Greece is one of those countries that should be on your must-see list. The cradle of Western civilization, as it is often called, welcomes millions of tourists every year. Whether you’d like to discover more about the country’s long history or sunbathe on one of its many wonderful beaches, Greece is the perfect place. So, if you have decided to explore the country and take one of the many Greece tours, we recommend taking your car or renting one while there. Greece is not a large country, so driving from Thessaloniki in the north to Athens in the south would only take around five and a half hours.
If you’re interested in finding the perfect tour for you and discover all of the country’s wonders, take a look below. We’ll guide you to the four best tours for your 2021 vacation.
Semi-Private Standard | Santorini Catamaran Cruise With Greek Buffet and Drinks
If you crave that island life, Santorini should be the first island you visit. It is one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea, which was devastated by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century BC. Due to that, the island’s appearance changed forever, giving it the rugged look that you can see today.
Visiting the island is not difficult if you’re not staying there. You can take your pick from plenty of cruises and tours. We recommend a cruise with a standard Greek buffet and drinks for complete enjoyment. The price goes from 90€ to around 100€ for a 5-hour cruise, whether you select the daytime or the sunset tour.
Such a cruise falls under typical Greece vacation descriptions, so get your camera ready before you set foot on the boat. You’ll set sail towards Red Beach and then continue to White Beach, where you can go swimming and snorkeling. After, you’ll sail past Indian Rock and the Venetian Lighthouse and ultimately get to Santorini.
2-Day Trip to Delphi and Meteora From Athens
If you want to take a short trip to the north of Greece, missing out on visiting Delphi and Meteora would be a huge mistake. This tour will not only offer a closer look at two UNESCO World Heritage sites but also allow you to enjoy an overnight hotel stay with dinner. This is one of the more affordable Greece vacation packages, as it goes for around 190€.
Expert guides lead the tour, so you will be able to learn more about the archaeological site of Ancient Delphi and the Sanctuary of Apollo, and hear stories about the Greek god Zeus. Naturally, you’ll also have to climb over 300 steps to get to the Meteora monasteries.
The tour departs from Athens and it’s well worth the trip. You can also join the tour from other locations, but the transfer is not included in the price.
1-Day Athens Trips
If you're visiting the Greek seaside for a few weeks, you should set aside a day to see the country’s capital. Although there are plenty of one-day trips to Greece, we wanted to draw attention to some of the most significant places to visit in Athens.
Whether you’re on foot or by car, we recommend visiting some of the most historically important sights in the city, such as:
- Plaka district
- Syntagma square
- Greek Parliament
- Exarchia district
- Academy of Athens
All of Athens’ districts are well connected, so you shouldn’t experience any problems navigating your way through the city. If you prefer to learn more about the city from a guide, you can book plenty of tours online. The tours range from 30€ to 70€, depending on the duration and the stops along the way.
Make sure you wear comfortable shoes as there is always plenty of walking involved.
Out of all Greece tours, food tours are the ones that should rate highest. Unfortunately, not many tourists are aware of how common food tours are. Athens has one of the best food tours in the country. So, if you’re visiting the capital, we recommend taking some time to go on a food tour of Greece.
Most food tours are small, meaning the group shouldn’t be larger than 15 people. That way, you will be able to fully enjoy all the wonders of traditional Greek food. The guide will take you through all the hidden little neighborhoods and markets in the city while teaching you more about Greek cuisine.
Naturally, you will be able to taste all of the dishes, sweets, and wine you’ll be hearing about. What’s more, you will also get a chance to purchase the original ingredients needed to recreate Greek dishes like dolmades, tzatziki, kolokythokeftedes, baklava, and more. Make sure you have extra space in your luggage to take home some authentic Greek olives and olive oil.