“On a summers night, I have sat on the balcony drinking Ouzo, watching the ghosts of Greek Heroes sailing past, listening to the rustle of their sail cloths and the gentle lapping of their oars.”

 Phil Simpkin

As a world schooling family, Greece has always taken a top seat on our travel bucket list. Bringing Greek mythology and the intense history of this transformative civilization to life is the perfect complement to a strong world history curriculum. Before we embarked on our adventure the advice we received most often was, fly into Athens, spend some time and then head to the islands. Skip everything else. Errr, what? Skip everything else? Over the years we have most certainly received both good and bad travel advice. Greece is simply more than the Parthenon and the 6,000 heavily touristed (albeit extremely beautiful) islands. Greece is world famous honey, gorgeous sunsets, mountains, moussaka, and  turquoise blue water.

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Tips on Greece/

  • There is a whole lot more to Greece than Athens and Santorini. Spend some time doing some research into some of the less touristy areas, they were actually some of our favorites.
  • If possible, plan ahead and buy food/drinks before getting on the ferry to the islands. The food on board is generally pretty bad and very expensive. We found some great options which were MUCH better and way less expensive a short walk from the ferry terminals. (i.e. The Bread Factory)
  • Athens is a very walkable city, and the star of the show is definitely the Acropolis. In our opinion this is one of the places where it’s worth spending a little bit more to get a room with a great view of the Acropolis. Some of our favorite Athens memories include having a glass of wine on our hotel roof while staring up at the ancient citadel above us.