Greece, one of the world’s most attractive summer destinations, is an idyllic place for cruises, as it comprises a peninsula surrounded by 6,000 islands and islets scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Seas, combined with an ideal climate allowing for pleasant sea-travel conditions all year round. Cruises in the Greek islands such as Crete, Corfu, Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes, Kos offer visitors the opportunity to explore 7,500 km of the country’s coastline featuring a highly diversified landscape made of golden stretches of magnificent beaches, shelter bays and coves, volcanic soil, sea-side caves with steep rocks and coastal wetlands.
Luxury cruises in Greece take visitors to the famous Aegean islands, the Cyclades and the Dodecanese, leaving them with indelible memories of narrow, cobble-stoned alleys, rugged mountain cliffs, castles, museums, adventure, education and the pure pleasure of seeing things they have only read about before. Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes, Crete, Kos, Corfy, Zakynthos are all connected either by ferry or some smaller vessel to provide easy access, featuring all the amenities of a regular cruise-ship with delixe cabins, restaurants, bars, lounges and even casinos.
While there are innumerable ports around the country connecting the mainland with the isles, the main port with the heaviest tourist and commercial traffic is the large Mediterranean port of Piraeus, which dates back to the 3rd millennium BC and is the gateway to Athens. Piraeus port, as well as the smaller port of Rafina, both having easy access from most points in the capital, are the link to most Aegean islands with regular sailing schedules for ferries, passenger boats and hydrofoils.
Leading Cruise Lines in Greece
|Athens Day Cruise||+30 211 1866466||Athens||Attica||155 Syggrou Ave., N.Smyrni, 17121,|
|Celestyal Cruises||+30 210 4583400||Piraeus||Attica||8 Antoniou Ampatieloy,18536|
|Sea Cruises Exclusive M.C.||+30 210 6128832||Athens||Attica||1-3 Parthenonos Str., N.Erithrea, 14671|