Charter a Yacht in Greece and Go Island Hopping Around the Cyclades Islands

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to go island hopping around the Greek Islands in your own, all-inclusive, privately chartered yacht, here’s a sample itinerary that gives you a sense of what the Cyclades Islands are like and what you can see and do…

Saturday: After getting settled in on the boat, enjoying a refreshing aperitif and getting acquainted with the captain and cook (yes, you will have your own cook during the voyage… So no worrying about cooking or cleaning!) How about a night on the town in Athens? You will be our guest – we’ll start with a tram ride from the Glyfada marina and if you’d like, we’ll show you where some of the best places to shop are at. After that, dinner is on us at an authentic taverna in the Plaka quarter.

Sunday: We start on the island of Kea, once a haven for pirates! Kea is rich in olive trees, almond trees and old, strong oaks, whose acorn shells were once used to make dyes, and boasts ancient temples, ruins and plenty of beautiful, uncrowded beaches for your pleasure. Carnival (or Apokreas) is celebrated in the time before Lent. Must see: Giant stone lion who smiles as he looks down on the hills he has guarded since before the days of Socrates…

Monday/Tuesday: Next we set sail to the island of Mykonos for 2 days of glitz and glamour (pronounced Mee-Ko-Nos). It’s precisely because of the shopping, incredible restaurants and infinite variety of hot night spots that has made Mykonos so popular with celebrities – who either own second homes here or come here for their vacations. (In case you’re wondering, everyone from Sting to Keith Richards to Prince Albert of Monaco to super models and actors and actresses love to show off their beach bodies on Mykonos.) The south side of Mykonos offers miles of white sandy beaches (including nude and gay beaches) and is a mecca for shopping and fine international dining, and you can dance till dawn in your choice of clubs. Mykonos also offers some of the most spectacular diving spots in the Med. Must see: The Aegean Maritime Museum and the Archaeological Museum (which has on permanent exhibit a 7th-century BC storage jar, decorated with scenes of the Trojan war), and a trip to the neighboring island of Delos, where the archaeological site – covered in white marble – rivals Olympia and Delphi on the mainland.

Wednesday: Our next stop is the island of Ios – a literal Fountain of Youth in the Cyclades. At first glance, Ios seems like many other Greek Islands – white houses climbing up the olive green hills, long sandy beaches and authentic tavernas in the capital city of Chora. But when the sun goes down, the city comes to life as doors open, music blasts out and the parties last till dawn… Think of the Carnival of Venice, Mardi Gras and Spring Break all rolled up into one exciting, happening party – and you’ll have an idea of what the nightlife on Mykonos is like. Enjoy the international cuisine and every type of water sport. Don’t miss: The tomb of the poet Homer (whose mother was born on Ios).

Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday: For the next few days, we’ll be anchored off the island of Santorini, one of Greece’s most famous and beautiful islands. (Where else can you enjoy a cool before-dinner drink suspended over the rim of an active, sea-filled volcano?) Santorini is also famous for its black-sand beaches, spectacular sunsets and is a virtual shopper’s paradise. Famous also for its wine, you’ll enjoy a trip to the Sigalas vineyards for dinner and a wine tasting. The winery is located on the plain of Oia called Baxedes, and grows Assyrtiko, Athiri, Aedani, Mandilaria and Mavrotragano grapes. Nights on Santorini are lively and varied, with something to match every taste – you’ll also find traditional Greek music here. Must see: On the far side of Santorini is the village of Akrotiri and the famous Minon ruins. You can also visit the terraced ruins of the ancient city of Thira, which look out over the sea and date back to the third century BC. Artifacts from the Ptolemies, Hellenistic and Roman civilizations have all been unearthed here.

Monday: Our next journey takes us to the unspoiled island of Folegandros – a place Conde Naste once called “Greece’s most beautiful undiscovered island”… On the south side are steep cliffs. The village of Hora is one of the oldest medieval villages, and motor vehicles are not allowed. The buildings, which are very close to each other, form the outer castle wall. There is also Keravostassis – a small seaside village where you’ll find colorful wooden fishing boats, whitewashed houses and a pebble beach. Don’t Miss: The center square of Hora, which is really three squares set one after the other, lined with trees and ringed by authentic tavernas.

