Travel Greece and discover ancient myths and island hideouts
Is it Greece’s natural beauty or man-made marvels that make the birthplace of western thought so alluring? From ancient to modern, Greece is a myriad of beautiful beaches, quaint villages, crumbling ruins and the freshest local food. So, whether you're looking to hop aboard a boat and sail the Mediterranean waters, get lost among the whitewashed island villages or soak up the history of Greece's past - you'll end up coming back for more.
Enter the Greek Islands, bobbing away in the midst of the Aegean Sea and laden with all the good things: cheese, olive oil, sun, sand, mythical legends, and then it's on to ouzo and plate-cracking parties!
Spend an afternoon or two getting cosy with mythological Athens, tuck into some local Greek food in a taverna, and check out the impressive Parthenon and the Acropolis. When you're done soaking up the ancient history, experience Athens' cultural melting pot by wandering the streets, and be sure to find a hole-in-the-wall food joint in Plaka where you can try Greek specialities like lamb moussaka and souvlaki.
Mykonos is equal parts hedonistic and beautiful - by day, explore the island's boutiques, restaurants, bars and sandy beaches. By night, make sure you head to Paradise Beach for world famous DJs. If you're a water baby, be sure to go scuba diving, if you're a culture vulture head to the Folklore Museum, or if you're a foodie, head to the taverna's!
This picture-perfect whitewashed island is right at the top of everyone's Greece agenda, and for good reason. This place isn't just slow-paced island life drinking cocktails and watching a beautiful sunset (although, what else do you need?) - Santorini also offers a volcano and hot springs, archaeological excavations at Akrotiri, stunning full-blown vistas over the crater, and some next-level swimming spots. We won't lie, you might not want to leave.
Ios is one of the most popular Greek islands for travellers, and it's easy to see why. With unspoilt beaches, adrenalin-fuelled watersports, lively bars and clubs, and a whole host of cultural sites, it's the ideal place in which to spend a few days. Chill on the beach, check out Homer's tomb, and party with fire-juggling bartenders in the main town of Chora. Dance til dawn, and then be sure to catch an out-of-this-world sunrise.
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Dreaming of endless blue and white buildings, wild party nights, ancient sights...it's surely got to be Greece, right? You craved it, we delivered it, with just over a week of the best times you can possibly imagine, the Mykonos & Santorini Island Escape. It's the perfect combination of culture, relaxation and partying, Greek style!
Walk around ancient archaeological sites or tavern-lined harbours, enter a local restaurant to sample a myriad of Greece’s flavourful cuisine and wine, or stroll along the streets of whitewashed towns. After all that your feet might need a rest, so prop ‘em up on Mykonos’ beautiful beaches or while relaxing on deck.
Departing from Athens you'll visit the beautiful islands of Mykonos, Paros, Santorini and Ios - an Aegean dream! The trip includes all ferries, orientations of each destination, nights out on every island and transfers to and from your accommodation. All you'll need to do is kick back and relax as you sail around this stunning part of Europe.
There are flights to Greece out of every city in Australia, with at least one stop in the middle (you need to stretch those legs!). It takes the least amount of time to fly from Perth (on average 15 hours), with the rest of the cities between 16-22 hours approx.
When is the best time to visit Greece?
Greece bathes itself in a Mediterranean climate, which means you've got sunshine all year round, with dry, hot summers and rainy, warm winters. If you're looking for a middle ground, where the weather is dry and pleasant, then aim for April-June or September-October, where the temperatures are in the mid-20s. You'll also avoid some of the tourist crowds that hoard the islands in the peak summer season.
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