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Greece is one of the major destinations in the eastern Mediterranean, featuring a treasure trove of ports and islands to explore. Cruises to Greece take many forms, whether it’s a mini-break focused around Athens or something longer like a grand cruise across the entire Mediterranean.
Cruises to Greece offer something for everyone, from beach holidays to exploring the fascinating ancient ruins and sites that this inspiring country boasts.
It is possible to cruise to Greece from the UK. With cruise ships travelling at around 25 miles per hour, it takes around two weeks to reach Greece from Southampton. For this reason, cruises to Greece from the UK are often part of longer world cruise itineraries and include lots of ports outside of Greece.
Round-trip no-fly cruises from the UK to Greece and back are rare but do exist. Fred. Olsen offers a 25-night cruise from Southampton which calls at Crete, Rhodes, Syros, Patras, Katakolon, and Kefalonia as well as ports in Spain, Portugal and Malta. P&O Cruises offers a 19-night cruise from Southampton, calling at Santorini, Athens, Zakynthos and Corfu
The easiest way to enjoy a cruise to Greece is to fly from the UK to a European port such as Venice, Athens or Barcelona to start your cruise. Here at Cruise118, we can package any cruise to include flights from your local airport, a pre-cruise hotel stay and airport transfers.
With over 150 populated islands, there’s a brilliant selection of destinations that could feature in a cruising itinerary sailing around Greece. We've highlighted some of the standout ports that you can find when visiting the country.
Athens is the capital city Greece, and one of the most popular places to visit in the entire Mediterranean. It's accessed via the port of Piraeus, which is often used as an embarkation or disembarkation port for a range of cruises both through Europe and to the Middle East.
This modern city still retains a lot of its ancient history, especially with the Acropolis, a site featuring famous landmarks including the Parthenon which to this day, dominates the skyline. Excursions can take you to the site of the original Olympic games or to the bustling city centre where there is ample opportunity to explore and shop.
Much of Greece is steeped in history, and if you have an interest in seeing ancient sights then there are many towns and cities where you can indulge. Katakolon is one port sure to fascinate, as it is the gateway for the site of Olympia, where the original Olympic games were held, and which is also home to a beautiful national park.
If your interest is in a more modern period, then Corfu is ideal. Cruises to this island dock at the port of Kerkyra. Known for its medieval buildings, this particular island also features many attractive coastlines and beaches - make sure to visit the 15th century Old Fortress and the magnificent stonework of the St Spyridon Church.
One of the most prominent Greek Isles is the island of Santorini. If you love your scenery then a visit to Santorini is essential. The island was formed by a volcanic eruption thousands of years ago, creating the gorgeous caldera at its centre. The host of villages resting upon its clifftops are a perfect place from which to enjoy panoramic views of an electric-blue lagoon. There are even excursions to the visit the volcanic islands which rest in the waters surrounding the island.
Another popular Greek island is Mykonos, widely regarded as having some of the best beaches that to be found anywhere, let alone in Greece. Not only can you unwind on pristine sands but there's the quaint and interesting Mykonos Town to explore, featuring monasteries, museums and intricate temples.
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