Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you’ve really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. We’re taking advantage of our partnership with Travel + Leisure to get their editors’ recommendations and insider tips on the places you will want to visit. Here are their picks for just one of the 150 destinations they covered.
Acropolis and the Parthenon
The world's most famous acropolis (which means "city at the top") stands 500 feet high, with a 484,000-square-foot flat plateau. Atop it is the Parthenon, designed by Pericles in the fifth century B.C. A few tips for first-time visitors: don't bring a large bag (you'll have to check it), and hold on to your ticket-it allows you entry to many sights in the area, including the Temple of the Winds, the Temple of Zeus, and the Ancient Agora.
Wander the alleys of this whitewashed, 19th-century village, built by refugees from the Cycladic island of Anáfi. Located along the northern slope of the Acropolis, it's a quiet, residential oasis in the heart of teeming Athens.
National Archaeological Museum
This recently renovated cultural center has the eye-popping Greek collection you'd expect, from Neolithic clay figurines and treasures unearthed at Mycenae to a prehistoric antelope fresco from Santorini. Its Egyptian collection is also one of the world's best, spanning the 30th century B.C. to the Roman era.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.