Greece, the mainland and the Greek Islands, covers a vast range of landscapes and cultural activities. Boasting an unrivalled legacy, the country is responsible for drama and democracy.
On the mainland, the capital Athens is considered the birthplace of Western civilisation. The 2,400-year-old Parthenon still dominates the skyline from its position on the Acropolis and the Theatre of Dionysus and Odeon of Herodes Atticus are close by.
The splendours of ancient Greece are just about visible everywhere though; the splendour of Delphi, home to the Oracle, the huge temple of Apollo, the monasteries of Meteora perched on pinnacles of rock and Mount Olympus, legendary home of the gods, stand out.
If you find yourself tired of temples, then try walking through the Mani or Arcadia Mountains on the Peloponnese peninsula. Alternatively embark on a Greek island cruise and hop from one idyllic getaway to another to see a wide variety of landscapes and a diverse selection of culturally rich sites.
Of the Greek Islands, Crete offers the best opportunities for hiking, with walks across rolling landscapes covered in wildflowers particularly pleasant and the dramatic Samaria Gorge a little tougher. The island is also home to numerous important archaeological sites at Knossos, Phaistos and Gortys.
The Aegean Islands are characterised by white and blue villas; Lesbos also has beautiful beaches and therapeutic springs,
The Ionian Islands are lusher. Corfu remains the most popular and developed island; Kefalonia is quieter and Ithaca, although the setting for the Odyssey, quieter still.
The Cyclades are home to Santorini, with its bright white buildings and deep blue domes set against dramatic black volcanic sand. Nearby Mykonos is known for its cobbled streets and lively nightlife.
The Sporades Islands are home to the charming, unspoilt islands of Alonissos, Skiathos, Skyros and Skopelos.