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It’s no wonder Greek island cruises have always been a perennial favorite of travelers. Greece is magical. Somehow, even the light in Greece is different. It’s more vibrant playing up cobalt rooftops, sparkling seas, and whitewashed houses. Experience beautiful coastlines, ancient culture, and cuisine that includes heavenly moussaka, youvetsi, grilled octopus, and, of course, ouzo. The ambiance is one where natural living meets luxury.
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Explore Santorini on your Greek island cruise and join a Celebrity Chef on a culinary journey to Canava Village, where you’ll learn how to cook traditional Greek mezes and source the freshest local ingredients. To start, embark on a scenic coach ride past the colorful and rugged caldera, while enjoying incredible panoramic views of the island. At the top, visit Canava Santorini, Santorini’s first distillery. In the main square, enjoy an exclusive cooking lesson learning how to make two local specialties. Afterwards, savor local Greek specialties, including fresh chloro cheese, taramasalata, stuffed vine leaves, olives, capers, tomato paste, and bread rusks. Sip a glass of ouzo, Tsikoudia, and classic prickly pear liquor.
Then, with our Celebrity Chef, source local products learning how to select the best ingredients. After your culinary journey, return to Fira Town where you can browse the local boutiques and restaurants. Back on the Greece cruise ship, meet our onboard chef for a tour of the galley, followed by an intimate chef-hosted dinner featuring Greek flavors and ingredients from the day’s exploration.
In Athens you can also take a panoramic drive passing by Hadrian’s Arch, gateway to the remaining columns of the Temple of Olympian Zeus. See the magnificent 19th-century National Gardens in the center of the city. Plus, view the Panathenaic Stadium, built around 330 BC and the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble. Then, behold the grandeur of the Acropolis. Climb with your guide up the winding pathway to the top of the legendary hill of this ancient citadel. Walk through the imposing Propylaea Gate, entrance to the Acropolis. Get close the imposing Erechtheum, a temple dedicated to Athena and Poseidon and don’t miss the iconic Porch of the Maidens, featuring six female statues as supporting columns.
And, of course, explore the mighty Parthenon, built in the 5th century BC, at the height of the Athenian Empire. After your adventure in ancient Athens, make your way to the Attica Zoological Park, the largest zoo in Athens. Enjoy time on your own to view around 2,000 animals representing 400 species. Get to know the worlds of reptiles, the Greek fauna, and the African Savannah. Plus visit the third-largest bird collection in the world — 1,100 birds from 300 species.
On your Greece cruise in Santorini, embark on your own adventure that begins with a boat ride to Erinia Cove where you’ll trek over the Daphni lava flow on Nea Kameni. Walk over volcanic sand and lava fragments, learning about the geologic processes that shaped this unique island. At the summit, enjoy spectacular views of Santorini. Then, sail to the thermal springs of Palea Kameni where you’ll soak in the healing deep green waters of a sulfur spring. Next on your Greek islands cruise, journey to Athinios port where you’ll board a sea kayak for a thrilling paddle over the crystal-clear waters of the Aegean Sea. Admire magnificent rock formations as you travel toward Balos Beach and to the beach of Christos beneath Megalochori Village—this secluded beach can only be accessed by sea or by steep trail. Savor a delicious picnic lunch featuring local delicacies and after your paddle back to port, explore the narrow, winding streets of Fira, a cliff-top village boasting spectacular views. Browse local shops and cafés, before enjoying a scenic cable car ride back to your Greece cruise ship.
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