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In southeastern Europe, the idyllic islands of Greece sit amidst the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, encompassing the Aegean Sea. As the cradle of ancient civilization, Greece is home to many ancient ruins like the Acropolis of Athens in the heart of Ancient Greece. In the southern part of the Aegean Sea, Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and home to the main Bronze Age archaeological site, the Palace of Knossos, the home of the Minotaur. In the northern part of the Aegean Sea, Mykonos offers sun-kissed, sandy beaches, beach clubs and vibrant nightlife. South of Mykonos, the white-washed buildings of Santorini are perched atop cliffs that sit gracefully against the azure skies, offering one-of-a-kind views. Greece is a living canvas of awe-inspiring history and natural splendor. Embark on a journey through both the ancient wonders and contemporary delights, and taste the country's rich culinary heritage with flavorful Mediterranean dishes.

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Your Greece Vacation

Get away to Greece on a vacation full of beautiful beaches, awesome ancient history, and taste bud-tantalizing cuisine. This laidback Mediterranean gem, one-time home to thinkers Aristotle and Hippocrates, can be a relaxed beach vacation or an educational family adventure on an Athens vacation package . You could level up the romance by watching the sunset over magical blue-and-white Santorini or eating fresh seafood on a Mykonos beach. For hiking or sailing, a Greece island vacation package would take in Corfu’s kaleidoscopic coastline and Amorgos and Andros , both super-popular walking destinations. A vacation package to Greece in 2024 will be one you remember.

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With some of the world’s most beautiful islands and a warm Mediterranean climate, Greece is the ultimate beach destination. You’ll find an awesome range of Beach Hotels & Resorts to add to your vacation package to Greece, whether you’re planning to sprawl out on famous shorelines like Navagio Beach ( Shipwreck Beach ) in Zakynthos , Kamari Beach in Santorini or Platis Gialos in Mykonos .

Visiting Corfu ? Add TRYP by Wyndham Corfu Dassia to your Greece package deal. Moments from the golden sand of Dassia Beach and with an outdoor pool and hot tub, you’ll be on island time here. If you’re planning a Santorini Greece vacation, Stelios Place is a budget-friendly option just a walk from the black-sand shoreline of Perissa Beach . Want to experience those breathtaking sunsets the Santorini village of Oia is renowned for? Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa has amazing Aegean Sea vistas. When searching for your dream property, filter the results by ocean views, popular locations and more. Then, read verified reviews from fellow sunseekers and find your beach bliss!

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If you’re seeking an adults-only adventure, our vacation packages to Greece promise plenty of peace and quiet — plus romance, if the mood strikes! Get away from it all (particularly the crowds and kids) at one of our Adults Only Resorts & Hotels in Greece . On the island of Zakynthos, Keri Village & Spa by Zante Plaza is a top pick offering a spa, hot tub and honeymoon suites.

If you’re putting together a Greece package deal on the mainland, check out our Adults Only Resorts & Hotels in Athens . With luxurious rooms, some with an outdoor hot tub, Athens 1890 Hotel & Spa - Adults Only is a favorite. Use our handy filters to find stays offering special extras like an on-site spa and hot tubs. When you’re ready to book, bundle your hotel, airfare and a car rental into a vacation package to Greece for a truly relaxing and affordable break.

Where to Stay

From bustling cities to breathtaking islands, you’ll have your pick of places to stay when putting together your vacation package to Greece. Here are some of our recommendations:

  • Athens : Greece’s capital is rich with history. Base yourself here to experience its many historical ruins, along with its operas, ballets and dramas and excellent dining.
  • Santorini : With its iconic architecture, magical sunsets, dramatic ocean vistas and wineries, this island is a couples’ paradise.
  • Mykonos : Mykonos has enough bars and nightclubs to keep even the most avid partygoer entertained! While it’s famous for its party scene, there are plenty of beaches to relax on after dancing the night away.
  • Naxos : Choose this easygoing island for its pristine sandy beaches, lush green mountains and archaeological sites. Shallow-water beaches make it ideal for families.

Top Things to Do

There’s so much to see and do during your Greece vacation. Immerse yourself in the rich history, culture and landscapes of this Mediterranean wonder with these ideas:

  • Iconic sights : No Greece vacation is complete without visiting landmark attractions like the Acropolis , Parthenon , Temple of Olympian Zeus and Syntagma Square .
  • Nightlife : Dance from dusk till dawn at parties on Mylopotas Beach on Ios island, or hit the epic beach bars and clubs at Super Paradise Beach on Mykonos. In Athens, club-hop through the Monastiraki area or join The Original Pub Crawl.
  • Food : Head for Heraklion Port on Crete to eat your way through the many traditional restaurants and tavernas. Add foodie activities to your vacation package to Greece, like a Private Greek Food Tour with 10 Tastings in Athens .
  • Nature : Lace up your hiking boots and explore Samaria Gorge in Crete and Mount Olympus in Thessaly . Don’t miss the incredible landscapes of Meteora , also in Thessaly.

How to Find Cheap Greece Package Deals

With Greece vacation packages starting from $1,227*, exploring this amazing country doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, you can save up to 55%** on your vacation in Greece just by bundling your hotel and flight. To find cheap vacation packages for Greece, simply browse our tempting offers or enter your destination and travel dates and sort your results by price. Another tip? Consider taking your Greece vacation in the low season (November through March) or the shoulder season (April through Mid-June, Mid-September through October). Peak season (mid-June through mid-September) is perfect for hitting the beaches, but expect higher hotel prices and large crowds.

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Visit the ancient capital with Athens vacation packages

Athens is one of the oldest cities in Greece, dating back to the ancient world, and you can still see much of its history on display through well-preserved ruins like the Parthenon. Several museums are available throughout town, but your best bet is simply visiting the ruins themselves. Additionally, you'll find modern attractions, too, like stunning world-class restaurants and a bustling nightlife.

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Visit the island with Crete vacation packages

Crete is a massive island southeast of the mainland near the border of north Africa. On this island, you'll find welcoming towns and cities along with ruins of a historic culture known as the Minoans, who built a massive palace complex that you can still see the remnants of. Plus, the natural features and mountains here are good for outdoor adventurers looking for a satisfying hike.

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Island hop on a Greek Islands vacation

Much of Greece is comprised of islands scattered throughout the Aegean, and each one has something special to offer to its visitors. When you visit the islands, you'll find stunning examples of Greek architecture as well as a more laid-back atmosphere compared to the mainland cities. Plus, the viewpoints from many of the islands make watching sunrises and sunsets unforgettable experiences.

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Spend an afternoon wandering around this ancient harbor and admiring the fortress and ancient walls or take a trip to one of the nearby islands.

The ancient Greek city rises like a phoenix from the city center of modern Athens, lighting up at night in splendid glory.

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Explore the waterfront in Athens with a trip to Port of Piraeus. Discover the lively bars and fascinating museums in this walkable area.

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Athens - Mykonos - Santorini

10 nights from $1,539*

Our most popular combination in Greece! . Enjoy Athens (the cradle of civilization and home of democracy, is a heady mix of history and edginess with iconic monuments mingle with first-rate museum), up next by ferry/hydrofoils, visit Mykonos (famous for shopping, beach parties, and the very photogenic Mykonos Town and its windmills) and after that, to Santorini (recognizable for its whitewashed, cube-shaped buildings adorned with blue accents, steep cliffs and tangerine sunsets that light up the sky and sea). Finally, fly back to Athens to finish enjoying what the city has to offer. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

  • Flight into and out of Athens
  • Hotel for 3 nights in Athens
  • Ferry from Athens to Mykonos Island
  • Hotel for 3 nights in Mykonos Island
  • Ferry from Mykonos Island to Santorini Island
  • Hotel for 3 nights in Santorini Island
  • Flight from Santorini Island to Athens
  • Hotel for 1 night in Athens

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Athens and Santorini by Air

Athens and Santorini by Air

6 nights from $1,079*

A popular combination for the Ultimate Greek Experience! . Visit Athens (steeped in mythology: Home of the Acropolis and the National Archaeological Museum) and the famous Greek Island of Santorini (recognizable for its whitewashed, cube-shaped buildings adorned with blue accents, steep cliffs and tangerine sunsets that light up the sky and sea). A flight connects these destinations. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

  • Flight into Athens and out of Santorini Island
  • Flight from Athens to Santorini Island

Athens - Santorini - Heraklion by Air

Athens - Santorini - Heraklion by Air

9 nights from $1,459*

Take a whirlwind vacation through Europe, visiting Greece! . Start in Athens (the cradle of civilization and home of democracy) and after that, travel to Santorini (recognizable for its whitewashed, cube-shaped buildings adorned with blue accents, steep cliffs and tangerine sunsets that light up the sky and sea). Lastly explore Heraklion (Crete`s Island capital city, an area with many tourist resorts, as well as important well-preserved buildings and elements of traditional architecture and stunning beaches) before returning home. Connect every destination with flights. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

  • Flight into Athens and out of Heraklion (Crete)
  • Flight from Santorini Island to Heraklion (Crete)
  • Hotel for 3 nights in Heraklion (Crete)

Athens - Santorini - Istanbul by Air

Athens - Santorini - Istanbul by Air

9 nights from $1,339*

A vacation package featuring three beautiful destinations in Greece and Turkey , beginning in Athens (the cradle of civilization and the birthplace of democracy), continuing to Santorini Island (recognizable for its whitewashed, cube-shaped buildings adorned with blue accents, steep cliffs and tangerine sunsets that light up the sky and sea); and finishing in Istanbul (world-famous for its rich history and culture, stunning scenery, magnificent structures across the sprawling Bosphorus Strait). Connect with air transfers and a flight. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

  • Flight into Athens and out of Istanbul
  • Flight from Athens to Santorni Island
  • Hotel for 3 nights in Santorni Island
  • Flight from Santorni Island to Istanbul
  • Hotel for 3 nights in Istanbul
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Athens - Mykonos - Santorini and Istanbul

Athens - Mykonos - Santorini and Istanbul

12 nights from $1,869*

Embrace the rich history and beauty of Greece and Turkey! . Enjoy Athens (the cradle of civilization and home of democracy) and after that, connects with Hydrofoil/Ferry transfers, Mykonos (famous for shopping, beach parties, and the very photogenic Mykonos Town and its windmills) and Santorini (recognizable for its whitewashed, cube-shaped buildings adorned with blue accents, steep cliffs and tangerine sunsets that light up the sky and sea). Finally, take a flight to your last destination, Istanbul (world-famous for its rich history and culture, stunning scenery, magnificent structures across the sprawling Bosphorus Strait). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

  • Flight from Santorini to Istanbul

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Athens and Istanbul by Air

Athens and Istanbul by Air

6 nights from $1,159*

Take an exciting vacation in Grece and Turkey! . Begin with a visit to Athens (the cradle of civilization and home of democracy, is a heady mix of history and edginess with iconic monuments mingle with first-rate museums) and then, take a flight to Istanbul (which is world-famous for its rich history and culture, stunning scenery, magnificent structures across the sprawling Bosphorus Strait). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

  • Flight from Athens to Istanbul

Ancient Greece (Self Drive - Athens - Delphi - Meteora)

Ancient Greece (Self Drive - Athens - Delphi - Meteora)

7 nights from $879*

Greece is an incredible destination; full of the remnants of past empires, temples to revered Gods, mythology, power, and known frequently as the `Birthplace of Western Civilization.` Explore the amazing sites of Ancient Greece , at your own leisure with a rental car. Combine Athens (the capital; home to such famous landmarks as the Acropolis and Parthenon), Delphi (full of glorious history, spanning centuries, and where the Greeks considered the Center of the World to be and home to the once-famous Oracle), Meteora (Kalampaka - an important Greek Monastery and UNESCO World Heritage Site) and return to Athens . All at your leisure with a rent a car. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

  • Flight into Athens and out of Athens
  • Hotel for 2 night in Athens
  • Car rental for 5 days
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Delphi
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Meteora (Kalambaka)

Athens - Mykonos - Paros - Santorini by Ferry

Athens - Mykonos - Paros - Santorini by Ferry

12 nights from $1,799*

A delightful vacation package featuring some of the best highlights of Greece !. Start with a visit to Athens (the cradle of civilization and home of democracy, steeped in history and mythology) and then, travel to Mykonos (famous for shopping, beach parties, and the very photogenic Mykonos Town and its windmills). Continue to Paros (full of charming towns and fishing villages) and finally, visit Santorini (recognizable for its whitewashed, cube-shaped buildings adorned with blue accents, steep cliffs and tangerine sunsets that light up the sky and sea). These destinations are connected by ferries/hydrofoils. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

  • Ferry from Mykonos Island to Paros Island
  • Hotel for 3 nights in Paros Island
  • Ferry from Paros to Santorini Island

Rome and Athens by Air

Rome and Athens by Air

6 nights from $1,109*

Combine Italy and Greece with this customizable fantastic vacation package!. Enjoy wonderful stays at Rome (the Eternal City, with its stunning architecture like the Colosseum and the Roman Forum and delicious food) and Athens (the cradle of civilization and home of democracy). A flight connects these cities. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

  • Flight into Rome and out of Athens
  • Hotel for 3 nights in Rome
  • Flight from Rome to Athens

Athens - Mykonos - Paros - Santorini - Heraklion by Ferry

Athens - Mykonos - Paros - Santorini - Heraklion by Ferry

15 nights from $1,999*

Hit all the major popular destinations in Greece with this incredible vacation package!. Start in Athens (the cradle of civilization and home of democracy) and after that, visit via Hydrofoil/Ferry Mykonos (famous for shopping, beach parties, and the very photogenic Mykonos Town and its windmills). Continue to Paros (full of charming towns and fishing villages) and up next, Santorini (recognizable for its whitewashed, cube-shaped buildings adorned with blue accents, steep cliffs and tangerine sunsets that light up the sky and sea). Lastly explore Heraklion (Crete's Island capital city, an area with many tourist resorts, as well as important well-preserved buildings and elements of traditional architecture and stunning beaches) before returning home. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

  • Hotel for 2 nights in Mykonos Island
  • Ferry from Paros Island to Santorini Island
  • Ferry from Santorini Island to Heraklion (Crete)

Athens and the Peloponnese (Self Drive)

Athens and the Peloponnese (Self Drive)

9 nights from $1,019*

A unique vacation package in Greece and its Ancient Region! . Visit Greece`s capital city, Athens (the cradle of civilization and home of democracy). From there with a Rental Car drive along The Peloponnense Region (with its many famous archaeological sites, seaside places, gorgeous beaches, castles and ski centers). In this area visit: Nafplion , Olympia (the ancient Greek Sanctuary site dedicated to the worship of Zeus ) and Delphi (ancient religious Sanctuary dedicated to the Greek God Apollo . It is home to the world-famous Oracle of Delphi ). Drive back to Athens for one last stay, before returning home. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

  • Flight in and out of Athens
  • Hotel for 2 days in Athens
  • Rental Car 8 days
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Nafplion
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Olympia
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Driving Time Athens - Nafplion: 2 hrs. 40 mins. approx. Nafplion - Olympia: 2 hrs. 45 mins approx. Olympia - Delphi: 3 hrs. approx. Delphi - Athens: 2 hrs 30 mins. approx.