Tuesday: Today we travel to the fourth island of the Cyclades called Sifnos, which has been inhabited since 3000 BC (the early Cyclades Period). This island has a little of everything – beautiful mountains, lush valleys, golden sandy beaches and fascinating little villages with whitewashed buildings. Snorkeling is excellent here, the bays are sheltered and the water is crystal clear and warm. Sifnos is known for its fine cuisine, and some of the finest chefs in all of Greece are found here. Must see: The ancient ruins, monasteries and one or two of the 365 churches on this island.

Wednesday: Then it’s on to Syros which is a living museum waiting to be explored. The city of Hermoupolis (named after the Greek God Hermes – the God of commerce) is the capital of the Cyclades Islands and is an authentic 19th century city that offers Neoclassical buildings, rock walls that have been battered by the waves for centuries, and a fascinating section of the city known as Vaporia (the ‘Sea Captain’s quarter’), where you’ll discover elegant white mansions that seem to rise up out of the sea. Don’t miss: eating freshly grilled octopus with a drink of Ouzo in an authentic Greek taverna.

Thursday: Our next port of call is Kythnos, a volcanic island that is both barren and rugged and offers more than 70 beaches – many of which are inaccessible except by boat… Chora (is also the name of this capital city) and it’s worth a visit to see this medieval village and its Church of the Trinity. Must See: The Village of Loutra -about 4.5 km from Chora, which is famous for its hot springs where people have come to bathe in the healing waters and be cured of what ailed them for centuries.

Friday: And finally, we sail to Cape Sounion and the breathtaking Temple of Poseidon, one of the most visited and photographed ancient wonders in Greece… The temple, which sits 60 meters above the headland and surrounded by water on three sides. The temple was dedicated to the Greek God Poseidon. A little further down you can discover the ruins of another ancient temple, this one dedicated to the Goddess Athena. Don’t Miss: It’s not an exaggeration to say that some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world are seen here.
Saturday: The journey ends here. Disembarkation is at 10:00 a.m. Your driver will take you to a hotel or the airport. We wish you a safe journey home.

And there you have it – the perfect sailing vacation – by chartering a yacht in Greece and sailing around the Greek Cyclades Islands! It’s not as expensive as you might think – and remember, when you choose an all-inclusive yacht charter, everything is included – including your meals, fuel, drinks – and even some of the on-island activities or water sports – making it very affordable and giving you the biggest bang for your vacation buck!

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What Are the Best Islands To Visit in Greece?

The best islands to visit in Greece, taken by sheer popularity, appear to be Santorini, Mykonos and Crete. But without a doubt, any time you talk about “the best”, you are moving into subjective opinion here. Thus it really is determined by what you would like, what you are looking for, and your personal tastes. Although these Greek islands may be the most popular, it does not always mean that they will be your personal favourites.

Greece has as many as 1,400 islands, with 227 of them inhabited. Less than 80 of them have more than one-hundred people. So you have got a lot of choice.

Will you like well-developed tourist places or out of the way spots? Might you prefer ancient history or happening hotspots? Different islands cater for different tastes.

Most of the Greek islands are actually in the Aegean Sea (between Greece and Turkey), although there are also some in the Ionian Sea, on the Italian facing side of Greece. To get to the Aegean Islands, it is usual that you go from Athens. That is the traditional vacationer’s itinerary. If you have just one chance to visit the Greek islands, this may be your best bet.

Mykonos (which is near to Athens) can be expensive for some. This is particularly so if you book your stay at one of the more popular hotels. However if you simply stay beyond the villages, it is much more affordable.

Visitors commonly have the most amazing things to say about Crete (between North Africa and Greece). Crete’s North coast is the more tourist-oriented part of the island. The South Coast, however, has beautiful beaches which you can often have all to yourself, once you are away from the hotels and villages.

Santorini (north of Crete) is very touristy, and very popular. That is great for most people, because it provides bascially everything an average tourist wants and needs.

Other than these very popular places, Paros-Naxos (north of Santorini, and more towards the mainland) can give you one of the most affordable vacations, and comes with beautiful beaches, historical monuments, great architecture, and camping.

In the Ionian Sea, Corfu is the most popular island. There are lots of restaurants, beaches, bars, clubs, and culture.

Also in the Ionian Sea is the very beautiful island of Lefkada, again with fantastic beaches, excellent food, lots of things to do for tourists, and at very affordable prices. There is also a bridge that connects the island to the mainland, so you can rent an automobile and go between both places.

If you’ve gone to Greece before, try out some of these other places, and then you can decide for yourself which are the best islands to visit in Greece. On the other hand, if you are going to Greece for the first time, the best idea probably is to visit Santorini and the other beautiful islands of the Aegean.

