From Athens to Crete, Greece highlights why it's one of the most coveted European countries to visit, with essential experiences you can have during your 12-day Greece vacation.
Grecian culture reflects from the distinct white-washed Cycladic architecture of Santorini, ancient history unravels beneath the momentous pillars of the Parthenon, and soothing seaside scenery backdrops illustrious Greek islands in the Aegean Sea.
Whether looking at popular cities, hidden peninsular gems, or famous islands, the top experiences you can have during your 12-day Greece trip can reveal the wonders of the culture, history, land, and sea.
Mediterranean cuisine originates from the timeless culinary traditions and customary cooking methods used by locals in the Mediterranean Basin. Greece’s busy cities, modest fishing villages, and rural towns offer an authentic taste thereof, as do culinary activities designed to activate the flavors of the best dishes.
Whether you find yourself exploring the eateries of Athens, cooking in a Cycladic culinary school in Santorini, or savoring fresh seafood on the shores of Mykonos, you will explore Mediterranean culture through meals throughout your stay in the best places for 12-day Greece trips.
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The Mediterranean was dominated by the Ancient Greeks for centuries and the civilization’s ruins and remains in Athens showcase the immense influence these early people had on the landscape and culture that continues to flourish in Greece.
You will wander old districts featuring peculiar Ancient Greek architecture, walk beneath the towering pillars of the Parthenon, and gaze across the Mediterranean seascape from the Acropolis, an architectural marvel on a rocky outcrop overshadowing the city.
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Santorini is a Cycladic jewel in the Aegean Sea whose typical blue-domed homes are instantly recognizable as the backdrop for postcard photography and dreamy Instagram pictures.
Its white-washed town clinging to the volcanic cliffs can be seen from the sky as you soar over the island in a helicopter for unparalleled views.
Your tour will conclude at a prestigious wine estate on the rolling Santorini hills, one renowned for producing exquisite varietals from grapes grown in unique geothermal soils.
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From the rugged, rocky outcrops of Santorini to the crystal-clear waters of Mykonos, the Ionian scenes of Corfu to the traditional charms of Paros, and the medieval character of Rhodes to the mountain villages of Naxos, the Greek Islands are incredible destinations punctuating the seas surrounding Greece.
Tours by ferry, luxury liner, or speedboat will take you to an assortment of immaculate shorelines and forested islands for surreal seaside adventures, including watersports, snorkeling, sunbathing, heritage excursions, trekking tours, and more.
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Crete is a treasure trove of cultural and historical discoveries waiting to be explored on history tours from Knossos to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Knossos is a Minoan sanctuary and source of Greek mythology that experienced invasions, natural disasters, and a series of catastrophes across centuries.
Its ruins are shrouded in mystery and reflect its rise and fall following historic events that your guide will share more about. Minoan history will continue to come to life in the Heraklion Museum as you explore exhibits of ancient relics and historic jewelry, weapons, armor, and symbols.
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Indulging in Mediterranean cuisine, sailing the sapphire seas of the Aegean, discovering Minoan heritage in Crete, and delving into the history of Ancient Greece are essential experiences that you may relish on one of our 12-day tours of Greece.
There is so much to see and do across the Mediterranean country, and Zicasso is here to help you plan the perfect vacation. If you wish to learn more about Greece, such as the best time to visit for 12-day Greece trips, check out our Greece travel guide or learn more in our 12-day Greece vacations FAQ.