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Greece travel guide

Delve into the land of mythology, stunning ancient ruins of past civilizations, first ever Olympic Games, and a great selection of islands and beach life. Immerse yourself in Greek culture by sampling fresh local food, exploring ancient cities, and sailing along Mediterranean waters, dipping in and out of secret coves and paradise islands.
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Official language: Greek
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Eastern European Time
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A selection of our favorite places to visit in Greece

Explore the mainland and the islands that make Greece the hotspot for travelers worldwide. Not only does it have a lively nightlife, but a fantastic array of majestic ruins of ancient and mythological civilizations. Visit classical Athens and hike up to the Parthenon, set sail to some of the world's most beautiful and famous islands like Mykonos and Santorini, dine on delicious food, and much more.
sunset on Parthenon temple on the Athens Acropolis, Greece

Athens

Ancient Greece meets 21st-century Greece right in the heart of Athens. For one you've got the crumbling ruins that transport you into the city's ancient past, then, thanks to the 2004 Olympics, the city center is full of cultural museums and family-run tavernas. Be sure to check out the 5th-century temples of Acropolis and Parthenon, both sitting on a hilltop. Truly discover the land of the mythical legends and Gods.
cityscape of the Mykonos Island in Greece on a sunny day

Mykonos

Mykonos has the perfect blend of wild and chilled - known the world over for its hedonistic nightlife and sweeping beaches, you can easily get lost in the white-washed maze of houses in this alluring island. Take a dip in the azure waters of the Aegean by day, then watch the sunset over the windmills before dancing 'til dawn on the beach. 
cityscape of the Santorini island in the Aegean Sea on a sunny day

Santorini

Santorini is a picture-perfect island that travelers can't help falling in love with - from its white-washed buildings and churches, unbelievable views, world-famous sunsets (watch one from Skaros in Imerovigli), charming local villages like Fira and Oia, tasty fresh seafood, and beautiful swimming spots on white and black-sand beaches. If you're looking for the ideal Greek island getaway, this would be it.
trees in front of a church in Ios island in Greece

Ios

One for the backpackers, Ios promotes fun and freedom among young travelers and locals. Its nightlife is pretty special (think fire-juggling bartenders and face painting) but so is its rural countryside. Its easy to lose the crowds if you take a drive out to the sweeping viewpoints and secluded bays, or just stay closer to the center and get lost in the winding streets, stopping wherever you fancy to sip on a Greek cocktail or two.
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Greece

Adventure Tours

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Greek Island Hopping | 13 days

Mykonos, Santorini and Ios are at your disposal and with three nights on each, you have plenty of time to shop, dine, relax or party. There's also time for wining, dining and sightseeing in the capital, Athens, at the beginning and end of your island stay. The perfect combination of culture, relaxation and partying, Greek style!
a woman standing on a wall with her arms raised up and spread apart looking at the Santorini Island city on a sunny day

Sailing Greece - Athens to Santorini | 15 days

Walk around ancient archaeological sites or tavern-lined harbors, enter a local restaurant to sample a myriad of Greece’s flavorful cuisine and wine, or stroll along the streets of whitewashed towns. After all that your feet might need a rest, so prop ‘em up on Mykonos’ beautiful beaches or while relaxing on deck.
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Mykonos & Santorini Island Escape | 9 days

Dreaming of endless blue and white buildings, wild party nights, ancient sights...it's surely got to be Greece, right? You craved it, we delivered it, with just over a week of the best times you can possibly imagine. Start it off with historical vibes and city life in Athens, before we hit the islands for what might just be the best of your life. Water, sand, sunshine, delicious eats...this is the stuff dreams, and Instagram likes, are made of.

The weather in Greece

Greece benefits from a Mediterranean climate, with year-round sunshine, rainy winters and hot summers. The best time of year to visit is April-June or September-October, where it's still warm and sunny (in the mid-70s) but helps avoid the tourist crowds going in peak summer season. If you're looking to visit the islands, then summer officially begins in May, which is a good time to visit before the temperatures start to creep up into the upper 80s and 90s in July.

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