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The classical capital of the Mediterranean, Greece has been the seat of European culture for thousands of years, dating back to the time of the powerful and expansive Greek empire. Historically, the center of it all was Athens! This enduring landmark city is home to the port of Piraeus, where many of our cruises depart & return. While here, you will have the chance to explore the ruins of the mighty Parthenon and the fascinating museum that tells of the ancient Greek civilization and culture. For the more active travelers, there is a mountain biking option as well, which takes you from the slopes of Mount Hymettus to the Athenian suburbs. Or perhaps you'd prefer to spend the day acquiring the flavor of Athens, with its savory regional wines, bakeries, and delicacies. Contact us to start planning your trip.
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10 Best Athens Small Ship Cruises & Tours for 2022-2023

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10 Best Athens Small Ship Cruises & Tours for 2022-2023

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
7th Annual Piano Festival at Sea$49108Sep 8, 2022Discover the treasure of Mount Parnassus, Sicily and Tuscan shoreline, on the cruise connecting Athens and Livorno on a luxury 8-day cruise combining …
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Aegean Discovery$84059May 23, 2022Discover small islands and stunning coastlines and uncover hidden secrets on this exceptional 9-day small ship cruise aboard Scenic Eclipse. As you …
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At the heart of the Greek Islands: Athens Roundtrip$36908Aug 18, 2022Departing from Athens, sail to some of Greece's most beautiful and lovely islands, including Delos and Mikonos, before returning to Athens on the …
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Aegean Reflections$538511Dec 9, 2022Your 11-day Aegean cruise aboard the luxurious Emerald Azzurra takes you from Athens to the Greek island of Ermoupolis and then the coastal port of …
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Aegean Gems$601512Nov 28, 2022Discover the Aegean Sea's treasures on a 12-day adventure onboard the Emerald Azzurra that begins and ends in Greece. Sail to Istanbul and its Old …
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From the city of Gods to the canals of Venice$39708May 27, 2022During this 8-day cruise, Le Lyrial takes you to the Mediterranean countries of Greece, Montenegro, Croatia, and Italy. Discover the cultural and …
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At the heart of the Greek Islands$35808Jul 22, 2022Step aboard the new, luxurious Le Lyrial in Athens for an 8-day small ship Greek cruise to some of the most beautiful, charming islands like Delos, …
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From the city of Gods to the Eternal city$38408Sep 2, 2022Set sail to discover the Mediterranean on this 8-day cruise aboard the Le Lyrial. Starting in Athens, cruise between Greece and the majestic …
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Cruising the Greek Islands of the Southern Aegean: With Smithsonian Journeys$52408Jul 5, 2022Board the luxurious Le Jacques Cartier in Athens for an 8-day cruise to some of the most beautiful Greek islands in the southern Aegean. Explore …
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Cruising the Greek Islands of the Southern Aegean: With Smithsonian Journeys$59708Sep 1, 2022Travel to the southern Aegean islands aboard the luxurious Le Bougainville, for eight days from Athens. Explore highlights including Delos, …
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10 Top-Rated Athens Small Cruise Ships for 2022-2023

Ship NameMax PassengersFromSummary
Emerald Azzurra100$5385As Emerald’s first-ever ocean superyacht, the luxurious Emerald Azzurra is designed to take up to 100 passengers sailing along the Adriatic Coast, …
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Le Bougainville184$3690Experience a luxurious setting where the main focus is of authenticity and passion for travel. Le Bougainville is an environmentally-friendly …
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Le Jacques Cartier188$3690Indulge in an intimate cruise with the opportunity to visit an ever-expanding choice of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service. …
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Sea Cloud II94$4710The Sea Cloud II is a legendary windjammer comparable to her sister ship, the Sea Cloud. Featuring her own unique character, the Sea Cloud II …
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Panorama49$2490Renovated in 2014 the the Panorama offers its guests a refitted Upper Deck cabins as well as the Main Deck cabin en suite bathrooms and Lounge. It …
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Le Lyrial264$3580The sleek, intimate Le Lyrial sails under the French flag and entrances her passengers with her contemporary decor, comfortable suites, and refined …
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Harmony G44$2990The Harmony G is a modern vessel with a sleek high-tech look very similar to the private yachts to be found in the famous ports of the world. She was …
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Sea Cloud58$11480The Sea Cloud is a glorious and gracious luxury sailing yacht, a four-masted bark, custom built in 1931 by the business magnate E.F. Hutton for his …
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Star Clipper170$1850Star Clipper is a 170-passenger vessel designed to provide a unique traveling experience unlike any other cruise vacation. Step aboard and discover a …
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Star Flyer170$3499The Star Flyer is a stylish vessel designed to accommodate 170 passengers in an intimate and comfortable atmosphere. This true clipper ship reflects …
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Adventure Life's Favorite Greek Islands & Destinations
Mythology, art, architecture, and beautiful seaside landscapes are highlights of this enchanting Mediterranean country. As you cruise through the tranquil blue waters, you will swim at some of Europe's best beaches and visit extraordinary citadels, monuments, and metropolitan ruins of the Ancient Greek civilization. Here's the highlight list of Adventure Life's favorite Greek destinations:

Cities:
  • Delphi & Athens: As two of the most important cities of Ancient Greece, they are home to some of the most interesting archaeological sites in the Western world. 
  • Nafplion: Spend a day in the charming port town that was allegedly founded by Poseidon's son millennia ago and is now home to quaint shops, cafes, and museums.
The Greek Islands - Cyclades:
  • SantoriniAn island formed from the remaining edge of a volcanic crater, the spectacular beaches, views and sunsets of Santorini make it the quintessential Greek Island.
  • Mykonos: A picturesque Cycladic island and famed beach party town with seaside restaurants, a maze of narrow streets and whitewashed houses & churches overlooked by a row of 16th-century windmills, 
  • Tenos: Come see Greece's holiest shrine – Panagia Evangelistria – among terraced hillsides & marble quarries.
  • Delos: Supposedly the birthplace of Apollo & Artemis (the Twin Gods), this city is home to fascinating ruins.
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Why should I choose a Mediterranean cruise?
A cruise visiting Athens Greece 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 boats that explore Greece?
While the boats that explore Greece are technically not five stars due to their smaller size and fewer onboard amenities, you will find that the overall experience is truly 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 ship 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 potntially could be without WiFi for several days at a time. Check with your Adventure Lir

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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