Rome - Athens - Istanbul by Air

Rome - Athens - Istanbul by Air

9 nights from $1,579*

One of the most popular combination in Italy, Greece and Turkey! . Begin your vacation package in Rome (the Eternal City, with its stunning architecture like the Colosseum and the Roman Forum and delicious food) then, visit Athens (the cradle of civilization and home of democracy) and finally, Istanbul (a cosmopolitan city balancing its extraordinary history with modern conveniences). These destinations are connected by flights. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

  • Flight into Rome and out of Istanbul

Rome - Athens - Cairo by Air

Rome - Athens - Cairo by Air

6 nights from $1,469*

Enjoy your holiday with a mix of culture and art in Italy, Greece and Egypt! . Begin your trip in Rome (the Eternal City, with its stunning architecture and delicious food) and then, travel to Athens (the cradle of civilization and home of democracy) and finally, to Cairo (the capital of Egypt; full of rich history from Greek, Roman and Egyptian empires). Connect each destination with flights. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

  • Flight into Rome and out of Cairo
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Rome
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Athens
  • Flight from Athens to Cairo
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Cairo

Paris - Rome - Athens by Air

Paris - Rome - Athens by Air

9 nights from $1,469*

Europe is at your grasp with this customizable package that ventures through Italy , France and Greece . Start the adventure in Paris (the City of Lights, with museums, world-class shopping and incomparable cuisine), then Rome and finally Athens (the cradle of civilization and the birthplace of democracy). Take flights between cities. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotels and activities.

  • Flights into Paris and out of Athens
  • Hotel for 3 nights in Paris
  • Flight Paris to Rome
  • Flight Rome to Athens

Athens - Cairo - Istanbul by Air

Athens - Cairo - Istanbul by Air

9 nights from $1,659*

This marvelous trip will amuse you with their richness in culture, many temples and great shopping and exciting nightlife in Greece, Egypt and Turkey! . Visit Athens (the cradle of civilization and home of democracy, is a heady mix of history and edginess with iconic monuments mingle with first-rate museums) and after that, escape to Cairo (capital of Egypt, and famous for its own history, preserved in the fabulous medieval Islamic city and Coptic sites in Old Cairo). Lastly is Istanbul (which is world-famous for its rich history and culture, stunning scenery, magnificent structures across the sprawling Bosphorus Strait). Connect each destination with flights. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

  • Hotel for 3 nights in Cairo
  • Flight from Cairo to Istanbul

Paris - Rome - Athens - Cairo by Air

Paris - Rome - Athens - Cairo by Air

8 nights from $1,729*

A fantastic vacation package, combing wonderful destinations across Europe and one fascinating capital in Africa!. Begin your journey in Paris (the romantic City of Lights); then, travel to Rome (with centuries of artistic achievement and more religious history than imaginable); after that, visit Athens (the birthplace of democracy, the Parthenon) and finally, Cairo (a preservation of rich history from Egyptian, Roman and Greek control of the city). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

  • Flights into Paris and out of Cairo
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Paris
  • Flight from Paris to Rome

Athens - Mykonos - Istanbul by Air

Athens - Mykonos - Istanbul by Air

9 nights from $1,429*

Combine ancient and marvelous Turkey and Greece for an unforgettable vacation!. Visit Athens (the cradle of civilization and home of democracy, is a heady mix of history and edginess with iconic monuments mingle with first-rate museums) and Mykonos (the island oasis with winding streets and unbelievable beaches). Finally, enjoy a pleasant stay in Istanbul (world-famous for its rich history and culture, stunning scenery, magnificent structures across the sprawling Bosphorus Strait). Combine all them with intercity flights. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

  • Flight from Athens to Mykonos Island
  • Flight from Mykonos Island to Istanbul

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Greece is famous for being the birthplace of democracy, the creation of the Olympic Games, and for its unique and historical architecture. Some examples include the Acropolis in Athens, the Sanctuary of Delphi, and the ancient Theatre of Epidaurus. The country offers the most beautiful natural landscape and a fascinating culture. Officially called the Hellenic Republic, Greece is an absolutely beautiful country. The land of Greece is infused with ancient mythology and if you like archeology, history, art, and philosophy then you will love Greece. The country is also famous for its delicious cuisine, cliffs tumbling into sparkling blue water, sand and pebble beaches, and a balmy Mediterranean climate, which all make this destination a prime tourist destination.

Known for its abundance of ancient ruins, whitewashed villages, beautiful beaches, delicious cuisine and welcoming atmosphere, it is no wonder that Greece ranks among Europe`s top travel destinations. But the reason that tourism exists in the first place is that it`s just so beautiful here. Often, you`ll find that beauty on the many Scattered Islands , lying like little gems in the seas surrounding the Grecian peninsula. Each one offers its own share of spectacular landscapes, historic sites, nightlife scenes and cultural delights. There`s a wealth of these to explore. From the Ionian Islands in the west – including Kefalonia Island and Corfu Island - to the Aegean Sea, boasting Mykonos Island , Santorini Island , Paros Island , Kos Island and Rhodes Island , amongst others. Then there`s the pre-Hellenic Minoan culture of Crete Island to the south. Back on the mainland, there`s scenery worthy of the gods all over the place. The monastery of Meteora , the ruins at Delphi , and then, most legendary, the capital of Athens and all of Mainland Greece to explore.

Generally speaking the best time to visit Greece is during spring (from April until mid-June) and fall (September - October). During these months the weather is mild, and the crowds are less. July and August are very hot months, and it`s very crowded, especially in popular destinations like the Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes, etc. Due to its mild climate, Greece is an all-year-round destination. Every season in this country has its charm, as well as its pitfalls, so when to go depends on your travel type, destination and what activities you`re interested in. Like many other countries, you can have a very different experience depending on when you decide to visit. Here is an overview of Greece in all four seasons that will help you make a decision what`s the best time of year for you to visit. For more information, check out: Best Time to Visit .

We recommend 7-10 days based on what you want to see and do. We offer flexible vacation packages so you can select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities. We suggest a minimum of 3 nights in larger cities.

For some visitors, going to Greece is all about going to the islands. For others, it`s the 2,500 years of history in Athens, on the Peloponnese Peninsula and beyond. But for most travelers, it`s a combination of islands and inland, city and countryside, culture and leisure. Getting from each destination is as varied as the places themselves. Whether you`re traveling for a week or longer, chances are you`ll find yourself using boats, trains, cars and maybe even mopeds. By Boat/Ferry: Greece has 227 inhabited islands and more than 8,500 miles of coastline, so it should come as no surprise that boats are one of the most common ways to get around. The country offers an expansive network of ferries between the various islands and archipelagos, as well as ferry services to Italy and Turkey. Within easy reach of the Athens International Airport is Piraeus, which is the main port for ferries plying the Aegean Sea. From there, there are regular routes to the major islands in the Cyclades, Crete, the Saronic Gulf Islands, the Dodecanese chain and the Northeast Aegean Islands. A smaller port in Athens is Rafina, which has ferry service to Evia, some of the northernmost Cycladic Islands and many of the Northeast Aegean Islands. If you’re traveling to the Ionian Islands off the west coast of Greece, most ferries leaves from Patras or Kyllini on the Peloponnese or Igoumenitsa in Epirus. There are a number of ferry companies, with sea-going vessels that range from traditional large ferries carrying both passengers and vehicles to faster-moving catamarans and hydrofoils. By Train: The national rail system (OSE) is extremely limited and they don`t cover the whole country. Trains are slow and generally not very clean. That said, the importance of rail travel is now being rediscovered, and the national rail network is under major renovation. The project`s completion is still a long way off. There has been extensive (and continuing) modernization of the Athens-Thessaloniki corridor, with travel times being significant reduced. By Car: Driving the mountainous roads of the mainland and the busy streets of some of the more popular islands is not for everyone. If you`re up to the challenge, over 21 years old and comfortable with a standard transmission, renting a car is definitely a great way to explore remote villages in the countryside that are not reachable via public transportation. You will need an International Driving Permit accompanied by a valid driver`s license from your home country. In the U.S., these are available through AAA (American Automobile Association) and NAC (National Automobile Club). Car rental offices are present throughout Greece, especially in major cities and in highly touristed areas. The cars offered generally have manual gearboxes; automatics do exist, but it is advised to reserve one in advance. Some car rental agencies and insurance policies do not allow the car to be taken out of Greece.

The currency of Greece is the Euro. US dollars are not accepted. One euro is divided into 100 cents. The official symbol for the euro is €, and its ISO code is EUR. Please be sure to have the correct currency on hand or be prepared to exchange your dollars for euros upon arrival. Currency exchange desks can be found at the airport and many locations throughout the different cities. For more detailed information, consult our guide by clicking here Tipping in Greece .

Greek is the official national language and is the native tongue of the vast majority of the population, although the English speaking visitor will encounter no significant language problem. English is the most widely studied and understood foreign language in Greece, followed by French, Italian, and German. Basic knowledge of English can be expected from almost all in the tourism industry and public transport services. Learning a few Greek terms, such as `hello` and `thank you` will be warmly received.

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Athens and Santorini by Air (6 nights)

A popular combination for the Ultimate Greek Experience! . Visit Athens (steeped in mythology: Home of the Acropolis and the National Archaeological Museum) and the famous Greek Island of Santorini (recognizable for its whitewashed, cube-shaped buildings adorned with blue accents, steep cliffs and tangerine sunsets that light up the sky and sea). A flight connects these destinations.

Athens - Santorini - Heraklion by Air (9 nights)

Take a whirlwind vacation through Europe, visiting Greece! . Start in Athens (the cradle of civilization and home of democracy) and after that, travel to Santorini (recognizable for its whitewashed, cube-shaped buildings adorned with blue accents, steep cliffs and tangerine sunsets that light up the sky and sea). Lastly explore Heraklion (Crete`s Island capital city, an area with many tourist resorts, as well as important well-preserved buildings and elements of traditional architecture and stunning beaches) before returning home. Connect every destination with flights.

Athens - Santorini - Istanbul by Air (9 nights)

A vacation package featuring three beautiful destinations in Greece and Turkey , beginning in Athens (the cradle of civilization and the birthplace of democracy), continuing to Santorini Island (recognizable for its whitewashed, cube-shaped buildings adorned with blue accents, steep cliffs and tangerine sunsets that light up the sky and sea); and finishing in Istanbul (world-famous for its rich history and culture, stunning scenery, magnificent structures across the sprawling Bosphorus Strait). Connect with air transfers and a flight.

Athens - Mykonos - Santorini and Istanbul (12 nights)

Embrace the rich history and beauty of Greece and Turkey! . Enjoy Athens (the cradle of civilization and home of democracy) and after that, connects with Hydrofoil/Ferry transfers, Mykonos (famous for shopping, beach parties, and the very photogenic Mykonos Town and its windmills) and Santorini (recognizable for its whitewashed, cube-shaped buildings adorned with blue accents, steep cliffs and tangerine sunsets that light up the sky and sea). Finally, take a flight to your last destination, Istanbul (world-famous for its rich history and culture, stunning scenery, magnificent structures across the sprawling Bosphorus Strait).

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More than 10 million people live in this island-rich nation. Did you know that Greece boasts more than 6,000 islands and islets throughout the Aegean and Ionian Seas?

Athens, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. The city’s history dates back more than 3,400 years.

Greeks are known for their warm hospitality and generosity—offering guests food and drink is a common practice.

Ancient architecture, adventurous island-hopping, and fresh-off-the-boat seafood.

Greek islands to explore beyond the shore

Bask in the bewitching beauty of the Greek Islands, where azure waters kiss black sand beaches. Marvel at the kaleidoscope of culture, from Rhodes’ imposing medieval walls to Santorini’s watercolor sunsets. Wander quaint cliffside villages and discover paradise around every corner.

Essential Greek Islands: Athens, Santorini & Crete

Want to hit the highlights? From the Parthenon in Athens to Mount Profítis Ilías on Santorini, expect awe-inspiring history and local flavors.

Greece’s Ionian Islands: Athens, Kefalonia & Corfu

Need to get off the beaten path? Explore up to six of Greece’s Ionian Islands for pristine beaches, lush greenery, and otherworldly clear waters.

Greece’s Dodecanese Islands: Kos & Rhodes

Looking to tantalize your senses and experience authentic island life? Soak up the sun and sandy beaches, taste wine and honey, and admire iconic windmills—in a whole new way.

Greece & Turkey Aegean cruise

Want more seaside views? Sail the Greek Islands to Mykonos, Santorini, and Rhodes. Disembark in Turkey and surrender to Istanbul’s iconic landmarks.

6 Greek islands you can ’ t miss this summer

Whether you eat and drink your way from island to island or immerse yourself in the history of the tiny towns you visit along the way, there’s no wrong way to set your watch to island time.

