Honeymooners find the B&B of their dreams…and savor breakfast in unforgettable settings. While there are lots of Greek islands to visit, we're dropping in on just three classics. The word Hellenistic refers to Greek culture after its political conquest. While the Acropolis was the center of ritual and ceremony, the agora was the beating heart of ancient Athens. Of its hundreds of islands, we'll visit three: Santorini, Mykonos, and Rhodes. See the Travel Details above for recommendations highlighted in bold, excerpted from Rick's guidebooks. Most cruisers get nervous about missing the ship and head back earlier than necessary. Excursions also include scenic views from the bus, and the stress-free efficiency of getting smoothly from point to point. Rhodes is built upon layers of civilizations — Italian, Greek, and Turkish, with a dash of medieval Crusader lore from all over Europe tossed in. Energized by a tasty gyro, hike to the top of the Plaka and explore the charming "village" of Anafiotika (literally "little Anafi"). From there we side-trip to the oracle of Delphi and then cruise from Athens' port of Piraeus to the island of Hydra. Rick produces a best-selling guidebook series, a public television series, and a public radio show, and organizes small-group tours that take over 30,000 travelers to Europe annually. The dazzling white-washed town of Lindos, originally a wealthy maritime center because of its harbor, is now totally overrun by tourists. Rick Steves says it’s time to go to Greece and we’re going to Ithaca for our June Greek Island Yoga Retreat. It's especially worth visiting if you're traveling beyond Athens, because it displays artifacts found all around Greece, including Mycenae, Epidavros, Santorini, and Olympia — and the treasures displayed here are generally better than those remaining at the sites themselves. These days Leonidas and Panagiota feed guests as if they're family. Leonidas: Eggplant. And recently, the city has curbed pollution, cleaned up and pedestrianized the streets, spiffed up the museums, and invested in one of Europe's better public transit systems. Hi, I'm Rick Steves back with more of the best of Europe. Centuries before Christ, Delos attracted pilgrims from across the Western world. The palace and the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior are guarded by the much-photographed evzones. Two hundred years ago, Athens was just a small town surrounded by big ruins, sitting on lots of history. Arrive early or late to avoid the crowds and midday heat. While the beach becomes a raging dance floor after dark, the DJ is busy all day as the cruise set joins backpackers from around the world to enjoy the scene. Strolling in the footsteps of Socrates is your best opportunity to commune with the epic Greek past. It housed big bronze statues of Hephaestus, the blacksmith god, and Athena, patroness of the city. The island of Delos was one of the most important places in the ancient Greek world, with temples honoring the birthplace of the twin gods Apollo and Artemis. Because the knights were from aristocratic families they had lots of money and lots of power. Colin was worried I’d be bored. Ancient Greeks believed that this easternmost point of the Greek world, where the rising sun first kissed Greek soil, was the home of the sun god, Helios. In this sampler of Greek isles we'll enjoy their fascinating history, inviting beaches, and dramatic beauty. Weave through narrow paths lined with flowers, and dotted with cats dozing in the sunshine. Artists fall in love with Oia and move in. Get the most out of every day and dollar with Rick Steves Greece & Turkey guidebooks, Snapshot guides and Pocket travel guides The oracle became so influential that no great leader would make a major decision without first sending emissaries to consult the oracle. Mykonos' status in the last generation was as a fashionable destination for jet-setters. One of the Mediterranean's great king-of-the-mountain thrills. While there are lots of Greek islands to visit, we're dropping in on just three classics. Viewpoints here are some of the most striking in the Greek seas, as tourists clamber for just the right angle. Get inspired with Rick Steves’ recommended places to go and things to do, with tips, photos, videos, and travel information on Greece. Its capital is Athens. After a 90-minute ride, Athens is a world away, and we pull into the isle of Hydra. Relax and take in a sea busy with water taxis, ferries that connect this oasis with Athens, old freighters — like castles of rust — lumbering slowly along the horizon, and cruise ships anchored as if they haven't moved in weeks. With all its traffic congestion above and nearly a million Athenians zipping smoothly underground every day, the system is a godsend. Rick: So she would babble and the priests would say this is wisdom from the gods. Sailing these fabled seas, I find myself drawn to the top deck. (photo: Cameron Hewitt) A row of windmills sits … He recently explored Greece's most important archaeological locations for his show, "Rick Steves' Europe," and acquainted us with the country's profound heritage. He let two eagles fly from the two opposite ends of the universe and this is where they met, here in Delphi. The island's main city, also called Rhodes, was one of the great cities of antiquity. From Athens to Mount Ararat, join Rick as he meets the people and explores the ancient sites of Greece and Turkey. We caught the first tender — beat the crowds and beat the heat. Golden Age sculptors shifted weight more believably, placing their statues in a contrapposto pose — that means relaxed, with hips shifted realistically and weight resting on one foot. Locals manage to eke out an existence as they have for centuries. Leonidas: Yeah the shrimps, green shrimps with the oil and lemon sauce.