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Cruise the Greek Islands in style on a small ship cruise with Adventure Life and discover ancient civilizations, sunny islands, multi-colored beaches, and welcoming locals. Most cruises depart from Athens where you'll visit the Parthenon & Acropolis and set sail for the Cyclades Islands in the Aegean Sea, including Santorini, Mykonos, Patmos, Corfu, Delos, Paros, & Piraeus, home to many of Europe's best beaches, quaint villages and ancient Greek ruins. Explore Crete, the largest, southernmost Greek Isles, and ancient Hydra in the Saronic Islands. Cruise on classic sailboats or modern small ships through the Greek Islands on cruises ranging from . Combine your Greek cruise with neighboring Croatia or Italy. Contact our Greek small ship cruise specialists for a free custom trip quote. 
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5 Best Luxury Cruises of the Greek Islands for 2025

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Greece Island Hopping$31739Jun 21, 2024Embark on an unforgettable 9-day Greece island-hopping adventure, exploring the stunning islands of Athens, Paros, and Santorini. This journey will …
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The Jewels of the Aegean$55209Apr 18, 2025Embark on a captivating 9-day cruise along the Greek and Turkish coasts aboard Le Dumont-d’Urville. Explore ancient ruins, picturesque islands, and …
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From the City of Gods to the Eternal City$759012Apr 22, 2025Join Le Bougainville on this 12-day journey from Athens to Civitavecchia, exploring the Mediterranean. Enjoy diverse experiences with included …
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Cruising Greece, Turkey & Saudi Arabia$2599515Oct 16, 2024Embark on a luxurious 15-day journey through Greece, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia aboard Le Dumont-d'Urville, beginning in Athens with your A&K …
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Italy, Montenegro & Croatia$303012Jul 19, 2025Embark on a 12-day cruise aboard Star Flyer, cruising through Italy, Montenegro, and Croatia. Experience historic ports, Mediterranean cuisine, and …
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Top Greece Cruise Deals for 2025

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Classical GreeceCustom Label$27608Jun 21, 2024Explore Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, and Nafplion during an 8-day cruise on the Harmony G, which leaves from and returns to the historic city of …
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Unexplored Greece: Ionian IslandsCustom Label$28908Jun 21, 2024Embark on an 8-day Greek Islands cruise from Athens to Corfu aboard Harmony G. Explore picturesque towns, historical sites, and crystal-clear waters. …
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Splendid Italian EscapesCustom Label$949910Jul 15, 2024Sail on this 10-day Splendid Italian Escapes cruise from Athens to Rome aboard World Traveller. Journey through the Italian countryside to reach the …
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Italy, Montenegro & CroatiaSavings$313012Jul 30, 2024Explore the Eastern Mediterranean on this 12-day cruise aboard the luxury tall ship the Royal Clipper. This round-trip cruise departs from Rome, …
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Jewels of the CycladesCustom Label$25008Jun 21, 2024Experience the Aegean Islands on an 8-day cruise on the Galileo from Athens. Visit famous spots like Santorini and Mykonos, as well as lesser-known …
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Italy, Montenegro & CroatiaSavings$329012Aug 30, 2025Discover the stunning Adriatic landscapes of Italy, Croatia, and Montenegro on this 12-day cruise aboard the Royal Clipper. Visit Venice, Rovinj, …
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Isles of the MediterraneanCustom Label$1399913Jul 24, 2024Embark on a 13-day cruise of the Isles of the Mediterranean from Rome to Athens aboard the World Traveller. Explore Elba's medieval villages, …
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Jewels of the CycladesCustom Label$25008Aug 9, 2024Experience the Aegean Islands on an 8-day cruise on the Panorama from Athens. Visit famous spots like Santorini and Mykonos, as well as lesser-known …
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Favorite Greek Islands
  • Santorini: Rising from the remnants of a volcanic crater, Santorini's beaches, breathtaking vistas, and iconic sunsets embody quintessential Greek charm. Home to the village of Oia, renowned for its whitewashed buildings and blue-domed churches.
  • Mykonos: Nestled in the Cyclades, Mykono’s labyrinthine streets, whitewashed abodes, and lively beach parties are framed by 16th-century windmills. Remember to explore the historic district of Little Venice.
  • Delos: Steeped in mythology as the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, Delos reveals an archaeological trove of ruins that tell ancient tales. Its Sacred Way and Terrace of Lions are must-see highlights.
  • Corfu: Known as the emerald jewel of the Greek Isles, Corfu welcomes cruisers from international routes. Discover its Venetian architecture in the Old Town and stroll through Spianada Square.
  • Tinos: Nestled among terraced hills and marble quarries, Tinos hosts Greece's holiest sanctuary, Panagia Evangelistria. The island is famed for its intricate dovecotes.
  • Rhodes: Rich in historical grandeur, Rhodes features archaeological sites and coastal resorts that echo bygone eras. Its medieval Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Crete: Explore the legend of the Minotaur in the ancient city of Knossos near Rethymnon. Then, uncover Kythira's emerging allure and Chania's vibrant Venetian Harbor.
  • Naxos: As the largest of the Cyclades, Naxos captivates with diverse landscapes. Don't miss the monumental Portara, a massive marble doorway from an ancient temple.
  • Paros: With white-marble villages and traditional charm, Paros invites exploration of cobblestone alleys and historic churches. Delve into its history at ancient marble quarries.
  • Skiathos: Embrace Skiathos' blend of pine forests and golden beaches, harmonizing natural beauty and nightlife. Visit the iconic Evangelistria Monastery.
  • Patmos: A spiritual haven where the Book of Revelation was authored, Patmos beckons reflection at the Monastery of Saint John. Its Cave of the Apocalypse is UNESCO-listed.
  • Symi: Exuding elegance through pastel neoclassical architecture, Symi's harbor town offers tranquility. Explore the Panormitis Monastery's intricate frescoes.
Flights to Greece and the Greek Islands

