ADVENTURE ON THE AEGEAN

GREECE & GREEK ISLES CRUISES

Discover idyllic beaches and ancient ruins in the birthplace of poetry and art.


Temples, amphitheaters and villages preserved in volcanic ash, digs that are still revealing the mysteries of the past — Greece and the Greek Isles hold history for the ages. Cruise to Greece to enjoy dramatic sunsets across translucent waters while exploring the white cliffs of Milos, or transport yourself to the ancient past at ruins found on nearly every Greek island. The Temple of Aphaia looms over Aegina, while Delos Island hosts the incredible Terrace of the Lions. You'll find the world-famous Acropolis on Rhodes Island and the Akrotiri on Santorini. But don't forget to watch the sun rise over the Aegean while visiting the renowned windmills of Mykonos.

 
 

Restaurant  Tables Near Ocean in Santorini, Greece
Viva La Village Life
Santorini only has villages, not towns, and these diverse areas provide a firsthand glimpse into Greek life. Because the whole island is less than 28 square miles, it's not difficult to take in most of the sights from the looming cliffs and still have time for shopping, eating and some down time on the Aegean Sea.

Greece Marine Life and Scuba Diver
DIVE TO THE DEPTHS
Greece's underwater worlds complete with seahorses, eels and plenty of fish are almost too perfect not to grab your scuba gear and take the plunge. Santorini has an excellent dive center that will get you into the water fast with instructors who will guide you through the warm Mediterranean waters.

Greece Nea Kameni Volcano
THE THRILL OF THE CLIMB
Another great thing to do while in Greece are the daily tours of the volcano Nea Kameni, which is located on an uninhabited island close to Santorini, begin with a short boat ride, followed by a climb up to the volcanic craters that takes just over an hour. The tour then takes in hot springs and mud baths, where you can recharge your batteries.

Greek Isles Ancient Ruins
ANCIENT ADVENTURES
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete is both a beach paradise and home to some of the country's premier archaeological finds and attractions. Visit Greece and tour the Palace at Knossos, built by the Minoans more than 4,000 years ago, before exploring the Archaeological Museum, where the treasures of Knossos — including sculptures, jewelry and mosaics — are exhibited.

Akrotiri Historical Site Santorini Greece
BIG DIG
Excavations of Akrotiri on Santorini Island date back to the Manoan Bronze Age, where the settlement was preserved in ash following a volcanic eruption in 1627 B.C. The site is still being excavated today, and you can witness history firsthand by exploring the vast settlement and the enormous ongoing archaeological dig.

Ancient Greece Ruins Delos Apollo and Artemis
GUIDED BY GODS
Delos is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world, and it's also the mythological birthplace of the sun god, Apollo, and his twin, Artemis, goddess of the moon and the hunt. You can spend hours exploring the ruins and learning about Greek history on the most sacred place of worship in Ancient Greece. Even the nearby old port has its own charm, with an amphitheater, sanctuary and various dwellings waiting to be explored.

GREECE & THE GREEK ISLES

A CULTURE-FILLED ISLAND ADVENTURE
Explore ancient ruins, swim modern beaches or dive beneath the Aegean Sea before reveling in local cuisine from restaurants with incredible views in every direction during your vacation.
Fishing Boats in Crystal Clear Waters in Santorini, Greece.

BEACH BEAUTY

With its historic Old Town, world-class beaches and diverse museums, Crete is the perfect place to spend at least a day taking in the history and the beauty.


Old Town, Corfu, Cobble.

COBBLED CORFU

The tiny, winding alleyways and cobbled squares of Corfu's charming Old Town lead you to palaces, fortresses, museums and restaurants that range from gourmet to local tavern. The main thoroughfare, Kapodistrou, has old-world charm, and the architecture reflects not just Greek charm but also Italian and British influences.


Hang With History

Discover idyllic beaches and ancient ruins in the birthplace of poetry and art

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WHAT TO KNOW
BEFORE YOU GO
And the Rest Is History

You'll find excellent weather on the Greek islands throughout the year, but the best time to visit is between April and October, when temperatures range from the low 70s to the mid 80s, and the sun is nearly guaranteed.

Countless ruins like the Acropolis and the Akrotiri overlook the world-class beaches that are around nearly every corner on the islands. Whether you're more interested in a private cove on Zakynthos or a central beach with a party scene on Mykonos, the options are limitless.

While you will have no difficulty finding a wealth of fish and seafood on the islands, the history of trade on the islands create amazing international cuisine.
 
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Insider Tips

1 Olive orchards often offer tours and tastings, so grab the chance to try it fresh from the tree.
 
2 Santorini is known for one-day yacht tours that give you a unique view of the island and its neighbors.
 
3 Ftelia Beach, on the northern side of Mykonos, is the place for watersports and windsurfing, as well as those sunsets everyone dreams about.
 
 

CUISINE
EVERYTHING'S BETTA WITH A LITTLE FETA 

The Greek islands are known for famous foods like feta cheese, but the location is also home to a slew of other delicacies. Olive oil plays a big part in the local cuisine, as does local produce such as tomatoes and other Mediterranean vegetables. Feast on feta me meli, baked feta wrapped in filo, or choriatiki, greek salad with tons of vegetables. While meat such as lamb, pork and veal are found everywhere, especially in gyros or keftethes (meatballs), fish and seafood are the undisputed stars, due to proximity to the sea.

Greek Feta Cheese and Kalamata Olives
SAY CHEESE!
Kefalonia is home to the legendary tiropita cheese puff, which is basically cheese baked in cheese, although you'll also find puffs filled with vegetables, particularly spinach, and even sometimes meat. You can also find local cheeses like feta, manuri or kefalotiri everywhere.

Greek Kreatopita Meat Pie
EYES ON THE PIES
Meat pies filled with lamb, veal or sometimes pork are called kreatopita, and they are cooked with wine and tomatoes, garlic, cinnamon and nutmeg, creating a medley of flavors. There's also a variety called pastitsio that combines pasta and meat.

Greek Fresh Seafood Platter
FLEX YOUR MUSSELS
Your choices are endless when it comes to fresh seafood prepared according to local tradition. Try a simple shrimp and pasta dish, or go wild with octapodi kokkinisto, octopus in tomato sauce during your Greece cruise.

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From the in-progress archaeological digs at Delos to the Old Towns of Crete and Rhodes, the Greek Islands are brimming with history. And while it's wonderful to explore the past, the beaches of Mykonos and the architecture of Santorini and Athens are just a few of the many pleasures that await you.

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