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  • Old-Town-Corfu-seaside - The old town of Corfu in Greece's pretty Ionia islands.
  • Ponant-Greece-Corfu-church.jpg - Stroll the streets of Corfu, Greece, and return to the luxury of a Ponant ship.
  • Ponant-Greece-Corfu-vista.jpg - Enjoy the Mediterranean climate of Corfu, Greece, on a Ponant cruise.
  • Acropolis-Lindos-Rhodes-Greece - The Lindos Acropolis in Lindos on the island of Rhodes, Greece.
  • beach-Rhodes-Greece - The beach along a well-developed commercial sector south of the city of Rhodes, Greece.
  • Hospital-of-Knights-Rhodes-Greece - Hospital of the Knights on the island of Rhodes, Greece.
  • dining-Rhodes-Greece - Nighttime dining in Rhodes, Greece.
  • wall-old-city-rhodes-greece - Looking through the wall of the Old City on the Greek island of Rhodes.
  • arches-Rhodes-Greece - Arches in the ancient city of Rhodes, Greece.
  • Lindos-Rhodes-Greece - The town of Lindos on Rhodes, Greece.
  • Palace-Grand-Master-Rhodes-Greece - Palace of the Grand Master in the city of Rhodes, Greece.
  • street-rhodes-greece - A street on the island of Rhodes, Greece.
  • Kameiros-Rhodes-Greece - The ancient city of Kameiros on the Greek island of Rhodes.
  • lion-museum-Rhodes-Greece - A lion at the Archeological Museum in Rhodes, Greece.
  • Rhodes-Greece-Lindos-Beach - Explore the beautiful beaches and rugged coastline of the Greek island of Rhodes.
  • sea-gates-rhodes-greece.jpg - The Sea Gates, the main entrance to Rhodes, Greece.
  • rhodes-battlement.jpg - Palace of the Grand Master, an ancient battlement on Rhodes, Greece.
  • rhodes-castle.jpg - A castle looms over visitors to Rhodes, Greece.
  • rhodes-floor-mosaic.jpg - A mosaic on the floor in a historical site in Rhodes, Greece.
  • rhodes-mosaic.jpg - A mosaic, many hundreds of years old, spotted on Rhodes.
  • Rhodes-statue.jpg - Statue of a mythological creature on Rhodes.
  • rhodes-battlement-1.jpg - A medieval-era battlement in Rhodes, Greece.
  • rhodes-castle-1.jpg - A medieval-era fortress in Rhodes, Greece.
  • rhodes-floor-mosaic-1.jpg - An exquisite, centuries-old floor mosaic in Rhodes, Greece.
  • rhodes-mosaic-1.jpg - One of the centuries-old floor mosaics in Rhodes, Greece.
  • Rhodes-statue-1.jpg - Statue depicting a Greek myth in Rhodes, Greece.
  • ancient-amphitheater-Delos - A tour group from France inspects the ruins of the ancient amphitheater on the Greek island of Delos.
  • ancient-mosaic-on-Delos - An ancient mosaic on the grounds of the island of Delos. It translates as: "Formion the son of Nikias of Athens for himself and his wife and his children...."
  • Tere-Moana-in-Delos - Paul Gauguin Cruises' Tere Moana anchored off the historic island of Delos, Greece.
  • Tere-Moana-in-Delos-2 - Paul Gauguin Cruises' Tere Moana anchored off the historic island of Delos, Greece.
  • Greek-Orthodox-church - A Greek Orthodox church in the Greek islands.
  • Navagio-Beach-Zakynthos-Greece - The cove at Navagio Beach, or Shipwreck Beach, on the coast of Zakynthos in the Ionian Islands of Greece.
  • Delos-antiquities-greece.jpg - Greco-Roman antiquities line the Sacred Way on the island of Delos, Greece.
  • Greek-Isles-Chios-local-woman.jpg - See local residents of Chios, the fifth largest Greek island, during a Lindblad Expeditions tour.
  • delos-terrace-of-lions.jpg - Visit the impressive ancient monument the Terrace of the Lions during a visit to the island of Delos, Greece.
  • scenic-Oia-Santorini-Greece - The gorgeous sugarcube village of Oia juts into the hillside of Santorini, Greece.
  • Agios-Georgios-Diasoreitis-Naxos-Greece - The Byzantine church of Agios Georgios Diasoritis, near the village of Chalki on the island of Naxos, Greece.
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  • windmill-Mykonos-Greece - Windmill on the island of Mykonos, Greece.
  • waterfront-chania-crete-greece - The waterfront of Chania on the island of Crete in Greece.
  • Loutro-Crete-Greece - Loutro Village on the island of Crete, Greece.
  • Fira-Santorini-Greece - The scenic cityscape of Fira (or Thira) on Santorini, Greece.
  • temple-hephaestus-athens-greece - The Temple of Hephaestus in Athens, Greece, was begun in 449 BC, just two years before the Parthenon.
  • Rhodes-Greece-Lindos-Beach - Explore the beautiful beaches and rugged coastline of the Greek island of Rhodes.
  • parthenon-acropolis-athens-greece - The iconic Parthenon in the Acropolis, Athens, Greece. Construction began in 447 BC when the Athenian Empire was at its height.
  • Parga-beach-Greece - Tere Moana anchored off Parga along the northwestern coast of Greece.
  • Temple-of-Apollo-Naxos-Greece - Ruins from the ancient Temple of Apollo on Naxos, Greece.
  • path-Apeirathos-Naxos-Greece - The winding paths of Apeirathos on the island of Naxos, Greece.
