My 2 daughters and I did a trip to Greece this month and found it such a mesmerising place with such ancient history it was truly humbling.
We started off in Athens and did a coach tour to the Mycenae-Epidaurus passing the Corinth Canal, fantastic trip. the next day we went to the Acropolis and walked around the streets a little afterwards.
We then flew to Santorini and stayed in the fishing village of Vlichadia which is quite a way from the hustle and bustle but perfect for a catamaran tour as the harbour was right there. Definitely worth doing to see the Island from the sea as one can see the different colour beaches and landscape and lunch on board was divine. A couple of restaurants are in the village so there is a choice.
Took the high speed ferry to Paros and stayed in the town of Aliki which was great as all the restaurants were right next to the sea. Plenty of choice as to where to eat and lovely tourist shops with good quality items. We also did a coach tour around the island which is the best way to do it on all the islands if you want to explore the history without having to hire a car.
We were very brave and caught the local bus to Parikia the next day and managed to do some shopping for Greek goodies and explore the town a little more.
We got on the high speed ferry again off to Mykonos and stayed in the village of St Stefanos which was only 10 minutes by taxi to Mykonos town. Mykonos town is lovely with all its little streets in Little Venice but really really busy and too many people for my liking but good to see nevertheless. We spent a fair amount of time on the beach at St Stefanos watching the Cruise Liners and ferries come in and working on our tans. You can hire a umbrella and loungers at 12Euro per day and the restaurant serves food and wine on the beach which was awesome. glug glug
We then flew back to Athens and did another coach tour to Delphi to see the Oracle and the museum with all the original artefacts which makes it so much more real than copies which some museums have. We went to the Galaxy Bar on the roof of the Hilton 3 times in total during our trip and its got such a vibe with the view of the city and the Acropolis all lit up and night. Mind blowing!
There was no shortage of anything in spite of the crisis in Greece. One could see quite a lot of businesses had closed down by the empty buildings but the tourist industry was buzzing.
The most expensive place is obviously Athens and Mykonos. Santorini and Paros was far more reasonable.
This was my first visit to Greece and the experience is one I will never forget. If you want to be blown away if you appreciate beauty and history best you book a holiday now!!!