Greece is big enough to give us a menu problem and a bundle of work, as well as offer the cruiser a lifetime adventure exploring. It forms part of the expensive Eastern Mediterranean section. and is further from the UK than the Western Mediterranean. Expect to have either a longer cruise, with more sea days to get there, or be on a fly-cruise. The fly-cruise does allow you to join smaller ships that can go to a wider variety of islands.

The currency is the Euro.

Yes=ne and No=ohi

Eastern Mediterranean - Greece and its islands

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Port of Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece

A small port frequented by ships from Windstar, Oceania and Seabourn amongst others.

Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece – available TOURS

TOURS – studying tours on offer is perfect research for any port. Agios Nikolaos,

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Myrtos beach (45 mins by car from port) is among the top-ranked beaches of Greece, it was in part made famous by the movie Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. A tour may typically include the caves a winery and food.

Drogarati cave to observe the amazing stalactites and stalagmites that give the place the feel of a natural cathedral. The cave is 150 million years old and is well known for its spectacular acoustics

Kefalonia Guide. The Greek island of Argostoli.

Only the smallest ships get here to Kefalonia, and it is a gem. One of our favourite ports ever.

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Piraeus is a modern riviera with beaches and play areas not to be underestimated.

There are many ways into Athens. X80 Bus, Taxi, Excursion, or the Metro. A wonderful day out can cost circa ten Euro (Metro in, Happy Bus electric train around, Metro back) or a lot more.

We have cut all our Athens films into one and it has the answers to getting around one of the world’s most important ancient cities.

ATHENS GUIDE – general on foot guide of this spectacular city

Our four previous Athens films have been cut into one bumper informative guide with new footage from the Ancient Agora near Plaka which we filmed early in 2022.

Piraeus Riviera, Beaches, Yacht Clubs, Shops, Go Carts … and no ruins in sight

Piraeus has crystal clear waters, modern marinas, beaches, yacht clubs, and go-carts and there is not a ruin in sight. It is classy and relaxing, it is fun and vibrant, and, it is apparently near some old ruins.

AEGINA – available TOURS for your research

This is a strange one to discuss.

ATHENS – available TOURS

If the weather is bad, you may miss

Athens – incredible themed ice cream shop absolutely not to miss – HANS & GRETEL

This is not just any ice cream. This is a themed shop

Chania
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Old Port of Chania, Crete, Greece

The movie Zоrba the Greеk (1964) was made in Stаvrοs. It still is a picturesque fishing harbοr in thе prefeсturе of Chаnia that will keep you entertained all day. We loved it there. In contrast, at bus-stop one, Souda Bay has a very well kept war cemetery, which is a harsh reminder of the past.

Chania, Crete, Greece – available TOURS

TOURS – studying tours on offer is perfect research for any port. Chania

Crete War Cemetery

World War II is now way over a generation ago,

Souda Bay to Chania Old Town, Venetian Harbour and Beach

Crete has a good public bus service. The PORT

CORFU destination guide

Corfu sits at bottom of the Adriatic just off Albania in the Ionian Sea, ideally placed to go north to Croatia and Venice or east to Greece and Turkey. 

CORFU – Vido Island cheapest boat trip around

Stand in Corfu, look our to sea and that Island you can see is Vido Island.

Private Tours In Corfu, a great source of research as to what is there.

Corfu is a classic and historic holiday destination for Brits and there is a lot to do there. It is the home of the Durrells TV series,

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Corfu is also a great place from which to access Albania. There is a ferry if you have time, and many more ships are adding Albania a hidden gem to Corfu stops. The two compliment each other.

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Heraklion, Iraklion known for Palace of Knossos

The Palace of Knossos, just outside the city and easily accessible by public bus as we show in our film. The site dates back to the Minoan civilization and includes frescoes and baths. Guarding the city’s Venetian port is the 16th-century Koules fortress. The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is worth seeing.

Crete – Trip to Knossos and Heraklion

Heraklion is a very different holiday to Chania. It is a big city.

Heraklion, Crete – available TOURS

This is the best stop in Crete for those who love history.

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Katakolon is the port for your excursion to Olympia. The Temple of Zeus is one of the 7 Wonders of the ancient world and that alone makes the trip to Olympia a must. Or you could visit Klio’s local honey farm and enjoy pancakes with homemade honey, or stay and enjoy a swim off Saint Andrew’s Beach. Or do that all in a tour. Want to chat about it? A number of ships get there including the Viking Sky and Viking Star. They will chat about it on the Viking chat group.

 

KATAKOLON for OLYMPIA in Greece- available TOURS

Katakolon is the gateway to Ancient Olympia and the sacred grove of Zeus

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Your mooring may be at the dock, but a tender is likely. Hora, is the capital of Mykonos that has always had to defend itself from pirates and attackers. Like so many Greek Islands it is ideal to explore on foot. The narrow lanes, houses, bars, tiny shops and local art galleries will consume your day. The moviе Shirley Valentinе (1989) and the final scene of The Вοurnе Identity (2002) were shot here.