  • Old-Town-Corfu-seaside - The old town of Corfu in Greece's pretty Ionia islands.
  • beach-Heraklion-Crete-Greece - Heraklion beach on the island of Crete, Greece.
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  • national-observatory-athens-greece - The National Observatory and surrounding hillsides at twilight in Athens, Greece.
  • Acropolis-Athens-distance - View of the iconic Acropolis set atop a hilltop in Athens, Greece.
  • Acropolis-Lindos-Rhodes-Greece - The Lindos Acropolis in Lindos on the island of Rhodes, Greece.
  • town-Mykonos-Greece - Mykonos Town on the island of Mykonos, Greece.
  • Akrotiri-Santorini-Greece - The Red Beach near Akrotiri on the Greek island of Santorini.
  • donkeys-Santorini-Greece - The famous donkeys of Santorini carry visitors from the small port up the steep path to the town of Fira.
  • harbor-Chania-Crete-Greece - Chania Harbor viewed from the top of the old Turkish prison on the Greek island of Crete.
  • Athens-Greece-Caryatids - Visit the Erechtheion, the beautiful ancient temple at the Acropolis in Athens, when cruising Greece on Norwegian Cruise Line.
  • oia-santorini-greece - The town of Oia sports classic Mediterranean colors on the island of Santorini, Greece.
  • red-beach-santorini-greece - Red beach on the island of Santorini, Greece.
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  • SeaDreamI-in-Mykonos-Greece - SeaDream I moors off the popular cruise destination of Mykonos, Greece
  • wall-sparta-greece - An ancient wall in Sparta, Greece. Once a city-state, today Sparta has about 35,000 residents who reside on the banks of the Eurotas River in Laconia, Greece.
  • wall-old-city-rhodes-greece - Looking through the wall of the Old City on the Greek island of Rhodes.
  • village-naxos-greece - A street scene in a village on the Greek island of Naxos.
  • street-rhodes-greece - A street on the island of Rhodes, Greece.
  • Lindos-Rhodes-Greece - The town of Lindos on Rhodes, Greece.
  • pelicans-Mykonos-Greece - Pelicans at a café in Mykonos, Greece
  • lunch-Santorini-Greece - Lunch at To Psaraki restaurant by the Vlychada beach, Santorini.
  • monastery-Crete-Greece - Agia Triada Monastery near Chania, on the island of Crete, Greece.
  • Palace-Grand-Master-Rhodes-Greece - Palace of the Grand Master in the city of Rhodes, Greece.
  • old-town-Chania-Crete-Greece.jpg - Old town in Chania on the island of Crete, Greece.
  • octopus-Fira-Santorini-Greece - Octopus sun-drying out of the restaurant Mama Thira in the Firostefani neighborhood of Santorini, Greece.
  • windmills-Mykonos-Greece - Iconic windmills in Mykonos, Greece.
  • lightouse-Rethymno-Crete-Greece - Réthymno Lighthouse, a ferry port on the north coast of Crete.
  • club-Mykonos-Greece - Space Club, one of the throbbing nightclubs on party-crazed Mykonos.
  • Archaeological-Museum-Naxos-Greece - The Archaeological Museum on Naxos, Greece.
  • Kameiros-Rhodes-Greece - The ancient city of Kameiros on the Greek island of Rhodes.
  • Hospital-of-Knights-Rhodes-Greece - Hospital of the Knights on the island of Rhodes, Greece.
  • odeon-acropolis-athens-greece - Odeon of Herodes Atticus, part of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.
  • shepherd-greece - A shepherd and his flock with Mt. Olympus, Greece, in the background.
  • plaka-dining-athens-greece - Nightime dining in the Plaka, Athens, Greece.
  • samaria-gorge-crete-greece - Samaria Gorge on Crete, Greece.
  • Plaka-Beach-Naxos-Greece - The beautiful Plaka Beach on Naxos, Greece.
  • Santorini-caldera-and-Fira - The caldera of Santorini with a view of the whitewashed houses of Fira perched atop sheer cliffs that plunge a thousand feet to the sea. An ocean-filled volcanic ring was left behind by a titanic eruption 3,500 years ago that devastated the region. It's one of the most stunning views in the world.
  • archeological-museum-athens-greece - National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Greece.
  • agia-eirini-athens-greece - Agia Eirini church in Athens, Greece.
  • Cavo-d'Oro-Rethymnon-Crete-Greece - Cavo d'Oro restaurant in Rethymnon offers a magnificent view of the old Venetian Harbor on the Greek island of Crete.
  • church-art-Santorini-Greece - Inside the Catholic church in Fira on the island of Santorini.
  • Corinth-Canal-Greece-SeaDream - SeaDream I and SeaDream II squeeeeze through Greece's Corinth Canal in the Aegean Sea.
  • Shipwreck-Bay-Zakynthos-Greece - Shipwreck Bay on Zakynthos Island, Greece
  • shepherd-greece-1 - A shepherd and his flock with Mt. Olympus, Greece, in the background.
  • Chora-Naxos-Greece - A scene from Chora, the capital and main harbor of the island of Naxos, Greece.
  • house-Mykonos-Greece - A residence on the island of Mykonos, Greece.
  • lion-museum-Rhodes-Greece - A lion at the Archeological Museum in Rhodes, Greece.
