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Greek Islands cruises will take you to some of the most beautiful and fascinating ports in the world, including Corfu, Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes, Crete Delos, Athens, Olympia and more. You’ll find beautiful beaches, white-washed buildings and blue-domed churches along the way, plus magnificent antiquities and ruins of ancient civilizations. Shoppers will also love Greek Islands cruises, as the country’s low cost of living translates into rock-bottom prices for most visitors.
Greek Islands cruises include Santorini, which is composed of a cluster of islands that were formed by a massive volcanic eruption more than 3,600 years ago. Prior to the eruption, it was one large island; now it is a crescent-shaped caledera. Santorini is also the name of the largest island of the group, also known as Thira, Thera or Fira, the island’s capital city – confused yet?
Don’t worry – semantics don’t really matter when your ship docks at Santorini, often considered the most beautiful island in Greece, and you have the day to explore the area. The towns of Thera, Oia and Thirasis – dotted with those famous cube-shaped, white-washed houses – are perched at the top of steep cliffs. To reach Thera, visitors either travel by donkey or cable car up the incline; or if you’re feeling extra ambitious, walk up the 600 steps.
A must see stop on a Greek Islands cruises is Mykonos. With its famous windmills, dozens of beaches and picture-perfect setting against the crystal-clear Aegean Sea, Mykonos is the most popular destination in the Cyclades island chain. Here, you’ll want to see the pretty white windmills, a symbol of the island, and keep your eyes peeled for the local celebrity – a pelican. Typically at the waterfront, Petros the Pelican is probably the most well-known inhabitant of the island.
If you explore the main part of town, also called Mykonos Town, Chora or Hora, be prepared for a maze of ancient streets that were originally constructed to confuse attacking pirates. (Local shop and restaurants owners are accustomed to throngs of tourists; they’ll be happy to direct you if you get lost.)
For a taste of history on your Greek Islands cruise,, be sure to include the nearby island of Delos, one of the most important historical, mythological and archaeological sites in all of Greece. Excavations here reveal that it was inhabited as early as the 3rd millennium B.C! Archaeological treasures here include the Temple of Apollo and the Terrace of the Lions, the 6th century B.C. Minoan Fountain, and the now-dry Sacred Lake, from which ancient inhabitants once drew their fresh water.
Rhodes is the largest island in the Dodecanese chain boasting more than 300 days of sunshine a year, so it’s no wonder visitors flock here to enjoy its ideal climate while relaxing on the beaches, strolling through the medieval town and learn about the ancient past with a visit to the Acropolis.
Rhodes “old town” is still encircled by its medieval wall. Inside, historic alleyways and pedestrian-friendly streets beckon with souvenir shops, goldsmiths and cafes.
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