At first thought, a Classical Greek tour may seem to be overwhelming. Take a deep breath and break it down into small pieces for a pleasurable Athens sightseeing experience. This ancient Greek city offers an insight into the history of civilization. Even if you don’t have any Greek ancestry, the connection will still be there.
Start with ancient Greek history — Athens. Head for the Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage site. On this rocky outcrop above the city, you can imbibe Greek history at its finest. Visit the buildings of historical and architectural importance. The Parthenon is the most famous and should be high on your must-see list.
Built between 444 to 440 BC, the ancient Greek temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion is a major statement from the Golden Age of Athens. Like many of the temples, this tribute to the “God of the Sea” has a hexastyle design of white marble Doric columns, with 16 of the original 38 still standing.
An excursion to Delphi can be easily arranged and done in a day. Here you will find the village of Arachova, the Temple of Apollo— the most important of the gods –with its oracle, and the Delphi museum.
Another day-trip is to visit Akrotiri, a Minoan bronze age settlement on the island of Santorini. Knossos on Crete is another archaeological site from that historical period.
A trip to Olympia to see the massive statue of Zeus is another option as some consider it to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Located in southern Greece, this island is 16 km – or 10 miles –off the coast of the Peloponnese peninsula.
Classic Greek sculptures include the Moschophoros, Venus de Milo, and Hermes of Prasiteles. Even though these sculptures may be missing arms, legs or heads the art world would be much poorer without them.
There are choices about flying into Greece. The two major airports are in Athens and Thessaloniki. However, you might want to check out the flights that arrive in the quieter Araxos airport.