It seems like everyone I’ve spoken to recently—both inside and outside the office—wants to visit Greece. It’s on all their bucket lists. And it’s on mine, too.
I can’t speak for everyone’s reason for wanting to go, but what has Greece so high up on my list is the history and scenery. The scenery, especially on Santorini, is unlike anywhere else on the planet. And the history of Greece holds some of the most interesting stories in the world for me. Especially the stories of the Greek Gods. In Greek Mythology, there seems to be a God or Goddess for every aspect of life.
Athens, the capital city of Greece, is home to the Parthenon, which was dedicated to Athena (the Greek Goddess of Wisdom and War). It sits atop the Acropolis, the rocky outcrop that sits above the city. The Parthenon is perhaps the most famous site that’s located there, but it’s not the only one. Among the list of other sites are the Alter of Athena, the Sanctuary of Zeus Polieus (God of the Sky, Lightning, Thunder, Law, Order, and Justice), and the Theatre of Dionysys Eleuthereus (God of the Vine, Grape-Harvest, Wine-making, Wine, Fertility, Ritual Madness, Religious Ecstacy, and Theatre). I could easily spend an entire day just wandering around there, taking it all in.
The mythology doesn’t stop in Athens, though. It’s said that Hercules formed the island of Mykonos from the petrified bodies of giants he killed. The island’s name itself comes from Apollo’s grandson, and maybe that’s because of the island’s closeness to Apollo’s birthplace: Delos. But because Mykonos is more famous because of its white washed architecture, more of you may know it for its buildings, windmills and beaches.
It’s the scenery of Santorini, however, that seems more striking to me. Maybe it’s the blue-domed churches (everyone knows that postcard shot), or maybe it’s the winding ramps and steps up and down the hills through the city with all of the white-washed buildings and their bright blue doors. And they all share a wonderful view of the sea. There’s also Santorni’s crescent moon shaped bay that looks over the caldera (a volcanic depression shaped like a cauldron). In fact, Santorini Island is an active volcano. It’s dormant, but still active.
Later this year in October, we’ve got an amazing opportunity for our Explorers to travel to Greece with Mayflower Cruises & Tours. Over 9 days, the group will get to discover Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini, with both tours and free time in all three. The airfare is included in the price, and because the trip is scheduled for the shoulder season, the pricing is great. The weather will be a little cooler because of the season, but it’ll be a really wonderful time of year to see the country.
If Greece is on your bucket list, or maybe you’d like to go back and see more with the available free time on this itinerary, give us a call. We’d love to add you to our group!