  • Acropolis-Athens-Greece - Cruise to Greece on Norwegian Cruise Line and explore the Acropolis of Athens, home of the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and other world-renowned masterpieces.
  • Santorini-caldera-pumice-1 - Walk on the narrow paths ringing the caldera of Santorini and you'll come across outcroppings of pumice — light and porous volcanic rock — that betrays the island's eruptive past.
  • decorative-mosaic-on-Delos - A decorative mosaic spotted on the grounds of the island of Delos near Mykonos. It's one of the most important mythological and historical sites in Greece.
  • Oia-Santorini-hilltop - The sugar cube houses of Oia perch atop red rock cliffs that loom over the Aegean Sea on the magical island of Santorini.
  • Temple-of-Apollo-Naxos - Children play at sunset on the Temple of Apollo on the island of Naxos, where hundreds of visitors gather at sundown every night. The huge marble portal was begun in 522 B.C. on the orders of the tyrant Lygdamis but never completed.
  • Plaka-Acropolis-Athens - The Plaka, the most desired area of Athens, shows off its neoclassical side at sunset on the north slope of the Acropolis.
  • Hydra-Greece-panorama - A SeaDream ship stops for guests to visit the harbor of Hydra, Greece.
  • Star-Princess-Santorini-Greece - Star Princess near Santorini, Greece.
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  • madrasah-agora-athens-greece - Madrasah, an example of Islamic architecture, in the Roman Agora, Athens, Greece.
  • plaka-day-athens-greece - The Plaka, the neoclassical region clustered around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.
  • wall-delos-greece - A wall of a residence on Delos, Greece. The abandoned island is one of the major mythological, historical and archaeological sites in Greece.
  • Agios-Nikolaos-Santorini-Greece - The caved-in church "Agios Nikolaos" at the caldera in Megalochori, Santorini.
  • arches-Rhodes-Greece - Arches in the ancient city of Rhodes, Greece.
  • beach-Elafonisi-Crete-Greece - You'll find shades of pink in the beach of Elafonisi on the Greek island of Crete.
  • beach-Elia-Mykonos-Greece - Elia Beach on Mykonos, Greece.
  • beach-Rhodes-Greece - The beach along a well-developed commercial sector south of the city of Rhodes, Greece.
  • Church-Mykonos-Greece - A Greek Orthodox Church sitting atop a hill on the Greek isle of Mykonos.
  • dining-Rhodes-Greece - Nighttime dining in Rhodes, Greece.
  • dome-cathedral-Heraklion-Crete-Greece - A serious-looking savior stares from the dome of the cathedral in Heraklion on the island of Crete.
  • feta-taverna-Naxos-Greece - Feta drenched in a sweet honey syrup at Taverna Lucullus on the island of Naxos, Greece.
  • fish-Mykonos-Greece - Catch of the day! Fresh fish, lobster and eel at a taverna on the Greek island of Mykonos.
  • Greek-Orthodox-church - A Greek Orthodox church in the Greek islands.
  • Oia-Santorini-at-dusk - Dusk falls on Oia, Santorini in the Greek isles.
  • Oia-Santorini-at-dusk-2 - Dusk falls on Oia, Santorini in the Greek isles.
  • Navagio-Beach-Zakynthos-Greece - The cove at Navagio Beach, or Shipwreck Beach, on the coast of Zakynthos in the Ionian Islands of Greece.
  • Fira-church-bells.jpg - Church bells spotted in Fira, the main port of Santorini, Greece.
  • Greek-vases.jpg - Greek vases for sale in Fira, the main port of Santorini, Greece.
  • Oia-looking-southb.jpg - View of the picture-perfect sugar-cube buildings in Oia on the Greek island of Santorini, looking south.
  • Oia-Santorini-3.jpg - Sunlight reflects in the Aegean on a late November afternoon as seen from the cliffs of Oia on Santorini, Greece.
  • Oia-Santorini-classic.jpg - Captivating sugar-cube buildings line the cliffs of Oia on Santorini, Greece — one of the great views in the world.
  • windmills-Oia-Santorini.jpg - Two windmills stand out in a cluster of sugar-cube buildings in Oia at the north end of Santorini.
  • acropolis-museum-1.jpg - Recovered statues from the classical era at the Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece.
  • acropolis-view-1.jpg - A view of the iconic Acropolis in Athens, Greece.
  • Athens-changing-of-guard-1.jpg - The changing of the guard ceremony by two members of the Evzones in Athens, Greece.
  • couple-wedding-1.jpg - A couple during their wedding day in Santorini, Greece.
  • mykonos-waterfront-1.jpg - Cruise ship passengers begin to make their way along the waterfront in Mykonos, Greece.
  • mykonos-windmills-1.jpg - Three pretty windmills that line the waterfront in Mykonos, Greece.
  • parthenon-athens-1.jpg - The historic Parthenon in Athens, Greece.
  • parthenon-side-view-1.jpg - A side view of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece.
  • rhodes-battlement-1.jpg - A medieval-era battlement in Rhodes, Greece.
