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If you’re looking for a holiday with a difference, consider a sailing tour around the Greek islands, and learn a new skill while you’re at it. With smaller living quarters and basic facilities, this is one for the adventurous travelers happy to embrace their sea legs for a few weeks.
Cruises around the Greek islands vary hugely. From large cruise liners visiting the most talked-about destinations to smaller sailings that visit lesser-known ports. However, we make sure there’s a little something for everyone in the cruises that we consider to be the best.
We’ve used our own experience, along with online reviews, up-to-date travel websites and blogs to choose the best Greek cruises available suited to your needs. Cruises with a well-rounded itinerary, efficient dining options, wholesome entertainment, great hospitality and value for money are top of the list.
April to November is the best time to cruise the Greek Islands. There’s very little rain during this time and the weather is warm, and bars and restaurants are aplenty — perfect for dining outdoors.
With Europe’s school holidays falling in the months of June, July, and August, these are by far the busiest times on the islands. Crete, in particular, enjoys a booming nightlight life and huge crowds during these months.
The shoulder season of April and May, September and October still offer up warm temperatures, with the odd few days of stormy weather. Prices are usually lower during this time and crowds fewer, which can limit the range of cruises available.
Whether you’re interested in seeing the best of Greek beaches or learning more about the country’s ancient history, you’ll find plenty of shore excursions to suit you in this diverse archipelago.
Cruising through the Greek archipelago is a wonderful way to really experience the country and all of its unique quirks. Before booking, check out these deals that’ll help you explore the country for less.
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