To enjoy an exceptional in-depth vacation nothing beats small ship cruising around the stunning and expansive archipelago of the Greek Islands. To maximise the fun, pleasure and enjoyment of your Greek Islands cruise experience, it’s essential that you weigh up the potential pros and cons. Our helpful top tips will enable you to explore the beautiful scenic islands of Greece equipped with insider knowledge for peace of mind.
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Best Time To Travel
The cruise season in Greece runs from May through to late October. The summer peak period is between July and August, when temperatures easily surpass 30°C. To enjoy a comfortable cooler climate, and to avoid the tourist crush, it’s recommended that you embark on your Greek island-hopping cruise before July or after August. Wine lovers may want to take note that September is grape harvesting time on the island of Santorini.
Due to its prime location, Greece enjoys sensational hot summers and rising seasonal temperatures. Protect yourself with high factor sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. Wearing loose, comfortable clothing in breathable fabrics will also help you maintain climate control whilst on your small ship cruise of the Greek Islands. Remember to regularly refresh and hydrate yourself with bottled water.
So Much Choice!
In total, Greece has over 6,000 inhabited, secluded and deserted islands for you to explore, the ideal setting for a Greek island-hopping cruise. Top of the popularity list are Santorini, Mykonos and Crete. If you want to avoid the crowds, head for the scenic islands that are more remote. The tiny island of Folegandros forms the southern part of the Cyclades, and boasts charming whitewashed villages and ancient medieval settlements. Visit the Cyclades on our Greek Cyclades Islands Cruise. For an unforgettable waterfront experience, visit the small island of Antiparos and relax on its beautiful beaches.
With so many interesting and exciting things to see and do on a Greek island-hopping adventure, the trick is to decide what kind of experience you’re looking for. The enticing itineraries typically include activities that combine sightseeing with shopping, dining or entertainment options. All you need to do is figure out if you want to enjoy a historic, cultural or relaxation experience. Our Peloponnese & Greek Islands Cruise is ideal for those interested in Greece’s ancient history.
Santorini is the sun-kissed picturesque destination that flaunts iconic images of whitewashed churches with cobalt blue domes and sparkling blue sea. The popular resort boasts the main town of Fira, home to the famous caldera and high cliffs that offer panoramic views of the volcano. Wine connoisseurs will appreciate the local wineries that produce some of Greece’s best wines. Visit Santorini on our Southern Greek Islands Cruise.
The island of Mykonos has a reputation for being one of Europe’s main beach party hotspots. It’s also a lot more besides. The meandering streets of Little Venice are a shopper’s paradise. Perched above Mykonos town are 16th century windmills that are famous landmarks. The island offers access to the uninhabited island of Delos. The major ancient religious centre is an important archaeological site, and the mythical birthplace of Apollo.
If you’re looking to experience authentic Greece, head for the small island of Syros. Its sleepy seaside villages, cosmopolitan port town and gorgeous golden sandy beaches offer the ultimate retreat escape.
Something For Everyone
As a holiday destination, the Greek Islands offer something for everyone. History buffs can explore the plethora of ancient ruins and archaeological complexes that showcase temples, markets and houses. Leisure pleasure seekers can relax on stretches of sun-kissed sandy or pebble beaches with access to warm, turquoise waters. If you love to shop, you can indulge yourself in the stores, galleries and museums of Athens, and in the larger towns on the islands.
Dining out is a very special and unique experience in the Greek Islands. You can feast on classic and traditional Greek cuisine in a wide variety of family-friendly tavernas and restaurants. Taste homemade dishes that are made with fresh local produce, and sample retsina, Greek beer and locally produced wines while enjoying fabulous views.
Kuzina, in Athens, is a fashionable restaurant with a romantic roof terrace that offers breathtaking sunset views over the city and many ancient landmarks.
Strofi is one of the oldest restaurants in Athens and is situated in a prime location just under the Acropolis. The highly popular restaurant serves traditional Greek cuisine and a friendly atmosphere.
Located in the heart of Mykonos Town, Kalita is a modern restaurant that boasts an elegant atmospheric terrace that is lined with palm trees and flowers. Whilst you decide what delicious dishes to order, enjoy a tasty cocktail.
On the menu in the Ambrosia & Nectar in Oia, on Santorini Island, you will find traditional Mediterranean cuisine and modern Greek dishes. The décor is equally eclectic, and the views of the sunset are exceptional.
Tipping In Greece
Tipping in Greece is generally expected in most places, although it’s not an obligation. As there is no set tipping standard, it’s a good idea to round up the bill to the nearest € to include gratuity. In restaurants, check gratuity hasn’t already been added before leaving a cash tip of 5 to 10 percent.
It’s customary to tip your tour guides on day trips. For a group tour, tip €2 to €5 per person, and €20 per person, per day on a private excursion.
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