Capture the essence of Ellada

Greece, officially known as the Hellenic Republic, also goes by Hellas or Ellada locally. No matter what you call it, it’s your launchpad to discovering the cradle of Western civilization and roots of democracy, philosophy, and art.

Grand Tour of Greece: Athens, Corfu & Santorini

Not sure where to begin? Join this exploration of treasured historic sites, whitewashed fishing villages, and everything in between.

A Week in Ancient Greece: Athens, Delphi & Olympia

Feast on the rich history and rugged beauty of hilltop fortresses, majestic marble temples, and timeworn cobblestone streets—in just one week.

6 reasons to visit Greece solo

Celebrating a milestone birthday or your newly minted MBA? Solo travel is the empowering, life-affirming, main-character-energy gift you give yourself.

Uncover your Greece travel style

Epicureans, explorers, or history lovers—meet your match with your perfect Greece getaway.

Respite & reflection

Follow our Footsteps of Saint Paul tour to the sites where Paul the Apostle lived and preached.

Souvlaki & saganaki

Savor 11 delicious days, eating and drinking your way through Greece on our Food & Wine tour.

Action & adventure

Hike in Naxos and swim or snorkel off the coast of Paros on our Greek Islands Adventure tour.

Apollo & Acropolis

Excavated ruins and magnificent temples await on our Athens & Ancient Greece tour.

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From the snow-capped mountains of the north to the sandy beaches of the south, Greece has something to offer everyone. Ancient cities, picturesque islands, and a stunning coastline along the Aegean Sea await. Whether you’re looking for a place to explore history, dive into local culture, or relax on the shore, Greece offers tempting options for travelers. On our guided tours to Greece, you’ll find itineraries for travelers of all types, making it easy to find the one that fits your interests.

  • Meteora, Athens, or Delphi. Greece is home to some of the most important historical sites in the world, including the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and the Temple of Zeus. These sites offer a glimpse into the ancient world and its rich culture. If you’re a history buff, our  Athens & Ancient Greece tour is right up your alley.
  • The Greek Islands or Pelion. If sunshine and coastlines are more your style, island-hopping in the Aegean Sea is a good option for you. Take two weeks to explore all they have to offer on our  The Greek Islands: Mykonos, Santorini & Crete tour .
  • Santorini, Crete, or Athens. Greece is a foodie’s paradise, with a rich culinary tradition that spans thousands of years. From the islands’ fresh seafood to the mainland’s hearty stews, there’s something delicious for everyone to enjoy.
  • Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini. For first-time visitors and those who only have a week to get away, our shorter Greece tours are a great way to go. Our  A Week in Greece: Athens, Mykonos & Santorini tour introduces you to the highlights of each location—and leaves you with vacation days to spare.

A  Greek Islands tour  has something for every type of traveler—beach lovers, foodies, hikers, and history buffs. Here are five of the best islands to visit in Greece:

  • Mykonos. A favorite of jet setters, Mykonos has all of the ingredients for a good time: gorgeous beaches, bohemian-chic restaurants, and lots of options for nightlife and entertainment.
  • Santorini. The beaches here are famous not for their golden sand, but for their black-and-red-rock sand. Head to the hilltop town of Oia at sunset for the quintessential Santorini experience. 
  • Paxos. If you’re a beach lover, Paxos has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The sand is soft and white, and the water is clear, making it perfect for snorkeling or scuba diving.
  • Naxos. Looking for stunning beaches, lush vegetation, and traditional villages? Naxos offers it all. The village of Apiranthos is known for its whitewashed houses and its cobbled streets.
  • Crete. The largest of the Greek Islands, Crete offers beautiful beaches, scenic hikes, and interesting history. It’s also considered the culinary hub of the islands.

Check out our Guide to the Greek Islands →

There’s no question about it: Greece always makes a great getaway. In recent years, especially, it’s become a clear traveler favorite. Summer is the most popular time for visitors, and the islands tend to become crowded with sun-seeking adventurers then.

If you have the flexibility to travel at other times of the year, the best time to visit Greece is in the off-season. When temperatures are cooler, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the true essence of the country. Check out one of our Greece guided tours,  A Week in Ancient Greece: Athens, Delphi & Olympia , which is specifically designed to make the most of the cooler months.

Certain islands aren’t accessible during the winter, but this time of year is excellent for visiting the mainland. Hop between Mykonos and Santorini in the fall and spring for the ultimate Greek getaway.

In a land of rich history, rugged ruins, and remarkable beauty, the must-see destinations on our trips to Greece focus heavily on ancient attractions. But it’s not all about history. The towns, cities, and islands where you’ll find the top attractions offer exciting venues to explore, both old and new.

  • The Acropolis. One of the most important archaeological sites in the world and a masterpiece of classical Greek architecture, the Acropolis is home to some of the most iconic landmarks in Greece, including the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, and the Temple of Athena Nike. Its museum houses more than 3,000 artifacts, from sculptures to jewelry, and offers stunning views of the Acropolis and the city of Athens.
  • Ancient Agora. Originally the center of political, social, and religious life in Athens, this site was home to significant buildings, including temples, stoas, and law courts (the trial of Socrates took place here). Today, it’s a popular tourist destination featuring museums, archaeological sites, shops, and restaurants.
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus. One of the largest temples in the ancient world, this colossal temple in Athens is dedicated to Zeus. While only 15 of the original 104 marble columns remain standing, the ruins are among the most impressive in Greece.
  • Panathenaic Stadium. The site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 and the 2004 Summer Olympics, this ancient stadium in Athens, made entirely of marble, was built in the fourth century B.C. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is also a popular venue for concerts and other events.
  • Acropolis of Lindos.  Set on a high cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea on the island of Rhodes, the Acropolis of Lindos is a beautiful and well-preserved archaeological site featuring a number of temples and other ruins.
  • Palace of Knossos.  This ancient palace located on Crete, with its amazing frescoes and artifacts from the Minoan civilization, is one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece.
  • Samariá Gorge. A national park located on the island of Crete, Samariá Gorge is one of the longest gorges in Europe and a popular destination for hiking and camping.
  • Meteora monasteries. This group of monasteries, located in central Greece, is built on top of towering sandstone pillars and offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
  • Santorini.  The island of Santorini is one of the most popular destinations on trips to Greece. It is known for its stunning caldera, whitewashed buildings, and blue-domed churches.

Want to know where to go in Greece? Here are six Greek hotspots that belong on your bucket list →

Rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Greece is a country that has something to offer everyone. On our tours of Greece, you’ll hit the highlights but also have the opportunity to enjoy some under-the-radar experiences. On or off the beaten path, here are some unique experiences you can have in Greece:

  • Travel to remote and charming villages, like Kalambaka in central Greece
  • Take a cooking class and learn how to make traditional Greek dishes
  • Go on a wine-tasting tour of Santorini or another Greek island
  • Hike to the top of Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece 
  • Kick back on one of Greece’s beautiful beaches
  • Visit a women’s co-op on Crete to support local women’s employment
  • Step inside sky-high monasteries in Meteora
  • Visit a family-owned farm on the island of Crete and sample local products  
  • Swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Aegean Sea

Check out five unique places to visit in Greece →

We recommend you spend at least six days in Greece. While our most popular Greece tours run for nine days or more, you can enjoy a shorter trip if you limit your tour to one or two cities or islands.

There are many popular activities to experience on our guided tours of Greece, considering the country’s rich history and culture. Some of the most popular things to do include:

  • Visiting historical sites.  Greece is home to countless historical sites, such as Delphi and the ancient Acropolis, as well as Olympia, where the Olympic Games were born.
  • Exploring the countryside.  Mountain villages, scenic peninsulas, and pine forests make Greece’s beautiful countryside a pleasure to discover.
  • Enjoying the food.  Greek food is famous for its use of fresh, seasonal ingredients and simple yet flavorful cooking methods. Wine and food-tasting excursions on our Greece tours allow you to sample the best of Greek food and wine.
  • Visiting museums and galleries.  Greece’s museums and galleries are a testament to the country’s rich history and culture. You’ll find artifacts from Greece’s most important archaeological digs in the Acropolis Museum and the National Archaeological Museum.
  • Taking a cooking class.  Cooking classes are a hands-on way to learn about Greek cuisine and culture, and they’re also a lot of fun. Many of our Greece tour packages offer added excursions where you’ll learn how to make traditional foods and enjoy your creations.
  • Tasting wines. Produced in a variety of climates and settings—from the hot, dry climate of the Peloponnese peninsula to the cooler, wetter climate of the northern regions—Greek wines are known for their variety of styles, which include light and refreshing whites and full-bodied reds. On our  Food & Wine: A Taste of Greece tour , you can explore the country’s different varietals.
  • Relaxing on the islands.  There are more than 6,000 Greek islands; the best are home to stunning scenery, delicious food, and beautiful beaches. Our Greek Islands tour  takes you to three of the most colorful and fun.

Check out the six islands you shouldn’t miss on trips to Greece  →

Greece has typical Mediterranean weather—usually mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers. However, the weather can vary greatly depending on the region and time of year, so checking the forecast before traveling on any of our Greece tour packages is essential.

  • Respect for traditions. Greeks are very proud of their culture and history, so it is important to be respectful of their traditions. This includes dressing appropriately for visits to religious sites.
  • Greeting people. It is customary to greet people with a handshake and a kiss on the cheek. Of course, you can choose what feels comfortable for you.
  • Dining. While in some countries it is considered rude to not finish your meal, in Greece it is considered polite to leave some food on your plate at the end of a meal.
  • Tipping. It is customary to tip in Greece, but the amount is up to you. A tip of 10–15% is generally considered acceptable.
  • Greek Orthodox Church holidays and festivals. Pay attention to the calendar because many businesses are closed on these days.

Greek food is famous for its use of fresh, seasonal ingredients, its simple yet flavorful cooking methods, and its emphasis on healthy eating. Our trips to Greece are guaranteed to be full of meals featuring fresh, delicious fruits and vegetables. Some typical ingredients in Greek cuisine include olive oil and feta cheese, as well as grilled fish and meat. Some of the most popular dishes to try on Greece trips include:

  • Souvlaki. A grilled skewer of meat, usually lamb or pork, served with pita bread, tomatoes, onions, and tzatziki.
  • Gyros. This is a similar dish to souvlaki, but the meat in gyros is cooked on a vertical rotisserie. You can find this popular street food all over the country.
  • Moussaka. A traditional Greek baked dish made with layers of eggplant, ground beef, béchamel sauce, and feta cheese.
  • Spanakopita. Served as an appetizer or main course, this savory pie is created with fresh spinach and feta cheese enclosed in crispy phyllo dough. Spanakopita is best enjoyed warm.
  • Tzatziki. On a hot day, this refreshing dip made from yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, and herbs hits the spot. Enjoy it served with pita bread, vegetables, or meats.
  • Olives. Olives are grown in many parts of Greece, but the Peloponnese region is the largest producer. The dark purple Kalamata olive, famous for its rich flavor, is one of the most well-known varieties of Greek olives.
  • Feta cheese. This traditional Greek cheese—salty, tangy, and crumbly—has been produced for centuries. Often used in salads, dips, and sauces, feta makes a delicious snack or appetizer.

Want to eat your way through Greece? Join our Food & Wine: A Taste of Greece tour →

Greek is the most widely spoken language in Greece; however, English is widely spoken in popular areas.

To stock up on local currency, order some euros from your bank before you go, or use your debit card at an ATM once you arrive. For tips on using the euro while on a trip to Greece, check out our blog on currency exchange →

We recommend packing light for your trip to Greece. One suitcase and one carry-on per person is a good guideline to follow; you should feel comfortable managing your baggage at the airport. If you’re visiting the islands, you’ll likely have to bring your bag with you on the ferry, so make sure you’re comfortable carrying it. After you’ve booked one of our Greece tour packages, we’ll give you information about how to prepare for your particular trip and even share a packing list in our mobile app. 

  • Sun protection.  For all our trips, especially during the summer months in Greece, we recommend bringing sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to protect your face and the back of your neck from the sun.
  • Layers.  We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • Comfortable walking shoes.  Since you’ll be exploring new destinations with local guides, a comfortable pair of walking shoes is essential to have with you. Those walking shoes will come in handy while exploring the rugged ruins of Ancient Greece or the volcanic shores of Santorini.
  • Dressier attire. If you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance on our trips to Greece, you may want to pack dressier attire.
  • Full-coverage layers for religious sites.  On our Greece tours, it is preferable not to visit churches, temples, or other religious sites with bare legs or shoulders, and staff at these sites may deny entrance on this basis.
  • A small day bag.  Many churches and museums will not allow you to bring in large backpacks for security purposes—you’ll need to check them at the door. However, you can wear a small day bag on your front, like a cross-body travel bag or stylish mini backpack.
  • An RFID money belt or wallet.  Greece’s city streets can get busy, and like in any country with many tourists, you’ll want to be wary of pickpockets. Radio-frequency identification (RFID) can protect your credit card info from electronic theft, and a money belt will conceal your cash without ruining your outfit.

Once you’ve reserved one of our tour packages to Greece, we’ll send you detailed information about what to bring with you. Don’t forget to download the  Go Ahead app  before you take off, so you’ll have all the info you need about your trip right in your pocket.

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"There is nowhere quite like Greece, there is something here for everyone; you can walk in the footsteps of the Ancient Greeks, dance the Zorba while indulging in a Greek feast or get lost in a maze of the whitewashed houses of Mykonos as the sun sets"

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Explore the ancient capital of Athens

Often dubbed the cradle of Western civilisation, Athens was arguably the most influential city of ancient times. Contemporary meets antique in a city both drenched in world history and brimming with a modernity. You’ll discover thermal lakes, buzzing beachside neighborhoods and some of the world’s oldest ruins.

Visit the ancient Olympic site in Olympia

The birthplace of the Olympic Games, Olympia first became known to the world in 776 BC, when the very first games were held. Visit this world-famous ancient site that was also a holy place of worship for Zeus, the Greek god, surrounded by lush forestry in a rolling valley.

