Updated 18/02/2022

From the Ionian to the Dodecanese, Greece is abundant with rich landscapes, everlasting horizons and historical adventure – making it a cruise destination everyone will love.

The tiny islands with their whitewashed houses and blue domed roofs, stunning beaches, crystal clear waters perfect for swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving or just floating in.   

With thousands of islands scattered across the Aegean Sea and beyond, see our top picks below for some of the highlights and landmarks to visit when cruising the Grecian grandeurs.


A fishing boat floating on crystal clear water in front of cliffside houses in Corfu

Beginning away from the beaches and tourist hot-spots, Corfu is one of the greenest islands Greece offers, with hundreds of olive trees blanketing the landscape. This Ionian Island is stunning with its verdant forests and cerulean waters. Paleokastritsa Bay is the perfect place to go out on a boat trip and explore the small bays and grottoes. 
The Old Town of Corfu showcases Venetian-style architecture, combining the subtle pastel hues of the buildings with the illuminating blues and greens of the organic surroundings.
You can visit vineyards on a ship tour or driving on your own if you hire a car. See how the wine is made, view the traditional olive presses, still used today, and of course, sample the wine and olives! 


White and blue buildings on the cliffs of Santorini

Sailing south, between the tips of Kythira and Kriti, you are greeted by one of the most romantic islands in the Cyclades: Santorini. With its white-washed, blue-domed buildings, this island oozes a signature style of simplicity. Trails and paths knit together each of the island’s individual locations to create a patchwork of tranquil black sand beaches, clifftop towns and local wineries, framed within glorious Grecian sunsets. Santorini’s views are nothing short of spectacular, so be sure to head to Fira to soak up the stunning scenery.


Greek ruins on a hilltop in the cruise port of Rhodes

Further into the Aegean Sea, Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese islands, promises to satisfy your inner culture-vulture with its cobbled streets and lively local markets. The Old Town presents you with a medieval time capsule of stone walls and curiously cobbled lanes dotted with relics and ruins. The New Town, further north, instead caters to the 21st century visitor with beaches, bars and hidden bistros to cater to everyone’s tastes.


Quaint boats floating in the harbour in Kos

Kos offers both stunning landscapes and medieval castles. The main harbour port, Kos Town, is overlooked by the 15th century Neratzia Castle and lined with cafes, tavernas and shops which exude class. Within the port and along the harbour, beaches stretch and yachts bob; the perfect place to sit and feel the comforting lap of the water’s edge on your toes as you watch the fishing boats bring their latest catch to this wholesome harbour community.

The Cyclades also showcase the mystical destination of Mykonos – serene and silky, the beaches and bays illustrate everything this island is about. Like the white-washes of Santorini, Mykonos has a never-ending cliffside of crisp, clean buildings within which are bars and restaurants that tempt visitors with local delicacies and fine wines.

One of Greece’s more glamourous destinations, Mykonos offers sublime nightlife, jewellery boutiques and a party beach, aptly named ‘Paradise’ – You’ll find so much to do in Mykonos that one day just isn’t enough.


Temple ruins on a cliff top in Athens

The very symbol of Greece is the Acropolis of Athens, reminding locals and tourists alike of the heritage and history of this major destination. As well as visiting the Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Plaka highlights the capitals current history as Athens’s oldest residential quarter. This village’s quaint atmosphere stands out among the small hotels and pastel-coloured homes – a quieter homage to the Grecian way of life.

Perfectly frozen in time and yet still introducing modern and boutique establishments to effectively marry the two, each and every island in Greece offers paradise around every corner. In equal measures ancient and contemporary, this country is a perfectly mixed cultural cocktail to be enjoyed under the Aegean sun.

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Emma Smith
Emma has more than seven years' experience as a writer and has been in the travel industry for nearly five years. She loves learning about new places and cruise ships coming to market, as well as discovering fun and exciting activities to do while you sail. She has cruised with Princess Cruises, Cunard, Celebrity Cruises, Virgin Voyages, Avalon Waterways and Royal Caribbean and is looking to get something in her diary for 2024! Her favourite things to see on a ship include excellent entertainment, a delicious cocktail menu and extraordinary dining venues.

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