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Tips For a Sailing Holiday – Ionian Islands in Greece

Sailing in Greece is perfect when you are in the Ionian Islands. Ionian Islands is a group of islands located in the western portion of Greece. It is perfectly situated along the Ionian Sea on the coasts of Peloponnesus and Epirus. Its major islands are Paxos, Cythera, Ithaca, Lefkas, Zacynthus, Cephalonia, and Corfu.

The islands first inhabitants were the Ancient Greeks. They first arrived to the islands probably near the beginning of the 9th or 10th century BC. However, it was later ruled by other western civilizations. Among them are the Roman (146 BC), Byzantium (300 AD), and the Venetian Empires (1204 AD). Subsequently, before it was acquired by Greece in 1864 and claimed the island as part of the country’s official territory, the island was earlier yielded to other countries. These include France (1807), Russia (1799), Turkey (1799), and the United Kingdom (1815).

Ionian Islands is also known as Eptanisa or the Seven Islands because of its 7 main islands. Because of its mild climate and nice ports, it became one of Greece’s most visited yacht charter areas along the east coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

When you are sailing in Greece, it is very common to sight gulet motorsailers, yachts, flotillas, and bareboats. If you are taking your holiday vacation with your kids or the whole family, sailing in Ionian Islands is ideal for you. This is because the islands has calm seas and gentle winds. Travelers who are not skilled in sailing can also take advantage of the islands perfect climate.

Sailing in Greece through the Ionian Islands is an ideal holiday vacation. The islands has several harbors and docks that can be used as a charter base. Preveza, Corfu, and Lefkas are Ionian Islands 3 yacht charter bases. From these 3 ports, the most visited and admired is the Lefkas harbor. Lefkas is characterized by its apt Mediterranean climate and interesting trekked mountains. Furthermore, its beaches have golden sand and full-size waves. Lefkas’ most beautiful beaches include Perigiali, Nikiana, and Nidri.

On the other hand, some sailing tourists favor the Preveza port. It is located along the Amvrakia Gulf. The port is distinguished by its sturdy crosscurrent.

Sailing in Greece has never been this exciting. Aside from enjoying Ionian Islands scenic environment, you can also take pleasure in the island’s fascinating ancient histories.

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Holidays in Greece: A Land of Great Islands

Greece is considered the cradle of civilisation. With a history stretching back 4000 years and a geographical position linking the East with the West, Greece was and still continues to be a focal point for the mixing and clashing of civilisations. With over 50 provinces on sixty islands, Greece is as culturally diverse as a country can be. The islands range from those housing huge concrete tourist resorts to the barley touched islands that rely on boats to bring supplies once or twice a week. The diversity of islands ensure in Greece are a different experience every time.

Athens is brimful with treasures and the various museums collections don’t really have a European rival that could offer such a wealth of indigenous antiquities, but then Greece has a written history going back nearly 4000 years. For a glimpse into Greece’s rich past a trip to the Benaki Museum is insightful. There are treasures on display from different ancient Byzantine, Chinese and Persian empires so the lover of antiquities will be feeling well and truly spoiled by the collections.

Corfu is one of Greece’s most visited tourist islands and has a number of resorts aimed at different types of holidaymakers. In the centre of the island is Corfu Town, the most beautiful attraction of the old island and offers sights that a very far from the concrete high rises of the tourist resorts. Sightseeing and fun cruises depart from Corfu town a few times a week. Theo’s boat ride is a raucous day out and includes a stop at a beach for a traditional Greek barbecue and a further stop at a secluded cove for a swim before making the journey back to Corfu Town.

Crete is the largest of the Greek holiday islands and has an offering to match for holidaymakers seeking sunny Greece holidays. The Island occupies two worlds, one of untouched isolation and the other of sprawling modern concreted resorts, frequented by tourists in the summer. Visitors looking for more than just sunbathing and bars should visit Crete, where they can hike through the beautiful Gorges visit, and learn about the ruins of the ancient Minoan civilisation or visit the mythical birthplace of Zeus. The Islands Natural History Museum and the Archaeological Museum are excellent attractions that should not be missed.

Kefalonia is a popular destination for tourists wanting cheap holidays in Greece and is the largest out of the Ionian Islands. The island is not really for the holidaymaker that likes to spend their days wandering around historic sites. Many old building were levelled or part levelled in the earthquake of 1953 so most of the Architecture is modern. Views across the island and out to the Ionian sea are spectacular and ferries leave a few times a day so holidaymakers can set foot on neighbouring Islands.

