8 Best Tours In Greece: Discover The Cradle Of Western Civilization - Updated 2024

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Architecture, mathematics, law Codes… Ancient Greece has so many influential contributions to western civilization. Democracy and the Olympics were born there, and also stories and myths that are still told today. Greece gives the chance to get back in time and immerse ourselves in the wonders of one of the most amazing civilizations in the history of the world. As one of the major destinations in Europe, it offers a variety of activities and attractions that will take your breath away. Take a look at these amazing tours here in Greece and get ready for a vacation of a lifetime!

1. Private tour: Gourmet food walking tour in Athens (from USD 76.0)

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One of the best ways to embrace the culture of a country is by tasting traditional meals and local products. So, whether you are an authentic foodie or you have no idea about Greek’s cuisine, this is the perfect opportunity to uncover the secrets of Athens’ delights. You will get to explore the city’s culinary history and taste the best dishes with personalized attention from an expert guide. A very special and different way to get the best of Athens.

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Athens Food Tour: Guided Walking Experience

Duration: 4 hours

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2. Private tour to Delphi, Meteora and Thermopylae from Athens (from USD 1.0)

This two UNESCO World Heritage sites are included as places you must see in Greece but are often overlooked by tourists that focus on the islands. It would be a shame to visit this great country and miss Delphi and Meteora, so this 3-day tour that includes both and adds Thermopylae is a perfect choice. Delphi is one of the most important archaeological sites from Ancient Greece, as it was where pilgrimages went to worship the God Apollo and to ask advice from the Oracle. In Meteora, you can visit century-old monasteries.

At the end of your trip, you will visit Thermopylae, where the battle where King Leonidas led the 300 Spartans is recreated. The private tour gives you the unique opportunity to experience all these wonders while staying at the exclusive accommodation. Don’t miss it!

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Delphi, Meteora, Thermopylae 3-Day Private Tour from Athens

Duration: 3 days

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3. Samaria gorge tour from Chania (from USD 363.0)

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Samaria Gorge is located in Crete, the largest of the Greek islands. With a 16-kilometer (10-mile) long trail and vertical walls go up to 500 meters (1,640 feet high, this activity is recommended for experienced hikers only. Visitors should also remember that it is open from May through mid-October. This tour gives the opportunity to get the best of what is considered one of the most beautiful nature scenarios in Crete with a professional guide and comfortable transportation from your location in Chania. An excellent option to rest on your way back after an exhausting but rewarding hike.

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Samaria Gorge Tour from Chania - The Longest Gorge in Europe

Duration: 13 hours

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4. Private cruise to Poseidon Temple at Sounio Cape with snorkeling and swimming (from USD 981.0)

Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion
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In ancient times, sailors knew they were close to the shore when they saw this magnificent structure from the water. There is no more suitable way to see the temple of the God of the sea than with a swimming and snorkeling excursion. You get personalized attention with this private tour and get the best of the second most visited ancient site after the Acropolis in Athens.

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Cape Sounio Private Cruise from Athens with Snorkeling

Duration: 7 hours

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5. Athens highlights: A mythological tour (from USD 73.0)

Parthenon in Athens
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Poseidon and Athena once disputed over who would become the patron of this beauty. A trip to Athens is a chance to hear the voices of the Gods in a city over 3,000 years old. You can learn about the myths that the Ancient Greeks told while you walk along the Acropolis, the Olympian Zeus Temple and other major attractions with this 4-hour guided tour. It is a great chance to visit Athens’ must see landmarks and have a true mythological experience.

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Athens Acropolis and Ancient Sites Small-Group Walking Tour

Duration: 4 hours

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6. Santorini sunset dinner cruise Including Nea Kameni visit (from USD 99.0)

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Are you ready for romance? The whitewashed houses and blue domes from Santorini are one of the most iconic images of Greece. The island welcomes travelers with gorgeous beaches, interesting archaeological sites, excellent wineries and one of the most amazing views: the caldera, which was formed by a massive volcanic explosion. You can enjoy it with a sunset dinner with this cruise. You can also add the possibility of relaxing in the hot springs and explore the landscape at Nea Kameni volcano to your tour.

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Santorini Sunset Dinner Cruise with Nea Kameni Volcano Visit

Duration: 8 hours

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7. Yacht cruise to Rhenia Island & guided tour of Delos (from USD 151.84)

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In the center of the Cyclades lays the birthplace of the twins Apollo and Artemis: Delos. It is one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece and you will be able to visit it and explore the uninhabited island of Rhenia with this cruise. While you are at it, you will get the chance to learn how to raise and trim the sails from the friendly crew, as well as to swim and snorkel in crystal-clear waters. A great outing to add to your stay in Mykonos.

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Mykonos: Rhenia Cruise and Delos Guided Tour with Transfers

Duration: 7.0 hour

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8. Zakynthos shipwreck beach excursion (from USD 35.0)

Considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Navagio (or shipwreck) is a secluded beach that takes its name from the wreck of a smuggler ship. It can only be accessed by the sea, and this tour is a wonderful choice since it gives you the chance to see the nearby sea caves too. Don’t miss the opportunity to swim in the stunning blue water and relax in the pure and white sand that seems to have been born from a Poseidon’s dream.

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Zakynthos Shipwreck Beach Excursion

Duration: 6 hours

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Have a grand time in Greece

Have you booked your tour yet? These options will allow you to get the best of Greece. So pack your bags, relax and have the best vacations of your life. See you there!

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When she is not backpacking round the globe, Emilia Lugo works as a Digital Content Specialist in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She considers herself a museum geek and loves destinations that can take...Read more

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