See the ruins of the Temple of Apollo

Reachable by a day trip from Athens, the Temple of Apollo at Delphi was rebuilt numerous times before settling into the historic site it inhabits today. Marvel at the remaining sandstone columns and decayed limestone that remind us of the past it endured over many thousands of years.

Dine 'Meze Style' in Psyri, Athens

Most travel guides will have you visiting Plaka for Greek food and nightlife, but authentic eateries are best found in the nearby neighborhood of Psiri. Between no-frills bars and dusty antique shops, you will find traditional mezze-style eateries and a boutique energy that pays tribute to Greece’s culinary heritage.

Visit Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Meteora

One of Greece’s most popular tourist attractions, it’s easy to see why so many flock to the spectacular rock formations of Meteora. Marvel at talents of both man and Mother Nature at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Byzantine monasteries that float around the summits.

Our top 5 things to do in Greece

Food and history form the basis of Greek culture and play a big role in all our trips to Greece. With Trafalgar, we'll showcase the best this country has to offer from sun up to dreamy sundown.

Acropolis Museum

The Acropolis Museum is found at the foot of the western world’s most important ancient site. Unpeel layers of history as you wander the halls of the past and gaze up at the dazzling site itself through glass walls. Allow yourself at least half a day to take in the enormity of this museum.

Remains of Agamemnon's Royal Palace

Tours in Greece are scarcely complete without a visit to this iconic archeological site, where you will find the remains of Agamemnon's Royal Palace, one of the world’s best-preserved fortresses. Glance up and admire unrivalled panoramic views of the countryside, once the Greek civilisation’s major military centres.

Athens War Museum

Opening its doors in 1975, the Athens War Museum documents the country’s past conflicts and military artefacts. In honor of those who fought for Greece’s freedom, the museum showcases four grand floors of past-to-present history. History enthusiasts will find no shortage of awe within these walls.

Best museums in Greece

Though often visited for Greece island hopping, the enchantment of this Mediterranean jewel extends beyond the sapphire waters. With Trafalgar, you’ll venture under the layers of Greek culture by visiting its many fascinating museums.

Standing its ground as one of Greece’s most famous main meals, moussaka is a wholesome and delectable combination of eggplant, ground meat, onion and béchamel sauce. Try this dish a few times during your visit; there are family variations that get passed through generations.

Souvlaki is street food at its very best. A simple preparation of skewered meats and vegetables, it’s the flavoring that makes this snack a pride of the nation. For the most authentic souvlaki, sample if from a street vendor wrapped up with condiments, salad and thick hot chips.

Kolokythokeftedes

The small fried balls of kolokythokeftedes can most aptly be compared to zucchini fritters with fetta cheese. Often ordered in summer with a side of tzatziki, these delicious bites are a great starter to any meal. Learn from the locals and snack on kolokythokeftedes alongside a glass of wine in the warm afternoon sun.

Best food in Greece

From an array of antipasto dips like taramasalata and tzatziki, to heavier main courses of grilled meats and fresh fish, Greek cuisine is internationally recognized for its deliciousness. Trafalgar will take you to the heart of Greece’s culinary traditions, each mouthful and mealtime an utter treat.

What to pack for Greece

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Long, breathable pants or skirts

Often warm all year around, and extremely hot during summer, long, light clothing is ideal for daytime sightseeing in Greece – particularly when visiting historic religious sites that require modest attire.

A stainless steel water bottle

Whether you’re basking ocean-side beneath the hot sun or trekking the ancient monuments of this distinct country, you’ll need to stay hydrated. Stainless steel bottles keep your water cold for eight hours while treading lightly on the environment.

Walking shoes

Comfortable shoes are a must when you’re out from morning to night. Choose sturdy, open-toe walking sandals or closed toe sneakers to ensure you can walk effortlessly for hours.

A wide-lens camera

From coasts spanning miles of sea to some of the world’s most spectacular ruins, Greece is bursting with scenes you will want to remember forever. A wide-lens camera will make it easier to capture the views.

Sun protection

Whether it’s SPF50+ sunscreen, a wide-brimmed sun hat or long-sleeved clothing, some form of sun protection is crucial when visiting this popular summer vacation spot.

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3 Incredible Itineraries for Travelers Heading to Greece This Year

Three Greece travel experts weigh in on how to craft the perfect trip — top hotels, informative tours, and Cycladic islands included.

Paul Brady is the news director at Travel + Leisure and the brand's expert on cruise travel. He has been covering the travel industry for more than 15 years for outlets including Condé Nast Traveler , Skift , and The Huffington Post .

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In the past few years, tourism to Greece has boomed. With the summer high season only a few months away, now’s the time to lock in your own plans, whether they call for a tour of the classics or something a little more adventurous. Here, a collection of trips from the three Greece experts on Travel + Leisure ’s A-List .

A Classic Crowd Pleaser, Arranged by Petros G. Zissimos of Hellenic Holidays

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This quintessential itinerary includes visits to some of Greece’s most iconic destinations, Zissimos says, adding that “it’s our most popular trip for 2023 so far.” Touch down in Athens, where you can hit highlights such as the Acropolis and Areopagus with a guide, then explore neighborhoods like Kolonaki and Plaka on your own. Zissimos recommends staying two nights at the well-situated Electra Metropolis before heading off to the Cycladic island of Mílos, accessible either by air (45 minutes) or by ferry (from three hours).

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“Mílos has dozens of beaches to visit, with different combinations of sand, stone, and shells,” says Zissimos, who’s especially partial to Sarakiniko. He also recommends a sailing excursion to Kleftiko, where volcanic rock formations make for spectacular photos, and an evening in the town of Adamantas, where tavernas line the waterfront. The seaside Melian Boutique Hotel & Spa , on the northeastern tip of the island, is a go-to for Zissimos.

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You’ll need a morning for the four-hour ferry ride to Naxos, an island offering a solid combo of archaeological sites and contemporary adventures. “There’s a beach for everything here,” Zissimos notes. “Agios Georgios is known for windsurfing, while Mikri Vigla is the place for kitesurfing.” In between, Zissimos can arrange guided visits to the Temple of Demeter and the Portara, the 2,500-year-old marble gate that stands at the entrance to Naxos Harbor. His preferred place to stay is Villa Marandi Suites , with its whitewashed ocean-view rooms.

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After breakfast, catch a high-speed ferry (90 minutes) to Santorini, then check in to the cliff-top Grace Hotel, Auberge Resorts Collection . Spend the next day on a sailing excursion, complete with snorkeling stops. Zissimos can also set up wine tastings and recommend hikes, like the coastal path from Fira to nearby Imerovigli, with its jaw-dropping views of the caldera. Zissimos suggests leaving time for dinner in the ever-in-demand village of Oia, known for its sunsets. From there, ferry or fly back to Athens for the trip home.

Something Less Expected, Planned by Christos Stergiou of TrueTrips

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The capital is a must-see, Stergiou says, “because its classical history has so distinctly influenced modern thought.” He suggests a guided tour that takes in both the ancient and the contemporary, with visits to the Acropolis Museum and the Temple of Olympian Zeus as well as landmarks around central Syntagma Square, including the Greek Parliament. Conveniently, his hotel pick, Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel , is located on the same square. “It’s the grande dame of Athenian hotels,” Stergiou says.

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From Athens, head for Patmos, “an island that exudes a unique aura thanks to its seemingly untouched natural beauty,” Stergiou says, adding that it’s a Christian pilgrimage site, as it is believed to be the place where the Book of Revelation was written. His favorites include the village of Chora, a UNESCO World Heritage site and “one of the best-preserved medieval settlements in the Aegean.” Stergiou can also arrange for private boat excursions for sightseeing, swimming off uncrowded beaches, and dining in a hyperlocal family-run restaurant. His go-to hotel is close to his heart: the Petra has been in the Stergiou family since 1989. The 11-suite inn is now part of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

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After a late checkout, hop aboard the overnight ferry from Patmos back to Athens — in a private cabin, of course. In the morning, it’s an easy one-hour flight to Páros, a place Stergiou calls “up-and-coming, or maybe already there.” Make your way, with a guide, to the island’s north and the Environmental and Cultural Park of Páros. The area “is filled with fascinating attractions, including the old shipyard and the Monastery of Agios Ioannis Detis, built right above the sea.” Check in at Cosme, a Luxury Collection Resort , where Stergiou likes the Aether suites, with their sea views. Spend the rest of your time either lounging on Páros’s sandy beaches or making day trips to nearby islands like Antiparos, before taking the ferry (from 90 minutes) over to Santorini.

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“It’s not exactly under the radar,” Stergiou notes of Santorini, “but with the right guides, you can still tap in to the more traditional side of the island.” He recommends spending one day exploring Assyrtiko vineyards, such as Domaine Sigalas; he also suggests a guided walk through Oia, the picturesque if popular village that still conceals a few lesser-known corners. As for where to stay, the Canaves Oia Epitome strikes the right balance between proximity to the island’s best restaurants and seclusion — particularly when you’re booked in a one-bedroom pool villa. Stergiou suggests one last night back at the Grande Bretagne before your flight home.

Off the Tourist Trail, Recommended by Mina Agnos of Travelive

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Start in Athens, Agnos says, “but unless you’ve never been to the Acropolis, I’d suggest instead a tour of the stunning archaeological site of Cape Sounion, south of the city, where there are spectacular sunsets.” Spend another day on a guided tour of the city’s cafés and ouzeri, low-key bars that serve the anise-flavored spirit along with platters of meze. Agnos loves the centrally located and newly opened hotel Xenodocheio Milos , from the group behind the Estiatorio Milos restaurants.

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Your next stop is Sérifos, “a Cycladic island that has some of the most stunning beaches in Greece, including sandy Psili Ammos, which is often on lists of Europe’s best,” Agnos says. More rugged and lesser-known than nearby spots such as Mílos, it’s nevertheless easily accessible by ferry (from two hours). Agnos suggests taking time to explore the island’s mythological sites, such as the ancient construction known as the Throne of the Cyclops, before spending time swimming or hiking. She recommends the Hotel Rizes overlooking the port.

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From there, it’s onward by ferry (from 6 1⁄2 hours) to Naxos, the beachy island that’s also a favorite of Zissimos. For her part, Agnos recommends the island’s many hikes (like a half-day round-trip from the village of Chalki) and can also arrange for cooking or pottery classes. Stay at the hilltop 18 Grapes , with its two pools and views of the sea, or Naxian on the Beach , which has 10 seafront suites.

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From Naxos, it’s an easier ferry (from 90 minutes) west to Sífnos, a less-visited Cycladic island with a growing reputation for food. “It’s famous in Greece for having some of the country’s best culinary experiences,” Agnos explains, as it’s the birthplace of distinctive dishes such as revithada, a chickpea stew, and mastelo, red-wine-braised lamb. The island also has its share of hikes, from easy three-mile loops to challenging nine-milers. Agnos recommends a stay at the Elies Resorts , on Vathi Beach.

A version of this story first appeared in the February 2023 issue of Travel + Leisure under the headline "The Best of Greece, Three Ways."

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What to Do in Greece in May: Sites and Activities for 2024

If you are wondering what is like in Greece in May, the answer is that it is the perfect time to be in Greece! May is the best month (along with September ) to visit mainland Greece and the Greek islands and have a wonderful vacation.

A big rock in the sea in Agios Ioannis, Skopelos, Mamma Mias Location.Greece in May.

The fields and the valleys are still green and fully blossomed wherever you go to the country, making the outdoor activities magical. For 2024, Greek Orthodox Easter will be May 5th so this will be a fantastic opportunity to experience up close the tradition and the Easter celebrations.

A beautiful gorge with lot of flowers and green with blue sky in Olympus Mountain. Greece in May.

The weather in Greece in May is almost summerish, sunny, and warm with little rain and the seawater is warm enough for swimming (especially towards the end of May).

Black orthodox Saints Milies pelion central square.Greece in May.

Other great reasons to visit Greece in May are the shoulder season hotel bargains and the lack of huge crowds in the sites, as it happens in July and August. So, all that adds up to perhaps the most perfect month of the year!

The Top Things to Do in Greece in May are:

  • Explore Athens
  • Go to Popular Islands: Santorini, Mykonos, Paros, Rhodes
  • Delve into Unique Pelion Mt Villages
  • Marvel at a 3-Day Trip to Delphi and Meteora
  • Visit Peloponnese’s Archaeological Sites
  • Discover Mamma Mia’s Film Destinations

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Best Things to Do in Greece in May!

1. visit athens, the ancient capital of greece.

Plaka, Old Athens under the Acropolis Hill taken from a drone.Greece in May.

Athens is a large, modern metropolis, adorned with famous monuments such as the UNESCO Acropolis Citadel and with thousands of history behind it.

Herodes Attikus Odeon on Acropolis Hill and eight people taken pictures.Greece in May.

Strolling Athens streets is a wonderful experience as you come across relics of the civilizations and religions that have passed through the city during the centuries. The most prominent ancient Greek sites go back to the Mycenean era, all the way to the Classical, and Hellenistic times, a little before the invasion of the Romans.

An alley of Athens Old Town Plaka with two people walking and view to Acropolis Hill.Greece in May.

Athens’ picturesque areas like Plaka, house beautiful monuments from Empires such as the Roman, the Byzantine , the Ottoman , and everything in between.

May is a perfect month to visit Athens’ numerous sites and museums, in a much less crowded fashion, and also to hit the nearby beaches! You can see the Athens Monuments in two days and organize day trips to nearby Saronic islands or sites.

A beautiful sandy beach in Athens Riviera taken from a drone.

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2. Go to Santorini, Mykonos, Paros, Rhodes

May is the best time to go to the super-popular Greek Islands for several reasons:

Prasonisi Beach in Rhodes Island taken from a drone.

  • The sea will be warm enough to swim, especially in Rhodes which can be hot during the summer
  • There will be no huge crowds to watch the mesmerizing sunset in Santorini and can find tables much easier in the best Santorini diners
  • Most businesses will be open and running and will be offering Santorini Catamaran tours or Mykonos Guided City Walking Tour with Photoshoot

Scarpa bar on Mykonos island in front of sea with many people sitting.