  • rhodes-castle-1.jpg - A medieval-era fortress in Rhodes, Greece.
  • rhodes-floor-mosaic-1.jpg - An exquisite, centuries-old floor mosaic in Rhodes, Greece.
  • rhodes-mosaic-1.jpg - One of the centuries-old floor mosaics in Rhodes, Greece.
  • Rhodes-statue-1.jpg - Statue depicting a Greek myth in Rhodes, Greece.
  • santorini-buildings-1.jpg - Houses and churches in the traditional colors of the Cyclades on Santorini, Greece.
  • selfie-sticks-at-acropolis-1.jpg - Tourists using their selfie sticks at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.
  • Parthenon-2.jpg - Construction began on the Parthenon in Athens in 447 B.C.
  • Parthenon-with-visitors.jpg - The Parthenon, a former temple on the Acropolis in Athens, was dedicated to the goddess Athena.
  • Temple-of-Athena-at-Acropolis.jpg - Statues line the  Erechtheion, or Temple of Athena, built in 421-406 BC at the Acropolis in Athens.
  • Black-amphora-pottery-550-BC.jpg - A piece of pottery called "Black Amphora," dating to about 550 BC, at the Acropolis Museum.
  • Evzones-guards.jpg - The Evzones' Changing of the Guard ceremony in Athens takes place on the hour 24 times a day.
  • ruins-delphi-greece.jpg - Take a tour of the ancient ruins at Delphi on Mount Parnassus on mainland Greece.
  • Ponant-Greece-beach.jpg - The cove at Navagio Beach, or Shipwreck Beach, on the coast of Zakynthos in the Ionian Islands of Greece.
  • Ponant-Greece-Corinth-Canal-sunset.jpg - Enjoy the end to a perfect day cruising the Corinth Canal on a Ponant cruise.
  • Ponant-Greece-Corinth-Canal.jpg - Ponant's Le Lyrial slices through the Corinth Canal in the Aegean Sea.
  • Santorini-Greece-hillside - Explore Santorini and take in its unforgettable views of the Aegean Sea when you cruise the Greek islands on Norwegian Cruise Line.
  • Oia-Santorini-9 - Oia, on the Greek island of Santorini, offers one of the most scenic lookouts in the world.
  • Oia-Santorini-hilltop - The sugar cube houses of Oia perch atop red rock cliffs that loom over the Aegean Sea on the magical island of Santorini.
  • Oia-Santorini-classic.jpg - Captivating sugar-cube buildings line the cliffs of Oia on Santorini, Greece — one of the great views in the world.
  • windmills-Oia-Santorini.jpg - Two windmills stand out in a cluster of sugar-cube buildings in Oia at the north end of Santorini.
  • Oia-Santorini-at-dusk-2 - Dusk falls on Oia, Santorini in the Greek isles.
  • Fira-Santorini-Greece - The scenic cityscape of Fira (or Thira) on Santorini, Greece.
  • Oia-Santorini-4 - Overlooking the sugarcube houses and shimmering bay in Oia on the Greek island of Santorini.
  • Regent-Seven-Seas-Mariner-Fira-Santorini-3 - Seven Seas Mariner sails past the dramatic cliffs and pristine whitewashed buildings of Santorini.
  • Regent-Seven-Seas-Voyager-Santorini -   Seven Seas Voyager sails through the flooded caldera that rings the glamorous island of Santorini.
  • red-beach-santorini-greece - Red beach on the island of Santorini, Greece.
  • Agios-Nikolaos-Santorini-Greece - The caved-in church "Agios Nikolaos" at the caldera in Megalochori, Santorini.
  • Norwegian-Jade-aerial-Santorini-Greece - Norwegian Jade stops in the flooded crescent-shaped caldera that forms the interior of Santorini, Greece.
  • Santorini-caldera-pumice-1 - Walk on the narrow paths ringing the caldera of Santorini and you'll come across outcroppings of pumice — light and porous volcanic rock — that betrays the island's eruptive past.
  • oia-santorini-greece - The town of Oia sports classic Mediterranean colors on the island of Santorini, Greece.
  • Santorini-taverna-owners - JD Lasica: "I still fondly recall the best lunch I ever had, from several years ago: fresh hand-picked grilled fish, horta, Greek salad and spectacularly awful homemade wine prepared by two lovely sister-owners of a taverna on the southeast side of Santorini who spoke not a word of English."
  • Santorini-caldera-and-Fira - The caldera of Santorini with a view of the whitewashed houses of Fira perched atop sheer cliffs that plunge a thousand feet to the sea. An ocean-filled volcanic ring was left behind by a titanic eruption 3,500 years ago that devastated the region. It's one of the most stunning views in the world.
  • Oia-Santorini-dome.jpg - A blue-topped Greek Orthodox church, with a pink bell tower, in Oia on Santorini, Greece.
  • Oia-Santorini-3.jpg - Sunlight reflects in the Aegean on a late November afternoon as seen from the cliffs of Oia on Santorini, Greece.
  • Oia-Santorini-2.jpg - Pink and white buildings hew to the cliffside in Oia along Santorini's caldera, looking south.
  • Seabourn_ship_in_Santorini_Greece - A Seabourn ship in the picture-postcard cruise haven of Santorini, Greece.
  • Regent-Seven-Seas-Mariner-Fira-Santorini - Embark on a Seven Seas Mariner cruise and explore the blissful Greek islands. Here's a view from Fira, the capital of Santorini.
