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Greek Mainland
Travel Guide

Nafplio showing street scenes and night scenes

Explore scenic mountains, gorges, villages and shoreline. View the lasting monuments that ancient Greeks built to honor their beloved gods.

Visit the Greek Mainland for an ideal vacation spot, whether your interests include fascinating history, good food, beautiful scenery or even mountain skiing.

Start your vacation in Athens to see many archaeological treasures from the early days of Greek civilization. Climb to the Acropolis and walk past the Parthenon. Visit the Acropolis Museum and National Archaeological Museum for further study.

From Athens, cross high over the narrow Corinth Canal to explore the Peloponnese. This ancient land includes the archaeological site of Olympia, a religious center where the ancient Olympic Games originated. Visit Sparta, one of the most powerful city-states of the ancient world.

Macedonia is where Greek mythology says the gods lived on Mount Olympus. Hike trails past scenic waterfalls, forests and gorges to appreciate why the area is so revered. Today it’s possible to ski here and on other mountains in Thessaloniki just north. To the east, West Thrace has mountains, rivers and an interesting blend of Greek, Byzantine and Ottoman culture.

In the northwest, Epirus offers additional outdoor delights, including kayaking on the Arachthos River and hiking between the more than 40 hillside villages of Zagori. View the Vikos Gorge, one of the deepest in the world.

The central part of Mainland Greece is Thessaly. Along the Pagasetic Gulf, Volos is a modern city with an interesting place in mythology as the launch point for Jason and the Argonauts, while Magnesia is the home of centaurs of ancient legend. Head inland to Meteora to marvel at several rock monasteries in amazing perches atop steep rocks.

As you travel across Greece, stop to visit villages, farms and wineries. Purchase inexpensive carafes of wine, enjoy a healthy Mediterranean diet and listen to stories of ancient times.

Fly to Athens from many international cities. Rent a car for the maximum flexibility in creating a customized itinerary. Alternatively, join one of many Greek Mainland themed tours focused on archaeological sites, culinary exploration, outdoor recreation or other interests.

Where to stay in Greek Mainland

Athens Gate Hotel
Athens Gate Hotel
4 out of 5
10 Syngrou Avenue, Athens, Attiki
The price is $109 per night from Jun 28 to Jun 28
Located in Athens City Centre, this hotel is steps from Greek Evangelical Church, Arch of Hadrian, and Temple of Olympian Zeus. Theatre of Dionysus and Museum ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (999 reviews)
"Perfect location"

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2021

Athens Gate Hotel
Sofitel Athens Airport
Sofitel Athens Airport
5 out of 5
Athens International Airport, Spata-Artemida, Attiki
The price is $205 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
Situated in Spata-Artemida, this luxury hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Metropolitan Expo and within 12 mi (20 km) of Factory Outlet Airport and Vorres Museum. ...
4.4/5Excellent! (2,120 reviews)
"Always a great stay!"

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2021

Sofitel Athens Airport
Electra Palace Athens
Electra Palace Athens
5 out of 5
18 - 20 N Nikodimou Street, Athens, Attiki
The price is $189 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Located in Athens City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Adrianou Street, Syntagma Square, and Ermou Street. Acropolis and Hellenic Parliament ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,001 reviews)
"Hotel staff are helpful and hotel is clean."

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2021

Electra Palace Athens
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Athens Studios
Athens Studios
4 out of 5
3A Veikou St, Makrigyianni, Athens, Attiki
The price is $65 per night from Jun 15 to Jun 15
Located in Athens City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Acropolis Museum, Acropolis, and Temple of Olympian Zeus. Parthenon and Syntagma ...
4.1/5Very Good! (639 reviews)
"There are a lot of choices in Athens, but I now have my permanent option anytime I visit the city. The location, the staff, the rooms, the amenities, the neighborhood, the other travelers here and the restaurants next door are unmatched! Like other reviewers have said, the staff alone can help make ..."

Reviewed on May 20, 2021

Athens Studios
GK Airport Suites
GK Airport Suites
3 out of 5
Andrea Koumpi 24, Markópoulon, Markopoulo Mesogaias, Attica
The price is $96 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
Situated in Markopoulo Mesogaias, this aparthotel is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Markopoulo Olympic Equestrian Centre and within 9 mi (15 km) of Sanctuary of Artemis ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (185 reviews)
"Good and functional apartment close to the airport."

Reviewed on May 19, 2021

GK Airport Suites
MET34 Athens
MET34 Athens
4 out of 5
9 Petraki St., Athens, Attiki
The price is $192 per night from Jun 18 to Jun 18
Located in Athens City Centre, this aparthotel is steps from Maria Callas Museum and Ermou Street. Syntagma Square and Hellenic Parliament are also within 10 ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (291 reviews)
"Very modern, luxurious hotel with professional service focused staff. My mother and I booked a shared room. As the hotels 2 bedroom suite was empty they gave us a complimentary upgrade!! Amazing!!!! Hotel is in an Excellent location. We had Delicious & quite exceptional Greek food (high quality ingredients ..."

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2021

MET34 Athens
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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