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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 2024-2025

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10 Best Athens Small Ship Cruises & Tours for 2024-2025

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Highlights of Classical Greece$38637Jun 19, 2024This 7-day tour of classical Greece will explore Athens and its rich cultural heritage. Visit the charming town of Nafplion and its beautiful …
Greece Island Hopping$31739Jun 19, 2024Embark on an unforgettable 9-day Greece island-hopping adventure, exploring the stunning islands of Athens, Paros, and Santorini. This journey will …
Athens City Explorer$18104Jun 19, 2024Embark on a cultural journey through Athens with the 4-day Athens City Explorer. Experience the unique and captivating journey through the ancient …
Jewels of the Cyclades$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 …
The Hidden Pearls of the Aegean Sea$79908Jul 24, 2024Fly to Athens and commence an 8-day cruise to some of the Aegean Sea's best kept secrets. Explore stunning ports of Athens, Delos, Agia Anna, …
Classical Greece$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 …
At the heart of the Greek Islands$47608Jul 4, 2024Sail from Athens on L'Austral on this 8-day Cruise to visit Delos and Mikonos, returning to Athens after exploring the rich cultural heritage and …
Jewels of the Cyclades$25008Aug 2, 2024Join an 8-day cruise on the Harmony G from Athens to explore the Aegean Islands, including Santorini, Mykonos, Paros, and Folegandros. Enjoy …
European Autumn in the Aegean Sea$57508Sep 28, 2025Sail for 8 days aboard Le Dumont-d'Urville, exploring iconic Greek destinations like Athens, Skiathos, and Thessaloniki, delving into ancient …
Sailing the Greek Isles$137908Jun 28, 2024Explore the sun-kissed Greek Isles on this 8 luxury cruise aboard the Sea Cloud, a 58-guest sailboat. Each stop on this round trip cruise from …

10 Top-Rated Athens Small Cruise Ships for 2024-2025

Ship NameMax PassengersFromSummary
L'Austral264$4760The L'Austral, sister ship to the Le Boreal, is the fruit of Italian expertise and French sophistication. A superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins, the …
Le Dumont-d'Urville184$4840Discover a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel aboard this glamorous limited-capacity yacht with …
Le Bougainville184$4760Experience a luxurious setting where the main focus is of authenticity and passion for travel. Le Bougainville is an environmentally-friendly …
Sea Cloud II94$7990The Sea Cloud II is a legendary windjammer comparable to her sister ship, the Sea Cloud. Featuring her own unique character, the Sea Cloud II …
Harmony G44$2500The 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 …
Panorama49$2500Renovated 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 …
Sea Cloud58$13790The 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 …
Galileo49$1950Board the classic Galileo, a motor sailer with occupancy for up to 49 passengers, as you explore the Cyclades of the Aegean Sea. Multiple social …
Variety Voyager72$3490The sleek & modern Variety Voyager is a state of the art mega-yacht which accommodates just 72 passengers in 36 cabins. Enjoy unobstructed views of …
Harmony V50$2760Introducing the Harmony V, a modern vessel launched in June 2009, with a sleek high-tech look very similar to the private yachts to be found in the …
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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:

  • 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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