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Why September is the Best Month to Visit Athens

Time is king and there’s a timing for everything in life, including our holidays. Most people prefer to take their leave during the summer dog days but the ones who know better will tell you that September is the new August and, perhaps, even better, especially when visiting Athens. Let’s see why.     1. The Weather […]

A Rare Library in the Peloponnese: the Historical Library of Andritsaina

It is hard to imagine that a passionate collector of books, based in Paris, in the early 19th century, wanted to donate his collection of 3696 rare titles to a small mountainous region of  Ilia in Greece, the village of Andritsaina. This man had never come to Greece and his only connection to the place […]

Roaming around Rome: Top 10 Things to Do

Hello, traveling birds!  Put on your wayfarers, sling on a helmet and hop on a Vespa because we’re going to Rome! There’s never a shortage of things to do in the Eternal City. Culture vultures, cinema lovers, fashionistas & foodies alike all agree on one thing: torn between elegance and decay, Rome is a city […]

Rome: Ten Museums to visit in the Eternal City

One might say that Rome is a vast open museum under the sky!  It attracts all visitors to meander around its streets and discover its local charms, including breathtaking monuments and ancient ruins scattered all around. Yet, the Eternal City has no shortage of museums either. They are home to invaluable treasures focusing on various […]

Summer in Athens: A Top Ten List

When the weather gets balmy, Athens gears up for our favorite season. Greece enjoys a prodigiously long summer and, from April till October, its quirky and boisterous capital affably invites you to discover the local joie de vivre. Days go longer, sunsets are dramatic, tables spill out on the sidewalks and life is better enjoyed […]

Best of Crete: 10 Must-See Attractions

Crete, apart from being the biggest island of Greece, is also one of the most gifted! Not only does the island have a very long and fascinating history dating back to the Neolithic Age, but it also boasts a raw natural scenery with breathtaking gorges, mountains, caves and some of the best beaches in the […]

5 Tips To Enjoy The Perfect Solo Roman Holiday

You first felt the urge to set out on a trip of self-discovery when you read The Catcher in the Rye, our teenagehood’s anthem about the agitated chap who sold his typewriter and bought a train ticket straight to New York. But, you didn’t do it back then and now we’re not teenagers anymore and […]

Beach time in Crete: Cooling Off Near Knossos

Since summer is here and our skip the line audio tour for Knossos guarantees that you no longer have to wait in line, you have all the time you need to visit the nearest beaches! Here are five beach proposals to cool off the summer heat. Gouves Approximately 22 kilometers away from Knossos, you can […]

5 Tips For Solo Travelers in Athens

Solo travel is a worldwide trend that motivates many people to pack their belongings and escape their daily routine. It is a way to experience a new culture while being independent. In case you are inspired and motivated to travel solo in Athens, here are some tips on how to do it like a pro! […]

Rome: Politics & Roman Holidays

The center of the Eternal City is the most quintessentially Italian place you might imagine. When one thinks of Italy, the first thing that springs to mind are the rolling green hills of Tuscany or some cobbled city streets drenched in golden sunlight. Well, one of the places where you can find such corners is […]

Game Of Thrones On Mount Olympus

Game of Thrones, the TV series phenomenon based on George R.R.  Martin’s book “a song of fire” was recently completed, leaving the fans devastated. Binge watching the series for the fourth time made me realize that the unforeseen stories, the ghastly crimes, and the breathtaking scenes, all felt very familiar. Growing up, I was fascinated […]

Crete: A Gourmand’s Paradise

Crete is the most beautiful and the largest island of Greece. Full of scents, colors, music, and rich flavors. Regardless of which prefecture you choose to go (Chania, Rethymno, Heraklion, Agios Nikolaos), you will be enchanted and you will definitely want to come back. So, being gourmands, we searched it a bit and found gastronomic […]

Remember and Follow in the Footsteps of Rembrandt in Amsterdam

Are you visiting Amsterdam soon? Well, then it should be essential for you to remember the name, Rembrandt! Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was a Dutch painter who is often considered as one of the greatest visual artists in history and as the most important one in Dutch history. So you can see why it would […]

Discover the Treasures of Athens in The Acropolis Museum

You cannot complete your visit to Athens without going to the Acropolis, and to get some better context, you also need to check out the Acropolis Museum, which has swiftly become a quintessential destination in Athens. In order to help with that, Clio Muse Tours is offering our very own Acropolis Museum Tour. The Acropolis […]

7 things you didn’t know about Vatican City

We all know that Vatican City is the smallest country in the world and is one of the most significant Christian holy lands. It is an independent nation which is home to 801 people and is only 0.44-kilometer square compared to Monaco’s (the second smallest country) 2-kilometer square. It also houses St. Peter’s Basilica, the […]

The Colosseum: Bread and Games

If you stop and think about Rome, chances are your mind will conjure up the image of the Colosseum; and if you stop to think about the Roman Empire, with its legions marching from one end of Europe to the other, then your mind will definitely present you with the now ruined shape of what […]

