Embark with us to live an extraordinary cruise to discover the mysteries of Ancient Greece. Between Croatia, Greece and Turkey, enjoy incredible moments all along your sailing.
Discover Athens, the city of Gods. The mythical capital of Ancient and Modern Greece, and its famous monuments such as the Acropolis and the Agora described as some of the most beautiful in the World.
Admire the beauty of Mykonos, with its pristine white houses, winding streets, windmills, blue domed churches and magnificent beaches.
Winding along the banks of the Bosphorous, Istanbul is one of the most extraordinary cities in the World: on the horizon, a hillside hoves into sight, then dozens of slender and elegant minarets become visible amongst the domes and cupolas that dazzle around the Golden Horn.
Dubrovnik is one of the world's most beautiful fortified cities. Its massive stone ramparts and splendid fortress towers curve around a tiny harbor, enclosing graduated ridges of sun-bleached orange-tiled roofs, copper domes, and elegant bell towers. In the 7th century AD, residents of the Roman city Epidaurum (now Cavtat) fled the Avars and Slavs of the north and founded a new settlement on a small rocky island, which they named Laus, and later Ragusa. On the mainland hillside opposite the island, the Slav settlement called Dubrovnik grew up. In the 12th century the narrow channel separating the two settlements was filled in, and Ragusa and Dubrovnik became one.
Backed by imposing mountains, tiny Kotor lies hidden from the open sea, tucked into the deepest channel of the Bokor Kotorska (Kotor Bay), which is Europe's most southerly fjord. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kotor's medieval Stari Grad (Old Town) is enclosed within well-preserved defensive walls built between the 9th and 18th centuries and is presided over by a proud hilltop fortress. Within the walls, a labyrinth of winding cobbled streets leads through a series of splendid paved piazzas, rimmed by centuries-old stone buildings, many of which now house trendy cafés and chic boutiques at ground level.
Navagio Beach is only accessible by sea. One of the most photographed landmarks in Greece you will find thick white sand bathed in turquoise blue water where you can swim. In the middle of the beach half-buried by sand, the rusty wreck of the Panagiotis gives this lovely spot an air of mystery. Legend has it that she was a smugglers boat transporting illegal cigarettes and was shipwrecked during a storm.
Navagio, or Shipwreck Bay, has earned the title of being the most beautiful beach in all of Greece.
Although the fishing boats still go out in good weather, Mykonos largely makes its living from tourism these days. The summer crowds have turned one of the poorest islands in Greece into one of the richest. Old Mykonians complain that their young, who have inherited stores where their grandfathers once sold eggs or wine, get so much rent that they have lost ambition, and in summer sit around pool bars at night with their friends, and hang out in Athens in winter when island life is less scintillating. Put firmly on the map by Jackie O in the 1960s, Mykonos town—called Hora by the locals—remains the Saint-Tropez of the Greek islands.
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
It's no wonder that all roads lead to the fascinating and maddening metropolis of Athens. Lift your eyes 200 feet above the city to the Parthenon, its honey-color marble columns rising from a massive limestone base, and you behold architectural perfection that has not been surpassed in 2,500 years. But, today, this shrine of classical form dominates a 21st-century boomtown. To experience Athens—Athína in Greek—fully is to understand the essence of Greece: ancient monuments surviving in a sea of cement, startling beauty amid the squalor, tradition juxtaposed with modernity. Locals depend on humor and flexibility to deal with the chaos; you should do the same. The rewards are immense.