Once you visit these, you will want to go back to Greece for more, and I guarantee, Greece will not disappoint you.
For those brought up immersed in the western civilization, to study the ancient Greek monuments is to study one's own heritage and self.
Many visitors have made it a point to return to Greece year after year to enjoy the sun, the culture, and to study the ancient monuments.
The Olympic games have evolved over the years to become the most spectacular show business in the world, and they travel every four years from one host country to another, but in Ancient Greece, all "civilized" cities gathered in ancient Olympia to participate in athletic competitions and cultural festivals.
The vast sanctuary lies about in ruins, but the Epidaurus theater itself is a visual treat.
Many ancient Greek monuments, cities, and landmarks have traveled through the eons under the sun and some have even remained in use (like the Acropolis for instance), while many others fell into obscurity and were buried under the ground only to be unearthed by archaeologist in the past two hundred years.
Such ancient sites appear today as monuments to the Greek ideas and culture that influenced the subsequent generations of the western civilization.
If you watch the show for the value it contains as a TV show, and nothing more, it is very entertaining, much like movies such as Old School, Porky's, Animal House, etc.
If you watch it expecting it to chronicle all of your experiences in your own college life, you will probably either be left wanting more, or mad that they over-dramatize a lot of events.
The ruins and the oracle's history are a delight, anchored by a most impressive and perfectly preserved ancient theater.
Mycenae While the ruins themselves at Mycenae require much imagination to appreciate and understand, a visit to the citadel that dominated Mycenaean Greece is a imperative for those who have read the Iliad and want to see the place from where Agamemnon ruled bronze age Greece.
Phaistos felt much more genuine of a place, while Knossos --spectacular as it is-- seemed a bit more contrived.