Meeting the Queen: 7 Reasons why Audio Tours Are Great for Family Travel

A Queen’s Garden My passion for history and outdoor adventures recently brought me to the National Garden in Athens. In this green oasis, my daughter and I followed the footsteps of Amalia, the first Queen of Greece. We did this via the Clio Muse Athens National Garden Tour for Kids A Queen’s Garden. This tour […]

Greek Easter: A Grand and Blissful Affair

Are you planning to visit Greece soon? Well then you are in luck because apart from the beautiful weather and glorious sun, Easter is upon us and just like the title of this post, it is a grand, big sacred affair! Easter is the greatest and one of the most sacred celebrations for those in […]

Clio Muse Expands to Two New Countries

We’re more than excited to announce that following our successful path as Greece’s first tour-guide app and creative storytellers, we’re expanding our tours and services to new countries! Italy and Netherlands along with Greece are the new additions to Clio Muse’s tour portfolio. But we don’t stop to audio tours, do we? To better meet […]

Acropolis Museum VS Acropolis Rock

Τhe best view The view is relative and depends on the interest of the observer. If you like the colorful urban scenery then the view from the Acropolis is the most suitable for you. But if you like watching the antiquities, then the view from the museum is ideal. Τhe most beautiful sculptures For the […]

A World of Stories

When I was a child I loved curling up small on my mum’s lap on a calm Sunday morning and listen to her soft voice reading to me fairy-tales. Kings and dragons, princesses and strange creatures, magic rings, and enchanted forests, entangled in all sorts of adventures would fire up my imagination. Until today I […]

7 reasons why audio tours are great for Family Travel

1. Fun for all An audio tour gives adults the freedom to enjoy and explore a city with young kids. Babies and tots cannot yet understand but they can wander about or ride their stroller while parents hear tons of information. Self-guided audio tours are a great travel tool for schoolchildren and teens. Kids love […]

Aphrodite’s Stories of Love and Curse

It is hard to know what an artist had in mind when creating an artwork but, still, we can’t resist the excitement of using our imagination and guesswork to find out more about the background of our favourite artefacts. Here below, you will discover two Aphrodite statuettes revealing two stories of love and lust. Aphrodite […]

Athens: A Lover’s Walk

For most of us living in a big city, the beauty around us goes usually unnoticed as we rush about keeping up with our daily routine. City life can be overwhelming, at times chaotic, but if once in a while you get into the right mood, you can see everything with fresh eyes and fall […]

5 Love Stories that Went Terribly Wrong

February is the month when you’re bound to stumble upon Love Actually as you turn on the TV and your facebook feed is flooded with Valentine’s day ads and articles giving advice about the perfect gifts for your significant other. There are those who love this kind of celebrations and those who hate them. Do […]

Kerameikos & Gazi: Discover Their Old & New Charms

Under the spellbinding shade of the Acropolis, close to the neighborhood of Thiseio, the beautiful quarter of Kerameikos is a genuine mix of mournful stillness and urban quirkiness. Head all the way down Ermou street to the northwest of the Acropolis and find a whole host of things to do in one of the most […]

Let it snow: 5 Top skiing Destinations in Greece

Christmas season and the ringing bells of laughter are officially gone and, all of a sudden, the world seems a crueler place to live in… It’s called post-holiday blues, the time when going back to work after the end of Christmas season feels more stressful than Frodo’s journey to Mordor… Well, why not dry up […]

Travel like a Pro: 9 Platforms to Tailor your Trip in Greece

Greece is a blessed country featuring at the top of most people’s travel bucket lists. Over the past years, the great boom that the Greek travel industry has experienced has led to the development of several useful and high-quality travel platforms to assist you in organizing and enjoying a carefree, tailor-made trip to Greece.  Here are […]

The Best Places to Brunch in Athens

Where to Brunch in Athens Sundays are made of free time with the ones you love, lazy mornings in bed, endless strolls and, of course, a delicious and hearty brunch!   Athens is a city that knows how to brunch and there are countless options for you all over its lively streets. Let’s see some […]

Looking for “The Isle of the Dead”

What does Pontikonissi & the Island of Saint George in Montenegro have in common? Obviously, the two islands are strikingly similar, yet the most important thing they have in common is their affinity to a beautiful painting and a musical score. We do not know whether the painter Arnold Böcklin ever visited any of the […]

The Bizarre Traditions of the 12th Day of Christmas in Greece

With all due respect, taking the bold risk to sound like Mr. Portokalos from My Big Fat Greek Wedding – the hilarious father who challenged everyone to give him a word and show them that its root is Greek – did you know that epiphany derives from a Greek word? In Greece, the Epiphany feast […]

The 4 Chaps who Gave Christmas a Glossy and Noisy Touch

For all those who don’t like Christmas Truth is I am no big Christmas fan. I am not fond of grand celebrations and, as Christmas is the most shimmering of all, I decided to write a piece dedicated to all of us, who aren’t keen on holiday festivities. I’m always interested to search on the […]