Athens
is the starting and finishing point of most cruises of Greece and home of the country's largest airport. Passengers flying from North America will likely have connections through Paris, Frankfurt, London or Amsterdam, though there are several direct flights from New York. 

Athens is also the hub for flying to the 25 Greek islands that have domestic airports. These airports are served by Olympia Airlines and Aegean Airlines. 

Eight Greek Islands have international airports that are served European airlines such as British Airways, Air France, and EasyJet during the summertime. 

We encourage you to enjoy a cruise of the Greek isles and save time afterward to fly to one of the islands that you weren't able to visit on your cruise, or maybe return to your favorite spot!
Top Greek Cities Visited Through Greece Cruises
  • Athens: A testament to Ancient Greece's glory, Athens brims with historical significance. Unearth intriguing archaeological sites, from the iconic Parthenon atop the Acropolis to the vibrant Agora. Wander through the historic Plaka district to embrace its rich heritage.
  • Nafplion: Embraced by the Argolic Gulf, Nafplion holds both ancient myths and modern charm. Its captivating port town, believed to be founded by Poseidon's son, boasts cobbled streets adorned with quaint shops, inviting cafes, and enlightening museums. Explore the Palamidi Fortress gracing the skyline.
  • Katakolon: A gateway to Olympia's archaeological marvel, Katakolo unveils the origins of the Olympic Games. Delve into history at the archaeological site and museum, immersing yourself in the sacred past of this hallowed ground.
  • Heraklion: The capital of Crete, Heraklion seamlessly merges history and modernity. Discover the renowned Heraklion Archaeological Museum and delve into the ancient Minoan palace of Knossos, where myths take shape.
  • Kavala: This coastal haven invites leisurely strolls along its scenic harbor, adorned with neoclassical buildings and vibrant cafes. Ascend to Kavala Castle for panoramic vistas of the city and the Aegean Sea.
  • Volos: In the heart of Thessaly, Volos strikes a balance between tradition and innovation. Embrace the allure of Portaria village on Mount Pelion, with its cobblestone streets and charming guesthouses.
  • Rhodes Town: Beyond its island allure, Rhodes Town offers a passage through history. Traverse the medieval UNESCO-listed Old Town and glimpse the storied past at the Palace of the Grand Master.
  • Thessaloniki: As Greece's second-largest city, Thessaloniki is a melting pot of cultures and history. Byzantine walls, diverse architecture, and the iconic White Tower invite exploration into its myriad layers.
Cruising the Balkans, Greek Isles, and Beyond