  • Regent-Seven-Seas-Mariner-Fira-Santorini-2 - Behold dramatic cliffs and the glimmering Aegean Sea from the hilltop capital of Fira during a cruise to Santorini and other Greek islands aboard Seven Seas Mariner.
  • Regent-Seven-Seas-Santorini-church-bells - Discover some of the most captivating views on earth when you explore Santorini on a Seven Seas Mariner shore excursion.
  • Regent-Seven-Seas-Oia - Stepping through the cobblestone walkways and sugar-cube city of Oia during Seven Seas Mariner journey to the Greek islands.
  • Regent-Seven-Seas-Fira-stairway - Perch atop a cliff in Fira, the capital of Santorini, and look down at sugar cube houses and a labyrinthe of walkways during your Mediterranean cruise aboard Seven Seas Mariner.
  • church-art-Santorini-Greece - Inside the Catholic church in Fira on the island of Santorini.
  • Akrotiri-Santorini-Greece - The Red Beach near Akrotiri on the Greek island of Santorini.
  • lunch-Santorini-Greece - Lunch at To Psaraki restaurant by the Vlychada beach, Santorini.
  • donkeys-Santorini-Greece - The famous donkeys of Santorini carry visitors from the small port up the steep path to the town of Fira.
  • Fira-art-studio.jpg - An arts and icons studio in Fira, capital of Santorini.
  • Santorini-donkeys.jpg - Donkeys making their way up the steps of Oia, Santorini.
  • fira-buildings-on-cliff.jpg - Fira, the capital of Santorini, as seen from the water.
  • fira-clock-tower.jpg - The clock tower in Fira, the main port of Santorini, Greece.
  • Dinnerware-shop-in-Oia.jpg - Pottery and earthenware at a shop along the main walkway in Oia on the Greek island of Santorini.
  • Celebrity_Equinox_Santorini - Celebrity Equinox moors beneath the majestic cliffs of Santorini, Greece.
  • Oia-pool.jpg - A pool with a view of the Aegean Sea in Oia on the Greek island of Santorini.
  • scenic-Oia-Santorini-Greece - The gorgeous sugarcube village of Oia juts into the hillside of Santorini, Greece.
  • octopus-Fira-Santorini-Greece - Octopus sun-drying out of the restaurant Mama Thira in the Firostefani neighborhood of Santorini, Greece.
  • Star-Princess-Santorini-Greece - Star Princess near Santorini, Greece.
  • Regent-Seven-Seas-Voyager-Santorini-2 - Travel on board Seven Seas Voyager and take a short hike to see breathtaking views of Santorini.
  • Oia-Santorini-at-dusk - Dusk falls on Oia, Santorini in the Greek isles.
  • horta-Greek-restaurant-Oia - A plate of horta (greens) at a restaurant overlooking the Aegean Sea in Oia, Santorini.
  • Donkey-Milk-billboard.jpg - Really? A billboard in Oia, Santorini.
  • Fira-church-bells.jpg - Church bells spotted in Fira, the main port of Santorini, Greece.
  • Fira-seen-from-the-water.jpg - Whitewashed buildings line the rim of the caldera overlooking the Aegean Sea on Santorini, Greece.
  • Fira-shops.jpg - Modern boutique shops line the main visitors' walkway in Fira, capital of Santorini.
  • Greek-vases.jpg - Greek vases for sale in Fira, the main port of Santorini, Greece.
  • Oia-church.jpg - A well-kept church in Oia on Santorini, Greece.
  • Oia-doorways.jpg - Doorways of local residents in Oia on Santorini, Greece.
  • Oia-looking-north.jpg - A view of picturesque Oia on Santorini, Greece, looking northward.
  • Oia-looking-southa.jpg - A view of a Greek Orthodox church, with a Greek flag fluttering, in Oia on Santorini, Greece.
  • Oia-looking-southb.jpg - View of the picture-perfect sugar-cube buildings in Oia on the Greek island of Santorini, looking south.
  • Oia-rooftops.jpg - Rooftops and iconic Cycladic architecture in Oia on the Greek island of Santorini.
  • Oia-Santorini-9.jpg - Captivating sugar-cube buildings line the cliffs of Oia on Santorini, Greece — one of the great views in the world.
  • Santorini-donkey-2.jpg - Donkeys making their way up the steps of Oia, Santorini.
  • Santorini-donkey.jpg - Donkey power used to be the primary way visitors would ascend the steps of Oia, Santorini.
  • Santorini-flowers.jpg - A display of bougainvillea adorns a resident's porch in Oia, Santorini.
  • Santorini-north-of-Fira.jpg - The hillsides of Santorini, north of the capital of Fira.
  • Selestina's-House-boutique-shop.jpg - Selestina's House, a boutique shop in Oia, Santorini.
  • Souvenir-shop-in-Oia.jpg - A souvenir shop in Oia on the Greek island of Santorini.
  • viking-star-in-santorini.jpg - Viking Star, Viking's first ocean ship, sits in the middle of the flooded caldera in Santorini, Greece.
  • viking-star-in-santorini-3.jpg - Viking Star, seen against the cliffs of Santorini, Greece.
  • windmill-Oia-Santorini.jpg - Classic buildings in Oia, Santorini, looking southward.
  • santorini-buildings.jpg - Santorini with its classic Cycladic colors.
  • couple-wedding-1.jpg - A couple during their wedding day in Santorini, Greece.
