Getting to know Greece
Greece is known to be the birthplace of the Olympics, the home of Hercules, Zeus and other God's. One of the places in the world that have so much history, culture, archaeological museums and collections spread across the country and its vivid lifestyle are what makes Greece so unique.
Getting to know Greece
While the ghosts of the past very much linger in Greece, the country attracts as many hedonists as it does history seekers and in this, the cradle of Western Civilisation, there is more than enough to satiate both tastes.
Greece juts into the Aegean, Ionian, and Mediterranean seas and stretches across the middle of the Balkan Peninsula. There are 166 inhabited islands and over 13,000 km of convoluted coastline containing established resorts, hidden sandy coves, lush mountain waterfalls and ancient sites of divine power.
While Scuba diving, snorkelling, windsurfing and yachting are staples along the coasts each island is unique. Santorini, possibly the most, spectacular, has a massive volcanic caldera whose cliff tops provide viewers the most spectacular sunsets. Mykonos' white walled streets, azure seas and almost blinding sunlight contrast against its pumping nightclub scene.
The largest island is Crete with its dramatic landscape and unique cultural identity it fiercely protects itself from mass tourism. Lesvos has 11 million olive trees and idyllic mountain villages, while semitropical Samos and pine-scented Thassos offer great beaches. Total serenity is found in the almost unvisited Inousses, Fourni and Psara.
Greek society spans four millennia and has had a far-reaching influence into the 21st C through the arts, language, philosophy, politics and even sport.
Homer had written Odyssey and Iliad 400 years before Pericles commissioned the 2,500 year-old Parthenon on top of Acropolis hill which has been a magnet for travellers to Athens for as many years since.
Greece could fill a library with UNESCO World Heritage listed sites. Peloponnese is peppered with classical temples like Corinth, Nemea and Olympia and the theatres of Argos and Epidaurus (still used today.)
Venetian villas, flowing bougainvillea and the lively waterfront of Napflio, one of the country’s most beautiful towns, grace its shores.
Northern Greece's rugged mountains, dense forests, sparkling lakes, archeological sites and ancient walking routes are ideal for hiking.
Kayakers will love the deep gorges, raging rivers and dark woods characterising the Zagoria region.
The town of Meteora is renowned for its 14th-century monasteries perched on rocky pinnacles and Mount Olympus, the highest mountain of Greece, is -according to mythology- the home of the twelve gods, the Muses and the Graces, and where Zeus fought Cronus and the Titans.
Thessaloniki the second city of Greece also known as Salonica is famous for countless Byzantine churches.
Train network in Greece
Greek Railway Company, OSE, covers 2,500 kilometres of track, connecting big cities and small towns within Greece to other Balkan countries and Turkey. Intercity Express trains travel between Athens and Thessaloniki. Trains depart Athens train station Larissa, for northern Greece, Evia and the Peloponnese.
The round Peloponnese rail ride is an attraction in itself. A "Rack Railroad" ascends for 22 km along the steep slopes of the Vouraikos gorge between Diakopto and Kalavrita, a historic town on Mount Helmos (2,343 ft.)
Rail Pass that get you around Greece
- Point to Point Tickets
- Greece Single-Country Pass
- Eurail Select Pass (2 Countries)
- Choose your 2 adjoining countries out of the 28 participating countries.
- Eurail Select Pass (3 Countries
- Choose your 3 adjoining countries out of the 28 participating countries
- Eurail Select Pass (4 Countries)
- Choose your 4 adjoining countries out of the 28 participating countries.
- Eurail Global Flexi Pass
- 28 countries - 5/7 days in 1 month or 10/15 days in 2 months.
- Eurail Global Continuous Pass
- 28 countries - 15, 22 days or 1, 2 or 3 months.
- Balkan Flexi Pass