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Welcome to Greece

Greece never fails to enchant, with its miles of azure coast, well-preserved ancient ruins, and fresh Mediterranean cuisine. The capital of Athens is an ideal starting point—there, guides on walking, bike, Segway, and bus tours lead travelers through the Parthenon, Acropolis, and other buildings of historical and archeological interest, offering insight into both past and present. Combine your tour with a traditional Greek dinner in a classic Plaka taverna, or take a food and wine tour. From Athens, a short day trip north takes visitors to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Delphi, with its Temple of Apollo and other ruins, once central to the ancient world. Experience the clear-blue Aegean Sea on one of the Greek islands, such as Crete, Hydra, or Rhodes. Skip the hassles of arranging transportation, food, and docking points, and book a boat tour to the romantic island of Santorini, famous for its sunsets, wineries, and black-sand beaches. Mykonos, with its contrasting white beaches and legendary party scene, is another unmissable island; hiking, scuba diving, or cruise tours offer a different perspective on its beauty. The more relaxed Syros, which can be part of an island-hopping adventure, is an authentic paradise, where the Greeks themselves go to enjoy the architecture and local restaurants of Ermoupolis. You can book shorter sailboat tours of the Mediterranean from multiple points, and sunset tours are your best bet for postcard-worthy vistas.

Top 10 attractions in Greece

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Acropolis

Acropolis

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An archaeological wonder, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the world's most instantly recognizable landmarks, the Acropolis is the star attraction of ancient Athens. Dramatically perched on a jagged clifftop—the so-called sacred rock of Athens—the ruins overlook the modern city and date back to as early as 510 BC.More
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Santorini Volcano

Santorini Volcano

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The “Santorini volcano” may refer to two different peaks: the first, Thira, exploded around 1600 BC and ended the thriving Minoan civilization and may have spawned the legend of Atlantis. Millennia of eruptions formed the second “Santorini volcano”—the island of Nea Kameni, drawing visitors eager to hike to the rim of its active crater.More
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Syntagma Square (Plateia Syntagmatos)

Syntagma Square (Plateia Syntagmatos)

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Also known as Constitution Square, Syntagma Square (Plateia Syntagmatos) is a huge public plaza stretching out in front of Athens’ parliament building. Gleaming with white marble and beautiful statues, it’s a great place for people watching. Many of the city's most important streets begin here, including Ermou Street and Vassilissis Sofias Avenue.More
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Delphi

Delphi

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Delphi, with its remarkably preserved ruins dotted along the southern slopes of Mount Parnassus, is one of Greece’s most famous archaeological site. Dating back to the seventh century BC, the ancient city of Delphi is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to sites such as the Sacred Way, Stoa of the Athenians, polygonal wall, monument of Platea, and Temple of Apollo.More
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Temple of Olympian Zeus (Naós tou Olympíou Diós)

Temple of Olympian Zeus (Naós tou Olympíou Diós)

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Athenian rulers began construction of the Temple of Olympian Zeus (Naós tou Olympíou Diós) in the sixth century BC. By the time Roman Emperor Hadrian completed it 600 years later, it was the largest temple in Greece, and its statue of Zeus—king of the gods of Mt. Olympus—was one of the largest in the world. The temple began to fall into ruin shortly after it was finished; today only 15 of its original 104 columns still stand and much of its marble has been recycled or stolen for other temples. Nonetheless, what remains is a truly impressive sight to see.More
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Oia

Oia

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Perched on the steep edge of the caldera, looking out over the glittering Mediterranean, Oia (pronounced “ee-yuh”) is famed for its dreamy sunsets. Oia is also one of the most picturesque villages in Santorini, with its striking white buildings, blue-domed churches, and atmospheric cave houses burrowing into the volcanic rock.More
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Acropolis Museum (Museo Akropoleos)

Acropolis Museum (Museo Akropoleos)

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An Athenian landmark and feat of contemporary architecture, the Acropolis Museum sits at the base of the Acropolis, with the ruins of an ancient settlement visible through its floor. The collection runs from pre-classical times to the Roman era, but fifth-century BC treasures are the focus, especially the Parthenon Frieze sculptures.More
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Little Venice

Little Venice

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Situated in Chora Mykonos (aka Mykonos Town), the waterfront quarter of Little Venice is one of the island’s top sunset-viewing spots. Rows of whitewashed old fishermen’s houses—now occupied by bars, shops, and restaurants—back onto the seafront, their brightly painted red and blue balconies jutting out over the water.More
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Olympic Stadium (OAKA)

Olympic Stadium (OAKA)

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Originally built in the 1980s for the European Athletics Championships, the Olympic Stadium (officially the Olympic Athletic Center of Athens “Spiros Louis” or OAKA) was remodeled by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava for the 2004 Olympics. The largest stadium in Greece, with 70,000 seats, the Olympic Stadium hosts events and concerts by major international acts such as U2 and Lady Gaga.More
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Red Beach

