Athens (Piraeus), Greece
This is the cradle of civilization, the oldest city in Europe. Not only is this city home to the Acropolis and some of the most important architectural structures and archaeological finds in the Western world, It is also a very modern city, an urban amalgam of extraordinary art, culture, cuisine and shopping.
This Greek island just off the coast of Turkey exudes beauty and history. Take a walking tour of the old fortified city and stand in awe of the impressive Grand Master’s Palace. See where the Colossus of Rhodes, a onetime Wonder of the World, once stood and savor the charm of this remarkable walled town. Along the scenic coast lies the whitewashed town of Lindos with its ancient acropolis and stunning views..
Bodrum defines what makes the Aegean coast of Turkey so amazing. The ruins of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, are said to have provided some of the building materials for Bodrum Castle. Hidden within the medieval fortress is an Underwater Archaeology Museum featuring exhibits on shipwrecks and Turkish nautical history. When you’re not relaxing on the beautiful beaches, take a walk down Cumhuriyet Street, aka Bodrum Bar Street, to enjoy the many shops, clubs, and street food vendors.
Heraklion (Crete), Greece
Although it's on the Greek Island of Crete, Heraklion offers a wealth of Venetian architecture from their rule in the 13th century, including magnificent fortified walls. Don't miss the Minoan Palace of Knosos Knossos, immortalized in Greek Mythology by the legend of the Minotaur.
Considered one of Greece’s best kept secrets, Paros is situated in the heart of the Clycades. The Greek Isle’s iconic white marble was once mined here, which you can marvel at while strolling through the island’s picturesque towns. Most any Greek Isle daydream you’ve had can be found in Paros. Wineries, pristine beaches, turquoise waters, delicious local cuisine and historic sites dot the island. Or take to the water for some surfing, kayaking, windsurfing and more while enjoying a different view of its incredible coastline.
Mykonos is a classic Greek Island with whitewashed houses, blue-domed churches and windmills. Add a reputation for beautiful beaches and you'll understand why Mykonos is the most popular island in the Cyclades. Explore the island in a 4 x 4 or take a ferry to the tiny island of Delos.
Whitewashed villages clinging to the sides of the sea cliffs have made the volcanic island of Santorini one of the most widely photographed places in the world. The island's charm and subtle mystery have even made it a target of speculation as the location of the lost city of Atlantis.