Splendid ruins, hot beaches, fresh feasts and quaint towns.
The site of Heracles’ slaying of the ferocious Nemean Lion, Nemea today is more known for its sprawling vineyards and sunbleached ruins. Spend a day here on an 11-day gastronomic tour before tasting honey in Nafplio, folding dolmas and making spanakopita in Delphi, and visiting an organic farm on Crete — not missing the 4,000-year-old Minoan palace. This tour captures ancient heritage and modern Hellenic flavors.
Dock along the multihued houses that ascend the hills of Symi Island; from here, it’s a leisurely hike to the Panormitis Monastery. Your eight days of islandhopping in the Aegean aboard a traditionally crafted gulet will bring you to some of Greece’s lesser known shores; on Nisyros, explore Mandraki’s bright-white buildings; on Tilos, quiet coves are yours for the swimming.
A Day in Corfu
Boasting a continental influence alongside its ancient Greek heritage, Corfu possesses a wealth of historic sites framed by breezy palms and beautiful bougainvillea. Start your day trip to the island with an exploration of Achilleion Palace, former residence of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, and take in the view of tiny Pontikonisi Island, where a church hides within the trees. In lovely Corfu Town, visit the Church of Saint Spyridon or relax at a shady taverna.