Embark on an enchanting voyage through the Mediterranean, where captivating cruises seamlessly weave together the treasures of Italy, the Balkans, and even Turkey. Delve into the heart of this maritime mosaic, embracing the allure of diverse cultures, historic cities, and breathtaking landscapes.
  • Croatia & the Dalmatian Coast: Setting sail on this captivating journey, you'll explore the maritime wonders of the Adriatic. Your adventure begins with the iconic city of Athens, and as you sail northward, you'll encounter the birthplace of the Olympic Games in Olympia and the legendary realm of Ithaca. Further enriching your experience, the voyage continues to unveil the hidden gems of Albania and Montenegro, inviting you to explore their cultures and history. Croatia's rugged beauty takes center stage as you dock at the famed Dubrovnik on the Adriatic Sea. Gaze upon the historic walls that have witnessed centuries of maritime history, a testament to the region's enduring charm.
  • Southern Cyclades & Turkey:The allure of this journey lies in its blend of enchanting Greek isles and the Turkish mystique. Rhodes, with its medieval marvels, sets the stage as you journey through history. Hydra beckons with its timeless elegance, followed by Athens, a city that marries ancient legacies with modern energy. The mesmerizing vistas of Santorini unfold, captivating all who visit. The Turkish port of Bodrum awaits, offering a glimpse into a culture where east meets west, as you indulge in the art, history, and maritime allure that define this enchanting region.
  • Italy, Greek Isles, Turkey & Athens: Departing from the eternal city of Rome, your voyage traverses the Mediterranean's most captivating destinations. Crete's archaeological treasures and Santorini's awe-inspiring caldera views set the stage for an unforgettable journey. As you approach the Turkish coast, Kusadasi emerges, offering a gateway to ancient Ephesus and a taste of Turkey's coastal allure. 
Unesco World Heritage Sites Visited Through Greek Cruises
  • Acropolis of Athens: This iconic site showcases the architectural wonders of Ancient Greece, including the Parthenon and other ancient structures, perched atop the Acropolis hill overlooking Athens.
  • Medieval City of Rhodes: The medieval Old Town of Rhodes, with its well-preserved fortifications and historical architecture, is a testament to the island's medieval past and the influences of different civilizations.
  • Archaeological Site of Olympia: As the birthplace of the Olympic Games, Olympia features ancient ruins and temples that offer a glimpse into the origins of this celebrated sporting event.
  • Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns: These archaeological sites reveal the impressive remains of ancient Mycenaean civilizations, including fortifications, tombs, and palaces.
  • Archaeological Site of Delphi: Delphi was considered the center of the world in ancient Greek mythology and is home to the Temple of Apollo, the Oracle of Delphi, and other important structures.
  • Archaeological Site of Delos: This uninhabited island near Mykonos is an archaeological treasure trove, featuring ruins of temples, houses, and monuments from various periods.
  • Meteora Monasteries: Although not directly visited through Greek cruises, the Meteora monasteries are often included in extended land tours. These monasteries are perched atop towering rock formations and offer breathtaking views.
  • Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus: This ancient healing center is renowned for its well-preserved theater and other structures that exemplify the architectural and medical achievements of the ancient Greeks.
  • Archaeological Site of Mystras: Mystras is a medieval town with well-preserved ruins, including palaces, churches, and fortifications, providing insight into Byzantine history and culture.
  • Archaeological Site of Knossos: Located on the island of Crete, Knossos is the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on the island, showcasing the Minoan civilization's advanced architecture and art.

Best Greece Small Ship Cruise Lines for 2025

  • Ponant - has voyages that include transfers to and from the ship, talks and discussions aboard ship by world-class Smithsonian experts, and a shore excursion in each port of call that immerses guests in the sights and sounds of their destination. Journey to the very heart of the Mediterranean on a cruise to Greece and the Cyclades on the Le Bellot
  • Silversea Cruises - lets you discover the spellbinding beauty of Greece on an all-inclusive luxury cruise aboard the 254 guest Silver Cloud. Stroll through labyrinthine streets gaze at iconic windmills and beaches with turquoise waters.
  • Lindblad Expeditions - visits some places largely unknown to all but residents and discerning travelers. Discover the romance and exhilaration of a tall ship sailing the Mediterranean aboard the legendary Sea Cloud. Guests will have ample opportunities to stand on deck and watch the orchestrated frenzy of crew members going high aloft in the riggings to handset 30 sails.
  • Star Clippers Americas - immerse travelers in the thrill of a true tall ship by delivering innovative itineraries and distinctive ports throughout the Mediterranean. The 379 feet long Star Clipper carries 166 guests in pampered comfort, over 36,000 square feet of sails. 
  • Variety Cruises - is a privately owned yacht cruise line based in Athens, Greece. Embark on the 72 guest Variety Voyager to explore the stunning Greek Islands of Athens, the Acropolis, Cyclades, Kea, Santorini, Mykonos, Delos, Crete, Kythira, Peloponnese, Nafplion, and Hydra. 
  • Emerald Waterways - has a fleet of Star-Ships that cater from just 84 to a maximum of 186 guests, letting you meet like-minded travelers in a more intimate group. So much is included in the price of your holiday so you can have complete peace of mind while you travel. The attentive onboard crew, expert cruise directors, and knowledgeable onshore guides help to make your Greek island holiday truly memorable.
  • Sea Cloud Cruises - has always preserved the true value of windjammers, where the beat of the wind and waves determines the rhythm and direction of life on board. Sea Cloud II perfectly combines spaciousness for up to 94 passengers with the lifestyle of a private yacht.
  • CroisiEurope - has been a French independent family business for 45 years. Venturing on a cruise on the Mediterranean coast aboard MV La Belle de L'Adriatique is always an excellent way to escape the dreariness of winter or to enjoy the summer fully.


