We can’t say it enough, but Greece is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Europe and in the world. For us French, Belgian or Swiss, it is a dream destination only a few hours away by flight or ferry. ! But Greece is a large country, rich in more than 450 islands, 130 of which are inhabited.

With its dreamy beaches, which are often the talk of Instagram and social networks, its azure blue sea, its fine sand and its warm population: why not visit the country by sea?

To make sure you don’t miss out on any of the riches of the land of philosophy, let’s dive into the world of cruises in Greece!

Why discover Greece on a cruise?

The Ponant in the Corinth Canal – ©StudioPonant Matthieu GERMAIN
  • Turquoise water
  • Fine sand, white and pink
  • Hot water
  • Mild temperatures all year round
  • Very little rain, even in winter
  • Cultural riches throughout the country
  • Gastronomy that makes your mouth water…

We could go on and on about the merits of Greece. But above all, the discovery of Greece on a cruise, on a luxury liner or a sailing boat. Many French and European companies invite the curious to visit Greece by ferry or sailing boat.

The advantages of embarking on a cruise in the greek islands are numerous:

  • It is the insurance to see a maximum of Greek cities and islands
  • The incredible comfort of cruise ships, with standard rooms as well as luxury suites!
  • Numerous and varied activities for children and adults: swimming pools, casino, children’s club, discotheques, shows, sports fields and gyms…
  • All inclusive packages
  • An impeccable service

Cruise Greece : what to visit ?

From the Greek capital Athens, from Venice in Italy or why not from Nice in the south of France, you have the possibility to board different cruise ships to some of the countless Greek islands. But to make your cruise in Greece a success, here are the places we recommend you to visit during your stay on board!

1. A cruise in the Cyclades

The Cyclades archipelago is often the most popular place for sailing boats and ferries throughout the year. Not only in Greece, but also in the Mediterranean Sea!

When to go to Santorini ?
Between spring and Indian summer, Santorini takes all its colors!

And for good reason, we find in the Cyclades among the most appreciated islands of the tourists:

  • Mykonos and its festive life
  • Santorini, one of the trendiest islands in recent years
  • Naxos
  • Paros

The Ponant is one of those magnificent ships that allow you to visit the beautiful Cyclades during the year. If you are dreaming of the white and mountainous landscapes of Santorini or the dreamy beaches of Mykonos, don’t hesitate to visit their website to find your cruise in Greece!

2. A cruise in Crete

Obviously, we can only recommend a cruise to Crete. The capital Heraklion, but also the city of Chania are often the departure point of ferries, leaving in particular to Santorini or going around the island.

How to get to Balos Beach?

However, Crete Autrement recommends you to explore the Cretan wonders by sailboat:

  • Balos Beach, totem beach of the island
  • Elafonisi and its multicolored sands
  • All the north of Crete and the few islands that are there
  • Elounda and the island of Spinalonga, a fortress island where lepers were parked many years ago
  • The beach with palm trees of Preveli

3. A cruise in the Ionian Islands

On the Aegean side are the Ionian Islands. In the west of the country.

What to do in Zakynthos?

The landscapes are sometimes even more spectacular than in the Cyclades, so don’t hesitate to visit the following islands by cruise boat:

  • Corfu a UNESCO world heritage site
  • Zakynthos and its famous shipwreck bay
  • Kefalonia its dream beaches and its geographical wonders
  • Laucade and its surf spots
  • Ithaca the poet