  • santorini-buildings-1.jpg - Houses and churches in the traditional colors of the Cyclades on Santorini, Greece.
  • Seadream-Santorini.jpg - Santorini is the backdrop for a rejuvenating day on a SeaDream cruise.
  • Oia-Santorini-row-of-buildings.jpg - Classic buildings in Oia, Santorini, looking southward.
  • santorini-oia-hillside.jpg - The pretty hillside village of Oia, Santorini, the most-visited Greek island.
  • Santorini-Star-Clippers.jpg - The stunning landscape and architecture of Santorini makes it a popular destination on Star Clipper cruises.
  • Santorini-cliffs.jpg - Santorini's cliffsides reveal the area's stunning volcanic past when you visit Greece's most popular island.
  • cliff-homes-in-Oia.jpg - Sugarcube homes in Oia, Santorini.
  • oia-donkeys.jpg - As has been the custom for decades, donkeys make their way up the steep steps of Oia, Santorini.
  • Mykonos-waterfront - A fishing boat waits for better days along the waterfront of Mykonos.
  • pelicans-Mykonos-Greece - Pelicans at a café in Mykonos, Greece
  • windmill-Mykonos-Greece - Windmill on the island of Mykonos, Greece.
  • town-Mykonos-Greece - Mykonos Town on the island of Mykonos, Greece.
  • windmills-Mykonos-Greece - Iconic windmills in Mykonos, Greece.
  • Church-Mykonos-Greece - A Greek Orthodox Church sitting atop a hill on the Greek isle of Mykonos.
  • Mykonos-chapel-dome - A chapel on Mykonos, one of the Greek isles on a Tere Moana cruise to the eastern Mediterranean.
  • SeaDreamI-in-Mykonos-Greece - SeaDream I moors off the popular cruise destination of Mykonos, Greece
  • beach-Elia-Mykonos-Greece - Elia Beach on Mykonos, Greece.
  • club-Mykonos-Greece - Space Club, one of the throbbing nightclubs on party-crazed Mykonos.
  • house-Mykonos-Greece - A residence on the island of Mykonos, Greece.
  • Tere-Moana-Mykonos-Greece - Tere Moana anchored off Mykonos, Greece.
  • decorative-mosaic-on-Delos - A decorative mosaic spotted on the grounds of the island of Delos near Mykonos. It's one of the most important mythological and historical sites in Greece.
  • wall-delos-greece - A wall of a residence on Delos, Greece. The abandoned island is one of the major mythological, historical and archaeological sites in Greece.
  • fish-Mykonos-Greece - Catch of the day! Fresh fish, lobster and eel at a taverna on the Greek island of Mykonos.
  • mykonos-waterfront.jpg - Cruise ship passengers begin the explore the waterfront of Mykonos.
  • mykonos-windmills.jpg - The iconic windmills on Mykonos, Greece.
  • mykonos-waterfront-1.jpg - Cruise ship passengers begin to make their way along the waterfront in Mykonos, Greece.
  • mykonos-windmills-1.jpg - Three pretty windmills that line the waterfront in Mykonos, Greece.
  • Seadream-Mykonos-windmill.jpg - Explore the island of Mykonos during a SeaDream cruise.
  • Palace-of-Knossos-Crete - A building at the Palace of Knossos in Crete. The archaeological site dates to the Bronze Age and is considered Europe's oldest city.
  • samaria-gorge-crete-greece - Samaria Gorge on Crete, Greece.
  • lightouse-Rethymno-Crete-Greece - Réthymno Lighthouse, a ferry port on the north coast of Crete.
  • Chania-Crete-fort-ruins - The remains of a Venetian fort in Chania, Crete, dating from the Venetian occupation of the 13th to 16th centuries.
  • beach-Heraklion-Crete-Greece - Heraklion beach on the island of Crete, Greece.
  • harbor-Chania-Crete-Greece - Chania Harbor viewed from the top of the old Turkish prison on the Greek island of Crete.
  • Loutro-Crete-Greece - Loutro Village on the island of Crete, Greece.
  • monastery-Crete-Greece - Agia Triada Monastery near Chania, on the island of Crete, Greece.
  • old-town-Chania-Crete-Greece.jpg - Old town in Chania on the island of Crete, Greece.
  • waterfront-chania-crete-greece - The waterfront of Chania on the island of Crete in Greece.
  • Cavo-d'Oro-Rethymnon-Crete-Greece - Cavo d'Oro restaurant in Rethymnon offers a magnificent view of the old Venetian Harbor on the Greek island of Crete.
  • townswoman-Skalini-Crete - We were charmed by this townswoman, who let us take her photo on the front porch of her stucco house in Skalani, a small village in Crete. We were invited into the house of a nearby neighbor who had never before seen an American.
  • Heraklion-market-Crete - A fresh produce market in Heraklion, the largest city on Crete.
  • pithoi-at-Palace-of-Knossos - Six-foot-tall pithoi, or storage jars, at the Palace of Knossos. The jars, dating from the 18th century B.C., were used to store honey, wine and food.
  • beach-Elafonisi-Crete-Greece - You'll find shades of pink in the beach of Elafonisi on the Greek island of Crete.
  • dome-cathedral-Heraklion-Crete-Greece - A serious-looking savior stares from the dome of the cathedral in Heraklion on the island of Crete.
