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Athens: Acropolis Guided Tour with Entry Ticket

1. Athens: Acropolis Guided Tour with Entry Ticket

Enjoy skip-the-ticket line access and discover the cradle of Western civilization on a guided visit to the Acropolis. Choose from either a shared or private guided experience and indulge in tasty Greek treats when you upgrade to include a street food tour in Athen's old town. At the start of the tour, meet your dedicated guide at a hot spot for traditional Greek delicacies, where there are restroom facilities and you can purchase water or snacks. Let your guide take you onto Pnyx Hill, which is the actual birthplace of democracy. Continue to immerse yourself in Ancient Greek history on a 50-minute tour of the world-famous Acropolis in Athens. Admire the stunning architecture of the Parthenon Temple, learn the importance of the Erechtheion Temple, and hear myths and stories about ancient Athens. After your guided tour, you have the option to stay on the hill to explore further at your own pace and enjoy the view over the city and up to the Aegean Sea. Your guide will show you a different route towards the south exit so that you also see the Altar of Asclepius and the Theater of Dionysus, the birthplace of theater drama. Upgrade and extend your tour by adding a Greek street food experience. Follow your guide to explore additional areas of the Acropolis hill and the south slope. Afterward, walk into the Old Town for a guided tasting of popular Greek street foods.

From Corfu: Day Cruise to Paxos, Antipaxos, & the Blue Caves

2. From Corfu: Day Cruise to Paxos, Antipaxos, & the Blue Caves

Sail from Corfu to the magnificent islands of Paxos and Antipaxos, famous for wine and picturesque beaches. Travel into the historical rock caves and admire the beautiful scenery. On this full-day cruise you’ll stop at the island of Antipaxos, which has one of the most stunning beaches in the Mediterranean. Marvel at the beauty of the golden coast, providing a contrast with the crystal blue water. Enjoy a swim when you stop in Gaios, the capital of Paxos. Make the most of your free time to explore the small town. Shop at the souvenir stores, grab some lunch or cool down with an ice cream.

Zakynthos: Shipwreck Beach Boat Tour from Porto Vromi

3. Zakynthos: Shipwreck Beach Boat Tour from Porto Vromi

Set sail from Porto Vromi Maries and sail to Navagio Beach, voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Famous for its shipwreck, Navagio Beach also boasts crystal clear waters and the staggering natural color combinations that make up a landscape to excite every visitor. Only accessible by sea, the beach (also known as "Shipwreck Beach") is legendary as the site of the wreck of the MV Panagiotis that ran aground and washed up on the sand in 1980. Get up close to the boat following a short 15-minute cruise from the port of Porto Vromi Maries. Then, enjoy at least 1 hour to soak up the Mediterranean sun at the beach. Ask the captain to stay longer without extra charge if you wish! Return towards Porto Vromi Maries and stop for a swim at the blue caves, the hidden beach of  Sfogio or the paradise beach of Porto Steniti. See the natural formations of the “Neptune Profile” cave before getting dropped off at the port of Porto Vromi Maries. The total trip duration is at least 2.5 to 3 hours but can be extended upon request, depending on how long you want to stay on "Shipwreck Beach."

From Corfu Island: Antipaxos & Paxos Blue Caves Boat Cruise

4. From Corfu Island: Antipaxos & Paxos Blue Caves Boat Cruise

Get stunning views of the Venetian castles in the Old Town of Corfu as you set sail and head south along the Kanoni Peninsula. Pass the palace of Mon Repo and the towns of Perama, Benitses and Kavos as you sail towards Cape Asprokavos. Get a magnificent view of the olive and cypress trees that cover Paxos, formed when Poseidon severed the tip of Corfu with his trident to create an idyllic retreat for Amphitrite - according to legend! Reach the unspoiled northern side of Paxos and enter the natural bay of Lakka. Stroll the narrow streets of the traditional village, or take a short walk to the beaches to swim and sunbathe. Then, sail along the west coast of Paxos and enter the Blue Caves, where monk seals have taken up residence. Next, cruise to the small island of Antipaxos to swim off Paradise Beach (Voutoumi). Sail along the east coast of Paxos and get great views of the small islands of Skaltsonisi and Mongonisi as you make your way back to Corfu.

Athens: Sunset Trip to Cape Sounion & Temple of Poseidon

5. Athens: Sunset Trip to Cape Sounion & Temple of Poseidon

With a guide, experience the Athens Riviera and uncover the history behind each turn. Witness the sun melt over the Aegean Sea on Cape Sounion and see the Temple of Poseidon. Depart Athens by bus from Halandri Metro station and reach Cape Sounion in time for the mesmerizing sunset. Learn about Sounion’s past and present from your archaeologist guide. Explore the Temple of Poseidon, one of the most important temples in Greece. See the signatures on the temple marble left by famous authors who visited, including the Romantic poet Lord Byron. Watch the sunset over the clear waters of the Aegean Sea. After, a short stop at the magical Lake Vouliagmeni, a unique natural treasure on the Athenian Riviera.

Argostoli: Full-Day Traditional Boat Cruise with Lunch

6. Argostoli: Full-Day Traditional Boat Cruise with Lunch

After gathering at the pier in front of your boat, you will begin your perfect day out on the emerald waters. You can relax on your traditional wooden boat, exploring secluded beaches and isolated islands whilst making new friends from all over the world. Enjoy traditional homemade Greek food accompanied by fresh Greek salad, fruit, and plenty of wine to enjoy throughout the day. The boat will spend more than an hour at each stop, providing you with enough time to explore, swim, snorkel, or just lay down onboard whilst enjoying a tasty cocktail that your crew can prepare for you. Later, you can use your snorkeling mask at White Rocks to explore the amazing sea bed, before reaching Vardiani Island to walk around or try some natural clay spa therapy. Your boat will be anchored at every destination, and you can simply ask someone from the crew to transfer you to shore with the small motorized boat on hand.

