Cook with a renowned chef in Santorini, hike the back trails to the 17th-century Avgo Monastery, hop a yacht to picnic on a remote island, dance in a small town festival and accompany an anthropologist on a dig. Such are the insider experiences offered by outftter Blue Parallel. Like visiting a friend in her hometown, this hands-on tour company can take you behind the scenes to discover a more intimate Greece.
As much as beach hours beckon, you’ll want to reserve some time to visit the sites that served as portals for western civilization. In Athens, while the Acropolis tops the must-see list, the Benaki Museum, Agora, Delphi, the Byzantine & Christian Museum and the National Archaeological Museum complete the picture. In the Peloponnese (the southern region), don’t omit Olympia, home to the original Olympic Games, or less-visited Epidavros, with its impressive theater. Further afield, Meteora has mountain-topped monasteries, Cape Sounion holds the temple of Poseidon and Crete’s Minoan Palace of Knossos’s glittering murals will make your jaw drop for years to come.