First time in Greece, so what is the best way to travel if you have only one week? Fly to Athens with Aegean airlines, hop aboard the Celestyal Cruises to embark on a journey that will let you discover all the beauty Aegean sea has to offer for the next 7 days. At least that’s what I did and I can proudly call myself a traveler who has visited not one but five islands of this magnificent country in a week. Everything is better on the water.
While cruising with Celestyal Cruises, the thing I appreciated the most was it’s focus on the destination rather than on the on board experience. We got to spend a day or even two on every island, hence getting to enjoy fully what the island has to offer. Whilst you also have a lot of experiences on board, at the end of the day you don’t want to miss out on the beauty of the Greek islands, especially when the itinerary includes: Mykonos, Santorini, Milos, Crete and Samos.
First stop of our cruise was the whitewashed island of Mykonos that has been considered for many years one of the best holiday destination in Greece. It ‘s a beautiful island that has a lot to offer to every kind of traveler. Everyone who likes to party past sunrise will adore it. Luckily we had the whole day on the island until 7am, so this was always an option.
Arrival to Santorini provoked a little gasp and a long silence. How a place on Earth can be so incredibly beautiful? How is this even real? The view that opened from our deck stang my eyes with tears. Two incredible days on the island fully admiring its raw charm sounded like a dream itinerary.
Another stop on our itinerary was Milos, the little known Greek island, compared to the neighboring Santorini and Mykonos, but the one that impressed me the most. If you want an authentic Greek experience with less tourist crowds, I couldn’t recommend it enough.
Sarakiniko was our main destination on the island, no picture can do justice. It’s the most incredible landscape I have ever seen. Large, sun-bleached rocks eroded by saltwater stretch out over the sea that give you an impression that you are walking on the moon.
CRETE and SAMOS
The last two days of our itinerary were spent on the island of Crete and Samos. Crete needs no introduction, it’s the largest and one of the most distinctive islands of Greece. A must visit is the city of Heraklion and the famous Palace of Knossos.
The lush green island of Samos is rich in history and wine culture and just a few miles off the Turkish coast. It was a perfect final stop of our itinerary.