  • You can drink a cocktail at Little Venice in Mykonos without breaking the bank or book in advance your seat
  • The hotels in the islands have still shoulder season prices

Whitewashed port and houses in Naousa Paros.

  • If you visit Paros and the other Cycladic Islands in early May, they will be covered in wildflowers, and herbs like wild oregano, and thyme, and they will be at their greenest
  • The ferries from Athens in May run frequently between the islands check FerryScanner for rates and timetables

3. Explore Pelion Mt Unique Villages

Pelion  mountai Village in sunset taken from a drone.

Greece in May is especially beautiful in the countryside and in particular on Pelion Mt. or the Mountain of the Centaurus. Pelion is a deeply forested and fertile peninsula 336 km from Athens (3 hours and 45 minutes) and 219 km from Thessaloniki.

Main square Portaria with tables and chairs and plants  and beautiful flowers in pots.

Pelion has 28 traditional, and picturesque villages and some of them are by the sea with amazing sandy beaches. Pelion villages are very popular for visitors who wish to experience authentic Greece and visit centuries-old monasteries, folklore museums, and old libraries.

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Some of the best things to do in Pelion in May are to swim in the warm waters of the Pagasetic Gulf, take a cooking class , sea Kayaking , or e-bike tour of South Pelion .

Read more about some of the Pelion Villages of Portaria , Makr i nitsa , Zagora , and Milies .

4. Enjoy a 3-Day Trip to Delphi and Meteora

Delphi Oracle ancient theater taken from a drone.

Greece is a mountainous country so some sites are much more difficult to get to them than others especially if you are visiting during the heat of the Greek summer. Two great examples are the steep uphills of Delphi and the endless steps to get to some of the Meteora Monasteries .

A man standing and looking at Meteora Monasteries at sunset.

Delphi and Meteora are best visited in May and on a 3-day trip, spending a night in Delphi and one night in Meteora. A draft of the itinerary can be:

Day 1: Athens – Ancient Olympia in the Peloponnese – Galaxidi seaside town, 30 km away from Delphi. Spend your evening in the beautiful Galaxidi and stay at the best Boutique Hotel in town with the most delicious handmade marmalades: Ganimede Hotel, Galaxidi .

Meteora Monasteries Varlaam taken from a drone.

Day 2: Visit the Delphi Archaeological Site, stroll Arachova town, go to UNESCO Osios Loukas Monastery, drive to Meteora, and stay overnight in Kalambaka town. The best Hotel to stay at in Kalambaka is Archontiko Mesohori Suites & Apartments .

Day 3: Visit Meteora Monasteries.

Hassle-free 3-day tour to Delphi and Meteora organized by Get Your Guide Operators

5. Discover Peloponnese’s Archaeological Sites

Evgenia under the date of lions  in Mycenae.

If you love the combination of history and stunning landscapes, then you should visit the Peloponnese in May, where everything is still blossoming. Peloponnese houses some spectacular Archaeological sites which are wonderfully located near beautiful towns and lovely seaside villages.

The most important archaeological sites in the Peloponnese, separated into the regions they belong to are:

Ancient Messene stadium taken from a drone.

  • Corinth : Ancient Corinth , Ancient Isthmia , Iraion Perachora Loutraki
  • Argolida : UNESCO Mycenae , UNESCO Sanctuary of Asklepios in Epidaurus , Ancient Argos , UNESCO Tiryns, Ancient Nemea , Acropolis of Kazarma, Ancient Assini
  • Lakonia : UNESCO Mystras, Monemvasia Castle, Ancient Sparta
  • Achaia : Patras Roman Odeon and Stadium
  • Messinia : Ancient Messene, Nestor’s Palace
  • Arkadia : The Lykosoura Site
  • Ilia : UNESCO Ancient Olympia, UNESCO Temple of Epicurius Apollo at Bassae , Ancient Ilida

The best way to visit the sites is by renting a car and driving to the areas.

6. Explore Mamma Mia’s Destinations

A view of a beach in Skopelos Island with a lot of green two fishing boats and two yaghts taken from a drone.

This is probably the most fun adventure you can indulge yourself in while visiting Greece in May! The popular film ‘Mamma Mia’ was filmed on the islands of Skopelos and Skiathos in the Sporades group and Damouchari village in eastern Pelion.

A sandy beach called Kastani in Skopelos with a lot of trees taken from a drone.

The main shooting of the film took place in Skopelos: the wedding chapel is Agios Ioannis in Kastri, and the beach is in Kastani.

A beach with a small boat and whitewashed houses beside the sea in Skiathos Island.

Mamma Mia in Skiathos was filmed in the old port next to the picturesque Bourtzi (the scene with the boat at the beginning of the film). The third location is in Pelion , in Damouchari’s tiny port village and this is where Meryl Streep dives from the platform, while all the ladies sing with her the ‘Dancing Queen’ while walking down the steps.

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To visit the Sporades islands you need to go to Volos port and from there take the ferries to Skopelos or Skiathos. Book your ferry transfer with FerryScanner .

Read here How Best to Tour Mamma Mia’s Locations in Greece

Events to Participate in May

  • Athens Street Food Festival , with recipes from Greece and all over the world.
  • Every May at Skiathos the popular match race sailing of the Skiathos Palace Cup takes place.

What to Wear in Greece in May

Young woman sitting in front of sea in Milos island.

May’s highest temperatures vary between 22.8 and 30.2 C and the lowest between 11 and 18 C. For this kind of weather, you need to pack a smart combination of summer (t-shirts and shorts) and warmer clothes for cooler nights or a sudden change of weather.

I would suggest a smart bikini bottom that you can combine with different tops for the beach. Another essential item is Spyder Women’s Encore Fleece Jacket (amazon), warm, classy, and convenient for any outdoor activity or the chillier nights in Greece.

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Top Things to Do in Greece in May:

  • Go to popular Islands: Santorini, Mykonos, Paros, Rhodes
  • Delve into unique Pelion Mt villages
  • Marvel at a 3-Day trip to Delphi and Meteora
  • Visit Peloponnese’s archaeological sites
  • Discover Mama Mia’s Film Destinations

Where is your dream destination in Greece?

I’d love to hear about where you’re spending your vacation this year, and if you have any exciting travel plans! There are so many things to do in Greece in May, especially if this is your first time in the country. I hope that you get the chance to try as many as possible. Till next time, Evgenia❤️

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This is the most spectacular destination in the Mediterranean and holds the most prehistoric settlement in the region. The ancient town of Akrotiri was once destroyed and consequently preserved by a volcanic eruption around 1450 B.C. The excavation site of this city is known as the “Minoan Pompeii.” But perhaps the island’s greatest draws are its vineyards, whitewashed chapels, volcanic cliffs, and famous wines of Santorini.

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Known as the “whitewashed jewel of the Cyclades islands” or the “Island of the Winds,” it is said that the island was formed from the petrified bodies of giants killed by Hercules. It also gets its name from the grandson of Apollo - “Mykonos.” In the island’s capital town you will find the church, town hall, castle, the Archaeological, Folklore, and Maritime Museums, and a shopper’s paradise – Matoyianni Street.

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Athens is the capital city of Greece and the historical capital of Europe. It is home to many celebrated ancient monuments including the imposing Acropolis, the ruins of the Temple of Zeus, the Royal Palace, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Olympic Stadium, and Hadrian’s Gate – the symbolic entrance to the city. It also has the charming Plaka neighborhood which has been without interruption since antiquity.

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One of the most well-known tourist destinations in Greece, Olympia is located in the western Peloponnese, known as the “Valley of the Gods.” Surrounded by beautiful scenery from the Arcadian Mountains, it is home of the first Olympic Games that were held in 776 B.C. You can walk through the ruins of the ancient Olympic stadium, witness amazing sculptures at the museum, or even attend one of the many festivals held throughout the year.

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Meteora Monastery:

Over 600 years ago Byzantine monks chose to build their monastic community atop limestone rock “towers” that extend nearly 900 feet into the air, making them virtually inaccessible. It is one of the greatest monuments in the world, and is the most important monastic center in Greece. You can climb these rocks and travel the paths hidden behind the massive rocks.

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Delphi ruins:

Delphi was regarded as the center of the world and had the most famous oracle of ancient Greece. The site includes two sanctuaries dedicated to Apollo and Athena, and other buildings that were mostly intended for sports. The earliest finds in Delphi date back to 4000 B.C. from the Korykeion Andron, a cave where the first rituals took place. The ruins are filled with an enormous amount of history and beauty.

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Greek Olive Farm:

Olives and olive oil are staples of the Mediterranean diet, and Greece is a major grower and producer of olive products. A visit to a Greek olive farm can provide a taste of Greek culture and serve as a window into everyday life in the country. Tours, tastings, meals, and cooking classes hosted at olive farms are all wonderful options on the table when venturing into Greece’s countryside.

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Travel back in time with a visit to Athens’s old city – the Plaka. The hilly cobblestone streets are lined with historic buildings housing small shops, sidewalk cafes and family-owned restaurants making this neighborhood Athens’ crowned jewel. The neighborhood comes alive at night. The alleyways fill with music and dancing and locals and visitors alike dine on their favorite traditional dishes.

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Getting around is easier than you would expect. Greeks can speak English enough to assist travelers, and street signs are in both Greek and English.

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Much of your trip may focus on the ancient past yet I suggest you also take time to explore the vibrant traditions that still live in today’s Greek culture.

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Greece is a welcoming destination year-round. Consider visiting October through May to beat the summer bustle, and with Greece’s 250+ days of sunshine in an average year, don’t forget your sunglasses.

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Explore the Mediterranean: Book Your Greece Cruise for May 2023 Now!

Greece is one of the most stunning vacation destinations in the world. People come from all across the globe to explore the ancient sites and stunning beaches of this Mediterranean country. With a Greece cruise in May 2023, you can experience all that this beautiful land has to offer!

From visiting the remains of ancient civilizations to taking part in exciting water sports, a Greece cruise has something for everyone. On board, you'll be able to enjoy first-class amenities and friendly on-board staff. Plus, with plenty of destinations along the way, you'll be able to take part in some truly amazing shore excursions.

But what stands out most about a Greece Cruise in May 2023 is the incredible weather . With temperatures ranging from mid-60s to mid-70s Fahrenheit, you can look forward to spending lots of time outdoors, soaking up the sun and taking part in numerous activities. Whether it's going for a swim at a nearby beach or strolling through an ancient site, there will be plenty of things for you to do.

If you're looking for an unforgettable European vacation, then a Greece Cruise in May 2023 is the perfect choice. With incredible scenery and friendly locals, it's sure to be an unforgettable experience.

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Is may a good time to cruise to greece, what is the best month to cruise the greek islands, do any cruise lines go to greece.

Explore the ancient ruins and historic ports of Greece on a cruise during the sunny month of May 2023. Enjoy the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea as you sail from port to port. Whether you're looking for a relaxing getaway or an action-packed holiday at sea, there is something for everyone on a Greece Cruise in May 2023!

  • Athens : Visit the capital of Greece and explore its celebrated archaeological sites, including the Acropolis and Parthenon.
  • Santorini : Take in the magnificent views from this picturesque island with its stunning cliffs, white-washed buildings, and winding streets.
  • Mykonos : Soak up the vibrant nightlife atmosphere, with plenty of bars, clubs, and beach parties to enjoy.
  • Corfu : Discover medieval castles, traditional villages, and peaceful coves on this beautiful Ionian island.

Yes, May is a great time to cruise to Greece . The weather is mild and sunny, with temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to mid-70s Fahrenheit. The days are longer, allowing for more opportunities to explore the many attractions of this beautiful country. In addition, May is a great time to enjoy traditional Greek cuisine and take in the stunning views of the Aegean Sea.

Visitors can take advantage of the warm temperatures by going sightseeing or embarking on an adventure. For those looking for relaxation, there are plenty of beaches and resort towns offering the perfect escape from everyday life.

The Greek islands are perhaps most popular for their nightlife activities. There are plenty of clubs, bars, and live music performances that can keep you entertained all night long. Furthermore, many of these locations offer discounts during the month of May, making it a great time to visit and save money.

Overall, May is a wonderful time to cruise to Greece . With its pleasant weather and unique attractions, it is sure to make a lasting impression on any traveler.

The best month to cruise the Greek islands is from late May until the end of September. During this time, visitors can enjoy warmer temperatures and sunny skies, making it ideal for sailing in a relaxed way and exploring the numerous islands sprinkled throughout the Mediterranean Sea. The waters are also calmer during this period, providing more favourable conditions for cruising. Sun worshippers will also be delighted with the long hours of sunshine and mild temperatures during this season.

June and July are considered the peak months for sailing around the Greek islands but August comes a close second. During these months, you can find some of the most hospitable weather that Greece has to offer with temperatures rising to over 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit). The mild breezes make it comfortable to sail and explore, while stunning landscapes and vibrant cultures await you around every corner.

For those looking to avoid large crowds, travelling during April or October may provide a quieter experience but with slightly cooler temperatures. No matter what month you decide to cruise the Greek islands, there is no denying that it will be an unforgettable experience!

Is a cruise a good way to see the Greek islands?

A cruise is definitely a great way to see the Greek islands . Exploring the Mediterranean on a boat gives you the opportunity to experience many of the breathtaking beaches and ancient historic sites without ever having to worry about packing up and moving from one place to another. Not only do most cruise packages include meals, entertainment, and activities, but they also offer great value for money.

The best part of taking a cruise to explore the Greek islands is that you can visit multiple destinations in one trip. The islands are incredibly diverse and each one offers something unique. From Santorini's iconic whitewashed buildings and stunning cliffs to the crystal blue waters of Mykonos, there's something for everyone here. Plus, you'll get plenty of opportunities to take in the ancient culture with visits to archaeological sites like Delphi and Olympia.

Cruises are an ideal way for families, couples or solo travelers to vacation in Greece with ease. The experienced crew will be on hand to assist you throughout your journey, allowing you to relax and enjoy this incredible experience.

