I’ve been to Greece twice. The first trip was focused on Athens, followed by a seven night cruise to visit Mykonos, Crete, Patmos, Kusadasi (Turkey), and finally Santorini. All of the islands and Kusadasi have so much history to offer. Flying into Athens is the best place to start. Taking the time to see the Acropolis, Ancient Agora, the Temple of Zeus, many museums, and simply wandering the streets is well worth a few days here.
The cruise ship port is located in Piraeus, the chief sea port of Athens. There are many options to get around the Greek Islands. A cruise ship is always nice, as you’ll be able to unpack and settle in for a few days to discover a few of the islands. Most cruises will include the stop at Kusadasi in Turkey where a visit to Ephesus is a must. The ruins here are high on the list of my favourites in the world.
Of course, Greece has so much more to offer than just their islands. Perhaps you’ve watched the Olympics on TV. In Greece, you can walk among the ruins in Olympia where the Olympics began in 776 BC. In Corinth, you can visit the stunning canal, and in Delphi there is much to learn about the Oracle and how people in ancient times would travel there to seek her wisdom.
A highlight for me was seeing Meteora. The word Meteora translates to “hovering in the air”. There are six monasteries built on the very tops of these geological phenomenons.
Both trips to Greece were fantastic. There are places and experiences there that really stand out to me but I will say that so far, my favorite place in Greece is the island of Santorini, officially known as Thira.
I was lucky enough to spend four nights on this island, and could easily have spent a week or more. It is a place for relaxation, and for some great touring and food. The donkey ride up the hill is exhilarating.
Santorini is high on my list to revisit. I stayed in the town of Fira, which is located centrally on the island. There are buses that can take you to Oia, the beaches, or wherever you’d like to explore. Car rentals are also an option. I always find that walking is the nicest way to get around, as you’ll see and experience so much more.
Let’s plan to go to Greece!