The cradle of European civilisation, Greece is suffused with history and culture. Once the epicentre of the ancient world, it still contains archaeological sites and treasures dating back to the Classical era that combined with its natural wonders ensures a collection of some of the world’s most compelling cruising grounds.
Over the millennia, artistic heritage, mythical tradition and charming lifestyle have become irrevocably intertwined and the cities of mainland Greece abound with fine restaurants, chic bars and fascinating exhibitions. Cruises often start in Athens, the 3,400 year old capital and the site of the 2004 Olympics where you can marvel at the sacred rock of the Acropolis that has towered over the city for thousands of years.
The coastline of the Peloponnese, the southernmost section of mainland Greece, is dotted with secluded bays and coves. Separated by the Corinth Canal, it is full of ancient ruins, myths and legends (the likes of Hercules and Helen of Troy). Located in central mainland Greece and flanked by the Aegean Sea, the beautiful and unique region of Thessaly holds a landscape that is truly inspiring with intense natural beauty and imposing cliffs dominating the views. Over recent years, dive sites around the coastline have opened up that were previously restricted, enabling access to over 3,000 years-worth of shipwrecks and abundant marine life. Wherever you decide to cruise to in Greece, you can be assured the best of ancient and modern life combined.
- Mimic the days of ancient Greece with a decadent massage on the decks of your yacht.
- From Athens cruise through the Corinth Canal, past quintessential Mediterranean landscapes of citrus and olive groves.
- Watch the Bottlenose dolphins playing in the waters from June to September.
- The Lycabettus Hill Festival in Athens starts every July and runs throughout the summer with a number of international performers from music and theatre taking part.