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What to See in Greece and the Aegean Islands

1. Temple of Zeus – Located in Olympia, the Temple of Zeus was built to house the famed Statue of Zeus (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) which depicts a sitting Zeus with skin made of blackened ivory and clothed in gold inlay. Unfortunately, the statue was destroyed centuries ago so this idol cannot be seen on tours of Greece, but the temple still stands in monument to what was.

2.Pan-Athenian Stadium – Home of the first modern Olympics games in 1896, Panathenaic Stadium is completely made of white marble and can hold almost 50,000 people. It was originally built in 330 BC but has been restored numerous times over the centuries and is still used today in Athens.

3.Acropolis of Athens – The Acropolis of Athens is a flat-topped rock that rises almost 500 ft above sea level that many legendary temples are built upon including the Erechtheion and the Parthenon.It is an essential Classic Greece tour site and toursenter the acropolis through the awe-inspiring Propylaea which is made of white and gray marble columns. On the north side of the Acropolis, the temple of Erechtheion was built around 400 BC in honor of King Erichthonius. The Parthenon temple is one of the most famous monuments in ancient Greece and was built in honor of the goddess Athena around 440 BC.

4. Corinth Canal The 4 mile long, man-made canal connects the Aegean with the Ionian Sea and was narrowly built in the 1890s. The walls are a very sheer 170 feet high and the waterway is only 79 feet wide which drastically limits the size of vessels that can pass through the canal. The Corinth Canal provides a very thin separation between the Peloponnesian peninsula and Greece’s mainland and is well worth seeing on a tour of Greece.

5. Asclepeion in Epidaurus – An Asclepeion is a healing temple sacred to the god Asclepius who is thought to be Apollo’s son. One of the largest and most celebrated Asclepeions was located just outside of the town of Epidaurus. Now in ruins, this Epidaurus’ Asclepeion was a center for healing in 300 BC with more than 150 guestrooms, a theater and healing springs nearby.

6. Mycenae Now an archaeological site but once a great military stronghold for Greece, Mycenae is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Tomb of Agamemnon, also known as the Treasury of Atreus, is located within the ruins of Mycenae and was constructed around 1250 BC. Classic Greece escorted tours are allowed to enter the ruins as well as the tomb.

7. Mystras – Near ancient Sparta, Mystras is a beautiful castle fortress on a hill and is another UNESCO World Heritage site. It is one of the younger archeological sites in Greece, dating only to 1245 AD, but its medieval architecture definitely provides vacationers with the feeling of being in an ancient land.

8.Athen’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier – In homage to those that have died in service, Greece’s monument to the Unknown Soldier is guarded round the clock by an elite guard named the Evzones that also safeguard the presidential palace. Reverently inscribed in the monument is “… and one bed is carried empty, made for the unknown ones.”

9. Meteora – Built on immense sandstone rock pillars that jet from the countryside like meteors, Meteora’s Eastern Orthodox monasteries showcase an ancient complex of stone buildings, some of which are still inhabited by Eastern Orthodox nuns. Meteora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and rightfully so; the buildings are built to the very edge of these towering pillars and seem to be suspended in the heavens. Meteora is an amazing destination to include on any Classic Greece tour.

10. Delos The Aegean Island of Delos is said to be the birthplace of Artemis and Apollo and it is one of the most revered islands in Classic Greek mythology. It host ruins of numerous temples, marketplaces, and theaters, and the Terrace of Lions still showcases the remains of seven snarling marble lions that lined the avenue in dedication to the god Apollo.

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Explore the Mediterranean Islands of Greece and Cyclades

Greece and Cyclades are known for their ancient history, culture and mythology. For decades now these have lured thousands of tourists from across the world to get their share of this enchanting location. The Mediterranean offers a chance to explore the coastline of Greece and find some of the best hidden islands. The sight of the bright white houses dotted along the coast everywhere is a classic Greek greeting to everyone who comes here.

There are so many islands, small and big along the coastline that the best way to explore it all is through Yacht charter Greece which would allow you to visit a new island and a new port every single day. Greece yacht charters offer you the chance to experience the classic Mediterranean culture in a true luxury style. Some of the best places in Greece and Cyclades to visit are:

* Kea- the island of Kea is still very well hidden from the tourists which is what adds to its charm. This quiet little island has beautiful beaches, hills and valleys that are filled with orchards and dotted with almond, oak and olive trees. The beaches here are exceptionally beautiful and secluded.

