CONSIDER GREECE YOUR OPEN MUSEUM, HOME TO ANCIENT WONDERS, INCREDIBLE ARCHAEOLOGY AND A MEDLEY OF MODERN THRILLS
We have Pericles to thank for the ancient capital of the world. Pericles had a soft spot for Pentelic marble (flawless white, with a buttery-gold hue), gem-stone-encrusted statuary and colossal buildings. His predilections endure in the mighty Parthenon and Acropolis, which stand guard over the city. Swot up on history at the ultramodern, glass-and-steel-graced Acropolis Museum.
Discover Akrotiri, the ‘Minoan Pompeii’, on the island of Santorini. The Minoan Bronze Age settlement was destroyed – and simultaneously preserved – by a volcanic eruption around 1613 BC. You can still see the pots and pans left behind by fleeing residents, who escaped in the nick of time – no human remains were ever found at the site.