Greece Vacation, Tours, Travel Packages & Experiences
Greece is located in south-eastern Europe, on the southern end of the Balkan Peninsula. It lies at the meeting point of three continents – Europe, Asia and Africa. Greece is bordered by Bulgaria and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Albania to the northwest, and Turkey to the northeast.
The country consists of three main geographic regions. These are the peninsular mainland, the largest area, the Peloponnese peninsula that is separated from the mainland by the canal of the Corinth Isthmus and thirdly, the more than 2000 islands scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Seas of which approximately 170 are inhabited; some of the better-known islands on a Greece vacation are Crete, Rhodes, Mykonos and Corfu.
80% of the country consists of mountains or hills, making Greece one of the most mountainous countries in Europe.
Because of its geographical position, Greece was a crossroad of several civilizations that had left their traces everywhere. Modern Greece traces its roots to the civilization of Ancient Greece. Considered the cradle of all Western civilization, Greece is the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy and the Olympic Games. This rich legacy is partly reflected in the 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in Greece. The modern Greek state, which comprises most of the historical core of Greek civilization, was established in 1830 following the war of independence from the Ottoman Empire.
The climate on trips to Greece is primarily Mediterranean, featuring mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers. This climate occurs at all coastal locations, including Athens, the Cyclades, the Dodecanese, the Peloponnese, the Ionian Islands and parts of the Central Continental Greece region.
An important percentage of Greece's national income comes from tourism. Greece is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations, ranking in the world's top 20 countries. Visitors on Greek vacations are drawn to the country's beaches and reliable sunny summer weather, its nightlife, historical sites and natural beauty. The nation's terrain is just as varied as its architectural heritage: idyllic beaches, towering mountain ranges, wine-producing valleys, vast stretches of olive orchards in the south, and lush forests in the north. Greece's historical sights are just as varied; the country is littered with just as many medieval churches and castles as classical ruins and temples.
What are the top cities to visit in Greece?
The city of Athens is where most visitors first enter the country and is the centre for many major museums, archaeological sites, and other attractions, as well as being a major national transportation hub.
It is also a starting point on Greece vacations for the many island cruises which vary in length and quality.
Thessaloniki is Greece’s second largest city and is a lively cosmopolitan centre. It boasts a large number of Byzantine churches and has a history dating back 3000 years.
What are the top places to visit in Greece?
Of the islands, while on a Greece vacation, the best known are Corfu, a lush green island with excellent beaches, Crete, not only known for its beaches but also for its Roman and Turkish architecture and ancient Minoan ruins, Mykonos, a sophisticated vacation centre and Rhodes which offers beaches as well as mountain scenery and is the home of ancient site of the Colossus, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world.
On the mainland, Delphi is known as the mystic site of the famous Oracle of Apollo and Olympia is known for being the site of the ancient Olympic Games.
With its many varied attractions, a visit to Greece will be a rewarding experience.
"Globetrotting with Goway" blog articles
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Extend your Stay
Consider an additional stopover to your Greece vacation at one of Goway's other European destinations. You can choose from a Paris vacation, a London vacation or an Amsterdam vacation. This can be done stopping over en route to or from Greece.
Iconic Aegean: 4 Day Cruise
Discover the captivating Greek Islands on this cruise through the Aegean. This Greek vacation takes you to sophisticated Mykonos, the Turkish bazaar of Kusadasi, verdant Patmos, Heraklion on Crete, and the enchanting island of Santorini.More Details
- 5 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 3,683
- Trip Type:
- Romance & Honeymoon, Stays of Distinction, Stopovers/City Breaks