* Mykonos- Mykonos is very well known for its glittering nightlife. The atmosphere here is really vibrant and alive with the youthful crowd walking around the narrow streets, the colorful markets, the many pubs, bars and clubs that are dotted along the beautiful beaches.

* Delos: Delos is situated quite close to Mykonos and is the most important archeological site in Greece. The island has some very important archeological sites that date back to centuries and a museum that showcases its history.

* Ios- Ios is again known for its vibrant crowds and its party culture. There are numerous bars and clubs here lined at the beach and the center of the city and the beaches here are known to be the ones that attract the most stylish people from around the world.

* Sifnos- the island of Sifnos has a rugged charm with its string of hills that surrounds the island. Sifnos has plenty of small villages where life is still lived the ancient Mediterranean way and there are plenty of orchards and hillsides that are covered with aromatic herbs.

* Kythnos- this island is still very secluded and does not attract throngs of visitors. The Island has several small villages that have character and the charm that a truly Mediterranean island must have. Life here is very relaxed and there are a number of beaches here that have perfect white sand and sparkling azure waters.

The islands in Greece and Cyclades can leave you mesmerized by their sheer beauty and their enchanting culture, anyone who comes here once will surely be touched by the abundant natural beauty here.

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Planning a Greece Yacht Charter Or Sailing Vacation in the Aegean Or Ionian Islands?

If you’re planning a sailing vacation, you should consider chartering in Greece. This Mediterranean country offers thousands of islands, amazing ruins and history, beautiful anchorages and numerous tavernas along the way, and is one of the world’s greatest yacht charter regions. If you love sailing, natural beauty, western history and hospitable timeless port towns, then we highly recommend a sailing holiday or yacht charter in Greece.

About Greece Yacht Charter and Sailing Holidays: Greece is a mountainous country that is comprised of a peninsula in the southern Balkans that projects into the Aegean and Ionian Seas of the Mediterranean. The craggy peninsula is surrounded by over 1400 islands. Sailing the waters of the Greek Islands offer endless possibilities to discover deserted beaches, quaint seaside towns, gorgeous scenery and the local food and wines of the region. Each island has its own character – you will fall in love with them all.

Greece Yacht Charter Destinations

Sailing the Cyclades Islands. The Cyclades islands are the most visited Greek Islands, including Ios, Folegandros, Milos, Mykonos, Paros, Santorini, and Tinos. In total, they are composed of 39 islands, many of which are uninhabited. They are excellent for sailing because they are close to each other, allowing excellent and varied itineraries and anchorages.

We recommend that you visit the Cyclades Islands between June and mid July in the summer, or also in September. During August, the Meltemi wind is often a factor, although it varies in intensity from year to year.

Sailing the Saronic Islands. The Saronic islands are near Athens but despite, that remain relatively undeveloped. The most visited ones are Aegina, Poros, and Hydra. These islands are charming and offer great dining, shopping and sailing, and are more sheltered than many of the other Greek islands due to their proximity to the mainland.

Sailing the Sporades Islands. If you want to experience the beauty of Greece as you saw it on Mamma Mia, you should look into sailing the Spordes Islands. The main islands are Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonnisos and Skyros. These islands are on the Eastern coast of Greece and are said to have the clearest waters in Greece.

Sailing the Ionian Islands. The Ionian Islands are located in the Ionian Sea in western Greece. The main islands are Corfu, Lefkada, Kefalonia, and Ithaca, and are known for their stunning beaches, dramatic green landscapes, and quaint port towns.

As you can see, there are unlimited sailing opportunities in Greece.

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Mykonos Greece, Playground Island of the Cyclades Islands

How does an island made of granite, with a shortage of

fresh water, and relies on desalination, become a

world renown destination? By offering clean beaches

surrounded by pristine waters perfect for windsurfing

and diving. By offering upscale, expensive amenities

as well as traditional tavernas, night clubs and beach

bars featuring internationally known DJ’s and loud

music. By being known for nude beaches. Mykonos Greece has

earned the reputation of being Greece’s playground island.

Most descriptions of Mykonos island make some reference to

the color white…white washed roads, chalk-white

beauty, soft, white sands, dazzling white buildings

are all included in the many descriptions of this

Greek Aegean island.

Not bad for Greek island originally known as a simple

supply station and retreat for the ancient people of

nearby Delos.

Mykonos island means “Mass of Stones.” It was named for

Apollo’s grandson, Mykonos. Mykonos was the son of

the King of Delos.