  • village-naxos-greece - A street scene in a village on the Greek island of Naxos.
  • Agios-Georgios-Diasoreitis-Naxos-Greece - The Byzantine church of Agios Georgios Diasoritis, near the village of Chalki on the island of Naxos, Greece.
  • Archaeological-Museum-Naxos-Greece - The Archaeological Museum on Naxos, Greece.
  • Chora-Naxos-Greece - A scene from Chora, the capital and main harbor of the island of Naxos, Greece.
  • feta-taverna-Naxos-Greece - Feta drenched in a sweet honey syrup at Taverna Lucullus on the island of Naxos, Greece.
  • path-Apeirathos-Naxos-Greece - The winding paths of Apeirathos on the island of Naxos, Greece.
  • Plaka-Beach-Naxos-Greece - The beautiful Plaka Beach on Naxos, Greece.
  • Temple-of-Apollo-Naxos-Greece - Ruins from the ancient Temple of Apollo on Naxos, Greece.
  • Plaka-Acropolis-Athens - The Plaka, the most desired area of Athens, shows off its neoclassical side at sunset on the north slope of the Acropolis.
  • archeological-museum-athens-greece - National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Greece.
  • plaka-dining-athens-greece - Nightime dining in the Plaka, Athens, Greece.
  • Athens-changing-of-guard.jpg - The changing of the guard in Athens takes place once every hour.
  • parthenon-athens.jpg - The iconic Parthenon atop the Acropolis in Athens.
  • parthenon-acropolis-athens-greece - The iconic Parthenon in the Acropolis, Athens, Greece. Construction began in 447 BC when the Athenian Empire was at its height.
  • Acropolis-Athens-distance - View of the iconic Acropolis set atop a hilltop in Athens, Greece.
  • madrasah-agora-athens-greece - Madrasah, an example of Islamic architecture, in the Roman Agora, Athens, Greece.
  • plaka-day-athens-greece - The Plaka, the neoclassical region clustered around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.
  • agia-eirini-athens-greece - Agia Eirini church in Athens, Greece.
  • Statue-in-acropolis-museum.jpg - A sculpture, thought to be of a priest, at the Acropolis Museum in Athens.
  • Erechtheion-at-Acropolis.jpg - The Erechtheion or Erechtheum. an ancient Greek temple on the north side of the Acropolis in Athens dedicated to Athena and Poseidon.
  • Building-in-downtown-Athens.jpg - A building in downtown Athens near the Plaka.
  • parthenon-side-view.jpg - A side view of the Parthenon on the Acropolis in Athens.
  • acropolis-view.jpg - View of ancient ruins from atop the Acropolis in Athens.
  • temple-hephaestus-athens-greece - The Temple of Hephaestus in Athens, Greece, was begun in 449 BC, just two years before the Parthenon.
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  • Evzones-guard-4.jpg - Closeup of one of the Evzones during the Changing of the Guard in Athens.
  • Athens_Greece_Parliament_Changing_of_Guard - Travel to the Syntagma Square in Athens, Greece, via Seabourn and watch the Changing of the Guard featuring the Evzones in full costume.
  • Ruby-Princess-Piraeus-Greece - Ruby Princess in Piraeus, Greece.
  • ancient-mosaic-on-Delos - An ancient mosaic on the grounds of the island of Delos. It translates as: "Formion the son of Nikias of Athens for himself and his wife and his children...."
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  • acropolis-museum.jpg - Statues from Greece's classical era at the Acropolis Museum in Athens.
  • couple-wedding.jpg - A couple who just got married in Santorini, Greece.
  • selfie-sticks-at-acropolis.jpg - Selfie sticks were everywhere at the Acropolis.
  • A-Centaur-overcoming-a-Lapith.jpg - A stone relief at the Acropolis Museum in Athens: "A Centaur overcoming a Lapith."
  • A-Greek-woman-about-to-greet-a-friend.jpg - A Greek woman about to greet a friend at the fountain at Syntagma Square in Athens.
  • An-artist-sketches-the-Parthenon.jpg - An artist draws the Parthenon on her sketch pad at the Acropolis.
  • Black-amphora-pottery-550-BC.jpg - A piece of pottery called "Black Amphora," dating to about 550 BC, at the Acropolis Museum.
  • Dedication-stone-fragment.jpg - A relief titled, "Dedication with a representation of a trireme," seen at the Acropolis Museum.
  • Doric-temple-remains-at-Acropolis.jpg - The remains of a Doric temple on the grounds of the Acropolis in Athens.
  • Evzones-guard-2a.jpg - A visitor poses with an Evzones guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Athens.
  • Evzones-guards.jpg - The Evzones' Changing of the Guard ceremony in Athens takes place on the hour 24 times a day.
  • Alexander-the-Great-portrait.jpg - A bust said to depict Alexander the Great at the Acropolis Museum in Athens.
  • dedication-acropolis-museum.jpg - A relief of an ancient dedication at the Acropolis Museum in Athens.
  • Recovered-ancient-artwork-2.jpg - A relief depicting people carrying amphoras (water containers) at the Acropolis Museum in Athens.

