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  • Meredith Peters

Discover Greece's Past and Present on a 9-Day Tour of Athens and the Greek Islands

Explore the country’s past and present on this journey across Greece. As you pass from Athens to the Greek Islands, you’ll see the iconic Acropolis, walk among the white-washed homes of Santorini, and feast on feta and olives on Crete all the while learning about the country’s ancient past.

Greek islands Santorini

This 9-day Greek vacation takes you to the capital, Athens, as well as the islands of Santorini and Crete.

Your Greece vacation begins in Athens, one of the world’s great historical capitals. Spend your time in the city exploring some of the most popular sites, focusing on the Acropolis, which is home to the Temple of Athena Nike and the iconic Parthenon. If you have time, also swing by the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Olympics were held in 1896. That evening, drive through the city centre to see the Greek capital lit up beneath the stars before walking through the narrow streets of the oldest neighborhood, Plaka.

From Athens, head to Santorini, the magical island home to whitewashed houses, windswept cliffs, and picture-perfect bliss. You can stroll along the 300m-high cliffs towering over the ocean or enjoy the romantic atmosphere of the island’s charming towns. The island is also home to the Minoan ruins of Akrotiri, one of the country’s best archaeological sites. While on Santorini, you’ll take a day to explore the surrounding volcanic islands and soak in the natural hot springs.

Day 1 > Arrive in Athens!

Day 2 > Explore Piraeus Port and Santorini

Day 3 > Visit the Nea Kameni volcano and hot springs

Day 4 > Santorini wine adventure

Day 5 > Explore Santorini, and Heraklion by catamaran

Day 6 > Knossos Palace and Heraklion City tour

Day 7 > Day of leisure – explore Greece on your own terms!

Day 8 > Say goodbye to Heraklion and enjoy a seaside Mediterranean dinner

Day 9 > Departure

Temple of Olympian Zeus Greece
Temple of Olympian Zeus

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Need more Greece travel inspiration? Click the link below to read: 8 Top Greek Island Vacation Destinations


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