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The Best of Ancient Greece

The Acropolis (Athens): No matter how many photographs you've seen, nothing can prepare you for watching the light turn the marble of the buildings, still standing after thousands of years, from honey to rose to deep red to stark white. If the crowds get you down, remember how crowded the Acropolis was during religious festivals in antiquity.

Nemea (Peloponnese): This gem of a site has it all: a beautifully restored stadium, a handsome museum, a romantic temple with three standing columns—and picnic tables where you can enjoy a quiet lunch.

Olympia (Peloponnese) & Delphi (Central Greece): Try to visit both Olympia, where the Olympic Games began, and Delphi, home of the Delphic Oracle. That's the only way you'll be able to decide whether you think Olympia, with its massive temples and shady groves of trees, or Delphi, perched on mountain slopes overlooking (jftve trees and the sea, is the most beautiful ancient site in Greece.

Palace of Knossos (Crete): A seemingly unending maze of rooms and levels and stairways and corridors and frescoed walls—the Minoan Palace ofKnossos. It can be packed at peak hours, but it still exerts its power if you enter into the spirit of the labyrinth, where King Minos ruled over the richest and most powerful of Minoan cities and, according to legend, his daughter Ariadne helped Theseus kill the Minotaur and escape.

Delos (Cyclades): This temple city, on a tiny isle just 2 miles offshore of Mikonos, was considered by the ancient Greeks to be the spiritual center of the Cyclades and its holiest sanctuary. Although in ruins, much of this remarkable site still remains in testament to its former grandeur. From Mount Kinthos (really just a hill, but the islands highest point), you can see the whole archipelago on a clear day. The 3 hours allotted by excursion boats from Mikonos or Tinos are hardly sufficient to explore this vast archaeological treasure. 

Vergina (Northern Greece): In the brilliantly designed museum here, you can peek into what may have been the tomb of Alexander the Great's father, Philip of Macedon, and see the more than 300 burial mounds that stretch for miles across the Macedonian plain.

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