Red Beach

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Santorini’s Red Beach is not your average white-sand beauty. Rather, it’s a narrow, pebbly stretch hemmed in by high scarlet cliffs and scattered with large volcanic rocks. Together with the sapphire blue waters of the Aegean Sea, these volcanic features create a striking natural color palette that draws photographers to its shores.More

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Top activities in Greece

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Recent reviews from experiences in Greece

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miguelangel_h, Jul 2021
Zakynthos: early morning Shipwreck,Blue Caves and view point small group
The best tourist guide I've ever had in my life, he speaks English better than I live in the United States, haha, he took us to places that weren't on the tour, we bought some great things from him and the tour was wonderful, very beautiful places Greece is extremely beautiful.
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A great way to see Athens
Natalie_P, Jul 2021
Electric Bike Tour of Athens by Night
This was my last night in Greece and I decided it would be nice to see the sights in lights and it did not disappoint.
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Learned so much in a day
Eduardo_P, Jul 2021
Delphi Private Full Day Tour from Athens
Delphi was beautiful and we are so glad we were able to see it.
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Beautiful views!
Raul_H, Jun 2021
Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Small-Group Tour from Athens
Unfortunately we were unable to see the Temple up close due to an unscheduled photo shoot for Dior models.
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OUT OF THIS WORLD EXPERIENCE
Eyituoyo_E, Jun 2021
Santorini Sunset Luxury Sailing Catamaran Cruise with BBQ, drinks, transfer
It almost brough tears to our eyes to see God's wonderful creation.
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A day with George in Peloponnese
Mircea_T, Jun 2021
Ancient Corinth, Epidaurus, Nafplio private day trip (Sedan, 1-4 passengers)
Our guide, George , was very kind, full of knowledge about the history of Greece, spoke English very well.
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Excellent tour!
Sean_F, Jun 2021
Best of Athens City Segway Tour
Got to see all of the sites related to the acropolis and everything else worth seeing in the city.
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Amazing tour!!!!
Cari_B, May 2021
Hop on Hop Off Nafplio city tour
we chose after Athens to visit Nafplion and with this open top bus tour we had the opportunity to have a complete view of the city with a descent audio guide commentary.
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Above & Beyond
Eaton_T, Jul 2021
Horse Riding to Black Sandy Beach
This was my initial experience upon landing in Greece and one of my most anticipated activities.
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Jam Packed!
Eaton_T, Jul 2021
Santorini Classic Highlights Tour
The view is GORGEOUS and you'll be glad you get to see what I've seen.
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A must-tour to book while in Greece
Victoria_F, Jul 2021
2-Day Delphi and Meteora Tour from Athens
I was in Athens and in Mykonos for 2 weeks this summer; and this trip has been the most interesting and the best value for money of all the tours/ activities I booked through Viator.
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Highly recommended!
Aries_G, Jul 2021
Athens Airport - Half Day Tour in Athens - Athens Airport
Before heading out, he asked if we had particular preferences on sites we wanted to see and what route we wanted to take (highway vs scenic) going to the city proper.
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Highlight of our trip to Greece!
Erika_F, Jul 2021
Athens Full Day Private Tour
I loved that we could customize our tour and be able to spend more or less time at each stop because there was just so much to see and we never felt rushed.
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Excellent 4 day history tour: an in-depth review
Ash_T, Jul 2021
4-Day Classical Greece Tour: Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora
Since it was a hot summer, on outdoor sites she would move us from tree shade to tree shade while talking about the place.
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If you love ancient military history, this is the tour for you!
WilliamL_W, Jul 2021
Marathon, Thermopylae, Plataea, Salamis: Historical Private Tour (max 11 hours)
To be able to walk the battlefields of Marathon, Thermopylae, and Platae, and to see Salamis straight, where the naval battle that possibly saved Western Culture took place, was beyond surreal!
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Fantastic tour! Best way to see essential Athens in a day.
Ty_J, Jul 2021
Athens Highlights & Sounio Temple of Poseidon Full Day Private Tour
After the acropolis we went to Sounio to see the temple of Poseidon which is a bit of a drive but it’s along the coast with beautiful scenery.
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Food Walking Tour in Athens
Karine_W, Jul 2021
Private Gourmet Food Walking Tour in Athens
She followed up with us via email with a recap of our tour as well as amazing suggestions of places to visit.
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Memorable Corfu
Pritpal_N, Jun 2021
Paxos Antipaxos Blue Caves Day Tour from Corfu
Hostess Maria was so knowledgeable and personally would come round from time to time to see if all was okay.
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AMAZING Tour! A must visit!
Mayra_H, Jun 2021
Full-day trip to Meteora monasteries by train from Athens
I got to see so much and Cristos even took me to some off the tour spots.
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Brian_D, May 2021
Acropolis & Acropolis Museum Pre-booked e-Tickets & Audio Tours on your phone
If you are vaccinated and have always wanted to see Greece, now is the time to go.
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