Few European destinations can capture the imagination quite like Greece. There are just so many facets and sides to this enthralling land at the southern edge of the continent. One day you might be wandering the ancient city of Athens, hopping marble plinths where Socrates once stood and glowering up at the mighty Parthenon. The next you could be lost in pine-scented mountains as the sounds of chanting Orthodox monks and the ring of goat bells echo through the olive groves. Oh, and let's not forget those beaches and islands. From the yachting mecca of Poros to the chalk-white cliffs of Zakynthos to the pebble coves of Rhodes, there's plenty to enchant when you hit the coast. Cheap flights to Greece usually arrive into the capital, but could also take you to Thessaloniki, Crete, Corfu, and a number of other beautiful islands direct.
A symbol of democracy the world over, the Parthenon is a 2,500-year-old monument that crowns the skyline of Athens.
See the wonders of the ancients laid bare as you wander the ruins of Epidauros – an old healing center with a beautiful amphitheater.
Crank up the romance with some of the world's most stunning sunsets and sea views, all available from the cave dwellings that clutch the side of volcanic Santorini.
No airlines fly direct between New Zealand and Greece.
The best airline to fly between New Zealand and Greece is Qatar Airways.