On board a cruise ship or following your own itinerary, experience a thousand-year-old culture as you visit the jewel of the Aegean Sea. Explore the remains of one of the world's oldest civilizations, hike the rugged Peloponnese mountains, or sail to discover sun-drenched islands. Enjoy the sound of the waves and traditional music, eat grilled fish, close your eyes and enjoy the gentle sea breeze. Whether you are a passionate historian, a die-hard hedonist or just looking for a haven of peace, Greece is filled with treasures that you will have the pleasure to discover.
The capital of Greece is a vibrant metropolis, but also a place with a rich history that saw the birth of modern democracy. The Acropolis of Athens offers a breathtaking view of the capital. What an incredible experience to see old columns that have been standing for thousands of years. Several statues have now been moved to the world-famous Acropolis Museum to be restored and preserved. Be sure to visit the National Museum of Archaeology, which houses the largest collection of Greek antiquities in the world. After a day spent admiring the remains of another era, watch the sunset from Mount Lycabettus, then spend the evening in the trendy neighborhoods of Gazi or Psiri.
Santorini is the queen of the Cyclades archipelago. As you approach its coasts, you will be immediately overwhelmed by the striking beauty of its cliffs topped with white and blue houses. The Greek landscape you've been dreaming of, just like a postcard-perfect scene! There is no lack of activities in Santorini and each beach is unique. Kamari and Perissa are volcanic black sand beaches, while Red Beach, near Akrotiri, is dominated by red cliffs. Rent a scooter or mountain bike at one of the many rental places in Fira or Perissa to discover the island at your own pace. End your day with the must-see experience of any trip to Greece: watch the sunset from the picturesque village of Oia, on the northern tip of the island.
Greek cuisine is among the most delicious and diversified in the world, a delicious combination of typical Greek dishes influenced by Turkish and Italian cuisines. Local specialties vary from region to region, but wherever you go, the quality of olive oils and the freshness of cheeses such as feta are exceptional. Treat yourself to a moussaka, the Balkan equivalent of our shepherd's pie, or enjoy a delicious tzatziki while sipping Greek wine. On the islands, fish and seafood are of course the highlight, fried or grilled. Watch the fishing boats return to the port to take a look at the catch of the day.
The Peloponnese is the very birthplace of the greatest ancient myths and legends. Cross the narrow and spectacular Corinth Canal and discover the Byzantine cities, temples and palaces whose remains are still visible today. The imposing mountains of the region offer a breathtaking panorama and will also attract hikers. The Menalon Trail is more than 70 km long and offers several trails of different difficulties that cross the Lousios Gorge along the flank of Mount Menalon. The ancient city of Nemea, known to have hosted one of the Twelve Labors of Hercules, is also located in the heart of a wine region that is well worth a visit.
Very different from the small islands of the Cyclades, Crete is a vast and diverse territory full of surprises. Here, very few small whitewashed houses, but snow-covered mountains, imposing canyons and remarkable beaches with clear, turquoise waters. The old town of Chania, to the west, is charming and is the perfect starting point to discover the wilderness of this region. A hike through the Samaria Gorge will amaze you. You can also enjoy the small fishing villages on the southern coast and relax on the beach at Elafonissi, an absolutely idyllic white sandy island.
The country's official currency is the Euro (EUR).
You will need a power adapter and maybe a converter. Electrical outlets used in Greece are not the same as in Canada. Voltage is 230V and frequency is 50Hz.
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