Greece highlights: ancient history, beautiful islands, relaxed atmosphere
Whether you’re exploring the historic monuments of the mainland or relaxing on an island beach, a Greece and Greek Islands cruise is an unforgettable experience. Positioned on the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, this overseas paradise is the perfect destination for holiday escapes of all types.
Providing the ideal blend of history, culture and picture-perfect landscapes, Greece and its islands boast a true ‘something for everyone’ vibe, all of which can be experienced on one of our Greek cruises. We’ll help you experience Greece’s incredible highlights, from the ancient Acropolis of Athens to the stunning sights of Santorini, with plenty in between.
If your cruise planning has started with visions of Greek Gods and historic ruins, then Athens is a perfect port of call. Explore Greece’s long past at Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Acropolis Museum, then browse the Plaka district to shop for souvenirs and dine in traditional Greek restaurants and cafes.
Away from the capital, the many islands offer a different take on Greek life - a relaxed ambiance, brimming with bright colours and exceptional food and drink. There’s nothing quite like the fresh taste of Greek cuisine as you look out from the 895ft high panoramic view from Fira, the capital of Santorini. This stunning town breaks through the volcanic landscape with its instantly recognisable white-washed buildings and blue domed rooftops while the black, volcanic sand on its beaches adds yet another visual display for your journey across the islands.
Expect more breath-taking views of rich green land and seemingly endless seas from the likes of Rhodes, Corfu and Katakolon, all of which come with their own unique charm. Katakolon, for example, may be one of the lesser-known islands, but it’s a gateway to one of the most historic Greek landmarks: ancient Olympia! Then there’s Mykonos, an island renowned for its exciting nightlife, which is also bursting with sights to see in the sunlight, including traditional white-washed houses and famous Venetian windmills.
An essential part of any European cruise, exploring the Greek Islands with Celebrity Cruises will enable you to visit unforgettable ports, sample amazing food and understand exactly why Greece is still so popular with holidaymakers of all types.
Weather & what to pack
Greece can be very hot with temperatures in the 30s Celsius over the summer months. Athens will test your stamina and the islands will bring a warm but welcome breeze. Pack light clothing, plenty of sun tan lotion and a wide-brimmed sun hat. And don’t forget your swimwear for those long lazy beach trips!