From Athens: Cape Sounion & Temple of Poseidon Sunset Tour

7. From Athens: Cape Sounion & Temple of Poseidon Sunset Tour

Visit the scenic coastal views of Cape Sounion on a guided tour from Athens with hotel transfers. Travel along south Attica’s shoreline roads to reach the ancient Temple of Poseidon. Get panoramic vistas of the Aegean and explore the ruins of this temple before catching a beautiful sunset. Start your day with pickup at your accommodation in Athens. Enjoy a comfortable 50-minute drive along the coastal roads of Attica in an air-conditioned minivan and admire the idyllic beaches and small villages that pass by. Arrive at Cape Sounion and make your way to the ancient Greek temple of Poseidon, dedicated to the Greek god of the sea, and embark on a guided tour of this historic landmark. Learn about the mythology linked to the temple before having time to relax and take in the panoramic views over the Aegean. Continue to one of Cape Sounion's blue flag beaches to admire the sunset or swim in the paradisical Aegean Sea. After the tour, travel in comfort back to your accommodation in Athens.

Nydri: Island-hopping Boat Cruise with Lunch and Drinks

8. Nydri: Island-hopping Boat Cruise with Lunch and Drinks

Swim in beautiful bays and eat authentic Greek food with drinks on this cruise to the islands of Lefkada and Meganisi from Nidri. See Giovanni's cave and have some free time to explore the village of Spartochori. Depart from the port of Nidri and sail into the historic Papanikolis cave. Head to Giovanni's cave where you can jump in the crystal waters. Continue to Spartochori, a traditional Greek village on Meganisi island. Take some free time to walk around or enjoy a coffee before boarding the boat to Lakka beach. Savor a real Greek lunch served with cool drinks. Go to a swimming spot by the mysterious private island of Scorpio before heading back to Nydri port.

Full Day Sailing Trip around Skiathos Island

9. Full Day Sailing Trip around Skiathos Island

Depart from the new port of Skiathos at 10:00 AM and make your first stop at the small island of Arkos. Enjoy local snacks and cool juice before the first morning swim on a unique beach.  Leaving the island of Arkos, the captain sets sail and you will have the opportunity to learn about sailing, try to navigate the boat, or simply sunbathe on the deck. Sometimes you can admire the friendly dolphins which accompany the boat. The next stop is the isle of Dasia with its blue cave, where you will dive and swim like never before. Afterward will be the perfect time for local snacks on board, accompanied by an ouzu.  Sail to the west side of Skopelos island, full of beaches with clear blue waters and pine trees next to the sea and an ideal spot for yet more diving and swimming. The captain will then take you to the beach of Panormos, which is difficult to find and thus very quiet. Swim and sunbathe almost by yourself before a lunch menu consisting of Greek homemade food is served. Plenty of wine and some fruit is offered as a dessert. Later the captain sets sail towards the island of Tsougrias where you can see a spectacular sunset. There you can swim one last time and taste a sweet delight offered by the crew. Then the trip comes to an end as the boat returns to the port of Skiathos.

Athens: Boat Tour to Agistri, Aegina with Moni Swimming Stop

10. Athens: Boat Tour to Agistri, Aegina with Moni Swimming Stop

Discover the Saronic Sea on a wooden sailing boat with this tour from Pireas. Sip on welcome drinks and snack on pastries on the way to the islands of Agistri and Aegina. Go for a refreshing dip in Moni or Metopi. Savor an authentic Greek lunch paired with traditional wine and beers.   Begin the excursion at Marina Zeas. The first stop of the cruise is the island of Agistri, surrounded by vibrant blue waters and clothed in pine trees. Here you can connect with the lush nature and feel the presence of ancients Greeks and deities while swimming and relaxing on the hot fine sand of the long flax-golden beach between Megalochori and Skala. Adventure lovers can join the optional bike tour between Melalochori and Chalikiada Beach. From there, move onto the island of Moni or Nisis Metopi (depending on the weather). While here, you will be served a delicious traditional Greek lunch, accompanied by traditional wine, beer, soft drinks, and coffee.  Once you've finished your feast, have the chance to jump off the boat, snorkel, swim around the boat, or swim to the island. This gorgeous and unique island has no inhabitants but is populated with law-protected deer, wild goats, rabbits and peacocks. Make a final journey towards ards the beautiful island of Aegina. Aegina is famous for its white stone houses, flowery backyards, pistachios, the red volcanic landscape, sensational food, the temple of Apollo, and the temple of Aphaia. Here, enjoy the crystal-clear water and sandy beaches of the island, while exploring the breath-taking waterfront and traditional Greek cuisine. Sail back to the port of Marina Zeas while enjoying the ambiance of select and chill music, coffee, and drinks. 

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based on 20 reviews

The activity was very well organised. We really did everything on time, but still felt quite relaxed. Generally the journey was comfortable due to the careful driver and the comfortable bus. Also the time on the road didn’t seem too long with the stories from our charismatic guide .

Maria has been very accommodating, knowledgeable and patient with all of us. She shared her experiences and her expertise in the study of Greek Mythology. She’s very kind and her sincere attitude makes me and the entire group feel at ease. Best experience so far

Great tour, informative, timed well. Would suggest offering bottled water as many people were quite hot and thirsty after 3 hours in the hot sun.

The whole trip was amazing! Thank you for the greatest experience ever!

Fun tour, made new friends, and great photo opportunities.