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Things to do in Greece

A country awash with ancient ruins and known for its food, Greece provides a wealth of possibilities for rewarding experiences. Our specialists have sought out a range of things to do in Greece that will offer you a deeper understanding of the country, and they’ll tailor your trip to include activities that reflect your interests.

Whether you’d like a guided tour of the Acropolis or Delphi, want to seek out Athens’ best street art, or learn how to cook Greek food at home, they’ll get you closer to the real Greece and its people. You could also opt to hike to the monasteries at Meteora, kayak to sunken ruins, take a tour of Santorini’s wineries, or see how Greek honey is made by visiting a local beekeeper near the seaside town of Galaxidi.

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Ideas for experiencing Greece

Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Greece, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.

  • Statue of Athlete, Olympia

    Ancient Olympia and the Olympia Museum

    Olympia

    Explore Ancient Olympia, the original site of the Olympic Games, with a local guide on a half-day tour that sheds light on the significance of the games in ancient times and its temples, training facilities and stadium.

  • View to the sea, Santorini

    Hike Fira to Oia

    Santorini

    Santorini’s volcanic landscape makes for rewarding hiking, with the caldera-edge route between Fire and Oia its most scenic trail. Take in churches, panoramic viewpoints and traditional towns as you hike with a local guide.

  • Greek olives, Greece

    Athens food lover's walking tour

    Athens

    Sample fresh pies, succulent olives, traditional souvlaki and sweet desserts on a guided half-day walking tour of central Athens with a local guide. You’ll get an introduction to Greek cuisine and culinary techniques as you visit the city’s finest markets, delis and bakeries.

  • Monastery of Panagia Tourliani, Ano Mera

    Ano Mera, monastery and beach

    Mykonos

    Discover a more authentic side of island life with a guided trip to the traditional town of Ano Mera in Mykonos. Visit the 16th-century monastery and explore the cobbled streets and tavernas before relaxing on a sheltered beach nearby.

  • Temple of Poseidon, Cape Sounion

    Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon

    Athens

    Offering an insight into Greek myths, beliefs and building methods, this privately guided tour of the Temple of Poseidon on Cape Sounion reveals much about ancient society as well as presenting you with panoramic views from its headland setting.

  • Ancient theatre, Delphi

    Ancient Delphi and Arachova

    Athens

    An expert guide will lead you around the ruins of ancient Delphi on this full-day tour of one of Greece’s most prestigious archaeological sites. The day ends with a trip to Arachova, a mountain town known for its textiles and cheese.

  • Horses in the Pindus Mountains, Greece

    Safari adventure in the Pindus Mountains

    Meteora

    A remote and unspoiled region of Greece, the Pindus Mountains make a great destination for a 4x4 safari that takes in rugged peaks, traditional villages, Ottoman bridges and sweeping plains. Little-visited and largely untouched, it offers a very different perspective on the country.

  • Fresh truffles, Greece

    Truffle hunting and the Mushroom Museum of Kalambaka

    Meteora

    Head into the woods with an experienced truffle hunter and his dogs to search for white truffles and learn about their place in Greek culinary history. Follow it up with a woodland lunch and a tasting at Kalambaka’s Mushroom Museum.

  • The Acropolis, Athens

    Ancient Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum

    Athens

    On this half-day privately guided tour, you’ll uncover the history, significance and function of the Athens Acropolis and its crowning glory, the Parthenon. Your time includes a trip to the Acropolis Museum, where the most highly prized sculptures are on display.

  • Wine tasting, Santorini

    Santorini wineries

    Santorini

    With a wine-making tradition that stretches back thousands of years, Santorini is known for producing some of Greece’s finest labels. This private, half-day tour takes in two of the island’s wineries and offers an insight into the island’s unusual production methods.

  • Views from the hiking trail, Hydra

    Hike to the monastery of Agia Matrona

    Hydra

    Get off the beaten track in Hydra, walking with a private guide up to a remote monastery in the hills that offers expansive views across the land and sea, and a chance to get an insight into traditional life on the island.

  • Beehive, Greece

    The seaside town of Galaxidi & beekeeping experience

    Galaxidi

    Explore low-key Galaxidi, an atmospheric old town of cobbled streets and grand Neoclassical mansions set on the Gulf of Corinth on this private, full-day tour. There’s also the opportunity to visit a local beekeeper and taste traditionally produced honey.

  • St Nikolaou monastery, Meteora

    Explore the monasteries at sunset by E-Bike

    Meteora

    Avoid the crowds and discover Meteora by e-bike in a guided sunset tour that gives you a feel for the landscape of this valley as well as the people who built its cliff-top monasteries, before finishing at a scenic viewpoint.

  • Lion statues, Delos

    Private tour of the ancient island of Delos

    Mykonos

    Once an important trade hub and place of pilgrimage, Delos, off the coast of Mykonos, is one of Greece’s most significant archaeological sites. A private guide can bring it to life on a half-day tour, shedding light on life in Ancient Greece.

  • Theatre of Epidavros, Ancient Epidavros

    Epidavros and olive oil tasting

    Nafplio

    An ancient city known as a medical and healing hub, Epidavros is home to one of Greece’s most acoustically flawless theatres. Explore the ruins with a private guide and follow it with an introduction to local olive and its production.

  • Typical cuisine, Milos

    Milos cooking class

    Milos

    Learn to cook traditional Greek dishes on the island of Milos where you’ll join a local restaurant chef in choosing ingredients, preparing an array of meze-style dishes, gaining new skills and getting an insider’s guide to Greek cuisine.

  • Catamaran in front of Oia, Santorini

    Santorini private boat trip

    Santorini

    Offering a new perspective on the island and its volcanic origins, this private, half-day catamaran tour around Santorini takes in arresting views of the caldera cliffs, hidden coves for swimming and snorkelling, and a sunset dinner on board.

  • Street art, Athens

    Athens street art tour

    Athens

    Discover Athens’ powerful street art on a guided tour that throws light on everything from the Greek economic crisis to the power of art to force social change. This half-day tour takes in Athens’ lesser-known districts and most impressive murals.

  • Sunken ruins kayaking adventure, Epidavros

    Kayak to the sunken city at Epidavros

    Nafplio

    The cliffs and coves of the Peloponnese coastline and its sunken archaeological ruins are the highlights on this full-day kayaking tour from Nafplio. It includes time to stop, swim, snorkel and rest in inlets and on beaches along the way.

  • Greek meze, Greece

    Dinner in a local home

    Olympia

    Experience traditional Greek cooking and hospitality with a visit to a local home for dinner, where you can try many homemade Greek specialties, chat to your local host and gain insight into everyday life in Greece.

  • Abandoned sulphur miles, Milos

    Milos geological tour

    Milos

    Explore the wild and haunting scenery of the volcanic island of Milos with an expert guide on a tour that reveals the impact of its unusual geological phenomena on its history and economy over the course of thousands of years.