According to mythology, this Greek island is the site of a

great battles between Zeus and the Gigantes. Another

legend tells us that the Giants killed by Hercules are

buried here. Are these the masses of stones?

What we do know is that archaeologists have found the

remains of the settlements of the neolithic Kares

tribe here. We know Ionians settled here in 1100 BC.

Ancient people worshiped Dionysus, Demetra, Zeus,

Apollo, Poseidon, and Heracles.

As did many of the Aegean islands, Mykonos island passed from

Roman to Byzantine to Venetian possession. None saw

Mykonos island as having much significance since it was

never agriculturally important. More modern Greeks,

excellent traders and sailors, used Mykonos Greece as a point

from which to establish trade with Constantinople,

Smyrna, Alexandria, Marseilles. World War I brought a

depression which ended much of this business.

But in recent times, the people of Mykonos island in Greece have

reinvented this Greek island as the cosmopolitan center of

the Cyclades. Myconos island is small and beautiful and

easily explored. Narrow paths through he towns both

confuse and enchant visitors. Old paths cover much of

the island making exploring the natural world easy and

enjoyable. One can hike and encounter local lizards

sunning themselves on Classical Greek ruins. It is

this combination of rural beauty and classical culture

that has created modern Mykonos Greece.

The capital city, also the largest town on the island,

is called Hora, or referred to as Mykonos or Myconos. It lies

on the west coast. Here the panigyria, the saints’

feast days, are still celebrated. These little

festivals lend respite from the rhythms of daily life.

Local families provide simple foods and wines, then

local musicians come and everyone has an opportunity

to dance.

Only on Mykonos island will you see a donkey laden with

produce, heading to market pass by an internationally

known actress. In this playground of old and new,

rural and developed, people know they can relax and

play.

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The Amazing Islands of Greece – A Trip to Remember!

Visiting Greece is a must for a European holiday, as the country offers unique attractions seen nowhere else. Situated at the Balkan peninsula in the Mediterranean at the confluence of the continents of Europe, Asia and Africa, Greece thus enjoyed varied influences due to the influx of travelers and merchants. Its strategic location made the nation a central player in ancient trade and civilization, which continues largely to the present. Thus, Greece boasts of millennia-old structures, imperial palaces and medieval artefacts, as well as rich, almost mythical culture that even seasoned tourists would find fascinating. With such a diverse offering, there are numerous options that fit every need: from romantic getaways to Greek weddings, group study tours, walking journeys or even naturist camps.

Obviously, a trip to Greece requires visiting the must-see attractions, among them: the remnants of the Acropolis, Parthenon and Agora in Athens; Byzantine monuments in Thessaloniki; and the ruins of the Panhellenic Temple of Apollo in Delphi, where the Pythian Games -the forerunner of the modern Olympic games- were held. For the philosophically minded, retracing the footsteps of great philosophers like Plato and Socrates is a must, while those who study Greek mythology would find the sacred altars, caves, sanctuaries, temples and statues of Greek gods and goddesses great learning resources.

Once you’ve had your fill of the Acropolis and other great attractions in Athens, Delphi, Olympia and other places in the mainland, it’s time to head off to the Greek islands for some sun, wind and water fun. Greece’s more than 6,000 islands boast of fine, white sandy beaches, pulsating nightlife, and many water-related activities such as water ski, jet ski, diving, kite-surfing and snorkeling. Ferry services are available from the mainland ports to the major islands, and boats can be hired at the smaller islands to bring travelers to the less known destinations. Starting the island hopping adventure in Crete is a great way to start, as this island is the birthplace of the earliest Greek civilization. From Crete, one can visit the islands of Corfu, Rhodes and the Cyclade and Dodecanese island groups in the Aegean Sea, as these offer ancient sights and well as exceptional sceneries that will make one’s journey truly memorable.

You surely shouldn’t miss the colorful isles of Mykonos and Santorini in your journey through the Cyclades. Mykonos is famous throughout Europe for its vibrant and lively parties to which people flock for some really decadent bacchanalian feasts. The party scene in Santorini may be a little subdued, but with postcard-pretty views and cosmopolitan air, it has its share of visitors. Both islands also host a number of celebrity summer retreats, particularly in less accessible parts of the island. If you want real skinny-dipping, some of the beaches in the Cyclades are clothing-optional, so swimming in the nude will not be a problem. All things considered, Greece and its awesome islands makes your vacation truly a holiday of a lifetime.

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