You’ll find plenty more examples of Tinos’ famed marblework in the windows and doors, as you wander the streets of Pyrgos

City and island walking tours in Greece

Guide to walking tours in Greece, with city and Greek island strolls all around the country

Whether you’re looking for an organised walking tour for your holidays in Greece or a rough guide you can follow at your own pace, we’ve got you covered with city and island strolls and walking tours in Greece.

You choose the destination and we’ll do the rest

There’s no better way to get to know a new place than by putting on a pair of comfortable shoes and hitting the streets. So allow us to share some of the best walking tours in Greece. As well as ticking off the highlights, we take you to hidden corners known only by locals, as well as giving you practical information on how to get around and when to go.

You’ll get just enough historical background, with insights into the cultural landmarks (such as museums & galleries) and local architecture, and point out the culinary highlights and much more. (See our culinary experiences if food is your focus.)

Exploring Athens, one step at a time

Of course you’ll be visiting the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum when you’re in Athens. But what about all those neighbourhoods around it, giving life and colour to the city – ancient, modern, traditional and hip all in one. Well, we’ve got walking tours that reveal all of Athens’ major landmarks in one stroll as well as walks that plug you into the pulse of the city, taking you into neighbourhoods new to the tourist map. We’ll also tell you where to find the best street art in Athens and show you the unexpected green spaces, with relaxing parks for picnics and hills with the best views of the city.

Walking tours in Thessaloniki and mainland Greece

We give you an open-sights tour of Thessaloniki (with all the cultural influences on display in Greece’s second city) and take you around a couple of the Peloponnese’s most vibrant towns, Nafplio and Kalamata, both easily reached by car from Athens. And if you think you know Greece, check out our walking tour of Kavala, a northeastern destination that mixes cultural influences in an intriguing way.

Walking tours on Greek islands

Strolling down island alleyways is one of the great summer treats on holiday in Greece. So we’ve gone around your favourite Greek islands and explored the main towns (usually known simply as Hora) and put together walking tours you can easily follow.

On Rhodes, you’ll be transported to a medieval world of chivalry and knights and on Corfu, you’ll find an old town influenced by the Byzantines, Venetians, French and British (all with an unmistakably Greek air). In fact, the entire old towns of both islands have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Picture-perfect island towns

Just imagine yourself exploring the labyrinth of whitewashed alleyways on a Cyclades island: sugar-cube houses, domed churches, cobblestones, pots of pink and purple bougainvillea … and, as is so often the case, a Venetian castle perched right at the top of town with views to neighbouring islands. Well, we take you around Syros’ cosmopolitan Ermoupoli and picture-perfect Ano Syros as well as the main towns of Mykonos, Ios, Naxos, Serifos and Sifnos.

In Paros, we explore the village of Naoussa. And Folegandros may be in the Dodecanese island chain, not the Cyclades, but you’d never know it from the aura and architecture of its main town.

Meanwhile, the history and charm of Rethymno’s Old Town and Agios Nikolaos live long in the memory in Crete, and we have walking tours in the main towns of Skiathos and Skyros and around Antiparos, the exotic little brother of Paxos in the Ionian Sea.

And whoever said it only needs to be on foot? If you want an island to explore by bike, Kos has your name on it, whether you’re in the old town or heading to the beach. All that and more.

So which walking tour in Greece tempted you?

 

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If you’re the kind of traveller who loves exploring everything about a country, you’ll love our guide to the top things to do in Greece. We take you around the leading cultural sites and on food and walking tours and introduce you to the best ways to experience Greece’s magical sea and countryside … all so you can plan your perfect holidays in Greece.

If you’ve booked your holidays to Greece and want to know all the things to do in and around your destination, or if you’re just looking for a bit of inspiration to decide where to go, welcome to our guide to the best things to do in Greece. It’s designed to be both inspiring and practical, helping you choose and plan the experiences you’ll be including on your bucket list.

Pick your perfect beach holiday

For us, Greek beaches are about so much more than sun, sea and sand. They all have their own character and reasons to visit. So we’ve explored all the most famous beaches in Greece and painted the picture for you. (Apologies in advance if it gets you wanting to be there right now.) if you’ve spent any time searching ‘Greece’ on Instagram, you’ve probably been introduced to many of them already. Then again, seeing really is believing.

How to bring Greek culture to life

When we think of Greek culture, we see so much more than temples and marble pillars. For us, Greece’s archaeological sites are alive with the myths and legends of antiquity. So we went looking to answer why Greece is referred to as the cradle of western civilisation at all the top ancient sites and toured museums and art galleries (many modern ones too) on islands and around the mainland. All so you can choose the right experiences for you.

Culture truly is all around you when you’re in Greece, which is why we’ve got a wide range of city and island walking tours you can follow, whether you’re on a city break in Athens or Thessaloniki or visiting a Greek island. We take a ‘locals know best’ approach, seeking out all those hidden gems you won’t find in a guidebook as well as ticking off the highlights. And of course you’ve heard of island-hopping. But have you ever heard of village-hopping? You have now.

Don’t forget to pack your appetite

Whether you’re a card-carrying foodie or looking to get to know Greek food a bit better, you’re in for a treat. We’re more passionate about food and drink than perhaps any other part of Greek culture and it shows in our foodie tours in cities and islands, as well as our vineyard and olive oil tours and our focus on classic Greek products like mastiha from Chios and ouzo from Lesvos.

You’ll find amazing things happening on the food front in Athens. And Thessaloniki might just be the premier foodie destination in Greece. That said, there are quite a few destinations that would disagree. Check out our food and drink tours – definitely some of the best things to do in Greece – and decide for yourself.

Get active on your holidays in Greece

One of our favourite sections in our guide to the best things to do in Greece is the collection of all outdoor activities. We take you to the top of mountains (they don’t all need to be as tall as Mt Olympus, although we take you there too) and trek down some of the most stunning gorges in Europe. If you’ve only ever been on a beach holiday to Greece, you’ll be amazed how many signposted hikes there are on both mainland and islands. There are even hikes that end at the beach. How’s that for a reward after a hike?

We have hiking excursions to some of the most beautiful scenery in Greece (yes, Meteora, we’re looking at you) and ideas for mountain biking, rock climbing, canyoning and even snow skiing. And if you’re a water sports enthusiast, there’s diving, kayaking, river rafting and more.

Boat trips to hidden beaches and islands neighbours

Finally, we went looking for the best boat trips in Greece. Some take you to remote beaches and others into sea caves. There’s even a boat trip from Alonissos that takes you around Greece’s first marine park. Or you could even boost your Greek island holiday by taking a day trip to a neighbouring island, or by adding an unexpected island-hopping twist to Athens getaway to the islands of the Saronic Gulf. We’ve got dozens of boat trips to choose from.

We’re here to give you ideas. The rest is up to you.

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