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Acropolis: Guided Walking Tour with Entrance Ticket

1. Acropolis: Guided Walking Tour with Entrance Ticket

Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the tree-lined streets to the foothills of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Acropolis of Athens, an ancient citadel and one of the world’s most revealing archaeological sites. Head for the south slope of the Acropolis to avoid the main crowds. Pick up your tickets and make your way inside to see the ancient treasures that await Visit the Theatre of Dionysus, a 5th-century amphitheater regarded as the birthplace of the performing arts. Hear about its history and imagine it filled with the theatergoers of Ancient Greece. Stop at the Dionysus Sanctuary, dedicated to the Greek god of wine and fertility. Once inside the Acropolis, get up close with important sights like the Propylaea gateway, Erechtheion, Temple of Athena Nike, and Parthenon. Learn the history of these fascinating ruins from your guide. Once at the summit of the sacred hill, take in the sweeping panoramas of Athens. Learn about the excavations, and get an insight into the citadel’s ruins. Hear about surrounding monuments, such as Mars Hill and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus.  Your tour concludes at the summit of the Acropolis, leaving you free to continue exploring the site on your own. You can choose between an early morning, morning or afternoon guided tour.

Zakynthos: Turtle Spotting, Marathonísi, & Keri Caves Cruise

2. Zakynthos: Turtle Spotting, Marathonísi, & Keri Caves Cruise

Depart from the Gulf of Laganas where your cruise begins. After boarding the boat your guide will give you some information about the loggerhead turtles "Caretta Caretta", while the crew will try to spot some turtles as they surface for air. Grab the opportunity to observe the turtles and take some great souvenir photos and videos. Continue to the stunning caves of Keri and stop for a relaxing swim in the crystal clear waters. Arrive at the turtle-shaped island of Marathonisi. Enjoy swimming and snorkeling as the clear turquoise waters surround you and explore the Golden Nesting Beach, where sea turtles lay their nests. Return to the Gulf of Laganas at the end of the tour.

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

3. 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. 

Zakynthos: Turtle Spotting Cruise on a Glass-Bottom Boat

4. Zakynthos: Turtle Spotting Cruise on a Glass-Bottom Boat

After being picked up from your accommodation, set off to begin your 3-hour eco-friendly turtle spotting cruise. Climb aboard a special glass-bottomed boat and embark on your journey through the National Marine Park surrounding the island.  Make a photo stop at the famous Cameo Islet, which was created by the 1633 earthquake. Take unique photos (guaranteed sightings) of the turtles from up close, and take the opportunity to swim amongst them in their natural habitat.  After this, explore the enchanting Keri Caves, and pass underneath the “Kamares”, before enjoying another swimming opportunity in the clear waters. Finally, arrive at the turtle-shaped island of Marathonisi. Swim and have fun at the Golden Nesting Beach which is home to the loggerhead sea turtle Caretta Caretta. You will also have the chance to admire the stunning caves.

Lefkada: Sea Kayak Experience in the Rouda Bay Sea Caves

5. Lefkada: Sea Kayak Experience in the Rouda Bay Sea Caves

Meet your guide at the beach of Mikros Gialos on the South side of Lefkada island. After a short safety briefing, your guides will provide you with all the necessary equipment and you'll set off. Together with your group, you will start paddling along the coastline and in and out of magnificent sea caves in blue waters of the Ionian Sea. Enjoy swimming at picturesque secluded beaches and snorkel around, visiting the sea caves of Lefkada, which are adorned with stunning stalactites. The distance covered while paddling is approximately 4 nautical miles. A traditional Greek snack and picnic will also be provided.

Nydri: Island-hopping Boat Cruise with Lunch and Drinks

6. 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.

Skopelos: The Mamma Mia Island Tour

7. Skopelos: The Mamma Mia Island Tour

Start off your day in the morning and head towards the West Coast of the island before crossing to visit the Chapel of St. John (Ioannis), also known as the Mamma Mia wedding church.  Once arrived enjoy some free time and walk up the 199 steps to the top and get into the movie feeling or simply enjoy the stunning views and the cooling sea breeze from the top of the rock. The second stop is at Kastani beach for more in-depth film information and some relaxation at the new Kastani beach bar. See the place where major filming took place for more than 10 days and admire this beautiful beach proved to be the perfect film location. Next, stop at Agnontas beach and swim in the crystal-clear waters or choose to enjoy lunch in one of the beaches tavernas.  Pass by another film location called “Three Trees” on your way back to Skopelos Town.