If you're looking for an exciting way to explore Greece, consider taking a cruise! Many cruise lines offer trips to the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas so you can experience the beauty of this ancient land. Cruise lines such as Princess Cruises, MSC Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Line all offer sailings to Greece. Depending on your itinerary, you may be able to take shore excursions to iconic landmarks like the Parthenon in Athens or volcanic islands like Santorini. Whether you're looking for a quick weekend getaway or a longer journey around the Greek Isles, there's sure to be a cruise package that meets your needs.

Greece is an amazing destination for a cruise. It offers a variety of different experiences and activities designed to suit everyone’s individual needs. The great thing about Greece is that it remains largely unchanged since the days of ancient mythology, with its idyllic islands, vibrant culture and stunning scenery. Cruising around the islands of Greece is an unforgettable experience and provides the opportunity to explore some of Europe’s most impressive historical sites. Cruises departing in May 2023 offer a perfect opportunity to appreciate the beauty of this remarkable country in all its glory. So if you're looking for a unique and memorable holiday, then look no further than a cruise to Greece in May 2023!

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Best Of Greece - 10 Days Tour

  • Starts Athens, Greece
  • Ends Santorini, Greece

Best of Greece - 10 Days

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  • No booking fees
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Activities City sightseeing & Museum and gallery visits City sightseeing , Museum and gallery visits , Cultural, religious and historic sites , Natural landmarks sightseeing & Cruise 'data-more-tripid='15870'>+3 more
  • Accommodation Hotel
  • Transport Private Vehicle, Ferry, Boat & Coach
  • Age Range 18-80 yrs
  • Operated in English
  • Brochure Price: US$ 2,325
  • Special Deal (20%): - US$ 465
  • Total Price from: US$ 1,860
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Island Hopping, Summer On The Greek Islands: Mykonos, Santorini, Crete Tour

  • Starts Mykonos, Greece
  • Ends Mykonos, Greece

Island Hopping, Summer On The Greek Islands: Mykonos, Santorini, Crete

  • Tour Type Small Group Tour
  • Activities Beach
  • Transport Boat, Taxi & Bus
  • Age Range 18-99 yrs
  • Brochure Price: US$ 1,135
  • Special Deal (15%): - US$ 170
  • Total Price from: US$ 965
  • May 02 10+ seats left

Athens To Santorini Tour

Athens to Santorini

  • Activities Cruise & Beach Cruise , Beach , Art and architecture , Food tours , Volcanoes & Culture shows and excursions 'data-more-tripid='3769'>+4 more
  • Transport Ferry, Bus & Taxi
  • Age Range 15-99 yrs
  • Brochure Price: US$ 2,825
  • Special Deal (15%): - US$ 424
  • Total Price from: US$ 2,401
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Best Of Greece Tour

  • Ends Athens, Greece

Best Of Greece

  • Activities Art and architecture & Getaways and short breaks
  • Transport Bus
  • Brochure Price: US$ 636
  • Special Deal (15%): - US$ 95
  • Total Price from: US$ 541
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Greece Classic Tour

Greece Classic Tour

  • Activities City sightseeing & Cultural, religious and historic sites City sightseeing , Cultural, religious and historic sites , Museum and gallery visits , Art and architecture & Natural landmarks sightseeing 'data-more-tripid='18289'>+3 more
  • Transport Private Vehicle
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Greek Island Wanderer Tour

Greek Island Wanderer

  • Activities Walking tours & Cultural, religious and historic sites Walking tours , Cultural, religious and historic sites , Natural landmarks sightseeing , Cruise , Food tours , Beach & Volcanoes 'data-more-tripid='17254'>+5 more
  • Transport Ferry, Bus, Boat & Taxi
  • Age Range 16-95 yrs
  • Brochure Price: US$ 2,760
  • Special Deal (7%): - US$ 200
  • Total Price from: US$ 2,560
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Best Of Greece Tour

Best of Greece

  • Activities Cultural, religious and historic sites & Art and architecture Cultural, religious and historic sites , Art and architecture , Natural landmarks sightseeing , Cooking classes & Cruise 'data-more-tripid='4935'>+3 more
  • Accommodation Hotel & Guest House
  • Transport Ferry, Bus, Taxi & Train
  • Age Range 12-95 yrs
  • Brochure Price: US$ 3,699
  • Special Deal (15%): - US$ 555
  • Total Price from: US$ 3,144
  • May 02 Only 10 seats left
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Best Of Greece Tour

  • Activities Cruise & Cultural, religious and historic sites Cruise , Cultural, religious and historic sites , Art and architecture , Beach , Food tours & Pub and bar crawl 'data-more-tripid='5529'>+4 more
  • Accommodation Hotel & Camping
  • Transport Ferry, Bus, Train, Private Vehicle & Taxi
  • Brochure Price: US$ 5,185
  • Special Deal (10%): - US$ 519
  • Total Price from: US$ 4,666
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Best Experience Of Greece Tour

Best Experience of Greece

  • Trip customizable
  • Activities City sightseeing & Cultural, religious and historic sites City sightseeing , Cultural, religious and historic sites , Art and architecture , Museum and gallery visits , Walking tours & Natural landmarks sightseeing 'data-more-tripid='37824'>+4 more
  • Transport Ferry
  • Age Range 1-99 yrs
  • Brochure Price: US$ 2,600
  • Special Deal (35%): - US$ 910
  • Total Price from: US$ 1,690

Wonders Of Ancient Greece - 7 Days Tour

Wonders of Ancient Greece - 7 Days

  • Activities City sightseeing & Art and architecture City sightseeing , Art and architecture , Museum and gallery visits , Cultural, religious and historic sites & Natural landmarks sightseeing 'data-more-tripid='16131'>+3 more
  • Transport Private Vehicle & Coach
  • Brochure Price: US$ 1,555
  • Special Deal (20%): - US$ 311
  • Total Price from: US$ 1,244
  • May 06 10+ seats left

Sail Greece: Santorini To Mykonos Tour

  • Starts Santorini, Greece

Sail Greece: Santorini to Mykonos

  • Activities Sailing, yachting and motor boating
  • Accommodation Yacht Cabin
  • Transport Boat, Yacht & Bus
  • Brochure Price: US$ 1,680
  • Special Deal (3%): - US$ 43
  • Total Price from: US$ 1,637
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Best Of Greece & Greek Islands Hopping Tour

Best of Greece & Greek Islands Hopping

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  • Accommodation Ship Cabin & Hotel
  • Transport Ferry, Bus & Flight
  • Brochure Price: US$ 1,945
  • Special Deal (10%): - US$ 195
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Walking On The Greek Islands Tour

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Sailing Greece - Mykonos to Santorini Tour

Sailing Greece - Mykonos to Santorini

Great tour, would do it all over again.

Greece Classic Tour Tour

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Greece Classic Tour

Accommodation was excellent. Fantastic hotels. Our guide was very knowledgable but did sometimes go into too much detail and overloaded us a bit on all the greek mythology. She was lovely though. Driver Nicko was lovely also although did go very fast through the winding roads. He did slow down after we asked him to and told him we were scared.

Athens to Santorini Tour

Athens to Santorini

A small group size combined with a passionate tour leader made this trip an once in a lifetime experience. Everything was extremely well planned focusing on the safety and satisfaction of the group. I will definitely travel with Intrepid again and would recommend Intrepid to anyone who likes to travel like a local while having fun with like minded travellers.

Sailing Greece - Santorini to Santorini Tour

Sailing Greece - Santorini to Santorini

Surpassed my expectations! Had an amazing time and got shown the best of all the spots!

Paradisial Peloponnese (All Inclusive & Guided In-Depth Tour) Tour

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Paradisial Peloponnese (All Inclusive & Guided In-Depth Tour)

This was a tour of a lifetime! If you like small, personal tours, this is it. George took us to all the major sites and then to area where only locals go. We never would have found some of the places and experiences on our own. He took care of everything for us. Every meal was different and delicious. Stevie, who guided us around the Archeological sites was extremely knowledgeable and brought it all to life with her many stories and humor. If you want to have an in-depth view of the Peloponnese, book this tour now.

Treasures of Crete Tour

Treasures of Crete

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The Labyrinth of Crete

We were picked up from Heriklion and taken to our hotel. Hotel was good, my only comment is that we would have preferred to pay a little extra and gone all inclusive as we could only have food in the evening meal which also included water that we had to pay for. However, hotel its self was very good and plenty of shops to look at on the road. Bus stop just opposite hotel took you to Heraklion for about E3. All Tours picked up from the hotel as specified. boat trip and lunch was good. Trip to knossos was very informative and ticket was also valid for the museum in Heraklion, which we visited in the afternoon. The safari trip was fantastic. Jason our guide was funny and knowledgable. We learnt a lot about the villages in the mountains, saw the sunken village, visited a goat herder and watched cheese being made then tried them with raki. Amazing Day especially travelling on the roads up the mountains. Very good value for money.

Greece Sailing Adventure: Cyclades Islands Tour

Greece Sailing Adventure: Cyclades Islands

The trip was the best holiday I have ever done . Great skipper who made sure we all mingled and got along. Recommended great things to do on each island , weather was beautiful and sailing a lot of fun . The skipper Kutte joined in and a lot of laughs had by all. Very professionally organised ,rate it 0 out of 10

Greece Discovery Tour Tour

Greece Discovery Tour

Overall my 10 day trip of Greece was a wonderful vacation. When we arrived at the Athens airport our transportation to our hotel did not show up. So we needed to call Travel Zone who instructed us to take a taxi. We did get reimbursed for the cost of the taxis but this was a very stressful way to start our vacation. When we meet with our travel representative Effie for the first time on day 0 she informed us of the cost of 45 Euros per person for monument fees. I could not find any information which was previously sent to us outlining this extra cost. I did not understand why this extra charge was not built in to the cost of the entire trip and prepaid prior to our departure. I was forced to use Euros which I needed for my vacation. Outside of the above our travel guide on the 4 day tour of Greece was very knowledgeable, well spoken, kind and considerate. The tour bus “GO Tours” was very comfortable and the bus driver was very competent. All the hotels were very satisfactory and the included breakfast and dinner were very good. The entire tour ran on time and our punctuality was stressed from the beginning. Overall I am pleased with my selection of this 10 day guided tour of Greece from Tour Radar, Fez Travel and Travel Zone. I feel that my limited time in Greece was spent very efficient, the dinner reservations for Xmas eve and New Years Eve recommended by our guides were excellent. Thank you

Mykonos, Santorini & Athens Experience - Premium SemiPrivate Tour Tour

Mykonos, Santorini & Athens Experience - Premium SemiPrivate Tour

Splendid service! The tour to the small Delos island was a unique experience. This island is uninhabited and it was one of the most sacred places in ancient Greece. The archeological site is excellently preserved an the ruins are almost intact.

2 Greek Islands Tour - 5 Days - Paros & Santorini - Premium Tour

2 Greek Islands Tour - 5 Days - Paros & Santorini - Premium

The volcano of Santorini is impressive! You can stand on the crater edge and just smell the sulfur flowing up from the ground! All the services were excellent.

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Greece Islands w/4 Star stays & fast Ferries

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Greek Island Wanderer

We did the Andros self guided walking hol . Cannot really find fault with virtually anything, the stuff from Explore was incredibly detailed, accomodation was very good, routes also good. The last accomodation at Agios Petros was very good but in a slightly 'No man's land' area. It was a fair distance to any choice of Tavernas & a mini market along a rather busy & in some places narrow road.
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Loved the experience! Great people, swimming spots and got to experience a lot of different islands.
Travel to/from Athens + link taxi were great. The tour itself was good but demanding - about 12 hours each day, either visiting a venue of travelling (not a little of which had to be in evening darkness at this time of year). Tour guide had truly encyclopaedic knowledge of each of the sites visited.
Mia our leader gets 10/10! We were lucky to have her as our guide. She made everything easy and we saw so much in a short time. This has been a memorable trip. It's my first Intrepid tour. I will definitely be doing more and will recommend them to my friends!! Thanks Intrepid
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Cruise to Greece and Greek Isles where temples, amphitheaters and villages preserved in volcanic ash still reveal the mysteries of the past. Enjoy dramatic sunsets across translucent waters while exploring the white cliffs of Milos, or transport yourself to the ancient past at ruins found on nearly every Greek island. The Temple of Aphaia looms over Aegina, while Delos Island hosts the incredible Terrace of the Lions. You'll find the world-famous Acropolis on Rhodes Island and the Akrotiri on Santorini. But don't forget to watch the sun rise over the Aegean while visiting the renowned windmills of Mykonos. Discover the magic with a Greece and Greek Isles cruise.

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Santorini only has villages, not towns, and these diverse areas provide a firsthand glimpse into Greek life. Because the whole island is less than 28 square miles, it's not difficult to take in most of the sights from the looming cliffs and still have time for shopping, eating and some down time on the Aegean Sea.

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Greece's underwater worlds complete with seahorses, eels and plenty of fish are almost too perfect not to grab your scuba gear and take the plunge. Santorini has an excellent dive center that will get you into the water fast with instructors who will guide you through the warm Mediterranean waters.

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Another great thing to do while in Greece are the daily tours of the volcano Nea Kameni, which is located on an uninhabited island close to Santorini, begin with a short boat ride, followed by a climb up to the volcanic craters that takes just over an hour. The tour then takes in hot springs and mud baths, where you can recharge your batteries.

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The largest of the Greek islands, Crete is both a beach paradise and home to some of the country's premier archaeological finds and attractions. Visit Greece and tour the Palace at Knossos, built by the Minoans more than 4,000 years ago, before exploring the Archaeological Museum, where the treasures of Knossos — including sculptures, jewelry and mosaics — are exhibited.

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Excavations of Akrotiri on Santorini Island date back to the Manoan Bronze Age, where the settlement was preserved in ash following a volcanic eruption in 1627 B.C. The site is still being excavated today, and you can witness history firsthand by exploring the vast settlement and the enormous ongoing archaeological dig.

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Delos is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world, and it's also the mythological birthplace of the sun god, Apollo, and his twin, Artemis, goddess of the moon and the hunt. You can spend hours exploring the ruins and learning about Greek history on the most sacred place of worship in Ancient Greece. Even the nearby old port has its own charm, with an amphitheater, sanctuary and various dwellings waiting to be explored.

