Updated: Dec 17, 2020
The Greek Islands are among some of the most beautiful places in the world. Situated in the Mediterranian, the idyllic string of islands is filled with endless beauty. The Greek Islands are made up of a staggering 6,000 islands, only 227 of which are inhabitable. Island hopping in Greece is a centuries-old pastime, so it should come as no surprise that the best way to see the islands is on a cruise.
Cruises are already known for being a great way to explore multiple destinations at once. With hundreds of islands to explore, a cruise through the Greek Isles is your one-way ticket to paradise. Of course, it is almost impossible to see all of the islands in one trip. Picking the cruise that is right for you is crucial to planning your Greek getaway.
Depending on what you want to see and do during your vacation, you should pick a cruise with an itinerary that's right for you. If you are interested in visiting famous islands with iconic views, then be sure your cruise makes a stop in Santorini and Mykonos. Santorini's whitewashed houses stacked tall against the island's side with their brilliant blue roofs are the poster child for the Greek islands. Mykonos is the second most popular island and well known for its summer party scene. Most cruises will stop at one, if not both, islands, and offer day trips to the smaller islands nearby.
To visit islands off the beaten path, you will need to look for smaller cruise lines and ships that include these islands in their itineraries. The smaller islands have shallower ports, which means they can only accommodate ships of a specific size. Islands like Ios, Andros, and Syros offer a quiet atmosphere away from the crowds you would typically find on the larger islands. Cruises to these islands are perfect for travelers seeking an authentic experience and exploring the local culture.
For fans of history, a cruise with stops at islands like Corfu and Crete are filled with historic ruins and Greek mythology landmarks. Spend time strolling through the ancient towns and listening to stories of Zeus and discovering Minoan artifacts. Most cruise lines will make stops at the islands, but if not, you can find an itinerary that offers day trips!
If you are interested in cruising the Greek Islands, contact me today to learn more about which cruise is right for you!