Most people want to just run to the islands of Greece, which is fine for possibly a 2nd visit to Greece, but go ALL the way around the world to see water and rocky islands?? You can get that almost anywhere and much closer to the USA. Greek cruises are a wonderful way to experience the islands and a little bit of the main land specifically Athens, but if you are a history buff as I am, exploring the country is a must. I DO recommend doing this with an escorted guided tour, that way you will see everything and have all entrance fees and local guides waiting for you at every stop which is really the best way to enjoy this fabulous country RICH in history.
Example of one itinerary:
Picturesque fishing villages to ancient historic ruins are a classic trip to Greece. In Athens, where you will visit the Acropolis, in ancient Corinth, Mycenae and Epidaurus to Olympia and Delphi with a special visit to the Archaeological Museum, spectacular ancient history will unfold. Special highlights are a cooking demonstration to learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer in Olympia and a dance lesson in Delphi to learn the steps of the sirtaki, made famous in the movie Zorba the Greek. Enjoy a whole afternoon in the unreal, fantastic landscape of Meteora with its 24 rock-top monasteries. Visit Varlaam Monastery, famous for its frescoes, and St. Stephen’s, featuring a unique collection of icons and an incredible panoramic view. Next is Thermopylae, the site of the heroic battle of Leonidas’ 300 doomed Spartans against Xerxes’ huge Persian army. Drive past Thebes and Marathon before returning to Athens for more site seeing and SHOPPING before heading back home. Most meals are included with local wines or Ouzo, all accommodations are selected for you and ALL tours are included even entry into the sites. Also, FREE WI FI on the coach so you can share your pictures or check FB to see what your friends are doing back home.