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Greece, with all its island beauty, is one of the most perfect holiday destinations you could ever wish to visit.

There are seemingly endless stretches of turquoise waters bordering tranquil beaches in the likes of Mykonos and Corfu. In Aghios Nikolaos and Heraklion you’ll find ancient historical ruins and cities, juxtaposed with marvellously modern initiatives. And all over the country you can experience delicious food packed with all of the big fresh flavour you’d expect from a sun-drenched spot in the middle of the Mediterranean.

No Greece cruise is complete without dipping into the ancient culture – whether wandering around the churches, monasteries and temples of Piraeus, marvelling at the Delphi ruins, or discovering some of the marble sculptures from the Aegean. With outdoor theatres scattered throughout the country, Greece has a brilliant balance of culture, history and gorgeous landscapes making it one of those destinations you’ll want to return to again and again.

Top 5 interesting facts

  • Athens dates back to the 4th millennium BC
  • There are 13th century olive trees still producing olives today
  • Greece is made up of around 6,000 islands
  • Mount Olympus was home to the gods and goddesses of ancient myth
  • The Olympic Games originated in Greece
 

Greece Cruise holiday Highlights

Spectacular sites

There are some spectacular sites to see in Athens, including the Parthenon, Temple of Athena and the Odeon, as well as a maze of accessible streets lined with shops, restaurants, cafés and bars. Try to catch the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier too.

Gythio is one of Greece’s most popular cruise ports, welcoming you to a small and quaint Greek working town. You’ll be greeted by a stone mermaid and a sailor staring out to sea, small pastel-toned houses in ramshackle rows, and sweet little restaurants bordering the waterfront.

The birthplace of the Olympic Games

Katakolon has plenty of shops, cafés, boutiques and restaurants to keep you busy for the day, especially with the lovely little beach. It’s the gateway to Olympia – birthplace of the Olympic Games. Over three million people a year visit the historical site and its archaeological museum, with lovely lush valleys filled with fruit and vegetable fields en route.

 

Greek food

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Greek cuisine is among some of the very best in Europe and the Greeks are immensely proud of it. A cruise to Greece is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the local fare.

Make sure you try some proper tzatziki – a dip made with yoghurt, cucumber and mint – as well as souvlaki. Try homemade Greek moussaka and keep an eye out for Turkish and Middle Eastern influences too, such as spices including cinnamon that can add flavour to desserts and stews alike.

The local spirit ouzo is used in cooking, and is often used to steam fish, but it’s particularly delicious served with ice at the end of a long meal as a delightful digestif. And you can’t leave without trying the local olives – they come in all shapes, sizes, colours and can contain scrumptious fillings like garlic, almonds and lemon. Then there’s the iconic calamari – fresh squid deep-fried and served with a twist of lemon juice. It almost goes without saying that the olive oil here will be the most delicious you’re ever likely to try, so go on and dip that freshly-baked bread into it.

 

Ports you can visit on your Greek cruise

 

Cruises visiting Greece

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