Florina: The Dazzling Christmas Bonfires

A few years ago I had the chance to visit Florina and fall under the spell of its charm. Endearing landscapes, impeccable architecture, delicious food and inviting people. It is a dreamy city that you will, most definitely, not forget. My beloved friend and host introduced me to the local culture and way of life, […]

10 Ways to Make the Most of Athens this Christmas

There is no other time of the year as eagerly and wholeheartedly embraced as Christmas. The year is crawling to its end and cities put on their merriest holiday outfit as the streets are shining with shimmering lights and beautiful displays of decorations. For those looking for a short break this year in Athens, we’ve […]

Plaka: The Most Picturesque Neighborhood of Athens

It was a sunny Sunday morning in Athens, and we were excited and ready to visit once again the most beautiful area of the city; Plaka. This part of the city is the ideal choice to enjoy your Sunday morning, especially at this time of the year when tourists do not flood the center of […]

The 5 Most Scrumptious Christmas Treats

It’s holiday time. Hello cozy. Dark afternoons wrap around the city while the streets bright up with glittering lights and festive cheer. Yet,  Christmas ain’t Christmas till it happens on your plate! So, what’s on? We’ve picked some of the yummiest Christmas treats to spice up your season… and ours! 1. The Italian Panettone This […]

Walk Amidst the Vineyards of Mainland Greece

If gazing at sun-washed hills and visiting traditional vineyards is your thing, then, hands down,  this article is what you’re after. As wine tourism is turning rapidly into the hottest travel trend globally, let’s raise our glass to the most scenic wine routes of mainland Greece! Just a stone’s throw from the city center, in […]

The Most Popular Coffees in Greece

International Coffee Day was on October 1! And because we are always looking for a reason to talk about coffee, we will introduce you to the most popular coffees in Greece, so you can get a taste. This “miraculous” drink, is an integral part of the everyday life of most Greeks, taking different roles. It […]

The Perfect Halloween Day in Athens

Undoubtfully Halloween has become an excuse to cheer up in the heart of October! Even if in Greece, we more accustomed to dressing up for Carnival in the spring, Halloween is becoming an increasingly popular celebration in the latest years. As it always fascinates me to know the stories behind things, I’ve learned that the […]

Theoharakis Foundation – Art Within

One year of an exceptional collaboration with Theocharakis Foundation was completed! In 2017-2018, the foundation hosted 4 exhibitions for 4 beloved Greek artists, from different fields, united by art. Well as I see it, art unites us all despite its lonesome nature. There are many reasons to write this article and the first one is […]

6 Greek Autumn Getaways

Autumn; some consider it the most beautiful season of the year.  The colors accompany the pallet of the earth and the landscape becomes magical! With the rain for companionship and the singing of birds for music, nature draws and captures whoever knows how to observe it. At this time, the weather in Greece creates an idyllic […]

Tourology | The Making of

It wasn’t a dark and stormy night. It was a dark night, but not stormy at all. In fact, it was one of those summer nights that youngsters go out for drinks in Monastiraki square in downtown Athens, 3 roofs beneath our headquarters. Andreas and I were the only ones in the office that night. […]

Mykonos: An Essential Guide to Gay Travellers

Mykonos, the Queen of the Cyclades, is proud to be one of the world’s landmarks of lgbtq+ travelers. Friendly, vibrant, welcoming and colorful! Homophobia does not fit on the island, you can enjoy what you want without fear, only with passion. In Mykonos, there are no limits, whether you like it or not, and you […]

The Best Flavours of Greece… in Athens!

Gastronomy comprises a special part of Athens’ history and food outing is one of the most characteristic reference points of the Athenian way of life. A visit to Athens presupposes a stroll down many gastronomical routes, in order to savour the delicacies of the Greek cuisine. Athenian cuisine can be considered multidimensional, including a vast […]

The First Digital Tour About Athens’ Homeless

Today, as usual, I grabbed the street paper “Shedia”. As I was going down the stairs of the metro, I skipped through the pages with longing to read the tribute to the Invisible Routes. My first contact with the Invisible Routes was in 2016 when I read about them in a magazine brochure. This was […]

Thermal Water 88 y.o. from the Acropolis Foothills

A glass bottle containing thermal water, amongst other things, was carried by Captain P. Johnston-Saint from Athens to give to collector Henry Wellcome. The water was gathered from the ancient well of the temple of Asklepios, at the foot of the Acropolis. The well is of round shape and had a roof that was supported […]

10 Things to Do in Hydra

Discover the secluded beauty of a Greek island that captivated Europe and attracted artists such as Chagall, Picasso, Leonard Cohen. It’s an island of Argosaronic, characterized as infertile and introverted but also very picturesque and attractive. It is ideal for nearby excursions from Athens, romantic walks, historical tours and diving in blue waters! Escape the […]

Best Places in Athens to Enjoy the August Full Moon

The August full moon, the most beautiful full moon of the year, is a unique event in Greece. This day, music and dancing events, tours and original events take place throughout Athens at archaeological sites, museums, and art venues. It is a unique opportunity to visit them as it is one of the few days with […]