alexander – Tour GR109
Antiquity to Byzantium BD904

6. Olympia

Location: 264 kms W of Athens, 3 hours and 49 minutes by road

Olympia is where the first Olympic games took place from 776 BC to 393 AD in honor of the god Zeus. The athletic games tested competitors from all of the Greek city states to win the olive branch. You can see the ancient stadium, the temples of Zeus and Hera, the Palaestra (wrestling school) and the workshop of the sculptor, painter and architect, Phidias.

Tours to Olympia:

Northern Greece: The Land of Alexander – Tour GR109
Antiquity to Byzantium BD904
The Classical Sites of Greece – Tour GR105
3 Day Tour to Mycenae, Olympia and Delphi – GR103
Grand Tour of Greece – Tour GR104

7. Thermopylae

Location: 198 kms NW of Athens, 2 hours and 6 minutes by road

The Battle of Thermopylae was fought in 480 BC at the narrow coastal pass of Thermopylae. Over 7,000 Greeks fought the Persian Empire led by Xerxes I. The Greeks led by the Spartan King Leonidas, lost but managed to delay the Persian seven days. The battle is a historical example of patriotism, training and the use of terrain as a force multiplier and is a symbol of courage.

Tours to Thermopylae:

The Classical Sites of Greece – Tour GR105
Northern Greece: The Land of Alexander – Tour GR109
Grand Tour of Greece – Tour GR104

The Greek Islands

8. Crete

Location: 330 kms SSE of Athens, 50 minutes by plane, 9 hours by ferry

Knossos is the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete and probably the ceremonial and political center of the Minoan civilization and culture. The famous palace appears as a maze of workrooms, living spaces, and storerooms. Detailed images of Cretan life in the late Bronze Age are provided by images on the walls of this palace. It is a very rich site that gives the visitor a great insight on what life must’ve been like there thousands of years ago.

Tours and Cruises to Crete:

The Best of Turkey and Greece – Tour TR704
Classical Greece Cruise BD901
Greek Island Hopping to Mykonos Santorini Paros Crete and Rhodes – Tour GR204
Idyllic Aegean – 8 Days GR409
Eclectic Aegean – 8 Days GR410

9. Delos

Location 189 kms SWS from Athens, 6 hours by ferry

Five kilometers from Mykonos is the sacred island of Delos, which according to legend, was the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Today the island is uninhabited but has a vast archaeological site whose superb monuments draw thousands of visitors in pilgrimage to what was, for a thousand years after the 9th century BC, the political and religious center of the Aegean.

Tours and Cruises to Delos:

Greek Island Mini Cruise BD902
Jewels of the Cyclades BD903
Classical Greece Cruise BD901

10. Mykonos

Location 185 kms SWS from Athens, 5 hours by ferry

Mykonos is a picturesque Cycladic island in the Aegean that is world-famous and for good reason. It is surrounded by the crystal blue waters of the Aegean and dotted with countless beaches. The island’s capital, Hora, with its colorful harbour, has beautiful whitewashed buildings with blue windows and colorful balconies, labyrinth streets filled with excellent restaurants, great shopping, quaint palm-tree courtyards and bars and clubs. In fact, during the summer the island is a partygoer paradise with world class DJs spinning at mega clubs at night and on several beaches during the day.

Tours and Cruises to Mykonos:

Classical Greece Cruise BD901
Greek Island Mini Cruise BD902
Jewels of the Cyclades BD903
Greece Island Hopping to Mykonos, Santorini and Paros – GR201
Greek Island Hopping to Mykonos and Santorini – Tour GR203
Greek Island Hopping to Mykonos Santorini Paros Crete and Rhodes – Tour GR204
Greek Island Cruise with Turkey – 4 Nights Cruise GR407
Greek Island Cruise with Turkey – 3 Nights Cruise GR408
Idyllic Aegean – 8 Days GR409
Eclectic Aegean – 8 Days GR410
16 Day Tour of Turkey and Greece – Tour TR711

11. Naxos

Location: 214 Kms SW from Athens, 6 hours by road and ferry

Naxos has the usual tourist attractions (great beaches and bars) but also mountains, and fertile fields and valleys with fruit and olive trees. . A great place to take a break from the high life and enjoy beautiful old churches, monasteries, Venetian castles and homes.  