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There’s nothing like spending a summer in Greece, and an adventure on Odyssey of the Seas℠ , is the perfect way to experience it. Scope picture-perfect sunsets in Santorini. Tour a local vineyard in Crete. And spend a day soaking up the sun on a golden-sand beach in Mykonos . You’re in for adventure no matter how you choose to isle away the time.

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You'll find excellent weather on the Greek islands throughout the year, but the best time to visit is between April and October, when temperatures range from the low 70s to the mid 80s, and the sun is nearly guaranteed.

Countless ruins like the Acropolis and the Akrotiri overlook the world-class beaches that are around nearly every corner on the islands. Whether you're more interested in a private cove on Zakynthos or a central beach with a party scene on Mykonos, the options are limitless.

While you will have no difficulty finding a wealth of fish and seafood on the islands, the history of trade on the islands create amazing international cuisine.

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Santorini is known for one-day yacht tours that give you a unique view of the island and its neighbors.

Ftelia Beach, on the northern side of Mykonos, is the place for watersports and windsurfing, as well as those sunsets everyone dreams about.

CUISINE EVERYTHING'S BETTA WITH A LITTLE FETA

The Greek islands are known for famous foods like feta cheese, but the location is also home to a slew of other delicacies. Olive oil plays a big part in the local cuisine, as does local produce such as tomatoes and other Mediterranean vegetables. Feast on feta me meli, baked feta wrapped in filo, or choriatiki, greek salad with tons of vegetables. While meat such as lamb, pork and veal are found everywhere, especially in gyros or keftethes (meatballs), fish and seafood are the undisputed stars, due to proximity to the sea.

Greek Feta Cheese and Kalamata Olives

SAY CHEESE!

Kefalonia is home to the legendary tiropita cheese puff, which is basically cheese baked in cheese, although you'll also find puffs filled with vegetables, particularly spinach, and even sometimes meat. You can also find local cheeses like feta, manuri or kefalotiri everywhere.

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EYES ON THE PIES

Meat pies filled with lamb, veal or sometimes pork are called kreatopita, and they are cooked with wine and tomatoes, garlic, cinnamon and nutmeg, creating a medley of flavors. There's also a variety called pastitsio that combines pasta and meat.

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FLEX YOUR MUSSELS

Your choices are endless when it comes to fresh seafood prepared according to local tradition. Try a simple shrimp and pasta dish, or go wild with octapodi kokkinisto, octopus in tomato sauce during your Greece cruise.

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Greece posts new tourism record in 2023 despite fires

Greece posts new tourism record in 2023 despite fires

ATHENS — Greece in 2023 posted a new record for tourism, the central bank said Wednesday, despite a prolonged heatwave and a series of destructive wildfires that necessitated thousands of evacuations.

Over 32.7 million people visited the country last year, the Bank of Greece said in releasing preliminary figures, despite the wave of wildfires around the country that left at least 26 dead.

In some areas, temperatures exceeded 46 degrees Celsius (114.8 Fahrenheit).

Tens of thousands of visitors had to be evacuated on the islands of Rhodes and Corfu in July. A month later, fires devastated a key national park near the border with Turkey.

Massive floods then struck central Greece in September.

In 2019, the year before the COVID-19 pandemic, foreign arrivals were at a then record of 31.3 million.

Revenue also set a new milestone with nearly €20.5 billion ($22.1 billion) compared to €18.15 billion in 2019.

Compared to 2022, EU traveler flows rose 15.6 percent while non-EU arrivals were also up by 20.8 percent.

The bank will release final figures in April.  — Agence France-Presse

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Greece May 2024

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$ 1,600 student cost*.

*Cost with the full university discount. $150 study abroad fee is not included in this amount.  University  discount applies to 1st CCS program only. Students who transfer in 58+ credits should contact the CCS  office to determine their level of discount.

There is a saying that when God made the earth, he saved the best for Greece. There are few places on the planet that have more beauty, more spectacular scenery, from mountains to islands to rivers and canyons, than the land of Greece.

Learning-intensive activities may include:

Experience ancient Greece, where the headquarters will be at Cosmovision Center. Visit Parliament, Syntagma Square, The Plaka, Acropolis, the 2004 Olympic Stadium, The Agora, Monastiraki Square, and Mars Hill. Experience the antiquities of Mycenae and Corinth. 

Thessaloniki

Experience contemporary Greece. Thessaloniki is a busy, vibrant city that is Greece’s second major economic, industrial, commercial and cultural center as well as a major transportation hub in southeastern Europe. Its commercial port is of great importance. The city has two state universities that host the largest student population in Greece. Home base in the north may be the beautiful sea-side village of Leptokarya. Additional locations and excursions in the north will include viewing Mount Olympus, Dion, ancient Philippi, the monasteries of Meteora and more.

Talk with local merchants in Thessaloniki and service employees in both urban and rural communities. Shop at the local food market. Meet with community professionals who provide service to the community (i.e., doctor, teachers and school administrators, lawyer, judge). Discuss the difficult economic issues facing Greece with the locals in many locations.

Education & Family

Talk with families in rural and suburban communities to become acquainted with traditional family customs. Visit primary and secondary schools to understand the Greek education system. Examine current social issues through conversation with local citizens of all ages and media. Eat meals in family owned restaurants with local citizens to engage in conversations with the locals and understand more about contemporary Greek life.

Speak with local citizens about their perception of current government, membership in the EU, and understand the role Greece has played in democracy past, present, future and the current role of Greece in global issues and perspectives. Meet with a person from the American Embassy. Visit Greek parliament and hear a presentation by an official representative. Understand the challenges an island nation faces with immigration and migration of many people from Africa and the Middle East to Europe through Greece.

Visit the local Greek Orthodox Church. Speak with the local priest and parishioners. Examine the integration of church and state in Greek culture and society. Visit at least one non-Orthodox church and discuss the role of that religious perspective in Greek society. Visit and study historical sites identified in New Testament writings (i.e., Paul’s journeys). Visit with local missionaries and evangelists and examine the role of evangelism in Greek culture. Engage in helping ministries in Athens to learn up close and personal about the immigration issues facing Greece and evangelical ministries to the illegal immigrants and people migrating from areas of conflict. Talk with people involved in NGOs helping women entrapped in prostitution through poverty or trafficking.

“The Greece CCS program changed my life and how I look at the world. I learned so much about Greek culture, history, and myself. The people we met will forever be on my mind. Greece is an absolutely breathtaking country and an amazing culture. Our guide and our hosts were very kind and gracious when it came to teaching us even simple Greek words. Visiting with Greek students was such an eye opener to culture. Being able to hang out with some of the students in Katerini was a lot of fun. Visiting places that are mentioned in the Bible made the Bible incredibly real to me. The food was delicious! I’m so happy I decided to go to Greece, it really changed how I view the world, and deepened my faith.” Jennifer St. Charles
“I do not know if I will ever feel as beautiful as I felt in Greece. It wasn’t that I felt physically beautiful, but instead, I was a part of something so beautiful that it allowed God to reach to new corners of my soul each day we spent there. The historical setting alone can bring tears to any traveler’s eyes. Standing exactly where Paul stood when he preached the Gospel makes the words jump off the Biblical page and into your heart. I saw the beauty of each Greek person inviting us to share an experience in their country, revealing Greek culture to us — the good and the bad, with hospitable spirits and incredible wit and charm. Dining next to the Aegean Sea with delicious food is very special! The most beautiful thing about Greece is that the people there have so much to teach us, and you will carry their lessons with you forever. You can only fully understand the pure beauty of Greece if you sojourn it yourself!” Sara Burge
“Before coming to Greece, I had this nonchalant attitude about the Greek economic crisis, assuming it was similar to what is happening in America right now. It’s not, it’s much worse. Seeing so much of the U.S.’s future in Greece’s current crisis, I’m faced with a choice. How will I let this knowledge change the way I live I can choose to live in a way that doesn’t allow consumerism. Only in traveling to another country, where consumerism has been the cause of downfall, was I able to so clearly realize this about my own culture and my own life.” Margaret Barley

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Departure dates.

May 2024 experiences will begin sometime during the week following the projected commencement date and will last 19–23 days. Students should not make irreversible plans until their departure date is confirmed by the CCS office in February 2024.

Health & Safety

This experience, like all CCS experiences, is subject to political and safety realities at the time of departure. CCS options can be physically and emotionally intense and stretching. Before enrolling, all participants should consult the disclosures on  Physical Hardships of CCS .

For more details on required immunizations consult the  immunizations chart .

Passports and immunizations required (both at additional cost).

CCS May program costs do not include summer school tuition charges. Participants who are full-time students at SAU both fall and spring semesters 2023–2024 are encouraged to consider NOT taking a class for interim (January 2024), as the available January credits may then be applied to the summer school tuition charges of a May or Summer 2024 CCS. Tuition and program costs are separate monies.

CCS program costs do not include: tuition, passport, immunizations, or the $150 study away fee. The study away fee provides basic medical evacuation insurance, travel photos, and support services.

CCS trips are not guaranteed and are subject to change .

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Houses and churches with blue roofs during twilight, Santorini Island, Cyclades, Greece.

Astounding archaeological sites, fresh flavours and idyllic islands – Greece has it all.

This charismatic nation continues to grace us with all the good things in life, from its rugged coastlines and postcard-worthy vistas to its beloved culinary traditions and fantastical myths that bring life to ancient monuments. Whether you're island hopping on a sailing trip through the Med , searching for answers at the Oracle at Delphi or enjoying the slower pace of smaller islands like Syros or Crete, a meal in a seaside taverna is non-negotiable. Befriend a few locals, tuck into a plate of baked feta and wash it down with a cloudy glass of ouzo. We promise you'll be saying 'opa!' in no time.

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Best time to visit.

Greece generally has a mild, Mediterranean climate, with July and August being the busiest months for tourism. With warm weather and plentiful sunshine, this is a great time for visiting the islands, swimming in the sea and lazing on the beach. Summers are generally hot and dry, with daytime temperatures rising to 30°-38°C (85°-100°F).

By mid-September, temperatures begin to fall and crowds thin, but it can still be hot. The weather remains generally calm and balmy well into October. If you can't get to Greece in the spring, and beaches are not your primary goal, this is a fine time to visit. By late October, ferry service and flights are cutting back and most facilities on the islands begin to close for the winter. But the cooler atmosphere makes Athens and the mainland all the more pleasant.

Read more about the best time to visit Greece

Culture and customs

Greece’s culture is very much influenced by its ancient past. The hallmarks of Western medicine, philosophy, drama and government can all be attributed to the mighty ancient Greek civilization – which is an incredible source of national pride. Traditional music and dance are still valued and used to commemorate celebrations throughout the year. The circle dance, for instance, dates to the Byzantine period. Even contemporary cuisine has its roots in ancient tradition.

Greeks place a high amount of value on ‘kefi’, which loosely translates to joy or passion. Life is meant to be lived to the fullest. For this reason, meals are leisurely and social gatherings are frequent, typically involving drinking, dancing and lively discussion. Common Greek customs, like smashing plates and dancing with a glass of water on your head, are considered expressions of kefi.

With more than 90% of the population being Greek Orthodox, religion plays an important part in everyday life. Religious festivals and ceremonies are commonplace, both in the mainland cities and small rural villages. Christmas and Easter are particularly important dates on the calendar, although religious celebrations are not limited to these times as there are daily, weekly and annual rites and rituals performed all throughout Greece’s mainland and islands. 

Food and drink

Greek cuisine favours simplicity and relies primarily on fresh local produce. Think vegetables, beans, nuts and grains; grilled meats and fresh fish; parsley, garlic, dill and mint; and punchy cheeses such as feta, kefalotyri and halloumi. Drinks-wise, locals will savour a Greek coffee at a kafeneio (coffeehouse) or glass of anise-flavoured ouzo (diluted with water) at an ouzeri – along with a couple of mezedhes (appetizers) – for hours. There’s also tsipouru (fermented distilled grape skins), raki (a tsipouru from Crete) and retsina (white wine flavoured with pine resin).

Read about what to eat in Greece

Read about what to drink in Greece

Geography and environment

Sharing land borders with Albania , Bulgaria , Turkey and Macedonia , Greece is located in Southern Europe and is surrounded by the Ionian, Mediterranean and Aegean Sea. Consisting of the mainland peninsula and an archipelago of more than 3000 islands, Greece is typically mountainous, containing peaks, karsts and canyons all over. Despite the mountainous topography, there is much arable land on Greece with small-scale farms successfully producing olives, peaches, melons, grapes, tomatoes and grain for export and local use. 

Greece’s highest peak, Mount Olympus, is famed for being the dwelling place of the 12 ancient gods in Greek mythology. The islands are mostly uninhabited and are formed in small chains (called archipelagos) within the Aegean Sea. Santorini , Mykonos and Corfu are among the more popular islands with tourists, though Crete and Evia are the largest islands. 

Top experiences in Greece

1. hike in syros.

Cruise around the Greek Islands and stretch your legs with a hike on the island of Syros. Discover golden beaches and sparkling blue water as you traverse the spectacular landscapes of one of Greece's most underrated islands. And, after all that exploring, treat yourself to some truly authentic Greek food at restaurants serving up tasty and fresh local produce.

Uncover one of Greece's best kept secrets on our  15 day Best of Greece Tour.

2. Swim in the Ionian Sea

Cross off another thing on your Greek bucket list by swimming and snorkelling in the azure Ionian Sea. Share the water with slow-moving sea turtles and catch a glimpse of playful dolphins as you effortlessly glide over colourful coral on a marine adventure you'll remember forever. While there are perfect locations to snorkel all over Greece, the best places include Corfu, Paxos and Lefkada.

Cruise the Ionian Coast on our  8 day Greece Sailing Adventure: Kefalonia to Corfu.

