Joining your ship in Athens, you’ll sail to Heraklion, where perhaps you may decide to seek out the immense reconstructed Minoan palace at Knossos . Sun-kissed Rhodes and Mykonos, a picture of whitewashed cubist towns, line your return to Athens after seven nights.
Welcome to the “Birthplace of Modern Democracy,” a city whose architectural, art and political triumphs are a universal legacy. Discover the perfectly proportioned Parthenon built during the Golden Age of Peracles. Stroll through the ancient columns of the Stoa, where Plato once lectured, or explore the twisting lanes and lively tavernas of the Plaka.
Wander among the squares and fountains here in the island’s capital and largest city, or gaze out over the azure blue waters of the Cretan Sea as you enjoy fresh seafood in a local taverna on the promenade. Most likely, you’ll seek out the immense reconstructed Minoan palace at Knossos. The incredible complex houses a warren of rooms decorated with columns and frescoes.
Expect a warm welcome in Rhodes, with its magnificent scenery and flawless beaches, that legend has it was once blessed by Apollo with sunshine and beauty. With a rich medieval history there is plenty to explore, from the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, to the Grand Master’s Palace, famed for its superb mosaic floors.
A real vision of Greek island beauty, Mykonos is a sight to behold, with the cobalt blue Aegean waters that wash around its border onto gold sand beaches. Inland, white sugar-cube houses and red-roofed churches add to the picturesque appeal. Meander through the jumble of tiny streets, where bougainvillea, clematis and geraniums cascade from balconies. No wonder it was such a favourite of Aristotle