 
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Greece Travel FAQs

Why should I choose a Mediterranean cruise?
A Greek cruise will take you to some of the top destinations around the Mediterranean at the value of an all-inclusive journey that offers lodging, meals, and daily tours and excursions. Enjoy the comfort of one of the nicest ships that we feature as you voyage around the Mediterranean. Cruises are quickly becoming the most popular way to visit Europe, compared to the land-based tours which require you to either stay in one region the entire time or pack and unpack your suitcase every time you get to a new city. 

What should I look for on a Greek cruise ship?
The elegant yachts that sail the Greek Mediterranean combine style and luxury. You will enjoy the intimate atmosphere of a small yacht, typically with occupancy for between 50-200 passengers. Comfortable and spacious cabins, a sun deck, and a dining area and bar are all standard on these vessels.

Are there five-star cruise ships that explore Greece?
While may of the small ships that explore the Greek Isles are technically not five stars due to their smaller size and fewer onboard amenities, you will find that the overall experience may be a five star journey. With all-inclusive itineraries guided by local experts and a comfortable or even luxurious boat that will serve as your home for the duration of the trip, you won't be disappointed with your cruise of Greece and the Mediterranean.

Should I get a room with a balcony?
Contrary to popular belief, having a balcony on your Greek cruise isn't that important and could even be an unnecessary expense. Rooms with balconies can cost hundreds of dollars more and sometimes they even cut into the cabin space. Since the boats that explore the Mediterranean are pretty small, it's easy enough to just go to the sun deck and enjoy the sunny weather and fresh air from there. A great alternative to a balcony is a room with a full panoramic window or a floor to ceiling window. 

What is dining like?
No other country more perfectly captures traditional Mediterranean cuisine better than Greece. The local flavors will melt in your mouth in a savory blend that characterizes this region, as prepared by talented local chefs.

Do Greek cruises ever visit destinations that aren't on the coast?
Definitely! Greece is full of amazing attractions, many of which are the highlights of the islands and coastal cities. However, there are a number of attractions that you will arrive to by bus as well after your ship has docked in the closest port.

Will my vessel have WiFi?
It's possible, but not all vessels offer WiFi. Even on the vessels that do have WiFi, it's possible that your cruise route will take you out of range of a signal, meaning that you could be without WiFi for several days at a time.

What kind of power outlets are there? Will I need a converter?
You will need a plug adapter for the outlets – you will either find three flat prongs in the British style or two round prongs in the European style. And although the power is 220v, in contrast to the 110v North American power, typically most appliances and devices are made to handle both.

How can I save money on a river cruise?
Save money on a river cruise by visiting the Greece Deals page or by letting our travel experts know where you want to go. We'll let you know when we have new promotions available. We recommend that you don't save money by choosing a lesser cabin, since you will also probably be choosing one with less comfort or space.

Are cruises in Greece a good family vacation?
Greece is an engaging vacation for the whole family and a great way to get your kids interested in history and European culture. Active options are the best for younger kids. Check out our family travel article for more information.

Do Americans and Canadians need a passport and visa to travel to Greece?
All citizens of North America traveling to Europe need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months. In recent years, it has not been necessary to apply for a visa before traveling to Europe if you plan to stay less than three months, however, this situation may change in the future. See current European visa requirements.

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