Greece & the Greek Isles: Where history & beauty intersect

The vibe

Say Greece and you conjure images of classical monuments and white-washed fishing villages bathed by that magical Greek light and set against a backdrop of azure seas. Located at the nexus of three continents, it’s been part of many empires and is often considered the birthplace of Western civilization. Its politics, philosophers, culture and art formed the foundation of modern thought and political structure.

Its history spans four millennia with plenty of attractions. But Greece isn’t just about culture and history. Its Mediterranean languor, benign climate and balmy seas have a special allure. While Greece has made huge commercial and technological strides. What had been a mainly agrarian nation famed for things like its legendary olive groves, beaches and political coups is now a sophisticated society where cell phones outnumber land lines and Wi-Fi hotspots seem universally available. But it’s still a must-visit destination for the easy-going traveler.

Top reasons to go

  • Be sure to see a play at the ancient theater of Epidaurus, a fairly easy drive from Athens.
  • Visit Delphi, outside of Athens, to see the temple of Apollo.
  • Olympia is the home of Mount Olympus and the home of the ancient and modern Olympic games.

Things to do & see

Athens

The center of Greek life for thousands of years, the capital city of Athens is most famous as the location of the Acropolis, where the ancient temples resided and philosophers and artists made their home. The Parthenon is the most famous of these temples, but there is plenty to do in the city beyond the ruins, whether you're looking to explore the archeological museums, visit the National Gardens or take in some shopping and the local flair.

The iconic Parthenon in the Acropolis, Athens, Greece.
Wally Gobetz / Creative Commons BY-NDThe iconic Parthenon in the Acropolis, Athens, Greece.

Santorini

Most famous for its white-walled buildings and blue roofs, this location is popular as a wedding and honeymoon destination. This island perched next to a volcanic crater and features breathtaking scenery of the Mediterranean as well as its unique buildings along the coastline. Be sure to take in a sunset, which is one of the most breathtaking in all of Europe.

Rhodes

This island is famous for having some of the oldest Medieval settlements in Greece. The Old Town is a UNESCO heritage site and features ancient palaces, windmills and monuments. Be sure to visit the island's archeological museum to get a taste of the island's unique history, including as the former location of Colossus, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world. 

Crete

If you want to take in some of the most exquisite beaches and natural scenery in the world, be sure to visit the island of Crete. The largest of the Greek islands, there are beaches ranging from white sands to rocky shores, and everything from nude beaches to family-friendly locales. In addition to the island's breathtaking natural wonders, there are also museums of the history of the island, olive and grape harvesting and extensive festivals and celebrations.

Loutro Village on the island of Crete, Greece.
Miguel Virkkunen Carvalho / Creative Commons BYLoutro Village on the island of Crete, Greece.

Best bets for dining

Greek food is one aspect of its culture: the Greeks are social diners. The food is also fresh — Greeks expect it. Your best bet is go where the locals go. Those classic Greek tavernas can be fashionable or a very basic beachfront restaurant under a reed canopy. Typical fare is mezédhes (hors d'oeuvres) or orektiká (appetizers) and tís óras (meat and fish, fried or grilled to order). Be sure to try the lamb, spanakopita and moussaka — three traditional dishes of Greece.

Best time to go

Explore the beautiful beaches and rugged coastline of the Greek island of Rhodes.
Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise LineExplore the beautiful beaches and rugged coastline of the Greek island of Rhodes.

Mid-July to the end of August is peak season, with soaring temperatures and crowds. June and September are good times to visit, as the weather is still warm, especially in the islands. Mid-October can be stormy, but most of that month is still Greece’s summer and it’s an especially lovely time of year in Crete and the southern Dodecanese. Autumn in general is a beautiful time to be in Greece; the weather remains lovely and there are fewer crowds. However, some islands and parts of Greece are open only during summer months.

 

When you arrive

Docking Information

There are two main cruise ports in Greece: the Port of Katakolon, which services Olympia, and the Port of Piraeus, which services Athens. Both are rather small towns are concerned, but have transports to take you into those respective cities.

Getting around

When it comes to getting around on land, your choice is bus or car; there are few trains, except for the excellent Athens-Pátra and Athens–Thessaloníki lines. Renting a car in Greece is impractical and risky, particularly due to the high accident rate in the country. Many cities are walkable, and anything else can be supplemented by a taxi.

Ferries, catamarans and hydrofoils shuttle visitors to the islands, but an internal flight between Rhodes and Athens can cut a 28-hour ferry trip down to a two-hour flight.

Need to know

Documents: All U.S. and Canadian citizens will need a passport.

Store  hours: Opening hours vary drastically, particularly from season to season, as summers tend to be more popular. Stores are typically open from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and again from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Mondays to Saturday.

Tipping:  Between 5-10% is customary. Some restaurants will round-up the bill, so you should check this before tipping. Also you can expect a ‘service charge’ or a ‘cover charge,’ which is the price of bread and water. 

Safety:  In general, Greece is very safe, although in recent years it has experienced economic turmoil. As in most countries, make sure you leave your valuables in a safe place and make sure to watch out for pickpockets.

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Published January 2015

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