5 Favorite Experiences When Cruising in Greece

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By Stacey Zable

Discovering Greece by ship is the way it’s meant to be seen and Norwegian Cruise Line® has returned to the country’s picturesque islands in a big way. A voyage here enables you to see multiple destinations that boast a rich history, magnificent coastlines, and iconic whitewashed buildings while also enjoying all that the cruise line offers on board. Take advantage of an extensive list of Norwegian Cruise Line’s shore excursions to get the most out of your visit to this ancient land of beauty.

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Here are five favorite ways to enjoy these select ports in Greece.

1. Antiquities in Athens


Pre- or post-cruise, a visit to the legendary Acropolis, the UNESCO World Heritage site built in 5th century BC, and the museum that holds many of its treasures are the must-visit attractions while in Athens. The Acropolis stands guard over the city (it was built as a citadel) and includes the striking Parthenon as well as other surrounding archaeological treasures. The impressive Acropolis Museum is where many sculptures and artifacts from the site have been taken in order to protect and preserve them.

2. Views & Vintages on Santorini


Oia, Santorini’s whitewashed village that lines sea cliffs, offers multiple iconic selfie moments amidst its narrow streets and steps filled with shops and restaurants. Pull yourself away from your phone’s camera and the stunning view for a moment and peak into the quaint stores for interesting items for purchase and chats with the friendly owners. Pair Oia with a stop at one of Santorini’s many wineries for tasting some of the vintages produced on the island.

3. Myths & Monks on Corfu


This scenic village of Paleokastritsa on the northwest coast of Corfu provides the chance to visit a place of Greek mythical legends, scenic bays, and a 13th century monastery. It is said that one of Paleokastritsa beautiful bays is where Odysseus’ ship washed ashore and he met Nausicaa for the first time. Explore the Paleokastritsa Monastery, which sits on a hill and is home to a small museum, and the lovely beach.

4. Windmills & Beaches on Mykonos


When you think Mykonos, its infamous windmills, beaches, and whitewashed buildings are what immediately come to mind (as well as its legendary nightlife.) Spend your time on this popular island visiting these scenic spots to embrace its full beauty. Top beaches include Ornos Beach and Kalafatis Beach. Keep an eye out for (the very large) “Peter” or “Petros” the Pelican who meanders around different parts of the island, including by the windmills.

5. Olympic Fever in Olympia


The 2021 Olympics are over but in Ancient Olympia, the site of the very first Olympic Games, the famed events live on forever. Ancient Olympia lies 25 miles east of Norwegian Cruise Line’s Katakolon port stop. Channel your inner athlete amidst the ruins, including the stadium, before heading to the nearby Archaeological Museum of Olympia. It offers more insight on the site and the Olympic Games that took place every four years from 776 BC to 393 AD.

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