Tours and Cruises to Naxos:

Greek Island Hopping to Paros and Naxos – Tour GR202

12. Paros

Location: 220 Kms SE from Athens, 6 hours by ferry

Paros has something for everyone: beautiful beaches, sports activities, trendy bars, tasty food, wineries, traditional architecture, paths for hiking and traditional villages. See the Panagia Ekatontapiliani, a Byzantine church from the 4th century A.D. The north coast’s Kolimbithres is a beach where naturally sculpted rocks form multiple swimming coves.

Tours and Cruises to Paros:

Jewels of the Cyclades BD903
Greece Island Hopping to Mykonos, Santorini and Paros – GR201
Greek Island Hopping to Paros and Naxos – Tour GR202
Greek Island Hopping to Mykonos Santorini Paros Crete and Rhodes – Tour GR204

13. Rhodes

Location: 606 kms WSW from Athens, 1 hour by plane, 20 hours by ferry

One of the most fascinating and beautiful islands in all of the Mediterranean, Rhodes is a perfect destination for tourists looking for it all – sun, sea, history, food, culture etc. Historically, Rhodes was famous for one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Colossus of Rhodes as well as the medieval Old Town of the City of Rhodes, which has been declared a World Heritage Site thanks to the impressive buildings built by the Knights of the Order St. John. The city is very atmospheric with an imposing fortress, churches and cobblestone streets. Another gem of the island is Lindos. It is here that you will find an ancient acropolis with spectacular views of the sea and beach below.

Tours and Cruises to Rhodes:

Idyllic Aegean – 8 Days GR409
Eclectic Aegean – 8 Days GR410
16 Day Tour of Turkey and Greece – Tour TR711
Greek Island Hopping to Mykonos Santorini Paros Crete and Rhodes – Tour GR204
Greek Island Cruise with Turkey – 4 Nights Cruise GR407
Greek Island Cruise with Turkey – 3 Nights Cruise GR408

14. Santorini

Location: 298 kms SE of Athens, 40 min by plane, 9 hours by ferry

Santorini is a must. Legend has it that it was this island that was once home to the city of Atlantis before a volcanic explosion caused most of the island to sink to the bottom of the sea. Today one can visit the ancient archaeological site of Akrotiri (dating back to the 4th millennium BC) or walk around the atmospheric cities hanging on the side of the island’s cliffs and enjoy the famous whitewashed houses and the spectacular views of the sea, especially beautiful at sunset.

Tours and Cruises to Santorini:

The Best of Turkey and Greece – Tour TR704
Classical Greece Cruise BD901
Greek Island Mini Cruise BD902
Jewels of the Cyclades BD903
Greece Island Hopping to Mykonos, Santorini and Paros – GR201
Greek Island Hopping to Mykonos and Santorini – Tour GR203
Greek Island Hopping to Mykonos Santorini Paros Crete and Rhodes – Tour GR204
Greek Island Cruise with Turkey – 4 Nights Cruise GR407
Greek Island Cruise with Turkey – 3 Nights Cruise GR408
Idyllic Aegean – 8 Days GR409
Eclectic Aegean – 8 Days GR410
16 Day Tour of Turkey and Greece – Tour TR711

15. Skopelos

Location: 286 Kms N from Athens, 7 hours by road and ferry

Skopelos is a Greek island in the western Aegean Sea. It is the greenest where the green pines and the thick forests meets the deep blue of the sea and the sky, creating an image of incomparable natural beauty. It is where Mamma Mia! was filmed and you can see the locations such as the chapel of Agios Ioannis. The great thing is that the island has not lost its rustic charm.

Tours and Cruises to Skopelos:

Mamma Mia! – Two Magical Islands – Tour GR205
Mamma Mia! – Four Magical Islands Tour – GR206