Greek Islands, Greece | Cruising the Greek Islands

Greek Island - Santorini

by Sacha Bunnik

Visiting Greece and her islands had always been a dream of mine since I studied ancient history in high school. The legends and pictures of this beautiful country from the school textbooks of my youth were about to become reality.

Greek Islands - Cruise ShipOur home for three nights was the ship Louis Olympia, part of a small Greek cruise line that specialises in island hopping, rather than normal cruising. The Louis Olympia is more like a floating hotel that transfers you between the different islands at night, optimising your days on the islands. She is also a lot smaller than the American mega-ships that plough the oceans these days; that being said, she still has all the facilities you would expect like swimming pools, heaps of deck space for sunning yourself, a fully equipped gym, spa, multiple restaurants, dining rooms, bars and a casino.Greek Island - Cruise Ship

 

We embarked on the Louis Olympia in the Turkish port city of Kuşadasi and began our Greek Island adventure, this is our story.

Rhodes

Greek Island - RhodesOur first stop was the Greek island of Rhodes, located in the southern part of the Aegean Sea, just below Turkey. In ancient times Rhodes was home to the massive Colossus of Rhodes, a statue of the Greek god of the sun Helios, that stood in the harbour and was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Unfortunately the statue was destroyed in an earthquake in 226 BC and all that remains are the footings. The main attraction of Rhodes now is the UNESCO World Heritage-listed medieval old town with its historic walls and gates. The old town is a mecca for tourists with its many museums, arty shops, restaurants and cafés. We spent our time walking, exploring and getting lost in the old town and loving every minute of it. Of all the places we visited, we found the locals in Rhodes to be very friendly and loved to stop and have a chat.
Greek Island - Rhodes
The best meal we had in Greece was at one of these small local restaurants in the old town, my mouth waters just thinking about it!

Crete

Palace of KnossosCrete is the largest Greek island and one of the most historic, with the island’s Minoan civilisation dating back to 2600 BC. The main attraction on the island of Crete is the massive Palace of Knossos with its maze of rooms, which can be found in Heráklion. You will need a lot of imagination when visiting the Palace of Knossos, as most of it is just stone walls and foundation ruins, Palace of Knossosbut there are some decorative murals and mosaics still on display as well as some reconstructed areas with stone columns to give you an idea on what it would have looked like. Besides the palace, Crete has a lot of beach resorts that cater for European holiday-makers seeking the sun.

Santorini

Greek Island - Santorini

Greek Island - OiaThe last Greek island we stopped at is also one of the most photographed islands in the world. Santorini is truly spectacular and a must-see destination for anyone visiting the Greek Islands. The island was formed and shaped by a volcanic eruption that left Santorini with its dramatic high cliffs and deep lagoon. The town of Oia on the northwest side of Santorini is the principle of beauty, built on the high cliffs overlooking the sea, giving it the best location to watch the sunset each evening. Most of the buildings in Oia are whitewashed with blue domed roofs; all built hugging the steep cliffs.

Greek Island - OiaThe town of Oia is quite small and the main activity for tourist is walking the main pedestrian road that winds its way along the cliff, linking the many art galleries, cafés, restaurants and touristy shops together. Make sure you take the time to soak in the view and the relaxed atmosphere in one of the many local taverna’s that offer amazing vistas of the cliffs and sea below.

The Greek islands really do live up to their reputation in every way.

We feature a variety of Greek Island cruising on our European tours of Greece. Browse our tours here.

8 thoughts on “Greek Islands, Greece | Cruising the Greek Islands”

  1. Maxine lovelle says:

    Would like a cruise of islands for 12 days approx from 10/4. For 2 females

    1. Bunnik Tours says:

      Hi Maxine,
      We don’t offer straight cruises of the islands but we do offer small group tours to Greece that cover the islands. You can view the itineraries here: http://www.bunniktours.com.au/Europe-Tours
      Thanks!

  2. N Bron says:

    When are the Greek island cruises & how much
    Nicholas bron

    1. Bunnik Tours says:

      Hi Nicholas,
      You can view all of our tours to Greece here: http://www.bunniktours.com.au/Europe-Tours
      Thanks!

  3. Rosie Canham says:

    May we have a brochure of Greek Islands, Greece, and Cruising Greek Islands.
    Thank you….have just looked at a sneak -peak of Sacha Bunnik – and it looks an amazing tour/cruise. Thank you…Rosie

    1. Bunnik Tours says:

      Hi Rosie,
      You can request one of our Europe brochures here: http://www.bunniktours.com.au/Travel-Information/Brochures
      The brochure includes all of our tours to Greece.
      Thanks!

  4. Satag says:

    Hello,
    Will you offer straight cruises over to Crete or thebes?

    1. Bunnik Tours says:

      Hi Satag, thanks for reading our Blog. Unfortunately we don’t offer straight cruising. We specialise in packaged small group tours, some of which do cover the Greek Islands. http://www.bunniktours.com.au/Europe-Tours

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