Zakynthos: Island Day Trip with Turtles, Swimming, and Caves

8. Zakynthos: Island Day Trip with Turtles, Swimming, and Caves

t After a convenient pickup from your hotel, head to Kalamaki beach on Zante's southern shores. Enjoy the pristine beach with soft sand and warm waters, protected by National Marine Park. See where the endangered loggerhead sea turtles nest. You may spot tiny baby turtles breaking out of their shells. Next, head to Laganas beach to board the glass-bottom boat. Sail to the Keri Caves, carved by time, tides, and wind. Follow the coastline, admiring the white beaches, rock arches, forested hills, and enormous limestone cliffs that fall into the sea. Pass through the famous rock arch, Kamara.  Stop for a 20-minute swim just outside the entrance to a vast cave. Climb back on board to head to Marathonisi, known as Turtle Island, an exotic, green, and coincidentally turtle-shaped island. Enjoy an hour on the golden sandy beach where you can swim and snorkel. Head back and pass the famous Cameo island bridge. Enjoy the idyllic views of secluded beaches surrounded by steep white limestone. Enjoy a final stop at the award-winning Aristeon ecological olive oil press museum in Lithakia. Explore the history of olive oil making on the island with experts.  Enjoy free tasters of local olives and traditional bread with different flavored extra virgin olive oils (most likely lemon, orange, and garlic). Take a sample of olive oil shampoo, soap, body cream, or face cream. You can also buy these products to support local businesses.

Athens: Acropolis Museum Entry Ticket with an Audio Guide

9. Athens: Acropolis Museum Entry Ticket with an Audio Guide

Visit Acropolis Museum at your own pace with a skip-the-line ticket and a self-guided audio tour on your smartphone. Enjoy walking around one of the best museums in the world. Marvel at the archaeological artifacts and learn about the Acropolis site.  Join this self-guided audio tour and visit the Acropolis Museum, built in 2009. Receive your e-ticket by email and download the self-guided audio tour on your smartphone. Be transported back in time and experience the glory of classical Athens.  Walk around, listen to your narrator, discover the architectural wonders of the Golden Age of Athens, and see some of the finest examples of ancient Greek art. Admire the ancient ruins displayed in the impressive glass floor. Make sure you visit all of the 4 main galleries. Enter the first gallery, where you will get an insider's view of everyday life in ancient Athens. Discover wedding customs and ancient surgery practices as you gradually ascend to the next floor, where the exhibits will guide you through the riveting journey of the city's transition to democracy.  See monsters, heroes, gods, and iconic representations of the human body, and hear about the evolution of ancient art. Continuing to the third floor, the heart of the Parthenon, and see the Panathenaic Procession's narrative, pieced together on the frieze of the temple.  Hear fascinating tales from Greek Mythology depicted on the metopes and pediments of the temple, such as the birth of goddess Athena and the battle of the Centaurs, will fire up your imagination.  Finally, marvel at the famed artworks of Ancient Athens, including the iconic Caryatids. Enjoy an unforgettable visit that will blow your mind.

Athens Mythology Highlights Tour without Tickets

10. Athens Mythology Highlights Tour without Tickets

Travel back in time to Ancient Greece, and discover the greatest landmarks of Athens. Hear the myths behind some of the city’s most significant landmarks. Meet your guide at the main entrance to the Temple of Olympian Zeus next to the Acropolis. Hear about the birth of the glorious city, through to its Golden Age and its downfall to the Spartan armies. Listen to stories from Greek mythology, and uncover their true meaning and historic facts. Visit all the most emblematic sites of the ancient city, as well as less well-known attractions. This tour helps you understand how Athens became the mythical city known today. Visit landmarks, such as the Parthenon, Theater of Dionysus, and Temple of Athena Nike. See the ruins of the Temple of Erechtheion and Sanctuary of Asclepius. Go to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, learn the functions of the Agora, and visit the Temple of Hephaestus.

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What people are saying about Ionian Islands

It was wonderful from beginning to end. Pavlos, Muhammad, and Ana were all great. Pavlos and Muhammad were the best. Ana's food is to die for. Very nice and would definitely do it again.

Despite the different nationalities, we were all a big circle of friends and the crew of the ship was one of them.

Really awesome experience, and it helped a lot that the instructors were very upbeat and knew their stuff.

Worth it. Our guide was super knowledgeable and made the trip to the acropolis so much more enjoyable

Very nice staff, a nice ambience and very good food.