3. Discover Santorini

Greek islands don't get more picturesque than Santorini. From the epic sunsets that bathe the whitewashed buildings and volcanic-sand beaches in a golden glow each night to the clifftop villages full of ancient churches, quaint cafes, and neo-classical architecture sitting on cobbled streets, this island is like something straight out of your wildest dreams.

See Santorini from land and sea on our  8 day Sail Greece: Santorini to Mykonos trip.

4. Explore Mykonos

Claiming the title of 'most famous Greek island',  Mykonos  is a party-goers dream with bars and clubs scattered throughout the island. To make your trip to this magnificent island as memorable as possible, dine on traditional Mediterranean cuisine, lay out on beaches that look as if they've been created by the Gods themselves, and dance the night away with a cocktail in hand at a club by the water.

Enjoy the island's electrifying party scene on our  8 day Athens to Santorini trip.

5. Uncover Greek history in Athens

Athens can sometimes be overlooked in favour of islands boasting pristine beaches and crystal-clear water but this ancient city is well worth a visit in its own right - especially if you're a history buff. Wander the glorious marble citadel, home to the renowned Parthenon, and take in its impressive structure and significant history as one of the most important ancient sites in the Western world.

History buffs, this one's for you: explore Athens and beyond on our  8 day Classic Greece tour .

6. Marvel at Meteora

While there are thousands of impressive rock formations scattered throughout the world, none of them quite compare to the majesty of the Meteora. Suspended more than 1,000 feet in the sky and perched atop soaring karst pinnacles, these 14th-century masterpieces are a must-visit. Home to monks for hundreds of years, this unique attraction has been recognised as a UNESCO World-Heritage listed site and remains important to the historical significance of the area today.

See these sky-high monasteries on our  8 day Mainland Greece Discovery tour.

7. Visit the ruins of Delphi

Turn your Greek adventure from a good one into a great one by visiting the sacred sanctuaries of Apollo and Athena among the mountaintop ruins of Delphi. Once considered the centre of the Greek world, this UNESCO-listed site is not only incredibly beautiful with breathtaking views of the surrounding region but also offers an understanding of ancient rituals and worship undertaken by the people of Greece as early as 4,000 BC.

Step back in time on our  16 day Premium Greece in Depth tour.

8. Taste your way through Thessaloniki

This lively port city is the perfect combination of a thriving cultural scene, pulsing nightlife, delicious traditional cuisine, and storied historic sites, including the White Tower (which is a former prison and torture chamber) and the Arch of Galerius (part of Emperor Galerius’s complex palace during his rule in 297-311 AD).

Explore the gastronomic capital of Greece on our  8 day Mainland Greece Discovery trip.

9. Get a classic Greek experience on Crete

Between Europe's oldest city, Heraklion, the rugged shores, forests and gorges, and the quaint and sleepy fishing villages, a visit to Crete will give you the quintessential Greek experience. As one of the sunniest places in Greece (and possibly Europe), Crete is perfect for hiking, swimming and enjoying an outdoor meal at a local taverna.

Explore this sun-kissed island on our  7 day Highlights of Crete tour.

10. Sail around Greece

You know those moments in life when you wonder, is this even real? On a sailing trip in Greece’s Cyclades Islands, that happens a lot. Learn more about our sailing tour in Greece .

History and government

Early history.

The early history of Greece is among the world’s most fascinating, and like the other ancient civilisations of Egypt and Rome, Greece has many monuments still standing after centuries. The Greeks have been both the conquerors and the conquered, withstood the Plague and other natural disasters, and birthed some of the greatest literature, scientific developments, mathematical formulas and thought movements.

Recent history

In 1821, the Greeks fought against Ottoman rule during the Greek War of Independence, which resulted in Greece being recognised as an autonomous region in 1828. This was a time of great upheaval for the Greek people, with political assassinations, battles and plundering. After autonomy was granted, many years of change followed, with continued war and confrontation alongside intermittent periods of relative peace. The two World Wars had a profound effect on Greece, with many battles fought in Greece during the early 1940s (during the Axis occupation). Athens was liberated from this occupation in 1944 and the Greek government was restored. Greece joined the United Nations (as a founding member) in 1945 and NATO in 1952. During this time, many Greeks started moving to other parts of the world in a mass wave of widespread migration. The USA , Australia and Europe were popular destinations in this move, which saw hundreds of thousands of Greeks immigrate to other lands. In 2004, Athens successfully hosted the Summer Olympics once again. Yet more recently, Greece has come under the shadow of the European debt crisis which has crippled the economy. Despite this, the spirit of the Greek people endures as it has for eons.

From public markets and designer boutiques to European chain stores, Greece has every aspect of retail cornered.

If you are in the market for traditional Greek handicrafts, consider supporting the local economy by purchasing goods in the region that produces them. This includes silver from Ioannina; ceramics from Sifnos and Skopelos; and embroidery and lace from Crete, the Ionian Islands, Rhodes and Skiros.

Shopping hours vary throughout Greece. Stores in large cities and tourist areas are typically open from 9 am to 9 pm, while shops in other areas close around 2 or 3 pm and reopen between 6 and 9 pm three days a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday). Most stores are closed on Sundays.

Things to buy in Greece

1. Komboloi (worry beads)

These stress-relieving resin beads are meant to be turned through your fingers as you muse over life. With roots deep in ancient Greek cultural tradition, they make a great souvenir for friends wanting a slice of authentic Greece.

2. Botanical skincare

Greece is home to many brands of premium, organic skincare. Stock up on luxurious olive oil soap or enriching yoghurt-based moisturisers before you head home.

Travel safely and ward off evil by attaching a Mati (an ‘Evil Eye’) to your backpack. They’re cheap, available almost everywhere in Greece and are a great reminder of your travels in the Aegean.

4. Jewellery

Whether you prefer gold, silver, amber resin or colourful beads, Greece has a huge variety of jewellery on offer. Prices are typically lower than in many other parts of the world, so it’s likely you’ll be able to snap up a few bargains.

Festivals and events in Greece

The Greeks have been partying since the dawn of Western civilisation. Take Epicurus – he dedicated his life to seeking out pleasure, creating a philosophy now known as Epicureanism. As you travel through Greece you’ll encounter religious celebrations – Greek Orthodox is the main player here – that span the nation, as well as smaller celebrations that are regional affairs or isolated to particular islands. Expect food, drink, dancing and music, and plenty of throwbacks to the ancient Greeks. The only Greek tragedy is that you can’t fit every festival in.

Read more about festivals in Greece

Further reading

Greece travel faqs, do i need a covid-19 vaccine to join an intrepid trip.

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

When is the best time to visit Greece?

Greece is best experienced outside of winter for most travellers. The best time of year depends on what kind of holiday you’re after – whether you’re more interested in soaking up the island sun or ancient history.

Is it safe to visit Greece?

Greece has historically been a very safe place to visit though petty crime, like pickpocketing, can be an issue in well-touristed areas. Travellers should remain alert when visiting crowded places and keep an eye on their belongings.

Do you need a visa for Greece?

Greece is a member of the Schengen Convention, which means that if you travel to an EU member country or countries, like Greece, for a total of less than 90 days, a visa is not required. Citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the US, the UK and other member countries of the EU and Schengen area are included under this arrangement. Other countries do require a visa to visit Greece.

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Check the Essential Trip Information section of the itinerary for more information.

Is tipping customary in Greece?

There is not a strong tradition of tipping in Greece, particularly among the locals, but it’s become expected that tourists leave small tips while travelling through the country.

What is the internet access like in Greece?

You’ll be able to find wi-fi at most hotels, cafes, bars and restaurants throughout the well-touristed areas of Greece. Alternatively, you can pick up a local SIM card with a data package for continued access.

Can I use my mobile phone in Greece?

If you wish to use your mobile phone while in Greece and you are not from an EU country, you’ll need to pick up a local SIM card or activate global roaming before you leave home.

What are the toilets like in Greece?

Flushable, Western-style toilets are the norm in Greece. You may need to pay a small fee to use public toilets in some areas. Keep in mind that the Greek plumbing system isn’t the greatest and you may be asked to put toilet paper in the bin rather than flushing it.

What will it cost for a...?

Greece’s unit of currency is the euro:

  • A takeaway souvlaki or gyros = EUR € 3-6
  • Bottle of wine from the supermarket = EUR € 5–8
  • Meal in a local cafe = EUR € 15
  • Meal in a nice restaurant = EUR € 20­+
  • Ticket for the Acropolis (including other ancient sites) = EUR € 10-20
  • Domestic beer (Mythos or similar) at local bar = EUR €3-4.50
  • Espresso coffee = EUR €1.50

Can I drink the water in Greece?

Drinking the water in Athens and Thessaloniki is safe unless otherwise marked. On the islands, however, the water may not be suitable to drink.

For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.

Are credit cards widely accepted in Greece?

Credit cards are widely accepted in  Greece , particularly in the tourist areas. It’s actually a legal requirement, as a response to the financial crisis, that working Greek citizens aged below 65 have a credit card so most hotels, shops, cafes and restaurants should offer the option of paying by credit card.

It’s still worth having some euros on hand, if only to tip the bartender at your favourite island bar and guarantee quick service all evening.

What is ATM access like in Greece?

ATMs can be easily found in cities and towns across Greece, including on the Greek Islands.

What is the weather like in Greece?

Greece’s coast and islands enjoy a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and windy, rainy winters, while the inland regions have a more continental climate with cold winters and hot summers. In the northern mountains, close to the Bulgarian border, the winters are cold with heavy snowfall , while the summers are relatively mild.

What public holidays are celebrated in Greece?

  • 1 Jan: New Year’s Day
  • 6 Jan: Epiphany
  • Feb/Mar: Clean Monday
  • 25 Mar: 25th of March
  • Mar/Apr: Good Friday/Easter Monday
  • 1 May: Labour Day
  • June: Orthodox Holy Spirit Monday
  • 15 Aug: Dormition of the Holy Virgin
  • 28 Oct: The Oxi Day
  • 25 Dec: Christmas Day
  • 26 Dec: Synaxis of the Mother of God

Please note that Greece public holidays may vary. 

Is Greece safe for LGBTQIA+ travellers?

Greece is one of the most popular LGBTQIA+ holiday destinations in the world, with a long history of same-sex relationships dating back to Sappho, the Greek poet, whose home island of Lesvos has become a pilgrimage site for lesbians. Though same-sex marriage is not legal, marriages performed in the EU have been recognised since 2018 and discrimination against sexual orientation or gender identity is banned by law.

For more detailed and up-to-date advice, we recommend visiting  Equaldex  or  ILGA  before you travel.

If you are travelling solo on an Intrepid group tour, you will share accommodation with a passenger of the same gender as per your passport information. If you don’t identify with the gender assigned on your passport, please let us know at time of booking and we’ll arrange the rooming configuration accordingly. A single supplement is available on some tours for travellers who do not wish to share a room.

Is Greece accessible for travellers with disabilities?

Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. We’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and, where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

Though access to sights and hotels has improved in Athens over recent years, Greece is a difficult destination for travellers with disabilities. It’s a hilly, rocky place covered in cobblestones, particularly on the islands, and the economic situation has meant that there are minimal public funds to improve the situation.

If you do live with a visual, hearing or other impairment, let your booking agent or group leader know early on so they’re aware and suitable arrangements can be made. As a general rule, knowing some common words in the local language, carrying a written itinerary with you and taking to the streets in a group, rather than solo, can help make your travel experience the best it can be.

What should I wear in Greece?

What to pack for Greece will depend on where you're going and what time of year you decide to visit. Comfortable walking shoes are essential all year round, as is a jumper in case a cool wind blows.

If you visit in summer, you’ll need light, breathable clothing, sunglasses, a hat, swimwear and sandals.

If you’re heading to the mountains on the mainland, it’s best to be prepared for everything as the weather can change quickly.

What are some common phrases to learn before travelling to Greece?

Greek is a very difficult language to learn. However, it's easy enough to master a couple of common words such as 'hello' (yah-soo) and 'please' (para-kah-LOE). Not only will this help you communicate with the locals, but it'll allow you to form a deeper connection to the places you're visiting and the people you meet along the way. 

How many islands are there in Greece?

There are roughly 6,000 islands and islets in Greece, of which only about 200 are populated. Each island offers spectacular views of the surrounding seas, golden beaches to lie out on, and ancient old towns full of fascinating sites.

How will I travel around Greece?

Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.

Depending on which trip you're on while in Greece, you may find yourself travelling by:

Live like a local resident by hopping on a local bus. Cheap, efficient and fast, it’s a great way to get around Greece’s busy cities.

Some of Greece’s most postcard-worthy scenery is best viewed from the water. Take in awesome views of quaint fishing villages, gorgeous   beaches  and the turquoise Aegean Sea as you hop between Greece’s famed islands aboard a ferry.

How do I stay safe and healthy while travelling?

Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

From Australia?

Go to: Smart Traveller

From Canada?

Go to:  Canada Travel Information

From the UK?

Go to:  UK Foreign Travel Advice

From New Zealand?

Go to:  Safe Travel

From the US?

Go to:  US Department of State

The World Health Organisation also provides useful health information.

Do I need to purchase travel insurance before travelling?

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

What is it like travelling on a small group tour?

Whether you’re a seasoned traveller or you’re about to embark on your first trip, travelling can be as intimidating as it is exciting. That's the beauty of a small group tour. From handling the logistics and organising amazing cultural activities to local leaders who know each destination like the back of their hand (like which street has the best markets and where to get the most authentic food), travelling on a small group tour with Intrepid will give you unforgettable travel experiences without the hassle that comes with exploring a new place. Plus, you'll have ready-made friends to share the journey with. All you have to do is turn up with a healthy sense of adventure and we’ll take care of the rest.

Does my trip to Greece support The Intrepid Foundation? 

Yes, all Intrepid trips support the Intrepid Foundation. In fact, we make a donation on behalf of every traveller. Trips to Greece directly support our foundation partner, Amurtel . 

Amurtel provides a safe space for refugee and migrant women and children in Greece. Donations from our trips help Amurtel provide displaced women and children with crucial education, emotional support and antenatal and postnatal care programs run by qualified midwives and expert consultants.   

Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

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