MYKONOS, Greek Island – available TOURS

TOURS – studying tours on offer is perfect research for any port. Mykonos

MYKONOS – Shirley Valentine

OK film buffs, this is where they made Shirley Valentine

Mykonos, Greece. Cruise the sun and historic mythology

Mykonos is said the be the jewel of the Aegean,

Azamara Journey – Elizabeth goes cruising again for Doris Visits

This is an Aegean Coast and Greek Island Cruise out of Istanbul.

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It is unlikely you will ever dock closer to a city. Enjoy exploring on foot. The origanal Guns of Navarone (1961) was shot there. Anthony Quinn bought a bay for himself after falling in love with the island. The government force-purchased it back and he fell out of love with the island.

Rhodes – Greek Islands Cruise GUIDE TO OLD TOWN

Rhodes is an excellent cruise shop. You can walk from the ship into the walled city, walk around it hassle-free, and it is not expensive.

Rhodes – the selection of TOURS

TOURS – studying tours on offer is perfect research for any port.

The Crusades and the Knights Templar route to the Black Sea

History tells us that the purpose of the Crusades was to recover Jerusalem

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Twice we have cruised there, twice the ship has failed to go in due to wind. We live in hope of making a guide video there.

Santorini, Greek paradise island- available TOURS for your research

Looking at locally available tours is the way the experts research a port.

Santorini, the Lost City of Atlantis. Elizabeth cruises in on Ruby Princess

Santorini is the most southern Cyclades island

Azamara Journey – Elizabeth goes cruising again for Doris Visits

This is an Aegean Coast and Greek Island Cruise out of Istanbul.

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Zakynthos is the third largest Greek island in the Ionian sea. It has a walkable town, many churches and the best bays are boat rides away. Tours will include winemaking, Anafonitria 15th Century monastery, Volumes for rugs and souvenirs, honey and cheese. Aghia Maina is a local village seven miles away, Laganas is the island of the commercial holiday resort. See our town guide and film on the monastery at the southern end.

Zakynthos town guide, an easy Greek port to stroll and see

Zakynthos or Zakinthos is normally a tender port.

TOURS in ZAKYNTHOS

Zakynthos tours trips and ideas.

Zakinthos Monastery and Church

The St Dionysios monastery and Church are quite extensive so we have given them their own film.

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A small island very near the mainland and not far from Athens, it is part of the Saronic group of islands. It is visited by the small cruise yachts. Or is a day-out if you have done Athens too many times. It has many archaeological monuments, picturesque villages, and beautiful beaches. But it was one of the most important islands of ancient Greece, so is an impressive archaeological site in its own right. The Ancient Temple of Athena Aphaia dates back to the 6th century BC.

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Azamara and Star Clippers are regular visitors here. It is said to be the most beautiful of the Greek Islands. It was the setting of the movie, THe Big Blue which starred our good friend Jean-Marc Barr who played Matthais Singer for me in my Thomas Hardy romantic movie, The Scarlet Tunic. It is a picture to live in that you get lost exploring. However, you will probably climb to the monastery of Hozoviotissa. It is built into the cliff face 300 metres above the sea. The building is 8 storeys high but only five metres deep. The narrow building makes for small rooms and a stairway to the chapel only the small might manage.

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Azamara and Star Clippers are regular visitors here. This is way into the Aegean Sea, and just off Turkey and only separated by the Chios Strait.

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Despite being the birthplace of Apollo and an important archaeological and religious centre, few ships stop here. It must be because of access because the only cruise ship we see is Hapag Lloyds Europa.

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Gytheio is on mainland Greece, a road trip from Athens and across the sea is Crete. A causeway joins it to the small island of ancient Cranae, named after the King of Athens, Kranaos.  Here you will be told of that Paris of Troy and Helen from Sparta spent their first night together.

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Hydra is a cosmopolitan island within easy reach of Athens, but it is not a port from which to visit Athens.

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Kos harbour is protected by the 15th-century Neratzia Castle. Like most of Greece, it has a great history and to the south of the harbour are Ancient Agora ruins, with a temple, shrine and columns. The 3rd-century Casa Romana villa has lavish mosaics. Or you can relax because Kos has many sandy beaches.

 
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NAXOS

Naxos is visited by the usual group of smaller cruise ships. Seabourn, Windstar etc.

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Naxos is visited by smaller cruise ships. Seabourn, NCL, Seadream, Silverseas.

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Skiathos

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SKOPELOS - the Mamma Mia! Island.

Since Mamma Mia! this has become a go-to place to have a wedding. I guess a karaoke wedding LOL. Since it was filmed in 2008, the small island of the Sporades, the church of Agios Ioannis perched on a rock above the sea and the beautiful Kastani Beach (now known as “the Mamma Mia beach”) have become huge attractions.

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Since Mamma Mia! this has become a go-to place to have a wedding. I guess a karaoke wedding LOL. Since it was filmed in 2008, the small island of the Sporades, the church of Agios Ioannis perched on a rock above the sea and the beautiful Kastani Beach (now known as “the Mamma Mia beach”) have become huge attractions.

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Volos is tucked safely in a huge inlet known as the Pagasetic Gulf, midway along the mainland, about 200 miles from Athens.

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