Take a trip back in time to the dawn of Western civilization with a visit to Greece, one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe. Sublime weather, spectacular views, pristine beaches and ancient treasures are all part of the allure that attracts people from all over the world to the major cities and small islands of Greece.
In the Greek capital, Athens ancient history is tangible and ever present, with the massive columns of the Parthenon towering over the city from its vantage point on the plateau of the Acropolis. Another important historical attraction worth visiting on a Greek vacation is Delphi, on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. This was the site of the most famous oracle in the classical world and a sacred sanctuary for the worship of gods and goddesses such as Apollo and Athena, whose temples can still be seen today on a Delphi visit. Other perfect examples of ancient Greek attractions can be found in Corinth and Mycenae, both of which provide fascinating insights into the beliefs of ancient times.
Be sure to stop off at the quaint town of Nafplion as you travel Greece’s mainland to soak up the atmosphere of what was briefly the country’s capital during the Greek Revolution in 1821, before moving on to the birthplace of the Olympic Games, Olympia. You’ll be in awe by the scale and beauty of classical architecture as you tour Olympia’s ancient temples and sporting venues, constructed as far back as 600 BC.
Once you have explored the mainland, why not set out on a Greek Islands cruise to take in some of the most popular tourist destinations in Greece. Crete is the largest of the Greek Islands and its capital, Heraklion was the center of the Minoan civilization in the second and third millennia BC.
On the island of Rhodes you can stroll the streets of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Old Town while in Santorini you can savor picture postcard views of whitewashed houses and blue-domes churches clinging to dramatic cliffs.
Heraklion, Athens, Nafplion